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The Modern Domestic Woman: Kane County shops offer ways to help women look their best

The Modern Domestic Woman delves into fashion

Springtime is the perfect occasion to refresh one's style.
Springtime is the perfect occasion to refresh one's style.

Updating your spring wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank, in fact there are many options to refresh your look as the new season rolls in. I’ve rounded up my favorite fashion and wellness experts to ring in on what The Modern Domestic Woman can do to feel beautiful and powerful once Mother Nature decides to grace us with sunshine.

Get your brows in shape. Taylor Barry, licensed aesthetician and brow gal at B-Shique Brow Boutique in St. Charles, explains the simple act of getting your brows tinted and shaped can immediately boost confidence. “Brows are everything. A tint and shape helps create definition to frame your face,” Barry said. “My suggestion to clients? Don’t try and complicate your beauty – a dewy tinted moisturizer, a sweet glossed lip and a little mascara – now you’re ready to dominate your day.”

Switch up your fragrance. Green Envee in Geneva provides an array of botanical skin and body care products. You can discover your own signature scent by attending after-hours Customology events or hosting your own Aroma Mixer Party.

Do as the Italians do. Geneva resident, Paola Maggioni Impellittiere, is in my top five of “Most Fashionable People Alive.” A native of Italy, Paola is a sure bet of elegance and style in any situation, whether out to dinner with her husband or shopping for produce at Caputo’s. “Focus on sleek lines and a medium heel rather than choosing extremes like chunky accessories,” Impellittiere said. “A sexy woman should never be vulgar.”

Go vegan – as in leather wear. Marlaine Smith, North Aurora resident and store manager and fashion show co-coordinator at Jeans and a Cute Top Shop in St. Charles, boasts the Vegan Moto Leather Jacket is the hot item to have in your wardrobe this season. “Spring is all about the layers as the temperature warms up, so sport that cute jacket, throw on a scarf for color, pop that collar and you’re good to go!” Smith encouraged.

Get a signature day drink. Green Gypsy Juice has a vibrant menu of healthy drinks that will not only satisfy hunger, but infuse your body with vitamin packed goodness to keep you energized for hours.

Try a different kind of work out. Challenge yourself to a new class. If you’re a hardcore runner, try yoga for an increase of strength, flexibility and mental awareness. Julie Mackey, owner of Flex Yoga, specializes in helping people move, breath, feel and perform better.

“Yoga is a practice that incorporates many benefits for competition and mindset preparation,” Mackey said. “With yoga, runners and athletes learn proper breathing, which has everything to do with the way you perform, aids in recovery, works in conjunction with strength and conditioning and provides many mental performance benefits.”

Smitten with domestic life but not to the point of unhealthy obsession, “The Modern Domestic Woman” author and St. Charles resident, Elizabeth Rago, is a freelance writer. You can visit her blog at thecircularhome.com or connect with Rago on Facebook at facebook.com/TheModernDomesticWoman. Feedback can be sent to editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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