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Beautiful Baubles

5 May

Salma Hayek reveals her “Favorite Things” in the newest issue of Lucky and dishes about sister-in-law, Daniela Villegas, and her beautiful line of baubles.

Crafted from unique materials (porcupine quills and feathers) and featuring one of a kind designs, Villegas is making a name for herself in the fashion world.

 

 

Spotted: Anorak

5 May

I am loving UK based Anorak, that specializes in home decor in fun animal prints including birds, rabbits and stags. These whimsical designs in bright colors make great gifts, especially for the “hostess with the mostess”.

My favorites:

Kissing Rabbits Tablecloth

Cars, Fashion and More at Launch 2012: Driving Fashion Forward

14 Mar

Fast cars, fabulous fashions and fine food? What’s not to love!  Thanks to Autohaus on Edens along with their elite Ambassador Partners, you can experience the Launch 2012 event: Driving Fashion Forward on Sunday, March 18th, 2012, 5-7:30pm. The event promises an evening of cocktails from Knightsbridge, light bites from Carlos’ new restaurant Nieto’s, and a preview of North Shore Spring fashions from the area’s best  boutiques – all in the Mercedes showroom.

I am most looking forward to seeing the designs from eight Columbia University fashion students who will each bring one look from their collection to model in front of a panel of judges. One lucky student will be announced the winner LIVE at the conclusion of the show and will also receive a $5000 scholarship courtesy of Autohaus On Edens to put toward a semester in school or launching their own collection.

I had the honor of speaking with aspiring fashion designer and contestant, Stephanie Gabrys. I just love her design and style!

Which look will you be showcasing this weekend?
The garment I will be showcasing this weekend is a gown in which was inspired by the Haute Courtier designer Charles James and more specifically one of his most famous four leaf clover dress gown.
Why did you choose this look?
I chose this look because I put so much work and emotions into designing and creating it.  I overcame so many challenges and learn so much while making and designing this gown that I feel very emotionally and physically attached to it and proud of the finish product.
What is your favorite part about fashion design?
My favorite part about fashion design is creating new and innovative garments that no one has ever seen before or thought about before and getting to be as creative and unique as I want. I love creating positive change in the world and I feel designing art helps to alter how people think and what people do.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I see myself as a freelance fashion designer working with individual clients and selling my design to boutiques and working as a fashion stylist/personal shopper either for a fashion magazine, television/movie, children’s wear company/magazine, or freelance.
Which famous designer do you relate to most?
I love Betsey Johnson’s style and feel as if I can relate to her personality and design aesthetics because she likes to design things that pair feminine elements with edgier elements and likes to combine different design elements such as color and pattern that are very unexpected. Her designs are never boring and she seams like a motivated, fun, free spirited woman who designs things that are constantly interesting and not caring what other will think, just like me.

Spotted: Birthday Baubles

18 Feb

Melanie Auld Designs is one of my favorite jewelry designers and I am lucky enough to own four of her beautiful necklaces. One of her newest arrivals, the Mini Pave Breast Plate in Antique Silver, is on my birthday wish list. Hoping a certain someone is reading this post and gets the hint. Wink, Wink!

Check out her whole collection http://www.melanieaulddesigns.com

 

V-day Wish List

14 Feb

I’ve never given into the whole lovey dovey Valentine’s Day wish wosh, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have my eye on some fun, heart-shaped and love-inspired baubles.

 

Bauble Bar Gold Couer Studs

Phoebe Coleman Love Me Tender Ring

 

Cartier Love Bracelet

Heritage Chicago

6 Feb

I recently attended the opening of Heritage Bicycles located at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave in Chicago. I was expecting an industrial space filled with racks of bikes, biker boys, helmets and gear. But this was no ordinary bike store. It’s a chic cafe with a Bike  retail/repair shop in the back room. All bikes are handmade on site and are available for a test drive.

Heritage also serves  Stumptown Coffee, Brooklyn’s P&H Natural Soda, Chicago’s Southport Grocery pastries and small bites and an assortment of teas and hot chocolate. You can’t help but fall in love with the white-washed walls, mirrored accents, chalkboards and Heritage’s artisan-made bikes on display.

Go ahead, make a pit stop at Heritage Bicycles!

http://www.heritagebicycles.com/

 

Beautify Your Office

25 Jan

Add a splash of color and style to your office!

Thomas Paul Magazine Holders Available at Thomas Paul

Russell and Hazel Business Card Holder Available at Russell and Hazel

Polka Dot File Folder Available at Sorting with Style

Jayes Scales Caddy Available at Jayes.com

Yellow Tape Dispenser Available at Poppin

Susy Jack Pencil Cups Available at See Jane Work

Thomas Paul Lacquered Box available at All Modern