Saturday, October 25, 2014

Go Local Giveaway

The time has finally come to announce our Go Local Giveaway. We are so excited to share all the amazing participants and their generous donations with you. We've collected a "basket full" of pieces from some of the Chicagoans you've gotten to know and love from our Go Local series. The winner of the giveaway will collect prizes amounting to over a $200 value, including:

Rebecca Mir Grady sterling silver earrings 

Instagram: @mirgrady
Twitter: @mirgrady
Facebook: Rebecca Mir Grady Jewelry 

Shelby Steiner leather bracelet 

Instagram: @shelbysteiner
Twitter: @shelbysteiner
Facebook: Shelby Steiner 

2 free passes to One of a Kind Show Chicago

Instagram: @OOAKChicago
Twitter: @OOAKChicago
Facebook: One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago

A $20 gift card to Trillium Boutique

Instagram: @trilliumchicago
Twitter: @trilliumchicago
Facebook: Trillium Chicago

A $50 gift certificate to Purple Vain online boutique 

Instagram: @purplevain_
Twitter: @purplevain_

To win all of these fabulous goodies, you must do as follows:

1. Post a picture of your personal style (it could be anything... your favorite bag, your outfit of the day, a mood board, etc.) on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook

2. #GoLocalGiveaway so we can keep track of your submission

3. Tag us and our amazing contributors (see above) to spread the word and thank them for their generosity

That's it! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

Although these amazing artisans are of the Chicagoland area, you do not have to be to participate. We would love to spread their hard work all throughout the globe :)

Start posting and have fun! The winner will be drawn on BLACK FRIDAY! 

Truly Yours,

P.S. "You can't buy happiness but you can buy local and that's kind of the same thing." -Unknown

Friday, October 17, 2014

Purple Vain Mixer Wrap-up

Happy Chicago Fashion Week! 

We kicked it off right Tuesday night with the ladies of Purple Vain, instanTag, and Kouture Kulture. With adorable signature Vanity cocktails, A/W fashion shows playing on the big screen, and a fun photo booth courtesy of instanTag, the night turned out to be a blast!

You can check out even more photos from the event and share your own stylish photos by downloading instanTag in the app store. Through tagging the brands you wear, you can earn 'coins' based on likes that result in gift cards! Who doesn't love style that pays back?!

The stars of the show... Sister duo, Amanda and Crystal, launched online boutique, Purple Vain, "for the woman that knows her value and values her closet". We met these lovely ladies at their launch event back in June and were so inspired by their passion! Keep an eye out as these two rock the world of e-commerce by following their blog

We met so many inspiring designers, which we can't wait to feature! Not to mention, we saw some amazing style. And, can we talk about the GIRL POWER these female entrepreneurs were exuding?! Stay tuned for our future collab with Purple Vain, and don't forget to follow our new friends.

Purple Vain: Instagram
instanTag: Instagram
Kouture Kulture: Instagram

Truly Yours,
P.S. "A beautiful woman is a beautiful woman, but a beautiful woman with a brain is an absolutely lethal combination." - Prabal Gurung

Monday, October 6, 2014

Spring 2015 Fashion Week Wrap Up: Milan and Paris

It's October already and while most people are picking out Halloween costumes, we can't stop thinking about how quickly fashion month has come and gone. This past month has been a particularly exciting on for us both here at P.S. Truly Yours because it has been confirmed that we will be traveling to one of the world's fashion capitals in January. Can you guess which one?! Okay, okay we will tell you! We are going to London! 

While living abroad, we absolutely plan to keep you up-to-date with every second of our lives. Don't you worry. And seeing as though that it is time to wrap-up these past few weeks once again, we could not be more excited about the very possible chance that we will actually be in one, if not more, of these cities for the Fall shows. Could life get any better?! In the meantime, we will focus on this season and the insanity that ensued in Milan and Paris. We wrapped up New York and London and showed you once again how to take looks from the runway and style them your way.  We're back again with the opulent styles of the two most luxurious fashion capitals, Milan and Paris. 

Bri's Picks
I really had no other choice, people. Oh, to think of what it would be like to spend a day in the shoes of Jeremy Scott. Clearly, it would be very pink-filled occassion. Yes, this great creative decided to pay a full on homage to one of fashions most historic icons - Barbie. As little girls, we all dreamed of being her. Well, now thanks to Jeremy Scott for Moschino, we totally can!

Sure, it's a bit 'costumey', but really how could it not be?! He has created an entire line taken directly from Barbie's dream closet! Of course he had to incorporate the signature Moschino graphic tee, this one reading "Moschino for ages 5 and up." Yup, I need that. It is safe to say that you will likely be seeing many life size dolls prancing down the streets next summer, and that is so not a bad thing at all. Love, love, love this. 

On a more serious note, Barbara Bui seriously brought it this Paris Fashion Week. How beautiful! I absolutely was enamored by her patchwork to begin the show. She put a tribal spin on modern, sleek looks that then evolved into extremely sleek and kind of futuristic preppy sportswear. It was amazing. 

White and black were the base of each look, aside from a slew of orange pieces  at the end of her show, and of course the all gold sweatsuit, which I need immediately. And to top off each look with a pointed toe oxford was so refreshing. With added elements of color and metallics, this show was completely on trend and absolutely to-die-for. 

Samantha's Picks

With all the big names of Milan and Paris, it is always an extremely hard decision on which shows are my favorite. Fay, however, was definitely my Milan favorite because of how unexpected and sporty it was. I loved seeing such a fresh line walk down the catwalks of such a glamour-related fashion capital.

My attraction to this line is definitely because of its influence from street style and English designers Nasir Mazhar. I loved the mix of pastel and sporty pops of neon. The play on Charlie Brown was adorable and gave the collection life on the runway. I'll take one of everything!

The always amazing Giambattista Valli topped my list for Paris fashion week. Valli told that this collection marked a point of clarity in his career, embodying the art of his design skills. 

This season's inspiration was drawn from Japan's postwar Metabolist movement, a time in which the perfect balance of industrial and artisanal design was achieved. This concept is so reflected in the materials and intricacy used in the looks. Claimed to be Valli's most accomplished collection to date, Spring 2015 definitely didn't disappoint. 

Off the catwalks and into our closets one more time until Fall FW...

Barbara Bui:                                         Bri: 

Fay:                                      Samantha:

Truly yours,
P.S. "I have no problem with women wearing anything, as long as she has chosen to wear it." - Phoebe Philo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spring 2015 Fashion Week Wrap Up: New York and London

It's that time again! Fashion month began just a few days into September and it's already flying by! With both New York and London under our belt, we thought it would only be appropriate to pop in with a little wrap up including our favorites from each Fashion Capital.

Bri's Picks
New York
Of course, Prabal Gurung steals my heart every New York Fashion Week. This is a man you can rely on to put out a truly innovative collection. Prabal is somewhat of a newbie in this biz, and it seems as though he is really starting to find his groove. This season, he continued the same storyline as his previous collection as his woman continues her trek up the Himalaya mountains.

The pastel palate is always a good choice for a spring collection, and Prabal made it his own by incorporating amazing textures like ruffles, feathers, and exquisite bead work. Not to mention his new shoe collection that is to-die-for. What I enjoyed most was that the show itself was a journey. He began with flowing accents that transitioned into chunky spring knits that evolved into detailed dresses and sophisticated suits...and then ended with stunning ball gowns that are bound to be seen on every red carpet this season.

London always brings something new and exciting. It seems to be a week that I can rely on to discover a new designer and immediately fall in love - this season, I discovered Roksanda. How I never knew about this amazing talent is astonishing. We all know I am a sucker for simplicity, and someone who can take such bold color combinations and create a minimalist style absolutely has my attention.

I loved the asymmetrical peplums that revealed a pop of extra color. The matching separates were a great way to break up the color blocked pieces, and in all, this was an extremely cohesive and wearable collection. Color blocking is a trend that never seems to go out of style. For Roksanda to reinvent the wheel and show such a modern and sleek collection absolutely sold me.

Samantha's Picks

New York
With androgyny popping up in almost every aspect of the fashion industry lately, there's no surprise that the trend is growing on me. This new found love alongside my endless admiration for street style pretty much sums up the reason my pick is A.A. Antonio Azzoulo's S/S 15 show.  Azzoulo, known for his specialty in mens' tailoring, played up both masculinity and femininity while remaining simple and fresh

From the styling to overall aesthetic of the models, this show was impeccably put together. I loved the pops of subtle color. It added range to a collection that still remained strongly cohesive.

London always has been and probably always will be my favorite fashion week. The little quirks and innovations of the work of British designers is something I wait anxiously for every six months. This September, Issa's pop art-inspired collection blew me away. 

Like Prabal, Issa also continued on a concept that was depicted last season - the use of geometric prints. The color palette and prints were a perfectly fresh spin on the concept of pop art. I loved the texture combinations and reoccurring use organza detailing. They gave the collection a light, feminine feel. 

As we did last season, we thought we'd take these looks off the beyond perfect models and recreate them using clothing from our own closets. It's such a fun challenge to take designer styling and try it out within your own wardrobe. It can really expand the way you think about getting dressed. Check out our attempts at re-creating our favorite looks:

Prabal:                                         Bri:

A.A. Antonio Azzoulo:                                      Samantha:

Truly yours,
P.S. "The privilege of lifetime is being who you are." - Joseph Campbell

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