Fashion, Fitness

FitnessXFASHION

My love affair with Carbon38 lives on.  I can’t get enough.  I never dreamed such stylish fitness gear would exist.  All my spandex dreams came true with the outfit I am sharing today.  Carbon38 not only carries a huge variety of the hottest activewear lines, they also collaborate with designers to offer collections that can only be found at Carbon38.  Kiss the days of awkwardly standing next to a chick in barre class who is wearing the exact same Lululemon outfit you are goodbye!

A while back Carbon teamed up with Jonathan Simkhai and created an insanely high fashion collection.  Simkhai is known for styles that toe the line between strength and sensuality.  Contoured silhouettes, linear structures and unique details.  I was familiar with the designer from reading Vogue for years…I never dreamed I would own one of his fabulous pieces.  It was love at first sight when I saw these lace up corset leggings, but the price tag was too deep for me to stomach for spandex. That leads me to another great thing about Carbon38…sales! They have the best sales! These show stopping leggings are currently available in navy, nude, and black in all sizes at a great price.  Excellent quality; the technical fabric is supportive and the extra high waistband is flattering and comfortable.  The lace-up detail exposes a sneak of skin for a feminine flair.  True to size fit, I am in a small for reference.  I styled the pants with a white off the shoulder ruffle top by Carbon38.  This top is perfection!  It can be worn on or off the shoulders and is constructed from warp knit microfibre that won’t fade, pill, or wrinkle.  Sport it at your favorite group class and be the cutest one in the room, or rock it at your next summer getaway.  Also available in black.  I find this piece also to run true to size, I am in a small for reference.  Use the code JCHEZ20 for 20 percent off your first Carbon38 order.  Other outfit details: Nike sneakers and Jenny Bird hoop earrings.

Photos taken by my girl Dani Sommerfeld of the fabulous blogging duo Once Upon a Dollhouse

“Good things come to those who sweat in cute outfits.”~ ME

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Beauty

My Everyday Makeup Must Haves from Ulta Beauty!

I am taking a detour from fashion today to talk about another great love of mine, MAKEUP. I love a full fancy face for a glamorous occasion, but realistically speaking those times are rare. I also love products and trying new things. However…I hate a messy vanity.  I have narrowed down my current top picks from Ulta Beauty for an everyday fresh summer look.  In the warmer months, less is more. This look is simple (my mom might argue with that:) and flattering.

SPF! Look no further than La Roche-Posay for the best of the best advanced formulas trusted by dermatologists worldwide.  They offer an extensive line with options for all different skin types.  I use Anthelios 50 AOX Daily Antioxidant Face Serum with SPF 50, and it is AH-mazing.  In addition to protecting your skin from the sun, it is also a powerful antioxidant complex that improves fine lines and skin texture, and corrects signs of aging. The formula is oil-free, super light weight, and makes a great makeup primer.

Concealer- I have been in favor of skipping foundation, and instead lightly applying concealer where it is needed (which is some days a little all over, and that is a-okay:) If you are dry, you may want to try mixing your foundation with moisturizer or your favorite primer.  My go to concealer is Bo-ing Brightening Full Coverage Color-Correcting Concealer by Benefit Cosmetics. I love that this concealer goes on light and creamy, yet magically provides amazing coverage.  $20 for the cute little thing might seem steep, but that cute little jar goes far; I promise. If you are looking for something more budget friendly, but still great. NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand is fantastic and a whooping $5.99. It too provides great coverage, goes on silky smooth, and can easily be tucked into your handbag.

Bronzer- Next I lightly dust on bronzer for a little summer glow.  I was faithful to NARS bronzer for years, but I recently took the $10 Ulta Beauty Matte Bronzer version for a test run and loved it just as much. Easy to blend, silky smooth, and great natural color.

Highlight and Blush- If you are like me and dig a good shimmer, I recommend Lancome’s Bronze & Glow Palette.  This beautifully packaged palette not only looks great on your vanity, but has rose, bronze, and pearl shades that seamlessly blend.  I apply a bit of the lighter shade under my eyes to open them up, and the bronze shade on my cheeks for an extra glow.  If you are not a fan of shimmer, skip that guy and head straight for blush (I like both:) Blush is a product I don’t believe needs to be fancy. The $10 Ulta Beauty version is just as good as the $40 blushes I have experimented with in the past.  Smile nice and big, and dust those cheekbones!

Eyes!  When applying my concealer I always lightly apply to my eyes for a good base. Next I curl my lashes and fill in my brows.  The $10 NYX Micro Brow Pencil is super easy to apply whether you want just a light fill-in, or to build full-on brows. My current favorite eyeshadow palette is Dose of Colors in shade Sassy Siennas.  The warm matte shades are a peachy mix of rusty hues.  Easy to blend and highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. This is a palette I use a small amount of the lighter shades for a natural daytime look, but also mix the light and darker shades for a sultry evening look. I also love the brush that it comes with.  I like to use the small end to very lightly apply the lightest shade all the way around my eye for a nice symmetrical look.  Seal the deal with your favorite mascara of course.

Lips!  I prefer a good stain that will stick with me for the day and  Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick from Ulta is my favorite.  It applies as a creamy liquid, but quickly dries to a matte finish.  I love the shade Campfire for a great everyday neutral and it goes so well with the rusty eyes.  I also adore the shade Pinky Promise for a super girly girl look. I believe it to be the most perfect shade of Barbie pink.  Added bonus Dose of Colors is a vegan and cruelty free brand.

Setting Powder- I finish by applying All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder by Urban Decay. Many days I skip the eyeshadow and lipstain, but I never ever skip this magic.  The weightless powder blurs pores and blocks shine, keeping your makeup flawless all day.  A great item to pack in your purse for a long night out, if you tend to get shiny.

Here’s a few photos of the products because I looove me some pretty packaging. The pretty pink personalized cosmetic bag is by Gigi New York…great quality bags and their option to personalize make it extra special. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, as much as I love applying makeup, I love organizing it and admiring it even more:) The grand finale photo is a sophisticated, seat belted, car selfie….because as I stated in the beginning, this is my everyday makeup routine. Everyday makeup living it’s best life that is:)

“May your day be as flawless as your makeup.”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

 

Beauty, Fashion

Classic Style

As much as I adore wearing wild patterns and loud poofy skirts, I also love sleek, clean styles.  A great fitting white blouse, classic denim, simple accessories, and a classic red lip and red manicure.  White accents look so pretty and polished, I can’t get enough!  The latest addition to my white accessory game is a Daniel Wellington watch I am featuring today.  The Daniel Wellington watch collection is minimalistic and refined, featuring classic designs with interchangeable straps. I am wearing the Classic Petite Bondi.  Fresh white leather strap and an eggshell white dial oozes style and elegance. I typically steer away from bracelets and watches because my wrist is so small, they usually don’t fit or look too bulky.  This delicate design miraculously fits my wrist, is so comfortable to wear, and looks great.  The simple aesthetic speaks louder than any wild trend.  Use the code JULZCHEZ for 15% off a Daniel Wellington watch.

Photos by Dani Sommerfeld of the sparkly blogging duo Once Upon a Dollhouse.

Outfit details: Shopbop Blouse, Veronica Beard jeans (currently on sale), Gucci loafers and bag, Jenny Bird earrings, Chloe shades,  and my favorite Stila red lip stain from Ulta Beauty in shade Beso.

“In a world of trends, I want to remain a Classic.”~ Coco Chanel

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion, Fitness

Feminine Workout Gear by Carbon38

My love affair with Carbon38 lives on, and I am back to share yet another ruffled spandex situation I am wild for.  Seeing how I spend most of my days in spandex, I love a good variety to pick from.  It’s rare that I purchase an outfit I already own, in a different pattern.  But the last look I shared in my post Becoming a Mazista was so dreamy, I had to pull the trigger on the pastel striped version. Truly cute enough to wear from barre class to out on the town.  The quality is amazing.  The top looks so cute with denim shorts.  The pants are so comfy and suck everything in fabulously.  I’m sporting the street style edition here;  Chloe boots, a Rebecca Minkoff jacket, Anthropologie shades, and my favorite lightweight hoop earrings by Jenny Bird. 

Please note my Hubs is not always the biggest fan of my ruffled tops.  He’s been known to ask me why I am going out wearing curtains.  But even he said…”wow boo that’s a good one!” when he saw me in this outfit.  Score 20 percent off your first Carbon38 purchase by using the code JCHEZ20. All photos taken by the darling Dani Sommerfeld of the great Once Upon a Dollhouse duo. Can y’all believe how cute the outfit looks with this killer car we stumbled upon? The kind owner even gave us permission to go for it! Life is magical.

“Keep your squats low and your spandex standards high.”~ me

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion, Fitness

Becoming a MaZista!

I am proud to be a group fitness junkie.  As a personal trainer and yoga instructor who is lucky enough to have her own home studio, I have zero excuses not to workout on my own.  But why would I workout boring solo style, when I can attend one of the many amazing group classes in Chicago? I first got the fitness fever in college when I discovered the beauty of classes. Should I hit the hideous elliptical machine before facing scary weight machines, or dance and jumping jack it out to Janet Jackson in good company? No brainer. I am a sucker for the class experience. I once was a personal trainer at a private gym, and one of my fellow trainer buddies always said I needed to open a studio…and name it CLASSES! (Hi Cheston!)

I discovered MaZi dance fitness a few months ago, and have been hooked since my first class. MaZi is owned by a gorgeous sister duo, Marisol and Ziba (MaZi) who trained and danced professionally.  These sugary sweet babes opened their doors in 2009 and have since created an amazing community where females unite to support one another through grueling but FUN dance based workouts.  The choreography they create is inspired by the physical and emotional benefits they knew in the ballet world.  My favorite class is Ballerina Bum Body. I am 100% hooked. Since discovering the class, I go every single week.  Even if it’s a day I am extra busy or not feeling great, I can’t miss it. The workout is super challenging, but I also truly enjoy it, which is why I need my weekly fix!

When the sisters first approached me about becoming an instructor, I shyly declined.  I thought to myself nooo…I am a personal trainer and yoga instructor.  I haven’t lead shoulder rolls and booty shakes since college. I can’t pull that off.  When they asked again…I couldn’t say no.  Who am I kidding to pass up such a fabulous opportunity?! I am up and rolling with my first class on the schedule, Ballerina Bum Body, Friday’s at 12:30pm in the Lincoln Park studio (more to come), and I am beyond happy with my decision to go for it.  I feel like my fitness life has come full circle…it feels amazing to be leading a group of energetic babes through high knees and body rolls just like my good old college days when I started teaching “aerobics.”  This is also my first experience teaching set choreography.  I wasn’t sure I would like it, but because the moves are so unique being created by ballerinas, I am enjoying the challenge.  There is still plenty of room for my own creativity, and because I love and believe in their methods so much, it’s an honor to teach them. I also love that the MaZi team is so passionate about their content.  Every two weeks they switch up the routine, and email fresh material to their instructors.  I have been on such a MaZi high lately, I have been blasting the Spanish dance jams they rock all over my house, and even my heavy metal husband is into it.  Cherry on top; the  MaZi sisters share my passion for fashion.  Both beauties are fellow Carbon38 ambassadors, and sister Ziba even has a gorgeous blog called DancingMamaStyle.  Their gym swag involves darling tees with phrases like “Muscles and Mascara” and “Barre Belle.” Yes indeed, these stunning sisters are my fitness soulmates!

Photos by my darling friend Dani Sommerfeld of the Once Upon a Dollhouse blogging sensation.

Outfit deets! Ruffled top and bottoms by Carbon38, one of my favorite outfits ever! I sized up to a medium in the top, small bottoms. The top is almost too cute to sweat in, but it looks so cute with denim. The pants are so comfy and flattering, I love the ruffle bottom.  Drop the code JCHEZ20 for 20% off your first Carbon38 order.  Gucci bag, Nike wedge sneakers, Jenny Bird hoop earrings.

The bottom line of this lengthy MaZi love letter is that it feels great to be fired up for fitness! I am blessed to love what I do after all of these years, but it feels fantastic to be super charged up for a new challenge.  Never stop pushing yourself, and note there is no age limit on shoulder rolls and shimmy shakes. Check out my Instagram stories for sneak peaks of MaZi routines in action!

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

The Hammitt handbag Grand Finale

I am back to share my last two Hammitt pieces…yes indeed I walked out of their Chicago pop up event with an extra large shopping bag! But in all seriousness I needed a new wallet.  When I changed my last name 4 years ago after tying the knot, I rewarded myself after the obnoxious DMV experience by heading to Nordstrom’s to purchase my first “adult” wallet.  That bad boy has been through the ringer, so it was time for an upgrade!  I instantly loved this black and gold RFID beauty.  RFID technology helps insulate you from electronic pickpocketing. A film inside the wallet protects information on credit cards and drivers licenses. GENIUS! It’s also super chic looking.

How cute is this gold clutch Nash bag? I just love the color and the design.  Like the others, I love that it is eye catching and interesting without being too trendy or loud.  In true Hammitt handbag form, this baby is petite yet functional, with a dedicated external cell phone pocket, wristlet strap, zippered compartment and adjustable strap.  The perfect size for an evening out, or ditch the strap and toss in your tote bag.  The Nash comes in a variety of fun colors and a larger version.

Photos by Dani Sommerfeld of the dynamic Once Upon a Dollhouse blog duo

Outfit deets: The perfect summer maxi dress for $30 by Forever21Easy fit, true to size. I am in a small for reference.  Stuart Weitzman wedges, Forever21 headband, Chloe shades.  “C” initial necklace by 6thboroughboutique.

XOXO,

Julz Chez