Product Junkies: Chapin

The Organic Pharmacy Sunless Tanner:
This might be my favorite self-tanning product because it goes on just like a regular lotion. It does need a few applications to get a noticeable tan, but I don’t feel any harm to my body when I put it on.

Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner:
I have seen so many people talking about this shampoo/conditioner duo. I must say it makes my hair feel extra silky and keeps my highlights longer than normal!

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
This is the lightest sunscreen I have ever used. It goes on sheer, and I love that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky!

Lily Lolo Mascara
I stopped into the recently opened Credo Beauty in Bucktown and asked for a mascara recommendation. I am very pleased with this suggestion as it gives great volume and doesn’t make my lashes feel clumpy.

Acure Body Lotion:
Acure is still one of my is one of my favorite clean beauty brands! I have been using this body lotion for a few years now. The price is right, too!

What are your go-to beauty products?

Chicago Love: Annette’s

As we near the last warm days left in the season, I’ve been working to prioritize my summer to-do list. Cue: the staple of every American summer … ice cream! And finding your token ice cream spot is, in my opinion, a requirement to having a successful summer. Enter Annette’s.

Directly off the Armitage stop, you’ll find a quaint Annette’s window occupied by welcoming employees who will be more than happy to help with suggestions on what to order. Neighboring the window is typically a pretty lengthy line of folks waiting for their sweets. There is a cozy gated area with outdoor seating, an idyllic spot to gawk at dogs waiting in line with their owners.

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Now to the ice cream. You have your sundae lovers, the die-hard froyo crowd, the sprinkles squad, the Italian Iceers, and let us not forget the gelato gang. Very few places have this broad of a scope of frozen treats, but Annette’s has you covered. I love the raspberry Italian ice, which is so thin it instantly melts in your mouth.

The line can build at Annette’s, as the cash-only shop is only open during the summer. Exact days it’s open can also which means … You better go quick before summer is over. Your sweet tooth will be very, very grateful.

What’s your token ice cream shop?

Last-Minute Summer Bucket List

As summer begins to fade to make way for fall, we’re soaking up as many warm-weather activities as we can before cooler temps set in. Here’s our team’s last-minute Chicago summer bucket list:

Photo Credit: Camille Styles

Take my daughter for a picnic at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Spend an afternoon lounging by the lakefront with a good book.

Attend a concert at Wrigley Field.

Kayak in the Chicago river.

Buy my first piece of Chicago paraphernalia; go Cubs!

Molly M.
Spend a day at the beach with my family’s pup, Sam!

Watch a movie in the park.

Watch the Navy Pier fireworks from the harbor.

Molly T.
Hit up Cindy’s for a rooftop cocktail.

What’s on your last-minute summer bucket list?


We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about.

Nike is the latest brand to jump on the millennial pink bandwagon:
“As of Wednesday, you can find a 23-piece selection of blush-colored products, from sports bras to sneakers, on Nike’s site, proving the trendy (perhaps too trendy) hue isn’t going anywhere.”

We can’t wait for Mindy Kaling’s sure-to-be-hilarious book on parenthood:
“I think I’ve decided that unlike everything else in my life, I’m going to be fast and loose about kids.”

Our favorite female celebs share their guilty pleasures:
“Young adult books like The Hunger Games. I am addicted. People can’t write them fast enough!” – Same, Eva Chen.

Princess Charlotte is taking notes from her mom:
The littlest royal just performed her first curtsy!

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