some of us winter break is just around the corner, and others it’s already here!
It doesn’t matter if you’re cozying up at home or relaxing on a tropical beach,
I am here to give you some tips and tricks on how to look and feel your best all Holiday season long!
First and most important- bring the right essentials wherever you go and no matter what
you’re doing, you never know where the day will take you and at Rad and Refined we always suggest being prepared!
Here are some of the essentials >>
It is an obvious "hell ya" when it comes to bringing a pair of Rad Bands for
hangin' on the beach, especially if you want to look great while doing so! The “Oopsie Daisy”($42) and the “Heartbreaker” ($8, just went on sale!) are at the top of my wish list
right now. Both styles can spice up any outfit and still be laid back enough for
a casual day. The detail and colors on the daisy sunglasses are the perfect beach statement or pair for a tropical vacay. I would pair the heartbreakers with a black hat and leather jacket to create an evening look, so easy!
you are going somewhere warm you will need a
cute beach bag! I suggest checking out the Free People “Vintage Kanta
Bag” (98) in bright multi. This bag is so funky with its patchwork detailing,
but the suttle studs on the pockets edge it up a bit. It has a leather strap,
which is sturdy enough to hold all of your things including those heavy books
you will be bringing, and shoes of course!
important to have a neutral-colored pair of sandals to thrown on with your
sundress and head to the beach. I found a pair that are to die for and are
reasonably priced as well! The Steve Madden “Athen Sandal” ($57) will look great with your go-to cover up. They will look great with this sundress which is a definite must-have from our rad basics
collection! Check out the “Refined Dress” ($82) to thrown on top of any bathing
suit, or dressed up for a night out.
for bathing suits, you have to make sure that the one you pick will make you
feel your absolute best. It’s hard to find the bathing suit that works with
every body type, but I have a few suggestions- a very flattering brand is Triangl, based out of
Australia. Lucky for us they ship worldwide! My fave is the “Bambi” ($79) in
you’re relaxing on the beach you’re bound to end up in the water at some point!
Even the salty air will make your natural curl come out. A product that will
enhance this and give you that beachy wave look can be found at Bumble and
Bumble. Their “Surf Spray” ($15) will give you instant texture and volume.
Throw it in your beach bag and you’re good to go.
Last but not least, cozying
up in the cold weather can be just as fun as going away! Having the perfect
outfit will be the key to success this break. Pair the Rad Basic “Long Sleeve
Crew” ($68) in white with a vest and you are good to go. Add a Rad “Snow Cap” ($30) to be extra warm and you
have a perfect look. Your New Years this year is bound to be epic, and you need a dress to match! Check out the "Embellished Hayden Combo Dress" ($396) for a dress that is bound to bring you good luck for the new year!
If you spend all your time snuggling in
a comfy blanket drinking hot chocolate or coffee you need the perfect mug.
Starbucks has a wide selection, but my favorite is the “Studded Cuff Mug”
($10.95). If you bring it with you to your local Starbucks they will even fill
it up with any drink! Of course the one thing I know almost all of us will be
spending time doing is catching up on our favorite Netflix shows. Some of the
classics I recommend are: One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights, 90210, Grey’s
Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, and Orange Is The New Black.
Hey Radbabes! I have so much to catch you up on! On December 3rd I had the opportunity to attend a launch party for the opening of TOMS's first Chicago store in Wicker Park. I had so much fun and will definitely be shopping there again! The store was decorated with cheerful signs and inspiring photos. The vibe in the store is very laid back and very positive, they designed it to make anyone feel welcome inside and that is easy to tell. The TOMS's team is so nice and friendly. They are very committed to the company and to helping others which is what I look for in a brand/store.
Attention shoppers: this store is not a typical shop filled with merchandise, but it is also
a coffee shop, does it get any better then that? Anyone can walk right in, grab a hot latte, and relax! Trust me, once that coffee kicks in, I guarantee you won't be able to help yourself from shopping the rad merchandise in the store. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, with every bag of coffee purchased, TOMS will provide one week of clean water to a person in need. How amazing is that?!
For those of you who don't
know, TOMS is a one to one company. This means that for every product sold,
they donate an item to countries worldwide whose people are suffering. TOMS is
dedicated to supporting individuals who are in a less fortunate situation. For
every pair of shoes that is sold, they donate a pair to a kid in need. They
also sell eyewear, and every pair of glasses they sell improves one child's eyesight. As I previously mentioned, TOMS launched their roasting company. When you purchase an item from TOMS, it not only benefits you,
but also many others across the world. They have given more than 35 milion
pairs of new shoes to children in need and helped restore sight to over 250,000
people in more than 60 countries.
I was SO impressed with the
TOMS store and the new holiday collection. Especially in Chicago, it is
necessary to have a pair of shoes that can endure the cold weather. For this
holiday season, TOMS came out with many new designs including: boots, shearling
lined slip-ons, slippers, and traction on the soles of their shoes. They have a
women, men, and kids line. I was so surprised with the variety of shoes they
offered. For women, they have the classic slip-on shoe, a lace up high and low
top sneaker, knit boots, slippers, wedges, and sandals in all types of styles
and fabrics. For men the offer dress shoes, boots, class slip-ons, and lace up
sneakers as well. TOMS are extremely versatile and can be worn for almost any
occasion. My favorite shoe was the Black Leather Snake Women's Paseo sneaker.
They are a mix of edgy and chic and I would definitely wear them everywhere!
In addition to their shoes, they also sell a wide variety of
eyewear. They have reading glasses and sunglasses for both men and women.
Every pair is so trendy and comes in an adorable case that is also protective.
I instantly fell in love with a pair that are round and had a tortoise shell frame called the Charlie
Rae Blonde Tortoise Gold, they are perfect for any sunny day and match
To go with their positive
aesthetic, they sell the softest t-shirts ever with a variety of sayings and
styles. My favorite t-shirts said Carpe Diem, Give Today, and Dark, Bold & Spicy. These t- shirts are comfortable and sweet, but match with their shoes as
Not only does TOMS practice
the one for one program, but they take extreme pride in their attention to the
children they are donating to. They understand that these kids live in places that
flood or have a lot of water damage. They designed a line of shoes that will
withstand a water region, and that they can walk around in water without
ruining the shoes. They offer a rain boot as well as a rubber slip on shoe. I had the chance to speak with a member of the TOMS team and she had some great insight- sheexpressed to me how they realized
a fashion or wedge boot would not do them any good in their harsh climate.
"We pay very close attention to the needs of the kids", she
explained. (Maria Boschetti)
TOMS has four stores right
now: Venice, Chicago, Portland, and Austin. They are planning on expanding
however, and are looking into building a store in New York and other popular
cities. Everyone at the event was super welcoming and I had a fantastic time!
They even gave everyone an awesome bag filled with coffee, info on the company,
and a pair of sunglasses with a case! I was beyond excited. I am so happy they
are here in Chicago and will be sure to revisit the store again soon. Make sure
to check out the online store at www.toms.com or a
store near you!
Hey #RADBABES! Brrrrr….It's officially winter here in Chicago and you know what that means... time to update your wardrobe and accessories! I bet you are thinking, it feels like I just picked out my summer accessories and that was hard enough, and now its already winter! But have no fear, I am here to show you a few of my favorite must-have accessories! RAD Snow Cap || Weather appropriate + Fashionable $30 at www.radandrefined.com
It’s Jesse here with some awesome photos of myself and rad babe Elise showing off some of our favorite Rad and Refined street style!
In this image Elise is wearing the “Refined Dress” ($82) from the Rad Basics Collection By Rad and Refined! This dress is so comfortable and extremely wearable. It comes in black, white and grey and is the perfect staple items to throw on and be ready to go from day to night! One way to dress up this look is by adding a jacket or pair of funky boots like Elise did. Trust us, this dress will last you forever and can be worn so many different ways that you will not be disappointed!
I was rocking the“Classic Tank” ($58) from the Rad Basics Collection and can I just say, WOW! I want to live in this material, it is so soft that I would use it as a blanket if I could! Also available in black, white, and grey and available in sizes XS-LRG. Lets also make note of the incredible fit on this tank, it is flattering in all of the right places making is both functional and wearable. Every item from this collection is sure to last you a lifetime!
Lastly, we had to show off our exclusive Rad Bands, DUH. These are too good not to share and are so unique! They come in all different shapes, styles, and colors so there is a style to fit everyones personality. Elise and I are showing off the “I Heart My Bestie” sunnies in this image (available for custom order via firstname.lastname@example.org). Followed by Elise in a pair from our Halloween Collection, “Rad to the Bone”($14) Rad Bands and Snow Cap ($30).
It's that 'spooky' time of the year again and you know what that means… time to start planning our halloween costumes! Below I am going to suggest a few costume ideas and the perfect accessories to complete your look from Rad and Refined. Best part- we are offering a25% off discountcode for the next week, stick with me guys, I've got you covered!
Rad Bands are the perfect accessory to go with yourhalloween costume
Here are a few of my personal favorites and how you can incorporate them into your costume: