Posted on December 8, 2014
Rachel Zoe may be small in size, but she has no shortage of style to go around. This past Wednesday, Rachel Zoe and Robin Moraetes, co-founders of DreamDry, took the windy city by storm for the opening of their latest location in Lincoln Park. The opening party was just as chic as you would think a Rachel Zoe hosted soiree would be: Moët & Chandon kept the bubbly flowing while Vosges Haut-Chocolat served light, delicious bites. Zoe wore a gorgeous black jumpsuit, and large gold Chanel earrings.
The first feature I noticed at DreamDry was the crazy zig zag floor. The whole space is decorated in black and white, and reminds me of classic glamor. Zoe and Moraetes recently talked to Suntimes Splash, and explained who DreamDry will serve: “We wanted to come up with a solution for the busy professional, the busy mom, to have a more upscale, affordable luxury experience. DreamDry really is a destination.” [Suntimes Splash]
DreamDry does not just offer a blowout, but a full experience. I had the pleasure to experience a DreamDry blowout last week, and was pleasantly surprised at the difference between DreamDry and other blowout salons I have tried. As an avid blowout bar junkie, I appreciate the small things. My stylist immediately handed me an Ipad fully loaded with the different hairstyles available. I settled on the “Stevie,” a bouncy blowout with loose curls. My stylist gave me a phenomenal scalp massage while washing my hair, and then gave me a mini Ipad stacked with all the latest magazines to keep me occupied during my appointment.
I left with shiny, voluminous hair that lasted for three days after my blowout. My verdict? I would go back in a heart beat.
Blowouts and braids start at $40.00, but with the impeccable service and long lasting effects, it’s well worth it.
Posted on December 4, 2014
1. “My Kitchen Is For Dancing” Print; $49.00. 2. Dauville white and gold pebble tray; $28.00. 3. C. Wonder Buffalo Check Tea For one; $48.00. 4. Tory Burch Bath Soap Set of Four; $48.00 5. C. Wonder “More Please” Serving Utensils; $40.00. 6. West Coast Coasters; $36.00. 7. Persian Fig Candle; $24.00. 8. Kate Spade Pearl Place DOF Set; $50.00.
Posted on December 3, 2014
Blowtique was one of the first blow out bars in Chicago back when it opened in 2012. Since then, blow out only salons have popped up left and right, but Blowtique is still #1 in my book. More specifically, I see Rhona. My hair is washed twice and conditioned with luxurious Kerastase products, and then winded and brushed into loose waves with loads of body. A classic blowout ($40) includes a shampoo, blow-dry, and style with Oribe products. Added bonus? BYOB is encouraged.
Contact: 1 E. Huron. 9am-9pm. Blowtique.com
DryBar opened their first location in California, and they now have 40 locations, with two more to come in the next year. Chicago Magazine said it best: “Ringing in as one of the pricier blowouts on our list at $40, Drybar justifies its cost with plenty of perks: iPhone charging docs, flat screen televisions galore, and a complimentary coffee, tea or mimosa with your service.” Appointments tend to fill up fast, so if you’re looking to get glam for New Years, book now.
Contact: 1611 N. Sheffield Ave. Mon-Wed. 7AM-8PM, Thur-Fri. 7AM-9PM. Sat. 8AM-9PM. Sun. 9AM-7PM. Thedrybar.com.
Bliss Spa at the W on Lakeshore drive offers deluxe services of all kinds in a modern, luxurious space nestled on the eighth floor overlooking Lake Michigan from all angles. Services are pricey, but if I had to pick one? The Triple Oxygen Facial. The facial that made Bliss famous, this classic radiance reviver includes a targeted peel, an energizing enzyme pack and three forms of skin brightening oxygen, including an oxygen wrap and vitaminized O2 spray. It’s like a breath of fresh air for your face-literally.
Contact: 644 N. Lake Shore Drive. Mon-Sun. 8AM-9PM. BlissSpaWorld.com
Nail Fairy is my go to spot for a mani/pedi.With a serene atmosphere and beautiful space, it is impossible not to relax instantly. Chick flicks play on a giant screen TV at all times. The manicure is great for a budget at $15.00, but you would think it costs much more. They start off by going through the basic manicure staples, but throw in a five minute hand, arm, neck, and shoulder massage. They finish the manicure by perfectly polishing your nails and send you off with a warm smile.
Contact: 1249 W Fullerton Ave. Mon-Sat. 10AM-7PM. (773) 883-3040.
Posted on November 23, 2014
What: CFDA + W Hotels Host CFDA Fashion Incubator Presentation
Where: Chicago, IL
Who: Isa Tapia, Kaelen, Kara, and Nomia.
Photos: Kohl Murdock for SSC.com.
Posted on November 13, 2014
Posted on November 11, 2014
By: SSC PR Girl Sarah Aiken
For everyone (I assume) getting ready is quite the feat. I know that there are days that I am NOT about leaving my house. And I’m going to be honest with you real quick—I don’t. But, when I have to leave my house there are some thoughts that go through my head that I’m prepared to share with you today. When reading this I have two rules: I hope you are judging me as much as I am judging me. If you say to yourself “this is me, I can’t, I can’t, oh my God…” Give us a little share on Facebook or Twitter…(I love my ‘likes’ as much as the next girl.)
Getting Ready for School:
My thoughts in the morning:
What am I going to wear today.
I want to look chic but not like I am trying too hard. I’ll wear my black pants.
Oh this black shirt goes REALLY well with these pants…wait I need a coat.
Oh I have the perfect black coat to finish off this outfit.
Ugh I should add some color. I’ll throw on my gold giraffe necklace.
Cute and quirky. I am SO cute and quirky.
look at myself ** Damn, I look great.
So chic. I could walk out of the house right now and straight onto a street style blog.
Oh my God, I am late. I can’t run in these shoes. Ugh, guess I am going to be late.
My college sweatshirt is dirty…oh well, it’s just class. I should leave…need to be on time.
Getting prepared for the winter
Wake up in the morning and check the weather…It’s going to be 60 degrees today. *Perfect weather for a fall jacket!*
Next day…it’s going to be 30 degrees today. *Perfect weather for a fall jacket!*
But it did drop a few degrees so I will add a scarf.
Walk outside. OH MY GOD IT IS SO COLD.
I’m sure Anna Wintour gets cold too and she always looks good. Actually no she loves fur, she never gets cold.
Okay, justify this. OH I am POSITIVE that Taylor Swift gets cold and she always looks cute coming and going from the gym.
Ugh I need to go to the gym. Thanks Taylor Swift.
Everyone else: 60 degrees=Fall Jacket. 30 degrees=Winter Coat. -45 degrees=Hibernate to Miami for the winter.
Getting ready for an event
Me: On the phone with my best friend “Okay, I am going to send you outfit choices and I need you to tell me what to wear.” Sends *18* options.
“Okay, Sarah I like the 7th one.”
“Really? I look fat”….go to my roommate JESSSSSSS do I look fat?
Look in every mirror in the house.
Go back to my room, finish my hair. Back to my roommates room…
“JESSS can you take pictures of me, I need to know what I look like at every angle and what the outfit looks like on camera.”
Okay, great picture. I am going to send that to my mom now to show her I am not getting obese at school.
I feel great in this outfit. Okay lets go.
Posted on November 6, 2014
Not many artists can say that they have had seven, #1 hits on the Billboard charts, while surpassing the likes of Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. Dance song sensation Ekira Jayne landed on the charts in 2007 with “Rollercoaster,” and has been taking over the music scene ever since. The Los Angeles native will be in Chicago this week to perform at Roscoe Night Club on November 7th. She let us in on where she likes to shop, eat, and play in the big city, as well as what it’s like to write her songs and the thrill she gets from performing.
Alex: Thanks for chatting with us today! How would you describe your personal style?
Erika: I always wear body conscious clothes and I’m always thinking of curvy, curvy and sexy, sexy and woman, woman, woman. That’s just what I’m drawn to and what I’ve been known to wear.
Alex: If you could only wear one brand or designer for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Erika: Definitely Alexander McQueen.
Alex: You’re in Chicago this week for your show on Friday. What are your favorite places to shop, eat, and play in Chicago?
Erika: Let me tell ya! We stay at the Waldorf, which is like, the best hotel in the world! Right out front that door, is amazing shopping. Hermes, Barney’s…there’s the Adidas store. Everything is within walking distance, it’s fabulous. I love Chicago, I’ve never had a bad trip to Chicago. My whole team can’t wait to be in Chicago. We’re already talking about it, where we’re going to eat…where we’re going to shop. It’s just awesome…awesome people, awesome food. It’s an awesome city.
Alex: Where do you find your inspiration when creating a new song?
Erika: My album that’s coming out, the things that were happening to me at the time were a great influence on this album. Experiences, people, things that I’ve seen, places I’ve been. I take everything and put it into what I write about. If I get stuck, I walk away and take a break and then look at it.
Alex: Who are some of your favorite artists that you look up to?
Erika: I am a Madonna fan, I’m a Prince fan, I’m a Michael Jackson fan! Beyonce! All of the people that put on shows. I love the showman.
Alex: I read that you went to a performing arts high school?
Erika: Performing arts high schools was an amazing experience, and I wish that all young performers could go to a place where they could hone their skills and really figure out what they like, and do something they enjoy. That experience is incredible.
Alex: You collaborated with Flo Rida on “Get It Tonight.” What was it like working with him?
Erika: He was a cool guy. He’s a very big star, and was kind to me. I think “Get it Tonight” turned out great.
Alex: What’s the best experience you’ve had thus far in your career?
Erika: I don’t know if I’ve had one single moment sticks out, but I know some of the best experiences are when you’re on stage looking out at the audience and they’re singing the song. Or you get messages afterwards like ‘hey, you really brought a smile to my face, I loved the show.’ That’s really what it’s all about. It’s taking people on a journey. We all live in a reality where things possibly aren’t the best. But if you can go to a show and escape for an hour, hour and a half. That’s what it’s all about.
Alex: Do you have any upcoming projects you can give us some details on?
Erika: I just released the song “You Make Me Want to Dance” in Asia. I’m going to tour Asia starting December 5th, so check my website! It’s such a great part of the world. The music fans there are so hungry for dance music and they love to have a good time. I’m super excited for that.
Alex: A lot of my readers are college age and trying to break into fashion, music, or some form of the arts. What would be your greatest piece of advice for them?
Erika: Two things: study your craft, and get a great mentor. Great mentors make careers, and they shape who you are as a young artist or a young professional. Be incredibly good at your technique, craft, whatever it may be. Make sure you know your craft, have your technique down, be flawless, and get a great mentor. Those two things are what I think are the most important. You have to know what you’re doing. You need a mentor to show you how things are done properly. Let me tell ya, nobody got to where they are without someone helping them in some way.
Erika Jayne will be in Chicago on November 6th to perform at Roscoe Night Club, make sure you get tickets!
Posted on October 22, 2014
It’s always a rare occurrence when fashion week royalty visit Chicago. Christian Siriano will be making a personal appearance on Friday, October 24th at 11 E. Walton from 5-7PM to launch his new fragrance, Silhouette.
Corri McFadden, founder of e Drop-Off, is celebrating 10 years of luxury consignment. McFadden, along with close friend Siriano, are partnering for a pop-up shop happening in the Gold Coast on Friday from 10am-7pm, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. McFadden also recently launched The Collection by E Drop-off, a curated online store featuring the most coveted brands in fashion.
How do you get your hands on the new perfume? Silhouette by Christian Siriano will be available starting Friday, October 24th at the Gold Coast pop-up and sold exclusively at The Collection by eDrop-Off through October 31st. Products include: 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray ($85), 50ml Eau de Parfum Spray ($65), 200ml Body Lotion ($40), 200ml Shower Gel ($35), 8ml Rollerball ($22), and a limited edition Eau de Parfum Candle ($45).
Posted on October 21, 2014
Toss diced pineapple with a splash of rum and a few pinches of dark brown sugar. Fill baked mini phyllo shells with vanilla Greek yogurt. Top with pineapple mixture and toasted coconut. Enjoy!
Posted on October 20, 2014
It is safe to say that Kristin Cavallari is far from her days on MTV’s The Hills. She is now a wife, mother, designer, entrepreneur, and the list goes on and on. Cavallari just released her fall collection with Chinese Laundry, and it will leave you lusting after every pair on the shelf. Somehow, between caring for Jaxon and Camden, designing her next collection for Chinese Laundry, and rooting for her husband, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Kristin had time to sit down with us and chat shoes, The Fabulist, and Chicago.
Congratulations on your fall collection with Chinese Laundry! Where did you get the inspiration for this collection?
Well, with every line, I want my shoes to be trendy, while still being affordable . I think it’s important for girls to know that you don’t have to spend $900 on a pair of shoes to look and feel great. Everything in my line, for the most part, is a staple. They’re all classic shoes that you’ll wear forever. But, you know, we still have the trendier items like the thigh-high boots which are one of the biggest pieces for fall.
What is the design process like?
I work with Shana, over at the Chinese Laundry design team. She’s really great about knowing the hot colors and that sort of thing, and I just send her all of the inspiration I gather throughout the year. After that, we just come up with everything together, I tweak everything, and then I always have the final say on every shoe. It’s fun.
What is the best, and most difficult, thing about designing a shoe collection?
The hardest part is that even if I love a shoe, it’s ultimately up to the buyers, so take Nordstrom for example, to decide if they want it or not. There was one shoe in particular that I am obsessed with, but they didn’t want! I tried to bring it back again, and push for it, and they still don’t want it! It’s hard! I could love something, but it really doesn’t matter. The best part is being able to design the shoes that I love and seeing girls wear my shoes and see how happy they are. It’s the best feeling in the world.
How do you like Chicago, has it influenced your sense of style at all?
For style alone, I like that in Chicago you can actually wear boots and jackets and layer, and all that fun stuff that you can’t do in California. I guess its influenced my line in that I have a lot more boots and booties than I probably would if I was still living in California, just because I wouldn’t even be aware of it. Chicago has been great, the people are all so nice. I like having seasons even though it can be pretty brutal come January. Even right now, the leaves are all changing and we don’t get that in California. And my family is here, my Mom is here, so that’s really nice. Especially with babies too, they help out a lot.
You’re hosting E!’s “The Fabulist,” what is your favorite thing about hosting “The Fabulist?”
It’s a lot of fun, we talk about all the latest trends in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. It’s everything that I love talking about, and it’s great because, you know, I think when you initially hear about the show you think it’s just about fashion, but there’s a little something for everyone because we do talk about trends and food and travel and all kinds of things. It’s fast paced, it’s thirty minutes, and you’re left with a ton of knowledge.
You are always one step ahead of everyone else. What can we expect to see from you coming up?
Well, for my shoe line, we are working on Fall 2015, so we are working far ahead. We actually were just looking at Spring samples yesterday, which was fun. I just launched a jewelry line about two weeks ago with Planet Blue out in LA, it’s called Emerald Dove and I’m working on a couple other things, but nothing that I can really talk about yet.
Photos: Kohl Murdock