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Have Kids, Will Travel. Just Not To Disney World. I am one of those parents who consider a trip to Disney pure punishment. Instead, Our family trips (I have 2 daughters) are culture & foodie fueled getaways designed for parents and kids to get inspired and have...

TREND: FULL EYEBROWS CHALLENGE: GROOMING THICK BROWS OR COSMETICALLY CAMOUFLAGING THIN BROWS The glossies have pronounced the thick Charlotte Gainsbourg-esque look au courant. At long last, my meaty caterpillar brows are a statement versus a liability. MASTERS OF THE BROW THICK BROWS It has taken me years to tame my...

How On-the-Go Gals Can Prevent Beauty Break Downs Beauty crises happen every day. How to prevent being caught in a mascara free zone? Always keep a beauty kit filled with five minute fixes in your car or office. This way, when the call for a last...

ATK’s Curated Monthly Must-Haves in Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine I am excited to share my newest venture: a monthly column which chronicles what trends and products are capturing my attention in my hometown of Chicago. Stay tuned. Next month is all about entertaining. ...

A BEAUTIFUL MOTHER'S DAY SOIREE WITH BIRCHBOX I am a huge fan of Birchbox. I love the idea of a curated $10  beauty box showing up at my door each month.  I love the idea of discovering under-the-radar brands from distant lands, And, I absolutely love not...

MY DINNER PARTY BASED ON SPRING FASHION TRENDS It all started with a show stopping 11 course meal at Grant Achatz’s gastro palace NEXT in Chicago last month. The intense flavors and crazy modern pairings were the stuff of food porn fantasies. The innovation of the meal left...

I am excited to be a part of SheKnows new EXPERT AMONG US program. I am obsessed with scarves. So, it should come as no surprise that my first post (and accompanying video) is all about how to wear a scarf. READ FULL STORY ...

HOW TO ENERGIZE A MIDDAY COMPLEXION THE ISSUE In the middle of the day, exhaustion sets in. And, it physically manifests in the form of cakey makeup and/or a dehydrated, I’ve-had-it looking complexion. THE FIX Resetting your radiance quotient is all about the skillful application of beauty products. This on-the-go...

THE ISSUE Who has time to remember a necklace? Accessories matter. They are outfit makers, the Bernaise sauce on a succulent filet. Jeans and a black tee shirt by itself? Eh. Jeans tricked out with a fab necklace, a scarf and some attention grabbing earrings-wow! But, in order to get...

HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR LBD INTO A HEAD-TURNER  THE ISSUE How to elevate a basic black dress into a look? A black dress is a black dress is a blah black dress. But, when you layer it with statement making elements, a forgettable garment is swiftly transformed into...