Blogs I Love

blogs I love

1. What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?  I stumbled upon this blog fairly recently when my boyfriend developed an egg allergy, and with the loss of eggs in his diet, came the loss of eggs for breakfast. With a morning staple gone, I turned to Marta Greber’s blog, which has archived hundreds of great breakfast recipes that are as delicious as they are beautiful to look at.

2. At Home In Love. Focused on interior design and DIY, this blog always has a fresh perspective on decorating. Although flipping through magazines like Interior Design can be beautiful, it is not always realistic or budget friendly. Gorgeous color palettes, easy home updates, and the occasional dessert recipe will keep you coming back for more.

3. Cupcakes and Cashmere. If you read fashion blogs, you already know about Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman. This site combines my love of fashion with my love of food, and there is always something new to adore.

4. A Fabulous Fete. For those that like to entertain, A Fabulous Fete is for you. Lauren Saylor offers tips for entertaining, dining, and anything that involves planning a great party. When throwing together your next girls night, I highly recommend finding your inspiration here.

5. Lauren Conrad. I never followed Laguna Beach or The Hills closely, but truly admire the empire Lauren Conrad has built. Her blog is full of hair tutorials, healthy meals, and everything in between.

6. Four Pins. While you might be shocked to see Four Pins listed on here, this is one of the few sites I read daily. There is never a dull article {see here} and you will always try not to laugh your ass off in class while simultaneously feeling like crap that you don’t own every alphet they feature.

CFDA’s Fashion Incubator

The CFDA {Council of Fashion Designers of America} is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership consists of more than 400 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.

The CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} is a business development program designed to support the next generation of fashion designers in New York City. The mission is to help grow and sustain the businesses of the 10 participating brands over the course of the two year program.

The CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} provides a creative professional with an environment to foster promising fashion talent, and help selected designers grow and sustain their businesses. By offering low-cost design studio space, business mentoring, educational seminars, and networking opportunities the program provides a way for participants to reach their full potential and become an integral part of the New York Fashion community.
Four of the ten designers in residence visited Chicago this past week to present their collections at the W Hotel. SSC was lucky enough to chat with each designer, as well as Steven Kolb: CEO of the CFDA. To kick off our first post of the five that are coming your way with the designers, I chose my favorite piece from each collection. Stay updated in the next few weeks with more to come!
Check out all the designers here.
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Fashion Girls Getting Ready In The Morning vs. Everyone Else

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.

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Everyone Else:

My college sweatshirt is dirty…oh well, it’s just class. I should leave…need to be on time.

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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.

 

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Everyone else: 60 degrees=Fall Jacket. 30 degrees=Winter Coat. -45 degrees=Hibernate to Miami for the winter.

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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?

“No.”

Look in every mirror in the house.

Okay.

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.

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Everyone else:

I feel great in this outfit. Okay lets go.

The Cutest Lace Underthings

 

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COS, lace bra & knickers.

Haberdash Unveils New Look at South Loop Store

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Haberdash, Chicago’s go to menswear spot, is launching a new South Loop store, which gives shoppers an inside look at the behind the scenes happenings.It comes as no surprise that they are raising the bar for men’s retail with the first ever “Convergence” concept.

“Through the launch of the new model, our clients are now able to fully interact in a new way and experience Omni-Channel retailing first hand,” says Haberdash Brand Marketing Manager, Kimberly Stablein. Adding that “the new experience will showcase a fully interactive photo studio that is visible to the public along with the pick, pack and ship operation to show the usually behind-the-scenes process.”

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The new Convergence concept allows Haberdash to be more efficient while also offering clients the best customer service. Now at Haberdash’s store, a consumer can find everything they need: coffee, barbershop, and edited wardrobe selections, as well as experience Haberdash’s daily e-commerce operations: photo studio, pick, pack and ship operations, and client services…all converged under one roof.

Haberdash’s stylists offer clients modern, cool, and old school aesthetic from a highly edited selection of brands including Alden, Eidos Napoli, Southwick for Haberdash, Barbour and Hardy Amies to Gitman Vintage, Filson, Shinola, Baldwin Denim, and Wolverine 1000 Mile.

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Haberdash South Loop is now open. The store is located at the Shops at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Road.

Store Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays 12 pm to 6 pm

 

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Beauty In Review: Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract

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What is it:

A gentle, light orange, slightly grainy, but effective cleanser.

What it does:

Scrubs away make-up, skin impurities, and dead skin.

Why I love it:

Clarins gentle, spa-fresh facial exfoliator rids skin of make-up, embedded impurities and dead surface cells in one time-saving step. After use, my skin was left feeling clean, fresh, and polished. Orange extract softens, refreshes and renews radiance. The cleanser smells amazing, so it is never a “chore” to wash my face in the morning and at night. Moringa Seed extract purifies and refines while preserving skin’s natural moisture balance. Gentle Silica Microbeads give clogged pores a breather. While some exfoliants can be too harsh for everyday use, this Clarins cleanser has just the right amount of grit. I have been using this cleanser for about three weeks, every morning and night, and have noticed that my skin is much smoother.

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Fall Polish

 

fall polish1. OPI Russian Navy. 2. Deborah Lippmann Dear Mr. Fantasy 3. Jin Soon Auspicious. 4.Essie Skirting the Issue. 5. Deborah Lippmann I Knew You Were Trouble. 6. Chanel Mysterious.

Talking Ten Years of e Drop-Off With Corri McFadden

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Alex: So Corri, congratulations on The Collection. I’m sure a ton of planning went into putting it together, how long has it been in the works?

 

Corri: We started this project about five months ago. The biggest thing was our clients. There are different shoppers out there and we heard that there are so many people that want to walk away with it now, like why can’t I buy it now? So, being ten years, it was kind of a way for us to thank our clients as well as extend a different arm of the business. Now that we’ve been established for quite a while and understand auction from A to Z, this was a way for us to have a retail presence here in Chicago. When people come from out of town, they can come and shop these amazing pieces.

 

Alex: Is this long term? If so, how often will we see new pieces in the store?

 

Corri: It’s not going anywhere, the whole mindset is that it being “The Collection,” each piece is highly curated and it’s not just a bunch of stuff on racks and the floor [products]  will turn over twice a month. Basically if you come in at the beginning or the end of the month, you will see different merchandise every time you come in.

 

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Alex: So basically there is always going to be something new that I want to buy…

 

Corri: Yes, always something you want.

 

Alex: So this was a major surprise, do you have anything else coming up that you can tell us about?
Corri: I do, but nothing I can really speak about right now! We are just relishing in ten years and the launch of The Collection right now, and I just had a baby! That in itself has just been a huge adjustment, but absolutely amazing.

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Alex: How do you balance it all?

 

Corri: If you have a really good team, and a solid partner…I always credit back to Spiro [Tsaparas, Corri’s fiance.] You need someone to motivate you on the days when you feel like you can’t. That’s my biggest thing, having a solid support at home.

Alex: A great partner makes all the difference. One last question and I’m done torturing you. You, as well as Christian, started your businesses at 21/22 years old. What advice can you give our readers entering the work force or looking to start their own business?

 

Corri: The biggest thing, is that you have to find what you’re passionate about. You also have to stick with things long enough to figure out what you’re good at, as well as nothing comes quick. It takes a lot of hard times and a lot of sweat equity, and the biggest thing is that not everyone is intended to be their own boss. There are these misconceptions, and so much pressure on entrepreneurship now and that you have to work for yourself, and if you can do that, that’s amazing! But don’t forget that all these amazing companies out there would never be in business without the support of amazing employees. There is so much pressure now that you need to found something, and you can brand yourself and be your own brand and stand for what you represent, but that doesn’t mean you have to work for yourself.

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Alex: The pressure of owning your own business, especially as young as you started it, would be very difficult.

 

Corri: It is so, so hard, and you are always the last priority, and you are always the last paid. Everything around can look like it’s so easy and glossy  from the outside, but at the end of the day there is so much behind the scenes…it’s nuts. It’s rough, but at the end of the day, it’s awesome. It’s moments like this where I think “Alright, this is cool.”

 

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Photos: Kohl Murdock

Catching Up With Christian Siriano

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Elle Magazine called him a “Karl Lagerfeld in training,” and that description could not be more fitting. American designer Christian Siriano won Emmy nominated show Project Runway at the ripe age of 21, and the rest is history. Christian launched his namesake label, “Christian Siriano” in 2008, and his designs continue to woo the world of fashion in 2014. Siriano just released his first fragrance, Silhouette, and already has another one in the works. Siriano held his fragrance launch party in partnership with e Drop-Off’s Corri McFadden this past Thursday night, and we got a chance to chat with him and his fashionable bff, Chicago wonder woman, Corri.

 

Alex: Congratulations on the launch of Silhouette, that’s amazing!

Christian: Thank you!

Alex: So what was the inspiration behind the name, Silhouette?

Christian: Well Silhouette…it was a tough name to figure out because we want it to be able to last 30, 40, 50 years. The real challenge was how do you figure out a name that can last forever, but still feel modern? I think every woman celebrates her silhouette. You can be any shape and any size and any age to wear the fragrance and to really celebrate it. We needed it to be timeless in a way that’s still cool. So that was my feelings…I’m always going to be creating silhouettes, so that was the idea behind it.

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Alex: I was reading a little bit about the fragrance earlier and I have to ask, how did you wind up coming up with this scent? What was the inspiration behind the notes and smell?

Christian: I wanted it to be a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy and kind of an earthy tone, but still very fresh. I wanted it to be very wearable, so it also has a little citrus to it. Mandarin, green apple, that kind of feel, and the sandalwood notes is what makes it have a little kick to it. My goal was to have it be everyday and not overpowering…it smells pretty great.

Alex: The candle also smells great. Sounds like a very long process between making the fragrance and producing it. What was that like?

 Christian: It was a long process, it was not fun! The picking of the fragrance notes was really cool because everything that I thought would smell great, didn’t. And everything that I thought would smell terrible, smelled great together, so that was hard because it’s totally different smelling things from the pure form because everything is so strong. So a touch of something makes the fragrance smell totally different. That was a challenge, but a cool one, and the rest is just a lot of work. Between the packaging, making sure the bottle was right. We have an ombré effect on our bottle, and there was about 100 times that ombré went back and forth. The cap comes completely off, so that was just a logistics thing. I felt that if you could take the cap completely off, that was just a moment. It was great.

Alex: After all of that, would you produce a second fragrance?

Christian: Yes, I would! We are already working on another one. In the fragrance business, you usually launch one and then you need to have something in the next year or two to kind of go with it, in a way? So that is what we are working on now, figuring out what Silhouette’s partner can be.

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 Alex: What’s the first thing you do when you come to Chicago?

Christian: I don’t do anything! I don’t have much! To be honest, I would say that the Barney’s here is very good, so I like that. Corri [McFadden] always takes me to such great places and she always takes me out to eat and we always have fun. That’s what I love, I don’t come that often but when I do come I get to go to new places and she’s always like “this restaurant just opened, let’s try it” and that’s that best part. Everyone in Chicago is so nice, I get a great vibe when I come here.

 Alex: How do you think Chicago is different from New York?

Christian:  It’s very different from New York. It’s still a big city but it feels like you can get to know people which is nice.

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 Alex: I’m going to pull Corri in for some questions! So how did you two meet?

Corri: We met…

Christian: When you were filming your show!

Corri: No…we met when you were talking at Columbia!

Christian: That was a longgg time ago

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Corri: Wow that was three, maybe four years ago?

Christian: Yeah I was doing a little speaking thing at Columbia about fashion, and Corri came and she was amazing and super chic.

Corri: I remember what I was wearing. I was wearing bright blue pants, Brian Atwood shoes and an oversized top.

Christian: Yeah, you looked amazing.

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Alex: So I know you’ve been dressing Corri for quite a while, she always looks fabulous. You made her baby shower dress and are designing her wedding dress, what is that process like?

Christian: Corri is very easy to work with.

Corri: I’m sure that when I was a sample size it was easier! Things are a little different after a baby! They’re getting back to normal.

Christian: You look great!

Corri: I even pulled out my Siriano gold heels for 10 years [of e Drop-Off.]

Christian: Corri has a lot of really great Siriano pieces. It’s always exciting and I like to see that they stand the test of time. I love that dress of mine that you wore to a gala…that was one of my favorites dresses ever.

Corri: The black jeweled one!

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Christian: Actually nobody else has that dress either, because we only made one. That’s kinda cool. I love that dress. I need to visit it actually.

Corri: I sold it! No, I’m joking, I still have it!

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Alex: Thank you so much for chatting with us Christian!

Check back on Tuesday, October 28th, when we finish our chat with Corri. She lets us in on launching The Collection, balancing life as a Mom and successful entrepreneur, and gives us some tips on entering the real world after college.

Photos: Kohl Murdock

15 Shirts That Accurately Describe Your Feelings

They say you can tell a lot about a woman by the way she dresses. Well, that’s about to get a little bit more obvious. Ever felt like wearing your heart on your sleeve…errr…or on your shirt? Now you can. For days when not just any shirt will do, throw one of these on.

 

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All Shirts from Shop Nylon, Shop Betches, Kid Dangerous, and Pyknic.