Gifts For The Home

 

Holiday gifts1. “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.

The Best Spots To Pamper Yourself This Weekend: Chicago

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Blowtique, River North:

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, Lincoln Park:

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, GoldCoast:

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, Lincoln Park:

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.

What To Wear To your Significant Other’s Holiday Work Party

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1. Kate Spade New York Swift Dress; $448.00. 2. Zara High Heel Strappy Sandal; $35.99. 3. Zara Glitter Box Clutch; $79.90.

Lush Lashes

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They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, so why not make sure you take care of your lashes too? False lashes seem daunting, but with the right tips and tricks, are shockingly easy and will have you looking doe eyed in five minutes flat. A few lashes placed on the outer corner of your lids will give impression of wide eyes.

Making lashes look natural is key, so go small strips or stick to individual falsies. When using strips, I recommend this helpful tutorial from Beautylish.

Need a little more guidance? Here are our four steps to getting the perfect fringe:

Curl: Curl your lashes before applying your fake lashes or mascara.

Apply Mascara: Choose a lengthening formula so your natural lashes blend in with your falsies. Apply one to two coats, and keep it thin. This prevents clumping and will help your false lashes blend in. For added perfection, use a small brow comb to go through your lases before applying falsies.

Line: Smudge a charcoal black liner thinly along lids. This way, in case there is a gap between your fake lashes and your natural lash line, the smudges liner will hide it.

 

SSC picksChanel Professional Liner Duo. MAC Individual Lashes. MAC Half Lashes. Diorshow Mascara.

CFDA Fashion Incubator Presentation

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.

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Flavour

 

Even in a huge city like Chicago, I somehow still manage to stick to to the same handful of restaurants that i know to be tried and true. Sifting through the big bad interweb can be overwhelming, and there are only so many competing “Top Ten” lists I can manage.

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Flavour is a new restaurant discovery app that allows you to search what neighborhood, cuisine or featured dish you want to try. Recommendations are distilled from respected critics, prominent bloggers, and industry experts. With this, Flavour adds its own mix of intelligently sourced restaurants based on the most visited and most popular establishments. The app provides an innovative, beautifully crafted solution that enables exploration of over 1,600 selected restaurants sorted by neighborhood, cuisine or notable feature.

This past week, I had the pleasure of testing our Flavour for myself. The app is very easy to use, and I wound up searching for a date spot for my boyfriend and I to try. We settled on The Pump Room, and were very pleased with the experience. When I first opened up the Flavour app, I was asked what neighborhood and cuisine I was searching for. With that info, the app gave me 50 options to choose from, including menus and contact information.

I have always been a lover of fashion, food, and tech. When they combine, I can’t help but get excited. The app just launched on November 11th, and I highly recommend you check it out for yourself. If you do decide to download it, leave me a review in the comments! I would love to hear your thoughts.

You can download Flavour for yourself, here.

 

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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.

Dannijo: The Perfect Holiday Clutch

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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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Keeping Up With Popstar Erika Jayne

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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.

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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.

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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!