How to Keep That Holiday Spending in Check

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It is officially one week until Christmas, which means it's def con five shopping time for much of America. But as you make your lists, check them twice, it's also important to check your bank account before you head out! We know, it sounds boring and responsible in the face of all that holiday sparkle but you'll thank us later. We called on Steve Siebold, author of How Rich People Think, for advice on how not to break the bank this year. … Continue ➤

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Traveler


What do you get for the girl that's always on the go? Whether she's jetting off to somewhere glamorous or having more road trips than you can count, if there's a girl in your life that's got a serious case of wanderlust, finding her the perfect holiday present can be a nightmare (after all, you want to make sure it can fit in her filled-to-the-brim luggage, right?). That's where we come in! We've got 13 can't-go-wrong gifts for the traveler in your family, and don't … Continue ➤

Holiday Entertaining with Comfort and Joy

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Live in a small space? Us too. But, that doesn't have to stop you from throwing the best holiday get together of the year. A few small tweaks to your furniture setup, and some festive décor, and you'll have a room fit for a party! We called in the experts from Value City and American Signature Furniture to help us  with the former, and ended up with an evening full of sparkles, bubbles and joyful tidings… … Continue ➤

Holiday Party Hangover? Try Juicing.

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Holiday party season is officially in full swing, which means you probably skipped the gym to eat pigs-in-blankets and Champagne for dinner, and stay out til midnight at least once this week, right? Oh, December. Since we're all feeling a little bloated/puffy/tired/hungover at this point in the month, we turned to experts in one of the latest health crazes, juicing, to see if they could help us get through 2014 without feeling like garbage. Here, we talk to Heather … Continue ➤

Gift Dish: Nicole Regan

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We always love showing our fellow bloggers support, and no one is more deserving of that than Nicole Regan from Chicago's Cedar & Rush! A fellow foodie and lover of sparkly somethings, her Gift Dish has us set on a 2015 planner as well as more creative and personal gift ideas for the holidays this year... … Continue ➤

Women we Love: Shani Silver, Director of Community at Keep

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In a world flooded with tweets, emails, and blog posts, it's not easy to stand out. But Shani Silver, the director of copy, content, and community for, and the one-time Chicago editor of Refinery29, has made a career of doing just that. Her email subject lines make us click, her tweets make us LOL, and the rate at which she can create a blog post (she writes up to 5 a day for the Keep) is nothing short of remarkable. Seriously. Here, we talk to Shani about a … Continue ➤

In Case You Missed It: J. Crew’s 4 Year Old Designer, Kate and Will Meet Beyoncé and Jay Z, and More…

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1. J. Crew's newest designer is a bit younger than the rest—coming in at a ripe age 4. You might remember Mayhem (how cute is her name btw) from designing paper dresses from Red Carpet looks. As if that wasn't impressive enough, she's moved on to designing a collection for J. Crew kids. With this experience under her belt, she might just be vying for the most fashionable toddler award... take that North West (J. Crew Blog). 2. Forget Kim Kardashian breaking the … Continue ➤

Gift Dish: The Electric Picks Girls

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It's no secret that we love the designers behind the awesome jewelry line, Electric Picks, so we had to tap them for our gift dish feature this holiday season. The dynamic duo has given some seriously amazing gifts in years past, and now they have a gift for us as well! You can enter the promo code luxandconcord for 25% off any holiday purchases now through the new year! But if you're looking for other gift ideas, read on... … Continue ➤

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Fitness Junkies


  Anyone else finding it a little too easy to polish off another snowman sugar cookie, and a little harder to make time for the gym? December may be the month of cookie exchanges, candy canes and “ho ho” happy hours, but January is the month of resolutions that usually revolve around putting down that slice of pizza and picking up the free weights at the gym. L&C wants you to make your gingerbread house and eat it too, so we’ve come up with some gifts to … Continue ➤

We Tried It: Just Add Cooking

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I love to cook. I find it fun, relaxing, and a small price to pay to enjoy my favorite activity, eating. However, with a full-time job, a blog, and regular freelance gigs, I don't have a ton of time to get as creative as I'd like to in the kitchen. I tend to rotate though the same 10 or so recipes, a routine that allows me to go to the grocery store and whip up dinner while on auto-pilot. So, I was pretty excited when I learned about the prospect of mixing things up in … Continue ➤

GuyTalk: Holiday Gift Guide for the Bros


The holiday season wouldn't be complete without the stress of finding the perfect gift for your guy. Boys are historically hard to shop for and finding a gift he not only enjoys, but would have picked out for himself, would be a true Christmas miracle. So of course we called in the man expert, Will Wilson, to give advice on his top tier gifts to give to the main man in your life... … Continue ➤

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Beauty Fiend

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While we are never going to tell a girl to step away from that wish list full of new shoes or a luxurious bag, but it's important to take care of your stylish needs from head to toe this season. That means loading up your makeup bag, bathroom mirror shelves and dresser top with the best new brands and products for your face and hair. Here it comes product hoarders; our gift guide for the beauty fiend in us all... … Continue ➤

Gift Dish: CFDA Designers


In the spirit of continuing L&C's gift dish tradition, we’ve interviewed a couple members of CFDA’s fashion incubator program, an initiative that hand-selects the most talented and innovative fashion designers of the year in an effort to showcase their work. These ladies have been named the most up-and-coming designers in America, so we tapped into their Christmas lists because basically, they know what you’ll want before you do. … Continue ➤

We Tried It: Primp and Prep for a Chicago Holiday

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The holidays can be a stressful time, full of to do lists and events that can do a number on our stress levels. But a girl still has to look her best for those holiday parties! So we tracked down the best places for relaxation and beautification before the holidays really hit the Windy City. From massages to blow-outs, we have the city and suburbs covered... … Continue ➤

20 Ways to Wear Sequins this Holiday Season


When it comes to sequins, there are definitely some unwritten "sparkle" rules that you have to follow in order to keep your look a little more glam and a little less holiday ornament-esque. So whether you're planning on rocking sequin skinnies or an all out sequin maxi, here are 20 fashion "do's" that you'll want to follow: 1. Do: Start off small Dorothy had the right idea with her ruby red slippers: sometimes a small pop of glitter (whether it be shoes or a bag) … Continue ➤