Modern Luxury Magazine – Men of Style Issue

These gents were a pleasure to work with, they are the most fashionable men in Chicago and brought their style game with gorgeous items for me to chose from. The entire team from Modern Luxury and the shoot location, Primitive, was a dream.

Congrats CS Men of Style 2014!

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Read more here: http://www.modernluxury.com/cs/digital-edition 

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Wearable Pop Art – The Playful World of Yazbukey

While Charlotte Olympia and Sophia Webster are household names for their interesting accessories, I would like to point out the amazing accessory designer crush of the moment- Yazbukey. The pop art vibe is nothing less than fun and makes me want to step out in style with these wearable fashion lover toys.

A little history: After studying at Studio Berçot and working at Margiela, McQueen-era Givenchy and Jeremy Scott, Yaz’s universe constructed itself around the ornate: accessories for oneself, and also for the home, with the imminent launch of Yazbukey Home Sweet Home. The fun-filled world of her jewels is like a giant lucky dip, where figurative necklaces, mouse evening bags or Plexiglas bracelets create a unique galaxy and an original signature.

I will take one of everything please…. Especially that hand belt and hairspray clutch! So fun!!

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For more of the fun filled world of click  yazbukey

Photos courtesy of yazbukey.com

 

Nifty Gifts for Gals on Your Nice List

Who doesn’t love giving a fun gift to your fav gal pal, coworker or roommate. This time of the year it’s important to support your local boutiques for holiday shopping but if you can’t seem to find parking or having a tummy ache from too many cookies, it’s okay to hop on the web and click to add to your cart. In general my go-to gifts for holidays and birthdays are always unique coffee table books, nail gear, comfy moccasins or home accessories.

You can give delightful gifts this season while still saving for your sunny winter getaway, below are my favorite gifts to give this season for $50 and under.

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From the top: Jonathan Adler Zebra Tray $32, Diptyque Warm Frankincense Scented Candle $32, Kestrel’s Nidus Nail Care Kit $38, Leopard Kilty Minnetonka Moccasins $40, Rebecca Minkoff Zodiac Leather Pouch $50, Pim + Larkin Horse Shoe Studs $20, Wildfox Sleep Mask $28, Reason Homies Hat $29, The Kinfolk Table $38, RGB Slate Polish $16

You may be on Santa’s Nice List today, enter for a chance to win the featured Minnetonka Moccasins.

They are truly my favorite flats to scoot around the city in & they just may be yours too! Enter below:

http://www.minnetonkamoccasin.com/Products/Detail/Leopard-Kilty-Moc

Save the Earth, Buy Less Clothes.

Do you ever wonder about the after life of your clothing? When I find something at a great vintage store I wonder who it belonged to, where she wore it and the life she lead in it. While a grimy t-shirt may not fall into that fascination category I am curious about the life cycle of a garment. From the design to the retail to then secondary retail like TJ Max, Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s etc then to your closet, then to donation and then what? Where do all these items go? My curiosity for clothing goes something like this:

About 80 percent of the donations are carted away by textile recyclers, says Jackie King, the executive director of Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART), a trade association for textile recyclers. She says that means about 3.8 billion pounds of clothing that is donated each year is recycled.

“Thirty percent of the materials are made into wiping cloths that are used in commercial and industrial use,” she says.

About 20 percent of the donated clothes and textiles are converted into fibers that are then made into a variety of other products, including carpet padding, insulation for autos and homes, and pillow stuffing.

King says nearly half the donated clothes — about 45 percent — is exported.

According to the EPA, 2 million tons of clothing are recycled annually. That compares to 19.3 million tons of yard trimmings, 3.17 million tons of glass, 2.65 million tons of plastics and 0.72 million tons of aluminum.

“When comparing the amount of materials recycled to the overall impact on the environment, it is clear clothing and textiles needs to become a top‐of‐mind recyclable just like aluminum, plastic, glass, and paper. As the international trade association of for‐profit clothing recyclers, we have long known of the many positive aspects of clothing recycling. It’s very exciting to see the positive impact our member companies are having confirmed by the EPA,” says Jackie King, Executive Director of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART).

So lesson learned here, is only buy what you love and be selective about your choices so it doesn’t end up floating around the ocean and suffocating some rare animal that can eventually cure cancer or something…

Read more here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/05/21/185596830/the-global-afterlife-of-your-donated-clothes

Trick or Treat, Styles You Can’t Beat

It’s that magical time of year when you can dress up as your favorite Bravo Housewife, your musical muse or a naughty (insert any occupation or animal here—>_______). My favorite costume would be the polka dot artist Yayoi Kusama, what an imagination, what talent, what awesome bangs!

I teamed up with Refinery 29 for an article of costumes you can wear now and later. Beyonce, Daisy from Gatsby and Kusama were my subjects of choice but between you and I, Kusama was my favorite. Check out the rest of the article here http://www.refinery29.com/halloween-outfits#page-1

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Phillip Lim for Target

The Target and Phillip Lim campaign is taking over the racks on Sept. 15th so mark your calendar and set your alarm, it’s time to scoop up some swag and keep your savings account in tack. The design team behind the collaboration is putting together a huge panorama for the NYFW reveal. The team worked with style setters from six cities, and Chicago was one of those lucky cities. Below you will find some sneak preview shots of the collection and the panorama reveal.

 

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