A Night of Hidden Gems: Complex Magazine and Chevrolet Help Us Explore Chicago

Complex Magazine is always at the forefront of social media trends. One look at their Twitter or Instagram and you automatically know who they are and what they are about. When the magazine was founded in 2002, they were way ahead of the game and the only outlet of its kind. Last week, Sarah and I spent the day with Chevrolet at the Chicago Auto Show and fell in love with the brand, which is creating cutting edge technology in every single vehicle produced. Hello WiFi hotspot and On Star in every car.

Complex joined forces with Chevrolet this past Saturday to put the brand new Chevy Trax into the hands of 20 people in Chicago. Luckily, I was one of them and dragged SSC PR girl Sarah and Marc Katz along for the ride. We were sent on a night to explore “hidden gems” throughout Chicago. Complex created 20 unique itineraries, so no two were the same. We started off our night by picking up our car at The James hotel, and off we went.

We had three stops. The first was The Empty Bottle, an underground punk bar/music venue. They happened to be throwing a block party that night, so we spent a few hours drinking cold brews in the mud before wandering inside. Did we look a little out of place in our six inch heels and leather jackets? Absolutely. Did we mind? Not at all. Inside, we found bad ass decor and intense games of pool happening.

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For our second stop, we went to a magical place called Sprout Home. The owner took us through how to build the cutest little terrariums.The whole store is wall to wall plants and you cannot help but smile as soon as you step foot inside. I chose a colorful fern with moss and started planting.

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Our third and final stop of the night was dinner and drinks at Fulton Market Kitchen. Right off the bat, we were very impressed simply with the insane decor. Walls are covered in graffiti murals, sculptures, and unique paintings. The FMK website boasts that it is “the intersection between art and culture,” and I must agree. I would highly recommend my other car is the batmobile, a sweet drink consisting of Spanish pear cider and brandy with notes of citrus.

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The night wrapped up a little bit before midnight, and we wound up at Soho House listening to old school hip-hop and sipping on cocktails.

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Content sponsored by the Hidden Gems campaign.

Kicking It In The City: New Balance Brings The Heat For Spring

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A few years ago, I would walk around in a dress and sneakers and people would look at me like I was crazy. If you threw on sneakers with your outfit, no matter the brand, observers assumed you were lazy and couldn’t be bothered with proper footwear.

Take it back to Fall of 2014 and fashionistas running between fashion shows in New York were photographed in bright kicks and clean New Balance slip-ons. Suddenly, it became the “it” trend and was the new norm. While a sneaker has always been an essential part of my everyday rotation, I am happy to see people embracing how great a classic sneaker in the right colorway can be.

This spring will be no different for me. While Chicago seems to be stuck in the dog days of winter, the light at the end of the tunnel is near. New Balance makes the perfect classic shoe, with clean colorways to add an effortless pop to any outfit. Grey is my personal favorite color for Spring and it pairs nicely with everything which is great for transitioning from winter’s dark tones to spring’s bright colors and pastel hues.

Many times, I have trouble finding a colorway I want in the women’s sizing. I usually wind up taking home a men’s shoe. You can find out what size you are in men’s shoes, here.

How do you like to style your sneakers?

 

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This post was sponsored by Finish Line and New Balance.

Chevy Goes Beyond Trendy

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I have never necessarily been a car person. I would rather browse the designer shoe section at Nordstrom than test drive cars any day.  Cars were always a foreign language. How does a car engine work? No clue. I can barely back out of a parking space. Don’t even mention parallel parking.

Well much to my surprise, Chevrolet changed my opinion of cars last week. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, and has come a long way from its roots. Chevrolet is known for being an all American brand that has made its mark on the global market, at one time only producing clunky trucks and cars. In 2015, Chevy is producing cars such as the Chevy Trax and Equinox, with sleek interiors and beautifully designed shells. Like a great bag, Chevy matches the stitching on the cars interior to the exterior paint.

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Sarah and I had the pleasure of spending the media day at the Chicago Auto show with Craig Daitch, the head of Chevy’s social media. Right off the bat, we hit it off with the Chevy team when they handed us a selfie stick. We got an inside look at how much goes into designing and producing each car, what will be in store for Chevy in the future, and the large presence that Chevy has in the auto industry. Sarah and I joined President Alan Batey for lunch at The Gage and picked his brain about where the industry is headed. Alan spews passion when he talks about Chevy, and with someone that enthusiastic behind their brand, you cannot help but fall in love with it too.

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Personally, I am not a big on trends. They do not flatter everyone, are often unattractive, and what is the fun in dressing the same way as everyone else? Exactly. We chatted with Jeff Perkins at the auto show, who said that Chevy looks to “go beyond trendy.” Much like an investment piece from Barney’s, a car should be a timeless piece that will stand the test of time, not go out of style like last seasons Prada sneakers.

Keep up with Chevy and StreetStyleChi on Instagram for a special surprise on Saturday night.

 

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Five Ways To Feel Spring Now

 

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[Switch out your dark winter nail polish for a brighter hue, like this sparkly eggshell blue.]

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[Throw this healthy veggie salad together for a pick me up.]

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[A floral dress that looks good on everyone and is just long enough to shield you from the cold.]

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[Bring some life to your face with a little contouring via Nars]

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[Put fresh flowers on your kitchen counter, desk, or wherever it will bring a smile to your face.]

Links You Missed: Fashion Week

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1. Designer Rosie Assoulin packed a punch with geometrical dresses and simple knits. WWD.

2. The most stunning gowns at fashion week thus far rounded up by ELLE, including a Christian Siriano tulle stunner. Elle.com.

3. Vogue brings us cold weather style inspiration via fashion week street style. Vogue.

4. Alice + Olivia stole my soul and I don’t even want it back. WWD.

5. Alexander Wang adds extra hardware to his collection and it is predicted as the “it” trend for Spring. Refinery 29.

6. A lesson from the best dressed men at fashion week that show just how many layers you can pile on. Huffington Post.

7. Opening Ceremony made the emoji wearable just in time for sweater weather. MTV News.

8. Style.com took street style photography to a whole new level and busted out a DRONE. Style.com.

9. Get an inside scoop into all of the little known things we don’t usually get to see at Fashion Week. The Cut.

10. Ever wonder how the J.Crew models look so good? Steal their tips to look like you just stepped out of a catalog. The Cut.

The Unsung Style Hero: Amber Heard

When Amber Heard’s name pops up in the media, it is usually in relation to her being “Johnny Depp’s wife.” Amber Heard is a underrated style icon. Every look is perfectly undone, but still manages to look like she just stepped off the pages of a major magazine. While Johnny Depp might be the most famous man in Hollywood, Heard is the real winner here with her killer style.

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.39.42 AM [From one side this looks perfectly undone, and from the other the braid is a nice surprise.]

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.39.07 AM[Not only is her hair what dreams are made of, but the slouchy boyfriend jeans and slim jacket create an urban/cool look.]

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.38.39 AM[The faux bob and black pantsuit create old Hollywood glam]

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Pretty Pops For Your Home

Ask my boyfriend what he wants for Valentine’s Day, and he will tell you that he wants me off my decorating binge. While I don’t see that happening any time soon, there are small ways to easily update a space. Organized wall decor is one of my favorite concepts right now. Steal the look with a few upgrades. They also make great, thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts.

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 10.50.56 AM[A pretty pop of color for any corner of your house.]

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[Create a custom map of your home, or where you wish you were.]

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.06.21 AM[Kate Spade created this fun twist on black and white accents.]

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[Photo frames of different shapes but in the same color family help to keep a room uniform.]

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.10.32 AM[These prism vases add depth to any side table.]

Ten Random Things I learned At The Sundance Film Festival

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Image via ADrinkWith.com

Last week, I got to attend The Sundance Film Festival with A Drink With. A Drink With interviewed Dope actor and actress Blake Anderson and Kiersey Clemons, actress Analeigh Tipton, producer Brandt Andersen and director Nikole Beckwith.

To find out why Blake Anderson would have a drink with E-40 and a monster truck, check out all the interviews, here.

My Top Ten Random Things I Learned at Sundance:

1. If you almost spill hot tea all over James Franco, he’s pretty nice about it.

2. If Blake Anderson could have a drink with anyone, it would be with E-40 or the monster truck Grave Digger.

3. Star studded festivals may seem ultra glamorous, but in reality you don’t get to see much of anything other than the spot where you are interviewing people.

4. Analeigh Tipton wanted to be an actress way before she was on America’s Next Top Model.

5. The little, four minute video you watch on a websites homepage takes hours and hours of labor and love.

6. You will drink gallons of coffee and go through an absurd amount of under eye concealer.

7. ATTICUS, an indie bookstore, is the local hot spot in Park City. You will see everyone from lowly production assistants to your favorite celebrity waiting in line for coffee there.

8. Producer Brandt Andersen and the Don Verdean team did not complete the film until the Monday before Sundance started.

9. Up and coming Dope actress, Kiersey Clemons, started out as a Disney star at age 16.

10. The goal of The Sundance Film Festival is to tell independent stories, create, inspire, and create new voices in American film.

 

What To Get Her: Valentine’s Day

 

Vday for her1. Dainty Diamond Ring, Minimal VS on Etsy. 2. Love You Berry Much Bracelet, Venessa Arizaga. 3. Books With Style: Coco Mademoiselle, Shopbop. 4. Le Camera Clutch, Yazbukey. 5. Lover’s Bouquet Lace Dressing Robem Wildfox. 6. For Love & Lemons Heart Bralette, Shopbop. 7. Small Lovestruck, Alison Lou. 8. Kate Spade Saturday Wall Art, West Elm

Why J.O.A Is The Brand Of Your Dreams

Finding a solid balance between quality and price can be quite the challenge when it comes to fashion. Scrolling through news-feeds, we see online powerhouses like Vogue posting about Balenciaga and Refinery29 posting $35 and under Valentine’s Day Dresses. While neither of these are ideal, I began to wonder if I would ever find a happy medium between not breaking the bank, but also  buying quality clothes that will last.

Just One Answer, or J.O.A. seems to be the perfect, well…answer. J.O.A. is located in the heart of Los Angeles and although it just launched in 2013, is in boutiques all over the country. The pieces that fill up the page of the website are fun, runway inspired, and easy to throw on. With skirts at $108.00 and tops at $50.00, it isn’t a problem to stock up when you need new garb. J.O.A. looks expensive, and can easily be mistaken for a $500 Alice + Olivia creation.

My personal favorites from the SS15 collection include whimsical striped sundresses and dresses with leather cutouts.

Find the current collection on the Just One Answer website, or Shopbop.

 

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