Part 3: colorblocking
At the corner of happy and healthy… and dangerous for product junkies.
A how-to guide for (non-permanent) pink hair
Part 2: the monogrammed clutch
A look at tuxedo-inspired dressing
The case for making a trip to the outlets. Right now.
I drop-in to makeup school and pick up tips from a pro
Part 1: the bucket bag
Colorblock your way into bright spirits
A collection of empties highlights the most-used products on my shelf
Valentine’s-themed outfits to dazzle
A round-up of trapper hats to battle the last surge of winter. Bonus? Most are on sale.
The all-natural, eco-friendly makeup line I can’t stop talking about
A black accent adds the cool factor
Sporty cobalt: the pop color that’s become something of a permanent fixture.
That’s really what the bottle says – and it’s not lying. My new favorite dry oil.
I’m wearing red on Valentine’s Day, and here’s why.
When winter forces practical outfit choices, use makeup as your statement accessory
A guide to packing for a destination wedding weekend with carry-on bags only. My latest article for Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine
Shop your closet to reinvent your winter basics
A cheerful decorating idea that shouldn’t cost you anything
How to master the J. Crew sleeve roll
A shoe round-up
A hairstylist to the stars gives me pro tips on creating sideswept, retro-inspired waves at home.
5 sunny ideas to beat the winter blues
A recent trip to Maine includes a pilgrimage to the mammoth L.L. Bean flagship store
Skincare defense for harsh winter weather
Part 2 of beauty essentials for my New Year’s Eve look
Outfit ideas for your upcoming fêtes
My latest article for Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine
A 1960′s inspired hairstyle for your formal holiday dinner.
a playlist of holiday merriment from Ashley and me
Essentials for my party-ready look
A surprising discovery from a weekend in the Caribbean: the beauty of stormy palettes
Let the wrapping begin! A guide to getting those presents into under-the-tree condition
Dear Santa: my fantasy wish list
Gifts for him
Ideas for her. Gift giving ideas for a friend, colleague, relative… or to add to your list
Tips to take your digital smartphone photography to the next level.
My favorite haircare discovery. The tube that brings you soft, full-bodied, shiny hair.
A sweater dress brings together practicality and style on cold winter days.
A trip to the American Museum of Natural History inspires cellestial motifs in everyday life
An eclectic mix to accompany you through Holiday travel to-and-fro
Flight essentials for your upcoming holiday travel season
all about Homeoplasmine, the french pharmacy wonder ointment.
How to make an elegant updo at home
Take on winter with this season’s mineral metallics, iridescent neutrals and frosted colors.
My personal history with this treasured winter-weather accessory.
Introducing a new series where I spotlight one dazzling piece and build an outfit around it – with no limitation on price. Sometimes we have to let the imagination play dress up.
Highlighters have moved to the center of the beauty world as luminous, dewy skin has become the favored look. The top glow-makers, starting with my favorite: Light Master Primer by Giorgio Armani.
My favorite boots from retailers this season. 40 pairs. All your needs covered.
my makeup favorites this month.
Boyfriend-fit jean recommendations.
Cute & mischievous. Kittenish and clever. Sweet and sassy. Thats what a black patent bow says to me.
I’m so excited to have contributed to the article 50 Ways To Be French for the website Easy Living. The editors there put together a genuinely inspiring list of tips and images to capture the French way of life - which as you know, is a constant source of inspiration here at …
Three looks to emulate: what inspired me during a fall magazine catch-up session.
All the rain yesterday in Chicago gave home and yard Halloween decorations interesting character. I grabbed my camera and headed out.
An easy-to-master, classic french look.
A stroll through two more of my favorite resources for fashion images. Art for you walls that will inspire your sense of style.
An inexpensive way to bestow elegance on your walls.
The beauty industry has long put makeup and skincare in two different categories. But recently, newer brands are endeavoring to create makeup products with a two-fold mission: enhance your looks WHILE nourishish your skin’s health. The results are fantastic. My two favorite “enlightened” products.
I head west and find inspiration in the wild.
One of life’s simplest pleasures is a savored glass of wine while watching an anticipated episode of TV. What wine with what show? I talk to an expert. Read on.
If you’re going to shop anyway, why not shop AND support a cause. October is breast cancer awareness month; here’s an aggregate of goodies from your favorite beauty brands whose sales go toward research and awareness.
A low-cost fall styling idea: the classic baseball tee. After all, it’s October. Baseball is on the brain.
We covered underthings yesterday so it’s only fitting that today we “undress” the lip. Nude lips: My easy guide on how to apply and what products to try.
Have you noticed? In recent years there has been an emergence of a whole new category of bras for small-to-medium chested women: meet “the bralet”
The low-cost haircare practice of supermodels: look no further than your grocery store!
A look at the venerated Florentine company’s history and a discussion of the beauty elixirs I discovered on a recent visit to the Manhattan boutique.
Defining Delphine welcomes guest editor Lauren Dittrich Bilyeu. In addition to being a world-class cook (I highly recommend her cooking blog, www.lincolnparkkitchen.blogspot.com) and generally having an enviable taste-level (everything from napkins to travel plans), Lauren is known for captivating a room with her exquisite vintage ensembles. I asked if she would share some of her connoisseur secrets to successful vintage shopping in Chicago. Here, she outlines for Delphine readers a thorough list of the top boutiques that should be on your next vintage crawl. Now, if only we could each take her with us to employ her fantastic eye for vintage styling. Thanks Lauren, you inspire us at Defining Delphine.
A cornucopia of lustworthy outerwear to steer you through crisp autumn days.
A trench for the season
Discover the youth-affirming serum that should be on your nightstand
A well-defined brow is like a lens that brings the rest of your face into focus.
Introducing a Defining Delphine series where I spotlight distinctive boutiques that you’ll want to know about. First up – French label Comptoir Des Cotonniers
I have found the facial exfoliant for you.
I introduce Defining Delphine’s Music Correspondent, Ashley Kaufman, who has created just the right beats for your fall style sessions. No better way to survive a Monday than with some new music.
These are a few of my favorite things…
Dramatic pieces get some discipline
This fall nothing is more soft and intriguing than the peculiar mix of pastel tones with fall’s earth tones.
This week I dedicate the blog to fall looks. It’s not easy letting go of summer but it helps if there’s inspiring fashion to look forward to.
It’s fashion week in New York. When the spotlight is on the best of the best in design, it raises everyone else’s game. We find ourselves reaching for that prize splurge (a Burberry blazer? An Hervé Leger dress? A Rick Owens jersey top? ) that’s tucked away safely in the back …
This one isn’t text-heavy. A photo says it all: Karlie Kloss’s short hair is enviably modern. There’s been a noticeably shift in hair silhouettes as of late. Long wavy tresses are feeling tired while the short, fresh, tomboy ingenue cuts are modern and of the moment. If you’re looking for …
Just before the end of the dirt road, like an exclamation mark for the journey’s end, is a steep hill. We ride down to the bottom and park the car. The first thing we notice when we get out is my grandfather’s old bee house – just off …
Today is Labor Day. Which means September has officially launched. It also means you only have three more weeks (until September 22nd to be exact) to go see the dazzling exhibit “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” at the Art Institute of Chicago. You don’t want to miss…
“I just want everyone to pick what they want to wear. To wear whatever they want.” I was reclining in the hair-laundering chair with my head dipped back in the porcelain sink. My upside-down face conjured a quizzical expression. The shampoo girl paused too. I tried to lift my head …
The old adage “don’t go outlet shopping with a list” is no longer true. Okay, so maybe I sort of made up that adage, but everyone has a version of it. The sentiment being: don’t expect to find what you’re looking for, rather, expect to come home with something totally …
Every summer I visit my family’s summer cottage on the southwest coast of Finland. It’s a dreamy place: to get there you ride along a dirt road, passing golden rapseed fields, patches of wild strawberries spurting forth from the roadside, roaming butterflies, and the occasional mammoth-size moose. It’s a peaceful …
For a long time the cosmetics industry had us convinced that oil was bad for our skin by advertising their products with the trusted slogan “oil-free”. This propaganda had the consequence that the vast majority of consumers turned away from all oil-based products, including all-natural botanical oils and other elixirs …
One of my Chicago friends just took off to the south of France for her honeymoon, another is preparing for a three week sarafi sojourn in Africa, a group of my east coast friends are hitting up a lake house in Maine, and I happen to be jetting off for …
A satellite receives information, consolidates it and beams it out. It is used for communication, navigation, weather and research. My hope as a blogger is to be a figurative satellite – to aggregate and broadcast relevant information that assists your passage through the daily style decisions you face. I could …
We are inundated with advertisements; they are bundled into every activity that we do. It’s no longer just buses and billboards and magazines – there are no boundaries. Bathroom stalls, tray tables, turnstiles, cupholders in sports stadiums, ads in your emails, ads on your facebook page, rollover video ads planted …
For Christmas last year my sister gave me a candle. She would contend that the snowcone making machine she gave me for my birthday in 2008 is still the greatest gift of all time. When she says this it annoys me and usually triggers a heated debate where I …
A raised eyebrow. A skeptical glance. A snide question: “What is that… that you’re wearing?” The more subtle the more stinging. Haven’t we all been crippled at one point or another by male (a colleague, a table of guys at a patio bar, a relative, a friend, a date) disapproval of …
The All Star game came and went, the royal baby has arrived, and fashion magazines are stuffed with new Fall ad campaigns – all this can mean only one thing. Summer is halfway over. And that’s okay, because it means there’s still a lot of sunshine ahead to take advantage …
I’m a NARS beauty devotee. I’ve raved elsewhere on Defining Delphine about my favorite product of theirs but I’ll happily do it again if it intrigues any of you to try it: the Nars Satin Lip pencil is heavenly. I found it through a recommendation by celebrity stylist Kate Young …
http://www.shoplesnouvelles.com/ I recently discovered Les Nouvelles, an online boutique that houses an extraordinarily well-edited selection of women’s accessories and clothing. It’s an impressive assortment of goods: they have managed to secure brands that are otherwise not widely distributed online, and the buying eye at work is skillful – the pieces …
I recommend a braid. To beat the heat without losing your sanity, I recommend a braid. We have all been there – blow drying your hair with sweat dripping down the back of your legs, using every de-frizzing product in the arsenal, laboring to achieve a polished look before heading …
I sacrificed the third toe on my left foot to Giorgio Armani. I know that in the grand scheme of sacrificial offerings, it may seem meager, but I was fond of the toe, and rather reluctant to part with it. Technically its still on my foot, but its numb, vegetative, …
Lululemon, the “Lexus” of activewear, has a huge presence in Chicago. You see people wearing it at the gym AND beyond – …
Mad Men Season 6 is over. It’s been just over two weeks. We’ve had time to read Alan Sepinwall’s review of the …
If you are anything like me, major league baseball will figure into your summer at some point. It might be a last …
It’s summer. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduations, 4th of July, weddings, anniversaries, bachelorette trips, beach, lake and country house weekends. In …
Recently I began thinking about style signatures: the repetition of a single stylistic choice that becomes the consistent, counted-on cornerstone of your …
Cathy Horyn, the fashion critic of the New York Times wrote a short article a couple Sunday’s back about the fashions of the …
Home for the weekend, I accompanied my mom to the grocery store yesterday. As we scurried in light rain toward the car …
Chicagoans. Rejoice. You have in your city a hidden jewel of a product playground. My good friend Yvonne said to me …
Spring was late, cold and full of rain here in Chicago. The first downside to this was probably economic. Boutique owners heard …
Upon turning 30 a little over a month ago, I vowed to serve my skin better in this decade than in the …
When I was nine our family took in a french foreign exchange student, Jacques, for a month in early summer. He was …
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