Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fashionable Links from Around the Web - Green Chic!

The Fashionable Housewife shows us how to add a dose of instant style to any outfit by adding a Vintage Brooch. It's one of the hottest Fall 2009 trends!

[Factio Magazine] Michael Jackson's Hair to Be Made into Diamonds - Chicago-based jeweler LifeGem, which specializes in creating high-quality diamonds from individual hair samples, has announced plans to release a limited collection made from the King of Pop's hair.

Fashion Pulse Dailycan't wait to get a facial with organic fruit and veggies from New York City's Organics-To-Go!

Sarah at Looking Sharp! needs these TOMS vegan boots for Fall ASAP!

My Beauty Bunny recommends a cruelty-free self-tanner and body firming cream in one from Tarte.

I love Contextos Eco bags. See it in Quinta Trends

RedPoppy Fashion loves how designer Linda Loudermilk does couture and chic sustainable design

[Runway to Retail] This October, show off your vampire pride with an exclusive clothing and jewelry collection inspired by the highly-anticipated November release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon at Nordstrom

The Fashionable Gal found a way to exchange stylish clothes you’re no longer wearing for "new-to-you" stylish clothes in return. Click here to learn more!

Barneys Will Recycle Your Denim

What: Bring in a pair of your previously loved denim and Barneys will recycle them.

Because 1% For the Planet (an alliance of business financially committed to creating a healthy planet) will give you 20% off your next pair.

Offer is valid August 1 – 31st at Barneys CO-OP (2209 N Hasted St) and Barney’s New York ( 15 East Oak St).

Offer is only valid on men's and women's full priced denim purchases only. Donated denim must be in wearable condition. Each denim donation is valid for only one new denim item. Cannot be combined with any other promotion.

Bvlgari Teams with Celebs to Save the Children

Luxury jewelry company Bvlgari has recently celebrated their historic 125th anniversary and with that comes one of their most noteworthy campaigns - Save the Children. To help a very important cause Bvlgari has created a 3-piece, limited edition jewelry collection including this pendent. The company will donate $60 from each item when purchased to Save the Children's "Rewrite the Future" campaign. Celebrity endorsers include Ben Stiller, Isabella Rossellini, Ginnifer Goodwin, Terrence Howard and more. For more info,
click here.

Want a Career in Fashion?

Have you always dreamed of working in the fashion industry? Amy Astley, Teen Vogue's editor-in-chief, tells you where to get the info you need to do just that in the following video!

New Moon to Launch Collection at Nordstrom

This October, show off your vampire pride with an exclusive clothing and jewelry collection inspired by the highly-anticipated November release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The collection will be sold at Nordstrom and includes fitted screened tees, tanks, hoodies, dresses, jackets all designed by Awake, as well as necklaces, earrings, bracelets and key fobs. The clothing plays off of the style and setting of the film with pieces like plaid tunics and jackets. The jewelry, silver and gold-plated, showcases pendants and charms related to the film such as Bella's truck, Jacob's motorcycle, a moon and more. These new looks give Twilight fanatics a trendy way to show allegiance to either Team Edward or Team Jacob.
-Tracey Johnsen

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sale at Jimmy Choo!

Attention ladies! Jimmy Choo is having a major sale at their Chicago location (63 E. Oak St.) - 65% off current sale merchandise from Wednesday, July 29- Sunday, August 2nd! All sales are final. Not in Chicago? Visit to take in the sales! We love the pop of color on this Lexy shoe (in magenta) that is retailing now for $347.50 from a whopping $695.

Luxury Links from Around the Web! Luxe Links...

Stripes Have A Checkered Past - From prison to the runway, Luxist looks at the history of wearing stripes

Factio Magazine Interviews Celebrity Hair Dresser John Nollet - In collaboration with hotel group Park Hyatt and Louis Vuitton, Nollet travels the world from hotel room to hotel suite giving hair advice and a cut and color to a lucky few (at $1,400 a session).

Soliloquy Super-Green Super-Yacht Is Obviously Super-Cool and Super-Expensive - domesticblog checks out the latest green design in luxury yachts

Runway To Retail explores how Prada will conquer yet another fashion capital with its new pop-up location in the City of Lights.

KristopherDukes is wanting, hating and loving the Oonagh O'Hagen Louis Vuitton Print Tote Bag

Monday, July 27, 2009

Photos of Lily Allen for Chanel are Revealed

Lily Allen's latest campaign photos for Chanel have been revealed. The actress, who is rarely seen without her coveted bags in real life, posed with Chanel's latest Coco Cacoon reversible handbag collection. Her tiara and black sunglasses set a playful tone for the campaign that was shot by designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Amber Valletta to Launch Clothing Line

Another celebrity/model clothing line is in the works. Amber Valletta is joining forces with Monrow, an L.A. clothing company and will launch everything from dresses and blazers to tees and tanks this November.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Model Jessica Stam for Fendi's Fall 2009 Ad Campaign

Model Jessica Stam is the latest muse for designer Karl Lagerfeld and his latest ad campaign for Fendi. Fog sets a mysterious mood for the fall 2009 campaign, showcasing the model in Fendi's latest must-haves.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Prada's Parisian Pop-up

This winter Prada will conquer yet another fashion capital with its new pop-up location in the City of Lights. The mega-brand has created what looks to be a cross between the famous Mirabel Bridge and the Italian luxury firm’s original store in Milan. The boutique’s designer, Roberto Baciocchi, took the inspirational elements of the Mirabel Bridge and incorporated them into the store through faux metalwork that wraps around the dramatic staircase; perspective illusions, and even the store’s lights hang from metal support-like beams trussed across the ceiling. The surreal boutique on Place Beauvau 92 has a hint of the Milan store with similar checkered marble floors and freestanding display cases. The interior is lined with mannequins dressed in Prada to look like pedestrians enjoying the Parisian landmark. The store will carry a selection of women's ready-to-wear, bags, accessories and footwear.
-Tracey Johnsen

Link it Fashionable Links from Around the Web - Green Chic

My Beauty Bunny shows you how to get gorgeous, healthy, post-beach hair!

The Fashionable Housewife is giving away Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancer. Enter for a chance to win!!!

What do Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Watson and Rosie Huntingon-Whiteley have in common outside of being gorgeous superstars? Gorgeous skin thanks to MV Organics.[Runway To Retail]

Factio Magazine checks out Chicago's newest luxury, eco-friendly hotel and all of their high-end restaurants! Check out theWit!

Fashion Fille tells us about the extremely generous giveaway Earth Friendly Products is doing! Learn more about it, and enter to win!

FashionPulseDaily is really digging the recycled metal jewelry of Alex and Ani!

One dress, a great cause & countless looks. Fashiontribes tries it on for size.

Looking Sharp! is discoveringChickdowntown’s new vintage collection

Posh Swaps loves the frugality, sustainability and style of Zero waste fashion.

RedPoppy Fashion loves the pretty and lightweight reusable bags from ENVIROSAX.

West Loop Sidewalk Sale This Weekend!

This weekend head out and support Chicago stores and designers by shopping! You'll be rewarded with deep discounts, and you could even pick up a new pet (the following stores will have animals available for adoption through PAWS)!

Stores include: Koros Art & Style (1039 W. Lake), Pivot (1101 W. Fulton Market), Tribeca (1035 W. Madison), 2 Sisters Boutique (1167 W. Madison), Smitten (1041 W. Madison), Erin Galagher Jewelry (1017 W. Lake), Bess & Loie (1015 W. Lake), Fig Tree (1037 W. Madison), The Oprah Store (37 N. Carpenter)!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

MV Organics

"It feels so good to put something so thoughtful and natural on your skin, MV Organics products smell unbelievable," says Maggie Gyllenhaal about the products.

What do Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Watson and Rosie Huntingon-Whiteley have in common outside of being gorgeous superstars? One of the aspects that keep their skin being up to superstar level: MV Organics.

This natural skincare brand developed by Australian facial specialist Sharon McGlinchey helps every skin type bring out its beauty but is a real savior for extra dry and sensitive eczema or even acne prone skin. McGlinchey is a leader in the field of innovative skincare and next to MV Organics; she also developed her own skin therapy.

With products like Rose Hydrating Mist, Instant Revival Booster and the Gentle Cream Cleanser, MV Organics promises to make your skin red carpet ready. Visit for more info or to contact Sharon McGlinchey herself for an appointment!
- Chloé van der Wel

Miss Universe Hits the Runway

Eighty-eight of the world’s most beautiful women were practically born to strut the catwalk. Now it’s their chance. On August 12, The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort in the Bahamas will host the Miss Universe Pageant fashion show, Islands of the World Fashion Week. Unlike past years, the women will be outfitted by three Bahamian designers, utilizing the locally manufactured fabrics of Androsia and Bahama Hand Prints for their creations. Rachel Turnquest-Garcia of Rachel's Boutique, Basheva Eve of La Maison de Besh, and Sabrina Francis of SE'B Fashions were the three designers chosen. "Not only is this significant as the first time that The Bahamas is hosting the Miss Universe Pageant, but also because the fashion show will feature another aspect of the islands' creativity and culture as displayed in fashion. This will certainly have the potential of catapulting the local fashion industry into the international spotlight," said Owen Bethel, Chairman of the Host Planning Committee and Pageant Coordinator. This fashion show features more then just the warm breeze and tropical flowers of the Bahamas. It is taking a dive into the islands' talent by showcasing undiscovered gems in the fashion world.
-Tracey Johnsen

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Luxury Links from Around the Web! Luxe Links...

Luxury Launches checks out Louis Vuitton and Takashi Murakami's collaboraione to introduce the anime Panda

Essential Summer Style, Starring the Jaguar XK Convertible -
Luxist explores the elements of the quintessential summer road trip

London's Design Museum -
Kristopher Dukes is wanting, seeing, and hating London's Design Museum.

Six-Figure Nannies -
domesticblog ponders the 100k + salaries of professional Nannies...

Stella's Toon Town -
Runway To Retail loves that Stella McCartney got excited by Bambi for her latest fall/winter '09/'10 ads.

theWit Hotel -
Factio Magazine checks out Chicago's newest luxury hotel and all of their high-end restaurants!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Stella's Toon Town

Stella's ads from fall/winter '09-'10 just may be our favorite thus far. Model Sigrid Agren was photographed in the woods surrounded by those lovable toon animals from Disney. "I'm a huge Bambi fan, and the film reminds me of my mum [the late Linda McCartney]," said McCartney. "And we wanted to have some fun. The clothes in the campaign are looking quite fierce, and we wanted to contrast them with the innocence of Bambi".

Anna's Private Party

We aren't sure we can wait for the much anticipated documentary, The September Issue. While magazines have already launched their latest issues featuring full page ads of the new film. Anna is planning her own party to promote the flick. On August 19th, the New York fashion set will enjoy a splashy opening party, followed by an invite-only dinner.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Luxury Links from Around the Web! Luxe Links...

Factio Magazine talks to model, TV personality, author, and food connoisseur Padma Lakshmi about her jewelry line

Afshin Feiz showcases his spring/summer 2010 collection during the couture shows in Paris
! [Runway To Retail]

The BeoVision 4 From Bang & Olufsen: Rapture on the "Small" Screen for $112,000...
Luxist checks out the television that costs more than most cars.

The Real Estalker: UPDATE: Cher
domesticblog wonders how we can raise $40 million to buy Cher's house

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Paris Couture Week: Afshin Feiz

Afshin Feiz: “You don’t have to be beautiful…but it helps”. This is the playful title of the multicultural designer Afshin Feiz’s Spring/Summer 2010 couture collection, shown last week in Paris. The collection is inspired by Christopher Marley, who is an American artist that works with exotic insects by bringing out their beauty. The 6-piece collection consists of intricate constructions in silk organza using vibrant colors. This emphasizing power of color and arrangement use is what you see in Feiz’s work, instead of the actual inspiration. Grey tones contradict bright purple and yellow and embroideries make up fantasy insects. Feiz’s inspiration source has been love, but for this line he looked at beauty for what it is. Beauty comes in many forms and you can find a sense of it in anything. Insects, for example…

Check out our Factio Magazine interview with Afshin Feiz!
- Chloé van der Wel