Get to know more about Carol and Lauren of Second City Style.
JS: How did you two meet….and come up with Second City Style?
CC: Lauren and I were in a business networking group. She was in Marketing and Technology and I was a graphic designer. We worked on a project together and started talking about fashion and beauty and just about everything else and became friends. She wanted to start her own business and was actually the one who came up with idea of a fashion website for the women of Chicago. Well, with her MBA and background she really knew more about how to do this and took off with it. I thought it would be a little side biz, and it turned into a full time job!
JS: What do you enjoy most about your online magazine and blog?
CC: I mostly enjoy meeting and interviewing fashion designers and going to New York Fashion Week. Our contributing writers are wonderful and many have been with Second City Style since it started in 2006, and we all share a passion for fashion.
JS: What are your favorite trends right now?
CC: Right now I really like mixing prints, in small doses! I am glad that there is a return to clean suits and jackets, and that skirt lengths are getting longer. It is much more suitable for our target demographic, which is age 30-50, and for me!
JS: What is the biggest fashion faux pas??
CC: Women can have fun with trends, but they need to keep it age-appropriate! Too short, too tight and too revealing in too many places - at once - is usually the origin of a big faux pas. The issue is really about fit and balance. We don’t want to take the fun out of dressing and want women to enjoy the trends, and this is where we like to guide them. You can wear a plunging neckline, or a skirt with a slit, or vice-versa but please not together.
JS: Is there anything else that you would like people to know about Second City Style?
CC: Recently we put together a manifesto that sums things up. We believe that when it comes to fashion and beauty, women should always surround themselves with luxury, they should not settle for less at any age and life’s luxuries do not necessarily require breaking the bank. We believe in … Attainable Luxury.
Keep up with the ladies of Second City Style at www.secondcitystyle.com, or tweet them @SecondCityStyle
Come support local artists~
RAW Chicago presents “The Blend”
Thursday, May 24th @ Double Door
3 Music Sets | Jaclyn Ortiz, Bad Bad Meow, Obisoulstar
Short Film Screening | Heperidian Productions
2 Fashion lines | Kali Butterfly, Fotoula Lambros
“Pop-Up” Visual artist gallery
DJ Flip the Skript
RAW:natural born artists is a nationwide organization for artists, by artists, that hosts eclectic monthly art showcases in more than 60 major cities across the country currently, and growing.
RAW’s mission as an organization is to provide a platform for local independent and emerging artists in all genres, to network and connect with one another, gain more exposure, and find a new audience.
Advanced tickets are $10 and can be purchased through an artist to support their place in the show at http://www.rawartists.org/chicago/theblend. Tickets go up to $15 at the door. Doors for the 21+ event open at 7:30 pm and guests are encouraged to dress in cocktail attire.
Double Door is located at 157 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622.
I became a part of RAW in March 2012. As soon as I joined RAW, I was asked to be a part of the NYC Showcase Menagerie, which took place in April. I loved the showcase so much in NYC that I decided to do more showcases in different cities! I am very excited about showcasing in Chicago for Blend! I love RAW because they are giving me an opportunity to promote my art regionally and nationally! (Angela Brown, Owner/Designer, ScarfiaDesigns)
I’m excited about the event because this is the first time I will have a fashion show dedicated solely to my chainmaille fashion. I’m excited to be a part of RAW because they’ve created a vibrant community of artists. (Vanessa Walilko, Kali Butterfly)
at The Blend. It’s a great opportunity for artists
to gain visibility, and celebrate their creativity. CHD is constantly
evolving because we are community based. So for us, creating this
piece has really pushed our skills. (Kelly Strycker)
fashion in fast forward http://www.alejandroingelmo.com/video/video
In preparation of the Cheeky ‘Real People of Style’ fashion show, I have been in Adidas, Bloomingdale’s, DNA2050, Karen Millen, L.K. Bennett, Mark Shale, and Original Penguin about once a day for the past month. I know the merchandise as if I were an employee! Let me tell you, there are SO many amazing pieces out right now. Here are some things you need for spring…
See many more of my favorites walk the runway at the show, March 29th~