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.]

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

Image via ADrinkWith.com

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.

 

JOA

Where To Get Toned In Chicago

NTC Chicago

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NTC Chicago offers a variety of complimentary classes throughout the week. Class attendees swear by the NTC workout, which brings the app to life with a fast paced, sweat inducing workout that challenges your mind and body. The class is built on the core values of core training, endurance exercises, cardio, and fast paced drills.

NTC Chicago, 669 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, 312.642.6363.

 

Pure Barre

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Pure Barre is a favorite of the fashion crowd and pr industry. The website boasts that Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective way to change your body, and from the results I have seen, I would have to agree. A class is 55 minutes long, and you will work on hips, thighs, seat, abs, and arms by performing low-impact movements followed by stretches to create long, lean muscles. This is the perfect workout class for everyone of all skill levels.

Pure Barre, 2058 North Halsted St. 872.206.5154.

 

Flywheel Sports

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Flywheel is not just a spin class. It is an experience. While climbing and descending on a spin bike, class goers also use weighted bars to tone their arms. Seating is stadium style, so every seat in the room is a good one, making it easy to see the instructor and follow along. Flywheel also incorporates music into their classes, making it an essential part of the 45-60 minute rides.

Flywheel Chicago, 710 North State St. 312.624.8485.

The Man Behind The CFDA: Chatting With Steven Kolb

The CFDA is known for being a fashion powerhouse. With more than 400 members and designer Diane Von Furstenberg as the president, how could they not be? However, there is always someone behind the scenes helping everything to chug along smoothly, and for the CFDA, that person is CEO Steven Kolb. The CFDA website refers to Steven Kolb as “the nicest person in fashion,” and I would have to agree. As we sat down in the private lounge at the W Hotel Chicago, Kolb made small talk and was calm and collected as press and designers whizzed by around us.

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A: What’s it like to oversee all the day to day operations at the CFDA?

 

S: Well, um, that question makes me nervous. It’s quite an exciting thing, and that may seem cliché, but I am very lucky that I have the job that I have for a couple of reasons. One, there are 400 members in the CFDA, like major designers that are around all the time and I know them all personally. As designers, as business people, as colleagues, as friends. And the passion that designers have, the creative passion that they have…is really inspiring. I don’t necessarily see myself as a creative person, but when I work with a creative person I can take those ideas and make them work. For me, that is a really exciting thing. There are 23 people that work at the CFDA. We have this amazing team and many of them started there as interns and stayed with us. They are just so committed and wonderful and they are fully in support of our mission.

 

A: That’s really rare in fashion, especially at a big corporation…to have everyone work there be someone who started as an intern. I know that your career has always consisted of non-profit work, previously at the American Cancer Society. Why did you decide to go over to a fashion non-profit like the CFDA?

 

S: So the CFDA is a not for profit, but a different kind of not for profit. I was last at the American Cancer Society, and then previously at an AIDS organization, and then I was at MTV helping to start a not-for-profit. My colleague Lisa and I knew each other because when I worked for the AIDS organization, Lisa and I had worked on a project. She’s been with the CFDA for over 20 years. So when the person before me left, she suggested that the search committee interview me. So I came to meet the selection committee which was Diane Von Furstenberg, Stan Herman, the president of the board, and talk about the job and the organization, so how I ended up there was because I wasn’t a fashion person. That’s what they liked, I had this experience running an organization, managing an organization, I understood how an organization works, and bringing that experience and that skill set to the job. That’s what got me the job. Shockingly, why I took the job wasn’t because it was a fashion job, although I’ve learned to really love and appreciate the fashion part of it. What I love about it is that back when I was a student in college, I never wanted to work in corporate America, I wanted to work on social issues and give back and help people that need it. The truth is, the same thing I did at my previous positions, I am doing at the CFDA. We’re helping emerging designers gain business development. We’re helping students get jobs. We’re helping experienced designers with licensing, etc. We do a lot of philanthropy through our organization so I still get that fulfillment of helping people, but just in a different way.

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A: One of your greatest accomplishments that you’ve had at the CFDA is creating the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. How did that come to be?

 

S: It started as…it’s an interesting story. 911 happened during fashion week, and this predates me, I started in 2006. Because of that [911,] all the fashion shows were cancelled, so a lot of young fashion designers that were just starting out lost their deposits and a significant amount of money for shows that they were unable to do. So the industry rallied, particularly under Carolina Herrera’s efforts. These big designers said “come show in our showrooms, we’ll help you,” and they did these shows that they wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise. Anna Wintour saw this kind of hole and how vulnerable these designers were. She worked with the CFDA to create the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. I came in the third year and helped to build its financial strength and grow the organization of it. I think its contributions to American fashion is so great. It has helped create this new American Fashion…Alex Wang, Prabal [Gurung,] Phillip Lim, Rodarte, Joseph Altuzarra…they all came out of the Vogue fashion fund. Not only has it created a new generation of American fashion, but it’s also influenced other parts of the world. Having said that, why we’re here in Chicago is not this dissimilar to what we have done at the Vogue Fashion Fund. A few years ago, we created the CFDA Incubator for emerging designers and it is a business development program where we give them mentors, studio spaces, and we are able to give them opportunities, like bringing them here to Chicago through our partnership for the W hotels. The W has a strong passion for fashion…that rhymes. Working with us, they know that for these designers to get to the next step, they need to increase their distribution so an important market like Chicago, for them to be able to come here and show in this awesome space that W Hotels set up, is game changing for them.

 

A: It’s so nice to see this kind of fashion in Chicago. It’s so nice to meet everyone here, the designers are all so lovely and so invested in their collections. The W did a wonderful job with this space.

 

S: This right here for them is a huge investment. If they were just doing it as like a marketing opportunity, it would just be a big party, but that’s not what they’re doing…they are setting up the collections of these designers, where the guests can see the product, making sure that the right people are here and seeing it, and that’s what is so refreshing about the W.

 

A: The W truly cares. Do you have any advice about going into the creative industry?

 

S: Look, I think that you have to be patient and you have to put in the time. I think in the world of instantaneous gratification and our own hyper celebrity around what we do ourselves with social media, and how we can have a face and be known on the internet, can somehow distort our own well being and self worth. You have to go out and learn. What you think you’ve learned in college is good, but you actually haven’t learned anything until you get a job and are working around people that have been doing these things for a long time, that’s when you’ll learn the most. Continue to be a student, work hard, and have an opinion, but know that you’re around people that have been doing it for a long time and take advantage of that. Use it to your advantage and learn from them. That’s how you’re going to grow your career.

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Photos: Kohl Murdock

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