Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cheers from London!




Between the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and making the move across the pond, we've been M.I.A. for a while. But, now that we're finally settled in to the eclectic and ever-inspiring city of London, we are so excited to fill you all in and continue to share our exciting journey with you!



In our 1 month as official Londoners, we've seen Big Ben, we've ridden on the iconic double decker buses, and we've even tucked away into a big red phone booth or two... So yesterday we checked one more ritual off our London to-do lists - We had a proper afternoon tea! And to our surprise, this does not involve sipping tea with pinkies out.





Yes, you read that right. Apparently the 'pinkies out' rule is a mere misconception about this traditional British experience. Well, pinkies or no pinkies our delightful tea time was complete with finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries galore! It was absolutely one of our favorite adventures in the city so far. We sipped and cheers'd at the adorable Sketch Gallery in the Mayfair area of London. In an old time parlor room that was truly all-pink-everything, on a street that was home to Moschino, Burberry, and Vivienne Westwood, we tasted caviar and ├ęclairs until we were stuffed. 







Though the perfectly arranged tower of sliced sandwiches was truly a masterpiece, we have to say, one of the coolest parts about Sketch Gallery was their crazy futuristic bathrooms...



Yes, that is a bathroom. Created by an army of white egg-like pods and a disco floor ceiling, it was definitely an interesting place to fix your lipstick. In all, we had a lovely afternoon tea and do intend on bringing this ritual back to the states because what other excuse is there to eat an adorable bite-sized plater of gourmet assortments?


Stay tuned for more of our adventures and insights into the fashions and cultures that fill this  incredible city. 

Cheers!



Truly Yours,






P.S. "There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." - Henry James

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
Milan
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. 

Paris
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


Milan
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!

Paris
The always amazing Giambattista Valli topped my list for Paris fashion week. Valli told Style.com 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
 

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