Black. It’s not just the packaging. When I squeezed the edge of the tube, black toothpaste spread onto the matching Swiss brand, Curaprox toothbrush.

It was like that green ketchup phase. You mentally had to get over the fact that you had green ketchup on your fries.

And here I was, mentally preparing to brush my teeth with black toothpaste in the  name of cosmetology.

The marketing is a little dark like the toothpaste, but I was also intrigued by it. Curaprox launched two different black is white toothpastes in 2015.

The reason that the toothpaste is black is because it’s made from activated carbon.

So, what does activated carbon, black toothpaste actually mean?

Well, it’s natural and not harmful. There’s no bleaching necessary.

Also, it means that the toothpaste is gritty.

It also means that you’ll want to use mouthwash afterwards, because while your teeth will look more natural and white, you won’t have that minty fresh aftertaste.

Overall, I think it’s a pretty cool product. I do sometimes miss the aftertaste of my Crest Whitening toothpaste, but I do see immediate results. Black toothpaste is effective in removing my coffee stains and polishing off my pearly whites.

So, if you’re looking for a natural cleaning, let me just say, it’s more expensive, but in the words of this Amazon review, it’s “a great natural whitener.”

 

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5 Fashion Trends to Embrace This Fall

Grab your infinity scarf, your saddle boots, and your pumpkin spice latte, because fall has officially arrived. In addition to the beautiful weather and the cozy, fireside nights, there are a few fall styles you can look forward to this season.

A Stylish Turtleneck

Turtlenecks have a bad rep over the last few years, but don’t dismiss this style just yet. E! Online cites Fergie’s turtleneck as the “it” piece that’s missing from most of our wardrobes.

“Up until recently, turtlenecks had a false reputation for being overly conservative, frumpy, and unflattering,” wrote E! contributor, Raleigh Burgan. “But when styled correctly, this cold-weather classic can transform your entire ensemble and—dare we say—make you look incredibly cool.”

Follow Fergie’s fitted, tucked-in style, and you can’t go wrong.

Pleats

Pleats are another style brought to the forefront of fall fashion, thanks in part to the attachment of a notable name—fashion icon and British royalty Kate Middleton. Middleton’s fashionable pleated skirt featured in Mirror perfectly exemplifies a fall-appropriate style that is sophisticated and fun.

A classic pleated skirt like hers, in a floral pattern or dark, fall colors (think shades of maroon, navy, and reds) can be the perfect way to take advantage of those wistful days and still look flirty and feminine.

Plaid

Plaid is always a good go-to for fall styles. From button-ups to trench coats to scarves—if you slap a plaid pattern on it, it’s fall-ready. If you’re really feeling bold, a Daily Mail article suggests that you can combine two pieces to really hit the nail on the head.

Binky Felstead wore a ’90s-inspired, plaid shirtdress for her appearance on the weekly British cooking show, Sunday Brunch, and fans were left itching for much more information on her style than her cooking techniques. It might be hard to find a plaid shirtdress similar to hers, but if you can, grab it and hang on tight. A cute ’90s choker necklace and a pair of black booties will complete the cozy, retro look.

Shearling Jacket

If temperatures are already dipping into the 50s in Chicago, NYU Local recommends a shearling jacket. Although they’re traditionally made with sheepskin/lambskin and wool, there are great faux options out there that can help you achieve a similar look.

A suede exterior or fall-appropriate shade of brown, red, or orange can help you easily satisfy the trend. They usually look best over a fitted shirt and classic pair of denim jeans. You can also try the coat over a pencil skirt and boots to change things up a bit.

Leather

Black leather to be exact. Jackets are the hottest commodity, but Saint Laurent’s latest line available on Lyst shows that it’s easy to achieve the trend with other pieces. You could try something like the featured leather bustier top, or put a classic twist on the trend with pair of black leather booties.

No matter how you decide to sport the style (and faux leather is always accepted). As long as it’s sleek and black, you can still achieve the chic and sexy look.

Enjoy the weather, and the fashion it brings while you can because winter will be here before you know it!

This article was written by:  Stacy Jameson

Stacy Jameson is a freelance writer and blogger based on the East Coast. She is thrilled to finally be dusting off her fall jackets. When she’s not writing, you can find her shopping or enjoying a cup of warm cider with her two cats, Milo and Chester. She’s been working on knitting her own infinity scarf all summer long.

 

 

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What do you wear to Chicago Festivals?

Summertime is that time where we can finally where skirts and dresses and open-toed shoes. We don’t have to carry coats (just umbrellas) and you can actually be outside and show your whole outfit instead of covering it up buried in a coat, gloves, scarves, boots, leg warmers…..

I’ve been spending summer wearing black – but there’s nothing like the colors and the patterns and the style of Chicago summers.

So, in honor of this coveted time in the city, I’ve worked with Emily Bricked Edelson, Co-Founder and Illustrator of Chic Sketch, a fashion forward mobile app that sketches photos into Instagrammable fashion illustrations by real fashion illustrators in a matter of minutes.

She’s helped me see the beauty of summertime style from ruffles to vests to white dresses.

Edlemson shared some of her favorite trends and prepared special sketches exclusively to showcase Chicago festival season style.

“I always look at other it-girls when I’m in need of style inspiration like Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, or Kendall Jenner. My style is feminine with edgy touches. I’ll pair a cute dress with a leather jacket, or jeans with stiletto,” said  Edelson, “My personal style is all about taking trends, and adding a New York touch to it.”

Summer Rooftops in Chicago:

In the midwest, the one thing you will notice from Memorial day to Labor day is that Chicagoans embrace white – white pants, white dresses, white shirts.

White is summer’s must-have color. It’s perfect for a day at the beach, rooftop parties and work events.

Emily Bricked Edelson took this trend and sketched some of her favorite looks!

 

                                 

Chic Summer Patterns:

But a color is not the only thing that marks summer style. It’s also patterns. And one of Summer Sixteens summer fashion is the the scallop trend as part of a feminine detail on a leather jacket, and a fun twist to a pencil skirt.

         

Chicago Festival Fashion:

But in Chicago, while we dress up for work and rooftops, the real fashion staples are in what to wear at Chicago festivals. So, I asked Emily Edelson to sketch some of her favorite outfits and trends to wear to Chicago festivals. Below are some of my favorites, but be sure to subscribe to the Windy City Cosmo newsletter to see more chic sketches from the chic Illustrator herself.

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Edelson is known in the fashion world and her sketches have even been displayed in the coveted 38th and 5th Avenue in New York City. Her co-founder comes from Appetizer Mobile, which has designed and developed over 150 apps for world class brands such as, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, NBA Properties, Epic Records, ZocDoc, Montessorium, Universal Music Group and Interscope Records. 

After a year of launching their start-up, Chic Sketch has been used at fashion and beauty events by global brands like Sephora and for the everyday girl via a simple app download.

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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Get a Summer Body with this Spin Session

It’s time. You know it. I know it.

Backless dresses and white pants have replaced snow pants and overworn hoodies.

So with the title to the summer time Chi that helps us get through winter, we need a workout that will help us focus on our goals as well.

I want to introduce you to the spin class, Flywheel Sports.

Yes, they turn off the lights.

Yes, I think you can get a t-shirt.

But no, you  don’t have to straddle your bike and dance, just ride it.

The Details:

I liked Flywheel Sports (Flywheel Old Town, 1653 North Wells Street). The interior looked like a sorority house. You can’t use your phone inside the gym. The instructor won’t let you. And you have to take off your shoes in exchange for fancy and comfortable Flywheel shoes. Flywheel also provides complimentary towels and lockers (no lock needed).

There are two different programs that you can take and they only vary by length, the 40-minute session, and the 60-minute session. Everyone has their own assigned bike.

I talked with a few girls and they liked it because of the number system. Flywheel Sports is exactly like a regular cycling class, except you get two numbers. And, they are on the Torq Board, if you choose to share them with the class or on your individual bike. After each session, your data is stored on your iPhone app or on the website so you can track your progress and set goals.

My First Time Experience at Flywheel Sports:

During my first session, I think the most difficult thing was getting my shoes to snap into the wheels. And then even worse, I couldn’t get out of the bike. I was literally strapped into this workout.

But the instructor was so nice and came over to everyone who was new to show us how to get out of the bicycle.

The best part is that you can try this whole experience for free. Your first class is on them and after that, you can decide if it’s for you.

Try it and let me know what you think!

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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Nick’s Socks: Chicago Fashion Entrepreneur

Fashion is in the details. And that’s how fashion stylist and now Chicago entrepreneur felt when he started his own line of men’s luxury socks, Nick’s Socks.

Nick’s Socks started in Chicago in November 2015. But, the socks are made with Egyptian Cotton in Italy right behind the Spanish Steps in Rome. The CEO of Nick’s Socks,Nick Bruce chose Egyptian Cotton because “it is a lot thinner and more breathable,” one of the main differentiates Nick’s Socks brings to dress socks. As a bonus, their machine washable.

The CEO of Nick’s Socks,Nick Bruce chose Egyptian Cotton because “it is a lot thinner and more breathable,” one of the main differentiates Nick’s Socks brings to dress socks. As a bonus, their machine washable.

Nick’s Socks has become a luxury icon for men as mentioned in Modern Luxury Men’s Book 10 Year Anniversary, he presented his collection after a fall fashion preview from Nicholas Joseph, a men’s line of  custom clothing (ladies, you can get custom clothes here).

Buce has made his rounds to several fashion shows including one of the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections and for launching new projects in men’s fashion, Pitti Uomo.

 

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Nick’s Socks are modern luxury socks made from Egyptian Cotton. Photo: Nick’s Socks

I sat down with Bruce, fashion entrepreneur at a Chicago fashion event, Style Chicago’s FashionChicago, at Revel Fulton Market in the West Loop, where Nick’s Socks was one of 40 of Chicago’s top apparel, jewelry, and accessory designers.

We talked about breaking into the fashion industry in Chicago, finding high-quality fabric, and  of course being an entrepreneur.

Windy City Cosmo: What is the most challenging part of being an entrepreneur? 

Nick Bruce: Doing everything myself – all of the designs, all of the networking and at the same time I love it.

Windy City Cosmo: What is the one piece of advice you have for starting a clothing company?

Nick Bruce: Meet a lot of people.

Windy City Cosmo: Describe some of the design inspiration behind your socks.

Nick Bruce: I didn’t like how guys stripes have a bunch of stripes I make them gradual (like these).

Windy City Cosmo: How do you market to men? 

Nick Bruce: It’s interesting and unusual—60 percent of people who buy socks are women, and they buy for opposite sex.

Nick’s Socks luxury men’s socks are available online. 

Nick Bruce from Nick’s Socks and Amanda Elliott from Windy City Cosmo at Style Chicago in the West Loop of Chicago. Photo: Windy City Cosmo

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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