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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Privy Baby: Bachelorette, Trista launched line

Fairy tale endings do happen in the land of fashion. Trista, America's first Bachelorette who found love with Ryan Sutter have lived a regular family life with their two children in Colorado since we last checked in. PrivyDoll is excited to hear that Trista has launched a baby clothing line, on My Vintage Baby.  This week. you can pre order the small first  Fall/Winter collection called Winter Rose. Trista is excited and loving that her kids are the beautiful models you will see in the clothes. Another great motivation for the line is the charity component, A portion of the proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Foundations. Check out the Vintage Baby website for more details and online catalog!
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Fashion Radar: Adam Levine Launches Line

Maroon 5's singer Adam Levine has announced he will be launching a line called, 222 in the months to come. The line is for the casual dresser, jeans, T-shirts and leather jackets will be included. His father, who has run a family boutique chain for the past 30 years will contribute. How cute is this family affair?! Adam told WWD, "I am passionate about fashion. I think it says something about yourself, and whether you care about clothes or not what you wear reflects some kind of attitude towards style." Think we all look forward to seeing the line!
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fashion Radar: Show Your Toe, Bootie

Fall Booties have arrived in the stores including this gorgeous lace, tie  up bootie from Chanel seen here for about $1,800. Privy Dolls can drool over this peep toe bustier-style shoe, but luckily this peep toe stiletto  look is not just for the splurge. I found many sexy, peep toe booties that are ready to be yours without breaking the bank.

Check out this great bootie found HERE for only $29! 
Here is a bustier- style bootie very similar to the Chanel Bootie minus the price. Try these Charles David shoes for $190.
What another great find here on Akira Online. These black, studded booties are only $94 and are high in style. 

              To the right, these lace up booties are $106 and are found on endless.com.
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Friday, August 27, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT: Mad Decent Block Party Fashion

Saturday, August 21st turned out to be a mad decent time. The Mad Decent Block Party rolled into Chicago after hitting events in Philadelphia, NY and LA where the music lineup included: Kid Sister, Willy Joy, Maluca, Bosco Delrey and Paul Devro to name a few. The closed down street in front of The Hideout housed a very, can I say again, VERY eccentric crowd of hipsters, music obsessed  and even spotted a You tube star known as The world's best dancer from Lollapalooza (and for the fashion record, he was wearing the same shirt.) PrivyDoll did take note of some fashion highlights between drinking PBR and Champagne behind the stage. Maluca, one of the baddest girls I have ever met stole the show with her edgy pop/ragaee/funky style. Pictured to the left her style included short jean shorts, a super cropped plaid shirt with exposed black bra and black platform shoes. Bosco Delrey was next and his Salvador Dali painted motorcycle jacket was a fashion highlight.

Check out the some of my favorite fashions in the crowd:
Block Party eye makeup
Erin Martin wearing her own headband designs soon to be available on erinmartinmusic.com
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ask: Skin Care Guru: Skin Care Not to leave at Home

Privydolls are jetsetters and as if traveling isn't hard enough these days, we all face the, 'what kind of skin care products do I pack?' dilemma. We have our routines at home, but as soon as it has to be combined in one small bag it becomes a deal or no deal moment to see what items make it into the bag. We have all been there when we have brought our entire medicine cabinet and spent $50 to check our bag to do so. Lets not do that again! We sat down with skincare guru, Daniela who also happens to have her own skin care line to see what she suggests a Privydoll should do while traveling. We were dying to know the top products we shouldn't leave home without. Daniela suggests:

What To bring on the plane :
  • 1oz spray bottle filled with alcohol-free toner to spray on 5 minutes before your flight
  • Sample size hydrating serum to apply over toner while it's still wet on your skin
  • Eye drops so there won't be such a difference between your skin and your eyes
  • Petroleum-free pot lip balm (not a stick) applied after licking your lips
What To stuff in your luggage : 
  • Gel or cream cleanser in a tube, no bar soap
  • Spray alcohol-free toner, no need for cotton
  • Sunscreen in a tube (make sure it's non-clogging!) so you can carry it in your purse
  • Nighttime lotion in a spill-proof jar
  • Liquid makeup remover so you can use it with your fingers if necessary
  • Snack-size ziplock bag with cotton rounds cuz you really should use those to remove your eye makeup. If you use those remover wipe things they can leave a film. 
  • Nail file. Trust me..

Wondering where to gather the goods for your next trip Like the cleaner or makeup remover above? Stop into Daniela's studio (2149 N. Sheffield) or purchase online  HERE.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT: Glamorama Recap

Fashion. Magic and Music collided last Friday when the Chicago Theater hosted the annual Macy's Passport Presents: Glamorama. A night full of fall preview included runway shows from Tommy Hilfiger, Jean Paul Gaultier, Madonna's Material Girl Collection, Just Cavalli, Marc Jacolbs, Hugo Boss and Sonia Rykel were some of the crowd's favorites. Elaborate lighting, themed music and choreographed models had PrivyDoll on her feet. The Tommy Hilfiger collection included his usual statements pieces of plaid, trenches and khaki. Sweaters, and legwarmers along with riding boots wrapped up the seventies psychedelic theme for his Fall 2010 collection.

Soon after Tommy, Hugo Boss's collection of beautiful men, oh wait they were wearing great clothes too,came out with a man of mystery theme. Fur, suiting and trenches rounded out the collection of menswear.

Another favorite of the night was a showcase dance presentation with kids of all ages modeling Madonna's line, Material girl sold exclusively at Macy's. The kids danced to a Madonna tribute collage of songs while the girls in the group rocked Madonna's teen line.
All photos by Scott Scott
 The show wrapped up with Just Cavalli and Felina lingerie. The fur and 1970's inspiration came through in both of these line's presentations. Strawberry fields played and male and female models sported the classic Cavalli floral and casual

The fun didn't stop with the fashion, with an acoustic performance by Eric Hutchinson and Macy Gray followed with covering her 90's hit, Try, the fashionable crowd hit the streets to continue the party at the Macy's on State st. for the after party. A candy bar, photo booths and makeup stations allowed the crowd to be photographed and have fun while mingling over energy drink bars and buffet lined tables while hula hooped women danced on the dance floor. What a lovely night where the best dressed Chicagoans came out to celebrate fashion and raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT: Glamorama Red Carpet

photo by Francis Son
Privydoll had all access media pass for this year's Macy's Passport Presents: Glamorama in Chicago last Friday. We adored Chris March on Project Runway (pictured with me below) from season 4 and he assisted in designing this year's show. He described it Glamorama this year as "fashion fantasy" and sure enough once the show started we could see his inspiration was a bit 'avartar-ish.' Fellow red carpet walkers were Candace Jordan, musician to preform, Eric Hutchinson and Macy Gray.

Office Max sponsored a unique element this year where local designers competed to design dresses made from office supplies. We adored the dress that Raina Hein from Top Model cycle 14 wore on the red carpet. The paperclips and wires were not noticeable on the sweetheart neckline black dress.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Fashion Radar: Fall Stud

Fall trends include studs again. We saw them everywhere this year and for Fall 2010 we see them back and stronger than ever. Studded boots and shoes are a must have from day to night. Check out some of PrivyDoll's favorite picks for fall. This shoe seen on the left is from one of our favorite trend sites, Akira Online Boutique for $189. These shoes have been seen on many runways for 5 times the price. Enjoy the studded finds below!

Love these 'ice gray' booties found on PiperLime for $180.

How cute are these studded, lace up oxfords?! Found on one of my favorite sites, www.asos.com which offers free shipping to the US and returns!! These are on sale for 28EUR.
      Pre order these fabulous sneaker pumps from designer UES now selling the line on Saks.com after a partnership with Steve Madden. The unique line incorporates studs with buckles for $195.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT: Custo Barcelona Show Wrap Up

A little rain wont stop Chicago fashionistas aka Privydolls, in my book away from a fashion show. Custo Barcelona, known for their eccentric patterned frocks which are headquartered in Barcelona showcased an amazing show on Friday at the beautiful, Peggy Notebaert Nature Musuem in Chicago. The three hundred socialites crowded the runway to view the Summer/Fall 2010 collection. If you missed the celebration of color, you can look forward to another show produced, and promoted again by Funky Couture. You can assume the next show will be at another fashionable venue. Check the website back for updates! PrivyDolls can find Custo Barcelona frocks at their Water tower place store or online. Below are some of my favorite looks of the night!

Photography by Dean Paul.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fashion Radar: Denim Color Wheel

Express yourself through the color of your jeans this fall. Jeans come in every color on the color wheel this year and I love the new m2f jean colors. These jeans seen here are found at Sofia Boutique online and in their Chicago boutique. Red, Yellow, Purple are just some of the hot choices for Fall. Sofia Boutique carries an array of colors from the m2f line for $142 which is worth the comfy feel and fit of these colorful skinny jeans.

Check out these Jeans now on clearance by Roxy for $12.99. The distressed Red or Blue are great picks at this price!

These Diesel jeans are a great green color and from their new collection for $250. These ultra skinny jeans can be found online HERE.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT: Fashion's Night Out 2010

Musicians, designers and celebrities will come together for the second NYC's Fashion's Night Out on September 10th to party, shop and mingle. Fashion's biggest shopping event worldwide will include many designers and stores participating that will earn you discounts, gifts with purchases and drinks and appetizers while you shop in many of the stores! Luckily, you don't have to travel to NYC to snag the deals. Chicago boutiques are participating as well as Watertower place. Check out the list below for Chicago supporters. Help Anna Wintour in celebrating Fashion's Night Out wherever you PrivyDolls reside!

BCBGMAXAZRIA | 113 Oak Street | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 475-0053
Betsey Johnson | 835 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 280-6964
Cynthia Rowley | 1653 North Damen Avenue | Chicago, IL 60647 | (773) 276-9209
Cynthia Rowley | 810 West Armitage Avenue | Chicago, IL 60614 | (773) 528-6160
Macy's | 111 North State Street | Chicago, IL 60602 | (312) 781-1000
Macy's | 835 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 335-7700
Stuart Weitzman | 520 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 661-1560
Water Tower Place | 845 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 654-9688
Nordstrom | 55 East Grand Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 464-1515
The Shops at North Bridge | 520 N Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | (602 ) 953 -6563
Bebe | 835 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 944-2323
Kenneth Cole | 540 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 644-1163
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

INSIDER INTERVIEW: Ornamental Things Jewelry

PrivyDolls are always on the prawl for a 'privy find' and you never know where you will find it. I am excited to share with you an adorable line but a designer that uses amazing trimmings to create timeless pieces. Pitchfork this year reinvented my love for Robyn and introduced me to Ornamental Things. I caught up with the designer to learn more about the fabulous line. Enjoy this great site dolls! Natalie is nice enough to offer PrivyDoll readers 15% off with coupon code: PRIVYDOLL.

Label/Company Name:   Ornamental Things 
Name:  Natalie Tischler          

3 words to describe your label:  Romantic, pretty and wearable

In your opinion what is next season’s trend? And how do you incorporate that in jewelry?
 I am loving all the dark, moody, monochromatic colors in fashion this year.  I think I have carried that through with my current line because I have a lot of dark brass chains with rather Gothic pendants like the Night Flight necklace. 

Your line is so unique, old meets new: do you stick to trends and collections?
I try to make jewelry that is classic enough to wear for years but I know that my work is  informed by what I see out in the world, on television and in fashion magazines.

What are your favorite materials to use? And where do you find most of the unique trimmings you use?
 I use a lot of brass. I also love to use oxidized sterling silver and gold fill.  The charms and findings I use are sourced from many different places.  I travel a lot for work and for pleasure so where ever I go, I look for a bead shop, warehouse or flea market to find my components.  I also love to use vintage dead stock supplies when I can find them but they are getting more and more rare.

Favorite place for brainstorming and day dreaming:  In my backyard at magic hour.

What kind of press/marketing/celeb spottings has your line received? Diana Krall purchased one of  one of my one-of-a-kind vintage locket necklaces from a store here in Austin.  I sold a necklace with an antique keyhole and recycled chains on it to Erykah Badu at the Austin City Limits music festival.  And, I have sold a couple of necklaces to Janeane Garofalo at two different craft fairs.  I really admire all of these women so I am really honored.

I have had my jewelry featured on Daily Candy and in Bust Magazine as well as some local Austin magazines like Tribeza and Rare.  I’ve also had some great blog mentions here and there.

What fashion line does your Ornamental Things girl wear  to complement the line?
 My jewelry works with everything from vintage and thrift store finds to cute dresses from Anthropologie or Betsy Johnson or a pair of Acne jeans with a tank top.  

And Lastly, spill the Privy find:
Ornamental Things is available online at www.OrnamentalThings.com, at art and music festivals around the U.S. and in stores.  See my website for details on shows and stores.

   PrivyDoll readers can receive 15% off with coupon code PRIVYDOLL on www.ornamentalthings.com
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Fashion Radar: MIami Swim Week Favs

Mercedez-Benz Miami Swim Week happened the July 15th weekend in Miami. and PrivyDoll wanted to share some fabulous pictures from the barely there bikini weekend. One of our favorite swimwear designers, Red Carter had a presentation on Sunday July 19th. We wrote about Red Carter last week in an exclusive interview. Check out the blog HERE. Below are some of our favorite pictures from Red Carter's 2011 Swimwear collection that included global flags and a mix of sexy one pieces.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Fashion Radar: Dooney & Bourke for Disney

Dooney & Bourke has announced a princess limited edition collection sold exclusively at Disney properties or on www.disneyparks.com/store. The line will utilize the iconic princess images from the Disney royalty of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella and Belle. Every PrivyDoll is a princess inside! The collection is inspired by the D&B pop art collection and will incorporate images of crowns, castles and flowers. What a great bag for girls or for the princess in all of us! The collection is available starting September. Look for it on your next visit to a Disney resort or their website. This is their 5th collection with Disney and I anticipate it to be very successful once again!
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fashion Radar: Lollapalooza Fashion Recap

PrivyDoll Came, listened and saw some amazing music and fashion at Chicago's Lollapalooza. Every year this music festival grows and although it drives people from all over to hear their favorite bands and find your new favorite, there may be one thing that over shadows the music: the fashion. I cannot forget to mention the food this year. This was not your normal festival food. Some of Chicago's top restaurants participated thanks to Graham Elliot himself who had a tent and provided lobster corn dogs. Other way above average food included treats from Elate, Sunda and Charlie Trotters.

I fell in love with Dragonette, and the lead singer with her high pitched quirky voice and catchy music was a perfect fit for her adorable nude colored, oversized top which had cut outs in the front and back with fringe that swung as she jumped around the stag. She gets my fashion thumbs up for Lolla!
Additional Fashion trends included lots of lace tops, bras exposed under the nude or black lace tanks with shorts. The hipsters were out in full force and the picture below captures some of the fashions seen. Acid wash jeans for men and women and colorful high tops, belted jean shorts and chained scarves rounded out the trends in the, what felt like, 150 degree days.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

INSIDER INTERVIEW: Red Carter Swimwear

 If you don't know Red, let me introduce you to one of my favorite swim wear designers, Red Carter. His line is sexy and head turning. The one pieces are not your mom's one pieces. They are for yacht lounging, jetsetting and making a statement. PrivyDoll caught up with Red to learn what inspires his line and what is next for this Miami bred designer. Make sure your next suit has a signature red button on the bum!

3 words to describe your label: Sexy, great fit, great fabrics

In your opinion what is next season’s trend? And how do you incorporate that in swimwear? There are many trends in fashion right now; the trend that I like most right now is quality. Great fabric, great fit and great construction are the keys to taking a trend and making it a classic. I always like nautical looks, but the ethnic trends and bright colors with black are always a hit as well.

What is your inspiration for this season/line entirely? This year the these of the collection is “from pop art to high art”, I used many art influences to address fashion trends that are happening in the fashion market.

What are your favorite materials to use? And what sets your line apart from other lines? I like to use European base goods a lot. But it is fun to come up with original prints as well, and print them on quality fabrics. I love to use extra life lycra which is a fiber that helps the swimwear have better color fastness and elasticity over time. I think what sets my collection apart from others is having a keen eye for details… every suit has a red button sewn on the back.

Favorite place for brainstorming and daydreaming: I love going to the standard hotel here in Miami Beach and relaxing by the pool.  It is an oasis to me.

Female entrepreneur of the year award should go to: Mara Hoffman

What kind celebrity  spotings has your line received?
We have been on many celebrities bodies from Kim Kardashian to Rihanna over the years. The best celebrities to work with are the ones who have a good attitude about their bodies and try no to get too much stuff for free. I love Jessica Simpson; she is just a real woman and a great role model.

If you went bikini shopping with an average girl, what single piece of advice would you give her?  Have a martini before you start to try on suits.

Check out Red Carter's number one selling suit seen on the cover of Victoria Secret: $105

And Lastly, spill the Privy find:(Many suits are on sale on the below sites!!!)
Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s, shopbop.com, anthropology, Everything but Water
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