Monday, February 08, 2016

GET THE LOOK: Top Handle Handbags

Lupita Nyong in Hugo Boss with Top Handle handbag
Lupita Nyong in Boss by Hugo Boss

I'm currently obsessed with top handle handbags with a flap front, and I LOVE Lupita's Boss Hugo Boss bag. If you're a fan too here are just a few of my favorites.

GET THE LOOK
Top Handle handbag

LEFT TO RIGHT: Leather tote, $1192.50, by Victoria Beckham available at theoutnet.com. Leather ‘Bamboo Daily’ handbag, $2450, by Gucci. Patent leather handbag, $717.50, by Marni available at theoutnet.com. Python skin ‘Wave’ mini handbag, $3995, by Tod’s. Italian calf hair ‘Bespoke’ handbag, $1,202.99, by Boss Hugo Boss.

Friday, February 05, 2016

FASHIONABLE INVITES: March

Dior Spring Nordstrom make-up Event

Dior's An Affair to Remember invite at Nordstrom
Dior's “An affair to remember” at Nordstrom is located at 55 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 312.464.1515 or email Andrearichards195@icloud.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

FASHION CONFESSIONS: ELENA DELLE DONNE, WNBA Chicago Sky Player

FASHION CONFESSIONS with ELENA DELLE DONNE a WNBA Chicago Sky Player
She is an American professional basketball player with the Chicago Sky in the Women's National Basketball Association. I sat down with Elena in NY at Nike’s super-secret showroom and fitness studio, 45 Grand.

WHAT’S YOUR NIKE FASHION ADDITION?
The Nike workout tights, they are a must.

Elena Delle Donne addicted to Nike's training tights
Women’s training tights, $105, NIKE

YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT SONG?
Right now I’m really into Adele, Hello. Which isn’t really a workout song but its such a great song, it’s killing it right now for me.

LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
Inside Out on a plane, I loved it. It was awesome.
ELENA DELLE DONNE a WNBA Chicago Sky Player in Nike
WHO WAS YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Channing Tatum, he was in that basketball film Coach Carter.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN CHICAGO?
I’m a big foodie and Chicago has incredible restaurants. So I like to experience the city through different food.

LAST CONCERT?
Katie Perry, I saw her in Chicago. It was awesome, really amazing, I’ve always been a huge fan. Her different costumes and the show she puts on is great.
ELENA DELLE DONNE a WNBA Chicago Sky Player with Fashion Junkie at Nike 45 Grand

Saturday, January 23, 2016

REAL V DEAL: Gucci v Anthropologie

Denim lace up dress, Gucci versus Anthropologie
REAL: Lace-up denim mini dress, $1995, by Gucci available at NET-A-PORTER.com
DEAL: Denim tie-neck tunic dress, $138, by Anthropologie

Sunday, January 17, 2016

WINTER FRAGRANCE 101

With a winter season comes change. We transition our clothes, our skincare regime and our make-up but what about our fragrance? In the same way light and barely there clothes become unsuitable for the cold months, the same goes for your fragrance. During the winter months, our skin is much cooler than the summer and, therefore, need something stronger and more impactful. I talk to the Trudi Loren, Senior Vice President, Corporate Fragrance Development, Aramis and Designer Fragrances, The Estee Lauder Companies, about choosing a winter scent.
rudi Loren, Senior Vice President, Corporate Fragrance Development, Aramis and Designer Fragrances, The Estee Lauder Companies
WHY SHOULD YOU SWITCH FROM A SPRING/SUMMER FRAGRANCE TO A WINTER ONE?
Well, I think what happens in the winter time you tend to wear a lot more clothing. A lot more layers, having a scent that is a bit stronger wears well. When you wear a stronger scent in the summertime, because of the heat and humidity, it can become over whelming. But in the wintertime when it’s cooler and drier you can appreciate a stronger scent at that point.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD WINTER FRAGRANCE?
In a good winter fragrance, you usually find notes that are warmer, more comforting, more cocooning.

WHAT NOTES CREATE A SENSE OF WARMTH AND COMFORT?
Warmth and comfort are the resins, the balsams, which are with the amber family, they always work well. Some of the creamier, darker woody notes such as Sandalwood and Patchouli always works very well in the winter. Then you have the spices and I think warmer spices such as the cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, etc. as opposed to fresh spices like coriander, pepper, etc. Then of course within the fruit family, the richer, creamier fruits, so a deep dark plum, a black cherry and apricot. These are succulent fruits that work well in winter as opposed to the lighter fruits, which are more summery such as your red currant or your strawberry, blueberry and blackberry.

WHAT ALSO SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A SEASONAL SCENT?
You want something more substantive, bigger volume, fuller bodied.

SHOULD YOU SWITCH FROM EAU DE TOILETTE TO AN EAU DE PARFUM?
With winter fragrances sometimes you’ll see a more concentrated version of your signature scent or in many cases a lot of brands come out with intense versions or extreme versions. You usually see the extreme, more in the men’s category, intense you see in the women’s category or even the parfum version, which is a higher concentration. These all work very well for winter fragrances.

I also think in the winter you can then start experimenting with the other products that are within a line, so the body lotions and having that layering effect. So as we all need more moisturization for our skin during the cold winter, layering with the lotion or body cream, body butter of that scent always works really well. And then spraying the scent on top of that you also get retention, and it’s much longer.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR SELECTING A WINTER SCENT?
I think in choosing a winter scent, obviously like all fragrances anytime of the year, you need to try it on your skin. Make sure it really works with your own body chemistry. Because we all know we might smell something on someone else and love it, then try it on ourselves, and we are like oh no, this doesn’t work.

I think then it’s a matter of where you like to wear your fragrance during the winter. I personally feel it’s always wonderful to spray your fragrance on a scarf that you then are putting around your neck because it’s a much more intimate experience. You can then smell your scarf throughout the day, and I think that is always comforting and soothing.

Here are some winter fragrances for you to try…
Bobbi Brown Bobbi’s Party, Eau de Parfum, $74
Bobbi Brown’s strongest scent in her collection is aptly named ‘Party’. And it’s called that for a reason. With a delicious burst of violet leaves and rose petals mixed with touches of sandalwood, it’s warm and fun –perfect for a night out.

Chanel No 5, Eau de Parfum, $100
It’s a timeless classic but because of its complex composition of notes it’s a powerful scent that’s too intense in the summer heat. However, it's perfect in the wintertime.

Diana Vreeland Extravagance Russe, Eau de Parfum, $185
This intensely warm and smoky scent makes me think of a Turkish bazaar —with its exotic flowers, spices and leather. Which make sense as this Amber base is layered with sweet vanilla bourbon, resins and balsams.

Diptyque Essences Insensées, Limited Edition, Eau de Parfum, $175
The second in their La Collection 34 series of limited edition fragrances, Essences Insensées, has a real crisp yet deep Jasmine base, it’s basil, and orange blossom notes keep it from being too sweet and adds elegance, great for a night on the town.

Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Black, Eau de Parfum, $62
The black cherry gives a subtle sweetness similar to candy however without it being too sickly due to the notes of Jasmine Patchouli and sandalwood.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne, $125
Unlike her other colognes that are light and crisp, Pomegranate Noir is more like a moody and complex parfum, carefully combining creamy fruits with warm spices. There’s a real holiday festive feel to it.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso, Eau de Parfum, $96
With its strikingly white and chic minimal bottle design, Narciso is already a standout. The white musk at its heart and woody accords of vetiver and cedar at its base create a sexy yet creamy and clean scent.

Tom Ford Oud Fluer, Eau de Parfum, $220
There’s subtleness to this middle-eastern style scent. Along with the Oud, there’s a delicate relationship between oriental spices and exotic flowers.

Maison Martin Margiela Replica By The Fireplace, Eau de Toilette, $125
If ever there was a song that perfectly described a perfume it would be Nat King Cole’s Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Maison Martin Margiela Replica scents are all about evoking familiar places and times. Their newest scent, By The Fireplace, is set in a 1971 Chamonix ski lodge.