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Episode 24: Creating A Career On Campus & Educating Students Beyond The Classroom With CollegeFashionista’s Amy Levin

It’s time to get schooled (literally) with an all new episode of Fashion Friends. This week my guest CollegeFashionista founder Amy Levin joins me for some stylish topics of conversation. You ready for this? I met Amy about four years ago at an event here in Chicago. She was in-between New York an LA (although she is from the suburb next to where I grew up). We were introduced by a mutual friend and I’ve seriously enjoyed watching her grow her company to what it is today. Amy started her website, CollegeFashionista, while at Indiana University as a way to share street style on campus…and it wasn’t long before she grew that concept to several other universities across the country. What’s unique about her story is that her core business plan has been the same since day one — she knew what she wanted and she went for it…and is still KILLING IT. But I don’t want to give too much away. You’ll have to tune in to get her full story! First we’ll be discussing some hot topics, like do you even need a blog anymore to become a successful influencer? We both weigh in…and have slightly different views. Be sure to let me know what you think about this subject in the comments. We also talk about the Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards (which I’m sure you’ve never heard of…because neither did we) but with the number of A-Listers that showed up to this (along with some surprising winners) we had to chat about it. Now I already gave away a little bit about Amy but in this episode you’ll find out how she came up with the idea for CollegeFashionista (and turned it into her full-time career), what it’s like to be out of the college game but still be immersed it in everyday, as well as tips for those who have that entrepreneurial spirit and are thinking about going for it. CollegeFashionista also just started a podcast so we’ll be talking about that as well! You can listen below or on iTunes. Why don’t you subscribe while you’re there? If you’re feeling me, leave a review on iTunes and / or a comment below. SHOW NOTES: You Don’t Need A Blog Anymore to Become a Successful ‘Influencer’ Maura Brannigan on Fashion Friends Social Media Strategy Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards CollegeFashionista Style Guru Office Hours Podcast @amy.levin Images via Amy, Elle & Instagram.  Episode edited by Colleen Pellissier of Dog. a podcast.  The post Episode 24: Creating A Career On Campus & Educating Students Beyond The Classroom With CollegeFashionista’s Amy Levin appeared first on ChiCityFashion.

36mins

25 Mar 2016

Rank #1

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Episode 25: Creating An All Female Fashion Startup With Modern Citizen’s Jess Lee

Wonder what it’s really like to create a fashion startup? Have the urge to *add to cart* but feel like you haven’t seen anything new and exciting? Have you ever wanted super chic, not overly trendy clothing, accessories and / or home goods but at actually affordable prices? Say hello to my little [fashion] friend — Modern Citizen founder / CEO, Jess Lee — who is making it all happen. I cannot rave to you enough about how awesome Modern Citizen is…so why don’t you just check out their site and see for yourself? And you can listen to how Jess came up with the whole concept in this week’s episode while browsing this fantastic website (and inevitably, adding to cart). Just when you think it’s all been done when it comes to fashion, somehow no one has really gotten in this space…until now. You know I love a good fashion discovery, and Modern Citizen is a damn good one. It’s always been that if you want inexpensive styles you typically have to go to your fast fashion stores, which are almost always very trend-driven. But what if you don’t want #trendsontrendsontrends? Modern Citizen to the rescue! In this week’s episode you’ll get to hear all about how Jess created Modern Citizen — the ins and outs and everything you need to know about starting an e-commerce site (career advice included) as well as what it’s like to work with an all female team. But of course we like to kick it off with some fashion news (and this was a big news week!) Alice + Olivia is taking a model that was very popular this fashion week and trying it during a different time of year. What is it exactly? Well you’ll have to tune in to find out! I’m sure you’ve heard by now the major changes that just went down at Saint Laurent. BUT do you think they’ll bring back the Yves? Ain’t Laurent Without Hedi…but it might just be Yves Saint Laurent with someone else. Jess and I discuss… And because it seems like Kardashian / Jenner now goes hand-in-hand with fashion talk, we’ll briefly chat about Kylie Jenner’s new Paper cover (which sadly, to me, doesn’t even look that Photoshopped). You can listen below or on iTunes. If you’re heading over to iTunes, be sure to subscribe to Fashion Friends while you’re there…maybe leave a review if you like what you hear You can find more information about everything we talk about in this week’s episode in the show notes, and be sure to share your feedback in the comments! SHOW NOTES: Alice + Olivia Coachella Fashion Show See Now. Buy Now. Hedi Slimane Leaves Saint Laurent Anthony Vaccarello Succeeds Hedi Slimane Kylie Jenner Paper Magazine Modern Citizen Photo courtesy of Jess Lee / Modern Citizen. Images via Fashionista, Harper’s Bazaar & Paper Magazine Episode edited by Colleen Pellissier of Dog. a podcast.  The post Episode 25: Creating An All Female Fashion Startup With Modern Citizen’s Jess Lee appeared first on ChiCityFashion.

45mins

7 Apr 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 23: Wrapping Up Fashion Month + Running A Fashion Brand / Family Business With Jen Worman

You know those people who just do it all and somehow manage to do it all so well? That’s exactly how I feel about this week’s Fashion Friend — Red Soles and Red Wine blogger / t+j Designs CEO, Jen Worman. I’ve known Jen for for a while now, just from being on the blogging scene in Chicago. But what’s so intriguing about her is that she does so much more than run a successful blog. She even runs a second blog with her sister, who also happens to be her business partner in t+j Designs (which you’ll just have to learn more about in this week’s episode!) On top of all this, she’s also created an e-book with her sister on how to get Instagram followers (in an authentic way…very important, friends). Now you may wonder, how does she do it all? How does she find balance? Those were the questions I was asking and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how she responds to this. Jen has a really interesting story as she wasn’t always in fashion. She just set her mind to something, did it, and is doing it SO DAMN WELL (and is the type of girl who isn’t going to settle…it’s only going to get better from here!) In this week’s episode, you’ll learn more about how Jen got into the fashion business, what it’s like to run a company with her sister (as well as her parents!) and of course some advice for those who might want to run their own fashion brand one day. BUT we’ll be kicking things off by wrapping up fashion month and discussing two very important shows from Paris Fashion Week (one sparking the conversation of yet another round of fashion musical chairs). Tune in below / on iTunes. Be sure to subscribe to Fashion Friends on iTunes, so you’ll be the first to know about new episodes. And if you’re digging this episode (or any other) leave a review on iTunes and / or a comment here! SHOW NOTES: Lanvin Fall 2016 Bouchra Jarrar Saint Laurent Fall 2016 Balmain Fall 2009 t + j Designs Poshmark Red Soles and Red Wine Tiff and Jen E-Book Images via Jen Worman, t+j and Vogue Runway The post Episode 23: Wrapping Up Fashion Month + Running A Fashion Brand / Family Business With Jen Worman appeared first on ChiCityFashion.

47mins

10 Mar 2016

Rank #3

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Episode 30: Creating A Fashion Brand + Giving Back With Boy Meets Girl’s Stacy Igel

Ever wonder what it’s really like to create a fashion line from scratch (pre-Instagram)? Or collaborate with one of the most nostalgic brands of all time? You’re going to want to hear from Boy Meets Girl founder and creative director, Stacy Igel! In a world of social media and “accidental entrepreneurs” Stacy is one of those people who knew since she was a kid that she wanted to be a fashion designer. She had her mind set on something and guess what? She did it (and did it well!) She started Boy Meets Girl in 2001 and never looked back. I actually went to her show the first or second time I ever attended NYFW and I remember really appreciating that she would go the extra mile (bringing in live music, etc). She always makes it feel like more than just a fashion show. Stacy was doing see now buy now before it was a thing (which we’ll touch on in this episode). But what I really love about her brand is that philanthropy plays a big part (you’ll just have to tune in to find out all the good that Stacy Igel is doing!) Stacy is actually from Chicago (but has been living and designing in New York for quite a while) so it’s extra special to have some Chicago love on Fashion Friends today! I don’t want to give too much away but in this episode we’ll be discussing the latest fashion news, including the ever changing landscape of both fashion week (and how Stacy keeps up) and retail (and what Stacy thinks is the future of the industry). You’ll also find out how Stacy got started, where she worked before she created Boy Meets Girl and how that helped shape her career, some of the biggest challenges of being a designer, advice for any aspiring designers and more! You can listen below or on iTunes. If you’re on iTunes, why don’t you go ahead and subscribe to Fashion Friends while you’re there? Or perhaps leave a review? And if you like what you hear, leave a comment (here or on iTunes!) I’d love to hear from you. SHOW NOTES: Hilfiger to Create Fashion Carnival on Pier 16 at South Street Seaport Neiman Marcus Launches High-Tech Sunglass Try-on Mirror Study: Getting Millennials to Spend Requires Deeper Understanding of Them Boy Meets Girl x Care Bears Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award Boy Meets Girl Limited Edition Clothing For A Cause Boy Meets Girl Photo Credit: Amanda de Cadenet Image via WWD The post Episode 30: Creating A Fashion Brand + Giving Back With Boy Meets Girl’s Stacy Igel appeared first on ChiCityFashion.

45mins

30 Aug 2016

Rank #4

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Episode 29: Creating The Ultimate Blogger Tech Tool + The London Startup Scene With Chloé Watts

Between wearable technology, bloggers, and fashion apps / startups, the worlds of fashion and technology have never been more intertwined as they are right now…but there is one person who really stands out in this fashion meets tech world as she’s doing things a little differently than most. Chloédigital’s Chloé Watts joins me for a brand new episode of Fashion Friends! I’ve known about Chloé for a little over three years now — just through the blogging grapevine. I knew she was one of the top web developers for bloggers but when I found out about her new outlet within chloédigital, I knew I had to have her on Fashion Friends. She’s created a tool (a subscription service, specifically) for style publishers that offers strategy and tech support. So instead of just creating your website and being like SEE YA…GOOD LUCK, Chloé and her team continue to work with these bloggers to help them stay one step ahead (which is not easy to do on your own in this ever evolving world that is the blogosphere). In this episode we’ll kick things off by talking about a [sort of] piece of fashion news (that’s very relevant to what Chloé does) — brand activations and bloggers (particularly Revolve in the Hamptons) and if they really work. Is all the money spent on parties, Instagrammable experiences and blogger fees really worth it? Tune in to find out. And most importantly, these??amazing BABES and their wonderful husbands, boyfriends and friends hung out with us this weekend… I had so much fun spending time with you! Can’t wait for the next one @somethingnavy @golden_barbie @eleanorj92 @sophiaxsmith @songofstyle @negin_mirsalehi @chrisellelim @oliviaculpo @maximilianhurd #REVOLVEinthehamptons A photo posted by Raissa Gerona (@raissagerona) on Jul 20, 2016 at 7:48am PDT We’ll also discuss what it’s like to be a woman in tech (Chloé is a self-taught coder after all!), the startup scene in London (where Chloé and her business reside), how to keep up with social media trends, and more. You can listen to this week’s episode below or on iTunes (be sure to subscribe to Fashion Friends while you’re there!) If you like what you hear, leave a comment below or a review on iTunes. I’d love to hear from you! SHOW NOTES: Revolve In The Hamptons Revolve Clothing Foray Collective Trello chloédigital Photo courtesy of Chloé Watts Instagram image via @raissagerona Episode recorded at the J.W. Marriott Chicago & edited by Colleen Pellissier of Dog. a podcast The post Episode 29: Creating The Ultimate Blogger Tech Tool + The London Startup Scene With Chloé Watts appeared first on ChiCityFashion.

28mins

2 Aug 2016

Rank #5