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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites
If I had a dollar for every time I said how much I love Nordstrom, I’d be able to afford this bag. Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale only happens once a year and to be completely honest, besides Christmas, it really is my favorite holiday (other than my birthday). Is there anything better than being able to shop for fall’s top trends two months in advance….ON SALE?  If you’re lucky enough to be a cardholder (I’ll hold off on my former Nordstrom employee rewards card pitch), you get to shop the sale before the general public.

The sale opens up completely on July 17 at 7:30 PM – make sure to shop early, prices officially go up August 4!

I’m proud to admit that I’ll probably shop the sale up until the last day possible, especially when I’m finding new steals everyday. Do you shop the Anniversary Sale? What are you looking to add to your fall wardrobe?

Cruise Chicago for a Cause

I think if there’s one thing all Chicagoans can agree on, it’s how beautiful the city is in the summer. The beach has been a frequent spot of mine these past few weeks, but with views like this, who wouldn’t come here after a long work day? I’ve come to the conclusion, the best way to enjoy Lake Michigan and a beautiful Chicago day/night is to #getontheboat.

Get on board with the twelve community and the Jesse White Foundation for the third annual Cruise Chicago for a Cause! Join the fun on the Anita Dee II for a 3 hour open full bar and a view of the city skyline only made more beautiful by the Navy Pier fireworks.

Save $20 on early bird tickets until July 15th!


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About twelve:

twelve is a charitable platform that encourages followers to participate/support 12 charities in 12 months. Don’t wait for a cause to affect you before you get involved. twelve is a facilitator. They organize, plan, and attend events that are affordable and fun.

About Jesse White Foundation:

The Jesse White Foundation provides young people with a place to become physically fit and mentally sound through focused energy in educational tutoring, athletics, and scholarship resources.

Event Details: 

  • August 16, 2014
  • 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM (boarding begins at 7:30 PM)
  • Open premium bar
  • Fireworks at 10:00PM
  • Post-event is open to all attendees and will be hosted at Quay
  • Benefits the Jesse White Foundation
  • Must be 21 on the day of the cruise to attend. Tickets are non-refundable.

Tickets: Early Bird (expires: 7/15/14) – $85 General Admission – $105

Now that I’ve provided you all of the details for the best boat party of the summer (for a great cause), what are you waiting for?

Purchase your ticket here! Now #getontheboat.

Skincare Spotlight V. 2

Skincare Spotlight V. 2
*Blend of Italian olive, organic sunflower and jojoba oils to dissolve surface impurities and makeup without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.

While Bobbi Brown is primarily known for her makeup, her skincare has been changing the game one product at a time. After being introduced to her skincare line, it wasn’t hard for me to gravitate towards Bobbi’s Soothing Cleansing Oil. A cleanser that CAN remove makeup, especially eye makeup, deserves some SERIOUS credit.

Miss V.1 of Skincare Spotlight? Here ya go.

State Street

IMG_4367 There is truly nothing better than summertime in Chicago. Especially, when you have to deal with winter-like conditions (understatement of the year) for almost half the year. Between street festivals, North Avenue Beach, and rooftop adventures with perfect views of the city – you can bet Chicagoans take advantage of the warm weather all summer long.

While nothing beats the daytime sun, those cooler summer nights are perfect for outfits you’d prefer to not sweat in (yes, I went there). If you know me at all by now, you know the ‘all black everything’ look is a staple in my closet. I love pairing these looks with bold statements like a bright lip or a contrasting shoe choice.

This week I was finally able to put this scoop neck romper to use for a work happy hour event while wearing  breaking in my Michael Kors platform sandals. For the record, I do not recommend trying to walk down the middle of State Street while breaking in almost 5 inch heels.





|Romper: LOFT|Shoes: Michael Kors|Bag: Michael Kors|Bracelet: Charriol| |Lipstick: Bobbi Brown ‘Watermelon’|Earrings: House of Harlow 1960 (on sale)|

Photography via The Naked Canvas

Have a great weekend!

Event Alert: Bobbi Brown Personal Appearance

Have you heard the news? Bobbi Brown is coming back to Chicago soon…like really soon. Soon as in 11 days, but who’s counting? If you remember the last time I got the opportunity to work a Bobbi Brown personal appearance, it is a HUGE honor as a makeup artist. After working for Bobbi for almost three years, I can truly say she is an amazing woman, and her story is motivation for women to always follow their dreams.

Bobbi Brown

Now for the good news, I’m inviting you all to come and experience a Bobbi Brown personal appearance with the opportunity to attend a Bobbi Brown Masterclass taught by BOBBI HERSELF (JSHGSGKSHGSKGH!!!!!!)

Details you need to know:

Date: Tuesday, May 20.
Time: Varies from 10:30-5:30
Where: Bloomingdale’s Michigan Avenue

Event Options:

VIP MASTER CLASS w/ BOBBI BROWN (11am – Noon) – Experience a very rare opportunity to meet Bobbi Brown for an exclusive VIP master class! ($250 booking fee redeemable in product and includes a signed copy of Bobbi’s newest book – EVERYTHING EYES).

BOBBI BROWN BOOK SIGNING (1pm – 2pm) – Bobbi will be signing her 8th book — Everything Eyes —  which teaches readers everything they need to know about how to create standout eyes.

PERSONALIZED MAKEUP LESSONS (10:30am – 5:15pm) – If you aren’t able to attend a master class, you can still get-in on all the fun with a personalized makeup lesson with a talented Bobbi Brown makeup artist!

To book any of the above appoints, please email me ASAP at justinegershak@gmail.com as space is limited and will fill quickly. Hope to see you there!

Skincare Spotlight

Skincare Spotlight
Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m happy to introduce another exciting series coming to Short is the New Black today! (Drum-roll please….) The Skincare Spotlight series is something I have thought about doing for quite some time now and I’m so excited to finally share it with you! These series of posts are a way for me to share noteworthy products that I’ve either just recently discovered or have been using for a while.

In case you missed the Clarins Double Serum preview on my blog last week, feel free to take a peak now. This serum has won several beauty awards and is powered by 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules.  Oh and while you’re at it….be sure to check out my favorite NYC blogger, Hallie’s #30DaysofBeautiful Challenge.