Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Impressive Marketing: Dove Ad Makeover

I have been an admirer of Dove's social mission and stance on beauty, ever since I first saw the launch of their Campaign for Real Beauty in 2004. Yesterday Dove launched The Ad Makeover campaign, designed to help women and girls overcome low self esteem in a time when we're ever online and bombarded by cheesy ads and side bar suggestions:

Only 4%? That's so sad.

This campaign is something I can definitely get on board with. Even if it only targets Facebook ads, it's a good step. What woman hasn't at sometime felt pressure to appear physically beautiful in the opinions of others? I did some further research into Dove's ad campaigns over the years, and was quite impressed with the resources and relevant information found on their social mission page. Plus, I learned that Dove partners with Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Girls Inc. Bravo, Dove.

Although The Ad Makeover is currently only active in Australia (in partnership with Australian beauty brand Ogilvy), their facebook page states that they "are currently working to make The Ad Campaign available in your country." I'm very interested to see once it hits stateside.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Topshop Spring Style Party with CS Magazine and Emma and Amy

Wednesday night I had a stellar time at the Topshop store on Michigan Ave. Topshop held a party celebrating the arrival of spring, and Emma of Tres Awesome and Amy of Chicago Street Style (Chicago's two preeminent street style bloggers/photographers) hosted along with CS Magazine. 

It was really nice to catch up with some fellow Chicago bloggers I haven't seen in a while, and this event made for some really awesome style watching!

Neon and sparkle galore

Loved the oversized, rough-sketch style of this herringbone print dress!

Beautiful sheer skirt with texture and metallics. 

What fun!

Hair bar

Nail bar

Absolutely loved these adorable, feminine shoes!

Cicada necklace! Very cool, but perhaps too lifelike for me to want to wear around my neck...!

I nearly fell over myself when I saw these designs by Azeeza (left). You must check out her collection Atelier Azza, they are fantastic!

More beautiful pieces by Azeeza (standing at left).

Negative heel shoes, very Gaga of course. 

One of the hosts Emma, as seen from afar!

Kelsey Kreiling looks so pretty in navy blue. She's a designer and is the editor-in-chief of Laundry Magazine. She was also wearing these earrings by designer Julie of Jules, who was also there Wednesday night.

I think Kelsey said these shoes were Bakers...correct me if I'm wrong

Obsessed with the purple highlights and twisted updo!

Host Amy with the lovely Victoria Rose. I dig that they're both wearing hot pink bottoms. 

Amy chatting with jewelry designer Julie (left). I forgot to get a shot of Julie's outfit, but her jewelry is stunning and I can't decide which piece of hers I want from her line Jules (how about all of them?)

Emma having an animated discussion with Kelsey

This event was so much fun to go to. Thanks to Topshop, CS Magazine, and the hostesses with the most, Amy and Emma!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Things I've Been Craving: Timepieces and Tribal Wedges

I've put myself on a strict shopping diet recently, but that doesn't stop me from looking...These are some of the things that I've had my eye on recently (but it they will have to wait...until I get my tax return, that is).

I've been looking for a large mens' or mens' style watch for a while now. I had found the perfect one on RueLaLa this fall, and while I foolishly sat contemplating if I really needed to buy that watch, some other online shopping snatched it out from under me and I haven't seen it online since. Curse my careful self-budgeting analytics!

I remember reading somewhere that an oversized men's watch can be a classic staple of a woman's wardrobe. I've always had smaller, nondescript metal watches so I've been specifically attracted to larger watch faces with leather bands for a change:

Fossil's Ansel Leather watch uses a warm brown leather strap against the subtle rose gold watch case. I also like the other small dials on the watch face (although does anyone actually ever use those?) $135

I love skeleton watches, where you can see all the internal cogs and mechanisms! I like how this exposed watch face is contrasted nicely against the simple, sleek black band. This one is $175 by Kenneth Cole.

This Skagen watch is more streamlined compared to the others, but I love the subtle mother of pearl face and the sleek designed that Skagen is known for. It's also a technically a women's watch, which probably accounts for some of that. $115

The first two watches are actually mens' watches, as in made for men to wear and not women. I haven't had a chance to actually try any real mens' watches on, have any of you? Any thoughts or suggestions?

I've mentioned before how I love tribal print, and as a definite trend the past few seasons its become easier and easier to find. And as summer rapidly approaches what's better than combining this colorful trend with some beautiful summer wedges?

Chinese Laundry Milk Shake wedge in a vibrant tribal orange print with a raffia-wrapped wedge. $79.95 at Zappos

The Lindsay wedge by Kate Spade New York. The rainbow of rope stripes on the wedge here is classic Kate Spade, harking back to the candy colored bags that first brought her such fame. It's offset nicely by the nude patent straps. $275 at Zappos

These wedges have my name written all over them. A bold black and white geometric print on the heel, and a psychedelic splash of hues on the instep and straps, all grounded by the solid black ankle strap. So much love for this MIA Reeba shoe. $59.95 at Zappos
I think these are so beautifully subtle. And a T-strap is always a good thing. Coconuts-Vice wedges by Matisse: I've had some great shoes by Matisse in the past, and you can't beat their prices. $73 at Zappos

This one is wonderfully boho. Type Z Kagey shoe that also comes in some crazier colors that you can see if you follow the link. I would contrast this shoe with a structured mens' watch! $59 at Zappos

With any of these shoes, I'm appealing to you to indulge your inner Tall-Girl. Even if you're already tall. It's hot, trust me. 

Can you tell I like to browse Zappos? That place is heaven for me, and I like supporting a company like Zappos because they provide such wonderful customer service. I'm also a huge fan of their company culture (you should check out some of their videos on YouTube), and they treat their employees well. That's a high-five in my book. 

What have you been craving lately? And if you have any shoe or watch suggestions, please send them my way!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cinema and Jewelry: L'Odyssée de Cartier

This short film was just brought to my attention this morning, and I don't know how I've missed it up to now, but there's a force greater than me that wishes to share and discuss (that force is my insatiable, borderline-unhealthy obsession with beautiful, sparkly jewels. I was a magpie in a former life).

So beautiful! It's an agglomeration of eye candy, from the scenery, the special effects, the story, the animals, and of course the jewelry.

Here kitty, kitty.

I love the lingering stones that fall from her hand after stroking the cat. It's as if he didn't shake all the diamonds out of his fur yet.

For me, Cartier's most recognizable piece (besides anything with a panthére) is the Trinity ring in three different colors of gold (white, rose and yellow gold).

Two important women in my life own this ring, and I think of them whenever I see it. 

This video is a feast for the eyes and the imagination. Once I win the lottery I'll buy every piece I saw here, but until then there's always dreams... 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Product Review: eShakti Dress

I had come across eShakti in the past, and thought they had an awesome concept: You can buy their clothes in standard sizes (0-26) or you can opt to customize! Want a longer hem? Shorter hem? Different straps on your dress? Different sleeves on that blouse? A higher neckline? You name it and they can do it. I was really excited when they offered to let me try and review one of their dresses.

I decided on this design, although when I picked it out they had turquoise as a color option. I'm a bit picky about the dresses I like, and wanted a dress that had thicker straps, a good amount of structure with a defined waist, and not too high of an empire waist (a trend that's been going strong over the past few years--this look does not work for me!). I usually fit standard sizes fairly well, but wanted to try their custom option by requesting a little more room in the bust area and to be sure it fell right about my knees considering my height.

I obviously had to winterize it a bit, since it's made of 100% cotton and its still quite chilly in Chicago in February! (See exhibit A, below)

It's windy...
Dress: c/o eShakti
Scarf: Anthropologie
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Sweater: Adrienne Vittadini via TJ Maxx
Jacket: J. Crew
Leggings: Target
Boots: Born via Zappos
Bag: Furla

It should be just perfect on its own in the spring and summer. Here's a look at the dress without all the layers:

I was pleased with how this dress turned out. The color is gorgeous, and I very much like how it fits. My only complaint on fit is that the bust area threatens to gap a little bit, but I often have that issue with clothes no matter where I buy them. A little hook and eye or invisible snap sewn inside and in between the buttons should do just the trick.

This particular dress is made of a poplin material with no stretch, which was clearly labeled on the website: Therefore it wrinkles a little bit after a day or wear, but that's nothing a little ironing or steaming can't fix in about 3 minutes. I was pretty happy with the quality of the dress, especially considering the fact that I was able to customize it to my own preferences! I think this is a genius option since not every woman fits the standard sizes found on the rack, and you cannot beat the price for wanting a piece tailored to your own size. To opt for custom sizing is only an additional $7.50. Just have a friend help you take your measurements!

This dress is courtesy of, but the reviews and opinions in this post are entirely my own.