ChiCityFashion: The Chicago Fashion Blog http://chicityfashion.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:46:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Long Hair, Do Care http://chicityfashion.com/long-hair/ http://chicityfashion.com/long-hair/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:40:48 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=13098 When it comes to the topic of beauty, I mostly discuss nails (which by the way, be looking out for an extra special manicure today on Instagram), skincare and sometimes makeup…but rarely do I venture into the world of hair (except this one time). There’s something about the subject that us girls take way too […]

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When it comes to the topic of beauty, I mostly discuss nails (which by the way, be looking out for an extra special manicure today on Instagram), skincare and sometimes makeup…but rarely do I venture into the world of hair (except this one time). There’s something about the subject that us girls take way too personally so today we’re just going to get personal.

long hair, editorial

I came up with today’s topic of discussion because I was at a bridal shower over the weekend and one of my friends was talking about how she thinks her hair is short, when it goes at least two inches below her boobs. Then I told her she was crazy and she proceeded to tell me she thinks she has hair dysmorphic disorder (of course, not a serious or real disorder, but one I think many women “suffer” from). I too used to experience this when I was trying to grow my hair out (which seemed to be for 25 years of my life…I’m now 26). Right before college, I overestimated how much “four inches off” was and my hair was much shorter than I wanted it to be (and that was before the long bob was popular, like it is now). At the time, I could only remember having really long hair (what I like to call “boob length”) when I was in elementary school and that’s pretty much it. I tried to grow it longer in college but due to my poor eating habits and a relationship wit Papa John’s I’d define as “it’s complicated,” I don’t think my body was really healthy enough for my hair to grow. Of course I didn’t realize it until after I graduated and starting eating food with nutritional value, then my hair got to this (see below) and at the time, I thought it wasn’t long enough!

long hair

Now when I look back, I think it’s so damn long (I could even say too long) but when it was actually that length, all I wanted was for it to be longer. So greedy of me, right? And that seems to be a common theme for us ladies…we always want longer hair. We take pills, use special shampoos but why do we want all that extra length (which comes with extra responsibility by the way?)

long hair inspiration

Pinterest and Instagram are great places to find inspiration but they can also be spectacular resources to make us feel bad about ourselves. “Why can’t I be that skinny?” “Why doesn’t my hair look like that?” “Why can’t I buy the clothes she has?” Hopefully no one is going into a great depression over the length of their hair but like I said, it’s something we take very personally. Think about it — why are we so afraid of hair cuts? A lot of girls I know might get one or two a year, with the fear they’ll lose their precious locks. Even getting a trim to some is like you’re ruining their lives forever. So why do we feel this way over HAIR? Our hair is like a shield — we can hide behind it and let it cover our imperfections (unless it’s 95 degrees with 100% humidity then you better have a hair tie around your wrist ready to go). But the shorter you cut it, the more confidence you’ll have to have to rock the look. A self-conscious person cannot pull off a short style like Jennifer Lawrence or Shailene Woodley. There’s absolutely nothing to “hide” behind. I consider myself to be a fairly confient person and there’s no way I would ever cut my hair that short (mostly because I often like to dress boyish so with a pixie cut I might actually look like a boy). It took a lot for me to get to here, and that’s as good as it’s going to get for now. Other reasons for fearing those scissors — having long hair usually makes us feel prettier, there’s more you can do with it (if I try and braid my hair at this point, it looks like a woven nub) and it’s overall more girly and glamorous. I get it. But the point being is that I WAS that long hair don’t care girl, who hated getting hair cuts, wanted my hair to be as long as possible, didn’t even realize how long it actually was at the time (like, who am I?) and I have to say I’ve never felt more myself than I do with the length I have now. Yes, it might be a trendy “lob” but it’s a lob that feels right and I’m quite satisfied with my current hair situation (minus the grays…thank you genetics!)

celebrity hair

There are some people who can have their hair at any length and it will always look good. If I’m ever looking for hair inspiration to show my girl Sarah at Salon 1800 (which is who you need to go to and you live in Chicago and you want awesome hair), Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo are my go-tos. Whether it’s cut, color or style they are always killin’ it.

But then there’s always the hair god whose locks any man or woman aspire to have…

jared leto hair

Aren’t they marvelous?

So that about wraps it up for today. This is one where I really need your thoughts (I always want them but today I need them) — what’s your hair situation? Do you prefer long or short? More importantly, WHY? And do you think I’m crazy overanalyzing the whole hair dysmorphic thing? (the struggle is real!)

Images via Pinterest

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Think Outside The Jewelry Box http://chicityfashion.com/unique-jewelry/ http://chicityfashion.com/unique-jewelry/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:05:59 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=13088 Who doesn’t love to talk about jewelry, right? Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings (especially when there’s stacks of them)…all good stuff. But there’s some new kids on the block that are really taking your typical pieces of jewelry to the next level. We already know some of these newer categories like body chains, hair jewelry, ear cuffs and […]

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Who doesn’t love to talk about jewelry, right? Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings (especially when there’s stacks of them)…all good stuff. But there’s some new kids on the block that are really taking your typical pieces of jewelry to the next level.

pearl hand piece

We already know some of these newer categories like body chains, hair jewelry, ear cuffs and hand pieces but even these have been one-upped. Have you heard of a hand jacket? Nail ring? A handlet? These are all real things and if you’re looking for unique jewelry, it’s time to think outside of the [jewelry] box.

eddie borgo, hand piece

You may recall a similar topic of discussion from earlier this year but that was all about unconventional accessories, this is specific to jewelry. I started thinking about this last week when I saw this anklet/toe ring situation (almost like a hand piece for your foot) on Net-a-Porter. It’s sort of a two-fer but really just quite the interesting accessory. I have seen anklets making a bit of a comeback and I really hope toe rings will just stay in the 90s and never return, but when you combine the two I guess it’s not that bad (although I still loathe the thought of a piece of jewelry on my feet). After this discovery, I continued to research unique pieces of jewelry and found that a lot of designers are really stepping it up in this department. Body chains? So two months ago. Now, try a chain bra. What about a hand piece? Please…it’s been done. Let’s move it on up (literally) to an arm piece. I’m kind of kidding, though…if you’re currently wearing a hand piece or body chain, I wouldn’t say you’re out by any means. But it just goes to show how many other options are out there in the jewelry department, and who knows how many more there are to come?

I’ve only experimented with a few of these categories (seen here and here…and if we count ear cuffs, here too) but I am quite interested in the this palm cuff (for self defense purposes, of course).

hand piece

nail ring

So if you too want to think outside the jewelry box (whether it’s way outside or not venturing too far), here’s a few ideas to get you started. Any favorites? Or do you like to stick to the traditional categories? Tell me the comments, yo!

Images via Pinterest

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Those Dior Earrings http://chicityfashion.com/dior-earrings/ http://chicityfashion.com/dior-earrings/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:05:45 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=13068 Those Dior earrings. Who hasn’t worn them at this point? From Rihanna and Emma Watson to bloggers worldwide, these BALLer (get it?) pieces of ear decor have been a huge hit. But is everyone sporting the famous Dior version? Let’s find out. Ever since I noticed a few designers/websites knocking off the Dior tee shirt earrings (also […]

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Those Dior earrings. Who hasn’t worn them at this point? From Rihanna and Emma Watson to bloggers worldwide, these BALLer (get it?) pieces of ear decor have been a huge hit. But is everyone sporting the famous Dior version? Let’s find out.

dior earrings

Ever since I noticed a few designers/websites knocking off the Dior tee shirt earrings (also known as the “tribal” earrings) I’ve wanted to write about the issue. But now, it seems that most people are actually wearing the faux version instead because there are so many more knock-offs on the market than we could have ever anticipated. After a little Facebook ad popped up in my newsfeed yesterday notifying me that even Target is on board, I thought now was the right time to have this little chat.

It’s no new news that knock-offs are an issue in the fashion industry. There’s the illegal “fake” items that are made with the designer’s logo and everything (of course, all unauthorized) but then there’s the “look-alikes” where the designer most likely does not have that item trademarked or patented so everyone from Topshop to Zara can take very literal inspiration from the runway and sell it for a hell of a lot less. But that’s what makes these retailers so popular…why would they ever stop doing what they do best? Same goes for these earrings. After all, the real deal is about $400 (with the resale value at even more than that right now) while their look-alikes are mostly under $40. And after seeing how popular they’ve become, retailers figure why NOT make a cheaper version? But how did this accessory of all things become such a hit in the first place?

dior earring, emma watson

The first time I ever saw this Dior earring was on Emma Watson at the Golden Globes last year (and might have single handedly started the single earring trend, by the way). With pearls becoming popular again, everyone just loved this look…including myself. After some serious stalking (which I’m really good at when it comes to clothing and accessories I just can’t live without and are not readily available online or in stores) I finally found them. I decided to go for the mixed metal version because I thought I’d get the most use out of those. After I ordered them, I found out they weren’t single earrings at all…you actually get two (and I somehow felt like I was getting a deal). For a while, I wore one/both just about every day. Then more recently I started to notice a lot of people wearing them (mostly online, not necessarily in Chicago) and I wondered why was it so hard for me to get these when everyone else seemed to obtain them quite easily. Cue BaubleBar…then it all made sense. At the time, I had only seen the real version on Emma Watson so I was surprised to see this was worth knocking-off, but clearly it was and now everyone is doing it. But what about Dior? Shouldn’t we care about their feelings too? You know, Raf and the team?

dior tribal earrings

Listen, I get the whole look-for-less thing. Fashion wouldn’t be what it is unless we had that option…otherwise we’d be broke in head-to-toe runway looks or just completely naked. But where do we draw the line? For me personally, I’m a little bummed I spent my hard-earned cash on these earrings when you can get ones that look EXACTLY the same for $30. Most of the time when something like this happens, the difference between the real version and the look-for-less is pretty obvious. And if that was the case, I wouldn’t be so bummed. But considering I can’t tell the difference with most of the options out there, yeah it sucks a little…not going lie. However, that just brings up another topic of discussion — is it worth the wait? Because I’m super impatient, I wanted these earrings ASAP. This has happened to me with other items in the past where I buy something right away then it becomes extremely trendy and soon I’m over it. Then I’ve wasted money and am disappointed that I still haven’t learned my lesson yet. These earrings, though, I never thought would get to the level that they have. I didn’t think two balls in your ear could be that popular, ya know? But they are. And if I only waited a few more months, I wouldn’t be in this situation. The fact that I’m even complaining about this is pretty embarrassing. There’s much worse problems than my Dior knock-off situation, but it’s an issue I had to bring up and as always I want to know what you think.

Are you team Dior or team Fior (faux Dior)? Do you even like these earrings to begin with? And just for fun…there’s one pair below that’s actually Dior. Can you tell which one?

 

Images via Pinterest & Dior

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What Why Where: To The Maxi http://chicityfashion.com/maxi-dress/ http://chicityfashion.com/maxi-dress/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:32:06 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=13060 Oh, the maxi dress. One of those things that never seems to go out of style yet is a pain in the ass to wear. You don’t want to go too boho with flat sandals, you might look like you’re wearing a gown if paired with heels…so how the hell do you wear these things? […]

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Oh, the maxi dress. One of those things that never seems to go out of style yet is a pain in the ass to wear. You don’t want to go too boho with flat sandals, you might look like you’re wearing a gown if paired with heels…so how the hell do you wear these things? I decided I was going to figure it out for myself.

sass and bide, maxi dress

So this is what I came up with…

black maxi dress

mirrored sunglasses, sunday somewhere

charlotte olympia clutch

black ankle boots, jil sander

ear pin, hirotaka

angelina jolie leg

Who did it better — me or Angelina?

maxi dress, street style

jil sander boots

charlotte olympia bag

maxi dress, chicityfashion

WHAT (am I wearing):
Dress: Sass & BideSunglassesSunday SomewhereShoes: Jil Sander. Bag: Charlotte OlympiaBracelets: Hermes, Elizabeth and JamesEarrings: Delfina Delettrez, Hirotaka. Necklace: Jennifer FisherRings: Dana Rebecca, Delfina Delettrez, Gabriela Artigas. Nails: LVX

WHY (am I wearing it):
I could not tell you the last time I wore anything “maxi.” The skirts and dresses tend to be on the “boho” side, which isn’t really my style. And because I can never find the right length, I am forced to lift up the bottom every time I take a step (and if you know how I like to get dressed, that is just way too much work for my liking). But when I was in Australia this past winter, I hit up the Sass & Bide store (quite a few times, and multiple locations might I add) and I somehow fell in love with this maxi dress. With the black color and airy silk-like material, it’s not so boho anymore and with the slits up both sides it’s actually very easy to walk in (plus I can pretend to pull an Angie EVERYWHERE I go). Like I mentioned, finding the perfect shoe for these types of dresses is tough so I opted for my new go-to — the loafer boot (well technically it’s a boot but it’s sort of loafer-ish, no?) It ads the right amount of edge, a little bit of height…and they’re the coolest shoes I’ve ever seen so I have no complaints. Because I’m doing black on black (once again), I wanted to add some fun accessories with just some hints of color (no statement pieces…just a few extra layers to spruce up the look). And voila — it’s fashion TO THE MAX[i].

WHERE (can you get the look):

Photos by Heather Talbert

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CCF Loves: Stephen Young http://chicityfashion.com/stephen-young/ http://chicityfashion.com/stephen-young/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:32:05 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=13048 Today, I am extra excited for the latest installment of CCF Loves because this particular individual is not only the youngest feature so far (and not just due to his last name…he really is only 25) but I’ve known him longer than anyone I’ve ever written about. If you love interior design, are looking for home inspiration […]

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Today, I am extra excited for the latest installment of CCF Loves because this particular individual is not only the youngest feature so far (and not just due to his last name…he really is only 25) but I’ve known him longer than anyone I’ve ever written about. If you love interior design, are looking for home inspiration or just want to learn about a Chicagoan doing cool stuff, then you don’t want to miss this.

stephen young, interior design

Stephen and I met in college my senior year, his junior year, in a dance class. Yes, a dance class. At this point, I just needed credits to graduate so I thought why the hell not? And I’m sure glad I did…because Stephen and I came up with some badass routines together (fortunately and unfortunately there is no documented video to share with you…oh the good old pre-Instagram days). I always appreciated his ambition and motivation, yet he was still grounded and down right hilarious. Little did I know we’d still be friends, living in Chicago, running in the same circle less than five years later. Now, Stephen works for an interior design firm but also runs his own company, Stephen Young Design. He is responsible for some fantastic finishing touches in my home — including a coffee table he designed himself, an understated area rug that I sometimes find myself hanging out on because it’s that comfortable and reupholstered sofa cushions that even my dog appreciates (Laz never slept on the couch before Stephen came in…now it’s his favorite spot in the house). But this isn’t about my dogs (although I’m sure they’ll eventually get their own CCF Loves feature), this is about Stephen Young. A name you should know, because you will be seeing a lot of him (starting with this home tour he just did for NBC).

stephen young design

So let’s have a little chat with Stephen, shall we?

What do you love most about Chicago?
The sense of community and pride. For being such a large city, we still operate much like a small town. We have a lot of local businesses, community events, and overall morale that other cities just don’t seem to match. Chicago is like it’s own unique eco-system of mid-west mentality mixed with history and a quiet sophistication.

What are your go-to things to do/see in the city?
I love antiquing, and not just the glamorous kind you might find up in Andersonville or down in River North. I love to dig through the junk stores and thrift shops to find to most amazing and unexpected furnishings, objects, and art. Don’t get me wrong, I frequent the great antique places like Scout, The Find, and Broadway Antique Market, but I also love rummaging through places like the Brown Elephant, Brownstone Antiques, and Green Element. Chicago is a great city to find special pieces because we get a collection of things from all across the mid-west!

Most memorable moment in your career so far?
Being featured in Interiors Chicago Magazine (CS Interiors). After 2 years of designing and managing a condo renovation, I was featured by the publication as “Young Blood” in the industry. It was an honor to be recognized at only 24 years old, and by people whom I wouldn’t even consider as my peers, but rather, as my mentors. Without a doubt it was a milestone that I’ll never forget.

stephen young, cs magazine

Any words of advice for someone trying to get into interior design?
Interior design is nothing like the magazines or HGTV tells you it’s going to be. It’s also not picking-out paint colors and fabrics. Be prepared to live this business and give 100% to your client’s and your designs. Having studied architecture in undergrad, I had a much different understanding of what interiors designers do than I have come to learn. It’s a very personal business, and it takes more time to manage and facilitate the execution of a design plan, than it does to actually design the space all together! Best advise – Have a passion for creating art with space, and success will follow.

What’s your favorite trend in interiors right now and which one do you want to go away?
My favorite trend would have to be gold tones. They say that interiors follow fashion trend behind by about 5 years, so this isn’t surprising considering the Michael Kors “gold watch movement” we saw some time ago. Although with mid-century modern design becoming a staple in trendy interiors, it’s also appropriate that gold/brass tones make a comeback. I really never understood the “live edge” obsession or anything “shabby chic” – why would anyone want to be shabby when you can be chic?

stephen young design

What are a few tips for anyone who’s looking to redesign their space?
First, I would recommend thinking about your lighting scheme. Think about having different levels of light around the space, and put as many fixtures on dimmer switches as possible. Layers of light create atmosphere and ambiance in any room, no matter what the budget. Second, I would suggest thinking in pairs. Symmetry somewhere in a room helps create balance and formality which makes the rest of the pieces feel intentional – even if everything doesn’t “match”! Lastly, I suggest taking your time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and good design doesn’t happen over night. Just like the best outfits in your wardrobe are built from your favorite collected pieces, your home should feel just as tailored to your lifestyle. There’s no use in rushing just to fill space (unless you rent, that’s a different story), finding the amazing one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect you is what good design and making a home is all about!

Coming from someone who really struggles when it comes to interiors (which ironic because that’s basically the business my parents have been my entire life), that’s advice I really appreciate and anyone can relate to. If you want to get in touch with Stephen with regards to a project, be sure to check out his website and for interior design inspiration, you should probably follow him on Instagram. Just sayin’.

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Buckets Of Fun http://chicityfashion.com/bucket-bags/ http://chicityfashion.com/bucket-bags/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:24 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=13035 Typically when a trend makes a comeback, there’s usually quite a significant amount of time in-between its spikes in popularity. For example, overalls and chokers were popular about 20 years ago, and now us bloggers can’t get enough of them (once gain). But there’s one bag style that was a big hit around 2010 and is […]

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Typically when a trend makes a comeback, there’s usually quite a significant amount of time in-between its spikes in popularity. For example, overalls and chokers were popular about 20 years ago, and now us bloggers can’t get enough of them (once gain). But there’s one bag style that was a big hit around 2010 and is already making its way back into stores and now, our closets.

alexander wang bucket bag
And speaking of the 90s, if anyone remembers this commercial (it is the inspiration behind the title of today’s post, after all) I hope you’re ready to have buckets of fun because today we’re talking about BUCKET BAGS.

If you happen to be a long time CCF reader, this is a topic I wrote about more than four years ago…when I was still using a free WordPress template (and because I’m too embarrassed to link back that far, you can find it on your own if you dare). But we have so many more options now (and all of those bags are more than likely no longer available four years later) so why not embrace that new new?

mansur gavirel bucket bag

Let’s start off with a thank you…to Mansur Gavriel (who is trying to fill the bag gap) for making this style trendy again. Although Alexander Wang has had a popular bucket bag for quite some time now — the Diego (although I prefer the new style) — Mansur Gavriel must have a great PR/marketing team and just knew how to get the bags on the right people (pictured above). Now it’s almost impossible to get your hands on one (especially the bucket bag style — their signature silhouette). So because no one can get a Mansur Gavriel bag, other designers thought they’d step in and try to fill the void. You didn’t see too many super high end bucket bags in the past (perhaps because they tend to be a more casual style with the long strap and drawstring features) but now Saint Laurent, Gucci and Proenza Schouler are just some of the many putting their luxe touch on the popular accessory.

bucket bag street style

Going along with a recent discussion of the bagpack (the typical backpack’s more sophisticated, bag-like counterpart), some designers are adding extra straps to the bucket bag so it can convert to either style depending on how you want to wear it (and if you’re looking for one of these, Elizabeth and James does it best). If you don’t want a backpack but still want options, designers are also adding a top handle to their bucket bags so you don’t have to carry it on your shoulder. And if you still want more options but handles and straps aren’t cutting it for you, I’ve noticed that designers are starting to make different size versions of their bucket bag, so if you don’t carry a ton of stuff, get the smaller one…always cheaper! The best option, though? THE SPONGEBOB BUCKET BAG (ah, Jeremy Scott and Moschino…a match made in fashion heaven).

If you’re still on the fence about making a bucket bag purchase, here’s some cool styles you can browse right now (and buy, of course). Remember, say yes to bucket bags and NO to bucket hats…they are not buckets of fun.

 

What do you think of the bucket bag trend? Any favorite styles right now? And I apologize in advance if you now have the Mr. Bucket jingle stuck in your head (I know I do…)

Images via Alexander Wang & Elle

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Celebs Doing Web http://chicityfashion.com/celebrity-websites/ http://chicityfashion.com/celebrity-websites/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:56:23 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=13026 What do all these celebrities have in common (besides fame, money and a great wardrobe)? The answer is today’s topic of discussion. So let’s just dive in. It used to be if you were a celebrity and you were looking for something to do (besides being famous) you launched your own clothing or jewelry line […]

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What do all these celebrities have in common (besides fame, money and a great wardrobe)? The answer is today’s topic of discussion. So let’s just dive in.

celebrity websites

It used to be if you were a celebrity and you were looking for something to do (besides being famous) you launched your own clothing or jewelry line (sometimes even skin care) but why hire a team of designers and seamstresses or scientists and factories when someone can just make you a website and you’re pretty much good to go? Although we’re never going to see the end of D-list celebrity fashion lines (thanks to all things Real Housewives…sorry but I don’t consider Bravolebrities to be over C-List status, at best), celebs doing web seems to be the new trend with famous folks.

We all know Gwyneth has Goop…and people hate her for it. Lauren Conrad has her namesake lifestyle website full of workouts and DIYs I will never accomplish. Everyone lives for Olivia Palermo’s style so it only made sense for her to have a fashion blog (that apparently generates a ton of sales through affiliate links so brands are lining up to partner with OP). And now for the new kid on the block — Blake Lively just launched her all-American lifestyle site (that may or may not be an online magazine, I really can’t tell, and has a design and layout that I’m not totally sold on) called Preserve. I read about it a while ago and it officially launched yesterday. There’s featured artisans, a recipe for baby back ribs and a shop page that includes designer ketchup and earrings (and everything looks like it has an Instagram filter). I was pretty disappointed when Blake’s editor’s letter signs off as “with excitement and sincerity” and not “xoxo” (I mean, she probably wouldn’t even have this website if it weren’t for Gossip Girl) but I guess I’m just being picky.

preserve, blake lively

There’s also a philanthropic element…but that seems like something you have to do if you’re rich and famous (you can’t spend those millions on just yourself without a little backlash, right?) There’s a video that  is supposed to explain the idea behind Preserve, although it actually just confuses me more. The only thing I got out of it that it appears to be like a digital version of Kinfolk (but with the complete opposite appearance). Overall, when you hear that Blake Lively is creating a Goop-like website, I don’t think this is what anyone had in mind. I’m curious to see how it will end up but in the mean time, we’ll just wait for the new wave of celebrity websites to pop-up. Perhaps an Elite-Daily-like site from Lena Dunham? Or a V-files-type-of-thing from Rihanna? With the Internet and the fact that pretty much anyone can be famous now, the possibilities are endless.

So what do you think of celebrities and their lifestyle websites? Do you subscribe to any or read them regularly? Any favorites? Who do you think should create one next? Most importantly, I want to hear what you think of Blake’s new venture.

Images via Who What Wear & Preserve

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Beauty To-Go http://chicityfashion.com/travel-beauty-essentials/ http://chicityfashion.com/travel-beauty-essentials/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:31:12 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=13008 Whether I’m leaving for a weekend getaway or traveling abroad for 2+ weeks, there’s certain things I just have to bring with…and they almost always have to be travel-sized (after all, I have to leave room for shoes…and lots of them). It’s really only been this way since the whole 3 ounce rule thing (although […]

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Whether I’m leaving for a weekend getaway or traveling abroad for 2+ weeks, there’s certain things I just have to bring with…and they almost always have to be travel-sized (after all, I have to leave room for shoes…and lots of them).

beauty essentials

It’s really only been this way since the whole 3 ounce rule thing (although I barely remember a time when you could bring FOUR ounces on a plane) but at the end of the day, it really is just easier. I realized a few years back that I had racked up so many samples from Sephora and Blue Mercury that it was a waste not to use these as my travel beauty essentials. So what exactly do I use for beauty to-go? Depends on what samples I have on-hand but if I’m running low, here’s some of my go-tos.

beauty essentials

Most of my everyday beauty products come in a smaller size or I can find something comparable for travel, but the one thing I can never find (or at least not a good one) is makeup remover. So I’ve been using wipes instead (plus it saves me an extra bottle — no need for a cleanser). I mentioned a few months ago that I’ve been going back to basics when it comes to my face, and nothing is easier than Cetaphil. So I’ve been using the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths (clearly, I’m not the only one) for travel or post work-out (which is pretty new for me…thanks to Flywheel). They get the job done (without drying out your face) and a pack of 25 is less than $8. It doesn’t get much better than that!

cleansing cloths

In the Fall, the lovely folks at Net-a-Porter sent a Glossybox my way, as part of their new collaboration at the time. I’m the perfect person for this (and the ideal customer for free samples) because I usually end up loving the products and buying the full size anyway. But because we’re staying with the “to-go” theme, there’s two mini items from this box that I’m most definitely going to need a re-order on soon — Avène’s Thermal Spring Water spray  and Klorane’s Dry Shampoo. I’ve used water sprays in the past but the Avène version is not only great for travel but I also use it to cool off when I get home from a long walk with my dogs or over makeup when I’m feeling extra dry in the winter. And for the dry shampoo, it’s probably my number one travel essential (because washing my hair on vacation is just so daunting) and Klorane is known for having one of the best dry shampoos out there — so why not use the fun-sized version?

glossybox x netaporter

And speaking of hair…my essentials don’t stop there (I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it…or did I?) If I’m going somewhere warm (especially humid) I make sure I have my Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme no matter what. Thankfully it comes in a few sizes (plus a pea-size amount is all you need…so even the smallest bottle lasts forever) so you won’t have any problem traveling with this baby. The name of it infers it’s meant to make your hair shiny (which is great and all) but my issue is flyways and Mr. Fekkai takes great care of those. My last hair essential is kind of cheating when it comes to the theme of this post (because it doesn’t come in travel size just yet, but it’s well worth the extra bulk in your suitcase — I promise) but I can’t talk about hair without mentioning Bumble and Bumble Cityswept Finish. I’ve already raved about it on CCF (as well as the Fekkai Glossing Creme) but you know what? I’m going to do it again. BECAUSE THEY’RE THAT AWESOME (and I need them when I travel, hence today’s post).

bumble and bumble cityswept finish

And to top it off, my newest travel essential is the Illesteva backpack (which, by the way, is also a bagpack). It’s pretty large compared to most “fashion backpacks” but it’s not the Jansport you carried in middle school (or at least I did) so I use it as my carry-on when traveling by plane or if I’m staying somewhere for one night, I can usually fit everything in this baby. But if that doesn’t cut it for you and you’re looking for more backpack options, hopefully this will help.

And if you’re in the market for even more beauty products in to-go form….

 

This is a collaboration between Cetaphil and the AOL Lifestyle Contributor Network. Compensation was provided by Cetaphil via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cetaphil.

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What Why Where: Black Out http://chicityfashion.com/black-summer-look/ http://chicityfashion.com/black-summer-look/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:35 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=12997 Summer style is all about prints, colors, sandals (and if you really want to be on trend, crop tops and Birkenstocks) so today I thought I’d do the total opposite of that… An all black summer look? Sorry I’m not sorry. About to gear up for a brief moment of athleticism. BOOM Let’s kick it. […]

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Summer style is all about prints, colors, sandals (and if you really want to be on trend, crop tops and Birkenstocks) so today I thought I’d do the total opposite of that…

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An all black summer look? Sorry I’m not sorry.

jena gambaccini, chicityfashion

leather trim jacket

mirrored sunglasses, sunday somewhere

all black outfit

multicolor bracelet

About to gear up for a brief moment of athleticism.

riccardo tisci x nike sneakers

BOOM

jumping look

Let’s kick it.

jena gambaccini

WHAT (am I wearing):
Jacket: MuglerTank: First BaseShorts: Dion LeeSunglasses: Sunday SomewhereSneakers: Riccardo Tisci x Nike. Bag: Proenza SchoulerBracelets: Balenciaga, Dana RebeccaEarring: Delfina Delettrez

WHY (am I wearing it):
I’m just going to be honest with you, I kind of cheated with this “black summer look” because it wasn’t all that warm when we shot these pictures (my fellow Chicagoans understand how inconsistent the weather has been, so our wardrobes must adjust on a daily basis). That’s why there’s a lot of leather happening here (which I probably wouldn’t have chosen if it was 90 degrees and sunny). So this is a look for either a cloudy, cooler day (which it was) or for night when the temperature drops a bit (even with the sneakers!) I don’t typically go for an all black outfit in summer so I thought I’d try something new. When it comes to all black dressing (no matter what the season) having different textures breaks up the outfit so you it doesn’t look so flat. The jacket itself has contrast so I thought I’d just bring in more leather (because why not?) with the shorts. It’s definitely an edgier look than can easily be dressed up with a nicer tank underneath (or nothing at all, and just button up the short sleeve jacket) and heels. But I liked the contrast of the fancier jacket with casual elements like drawstring shorts and sneakers so I went for it. The results? A black out look that doesn’t require you to be blacked out to wear it (although it is Friday so anything goes…)

WHERE (can you get the look):

 

Photos by Dan Kelleghan

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It’s A Two-Fer! http://chicityfashion.com/convertible-clothing/ http://chicityfashion.com/convertible-clothing/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:07:05 +0000 http://chicityfashion.com/?p=12983 When is two better than one? When you get TWO for the price of ONE (AKA the two-fer). Whether it’s convertible clothing or one piece that looks like two — this idea of “two-fer” dressing seems to be having a moment. When you think about it, the idea is no new trend. Skorts, jackets that zip off […]

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When is two better than one? When you get TWO for the price of ONE (AKA the two-fer). Whether it’s convertible clothing or one piece that looks like two — this idea of “two-fer” dressing seems to be having a moment.

phillip lim pre-fall 2014

When you think about it, the idea is no new trend. Skorts, jackets that zip off into vests…it’s not like these things are unheard of, but designers are starting to take this idea and use it to give us even more clothing options. Phillip Lim did this whole pants over pants and skirt over pants thing for Pre-Fall ’14 (along with many other “convertible” looks)…which I happen to be very into. We’ve seen the dress with pants look at many couture shows (and done in real life) but perhaps skirt with pants is the new dress with pants? Hey, I don’t hate it.

There’s actually three ways to go about the two-fer trend (I know this sounds like a math problem but I swear you’ll ace this) — there’s a two-in-one item (like the skirt with pants, pictured above, or a cape dress), there’s the one item that can be worn two ways (like this leather jacket that turns into a vest) or you can get creative and think of more than one use for something, like this swimsuit (that is really more of a bodysuit because it’s too cool to only be worn at the beach). So why go the two-fer route? BECAUSE IT’S TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. And it doesn’t get much better than that (unless you can find three for the price of one…skirt/pants/shorts anyone?) Even doing something as simple and old school as a reversible shirt is still a good deal. Makes those investment pieces (like $2,000 legging boots) just a little more worth it. Just a little…

So if you too are looking for a good two-fer, here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Do you have any good two-fers in your closet? Are there any you plan on buying this season? Or do you prefer to stick to the one-fer?

Images via Style.com

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