Monday, December 20, 2010

American Express ZYNC hosts: Manicures, Cupcakes, Wine & Bloggers (Chicago)

On Saturday I was invited to Manicures, Cupcakes, Wine & Bloggers party hosted by American Express Zync card at CiCi Nails (3323 N Lincoln).

The purpose of this event (besides the delicious cupcakes, wine, manicures and meeting all the bloggers) was to introduce bloggers and their readers to the new Zync Card by American Express.

This card is different because it is geared towards (20-30 year olds) that do a lot of different activities and would love rewards. You can shape the card by adding packs, which are bundles of rewards and benefits based on your interests. You can earn membership rewards and points on eligible purchases with a low annual Card fee of $25.

For fashionistas (like moi) you can get The Style Pack. You get bonus points for shopping, access to private sales, a onetime $25 GILT Groupe credit and a 1 year subscription to Lucky Magazine along with other great offers.

Also the Art Pack that you can get membership discounts, concierge service, access to private and pre-sale art events and more.
Other packs: Restaurant Pack
Music Pack
Food & Wine Pack
Health & Fitness Pack

And many more.

Photos from the event:

Bloggers get pampered

All the bloggers strike a pose

Go to American Express to learn more and apply for your own ZYNC!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

H & M Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook: the dresses have it

H & M is reintroducing us to colors and jaw-dropping dresses and divine (black) intervention!
I just can’t put the words together as far as how much I am in love with these colorful dresses!

Of course there are other offerings such as balloon dresses, structures jackets, and shorts with a focus on camel, peach and cream color palettes. I am personally concentrating on the dresses but for the full collection go HERE

Fringe with Benefits

Fringe with Benefits
Fringe with Benefits by mrswindycitystyle featuring a fringed jacket

I have been overwhelmed with FRINGE!!!

It first started with the House of Harlow boots you see above. The over the knee boot gave me a little edge over all other boots and set me apart. Then after seeing many of the Lincoln Park “trixies” (coined by Ash) with the above H &M fringe bag (which I found on Friday!!!) I have been overwhelmed!

And I love it!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fashion Minute: Lady GaGa's new VIVA Glam ad, New Fur Law, and BeBe drops Kardashians?

Lady Gaga will be returning as M.A.C.’s Viva Glam spokeswoman next year…here is one of the new images…. (is it me or does it not look like her?)

BEBE may not renew its Kardashian line BUT there will be a resort collection in stores soon.. details here

New bill signed: Clothing that has any quantity of REAL FUR SHALL BE LABELED “REAL FUR”

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

REPORTS:: Blake Lively will star in a new CHANEL ad campaign?!

E! News Reports:

Blake Lively is taking another step on her way to becoming a full-fledged
fashion icon.

A source tells me…

The Gossip Girl beauty will
star in a new ad campaign for Chanel. I'm told she was just in Paris shooting
for the French fashion house's handbag collection. The ads should launch early
next year, the source says.

The 23-year-old starlet is no stranger to

In July, Lively was one of the designer Karl Lagerfeld's famous
friends in the front row of the Chanel Hauté Couture show during Paris Hauté
Couture Fashion Week. In September, she hit the reopening of the Chanel store in
New York's Soho neighborhood.

She'll next be seen on the big screen in
June in the Green Lantern movie opposite People's freshly-minted Sexiest Man
Alive Ryan Reynolds.

I am a huge fan of Blake's personal style and I think this is a major stepping stone for her. She is one of Anna Wintour favorite new "go-to girls". Congrads!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

What to Wear : Holiday Parties

The time has come! Christmas and holiday parties- galore. I myself, have 3 to attend and its nerve wrecking sometimes to come up with different ideas and wow-inspired outfits. Have no fear, I’m giving you some ideas in order to be ready to be fabulous and stunning at this year’s bash(es).

The casual dinner/party

I write a section for Chicagonista and for the website we have a gathering of all the writers. Last year was my first time attending and I was so nervous meeting the ladies and how my clothing choice be received. It surprised me because it was so casual, some ladies had on slacks and blouses and others had on jeans and a shirt. So I suggest for the casual dinner with friends or that freelance job get-together to take it easy with a pop of shine or color.

Choose a basic boyfriend blazer with a sparkly tank and jeans with fabulous glitter oxford pumps. Everyone will fall in love with the shoes! Or chose a sparkly cardigan, with a basic tank and jeans and black glitter pumps.

Office Affair

For those corporate and office parties you want to bring a little va-va-voom to your regular everyday look. Go for a silhouette friendly and color catching dress that shows just enough skin and jazz it up with a rhinestone clutch and basic black pumps.

Dinner with his family

If this is the first time meeting your significant other’s family I suggest keeping it cute and modest. Choose a lace dress that covers all the important parts but add major punch with your shoes and clutch. Mom will fall in love with the intricate lace details while his sisters will fall for your clutch. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine or veggie tray!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Picks: William Rast for Target

William Rast is a fashion line of majority of jeanwear and motorcycle jackets by Justin Timberlake and his partner Trace Ayala for their premium jeans.

They have been chosen to do a collection for Target. Released on December 19th, these pieces (for men and women) are luxurious yet affordable. Leather jackets, jeans and staple pieces are cute yet affordable. Here are some of my favorite picks

Embellished Tank in Cream, Twill Jacket in Khaki, $44.99
My pick:: Faux-Leather Shorts in Black, $39.99

I have been dying for leather shorts. I'm hoping that the measurements are not small and they fit a variety of shapes.

Woven Silk Blouse in Pink, $34.99
My Pick: : Ponte Leggings in Black, $39.99

Aren't the knee design fab!?

Flag Tunic in Black, $34.99
My pick:: Ponte Vest in Black, $39.99

This vest is an alternative to a black blazer. Its cute and not too expensive!

See all here