Home Decor: Sheep Skin Rug

photo via Ikea
There’s nothing more comforting than the perfect clean space with excellent decor. The lighting, colors, space and equipment plays an important role. As much as I love fashion and studying designers and touching and feeling garments thats probably worth almost the price of my belongings, home decor is as essential as a fully fledged trendy ensemble. I cannot function or produce anything in cluster and the size of a space does not determine how clustered a space really is. The Chic Notebook  think its fair to bring you a few pieces that will add character to your space. Be excited for a few of our most stylist yet affordable additions…
Sheep Skin Rugs
This cozy fluffed piece is perfect for both living room and bedroom floors. I love this piece and can see it on my floors and for $39.99 it’s totally worth it. PETA supporters don’t miss out on this fun piece, you can shop around for faux rugs as well.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the first home decor pick! Shop for this IKEA Sheep Skin Rug HERE…  

Chic Obsession: Red Bags

While feeding into my wildly obsessive street style hunt for daily inspirations I stumbled on the blog Style Sighting  and immediately fell in love. While browsing one thing caught my attention. Fashion is much more than mixing and matching outfits. Its sometimes the little most simplistic things that count. So maneuvering this battered cursor through the photos on this site I came across a recurring trend with bold bags. Not that it’s new, but in some ways we need to be mindful that no matter how minimal an outfit maybe a funky shoe or bold colored handbag (for instance these red bags) can add character to the look.
So with that being said we’ve scouted a few choices for you from ASOS.COM  
photos via Style Sightings and Asos.

Holiday Beauty Inspiration: Metallic Lips

The holidays are slowly approaching I am trying to find as much style and beauty inspiration for the season as I possibly can. I’m sure readers are doing the same for the upcoming holiday parties, Scorpio/Sagittarius or Capricorn birthdays, a night out on the town with Santa and his elves( or maybe just your girlfriends), dinner, shows e.t.c. Its one of the most wonderful times of the year therefore we’re required to have the most fabulous holiday style and makeup ideas. The Chic Notebook  will be giving you readers much inspiration for the approaching holiday season. 
Its rare to find lipsticks with a naturally vintage look and feel to it. So when I saw this model from Rodarte’s Spring 2010 collection on TeenVogue my thoughts were that it is probably less wearable but with the perfect pigment, pout, hair and makeup as well as the head to toe ensemble it can totally work. 


Here are some beauty products you should consider…

Aveda Hair Control Spray
MAC’s Lip Erase
MAC’s Golden Lemon Pigment
The good folks at TeenVogue.com  explains the look for RODARTE Spring 2011.

Interview: Tasha Robinson of Imperfect Concepts

How thrilled will you be if you found out that affordable offers from some of everyone’s favorite high end designers are literally right at your finger tips? Intelligence, a sense of style and a unique approach to conquering an online niche made it all possible. Allow me to introduce you to Tasha Robinson the owner the  luxurious online boutique Imperfect Concepts. The Chic Notebook held an exclusive Q & A with the style savvy entrepreneur and business owner for an insight on the background of her boutique, what’s trendy as well as an inside scoop and advice on making and breaking it in online fashion retail.

What is “Imperfect Concepts”?
Is a dream that became reality a little over 15 months ago for me. Imperfect Concepts is a high-end women’s online resale shop. We cater to the woman who wants to be fabulous in her day-to-day life without emptying her pocketbook to get there.
Brief us on the start up of your boutique and its background.
The start up was a process that I thought about but really didn’t think about it if you understand what I am saying. I always use the example of remodeling a house vs building that house from the ground up. I knew that my company was basically going to be like Ebay’s “Buy it Now” process, selling great pieces at the fraction of the price. I thought I was going to reinvent what Ebay was doing to fit my company. When I realized it couldn’t work that way, I knew I’d be laying all the foundation and going on a path I hadn’t traveled yet, but I always knew my journey was going to be a great story like The Great Gatsby!
Describe your target “it girl”?
My “It Girl” is the girl who not only dances to beat of her own drum but the one who leads the band with her beat. She wears what she feels great in all the time and doesn’t care what others think. She’s comfortable in her own skin.
My fave Hollywood “It Girls” are Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Rachel Bilson, Vanessa Hudgens & Nicole Richie. Yes, all them are bohemian chic girls!
As a rising entrepreneur I’m sure you’ve sprinted across a few hurdles on your way up, what advice would you give to someone who wants to enter this business?
Have a tough skin and do what makes you happy. You can’t (and won’t!) please everyone with every decision you make, so don’t try. I tell people I go to bed happy every night and wake up feeling awesome everyone morning. I make that conscience decision to run my own race and focus on my goals and myself. It’s hard not to listen to others especially close friends. You can paint a masterpiece in your eyes but to other it looks like crap. “Oh well” to that because only you can truly see the vision you are painting. Remain true to yourself and your vision. Have affirmations you say daily. Surround yourself with positivity at all times.
We’re officially in the midst of Fall and as the seasons progress so does style. Show us a few transitional pieces we will find on “Imperfect Concepts” this season?
The Calvin Klein Trench coat is a main staple piece for the Fall. Every woman, man and even child needs a good trench coat. I’d also say YSL boots. They have a low heel and be worn dressy or with a causal look. The Valentino & Moschino jackets are also great pieces to own. Finally I would say the Banana Republic dress which is a staple that translates from winter to spring. It is great when your wardrobe can transition season to season without going out and buying new clothes every time a new season rolls around.
What price points should The Chic Notebook’s reader’s expect? Any bargains for frugal shoppers?
Imperfect Concepts is a great place for the frugal shopper to pick up pieces for their wardrobe. Prices range from $15 to $500 dollars, with the average price being about $35. Also, if they are fans on facebook or twitters they get exclusive discount codes all the time.
Are there any recurring labels? What are your best sellers?
Being that the store is a resale boutique it is kinda hard to have recurring labels or brands in the store. We do have a couple; they are Marc Jacobs, Gucci, YSL, Juicy Couture, Tory Burch & Theory. Marc Jacobs is always a great seller along with Yves Saint Laurent.
Lets take a look in your closet. What’s that staple that you can’t live without?
I cant live without my Habitual Jeans, Michael Kors gold watch, basic white tanks and vnecks from Barney’s, TOMS shoes, Louis Vuitton 40 Speedy & Lovely ballet flats and my Christian Louboutin Mary Jane heels. Those are my staples. I’m wearing at least one this items daily — I call them my trademarks!
Do you think “Imperfect Concepts” reflects your personal style”? Or what’s trendy at the moment?
I think it’s a mixture of both worlds blending very well together. I’m far from trendy, but I know my customers want trendy pieces for a fraction of the cost. For example, right now, I’m on the hunt for Faux fur coats (which will hit the store soon) because it’s on trend and several customers have requested them. I love faux fur, and at the same time, can cater to my clients, so it really just depends on the trend.
What longterm goals do you have for your boutique?
I’m focusing on what is before me. Imperfect Concepts just took a huge leap becoming a partner store with reFINE style. It is a huge step the store just took so I’m extremely happy about that. Naturally, I want to see that partnership flourish and who knows where that will take the company in the next six to 12 months. I have my mind focused on a couple things and I’m realizing my dream with those things so 
they can become my reality.
Thank you so much Tasha! We wish you all the best in your endeavors and thank you so much for bringing affordable high end merchandise to us. For more on Tasha and Imperfect Concepts visit her boutique at ImperfectConcepts.com and follow her on twitter @ImperfectConcept 

The Chic-Report is going to IFB Conference!

 The Chic-Report will be attending Independent Fashion Blogger’s conference on Thursday at the Hudson Hotel. This will be the first day of New York Fashion Week and Nicholas K will be the second on the roaster. Can’t miss his show so I will be running late to the conference. However if you’re attending and IFB’s conference please reach out, I would be thrilled to meet you. Follow me on twitter @TheChic_Report and let me know if you’re coming!
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Style Inspiration for Labor Day Weekend.

We’re approaching another long holiday weekend. Another official stamp that the days of summer are slowly winding down and with back to school, work and all other “to-do’s”, this may be the last time we get to wear a fully fledged summer outfit. After all we can still mix our summer pieces with a few fall stamples. Sanaa Lathan (one of my favorite actresses by the way) was spotted in LA and although she’s wearing the simplest pieces they’re also cute and comfortable and ofcourse on trend.

Use this set as inspiration….
Fluid silk-jersey tank
$164 – theoutnet.com
Racerback tops »
Washed Floral Belted Shorts
$70 – topshop.com
Topshop shorts »
Pour La Victoire Avalon
$200 – piperlime.gap.com
Pour la victoire shoes »
Marc by Marc Jacobs Francesca leather tote
$530 – net-a-porter.com
Marc by marc jacobs handbags »
Women’s Jewelry: Shop Necklaces, Earrings, Rings, Bangles & Bracelets…
$45 – bananarepublic.gap.com
Bangle bracelet jewelry »
156 GBP – farfetch.com
Circle jewelry »
Ray-Ban 8041 Aviator Titanium Shiny Gold Polarised > Ray-Ban…
184 GBP – sunglasses-shop.co.uk
Ray ban shades »
Beauty Make Up Foundation Mac :: Hair Beauty :: All About You
19 GBP – allaboutyou.com

Victoria Secret – Very Sexy Lipgloss – French Kiss 4.55g/0.16oz
$15 – yesstyle.com

Nars Eyeliner Stylo : Official Stockist HQhair.com
18 GBP – hqhair.com

THE COSMETIC MARKET :: Makeup :: Nails :: OPI Jewel of India

Beyonce cover SELF Mag
I hope this set inspires you in both the fashion and beauty department. Have a fabulously-chic weekend.

The Chic Report Is Moving!!!

Hi Readers,
Really quick! I want to take this time to thank every one of you for checking/visiting/reading TCR blog for the past few months. The comments, feedback and support is so overwhelming and I’m excited about our next mission. New domain, new host, new contributors, new marketing tools e.t.c.
I will be saying bye-bye to blogger but I’m moving with my blogger family. SIGN UP FOR THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER. (Upper Right Of The Page) or send an email to thechicreport@yahoo.com for all inquiries. You guys have been great and so supportive!!!
TCR blog will be a new online source for style/beauty tips, image consulting, home decor, new runway trends, lifestyle as well as exclusive industry info. Our new custom word press blog will contain a monthly fashion feature with a spotlight on independent designers (clothing/jewelry) and a profile on the most style savvy celebrities. I will keep you updated on the new blog launch…
September 6th 2010.