Fashion

The Gingham Chronicles Continue

My love affair with gingham continues with these drawstring ruffled shorts from Revolve clothing. Super comfortable, super cute. I put a saucey spin on business casual and styled them up with a crop top and a blazer.  A blazer is such an easy way to elevate a casual look.  I love the look of a great blazer with a cool t-shirt, denim shorts, and heels or even sneakers for a casual night out.  If you are between sizes I recommend sizing down in these gingham cuties. I am in a small for reference but could have done the xtra small.  The tie waist allows you to custom the fit making the sizing simple. I am crazy for white accents year round, but especially in the summer.  These Anthropologie shades and this Nordstrom envelope flap bag by Street Level are two of my favorite budget friendly purchases of the season.  The size of these cat eye shades is perfect; on trend but still classic.  Added bonus the kind price tag won’t send you into a depression if you lose them (the worst!)  This bag is the perfect size for going out…easily fits an iPhone plus, a mini wallet, and a couple cosmetic essentials.  Great quality especially for such a low price point. White drop post earrings are Kenneth Jay Lane from Shopbop.

Photos by Kimberly Rensburg in collaboration with Chicago speed blogging.

“Black+white+a bright lip=fool proof chic.”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

So Fresh & So Flared

My husband likes to joke that he wishes time had stopped in the 70’s.  All the rock n roll that made him fall in love with music back then, are still his favorites now.  I may not have been born yet, but I adore the vibe and raw styles of the 70’s.  Flared pants have stood the test of time, and I am proud to be a loyal fan. The best thing about the bombshell bell bottoms I am sharing today, is that they feel like pajama pants. I am all in favor of looking chic AND feeling comfy, if possible. The exaggerated shape of the flair is flattering and helps you appear more decked out than you actually are.  A reader reached out after my last flared pant feature, asking if she is too old (in her 40’s) to rock the look.  Absolutely not!  For a more sophisticated look, pair your bells with a tailored blazer, skinny turtleneck, or feminine blouse.  Shorter gals stay away from too big of a flare, which could be overwhelming on a petite frame.  Always rock your flares with a heel, the higher the better.  I prefer the length to be long enough that my heels or wedges peak out, but not so long that you are tripping over them.

I am sporting the “Barney Bells” in print Palms Springs Stripe Sandy by the designer Show me Your Mumu, one of my favorite sources for killer cool pants.  For sizing reference I am wearing a size small, but could have done an XS.  I like the comfy fit, but if you are between sizes, I recommend sizing down.  I also adore Show me Your Mumu’s Berkeley Bells.  In that version I recommend sizing up. I also wear a small in this version, but I’m pretty sure I would not be able to get the XS over my tush.  Denim jacket by Ann Taylor, I love the distressed ruffle detail. Stuart Weitzman boots, Urban Outfitters neck scarf, Jenny Bird gold hoops, LPA for Revolve bag.  Add some cool shades and lipgloss to seal the deal!

All photos by my girl Olivia Szwarc.

All the X’s and O’s,

Julz Chez

Fashion

Another Gingham Gem!

A couple of weeks ago I was at Target stocking up on life essentials like toothpaste and stickers, when I stumbled upon this asymmetrical gingham skirt.  It was love at first site.  You just can’t go wrong with this classic print that has evolved into a hot trend.  Step aside florals, this picnic-ready pattern is here to stay.  Great quality, great fit, and so fashion forward.  Way to go Target! Versatile and easy to style…I can’t wait to sport it with a tied up tee and sneakers. Dressed up or down, at $22.99 this baby is a winner. For sizing reference I am in a size 2, and my jean size is 25.   I styled the skirt with my favorite white crop top and Stuart Weitzman heels.  I love crisp white accents for Spring.  I first saw this white handbag from Nordstrom on a bloggers Instagram (dang bloggers!), and I just had to have it. Very reasonably priced and a great size.  My iPhone plus fits in with no problem, which is an issue I have struggled with in some of my favorite small bags.  I also adore these Anthropologie white cat eye shades for Spring.  I had been searching for a pair and so many looked straight up silly on me.  These are trendy yet classic.  Lightweight tassel earrings by Ettika.  Special thanks to my neighbor (who I don’t actually know),  for painting their door yellow. So cute:) All pics by my gal Olivia Szwarc.

“Life is short, get on the gingham bandwagon!”~ Me

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

The Perfect (Bargain) Spring Dress!

Winter must be coming to an end soon (fingers crossed!), so let’s keep prepping those sunny-day styles! Especially on a toasty Summer day, nothing beats an easy breezy sundress.  Cute, comfy, and can easily be styled so many different ways.  I love this gingham number from the trendy and crazy affordable online source Romwe , and you can’t beat its $1o price tag.  Bargain shopping is not my standard specialty, so I get overjoyed when I score something I love for such a steal (and added bonus my mom is proud of me:) The key to success when online shopping at a site like Romwe, is knowing your size, and reading the reviews.  I am wearing a small, and the fit is great.  Not at all tight, making it a perfect choice for a hot day.  The lace up back is adorable, and allows you to custom the fit a bit.  This is my ideal “get ready in 5 minutes” summer outfit…throw on the dress , add your favorite hat, a swipe of lipstick, slip on Vans…and done! For a more dressed up vibe;  I traded the sneakers for a heeled sandal, the hat for a ribbon, and added my go to Levi’s denim jacket.

All photo’s by Olivia Szwarc at Relax, Smile, and Love Always Photography

“Wake me up when summer begins.”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

 

 

Beauty, Fashion

Spring Style Volume 1

It’s no secret Chicago weather is straight up wacky.  Currently wacky…and it’s not the first time the city has played these tricks on us. It is what it is…and that is making life for fashion girls very stressful.  I adore ruffled mini skirts and sun dresses…but the reality of how often they are wearable is something to consider. And there’s the unfortunate fact that my legs are naturally neon white…no one wants to see that. A piece I adore AND wear on the reg…cool pants. Cool pants effortlessly transition to all seasons. Cool pants do not require tan legs.  Also, boys dig cool pants. Boom.

My personal favorite, cool girl pant is a bombshell bell bottom.  I can promise y’all I have tried many brands, and have narrowed it down to a couple of favorites.  Please learn from my money wasting mistakes:) My Novella Royale flared pants are from Free People.  Fits and feels like a buttery soft yoga pant.  Crazy versatile; looks killer with everything from a structured blazer, to a cozy tee.  I am rocking the janis bells in a size small here.  If you are between sizes, I would size up. These sexy suckers are tiny!

I typically roll with a rocker tee and a groovy jacket with my cool pants. But in the spirit of summer approaching, I was inspired to rock all white accents with these babies.  A great white button up is an absolute wardrobe must.  So versatile. That said, I can be a bit of a brat about throwing down on a “boring button up.” I did some serious searching, and this Anthropologie number is perfection and under 100 bucks. Shades and bag by Chloe, Stuart Weitzman boots.

Last but not least…let’s discuss my gorgeous earrings! When OneWild contacted me, I was instantly interested…their brand reflects a fresh aesthetic, love of nature, and desire to empower women through fashion.  They give $1 of every retail purchase to organizations supporting women in need.  If there is ever an opportunity to channel my love of fashion towards a good cause, I feel thankful to be on board.   Bonus…I am in love with these earrings! My ears are crazy sensitive and anything long sadly does not usually work for me.  These babies are so lightweight, you barely know they are on.  The shape flatters every face and hairstyle, and the copper rose gold looks amazing dressed up or down.

“Smile! The only fashion that lasts forever.”

XOXO

Julz Chez

 

Beauty

My Everyday Healthy Makeup Routine

Two of my favorite things in life are makeup and exercise.  One slight problem is that the two don’t exactly go together…not unless you know the tricks of the trade that is:)  A good sweat can be great for detoxing and providing that internal organic glow. But sweat mixed with makeup can cause acne, blocked pores, and congested skin.  This is why if you insist on wearing makeup during a sweat sesh, the right products are so important. I promise I am not about a full face of makeup at the gym (ew). But as a fitness instructor, the gym is such a big part of my life. I need a little somethin’ somethin’ to make myself feel put together. Like I always say…if you look good you feel good!

Luckily mineral makeup, known for it’s breathable natural feel, has been gaining popularity.  I went on a mission to find a great mineral powder, but struggled to find something I loved. Everything I tried provided such minimal coverage, I found myself either being too lazy to bother, or being naughty and using my regular powder. I was introduced to Advanced Mineral Makeup, and it was love at first application! Annie Mayo, the creator of the line, has been a pioneer in the makeup industry since the 70’s. Her makeup artistry work includes the Miss Universe Pageant, countless print-ads, films, and more.  In all her experience as a makeup artist, she always felt there was room for improvement in women’s makeup. As a result, she developed Advanced Mineral Makeup, a line of natural mineral cosmetics. Free of parabens and preservatives, these products will not clog pores or cause break outs. And the greatest part is that the powder provides amazing coverage!  I find myself using it everyday, regardless if I am heading to the gym or not.  My everyday routine consists of the pressed mineral powder in shade Angelina, the pressed mineral blush in shade Pink Candy, and the luxury lip gloss in shade Josephine.  I cannot recommend this line enough! Even if you are not a gym girl, summer/sweat season is approaching, and finding makeup healthy for your skin is critical for everyone.

Below are my daily 5 minute routine essentials. I also like to apply a swipe of Ilary NYC perfume.  I am not a big perfume girl, but I adore this soft and feminine scent, and so does my hard to please Hubs!  Use the code xoxo25 for 25% off your order through the end of April.

My “everyday” look! Photos by Homegrwn Creative. Outfit by Carbon38, use code JULIECHE50 for 20% off your first order.

“May your day be as flawless as your makeup”

XOXO,

Julz Chez