Denim Staple Pieces Every Woman Needs

Denim is a fabric that never goes out of style! As some denim trends come and go it can be difficult to determine what pieces to invest in. We have THE staple pieces to add into your wardrobe!

 

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Denim Overalls

A denim staple that you can carry through each decade of your life can be tough to come by! From rocking your Osh Kosh B'gosh as a little girl to wearing a more fitted and styled option later in life, overalls translate throughout the years and through each season. This style by Free People is a great classic, yet current option to take from day to night with this dark wash. Throw on a basic tank underneath for the Spring months and for the chilly seasons rock a fitted turtleneck underneath and a pair of short booties.

 

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The Button-Down

A top that can take you from year to year is the denim button-down. You can throw this on with just about any pant style or skirt or tie it up over a dress! A fun play on the traditional button-down we are seeing this year is pretty embroidery on the shirt like this floral look by JOH Apparel. But if the patterns and detail feel a little out of your comfort zone you can stick to a lightweight chambray style.

 

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Skinny or Slim-Cut Jean

Skinny or straight leg denim is always a cut I recommend to each of my clients since believe it or not, they are flattering on everyone and tend to elongate the body! There are so many ankle styles out there right now that pair perfectly with sandals or a strappy wedge going into the summer months making it easier to get dressed. Opt for a white denim for the Summer like this style from Ann Taylor.

 

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The Jacket

A denim jacket is something that is timeless and is a versatile dress up or dress down item to have in your closet. The spring runways from Tibi to Max Mara were filled with denim, but dark denim in particular which is a great wash to have to throw on with a pair of white jeans for a daytime looks or over a maxi dress for an outdoor party or event. Paige makes a super soft and comfortable style that you can’t go wrong with!


 

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The Trouser

Trousers aren’t just for the 9-5 work pant, they come in a denim style as well! Whether it be highwaisted with a slight bell at the bottom (which is classic) or a mid-rise with a larger bell like these by local designer Heidi Hess that is (very trend right now) just make sure to practice proportion! If there is flare on the bottom balance the look out with a fitted top tucked in on the top and finish the look with a heel in a height you are comfortable with.

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The Skirt

Denim skirts have been around since they became big in the 70’s and have never left the fashion scene! There are so many variations out there to choose from which makes it easier to have options for your body type. An asymmetrical option like this piece by cruelty-free designer Bellantoni is a flattering cut great for most body types!


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Katie
 

The Freckled Stylist's Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Stress Reliever

Moms need a little break and some relaxation from time to time and accupunture is just the fix!  "Give mom the gift of wellness! Acupuncture has been proven to reduce stress and anxieties." -Anh Tran, Acupuncturist at Lateral Fitness. $100, per session at Lateral Fitness in Chicago.

 

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Women Supporting Women

 Penh Lenh is a jewelry line of full of colorful pieces (amazing for summer) made by female artisans in Cambodia. All profits are put directly back into the local economy to help empower the women in career paths and education. Earrings Starting at $30

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A Spring Scarf

A lightweight scarf is the perfect accessory to throw on at the start of a busy day! This piece looks great paired with a simple v-neck tee, jeans, and a pair summer sandal. $140, By Katie Farnan

 

 

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This is a line of intimates with the millennial woman in mind. You try the bras on at home for free and return what you don't want. Bras are only $35 and a portion of sales goes to The Girl Project, helping girls in over 120 countries gain access to education. Doing good and convenience for Mom? Doesn't get any better than that! $30, Harper Wilde

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Luxury Haircare Products

Great locks can make any average day a better day! If Mom spends every few weeks at the salon for touch-ups (you know what I mean, #greyhairs), then this line will hydrate her processed locks creating bouncy and healthy hair. "Shu Uemura is one of the most exclusive professional hair care lines on the market, whose rare ingredients have quickly become a favorite among Maxine Salon clients. Used as an extension of a woman's natural beauty, Shu Uemura products perfectly align with our services to produce incredible results. If you want the women in your life to feel and look beautiful this Mother's Day, a trip to Maxine Salon to try the Shu Uemura products is a great starting point!"  Becca Panos, Maxine Salon Stylist. Starting at $19, by Shu Uemura and available at Maxine Salon

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Relaxing Spa Day

If you want to take a trip to Greece, but don’t see it in the forseable future this place is the next best thing! The Grecian inspired baths are gorgeous and incredibly relaxing making it a great staycation experience. Starting at $70 at AIRE Ancient Baths

  Spring Accessorizing    Stripes for Summer are always in style and the newsboy style is back this season! “Whether she's getting her hands dirty in the garden, training outdoors or enjoying a beach day, thiis Military Cap is the perfect gift for every Super Mom. With a built-in moisture-wicking sweatband and UPF 20 sun protection, the Military Cap lets mom conquer all her daily duties without compromising style or comfort – because she really does deserve it all!” Throw this hat on for a day at the beach or with a casual tee and a pair of shorts.  $29.50, at  Duluth Trading Co.

Spring Accessorizing


Stripes for Summer are always in style and the newsboy style is back this season! “Whether she's getting her hands dirty in the garden, training outdoors or enjoying a beach day, thiis Military Cap is the perfect gift for every Super Mom. With a built-in moisture-wicking sweatband and UPF 20 sun protection, the Military Cap lets mom conquer all her daily duties without compromising style or comfort – because she really does deserve it all!” Throw this hat on for a day at the beach or with a casual tee and a pair of shorts. $29.50, at Duluth Trading Co.

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Eye Catching Pumps

A stand out pair of heels is such an easy way to make a simple outfit something people take a double take at! “From work to play to PTA, we found your new go-to heels: INEZ. Inspired by ambitious women, they created a heel that doesn’t sacrifice wearability for good looks; the shoes are all handmade in Spain, cradle your foot with a cushy, better-built architecture and come in three widths. They offer a try-at-home program to ensure you get the best fit, free shipping & returns” - Caroline Landry Co-Founder of Inez. $258, By Inez

 

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Bright Eyed & Youthful

A great eye cream is something every woman needs and searches high and low for, we have found your new favorite! A little bit goes a very long way with this lightweight eye cream and keeps your peepers hydrated all day and all night. Make it a part of your beauty routine morning and night for the most effective results! $47, Origins

 

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A Little Bit of Love

She is one of my absolute favorite local jewelry designers! Her pieces are sparkly, feminine and meaningful with this piece being a perfect option as a gift for Mom. This champagne quartz and heart cubic zirconia beaded bracelet is something she can wear each day to add a little bit of glitz to even the most casual of outfits! $145, by Rachel Lynn Chicago

 

 

 

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A Keen Scent

Every woman loves a fabulous and long lasting fragrance! This one is on my list of favorites and a perfect, unique gift for Mother's Day. "Mysterious and elegant, this fragrance evokes the pure indulgence of a soft texture meeting bare skin. Its woody oriental blend is infused with roasted almond, rose petals and black amber which includes dark, moody and intense fragrances for him, for her and for you". $105, by Commodity

 

SUMMER LOVIN’ STYLE! Book your style consultation with KS Style Consultation for a Summer closet cleaning, personal shopping, and personalized look book. Revamp your wardrobe going into the warm weather months! FashionStylingChicago.com

Studex Earrings for My Sensitive Ears

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 I wore these    Studex    earrings for a week, and as a person who found out a bit later in life that my ears are a bit sensitive these were a pleasant surprise and my saving grace! Firstly, I love the gold setting and backing of the earrings and the beautiful sparkle they give off.  Most importantly they don't make my ears itch or get red after wearing them for am extended period of time and they are very lightweight!    Sensitive ear people out there, I am telling you these are your new go-to!  Order yours    HERE!

I wore these Studex earrings for a week, and as a person who found out a bit later in life that my ears are a bit sensitive these were a pleasant surprise and my saving grace! Firstly, I love the gold setting and backing of the earrings and the beautiful sparkle they give off.  Most importantly they don't make my ears itch or get red after wearing them for am extended period of time and they are very lightweight!
 

Sensitive ear people out there, I am telling you these are your new go-to!

Order yours HERE!

 

Facts About Studex Sensitive Earrings

Studex Sensitive Earrings: Fashion Earrings – For Sensitive Ears/Metal Allergies
-Allergy Free (hypoallergenic)
-Sterilized and sealed packaging
-Medical Grade, Surgical Stainless Steel
-24K Gold Plated (Gold Styles)
-FDA Compliant Manufacturing and Sterilization Process
-Lifetime Guarantee and Made in USA
-Over 60 different styles to choose from

About the Brand

"Over 1 Billion Ears Old”…..yes, Studex products have been used to safely pierce and provide hygienic earrings for over 1 Billion Ears and growing!

Founded in 1976 in Los Angeles, Studex has driven innovation with state-of-the-art ear piercing systems as well as creating allergy-free fashion earrings for over 40 years. Studex continues to be the undisputed world’s leader and largest manufacturer of ear piercing instruments, earring studs, and piercing after care products, with all products made in the USA. We are the primary distributor of ear-piercing equipment and earrings to the World’s leading piercing retailers.

Studex is uncompromising in commitment to quality and service, exceeding USA FDA regulations and EC (Euro) standards. With 40+ Studex-owned offices worldwide, Studex strives to provide consumers world-wide with products that are fashionable and on-trend, while offering safety and quality.

 

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Katie

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant

 Everyday when I go running I slather on some sunscreen and I think this one may be my new favorite! I love how light it is and that it feels very hydrating to the point where in the Summer I could just use this as a sunscreen and moisturizer. Definitely my must-have for spring and summer outdoor activities!

Everyday when I go running I slather on some sunscreen and I think this one may be my new favorite! I love how light it is and that it feels very hydrating to the point where in the Summer I could just use this as a sunscreen and moisturizer. Definitely my must-have for spring and summer outdoor activities!

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                                                      About the Product

A sunscreen you'll love to wear and consistent favorite with JMSR users! The Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection to decrease the risk of cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun. This invisible, hydrating and weightless sunscreen feels amazing and smells great for the ultimate in daily wearability. Fast-absorbing and cosmetically elegant, the Daily Face Protectant features microscopic particles for additional oil control making it perfect for wear with or without makeup. Enhanced with antioxidants phytomelanin and beta glucan 1,3. Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33 helps reduce and address damage caused by sun exposure.

                                                Learn About the Brand

Jan Marini Skin Research is one of the most respected brands in professional skin care. JMSR has formed associations with some of the world's leading physicians and research scientists to develop cutting edge solutions to today's most common skin concerns. JMSR has introduced a host of technological firsts, has been awarded numerous patents and has published multiple independent peer-reviewed studies on it's products.

 Locate a Beauty in Bloom National Skin Care Event and enter for a chance to win weekly prizes! https://www.janmarini.com/BeautyInBloom/?r=bb

*Shop online here: https://www.janmarini.com

 

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Katie

Kenra Platinum LUXE ONE Enriched with GOLD

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 I used this awesome Kenra product for about a week while my hair was still wet and then blew it dry, flat ironed it, and I was so happy with the silky shiny results it gave my hair! I received so many compliments on my hair on how great it looks over the last few days and I am sure a lot of it has to do with using this great product by Kenra! Do they make any product that isn't fabulous?! :)   This product retails for  $25  and is available at   Ulta Beauty   and salons nationwide

I used this awesome Kenra product for about a week while my hair was still wet and then blew it dry, flat ironed it, and I was so happy with the silky shiny results it gave my hair! I received so many compliments on my hair on how great it looks over the last few days and I am sure a lot of it has to do with using this great product by Kenra! Do they make any product that isn't fabulous?! :)
 
This product retails for $25 and is available at Ulta Beauty and salons nationwide

                                                          About the Product

Kenra Platinum LUXE ONE LEAVE-IN: All-in-One Miracle Spray

The NEW Luxe One Leave-In from Kenra Professional is an all-in-one miracle spray enriched with precious gold for opulent slip and lustrous shine. This versatile fine mist leave-in provides heat protection up to 450 degrees F and leaves hair stunningly silky to the touch.

- Provides lavish manageability
- Adds lustrous shine
- Repairs dry, damaged hair
- Provides thermal protection up to 450 degrees F
- Controls frizz & flyaways
- Increases silkiness
- Protects & seals hair color
- Prevents split ends
- Protects against breakage
- Enhances natural body
 

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Kenra Professional® is a purely professional brand dedicated to understanding and serving today’s stylists. Our passion is developing best-in-class innovations, delivering superior and reliable results. Kenra Professional strives to elevate the stylists’ artistry and craft.

Three unique brands, Kenra, Kenra Platinum, and Kenra Color, are each driven by the daily needs of stylists. A complete range of high-performance products combined with straightforward and accessible education gives stylists the confidence to address every client’s need.

 

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Katie

Luxury Face Masks with Real Ingredients by Masked Beauty Skincare

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                                                      About the Product

Available in these 6 great varieties:

*Purifying Charcoal & Diamond
*Exfoliating Coffee & Chocolate
*Toning Red Clay
*Overnight Pistachio
*Moisturizing Ginkgo & Oat
*Soothing Rose & Peony

Available at the following retailers: Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel, Meijer, Hy-Vee, Marc’s, Weis and Kinney Drugs. Check for stores in your state in the insert of your package!

 

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 I love a great face mask especially one that is made with natural ingredients and smells amazing! My favorite out of the two was the purifying charcoal mask. It goes on super smooth and feels very hydrating while it sits which is a change from normal masks that I really enjoyed! Best of all, my skin was glowing and very fresh looking after I removed the mask, SO GOOD.

I love a great face mask especially one that is made with natural ingredients and smells amazing! My favorite out of the two was the purifying charcoal mask. It goes on super smooth and feels very hydrating while it sits which is a change from normal masks that I really enjoyed! Best of all, my skin was glowing and very fresh looking after I removed the mask, SO GOOD.

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REAL INGREDIENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Masked Beauty products are special both for what is in them and what's not. They're formulated with high performance ingredients like Pure Kaolin, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Beeswax, Caffeine, and Flower Extracts.

Masked Beauty products are never formulated with any Parabens, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, Triclosan, Polyethylene Microbeads, Bisphenol A (BPA), and Toluene.

SEE RESULTS AFTER ONE USE. Most Masked Beauty customers see a noticeable difference in their skin after just one use, and they continue to see significant improvement after several weeks of use.

*Shop online here: https://www.instagram.com/MaskedBeautySkincare/ or pick them up in the Chicago area at your Meijer and Jewel-Osco stores!

 

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Katie

Jan Marini Transformation Face Cream

 A good moisturizer in this still chilly and dry end of Winter season is so important! I am obsessing over this Transformation Face Cream for day and night as my go-to moisturizer. It's super creamy, hydrating, and doesn't flake when I apply my make-up which is key!

A good moisturizer in this still chilly and dry end of Winter season is so important! I am obsessing over this Transformation Face Cream for day and night as my go-to moisturizer. It's super creamy, hydrating, and doesn't flake when I apply my make-up which is key!

                                                         About the Product

As we age, daily damage from sun and environmental factors decreases the skin’s function, leading to wrinkles and visible aging. A patented combination of highly targeted and concentrated growth factors and peptides in Transformation Face Cream enhance the skin and help recover from daily damage. With a concentration more than 90x higher than other leading growth factor solutions, Transformation Face Cream delivers what you’re looking for. Plus, it’s luxurious moisturizing base makes it a fan favorite and leaves the skin silky smooth and hydrated all day long!

 

                                                       Learn About the Brand

Jan Marini Skin Research is one of the most respected brands in professional skin care. JMSR has formed associations with some of the world's leading physicians and research scientists to develop cutting edge solutions to today's most common skin concerns. JMSR has introduced a host of technological firsts, has been awarded numerous patents and has published multiple independent peer-reviewed studies on it's products.

*Shop Jan Marini online HERE!

Stay Stylish & Beautiful Chicago,

Katie