Romper Roundup: 6 Summer Rompers You Need in Your Closet

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It’s finally getting warmer in Chicago! Which means one thing: romper season is almost here.

Rompers are hands down the easiest, most versatile summer wardrobe staples. It’s so easy to throw on one piece and look totally put together with zero effort. And when you’re going from a late brunch/lunch on a patio to nighttime drinks on a rooftop, a romper is the perfect day-to-night outfit. Just throw on some heels and a cool jacket.

This summer, I’m stepping up my romper game and investing in a few fun pieces that I’ll be wearing all summer long.

Here are a few of my favorites.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cauliflower Tabbouleh and Falafel Recipes from “It’s All Easy”

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It’s all good easy!

Following up her uber-popular “It’s All Good,” health-foodie Gwyneth Paltrow is back with a new cookbook that brings delicious, healthy dishes with little or no sugar, fat or gluten to the everyday at-home cook. “It’s All Easy: Delicious Recipes for the Super Busy Home Cook” (goop press/Grand Central Life & Style) has more than 125 of Gwyneth’s favorite recipes, from breakfast to dessert.

“The food doesn’t need to be complicated to be good,” Gwyneth writes in the intro. “You don’t need to work for days to create that feeling of wholeness.”

And in this cookbook, healthy doesn’t equal boring. The Moroccan Chicken Salad Wrap, Thai Curry Noodle Pot, Cauliflower Mac ‘N’ Cheese and Chocolate Banana Milk Shake recipes are calling your name.

“That’s the idea here: Approach the kitchen with an air of easiness,” Gwyneth writes in the intro. “Because even if life isn’t all easy—far from it—sitting down and enjoying a good meal with people you really like can be. It should be.”

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One of my favorite summery recipes from the book is the Cauliflower Tabbouleh. Pair this with her Falafel recipe for a Mediterranean match made in heaven.

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Get Glowing: BECCA Champagne Pop vs. Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighters

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector review: Which BECCA highlighter is right for you, Champagne Pop or Opal? 

I’ve been going through a serious highlighting binge, and the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector pressed powders are some of the most beautiful highlighters I’ve ever laid eyes on.

I’d been dying to try Champagne Pop, a collab with makeup artist and YouTube personality Jaclyn Hill, after reading all the reviews and seeing it used in countless tutorials, but of course it was sold out—and had been for weeks. So I went to Sephora to play around with some of the other BECCA shades and fell in love with Opal. But when Champagne Pop came back in stock a few weeks later, I had to pick one up to see what all the hype was about. This holy grail highlighter launched in July 2015 as a limited-edition shade, but earlier this year BECCA Cosmetics announced that it’s now a permanent shade by popular demand.

What it does, according to Sephora.com: “Find refined luminosity in any light. This bestselling formula is enriched with ultrafine luminescent pearls that absorb, reflect, and refract light so your natural radiance is never lost.”

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Nana’s 4-Ingredient Magic Cookie Brownies

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There’s nothing like a great dessert that you can whip up in minutes.

This super easy brownie recipe has been a favorite in my family for four generations, and it’s still a hit at every single family party.

Just mix the four ingredients listed below, bake and roll in powdered sugar. Done.

When my sister and I were little, we loved helping Nana stir the ingredients and roll the brownies in the powdered sugar. This is still her go-to dessert and we always look forward to having them on holidays and at family parties. She most recently made them for Kaitlin and John‘s engagement party.

Keep these items in your pantry at all times, and you’ve got a delicious dessert in less than an hour that works for any occasion.

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Q&A: Kristin Cavallari Talks New Book “Balancing in Heels”

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Laguna Beach alum Kristin Cavallari’s new book is finally here!

Kristin gets real in her brand-new lifestyle book, “Balancing in Heels,” where she dishes on her days on Laguna and The Hills, marriage and motherhood. Plus it’s filled with lots of yummy healthy recipes, workouts, style tips and beauty secrets.

I had the chance to interview Kristin back in January for an article in the Spring 2016 issue of NS Magazine. She was the absolute SWEETEST and so much fun to talk to. And the book is seriously great. I started reading the intro and ended up reading almost the whole thing in one night.

Kristin and I talked her new book, new baby and new projects in the works for 2016, including big plans for her jewelry line, Emerald Duv.

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Kaitlin and John’s Big Fat TODAY Wedding Details

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America voted, and the results are in!

One of the biggest twists of Kaitlin and John’s Big Fat TODAY Wedding was that America voted on every detail of their wedding, from the dress to the cake. Even my dress was chosen by the viewers! Luckily, America has good taste. The wedding was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and everything came together perfectly.

How did my predictions stack up? I guessed right both of our dresses, the flowers, the rings, and hair, but was pleasantly surprised by the welcome sign and cake (which paired perfectly together), signature cocktail (omg, yum) and honeymoon.

Here’s a look at the winning picks and how everything turned out!

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