Pitchfork Photo Opps

It’s festival time and not only are you super pumped about Beck, Grimes and St. Vincent I am guessing you are also excited to flaunt your fashion best. Groupies please find some of my favorite picks for your street style photos, instagrams and retweets.

Link Love:
Jeweled Cuff- Deepa Gurnani http://deepagurnani.com/jewelry/marquis-sun-burst-crystal-cuff.html?___SID=U

Fred Salvador Booties http://www.shopbop.com/star-bracelet-bootie-freda-salvador/vp/v=1/1575147554.htm?folderID=2534374302112431&fm=other-shopbysize-viewall&colorId=34698

Sunnies- http://www.wildfoxsun.com

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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 

Local Love from Local Eclectic

One of my favorite creative pals is Miss Alexis Nido-Russo has recently started a stylish and collaborative local designer forum called Local Eclectic. The site sells unique accessories giving local and very talented artists a channel to showcase their master pieces.  Alexis asked to interview me for her site, it was such an honor and a blast to answer to her questions and to take a moment out of my busy life to chat about style, work and play.

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Read interview here – have a nice day and shop local!

Stylish Resolutions for 2014

While many are resolving to lose weight, eat healthier etc etc I encourage you to resolve to contribute to the world in small ways. I am resolving to do the following and I invite you to as well.

1. Just Say No to Plastic 

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When you are shopping at the grocery store it is tricky not to consume products without plastic packaging, you can make a decision to buy products with less packaging, recycle all items and make your voice heard to the store that you are hoping for less plastic products in the future when they are making their product buy-in decisions.

2. Try to always carry a canvas bag in your purse for impromptu stops at the grocery store. California is the leader in this trend and you are trendy too right, so follow their lead and help your resolution above.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/california-plastic-bag-ban

3. Don’t buy tampons with plastic. Whole Foods has inexpensive earth friendly tampons. Easy resolution to follow, save money and save the earth- WIN WIN!

4. Feel Good Fashion – For every $100 you want to spend on spring/summer clothes donate an hour of your time. We know your time is valuable, and you are super busy- so why don’t you donate your time to a cause of your choice before your new SS14 looks arrive? Double up on that rewarding feeling of helping your community and feeling confident in your new clothes. Some of my favorite organizations are Lynn Sage Foundation, BeBrightPink, Leader Dogs for the Blind —>what will yours be?

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5.  Wash Your Clothes on Cold Every Time– Heating water to do laundry is one of the largest users of energy in a typical home. So, switch to washing in cold water – it gets clothes just as clean as hot water, while using less energy and money.

CHEERS TO A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2014!

 

Manicures & Ming Dynasty

Do you ever sit at the nail salon and panic that you have been there way too long and you have too much to do to sit and wait for your fancy manicure to dry and how you even got suckered as a woman to keep up with all these beauty pressures? Maybe it is just me then…

When I am counting down the minutes for those little fans to turn off and to be dismissed from my assigned chair after I have looked around and wondered how are they employing all these women? where did this trend come from? how many people in the United States are employed as a nail technician? where does all the bad nail polish go when it’s dumped and I am second guessing the time and money spent….sigh…..then I take out those glossy colorful nails and leave with a smile and think about how good I feel. 

Since I was about 5 years old I was obsessed with painting my nails, my baby-sitter’s nails, my granny’s nails, even my dogs nails. I remember my first nail polish, it was peach Tinkerbell peelable polish and I loved the color, the packaging, the way it made you feel like you were eight years old versus five years old. There is something about the simple small canvas of your nail beds that makes you feel put together and self expressive by what color you have chosen. 

In case you were wondering, nail polish originated in China, dating back to 3000 BC. Around 600 BC during the Zhou Dynasty, the royal house preferred for the colors gold and silver. However, it would eventually transition to red and black. During the Ming Dynasty, nail polish was often made from a mixture including beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum Arabic.

In Egypt, the lower classes would wear pale colors and the high society red.

By the turn of the 9th century, nails were tinted with scented red oils, and polished or buffed. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, people pursued a polished rather than painted look by massaging tinted powders and creams into their nails, then buffing them shiny. One such polishing product sold around this time was Graf’s Hyglo nail polish paste. After the creation of automobile paint, Cutex produced the first modern nail polish in 1917. Later the Charles Revson Company (later Revlon) produced their first nail polish in 1932.

Kinda cool huh?

So that being said here are some of my recommended brands and shades to express yourself.

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Shop here:

http://www.jinsoon.com/catalog/product/view/id/35/s/gala/category/20/

http://www.deborahlippmann.com/

http://www.rgbcosmetics.com/collections/color/products/steel

Reference on my historical facts…

  1.  Toedt, John; Koza, Darrell; Cleef-Toedt, Kathleen van (2005). Chemical Composition Of Everyday Products. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-313-32579-3.
  2.  Sherrow, Victoria (2001). For appearance’ sake : the historical encyclopedia of good looks, beauty, and grooming. Phoenix: Oryx Press. p. 119. ISBN 9781573562041.
  3. Trumble, Angus. “The History of Nail Polish”. Wonders & Marvels.

 

Keep It Chic

We came, we saw, we kept…

Suzanne of Garmental, who is one of my favorite people ever, and I thought it would be fun to bring some fashion your way this summer. I invited her to show off her fashion and branding muscles at RM Champagne Salon. Suzanne is currently working with a point of sale site Keep.com. This site allows you to curate your shopping picks onto boards but the coolest part is you can actually purchase something if you like it. Keep hosts ridiculous contests every week… a hem… I won a pair of Valentino Rockstuds- yeah no biggie…. Below you can see what the boards look like, clean, modern and easy to navigate.

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So while Suzanne is the brand guru for Keep in Chicago we thought is would be fun to have Keep on board with some other major brands  and stores like WildFox, Solstice Sunglasses, Lori’s Shoes, Scoop NYC, Brugal Rum, Peroni, Edith Hart, Penelope’s and invite them all showcase their hottest trends during a party and we’d call it Keep It Chic- clever huh?

Check out Garmental, the party pics and all things fashion here: www.garmental.com