Rideshare, the all-too-real Web Series

Rideshare Web Series | Stile.Foto.Cibo

You’re a stranger, so who are you going to tell?

We’ve all got amusing stories of city life from weird encounters with drunk folks, to that particularly terrifying late night train ride, to experiences with ride share services like Lyft and Uber. They’re all worth a laugh after the fact but, during the moment, can cause a whole different range of emotions.

RideShare follows the stories of one driver and the eclectic passengers with whom he shares the ride. Created by real-life driver Jeff Irlbeck and real-life frequent ride sharing passenger Katie Hunter, each episode is completely improvised. With the help of writer Ian Michael Smith, the character and stories were conceived and distributed to the talented cast of actors who portray them. From funny to disturbing, each of RideShare’s six episodes reveals what happens when people choose to share.

Rideshare Web Series | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Still from Episode 4 of RideShare | The Webseries by Spacecamp Productions. Featuring Katie Hunter and Jeff Irlbeck

Guys, these episodes are FUNNY! Though they’re definitely funny in the “this is not going to end well” kind of way. They’re absolutely ridiculous while at the same time being way too real for words. Because we’ve definitely been around when people choose to share and, oof, that can get real weird real quick.

Rideshare Web Series | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Still from Episode 3 of RideShare | The Web Series by Spacecamp Productions. Featuring Ford Beckley and Jeff Irlbeck.

If you ever use ride share programs, you’ll definitely find some good hilarity in this series. Check them out here!

Rideshare Web Series | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Still from Episode 3 of Rideshare | The Web Series by Spacecamp Productions. Featuring Alec Robbins.

You can also get $20 off your first LYFT ride with code “JEFF613” which is pretty awesome. I, for one, vastly prefer Lyft over Uber so I highly recommend them!

Self Care with Hair Lab @ Hair Loft

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Taking time to care for oneself is so so important and definitely a thing we don’t do nearly enough. But it might not be for time, it might be for lack of inspiration in self care. We think of these activities as being things like baths, massages, or other kinds of relaxation-based activities. But what if self care was doing other things for yourself like taking the time to learn how to do your hair really nicely? Taking the time to practice and eventually be able to do something well and quickly. Sometimes, simply looking your best and having done it yourself is a great way to boost confidence and mood.

That’s the idea with LAB at Hair Loft. This complimentary evening allows  group of 10-15 people to come together and learn how to do their hair three different ways to make styling easy and fun! Through a class and then one-on-one styling time, our group of bloggers left with the ability to achieve whatever look we want quickly and easily. It certainly takes time and practice but the end result is totally worth it!

We focused on three styling techniques:

Round Brushing: This one is your basic blowout. Using the heat of the dryer and the motion of the round brush to get a smooth look with some natural wave and bounce.

Curling: Every kind of curl from Shirley Temple all the way to Adriana Lima on the Victoria’s Secret runway can be achieved with the right tool and a little patience!

Smoothing: Got a flat iron? You can make stick-straight locks or even Jacey Duprie chunky waves with the right technique!

I hosted the event with two of my blogger gals, Allie of Allie’s Fashion Alley and Allison of The Snotty Little Bitch. We has a great time with our blogger friends with some sips and snacks, embracing the ability to look silly while we tried to figure out how to do our hair, and so much more. Want to host your own? Check out the LAB page to learn how.

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Allison of The Snotty Little Bitch gets her short pixie round brushed

Volunteer the curly kid for curling.

Volunteer the curly kid for curling.

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Showcasing different kinds of curls.

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Showing smoothing on Erin of BeBuddha Jewelry

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Hands-on sessions with a little help. Erin working on curling.

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Allison working on some more technique. How to get that kinky look with a flat iron.

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Concentrating super hard on making Victoria’s Secret curls. Apparently I stick my tongue out when I do that.

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

La Toya of The Fat Girl of Fashion, looking on and providing her sage advice. She’s a hair magician, I swear.

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

AHHHH! (seriously, what are these faces?)

LAB @ HAIR LOFT | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Nikki of 30s and Chic taking a turn at the styling stations.

Smile! Hair styling is way more fun when you have the pros teaching you. Natalie of Hair Loft is amazing!

Smile! Hair styling is way more fun when you have the pros teaching you. Natalie of Hair Loft is amazing!

 

Swimsuit Summer Style

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Words cannot accurately describe how much I absolutely love this bikini. It’s gorgeous, it’s unique, it actually makes me feel confident in something that isn’t boy shorts, and it makes me look more tan than I actually am. Basically, it hits on all the important points and I’m OBSESSED. It’s certainly going to make for some interesting tan lines on our honeymoon this October but I don’t even care. I feel amazing in this bikini (something that hasn’t happened… ever) and I love that.

Though, admittedly, it probably helps to have your fiancee taking the photos. That’s quite the confidence boost, I must say.

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Bikini Top | Forever 21
Bikini Top | Forever 21
Bangles | ALEX AND ANI

Photos by Levine-Moore Photo

Summer Style in a Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

A good outfit that works for the office and for going out is like a Holy Grail that I work so hard to find. So when this skirt was on sale at J.Crew Factory for damn near 50% off and I got these earrings in from ILYMIX, I knew I was set. This look is perfect to wear to work and then take straight out to drinks with friends!

The earrings might be my favorite part, too. Remember those posts back in Feb & March about ILYMIX and getting 20% off your order? That code still works. So go to http://www.ilymix.com and use code “stile20” at checkout and you get 20% off! I can solidly say, having a ton of their stuff, that it’s all wonderful!

I’m also just obsessed with this skirt right now. It’s a faux wrap skirt, so I don’t actually have to wrap it. It zips up the back! But the knot detail on the side and the whole pattern is just stunning. I love it so much!

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Skirt | J.Crew Factory
Earrings | c/o ILYMIX (Use code “stile20” to get 20% off your order!)
Chambray | GAP
Flats | Steve Madden

Photos by Levine Moore Photography

Firmoo Sunglasses

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

One question I get all the time is “Have you tried contacts?” or some variant of that. Admittedly, I ask for it. I constantly complain about my glasses for one reason or another. Be it sun blinding me, nose pads irritating me, or any other myriad of issues, that always seems to be the solution. Get contacts. Unfortunately, my allergies cause some serious itchy eye and contacts would NOT get along with that at all.

Firmoo Optical has presented the best solution ever to at least one of my glasses woes — brightness. They do prescription sunglasses for around $40 + shipping.

I know what you’re thinking: “prescription sunglasses have been a thing for ages! Welcome to the club?”

But have you ever seen how EXPENSIVE prescription sunglasses are? Woof.

These are super affordable and all you need is your prescription handy to order them. I absolutely love the style I got, despite them not being available anymore. But they have so many amazing pairs to choose from!

They take slightly longer to ship when purchasing prescription but the way was definitely worth it! Now I’ve got a stellar pair of adorable sunglasses that I can actually see out of. Consider my world rocked.

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cost-effective prescription sunglasses you say? Do tell!

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Photos by Levine-Moore Photography

Public Hotel & Pump Room Summer Cocktail Launch

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

To kick off the best season in Chicago and show off their new seasonal cocktails, Public Hotel hosted a party for influencers in Chicago. A rooftop party. With cocktails. Literally the most signature Chicago thing you can do in the summer. Needless to say, we FLOCKED there in droves. I saw so many of my favorite blogger babes including Rachel of Wayfaring Rachel, Maddy of Chicago Cheap-Ass, Katie of Dining at my Desk, and Chrissy of The Hungary Buddha! It was an amazing chance for us to all catch up, unwind, and share a drink in this picturesque location.

Now, I’m in lust with the Gold Coast already. The whole neighborhood is STUNNING and I’m just a little bit obsessed. So getting a chance to party there might have made my entire week. And on the rooftop with those gorgeous views of the skyline? Yep, I was sold.

The cocktail menu featured the new seasonal selections for each of the Public Hotel’s various restaurants and lounges. This includes the Pump Room and the Library & Coffee Lounge (which is going to probably become a regular haunt for me in the very near future). I sampled four of the cocktails on feature and am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

The Niña Fuerte features a Yerba-Mate tea infused Milagro Reposado Tequila alongside Luxardo Marachino, lime, pineapple, and mint. I happened to be nearby when this one was being mixed up and got to watch its creator, Ben Pavlichek, at work. It was mesmerizing watching the expert cocktail creation!

Among other drinks sampled were the Strawberry Royale, a sparkling rose with strawberry syrup (just a bit sweet for my taste); the Gold Coast, La Colombe cold-brew with barrel-aged gin, non-dairy milk, simple syrup, and a kiss of cinnamon (so delicious!); and, the surprise of the evening, the Coffee Stout, sparkling cold-brew coffee with whiskey, vanilla simple syrup, and a touch of lemon zest. It was so refreshing!

I highly recommend checking out Public Hotel for their many different dining and lounge options and trying all the summery cocktails available.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Strawberry Royale alongside the menu of drinks for the evening.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The making of the La Niña Fuerte

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Finished product!

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gorgeous views to accompany the evening.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Romper | LOFT (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes | Topshop (similar here, here, and here)

Irresistibly Straight with Irresistible Me

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I’ve been straightening and blowing out my hair on a regular basis for about 8 months now. The art of the blowout took a while to perfect but I think I’m there now. Straightening, however? That’s been difficult. It’s all about having the right straightener and the one I’ve been using is old and, frankly, not very good.

So when Irresistible Me approached me about testing out their professional flat iron, I was there.

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener | Stile.Foto.Cibo

This product is awesome. It heats up super-quick which means I can get right down to business straightening. And I control the temp with an easy-read screen right on the product. It even has an auto-off for when I’m not the brightest and forget to turn it off. It’s basically idiot-proof in the best way.

If you follow me on Snapchat (@dannie54) then you’ve already gotten to hear me rave about this beauty pretty much from the moment I had it. I believe at one point I described it as “amazeballs” so…

Let’s take a look at these results, though, with a before and after comparison:

BeforeAfter

So basically, I’m in love. This was from full curls to straight in about 30 minutes.

Irresistible Me is best known for their extensions, which aren’t really my thing. But based on the quality of this straightener, I can safely say everything is top quality. Check them out for yourself!

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Straightener | c/o Irresistible Me
“Choose Love” T-Shirt | The Trendy Sparrow
Dress | SheIn

Photos by Levine-Moore Photography

Disclaimer: Irresistible Me provided me with the flat iron for purposes of this post. All opinions are my own. Stile.Foto.Cibo strives to provide high-quality content and, thus, I only review products I genuinely love.