My Favorite Fashion Trends From 2014

With all the big moments in fashion this year (i.e., Kim and Kanye’s Vogue Cover, the passing of Oscar de la Renta and the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration, just to name a few), 2015 has a lot to live up to. But before we get into the New Year, I’d like to share some of my favorite favorite fashion trends from 2014:

Crop Tops

2014 Fashion Trends - Crop Tops

2014 Fashion Trends - Crop Tops

Plaid

2014 Fashion Trends - Plaid

Favorite Fashion Trends from 2014 - Plaid

Ponchos

2014 Fashion Trends - Ponchos

Gray

2014 Fashion Trends - Gray

Jumpsuits

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Pastels

2014 Fashion Trends - Pastels

Bomber Jackets

2014 Fashion Trends - Bomber Jackets

2014 Fashion Trends - Bomber Jackets

What are your favorite fashion trends from 2014? Tell me in the comments!

Pink Leather Jacket

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Florida0447Blush Pink Leather Jacket: Mackage (similar here, here and here) // Blouse: Joie // Sunglasses: Chloe // Chain Rings: Vo Jewelry // Gold Ring: Shop 857 // Bracelet: Tai (mine is from Fuschia in Glen Ellyn – similar here) // White Skinny Jeans: Rag & Bone (on sale!) // Handbag: Chanel // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

I just got back from a beautiful vacation with my family in sunny Florida. As you can see, the weather was gorgeous!! It was in the 80’s most of the time, but our first night there the temperature dropped to about 70 (gasp!). It was the perfect opportunity for me to break out my new blush pink leather jacket by Mackage.

While perfect over my grey chevron silk tank top in Florida this time of year, it will also work well in Chicago winter temps layered over a sweater! Oh, and my new grey Givenchy Antigona Duffel that Santa brought…I cannot wait to style that beauty with this jacket too!!

Little Black New Year’s Eve Dress

NYE LBD

NYE LBD

NYE LBD

NYE LBD

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NYE LBDLace Back Spaghetti Strap Dress: Mason by Michelle Mason // Handbag: Chanel // Shoes: Christian Louboutin

2015 is right around the corner! If you’re still looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve dress, Intermix has a handful of LBDs that I love, including the one I’m wearing above by Mason by Michelle Mason. The spaghetti straps, lace back panel with hook and eye closures, lace insets at waistline, and cut out at back add a modern and delicate flare!

Photos Above by Sam Lee

Hair by Ashley Young

Here are a few other LBDs that I love from Intermix as well:

Noam HanochNoam Hanoch Delphine Lace Dot Inset Tank DressNoam Hanoch Delphine Lace Dot Inset Tank Dress

Cushnie Et OchsCushnie Et Ochs Deep V Mesh Dress

Nicholas EXCLUSIVE Window Lace Strapless Ball DressNicholas EXCLUSIVE Window Lace Strapless Ball Dress

Noam Hanoch Lynn Lace Inset Dress Noam Hanoch Lynn Lace Inset Dress 

Noam Hanoch 2bNoam Hanoch EXCLUSIVE Back Slash Lace Slip Dress

Merry Christmas

Cheers to a fashionable Christmas!

Fashionable Christmas

Hair How To: New Year’s Eve Ponytail

Ponytail Hair How To

Merry Christmas Eve! I am so excited to be sharing my first beauty post today and I’m even more excited that it’s a festive New Year’s Eve ponytail hair how to!

My trusty hairstylist of many years, Ashley Young, recently showed me a formal way to wear my hair in a ponytail for New Year’s Eve! The only ponytail I knew how to do before this tutorial was a gym-appropriate ponytail. Not quite fancy enough for ringing in the New Year!

I hope you enjoy the following NYE ponytail hair how to. If you try it out, I would love to hear about it and see some of your pictures of the look!! Continue Reading

Winter White New Year’s Eve Dress

Winter White New Year's Eve Dress

Winter White New Year's Eve Dress

Winter White New Year's Eve Dress

Winter White New Year's Eve Dress

Winter White New Year's Eve Dress

Winter White New Year's Eve DressIvory Rhinestone Dress: Bless’ed Are The Meek (on sale!) // Gold Peep-Toe Heels: Fendi (similar here and here) // Gold Clutch: Saint Laurent (similar here) // Lip Stain: Benefit Cosmetics // Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm: Benefit Cosmetics

I love wearing white after Labor Day and when I found this Ivory Rhinestone Dress by Bless’ed Are The Meek I knew I had to have it! My husband and I go to Columbus, OH every year to visit his relatives for Thanksgiving and there is a fabulous boutique on the Short North called Rowe Boutique, which is where I found this dress, among other great pieces – more to come on that 😉

I wore this dress to Del Frisco’s Holiday Shopping Soiree hosted by Windy City Blogger Collective earlier this month and am shamelessly going to be a repeat offender and wear it again for New Year’s Eve. It can be purchased on sale online at Revolve Clothing.

Some other white New Year’s Eve dresses I’ve come across are this State Mini Dress by AQ/AQ and this Pencil Fit Sleeveless Lace Dress by Alexis, both from Intermix.

Do you wear white after Labor Day?

Photos by Sam Lee

Hair by Ashley Young

Moto Leather Pants and Handbag

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Moto Leather Pants and Handbag - Chicago CatWalk

Moto Leather Pants and Handbag - Chicago CatWalk

Moto Leather Pants and Handbag - Chicago CatWalk

Moto Leather Pants and Handbag - Chicago CatWalk

Moto Leather Pants and Handbag - Chicago CatWalkMoto Detail Leather Pants: J Brand (on sale!) // Molded Glasses Wristlet: Musick // Grey Sweater: Derek Lam 10 Crosby (similar here and here) // Bracelets: Hermes, Tory Burch, MARC by Marc Jacobs, Cara (sold out – similar here) // Shoes: Christian Louboutin

I’m a big fan of leather pants and absolutely love the details on my J Brand moto detail leather pants from Intermix. You can’t see it in these pictures but they have a zipper/button closure and four pockets (two faux frontals) which make them a little more flattering if I were to wear a shirt that’s shorter than my grey Derek Lam 10 Crosby sweater. The pewter color gives them a metallic sheen and the quilted detailing around the knees and side zips near the ankle make them more unique than the basic black pair I own (and still love nonetheless).

Speaking of details, how fun is this molded glasses wristlet by Musick?! I was lucky enough to interview the designer, Meg Musick-Makely, prior to the One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago this year. When I met her at the show, she was so so kind and gave the handbag to me as a gift – thank you, Meg! I could not believe it and was so excited/in love that I wore it throughout the evening.

The quality of the leather and the way this bag is made truly makes it special. In order to mold the shape of the glasses into the leather, Meg wets the leather and presses a pair of sunglasses to it. “It’s almost like sculpting,” she said. She uses keys, coins and lipstick to mold leather as well. And she’s waiting for a cell phone to break so she can mold the leather with a cell phone too! Anyone have a broken phone they want to donate?!

What are some of your favorite leather pieces this season? Tell me in the comments!

 Photos by Sam Lee

Hair by Ashley Young

Chic Last Minute Gifts Under $200

Chic Last Minute Gifts Under $200

 

I always still have some Christmas shopping to do at the last minute, so I’m a big fan of retailers who offer great shipping promotions for last minute gifts. A few of them are Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus Last Call. I spent quite a bit of time perusing these sites, and those of other retailers located in the city, to find great last minute gifts and deals out there, so I thought I would share some of them with you.

If you aren’t able to take advantage of the great shipping promotions, or just don’t want to risk it, you can always run out to the stores and shop directly from them!

Glamorous Asymmetrical Zip Coat Free RUSH Delivery by Christmas Eve until December 21 on ALL merchandise
$155 – nordstrom.com

Vince Camuto ‘Kevlin’ Bootie Free RUSH Delivery by Christmas Eve until December 21 on ALL merchandise
$165 – nordstrom.com

Tai Evil Eye Station Bracelet Get it by Christmas! Free rush delivery with $75 purchase & code LCHURRY ends Tuesday 12/23/14 at 12pm CT.
$70 – lastcall.com ($42 on sale ends Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. CT!)

Kate Spade ‘Day Tripper’ Teardrop Earrings Free RUSH Delivery by Christmas Eve until December 21 on ALL merchandise
$50 – nordstrom.com

Freida Rothman ‘Metropolitan’ Drop Earrings Free RUSH Delivery by Christmas Eve until December 21 on ALL merchandise!
$150 – nordstrom.com

Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Wool Fedora Receive FREE SHIPPING on your in-stock order by CHRISTMAS DAY until 5pm CT on Monday 12/22/2014 & enter code HOLIDAY.
$195 – saksfifthavenue.com & intermixonline.com

Tory Burch Robinson Saffiano Cosmetic Bag Receive FREE SHIPPING on your in-stock order by CHRISTMAS DAY until 5pm CT Monday 12/22/2014 & enter code HOLIDAY.
$95 – saksfifthavenue.com

Chic-tionary: The Little Book Of Fashion Faux-cabulary Both retailers offer limited options for delivery by Christmas. If you don’t want to risk it, I recommend seeing if the Barnes & Noble near you has it in stock! Oh, and if you haven’t read my interview with the author, Stephanie Simons, you should go check it out. She’s hilarious!
$14.95 – barnesandnoble.com & $14.77 – amazon.com

Beauty Gift Guide

Beauty Gift Guide

 

I’ve gathered some of my all-time favorite, as well as recently discovered, beauty products to create this beauty gift guide! Do you have any favorite beauty items that would make great gifts too? Tell me in the comments!

 

Stylisted Gift Gorgeous Gift Card – Stylisted provides in-home hair styling and makeup appointments with vetted beauty professionals throughout Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Give her the ultimate gift of gorgeous with a Stylisted Gift Card!

Clarisonic ‘Opal’ Facial Sonic Infusion System – This is a great gift for the age-conscious person on your list. Opal helps infuse serum more effectively than manual application for younger-looking eyes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows & Eyes – Give the gift of beautiful brows on the go! This portable brow maintenance kit includes a sampling of some of Anastasia’s core brow products, including brow stencils, cream wax, eye shadow duo & brow powders.

Bobbi Brown Blush – I’ve been using Bobbi Brown Blush for years and haven’t found one that compares to its silky formula. With over 20 shades to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect match for the glamour girl on your list.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – Oil Free – This is another long time favorite beauty product of mine. I have yet to meet any beauty expert who would say there is another tinted moisturizer out there better than this one.

Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! – I was just introduced to this highlighter at the Windy City Blogger Collective Holiday Shopping Soiree a couple of weeks ago and am hooked!

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Shine, Ravenous – Tom Ford can do no wrong, and his beauty collection is no exception. Add a pop of color to her beauty regimen with Tom Ford Beauty Lip Shine in Ravenous.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Hydrating – This is a great beauty gift because you don’t need to worry about getting the right shade or know what type of foundation she uses. This primer allows foundation to glide on easily, stay fresh and keeps it from rubbing off.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara – Long, beautiful lashes are the perfect accessory for a night on the town. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates lashes for a spectacular “out to here” look!

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow – Spices – Another long time favorite beauty product of mine is this compact of four versatile eyeshadows by Chanel. The neutral shades in the Spices compact are great for everyday use and match most skin tones.

Gifts of Indulgence

Gifts of Indulgence

Bargains are great, but sometimes it’s fun to spoil the important people in your life. Use this collection as a guide for the mom, sister or girlfriend you want to indulge this year. Some of the items are on sale too!