So Chic Life

Alison Ray

Alison Ray is the Founder & Editor of So Chic Life, passionate about sharing her favorite things and inspiring women to live a healthy and sophisticated life. Alison is an award winning event planner with a background in marketing, working for Fortune 500 companies for over 16 years. Follow her on Twitter @SoChicLife, join the convo and over 30,000 Facebook fans and connect on Instagram!

Kmart Summer Blowout Sale + Our Top Picks

Did you have a great 4th of July holiday? We’ve been spending the last few weeks soaking up the Florida sun and I’m kinda proud of our killer tans. Living through so many months of dismal weather (thanks Chicago), nothing makes me happier than the sun, sand, swimming and lots of quality family time. Every […] Read more…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

real simple recipe pulled pork tacos

Is there any better kitchen appliance other than the Slow Cooker?? I know, I know the Instant Pot is all the rage, but I grew up on slow cooker meals and can’t seem to bring myself to cheat on my beloved Crockpot. I started using in college to make chili, but these days my handy slow […] Read more…

Kitchen Trend: Tin Ceiling Tiles

Long before the #sochichome broke ground and way before Chip and Joanna Gaines created the modern farmhouse craze, I’d been dreaming of a large kitchen with vintage inspired tin ceiling tiles. Our entire kitchen was designed around two panels accented with tin ceiling tiles that would be installed above each island. I’m not kidding when I say – this […] Read more…

Petit Vour Subscription Box Review + Giveaway

Kicking off the week with an update on my clean beauty detox. Just in case you’re wondering how it’s going, I cannot lie. Transitioning away from toxic beauty products has been a tad bit overwhelming. I mean there’s a reason we are loyal to current beauty brands filled with parabens and nasty chemicals. Easy access for starters. It’s […] Read more…

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Do you ever crave rich creamy spaghetti pasta carbonara but don’t want to deal with hitting the gym for hours to burn off those calories? The best alternative for this sinful Italian dish is Spaghetti Squash Carbonara. Just one cup of traditional pasta with carbonara sauce is almost 400 calories. It’s not terrible but if you’re watching […] Read more…

Capital One Banking Reimagined Tour Chicago

This weekend the Capital One Banking Reimagined Tour rolled into Chicago to celebrate the opening of Capital One Cafe in New City Lincoln Park. I stopped by to learn more about personal finances and tour the cafe. The Banking Reimagined Tour making ten stops around the country, is a hands on digital experience exploring financial behaviors and how […] Read more…

How is Your Relationship with Money?

Thank you Capital One for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are my own and were not directed by Capital One. To learn more about Capital One, visit https://www.capitalone.com/cafes/ OR https://bankingreimagined.capitalone.com/. How is your relationship with money? Are you a savvy saver or big spender? Do you budget for big ticket items or are you an […] Read more…

How to Make Melted Crayon Hearts

Repurpose old crayons to make a cute non-candy DIY project Microwave Melted Crayon Hearts for Valentine's Day!

Looking for a few more non-candy Valentine’s Day ideas? Nothing says “I love you” more than melted crayon hearts! Repurpose old crayons by melting in the microwave for a cute non-candy DIY craft. So easy to do with the kiddos and minimal mess. I don’t consider myself creative but other than hitting the dollar store for […] Read more…

DIY Valentine’s Day Box + Other Non Candy Ideas

DIY Valentine's Day Box and Non Candy Valentine's Day Ideas

Is it just me or have schools taken some of the fun out of Valentine’s Day? Our school has gone to a no food or no treats of any kind policy because of allergies – even in classrooms that don’t have allergies. I feel so bad for all the kids. Can you imagine growing up without […] Read more…

Beauty Detox in 5 Easy Steps

Is it time to Detox Your Beauty Routine? With so many toxic chemicals lurking in skincare and cosmetics it can be overwhelming. If you can start with 5 easy changes - isn’t it worth the effort?

One of my goals for the new year was to inventory the stockpile of beauty products collecting in my bathroom. Buying and testing has gotten a little out of hand as I’ve slowly transitioned to non-toxic beauty. While I’ve had success changing out a few items, it’s time to really step up my beauty detox game. But when it comes to cosmetics, this is […] Read more…

Neapolitan Baked Ziti Recipe

After so many friends asked for my recipe inspired by Rachel Ray’s Neapolitan Baked Ziti Recipe, it was time to share the goods. I saw Rachel Ray make this on her talk show and not only did it look delicious, it was simple. After following Rachel’s recipe a few times, it was a little bland so […] Read more…

Foyer Design Reveal: Before & After

If someone would have told me the foyer design would be one of the most challenging spaces in our home, I would have thought they were crazy. Since moving in almost two years ago, it has taken this long with several trials and lots of errors just to finish one small (but very impactful) area. Can someone […] Read more…

New Year + New Goals

Goodbye 2016 and welcome 2017! 2016 seemed to be a doozy for many friends (at least that’s what Facebook was reporting) but it was pretty good to me. I’m actually a little sad to say goodbye….I took the past few weeks off to spend time with the fam, get organized and really think about the things I want […] Read more…

Give the Gift of Swim with Goldfish Swim School

Give the Gift of Swim with Goldfish Swim School Chicago

Last year a friend shared that her kids would be receiving Christmas experiences rather than the traditional holiday gifts that would inevitably be forgotten a few days or weeks into the New Year.  I think she was on to something because that’s exactly what we’re doing this year. There are so many ways to do this but […] Read more…

Healthy Surival Tips for the Holiday Season

Just back from a girls weekend extravaganza in New Orleans where I realized I did it all wrong. And by “it” I mean my indulgence strategy and forget anything related to healthy eating. My stomach has been a wreck and I’m pretty sure it hasn’t seen the sight of a veggie long before Thanksgiving. Unless we count […] Read more…

Rescuing My Dog Really Rescued Me

After our move from the city the first thing the girls asked was – Can we get a dog now? It’s been 7 years since the sweet dog I adopted from the SPCA while living in Dallas passed away. Jasmin came into my life just before I turned 30 and became my first child. That […] Read more…

Fall Shoe Trend Try On Party with DSW

Fall Shoe Trends DSW

What is it about the change in season that makes me crave new shoes? When fall rolls in I can’t get enough of over the knee boots, every style of bootie in leather and suede. This year I’m crushing on chic sneakers and peep toe booties. DSW is one of my all time favorite destinations for keeping up […] Read more…

Fall Trends with CBS Chicago

Fall Trends with CBS Chicago

Hey friends incase you missed my segment on CBS Chicago for Fall Trends for Beauty, Fashion & Home Decor with Marissa Bailey, here’s a recap and list of all the items featured. Thanks to Kie & Kate Boutique, Vera Bradley and Carousel Florist for participating. Beauty: Transitioning from a summer glow, we’re focusing on clean & […] Read more…

5 Tips for Hiring a Stylist

As much as I love fashion – shoes, handbags, dresses – you name it I want it, the process of shopping is not my jam. I loathe going to department stores and digging through racks upon racks that take so much time. I tend to wait until there’s an event or special occasion to shop […] Read more…

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