Posted on October 23, 2014
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting The Collection, the latest it spot for designer goods curated by e Drop-Off and founder Corri McFadden. The store is just as luxurious as the items inside, with a large crystal chandelier and oversize purple velvet chair. Finding something you want to take home isn’t hard…with every turn there is a new Chanel bag or Alexander McQueen clutch staring you down basically screaming “BUY ME!” Here are my favorite things at the shop.
The Collection, 1201 N. Clark Street.
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 21, 2014
When I was first sent this little white pot with YSL branded on the front, I was skeptical. A fashion house suddenly produces beauty products…since when? Little did I know what I was in for.
What is it:
A thick, creamy cream for the eye area.
What it does:
Reduces appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Why I love it:
This eggshell colored cream is incredibly thick, and seeps into skin as soon as it makes contact. The results are amazing. This is YSL’s newest beauty product, and I hope we see more from this line. The silky texture glides onto your eye area with a sensation of comfort and nourishment while reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. The area surrounding my eyes has looked less dull, and my under-eye puffiness has disappeared completely. Unlike a face mask or treatment, this cream requires zero effort, making it perfect for a quick morning and night beauty routine. I would not consider many beauty products miracles, but this is definitely a miracle in a jar.
YSL beauty, $170.00 for 1.4oz.
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
Posted on July 28, 2014