Independence Day

American Flag Scarf

American Flag


I hope you have the most amazing holiday weekend full of SPF, fireworks and time with people who make you laugh ’til you cry!

I’m headed to the family lake house to do just that!


Photos by Stoffer Photography

LOFT Rompers

LOFT Rompers

To throw over a bathing suit, wear to a shower, grocery shop or eat on a patio… rompers are such a versatile and comply summer staple.

I’m in love with all the romps over at LOFT. So many to choose from!


Life Update and WWW Findings

Your Stylist AJ

Lately has been crazy! I’ve been traveling for weddings and Sammytime, slammed at the salon, and have had two weddings almost every weekend! I’m SO happy because Sammy’s in town for a few days for the Nationals @ Cubs series, and I have two beauuuutiful brides this weekend. Life is good.

I’ve had braces for about a month now, which you’ve spotted if you follow me on Instagram. It has been a challenge feeling hot, eating, talking, kissing… basically I’m being an even bigger diva about them than I thought possible. But it’ll be worth it right?

How is the 4th of July already next week? I can’t wait for some family time at our lake house in Northern Michigan! Sunblock, ice cream, long walks, chats with Grandpa, snuggles with Grandma. Yes.

My FAVE local band is on iTunes now!

This looks like an amazing experience.

This is seriously me before I knock on a bride’s hotel room door.

A sweet cuff for you or a friend.

LOVE this cover.

Literally shaking my head.

We should try this!


I finally bought this bathing suit!

My face when someone I follow pins a REAL ugly updo.

The temp tats you need for summer!

The perfect from day to night lip creation!

So pretty. Must try.



Knot Bun // Hair Tutorial

I love a polished, classic style… but I love a perfectly imperfect look even more.

Enter the Knot Bun. This look is fun with a little black dress, or a tank and cutoffs. You decide which fits you best!

Knot Bun Hair Tutorial

To get the look, follow these simple steps!

1-2. Divide your hair into two sections that resemble pigtails, then tie them in a knot.

3. Below the knot, tie a clear elastic around the ponytails left out.

4. Below the clear elastic, tie another know.

5. Below the second knot, tie a clear elastic around the ponytails left out. (If you have shorter hair, this look can be done with only one knot, if your hair is especially long, you might need three knots!)

6. Roll the knots upward and pin into place, leaving the “tails” out.

7-8. Tug at the crown and loosen the look a bit.

Complete the look with hairspray. Pictured here is Aveda Witch Hazel which I love for a light hold.

If you try this look, please post and use the hashtags #YSAJtutorial so I can see your masterpiece!!


Photos by Stoffer Photography

When in doubt, be both sincere and fashionable.

Your Stylist AJ

Your Stylist AJ

AJ Schulz

I get so many requests for outfit posts, so I figured it was time to start listening! Click below to be directed to each item.

HAT // TANK (sold out, similar here) // BLAZER // DENIM (on sale!)// SHOES (sold out, similar here)


Photos by Stoffer Photography

Arugula and Sweet Potato Salad

It’s that time of year! Time for fresh foods and lots of green! I try to maintain that mentality all year, but this winter was enough to drive any girl deep into a bowl of mac ‘n cheese.

This salad is one of my favorites! Lots of ladies is my family make it, but this is my twist on a fresh yet filling ensalada!



  • Baby Spinach
  • Baby Arugula
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Roasted Sunflower Seeds
  • Craisins
  • Lemon
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parmesan (OPTIONAL)

Now, here’s the tricky part. I decided not to give you any measurements here. How dare I right?!

The “correct” way to make this is to go for a 1:1 ratio of greens and sweet potatoes. That version is SO good, but I’m working hard in the gym and in the kitchen to be smart and control my portions, and though sweet potatoes are good, good for you, AND paleo, there’re still higher in calories than say, arugula. So in these photos, I used two sweet potatoes for a big bowl of greens. It’s enough that you can get a sweet potato cube into every bite, but that you still feel like you’re being true to the word “salad”.

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Peel and cube sweet potatoes.

3.Toss cubes in olive oil on a baking sheet. Place in oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, place under broil until the edges begin to brown.

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

4. Add as many sunflower seeds and cranberries as you prefer

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

5. Next mix fresh lemon juice and olive oil. I like a 2:1 ratio here, with two parts lemon to one part olive oil. Also, add salt and pepper to this if you prefer!

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

6.  Once browned, add your sweet potatoes to the salad! Next, pour over your dressing mixture.

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

7. I love to top this off with a little bit of fresh parm. If you’re really behaving, you can absolutely skip it!

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad


Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

If y’all try it let me know in the comments below! AND if you’d like to see more healthy recipes, I’d love that feedback from you as well!




Sometimes things are too good to be true, and sometimes, they’re really just that good.

H&M HOME is my new favorite corner of the internet. I’ve placed two orders so far! The first one was a test run, I ordered these bowls in copper and a couple candles. I was skeptical, I needed to see for myself that these weren’t cheapo little items.

I placed my second order yesterday. The pitcher has sangria written alllllll over it, and I plan on using the cake stand to display some of my favorite jewelry.

Gray Candle $5.95

Bell Glass  $9.95

Perfume Bottle $9.95

Cake Stand $6.95 (multiple colors!)

Copper Candle Holder $7.95

Glass Pitcher $17.95

Pink Vase $4.95 (available in white too!)

Silver & Copper Bowls $6.95 each


Dirty Girl.

Your Stylist AJ

I don’t wash my hair. Ok, I do but I mean, it needs to be a special occasion.

Once or twice a week is all I have the patience for. I love doing hair, but is there a girl out there who enjoys roundbrushing their own hair? If that girl is out there please come forward so we can give you a round of applause.

I swear by dry shampoos, texturizing sprays and recycling my curls.

Typically my weekly hair schedule looks a little like this:

Day 1- Shampoo, blast dry, curl

Day 2- Add dry shampoo, brush through, peace out

Day 3- Potentially add more dry shampoo, recycle the Day 1 curls into a cute pony

Day 4- Add more dry shampoo, brush through, recycle hair into an updo

Day 5- Shampoo day! OR…. if it’s an early morning or I’m feeling lazy, another updo, or a fun hat with a side fishtail braid!

Updos work best on dirty hair. A braid crown doesn’t even really look good to me unless it’s three days deep in dirt.  Always dirty and always purrty.

I challenge you to skip an extra shampoo day this week! Hit snooze sister ; )


Thomas West Salon // Now Hiring

Amore dish

Thomas West Salon is now accepting new students for our assistant program!

As one of two educators, I absolutely love my job hiring, educating and promoting talent to the floor! We are currently looking for cosmetology school graduates in the Chicago area, or willing to relocate to the Chicago area.

The deets:

  • Full time paid position, (even class is paid!!)
  • Extensive cut, color and business education
  • NOT departmentalized
  • TWS is in the Merchandise Mart // River North

We’re looking for those most excited about this industry. If you can’t WAIT to get great education, be a successful stylist, working in a busy downtown salon with like minded people, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Please send resume and cover letters to with the subject: Assistant Program. Don’t wait! We’re filling the positions as soon as we find the right fits!

PS. Love that bobby pin dish? Get yours here!


Photo by Emilia Jane  

Women Who Rock // Emilia Jane

About Me-Simply by Suzy- 2

Happy Wednesday! We’re a bit overdue for a Women Who Rock feature! By now you’re familiar with Emilia and her amazing talent behind the lens, but I can’t wait to introduce you to the inner workings of her mind!


Name: Emilia Jane

Passions/ Occupations: Wedding photography/blogging/problem solving/kicking ass/helping people

What are you inspired by? I am inspired by people’s stories and pretty light and old black and white movies.

What are you proud of? I’m proud of the gift that I can give people through my work…wedding pictures are so meaningful and it’s an honor to be able to be a part of such a celebrated tradition.

Give us some good advice! The best thing you can do to be ready to take care of others is to take care of yourself!

What is your favorite quote? “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion.” ― Yves Saint-Laurent

What advice do you have for brides planning a wedding? Weddings are huge and exciting, but really I hope that all of my brides are more excited about the marriage that comes after! I encourage my brides to start planning something fun for after the honeymoon too so they hopefully don’t develop the post wedding blues. For the actual wedding though I encourage brides to select a getting ready location with lots of natural light! It makes for much more beautiful photographs and an easier job for the hair and make-up teams too!

What song can you play on repeat? Lately I cannot stop listening to Coldplay’s new release “Magic.” It just calms me down and puts me in a great headspace!

What never fails to make you laugh? Jimmy Fallon’s lip syncing battles with JGL and Emma Stone. I die!

Photo by the talented Simply by Suzy