Whew. What a week. I hope this note finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. Needless to say we are all processing the evolving COVID-19 situation in different ways (with emotions seemingly changing by the moment!). But, one thing we keep coming back to again and again here at DESEDA is our focus on highlighting the creativity and beauty created by so many talented individuals we've met since starting this business. Enter Jen Ublasi, a fabulous Chicago-based stylist we connected with recently. Her portfolio of client work speaks to her eye for the luxe and her knack for delivering confidence through sartorial expression.
In this installment of the DESEDA #scarfstyle series Jen shares her #scarflove and styles two completely of-the-moment looks with her favorite DESEDA scarf. We hope this post leaves you feeling inspired to dream up some chic looks for all of those nights out we'll enjoy with family and friends once we are on the other side of this. Let's Make Ties with Jen...Read on!
Your Name: Jen Ublasi
IRL Current Location: Chicago
Favorite DESEDA Scarf Design (+ why!):
DESEDA Girls (designed by Chicago-based artist Kelli DePaolis) - For me, it represents the empowerment of women and that’s important to me as a woman and entrepreneur. Not to mention, it’s Women’s History Month!
Please introduce yourself!
My name is Jen Ublasi and I’m a Chicago born and bred, Italian American entrepreneur. I’m a wardrobe stylist and run a fashion styling company here in the City of Chicago! We work with many high performing executives, media personnel, and other like-minded individuals- both men and women. We design custom clothing and offer virtual shopping and styling as well.
For her DESEDA #scarfstyle look, Jen chose to mix high fashion and streetwear pieces that can go from daytime to a night out with a quick switch of shoes and a little added sparkle. We are loving the monochrome-with-an-edge vibe she's created - perfectly accented with DESEDA Girls worn as a headscarf. Click on the links below to find these chic pieces online.
What was your path to becoming a stylist?
I learned the importance of success and fine clothing from my Italian father. I worked for major retailers through high school and college such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Intermix. After college I went into media and worked for several executive publications learning a lot about that high performing executive, entrepreneur lifestyle and how they were being portrayed in their articles. While fashion has always been a part of me, I knew that wardrobes tell a story. I decided to attend the School of Style in NYC to learn the ins and outs of styling. After years of experience in the fashion and media industry, I knew I wanted to change the styling industry in Chicago, which led to the beginning of Jen Ublasi Style in 2016.
How do you describe your personal style and its signature elements?
Luxurious, timeless, edgy, unique - love the idea of menswear for women! A leather jacket along with black, white, neutral staples are my go-to pieces. I like adding elements of designer accessories and pops of color to complete my look. Having a capsule wardrobe and quality staple pieces are must when building out a functional wardrobe.
What is your favorite way to style silk scarves? How do you like to integrate them into different looks?
As a headwrap or tying it around a favorite designer bag.
What is in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
Black leather jacket
What’s on your current wish list?
All white suit, gold link-chain necklace, and a Chanel 19
Where do you find your most significant inspiration?
Seasonal runway shows, Instagram, Pinterest and my team!
What are your favorite websites and/or Instagram profiles?
@WeWoreWhat and @bof
What music is on heavy rotation for you right now?
Spotify: Soft Chill House, Justin Bieber - Changes, The Weeknd.
What is the last thing that really caught your eye or got stuck in your head?
COVID-19. What is influencing me now are people who are remaining optimistic and kind through these difficult times, as well as helping others to do the same.
What is the biggest fashion fear that you wish to help others overcome?
Overdressing. Always dress to impress, overdressing is never frowned upon.
What’s the best nugget of style advice you would like to share with others to help them look + feel their best?
Dress for every occasion!