Tuesday, October 21, 2014

quilted | trendsetter

The timelessly cool quilted look is back! If your'e looking to rev up your look, a quilted fabric can upgrade your outfit from 0 to 60. The iconic shoulder bag (ahem, Chanel) was introduced back in 1955 -- this bag still reigns the 'Regina George' of all bags! And, here's a little fun fact for you -- Coco-Chanel said quilting was inspired by jackets boys wore at the race-track. If you're in the mood for sporty, or chic -- playful, or casual, this texture has you covered. I am obsessed with this Rebecca Minkoff skirt, and clutch! (I would wear pair with casual kicks for the ultimate sporty-chic vibe!) But, remember -- don't overdo. Keep things simple, and let the quilt do the talkin'!

asos quilted bag // kate spade watch // chanel drop-earrings // rebecca minkoff skirt 

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

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