Alice + Olivia Comes to Michigan Avenue

 

 

Calling all fashionistas! Alice + Olivia just opened a brand new store on Michigan Avenue. As a long time Alice + Olivia fan, I am particularly excited about this. This is their 13th store in the US, and the 1,000 sq. ft. store has officially opened its doors today. The new boutique is adorned with a mural on the celling, original artwork designed by Stacey Bendet, brass fixtures and vintage furniture – a juxtaposition of Mid-century meets opulent finishes with strategically placed pops of color! With neighbors like Louis Vuitton, Chanel. and Gucci, they are definitely in good company. Have you checked out their playful, new boutique yet?

Alice + Olivia, 919 North Michigan Avenue. Phone: 312.273.1254

 

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Photo courtesy of Alice + Olivia

The Best Of The ShopBop Sale

 

I didn’t always realize this, but Shopbop has a great sale section. The only downside? It can be a little overwhelming to go through. This is why I picked my favorites for you to shop!

Happy sale shopping!

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1. Ruched Black Dress. 2. Trench Coat. 3. Gray Skinny Jeans. 4. Black Romper. 5. White Lace Dress. 6. Draw String Silk Pants. 7.Lobster Sweater. 8. Leather Sweat Pants. 9. Peplum Top. 10. Green Jumpsuit.

 

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1. BANG Ring. 2. Pink Pouch. 3. Red Shoulder Bag. 4. Crystal ring. 5. Gold Studded Earrings. 6. West Side Cuff. 7. Statement Necklace. 8. Striped Clutch.

Boosting My Weekend Wardrobe

 

Chic comfort is the name of the game, and lately, I am all about it. During the week, I pack as much into every single day as possible, and the night usually ends with an event. While I love my fast paced life, I use the weekends to slow down and take a step back. This also means giving my feet a break from my beloved wedges and strappy Jimmy Choo sandals that I never seem to take off. My weekend style is casual, but never sloppy. I layer to the extreme, throw on zippered sweats, and a great pair of sneakers to run to brunch, or the farmers market, a meeting…wherever the day takes me. Wearing head to toe black is a no-brainer for me. However, Spring is just starting to peak its head around the corner, so out come the pops of color. My personal favorite right now is a bright solar blue pair by Adidas, called the Energy Boost 2.0., which you can easily pick up for yourself at Finish Line. They happen to match my favorite spring jacket, which makes it that much sweeter.

 

Photos: Kohl Murdock

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Energy Boost 2.0, c/o Adidas and Finish Line.

Hot Lips

Jimmy Choo had me temporarily hypnotized when I first laid eyes upon this bag. His bags and shoes have a fun, but polished esthetic that we could all use a little more of in our wardrobe. Choo decided it was about time to release a capsule collection based off of their Rodeo Drive store, and it embodies LA hype. Based off of his original plastic flap clutch, a big pair of red lips are now splashed across the front for an added punch. If this isn’t your new going out essential, I am at a loss for words.

Candy Clutch. Jimmy Choo, $1,095.00. JimmyChoo.com

 

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My Five: Whitney Middleton Gruber

 

Hi guys!

After a long, dreary winter, I thought it would be great to do some exploring. Personally, I love getting recommendations from my friends and fellow fashionistas, which is why I am starting this feature called My Five. My Five will show you what top tastemakers, fellow students, and Chicago locals love in this city. Where to shop, where to eat, what to explore.

For my first feature, I asked Whitney Gruber to give us her top five spots in Chicago. Social media and marketing maven, fashion goddess, and one of the coolest girls I know, Whitney has the job a girl could only dream of, essentially helping set trends in Chicago by being the Marketing Coordinator at Chicago’s raddest fashion business, eDrop-Off. Whitney’s Instagram and Twitter are more than worthy of a follow, providing plenty of style inspiration for spring and summer. Now, I’ll stop raving about how chic Gruber is, and let her get down to it.

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Hey StreetStyleChi readers! I’m Whitney Middleton Gruber, Marketing Coordinator at Chicago’s best luxury consignment biz, eDrop-Off. To say my job is fun is an understatement! I spend my days researching the latest trends & designers, developing content for our blog & social media, & most recently, curating special sales once a month for our website. Digging through incredible designer merchandise & developing editorial content is a dream come true for me. Literally, I would dream about it while stuck in a cubical at my first job in project management in the financial industry. I quit that job on a whim 2 years ago & never looked back. If you have a true passion & talent for something, the opportunities will come. That’s how I landed at EDO & I couldn’t be more grateful to be here – it changed my life! Speaking of life changers – I also spend 2 weekends a year at New York Fashion Week working in the backstage trenches as a dresser. It’s rather grueling, but the energy is incredible, & I get to experience the collections up close before they hit the runway. Needless to say, fashion isn’t just my industry, it’s my #1 passion!

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My top five picks:

Tilly – My absolute favorite vintage store in Chicago! It’s a hidden gem tucked away in the North Center neighborhood. I’m very picky about vintage stores, as many don’t have much to offer over the fantastic thrift shops here, but this one is beyond amazing. Susan, the owner, knows her stuff – she can name the decade of any piece & has a knowledge of fashion history I could listen to for hours! Prices are fair & negotiable, product is rare & well curated. GO THERE NOW!

Pizza Art Cafe – My neighbors might hunt me down for sharing this secret spot with the masses, but oh well! It’s a BYOB legit Italian joint, with massive portions of the most delicious food. Here’s exactly what to order: Start with the Lasagne Art & Caprese salad with Pesto, then get a bowl of the Pasta Pomodoro with spaghetti noodles to share. Don’t forget to bring plenty of Chianti!
Merz Apothecary - Merz has an outpost in the Palmer House Hilton, but skip that one & head straight to the main location in the heart of Lincoln Square. It’s a gorgeous little shop that transports you back in time! They have incredible products – I stock up on Mistral Pink Champagne soap every time I stop in. They also offer holistic remedies for everyday ailments, Diptyque candles, Mason Pearson hairbrushes & so much more!
Deca Bar – The Ritz Carleton might be on the Mag Mile, but it feels like a world away. High above the tourist masses, Deca Bar offers a welcome reprieve from the chaos below! There’s nothing better than sitting in one of their high back princess chairs sipping a Velvet Ribbons & soaking up the light & luxury. Plus, and this is very important, the ladies room might be the best place for a #BathroomSelfie in the city.
The Back Room – There’s nothing quite like an evening of live music in an underground jazz club, am I right? The Back Room’s cozy dark interior makes it all the more magical. Seriously talented music acts combined with the best Manhattans in Chicago (I’ve done the research) make it an easy favorite for me. So, just how do you get there? That’s one secret I’ll never tell. xoxo

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Natalie Krick

Pump Up The Volume: Rebekah Forecast

Collecting hair tips has become dangerously close to a hobby of mine for the last few months as I keep switching up my braids and buns for messy waves and high ponytails. I recently read an excerpt from an interview with hair guru Rebekah Forecast, named as an ELLE “hair genius,” who primps Amber Heard, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, and Emily Mortimer just to name a few.

To get that beachy, bedhead look, she squeeze dries damp hair with a blow dryer on a low heat setting. She then uses Bumble & Bumble surf spray to add texture, and curls random pieces with a curling iron to define and refine ends.

Best kept secret: A thin, stiff bristled teasing brush. Forecast uses a dry shampoo on roots to add body and roughness, then back-brushes the crown and other random pieces for an undone finish.

Only have five minutes? If you already have product in your hair, wet it down a little. This helps to rejuvenate what is already in your hair, and you will be able to restyle in no time.

With the lazy days of summer close in sight, these tips can help you stay messily polished even in the 100 degree heat headed our way…or so we hope.

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StreetStyleChi Goes To LA: Day Two

 

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StreetStyleChi Goes To LA: Day One

 

 

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I <3 Chicago

 

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BaubleBar has officially won over my heart. Show off your homegrown pride with this chic necklace, which features a simple and streamlined state-shaped pendant. Too cute to pass up, I would layer this dainty piece with some thicker chains and keep it simple with a solid color. Originality is key for me, and this piece has it all.

BaubleBar, $42.00.

Get The Look: Nicole Richie in Givenchy Florals

There is not a lot Nicole Richie hasn’t done. She shaved her eyebrows off when she was 11, had a hit reality show, and now is one of the top fashion icons…all while still saving time to tend to her at home garden. This past weekend at the Lucky Mag weekend, I found out that she wears dresses because her daughter loves it, and it was also her daughters request that she dye her hair lilac. While Richie looks like a princess in the eyes of her daughter, she showed up to FABB looking nothing short of glam rock. The piece that grabbed my attention? Her over-sized Givenchy floral blazer. Can’t afford to drop a cool $3,000? No problem. Here are some other floral options perfect for Spring!

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richie florals1. Markus Lupfer floral sweatshirt. 2. Milly racer-back dress. 3. Koral floral skinny jeans. 4. Cartonnier botanical blazer. 5. Topshop floral shirt. 6. Alice & Olivia floral party skirt.

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