Monday, March 31, 2014

St. Frimpong Fashion Show coverage

Yesterday we got the privilege to check out Ghana-native-gone-Chicagoan designer St. Frimpong's collective fashion show. The designer showed his Spring 2014 Womenswear, Fall 2014 Womenswear, and 2015 Menswear collections. The unique pieces created by St. Eugene Frimpong represent his African history while also expressing how he has developed as a designer by studying and residing in Chicago. 





The show was held at the adorable Bridgeport Art Center. The rustic, wooded vibe of the location worked fabulously with the sophisticated décor. Upon arrival, we indulged ourselves in the sweet treats and drinks offered to us while browsing the intricate pieces at the pop-up shop of jewelry designer Mixxi G





Once we took our seats, we admired the black rose petal covered runway which was swiftly swept away for the show to start.



The show featured a really interesting mix of styles from sophisticated glamor and bold colors, to edgy and urban furs and silhouettes. We loved the cloaks, figure-hugging gowns, and, of course, the dapper men's looks. The women's looks were styled by Dutch and the men's looks were styled by Malachi Artese. Great job, boys! Hairstyles were crafted by the talented stylists at Spoil Me Salon & Spa and make-up looks were directed by Flawless Beauty artists. 







 These were some of our favorite looks!








It was a lovely evening, and we cannot wait to attend all the amazing Chicago shows in the future!

Truly Yours,
 

P.S. "Fashion is the only attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse." - Francis Bacon 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Go Local: Rebecca Mir Grady

We are so excited to bring back our Go Local series! If you are just tuning in, here at P.S. Truly Yours we LOVE local. All things local all the live long day. On this very special day we bring you the amazing talent of local jeweler Rebecca Mir Grady. Her Spring/Summer 2014 collection, "TRACKS", is here and we were so excited to get our hands on it (more like to get it on our hands... tee he he) After 8 years as a metalsmith, Rebecca launched her eponymous brand in the fall of 2013. Originally from Alaska and raised in Maine, she continued her trend of cold climate living and moved to Chiberia where she studied design and sculpture at the School of the Art Institute.

With a passion for sustainability, equality and pure artistry, Rebecca created "TRACKS", her second collection, which features fifty pieces that are handcrafted from sterling silver and 14k gold. We were lucky enough to style up these beautiful pieces and get an exclusive interview with our new favorite indie designer. Read on to see our looks and learn more about this local entrepreneur, craftsman, and true talent.



What/who inspires you?
This collection is inspired to two journey's: my own travels to a remote island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and Robyn Davidson’s risky 1700-mile trek by camel across the Australian desert in 1977. I had just re-read “Tracks”, Davidson’s account of her trip across the desert of Western Australia. I also have a beautiful book of photographs of the trip called “From Alice to Ocean” by Rick Smolan, who photographed Davidson’s trip for National Geographic - those pictures really stay with you. I started sketching out the collection on a small island in the UP, close to the Canadian border, and I kept thinking about the similarities in isolation and incredible natural beauty. So the two places became entwined for me, and the drawings of both in my sketchbook became the collection “TRACKS”.

How is your personal style reflected in the jewelry you make?
The jewelry is made to be worn with everything – dressed up or down. I work with my hands, and bike for transportation most of the year, so I'm pretty demanding of my jewelry. I like simple lines, which comes partly from my drawing style.


 

What is your favorite piece in the collection and why?
I have tons of favorites in the new collection, it's so hard to choose – I'm wearing the Davidson 12mm cuff ring right now, stacked with a 14k Yellow Gold Thetis band. I love the McLeod 6mm ring, and the Ayers rings, especially the 17mm tapered ring. And the McLeod wrap ring! Can you tell I play favorites with rings?

What is your creative design process?
I like to sketch pieces out ahead of time, on notecards and I'll tack them up on my bulletin boards with magazine tears and postcards. I'll start out making one or two pieces and then gradually add more drawings and more jewelry until the collection feels rounded out.



What motivated you to put such an emphasis on sustainability throughout your collections?
I've always held a sense of awe and respect for the natural world in my art and design work. I held off on launching my line until I knew that I could source recycled materials for the jewelry because I wanted the methods and materials of the jewelry making to have a direct correlation to the inspiration behind the pieces.

When you aren't making fabulous jewelry, how do you like to spend your time?
I also make comics and I have an ongoing zine project called SHE IS RESTLESS that I just debuted vol. 6 + 7 of at Chicago Zine Fest last weekend.

What advice do you have for aspiring small business entrepreneurs like yourself?
Make a quality product, or service, take great photographs and tell your story. 


 

Isn't she amazing?? To learn more about Rebecca and to purchase pieces from "TRACKS" go to www.rebeccamirgrady.com

Samantha's look:Ayers ring / Macha necklace
Bri's look: McLeod bracelet / Davidson ring / Alice earrings


Truly yours, 

 P.S. "I'm a big fan of small business ownership. I think it's the backbone of American innovation. But to be successful, you first have to have the courage to go for it." - Bill Rancic





Thursday, March 27, 2014

10 To-Die-For Beauty Products



How do you beauty? As girls, beauty is our favorite thing to gush about (second to fashion, obviously). Discussing different products, swapping brand favorites, and offering up advice to our friends is basically written as a rule in girl code. Although we differ significantly on skin types, hair tones, reactions, and opinions, hearing reassurance on the products on the market is golden. Today, we bring to you our top ten TO-DIE-FOR beauty products.







1. Moroccan Oil treatment 
This great little bottle of oils works miracles on dry or damaged hair. We can't live without it in the winter time. It keeps our hair looking shiny and feeling smooth.












2. Davines alchemic shampoo
This organic shampoo is the absolute best product to keep hair color bright. It's a huge plus to know you're not putting any icky chemicals on your scalp.






















3. Davines Momo serum
If you ever "scrunch" your hair... you MUST try this product. Once again, all-natural and leaves your hair feeling just that. It doesn't leave your curls feeling nasty and crunchy like other products.












4. Benefit Bella Bamba blush 
We love any blush palette from Benefit. We go straight to the Benefit counter when we're on the hunt for any kind of make-up. 


















5. Lush Love Lettuce fresh face mask 
This fabulous blend of almond shells, lavender essential oil, and honey will leave your face feeling smoother than you've ever felt before. Psst... Make sure to go to a Lush boutique on Thursdays. This is when they get their fresh face masks in :) 









6. Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner 
This in-shower lotion contains Argon oil, cocoa butter, cupuaça butter, brazil nut, and almond oils. All these exotic ingredients enrich your skin at its best - when your pores are open in a steamy shower. You condition your hair... why not your skin?























7. Lush Breath of Fresh Air toner water
This light spray feels so great on your face any time of day. A few light spritzes and the redness and unevenness of your skin tone will quickly disappear.



















8. Carmex lip balm 
This medicated lip balm is ALWAYS a go-to for cracked winter lips. It's the only thing guaranteed to not only moisturize your lips, but also heal them.
















9. Bare Minerals original foundation
The miracle face make-up. It blends so perfectly with every skin tone and doesn't appear heavy on the face. No one can even tell you're wearing foundation!











10. Big Sexy Hair powder play

This powder is a favorite hair trick. Put a little on your roots, activate by rubbing, and your hair will tease itself. It's so fun when you want to give your hair a messy, laid back look.











Try out our favorite products and tweet at us how you like them! (@PSTYBlog) Don't forget to share your beauty wonders with us. 

Truly Yours,











P.S. "The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” - Yves Saint-Laurent

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hump Day Inspiration: Floral Fun

Now that spring has officially sprung (or now that the Spring Equinox has officially been marked off of our calendars...) we thought it would be appropriate to share our favorite inspirational source, Mother Earth, as we especially enjoy all those natural pops of color that are brought around by the unstoppable April showers. That's right, we're talking about the inevitable and always inspirational spring trend of florals! These natural beauties are brought back every spring/summer season, and we will never get enough. So, this Hump Day we are here to share the love of these beautiful, colorful, and so totally springy prints.  
Maybe if we start to go full on floral in all parts of our life Mother Nature will get the hint... Fingers crossed! Don't forget to check our fabulous Pinterest board for more of these springtime lovelies. 

Truly yours,






P.S. "Life's too short to wear boring clothes." - Cushnie et Ochs


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