The Buzz Behind Korean Beauty, and the Line I Love the Most!

Skin is in, and this girl has the fever.  I am way more into buying serums than skirts lately. I never feel guilty for spoiling my skin, and neither should you.  Great skincare is especially irresistible when there are so many great new lines emerging on the scene, Korean lines being a front runner.  It’s a well known fact that Korean women take great pride in their skincare and beauty regimes. Most Korean skincare uses unique natural ingredients that focus on prevention and improving the skin from the inside out. Today I am sharing my love for Mamonde, a Korean flower-based line that recently launched in the US exclusively at Ulta Beauty. I am personally sold on Korean and flower based! Inspired by the actual Mamonde Garden outside of Seoul, South Korea, these products are all infused with floral essences, such as rose for soothing, hibiscus for moisture, and narcissus for replenishing.  These products are gentle on the skin, smell fantastic, and are affordable.

My favorites that I have tried thus far are from the rose collection, starting with the Petal Spa Oil to Foam cleanser. Double cleansing is all the rage, and this magical formula does the trick in one single step.  The beautifully smelling formula starts as an oil that gently dissolves makeup and SPF on the surface of your skin.  After first massaging the oil into your skin, dry, add a little water, and a foamy creamy lather is formed that removes excess bacteria as a daily deep clean for your skin.  The first time using this product I used way too much, and could have started a foam party in my bathroom! In other words, a little goes a long way. It leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean AND smelling like lovely rose oil.  The best face wash I have used in ages! Next comes the hydrating beauty water to tone, nourish, and hydrate the skin.  Infused with extracts from 100% organic rose, this multi-tasker smells AMAZING. I love that as effective as the product is, it is also very gentle. If toners give you that irritating stinging feeling, this is perfect for you.

Time for the grand finale in the rose series, the petal purifying bubble mask.  Y’all know I am a serious mask-aholic, and have tried countless varieties. The results of a mask are top priority, but the application and experience are also important. You know the ones that suck to take off or smell gross are always at the bottom of your drawer.  And for that reason, I must explain the magic of this mask application.  The pretty pink chiffon-texture feels fabulous on the skin, and it quickly transforms and starts bubbling!  My kinda science…it is so cool!  Formulated with real rose petals, this mask moisturizes while helping to improve skin that’s been exhausted from environmental factors. Awaken a bubbly, rose-kissed glow in just 60 seconds.  And yes you guessed it….it also smells amazing!

Another great product in this line is the Floral Hydro Cream, a water-light, refreshing gel-cream formulated with narcissus extract that deeply hydrates and plumps the skin.  Suitable for all skin types, and recommended for oily-to-dry skin types or during the summer months.  The Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask is another gem that will redefine how you beauty sleep.  I am all in favor of sleeping masks, I find them to be genius.  What better time than a full nights rest to treat your skin? The cool water gel texture of the mask replenishes skin so you wake up to a glowing and hydrated complexion.  If you are new to overnight masks and the idea is daunting,  know that this product is not at all sticky, and quickly absorbs into your skin (not your pillow case).  As deep as my love for masks is, serum is the MVP of any skincare lineup.  Serum delivers concentrated active ingredients deeper than any other product, and can be a skin game changer.  Mamondes Floral Essential Serum blends natural hydrators and antioxidants to balance skin’s condition for a healthy, smooth complexion.

It’s also critical to me that my products are packaged in a pretty manner.  Call me crazy, but I enjoy organizing my goodies on my vanity just as much as I love using them.  This line is packaged effectively and beautifully!  If all these products sounds fabulous and you don’t know where to begin, Ulta beauty carries a couple of great valued gift sets.  The Floral Energy Discovery Set and The Trio Of Multi-Maskers are the two sets I started with and love.

Through years of careful research, Mamonde has discovered the vital secrets of flowers and herbs.  I personally suck at keeping plants alive, but I have been great at using these products regularly, and I can’t recommend them enough!

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.”


Julz Chez


Great eyebrows don’t happen by chance, they happen by an appointment at EverTrue!

Confession: my eyebrows were victimized by the 90’s. I know styles change and you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself…but my college photos make me cringe.  Not just because my skin is orange from spending study breaks in the tanning bed (ew ew ew)…but because I have no eyebrows.  I was sadly lacking an eyebrow education.  Eyebrows frame the face, and can make or break your look.  When done right, brows accentuate all the right features, and will give you a polished and more youthful appearance. During the week when I am teaching fitness classes and keeping my makeup routine simple, filling in the brows is still a must.  Without doing so I feel like I look tired, lifeless, and borderline hideous (I know sooo dramatic:)  When I am doing my full on glam routine,  I will admit I can spend an embarrassing amount of time on my brows.  I have gone through phases of getting regular brow tints at Benefit which I love, but the upkeep quickly gets time consuming and pricey.  Cue call in reinforcements…lets microblade these babies!

Microblading is all the rage for a more permanent flawless looking eyebrow. I had it done once before, but it had mostly all faded.  Anytime you are having any kind of med spa service done, it is critical to do your research! Groupons are great for mani pedis, but not when we are talking a long lasting procedure to your FACE.  I noticed one of my girlfriends brows looking fantastic, and she directed me to EverTrue Microblading Salon.  My prior experience with Microblading was just fine, but my experience with EverTrue was next level amazing.  The specialists at EverTrue created the “Bespoke Brow” technique, a very natural, stroke-by-stroke process that is indistinguishable from “real” brows.  The Bespoke brow  treatment uses life-like strokes applied directly to the skin.  The treatment replaces eyebrow pencils and powders, and assures perfect brows all-day, every day.  First they have you come in for a consultation, where you meet with your brow specialist and discuss your dream brows.  I worked with Jasmin Liner  and I absolutely loved her.  I explained the look that I love, and she penciled in my perfect brows with an eyebrow pencil.  This way you know exactly what you are signing up for before taking the official plunge.

~Here’s a before pic I snapped rolling into my appointment

~A peak inside the beautiful space overlooking Oak Street.

~Where the magic happens! A massage style comfy table.

A huge highlight of the procedure…it did NOT HURT!!! And I am a big baby when it comes to pain. When I previously had this service done elsewhere, the pain was pretty brutal.  At EverTrue they have a top of the line numbing cream they first apply.  You relax with complimentary coffee, tea, and a solid selection of mags for 20 minutes while the numbing cream soaks in.  I couldn’t believe it when she started. I actually had to ask…is this it? I was shocked.  I chatted with my brow artist Jasmin the entire time….and if she wasn’t so nice to talk to I could have taken a nap!

~A glamour shot of me and my eyebrows best friend…the magical numbing cream!

~My brow artist Jasmin! I adored her.  In addition to being sugary sweet and making me feel so comfortable, she was also so precise and detailed with my brows.  A true artist! They look so natural and the shape is so flattering on my face.  I can’t recommend Jasmin enough. I do know a few Chicago babes who have had their brows done by different gals at EverTrue, and they are all wild for their brows as well…so I guess you can’t go wrong!

~When you go in for the consultation, a question your artist will ask you is if you have any big events coming up.  This is always a slightly scary question.  I immediately think…oh sweet…I’m fixin’ to look like a freak for a few days before I look pretty. Not true! These photos were taken the very next day.  A bit bolder than I usually roll, but the color gradually calms down as the brows heal.  My husband didn’t even notice! (that’s a good thing:)

~This final photo was taken 4 days after my treatment. Already lightening up and looking more natural.  I LOVE!  And from a proficiency stand point…a fabulous time saver in the morning!

Don’t be shy to reach out if you have any questions…and don’t forget to mention XOXOJulzChez for 20 percent off!

“Eyebrows…the one thing you can get into shape without exercising.”


Julz Chez

Fashion, Life

Celebrating Women’s History Month in Ann Taylor

Did you know that up until 1940, women were arrested for wearing pants in public? And that it wasn’t until 1972 that girls were guaranteed the right to wear pants to school?  Female newscasters, flight attendants, and even congresswomen have had to fight to wear pants.  As we approach National Women’s History Month, Ann Taylor will launch a video campaign that pays tribute to the powerful women in the workplace and the women who fought for their right to wear pants.  Check it out here
 Ann Taylor celebrates more than 60 years of inspiring women to put their best selves forward every day with the launch of a new video titled, This Is Ann, which highlights generations of women and the moments that unite them and the launch of the HERlead Fellowship opportunity for young women.  Check out the video here and learn more about the HERlead initiative here
Onto the clothes! I don’t typically shop Ann Taylor…I put it in the corporate wear category, which is not my jam. But the opportunity to dress up for a good cause grabbed my attention…and I ended up loving the outfit! This ruffled Newbury Blazer is effortlessly chic.  Great quality and great flattering fit.  I would size down as I found it to run big. These polished joggers are such a great piece to throw on when you want to be comfy AND stylish.  Suede sandals  also by Ann Taylor, I love the pop of color and block heel.  All great versatile pieces! Gucci bag and Chloe shades.

All photos taken by my blogger bestie Marlena Begier, the bombshell behind the blog Style Your Passion.

“The only time a woman is helpless is when her nail polish is drying. Other than that, watch out.”


Julz Chez

Fashion, Fitness

Sharing my Love for Carbon38!

Stylish activewear is hotter than ever right now.  There are so many great lines of fitness gear to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming!  I discovered a great site where you can find all the hottest designers in one place, Carbon38.  Carbon38 is a luxury active apparel company that has developed a cult-like following within both the fitness and fashion worlds.  In other words…my two worlds of fashion and fitness mashed up into one happy family! Carbon38 carries all the hottest designers in addition to their own great line.  Think not just sexy spandex, but also fabulous swimwear, sweatpants stylish enough to take out on the town, beautiful jackets, and exclusive designer collab collections that can only be found at Carbon38.  Investment pieces you will truly live in!  I had the good fortune recently of being recruited as a Team38 Ambassador.  Team38 members represent Carbon38 in their studios and communities by spreading the sweet Carbon word.  Mega perk of being a part of this inspiring team? I get a discount count for y’all!  Use code JULIECHE50 for 20 percent off your first purchase of $100+

The outfit I am sharing today is all from the Carbon38 line.  I have found their collection to be high quality and reasonably priced.  My bottoms are called the Tanjung leggings and I am wild for them! Great detail, super comfy, and stylish enough to rock with a sweater and boots for brunch or lunch.  My tank and jacket are also from the Carbon38 exclusive line.  If you are in between sizes I would recommend sizing up. I am wearing a Small in all three pieces for reference.  Other favorite items I have scored from their collection are these fun love print leggings and tank, again very comfortable and well made.  The Rally tank is a great basic I have worn on multiple occasions since purchasing…not just working out!  My most worn Carbon piece thus far has been the cozy up jacket by Alo yoga.  I have actually been stopped on the street more than once to be asked where I got it!  The softest zip up I have ever owned.  I am seriously considering ordering another color because I feel like my clients are probably sick of looking at it!  On my Carbon wish list currently: this puff sleeve jacket and these lace up pants,  both by Jonathan Simkhai in collaboration with Carbon38.

All photos taken by Chicago based vegan foodie blogger I am Rorie

“If at first you don’t succeed, get a cuter workout outfit and try again!”~ ME!


Julz Chez



Love Rebel: A Casually Cute Heart Day Look

Whether you are have a romantic date with your boo or a night out with your lady boo’s planned, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to look HOT! In honor of the very casual Chicago scene, I am sharing 2 ways to style a cute graphic tee for a casually cute Valentine’s Day look.  I love this versatile vibe because it works for so many people.  I hope to still be rocking tees that say “Lover” when I am a senior citizen…because why the heck not?

My Lover tee is by Chaser brand, one of my favorite lines of quality cozy tees. The fit is true to size, comfortable and flattering. It’s currently on sale at Revolve Clothing and there is also a darling long sleeve version. Style your tee with your favorite flattering jeans.  My go to favorites I am wearing here are good ol’ Levi’s. A perfect pair of skinnies for under 100 bucks. The cropped style pairs perfectly with a fitted ankle boot. I adore these red hot babies from H&M, under 50 dollars and oh so fun! There are endless jacket choices that will look great with this kinda outfit.  A fitted blazer looks sexy sleek…a furry cropped coat says hello to flirty fun.  I am wild about this blazer, the fit is absolutely perfect and it is under 40 dollars! It comes in a variety of colors as well as a peplum sleeve version. Side note….I never shop at Macy’s.  I don’t enjoy the experience, and would much rather be at Neiman Marcus. I know…snob and a half.  Well I stumbled upon this beauty of a blazer when strolling through Macy’s with my girlfriends (the brand is XOXO…that naturally drew me in!) The moral of this stupid story is to be open to finding great pieces anywhere, even places you don’t particulary dig (PS I have made a serious Macy’s attitude adjustment:). My cropped teddy bear coat is by BBbdakota and is under 50 dollars. I am in a Small but could have done an XS or Medium…easy breezy fit. Seal the deal with big hoop earrings, bright lips, and your favorite clutch bag . My ears are very sensitive and all my Jenny Bird earrings are amazingly light weight and comfortable. Added bonus, boys love hoop earrings.  As perfect as this outfit is for a girls night out, it’s also the kinda laid back look dudes dig! A win win!


All photos taken by Ashley Dahl

Make it a great day Lovers!


Julz Chez


Love Rebel: The Boho Edition

I am a sucker for bohemian fashion. Bell bottoms, fringe, anything with a vintage 70’s edge is right up my alley.  Up your boho mojo by taking the look out on the town.  Even some of Chicago’s hottest date night spots are totally casual.  You will look totally chic and cool getting down on tacos and margs in a boho inspired ensemble.  I recommend staying away from super floaty styles if you have a hot date you want to impress. This will translate to dudes as “maternity-ish.” A great pair of fitted flares are super flattering and fun.  Show Me Your Mumu makes the best bells that come in a variety of fun colors and printsThey are high waisted, so a cropped top pairs perfectly.  I love the swingy fit of the black Club Monaco tank I am wearing here. Throw on your favorite cool girl coat, bonus points for fringe or fur. This fringe jacket is Amuse Society from a great Oak Park boutique, Sanem’s. I spiced up the look with leopard print booties. I adore these cozy cuties…and they were a straight up fashion steal at Target!

No matter what vibe you are rocking, you can never go wrong with a great hat.  Just commit to the look, no taking it off while you eat nonsense!  This hat is Free People, my other favorite hats are by Janessa Leone and Brixton.

All photos by Kimberly Rensburg

“Life is too short for bad vibes, and bad outfits”


Julz Chez