GuyTalk: Dude-Approved Holiday Cocktails


We have been giving you entertaining tips all month long, there's one expert we haven't asked and a few recipes we haven't tried; this one is for the guys! We once again called in Will Wilson from Major Onions for his best tips and tricks for making a cocktail that any guy would love. So pop the bubbly for your girls, but cozy up with these recipes to make sure the men at your events are taken care of as well. Take it away Will... … Continue ➤

22 Holiday Dresses to Lust Over

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'Tis the season for holiday parties, and you know what that means: holiday dress shopping! So whether you're headed to your BFF's holiday soirée or an office fiesta, you're going to need a party dress that will be sure to turn heads and make a statement. To make your shopping a little easier, we narrowed down 22 of our favorite looks with all of the things that make a holiday dress just that much more special... because really what makes a dress more holiday appropriate … Continue ➤

4 Stops To A Chicago Staycation

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Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us! But for every Christmas tree bursting with presents and each turkey roasted to perfection, there’s the madness of last minute shopping and frantic trips to the grocery store to stock up on food. With all the joys of the holiday season, comes the stress of hosting, shopping and cooking - not to mention the other daily responsibilities that come with being an adult (ugh, when did that happen?). Between the festive chaos of … Continue ➤

Women We Love: Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event


To wrap up our month of entertaining-themed posts here on L&C, we figured who better to feature as today's Woman We Love than the queen of the Chicago event-planning scene, Debi Lilly, owner of A Perfect Event. In addition to being a sought-after consultant for private weddings and events, Debi has planned parties for brands like Dom Perignon, Bentley, Lamborghini, Cartier, and Harry Winston. Oh, and she also served as the on-air event consultant for The Oprah … Continue ➤

In Case You Missed It: Shop Chanel Iman’s Met Gala Gown, Christian Louboutin’s $675 Nail Polish, and More…

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1. If this year's Met Gala gave you a major "want it, need it" feeling after seeing It Girls, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, and Kendall Jenner's Topshop gowns, than Ebay just made your dress dreams come true. All of the gowns will be up for sale on the site starting Nov. 27 to benefit the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer charity...happy bidding! (The Telegraph). 2. Christian Louboutin's new $675 nail polish might just be the craziest thing you can put on your Christmas list … Continue ➤

Gift Ideas for Guys, from the Owner of One of Boston’s Top Menswear Boutiques


When it comes to holiday gifting, I think it’s WAY easier to buy for women. For one, there are certain “no-fail” gifts that all women are happy with. You can’t go wrong with jewelry, massages, Essie’s newest color or gift cards to Sephora. Plus, most women have clearly labeled Pinterest boards listing every single thing they’ve ever wanted. Men are different. They don’t really like jewelry. They can be a little weird about going to the spa. And, they probably don’t … Continue ➤

10 Thanksgiving DIY Decor Ideas from Pinterest

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While there's no denying that Thanksgiving is all about the food (don't worry we're not debating the importance of pumpkin pie here) any good hostess knows that the decor comes in at a close second in the importance department. So before you start planning your holiday menu, don't forget to plan some time to Thanksgivify your house. From easy tablecloth tutorials to glittery acorns (yes, that's a thing), here are our favorite DIY decor ideas to make your Thanksgiving as … Continue ➤

A Festive Shopping Spree With Nespresso & Sur la Table

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Earlier this month I was tasked with the best job ever. Nespresso & Sur la Table sent me out on an espresso-fueled shopping trip, where my goal was to  come up with some great gift ideas and things I couldn't get though the holiday season without. (Weeeee!) Well, as luck would have it, my office happens to be in the same building as the Sur la Table store in Boston, so, confession, before I did any actual shopping, I spent a few lunch breaks doing some "product … Continue ➤

5 Holiday Entertaining Tips You’ll Thank Yourself For Later

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Thanksgiving is beautiful. It’s more than just the feasting, and the naps between snaps of football induced by the turkey coma. Thanksgiving is an American holiday that celebrates our heritage, honors our culture and enables our binge-eating habits (well, mine at least...). But, if you’re hosting, there’s more pressure riding on the outcome of your cranberry sauce than the football game. Lucky for you, we went to an etiquette expert who’s equipped with tips to make sure … Continue ➤

Women We Love: Elle Eichinger of Sun-Times’ SPLASH Magazine

Elle with her SPLASH colleague, Zac Stemer (right) at The Underground in Chicago.

Elle Eichinger might have the most enviable resume in Chicago. She began her career working at Michigan Avenue Magazine, as the luxury lifestyle publication's online editor, and serving as a contributing editor to Glossed & Found, one of the city's most popular blogs. A few years in, she made the jump to SPLASH magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times' weekly entertainment and lifestyle tabloid, where she's currently serving as its senior editor. Here, we chat with Elle … Continue ➤

In Case You Missed It: Wildfox Goes Plastic, Moschino’s New Teddy Bear Fragrance and More…


1. Wildfox goes full on Barbie Girl for their new resort collection: hint it involves a hot pink convertible and a noticeable missable Ken (Fashion Gone Rogue). 2. Looks like Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne have a valid reason for skipping out on the VS Fashion show this year, as they are both reportedly walking in Chanel's pre-fall 2015 show in Austria on the same day. Although they'll be missed from the catwalk, we have to say December in Austria might win in … Continue ➤

Seven Chicago Spots Making Thanksgiving Easy

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While the holidays are a time of merriment and being with family and getting in the festive spirit,  Thanksgiving is about something much more important: food. And though many families have home-cooked secret recipes passed down for generations, there are plenty of people celebrating with friends, by themselves or just with a culinary-impared family. And for them, we have plenty of to-go and dine-in options across Chicago for every part of your Thanksgiving feast! … Continue ➤

The Best Instagram Accounts to Follow for Entertaining Inspiration


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we could all use a little entertaining inspiration. Whether you're looking for a DIY table setting or some amazing fall recipes, these lovely ladies have got your covered. Check out our 14 favorite instagram accounts below, and let us know which hostess with the mostess you've been eyeing. 1. @essellesf Hostess boxes fit for a glamourous dinner party...sign me up! 2. @whimsygirldesign Interior stylist and blogger Lindsay … Continue ➤

A Fun Way to Shop Local in Boston


There are lots of benefits to shopping local during the holidays. For one, you'll have a much better chance of scoring a gift that's personal, unique, and different than if you shop a big box store. And, your purchases will support business owners in your backyard. This year, it's easier than ever to shop local during the holiday season if you live in the Boston area. Because American Express and The Marriott Long Wharf have teamed up with eight hand-picked business … Continue ➤

How to Style a Bar Cart for Entertaining Season

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We can say with certainty that a bar cart will be the best thing to happen to your home during holiday entertaining season. Here' why: For one, they're mobile, so they turn any room in your home into instant party central, and they can be stored in a corner just as easily when you're guests have gone home. Plus, a well-stocked bar cart makes your job as hostess easier. Put everything your friends and fam will need to make their own cocktails (including glassware, … Continue ➤