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Mirrored Sunnies all under $30!

It’s officially June people!! I know, I know it’s June but we had 50+ temps this past weekend.  Apparently mother nature keeps missing the memo to release the 70+ temps during the weekend so we can actually enjoy the warm weather.  Well in any case I’m still going through the warm weather motions in hopes that she gets with the program.

This summer the hottest eyewear trend for sunnies are mirrored lenses.  While I absolutely love this modern new update I know that many of you do not want to shell out a $100 let alone 2 or 3 hundred dollars on trendy eyewear.  So I’ve rounded up my Top 4 that won’t hurt your pocketbook but will definitely have you looking like you did.

Which one will you be rockin’ in the summer sun?… well that is if mother nature ever gets her act together

Splurge vs. Save: Cut-out Shoes!

Alexander Wang’s Spring 2013 RTW Collection is Wang’s signature collection where he exemplified the choice of function over form and stuck very closely to traditional American sportswear design.  While the apparel collection was definitely the stand out I could not help but oogle over Wang’s Spring 2013 footwear collection and more specifically the Mackenzie boot.  Wang’s deconstruction of the boot with the cut-outs and an amazing chunky heel just screams ‘Edgy, Comfy, Chic’!  While many have drawn inspiration from the deconstruction trend of cut-outs, fast fashion retailer Zara offers a very compelling inspired piece.

What do you think, Splurge vs. Save?

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Mid-heeled Sandals: Your go-to warm weather shoe!

Coming off of an amazing week in warm weather Orlando, FL it was such a shock to come back to yet another Chicago winter.  Legit feels as if Chicago only has one long winter with an occasional break in the sky with a little sun for good measure.

So while the weather is still iffy, I can’t help but still go through the motions with transitioning into a summer wardrobe.  For summer, my go-to shoe is the mid-heeled sandal.  Why? Simple, they are not flat and aren’t too high.  The flat sandal only equals dirty feet and to mix dirt with sweat is not a great combo and is not exactly the added benefit I look forward too in a show.  Now, I know a lot of you are wondering well why are high heels out?  Two words: swollen & hurt.  High heels are amazing but to be on your feet all day or to wear a pair of sandals for a full work day, they are out of the question.

And don’t try to talk to me about wedges. They’re marketed as the safer alternative to high heels but the only times I’ve taken a Amy Poehler style stumble is while I was wearing wedge shoes.

Enter in the blocky, mid-heeled sandal.  Marni, Prada and Peter Pilotto have always been keen on them in their fashion.  So I’m taking a cue from these ultra chic designers and making the mid-heeled sandal my summer shoe staple.  You joining the mid-heeled crew?

P.S. here are 4 of the best mid-heeled sandals:

Shop local this Memorial Day weekend!

Attention all shoppers, attention all shoppers! There are 3 major shopping events happening right now through the beginning of next week.  All 3 are local Chicago based fashion staples that any style fiend such as a myself has become all too familiar with (not saying its a bad thing, but my wallet may have a different opinion).

Here’s the amazing part, 1 of the 3 is online so you can leisurely shop the sale from your couch in your PJs!  Online retailer, eDrop-Off is currently running their “Fashion Vault” sale through Sunday, May 26th at 8pm CST.  All the fashion heavy hitters such as Hermes, Balenciaga, Chanel, etc are featured so kick off the summer season on the right foot with a piece of designer luxury!

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Now, if all you hear is the pitter patter of vintage tap shoes you will not want to miss Randolph Street Market‘s 10th Annual Garden Party Market happening this weekend, May 25th & 26th.  Not only will vintage fashions be awaiting your arrival at the market but joining them will be one of a kind pieces of artwork, hard to find home decor, antiques, and more.

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Rounding out this holiday weekend, is the Chicago Artist Coaliton’s first ever Warehouse Sale happening on May 29th.  This Warehouse sale will be featuring a few of Chicago’s premier tastemakers such as Vosages Haut-ChocolatWinifred Grace, Snow & Graham, Burrow & Hive, Luxury Garage Sale and Sofia.

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May: Emerald!

Happy Birthday to all of you you Taurus & Gemini’s born in the month of May!  May’s birthstone is the stunning emerald gemstone.  What’s even more amazing?  Your birthstone is also the Pantone color of the year.  So shine bright all year long and make everyone else green with envy with one of these stunning birthstone baubles.

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

 

The woman behind London Pacific Fashion Week: Ana Lavekau

With the change of each new season most naturally associate this with a weather change but to those of us who live and breathe the fashion industry this change of season is a signal of the upcoming seasons’ crop of fashion shows and presentations highlighting next year’s key silhouettes, fabrications, colors and trends.  The four key fashion show weeks are held each season first in New York, followed by London, then Milan and is rounded out by Paris.  During fashion month designers from all over the world take the stage to showcase their what they envision as the signature looks we should be wearing for the upcoming season.

As a purveyor of fashion and regular at fashion week, I literally cheered out loud when I discovered London Pacific Fashion Show.  Discovering this fashion week is the central inspiration for why I created the Pasifika Fashion Series on CSM.  There are little to no outlets in America highlighting and celebrating the significant contribution my Pasifika community has made and continues to make to the Fashion industry.  As a “Fashion Jack(ie) of All Trades” I was not surprised that the woman behind the London Pacific Fashion Show also epitomizes this title.  Ana Lavekau’s official title is, Director of London Pacific Fashion but the various roles and hats she wears to help pull this fashion show off year after year is nothing short of awe inspiring.

I recently had the rare opportunity to chat with Ana on her views of Pasifika Fashion, the future of London Pacific Fashion Show, and what she manages to do in her spare time.  Check out CSM’s interview of Ana Lavekau, Director of London Pacific Fashion:

CSM: What inspired you to pursue a calling in fashion?

AL: After producing the first London Pacific Fashion Week I was inspired by all of those amazing and talented designers and I’ve been at it ever since.

 

CSM: Why did you decide to focus in on Pasifika Fashion?

AL: There is a lack of knowledge on Pacific Fashion/Design/Art in London so the fastest way to promote it to Londoners was to host a Pacific Fashion show collaborating all four elements from Pacific (Fashion/Dance/Opera/Art).

 

CSM: Of all of the many amazing London Pacific Fashion Shows that you have helped produce, which artist was the most memorable?

AL: I would certainly say that Lindah Lepou was by far the most memorable.  She is an inspiration to any emerging fashion designer from the Pacific.

 

CSM: There are a lot of up and coming Pasifika fashion/style talent coming up like Kapiliola Fonua, who is the next talent we should be on the look out for?

AL: Definitely be on the look out for New Zealand emerging designer, Louina Fifita.

 

CSM: What are your hopes for the future  of London Pacific Fashion Show/Week?

AL: I am coordinating a London Pacific Fashion Collective for the upcoming London Fashion Week during fashion month in September of this year.  It will be a one hour show that will highlight the best of the best from the South Pacific.  This is a rare and unique opportunity is so important because through this major vehicle we will be able to showcase our amazing designs and talent to the mainstream market.

 

CSM: With the few spare minutes you have in your day that aren’t dedicated to London Pacific Fashion Week, what do you like to do?

AL: I just launched my own apparel label, Reload Tribal earlier this month.  Reload Tribal is a modern brand of intimate apparel that promotes the art of story telling from the South Pacific, in particular from my home island of Fiji.  The really unique message of my brand is that it promotes the message of safe sex and with every piece that is sold a $1.00 donation will be made to the local charity Fiji Network Plus to help spread the message of safe sex to help bring more awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention.

 

Ana Lavekau, Director of London Pacific Fashion

Ana Lavekau, Director of London Pacific Fashion

 

CSM has a new look!

I seriously can’t believe that the day has finally arrived and I can finally unveil CSM’s new grown and sexy makeover!  When CSM first launched back in April 2011 it was because I needed a pure, raw and tangible outlet for all of the fashion ramblings and opinions I had about the industry.  Over the years you the CSM community have helped me to truely mold and define who and what CSM is and should be.  My initial outlet has become so much more than I would have ever expected and so to have undergone such an extensive and much needed makeover was truly empowering.

The first and major change is CSM’s defining logo!  I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I literally agonized over what the logo would be visually for the first 2 months of this 6 month makeover journey.  Thank goodness for creative design guru and web genius, Laura Granlund of inTIMIDnation for taking all of the feedback you all have given me over the years (and yes, I had it all stored up in my brain).  To now have an actual visual representation of CSM is legit incredible.  So if you are in need of anything graphic/web design related I would highly recommend reaching out to her (literally kept my sanity for these last few months-trust me ask my husband).

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Okay I digress, let me get back to CSM’s amah-zing transformation.  The next major change and is the more obvious one, I’M NOT ON BLOGGER ANYMORE!  Yup, CSM needed to put on her big girl panties on and step into the real world of blogging and that required a new handy URL and so naturally it’s www.csmstyle.com.  Now, you all can update your favorites with the new link and what’s even more handy is that the name is in the new URL so you’ll never forget it right?

These next few changes were all about me keeping you all in mind.  One big important change for you is that I wanted to make it as navigationally friendly as possible.  With that in mind  it was really important for me to have a ‘Categories’ tab front and center so that you all would know exactly what the content of CSM is plus you could drill directly into whichever specific category you were looking for and/or wanting to delve deeper in to.

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Another great addition is that you can see I still have all of the old categories you all love like “Pasifika Fashion Series”;  “Shop Local”; “Fashionable Dining” plus a few new ones like “WWAW” (What Would Ana Wear) and “Splurge vs. Save.

Now, peruse and make yourself at home because I’m looking forward to seeing more of you and for a longer time.  Next time, cocktails are a must! xo