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Accessorize for the 4th of July with an Americana Gun Necklace

3 Jul

I was enamored with this necklace the moment I saw it at  LeThrift the boutique I work at.  This necklace resembles an American flag and it’s in the shape of a gun.  What represents Americana more than that?  It’s a culmination of our over inflated pride of the U.S. and our violent history.  It is the perfect necklace to wear along with a smirk on the 4th of July.

Americans love their guns.  I love Michael Moore.

Feminist Vogue Summer 2012

28 Jun

To introduce our new vintage online clothing store- Outside the Box Vintage- Maria and I decided to explore the vast urban jungle of my backyard.  Using found objects as props we decided to play dress up on one of the hottest days of the year so far this summer.  We were melting, sweating, and oh so shiny.  Why didn’t we wait another day?  We had finally shaken our procrastinating ways and were in determined work mode.  This is our feminist take on Vogue fashion shoots.

PLAY-A Fashion Show Fundraiser & Rooftop Party

23 Jun

Today is the day.  Fashion Food Feminism is producing a fashion show in Chicago and it’s happening tonight.  In January Maria and I brainstormed up the idea to put on a fashion show with vintage clothes and have it be a fundraiser for a new local theatre company, Sankofa, that we are both involved in.  The show evolved and now the runway will feature not only vintage, but also clothing from local designers.

It has been a fun, but sometimes stressful production.  There is so much work that goes into a fashion show, but at least I was aware going in.  I’ve volunteered at many fashion shows, but this is my first time putting one together myself.  The hardest task was finding a venue on a very limited budget of zero dollars.  However, by reaching out to a few friends I was able to secure an awesome location in downtown Chicago on the roof of the building courtesy of friend and designer Gabrielle Zwick.  The location is perfect for enjoying a Chicago summer night and looking out at the lake or the sparkling city.

Being a feminist produced fashion show we want to do things differently.  We will be debuting  our new vintage collection- Outside the Box Vintage.  It is a reminder to ourselves and to others to remember to think outside the box, to challenge traditional thought, and to be free to express yourself.  All the designers and vendors are women.  The theme for the night is playful and not sexy.  I kept hearing the word sexy so many times during the planning of this event and I constantly had to say no we are not selling sex, I want it to be fun and playful.  It is important to us to use fashion as a tool to empower women and not cater to the idea of what is sexy.

Another challenge I encountered was finding a local plus size designer.  There was only one in the area I was able to find and she was unavailable for the event.  It just made it blatantly obvious to me the lack of options available to women who are plus size and want to dress their best.

There is going to be desserts and sangria.  I’m excited to try the desserts and the sangria is delicious.  It is not going to be the typical runway experience and there isn’t going to be your typical runway.  I’m not going to reveal all the details, you’ll have to come and find out!

So I’m inviting you to come join us for a playful summer’s night mingling amongst Chicago’s skyline. Your exclusive view will include a fashion show with the best vintage and local designs Chicago has! Celebrate supporting local Chicago culture and promote diversity. In addition, since it’s Chicago’s Pride Weekend we will be celebrating supporting equality and gay rights.  You know you wanna come.  You can purchase tickets here.

stylecasting it up!

22 Jun

ever wanted to go to a party at a hair salon? I didn’t even know I wanted to but I realized I did on Wednesday night.

Sponsored by StyleCaster, Teddie Kossof Salon, SecondCityStyle, Sebastian  Professional and ChicagoStreetStyle this networking event brought together a wonderful group of women, all decked out in amazing clothing, and ready to get glamed up. O! and did we!

That’s right. This is the best part: You could get your hair styled by one of the stylists from Teddie Kossof Salon… while sippin wine and jammin to dance tunes…

My stylist was Mindy. She is awesome. She got her inspiration from my vintage sailor inspired outfit and went retro. I went from having a high bun to a faux-bob with retro waves in the front. reallly amazing! and it took ten minutes. it was so dramatic that when i got home everyone thought i cut my hair.

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the other great part was meeting new friends.

It was wonderful to meet Francia from Chicago Blogger Network and Meghan and Abbie from Stylecasters. the ladies rock. I even had a chat with Amy from Chicago Street Style. keeping it low key.

yes, oddly this event was in the suburbs but it was totally worth it. The Teddy Kossof Salon is an awesome space (it has 2 floors and over 30 stylists)  and the stylists are amazing. worth the drive.

(pssst! win a gift certificate if your the first to comment on this post!)

yup! this stylejuncture event was a total success! cheers to starting the weekend early and right!

Anchor Bags=The Perfect Summer Purse

7 Jun

I love looking at ridiculously over priced fashion items on Pinterest for inspiration.  I stumbled upon this crocheted purse with a leather strap and anchor closure by Balenciaga.  This bag retails for $1,125.  Not only is that so not in my price range even if it was I wouldn’t spend that much on a bag that someone else has!  I prefer items that are more unique and have that handmade touch or are vintage.  This almost guarantees no one else will have your bag.  My go to source for such fashion finds is Etsy!  These are my favorites:

This wristlet comes with a sailboat mirror!

Which is your favorite?  Or do you still prefer the $1,125 Balenciaga over these fab finds?!

Guest Post-Fighting Cancer With Beauty

25 May

This guest post was written by Jackie who does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.   “I have always had a passion for fashion-from shoes to makeup, nail polish to handbags, and everything in between! Coupled with that is belief that all women need to feel beautiful, no matter what circumstances they may be facing. Women are powerful beings and WE need to realize it! Sadly, many women are hearing those devastating words “you have cancer.” Despite a cancer diagnosis, women can still feel beautiful in their own skin. Fashion is a wonderful way to feel strong and confident. I would like to share with your audience the reality of cancer and how women can say: “YES I have cancer–but I am no less beautiful than I was before my diagnosis.””

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Many women forget about the importance of their physical identity after a cancer diagnosis. Fashion can aid women who not only triumph over the battle against breast or lung cancer, but also for those who visit their doctors for mesothelioma regularly. Many alternatives exist to help women cope with these struggles and negative aspects of a cancer diagnosis. Think of this as a time to be pampered.

Hair loss is a common side effect of cancer treatment, but can be easily countered with a few simple accessories. Perhaps try a wig, hat, turban, or scarf. Eyebrows can be drawn on with feathering techniques in complimentary colors. Fake eyelashes may even be applied. Brush real hair with a soft brush and use a mild shampoo and conditioner. As always, remember to consult with a healthcare provider before applying chemicals to the body or to the hair.

Mild soaps, creams, and ointments that are free of perfume and alcohol can aid in moisturizing the skin. Pat the skin dry while drying off after a shower. Also, try shaving with an electric razor rather than a handheld razor. Preventing dry hands and feet can be done through a soak in Epsom salt. Soft shoes, cotton socks, and gel inserts are recommended to keep feet from any pain. Also, wear clothing that is soft and comfortable, such as cotton. Dresses are one easy way to look beautiful and keep skin feeling great.

Nails are another area where pampering is a must. By using a nail strengthener and moisturizer, nails can stay healthy and look beautiful, a definite confidence booster. Acetone-free nail polish remover is suggested in order to retain nail moisture. It is also recommended to avoid false nails and gel wraps that provide breeding grounds for bacteria.

According to Mona Wade of Beauty Through Cancer, “It’s a proven fact that attitude has a lot to do with healing. So the better women feel while they are going through treatment, the better and the faster they are going to heal.” Different women will find beauty through different things. Whether a bottle of mascara or a shiny new coat of nail polish, it’s time to let the beauty shine in your courageous fight against cancer.

Celebrate Warm Weather With Colorful Dresses

15 May
My internship with Le Thrift is going great.  I have the opportunity to style outfits and then go outside in lovely weather to take pics.  I love not having to do paperwork!  I feel like I’ve been neglecting Fashion Food Feminism because of this though.  I have a plan to get it together though.
Friday was a beautiful day in Chicago so it was perfect for outdoor outfit pics.  My friend Gabrielle was kind enough to be my model.  She is also the designer of Gabrielle Zwick Designs which is the jewelry featured in the pics.  I am in love with her Barbie jewelry!  As soon as I saw it I thought it was the best thing.  The Barbie shoes necklace and bracelet are a sweet combination of nostalgia and playfulness.
Shoshanna Dress-$54.99
 Black Bauble Bracelet-$9.99
Ann Taylor Dress- $38.99
Gabrielle Zwick Designs Earrings-$20
Escada Heels-$54.99 (benefits Bridge to Success)
Soprano Dress-$28.99
Barbie Shoe Necklace by Gabrielle Zwick Designs-$28
Vintage Calvin Klein Sunglasses-$64.99
Barbie Shoe Bracelet by Gabrielle Zwick Designs-$30
Vintage Sewing Machine Feet Neklace by Gabrielle Zwick Designs-$38
Prada Heels 6.5-$64.99
Come visit me at Le Thrift if you are in Chicago or check out their online selection.  There are so many great dresses and that Barbie jewelry!

Le Thrift A Chicago Consignment Boutique

9 May

I’m super excited about a new internship I’ve started.  I’m interning with Le Thrift  which is a Chicago consignment boutique that resells designer, designer vintage, and local clothing.  If you’re in Chicago you should come check out the store, but even if you’re not you can shop online!   I’m mainly going to be working on the blog so my responsibilities will include writing, styling, and sometimes photographing.  They have amazing clothes and really why would you ever pay retail price?

Playful Accessories

When we were little girls we all loved to play.  We would play dress up, we would play house, and we would play on the playground.  Somewhere along the way of growing up we lose some of our playfullness, but why?  Reclaim your old days of dress up.  Have a little fun. Use accessories to inject a sense of play into your wardrobe.  And go visit a playground-it’s the best free fun you can find.

Feather Necklace-$24.99
Shell & Pearl Necklace-$54
Owl Necklace-$59.99
Vintage Ladybug Necklace-$34.99
Crystal Teardrop Necklace-$18.99
Silver Rose Necklace-$29.99
Deer Necklace-$78.99
Gold & Black Lariat-$19.99
Spinning Gun Necklace-$42.99
Lock & Key Necklace-$68.99
Jungle Gym of Shoes
J. Crew 7.5-$34.99
Franco Sarto 7.5-$24.99
Linea Paolo 6-$32.99
Karen Millen 7.5-$68.99
Aldo 9.5-$28.99
Nine West 6-$39.99
Charles David 6.5-$84.99
Christian Louboutin 7.5-$349.99
Come in to Le Thrift to see these wonderful items.  This Saturday in celebration of our 1 year anniversary everything is 25% off!
~Phaydra Babinchok~

 

Sorelle In Style-The Bare Wrist Fix

6 May

Sorelle In Style is a lovely personal style blog created by two sisters, Jilly and Sally.  This Sunday I was featured as their bare wrist fix.  I wore a vintage turquoise statement bracelet paired with a vintage suede orange skirt.  Check out the awesome turquoise bracelets Jilly and Sally picked out.  It’s hard for me to decide on a favorite, but #9 wins!

the bare wrist fix: phaydra

This week our Bare Wrist Fix tour takes us to Chicago! Phaydra certainly knows how to make a statement – her bold vintage turquoise cuff is the perfect Summer accessory, and has no problem flying solo! Her bright orange skirt and purple glitter polish really make the bracelet pop, and make for a beautiful, colorful mix.

Here are some more turquoise pieces that would make for an instant Bare Wrist Fix on their own!

1. Bauble Bar Sky Rope Cuff, 2. a.v. max Turquoise and Gold Cuff, 3. Lucky Turquoise Cuff, 4. House of Harlow Tribal Cuff, 5. Kenneth Jay Lane White and Gold Turquoise Cuff, 6. CC Skye Turquoise Cuff, 7. RAIN Bead Bracelet, 8. nOir Crystal Cord Cuff, 9. Rachel Leigh Cuff, 10. R.J. Graziano Bangle, 11. AK Anne Klein Stretch Bracelet, 12. Lisa Stewart Modern Myth Bracelet, 13. Ben-Amun Turquoise Bracelet), 14. 2028 Bracelet


Thrift Score-Vintage Sunglasses

2 May

Just in time for the sunny season I scored two pairs of vintage sunglasses.  I found these lovelies at a church rummage sale this past weekend.  I stumbled upon the black cat eye sunglasses first.  They were on a table buried under a pile of clothes.  They are vintage Cool Ray by Polaroid sunglasses.  I first noticed Polaroid sunglasses on Etsy while searching for vintage sunglasses.  I was thrilled when I found them at the rummage sale since I could actually try them on to see if I actually liked them on me.  I found the oversize vintage 70s sunglasses near the check out along with the jewelry. I have anointed these my absolute favorite pair of sunglasses.   When I can conceal half my face with sunglasses I’m a happy person.  Did I mention that each pair was only $2?  Yep, I scored both pairs for only $4.  The joys of vintage thrifting!  What’s your fave thrift find?

 

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