Beauty Essentials for Summer – Memorial Day

Summer is calling our names! Whether you’re vacationing on the beach, traveling back home or hanging out with your buddies, you want to look and feel your best during this unofficial kick off to summer.

La Roche

NEW La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen ($19.99/ Drugstores nationwide): Introducing Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen – advanced broad spectrum protection that is a 100% oil-free formula, offering a dry-touch texture that won’t cause breakouts. The innovatie formula contains the brand’s patented Cell-Ox Shield Technology, which is a synergistic combination of UVA/UVB filters for broad spectrum SPF 60 protection and a powerful antioxidant complex to protect against damaging free radicals that can accelerate skin aging. Additionally, it contains perlite (a naturally occurring volcanic glass that is able to absorb up to 2.5x its weight in water & oil) and silica (which has the ability to absorb significant amounts of oil) so skin is left soft, matte and protected for hours after use.

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NEW La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Daily Tone Correcting Primer ($39.99/Drugstores nationwide): Developed with dermatologists to help prevent further UVA induced damage and visibly conceal existing skin tone discolorations that can also be attributed to sensitivity. The Anthelios 50 Mineral Daily Tone Correcting Primer is formulated with Cell-OX Shield™, which provides 100% mineral broad spectrum protection and creates a soft focus effect on skin. The breakthrough formula is tinted to help those with light to medium skin tones conceal uneven skin tone issues triggered by UV exposure including visible sun damage, redness, dark spots, acne marks, melasma. The innovative optical blurring technology produces a soft-focus effect to provide skin with an even canvas. Wear this primer alone or under any type of makeup or foundation to help build coverage.

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Nature’s Gate Aqua Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen ($11.50/Whole Foods) A trusted alternative for sun protection, Nature’s Gate Sun Care is safe and gentle for the entire family. Infused with natural botanicals, Nature’s Gate Sunscreens are formulated with responsible and effective ingredients that help protect skin against UV exposure while soothing and hydrating skin. Water resistant (80 minutes). Vegan, Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Phthalate Free, Oxybenzone Free, Cruelty Free.

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Nature’s Gate Face Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Sunscreen ($11.49, Whole Foods): It is essential to have a good SPF in your beauty regimen! Infused with natural botanicals, Nature’s Gate Sunscreens are formulated with responsible and effective ingredients that help protect skin against UV exposure while soothing and hydrating skin.

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Nature’s Gate SPORT Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($11.50/Whole Foods) Vegan, Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Phthalate Free, Oxybenzone Free, Cruelty Free. Active ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%, Zinc oxide 6.9%

Bed Head Mini Ceramic

Bed Head Line Up™Electric Green Mini Ceramic Straightener ($19.99, Ulta):1/2″ Electric Green Mini Ceramic Straightener. Perfect for small touch-ups, including bangs, roots and ends.

Bed Head Overhaul

Bed Head Attitude Overhaul Mini Straightener ($19.99, Ulta: 1″ Pinkaholic Mini Ceramic Straightener. Keep your attitude in check with seriously straight, extra shiny, frizz free hair

Revlon Hair Dryer

Ergonomic design makes it easy to pack! And, no need to pack multiple tools The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler is a two-in-one powerhouse that reduces styling time and delivers smooth, frizz-free results in half the time. The lightweight, ergonomic design allows you to comfortably dry and style hair using just one hand to smooth out hard to reach areas, especially the back of the head where many people struggle to get smooth results. ($49.99/Target and Ulta)

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Nature’s Gate Sunless Tanner ($10.29, WholeFoods): Get the look of a natural summer tan without exposure to the sun this winter! Nature’s Gates Sunless Tanner provides a natural looking tan while lightly hydrating and soothing skin, with a classic blend of Aloe and Olive oil.

DS Laboratories Spectral

DS Laboratories Spectral.LASH ($49.99, Long, luxurious and full eyelashes proclaim youth and attractiveness for both women and men. DS Laboratories created Spectral.LASH, a cutting-edge treatment that helps lashes grow and feel fuller. It’s time to break up your long term relationship with your mascara and lash curler and open your eyes to Spectral.LASH!

DS Laboratories Keramene

DS Laboratories Keraméne ($98.99, Depilation, whether it is shaving, waxing, threading or laser hair removal, is a one of the most dreaded beauty chores amongst women and men. Keraméne minimizes the frequency and severity of depilatory sessions and skin stays smoother and silkier with less hair for longer!

DS Laboratories Oligo

DS Laboratories Oligo.DX® ($38.99, Physicians agree that cellulite cannot be treated by exercise and diet alone. Both do little or nothing to break up and drain the unsightly cellulite deposits trapped under the skin. DS Laboratories Oligo.DX® is a one-of-a-kind, high-tech breakthrough in skincare. With this unique gel, dimpled fat impervious to diet and exercise takes on a smoother and healthier appearance.

Sente Daily Repair

SENTÉ Daily Repair Complex SENTÉ Daily Repair Complex with SPF 30, engineered with patented HSA Technology, is the most complete age management day cream which hydrates your skin while providing UVA/UVB protection to help prevent sun damage.
Skin Health Benefits:
Smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Provide hydration for radiant, luminous skin
Decrease the appearance of aging skin
Provides UVA/UVB protection
Fast-absorbing, skin-tones, non-greasy formulation blends flawlessly into skin
Retail Price: $130.00, Available at select physician’s offices and online at

got2b powder

got2b POWDER’ful volumizing powder
Give limp hair a boost with the got2b POWDER’ful volumizing powder Formulated with virtually weightless micro-particles that help texturize the hair’s surface, you can achieve radical root lift on demand by shaking powder on dry strands. Results in 10 seconds flat!
$5.99; mass retailers

ULTIME Omega Repair

Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Omega Repair11-In-1 Leave-In This 11-in-1 Leave-In, speci­fically formulated for all hair types is enriched with lavishly rich omega oil which features multi-benefits: 1. Intensive Repair*, 2. Split End Control & Prevention, 3. Easier Combing, 4. Shine & Flexibility, 5. Bounce & Vitality, 6. Rebalance Hydration Levels, 7. Non-Burdening Formula, 8. Smoothening, 9. Softness, 10. Frizz Control, 11. Blow Dry Heat Protection.
$6.97; mass retailers.

CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz

CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner
Prepare yourself to be amazed. Breakthrough smoothing, de-frizzing technology, featuring a proprietary blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa, with seaweed and shea butter, instantly eliminates unruly frizz and infuses hair with extreme smoothness, shine and super healthy condition without weighing hair down. This 100% vegan formula gently cleanses, rinsing clean for long lasting, brilliant color without the use of harsh sulfates, salts or gluten.
Moisturizes and detangles while cleansing
Eliminates frizz while infusing unsurpassed smoothness, softness and shine into hair
Unsurpassed color and heat protection
Perfect for daily use
$9.50; 2 oz sold exclusively in salons and spas nationwide.

Australian Gold Sport Spray

Australian Gold X-Treme Sport Spray Gel ($7.99; Mass drug stores and Allows you to protect yourself while you stay active with Total Performance Formula. It’s self-adapting polymer technology helps boost SPF and improve water resistance while providing a low-shine finish on skin.

RUSK Smooth Foam

Macadamia Professional Travel Sized Style Extend Dry Shampoo ($10, Extend the life of your hairstyle with a translucent dry shampoo designed to absorb oil and product build-up. Hair is left feeling clean, revived and full of body.

PCA Skin Sheer

PCA SKIN Sheer Tint SPF 45 Water-Resistant ($49;

This Skin Cancer Foundation recommended, luxurious formulation provides water-resistant, broad spectrum protection with a tinted finish.
· Tested to protect the skin for 80 minutes in water or while sweating

· Protects against aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays

· Titanium Dioxide (6%) and Zinc Oxide (8%) provide broad spectrum UV protection by reflecting, scattering and absorbing UV rays

· Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation
Key Ingredients:
Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme Q10) – a potent antioxidant that fights free-radical damage. This is especially useful, as UV exposure generates free radicals in the skin.
Iron Oxides – can be naturally occurring or synthesized and are commonly used
to impart natural color into topical products.
Dimethicone – a silicone that contributes to the luxurious slip and finish of this tinted SPF.

Jurlique Sun Specialist

Jurlique Sun Specialist SPF40 High Protection Cream PA+++ ($38 at This rich cream combines UVA and UVB sunscreen ingredient technology with new Superberry Complex, a fruit extract blend that delivers essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to condition and protect the skin from the effects of environmental aggressors. Inca Inchi Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and a special blend of natural emollients and Shea Butter help to maintain optimum skin moisturization during sun exposure for skin that looks and feels protected, hydrated and smooth.

Jurlique Sun Specialist Lotion

Jurlique Sun Specialist After Sun Replenishing Moisturising Lotion ($36 at A deeply nourishing, post-sun hydrating lotion for face and body designed to help restore moisture to the skin and maintain a lasting, even tan. This creamy formula is enriched with deeply hydrating natural butters to deliver the ultimate in moisturisation to protect and condition the skin from the effects of the drying effects of sun exposure.

Jurilque Specialist Tanner

Jurlique Sun Specialist Sunless Tanner ($36 at This lightweight, non-streaky formula is designed to provide multi-benefits of a natural, golden sunless tan, protection from environmental aggressors and intense hydration. Specially formulated with Sweet Orange fruit extract to help gently produce a natural, bronzed glow, and new Superberry Complex, a fruit extract blend that delivers essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to protect and condition the skin from the effects of environmental aggressors. With a hint of color for an instant glow and Safflower Seed Oil to deeply hydrate, skin feels smooth, soft with healthy-looking color and luminosity.


Dial Silk & Magnolia Body Wash ($4.97; Available at grocery drug and mass retailers nationwide) NEW Dial® Silk & Magnolia Body Wash helps restore your skin. Enriched with silk protein, this clean-rinsing formula provides a luxurious lather for healthy skin that feels touchably silky soft.
Enriched with Silk Protein and Magnolia Blossom

Advanced moisture-attracting formula for lasting, lightweight hydration

Clean-rinsing formula provides a luxurious lather for healthier looking skin that feels touchably silky soft.

Equitance Brightening Serum

Equitance Brightening Serum & Spot Corrector ($125 (1.0 fl. oz); available at Clinically proven to improve the appearance of discoloration and uneven skin tone. This pioneering spot-targeting serum formula zeroes in on the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark discoloration. It uses patented technology to continuously deliver our key brightening ingredient, linoleic acid. With daily use, this essential step in the Brightening regimen brings clarity, brightness and radiance to skin’s appearance.

Layrite Cement

Layrite Cement Hair Clay, SRP: $19 (4 oz.) at Layrite Cement Hair Clay is an incredible high hold, water-based styling clay that delivers a clean, matte finish that will last all day. The perfect balance of select polymers and waxes with the lowest oil content combine to act like cement, delivering incredible hold with a natural, low shine finish. Unlike other formulas that can weigh hair down by coating it, this formula binds individual hairs together for extreme hold. Water-soluble so it washes out easily and won’t leave build-up behind! For Women: Also perfect for keeping a ponytail or braid in place, or for taming frizz and flyaways!

RUSK Smooth Foam

NEW RUSK Smooth Foam ($18; ULTA) Extends your straight style through 5 shampoos without the long-term commitment and harsh chemicals of a straightening treatment. It helps reduce your blow-dry time by 50% and delivers long-lasting frizz-free straight hair while maintaining hair’s natural movement and style.

Turbo IONIC Dryer

The NEW Hot Tools® Turbo IONIC® Dryer is the perfect combination of quality and design. The modern dryer with a narrow, European nozzle packs an impressive airflow with quiet operation. Its PRO-MOISTURE SYSTEM™ with ION TECHNOLOGY® is supplemented with Tourmaline to deliver a hydrating “spa treatment” for your hair — while fighting frizz and locking in moisture for supremely soft, manageable hair. The contemporary dryer also includes a concentrator with a narrow opening for precise drying. The lightweight dryer is available in classic black or bright neon orange for those who crave a little color in their life. ($70.00; Ulta/

Hot Tools Digital Flat Iron

Hot Tools 1” Digital Flat Iron
The Titanium plates heat up to 450°F degrees for one pass straightening. The styling iron’s Pulse Technology® delivers prompt heat-up and instant heat recovery for an uninterrupted flow of precision heat that styles quickly and effortlessly. Rounded plate edges and a Soft-Touch finish — complimented by moveable Titanium “Micro-Shine®” styling plates — combine for maximum styling versatility and unsurpassed ergonomic comfort while handling.

Epsom Salt Soaking Solution

Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution 1LB
($2.99; Target/Walmart)
Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Lavender is now offered in a light, convenient, compact bag. It is a quick and easy way to rejuvenate your body and soothe tired, achy muscles. The single use bag is lightweight and a great way to get started with Dr Teal’s. Clear your mind and heal your body with this naturally wholesome remedy.

DR Teals Bath and Body Oils

Dr. Teal’s Bath & Body Oils ($6.99, Walmart)
Formulated with super-emollient ingredients, this luxurious treatment gives instant hydration and pampers dry skin.
The lightweight, nourishing oil goes on sheer and vanishes into skin, leaving a silky, radiant finish with the delicate fragrance. The formula also works wonders in a warm tub.
Relax & Relief with Eucalyptus Spearmint: Relaxes the body and relieves the mind. Spearmint is used as a restorative for the body while eucalyptus stimulates the senses.
Soothe & Sleep with Lavender: Formulated with lavender essence, which has soothing properties to encourage a better night’s sleep.
Soften & Condition Olive Oil: Skin is infused with moisture from hydrating ingredients: Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E create this sumptuous, lightly scented formula.
Can be used directly on the skin or in the bath.
Phthalate- and paraben-free.


Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Heat Tamer
(8oz / $5.99-$7.99; Walmart/Walgreens)
The Repair & Renew Heat Tamer includes protein-rich Keratin to fortify hair and Argan oil to prevent future damage. This formula protects your hair from superior heat and maximum breakage from temperatures of up to 450 degrees! Fortified with advanced provitamins and amino acids to guard against styling and finishing damages.


Four Seasons Resort Hualālai R – Summer Retreat Series

Chicago, IL – Picture yourself taking a break to Hawaii Island’s only five-star beachside resort to renew your commitment to your fitness, nutrition and appearance. Imagine having a paddleboard adventure, hiking in a tropical setting or participating in a goal setting workshop to reset your aspirations as well as your attitude.

“Four Seasons Resort Hualālai is a sanctuary for the senses,” remarks Tammy Petersen, President of Retreats Unlimited, “and the perfect setting for the retreats we’re offering this summer to revitalize your body and mind. Indulge in one of these retreats in our unparalleled luxury on the picturesque Kona coast of Hawaii, the Big Island and you’re sure to leave invigorated and inspired.”

July 10-14, 2016

Hawaii Island Boot Camp with Zack Schares

In this active lifestyle retreat, you’ll step up your fitness program, embrace healthier eating and sharpen your style with Zack Schares, a high performance fitness instructor, personal trainer and professional triathlete. Zack’s infectious enthusiasm and “No Excuses” philosophy inspires confidence and makes each session—ranging from a rock climbing excursion or beachside obstacle course to a mini marathon—exhilarating. A goal setting workshop, organic cooking demonstration and fashion show are part of this getaway. Take advantage of the Early Bird Promotion until June 10, 2016, priced at $3,578 USD for double occupancy (shared room) and $4,966 for single occupancy.

July 24-28, 2016

Intense Yoga Immersion Retreat with Sean Phelps

Whether you want to take your yoga practice to the next level or need to revive your passion for yoga, you’ll accelerate your practice at this Intense Yoga Immersion retreat. Sean Phelps is a dedicated daily Ashtanga practitioner and agility and strength training devotee with an avid following throughout the country. In this five-day session, you’ll learn how to sustain and ignite your inner fire and float peacefully, mindfully, and energetically every second you are on the mat. Alignment techniques and breath work will be covered extensively during all sessions. Take advantage of the Early Bird Promotion until June 17, 2016, priced at $3,578 USD for double occupancy (shared room) and $4,966 for single occupancy.

August 21-25, 2016

Total Wellness Made Sexy with Fern Langham and Nikki Sharp

Abundant living through food, fitness, yoga and empowering knowledge are the themes of this retreat.

Fern Langham, founder of ThyroidYoga™, is a wellness expert renowned for her artful approach to self-healing. Nikki Sharp teaches people how to have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. Together, they will inspire and guide you to adopt simple changes that lead to deeper connections with others, increased serenity and greater happiness. A cooking demonstration, guided meditations and rituals, and workshops on food, relationships and creative visualization are included. Take advantage of the Early Bird Promotion until July 21, 2016, priced at $3,858 USD for double occupancy (shared room) and $5,586 for single occupancy.

All Retreats Include:

5 days and 4 nights at the magnificent Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, Hawaii Island’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel and selected by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 hotel in Hawaii
Full meal plan with breakfast, lunch and dinner
Shuttle service to and from the airport
All taxes, tips and services
Retreats Unlimited daily gift bag

These retreats are being offered by Retreats Unlimited and Wild Wellness Travel. To make a reservation, review the detailed itineraries or for additional information visit Retreats Unlimited or call 312-961-3280.

Retreats Unlimited

Retreats Unlimited is a full-service retreat company offering fitness, self-improvement and wellness vacations. Unlike any other, our retreats and wellness holidays are in destinations that are unique. The resorts are luxurious and each retreat offers unique experiences.

Wild Wellness Travel

Wild Wellness Travel creates balanced vacations based on a philosophy that includes stress reduction, fitness, cultural involvement, self-care and food education. With these five pillars we promote and offer transformational wellness experiences internationally.

About Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, set on the picturesque Kona coast of Hawaii, the Big Island, is a magnificent work of destination art. Built into its natural surroundings, the Resort combines history, culture, pure pampering, and true aloha to all who come its way.

Hawaii Island’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel, the Resort features 243 magnificent rooms, including 51 spectacular suites, a signature Jack Nicklaus golf course, a world-class spa and sports club, seven pools, an array of cultural experiences, and active adventures. Award-winning dining is offered, highlighting a regional, seasonal, artisanal approach; while romance abounds, as the Resort specializes in creating spectacular wedding, honeymoon, and anniversary experiences. All the while, the contrast of ancient black lava rock with towering coconut palms, white sand beaches, and azure sea creates opportunities for memories and photographs at every turn.


Costa Baja Resort and Spa – Snorkeling with Sea Lions

Costa Baja, Mexico – This summer, give your kids the best vacation stories ever. Take them on an awe-inspiring adventure in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez, swimming and snorkeling with sea lions. This outing is a memory maker and the perfect bonding experience for inter-generational family trips and large groups. Professional guides host the excursion to the barrier island of Espiritu Santa Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Bio Reserve and it’s a highlight of a tour offered by the Costa Baja Resort and Spa. This all-inclusive resort is located just 10 minutes south of downtown La Paz, the capital of Mexico’s Baja California.

More About Swimming and Snorkeling with Sea Lions

Guests will treasure an hour and 20-minute boat ride, revealing deep blue turquoise waters while their professional guide provides an educational discussion of what to expect upon arriving to Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO world heritage bio reserve. This barrier island is rich in both sea and plant life. Soft beaches, secluded bays, and pristine eco-systems dotted with blue-footed boobies, playful sea lions, jumping dolphin, sea turtles and, in season, grey whales will delight and inspire. Guests will cherish the one of a kind experience of swimming and snorkeling with sea lions. Hungry swimmers will savor a freshly prepared lunch on the beach of Ensenada Grande Island that is surrounded by commanding red rocks and towering cacti. After lunch, a professional guide will lead a discussion about interesting facts about the natural history of the area. This outing includes:

Round trip transportation to the barrier island of Espiritu Santa (Departure in the lobby at 8:00am and return to the resort at 4:00pm)
Visiting and swimming at the sea lion colony
Snorkeling Equipment (mask, fins and snorkel)
Boat and captain

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The resort also recommends guest pack a camera, sun block, sunglasses, a hat, jacket, and comfortable


About the Costa Baja Resort and Spa

This all-inclusive Costa Baja Resort and Spa is just 10 minutes south of downtown La Paz, the capital of Mexico’s Baja California. The resort, unmatched in the region, is set on the magnificent Sea of Cortez overlooking a 250-slip marina and a white sand beach. It is nestled like a jewel within 550 acres of environmentally protected costal lands. Just north of the hotel lies Isla Espiritu Santo, a designated UNESCO World Heritage bio reserve, and adjacent waters that offer the best sport fishing in Baja Sur. Costa Baja offers exclusive access and preferred rates at Mexico’s only Gary Player-designed golf course; the tranquil Espiritu Spa featuring locally-inspired treatments and full spa services; three pools and multiple dining options.

Don’t miss this opportunity for the ideal family vacation in a serene, tropical setting. Prices for families start out at $3,889 for a family of four, all inclusive of food and accommodations. This includes all tax and resort fees. Extra nights can also be added on.

This retreat is being offered by Retreats Unlimited. To make a reservation, review this itinerary or for additional information visit Retreats Unlimited or call 312-961-3280. Join Retreats Unlimited on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for upcoming retreat announcements, promotions and discount offers.


Hilton Chicago: The Perfect Summer Getaway

The Perfect Summer Getaway: Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood

Top Ten Tourist Attractions for Families

The Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites is just steps away from some of the most iconic must see Chicago attractions. Families can park their car

and walk in any direction to enjoy one or many unique attractions found on Chicago’s famed gold coast.  Attractions that are great for families include:

–        American Girl Place

–        Chicago’s Pizza Tours

–        Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop / Hershey Chocolate World Store

–        Millennium Park

–        Oak Street Beach

–        Historic Water Tower

–        Chicago Observation Deck

–        Tilt 

–        Water Tower Place

–        Broadway Playhouse

All of this activity calls for a home away from home stay and the Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites is just the place for a summer family stay. Recently refreshed spacious suites, offering separate living areas, flat screen TV’s, plus jaw dropping views of Lake Michigan and panoramic city views makes this property a top pick. You won’t want to miss the night time skyline from the top floor pool and fitness center.  It’s a site to behold. An array of eleven unique suites adorned with iconic Chicago themed wall art await guests.

Today’s connected travelers will appreciate free lobby Wi-Fi plus business travelers can also take advantage of connectivity stations and printing capabilities. The property is group and business friendly with 10,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting space for events to include destination weddings, business and exhibit events. Host a fundraiser for 300 guests in the Lakeshore Ballroom or choose amongst 14 stylish meeting rooms with A/V capabilities: including the Gold Coast Board Room featuring classic lakeside views, and a 52-inch flat-screen monitor.

The resort also provides guests two onsite dining options. The Local – Chicago, a restaurant that infuses local Chicago fare with traditional courses, is a delicious dining experience. Sushi lovers will want to dine at Mirai Sushi featuring a three-star menu of traditional Japanese options layered with a modern day twist – serving the freshest sashimi, specialty rolls and small plates. Families can take advantage of the children’s menu offering kid favorites and adult approved entrees. Of course, the Magnificent Mile and nearby neighborhoods are dotted with unique eateries from fine dining establishments to mom-and-pop neighborhood favorites.

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Flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway Airport. The hotel is easily accessible with valet and self parking options: click here for driving directions.


All of this activity calls for a home-away from home stay and the Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites is just the place. Recently refreshed spacious suites, offering separate living areas, flat screen TV’s, plus jaw dropping views of Lake Michigan and panoramic city views makes this property a top choice. You won’t want to miss the night time skyline from the top floor pool and fitness center, it’s a site to behold. An array of eleven unique suites adorned with iconic Chicago themed wall art await guests. Upgrade to a Lakeview Suite to savor views of Lake Michigan while business travelers may want to book an Executive Level suite with private access to the Executive Lodge where complimentary breakfast, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar is available daily.

Spring Break Beauty Survival Kit

Spring Break plans right around the corner? Pack up your bags and get ready to head out with the ultimate beauty survival kit! We’ve got you covered from head to toe (and everything in between) with the warm weather essentials you need for skin that’s soft, smooth and glowing all vacation long.


1) KORRES Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Have fun in the sun with this ultra-sheer yet nourishing fluid that provides daily broad-spectrum UV coverage while wearing beautifully under makeup. This ultra-lightweight fluid instantly disappears into skin providing broad-spectrum UV protection and deep nourishment. Yogurt, rich in skin-repairing proteins, helps keep skin nourished and protected from the sun’s harmful rays while a blend of rice and camapu extract offers deep hydration and calming properties to soothe skin during sun exposure. Provitamin B5 helps reduce inflammation and supports natural cell regeneration while jojoba oil seals in moisture—leaving skin soft and smooth. ($35;

2) Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection: Travel Friendly. Purse Friendly. Skin Friendly. This is the perfect for fragrance on the go. Their collection of all-natural fragrances is luxurious and addictive. Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that capture a mood, a memory or a moment in time. Hailed as the World’s First Healthy Fragrance, organic sugar cane alcohol is infused with skin saving antioxidants for a modern twist on the classic art of perfumery. ($19;

3) PediSpa by Look Beauty Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask: Show off sandal ready feet thanks to this non-traditional masque that contains a foot exfoliate plus treatment filled in a pair of wearable socks. Key ingredients like chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts help control callus build-up for visibly smooth feet within two weeks. ($9.99 for one complete pair; Exclusively at Target Stores in the Foot Care Aisle and

4) Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser: Wash you face day and night for a complexion that glows all vacation long with this daily liquid cleanser that gives you a deep exfoliating clean without being rough on dry spots. Ideal for combination skin, this oil-free formula contains cleansing ingredients that excavate grime and oil from pores. At the same time, the formula gently smooths away dead cells. You end up with skin that’s fresh, silky-soft and luminous. ($7.99; Drug and mass merchants)

5) Ban Roll-On Deodorant: Don’t worry about embarrassing sweat while you’re in the sun! Traditional antiperspirant/deodorants merely mask odors and reduce odor-causing sweat in general, while Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. Ban Roll-On Deodorant glides on easily with a formula that provides an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness. ($4.99, Drug and Mass Retailers)

6) Curél Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray: Instantly relieve dry, irritated skin with this non-medicated, moisturizing spray with cooling hydration. Uniquely soothing, this formula delivers a mix of light yet potent hydrators — including a proprietary ceramide complex, allantoin and panthenol — to ease parched, itchy skin right where you need it. The Proprietary Cooling Complex feels soothing like a cold compress, lending you instant relief. ($8.99; Drug and mass merchants)

Packing Tips for The Everyday Girl – Infographic

It’s no secret that I’m a Pinterest addict and this week would be no different!  I’m packing for a holiday trip and want to ensure that everything’s organized.  My biggest obstacle is planning my attire for the entire week.  There’s nothing worse than realizing I left something at home and instantly start to locate the nearest Target.

Regardless, there are some girls that get it right (in terms of packing.)  We all know them and recognize them in the airport. They’re the ladies wearing dark sunglasses, a Tory Burch Carry-On, bottled water, and portable cellphone charger.  This elite group of women are effortless, cool but most importantly have not left anything.

To help the rest of us (that are like myself) with packing tips, I want to share the infographics below.

Click on the photos to visit the site that provides more details for proper packing.

Holiday Travel Essentials – How To

The holidays prove to be a busy travel time! From escaping the cold weather for a warm relaxing vacation to traveling to your loved one for a long weekend, make sure you have those key travel necessities on hand such as:

KORRES Greek Yoghurt Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Wipes will fit into any carry-on bag! This package of pre-moistened cleansing wipes are formulated with nourishing Greek yogurt to easily remove stubborn face and eye makeup while softening skin. Each pre-moistened, textured, and non-irritating cloth effectively removes stubborn face and eye makeup, leaving skin refreshed and deeply nourished. A calming duo of chamomile and calendula oils relieve stressed or sensitive skin while gentle macademia and jojoba oils help skin retain moisture. Perfectly packaged for on-the-go cleansing, skin is left revitalized, smooth, and hydrated ($15;



Take freshness on-the-go with the mini versions of Lavanila’s bestselling deodorant! This All-Natural, freshly scented pure vanilla deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment ($8;


Don’t let your scent be compromised during travels! Katy Perry’s Mad Potion Eau de Parfum Rollerball features tahitian vanilla orchid, sweet white peony, fresh & crisp apple, madagascar bourbon vanilla, luminous jasmine petals, soft & whipped fluffy musk, Mexican vanilla bean absolute and glowing amber ($18;

Katy Perry Rollerball

Get comfy with Hästens Travel Pillow. With 100% duck down this travel pillow is the perfect accessory to guarantee a little beauty rest while you’re traveling – whether by air, train, or automobile. Or use it as a makeup bag and zip it up with your loose beauty items with the rugged blue check fabric out. Then when you have settled in to your seat for your long trip reverse the pillow to expose the soft cotton and down interior. Comes in three colors. ($150; Hästens Stores nationwide; for more information, visit:

Travel Pillow

Add a pop to your hair with Hairdo by HairUWear French Braid Band. Add a finishing touch with the Hairdo French Braid Band that’s as much fashion accessory as it is hair accessory. Effortlessly chic, it attaches in an instant. What better way to add cachet? Use to hold your hair back for a classic look or hold your ponytail or bun in place with this braid band, just like you would use an elastic ($10;

Braid Band