Fast Fashion Season 5: Episode 1, Recording Artist Carmelo AKA Melo Makes Music

We’re kicking off season 5 with an independent musician named Carmelo, also known as Melo Makes Music! He is influenced by every genre that exists and creates *WARNING* highly addictive music that goes beyond the realm of hip-hop. Despite partying with him all night the night before our interview, he showed up ready to go, bringing his A-game to interview with us! Melo starts off by telling us where his “triple M’ed” name comes from (shouts out to Soundcloud). Calling himself a recording artist, he prefers to let go of any titles that hold him to one type of music “since there is so much that goes into making the song evolve.” He gave us some details on what it feels like being on stage, and how his nerves have since turned into pure adrenaline. Not only does he rap, but ladies, he SINGS too! At some point we did get a little serious for our industry heads and dove into Melo’s thoughts on the music industry. We talked about whether or not music is being dumbed down and if songs even have substance anymore. And as if he wasn’t amazing enough, we found out he has friends in high places. Melo shares with us what it was like collaborating with Taylor Bennet, AKA (Chance the Rapper’s brother,) and the entire process of what it was like making their song, Sleepless. We had so much fun interviewing Melo, even though at times, he forgot who was actually being interviewed (lol). To keep up with MMM, follow him on Instagram, and check out his website so you can catch him on tour so you can vibe with him. Don't forget to see all our episodes on Fast Fashion Podcast, here.


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 12, Musicians Na'el Shehade and Via Rosa of DRAMA

WOW. Is it the end of season 4 already??? Time really does fly when you’re having fun! We’ve had incredible creatives throughout this entire season, and so you know we HAD to end it with a bang. In our 12th episode of this season, we chat with our great friends and musicians, Na’el Shehade and Via Rosa, also known as DRAMA duo! The duo describes their music as happy-sad music that you can actually turn up to…(we know we do). Na’el had produced for many artists worldwide such as Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Chief Keef, Snoop Dog, and many more from MTV, but eventually decided that he needed to have his own passion project. The universe brought him and Via Rosa together, creating three songs the first night they met (it was meant to be)! Being carefree, confident, and having loads of creative freedom, the duo has no plans of signing to a record label anytime soon. Their music video for their hit song,“Hopes Up”, caught wind back in January, 2016 with over 76k views since its release, and they’re just getting started. They believe their “I Don’t Care” approach kicked off their success, letting that resonate within their songs and performances. Follow the duo on Insta' and FB and make sure to listen to their amazing new album, Gallows, on Soundcloud! Also, check out their website to follow their upcoming shows so that you can turn up with them. Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing will be back with more hot interviews and dope individuals early next year. In the meantime, make sure to follow us @FastFashionPodcast and sign up for our email newsletter to stay in touch with us and our obsessions till then. Til' next season, guys!


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 10, Singer & Songwriter Chai Tulani

We are almost at the end of season 4 (can you believe it?!?) and we are not slowing down! This week, we got to catch up with a the very special and unique musician, Chai Tulani. Chai's a singer and songwriter that incorporates soul, hiphop and blues into a unique style he calls soul hop!

Chai is currently based in Chicago, but is a Kenyan native who moved to the states when he was four years old. He’s been into music since he was young, but took the leap to make it his career four years ago. When he describes his style of music, for him, it doesn’t really fit into one genre. So instead of trying to fit in, he creates with an electric mix of Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B with a sprinkle of Reggae and we are here for it! We talked to him about what his music means to him, and all of the elements of creativity that make his songs sound good to him. Going to one of Chai’s shows, you will see that not only does he incorporate this Kenyan vibes into his music, but he infuses it into his personal style as well! Chai  talked to us about some of his biggest marketing strategies. He’s not afraid to put in the work. He believes in the power of performing at open-mics', putting his music on Soundcloud (of course!), and surprisingly, the power of UBER!! What?!

In this episode, Chai gives us a taste of some of the details for his second official project release called Rebxl. We’re so excited to hear his upcoming project on November 22nd and to support him along the way! So give him a follow on Insta’ and take a listen to his most popular songs on Soundcloud. If you would like to check out his upcoming shows, check out his website and maybe we’ll see you at his next show!


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 10, Artist And Creative Producer, 'Logik' Julian Gilliam

In our latest episode of FFP, we caught up with one of our favorite creators, Julian Gilliam, also known as Logik. Julian is a visual artist, animator, photographer, and painter. We got to pick his brain and learn about the visions behind his art and creative projects, what influences him, and the amazing clients he’s worked with. Getting to know Logik, and behind his name, was lots of fun! He gave us some insight on the fact that he has always been a true artist since he can remember, but it has been a long journey for him to find the aesthetic/style for his art. He recalls from childhood that whenever anything was put in front of him, knowing that he could make it better. Born in St. Louis, growing up in Ferguson, Logic moved to Chicago when he transferred to Columbia College during his junior year. Utilizing many different art forms to capture his work, painting being his prominent and animation being his favorite, he describes his art creations as “aspirational and uplifting propaganda,” that are meant to influence people around him. He touches on the many projects that led him to the world of advertising, starting as a freelancer, and working his way up to working as the art director for The Estate of Tupac Shakur, working with Nike, and finishing his first commercial. We found out what he thinks about the rapid change in technology, and how he keeps true to himself, as well as his art. He’s not a fan of the ‘suit and tie’ look, ladies, but he sure knows how to put a dope fit together. Take a look at his projects here, and creep on his Insta’ to keep up with him and so you can catch him the next time he’s live painting!


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 9, Singer & Contestant On The Voice, Sa'Rayah

In our latest episode of FFP, we get to chat with a special lady named Sa’Rayah who started off her singer career with a group called Chicago Catz. From there, she went on to become part of the "Top 12" contestants on the 11th season of The Voice! Sa’Rayah talks to us about being in the competitive music industry and what keeps her motivated, why she picked the celebrity judge that she did over the other who also turned around during her blind audition on The Voice, and what we can expect next from her (she got us SUPER hyped). Sa’Rayah is from Chicago and grew up in one of the most infamous neighborhoods in the city called Cabrini Green. She grew up singing in church, and we learned that she got her first solo when she was five years old. Sa’Rayah was all things music as a child. Musical theatre, choirs, solo-ensembles, and going to countless competitions was how she spent her childhood. And as if we couldn’t love her anymore, she makes a point to point out in our interview that she’s not only limited to singing one genre. She loves singing anything from soul music (her fav’), pop, hip-hop, and even rock. She is “up for the challenge” of keeping the essence of the song while putting her personal twist on it. So what can we expect from her next?!? In addition to starting her own record label called RegalRock Entertainment. She’s currently finishing up an album, with a single scheduled for release in mid-November, which we couldn’t be more hyped about! You can find Sa’Rayah on The Voice here, and make sure to follow her Instagram, as well as her Facebook to get in on #SunRaySunday where she chats real talk with all of her followers.


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 8, Professional Dancer & Dance Instructor Eddie Martin 'Pause Eddie'

In this episode of FFP, we interview our boy Eddie Martin, also known as Pause Eddie, who is an explosive dance machine whose incredible musicality does not skip a beat. Eddie is an instructor who teaches Chicago footwork and hip hop in different parts of Chicago in various renowned studios. He’s known for his aggressive crossovers, erks & jerks (*SNAP*), as well as his intense footwork. He also gets to brag and say he has worked with the likes of Willow Smith,Nicki Minaj, and Chance the Rapper.

Eddie was born and raised in Chicago, finding his passion for dance at age 14. Eddie reveals where the name, “Pause Eddie” comes from, and what Eddie calls a “gift, given by the leader of his group, King Charles. We learn that footwork is a street style, born and raised in Chicago. The style’s inspirations comes from tap-dancing (Eddie’s favorite), break-dancing, african tribe, and house music. Eddie describes his classes as intense and made sure to tell us “you’re gonna be tired as hell, but have a good time.”

Keeping his cool and confidence when being on America’s Best Dance Crew, America’s Got Talent, and Willow Smith’s FireBall Video, he’s taken all these opportunities to keep working on his passion, and perfect his teaching strategies. When we asked him where he sees his career in dance going, he confidently shot back, “This will take me wherever I want it to take me.” (we love him) To keep up with Eddie and his footwork, follow him on 
Insta’, as well as his youtube channel to watch all of his recent and upcoming dance videos.


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 7, Photographer, Creativer Director, ASOS Ambassador Elizabeth De La Piedra

In this episode of FFP, we interview the wonderful Elizabeth De La Piedra, who is a photographer, creative director and, as of recently, a featured ASOS ambassador! Elizabeth’s work has been featured in top publications like Vogue and Esquire. Liz joined us to talk about her style inspirations, her love for thrift shopping (YAS), and her ideas behind her innovative photography projects. Liz was born in Peru, and grew up in Sydney, Australia, where she picked up photography in Melbourne, and majored in documentary photography. Once school finished, Liz ventured out to the states and interned in Chicago. Not feeling inspired enough, she decided to move to New York to intern for photographers and agency masters out there. After working on her craft, Liz moved back to Chicago, where she started a family and had ADORABLE babies, and started her own practice. She discussed the difficulties of long distance in the early years with her husband, Josh Young, (one half of popular EDM duo Flosstradamus, who recently started his new project, YehMe2) but since they were both so busy with work, she wouldn’t change those tough years for anything. Liz describes her photography as "rooted in documentary and portrature.” It’s inspired by real life experiences and humanity in general, but aesthetic wise, it’s more traditional. The photographer’s ALPHABODIES project caught major attention for “exposing the naked truth behind social taboos.” She collaborated with Lydia Neubauer, a health and wellness instructor, and featured two female dancers and tells us all about what the experience of making it was like. Check out Liz’s website and grab yourself a copy of ALPHABODIES, and make sure to follow her on Insta’ keep up with all of her dope outfits, as well as her DEPOP account to cop some of her looks!


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 6, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sarah Aiken

In this episode of FFP, we interview our lovely friend, Sarah Aiken, who is the director of sales and marketing for VMR, the sleek, minimalist showroom featuring luxury fashion by design houses from around the world. VMR carries everything from Balmain, Brandon Maxwell, Nili Lotan, Off_White (dying), RTA, Iro, and of course, Zimmerman. Sarah also appears in the newly released web series, PRGirl, the reality web series created and released by WhatRUWearing just this week!

Sarah talks to us about her BAD A$$ bosses, and what it's like working at such a unique boutique, that she describes as the “in-between” of Lulu-Lemon, and Gucci. Growing up, Sarah was not ALWAYS decked out in Off_White. She was obsessed with preppy brands such as Vineyard Vines, later letting the street style of Chicago take its place in her personal style.  As if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Sarah also manages the social for VMR, as well as the Insta’ and Facebook for Chicago Illuminating Company, which is the coolest event space in Chicago’s South Loop.

Of course we had to get the real of what her experience was spending her summer filming, PRGirl, with her best friend, Alex Moresco(check out our awesome interview with her from S3). From the sounds of it, we definitely think she was born to be in front of the camera. Make sure to follow Sarah and her dope clothes on Instagram, and don’t forget to check out VMR on Instagram, for all the designer eye candy you can handle.


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 5, Founders & Designers Of HERO/BLACK, Angela Brantley & Rhea Fernandez

For this episode of FFP, we sat down with the dynamic duo Angela Brantley and Rhea Fernandez, the founders and creators of the luxury streetwear brand, HERO/BLACK, inspired by architectural cuts, and masculine and feminine silhouettes. They revealed how the universe first brought them together through the shared love of modeling and a very similar sense of style.We learned the origin behind the name of the brand. Hint: Someone they both love is a Hero and black is both of their favorite color. (Duh).

The designers wanted to conceptualize HERO/BLACK and create a network for strong, creative, fashion-forward women. Although “Chicago will always be home” for the duo, they have future plans to expand the brand into a variety of cities, a favorite being New York. “Why not?” We got to hear about the “experiment” brand, Idle. Wild, that the duo worked on before creating what is today, HERO/BLACK. They have come so far in as little as 2 years, from, first, designing t-shirts and clutches, to, now, a full collection. The girls talked about how exhausting it is to keep up with the rapid change in social media and brands, and how to stay calm in the midst of all the chaos. With their success, we think they’re handling the madness just fine!

“When we’re thinking about our consumer, we’re kinda thinking about ourselves. Because everything that we create, it’s because we wanted to wear it, it’s something we wish existed.” To keep up with the girls and their up-coming designs, follow HERO/BLACK on Instagram, and check out their site to snag some statement pieces for yourself!


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 4 With Stylist & Digital Producer Sal E. "Sal So Groovy!"

For this week’s episode of Fast Fashion, we get to chat with style maven, Sal E, also known as Sal So Groovy! “A stylist, "A Maker, and a Mover”. During our conversation with Sal, she tells us when she noticed she had an eye for styling, what it’s like being a digital and visual artist, where she gets her project inspirations from, and being a part of projects with up-coming artists and creatives, such as Jamila Woods.

Sal talks about her innovative aesthetic when it comes to styling, and giving herself “challenges” of not using certain patterns, colors, or materials whenever she works with her clients. Inspired by one of her favorite stylists, Shirley Kurata, Sal shares her love for color and how its one of the most important tools that a stylist can have. Not only is Sal involved with many up-coming creatives in Chicago, but she’s also part of the styling team for the lovely women of Nike’s Air Society. Can you say, DAMN?!

Sal is simply “aiming to create beauty with new materials, using a mouse as a pencil, using wardrobe as paintbrush, and using love for imagination as clay.” To keep up with all of her up-coming projects, follow Sal the Stylist on Instagram, and check out her site to see all of her dope projects!


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 3 Tyler Lambert

For this episode of FFP, we caught up with innovative and self-taught designer, Tyler Lambert, the man behind some of designs that the likes Kylie & Kendall Jenner can’t get enough of. Tyler dished on his thoughts regarding influencers asking for free clothes, the impact social media has on his brand, and how being a designer is a God given talent.
When we sat down, Tyler explored his feelings about his hometown of De Pere, Wisconsin, revealing where the inspiration for his designs and aesthetic stem from. Tyler had a childhood filled with creativity, inspired by the people of northeast Wisconsin. Taught by his mother, Tyler learned the basics of using a sewing machine at a young age. From there, his aspirations of becoming a designer led him to Chicago's School of the Art Institute of Chicago, eventually deciding to leave to do his thing.
Since leaving school and building his brand, his designs are worn by the Jenner sisters and the beautiful Sofia Richie, and most recently have been sported on Bella Thorne, Tana Mongeau, Nathalie Paris, and Bebe Rhexa. We had so much fun getting to know Tyler. If you don’t already follow him, follow Tyler on Instagram to be in the loop of all the dope celebrities wearing the shit out of his clothes, and check out designs that you can rock and purchase directly from his site.


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 2, Photographer & Artist, Nathan Michael

This week, we caught up with independent photographer and founder of Low Res, Nathan Michael. We learned all about Nathan’s start in the photography industry, what drove him to build a business around his love for taking pictures and art, the impressive clients his company works with, and his thoughts on smart social media for brands as they grow. Nathan shared a little about his personal life, and explained what being a small town boy raised in Saginaw, Texas, means to him. Before he settled in Chicago, Nathan was able to move around a lot - and we mean, A LOT. After successfully co-founding Popular Pays, Nathan realized that he missed creating and building a community around a brand. He went on to build what is now today, Low Res. Low Res (pronounced Low-REZ), serves as a visual content agency, event space, and hub for creative minded people. Click here to go behind the scenes with Nathan and WRUW. Did we mention that Nathan has a podcast as well?! The Creative Muscle is a “podcast for the creative in all of us”, with episodes that debunk the myth that creativity is just for artists. Follow Nathan and his brand, Low Res, on Instagram and Facebook to get and stay inspired around your art and what you love creating.


Fast Fashion Season 4: Episode 1, Fashion Designer Sheila Rashid

Welcome to season 4 of Fast Fashion: The Podcast from WhatRUWearing! To kick it all off, we interviewed 29-year old designer Sheila Rashid – who, most famously, is the creative brain behind those cute as hell overalls that are now synonomous with Chance the Rapper’s overall brand! (See what we did there?!?) We all saw the video of Beyonce touching them while giving him a hug back stage at the VMA’s last year. And we can guarantee you that we freaked out just as much as he did! As if that wasn’t enough, Sheila Rashid has the likes of Zendaya, Mick Jenkins, and many more obsessed with her designs.

When we had the privilege of sitting down with this amazing chic a couple of weeks ago, we talked about her roots in the design industry, Chicago’s DOPE fashion scene, and her love for street wear and denim. Her designs have evolved immensely since she decided to leave Columbia University before graduating, taking her own path while using Chicago as her inspiration, and incorporating an “androgynous” aesthetic into her unisex clothing brand. Sheila told us what makes her brand unique and dished how hand-made clothing goes a long way to keep a brand exclusive, organic, and authentic.

Make sure to check out Sheila’s famous designs on her website, and follow her on Instagram & Twitter. She is literally blowing up and we feel so lucky to now be able to call her a friend. f you want to dig even deeper into who she is and her inspiration, check out her feature on MILK.XYZ’s Gender Diaries where she discusses her relationship with gender and how it intersects with her relationship with the fashion industry.


Fast Fashion Season 3, Episode 8: Hip Hop Artist Solo Sam

In our season finale of Fast Fashion, we catch up with hip hop artist Solo Sam. Solo Sam is a unique MC with an awesome retro vibe, but music wasn't always on his agenda. The 21-year-old was originally on his university's football team. Due to an injury he was forced to be off the field, which lead him to his new career.  Solo tells us how he stands out in city full of music, how he came up with the name of his upcoming album "Egocentrism," and gives us a sneak peek of one of his favorite songs. The refreshing artist is the perfect example of how things can fall flawlessly into place, even when they seem to not go our way.
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Fast Fashion Season 3, Episode 7: Fashion Stylist & Chicago Blogger Bebe Jones

If you don't know BeBe Jones, she's definitely one that should be on your fashion radar in Chicago. Recently, we spent time with her in the studio and fell in love immediately. She is a true lover of fashion with the most positive, and infectious personality. During our convo, we learned about her family values, how she combined her two loves (journalism + fashion) to start her company, and her love for Chicago! Want to know how NYFW influenced the name of her company? She also shared how her 'Ah-ha' moment in her journal lead to an opportunity with NIKE Chicago. Be sure to check out her website and follow her on Instagram for 'All-Things Stylish' from designers and stylists to featured Style Mavens and fellow bloggers.
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Fast Fashion Season 3: Episode 6, Fashion Designer Alyse Young

In this week's episode, we meet Alyse Young. Alyse started designing prom dresses a few years ago before heading all the way to London to study design and falling in love with the idea of designing her very own full line. Sounds like a fashionista fairytale, right?!
Today, she launches her debut line, London Alyse, on her e-commerce platform for young, professional women who don't want to sacrifice color and their unique sense of style just because they are heading to the office. You can find all chic things from matching two piece sets to a beautiful patterned dress that shows just the right amount of back (perfect for 9am - happy hour!).
We learn what inspired her the most when coming up with concepts and color patterns for her first line, how she manages the design and production process and the marketing approach she uses to reach the woman she wants in her clothes. Hint: Bad Ass Chics Only!
Click here to follow Alyse London on Instagram, and don't forget to watch our Fast Fashion behind the scenes.
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Fast Fashion Season 3: Episode 5, Former Ms Illinois Marisa Buchheit

This week we talk to the 2014 Ms. Illinois about her pageant career, how she got started and what she is doing now. This girl is so unstoppable we have to tip our hat crown, to her. She went from being the shiest girl in the room to standing on stage, competing against other ladies and becoming a professional opera singer- but most importantly, not taking herself too seriously!
Marisa’s recent performances include recitals and fully staged operas in the United States, Italy, France, Austria, and Thailand.  And of course, she looks amazing while doing it all (seriously, you should see the dresses she gets to wear!).
Marisa Buchheit expresses her love for the purity of her genre and why she thinks it will never die out- and she sold us! For news on shows to catch Marisa in and to stay caught up on what she doing, make sure to check out her website and and follower on Twitter or Instagram!
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Fast Fashion Season 3: Episode 4, Rapper Tripp Heavy

In the latest episode of Fast Fashion, we dive into a whole new category of guests to introduce everyone to one of our favorite underground Chicago rappers, Tripp Heavy. After Mary Mel gushes about how and when she found him on SoundCloud (click here to see video) we get inside the artist's mind about where his inspiration comes from, where he wants to take his career, how Chance the Rapper changed the independent game and the mark he wants to leave on the world. We even get him to share, live on the spot, one of his favorites from his new album coming out this month. Check him out and make sure to stay close so you can add him to your workout playlist this summer.
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Fast Fashion Season 3, Episode 3: Katy Lynch- Entrepreneur + Co-Founder of Codeverse

This week we publish our conversation with the beautiful Katy Lynch. Investor. Entrepreneur. Self Exclaimed Super Hero. We sat down with her a few weeks before she launched her newest venture, Codeverse, to talk all things business, female empowerment, and how we can all be prepared for the future. She gives us all the feels as she tells us her feelings on starting businesses, what kids should be studying in school today and how she came up with her new venture, Codeverse, the world's first fully interactive coding school and educational tech platform that teaches kids to code. Trust us, if you ever had the thought to start your own business, you will be 100% ready after listening to our conversation with Katy. Don't forget to watch our In the Studio episode, and make sure to keep up with her on LinkedIn and Instagram for all the things she is up to now, and in the future.


Fast Fashion Season 3, Episode 2: Alexandra Moresco, Founder of A. Moresco PR (Publicist)

There are some people who love fashion, and then there is Alexandra Moresco. In this episode of Fast Fashion, Mary catches up with Alex Moresco - fashion blogger and PR Maven extraordinaire. Not only was she working on her fashion blog and growing her empire while in school at Depaul, but by senior year, Alex already had clients for her own PR firm. Her business has continued to boom, and now she's working with celebs left and right all over the country. So how did she market herself and put her foot in the door, AND stay motivated in such a large industry? Listen to the podcast and find out! Learn more about Alex's company Follow Alex's Instagram Follow Alex on Twitter


Fast Fashion Season 3, Episode 1: Candid Conversations With Athena

It's a new year and a new season for WRUW's Fast Fashion! To kick things off, your new host Mary Melniko sat down with the WRUW crew and singer / fashion stylist, Athena, to talk about everything ... and we mean, everything. From the social media world of followers and relationship drama (how do you tell a friend to move on and stop chasing someone!?), to keeping the honeymoon stage alive and taking care of yourself, WRUW gets real in the studio. Oh yeah, did we mention Athena was on The Voice, and gave us a little taste of one of our favorite songs ... what better way to end a podcast? Don't forget to check out our new video series capturing the look and conversation while recording the podcast by checking out our first episode of In the Studio with the WRUW squad.


Fast Fashion Season 2, Episode 7: Katie Schuppler- Style Consultant & Contributor

Katie is a girl after our own hearts. She is creative, organically understands the rules behind how to get dressed in the morning and, oh yeah, has a little jewelry company on the side with her husband. When we say she is creative, we really mean it. She has her own blog that is product focussed and she contributes on a regular basis for Chicago Woman's Magazine. When we say she knows how to get dressed, she really does! She has her own styling company with clients she does at home/closet consults, shopping and look books for. In our season finale of the podcast, we chat with Katie about all of this plus how much her and her husband love to travel and how they plan on paying for their trip around the world, how she describes her personal style and how her dad is her biggest motivator. After all that, if you want to see what we talked about after the podcast was over, check out our season finale of Behind the Scenes featuring Katie.


Fast Fashion Season 2, Episode 06: Whitney Middleton, Stylist & Creative Director

stylist whitney middleton As soon as Whitney Middleton learned that there was even such a thing as a job that paid you to put people in amazing clothes (thank you Rachel Zoe), she knew it was the job for her. She left her corporate job and dedicated her life to fulfilling her passion in the job she wanted. After doing some creative direction work with e-drop off full time, she decided to take the leap into being a full time, independent stylist. Now she has been to New York Fashion Week and is responsible for some of the most talked about looks from Chance the Rapper. Take a listen to some of the things Whitney still wants to learn and what is the outfit she credits with the most significant to her career and will remember forever. Then, if you haven't already, go check out what we talked about in the studio when the mics were off on our latest episode of Behind the Scenes.


Fast Fashion Season 2, Episode 5: Blake Von D, Digital Influencer

In this week's episode of Fast Fashion, we explore with and get to know, Blake, the curator and founder of the site Blake Von D. As you can already tell from her style, she is a force to be reckoned with. We talked about her own personal struggle with her self esteem, how she started her blog, and the idea of if her posting her outfits on Instagram everyday is actually doing anything positive for the world. After listening to this episode and understanding the true influence this influencer is having on the blogispher, the short answer is- YES! And in addition to the fun, hilarious nuggets Blake gives us in her Behind the Scenes episode we recorded around recording the podcast, Blake dishes on some of her new favorite tools for having the perfect Instagram.


Fast Fashion: Season 2 (BONUS EPISODE) Candid Conversations Series (01)

Sex. Career. Relationships. Just some of the topics the WhatRUWearing team decides to chat candidly about in our first candid conversation episode. We invited Kira Dohrn Jones, the lady behind @lifeofke and bestie to our very own host, Meghan, or as most of you know her as, Ms. Lincoln Park Minute. Kira is in her senior year at DePaul University, majoring in PR and minoring in Advertising and has her sights set on taking over LA after school. We had so much fun!!! When does a hook up turn into a relationship and how do you even know? Is 'Friends with Benefits' a thing you could do, or nah? Before graduation, when is the best time to start looking and applying for jobs? How the hell do you network? Advice from Farissa on how to get the most out of a job you might not love, before landing your dream job... The tip of the iceberg when it comes to the questions we discussed freely and openly, in some cases, maybe a little too freely and openly if your mom happens to listen. We are looking at you Kira!!!


Fast Fashion Season 2, Episode 4: Alyssa Doorhy, Founder of CoChic Styling

Alyssa has been busy in the fashion industry ever since graduating from University of Miami, Ohio. After earning her Communications Degree and working at a small ad agency for a time, the opportunity presented itself to open a fashion boutique with her family. After four years of running the store, it was time to shut it down. The inspiration for starting her personal styling company, CoChic Styling, which stands for comfortably chic, was a combination of how tough retail is and her realizing that what excited her the most about her job was helping the boutique customers put together outfits, even if it was with items from their closet at home with pieces from the store. In this week's episode, we chat with her about this, some of the lessons she took from the boutique to her styling company and what she loves the most about styling brides to be. And because you need something else to distract you from doing what you're supposed to be doing, check out our latest episode of Behind the Scenes with WhatRUWearing, capturing what happened in the studio with Alyssa when the mics were off.


Fast Fashion Season 2, Episode 3: Jacki Debb of Jax and Debb Boutique

If you are looking for something to inspire you to not give up on an idea or dream that you have, look no further than Jacki Debb. Not even out of her twenties yet and she has successfully professionally styled models, worked with some amazing fashion retail stores and has launched her very own unisex boutique right here in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. In this week's episode, Jacki shares her secret formula for making all of this a reality. In addition to having the right relationships, experience and a dad who tricked her into creating a massive savings account, she credits determination and not being able to take 'no' for an answer, as the sauce that makes what she's serving, so delicious! When you are done listening to Jacki and daydreaming about what you would do if all of sudden one day you learned you had accidentally saved enough money to start a business, take a peek at what happened when we were done recording in our latest episode of Behind the Scenes with WhatRUWearing, featuring Jacki!


Fast Fashion Season 2, Episode 2: Lily Duevel, Founder of Ladder PR and adoptedSTYLE

If you look up "hustler" in the dictionary, you will find a photo of Lily Duevel, fearless leader and founder of both Ladder PR and adoptedSTYLE. Seriously. With a full time job as an enterprise account manager at Yello, a talent acquisition software company, in addition to two companies of her own, Lily is truly a Jane of all trades who discovered the keys to combining fashion and communication, effortlessly. A natural born entrepreneur, Lily took on her first fashion venture in the sixth grade selling the gently worn Abercrombie and Hollister clothes she no longer wanted, to friends. Needless to say, "Lily's Closet" was a big hit in her Minneapolis-based middle school. That is, until her mom found out and shut down all operations, immediately. That didn't stop Lily though, who originally saw a career path in teaching our youth. Having observed her mother, who previously pro bono styled fashion shows for local boutiques, in exchange for free clothes, Lily quickly figured out that a career path in marketing and communications was a better fit for her. So she transferred schools, switched her major and never looked back. Since graduating, Lily has moved to Chicago (with only 5 days to do so), held a sales position at Groupon, where she was promoted every six months and ultimately helped build out the sales team, created a boutique public relations agency, and a styling service, that all started with a simple tweet. And somehow, she still finds time to Soul Cycle at the end of the day. If we didn't already convince you, Lily is someone who you want to know and can learn from. Plug in your headphones and get inspired. And when you're done, be sure to watch our behind the scenes episode with Lily. Her personality lit up the entire studio.


Fast Fashion Season 2, Episode 1: Kristine Steiner, Fashion Illustrator

On the season 2 premiere of Fast Fashion, we sat down with Kristine Steiner, one of the best Chicago-based fashion illustrators in the game. To date, Kristine has had opportunities to illustrate for major brands ranging from Neiman Marcus, Rue La La, David Yurman, Cotton and more. Always drawing as a little kid and expressing a strong interest in visual art, Kristine fell in love with fashion illustration around age eight or nine, when she became aware that fashion was an actual industry, due to her love for shopping and clothing. She then went on to study fashion design at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and now, her incredibly chic and charming creations bring leggy, modelesque and vibrant fashion silhouettes to life by way of our Instagram feeds! Strongly influenced by pieces she wishes she could wear, would love to see hanging in her closet, and of course, her own personal style, which she describes as minimal, Kristine credits her brilliance, in part, to her job in retail working as a visual merchandiser and finds much of her inspiration through street style in Chicago, because you just never know what you might see on the city streets. Kristine's availability to transform anyone into the more stylish sketch of themselves is incredible so check out her episode and find out who she follows on the gram, for style inspiration, her creative process, which clients she dreams of working one-on-one with, the advice she'd give to aspiring illustrators and what she does for fun, outside of sketching. Also, be sure to check out the behind the scenes view of her episode, below and subscribe to our brand new YouTube channel!


Fast Fashion Episode 10: Farissa Knox, Founder of WhatRUWearing

 The first words that come to mind when we think of Farissa Knox, founder of WhatRUWearing are: fearless, fabulous, unapologetically herself. From her Bronx meets Lakeview personal style to her ability to command attention in a room, without saying anything, Farissa is someone anyone would have the honor to know. On the season finale of Fast Fashion: the Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, we sat down with Farissa and discussed entrepreneurship (she has two companies, one which she started in her twenties), what it means to be a boss, period and why you should strive to be the best version of yourself, her experience in self-publishing a book (Love, Sex and Friendship: In No Particular Order), dating in your 20s (she's had some intense experiences) and the future of WhatRUWearing. This episode will give you a glimpse into the life of Farissa but also provide you with a little peak into what makes her a role model for so many twenty somethings. And because Farissa is an open book, literally no question was off limits, meaning this is one episode you definitely will not want to miss. 


Fast Fashion Episode 9: Kathy Ruda of Nike

If you don't know Kathy Ruda, creative genius and Nike's Digital Field Services Coordinator, you should! Kathy has an incredible success story, one full of tenacity and big dreams. When we sat down with Kathy a few weeks ago, we quickly learned that she has a passion for people, a social media savvy spirit, longing for leadership and craving for community involvement. Hence why, she was the perfect candidate for her current job -- she currently works for Nike Central Territory as the Digital Field Services Coordinator and is a Women's Health Magazine 2016-17 Action Hero. So how did the 2015 graduate of the University of Illinois - Urbana manage to graduate and get one of the coolest jobs ever in less than a year? Well, you'll have to listen to the Podcast to find that out! Do know it didn't just happen by luck, a love for fitness and stylish athleisure wear. Pop your headphones in and get inspired because Kathy's story and outlook on life is absolutely phenomenal! 


Fast Fashion Episode 8: Lauren Gilliam, PR Manager at WhatRUWearing

If you or someone you know has ever worked in the world of public relations, you know there are some truly out there but fantastic, stories. While things don't get too crazy, with this week's guest, unless you count an influencer missing her flight the day of an event she was booked for and our guest having to dash into overtime to fix it, she provides a refreshing perspective on what it's like to work behind the scenes of a fashion brand versus within an agency setting and how she found professional success. This is one podcast you won't want to miss because not only does Lauren touch on her professional success but she also drops major key's on how to healthily maintain a long distance relationship, her love for the Kardashian's and the fashion brands she swears by. Literally, this girl could be a walking billboard for some of the ones she named. Take a listen and get a behind the scenes look at the career and lifestyle of Lauren Gilliam, WhatRUWearing's PR Manager.


Fast Fashion Episode 7: Emily Cleary of Entertainment Cruises Chicago

If you looked up "Jill of all trades" in the dictionary, there's a strong possibility that you'd find a photo of Emily Cleary, Marketing Manager at Entertainment Cruises Chicago. Before taking her marketing talents to Entertainment Cruises, where the young maven handles all things related to marketing, advertising and promotions for the yacht line, Emily extended her sparkle and professionalism to Rent the Runway and Teen Vogue, where she worked with Adele before she reached her current star potential! Locally, Emily also had the pleasure of working with Margie Korshak and Monika Dixon Public Relations, where she received a job shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois. In the latest episode of Fast Fashion, we sat down with Emily and talked about how to be a successful intern and entry-level employee, if working at Teen Vogue was anything like how it was portrayed on The Hills and that one really awesome moment when Anna Wintour complimented her shoes! 


Fast Fashion Episode 6: Sydney Thompson of Classic City Chic

Not all fashion bloggers are created equally and that's what makes Sydney Thompson of Classic City Chic so unique! According to Sydney, her and her best friend, Maya, who she met while attending the University of Illinois, created Classic City Chic, post grad, due to discussions around fashion and style lacking realistic perspectives. Sadly, we all can't have closets full of Chanel and Dior. As a result, the duo went on to start their blog and dedicated themselves to expressing their creativity, exploring their various ideas and passions while helping their readers look great in classic, affordable pieces! Sydney sat down with Meghan and discussed her favorite places to shop, how she feels that malls are overrated and how she takes unique pieces and makes them her own. 


Fast Fashion Episode 5: Vinova Deniz of See You at Brunch

This one's for all the free spirits and foodies out there: meet Vinova Deniz, the brains and photographer behind the delectable "See You at Brunch" Instagram account and hashtag. We chatted with the New York native, who will soon be moving to Miami for a post grad opportunity with Hillstone Restaurant Group - who made it very clear that she's through and through a New Yorker, having grown up in Manhattan and moved to Chicago for college by picking a city out of a hat- about Chicago's hospitality scene, how the idea of "See You at Brunch" originated and her definition of comfort food (hint: it's not your mother's mac & cheese!) Whether you eat out every day, are experimenting more in the kitchen or are a professional bruncher like Vinova - this is one conversation you won't want to miss. You're sure to walk away inspired by her carefree nature.



Fast Fashion Episode 4: Nicholas Butts of 10 Management

Nicholas Butts has an alluring energy that can't be matched. With Barbie as his muse, the Junior Agent at 10 MGMT Modeling Agency paved his own lane, at a young age, and never looked back. In this episode of Fast Fashion, Nicholas talks about growing up in a small town in downstate Illinois (shoutout to Decatur), why he's not fit for New York City (the whole "working to live" aspect isn't really his thing), his method for scouting models in the city (it's brilliant, if we do say so ourselves), post grad plans and his work with GLAAD and their GLAAD Hatter Brunch and Tea Dance, taking place on May 15. 


Fast Fashion Episode 3: Kristi Pawlowicz, Founder of 522 Envy

Kristi Pawlowicz is not your average 20-something. At the ripe age of 26, a few years after graduating from Mizzou, Kristi successfully started and opened her own clothing boutique - 522 Envy, formally Envy Evanston. Having previously worked at the Envy boutique in Columbia, Missouri during undergrad, Kristi fell in love with retail and after serving as a manager at a family owned boutique, she ventured out on her own in 2013. On today's Fast Fashion episode, we chatted with her about advice she'd give her collegiate self, what her self proclaimed "hot mess chic" style consists of, the trends she's predicting for summer, what's next for 522 Envy and how she got her fiancé to propose to her after ten years of dating. Yes, you read that right - ten years! 


Fast Fashion Episode 2: Kayla Reyes and Andrea Valle of John Marshall Law School's Fashion Law Society

On Episode 2 of Fast Fashion, we sat down with YouTube sensation Kayla Reyes of CutesyGirl09 and Andrea Valle, both Fashion Law students at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. With impeccable style and grades to match, the hardworking ladies explain what “fashion law” entails from a legal standpoint, describe how they represent their personal style in a conservative, male-dominated field and dish on who their favorite style and beauty gurus are – yes, Kylie Jenner is included in this, as well as tips for how to score one of her coveted lip kits! They also spilled details surrounding our co-sponsored #BOSSPERIOD: a Women's Empowerment and Fashion Show Extravaganza, taking place on Thursday, April 14 from 5-8 pm at John Marshall. While it’s certainly an entertaining listen, it’s also inspiring and informative for those who may want to pursue more unconventional careers within the fashion industry. 


Fast Fashion Episode 1: Laura Kujawa, Market Lead for Gilt City Chicago

We all know Gilt City. With locations in Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. it’s literally impossible not to know about the exciting and one-of-a-kind offers suggested by the network. Whether you’re looking for location specific restaurants, shopping, spas, salons, events and even fitness – the team at Gilt City has you covered! But how do they find these fabulous suggestions? Look no further than the curators. In Chicago, Laura Kujawa, Gilt City’s Market Lead, is responsible for making you fall in love with some of your favorite spots. So how did she get there? Host Meghan McAllister of Lincoln Park Minute asked just that amongst a number of other questions about Laura’s love of fashion and the best items she’s ever splurged on, in addition to a few that she wouldn’t necessarily drop major coins on. You’ll definitely want to take notes on this one.

Links from this episode: https://www.giltcity.com/chicago