10 Chicago Summer Festivals to Add to Your Calendar

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Festival season is in full swing in Chicago! These are a few of my favorite Chicago events, including Windy City Smokeout, Do Division and the Renegade Craft Fair.

One of my favorite parts about summer in Chicago is that there’s a new festival every weekend, from art fairs to food and music festivals. It’s a great way to get outside, listen to live music, try some new food, and find a cool, one-of-a-kind piece of art for your apartment.

I’m rounding up my favorite festivals and adding all of these Chicago events to my summer bucket list!

May 28-29: Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival

Kick off festival season at this Lakeview street party dancing to Boy Band Review (covering your favorite ’90s boy band jams) and Wedding Banned (playing all the classic wedding songs).

June 3-5: Do Division

This Wicker Park street fest and sidewalk sale has two live music stages, food and drinks from local vendors and a sidewalk sale put on by the Division Street shops.

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How to Contour and Highlight Like a Pro

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Contouring and highlighting aren’t just meant for red carpets.

Made famous by celebs like Kim Kardashian, these beauty tricks will chisel out your bone structure, strengthen your jaw line and highlight your best features—and you don’t need a professional makeup artist to do it.

I spent a morning with the artists at Sephora learning the basics of this must-try trend in one of their 90-minute Sephora Beauty Classes, which take place mornings in the store before it opens (also on the schedule: brow shaping, how to create the perfect smoky eye, master skin-care basics and more).

These are their best tips to contour and highlight like a pro.

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5 Must-Have Pieces from the Stella & Dot Summer Collection

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The new Stella & Dot summer collection is so. cute. Shop my favorite pieces from the collection and get summer style ideas.

 

I’m hosting my first Stella & Dot party this weekend!

After Stella & Dot stylist Marni Smith styled my sister, Kaitlin, for her Big Fat TODAY Wedding on the TODAY Show, she fell in love with the company and the pieces and decided to become a stylist. Of course, I had to host a trunk show as soon as I found out.

This comes at the perfect time, too, since I just moved into a new apartment this month, so the trunk show is the perfect excuse to have a few friends over to shop the collection, see the new apartment and have a glass of wine.

In preparation, I’ve been scoping out the brand new summer collection—which launched earlier this month—and picking out my favorite pieces.

These are my picks from the new launch.

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Kristin Cavallari’s “Healthy” Margaritas

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Nothing beats a good homemade margarita.

I saw this recipe on Kristin Cavallari‘s Snapchat (kcavsnaps) and knew I had to try it for myself.

I’m not a big sparkling water person—and my tequila days are long over—so I was skeptical about these, but after trying this “healthy” margarita recipe I’m obsessed!

These all-natural margs have no processed sweeteners and are much lower in sugar and calories than traditional margaritas. They’re so light and crisp, and the fresh lime juice perfectly balances out the tequila, with just the right amount of maple syrup to give it some sweetness. (Make sure you look for 100% pure grade A organic maple syrup.)

Plus, they are EASY to make. If you’ve got all the ingredients on hand, you’ll have a fresh margarita ready in minutes. (Note: The exact proportions may slightly differ from Kristin’s, but after experimenting with the ingredients I found this combo to be the best.)

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