Valentine's Day Makeup

We here at OSB love any excuse to shake things up a bit with our daily look. So even if the word V-day gives you the chills, why not embrace a little of Cupid's spirit with your makeup? Whether you and your honey are off to a romantic dinner for two, or your best girls are holding a seance to excise your exes over wine and cupcakes, or better yet, if Sunday the 14th is just another Sunday, our list of Valentine's Day makeup looks (with a few hair tips thrown in there too!) is sure to have at least one option for everybody.

Pinks and Blues

Image via  @inthefrow

Image via @inthefrow

While Valentine's Day is usually all about sultry reds and rich, dark pigment, this fresh-faced look is a fun twist on the classic cat-eye. A pared down face highlights the blue eyeliner and mascara, putting all the focus on a favored asset: the eyes, and pale pink lips are sure to stay put even after you mow down on a red velvet cupcake for dessert!

Soft Barrel Curls and Finger Waves

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If headed out into the night to see what Cupid has in store, may we suggest pretty barrel curls to give your mane an undone polish. Use a curling iron for more stubborn hair or just wrap sections around your fingers as you blow dry for a more lived-in look, this quickie style holds all through the night with a dash of hairspray but gives your locks - no matter if above the shoulder to below the collarbone - a finished look with only a smidge more effort on your part. We love that!

Red Lips and Messy Chignons

Image via  @jeannedamas

Image via @jeannedamas

For the most classic V-day style, a heavy red lip with a pulled back chignon is ever so festive but still pretty and refined. A strong bold lip is the perfect punctuation to any outfit as long as you make sure not to clash your reds together. Pull a few loose hairs from your low-slung bun to give this put-together look a relaxed edge and get out there. But don't say we did not warn you: this look is sure to attract an admirer or two when used correctly!

Top Knot with a Magenta Lip

For a no frills girls' night movie date, may we suggest a clean top knot and bold statement lip to add some fire to your evening. With a simple, carefree vibe, give face with hair pulled back in a sleek bun. A vivid berry lip adds a playful edge to this style and also dresses up a white t-shirt if dressing down for your Valentine's Day evening.

Bedhead Fringe

Image via  @awildatheart

Image via @awildatheart

We have said it before and will say it again, bedhead hair is not only easy to achieve but exudes confidence with a touch of rocker sex appeal. Regardless of your plans, a tousled mane - in our opinion - is quite possibly the best hairstyle for any occasion but definitely when old Cupid is running around working his magic. Whether your opt for authentic bedhead and manage second day hair or if you add a spritz of sea salt spray to add texture, these locks atop a frilly dress, sweatpants or jeans and red sweater stitched with hearts looks just right.

Thick, Neon Blue Eyeliner

Image via  @stilacosmetics

Image via @stilacosmetics

Add a quirky punch to your holiday by eschewing the traditional reds and pinks to opt for a bolder, brighter hue: why not blue? This thick eyeliner again highlights the eyes but is also a fun look no matter what the evening's plan entails. Teal and cobalt are sure wow and set you apart from the rest of the Valentine's Day crowds.

Barefaced Beauty

Image via  @inthefrow

Image via @inthefrow

Quite possibly our favorite V-Day look, if staying in - or even going out - a bare face never felt more right. Low key and comfortable, some BB cream for moisture and chapstick to keep lips oh-so-supple - we are in Chicago after all and chapped lip season is still upon us - a pure, fresh face is all you need for a relaxing night in.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours! (Even if yours is a book and a slice of pizza.)

- KCH

Winter's Biggest Fashion Trends

Who says winter fashion has to be dull and boring? Though we here in Chicago have been thoroughly spoiled these past few weeks weather wise - I mean, 60 degrees?! - boots, oversized coats and bright hues are just as necessary this season as in years past. Check out the looks we have culled from a few of our favorite fashion bloggers to see what trends are really popping this holiday season.

Oversized Coats and Cardis

Image via  @prettylittlefawn  / Instagram

Image via @prettylittlefawn / Instagram

Balance function and style with an oversized top layer. The epitome of chic comfort, a larger than life top coat or cardigan has the benefit of not only keeping you doubly warm but also looking oh-so-effortless when thrown over a pair of skinny jeans and heels or a little black dress for the office holiday party.

Image via  @prettylittlefawn  / Instagram

Image via @prettylittlefawn / Instagram

Patterns All the Time

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Image via @freddieharrel / Instagram

When dreary, overcast skies become the norm rather than the exception, add a pop of panache with bold patterns. Go for a head to toe mishmash or choose one pattern to rule them all. Either way, plaid or paisley prints are sure to brighten any weekday.

Image via  @freddieharrel  / Instagram

Image via @freddieharrel / Instagram

Turtleneck Revenge

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Image via @lookdepernille / Instagram

5th grade me would be having a fit if she saw this next trend alert but believe it or not, turtlenecks have made a comeback. Whether opting for understated cool with second day hair and straight leg jeans or just going for the classic, chunky knit, nothing quite says winter leisurewear more than this top. Neutrals add a preppy edge to the look while black, as always, reads a touch more sleek.

Image via  @lookdepernille  / Instagram

Image via @lookdepernille / Instagram

Western Details

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Image via @awildatheart / Instagram

Boho-chic may have reigned during the summer months but winter is all about the wild, wild west. With over-the-knee suede leather boots and a knack for tophats and billowy tops, a touch of glamour-infused cowboy rustic has a tomboyish appeal when styled in vibrant hues. Bust out of the basic neutral malaise and try a neckerchief or bolero tie to add a little kick to your step.

Image via  @awildatheart  / Instagram

Image via @awildatheart / Instagram

Monochromatic Color Palette

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Image via @chicityfashion / Instagram

Though bold and bright hues, patterns and a touch of whimsy are just what the doctored ordered when cold weather has you feeling down, sometimes an all black look just feels so right. Crisp and sleek, head to toe ensembles in one hue are not only slimming but appear put-together and thoughtful. For those with a closet full of black, you are already one step ahead of the game on this winter styling staple.

Image via  @chicityfashion  / Instagram

Image via @chicityfashion / Instagram

Stay warm! 'Til next time.

- KCH

Stylish Layers for Fall & Winter

Sweater weather is here, along with hats and scarves, boots and best of all cozy comfort. But don't be fooled, layering up is an art. A little thought and preparation can go a long way when it comes to wearing your entire closet. Layers are warm and visually interesting but extra bulk is not so we rounded up a few of our favorite layered, cozy weather styles to get some inspiration rolling for this time of year.

Boots, Boots, Boots!

With how much rain Chicago has seen in the past few days, a sturdy pair of rain boots are an absolute necessity. We love the bright accent color paired with a mostly black ensemble via Alexandra from Lovely Pepa. These Hunter boots steal the show with their unique hue and help keep feet dry. Layer up with tights or chunky knee socks to keep everything from your toes to your knees nice and toasty.

Peekaboo Texture

It's easy to dress monochromatically this time of year: just throw on some black and you are good to go. But with layers always try to keep texture in mind to spice up the dark hues and give a little visual interest to any plain black look. The statement hat and veil with a peekaboo fringed skirt pump up the drama for this look via Blair Eadie of Atlantic // Pacific.

Belted Neutrals

Image via  Finch&Fawn

Image via Finch&Fawn

If you're worried about swimming in your layers or getting lost beneath all the fabric, a cinched waist helps keep your shape intact as well as add a prim and proper appeal to the look. The color play between Kiana of Finch&Fawn's neutral maxi skirt and leather belt and boots creates the perfect fall palette, and really, who doesn't love stripes on top?

Image via  Finch&Fawn

Image via Finch&Fawn

Leather and Lengths

Image via  ChiCityFashion

Image via ChiCityFashion

An often forgotten aspect to a great layered look is length. You never want all your hemlines to fall at the same length or be too short or too long. This is why we love ChiCityFashion creator Jena Gambaccini's leather jacket and flowy tank combo. The different hemlines keep her look streamlined and sleek but oh so warm on those tricky sunny yet chilly November days.

Image via  ChiCityFashion

Image via ChiCityFashion

Fall Classic

Image via  The Golden Girl

Image via The Golden Girl

This look from Jess of The Golden Girl encapsulates what this season's layered style is all about. A jean jacket with a statement scarf, an autumnal hued suede skirt and eye-catching boots all play nicely together to create the perfect Saturday shopping, Sunday morning brunching, fall leaf collecting, pumpkin carving ensemble. This look is versatile while a touch preppy and a true exemplifier of classic comfort for chillier weather.

Image via  The Golden Girl

Image via The Golden Girl

Tights, Tights, Tights!

If you get cold, don't forget about tights. These slinky bad boys were made for this type of weather. Megan from Sparkles and Sprinkles shows off her gams in a garnet pair for the added hint of color beneath her cobalt blue look. With all the different tights available, whether patterned, sheer or opaque, this fall necessity can really alter the look and feel of any outfit.

Don't Forget About Your Jewels

Image via  Who What Wear

Image via Who What Wear

One trend we are loving over at OSB - not seasonally restricted but whateves - is the layered jewelry vibe. Try it with different length necklaces to draw attention to your face and neck or throw on a cuff with bangles and bracelets of different hues. Either way, this is a surefire way to give any look, whether monochromatic or bohemian inspired, an added point of interest and street style glam.

Image via  The Golden Girl

Image via The Golden Girl

For a few of our favorite layering accessories, check out the online shop or stop by OSB's brick and mortar store.

'Til next time!

- KCH

Fall Accessories are In!

Quite arguably one of the best seasons for stylish dressing, fall is here and layers are back! This week, we decided to highlight a few of our favorite autumnal fashion finds. Stop in to check out these pieces in person or peruse our online shop for the latest and greatest from our shelves to yours!

Add a pop of color with this patterned scarf!

Comes in red or blue, oh yeah!

Go for a carefree, boho vibe with the addition of a little swingy fringe to your ensemble, whether from a wristlet or comfy, cozy poncho.

Up your bag game with this two-for-one tote. Whether you choose the showstopper plum or beige's understated appeal, this sizable bag is the ultimate fall essential no matter where your day takes you!

 

 

 

Needless to say, we here at OSB are ready for fall fashion!

This is just the beginning...

KCH

Warm amber, beige and caramel tones are this season's staple hue and the perfect neutral to pair with statement jewelry.

Hardware never looked so good! These cutesy feather hair clips and bracelet strike the perfect balance between playful and chic.