Fashion, Love

Love Rebel: The Rocker Girl Edit

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I decided I get a free “brag about my boo” pass. My Husband is the smartest, funniest, kindest, and gosh darn cutest boy I know (he might be pushing 48 but I still say boy:) We both feel incredibly thankful to have found each other. 12 years apart in age; dude rolling in the heavy rock scene, me more into group fitness and fashion…the fact that we even met is wild!  When you are connected by love; your taste in music and hobbies doesn’t matter too much.  That said, I know more songs played on Ozzy’s boneyard than I ever would have dreamed.  My collection of KISS shirts rivals my man’s.  Tonight I am attending my third Marilyn Manson concert, and will most likely end up backstage after the show (Eric’s good friend plays guitar in the band!)  I do these things not becasue boy asks me to, but because participating in his passions makes me happy.  Rock wife life!

On the flip side, my sweetie shamelessly watches the Bachelor with me every Monday.  He happily participates in product reviews for blog research (he loves to make fun of my many “balms”….he calls every skincare product a balm:) Boy has participated in my yoga classes, attended fashion events, and so much more for me.  For Christmas this year, he “hacked” into my Revolve clothing account and picked out a few of his favorites from my favorite folder. Swoon. Boy genuinely appreciates my passion for fashion.  I have never been decked out and received a “you look fine” reaction.  Thank heavens, we would be in couples counseling real quick if that was the case. He gets into it, notices all the details (ex. nicely done cat eye tonight!), and knows all my favorite designers (ex. notices ladies in resturants and will whisper to me, “Love and Lemons alert boo!”) Dreamboat!

This insane One Teaspoon rocker style jacket was from my Christmas collection, selected by my dreamboat himself.  A true showstopper, I have never seen anything like it! The detail is incredible.  True talk: boy picked it out because it reminded him of his KISS armor. HA! A great piece for a rock wife. The jacket clearly makes a bold statement, so I kept the rest of the outfit simple.  Cat Mom tank, favorite Rag and Bone cropped denim, and my go to Stuart Weitzman boots.

Photos by Elena Cuellar Photography

“Each night when the day is through, I don’t ask much, I just want you.”~ Ozzy Osbourne


Julz Chez


Beauty, Fashion

Love Rebel~The Perfect Valentine’s Jumper

There are no rules when it comes to figuring out your Valentine’s Day outfit. Call it a silly Hallmark holiday  if you must, I call it a great excuse to dress up.  A classic red dress may be the quintessential choice, but thankfully there are no rules in fashion.  Have fun and get creative! Different activities call for different looks, so this week I’m sharing a few of my favorites.  I love the idea of something sexy but not too cliche.  I am always a sucker for a great jumpsuit, and this number by Shop Planet Blue is so feminine and fun.  It’s not exactly Chicago Winter appropriate (the styles I am drawn to usually are not), but paired with your favorite ankle boots and big furry coat, it works!  The fit is true to size, I am in an XS for reference. Added bonus she’s on super sale at 50 percent off. My socks booties are by Zara, earrings by Ettika.  Don’t forget to lock the look in with a bold bright lip color. I am wearing Stila stay all day lip stain.  I have multiple shades of this product.  I love the way it goes on so creamy and bold…and the powerful stain factor is perfect for an evening of eating and drinking!

All photos taken by Michelle Cox.

I recently participated in an event organized by local Chicago bloggers called Speed Blogging.  An even number of bloggers and photographers got together for a big photo snapping party.  Great way to support each other and create loads of content in a short amount of time.  The shoot took place at The Catalyst Ranch in the West Loop, such a cool venue!

“Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu”


Julz Chez


Current Makeup and Skincare Crushes

Deep deep thoughts coming at y’all…anyone else ever suffer from a makeup rut? As in a painfully long stretch of time, in which you toss on the same ol’ brown eyeshadow jams every single time you make yourself over? Been there. Over that.  Friendly reminder that being a girl is bomb, and getting your glam on should always be a gosh darn good time. But the reality is, we are so often in a hurry, it’s very easy to stick with a standard makeup routine. I suggest making Saturday or Sunday, or whatever day allows your schedule the most free time, your glam day.  Allow yourself plenty of time to experiment, pour a glass of bubbles, crank up your favorite jams, and enjoy the creative process of getting pretty.  Being a girl rules…have fun with it!

Before the cosmetic party begins, it’s critical we have the best canvas possible to work with.  I highly recommend treating yourself to this limited edition Dermalogica set from Ulta beauty.  60 dollars in products is a bargain at 22 bucks. This set includes Dermalogica’s pre cleanse balm and best selling cleansing gel.  The double cleanse leaves your skin feeling so wonderfully clean!  Side note, this set was created in collaboration with JoJo Fletcher and Becca Tilley…if you are a fellow member of Bachelor Nation you recognize these beyond bombshell beauties names!

Once your face is squeaky clean, it’s time to get your mask on.  I will admit it was the name Disco Kitty  that first brought my attention to this peel-off brightening mask, but it happens to live up to its amazing name! Pearl powder gently exfoliates skin to brighten the complexion, while Diamond Powder boosts elasticity and removes impurities to the skin.  Also…it feels amazingly refreshing and cooling on your skin. I’ve tried plenty of peel off masks that actually royally suck to peel off…not this gem.  It indeed peels off in one easy (and fun) swoop!

And now finally we are onto the really fun stuff…the makeup:)  I have finally found the holy grail of concealers…Tarte double duty beauty shape contour concealer. The name is oh so long because it does oh so many things! You can only find this bad boy at Ulta Beauty.  The formula is hydrating, long wearing, sculpts, highlights, AND softens the look of pores and fine lines.  A little goes a long way too.  Blend just a couple dots in to make a crazy difference.  Cherry on top…this miracle product is cruelty free!

I was first interested in trying the brand Dose of Colors because it is also a cruelty free line.  Turns out it is AH-mazing!  I adore the marvelous mauves eyeshadow palette for those of you suffering from that dreadful makeup rut I mentioned earlier.  This palette is perfect for y’all because the pink and purple shades are fun without being too wild, and easy to blend and work with if you are an eyeshadow beginner.  I also believe the colors to be universally flattering and feminine.  I am a crazy critique of lip stains (because it’s my favorite product and I have wasted an embarrassing amount of money trying different ones), and the Dose of Colors liquid lipstick is perfect! Highly pigmented, weightless, easy to apply, lasts all day…I could keep going, but you get it.  I am wearing the shade Campfire, and it’s the perfect everyday neutral shade.

For any of my regular readers (HI MOM!), you may have noticed I am focusing more on skincare and beauty lately.  As much as I love my fashion, I believe this to be more my area of “expertise.” As always…any requests or suggestions are welcome and greatly appreciated!

Bodysuit by Amuse Society, skirt by the Tulle Project, hair by Salon833 Chicago, heels borrowed by my blog bud Lauren, creator of thefashiondailies

I enjoy long romantic walks to the makeup aisle”


Julz Chez


Weird Beauty Hacks that WORK

Happy 2018 loves! Today I’m sharing a few beautifying resolutions I have begun, and highly recommend!

Shave your face.

Yes indeed you read that correctly ladies…shave your face.  It makes your makeup go on smoother, your products absorb better, and exfoliates your skin, which is great for anti-aging.  I oddly find myself looking forward to this bizarre ritual, as it feels pretty darn good!  About once a week I shave with Tinkles, which you can find on Amazon.  Tinkles are these tiny cute razors that are gentle and safe for your face. Make sure your skin is dry and clean, the razor is clean, and you have great lighting.  Pull your skin taut, then start shaving downward in short strokes.  When I first read about this “celebrity secret,” I thought there was no way it applied to me. I only have blond barely there hair on my face, that I hardly notice.  But I’m always game to try a new wacky beauty ritual, so I gave it a go.  I couldn’t believe how much hair was coming off…who knew a baby lamb was living on my forehead?! Not only will you remove hair, you will also remove dead skin, hence the fabulous exfoliation.  No fear, your hair will not grow back dark or stubbly.  The gentle razor does not chop hair off like a regular razor, so the hair grows back soft.  Your skin feels amazing after…even my hubs was shocked at the difference (yes I demand he pets my face after:) After shaving, apply a great serum (I’m into Peter Thomas Roth), and moisturize (I love Peter Thomas Roth water quench). Don’t knock it till you try it y’all…this is a game changer for your skin!

Now that your face is as smooth as a baby’s booty, it’s time to more on to the next weird thing that works. Meet your new besties, the Ice Roller and Jade Roller.  Three to seven times a week,  I recommend massaging your face with an ice roller and/or jade roller after cleansing and applying serum and/or moisturizer, to massage the product in.  Facial massage is great for freezing wrinkles, shrinking pores, energizing and tightening.  Stimulating the face muscles with regular massage helps bring oxygen and blood flow to the area, which increases collagen production and gives you that healthy “I just got a facial glow.” I like to think of this ritual as yoga for my skin:)  Store your jade and ice roller in the fridge or freezer for a cooling spa-like experience. Both these devices are inexpensive, and showing your skin some love with the massage is of course free!  Every gal loves a facial, but who want to shell out the money for a pricey spa service on the reg? This is the answer ladies!  I can’t recommend this weird ritual enough.  After just a couple weeks of regular use my skin felt softer, smoother, and less puffy. Jump on it y’all!

Invest in a Sonic Makeup Brush

If you love makeup enough to appreciate the value of a great brush, treat yourself to this tool by Michael Todd beauty asap.  I wasn’t sold when I first read about it; I can blend with a brush or my trusty hands just fine.  But after one use I was hooked.  You kinda feel like you are rubbing a vibrator on your face…talk about a facial massage! In addition to feeling great, the blending brush flawlessly applies make up and fills fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores for a perfectly airbrushed look.  It also helps with improving overall skin health, by reducing clogged pores.  The coverage is much better than a standard brush, allowing you to use less make up during each application. Sonicblend is the first of its kind that applies makeup at sonic speeds of more than 400 times per second and has built in protection against contamination, keeping the brush cleaner longer.  Super easy to use as well. Get it!!!

Clean out your makeup

Cleanse your cosmetics! Crank up your favorite tunes, lay out a big towel, and spread out all your makeup.  If you haven’t touched a product in two years, toss it.  Don’t be scared, its actually quite fun. Any powders or blushes that are broken, toss.  All they will give you is a big headache and a big mess. Mascara and liquid eye liners over 4 months old, say bye bye.  Bacteria builds up, potentially causing infection. Lip, eye, and brow pencils are good for a year.  This is also a great time to give your makeup a solid cleaning. If a pencil is staying, sanitize before tossing in the keep pile. Lipstick and glosses are good up to two years, and can be sprayed with rubbing alcohol to kill germs. Be honest with yourself, just because a product is still good does not mean you need to keep it.  I tossed out so much crap in my recent cosmetics cleanse, and gosh darn it felt great!  Makeup brushes are good forever, just be sure to clean those suckers regularly.  Once you have completed your makeup cleanse, organize your goodies. Congratulations, you now feel like a new and improved woman!

Don’t be shy to hit me up with any questions regarding these weird hacks (again, that WORK!) If any of y’all have a bizarre beauty ritual of your own…I would love for you to share!

“Home is where your makeup stash is.”


Julz Chez






You can’t buy happiness but you can buy great makeup and skincare products!

There is no better time than the holiday season to spend a little extra time getting glam.  Today I’m sharing my favorite finds from Ulta beauty that would make great last minute gifts for your beauty loving besties, or great gifts for yourself:) Every product in bold pink font is directly linked to shop. Let the glam games begin!

Every beauty girl knows that without great products to keep your skin hydrated and glowing, your gorgeous makeup palettes are good for nothing (so dramatic).  This trio by skin care legend Peter Thomas Roth (my hubs says he’s legit because he has one of those 3 name names;) is all you need.  The cream cleanser gently removes makeup, excess oil and impurities, while moisturizing your skin.  The serum has an intense 75% Hyaluronic Acid Complex that helps replenish the appearance of aging. I was having a serious problem with dryness this Winter, until I started using the cloud cream moisturizer. Attempting to apply makeup to dry skin is the pits.  This moisturizer feels amazing and provides a continuous burst of hydration that lasts up to 72 hours.  Clinique also carries wonderful skincare products at great price points.  The moisture surge line provides supercharged hydration for all skin types.  Bonus….I love the warm nostalgic vibes I get using Clinique.  Brings me right back to my mom taking me to the counter to get my first compact. A very important life milestone:)

There are very few fashion statements that have truly stood the test of time, and red lips are one of them. You know a woman means business when she puts on red lipstick.  Nothing says confidence and glamour like a red lip, therefore finding the perfect shade is critical. This lip prep kit by Mac has everything you need to nail the look, and is available only at Ulta beauty.  The set features three best-selling products to prep, line and define the perfect red pout. The shade is called Ruby Woo, and is a makeup artist favorite for a reason.  The vibrant color looks good on all skin tones. A 52 dollar value for $39.50…yes please!

Give me all the palettes please!  I’m having a serious moment with the brand Too-Faced.  The most fabulous shades…and can we take a moment to appreciate the darling packaging?! A wise man (by the name of Heath who works at the Bloomy’s Chanel counter) once told me if the product packaging doesn’t make you happy, don’t buy it.  I’m with Heath, there is something magical about pretty products displayed on your makeup vanity! The palette to the right is called I want Kandee, and was developed by the beauty blogger sensation Kandee Johnson in collaboration with Too-Faced, and is available only at Ulta Beauty.  15 exclusive satin, matte, and shimmer shades infused with a delicious candy scent.  Below that is the Sweet Peach eye shadow collection; a new spin on neutrals featuring fresh-picked shades of peachy pinks, corals, and bronzes.  This palette is a personal new favorite of mine, the shades are so complimentary and feminine. And you guessed it…it smells like peaches!

The ultimate splurge for all you makeup lovers…three limited edition palettes in one.  Each palette features a different look, and comes with a step-by-step how to achieve the look guide.  Genius! The perfect gift for a makeup loving girlfriend…or yourself (guilty).

Lets take a closer look at the I believe in pink palette (PS I am very jealous of the people that get to create product names!).  It is so easy to get in a makeup funk and do the same thing all the time…getting glam should be a fun and creative way to express yourself and your mood.  The step by step guides that come with these palettes make switching up your look so easy.  I followed the steps and loved the result.  I sealed the deal with Melted Matte long wear lipstick in Tropical Punch. This lightweight, long-wearing formula glides over lips like a gloss, but dries to a ultra-matte finish.  Easy to apply, and such a great pop of festive color!

Resolve to worry less and rock a red lip this holiday season.  From my makeup vanity to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah y’all!


Julz Chez



‘Tis the Season to Gift…Stylishly

‘Tis the season to shop…for others!  Every major retail site is oozing with gift guides to lead you along the path to great purchases.  And then there’s the blogger crowd…these fashionable elves have been whipping out endless guides geared for everyone from your bestie and boo, to your dog walker.  And so I felt if I failed to publish anything on the subject matter, my blogger street cred would crumble to pieces. Let the fun begin!

Instead of sharing all the beautiful gifts carried at large department stores (you can check those out anytime), I am sharing my favorite local boutiques to shop, and giving you a glimpse of my gift picks this year.  I get my love of a solid theme from the queen bee of themes herself, my mother.  This first gift is sure to put a smile on any beauty loving girly girl in your life.  Darling rose all day coffee table style book, equally darling drink pink book, rose flavored gummy bears that taste legit like delicious rose, indulgent rose beauty products, a rose candle, and your favorite bottle of rose. All those treasures are linked with online sources, however I recommend my Chicago ladies head to local gift shop paradise, Bow&Arrow Collection. I could seriously live in this store.  Gifts galore for all the ladies in your life (even that friend who has everything), as well as slick finds for men, party goods, and the cutest cards in town.

Art Effect is a Lincoln Park gift shop dream.  Their eclectic collection ranges from silly gag gifts, great kitchen and home goods, designer jewelry, fun finds for children, and so much more.  One of those shops I never leave empty handed!

Alice and Wonder is a local gem that offers contemporary clothing for women at great prices, as well as fun gifts and home accents.  If you are a local Chicagoan I can’t recommend popping by this Instagram friendly spot enough. If you are not local, they offer all their goodies online! Here’s a few favorites I couldn’t resist.  How about those ornaments? Swoon!

Lastly…what’s a great gift if its not adorably wrapped?  This year I decided to step up my game by wrapping all my goodies in coordinating boxes by SugarPaper from trusty Target.  I love how pretty and clean the white and gold looks.  For those odd shaped gifts that make more sense to wrap, I recommend using coordinating paper.  Sugar Paper has beautiful matching tissue paper, gift tags, and gift bags. The coordinating cuteness is irresistible!

Other favorite places of mine to shop for gifts include:

Mulberry and MePerfect for ladies who appreciate the beauty of nice things. Beanies, sweaters, jewelry, and more…not one item in this shop is less than lovely. My favorite local boutique is also available to shop online. My pick of the year…Jenny Bird earrings. My ears are so sensitive I stopped wearing earrings for years until I discovered these.  Lightweight and amazing quality.

Sephora and Ulta Beauty~The ultimate beauty destinations are on fire right now. The best value gift sets of the year. For you mask-a-holic/skin care obsessed gals I recommend this set and this set!

Urban Outfitters~ Great for dudes…records, band tees, funky socks, etc.  Unique beauty products and fun accessories for the ladies.

Anthropologie~ Excellent kitchen and home goods for Moms/Aunts/any lady who appreciates lovely things. I once gifted my mom an Anthro dishtowel and she claimed it to be the best dishtowel she had ever had…and I’m guessing there have been many;) Also pretty jewelry, luxury pajamas, and great bath and beauty products.

Shopbop/East Dane– Stylish pieces for the fashion forward women and men on your list.

Planet Blue– One of my favorite places to shop for boho chic women’s clothing now offers men’s styles as well! The ultimate California cool threads for your beach loving buddies.

I hope y’all’s holiday season is off to a lovely start!  Get to that shopping sooner than later…it would be a tragedy to be rushed and not have time to wrap it up in style.  Crank up the Mariah Carey Christmas beats and feel the love!


Julz Chez