Beauty Products for a Hot Chicago Summer

In Chicago we have 2 seasons–frigid and humid. It’s now humid season (besides the past few days we’ve been having…which have been AWESOME). So it’s time to stock up on some beauty products that will keep you looking fabulous, even when it’s 100% humidity.

So let’s thank Refinery29 for providing us with an easy list of the must-have beauty products every Chicago girl should have this summer. See Weather-Wise Beauty For A Hot Chicago Summer

Has anyone tried these products? Because I’m thinking about heading to Sephora and Ulta and buying all of these right now.

Resort 2012: Neon Scuba

I normally don’t freak out over the “inbetween collections” (meaning Resort & Pre-Fall) like I do for the “main attractions” (Spring and Fall). For some reason though, this particular Resort season has really blown me away. It didn’t hit me at first, but then I really studied the collections and realized a major trend.

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Neon

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Scuba

There is neon, there is scuba, then there’s neon scuba

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Michael Kors Resort 2012

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Hervé Léger

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Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

Many of you are probably thinking, “why would I ever want to wear neon scuba?” Well…why not? Neon is awesome. Although space is limited for a Twitter bio, I made sure to include “it shouldn’t be on if it isn’t neon” in mine. And as for scuba…what better says RESORT than SCUBA?

Unfortunately, neon flippers are not included…

Photos: The Cut

Possessionista Friendship Bracelets

Known for live tweeting The Bachelor and finding what celebs wore to Starbucks/running their “real people” errands, Dana Weiss of The Possessionista has found a new hobby for all of us to benefit from…making friendship bracelets.

With friendship bracelets being all the rage, Dana has taken hers to the next level. These colorful accessories are made with vintage vinyl records and howlite skulls or vintage trade beads. Another cool concept to add to her new venture? She sells them in an “online pop-up” fashion. Meaning, you never know when she will make them available and there’s only one of each kind. So you have to snatch them up while you can.

So how can you get your hands on one? Follow @Possessionista  and keep checking www.possessionista.com  to find out when they’ll be available. And when they are, buy 2…and maybe we can be friends :)

“Make Your Own Havaianas” Beach Pop-Up

This Thursday June 30 InStyle Magazine and Havaianas are hosting the first ever Havaianas pop-up shop at North Avenue Beach. I am honored to be on the host committee for this amazing event!

Ever wanted to design your own flip flops? At the Havaianas Beach Pop-Up, you can! Guests will be able to customize their own color combinations with a choice of 10 different flip flop straps and bottoms to mix and match with over 20 different pins styles.

Just chillin' in my Missoni x Havaianas

This event is invitation only so I am giving 3 lucky readers the chance to attend the Havaianas pop-up. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me you want to come and I’ll notify you by Wednesday evening to let you know if you’ve been chosen. Just be sure to include a valid email (only visible to me) so I can officially invite you to be my guest at the “Make Your Own Havaianas” Beach Pop-Up.

Good luck!

Food Pairings: Maude’s Liquor Bar & Marc Jacobs

As per request of many readers, I have officially decided to incorporate food posts as part of my blog. To put the fashion in ChiCityFashion I created a new category called Food Pairings where I pair each restaurant and meal with a designer. So instead of a complimentary Cabernet or a perfect Pinot Grigio, I choose Prada, Proenza or in this case, Marc Jacobs. So with that said…

After making a reservation over a month ago, I finally had the chance to eat at Maude’s Liquor Bar this week. The ambiance is dark, romantic and sophisticated but with a welcoming laid-back feel. The food is French inspired with a focus on seafood, but with a playful American twist. The menu is perfect for foodies looking for exotic offerings like foie gras, bone marrow, and escargot. Of course there are some simpler items like pomme frites, steak, and mussels.

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So what did I eat you may be wondering? Well let me elaborate…

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Let's start off with some bone marrow, shall we?

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Mussels and fries...you can't beat this combo

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Roast Farm Chicken...one of the best chicken dishes I've ever had

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Only offering one dessert, it had to be good...Creme Brulee. Dig in!

So, where does Marc Jacobs come into play? He’s the first designer I thought of when I really took in the atmosphere, the restaurant’s aesthetic and the food overall. Marc Jacobs is a well known American designer who is also the creative director for one of the most famous French design houses, Louis Vuitton. His designs are sophisticated and tasteful but always have a subtle playfulness…just like Maude’s.

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Marc Jacobs Spring 2011

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Louis Vuitton Spring 2011

So wear your favorite Marc Jacobs dress and bring your Louis Vuitton Speedy for a delicious night out at Maude’s.

Runway photos: Style.com