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Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Beauty, Celeb-essence, Lifestyle, Nails | 0 comments

TONIGHT: Nail’d It premieres on Oxygen, Tuesday 9/8C

Nail’d It, America’s first nail competition show, airs tonight on the Oxygen Channel

Oh, yes.  After years of pilffering Asian television for food shows (much to our delight), there is a new Nail show in town! Pitched by Nailympics competition creator Lysa Comfort, seasoned and newbie nail artists compete for a prize of $100K and instant notoriety. Who said nail art was dead? No word on if it will be as crazy as the Japanese counterpart, though.

As the nail world is on the small side, it’s going to be fun watching contestants, most of them familiar.  While the talent is pretty strong across the board, I’m really  looking forward to seeing work by Classic Mully and Lauren Wireman.




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Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Beauty, Lifestyle |

Giveaway: Dove One Shower Challenge – Body Wash & Necklace

If you watched the Emmys a few weeks back, you witnessed the launch of Dove’s One Shower Challenge – a chance for women to experience firsthand the skin softening properties of their nerium moisture formulation, after only one use.  Millions of women jumped at the opportunity, and now you can too Dove is gifting one Solessence reader with a body wash and accessorizing necklace that symbolizes the One Shower Challenge!

To enter, use the link to the Rafflecopter to complete your entry.  Good luck!
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Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle, Nails |

Swarovski Bling for a Cause Ribbons for September and October

Design by Gina Silvestro

Crystal Culture, the Swarovski backed international nail design team, has just released a limited edition of crystal sets called “Bling for a Cause.” Four designs in total, the low-profile, authentic crystals come two to a kit and can be applied by a manicurist in salon for the longest lasting wear (4-6 weeks) or for the DIYer can be done at home. Beautiful and meaningful! Each design can be saved to be used again and again.


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I’m personally very excited about these kits and how quickly Crystal Culture responded to the requests. I’m looking forward to teal nails, myself! Nail professionals, if you would like to add these to your service menus, please contact me for that pricing. Bling it on!

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Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle |

April Events: Neiman Marcus Chicago

New Eileen Fisher and M Missoni shops open

April 11                Nancy Gonzalez Trunk show and Personal  Appearance
Meet handbag designer as she showcases her spring handbag collection. Her modern designs, inspired by classical elements, feature exotic skins along with rare and unique
materials in a wide array of colors. Each piece is handcrafted in Colombia by local artisans.  
2 to 4 pm
Designer Handbags – First Floor
For more information, please call (312)694-4024

April 11 and 12        Coomi Trunk Show
                10 am to 5 pm
                Precious Jewels Salon – First Floor                
                For more information, please call (312)642-5900 ext. 2224

April 12                Hanky Panky Customization Event
Personalize your Hanky Panky intimate apparel collection with crystal initials free of charge with your purchase.
10 am to 5 pm
Intimate Apparel – Third Floor  
For more information, please call (312)694-4017        

April 22 & 23        Brunello Cucinelli Fall Trunk Show
View the fall collection from this Italian design house known for their luxuriously relaxed style.
                10 am to 4 pm
                Second Floor – Designer Sportswear
                For more information, please call (3120642-5900 ext. 2050

April 26                Stefano Ricci Trunk Show
                Men’s Accessories
                10 am to 5 pm
                For more information, please call (312)694-4031

Designer Jewelry Trunk Shows                
We have assembled an exciting array of trunk shows in our newly remodeled jewelry area.  Join us as we present some of jewelry hottest designer collections and creations.  
The trunk Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm.  For more information on the collections,  please call (312)642-5900 ext.  2110

April 3                Steven Lagos Trunk Show
                        Steven is known for his classic signature style of innovative two tone creations.

April 4                Catherine Angiel Trunk Show and Personal Appearance
Catherine brings her collection straight from LA but her edgy, chic designs are perfect for Chicago fashion style.


April 5                Sharon Meyer Trunk Show and Personal Appearance
                        Sharon’s “wearable art” fuses color with style.
April 9                Mizuki Trunk Show
                        View the collection of sleek, sophisticated and graceful designs.

April 10        David Yurman Trunk Show
                        The Yurman collection continues to evolve with many new designs.  Check out the latest in the beautiful new instore shop.


April 11        Ippolita Trunk Show
                        NM offers the most extensive collection of Ippolita in the new specialty boutique.


April 12        Gurhan Trunk Show
                        View Gurhan’s signature style of using mixed metals.        

April 26        Jennifer Zeuner Trunk Show
                        Here is an image of Jennifer’s popular Hamsa necklace
April 30        Amedeo Trunk Show
                        Award winning jewelry designer Amedeo Scognamiglio offers a trendy take on the classic cameo with new hand-carved pieces made from alternative materials                


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Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Celeb-essence, Lifestyle, Nails |

Thinking out of the bottle: 3D printed manicures

Who needs 3-Free when you can get 3D? (seen below in Razzle)

3D printing has offered some mind blowing creativity options, including wearable footwear and guns that actually shoot, but now the technology has rifled the runway. Enter the 3D manicure, courtesy of The Laser Girls. Currently on display at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, these bold statements are attached via adhesive, and have adorned the hands of top nail fanatics (think Beyonce, Rihanna and Katy Perry) as well as shown at several fashion shows.  Because styles can get as colorful and ornate as one likes, there is almost no limit to creation.

Is this type of nail art up your alley?  What would your 3D nail style be?



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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in events, Fashion, Lifestyle |

March Events: Neiman Marcus Chicago

Much to my delight, Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue is flying in the face of the groundhog, and filling the store with spring delights. Cushinie et Ochs, Isabel Marant, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giambatista Valli and Acne Studios are among the new designers in house.

The renovations continue, and this phase welcomes the new look for the Precious Jewels Salon. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind pieces that can only be found here, as well as collections from Forevermark, Boucheron, Roberto Coin, Coomi, K. Bruinini, Elizabeth Locke, Marco Bicego, Staurino and Michael Johns.

Plus, there is a new Burberry Shop! The third floor location features both London and Brit Collections.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a few of the events coming up. Preparing for spring will be as much fun as seeing the arrival.

March 5 to 8 Rene Caovilla Trunk Show
Known for his jewel like shoes, Rena Caovilla creates elegant sculptural shoes that are considered wearable works of art.
Join us as we preview the spring trunk show along with ten exclusive styles to celebrate the 80th anniversary of his shoe collection.
10 to 7 pm
Ladies Shoes – Second Floor
For more information, please call (312)642-5900(312)642-5900 ext. 2030

March 6 to 9 Up Close: Cucinelli
View an extensive assortment of the lush and luxurious collection known for its relaxed ease of dressing.
10 am to 7 pm
Women’s, Men’s, Handbags and Shoes
For more information, please call (312)642-5900(312)642-5900 ext. 2050

March 13 to 15 Trifecta Shoe Event
Please join us for a look at the spring trunk show collections from top designers Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Valentino.
10 am to 7 pm
Ladies Shoe Salon – Second Floor
For more information, please call (312)642-5900(312)642-5900 ext. 4030

March 15 Margo Morrison Personal Appearance and Trunk Show
We are pleased to welcome Margo for her first trunk show in store. Margo’s jewelry designs are elegant, feminine and always in style.
Her signature necklaces have earned a celebrity following from Julia Roberts, Blake Lively and Gwyneth Paltrow among others.
10 am to 5 pm
Designer Jewelry – First Floor
For more information, please call (312)642-5900(312)642-5900 ext. 2110

March 19 Loro Piana Trunk Show
View the new collection from Loro Piana including women’s men’s and accessories. In addition, we will be carrying a special fur trunk show during this event.
10 am to 4 pm
Designer Sportswear – Second Floor
For more information, please call (312)642-5900(312)642-5900 ext. 2050

March 20 to 23 The CUSP Event
Join us in CUSP to view the latest collections from Alexander Wang, Rag & bone, Carven, 10 Crosby and more. Receive a rose golden cuff with any $300 CUSP purchase.
Enjoy refreshments and informal modeling.
10 am to 7 pm
CUSP – Third Floor
For more information, please call (312)694-4028(312)694-4028

March 22 Viktoria Hayman Personal Appearance and Trunk Show
View Viktoria’s collection of bold bracelets, necklaces and earrings comprised of natural elements such as wood, stone, coral, shell, horn and more.
Designer Jewelry – First Floor
10 am to 6 pm
For more information, please call (312)642-5900(312)642-5900 ext. 2110

March 22 Tahari 40th Anniversary Event
The Party is on! Join us from noon to 4 pm and enjoy refreshments as we celebrate Tahari’s 40th anniversary and
preview their spring collection in the newly remodeled shop. Be styled by our specialists and have your photo taken in a great Tahari look.
Receive a Tahari canvas tote bag with any qualified Tahari purchase.
Designer II – Third Floor
For more information, please call (312)642-5900(312)642-5900 ext. 2033

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