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I don’t need much of a reason to head to LA for a few days. Especially in the middle of a Chicago winter. So, after a brief chat with my husband (don’t we need a parent getaway?) we packed our bags and headed west armed with a...

  TRESS SUCCESS CHI Escape Professional Cordless Curling Iron Ideal for traveling and on the go styling. Comes with Car and wall charger. Farouk.com, $110 PACK LIKE A PRO Pack-It Specter™ Cube Set Three ultra lightweight cubes that keep your clothing organized. EagleCreek.com, $30 TWEEN DREAM Music Muff Headphones Trendy earmuffs with audio technology that can...

She’s boisterous, beautiful, and so dynamic that prolonged exposure to her charms is known to weaken the senses. New York City is a siren. Give her a few days and she will seduce you with her beguiling brand of grit and glamour. Pick your passion....

Sometimes, a mom has to exit stage left. Organizing lives, keeping house, wiping butts and noses and producing science fair volcanoes with precision and a smile sucks the hours from one's day. As a card carrying member of the supremely stressed syndicate, I grow resentful that...

Test Driving the Brit Celeb Makeup Artist's Line at Selfridges I had a mission in London. The beauty industry had been buzzing about celeb makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s new line. The mascara was said to be next level. The concealer able to camouflage a decadent night...

The moment that you hear Sinatra’s rollicking Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas taking over the airwaves, it is a sign to kick up your style for the season. Yes, you need the requisite statement earrings, embellished sweater and fur accent piece. But, another easy...

How to Unleash Your Pearly White Smile Chocolate. Coffee. Red Wine. Unfortunately, all of these delightful substances wreak havoc on your teeth. How can you shrug off the discoloration and channel the pearly whites’ of yore? Sure there are lasers to whiten teeth (I tried the Zoom! process...

Grey hair. It is the badge of motherhood and it sucks. Once my greys starting sprouting from my temples, my whole persona seems to wilt. My shoulders sag, my feet drag and I feel like a hag. I’m vain, I know. But, for me, the...

I am a beauty warrior. From anti-aging serums to avante-garde sunscreen potions, I have an unquenchable thirst to hunt and gather products to make women look and feel their best. As every woman knows, the beauty industry is vast encompassing hair care, makeup, skincare, body cleaners/moisturizers and...

Au Revoir Memorial Day, Bonjour Summer! After this bone-chilling winter, I could not be more excited for balmy climes and the beach. First step? A beauty switcheroo. Similar to swapping out one’s seasonal wardrobe, women to need replace the ultra heavy winter potions and lotions with products that...