Fashion

Love Rebel: A Casually Cute Heart Day Look

Whether you are have a romantic date with your boo or a night out with your lady boo’s planned, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to look HOT! In honor of the very casual Chicago scene, I am sharing 2 ways to style a cute graphic tee for a casually cute Valentine’s Day look.  I love this versatile vibe because it works for so many people.  I hope to still be rocking tees that say “Lover” when I am a senior citizen…because why the heck not?

My Lover tee is by Chaser brand, one of my favorite lines of quality cozy tees. The fit is true to size, comfortable and flattering. It’s currently on sale at Revolve Clothing and there is also a darling long sleeve version. Style your tee with your favorite flattering jeans.  My go to favorites I am wearing here are good ol’ Levi’s. A perfect pair of skinnies for under 100 bucks. The cropped style pairs perfectly with a fitted ankle boot. I adore these red hot babies from H&M, under 50 dollars and oh so fun! There are endless jacket choices that will look great with this kinda outfit.  A fitted blazer looks sexy sleek…a furry cropped coat says hello to flirty fun.  I am wild about this blazer, the fit is absolutely perfect and it is under 40 dollars! It comes in a variety of colors as well as a peplum sleeve version. Side note….I never shop at Macy’s.  I don’t enjoy the experience, and would much rather be at Neiman Marcus. I know…snob and a half.  Well I stumbled upon this beauty of a blazer when strolling through Macy’s with my girlfriends (the brand is XOXO…that naturally drew me in!) The moral of this stupid story is to be open to finding great pieces anywhere, even places you don’t particulary dig (PS I have made a serious Macy’s attitude adjustment:). My cropped teddy bear coat is by BBbdakota and is under 50 dollars. I am in a Small but could have done an XS or Medium…easy breezy fit. Seal the deal with big hoop earrings, bright lips, and your favorite clutch bag . My ears are very sensitive and all my Jenny Bird earrings are amazingly light weight and comfortable. Added bonus, boys love hoop earrings.  As perfect as this outfit is for a girls night out, it’s also the kinda laid back look dudes dig! A win win!

 

All photos taken by Ashley Dahl

Make it a great day Lovers!

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

Love Rebel: The Boho Edition

I am a sucker for bohemian fashion. Bell bottoms, fringe, anything with a vintage 70’s edge is right up my alley.  Up your boho mojo by taking the look out on the town.  Even some of Chicago’s hottest date night spots are totally casual.  You will look totally chic and cool getting down on tacos and margs in a boho inspired ensemble.  I recommend staying away from super floaty styles if you have a hot date you want to impress. This will translate to dudes as “maternity-ish.” A great pair of fitted flares are super flattering and fun.  Show Me Your Mumu makes the best bells that come in a variety of fun colors and printsThey are high waisted, so a cropped top pairs perfectly.  I love the swingy fit of the black Club Monaco tank I am wearing here. Throw on your favorite cool girl coat, bonus points for fringe or fur. This fringe jacket is Amuse Society from a great Oak Park boutique, Sanem’s. I spiced up the look with leopard print booties. I adore these cozy cuties…and they were a straight up fashion steal at Target!

No matter what vibe you are rocking, you can never go wrong with a great hat.  Just commit to the look, no taking it off while you eat nonsense!  This hat is Free People, my other favorite hats are by Janessa Leone and Brixton.

All photos by Kimberly Rensburg

“Life is too short for bad vibes, and bad outfits”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

Love Rebel: The Dress Edit

Hi lovers! I am back with yet another look to inspire your upcoming Valentine’s or Galentine’s night out.  Out of the five looks I am sharing this week, this is shockingly the only dress to make the cut! When I stumbled upon this unique number at a local boutique, Suki+Solaine, I was not about to pass it up. Suki+Solaine is a Bucktown boutique where you can find ethically-made unique dresses and interesting pieces.  Great quality, luxe, fabrics, and all around cool girl vibes ooze from this sleek spot.  The print of this dress reminds me of the epic newspaper print dress the legendary Carrie Bradshaw once rocked. The fabric is deliciously spot, and the fit is sexy AND comfortable.  I paired it with my favorite Stuart Weitzman white booties. I kinda have a “thing” for white accents (I am mildly addicted to white shoes!), so I was so excited to find these great Kenneth Jay Lane white earrings.  Seal the deal with a baker boy hat for drinks with your girlfriends, or rock a sleek blowout for dinner with your man. Sadly the beautiful pink Chanel I am sporting here does not belong to me, but is borrowed from a genius local Chicago company Designer Share, a peer to peer fashion rental service.  You can find loads of designer pieces on their site available to rent at great prices!

Photos by Denise Marie Photography

“But the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.” ~Carrie Bradshaw

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion, Love

Love Rebel: The Rocker Girl Edit

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I decided I get a free “brag about my boo” pass. My Husband is the smartest, funniest, kindest, and gosh darn cutest boy I know (he might be pushing 48 but I still say boy:) We both feel incredibly thankful to have found each other. 12 years apart in age; dude rolling in the heavy rock scene, me more into group fitness and fashion…the fact that we even met is wild!  When you are connected by love; your taste in music and hobbies doesn’t matter too much.  That said, I know more songs played on Ozzy’s boneyard than I ever would have dreamed.  My collection of KISS shirts rivals my man’s.  Tonight I am attending my third Marilyn Manson concert, and will most likely end up backstage after the show (Eric’s good friend plays guitar in the band!)  I do these things not becasue boy asks me to, but because participating in his passions makes me happy.  Rock wife life!

On the flip side, my sweetie shamelessly watches the Bachelor with me every Monday.  He happily participates in product reviews for blog research (he loves to make fun of my many “balms”….he calls every skincare product a balm:) Boy has participated in my yoga classes, attended fashion events, and so much more for me.  For Christmas this year, he “hacked” into my Revolve clothing account and picked out a few of his favorites from my favorite folder. Swoon. Boy genuinely appreciates my passion for fashion.  I have never been decked out and received a “you look fine” reaction.  Thank heavens, we would be in couples counseling real quick if that was the case. He gets into it, notices all the details (ex. nicely done cat eye tonight!), and knows all my favorite designers (ex. notices ladies in resturants and will whisper to me, “Love and Lemons alert boo!”) Dreamboat!

This insane One Teaspoon rocker style jacket was from my Christmas collection, selected by my dreamboat himself.  A true showstopper, I have never seen anything like it! The detail is incredible.  True talk: boy picked it out because it reminded him of his KISS armor. HA! A great piece for a rock wife. The jacket clearly makes a bold statement, so I kept the rest of the outfit simple.  Cat Mom tank, favorite Rag and Bone cropped denim, and my go to Stuart Weitzman boots.

Photos by Elena Cuellar Photography

“Each night when the day is through, I don’t ask much, I just want you.”~ Ozzy Osbourne

XOXO,

Julz Chez

 

Beauty, Fashion

Love Rebel~The Perfect Valentine’s Jumper

There are no rules when it comes to figuring out your Valentine’s Day outfit. Call it a silly Hallmark holiday  if you must, I call it a great excuse to dress up.  A classic red dress may be the quintessential choice, but thankfully there are no rules in fashion.  Have fun and get creative! Different activities call for different looks, so this week I’m sharing a few of my favorites.  I love the idea of something sexy but not too cliche.  I am always a sucker for a great jumpsuit, and this number by Shop Planet Blue is so feminine and fun.  It’s not exactly Chicago Winter appropriate (the styles I am drawn to usually are not), but paired with your favorite ankle boots and big furry coat, it works!  The fit is true to size, I am in an XS for reference. Added bonus she’s on super sale at 50 percent off. My socks booties are by Zara, earrings by Ettika.  Don’t forget to lock the look in with a bold bright lip color. I am wearing Stila stay all day lip stain.  I have multiple shades of this product.  I love the way it goes on so creamy and bold…and the powerful stain factor is perfect for an evening of eating and drinking!

All photos taken by Michelle Cox.

I recently participated in an event organized by local Chicago bloggers called Speed Blogging.  An even number of bloggers and photographers got together for a big photo snapping party.  Great way to support each other and create loads of content in a short amount of time.  The shoot took place at The Catalyst Ranch in the West Loop, such a cool venue!

“Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Beauty

Current Makeup and Skincare Crushes

Deep deep thoughts coming at y’all…anyone else ever suffer from a makeup rut? As in a painfully long stretch of time, in which you toss on the same ol’ brown eyeshadow jams every single time you make yourself over? Been there. Over that.  Friendly reminder that being a girl is bomb, and getting your glam on should always be a gosh darn good time. But the reality is, we are so often in a hurry, it’s very easy to stick with a standard makeup routine. I suggest making Saturday or Sunday, or whatever day allows your schedule the most free time, your glam day.  Allow yourself plenty of time to experiment, pour a glass of bubbles, crank up your favorite jams, and enjoy the creative process of getting pretty.  Being a girl rules…have fun with it!

Before the cosmetic party begins, it’s critical we have the best canvas possible to work with.  I highly recommend treating yourself to this limited edition Dermalogica set from Ulta beauty.  60 dollars in products is a bargain at 22 bucks. This set includes Dermalogica’s pre cleanse balm and best selling cleansing gel.  The double cleanse leaves your skin feeling so wonderfully clean!  Side note, this set was created in collaboration with JoJo Fletcher and Becca Tilley…if you are a fellow member of Bachelor Nation you recognize these beyond bombshell beauties names!

Once your face is squeaky clean, it’s time to get your mask on.  I will admit it was the name Disco Kitty  that first brought my attention to this peel-off brightening mask, but it happens to live up to its amazing name! Pearl powder gently exfoliates skin to brighten the complexion, while Diamond Powder boosts elasticity and removes impurities to the skin.  Also…it feels amazingly refreshing and cooling on your skin. I’ve tried plenty of peel off masks that actually royally suck to peel off…not this gem.  It indeed peels off in one easy (and fun) swoop!

And now finally we are onto the really fun stuff…the makeup:)  I have finally found the holy grail of concealers…Tarte double duty beauty shape contour concealer. The name is oh so long because it does oh so many things! You can only find this bad boy at Ulta Beauty.  The formula is hydrating, long wearing, sculpts, highlights, AND softens the look of pores and fine lines.  A little goes a long way too.  Blend just a couple dots in to make a crazy difference.  Cherry on top…this miracle product is cruelty free!

I was first interested in trying the brand Dose of Colors because it is also a cruelty free line.  Turns out it is AH-mazing!  I adore the marvelous mauves eyeshadow palette for those of you suffering from that dreadful makeup rut I mentioned earlier.  This palette is perfect for y’all because the pink and purple shades are fun without being too wild, and easy to blend and work with if you are an eyeshadow beginner.  I also believe the colors to be universally flattering and feminine.  I am a crazy critique of lip stains (because it’s my favorite product and I have wasted an embarrassing amount of money trying different ones), and the Dose of Colors liquid lipstick is perfect! Highly pigmented, weightless, easy to apply, lasts all day…I could keep going, but you get it.  I am wearing the shade Campfire, and it’s the perfect everyday neutral shade.

For any of my regular readers (HI MOM!), you may have noticed I am focusing more on skincare and beauty lately.  As much as I love my fashion, I believe this to be more my area of “expertise.” As always…any requests or suggestions are welcome and greatly appreciated!

Bodysuit by Amuse Society, skirt by the Tulle Project, hair by Salon833 Chicago, heels borrowed by my blog bud Lauren, creator of thefashiondailies

I enjoy long romantic walks to the makeup aisle”

XOXO,

Julz Chez