Coming Up on Rue La La

In need of a fashion pick me up?   This week, Rue La La’s virtual boutiques are providing you with a head-to-toe makeover experience, with timeless, fashion-forward necessities from A.B.S, Exhale Spa, and make-up from Bare Escentuals! I invite you to shop the  Exclusive Brands: Fashion and Beauty Boutiques, beginning  March 31  at 11:00AM EST for only 48 hours! Below you’ll discover more information about the Boutiques.

(virtual doors open at 11am on April 2 ):  Allen B. Schwartz’s trend setting line of red carpet inspired looks have won the attention of stars from Catherine Zeta Jones and Jennifer Hudson to Carrie Underwood.  Known for his attention to detail, and fashion forward threads, this boutique is sure quickly sell out of the feminine frocks that have made A.B.S, a style favorite for fashionistas everywhere.  Grab your choice of flirty dresses, bold jewelry, and chic sportswear from the A.B.S boutique, this week.

Bare Escentuals
(virtual doors open at 11am on March 31):  Bare Escentuals is the brand that brought you BareMinerals Foundation,  Buxom, and MD Formulations Skin Care.   Maybe it is Bare Escentual’s belief that while make-up should make you feel beautiful, and should also be good for your skin that makes it a favorite brand among the stars.  With celebrity fans including:  Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Portman, and Kate Hudson, you will surely fall in love with the variety of Bare Escentuals on sale this week.

**I’m absolutely love Bare Escentuals products! See some of my favorite Bare Escentuals products in my Flawless Makeup Routine post.



Exhale Spa:  Available Thursday, April 1st at 11AM EST for 48 hours. With a philosophy centered on the belief that the mind and body are connected, and that the best approach to well-being is through holistic means, this weeks Boutique will help you achieve that beach-ready body faster than you think.  Locations that will be involved in the Boutique include: New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Santa Monica and South Florida.


Also, experience fabulous fashion and accessories items this week on Rue La La through these exclusive Boutiques:

  • Sportmax
  • Honora
  • Footprints by Brinkenstock
  • Bare Escentuals
  • Joseph Abboud
  • A.B.S.
  • Corneliani



Not yet a Rue La La member? Join Now! And don’t forget to invite your friends to experience Rue La La — you’ll receive a $10 credit when they place their first order!


This post is from guest blogger, David James. Follow him on Twitter @jamesda1

New Items from Rachel Zoe for QVC

If you’re an avid reader of my blog, it’s rare that I post something without mentioning Rachel Zoe. I think she’s an amazing stylist and I respect her work and her creativity. I already own a few things from Rachel’s collection including the Faux Fur Vest with Hook & Eye Closure (in Red Fox…obsessed!), Cabochon Drop Earrings (in Jade; very vintage-looking…so fab), and the Foldover Messenger Bag (in pewter…such a great color). I am 100% satisfied with each and every one of these items. And just when I didn’t think her collection could get any better, she debuted a bunch of new items last week and I am dying over everything. I knew I wanted to do a post sharing my favorite items with you and it was very difficult for me to choose but I did it and I hope you enjoy!

Lamb Leather Belted Jacket

The ivory color (shown above) is my favorite but this jacket also comes in black and tan which are equally as fabulous. Rachel wore this when she debuted her new items on QVC and many sizes sold out immediately. Thankfully, QVC re-stocked and almost all sizes are currently available in each color. This is a great light jacket for spring and it can be worn with just about everything. The belt is slimming at the waist I’m obsessed with the buckles at the end of the sleeves. Overall, a great buy!

Slim Flap Front Computer Bag

So I’m definitely guilty of watching QVC when Rachel Zoe is on and she said that everyone in her office (AKA Camp Zoe) was begging her to design a fashionable yet practical computer bag. And this is what she came up with! I loved this piece so much I ordered it right away (online of course…I don’t think I could get myself to call) in the brown/black. The color shown above is caramel and it comes in black as well. The best part about this computer bag is that it comes with a matching wristlet. A stylish way to carry your laptop + a wristlet for those on-the-go moments…what a great deal!

Slouchy Square Hobo

This is such a great everyday bag. It is practical because it is large enough to hold everything and it’s a great bag that will never go out of style. This bag comes in Burnt Sienna (seen above), Caramel and Black. I really can’t decide which color is my favorite because I just love this bag so much…I love all the colors! The Burnt Sienna is different which I’m really into. It’s a happy color that can immediately brighten your mood.

Tri-Color Bracelet with Crystals

I’ve been obsessed with the gold bracelet Rachel Zoe always wears (see here on her left wrist) since the first time I saw her wear it on the Rachel Zoe Project. Once I saw she made something similar available on QVC, I knew I had to have it. So…I ordered it. It complements any skintone because there’s goldtone, silvertone and rosetone. A 3-in-1 masterpiece!


What do you think of Rachel Zoe for QVC? Do you have any pieces from her collection? If so, which ones do you have & what do you think of them? If not, would you consider ordering any of them? What do you think of my picks? I want to hear from you. Don’t be shy!


1,000 Followers Twitter Contest

So I’ve been tweeting about doing a contest once I reach 1,000 followers and….I finally did! I wanted to give the details of the contest here on my blog because 140 characters is simply not enough.

I hope you read my Kassiebelle designs post because I will be giving away a Kassiebelle wrap bracelet (see below) to one lucky follower. Here’s how it works:

1. Follow me on Twitter @chicityfashion

2. Tweet the message “I want to win a Kassiebelle wrap bracelet from @chicityfashion” (please include the link in your tweet)

I will pick one winner (at random) by Thursday April 1st. And no…this will not be an April Fool’s joke 🙂

A few notes:

**You must be a US resident (having United States shipping address) in order to enter

**The winner will not receive the exact wrap bracelet pictured above. That one was custom made for me but it will have the same beading pattern and be equally as amazing…I promise!


Thank you all for following me on Twitter and reading my blog. I really appreciate all of the great comments you leave me. I love the feedback and I hope you continue to read and enjoy ChiCityFashion blog.

Cityblue Apparel and Denim

I love to feature and support any local Chicago establishments…especially when it comes to clothing boutiques. Cityblue  Apparel and Denim is a unique boutique ( I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it 🙂 ) that combines my favorite things in life–music and fashion (now if there was a bakery in there I don’t think I’d ever leave…because food is my other favorite thing in life). Cityblue carries both men’s and women’s casual clothing. Not only do they have great clothing (and obviously a fantastic selection of denim), they carry Virgin Saints & Angels jewelry…and they happen to be the only boutique in Chicago that carries it.


Some of the men’s jeans Cityblue carries include:

  • Citizens For Humanity
  • Genetic Denim
  • Hudson
  • William Rast

Some of the women’s jeans Cityblue carries include:

  • Rich & Skinny
  • Genetic Denim
  • Habitual
  • Seven For All Mankind


These are just some of the denim Cityblue has…you need to visit them at 1444 N. Wells St (in Old Town) to see what else they have!


Cityblue has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Chicago Mag, CS and more.


For more information, please check out Cityblue’s website at and follower them on Twitter @citybluechicago

Versace Spring 2010 RTW

Versace is a favorite of A-List stars like Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner and many more. I was obsessed when I first saw pictures from the Versace Spring 2010 RTW collection and I want to share my favorite looks with you. Check out the shoes too…they’re amazing!

The collection is very futuristic looking with the silver and metallic detailing. The colors are gorgeous and vibrant and I absolutely love the super mini dresses.  The long dresses with the high slit are a Versace-must and a great way to make a long dress look sexy and modern.

Now let’s take a look at my favorite pieces from Versace Fall 2010 RTW:

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Doesn’t help that Abbey Lee Kershaw (model in the first and third photo) is absolutely gorgeous and can make anything look good. But still…these are my favorite dresses from the collection.


 Take a look at some recent show-stopping moments with celebs in Versace Spring 2010 RTW:

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Jennifer Lopez at the 2010 Grammys.

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Zoe Saldana at the premiere of Avatar.


What do you think of Versace Spring 2010? What are you favorite pieces? Thoughts on celebs in Versace? I want to hear from you!