February Events in Chicago We Think You’ll Like

Hey friends! Brrrrrr it sure is cold out there and the groundhog says there will be six extra weeks of winter this year. The cold weather may have you hibernating but you know, you can’t stay inside forever! Valentine’s Day is on its way, and there are plenty of ways to commemorate the holiday whether you love LOVE or you think cupid is stoopid.

Cupid’s Undie Run – Wrigleyville – 2/17

Consider baring (almost) all and head out for Cupid’s Undie Run in Wrigleyville on the 17th.  Run for prizes like flasks and, you guessed it – undies,  as you raise money for charity. A little friendly advice?  Don’t get down to your skivvies without getting an Ortanic tan beforehand!  🙂

“Naked” Scavenger Hunt – Art Institute of Chicago – 2/11

If culture is your thing, head over to the Art Institute of Chicago for “The Naked” Scavenger Hunt on the 11th, where you can check out some of the most famous nudes in art history.

Makeout Party – The Hideout – 2/11 – 2/12

If you want a little romance (or not), head over to the Hideout for their Makeout Party and have a listen to some local artist playing original tunes on both 2/11 and 2/12.

Whether you’re flying solo or cozying up to someone special, above all else, find a way to love YOURSELF!  Take time to do things you love with people you love…. be your own Valentine!

Using Essential Oils for Healthier Skin Part 2 – The Recipes

 

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As you read in Essential Oils Part I, essential oils such as frankincense, tea tree, and rosehip have been used for centuries all around the world to heal the skin. There are thousands of recipes that people from east to west rely on to care for their unique skin types and specific skin conditions. Since we, as a society, are increasingly looking to more natural and organic ingredients and actives in our skincare products, I’ve put together a short list of essential oil recipes to give you an idea of how these oils are being used to treat acne, sun damage, dry patches, oiliness, cell regeneration and signs of aging.

An important note: as you begin to work with essential oils and experiment with different recipes, please remember to never place essential oils directly on your skin. They should be mixed with into a serum, a moisturizer, a foundation or into one of several carrier oils.

As with any new skin care product, make sure to do a patch test and steer clear of any oils that are not cold-pressed or that are mixed with other ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Remember, we want pure essential oils without preservatives or other additives.

Rosehip: The Firming, Toning and Anti-Aging Super Star

Rosehip seed oil is perfect as an anti-aging oil because it penetrates deep into the skin, much like a serum. Its molecules are small enough to travel through many layers of skin and make a real impact on the skin’s elasticity. It aids in collagen production and cell regeneration, which in turn helps to plump the skin!

Did I mention rosehip seed oil also fades age spots and tiny red lines (capillaries that appear most prominently around the nose, chin, and cheeks)? Here’s a perfect little recipe to mix up and add to your daily skincare routine.

  • 2 tbsp rosehip seed oil
  • 2 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops geranium oil or cypress oil
  • 7 drops frankincense oil

Mix ingredients in a small airtight bottle/vial (preferably darker in color to keep the sun out).

Each morning and night, apply a few drops to your fingertips and sweep across your entire face. You’ll love the scent and within a few weeks (depending on your age, as cell turnover ranges) you’ll notice a more youthful, tighter and brighter appearance to your skin.

*Recipe from Pinterest

Acne Away Essential Oil Recipe

  • 6 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil

Add ingredients to a 1-ounce amber bottle of jojoba oil. Apply a few drops to acne prone spots before bed as needed. Visit earthroma.com for more information and recipes.

Dark Circle & Brow Lines

  • Sweet almond oil
  • Organic rosehip oil
  • 10 drops of frankincense oil
  • 15 drops of Roman chamomile oil
  • 20 drops of lavender oil

Add the frankincense, Roman chamomile and lavender oils in the bottle. Add the almond oil and rosehip oil as a 50/50 ratio until the bottle is filled. Screw the lid on and shake. Apply a few drops under each eye and between brows at night. Recipe from the SpoilsofOils.com.

As always feel free to speak with your esthetician about the benefits of essential oils in your skin care routine. Feel free to email questions and comments to me at sflemming@ffc.com! 

How To Use Essential Oils For Healthier Skin

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You may be thinking, “Wait, I thought oily skin was bad!” Yes, oily skin can be problematic; however, using essential oils for skin conditions has been shown to have amazing effects on the health of your skin as well as providing anti-aging benefits.

First, let’s talk about what essential oils are. Essential oils are pure oils extracted from plants that have been used for treating skin conditions from acne to scars to elasticity for centuries. The most well-known essential oils are tea tree, lavender, peppermint and rose, but the list of essential oils used in skincare is impressive and growing in popularity.

As we turn more toward organic ingredients and treatments for our skin, essential oils have become, well, essential components of a relaxing and effective skin treatments.

Think back to your last facial. Did the esthetician begin the session with an aromatherapy treatment…asking you to close your eyes and inhale deeply?  Did you smell lavender, rose, or maybe a citrus scent?

Inhaling certain oils like lavender can have an immediate effect on the mind and body, putting both more at ease by activating the nervous system that sends signals to the brain to relax.

Frankincense, geranium, lavender, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, and rose are excellent oils for supporting skin that is beginning to show the first signs of aging. Mixed with a carrier oil (more about these in the next paragraphs), these essential oils can be used daily to fight dryness, loss of elasticity, refine skin texture and tone, retain water in the skin, and regenerate skin cells.

Before stocking up on essential oils, it’s important to understand your own skin and what it needs. Is it dry, showing the first signs of aging or oily and acneic? Schedule a facial consultation with your esthetician and discuss what essential oil would be best suited for your skin.

Doing a patch test is a necessary step to make sure you’re not allergic to an oil and all essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, or almond oil.

Not only used for skin care, essential oils are also an excellent way to keep your home clean without having to use toxic chemicals. Peppermint on cotton balls tucked inside closets, under the bed, or sprayed around windows and doors will keep spiders away.

Being that I’m an arachnophobia, I always have peppermint oil fully stocked in my home! You can also use essential oils diluted with apple cider vinegar or distilled vinegar to create flea and tick repellents for your four-legged friends.

The bottom line is that essential oils can be used in a number of ways, incorporated into your life to make it safer, cleaner, and in our skincare to heal, improve, and strengthen the skin. For specific recipes using essential oils to cleanse, hydrate, exfoliate, and renew your skin, check back later this month for a follow-up post!

Mid-Summer Days & Nights: How To Incorporate Summer Color Trends

Earlier this spring, fashion-devotees watched the runways in Paris to see what colors would dominate this year’s spring and summer collections. Would this summer be ruled by bold, bright hues? Colorful designs inspired by photography? As we soon discovered, this summer took on a much lighter, fresher, nature-inspired palette that ranges from soft rosy hues to champagne and water lily tones.

Fashion writers, designers and lovers of all that rule the runway were not disappointed with this year’s palette of colors that inspire tranquility and designs meant to calm the mind. Natural fibers like cotton, bamboo and linen, as well as colors taken from nature such as soft greens, teals, and blues (reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea) found their way into many designs and many closets this year.

With a healthy tan, these softer colors make pulling an outfit together a breeze! So let’s talk colors. Among the list of the most popular colors is blush-  a lighter shade of rose that has found its way into many bridal party dresses.

Now, there are definitely mixed feeling about rose or blush colored dresses (particularly from several bridesmaids that I airbrushed!) Many clients felt that their fairer toned skin almost matched the dresses they would be wearing. The answer? A sunless, healthy looking tan, of course! With a little color, all of a sudden the softer shades of the season could easily be worn and the tan was the showstopper- a natural glow perfect for highlighted the blush/rose colored dresses.

Other colors designers have incorporated into their designs this summer include peach, blue, buttercup, lilac gray, and “iced coffee.” These warm and soft colors are often found in nature (think rain forests and balmy vacation getaway resorts!) This year’s trend may reflect a need that designers see in turning away from the technology-driven world we live in for a simpler look at life. Yes, technology is wonderful, but so is the ability to unplug from it. And, if wearing a buttercup dress or Mediterranean blue tie calms the mind, then what better way to celebrate summer fashion and highlight your tan than to wear the season’s most popular palette this year?!

But what if you don’t want to commit one of these hues to your entire outfit? For women, who tend to shy away from these more “natural” hues, an easy way to incorporate the colors of the season is into a manicure or pedicure. Likewise, for men, it’s easy to reach past the bold red tie for a softer red, a lighter blue, or even a lilac tie to bring a little fashion into the office.

Keep in mind that the softer hues have also been shown to reduce stress levels and are often used in color design in bedrooms and home offices, where calm minds inspire rest and reduced stress levels. This summer the colors are taking the stage and the color palettes are reminding us to take time to stop and smell the roses (or lilacs!)
Questions, comments, suggestions? I’d love to hear from you, simply email me at sflemming@ffc.com! Want to book your next appointment online? Visit this link!

Skin SOS: Hyperpigmentation? Freckles? Dark Spots? We Can Help!

As a young girl, I admittedly envied the dusting of freckles across my friends’ noses and cheeks. I remember how cute their freckles were and to me (whose skin is olive-based and plain in comparison), I often wished I had freckles like “Little Orphan Annie.” Today I know better.

Fast-forward 30 years and as an esthetician, I still find myself looking at people’s skin while I’m commuting on the train or walking around the city. However, I now understand that freckles are a form of hyperpigmentation. Let’s take a moment to talk about hyperpigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a form of sun damage. When our skin is exposed to the sun, the body produces an excess amount of “melanocytes” – better known as melanin. Melanin is what gives our skin its color.

However, when the skin is left unprotected— no sunscreen to block the UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays— the body produces more melanin to try and protect the skin. Regardless of your skin tone, these dark spots can range in color from light beige to black and often appear on areas exposed to the sun such as the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands.

Since I commute every day, I decided to study the people I saw on the train and conduct a very basic study of anyone with hyperpigmentation. Things I observed and took note of included how old I thought they were, skin tone, hair coloring, and so on. What I discovered was very concerning – I was surprised to see so many hyperpigmented people in their 20s and 30s!

Most people think of hyperpigmentation as dark spots or age spots affecting people in their 50s and older. The fact is that the majority of people I see in the esthetician’s room and on the streets of Chicago with hyperpigmented skin are getting younger and younger. This is concerning because by the time they do reach their later years, the spots will get larger and darker!

Take a look at your face, neck and chest. Do you have a tan but also spots on the tan? Or, do see dark spots ranging in different shades of brown to black? Those spots are sun damage. Without treatment and proper protection from the sun, the hyperpigmentation will worsen over time. Thankfully, there are treatment options for hyperpigmentation that range from ultrasonic peels to LED therapy, which require little to no down time or peeling.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment Option Breakdown

LED Therapy:

Light Emitting Diodes (LED) has proven results lightening hyperpigmentation. A series of Green LED therapy can noticeably lighten dark spots, while Red LED therapy can reach the deeper layers of the skin to promote skin rejuvenation. This results in younger, tighter and more youthful looking skin.

Ultrasonic Peels

ELEMIS is known for its breakthrough advances in skincare, including the use of ultrasonic therapy to target dark spots and LED combination therapies to peel away the hyperpigmentation, rejuvenate the skin, and even out skin tone.

After you’ve chosen one of the therapies above to treat your hyperpigmentation, the best way to protect the skin is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen and book an appointment for a healthy Ortanic tan that will provide the skin with a beautiful customized glow and protection from the sun. In the long run, your skin will thank you as it ages gracefully without dark spots!

Questions? Comments? Email me at any time: sflemming@ffc.com.

Healthy Tanning!

How to Heal and Camouflage a Sunburn

FFC Gold Coast Esthetician Shawn Flemming shares a few tips on how to properly (and quickly!) heal and camouflage a sunburn, just in time for beach season!

At one time or another, we’ve all experienced a sunburn- whether it’s because we stayed out too long in the sun, forgot to wear sunblock or thought that we could go without sunscreen on cloudy/overcast days.

Firstly, clouds do not prevent or filter UV rays! The sun’s rays are strong and long enough to reach you at ground level – they actually get reflected more intensely because of the cloud cover. Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re safe from the sun’s skin-damaging rays because it’s cooler outside or it’s a cloudy day!

Recently I’ve also had several clients call and ask if they can cover their “farmer’s tan” or sports bra sunburn with a spray tan. While I would love to be able to help them conceal their tan with a gorgeous, organic, and safe spray tan, it depends on a few factors (like how severe the burn is and when it occurred.)

I’ve put together a “Quick Response Guide” to treating a severe sunburn. The sooner you treat the burn, the more likely that it will heal faster and the discomfort will not last as long. For more tips on protecting skin from burning in the first place, check out my recent post!

Step 1: Cool the burn.

The sunburn has heat trapped in it, so it will feel warm to the touch. You want to cool the burn, but you also don’t want to overexpose the skin to too much water because it will irritate the sensitive skin and cause excessive drying.

If you are near a pool, take a quick dip for a few seconds. Or, if at home, jump in the shower and stand under cool water for a few moments. Do not apply soap!

Step 2: Apply an anti-inflammatory medicine.

To reduce swelling and inflammation take a NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine) like aspirin or ibuprofen. Continue taking the medicine as directed on the bottle until your sunburn is no longer painful to the touch.

Step 3. Use cold compresses.

The purpose of compresses is to help reduce the heat and inflammation. Here are several recipes that take advantage of the healing properties of household items:

  • Oatmeal: Pour a scoop of plain oatmeal onto a gauze, cotton, or cheesecloth and wrap the cloth to keep the oatmeal inside. Then run the compress under cool water letting the water soak through it. Open the compress, remove the wet oatmeal and wring out excess water. Apply compress across the sunburn until it no longer feels warm. Repeat every few hours.
  • Milk: Using fat-free milk and 4 cups of cool water. Soak oatmeal compresses in the cooled milk, wring out excess milk/water from the compress and apply the compress to the sunburn for 15-20 minutes. Repeat every few hours.
  • Yogurt: Using plain yogurt, gently apply a thin layer across the sunburn. Leave on for several minutes and rinse off, patting the skin dry.
  • Frozen Peas/Ice Pack: Apply to swollen sunburns after wrapping the frozen item in a damp towel. Never apply ice or cooling packs directly to the skin!
  • Witch Hazel: Apply Witch Hazel to a soft cloth and apply the compress directly to the skin. Witch Hazel has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce swelling and redness.

Always apply a moisturizer after compress therapy (see step 5.)

Step 4: Cool the burn again.

The first 48 hours of a sunburn can be very painful as will still be heated trapped under the skin. Continue to use compresses and sit in front of a fan or near an air conditioner for short periods to help cool the skin. Follow with a gentle moisturizer.

Step 5: Moisturize.

Using the right moisturizer can make a huge difference in how quickly the burn heals as well as how much or little you will peel.  Here are some common don’t ingredients, followed by a list of dos.

Don’t use: petroleum jelly (Vaseline), oils, or thick creams because they trap the heat in the skin. Also do not use any products with parabens, alcohol, formaldehyde, menthol, coloring agents, or fragrance because they can irritate the skin causing further dryness and itching.

DO use: light and water-based moisturizers, which make them easy for the skin to absorb. Since there are thousands of moisturizers to choose from ask the pharmacist for recommendations. Another option is aloe vera from the source. Break open an aloe vera leaf and apply the juice directly to the sunburn. If buying over-the-counter aloe vera, check the ingredients for any that are on the don’t list.

Step 6: Treat flaking skin.

Since skin, on average, takes about 28 days to renew itself, you will probably have several days to weeks of slight – heavy peeling, depending on how severe the burn is and how you care for it.

If you experience severe itching, apply products with 1% hydrocortisone. Once you’re in the peeling stage, you can use oil moisturizers like coconut oil to help keep the skin soft and the itch factor low.

Do not pick at flaking skin as you can tear healthy skin off, which will leave a scar! Let the skin flake off naturally, using lotions and oil to minimize flaking and provide a barrier between the skin and clothing that can rub against the peeling skin causing itching and irritation.

Step 6: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Stay hydrated! From the moment you notice the sunburn, drink plenty of water or liquids with electrolytes as your skin needs the extra hydration and to help prevent hyperpigmentation and even scarring.

Step 7: Hide the burn.

The truth is that until you reach the flaking stage, makeup and even spray tans are a don’t. The skin needs to breathe and release heat, which is what causes the redness, swelling, and inflammation.

Remember sunburn is actually very similar to a burn you get touching a hot flame or heated pan! Until the burn is cooled, medicated, moisturized, and healed, the best camouflage is clothing to keep the sun from the injured skin.

Question? Suggestion? Comments? Email Shawn at sflemming@ffc.com or tweet to use using #FFCChicago!

The Best Summer Makeup Tips for Tanned Skin

Licensed Esthetician and Ortanic Specialist Shawn Flemming knows a thing or two about gorgeous makeup. Read on for her tips on rocking summer makeup this season!

Now that you’ve got a beautiful and healthy Ortanic tan, you may be wondering if you need to tweak your makeup a bit. The answer is YES. Colors will look a lot different on tanned skin, so it’s the perfect time to have some fun with colors you might not normally wear. Below are a few easy ideas to try.

Bold Blushes and Bronzers

Stay away from blush with brown or peach undertones since they can give you a “muddy” look. Instead, try a dab of coral, orange or rose on the apples of your cheeks. Apply lightly by sweeping gently across your cheeks. You can also use a creamy lip color in coral or rosy red on your lips and then dab and blend on your cheeks for a natural look.

If you love bronzers, choose coppery and gold shades and apply lightly, skipping the blush. Add a touch of neutral color to lips and lots of dark mascara to lengthen lashes and draw attention to the eyes for an all over natural, flawless look.

Bright Eyes

Seek out metallic eye shadows in gold, bronze and silver. Blending is key, along with long dark lashes and a thin line of eyeliner. Remember to play up your eyes OR lips – not both! Sweeping and blending the metallic color across the entire lid with a pop of brightness in the inner corner of each eye will brighten your eyes.

Earthy Lip Colors

The best way to draw attention to your pucker is with natural lip shades in warm tones like peachy-pink and coral-pink. For the red-lipped lovers, try reds in a strawberry or deep wine color. A truly natural neutral lip with a hint of gloss works best with highlighted cheekbones and warm, earthy eye shadows in gold tones.

Foundations

Keep it light. You may also find that you can go without a foundation or use a lightweight BB or CC cream now that you have your tan. When choosing a foundation, look for one that has a more yellow or golden undertone. Or, ask your local beauty expert to help you choose a foundation you can use with your Ortanic tan if you’re unsure about color choice.

Bonus

Whatever palette you choose, be sure to remember sunscreen! Protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen all day to ensure that you’ll have beautiful skin for years.

Have other makeup ideas that you’d love to share? Post a photo on our Facebook page or tag it using #Ortanic! Have questions about Ortanic? Feel free to email me at sflemming@ffc.com or call your local FFC Spa Desk – we’d love to hear from you!

Top 8 Ways to Keep Your Skin Safe from The Sun This Season

The summer days are upon us, and so are the warm and wonderful (yet damaging) rays of the sun. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with more than 1 million cases each year. With over 90% of melanomas being caused by the sun’s rays, there are a few very important steps that we should all take in order to protect ourselves. Here are some guidelines to help you stay safe in and out of the sun this season!

Seek the shade!

Staying in the shade between the hours for 10 AM and 4 PM is one of the most important things you can do to protect your skin. This is when the sun rays are usually the strongest. If you are outside, head for the shady side of the street or use a sun umbrella. Try your favorite outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon. The beach at sunset perhaps?

Do not burn.

Even one sunburn increases your risk of melanoma, the deadliest of all skin cancers. Five or more sunburns doubles your lifetime risk.

Avoid UV tanning in tanning booths.

Whether your tan comes from the beach or from the salon, it all has the same amount of skin cancer risk. Tanning bed users are at higher risk for skin cancer since the sunlamps in tanning beds produce UVR doses 12 times higher than the actual sun.

Cover up!

Clothing is a very effective form of sun protection. Wrap-around UV- blocking sunglasses help prevent conditions including cataracts and melanomas of the eye and eyelid, and wide brimmed hats protect the face as well as the back of the neck.

Use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher every single day.

The SPF in sunscreen measures how long your skin can be protected from the sun’s UVB rays before burning. SPF 15 is a good place to start, but you should check labels and with your doctor to determine what is best.

Be alert!

  • Look for these changes in your skin. Cancer warning signs include:
  • A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust or scab
  • An open sore that does not heal within two weeks
  • A skin growth, mole, beauty mark or brown spot that does one of the following:
    • changes color
    • changes texture
    • increases in size or thickness
    • is asymmetrical
    • has an irregular border
    • is bigger than 6mm, the size of a pencil eraser
    • appears after the age of 21

See your physician once a year for a skin exam.

Be sure to consult your doctor with any questions, and aim for a thorough examination once a year.

Come get an Ortanic tan and stay safe this summer!

We have some awesome packages and a great membership that won’t break the bank but will ensure you with a great tan the whole summer without any damage to your skin! Come see us!

The Insanely Simple Guide to Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress Style

It’s that time of year again – wedding season is right upon us! Weddings are exciting, and whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid, or just a guest, each experience is something to look forward to celebrating.

If you are the bride, as I’m sure you know, wedding planning starts months in advance. One of the most important things topping our to do list is finding the perfect wedding dress!

Will it fit? Long or short? Sleeveless? There are so many options! But how do you chose? Well, lucky for you, I did some research on all types of bridal gowns and dresses for each body type. (Looks like I have been wearing the wrong type of dress this whole time!) This guide will help you choose the perfect dress for your style and body type.

 

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During my research, I found there are eight different dress styles to chose from: Ball Gown, A-line, Modified A-line, Trumpet, Mermaid, Sheath, Tea-Length and the Minidress wedding dress style.

The Ball Gown

The Ball Gown is also known as the “ fairytale dress” with a fitted bodice that flares at the waist with a full skirt. Although this dress is great on all body types, it especially compliments pear body shapes since it hides the lower body. On the other hand, the Ball Gown style is not a good pick for petites, since the skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame.

The A-Line

The A-Line has a fitted bodice through the waist and flows out gradually toward the ground. This dress is ideal for all body types.

The Modified A-Line is also fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares down to the hem forming an A shape.The skirt of a modified A-Line fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. This dress is also ideal for all body types.

The Trumpet

The Trumpet is fitted through the body and flares mid thigh. The cut is between a modified A-Line and Mermaid cut. This dress style is ideal for frames with small waists, such as an hourglass, banana and petite. The Trumpet is not good for pear and apple body shapes as it accentuates the stomach and hips.

The Mermaid

The Mermaid style is fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee area. This is the perfect dress style for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves.Not a good pick for apples or more curvy body types.

The Sheath

Sheath is a narrow shaped dress that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. This is perfect for lean frames such as petites and bananas. This dress will also work well on hourglasses. This is not a good fit for pears, as the Sheath will accentuate extra inches and can be unflattering.

The Tea-Length

A Tea- Length dress fall between the ankle and the knee. This dress is a style that is perfect for all body types.

The Minidress

Last but not least A mini skirt falls above the knee. This is ideal for bananas . Not good for plus sizes.

I hope this helped you decide what to look for when you finally decide to go shopping for that wedding dress! Don’t forget to come get an Airbrush tan at Ortanic! Nothing looks better with a nice dress than a tan 🙂

Happy Spring!

-Kat

Best Spring Fashion in Chicago

It’s almost that time of year again! We know we are not the only ones super excited about spring being right around the corner. One of our favorite things about spring is the fashion that comes with it. The question is, where can you go to get the hottest, most stylish spring clothes in Chicago? Look no further! We’ve compiled a a few of Chicago’s best boutiques for spring finds.

Into stylish vintage? You HAVE to stop in at Ikram. This upscale store knows all about who’s who in the fashion industry and it shows. Not just by the clothes but also by the decor of the store. It is FILLED with impossible to find vintage clothing and high end accessories. Give them a call for more details on their pieces!

Escada is one of the city’s hottest shopping spots for all the best styles; offering high fashion clothing for all times of day as well as all occasions. The women who shop there enjoy great quality and appreciate a sleek look. They also carry accessories, bags, shoes and even diamonds! Truly a one-stop-shop for your next special occasion outfit.

A classic, sophisticated boutique, Nau is worth taking a look at. The Lincoln Park location recently closed, but you can shop their looks online. The retailer has two goals in mind: to make you look good and to make your clothes last at least 10 years! (Yep, you read that right.) These are all timeless basic and neutral-toned pieces that never go out of style. Can’t go wrong with that, right!? Not only that, but 5% of their sales benefit groups working for positive environmental, social and humanitarian change.

Happy shopping and happy spring! Don’t forget to pay us a visit – all those amazing clothes with look ten times better with a tan. See you soon!