FRYday : Emily

Happy Fryday and welcome to our latest reader request: beauty routines! Specifically, what works for busy moms who want to put their best face forward. Reading about other people’s beauty routines is a definite guilty pleasure of mine, I find it so fascinating! So I am totally into this and excited to go first! Check back over the next couple weeks to read all about Jenna and Nicole’s as well.

You should know that I am pretty low maintenance. I only wear ALL of these things if I have an event, or night out, on a regular day I’ll modify this down to something a lot less product heavy, but for today I wanted to share what I love for a full face!
Small Fry Beauty Routine


You all know how I feel about my skin. It is sensitive, normal and oily, just give it a minute and it will change. I am prone to stress break-outs, hormone break-outs, sleeping on my face break-outs, and if I eat too much cheese or chocolate break-outs. Getting a hold on my skin has been an adventure to say the least, but I’ll tell you what absolutely works!

Kiehl’s Scrub – I had a dermatologist tell me that my skin doesn’t “turn over” as quickly as it should. Meaning the top layers don’t slough off like usual. So a mild exfoliating scrub is a must and this one is so great. I love that the ingredients are recognizable!

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – I’ve already shared my love of this stuff before, it dries out zits, sort of deflating them until they are hardly noticeable. It’s magic and everyone should have this in their drawer.

Hada Labo Hydrator – I’ve found the less layers I have on the better my skin does. So this stuff is great in place of a moisturizer because it’s anti-aging, hydrating, and tightening all in one. It does the job of a primer while still leaving my skin feeling soft.


I love this studio concealer by Mac to even out any discoloration or blemishes!

As a stylist, I get to spend a lot of time with make-up artists behind the scenes on photoshoots. They probably hate me because I hover and ask 100 questions, but my last shoot’s Make Up Artist used Maybelline’s FIT ME! foundation and I couldn’t believe how dewy and perfect the model looked at 6 am! Could it possibly work the same magic on a lowly non-model citizen such as myself? It totally does, and I stopped using my super expensive foundation altogether.


I know there’s a lot of talk of “Brow Game” around the web and I’ve fallen hook line and sinker, too. I have a bundle of brow products and the only ones anyone needs are Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade (I use blonde and it’s still pretty dark!) and then Almay’s Brow Pencil/Brush combo to create sharper lines and the brush to even out the pomade.

I got CK One Mascara in a sample bag from Ulta and surprisingly, I love it. It’s lengthening, doesn’t flake or smudge and doesn’t burn if I get emotional. I get emotional all the freaking time so this is a must-have.

Stila Liquid Liner is one of the few products I will buy over and over again. I get product A.D.D. and want to keep trying something new, but there’s no need with Stila. It’s the best for fine lines and cat-eye and stands strong all day.


I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown Brick since high school, but it wasn’t until this year that I figured out how to really make the most out of it. It has every color of shimmer you need for a contoured face. I start at the top of my cheekbones and the apples of my cheeks with the middle pinks, then take the dark brown and brush under the cheekbones (make a fish face and hit the indentation) then take the the white highlighter and hit the very top of my cheekbones and up around my brow bone in a “C” shape. Then I take a blush brush and blend it all together! I love that I can do all of this with one product.

These limited edition Mac brushes come in white, black and charcoal. They’re gorgeous and a great deal for a bundle of brushes!

I have a lot of favorite scents, but the one I get the most compliments on is Givenchy Simply Irresistible.

I wash my hair at the most once a week, I just love how it looks with some grit in it. The best it looks is day four or five and to keep it feeling fresh I am obsessed with Alterna Dry Shampoo. Mango coconut amazingness!


I love playing with different lip colors, and here’s my favorite three in the rotation currently. Pure Zen for a perfect soft pink, My all time favorite nude, Peach Kiss by Baby Lips, and for Fall, Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless.

Since I cycle through so many different lip colors, Too Faced’s Borderline is my favorite product of the year. It’s a reverse liner, so you go up and above your natural lip line, and it leaves a light waxy finish so your lipstick doesn’t creep up and feather. Even better it’s clear so you can use it with ALL your different lipsticks without having to buy matching liners. GENIUS!

Do you use any of these? We’d love to hear what you love and have tossed out!



Freshly Picked Giveaway!

We’ve got an awesome giveaway today for you from our friends at Freshly Picked! Last  year we hosted a giveaway to celebrate the launch of their camo pair and today we’re keeping with tradition and giving away the WHOLE line of camo including the new Camo Punch pattern. One lucky winner will get the whole line! Two pairs of moccasins: one in Camo Punch and one in Green Camo, plus matching tees for each! Check out this darling line in action:Freshly Picked Camo Line Freshly Picked Camo Line Freshly Picked Camo Line Freshly Picked Camo Line Freshly Picked Camo Line
Ready to enter? We’ll announce a winner next week, good luck!!

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Land of Nodtober pt. 4

This month has flown by and we are already to the week of Lately Lily’s Pop-up shop at the flagship Land of Nod store in Chicago! They’ll be picking the winners of the trip for 4 to Chicago and $1000 Land of Nod shopping spree - ENTER HERE! - along with hosting the party on October 25th! (We’ll be sharing the winner on our social media, so look out for that!) or those of you close enough to Chicago, here’s what’s in store for the party!Lately Lily Party in Chicago


Location: North & Clybourn Store 900 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Time: 10-1pm

  • Learn how to draw Lily in one of her favorite Chicago destinations with the incredible author/illustrator Micah Player.
  • Decorate and pack your very own sunny yellow Suitcase and fill up your Passport activity book!
  • Announcement of the winner of the Delta Vacations giveaway for a family of four to Chicago + 1,000 Land of Nod Shopping Spree
  • Shop ’til you drop! They will have their book, activity set, flashcards in addition to a collection of 5 new tees called “The Traveling Girl”. This collection is really special because the designs are all about getting to know Lily as a person. Each tee is a glimpse into a different part of her personality.
  • Grab a party favor! A limited edition Lately Lily Halloween tote + Chicago City Guide illustrated by Micah Player (while supplies last)

And now for our last interview in our Nodtober series, with Michelle the managing director of Land of Nod!

Michelle Interview
We love Michelle’s two rules she never breaks: “Be kind and generous, everything else is up for grabs.” What a great motto!


We can’t wait to see all the details of the party unfold, both Lately Lily and Land of Nod both have cultivated a culture of magic and wonderment as Michelle states and those two ideals will make one heck of a party!


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halloween party

Are you throwing a Halloween party this month? We’ve got two tips to make your hosting gig that much easier. First, start with this Halloween Party Kit via Land of Nod!
Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit

We love how you can buy the whole collection in one neat kit, or pieces to fill what you have on hand already. Like these witch cups!

Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection KitLand of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit

Or these amazing gold foil napkins! You can have a super stylized setting or minimal with touches of color and pattern, you choose!

Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit

We’ve found that sourcing all the materials for parties is usually the most overwhelming part of hosting (running to multiple stores with kids is never fun!) so we love this shortcut. Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit
And for our second tip, you need to try out these party hats. They are super easy, bright and festive! We’ve also made matching 3D balloons  that would be perfect for this too, find that post here. 

Halloween Party Hats!Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit

And here’s how you’ll make these hats at home! Download the hat template at the bottom of the post, either directly onto the color of paper you want, or by tracing it.

Halloween Party Hats!

Punch holes or cut slits for the ribbon or elastic, and then add the face decorations and accessories!

Halloween Party Hats!

  • For the pumpkin, yellow triangle eyes and a toothy grin, with a green stem on top.
  • The ghost gets black eyes and smile.
  • For the bat, tape or glue wings to each sides.
  • For Frankenstein, use a black marker for the stitches, circles of black paper for eyes and the neck screws.

Halloween Party Hats!

Download the template below! Tag us #smallfryDIY if you whip these up this Halloween!

All tees C/O the shop & Apparel! Might we recommend this “Boo Yah” t-shirt is to compliment the theme?

Party Hat Template

Make Your Own Rainstorm

We have the most amazing local interactive museum that opened earlier this summer called the Museum of Natural Curiosity. We took a tour for their grand opening and the boys talked about it for weeks afterward! We kept hearing that it was packed with excited kids the rest of the summer, so we avoided going even though we were being begged often. Now that school is back in session, we were itching to go again during regular elementary school hours to get another peek with less chaos. Every square inch of the museum is something educational and interactive, and almost all of the exhibitions are about nature. So on the way up to the museum, we pulled out our boys’ favorite DIYs to prep them for a day of learning!
First up, the Cloud Guide! With our trusty cookie sheet, this DIY works awesome even on the go! Just grab a bag of cotton balls, a glue stick, and the printable (download below!) Then glue right onto the paper and stick the cotton balls on accordingly!

Cloud Guide Printable

This one is fun because you can explain what each cloud represents for weather and then have your kids pick out the types of clouds they see along the route! For reference:

Cumulus: the “fair weather” cloud. Puffy cotton-ball looking clouds, which sometimes appear with flat bottoms, are a sign of good weather!

Cumulonimbus: a vertically built cloud that usually brings lighting, storms and blizzards in the Winter!

Nimbostratus: the rain cloud! Gray and and cotton candy like, these carry rain wherever they go.

Stratocumulus: another dark gray cloud that travels in bunches. It usually comes at the beginning of a storm and is the “sprinkle” cloud, where you’ll only feel little droplets of water.

Cloud Printable

Hayes loved putting this together and after talking about each cloud, he absolutely lit up each time we were able to point one out through the window. This DIY made him even that much more excited to get to the museum, if that was possible! There are several weather-related exhibits there, so we talked about how the skies can tell us a lot about what to expect each day to tie it all together. Seeing them make those connections is always so rewarding as a parent, isn’t it?

Since you can’t have a nimbostratus cloud without rain, we brought out the rain sticks for the drive, too! Here’s how you’ll do this one:

Rain Sticks DIY

Grab an empty paper towel or wrapping paper tube and cover it with tape!

Rain Sticks DIYBefore closing off the top, fill it with rice for a sprinkle, popcorn kernels for a Spring shower, and marbles for a serious storm.

Rain Sticks DIY

For thunder, simply clap the two sticks together … the boys love this part. After touring the exhibits about windstorms, earthquakes and a feature all about flooding, Hayes was  anxiously checking out the museum windows to see what the sky had in store for us! He was disappointed to see nothing but blue skies upon our exit, so needless to say we had a lot of fun making our own rainstorm in the car on the way home!

Rain Sticks

These two crafts are household favorites of ours and really get curiosity peeked about the weather. It makes for great conversation and great observation while we’re on the road!

The Museum of Natural Curiosity serves up so much inspiration every time we go there. Here are some of our favorite exhibits! Photos by Alyssa Vincent.

This content was created in partnership with Ford to help make creativity a part of every drive.

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