For The Sake Of Fashion: A Letter From Alex

I recently chatted with Beauty Look Magazine about my “passion for fashion.”

Photo: Yuya Ohashi

Photo: Yuya Ohashi

As a freshman accounting major, I started my blog as a creative outlet for myself.  With the positive reaction to my blog, I realized I might be able to merge my love of fashion and a business degree into a career, leading me to switch my major at DePaul University to PR and Marketing last year.

About a year ago, realizing the impact of social media, I made the decision to expand my blog into more of a fashion and lifestyle platform called Street Style Chi ~ Fashion & Lifestyle.  The response has been extremely gratifying for me, and has opened many doors into the worlds of styling and fashion in a way I never expected.

With this being said, a second annual For The Sake Of Fashion is one of those doors that has been opened, and I could not be more excited! This year, I was proud to partner with FORD Models to produce the show.  And we are hoping to create a greater awareness of UNICEF and it’s mission “to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential”. I don’t really think it gets any better than that.

Come to Cortelyou Commons tomorrow night at 7:00PM and see a great show, for a great cause!

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FTSOF Giveaway: The Gold Standard

The color gold is associated with luxury and elegance…sounds like something we would all like to associate ourselves with, right? The gals over at goldplaited Finishing Salon want to glam you up with the Gold Standard for the upcoming For The Sake Of Fashion Show.

StreetStyleChi is giving away a Gold Standard package that includes the super model treatment: a dry style and make up application, which would usually cost you about $65, and a set of front row tickets to the upcoming show on March 8th.

Once you get primped and pampered, head over to the For The Sake Of Fashion Show and sit front row VIP with one fashionable friend.

Entry is easy, head over to Rafflecopter and follow a few simple rules to enter.

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Good luck and stay fashionable!

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Additionally, goldplaited has been nice enough to sponsor the For The Sake Of Fashion Show, and put together a special hair and make up package for attendees, with a percent of the proceeds being donated to UNICEF. Contact goldplaited at 773-880-9180, 2803 North Sheffield Avenue.

For the Sake of Fashion 2014

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For the second year in a row, is presenting our annual For the Sake of Fashion charity fashion show, with 100% of the proceeds going to UNICEF.

This will be a fun, fashion filled night, taking place on March 8th at Cortelyou Commons. Who doesn’t love a great fashion show for an even better cause?

Currently, we are seeking out volunteers for the upcoming show. Last year, For the Sake of Fashion would not have been possible without the help of all of our fabulous volunteers. This is not only a good cause, but will also serve as a great way to make connections.

Last year, we raised over $2,000 in donations, and had over 300 people attend when we only had 180 seats. Needless to say, we were incredibly pleased with the way the night turned out.

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Photos by Yuya Ohashi, and Nicole Cash.

Is it Spring Yet?

Olivia Paxson| April 10th 2013

Now that we’re starting to see the sun shine in Chicago, it’s time we pack away those boots and parkas and turn to the runways to help us decide on this Springs hottest trends. The runways were full of different creations from checkered patterns at Louis Vuitton, the minimal black and white at Calvin Klein’s NY show, or the Indian inspired ensembles walking down Marchesa’s runway. I gathered up my top 3 favorite trends from the runway and how to re create them, without breaking the bank.

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Pair these sweatshirts with some leather and heels and you’re good for a night out on the town.

Find this trend at:

Narciso Rogriguez

Forever 21

Urban Outfitters

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Keep it simple by picking one patterned statement piece or take a fashion dare and mix and match different patterns.

Find this trend at:

Forever 21

Urban Outfitters


Peter Pilotto


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Perfect for that simple mix of sexiness and elegance; wear it for a girl’s night out or a special event.

Find this trend at:

Michael Kors

Alexander Wang

Nasty Gal


Spring Shoe Round Up

Willy Subach| DePaul University

Spring has arrived and as the weather changes, so does the fashion. One of the most important and obvious differences in the fashion between winter and spring is shoe choice. Gone are the boots and fur-lined shoes of winter. The coming of spring brings a variety of fun trends and patterns for both women and men, and this spring is no different. I’ve searched for my top shoes for this spring for both men and women and luckily for you, I’ve decided to share my choices with you.

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The Sneaker Wedge

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($180 at

The sneaker wedge is a trend that has been gaining popularity over the past few months, and this shoe is one of my favorite twists on the trend, and one that I definitely think is ideal for spring. This version of the sneaker wedge features a peep-toe design and a much more open front compared to traditional sneaker wedges. I think the openness combined with the bright colors make it a must-have for spring.

The Wedge Sandal

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($90 at

I love this wedge sandal so much. I think it’s perfect for spring and can definitely transition into summer too. The pattern on the actual wedge adds so much excitement to the shoe, and salmon is definitely a popular color for this spring. The turquoise and yellow straps along with the brown leather make it very versatile and wearable. These shoes with a cute sundress would be a knockout.

The Sneaker

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($70 at

While I think heels and wedges are awesome, they’re not always the most practical shoe. I think it is important for everyone to have at least one cool pair of sneakers to run around in. I like these specific sneakers because of the neutral color palette and a simple, classic, and sleek design.

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The Skateboarding Shoe

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($78 at

I have never skateboarded in my entire life. But I will tell you that I almost always have a pair of skateboarding shoes in my shoe rotation. Why? Because they are super quick to throw on and run around in. They’re also usually very comfortable. I chose these because they have a really casual and classic feel, but the color is very modern and trendy.

The High Top

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I own these. I absolutely love them. I think they’re really edgy and can really enhance any outfit. The black and white color scheme is very trendy this year, and studs are a huge trend right now. I’ve been wearing them for the past month and a half, but I’m definitely ready to start wearing these with shorts now.

The Sneaker

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($20 at H&M)

To start off, please ignore my atrocious dorm carpeting. I love these shoes though. They look very fresh for spring and summer. I love the use of the salmon as the pop of color. I bought these today and will definitely be wearing them as much as possible. The white looks very clean and sleek, while the colored sole gives the shoe personality. I’m crazy about them.

Nike…is a Girl’s Best Friend?

NTC Lincoln Park | April 8th 2013

Photos by Joseph Kerins

As a DePaul student, I frequent the street Armitage quite often. Between going there to stop at my favorite boutiques and visiting Glazed and Infused more times then I would like to admit, I discovered my new favorite place to not only shop, but to get whipped into shape. NTC Lincoln Park, which is a Nike shop, but also a Nike Training Club, opened a few short months ago on my favorite street, and I haven’t stopped going since.

Now, you might find yourself asking what a Nike Training Club is, just like I was when I first heard the name. NTC Lincoln Park is a community to train with, which personally I love because I prefer training in a group. They offer complimentary workout classes and also have a run club. I cannot stress how nice the women at NTC Lincoln Park are, so if you’re around, you should pop in and say hi. While I probably cannot answer all of your questions about NTC Lincoln Park, they can. For about a month now, I’ve been wanting to take up running, but am slightly terrified at the thought of starting. Unfortunately for myself, I now do not have an excuse because NTC offers a DePaul Fun Run which is every Thursday at 6:30PM. I’m going to start this coming Thursday, the 11th, so if you want to come laugh at me gasping in air for one-three miles, this is your time!

While I do profile many stores and places around Chicago, this is one that I truly love and am 100% behind. I can honestly say that NTC Lincoln Park has one of the nicest groups of women I’ve met in a long time. They aren’t there to try to sell you something, they genuinely want to get to know you. It’s like having a super fit group of friends that all dress in awesome Nike outfits. Speaking of awesome Nike outfits…the Nike swag that is in store features work out clothes, and also old school Nike style…think high tops and graphic sweatshirts that can be incorporated into your already existing wardrobe.

My favorite class at NTC has to be the yoga class at 5PM on Sundays. This is why I asked Erica (who you should definitely say hi to if you stop in) if StreetStyleChi could have a private yoga class with our readers. Luckily for us, she agreed. If you want a good workout, then you should join myself and the StreetStyleChi team on April 23rd, at 6:30PM for a fun yoga session that will last about an hour. We can linger after and chat as I lust after all of the high top wedges. Tweet me ( ) or email me ( ) or slip a note under my door (probably not your best idea) and let me know if I will see you there! The class has 25 spots so be speedy!

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22 Under 22: Nick Keenan


A few weeks ago, I sat down with Junior Nick Keenan. You may know him as Ennui, because…well…that’s why he’s on this list. A self described “electronic Producer that makes music for fun sometimes,” he’s a lot more than that. Check out his interview and fall in love with his beats…and sense of style. I’m happy to say that I got a chance to become friends with him before he blew up.

Where: DePaul’s Art Museum (which inspires a lot of Ennui’s music.) 

When: February 28th 2013

ALEX: Okay, so how did you get your start in music?

NICK: Alright, so, the first thing that people usually mess up, is how to pronounce my name, which is Ennui (en-we) which means boredom, or like “in spite of boredom.” And that’s how it all started.

ALEX: How did you come up with that?

NICK: I heard my pretentious WRD Professor use it one time, I don’t know, I just connected with it. I sat down one day and was like “Shit, I haven’t used Garageband since I was like…12” and I loved music, so I sat and opened up Garageband for fun, and just started making little mixes, and trying to make my own beats, which was in November of 2011. I had just gone to my first electronic show, and I went home that night, and started making music. A couple months later, my friend Mike gave me this program called “Ableton” and the rest was history.


ALEX: So how do you go about producing a song?

NICK: Well with production, it’s just this constant cycle of making five or six songs, and then two months later, hating everything you’ve made. When you’re starting out, everything you’ve made you’re all like “wow this is so good” because you don’t actually know where you’re at compared to a pro producer. I started out by releasing a free EP called the “So Fucking Real EP” which was so damn stupid.

ALEX: Nothing is truly stupid, it probably helped you learn a ton.

NICK: Well yeah, exactly. It’s a constant learning process. I think that even any of the big guys in the industry will tell you that they’re still learning even though we view them as “perfection” when it comes to music production. But when I put out my first EP, it got basically no attention. Then I worked with a Chicago lyricist who actually graduated from DePaul, Sey. After we put a track together, it was my first time showing up on music blogs and I was super stoked and I was like “Oh my God, I’m famous now!” Even then though I was only getting 300 or 400 hits on my songs. It wasn’t until I came out with a song called “Release Me” and I got some attention from a small independent label and they put out an EP through us, and I suppose that was my start. In May, I finished the EP, and it came out through Itunes, Amazon…basically all the major distribution sites. Being under their management was a great learning experience, because it was a time when I needed constant encouragement. I had just started developing an ear [for music] and I could hear the difference between my music and big artists, which can be kind of discouraging.

ALEX: I get that. Makes sense.

NICK: So now, February of 2013, I’m putting out stuff for free, and I only have four or five songs out on the website, with like 10,000 hits per song, and people on Youtube are uploading videos of their own and using my audio and getting tons of hits and it’s just so cool that people want to listen to my music and they like it. I’m finally producing stuff that’s on it’s way to becoming pro.

ALEX: That has to be a good feeling. So do you take inspiration from the larger artists? I feel like if you did, you would start to sound like them, but you’re very original with your mixes.

NICK: As for my inspiration, I listen to a bunch of Indie music, acoustic music, and folk music. People might be surprised by that. It is dangerous listening to music you really like and then producing music as well. I’ve seen so many kids listening to the big names, and then they wind up sounding just like them. Then they don’t understand why they aren’t succeeding, but it’s because it’s already been done. Most of my favorite artists are from Chicago, one of them being Mister Lies. He’s amazing, very chill. Stratus is also amazing, and being at a show and hearing his stuff is beyond anything. So, I guess my originality comes from the fact that I can appreciate music of any genre.

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ALEX: How do you balance all of this with school? You’re a Junior, right?

NICK: Yes, I’m a Junior, a Bio major, and I’m minoring in Econ. I work at Starbucks on the weekends, so the trade off is that I just get no sleep. Some of my best stuff comes from staying up from 12-4 in the morning, and I’m not good at balancing it yet, to be honest.

ALEX: So time management?

NICK: Yeah…I need to figure that out. I need to finish my degrees in school, and then I’ll just focus on my music. I won’t make the mistake of dropping out of college to just pursue music. That only works out once in a blue moon.

ALEX: Do you think being in electronic music now is different then it was a while back?

NICK: Being a producer now is a very exciting time, especially with the resurgence of electronic music. I feel like when we were younger, all we used to hear was rap. It’s cool to be going into this industry at the time it’s booming.

ALEX: When did you decide to start taking music seriously, as a career? Music and biology are pretty different.

NICK: Only recently did I decide to start taking music seriously. I love science, and I had this plan to go to PA school and do the healthcare profession but I finally realized that my love for music was just superseding everything that I liked about science. I’ve always loved music, and it was right in front of me, and I just didn’t realize it until this year. I love exploring sound. I feel like an idiot realizing it now.


ALEX: At least you realized it now.

NICK: True. Something else I really wanted to talk about, was the whole genre thing. People call everything that is made on a computer electronic music, which is not true. I hate confining genres, because, shit, it’s just sound and sound is vibration. When it comes to my own music, I don’t want to classify it as dubstep. I know dubstep has it’s stigma, like a dial up tone, but my music sounds nothing like that. I guess it could be melodic dubstep or luvstep, but I really just want people to call it “music” or “sound.”

ALEX: So do you think it’s true when artists say ” I don’t care what anyone thinks, I just do this for me?”

NICK: I don’t care what people have to say about my music, because if I put something out and I like it, I couldn’t care less if you like it. Fuck, even if I got one person that would just put on my music going to the gym or walking to class, I would feel accomplished as an artist. My biggest inspiration is John Cage. He wrote a song called 4’33′” where the orchestra was just instructed to sit still for four minutes and 33 seconds. The whole idea, is that you’re going to experience sound, whether the orchestra is playing or not. Also, a song that you’re hearing, is never going to be the same as anyone else. People hear things differently, and a song is always going to be performed differently, every time. So I love the idea, that even silence, is sound and music.


ALEX: Who got you interested in music in the first place?

NICK: My older sister. I’ve come to realize that everything I’ve done, is usually because of my older sister.

ALEX: So when will you feel like you’ve become successful in the music industry?

NICK: God, success is such a weird word in the music industry, really in any form of art. It won’t be sitting in your mansion in LA when you’ve made millions of dollars, although it would be nice, the moment when you think you’ll be successful will be so different then the actually reality of it, at least for me.


NICK: I feel really bad for people who don’t listen to music. Like…that sucks. Your life must be so boring. It makes me sad.

ALEX: I don’t get it either.

NICK: On the same note of success, if you’re trying to get into music because you want to be rich and famous, you shouldn’t do it. Stay true to yourself. I do this because I love doing it. I’m currently making a huge life decision in saying that I’m not going to go into the very thing I’ve been studying now for three years. All because I love music. Making music for me, is happiness.


ALEX: So, any other parting words for us? Any words for aspiring producers?

NICK: If you’ve never made music before, go through a two or three month phase where you just truly listen for the sounds in music. Any and all kinds of music. Even if you hate it, find something that you can appreciate about any song. Diversify yourself to gain inspiration. When you first start, it’s not going to be good. Everyday is a learning process. Don’t expect anything to happen overnight, or even a year. Don’t get down when it comes to frustration. Have a mentor. Mine was Bobby Horan, super cool dude. Keep your head up, that’s all I can say.

ALEX: Finally, where can we find you hanging out around campus?

NICK: Most likely in the 4th floor group study room of the Library when I’m not making music….or Devil Dawgs.


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Photo Credit: Joseph Kerins

StreetStyleChi Presents The For The Sake of Fashion Show

This past Saturday night, I had the pleasure of hosting a fashion show with Joseph and the entire StreetStyleChi team. I cannot express how much this show meant to me, and the fact that I consider it one of my greatest accomplishments thus far. Since December, Joseph and I spent numerous nights planning this show, sending frantic emails at 3a.m., and running all over the city to pick up looks and meet with designers. The final week was spent either glued to our computers answering emails, or in studios and boutiques pulling clothes or picking up swag.

The day of the show, I was a hot mess…minus the hot. I was incredibly nervous setting up the venue, but somehow everything turned out just fine. Most of the StreetStyleChi team was there throughout the day helping Joseph and I, along with Sig Ep. Once people started arriving, I finally started to calm down. We wound up having to open the doors to the show early because there were so many people lined up outside.

I just want to thank everyone who participated or volunteered at the show. This show would not have been possible without all of the overwhelming support. Now, we must start planning next year, which will be bigger and badder. This was only just the beginning.

I had so many fabulous photos, that this will be a two part post. Keep an eye out for the second post soon.


Photo Credit: Yuya Ohashi

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