Fashion

Good Times and Tan Lines….the perfect Baywatch style suit for 22 dollars

Hi friends!  I am checking in today to share my favorite “Party Girl” swimsuit of the year that is on sale for a whooping 22 dollars.  True to size fit…comfortable and flattering.  Comes in a variety of fun styles and makes a great gal pal gift.  I have rocked this suit at a beach bachelorette party AND the groovey blogger pool party featured below and it was wildly well received each time. The ode to the classic Baywatch jam has been sizzling hot this season…go on and get it girl!

I have been blessed with meeting many inspiring new friends through blogging in Chicago.  The suit I am showcasing today is designed by my very first blogger friend, Jennifer Shih-Worman, the beauty behind the blog Red Soles and Red Wine.  She and her sister Tiffany created the trendy and affordable line T&J Designs.   Jen is a fabulously successful blogger and loving mother of two adorable boys. The epitome of a “girl boss.”  Last Friday I had the good fortune of being a guest at her party at the W Chicago.  

Meet Marlena, the beauty behind the blog Style Your Passion.

We kinda like each other 🙂

All party photos taken by Brooke Montes at Glimpses by BrookeBrooke is super sweet and does amazing work specializing in family and children shoots.

Here’s a couple last shots taken back at my home with my main photo snapping squeeze Olivia Szwarc.  Lace duster by Foray collective and Chloe shades.

Before we know it summer will have collapsed into fall…so soak in that sweet sunshine y’all!  If the activity requires a bikini…or fabulous one piece…just say yes!

XOXO,

Julz Chez

 

Fashion

Stripes on Sale Part 2!

Hello darlings!  When I find a top I love enough to purchase it in multiple colors, I believe it to be a top worth sharing!  This Style Mafia slim-cut shirt from Shopbop is perfection.  The jersey material is super soft, the simple silhouette classic, and the flounced cuffs give a pop of pizzaz. When I saw the top was 50 percent off I decided to order the black version as well…because I’m just crazy like that;)  I am wearing an XS in the red and it fits perfectly. The XS was sold out in black so I ordered a small, and it fits great as well.  If you are in between sizes I recommend sizing up.  I love an easy top like this that looks great with casual denim and sneakers, but also can be dressed up with heels and a bright lip. For a dinner date in the neighborhood I styled the top with my favorite Chloe shades, denim shorts, white loubs, and mini Stella Mccartney bag.  My current favorite red lip;  Stila lip stain in shade Beso pulled it all together.  Feminine and fun while staying true to the casual Chicago aesthetic.

I styled the black number with a couple of my favorite accessories of the moment. My sunglasses are by Freyers, a great line of trendy and well made shades at great price points. I am super picky about earrings because my ears are super sensitive. I actually gave up on earrings and stopped wearing them entirely for a couple years…shame on me.  Thankfully I have wised up and realized I can happily wear earrings…quality earrings.  There are bundles of trendy and inexpensive pairs out there…but how cute can your giant hoops look if your ears are beat red? EW! I recommend investing in a few pair of classic earrings that will also keep your ears healthy and happy.  I am crazy about this pair by Jenny Bird.  The classic style is also unique and I receive compliments every time I rock them! Great quality, super light weight, and comfortable to wear.  Akira shorts are comfortable and crazy cute….AND a whooping 20 big ones. Chloe mini Marcie bag and rockstud heels by Valentino.

All photos taken by my girl Olivia Szwarc:)

Little silly fact about me…I hate scary movies.  Shortest horror story ever: SOLD OUT! Get this baby before she’s gone y’all!

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

Back to Basics…on sale!

Happy Friday friends! I hope you are all great! Many of you fellow fashion addicts are likely well aware the annual Nordstrom sale is currently on until August 6th.  The “hard core” bloggers have been on the hustle, sharing daily updates of their restocked favorites.  While I would have no problem spending an afternoon at Nordy’s (especially now that the Michigan Ave store has a great looking bar with delicious cocktails and snacks)… I prefer to support local boutiques. Revolve clothing  also has my heart…am I the only freak of nature that has an ongoing 300+ items in the favorites folder at all times?! All that said…I was not about to loose any of the blogger street cred I have gained in the past year and a half by boycotting the sale entirely. And so… I present y’all my Nordstrom sale outfit pick!

My favorite aspect of a large department store like Nordstrom is the huge variety of fantastic designers all in one spot (side note~this is why I don’t shop at department stores…I like everything, get overwhelmed, and go home.)  Madewell is a classic brand that specializes in timeless denim.  I have been well aware of the line for ages, but it struck me as a bit too normal to tickle my fancy.   For whatever reason I tried on a bundle of Madewell jeans at the Nordstrom sale and I was in love with each pair more than the next. Maybe there really is something to the whole “dressing like a normal human” jam. Great quality, great price point, and true to size.  Since purchasing these bad boys they are my first pick reach in my lavish selection of denim…even before my beloved Topshop Jamies.  Classic striped top, neck tie, bright lip and boo-yah….ready for some kinda wonderful.  My black mules are also on the Nordy Sale for under 50 bones (I bought them full price and was just delighted with my purchase…sucker). They are on trend, comfortable, and super versatile. Chloe shades and Birkin bag not on sale….ain’t nothing perfect y’all.

 

All photos taken by this queen, who is expecting a little stud man! Many people close to me kindly informed me I would lose my photographer friend when she got married and moved to the suburbs (nope)… and then again when she got knocked up (still nope). I am beyond thankful for you Olivia Szwarc! If you are looking for a fantastic photographer who is talented and sugary sweet, contact Relax, Smile, and Love Always photography. She specializes in children and families (and fashion now thanks to me:)

“Friendship is when people know all about you but like you anyway”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Beauty, Fashion

When Life Gives You Lemons, Wear Them!

Hello darlings!  They say “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” or perhaps add salt and tequila.  But the lemon mantra I am really feeling this summer is, “when life gives your lemons, wear them!”  Summer is the best time to break out colorful fun prints.  Fresh-squeezed and sassy, this lemon print  skirt by Show Me Your Mumu is perfection.  I paired mine with a simple Forever 21 white crop top, but I also adore the Show me Your Mumu tie front version.  This lemon print also comes in a dress, romper, and one piece swimsuit.  

My drinking tumbler is by Kate Spade.  And yes, I did purchase it to match my skirt.  No shame in my game.  I did not go so far as to paint my front door yellow…a big thanks to my neighbors for that!

I believe this bright print looks best with sun-kissed skin.  I have plenty of sun damage left over from my youth, so I am in favor of great self-tanners.  My current favorites are  Vita Liberata Tinted Self Tanning Mousse and Vita Liberata gradual self tanning lotion. This line uses premium organic ingredients, is easy to use, odor free (for real!), and provides a natural looking color that lasts longer than any self tanner I have ever used (I have used A LOT!)

Finish the look by applying your favorite bright lip color (I am wearing Kat Von D stain in Bachelorette) and throw on a fabulous pair of bright heels.  Warning: this outfit will add some serious flavor to your wardrobe…and is guaranteed to turn heads.  Photos by my girl Olivia Szwarc.  XO

“When we were small children we all played dress-up and everybody had a good time.  So why stop?” ~ Iris Apfel

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion, Life

Tips for hosting a bombshell Bachelorette bash!

Hello lovers!  Love is in the air…wedding season has arrived! Every girls girl knows that behind every great wedding is a great bachelorette party.  And so today I am sharing my tips for throwing a killer lady bash.  I had the good fortune of putting my own helpful tips into motion recently when I hosted my sweet cousin Amy’s last fling before saying I Do. I knew I wanted a clean aesthetic with feminine touches and nothing too cheesy….but I needed a pop of something fun to scream CELEBRATION!  To my delight I found the answer….BALLOONS!  Shopparis312 is a local Chicago company that DELIVERS stunning balloons for every occasion to your doorstep.  Cha-ching! My guests went wild for them and they made the most darling backdrop for photos. There’s a great variety of balloons for every occasion available on their site.  In addition to the giant cheers letters, I choose a couple of jumbo balloons and coordinating tassels.  The customer service and quality of the products were fantastic. I will absolutely be using Shopparis312 again….and I can’t wait!

The balloons held up amazingly well…here they are 3 weeks later! My crafty husband flipped the S to make it CHEZ!

A properly posh ladies celebration calls for a specialty cocktail.  I decided to roll with what’s trending….frose all day baby!  Sooooo yummy!  Pinterest explodes with recipes when you search frose.  I’m sure you can’t go wrong with any but I can promise the Bon Appetite version I followed is great.  I used the first two roses on this list from Trader Joe’s…both under 10 dollars and delicious.  I made an additional batch using Pinot Noir (also from TJ’s because I am obsessed:) in case a guest didn’t fancy rose, and that batch turned out delicious as well.  The recipe calls for serving the strawberries on the side…I recommend blending them into the drink for more of a smoothie texture.  Either way this is the best summer drink ever!  My festive cups and napkins came from  M2 boutique, one of my favorite shops for party decor and gifts. Hello lovely cutting board from Anthropologie…irresistibly cute!

Next category…gift suggestions for the guest of honor.  I prefer a feminine flower crown to a sash or tiara.  Forever 21 has the cutest options that won’t break the bank.  If the Bride is a beach babe, I love these fun swimsuits by T&J Designsperfect for a Saturday or  Sunday Funday and affordable.  If your Bride is more of a glam girl, go for a bright lip color or glittery eyeshadow.  My picks are Kat Von D lip stain in shade Bachelorette (obviously) and Stila glitter liquid eye color.

Photos one and two taken by my super blogger mommy…the rest by my girl Olivia Szwarc.

A big thanks to Amy, my beautiful cousin and bride-to-be for inspiring this post…and wearing a flower crown for me. I love you and I can’t wait to see you get all wifed up!

“If you can find someone to love the you you love well, that’s just fabulous.”~ Carrie Bradshaw

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

From Brunch to the Beach….I present my favorite swimsuit of the season!

Hello loves! Summer is officially here and Chicago temps are heating up at last.  There is no better time than the present to find the perfect swimsuit to style up those summer feels.  I’m a firm believer that bikinis are like loaded nachos…you can’t have just one.  But if I had to pick my favorite suit of the season…this versatile beauty by Foray Collective wins.  Kaitlynn Carter was the very first blogger I totally girl crushed on…I find her gorgeous, authentic, and to embody the laid back California girl style better than anyone.  She is the co-founder of Foray Collective, a unique website where you can shop outfits worn by inspiring super babes.  When Foray dropped an exclusive line of swimsuits I was all over it.  I am rocking the one way ticket in nude and she’s pure perfection.  I love the simplicity of the style, the amazing feel of the fabric, the comfortable fit, and the adjustable straps.  I find this piece to run true to size, I am wearing a small for reference.  This suit also looks killer as a bodysuit, making those blissful brunch to beach days effortless. Use the code JULZ15 for 15% off your order. My long cardigan is by Riller and Fount, Janessa Leone hat, Chloe shades, Forever 21 cut offs, and Stuart Weitzman wedges.  All photos taken by my girl Olivia Szwarc at my hubby’s and my home in Bucktown.

Summer is not just a season, summer is a state of mind.  Choose sunsets over Netflix and long walks over Uber rides (I’m talking to you Husband!;)  If the activity requires a bikini…or stylish one piece…just say yes!

XOXO,

Julz Chez