Posted on March 11, 2014
The Chicago Glitterati have arrived and have taken their seats. My heart seems to be thumping in unison with the bass blaring from the DJ’s speakers, as I wait backstage. The lights & music go down, and I am finally able to walk out and welcome the crowd to the 2nd Annual For the Sake of Fashion show to benefit the DePaul Chapter of Unicef. This event has been in the works for me since the 2013 FTSOF ended last year!
All FTSOF monies donated went straight to UNICEF, to help bring the number of children who die from preventable causes down to ZERO and see that every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
Saturday’s event would not have been possible without the help of my extensive crew of dedicated fashion show volunteers, and I would like to give a shout out to all of them. Eric Leino, and all the men of Sig Ep, who gave up their Saturday morning to help set up the event chairs, line the runway with lights, stuff swag bags, carry the models clothes around, steam the garments, help to decorate, and in general, did anything that needed to be done, I owe you a debt of gratitude. Also deserving a thank you is Marc Katz, who styled menswear and kept me partially sane throughout this process.
Once again, Brandon Jeffrey came to the rescue as our DJ and lighting director, bringing in his friends Kohl Murdock to help with lighting the event and photography. They each went above and beyond the call of duty to help make the FTSOF 2014 event so incredible, both visually and musically.
Camille Smith did a meticulous job with PR and Press and VIP guest event check in.
Christine Dador and Nich Butts wrangled the models, and made sure they stepped out into the spotlight impeccably dressed, while Marc and Brian made sure they were styled properly and sent down the runway on time. Brian DeVito…how do I even begin to thank Brian? He was there for me every step of the way with FTSOF, from pulling clothes to the whole day of the even. He is a saint.
Kristen Pulice and her team did an astonishing job on each models hair and make up, and Anne Kennedy was miraculous in helping the models get in and out of their looks~ even saving the day with a broken zipper repair!
To the designers, Lagi Nadeau, Christina Karin, Chicago Playground, Iridium, Fourth is King, Defiant Order Clothing, and Leaders 1354 that were gracious enough to lend me their remarkable Haute couture and old school ensembles, I am astounded by your generosity and talent.
Many thanks also needs to go to The Ford Model Agency for all their help and support in partnering with me for this event. Their models were brilliant, as were the DePaul students who were kind enough to strut their stuff down the runway, too.
Finally, a big thank you goes to my roommate Rachel Paulus, who has endured my insanity throughout the past year of organizing and planning this event. Although she is studying for LSAT’s, she stayed by my side throughout the day Saturday, to help out in anyway I needed.
I am eternally grateful to all my wonderful friends for their gifts of time, energy, and talent! They truly embody the words of Mahatma Gandhi when he said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
See you all next year for the 2015 For the sake of Fashion!
Posted on March 7, 2014
I recently chatted with Beauty Look Magazine about my “passion for fashion.”
As a freshman accounting major, I started my blog as a creative outlet for myself. With the positive reaction to my blog, I realized I might be able to merge my love of fashion and a business degree into a career, leading me to switch my major at DePaul University to PR and Marketing last year.
About a year ago, realizing the impact of social media, I made the decision to expand my blog into more of a fashion and lifestyle platform called Street Style Chi ~ Fashion & Lifestyle. The response has been extremely gratifying for me, and has opened many doors into the worlds of styling and fashion in a way I never expected.
With this being said, a second annual For The Sake Of Fashion is one of those doors that has been opened, and I could not be more excited! This year, I was proud to partner with FORD Models to produce the show. And we are hoping to create a greater awareness of UNICEF and it’s mission “to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential”. I don’t really think it gets any better than that.
Come to Cortelyou Commons tomorrow night at 7:00PM and see a great show, for a great cause!
Posted on March 6, 2014
Last year, I wrote a piece about being a fashionable man repeller in the dating world. When you dress for fashion, you are probably not attracting the opposite sex very often. Drop crotch pants, over-sized sweaters, and leather sweatpants do not exactly articulate a “come hither” look that boys usually fawn over, which can be a little discouraging.
I am currently in a history class that focuses mainly on the unspoken history of women in regards to men. We had a discussion the other day about why women do what they do, and if unconsciously, it is all related to men and their wants and needs. This got me thinking about the subject of why we wear what we wear. Why do women wear bandage skirts, or form fitting dresses, or five inch heels? It surely isn’t because it’s comfortable. I cannot tell you how many times I have scrolled through my Twitter feed and seen a piece titled “The Ten Things He Wants To See you In” on ELLE.com or Glamour Mag.
This is where it gets interesting. Are we really dressing for men…or are we dressing for other women? Women are taught that we need to be the prettiest, the thinnest, have the best hair…but in comparison to who? The other girls in the room. Technically, if it came down to it, women dress to get a mans attention compared to the ten other chicks attempting to do the same thing. For some reason, we just care about being perceived a certain way by other women. So are other women really the ones holding the power?
While I think all of this has become prevalent in today’s culture, especially young adult culture, there is the exception to the rule. I know a lot of positive females who don’t think twice about who finds their outfit attractive, and just go for it. I really love and admire that. Maybe this would be another step towards women helping each other instead of trying to tear each other down. What are your thoughts on women dressing for women vs. women dressing for men?
Posted on March 5, 2014
Summer is all about running around outside, laying on the beach, and the carefree look that goes along with that. These days have been on my brain while I have been stuck inside due to Chiberia. Another thing I’m looking forward to? Buying new sunglasses. I’ve been stalking sites recently for a fun, new, pair of sunnies for Spring Break in a few weeks, and Warby Parker has solved my crisis. I long for the day that I can throw on a romper, flip flops, and actually need to toss sunglasses..but at this point, who isn’t?
Posted on March 4, 2014
Cocktail attire can get very drab, very fast. Dressing up should be fun, out of the ordinary, but often times can put us in a box. The more events I go to, the more I am having to reinvent pieces in new ways to have that wow factor, and recently, that has included playful handbags, bright pumps, and jumpsuits. Jumpsuits are hands down, the easiest thing to style, and not as intimidating as they seem. With the upcoming fashion show happening this weekend, here is some outfit inspiration for your look!
Share the outfits you have planned with me using the hashtag #FTSOFStyle on Twitter and Instagram up until Friday, and there might be a sweet treat in your future. And let the games begin!
Posted on March 3, 2014
Last night, Hollywood rounded up every celebrity in site to walk down the red carpet at the Oscars in their most glamorous outfit. Today, we review. I was slightly disappointed by the choices. It seems that everyone played it safe this year, or there was something just slightly off about the style. None the less, there were a few stand outs.
Lupita’s Prada gown was a stunner for me. The color was unexpected and not something we see very often. The cut fit her perfectly and featured an amazing deep V in the front and back. Minimal accessories helped this look not get too close to princess material.
Chrissy is always one of my favorites. She has a playful sense of style and always keeps it down to Earth. Loved the floral print, so fresh for Spring. Mixed with the beachy waves and drop earrings, she (or her stylist) knows what she’s doing.
This cut reminded me of the light pink dress Anne wore recently, but has a much better fit.
At first I thought this dress was Zac Posen, so I was quite surprised when I found out it was by Dior. The bodice fits her like a glove and the bottom has an amazing flow and attention to detail. Hands down one of my favorites.
Metallic stretchy material is usually a big fat “no” on the red carpet, but Emma looks great. The paneling makes the dress fall just the right way, and I love the un-done up do.
Jennifer looks simple and polished in all the best ways. The necklace hanging at her back is really what solidified this look for me. I love using things in unexpected ways so this definitely gave me some ideas.
I could go on and on about this Atelier Versace creation but I will keep it short and sweet. Kate nailed it with this body hugging gown with draping. The draping is what made this a stand out for me. Everything about this look is right, from the side swept hair to the muted clutch.
Posted on March 2, 2014
Posted on February 28, 2014
Dads seem to have an established uniform that solidifies them into fatherhood: jeans or khakis, a fleece zip-up, and some form of sneaker. Not something we would usually be dying to emulate, right? Well, wrong. A new trend, titled Normcore, has exploded as of recently and has fashionistas everywhere raiding their fathers closets.
Essentially, Refinery 29 gave us a spot on breakdown: “Normcore is the aggressively generic clothes worn by Times Square tourists — and, increasingly, by the 20-something intelligentsia in New York and other style capitals. Think hopelessly unstylish, middle-American wear: puffy, white sneakers; loose chinos; unbranded, curve-brim baseball caps; socks with sandals. It’s New Balance instead of Nikes, track pants instead of printed trousers. It’s how your middle-school earth-science teacher dressed.“
By many in the fashion world, this has been deemed an “anti-style” movement. While this may be true, I am not so convinced. With trends that were once out of the norm becoming mainstream and available to the masses, people are moving away from those styles and onto the ones that have been forgotten…like the 90′s styles of our fathers and not in a good way. In the piece The Cut wrote about normcore, they did a great job of pointing out that clothing changes based on who is wearing it. So for the fashionista throwing this look on, it sends a different message than the tourists wandering aimlessly in Times Square.
Personally, I am not sold on the look, but we all have elements of it in our style as it is. I’m interested to see where this goes, and how long it sticks around. Thoughts?
Posted on February 27, 2014
So we’re all sick of winter, and we are pale and ghostly and it’s terrible. Unfortunately, it looks like we may have a few more months of not seeing a golden glow when we look in the mirror. Last year, I got my first spray tan and never looked back. They make you feel good, look natural, and last for a few weeks before completely fading away. The downside? $45 + is a lot of money to spend every week and a half (for a college student) in order to feel good about ourselves. The solution? Self tanners. I tested out a few options that will make you look like you just got back from the Caribbean, while keeping that precious money in your pocket. All of these can be found at Ulta, Sephora, or your nearest department store. While I do still get professional spray tans for events, (Benefit is my go to spot) this is what holds me over everyday:
Posted on February 26, 2014
According to me, spring and summer are all about bright colors, flowing sun dresses, and over sized oxfords thrown on with shorts and leather sandals. J.Crew seems to be on the same brain wave as I am, because I could live in their whole collection once the warm weather rolls around and be completely happy. One thing that I love about J.Crew, is the quality. While it might be pricey at times, I still wear the pieces that I have from them three years ago, and mix and match them with my recent purchases. These are the pieces that I’ll be working into my spring and summer wardrobe as soon as it hits 60 degrees: