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PRIN Spring/Summer 2015

PRIN

  • Who’s the Designer:  PRIN is designed by Prina Bagia
  • What’s the inspiration:  Downtown electic meets high fashion glamour was the inspiration for Bagia’s third collection she has debuted this year.  
  • Why it’s relevant:  Bagia’s color palette of choice in utilizing soft beige and cream to juxtapose the rich and luxe colors of deep reds and vibrant pinks aide in cementing the transition of pinks and reds as being a key color for spring next year.  While many viewed the emergence of pink on the street style scene as a micro trend Bagia along with the rest of the fashion industry are seeing a very permanent seat at the table for soft pink and pastel pink.
  • Where to wear it:  This collection showcased 30 different looks ranging from stunning evening wear gowns to great ready-to-wear pieces.  Bagia’s vision of marrying downtown electic chic with high fashion glamour allows you to have so much versatility in being day time ready at work and easily transition into a fabulous night out on the town.   So gear up and shop local and get ready to be ushering in Spring wearing PRIN Sp/Su 2015!

 

 

#WWAW: Pampering is The Cure For Anything!

Being always on the go traveling for work coupled with a hectic work schedule that demands a lot out of me during the week it’s such an amazing treat for when the weekend hits to spoil myself with a little pampering.  This past Sunday not only did I indulge myself in a blow out but I topped my day off with champs, lots of laughs and all while feeding my nail crack fix with stunning nail art.

meFirst Stop: I’ve been a fan of the Drybar ever since they tamed my tresses for New York Fashion Week last year.  Long story short, I committed a major hair faux pas and forgot my hair product.  I literally did a small prayer to the beauty gods that I would be able to get in on a last minute appointment and with a lot of amazing customer service from the Drybar team they secured me an appointment with plenty of time for me to get my tresses treated before I hit my long day at the tents.  When I heard they were opening a location in Chicago I squealed with joy because with that one accommodating appointment they had secured a customer for life (I mean seriously, the pricing is unbelievable and coupled with customer service that is out of this world what more can a girl ask for right?)  So on this trip I decided to change up from my ‘Cosmo-Tai’ and opted for some glam & volume and chose the ‘Southern Comfort.’

me 2Second Stop:  Set with my Hollywood glam hair I made my way over to the #AuthenticBliss being hosted by Authentic Noise PR media event.  What better way to continue my day of pampering than attending an event all about mini massages, make-up consultations and nail art manicures by Astrowifey & Notable Nails featuring beautiful nail lacquer by LVX.

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photoAll in all Sunday was such an amazing day filled with glam hair, some new nail crack and all with bottomless mimosas and bellinis with amazing company.  Never underestimate the power of little pampering treatments and I would highly recommend treating yourself to some glam hair & nail crack!

 

Stock Mfg. Co: Revitalizing the meaning of ‘American Made’

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What’s more rare than finding a piece from Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 1999 collection designed by the late Alexander McQueen?  An American brand that is designed, developed and produced all on American soil.

During a time where the apparel production landscape has seemed to become non-existent here in the United States and where the norm is to see a ‘Made in China’ label on the clothing sold in almost every store you enter, the meaning behind ‘American Made’ becomes less and less relevant.

Rather than be just another player in this cycle Stock Mfg. Co. took an entrepreneurial approach by creating and paving their own way.  This Chicago based clothing brand set out with the mission to design, develop and produce premium garments at an affordable price while at the same time aide to reviving American manufacturing.

The central hub of where their mantra comes to life is in their 45 year old apparel factory that is located on the west side of Chicago.  This Chicago mainstay is where they design and produce their high quality pieces while also partnering on collaboration projects titled “& Stock” with top industry talent and tastemakers such as specialty retailer, Bloomingdales.

They feature both menswear and womenswear that cater to the idea of casual chic.  The fabrications used in their collections are predominantly cotton based which just ooze relaxed comfort.  The silhouettes are very simple but with impeccable details.  With the transition into the fall season one of the biggest shifts you will see in both menswear and womenswear is the idea of ‘Comfortable Simplicity‘ where designers are taking a break from all of the color, print, and non-stop patterns of the last several seasons and opting for simple silhouettes while upping the ante in the details.

Pictured Above: Founders of Stock Mfg. Co Areill Ives, Jason Morgan, Tim Tierney, Jim Snediker, Mike Morarity (L to R)

Pictured Above: Founders of Stock Mfg. Co. (L to R) Areill Ives, Jason Morgan, Tim Tierney, Jim Snediker, Mike Morarity

So start your transition into fall with a local clothing brand that is revitalizing the meaning of ‘American Made’ apparel with their refreshing commitment to “not just producing our products in America, but to creating jobs and influencing the fashion world in a positive way. We are aiming to be a hub for American manufacturing, quality craftsmanship, and innovative collaboration.

Check out some of my favorite Stock Mfg. Co. pieces below and be sure to shop these pieces at their site www.stockmfg.

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Morgan Marie Beauty dishes on their ‘Top 5’!

I had the amazing opportunity to chat with 2 beauty aficionados taking the Chicago beauty industry by storm. Morgan Byrne and Marie Neri are the dynamic duo behind, Morgan Marie Beauty, offering mobile makeup services and finer quality cosmetic products.  With well over 23 years of beauty industry experience it goes without saying that these ladies have plenty of tricks and tips to help make our beauty lives a little easier.  So with their undivided attention I picked their brains for a solution to solve an age old conundrum that I along with many of you have struggled with throughout the years: What are the ‘Top 5 products’ that they believe should be in every woman’s makeup bag that can take your beauty look from day into an evening look.  Well ladies here is what these beauty mavens had to say:

These are our top 5 products that every woman should have in her makeup bag to take her from a day look into an evening look. We feel that in order to have a polished and fresh face from day to night, you need to address all the major features of the face.

  1. Starting with complexion, use your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer. Perfecting your complexion makes your eyes and lips stand out more.  So to create the perfect complexion, we recommend using our foundation brush, which is designed to seamlessly work liquid or cream foundation into your skin to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. This duo fiber brush creates a build-able coverage while also providing an airbrush finish
  2. Next, follow with a blush to the apples of your cheeks to give a healthy glow to your face.  Using a Morgan Marie Beauty blush brush, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks to give yourself a healthy glow. Our blush brush is an ultra soft, duo fiber brush, uniquely designed to create the perfect “watercolor” blush application that adds stunning dimension.
  3. Apply a lengthening, thickening mascara to your lashes. This helps to open and define the eyes.  We recommend perfecting your mascara application with our metal lash definer, which separates and individually defines your lashes.
  4. To add dimension and color to your lips, we recommend using Morgan Marie Beauty lipstick finished by a MMB lip gloss. They both give long lasting color and shine to lips.  Color
  5. All the steps above will be effortless and flawless using Morgan Marie Beauty brushes. To get the best makeup application, you need to use  high quality brushes that are approved and used by professional makeup artists.

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Want to get more info about Morgan Marie Beauty?  Check out there site here www.morganmariebeauty.com

 

Be artfully inspired while staying dry!

Since Chicago hasn’t quite gotten the seasonal change memo as of late that we are one day away from the month of June and standing at the front steps of summer that the rainy weather and the quick drops in temps are a complete no bueno.

I’ve been inspired to stay dry through all of the crazy weather with the Art Institute of Chicago‘s printastically bright and chic umbrellas.  Check out my top favorite 8 prints below!

Top L to R: Georges Seurat/ Jason Pollock/ Louis Sullivan/ Marc Chagall

Top L to R: Georges Seurat/ Jason Pollock/ Louis Sullivan/ Marc Chagall (shop here)

 

Top L to R: Edward Hopper/ Andy Warhol/ Claude Monet/ Frank Llyod Wright

Top L to R: Edward Hopper/ Andy Warhol/ Claude Monet/ Frank Llyod Wright (shop here)

 

 

 

Vidal Sasson’s David Reposar comes to Chicago!

Earlier this May, I enlisted the help of beauty aficionado and fellow Chicago blogger, Arianna Green to give her insight on Vidal Sasson’s coif-licious  “Salon Genius” at their VIP Preview hosted at the flagship Chicago Walgreens.

The event featured dry styling sessions with Vidal Sassoon leading stylist David Reposar and style advice from Chicago’s very own Kevin Aeh.

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Each girl had the option of signing up for a time with David to have their personalized makeover.  It was a full service saloon held on the second floor of the Look Boutique, filed with Curling Wands, Irons, Dryers and more. It was Salon Heaven to say the least.

Trusting your locks in David’s more than capable hands, was such a refresher because he shared tips about how to style and protect your hair.  Here are some of his tips that he shared for girls with texture:

  • When your hair has texture, it’s important to use a mousse or a styling crème. Not only does it moisturize your hair when pulling and pinning it, it allows the hair to bend to style as you please.
  • Mousse also ads as an Anti – Humectant. It’s normal for frizz on rainy days, but there’s no reason you can’t wear your favorite ‘do during some showers.
  • Conditioning is KEY! You can use conditioner as a pomade, or you can use conditioner to protect the ends of your hair while styling.

Based on David’s tips for textured hair Arianna embraced his product recommendations and swears by The Moisture Lock Shampoo & Conditioner and the Volume Foaming Air Mousse.  If you have been searching for over the counter products to help maintain and achieve salon quality for your textured hair this is worth a go.

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For more information about Vidal Sassoon’s new Pro Series visit their website. Vidal’s mantra has always been, “if I was going to be in hairdressing, I wanted to change things”, and we have to agree that he has.