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

Fashion

Pretty in Pink!

Hello darlings! Today I am sharing an extra special dress, shot in an extra special location.  The last special occasion dress I shared was just a little too fabulous to be photographed around my neighborhood, so my photographer/gal pal and I ventured to the gorgeous Conrad hotel for our photoshoot.  We had the best time and decided moving forward, upscale looks deserve upscale venues!  Chicago has the most beautiful hotels, photoshoots are a great excuse to explore the beauty.  I had never been to the Langham hotel, but it has been on my wishlist for a hot minute.  The Langham is the epitome of luxury in the Windy City and has been named the number one hotel in the United States.  I highly recommend treating yourself to a staycation in this stunning space, or a great meal in the restaurant.  My girlfriend and I couldn’t bring ourselves to leave without stopping for lunch and we both agreed…best French fries ever!

Now for the fashion.  I ordered this Self Portrait dress during a Shopbop sale and told myself, “I will only keep it if I’m obsessed!” And here we are:) The rich mesh-like lace detail, playful volume of the skirt, asymmetrical neckline, perfect shade of pink, and perfectly placed pockets make this dress an absolute knockout.  Perfect for a summer wedding or special occasion.  I love a girly dress like this paired with an unexpected pair of funky booties, but I styled it up this time with my favorite pair of SJP nude heels. Rose gold bracelet by Monica Vinader, Kate Spade earrings.  A high ponytail styled by the babes at Blowout Junkie completed the fiercely feminine look I was going for.  All photos taken by my gal Olivia Szwarc.

Anything is possible with laughter, sunshine, happiness, and a little bit of pink.  And please note…pink is always in season y’all.

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion, Fitness

Fashionable Fitness Apparel!

Hello loves!  Today I am sharing my new favorite line of great looking workout wear, NUXactive. NUXactive celebrates women who exude confidence with effortless style.  The line is made fully in the USA with a focus on fit, quality, and stylish designs. Fitness apparel is the one shopping purchase I never feel too guilty about binging on, considering spandex is a wardrobe staple of mine:) Plus great looking workout clothes can be fantastic motivation to get to the gym! Here’s a few of my favorite pieces from the NUX collection.

Below I am rocking the Camden Legging in peacock.  These babies fit like a glove; the fabric is breathable,  and the fit is flattering.  I recommend sizing up, I am wearing a small for reference.  On top I am sporting the Distance Jacket in black mesh. I absolutely love this piece, I have been wearing it on repeat lately!  The lightweight fabric makes it the perfect spring jacket to throw on over your gym clothes.  The unique mesh detail gives it a fashionable flair, making it suitable to rock with street clothes as well.

If any Chicagoans are curious, this fabulous heart wall is located on the side of the Toms store in Bucktown:). My braids are by Hannah at Blowout Junkie in Rivernorth. If you show up with clean hair, braids are only 25 dollars!

Flamingo prints are super hot for spring, and these Flamingo Capri pants are pure perfection! The high waisted fit is so comfy. I have put these babies to the yoga test and they seriously do not move.  The fabric is silky smooth…you basically feel like you are not wearing anything!  The print is so fun for Spring, prepare yourself for mad compliments.  I find this style to run true to size, I am wearing an XS.  A matching sports bra is also available, and who doesn’t love a matching set?:) On top I am wearing the Ladder Cami underneath my jacket. The top is stylish enough for a night out! My rose gold kicks are by Nike.  If any Chicago peeps are curious, these pics are snapped outside the Flamingo Rum Club.

My last favorite piece I am sharing is the Madrid High Waist Capri in the butterfly print. These fit similar to the flamingo’s, so comfortable you barely feel like you are wearing anything.  True to size fit as well.  Curious about this beautiful wall that perfectly matches the pants? Flirty Girl Fitness in Lincoln Park, my home for teaching classes.  Chicago ladies message me if interested in trying a class for free!

All photos taken by Olivia Szwarc 

WORKOUT Y’ALL! Because “OMG you look amazing!” never gets old.

XOXO,

Julz Chez