Five Instagrams You Need To Follow Now

 

{What I’m Holding}

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{The Bannerie}

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{On The Sly}

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{Flora Forager}

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{I Spy DIY}

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Memo Bottle

We all want to take care of the environment, and toting around a reusable water bottle is one of the easiest ways reduce waste. The only problem is that the round shape is inconvenient to throw in a bag, so we often leave it at home.

I stumbled upon Memo Bottle on Instagram. Resembling the shape of a piece of paper, the memobottle is a slim, stylish, reusable, and suitably slides into your favorite bag alongside your computer, notebooks, and other things. It is leak-proof, so there is no need to worry about spills.

The Memo Bottle is not yet in production, but you can preorder it, here.

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OFF-WHITE c/o Virgil Abloh Goes Beyond Hypebeast Street-wear for Spring

Walking the streets of Wicker Park in Chicago, OFF-WHITE can be found emblazoned on generic basketball shorts and on the backs of hooded sweatshirts. Very rarely do we see the cleanly designed current pieces Abloh has been producing recently. .

At Paris Fashion Week, Abloh unveiled his latest OFF-WHITE women’s wear collection, which shifted from his usual street-wear heavy designs. The garments Abloh produced this season consist of flowing silk separates, graphic knits, and slouchy jackets in neutral tones. Quite different from his previous collections featuring neon logos and it seems that the days of buying Ralph Lauren in bulk to make PYREX branded flannels are behind him.

Although I was never a huge fan of his previous work, this is a collection I can get behind. While I think that basketball shorts of Champion quality being sold at $279 is a little over the top, I would definitely cop this army green jacket from his current collection. Overall, I am excited to see what OFF-WHITE puts out in the future.

What are your thoughts?

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Wasalu Jaco (Lupe Fiasco) Spoke At Soho House Chicago And It Was Inspiring

This past Saturday, Wasalu Jaco, better known as rapper Lupe Fiasco, spoke on his growing interest in painting and art, as well as his latest album. The talk took place at The Allis inside of Soho House Chicago and Sky Gellaty of Team Epiphany moderated. These were my favorite things he said that I found the most inspiring:

Photo via Soho House Chicago

Photo via Soho House Chicago

1. “I felt like my music career, even though successful, you can’t touch it. It doesn’t live in the world, it doesn’t take up space in the world,” Wasalu on why he started painting.

2. “How can I take something that is a pure raw experience and turn it into some type of narrative,” Wasalu on his creative process.

3. “More than being black, more than being a Muslim, I am an American.”

4. “Chicago is one of the few cities that actually influences global changes.”

5. “Just trying to stay creative and trying to constantly learn. If I have time, go back to school,” Wasalu on what’s next for him.

6. “When it comes to painting, I’m a starving artist. Even beyond being Lupe Fiasco, when you put paint to paper, you’re at zero. You have to go through the same struggles, through the same strife…”

7. “I don’t approach the world by being redundant.”

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]

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.37.51 AM[One can never go wrong with a black dress and red lip.]

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