Friday, October 17, 2014

fall flashback | behind the lens


I went through the Heart of Chic archives, and came across this magical shoot from last year. Oh, how time flies, right? It brought me back to the simpler days of blogging. And, by simpler -- I mean, when things were really fun. As of late, I've been focusing too much on everyone around me, and losing sight on what's really important. It's important for me to have fun, and not put so much pressure on myself to do well. This blog started as an outlet for my anxiety, and creative energy -- I never want to lose that organic touch, and these photos were the perfect reminder to have fun, and be myself! PS: I cut a few inches off my hair last week, and totally regret it! Grow hair, grow! (outfit details below) 


Cynthia Rowley Pants (love these, too) | Forever 21 Blouse (similar here) | Floppy Hat 
Charlotte Ruess Heels (similar here) | Henri Bendel Clutch 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

donut pumpkin | DIY


Drum roll, please -- We're makin' our own donuts, ya'll! And they're calorie-free (not that we care anyway) For those of you who know me, I'm the least artistic gal on the planet! I mean, I can put together an outfit no problem -- but when a paintbrush meets my hand, it's a very scary thing. Which is reallllly weird, considering I come from a family of artists. In fact, my sister just launched her very own art-shop (we're talking custom portraits, and they're beyond charming). Meanwhile, my mom is kicking serious ass with Flower Girls Couture -- handmade couture dresses for that little princess! I can't even sew a straight line, swear. Anywhoo -- I love an easy DIY that's suitable for all ages (I'm equivalent to a 5 year old in the art department). I had so much fun doing this project, and it's times like this that I love having a blog.  I don't think I would have tried this otherwise ;) 

-Small pumpkins (they come in a bag at your supermarket)
-Acrylic paint (I used Crayola washable paint for obvious reasons, but acrylic is the better option)
-Sprinkles (You can also paint on the sprinkles, but I enjoyed the snack in between strokes)
1) Paint your pumpkin, and pile those sprinkles on! 
2) Resist the urge to eat the pumpkin, and go get a real one for a reward! 


PS: Don't mind my non-mani (sometimes, we can't do it all!) XO

What are you crafting this season? I would love to hear in the comments below! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

it's all in the details | tassel

how to wear tassel

From graduation, to runways -- meet my favorite accent of the season, fringe! I guess I shouldn't say of this season, because they've certainly been a repeat offender since the 90's. (only the best era ever!) As you can see above, tassel is incredibly versatile -- they can be worn as earrings, handbags, scarves, bracelets and everything in between. (oh, and if anyone wants to get me this Chanel handbag for the holidays, I'll never ask for anything again!) I love how the small details make such an impact on an outfit, or piece. It takes any outfit to the next level, and creates quite the conversation piece. PS: Aren't these earrings fun? Only $20 from TOPSHOP! Click an item above to shop, and tell me -- what's your favorite detail of the season? 

{left to right} 

Monday, October 6, 2014

tyra beauty | heart of chic

tyra banks and heart of chic
Happy Monday, lovelies! I have an extra skip to my step this morning, and I cannot wipe this grin off my face! I am proud to announce my involvement with Tyra Beauty! We'll get to the fun stuff in a bit, but first -- yours truly is gracing the digital pages of Tyra Banks website(Total bragging rights). From runways, to movies, (Life-size, anyone?) to television, and beyond -- Ms. Banks is on a mission and she's bringing us along. Her next move, cosmetics. Years in the making, folks -- This stuff is too much fun. We're talking all the goods: mascara -- and not your average mascara, 'Smack My Fat Lash Mascara' (I mean, come on!) eyeliner, highlighter, lipstick and more.


 In the words of the Queen herself, "Without makeup, I would have never been a supermodel. I don't wake up with naturally sculpted cheekbones - I paint them on! Just because we were not all born with naturally long lashes or plump lips doesn't mean we can't be as fierce as a woman who was!" (Beyonce, are you listening?) Anyway...

No, I'm not being paid to strut myself on Tyra's website (I mean, shouldn't I be paying her? Still smizing so hard!) The blogging world is saturated with false-marketing, and paid campaigns, but that's not the Heart of Chic style -- so wanted to get that out of the way! This is huge for Heart of Chic, and quite frankly, a game changer in beauty.



Shop products here, and let me know your favorites below! (My product review coming soon!) Wait, here's the twist -- Tyra Beauty can be sold by you! Introducing, Beautytainers, AKA CEO. If you're looking to learn the ropes of business (double: beauty!), then here's your chance. The Harvard Business School graduate is sharing her tricks, and tips. "We are accomplishing my ultimate dream: to give people the power to be their own boss while setting their dreams free" (See video below, and keep your eye out for me!)

I cannot wait to throw a party (You in, Windy City Bloggers?) and keep your eyes out for my product review, coming soon! 

Oh, and now you can yell, 'TYRA MAIL!' when your products arrive -- that, too! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

i need a day between saturday and sunday...



Happy October, everyone! As much as I love those steamy, Chicago, summer days -- I'm more than ready for those chilly, pumpkin spice latte mornings. I recently went on a mini shopping spree, and updated my Fall wardrobe. It's kind of crazy to think how much my style has evolved in a year, so I wanted some updating! I also blame Pinterest for my ever-growing shopping addiction -- it's seriously getting worse. Congrats, Pinterest, for helping the economy. 

I am loving the skirt/sweatshirt combo this season! (more to come on HOC!) And, yes -- this would be a white skirt, and yes, it's after Labor Day. I've gone over this a million times, but there are absolutely no rules in fashion, ok? Unless, you're making an appearance on the Fashion Police, I suppose that's a different story. Anyway, I've always had a love for screen-tees, so nearly fell over when I spotted this gem at Zara. (Did you catch this post? Mean Girls will forever go down as the ultimate flick eva with Clueless, of course. And, let's be real, we could all use a day between Saturday and Sunday. Let's reinvent the calendar, shall we? What is your favorite trend of the season? I would love to hear from you! PS: Have some exciting news to share with everyone next week, stay tuned! XO

Sweatshirt: Zara (sold-out online, boo) -- here are similar sweater/collar looks (Splurge & Save
Skirt: H&M (sold-out) similar here & here
Purse: Aldo Shoes | Sunnies: Aldo Shoes
Hat: Nordstrom
Shoes: Forever 21 (last season) similar here & here



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

instagram favorites | who to follow


Where do I even begin? Shop Bando is a non-stop party! If you aren't familiar with their products, make sure to check them out here! I absolutely love following along with the latest and greatest -- They definitely know how to have fun! If you're looking for glitter, confetti, donuts and more -- Follow along! PS: I scored this Shop Bando planner (out of stock) and it's too cute for words! 


Meet Taylor Sterling: Founder + Creative Director of The Glitter Guide, a beautiful mama and one hard working woman! Her instagram photos are beyond adorable (I could seriously eat her baby up!) Every single photo is made with love, and pure joy. Sterling brings me hope, and inspiration to my follow my passions. I get lost in her posts! Not to mention, Glitter Guide is my BFF. Yours, too? 


This isn't my first rodeo with Not Your Standard (Catch her in my Chic Crush of the Month series) -- Kayla Seah is trend-setter struttin' her stuff in the streets of Berlin. I just adore her style, sweet eats and interior design. She has quite the eye for chic details! Kayla recently left her corporate job to pursue her blog, and passions -- you go, girl! Hopefully I'm not too far behind you! 


The whimsical, Anna Tsoulogiannis has captured my eye for quite some time! You may have seen her work on StephanieSterjovski.com (one of my favorite blogs) -- That's how I first discovered this gem! Her portraits contain whimsical sceneries, and vibrant colors. So easy to get lost in her work! I just love her creative energy! 


Thanks to a recent trip to Brooklyn -- I discovered Coast to Coast Vintage! They literally travel around the country in the cutest, coolest, most badass trailer you've ever seen. I bought these sunnies from there (super cute, no?) -- Oh, and they were just in Chicago! Live vicariously through Coast to Coast Vintage as they travel the world in style! 


Blush Shop is no stranger to Heart of Chic -- Another 'Chic Crush of the Month' series! The owner, Michele, has the most charming boutique located in Canada (It's seriously on my bucket list, I would love to check this out!) My favorite snaps of her include: Her adorable frenchie, Alfie (I mean, I can't even with that face!), outfit posts, boutique shots, and yummy treats that look too good to eat! One admirable trait that Michele has: She literally responds to every single comment! In the blogging/social media world, this is huge. A fashionista with a big heart, now that's worth the follow! Cheers :) XX


Stephanie Sterjovski is a woman on the move! A jill of all trades -- Photographer, fashionista, graphic designer extraordinaire and so much more. Collaborations include The Glitter Guide, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Neiman Marcus (you get the picture...) This gal is going places! I admire her journey, but most importantly, her faith. She's always thanking God for her successes, and isn't afraid to show that to 100k+ followers. Whenever Stephanie posts an Instagram, I immediately want to jump in the photo. A true fairytale she is living! 


Bri Emery is the creator of 'I Heart Blogshop' (If you haven't heard of this, check it out immediately!) I heart this blogger for many reasons -- number one: honesty. Sharing every detail of her journey with her loyal readers (including a recent breakup, and her struggle with anxiety (which is close to my heart) Her Instagram posts are funny, charming, vibrant & engaging. She also has the coolest style (50's style for the win!) Keep up the great work, Bri! XX



And last but not least, me! I enjoy sharing my little moments with ya'll -- so head on over to my Instagram, and hit that follow buttin, ya dig? 

Now tell me! Who are some of your favorite accounts to follow? (There can never be too many!) 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

oversized sweater | my fall anthem

how to wear an oversized sweater

Oversized sweaters are my anthem for fall. It's an easy style to dress up, or down. For this look, I went simple. I had a million errands to run, so comfort was a priority. It's also a great option for those 'not feeling so great' days. (It hides the details, ya follow?!) Don't get me wrong, I love my curves, but I definitely have my share of insecure moments. If you're looking for some attitude-- Try pairing with skinny jeans, a sexy pair of heels, and floppy hat. Don't forget to add some accessories. Basic sweaters are so much fun to dress-up, and accessorize. You can never go wrong, and less is more (pile those accessories on!) Tip: Where an oversized button down underneath -- It gives it some character. What's your favorite trend this fall? Share below! 

Sweater: H&M (similar here, here and here
Jeans: Paige Denim (I also adore these
Booties: Aldo Shoes (last season) similar here & here 
Necklace: Akira (similar here
Purse: Aldo (last season) similar here & here (the perfect work tote!) 
Rings: Asos 
Sunnies: Marc Jacobs (similar)



 
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