Saturday, September 18, 2010

Runway Realway

Happy Fashion Week, everyone!

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed New York Fashion Week and were keeping up with some amazing collections by very talented designers.

So, this brings me to my thought of the moment. I love fashion, runways, fashion weeks, couture collections, elite designers and the like. But, what I have a problem with is its exclusivity. Like I've said in my previous posts, fashion should be inclusive, rather than exclusive.

I obsessively check for the latest news in the fashion industry along with other blogs that I think test traditional style limits. Fashion blogs such as Cupcakes and Cashmere, Fashion Toast and Sea of Shoes go beyond the typical idea of just clothes. Not only do the bloggers engage their readers, but they truly care about what they think...and comment back to them, too!

I really applaud those who break unconventional norms and try something different. Check them out and add them to your Google Reader...I promise, it's worth it!

Also, some exciting updates! Urban Style's Web site is updated with new fall pictures from designers and new content! We also are featuring a calendar of Urban Style's upcoming trunk shows from Lorain Croft, Jarbo and Loreta Corsetti, our in-house milliner!

Reader's Note: Somehow, it's not allowing me to link to other sites and post pictures...I will be fixing this ASAP!

Keep on the lookout for more amazing pieces coming in DAILY to Urban Style!

Happy Fall!

Urban Style Emporium

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sweet Disposition

Happy Sunday!

Almost to another work week and back to the grind. However, here are a few things I like to start my weekdays with, making those five days a bit more bearable and a lot more sweeter.

1. Temper Trap's song "Sweet Disposition." Easy listening, with much build-up at the end. Guitars and soft crescendo= an utterly blissful 3:55.

2. As the season progresses, I have been drawn to all things autumn. Now, whether it's apple cider or the sound of crunchy leaves, I will always hold one thing dear to my fall heart: A pumpkin spice candle. Not only is it a nice swap from the harsh fluorescent lighting, but makes your room smell like a fresh baked pie. Now what could be better?

(This is my school's College Green during the fall!)

3. Lately, I've been trying to not "sweat the small stuff." This is exceedingly hard in people's hectic and busy lifestyles, but probably the most useful advice. Thus, in my room I have a piece of artwork hanging that reminds me to always keep perspective. Like I stated in the end of an earlier post, the artwork states, "Keep Calm and Carry On." Oh so true! Say it to yourself five times fast every day!

4. I am a huge magazine lover and this has translated to my friends, as well. Anything from Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and the like, we can't get enough. So, flipping through the pages of Lucky Magazine, I found yet again a line that Urban Style carries in store! The profile was on the jewelry line, Dannijo. Here's the link online to the profile Lucky wrote! I love all the line's pieces and I especially think they make great statement pieces for any outfit.

5. Now, to the fun part. Every time I dread the beginning of the week, I pick an outfit the night before to wear the next day. Not only does this save me a tremendous amount of time, but also is kind of a fun little surprise, something to look forward to. New York Fashion Week is this week and i'm anticipating all of the shows! I keep checking hour by hour to see updates...I'll keep you posted! However, what I hear is huge for this season is fur and leather. Living in a small college town, fashion risks are few and far between. Yet, a few friends and I decide to be bold every now and then and sport some looks that may get a few stares. On my must-wear list: faux-fur topper, military green cargo pants, leather shorts, fringe and huge cocktail rings.

Also, I hope everyone checked out Skif's Trunk Show this weekend in-store! Not only does Skif have a variety of colors and designs, but styles to fit each personality. The process of making these sweaters is intricate and makes the garment, I feel, more interesting and unique. I want to hear how the trunk show went and what customers favorite purchases were! Keep posting comments everyone!

Have a terrific week everyone and remember the list of things to brighten up even the gloomiest days!


Urban Style Emporium

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to Basics

Hello Everyone!

Again, I apologize for the hiatus in blog posts. As my last post concluded, my summer in Chicago was a whirlwind. I wouldn't have traded it for anything and I definitely took home a lot of helpful advice that will help facilitate my future.

So, with that said...I'm back in Appalachia. Thus, the title "Back to Basics." In Southern Ohio, times are a bit tough, just like the entire country. However, even with this economic depression, one thing remained the same: girl's just want to have fun.

And while I am addressing the Cyndi Lauper song, I think this mentality translates into fashion. I believe that more and more, people are looking for an escape. Whether it's the hustle and bustle, the always present sound of sirens in the city (a la Chicago) or the quiet, sleepy streets of a college town, at times everyone wants to just, well, get away.

But, like I said, I feel that people are now embracing reality and truly getting back to enjoying life. And even more so, living life.

While there has been a shift in focus for the fashion industry, people will always love style. We at Urban Style Emporium love the change of seasons and the prospect of promise and fresh beginnings.

This fall we are carrying a variety of lines that capture this very life aesthetic. We not only are excited to have these new fall lines from Ivan Grundahl, Elm, Skif and Studio Rundholz, but we are thrilled to share them with you!

Here are a few photographs from designers we are carrying this fall:

From Ivan Grundahl's Fall 2010 Line
(As you can tell, we love Ivan)

Photographs from Studio Rundholz
(Doesn't this last picture just epitomize tranquility?)

Keep looking on our Twitter and Facebook for daily updates and our annual trunk shows! Skif will be featured in the next week, don't miss it!

From all of us at Urban Style Emporium, "Keep Calm and Carry On."

Monday, August 2, 2010

European Exposure

Sorry for the delay in blog posts, everyone! As my time in Chicago comes to a close (I leave Friday morning!) I have come to experience the city to the fullest, enjoying the myriad of things to do here.

Whether it's exploring the various neighborhoods (Lincoln and Wicker are fantastic!), trying each food genre or observing the fashion industry in Chicago, I have truly come to love this city and feel as if it is home. And hopefully it will be!

Walking down Michigan Avenue to work every day has opened my eyes to Chicago's fashion possibilities. As such in a big city, people are willing to try their hand at expressing their own individuality and I suppose by seeing this, it has rubbed off on me.

Looking at storefronts, whether it's Louis Vuitton or H&M, i've summed up my own mantra on fashion:

STYLE is not about the price tag, it's about the feeling. The mentality. I always thought that I needed the "it" bag or trendiest piece. The realization is this, my fellow friends: Style is innately you and as amazing as it would be to have that "it" bag, I have to keep telling myself, "you're still in school and thus, let's snap back to reality."

From this mindset, I scour fashion magazines and find myself drawn to European design aesthetics. Modern, contemporary and cool, the clean lines and edginess that is European fashion interests me as I translate high-end looks to my own wardrobe.

Bringing this all home, working at Urban Style Emporium for the last two months has allowed me to see a variety of designers from different countries, all with different, individuals styles. One line that I first got exposure to a few weeks back is from Ray Harris, a designer right out of London.

Wondering about his own approach to fashion, I asked him a few questions on European
design and his own line:

1. First off, how does living in England affect your design philosophy? Are you inspired by places and things around you?
The English sense of the eccentric is who I am.

2. How do you choose the materials in your pieces? Does it come from a utilitarian standpoint?
Fabrics are chosen for their tactile qualities and the way that we can mix modern fabrics with traditional techniques.

3. How do English and American fashion differ and do you design for both in mind?
We design beautiful things which we like regardless of the market, but we find that we often sell different pieces in America and England. The American market tends to like more extreme designs, such as more relaxed and sporty or more glamorous and dressed at the other end of the spectrum.

4. Favourite piece for fall?
The favourite pieces for fall are the Organza Blanket Jacket and the Pleated Fleece Elbow coat. They are both very different, but great pieces to have for fall.

I am thrilled at the chance to see these amazing, one of a kind pieces that encompass hand-crafted design, fluidity and modernity all in a garment. I encourage you to visit Urban Style Emporium in the next few weeks and months as we feature, along with Harris, another European designer who now lives in New York, Lorain Croft.

Again, keep checking our Facebook and Twitter for more fall photographs from your favorite designers such Elm, Ivan Grundahl, Planet, Cookie Johnson, Studio Rundholz, So Hung and more!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

All That Glitters...

So, it's been a bit rainy here in Chicago the past few days, hasn't it?

Well, during my battle to defeat gloom, I checked my daily fashion blogs to see what's in, what's fun and what my favorite bloggers are wearing.

Now, I have a variety of blogs that I love to check daily (Urban Style should be yours!), but one of my favorites is a blog called FashionToast. Starting her blog in 2007, Rumi Neely has many fashion followers like myself who love to see her twist style, breaking the rules of typical style.

With that said, I was surprised to see one post of Neely's focusing on Dannijo, a jewelry brand we sell at Urban Style! Exciting, to say the least. Dannijo is a brand by two sisters headquarted in the Meat Packing District in New York City. The brand specializes in intricately twisted, chained necklaces that add a bit of modernity and freshness to any look.

Celebrities such as Beyonce Knowles, Gayle King, Alecia Keys and Mary Louise Parker all have been spotted in Dannijo pieces ranging from necklaces, rings and cuffs.

In fact, Terri (Urban Style's owner and my lovely boss) allowed me to borrow a Dannijo necklace for an event I was attending with the Chicago Fashion Foundation. Having the theme "Little Black Dress" I was stumped how to add a bit of flavor to my classic black dress. Being the Chicago novice that I am, I asked for directions several times. Each time, the person so generously assisting me commented on the necklace and how fantastic it was. This gave me added confidence and the compliments didn't stop on the street!

When I arrived at the event, the women who served on the board of the Chicago Fashion Foundation said my necklace was great and asked who the designer was and where did I get that piece of glorious jewelry.

Needless to say, I felt amazing and the necklace really transformed and completed my look. Here's my roommate Alyssa Scheid and I posing for a photograph in the Dannijo necklace.

All in all, it was a fantastic evening and I am so happy that I not only had the opportunity to experience Chicago fashion, but wear it as well!

From all of us at Urban Style Emporium, have a great week and stay stylish!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Another Helping

Bonjour, Aloha, Guten Tag, Hola, Gidday!

Hope all of you Urban Stylers had an amazing weekend. So many exciting things happen daily in Chicago , sometimes it's hard to catch everything. Speaking of catching, did you find any great deals at our sidewalk sale this weekend? I've heard from a number of sources everyone was very stylishly pleased! Keep checking in-store through the upcoming weeks and month as fall lines will be placed on the floor! Remember, military greens, leather and fur is in for fall, so don't miss out!

To break up the monotony of wordy posts, I thought I'd mix in a little recipe that I feel, is quintessentially summer. An Italian staple, Bruschetta can be seen as an appetizer, meal, and well hell, even a dessert. In times of chaos and hunger, I tend to opt to whatever is either easy and/or cheap. Bruschetta usually fits the bill.

So, here's a quick recipe to change up summer dining:


1 ½ cups cubed white nectarines
1 ¼ chopped yellow or orange tomatoes
½ cup coarsely chopped arugula
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons Pavone Sonoma Sage Vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 Serrano chiles, seeded & minced
Mix all ingredients, season with salt & pepper and serve on grilled baguette slices. Or use as a topping for grilled fish or chicken.


Preheat a broiler or prepare a fire in a charcoal grill.

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, olive oil, vinegar (Check out the one we sell in-store at Urban Style! It's from Sonoma and gives it an extra twist!) and salt and toss well.

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Place the bread on a baking sheet or grill rack and broil or grill, turning once, until lightly toasted on both sides, about 2 minutes total. Remove from the broiler or grill and immediately rub one side of each slice with the garlic cloves.

Arrange the grilled bread, garlic side up, on a serving platter and spoon on the tomatoes, dividing evenly.

Voila! Simple, delicious and doesn't try too hard. We at Urban Style not only like this mentality, we'll have seconds.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Red Hot Savings

It's the time we've all be waiting for! Drum roll, please...

Urban Style Emporium's Annual Sidewalk Sale is happening TOMORROW (Thursday) through Saturday, normal business hours!

Everything in store is 50-80% off, assuring you some amazing one-time deals! We're transitioning from summer to fall, with select pieces from amazing designers such as Ivan Grundahl to Lorrain Croft on sale. Be one of the lucky individuals to own a piece by these favorites at Urban Style!

No matter what your price point, the sidewalk sale offers a little bit of "Urban Style" for everyone! Pieces range from ten dollars to two-hundred, including some amazing jewelry, handbags, accessories and apparel.

Comfortable faded t-shirts from Jenny B. for $25/30 come in several colors such as green, red, blue and black that are perfect for summer nights! Paired with some amazing jeans that are now $40, it's a look you can't beat, without beating your wallet!

For a reminder, the sale is happening Thursday through Saturday.

Thursday Hours: 11-7 p.m.
Friday Hours: 11-7 p.m.
Saturday- 11-6 p.m.

On behalf of the staff at Urban Style Emporium, we look forward to seeing you this weekend!