FASHIONABLE INVITE | Macy’s State Street Hosts Fall Bridal Sample Sale

Tara Keely by Lazaro

Tara Keely by Lazaro

WHO: Macy's State Street

WHAT: A Fall Bridal Sample Sale Extravaganza

WHEN: Saturday, October 13th – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 14th – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: Macy’s State Street – 111 N. State St, Chicago, IL 60602 – 7th Floor, Narcissus Room

WHY: The exclusive clearance event will feature 500 sample gowns all available for $500 or less for a savings of approximately 60% to 80% off original prices! Brides-to-be can browse through dresses from top designers, including Demetrios, Cosmobella, Augusta Jones, Lazaro, Tara Keely by Lazaro, Watters & Watters, Watters Wtoo, Jorge Perez and Judd Waddell.

FASHIONABLE INVITE: Lafayette's Autumn/Winter 2018 collection

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WHO: Neiman Marcus

WHAT: Lafayette 148 New York's Autumn/Winter 2018 collection

WHERE: Neiman Marcus, Michigan Avenue, Third Floor

WHEN: Wednesday, September 12, 1pm

WHY: Fashion expert, Brooke Jaffe, talks about the collection inspiration by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES: Artists Frame Service

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WHO: Artists Frame Service

WHAT: Opens a River North location, just one block north of the Merchandise Mart

WHERE: 433 N. Wells St, Chicago, IL

WHEN: Now open

WHY: The store has an impressive variety of stocked photo frames – which includes their own frames manufactured here in Chicago- as well as a custom framing services. Here you can find unique handcrafted made to order frames that have been sourced from around the world. They also sell local art, custom mirrors, and both pre-designed or custom gallery walls. But most exciting is their professional digital photo and art printing services. That is right you can print images straight from you phone.

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FASHIONABLE INVITE: Glossier

Glossier opens a pop up store in Chicago's West Loop

WHO: Glossier, the beauty brand from Into the Gloss

WHAT: Favored by millennials, the cult brand, has opened a temporary retail experience in West Loop

WHERE: 114 N Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL 60607

WHEN: Now till the end of October

WHY: Housed in a former firehouse the space draws inspiration from not only the city’s iconic architectural history but the vibrant art scene. Inside, visitors will be able to test and shop the full Glossier product line and also discover the brand through highly interactive installations.

Into the Gloss beauty brand Glossier opens temporary retail experience in Chicago's West Loop

FASHIONABLE INVITE: Everlane Denim Pop-up

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WHO: Everlane

WHAT: The online brand has opened a pop-up store launching its new "Authentic Stretch Denim” collection.

WHERE: 160 N. Morgan St. Chicago, IL

WHEN: September 5–16, 11am–7pm

WHY: Three new styles, a mid-rise skinny, a high-rise skinny, and a cigarette pant with a button fly and a wider ankle, all have been added to the denim range. Also unlike typical denim manufacturers, which are notorious water-waster, Everlane's factory is able to recycle 98% of the water, as well as repurposing byproducts and using alternative energy sources. Now, why wouldn't you want to support that! The brand's ethos has always been focused on being a transparent company regarding its business practices.

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES: The Goop x CB2 Collaboration

Gwyneth Paltrow and goop launches collaboration with CB2 today

(left to right) Britt Pattner, Creative Consultant / Diana Ryu, Director of Content Operations (Managing Editor) / Gwyneth Paltrow, Founder + CEO / Jean Godfrey-June, Beauty Director / Megan O’Neill, Senior Beauty Editor

WHO: CB2

WHAT: Launching a limited edition collaboration with GOOP

WHERE: CB2.com and in CB2 stores with limited products available on goop.com.

WHEN: TODAY, August 30th

WHY: The goop X CB2 collection merges CB2’s modern approach to design with goop’s sophisticated aesthetic, offering elegant, yet laid-back pieces that you’ll want to live with. The collection ($9.95 - $5,796) is a true representation of Gwyneth’s design aesthetic and CB2’s creativity - think a mid-century Curvo pink sofa, intricate parisian-inspired china and comfy meditation pillows.

Collection consists of a mid-century Curvo pink sofa, intricate parisian-inspired china and comfy meditation pillows.

BEAUTY BITS: Kiehl's Bespoke Apothecary Preparations

The trend of bespoke of beauty products and services continues. Back in August for the Chicago Tribune, I tried out two new customized services, one for make-up, (Lancôme) and the other for hair (Kerastase), which you can read about here.

Now we can add skincare to the list with Kiehl’s. Originally an Apothecary when it first opened in 1851, customers would go to Kiehl’s for your prescription medicines as well as customized herbal and natural skin and hair remedies. Kiehl’s has decided to go back to its roots, with a personalized skincare service called Apothecary Preparations.

I was fortunate enough to be invited along to try out their new service.

Kiehl’s Bespoke Apothecary Preparations

Step 1: Diagnosis

At your one-on-one consultation with a Kiehl's customer representative, aka KCR, your skin will be diagnosed. The surface oil on your face is measured to help identify your skin type (normal, oily, combo or dry). I'm a combo, as I'm oily on my T-zones and normal to dry elsewhere.

Kiehl’s a moisture monitor part of Bespoke Apothecary Preparations

Then a dehydration analyzer will be used to measure the water in your skin, 1 being the lowest and 100 the highest. I was told you don't want anything less than 50, I, unfortunately, got a disappointing 34. What does that mean? My skin is dehydrated, and I need to start drinking lots more water.

Talking with Kiehl's customer representative, aka KCR, at my Bespoke Apothecary Preparations appointment

Step 2: Selection

Next, you discuss with your KCR a series of skin-related issues, like texture, dullness, redness, wrinkles and pore size and identify which two are your main concerns. This determines the two skin boosters that will be mixed in with your base concentrate, to create your individual serum. I went with Brightening and Pore Minimizing.

Step 3: Personalization

You leave with a box and bottle with your name plus details of your personal formula and directions for use.

My personalized prescription

Your personalized serum is recorded in the system for future reorders.

Apothecary Preparations is currently available at 21 of their stores and retails for $95. Go to kiehls.com to find your nearest location.