Fourth of July Weekend in Chicago and the Suburbs

In just a few days, millions of Americans will be celebrating our nation’s anniversary of independence, the Fourth of July. Independence Day. Even though it’s the same date every year, it really snuck up on me this year.


As a child, enjoying summertime, it was always a highlight of my summer and my family literally did the same thing every year. My hometown would have a huge festival that lasted anywhere from three to four days and an amazing fireworks display. In the past couple years, funding has changed *cough* decreased, and we no longer have this festival, but just a mere thirty minutes of fireworks. In addition, now that I’m older and my parents are divorced, my plans have been different every year for the past couple years. So, it’s not a surprise that this year, I honestly have no idea what I’m doing.

Being a Chicagoland native, I decided to just compile a list of the best events during this monumental weekend for myself to choose from, and also act as a resource for people who might be in the same situation.

Fireworks at Navy Pier

When: July 4th @ 9:30 PM

Where: Navy Pier, surrounding beaches and rooftops

Glen Ellyn 4th of July

When: July 4th – parade @ noon, fireworks @ dusk

Where: Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn, IL and other Glen Ellyn locations

Admission is free, food and family activities are extra

Naperville Rib Fest

When: July 1st – July 4th, noon – 10:00 PM

Where: Knoch Park, Naperville, IL

Admission varies by day

Northwest Fourth Fest

When: June 30th – July 4th, check website for daily schedule

Where: Sears Centre, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL

Admission is free, carnival rides are extra

Frontier Days

When: June 30th – July 4th, check website for daily schedule

Where: Recreation Park, Arlington Heights, IL

Admission is free, carnival rides and other family activities cost extra

These events are some of the most popular in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. It’s the perfect way to celebrate our great nation with your loved ones!

What are some of your favorite local celebrations? What do you and your family do for the Fourth of July?


100 Years of Beauty in Mexico in 60 Seconds

I was so glad I came across this video again! I’m half Hispanic, on my dad’s side, and I was raised very American. I didn’t even take Spanish in high school, I took French… *rolls eyes at myself* French was fun and interesting, and somehow even six years after high school, I can recall basic words and phrases so it wasn’t a complete waste. Now that I’m older, I do wish I had learned Spanish when I was younger and simply learned more about the culture and my heritage. So, better late than never, I’m trying to learn the language and more about the culture.

I know this video has been floating around the internet for some time now, but I find it so interesting how beauty has changed throughout the years and how some looks are simply timeless. Just in case you didn’t know, this is a series that features several different countries – like the United States, Italy, and Germany!


Now Trending: Color Correcting

Color correcting has been talked about a lot lately, and with so many palettes coming out, it’s hard to know what to use and how to use it!

From my own experience, I was really surprised to hear about this, but it makes total sense that certain colors cancel out others. The first time I tried color correcting was on the dark circles under my eyes. I used a peach concealer before applying my foundation and it worked wonders. I haven’t tried any other correcting, mostly because I don’t know what colors, but I found this really great guide that breaks down the colors and how they conceal different imperfections:


Read more about color correcting basics at Hairspray and High Heels!

Poolside Essentials

Now that winter has finally ended in Chicago, it is scorching hot, which means all Chicagoans are headed to the beach or to the pool in their backyard. I know I sit by the pool every chance I get to unearth my Latin heritage with a tan. While I was packing my Longchamp to sit poolside I thought, ”This could be a really post!” So here it is, my poolside essentials:


Hat or sunglasses (or both!)

A hat and or sunglasses is really essential when being out in the sun. Personally, I prefer hats because you can wear them forwards, backwards, adjust them to cover your whole face, and they protect your hair and scalp. Sunglasses are a really great way to protect your eyes, I’m just not used to it, and so I just don’t use them. Either way, you need something to protect your eyes and face from the harsh rays. My go-to item is my Miami Marlins hat!


Sunscreen is an absolute must! Don’t worry, you will tan even with sunscreen. It’s just good to take care of your skin and protect it from the sun. I use my Olay moisturizer daily – its broad spectrum SPF 15. It’s very light and soaks into the skin immediately.

Headphones or earbuds

I always have one or two pairs of earbuds with me at all times. It’s definitely great when you’re sitting poolside and want to listen to some music or take a phone call.

Reading material

Lately I’ve been taking my iPad to the pool to do some reading for work. I usually have a book when I’m at the pool. My favorite summer read is “White Girl Problems.” It’s absolutely hilarious.

Tanning Oil

Along with sunscreen, I always take tanning oil to the pool. I know it might not be great for your skin because it has such a low SPF, but it smells really great and it’s a great moisturizer for your skin while it’s in the sun. I definitely always get a better, long lasting tan when I use the Banana Boat Deep Tanning Oil.

In addition to this list, you should always have a water bottle handy so you don’t get dehydrated. I also always use a lip balm with SPF, as well to avoid super sunburned and chapped lips. That can get really uncomfortable.

What are some of your essentials? What are your favorite beach reads? Let me know!

Contouring for Your Face Shape

For those still learning how to contour and pros who might need to freshen up for their themselves and their clients, I found this great guide to contouring for your face shape.

I think it’s a really helpful remind for myself since I don’t contour regularly anymore. The darker shapes show where you should place the contouring product, while the lighter shapes show where you can use a light concealer or highlighter.
Contouring Infographic