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style spotlight: we heart fall couture shows

Now that resort shows have come to an end, the industry has moved on to showcase the grandest of it all, haute couture. Legendary houses from the likes of Chanel, Dior, and Versace come together in the romance capital of Paris to bring about the creme de la creme of designs. They demonstrate their strength as a label allowing no budget or limitation. Immaculate details from the finest of silks to Swarovski crystals come together in a harmonious blend. The events are star studded and all the biggest names of the moment sit front row to enjoy the spectacles.  The result, the most elaborate bi-yearly designs, and the dresses every bride dreams of. Below, we salute our favorites of the season:

Brought elegance and a refined look that we missed from the Parisian house post-supermarket showdown.

For the closing, Karl Lagerfeld walked hand in hand with the beautiful and pregnant model Ashleigh Good modeling the ultimate wedding dress.

Model showcase: Kendall Jenner has had quite a year. The 18 year old model surely isn’t stopping, making her second appearance on the Chanel runway.

Star sight: Only Jared Leto could pull of such a relaxed style at a haute couture show and get away with it. While Kristen Stewart donned a new short ‘do proving the girl can do it all.
Finding a middle ground between the typical fit to the new and progressive draped silhouettes, Donatella Versace’s Grace Jones inspired collection lets us know that even the fifties had a little room for the Italian power house.
The Collection:
Elaborate neckline, purple hues, and wild prints keep in the epitome of what Versace is.
Star Sighting:

Versace regular Jennifer Lopez had us wondering, is that a dress or pants?

Dior:

The house of Raf Simmons is as classic and timeless as always. We see a continuance on the reiteration of traditional and minimal designs.

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inspiration friday: we heart lady gaga’s best looks on her birthday

we love her music, but what we love more is, of course, her style. she is a talented musician, a stunning performer, and an amazing, unique woman. the first and only of her kind. a trailblazer. but you already knew that, didn’t you? we have decided to celebrate the birthday of the queen of all things fabulous, Lady Gaga, with an ode to our favorite looks of her career.

10. vogue magazine, september 2012. we love when gaga embraces her natural beauty. she was graceful and poised in a dramatic piece by Stephen Jones Millinery.gaga_vogue_sept12_stephenjonesmillinery

9. out and about in new york city, 2011. she can so easily go from over the top to chic elegance, and here she showed us a bit of both, in a chic and sexy belted pink frock, scarf, and hat. a teal lip coordinated beautifully, and reminded us that, despite the simplicity of the silhouette, she still loves to push the envelope.gaga-Pinkdress_teallipstick_nyc

8. the Telephone music video, 2009. we love pretty much everything about this video, from the edgy, bold sexuality to the amazing costumes. our favorite is the ode to Madonna’s Who’s That Girl? phase, with a twist (naturally) of pop can hair rollers and over the top lips and eyes.gaga_telephone7. Canada’s MuchMusic Awards, 2011. gaga was ever so chic in a colorful 80s-inspired look; a boxy jacket, worn over delectable printed leggings, topped with dark glasses and bright teal hair. the outfit is refreshingly flattering, and the signature sky-high platforms add height and a fun contrasting animal print to round out the look.Lady Gaga6. gaga being cute and candid, 2013. we love this epic tweet, where she showed her goofy side in nerdy glasses and a funky floppy brimmed hat in a black and white color scheme. deep red lips completed the perfectly imperfect look. we love her sense of humor!gaga_twitter_glasses5. performing on The View, 2011. in head-to-toe Salvatore Ferragamo houndstooth, complete with hat, glasses, and shoes, gaga visited the talk show and performed… on a matching houndstooth piano. only Mother Monster herself could get away with that.gaga_theview_2011_ferragamo

4. Born This Way video, 2011. for her anthem to equality, she assembled a cast of unique characters, including model Rick Genest, known for his allover body tattoos. she dressed herself up as his feminine counterpart, matching his unique face and black and white tuxedo, topping herself off with a sassy pink ponytail. we love this sexy, androgynous, and macabre look.

gaga_rickgenest_bornthiswayvideo3. at the 2012 Grammy Awards. she was fierce in a custom Versace look, a regal waist-cinching number in layers of black netting and patent leather, with a long train and gold details including her very own scepter.gaga_2012grammys_versace

2. out and about in London, 2013. the diva wore a surprisingly demure suit, surprising us as she loves to do. she didn’t forget dramatic details in the Vivienne Westwood ensemble, of course, and made sure to don sky high heels, along with a ‘do that also stood tall. the dramatic oversized wig sported a smattering of Ariel-inspired seashells, and the look was topped by a jaunty hat, complete with pheasant feather detail. the look got mixed reviews, but we loved it!

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1. MAC Cosmetics, 2010. for a chic Viva Glam line, Gaga was half of a power duo with the fabulous Cyndi Lauper. the two were boudoir chic in platforms, pearls, corsets and curls, and of course sultry lips and smokey eyes. it was the ultimate diva fantasy!

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we hope the fabulous fashionista enjoyed her special day. paws up! xoxo


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around town: we heart the first day of spring

happy spring! it’s officially here, though we are still battling the ups and downs of a midwest march. but our 50-plus days have been making their appearances. and we are soaking up every scarf-free minute. spring is that great season right between extreme cold and extreme heat- so enjoy it! what are our favorite spring moments? let’s see…

1. the first time we see flowers blooming. don’t you love those little green sprouts, cheerfully peeking out from the dirt? it means there are some serious pretties just waiting to explode with color. that also means that the greenhouses and garden centers open, for weekend adventures to gather soil, bulbs, and seeds! our favorites are Pasquesi Home and Gardenin Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Bordines Nurseryin Rochester Hills, Michigan.tulips

2. hello, spring jackets. everyone loves their furry leopard print winter coats (or is that just us?) but there is not better feeling than slipping into your favorite leather bomber (loving this little green number from Asos), jean jacket (here’s a perfectly classic one from Target), or twill peacoat (loving this bright red one with a removable hood at Nordstrom) after bundling up for what felt like months and months.springjackets_asosbomber_targetjeanjacket_londonfogpeacoat

3. frappuccinos. ’nuff said. we love our mochas and caramel machiattos, but after an entire winter of warming up with them, there is nothing better than the return of the frosty refreshing deliciousness of a frappit’s like a caffeinated milkshake for adults. who wouldn’t love that?starbucks_chicago_frappuccino

4. spring rains= cute boots. we love rainstorms: the refreshing feel, the soothing sound, that great earthy smell right after. do you love them as much as us? even if you don’t, we can all agree that sloshing through big puddles is probably the single most satisfying activity one can experience. of course, you need a good pair of rainboots (no one loves wet socks!), and  lucky for us, there are plenty of cute styles out there. we love this purple lace up wedge style from Dirty Laundry, these festive floral pull-ons from Bogs, and this adorable faux quilted look from Hunter. How do we choose?rainboots_dirtylaundry_bogs_hunter

5. time for farmer’s markets. it’s the best part of living in the city, isn’t it? every neighborhood has theirs, and they all open for the season in April and May. our local spot is the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, where farmers and artisans from all over the midwest bring their plants, fresh fruits and veggies, and awesome homemade goodies to nosh on while we shop.farmersmarket_logansquare_flowers


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style spotlight: we heart spring goodies

we have been seeing the cutest spring fashions popping up all over town. we have been pinning all week and want to share our top 5 crushes with you…

1. “oh my chic”… this tee from Ily Couture pretty much says it all. fabulousness over your favorite skinnies, or tucked into a high-waisted skirt for a night on the town. obsessed!ohmychic_tee_ilycouture2. turquoise and cream Fleur de Lis Boots by Corral… there is not better way (in our humble opinion) to celebrate spring than by pulling on your favorite little sundress, a great jean jacket, and some cowgirl boots. Everyone already has a pair of brown boots… this spring go for color!!fleurdelisboots_teal_corral3. the feather queen headpiece is one of our favorite pieces for spring! diamond white silk satin, rich teal feathers, and a shining black button with crystals all make for a stunner to dress up for a fun spring date.featherqueen_chapeau_diamondwhite_teal_6004. this delicious train case by Betsey Johnson is a chic throwback to a classic style, with a funky floral print and hardware to keep it fresh.traincase_betseyjohnson

5. we just got this chevron watch at one of our favorite local boutiques, Mary Walter, and haven’t taken it off yet! okay, it comes off at the end of the day, but really- it goes with everything!

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inspiration thursday: we heart kate moss (it’s her birthday!)

the most iconic model of our time, Kate Moss celebrates her birthday today. we still remember the first whisperings of her name, in 1992, when her soon-to-be-famous demure look, piercing eyes, and uber-thin figure graced Calvin Klein ads. we followed her style throughout the 1990s, when she always seemed to perfectly pull off casual jeans and crop tops, lingerie-inspired dresses, leather jackets, and everything else in between. into the 2000s, she stayed in the limelight, though it was often for her personal life more than her modeling career. but she has always remained an integral part of the fashion world, her sporadic fashion show and advertisement appearances always causing an excitement amongst the community. she released her perfume, Vintage Muse, in 2010.

she turns 40 years old today, and is still as stunning as ever. she was happily married to Jamie Hince in 2011, looking absolutely gorgeous in a flapper-inspired frock and Juliet style veil designed by her close friend John Galliano. in 2012, she released Kate: The Kate Moss Book, showing us her many faces throughout the years. she has a fresh stint as the face of ElevenParis, and made headlines on the cover of Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue this month. still as fabulous as ever!

katemoss_throughouttheyears_vogue_wedding_naomicampbell_modelTumblr: Kate Moss

Naomi Campbell Celebrates Kate Moss Birthday (Vogue.com UK)

Kate Moss Biography : People.com

Kate Moss’ Eleven Paris Campaign Shows Us Why She Gets Paid The Big Bucks (PHOTOS)

Kate Moss wedding: Bride gets hitched to Jamie Hitch among 15 bridesmaids | Mail Online

Christie’s to Sell Kate Moss Collection of Images | Trendland: Design Blog & Trend Magazine

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inspiration saturday: we heart coco chanel, part 1

in order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” – coco chanel01u/24/arve/g1867/098

she was the woman who created modern fashion. a spectacular designer, a brilliant artist, and an intelligent businesswoman, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was born in france in 1883, and opened her first shop in paris in 1910, where the fashion elite flocked for her gorgeous hats. but the real draw was Coco’s personal style; in a time where flamboyant women’s dress of the 19th century began making room for a more chic, simpler fashion that was much less fussy and much more fresh and modern. Coco’s simple, neutral, and chic wardrobe fit the bill perfectly, and before long her customers demanded clothing that mirrored hers. by 1913 she opened her second shop, where she introduced her sportswear collection, and from there, her business took off.

1921 saw the creation of her iconic No 5 fragrance, and in 1924 she launched her cosmetics line. by 1931 her popularity spread to the states, where she was invited by MGM to create costumes for some of their biggest stars.

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by 1954, when a new wave of fashion silhouettes had taken over, Coco revitalized her brand, while remaining true to her classic shapes and styles, and the next generation became inspired once again by her elegant, classic, yet refreshing designs. she created fashion breakthroughs, from her leather purses with chain detailing, two tone shoes, and her classic black and white ensembles, including the little black dress.

in 1971 the fashion icon died, but her business continued to thrive. from the launch of the brand’s ready to wear collection in 1978 to the appointing of Karl Lagerfeld in 1983 as creative director of all Chanel fashion lines, the brand continued to make fashion headlines throughout the 20th century.

tomorrow we will visit the Chanel brand today, and their amazing fashions that continue to inspire and awe.

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simply fabulous: we heart houndstooth prints

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lady gaga rocked an all-houndstooth ensemble by Salvatore Ferragamo (and a matching piano!) for a 2011 The View performance

byrdhandmade makes fabulous rings and accessories in great shapes, prints, and colors!

Manolo Blahnik’s houndstooth calf hair pumps at Saks Fifth Avenue are classic gorgeousness at it’s finest.

Vera Bradley‘s whimsical prints never let us down- we are obsessing over their adorable Double Take totes like this one!

Oversized houndstooth ruled the runway at Michael Kors fall/winter show.

Modcloth’s oh-so-chic dresses are always a hit. we love their sassy Coach Tour Dress!

we are swooning over Sally Hansen‘s Salon Effects nail stickers. They really work! we did a base and top coat to really extend the life of ours.

Lauren Bacall was a stunner in black and white, on Bogart’s side in The Big Sleep.

Oh, Target. We love you so. A houndstooth chair? Yes, please!