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Trending: Hair Perfume


The biggest chore is washing my hair. I love how a fresh shampoo feels but really prefer how a dirty mane looks. The texture and volume can’t be beat! The smell, however, is usually a mix of whatever I made for dinner the night before and the scent of Chicago air. Yes…a lovely combo. Luckily, hair perfume is starting to happen. Hair absorbs scent more than skin (oh, a blessing and a curse!) so it makes sense that there are products with the sole purpose of making your hair smell great.


Most notable is Oribe, who created a hair refresher that absorbs odors in your hair and replaces them with the Oribe signature scent, a soft and sultry floral aroma with lychee and watermelon. It’s not a dry shampoo, so don’t expect it to absorb oil. But while it’s ridding your hair of unwanted smells it will cut static and give you a layer of much needed UV protection. The tiny bottle is easy to tote in your bag and it really does work. Arch Apothecary uses Oribe and they turned me on to this the last time I was in for a blowout.

I explored the topic of hair perfume for Clementine Daily this week, so you can head on over that way for a tip on how to incorporate in your day to day!

More Cote D’ Azur…the Black & Gold collection is the best!

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Bronze for Blue Eyes


Ask me my favorite place to get my makeup done in the city, and I’ll tell you Arch Apothercary. The weekend of Valentine’s Day, I headed there with Christine for some girl time over blowouts and makeup. I was heading directly to dinner with my husband from there and Arch made me feel so pretty for date night. I’ve been wearing a lot of lip color lately so was looking for something a little more evening on the eyes.  I love the layered bronze eye that Betsy Branca (founder and owner of Arch!) gave me and have been replicating it on my own since. If you have blue eyes, you must try! Our peepers really pop with these colors.

It’s seriously the easiest.




1. Prime lids and layer on a cream bronze shadow (Betsy used RMS Seduce) from lash line to just above your natural crease. No need to be too perfect because you’re going to layer over it with powder eye shadow.

2. Take a fluffy shadow brush and blend a light bronze over the entire area you just applied the cream shadow.

3. Take a slightly darker color and blend it on the outer edge of the crease for more definition. Then take a small pointed-tip brush (I love this one) and sweep that darker brown across the lower lash line.

4. Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes.


And that’s it! Eyeliner optional. She tightlined my upper and lower lash line since I was going out afterward, but when I do this for day during the work week I only do mascara.  I loved Christine’s makeup, too. She gives a how-to on contouring over here  (featuring my fav Jenny Patinkin brush!) which you should definitely check out.

P.S. Arch is opening in Madison, Wisconsin this spring! Um…this year marks 10 (oh my gah) since I graduated a Badger. You college peeps sure are lucky, though.

Photos by Christine Petric

Note: Arch Apothecary treated me to complimentary services during this visit.

Beauty Date with The Garden Apt.

Last weekend, I got together with Lindsay for a beauty date. She was looking to restock some daily essentials, so we hit up Whole Foods and walked to Arch Apothecary from there (with a pit stop at Anthropologie — where Lindsay bought this tunic I so wish there had been another of!) After the polar vortex earlier in the week, it felt so good to walk outside…on purpose. Plus, beauty and shopping dates with girlfriends are my fav!

Lindsay-The-Garden-Apt-ChicagoI’m totally buying Lindsay’s earrings — they caught my eye all day!


The goods!

We must have strolled the health & beauty aisles of Whole Foods for an hour. I picked up this Rose Glycerin spray which you can use as a moisturizing body spray or face mist. The biggest bottle only sets you back about $5 — it’s fantastic. I encouraged Lindsay to try an Acure Organics day cream and she stocked up on Avalon Lavender Body Lotion and the Everyday Coconut Face Wash.


RMS Demure Lip2Cheek

Every time I go to Arch, I can’t help but treat myself to something. We both picked up the RMS Uncover Up (it’s her first time with RMS and I’m squee-ing over it!) and Demure Lip2Cheek, which is a soft pale pink. It’s sort of Barbie in hue but I think that’s what makes it so perfect on lips and cheeks. It looked incredible on Lindsay’s skin.

Now go say hi to Lindsay over at The Garden Apt. and hear how she’s liking her new beauty goods!

312 Shops: Arch Apothecary

Chicago is a shopping destination and beauty boutiques are plentiful. 312 Shops features my favorite places to shop in the city and explores new territory as well.  Consider this your guide to Chicago, by way of beauty. Arch Apothecary in Old Town is a pretty palace — blowouts, makeup lessons, brows, lashes and some of the best beauty shopping around town.

Arch-ApothecaryWhen Arch Apothecary, the luxury beauty and style bar based in Rockford, Ill., opened its city doors in Old Town last year, it quickly gained a cult following and started racking up all sorts of Best of Chicago nods. Also, they share a motto of mine: live pretty. Those two words are in their DNA — aside from the long list of services they provide and gorgeous makeup they sell, the boutique itself is a stunner. Rustic chic wood floors, grand chandeliers, flawless marble counters, sleek glass shelving and products for days.



The Brands…It’s a makeup lover’s paradise. Luxury artistry brands like By Terry, Le Metier de Beaute, Kevyn Aucoin and high-end skin care from Sunday Riley and Natura Bissé. They also carry two of my favorite beauty lines, RMS and Jouer, both of which can be hard to find. Look for nail color from Deborah Lippmann and RGB and a massive wall of Oribe hair care. Arch also carries local makeup artist Jenny Patinkin’s brush line (which is incredible…more on that later!)



The Perks…Arch is a one-stop shop for all things pretty. They literally do it all — waxing, styling, makeup, facials, haircuts. They even have some stellar package deals if you’re looking for routine maintenance.



The Experience…I could spend hours at Arch, and that would be just in playing with all of the products. It’s a great place to fill up your makeup bag and discover new products, which is exactly what I did when this photo was taken! The team bronzed and sculpted my cheeks in a very natural way. I loved it and had to immediately buy this Kevyn Aucoin Bronzer.