Archive for July 2011

guest post series two: navigating the dating world

Happy Tuesday, friends! Last week, I introduced you to my hilarious friend Shannon, who let us in on her lessons learned from her singles bowling league. Today she’s back with one of my favorite stories of hers about online dating sites. Take it away, Miss Shannon!   In April, inspired by the music video for... Read more »

perfect gift for newly engaged friends: wedding planner in a boxls

perfect gift for newly engaged friends: wedding planner in a boxls
My dear friend Bella just got engaged, and the event just happened to fall on the date of her 30th birthday. And this weekend, while I was browsing a gift shop in Madison (and subsequently delaying my exit into the 99-degree heat), I stumbled upon this gem of an engagement gift–The Knot’s Wedding Planner in... Read more »

guest post series: navigating the dating world

Happy Thursday, AAB readers! I am so excited to introduce my new series of guest posts that give a peek into the world of dating from of the sharpest, funniest people I know. Today’s story is from Shannon, one of my greatest friends from Summer Camp, and it’s the first of a many where she... Read more »
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fashion advice from a dry cleaner: the davis imperial difference

fashion advice from a dry cleaner: the davis imperial difference
After my fifth bridesmaid fitting at various dry cleaning facilities around Chicago, I finally started to build somewhat of a loyalty to the family that worked at the location just down the block from my latest apartment. The guy who worked the desk was friendly, he always remembered me, and they stayed open late on... Read more »

bucktown/wicker park boutiques for couples

bucktown/wicker park boutiques for couples
Bucktown/Wicker Park Boutiques for Couples The next time the boyfriend tries to ditch out during a fashion run, take him to one of these chic retailers on the Northwest side with a range of male and female offerings—and not just the token “guy” corner a la Forever 21. (Trust me, friends, most guys do not... Read more »

toilet-seat covers as a makeup tool? tips from a professional makeup artist

toilet-seat covers as a makeup tool? tips from a professional makeup artist
For me, makeup has always been a bit of a mystery–even though I love the category, I have my standard protocol I run with every morning, which consists of no more than ten products, and which rarely varies unless I happen to switch up my eyeshadow color from neutral to grey or add a swipe... Read more »
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weddington way offers easy online way for brides to keep track of 'maids

weddington way offers easy online way for brides to keep track of 'maids
When it comes to the list of responsibilities bridesmaids have during their stint in a wedding party, the bride tends to place a lot of trust into her friends–trust that they’re making this wedding as much of a priority as she is, trust that they’re reading the seven-paragraph emails that she so carefully crafted, and... Read more »