UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Kimberley Marquis

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Kimberley Marquis always stays true to herself on her blog. She promotes her non-judgmental spirits and creates a space where woman can truly express themselves. We love her realistic attitude. She stays chic yet confidential (; She’s hip and down to earth – the perfect combo! She shares her trendy travel spots and even gives advice for your next summer read. Be sure to check out what she has to say below!

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How’d you come up with your blog name? Any meaning behind it?

It took me about a month to finally decide on The Chic Confidential. I went back and forth on a few different names, but I felt like this one really represented me. I love the word ‘chic’. I feel like it describes my personal style. ‘Confidential’ came after, basically because the blog is about letting people into my somewhat chic, confidential life.


How would you describe your own personal style?

I’d say Classic-Chic. Like I mentioned above, ‘chic’ is a good word to use to describe my personal style. I love classic pieces: a white blouse, a structured blazer, lots of fringe, & a good pair of skinny jeans.

What do you want readers to take away from your blog?

The Chic Confidential is a completely non-judgmental space for women to connect on. I’m all about being open and honest about everything I share on the blog. It’s where I can be real with my readers. It’s important for me to stay true to my beliefs, so you’ll never find something on the blog that I don’t believe in. If there’s one thing I want my readers to know, it’s that I’m honest. The blog is a space where I can truly be myself.

Some upcoming summer must-haves?

Really cute, open-toe sandals, sexy maxi dresses, LOTS of fun accessories, and HUGE ASS sunnies. The bigger, the better.

Where do you find your inspirations?

Everywhere! We have the most amazing bloggers right here in Toronto! I love, love reading their blogs, and getting ideas from their posts. Reading! This one is huge. I always find a quote or something someone said in an article that I want to elaborate on, and somehow I will make a post out of it.

A trend you hope never goes away/makes a comeback?

I’m kind of glad the 90s choker made a comeback! It’s been really fun rocking a black & gold choker with some outfits. I also hope fringe and wide-legged pants NEVER go out of style. When in doubt, always wear fringe. HA!

Describe yourself in three words?

Persistent. Creative. Chic.

Best place you’ve traveled? Where to next?

I did a trip around India, Thailand and Indonesia with my best friend after we graduated university. I’ve done quite a bit of travelling in my lifetime, and would have to say that those places are still top on the list. I also LOVED Barcelona. Vegas is next for my 30th!

What’s number one on your bucket list?

Definitely Greece!!

Favorite quote?

Ahhh, this is a hard one. There are so many good ones out there, but my current favourite is:

“Because when we give too many fucks, when we choose to give a fuck about everything, then we feel as though we are perpetually entitled to feel comfortable and happy at all times, that’s when life fucks us.” – Mark Manson

I’m reading an AMAZING booked called, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson, and he is just so brutally honest, it’s refreshing! He’s got some great quotes in that book.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetter Takeover: Marilyn Hucek; 5 Nights & 4 Days in Cuba

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We couldn’t get enough of Marilyn Hucek’s good vibes so we invited her back to takeover our blog! She’s one of the most innovative fashionistas we’ve had yet. She stays versatile in her style for any and every occasion. We can feel her love for fashion in her words – she totally relatable and continues to inspire her readers daily! We’re lucky enough to get one of her best travel pieces! Below she shares her; 5 Nights & 4 Days in Cuba – be sure to check it out!

5 Nights & 4 Days in Cuba

Cuba is such a remarkable place with so much beauty all around. The country is rich with history so there’s much to learn and experience once you’re there. Visiting a fully communist run nation was the biggest difference between my other types of travel around the world. Their government policies affect the day to day life of the civilians and it’s important to take this into account and be respectful of the culture. I went with my boyfriend, sister, and her boyfriend. My sister and I are both bilingual in English, and Spanish so communication was not a problem. For the most part everyone we encountered spoke some English, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t speak a lick of Spanish!

The country was bustling with tourists the second we landed. Most were from Europe, but since President Obama lifted the travel ban more and more American are traveling there. It was far easier than we expected to travel to Cuba. US citizens can legally travel to Cuba if they are participating in one of the 12 categories of activity. This is requested at the time you get your visa. We selected the category “to support the Cuban people” as our reason to travel to Cuba. We flew through Southwest Airlines, and had a layover in Fort Lauderdale where we paid $50 for our Cuban visas day of.

Make sure you pull out enough cash for the trip, because you can’t use credit cards AT ALL, and there are no banks or ATM’s to withdraw money once you’re there. It’s ideal to withdraw in euros and then convert to the Cuban currency CUC for the best exchange rate. I suggest bringing granola bars, since Cubans don’t really snack and it helps hold you over when your traveling on a tight itinerary. Transportation once you’re there is very easy and affordable, you can hail pretty much any car and ask for ride. Taxi’s drove us all the way to the beach and countryside from Havana, no problem. Definitely pack toilet paper or small tissue paper packs, because they charge for it in all the bathrooms. I would also pack Pepto Bismal, because you will not find the same over the counter drugs there, and it’s better to be safe than sorry!

We traveled to three cities: Havana, Varadero, and Viñales . I recommend them all! With such limited time, we could only see so much, but we were sure to make the most of our time. I’m so excited to share with you my itinerary, travel recommendations, and overall tips for traveling to Cuba.

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We used Airbnb to book our nights in Havana. The hosts were very reliable, the apartments were very clean and we felt very safe. I recommend bringing all of your toiletries, because the apartments don’t have any products.
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We got in late so we got ready and went straight to dinner. We made a reservation at La Guarida a few weeks in advance. The restaurant itself is a gorgeous restored colonial era building, with an amazing rooftop bar. The food is spectacular, and we celebrated my sister’s birthday there. They even sent out a cake with a candle and sang her happy birthday. I highly recommend it, it’s top rated, and the food does not disappoint. Keep in mind you need to make reservations for all the restaurants you want to dine at in advance, because they get completely booked up.

Museums: Museum of the Revolution, National Museum of Fine Arts, Fabrica de Arte Cubano
Site seeing: Plaza de Armas- cities oldest plaza surrounding several local restaurants and bars you can enjoy, Castillo de la Real Fuerza (very cool fort), the Capital, El Hotel Nacional (fabulous hotel)
Bars- La Floridita (cocktail bar where Hemingway drank), 304 O’Reilly (hip bar)
Activities- city tour in a vintage car and drive down el Malecon (roadway and seawall hugging the ocean), Cigar Factory in Havana to buy Cuban cigars.
Restaurants: La Guarida, El Cocinero, Dona Carmela, Paladar San Cristóbal

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In Viñales we stayed in a beautiful resort called Hotel la Ermita , which was located in the mountains, known for the fresh air. The site overlooks a valley and beautiful mountain ridge. We drank local beer and watched the sun set behind the mountains. We went out to dinner at a near by local restaurant and ate family style. Later we smoked cigars, drank a few more beers while laying on pool chairs and stargazing. The next day we went on a four hour horseback ride. We toured a cigar &  sugar cane plantation, drank fresh mojitos made with honey instead of sugar, and smoked organic Cuban cigars rolled right in front of us! When in Cuba right?!

Overall the trip was amazing, and I will for sure go back. There is so much to see and do, and I just brushed the surface of such an untapped country by Americans for so long because of the travel ban. The architecture of the city is truly breathtaking.

Feel free to ask me any questions about my trip to Cuba. I hope everyone gets a chance to visit.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Malena Permentier& Tatiane Kozijn

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Malena Permentier and Tatiane Kozijn tackle the fashion world together. They are fabulous business partners and even better friends. Malena shares her fashionista secrets; she stays unique with her impressive law degree. She keeps it real, always inspiring, learning, and staying true to her inner world. She is truly an inspiration to all. She understands the vast windows of opportunities that are out there and never fails to cease the day. We absolutely love her favorite quote – be sure to check it out below!

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Who’s behind Fashion Container?

Behind team FashionContainer are myself and Tatiane, who is both my best friend and business partner. She’s mostly behind the scenes, but all our projects are a product of our partnership!

 

Favorite placed you’ve traveled? What’s next on the list?

I recently travelled to Sri Lanka and it blew me away. There’s a great variety of different landscapes and the locals are incredibly kind. I’d recommend it to everyone and I can’t wait to go back and explore more. Next on the list is Ibiza! Europe is wonderful in summer and I can’t wait for everything that is to come.

 

Where do you find your inspiration?

I really love my Pinterest boards, where I collect a lot of images of looks and styles that I like. So whenever I feel stuck, I browse there to get some new ideas.

 

A trend you hope never goes away/ makes a comeback?

Those voluminous, super flattering and feminine dresses from the 50s. In my opinion, women looked so much classier then than they do nowadays!

 

We love the “Personal Stories” section of your blog – tell us how you came up with that?

Thank you! We came up with the “personal stories” section for FashionContainer because we’re passionate about building a platform that shares something ‘bigger’ than just style and travel. Under the personal stories section, we discuss challenges in business, share tips and also talk about our personal lives and everyday problems to share our perspective. This section is still very much evolving, so stay tuned!

Where do you hope to be in the future?

Make FashionContainer the new Huffington post.


What do you hope your readers take away from your blog?

That it’s important to be real. Sure, enjoy the beautiful things and the beautiful outfits, but don’t forget about your inner world. To be inspired. To learn. To be true.


What made you get into blogging?

I was in my first year of law school and I was desperate for a creative hobby that would bring some balance into my life that solely existed studying, studying and studying. I also had no clear idea what I wanted for my future, so I figured it was a good idea to just start ‘my own project’.

 

Some upcoming summer must-haves?

Off shoulder tops and lots of white. That’s about it!

 

What’s your favorite quote?

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters Takeover: Cassie; Favorite Places in Santa Barbara

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We loved Cassie’s great vibes and positive perspective we couldn’t help but invite her back for a takeover blog. She has such trendy advice we knew she would be perfect! Since she’s traveled a lot, she’s here to share her piece, Favorite Places to go in Santa Barbara. Find out where to go on your next trip below!

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“Hello everyone!  It’s Cassie again from Simply Classy blog.  I’m currently living in L.A. & I love taking day trips whenever I can to get a little escape from the city.  Santa Barbara is hands down one of my favorite day trips from L.A. to take!  If you’re ever in L.A. or the SoCal area, I highly recommend visiting.  The drive is beautiful and only around 1.5 – 2 hours from the city.  Whenever I first arrive to Santa Barbara I love to go walking around State Street.  It’s one of the main streets in downtown Santa Barbara and they have so many amazing shops, cafes and restaurants.  I love to go shopping and find somewhere new to eat every time.  You could honestly spend the whole day on State Street.  My favorite place to shop there is Paseo Nuevo.  It’s a huge outdoor shopping area with gorgeous fountains, artwork and staircases!  Off of State Street there is so many fun alleyways with colorful walls that are definitely Instagram worthy too!  Once I’ve eaten and shopped, I usually take the trolley from downtown Santa Barbara to the beach.  It’s only about a 10 minute trolley ride. Once you’ve enjoyed the gorgeous views that the Santa Barbara coast has to offer you can head to the Chromatic Gate. The Chromatic Gate is just across the street from the beach & a must see if you’re in the city. It’s huge in real life and so much fun to see!  Me and my daughter played hide and seek there for almost a half an hour before continuing our walk down the beach.  At the end of such a fun day I love to sit on the beach and just watch the sunset! :)  I hope this helped give you ideas of fun things to do in Santa Barbara for the day.

What are your favorite things to do in Santa Barbara?!”

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Johanna Grange

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The driven Johanna Grange has loved fashion from the start. She knows how outfits express your mood and can easily be changed by day. Her own personally style is extremely versatile – one day it’s heels, the next it’s sneakers. On top of that, she’s a hustler. She stands as an entrepreneur, successfully running her own company with her grit and grind. We all admire her for her persistence and structure. She sure has her plate full and manages it beautifully.  Find out more about her below!

Have you always been in love with fashion?

Yes, ever since I was a little girl and would watch my mom get ready for date night. I love how you can dress for your mood and change your entire aesthetic from girlie to tough at the drop of new accessories.

Favorite place you’ve traveled? What’s next on the list?

By far, Thailand. Next I head to Mexico with some local influencers to explore the country in a less touristy way. I am very excited.

How would you describe your own personal style?

I change a lot which makes sense given that I am a Gemini. I am equal parts girlie and love a good dress as much as my inner badass loves rocker tees and leather. Heels during the week, Adidas on the weekends.

A trend you hope never goes away/ makes a comeback?

I love OTS tops, it’s a nice change up from tanks. And I hope overalls never come back. It’s pretty hard to pull off unless you have a body like Gisele.

What’s a day in the life of Johanna look like?

Oh gosh, it’s busy and planned down to the minute. I start by getting up at 5:10am and dressing in the dark for my SPIN class. I return an hour later, shower and start my morning snuggles with the kids while making breakfast and getting them dressed for school, hair, teeth…the works. I drop off my eldest to school and return to start answering some emails. My littlest leaves at 8:30am and I usually start conference calls, pitches or commuting to meetings and photoshoots. I return every day by 4:30 to let our nanny go and put my mom hat back on. Dinner, homework, showers and snuggles and the kids are back in bed by 7:30. Once everyone is settled I am back on the computer to do the next day’s blog post, respond to clients or blog emails or work on RFPs for my company, Oak Street Social – www.oakstreetsocial.com I try to hit the hay by 11 at the latest and then it starts all over again!

Describe yourself in three words?

Driven, exhausted and grateful

What do you hope your readers take away from your blog?

I hope they know I don’t take myself too seriously and it’s possible to have it all…look great, feel great, love your career and still enjoy your husband and family. It’s all about time management and appreciating everyday.

What made you get into blogging?

I am a journalist by trade and needed a creative outlet during a particular rough patch in my life.

Tell us about your career path?

I left a graduate of broadcast journalism but elected to live in one big city, Chicago, to pursue more opportunities. I entered the advertising world and stayed for several years before I launched my sales career in the startup community ranging from luxury beauty to the restaurant industry. All the while I maintained freelance work managing social media for my clients and I was good at it. Three years ago a dear friend and I launched our own company and it’s been nonstop ever since. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love what I do and I am never bored.

What’s your favorite quote?

“The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.” – Unknown

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