Friday, September 23, 2016

Autumn's #1 Accessory

Accessories are the frosting on the fashion cake. They can transform a bland outfit into something beautiful, a simple shift into something stunning.

I am all about thinking outside the traditional accessory box. I love autumn's accessory trends- the skinny scarf, draped just so around the neck so it can blow in the breeze. Chokers ranging from velvet to leather cord to ribbon evoking iconic 90s style. Multifinger rings doing the reverse brass knuckle thing (in my mind).

My bet? These accessories will be on the chopping block by spring. That choker can transform into a wrap bracelet. The skinny scarf becomes a belt or can be woven through a chain purse strap. Why not grab an accessory that will stand the test of time, and you can wear it every day?


I'm talking about glasses!

Some of the most chic women on the planet regularly pop on a pair of glasses. Jenna Lyons, the creative director and president of J. Crew, has made her spectacular specs a part of her standout look. How about Tina Fey? This queen of comedy accessorizes with glasses. Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Mindy Kaling are others who regularly rock them.


I recently received the opportunity to pick my favorite pair of glasses from GlassesUSA.com, and had an absolute field day trying on different shapes with their virtual mirror.  I screen shots and sent the mock ups to one of my friends for advice. I wanted to grab more than one pair just for fun- and at frames starting at $19.20 including lenses, I could! Glasses can truly transform your look- from bold to brainy, sexy to sassy, you can change up your style in a second.



GlassesUSA.com offers frames at up to 70% retail price, and their selection is SO much better than you could ever get in a store. With free shipping and free returns, it is a risk-free purchase.

Are you the indecisive type who just CAN'T figure out what shape to buy?
Here are some typical face shapes and glass shapes that work well with them:

Round- rectangular frames sharpen your curved features
Square- round, thinner frames soften your sharper features
Triangle- balance out a wider jaw with detail on the top of the frame (Browline, Cat Eye)
Heart- medium size frames work well, not too square, not too round...Wayframe works well
Oval- most versatile face shape; go bold like Butterfly or Oversized


Here is what I chose- a cat eye shape with a tortoise frame, the Amelia E. Cressida. My face shape is oval, and with my pale skin and blue eyes I didn't want to go too bold with the color so the brown in the tortoise blends well.


If you are looking to change up your style this fall, grab an accessory that enhances your features. GlassesUSA has a massive selection at incredibly affordable prices with free shipping. Mix it up!

Disclosure: I was provided with a pair of free prescription glasses in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, as always.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

THE STYLE SESSION

Style. If there is anything I am obsessed with, it is style. One of my things that gets me out of bed in the morning (besides my fave Trader Joe's Vanilla Coffee) is figuring out what to wear. Honestly. I try on about 3-4 outfits every morning and usually end up wearing whatever I was mid-try-on when it is time to go (which is why I might be wearing a full length gown to preschool drop-off, FYI).

And my friends? Most are equally obsessed with style and it shows. We text back and forth endlessly about shoes, bags, trends, celebs, you name it.

One friend that has a particularly amazing sense of style is Souk. In fact, she is a stylist...go figure! She owns and operates styled. by souk, the high end styling service that caters to city gals AND guys who want to up the ante in the style world. EVERY time I see her she pulls something unexpected yet chic together.

Photo: styled. by souk
In fact, she styled me for a Rent the Runway photo shoot, and it was like a party in the most glamorous closet in existence with a BFF since I had carte blanche of the inventory and we both love to laugh. PS- Souk not only styled me but was the photographer as well. Jill of all trades, for sure!


Souk has an amazing background- she was part of the NYC fashion scene as well as working with a local Chicago designer. She has been featured on WCIU, WGN TV, FOX 32, and CS MODERN LUXURY, and has produced and directed numerous fashion shows. To see her in action is like a little buzzy, busy bee who just kicks so much ass!


I am honored to serve on the Host Committee for her 2nd annual fashion show, THE STYLE SESSION. This is Chicago's hottest Fall Fashion Event. Missed NYFW? You are in luck- this is much more intimate and informative. Souk will even be providing style tips during the show- sharing the secrets of how she works it. Local community influencers will be strutting their stuff down the runway, DJ Lani Love (voted Best DJ by Chicago Magazine 2 years in a row) will be spinning beats, and Jodi Glickman of Great on the Job will emcee the show. Of course there will be scrumptious snacks and superior sips to enjoy as you socialize at Chez Event Space on Thursday October 13th.


If this wasn't enough to save your seat, a portion of the proceeds benefit Step Up- an organization that inspires professional women to inspire teen girls through after-school and mentorship programs. 98% of all Step Up seniors graduated high school in 2015 – compared to a national average of 73%. This amazing program's celeb support team reads like an A-list party invite: from Kaley Cuoco to Anne Hathaway, Christina Hendricks to Eva Longoria, so many movers and shakers know how incredible this charity is.


Want to join me? Tickets are $100 in advance, $125 at the door. This is a MUST see event, and the perfect night out in the city for fellow fashion lovers! Grab your tickets here, and I will see you at the show!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Splish Splash Birthday Bash at Goldfish Swim School

I remember birthday parties from when I was younger. The absolute pinnacle of party perfection was a McDonald's bash with a Ronald McDonald cake decked out with sugar figures of the creepy clown and his friends.


Times have changed, and birthday parties are no exception. There are SO many options, but we were thrilled to be invited to one with good, clean fun! Charlotte's BFF Lucy celebrated her third birthday at Goldfish Swim School and the kids couldn't have had a better time.


Charlotte and Bryson have been attending Goldfish for over a year now, and my husband and I are blown away by their progress. At Lucy's party, we had the opportunity to dive into the pool with our kids so they could strut their stuff. As the kids arrived, the lifeguards laid down the rules and made sure the kids were comfortable in the water.


They dove into the pool and tackled all of the fun floats that Goldfish provides. From airplanes to boats, bikes to slides, the kids took over the pool under the watchful eye of two certified lifeguards.


All parties include:
  • Two hours of private access to the facility
  • Certified lifeguards on duty to oversee all pool activities
  • Invitations with a map to our facility and matching envelopes
  • Table coverings, plates, cups, napkins and forks
  • Balloons, tropical decorations & centerpieces
  • Cupcakes and beverages for the children
  • Goldfish T-shirt for the birthday child
Lucy's parents brought some snacks for the adults, juice boxes, a birthday cake and pizza for the kids. I made some fun underwater-themed Oyster Pearl cookies- so simple! Just purchase madeline cookies (available in bulk at Costco), make buttercream frosting tinted your favorite color and pipe onto the cookie, and add a shiny chocolate "pearl" to the frosting.


Overall, it was a unique and entertaining party experience for both the kids and adults. Goldfish made it incredibly easy by providing a party coordinator in addition to the lifeguards. The price was reasonable, and cleanup was a cinch. We can't wait to go back!