Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.
UPDATE: This story was originally published on January 21.
The story of someone leaving a job in corporate America to pursue a lifelong dream never ceases to inspire us. So, you can imagine how downright floored we were to learn that go-getter Mallory Ulaszek left her sales job at AT&T to start CB and cityblue apparel & denim at the beginning of the most recent recession. Thanks to her knack for filling the shop with fly-off-the-shelf goods and her amazing personal-styling service, the entrepreneur has raised her brand into a Chicago powerhouse.
Naturally, we felt the need to track her down for a sartorial spill session. And Ulaszek didn't disappoint. She showed us how she seamlessly mixes and matches labels to create one-of-a-kind ensembles — exactly what she would do if you were shopping at one of her stores. She also shared advice on the key pieces you need to invest in, the jeans you should never wear, and so much more. Wardrobe and career inspiration? We're sold.
It's no secret that we love a good model makeover here at Refinery29. Watching someone transform with the power of hair and makeup is beyond fascinating. So, ICYMI, we teamed up with photographer Elle Muliarchyk this past NYFW. She created a trio of GIF transformations backstage at some of our favorite shows, which we read
Although Milan is known as home base for luxury accessories — all the great Italian designer handbags and legendary leather shoes have come from its factories — London is giving the establishment a run for its money. British designers have seized on some qualities that many designers in Milan seem to have lost read