Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fierce Files: Vol 1

{My new equipment shirts I scored at Nordstrom Rack}

(Organic Oat Smoothie from Harvest Juicery )
( My 1st Chanel kicks)
 (Picked up some Magnolia Bakery cupcakes to review)
My weekend seems to always consist of eating but not to fret, because I shop too! lol.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

GDFierce Exclusive: Ashley Hutchinson

(Ashley's Top 4 Beauty Picks)

I had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Ashley Hutchinson. She is as sweet and cheerful as you would imagine from her Instagram handle @mushroomstew. It was a rainy day the morning of the interview at Harvest Juicery, but she looked impeccable in her rain boots and fierce trench. We gabbed like old girlfriends reuniting after years of being apart and just like that, POOF,  an hour and a half flew by.  I hope you enjoy the Q & A below, as much as I did.


The Interview

What are your top 3 favorite apps on your iPhone?

1.Vscocam (What photographer doesn't love the most portable version of Photoshop?)
2. Instagram (Obviously!)
3.Shopstyle (This app is run by Popsugar and is really awesome to use when I find a designer dress, purse,etc that I like but, rather wait for it to go on sale. I can save the item and get an email when it goes on sale in my size. Genius!)

Favorite restaurants in Chicago?

1. Summer House in Lincoln Park (For their dangerous cookie bar and fresh cocktails with rosemary sprigs)

2. Longman & Eagle (Especially for brunch)

3.Big Star (Their pescado tacos are heaven on earth)

4. Doughnut Vault (For doughnuts, especially their old fashioned ones)

5. Gibsons (This is where my husband and I had a lot of dates, when we first got together and I think it was bonding over our mutual love for the perfect crab cake. That clued us in to how compatible we were)

What is your pet peeve?

People in a massive hurry, especially in the the Loop. I prefer to slowdown and enjoy every second.

Favorite food?

I'm a brunch lover through and through. So my favorite food would be Smoked Salmon Benedict (Longman & Eagle and Bistrot Margot in Old Town have my favorites so far)

Favorite Movies?

Hitchcock's Rebecca (I read and fell in love with the book first)

Eat Drink Man Woman
Like Water for Chocolate
Ramen Girl
Jiro Dreams of Shushi
(I like any films with an extensive amount of cooking)

I also love The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The original Star Wars trilogy and the Harry Potter films.

Favorite Designers?

Tory Burch (For making chic American-inspired classics that are still comfortable)
Zara (For just about everything)
Alexander McQueen (For inspiration and perfect tailoring)
Diane Von Furstenburg (For her innovative prints)
Issa London ( For when I want a sexy dress)
Lululemon (For working out)
La Cannadienne (For winter boots that can handle the Chicago sludge)
LK Bennett (For bringing fresh, yet classic British style stateside)

What scares you?

Centipedes and Heights.

What makes you happy?

Excellent food, good conversations and creating each and every day.

What can your readers expect from you in the near future, creatively?

Right now I am on the cusp of launching both my personal blog and a shopping-based blog out of LA. I've just invested in a new camera and I am amping up my product photography business, as well. So, stay tuned! I plan on 2014 being a very creative and productive year!

Since I am a fan of Inside the Actors Studio. I borrowed my last question. "If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates"?

This way to Heaven's Pug Cloud. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fierce Restaurant: Taco Joint

The BEST Barbacoa tacos I have EVER had! 
Which is saying a lot because I grew up in Cali (where there is a taco stand on every! Definitely a "MUST experience" when visiting Chicago. 

Amazing Guacamole! BONUS: If you visit on a Sunday, just take a pic of your food and post it on Instagram and you will receive a complimentary guacamole-n-chips. That's what I call a WIN WIN!

Lincoln Park  
1969 N Halsted | Chicago, IL 60614 
p 312.951.2457 | f 312.951.7243

Food Review: Chicago Vol. 1

FOREVER YOGURT has amazing frozen yogurt and the most variety of topping treats in Chicago Address: 

1739 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 (224) 999-7903

Everyone knows I live for lox and smoked whitefish. So, I finally came across a fabulous Jewish deli, ELEVEN CITY DINER located in the South Loop area in Chicago. They, hands down, have the best corned beef sandwich and Lox/Whitefish sandwiches in town.  

 1112 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 212-1112

WHOLE FOODS on Roosevelt Rd has the BEST Cookies and Cream Gelato. The texture and chunks of Oreo cookies are "to die for".

1101 S Canal St #107, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 435-4600

Fierce Review: Smashbox BB Cream Concealer

I have been on the search for a perfect concealer that brights my eye area and gives great coverage. Well, VOILA...found it!! This concealer blends flawlessly and never creases. It fades the look of dark circles instantly and over time, reduces the appearance of puffiness, visibly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, and improves firmness. It also primes, protects, conceals, hydrates, and illuminates. I mean it is basically perfection in a stick ( But, don't take my word for it, click here to try it out. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fierce Video: Garance Dore

I bought my first Equipment top yesterday and I must say, its worth every penny. Garance Dore and her friends are so cute in this fun video. Enjoy! 

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My Fierce Finds Vol. 1

YSL "Babydoll" mascara + Josie Maran hand cream

Yesterday I ventured to one of my favorite consignment shops {Crossroads Trading Co} and stumbled upon these fierce finds below.  I have expensive taste and I only shop for deals.  If I bought full price I would never have any $$$$$  Being fierce is also about being smart and knowing your budget.  I hope this post inspires you to venture to your closest consignment shop and have as much fun as I did. Yay! 

Jimmy Choo and Bloch 

"Neon Color blocked" Equipment Shirt

Karen Walker sunnies 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fierce Cover: Vogue April 2014

The couple you love to hate is back at it again, on the cover of April 2014 VOGUE.  I must admit that I am not a fan of Kanye West’s personality.  It seems to me that every time I see one of his interviews, I shake my head about his outward disregard and disrespect for people and himself. But, I can’t deny how influential “Kimye” is as a couple. I just wish that Kanye would use his celebrity in a more professional, humble and positive way.  Kim Kardashian on the other hand is as stunning as ever. But, do you think that her flame will blow out soon? Geez, I hope not. Check out this video from the photo shoot.