Christa + Nicholas’ University Club Wedding

Christa and Nicholas had a beautiful summer wedding that incorporated many of the best parts of the city. From their gorgeous ceremony to the lively reception at the University Club of Chicago, every part of the day showcased their love for each other. Their elegant celebration was full of fun and personal touches, all captured beautifully by Kassia Phoy Photography. 

Photographer: Kassia Phoy Photography 
Hair and Makeup: Pin Me Up Chicago
Lighting: Frost Lighting

I had such a wonderful time working with this lovely couple and am so happy that I was able to be a part of planning their special day. 

Best of Bridal Beauty’s Recap!

I have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to blog about this fabulous bridal event.  In April, I planned the Best of Bridal Beauty Event hosted by Nicole Pearl of The Beauty The event was held at The James and was filled with an evening full of pampering. Nicole wrote about the event here.

All photos credit: Galina Shishakova

The services were over the top amazing and included manicures, massages, facial treatments, dry blowouts, airbrush tanning, makeup trials, and eyelash bar.

There were gift bags full of goodies valued over $100!

But that is not where the fun stopped… The ladies that attended had a chance to win fantastic prizes in the raffle that included: 

It was a great event and I am so excited to have had the opportunity to meet such fantastic ladies and be a part of the day! 

March Makeup Madness prented by Sonia Roselli

Forget basketball! We’re talking all things beauty here. Everything about what I am going to share with you is beyond fabulous, so take a good moment to brace yourselves. This month THE Sonia Roselli is introducing her series of Makeup Master Classes for women who want to take their beauty regime to the next level.

  Check out the March lineup below for a closer look at what’s in store:

DIY Bridal Makeup Class 

diy bridal makeup

Learn step-by-step how to acheive that perfectly-perfect wedding day makeup from Sonia herself! Cue gasps now. Nothing is more frustrating than getting your makeup done and loving it, but not being able to re-create the look at home! Now, with Sonia’s expert help, problem solved.

March 16th at 2-4PM
March 17th at 10-12PM  
Cost: $45 per person 
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class so spread the word!
Register with a credit card by March 14
No shows will be charged.

Brush Hour Makeup Class 


Not to be outdone, the DIY class will be followed by Brush Hour. In this class, learn more about professional brushes and their specific used to maximize your glam factor! Now, if that’s not enough, here’s the added bonus: by the end of this class, you will leave with 16 professional makeup brushes worth $350*. I know, I know, here’s how you sign up! 

March 23rdth at 10-12PM & 2-4PM 
March 24th at 10-12PM 
Cost: $149
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class so don’t be shy, tell everyone!
Register with credit card by March 14
*Products are included in this class. You must prepay the non-refundable cost.

Catwalk to Sidewalk-Spring 2013 Trends 


To round out this amazing trio is the Master Catwalk to Sidewalk class. Cover the hottest trends from the Spring 2013 Fashion Week runways and learn how to seamlessly translate them into your everyday life. Now, I’m sure you’re already convinced but if not please note that you get to keep all your trend-setting makeup, valued at $400*. I mean, how major is this?! 

March 30th at 10-12PM
Cost: $149 
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class, so tell all your friends! 
Register with credit card by March 14
*Products are included in this class. You must prepay the non-refundable cost.

Email or call 773.771.1102 to sign up or for more information. 

Amazing deal on Sonia Roselli’s brushes!

Sonia Roselli, one of my favorite make-up artists in the city, is in the process of creating a new line of make-up brushes.  She has put together a short and sweet survey. At the end of the survey, you’ll get a code for 60% off all existing make-up brushes.  I’ve been using these brushes for the past five years.  They are AMAZING.  

Go on.  It’s Friday the 13th.  What else do you have to do besides cleaning up your blog reader?

Glam it up

Glam is one of my favorite websites for inspirational photos. I can usually get lost on there for a few hours. And since you are probably busy planning a wedding, you don’t need to bookmark yet another site to lose hours of your time. Except you do! Glam is great for finding fabulous photos of hair and make-up options to take for your trials.
I clipped the photo above of the lovely Zoe Saldana from the Oscars. I think you could take the photo to your hair stylist or your make-up artist. Why do you think? I love this look!

Makeup Lessons from Chicago’s Best Makeup Artist

Sonia Roselli, Chicago Magazine’s 2009 Best Makeup Artist, presents Eye Makeup 101: a workshop for… well, anyone who was not named Chicago’s best makeup artist.

Sign me up!

The workshop takes place at Sonia’s gorgeous Rogers Park boutique and includes instruction in: Eye Shapes, Color Selection, Hollywood Brows, Eye Primer, Application Techniques, Cleaning up Mistakes, Mastering Eyeliner, Mascara 101, Eye Makeup Brushes AND includes 5 eye brushes and 20% any products purchased the day of the class.

Here are the dates you need to know. Each class is limited to 6 people:

Sunday, August 1st


Thursday, August 5th


Sunday, August 8th


Thursday, August 12th


Sunday, August 15th


Thursday, August 19th


Class is $95 + tax. Email: to reserve your space – sign up now because her next makeup class won’t be until 2011!

Oscar inspiration

The Oscars are my favorites. I love watching everyone get dressed up. For brides, it is a great place to get hair and make-up inspiration.

Stacey Dash’s hair is down but back and with volume. How do you not love that? It would work for many brides!

Patricia Clarkson rocked a very similar look to Sandra Bullock. I picked Patricia to show that this looks great on pale girls! The strong red lip is fabulous. I love the straight but gobs of body hair too!

Peaches N Cream is Kate Bosworth’s plan. It worked. She looks gorgeous. I think the make-up would look fab on a wedding day…but the hair? Skip it. Looks to casual for my taste.

Sonia Roselli Make-up Class

So did you get a big wad of cash for the holidays? Or maybe one of those Visa gift cards? If you did, well, come on over my new Bestie! Just kidding. But if you do need a great way to spend your money, why not head over to Sonia Roselli? Book a private make-up lesson class with one of Sonia’s fabulous make-up artists and receive a free set of amazing professional make-up air brushes. Air? The brushes are made of some uber-soft hair creating an airbrush look.

The $375 luxe brushes are gifted with the purchase of a class for $95. Tres chic and a very good deal indeed. Email for scheduling!