Fashion

Show me your Mumu Striped Set

I am back with my third and final installment of fresh fall flares! Today’s bell bottom edition is striped with a matching blazer. When I think of an outfit that is so good it is actually fun to wear…this is it!  These pants are pure crowd pleasers…everyone loves them.  Once again created by my favorite flare pant source, Show me your Mumu. The high-waisted style is so comfortable and flattering.  I styled them with a rocker tee and the matching blazer.  The full outfit screams rock n roll chic!  If the matching ensemble is too much for your taste, the blazer is also a fun piece to wear on its own with jeans and a fitted tee.  If you are in between sizes I recommend sizing down in the blazer. The pants also look great with a bodysuit and a belt, a cozy sweater and a hat, a tied up blouse and heels…just about everything!

Outfit details:  Gucci belt bag, Stuart Weitzman booties, and Target shades.

Photos by Dani Sommerfeld of Once Upon a Dollhouse.

“Life is too short to wear boring clothes.”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

Fresh Fall Flares: Chapter 2

I am back to share yet another pair of bombshell flares by Show me your Mumu.  These babies are called the Woodstock Flare…perfectly titled, as they are clearly a nod to the groovy 70’s.  This style is not as high-waisted as the Berkeley zip ups I shared in my recent post, Fresh Fall Flares, but still comfortably hug and squeeze in just the right spots.  The distressed patches are one of a kind.  When I tried them on for my rock and roll (and super particular) Hubs, he quickly responded with an enthusiastic…”COOL!” Play up the retro vibes and style them with your favorite rocker tee and oversized shades.  Or keep it simple and pair them with a simple sweater to let the pants steal the show. I can’t wait to rock these beauties with a KISS tee for a concert…side rock wife note: KISS is on their final tour…it’s the End Of The Road!  Today I choose a White+Warren sweater, Stuart Weitzman booties, and a Chloe bag with a Rebecca Minkoff guitar strap for a pinch of rocker girl flare.  My favorite light weight hoop earrings by Jenny Bird and Chloe shades to seal the deal.

Photos by Danielle Sommerfeld of Once Upon a Dollhouse

“Don’t be like the rest of them darling.”~ Coco Chanel

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion, Life

3 Year Blogiversary!

Happy Birthday XOXOJulzChez! My blog baby has been on tap for THREE years.  Blogging has been such a positive and creative experience. The adventure has opened doors to experience the wonderful city of Chicago on a new level, through event invitations and special opportunities. To celebrate my three year milestone, an elevated photo shoot was obviously in order.  I decided to go classic Chi-town style and head straight to The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower.  At 1,353 feet up, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck, providing incredible views of the city.  There is no better place to take a visitor in town.  Even though I have visited The Ledge numerous times as a Chicago resident (who is a sucker for great photos), it never gets old.

Onto the fashion! I was in the market to go over the top, so I broke out this tulle gown my Husband bought me on our honeymoon in Italy.  I saw it in a store window one night when we were in a cab headed to dinner, and I died.  The next day we wandered around searching for it for hours…yes I am blessed with a GOOD MAN! We had finally given up and hailed a taxi, when BAM! There she was! I love a fashion piece attached to a great memory.  Every time I see it hanging in my closet, I smile. I styled the gown with my favorite Rebecca Minkoff leather jacket and Doc Martens.

You didn’t think there was just one look did you? Next up to bat I am sporting a dress by one of my favorite designers, For Love and Lemons.  The brand is whimsical and feminine. Not styles that are exactly conducive for the current weather in Chicago, but practicality has never been my strength. I adore the beautiful movement, asymmetrical hem, and playful polka dot print of this dress. Western boots by Topshop. 


If you thought I was going to be in such a killer location and NOT flip upside down, you thought wrong. Stay tuned for part two!

All photos taken by my great girlfriend and original XOXO photographer, Olivia Szwarc of Relax, Smile, and Love Always Photography.  Olivia is one of the sweetest people I know, and has been so loyal in helping me with my photos since day one of the blog. Since that day, girlfriend married an amazing guy, moved to the suburbs, and gave birth to the cutest baby boy. We may not get our sacred “photoshoot Friday’s” together anymore…but I know I could show up at her doorstep with an arm full of outfits and she would happily snap away. We made a pact that as long as I keep the blog up, we will reunite every year for the XOXO birthday shoot. We had soooo much fun with this one! Oh and side note, this shoot went down on a Monday at 9am:)

“Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

Fresh Fall Flares: Chapter 1

Meet my perfect fall outfit: fabulous flare pants, a cozy fitted sweater, booties, and a hat.  Fashion forward, yet timeless. An outfit I could confidently rock to a fashion event, also an outfit I could confidently pull off at a family event. Versatile! Added bonus: my husband’s favorite look…dudes dig it.  Show me Your Mumu is my all time favorite source for boho chic styles, and no one does flares better. Check my past posts Flares and Fur, Love Rebel: The Boho Edition, and So Fresh and So Flared to confirm this girl is loyal to this bombshell brand!

Every fall Mumu launches a new collection of their trademark bells, and they somehow keep getting better.  I love that every pair is different and special.  Today I am featuring the Berkeley zip up bells in vintage rose corduroy.  Similar to my favorite stretch bells from last season, but with a zipper and button.  The fit is still super comfortable, but the new additions make them feel more polished.  I find the fit to be true to size, with the perfect amount of stretch.  The high waisted style looks great with everything from a crop top to an oversized sweater.  Add a great pair of booties (mine are Stuart Weitzman),  a hat (I am wearing my favorite by Janessa Leone), and/or oversized shades to seal the deal!

Photos by the darling Danielle Sommerfeld of the great Once Upon a Dollhouse dream blogging team.

“If you have never fallen in love at first sight, you’re shopping on the wrong site.” ~Love you Show me your Mumu!

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

Hammitt Handbag Sale-Bration!

My favorite handbags are on sale! Hammitt handbags are functional and quality bags that stand the test of time. All Hammitt bags are covered for life! The collection rarely goes on sale except for their surprise sale-brations, which is my mission to share today.  There was instant chemistry between me and these bombshell bags; check my past posts Hammitt handbag feature, the perfect clutch bag, and the Hammitt grande finale round up. This is a brand I clearly LOVE!  Here is a peak at my current favorites.

This fashionable backpack is my current everyday bag.  Designed with two zippered compartments, an external cell phone pocket, and adjustable straps. So comfy and chic to carry!

This tote bag is constructed of soft and supple leather, and is embellished with Hammitt’s signature rivet detailing. So comfy to carry, and again oh so chic!

The most perfect suede crossbody bag for fall!

Hammitt is upping the ante on what I call the “adult wallet.” RFID technology helps insulate you from a very particular brand of electronic pickpocketing, called RFID skimming.  A film inside the wallet helps to protect information on driver’s licenses, credit cards, passports, and more. Practicality has never looked so good!

This simple clutch is perfect to toss in your favorite tote. In true Hammitt form….girlfriend is simple, functional, and supa dupa chic!

Last but not least, Hammitt seals the deal by arriving in the most fabulous packaging. A great gift for a loved one!

Photos by Once Upon a Dollhouse

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Beauty

Cruelty-Free & Fabulous: Swirl+Sparkle Brush Cleaner & Maëlle Beauty

I love shopping local and supporting the great local boutiques and designers in town. Recently I discovered a way to do MAKEUP locally! A glam face starts with fresh clean skin and great makeup brushes. Every beauty babe knows a variety of fabulous brushes are essential. We all love building our collection and organizing them in cute containers on our vanity, but who likes to clean them? No one! It sucks…until now!

Say buh bye to the dreadful world of brush cleaning, and hello to the blissful results of Swirl+Sparkle!  This all-natural and cruelty-free product is a brush cleaning game changer. You open the darling little tin, moisten it with water, swirl your brush inside, and watch with satisfaction as the filth washes away…quick, easy, and super effective.

I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know DIY queen Marii Lang, the creator of Swirl+SparkleMarii is sweet as cherry pie and passionate about all-natural beauty products. Girlfriend is a true gem, and I smile thinking of her every time I clean my nasty brushes!

Now that our brushes are squeaky clean and ready to rock, let’s talk makeup.

Maëlle beauty is a fabulous cruelty-free makeup and skincare company devoted to creating the best beauty experience possible.  I was lucky enough to connect with the team behind the brand, and visit their sleek showroom in the West Loop to learn more about the products. The Maëlle team of babes are so lovely and passionate about their line, I instantly felt like their friend! They kindly gifted me a generous box of their goodies, so I could get to know the products and share what I love.

Their color palettes are classic shades that flatter everyone…but they keep you on your toes with interesting splashes such as purple and teal! Here is a run down of my favorite Maëlle products:

Skin Sparkle Face Polish~ A modern exfoliator with no scratchy microbeads is gentle enough for sensitive skin, yet powerful enough to clean away dirt and dead cells. I love using this product before applying makeup. It leaves my skin so smooth and hydrated, makeup goes on beautifully!

Secret IlluminatorA little bit of this magical light reflecting concealer goes a long way. I have been applying a couple dots under my eyes and voila! Dark circles gone and fine lines are blurred.

Sunkissed Bronzer~First of all, this palette is gorgeous! My husband saw it and said he wants to eat it. He is very mature. I am a sucker for a great bronzer and have tried sooo many. Usually the palettes with multiple shades are not my favorite, but these sun-kissed shades seamlessly blend.  An instant boost…this palette will be my pasty skins best friend this winter!

Cheeky Blush~ Again, this palette is sooo pretty! The fresh peachy pink hues provide a natural flush and instant pop of color. I have been applying the Sunkissed bronzer first and topping it off with a blend of the blush shades. Instant California girl glow!

Illusionist Pencilsgreat quality eyeliners with highly pigmented colors that easily build depending on the look you are going for. I have been tight lining the inner half of my upper eyelid, and the outer half of my lower eyelid with the forest green pencil. The two halves make a whole, and the subtle green is striking.

Above & Beyond Mascara – Usually I end up using a couple of different mascaras, as they are all good for different things, but this bad boy does it all, and does it dramatically! Say hello to thick, long-wearing lashes with extra curl, volume, length and hold.  Some days when I am teaching sweaty fitness classes and sport a clean face, I will just apply this and a nude lip. I love the look, and have experienced multiple people inquire about my lash extensions! No harmful extensions needed, and no need to layer it on. One sweep gets the job done.

Clearly Brilliant Nude Tinted Lipsa new staple in my gym bag. I hope I am not the only freak who cannot get behind working out without something on my lips. A piece of the puzzle would simply be missing.  This moisturizing lip tint gives color and shine with a non-stick finish. The creamy lip crayon makes applying easy and fool-proof, no mirror needed. I find it is best to apply to dry lips.  The nude is a a perfect everyday neutral, and I also love the berry for a feminine brighter pop.

~Link to SHOP: https://maellebeauty.com/julzchez

~Code julz10 for $10 off first order

“On a bad day, there’s always sun-kissed bronzer and dramatic mascara.”~ ME.

XOXO,

Julz Chez