September 29, 2014

The Absurdly Soft Shopping Event at Marine Layer

Come hang out this Wednesday at the Marine Layer in Bucktown with myself and Megan of Stylish & Scatterbrained. Megan and I are going to be styling one must-have piece two different ways to show how versatile these items are. Whether you are girly and preppy or edgy and modern, these soft separates are perfect for everyone. 

Stop by and also be entered to win the $200 raffle! Not to be missed...can't wait to see you guys there!

September 26, 2014

Baby Shower Buys

Paige denim jacket / J.Crew tank / Club Monaco skirt (old) / Old Navy flats / Anthropologie necklace

Ok, so I didn't actually wear flats to my friend's baby shower, but I did change into them immediately afterwards. I'm becoming a wimp lately I think, but also I love how it gave my outfit a casual Cali vibe. Since I've been scouring the web lately on the hunt for cute and fun baby shower gifts (is it just me or is everyone pregnant right now) I wanted to share some of my favorites! What is your go-to baby shower gift? Do you go for fun or practical?

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September 24, 2014

Off the Grid

Mango crop top (sold out but similar here) / Club Monaco blouse / Zara trousers (old) 
Dolce Vita heels (old but similar here) / Michael Kors watch

So you spent the entire summer stocking up on crop tops and now what? (Remember when I last wore this top?) Now, it's time to layer. I've become a fan of the most simple way to do this- by layering over a flowy white blouse. It's kinda got a 90's Clueless vibe to it but with a sharp pair of trousers and colorful heels, it feels modern.

This top from Mango is pretty light but I think it would also be fun to use a thicker or sweater-like crop top this way too. What do you think? Is this something you would try out this fall?

September 22, 2014

After the Expo

Barneys cardigan / Alexander Wang tank / Lucca Couture shorts (old)

Just a few quick snaps from this weekend. We took in a day at Expo Chicago which is always a great mixture of art and people watching. Check out some of my favorite shots on my Instagram.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!

September 18, 2014

Fall Wishlist

Fall Wishlist

If it's not already obvious from my past few posts, I'm trying to get rid of most trends in my closet and focus instead on classics, beautiful textures and functional fashion. Ok yes there is a Kate Spade clutch that looks like a cat in the mix but I can't just turn my back on cat fashion so that item stays damn it! This season I'll be buying much less but investing in pieces that I'll wear for seasons to come. A gorgeous rose gold watch from Shinola, made right in Detroit. A sleek pair of flats from J.Crew made modern in an updated animal print. A beautifully draped grey wool dress from Helmut Lang that can easily be worn from day to night.

Which piece from my picks is your favorite? What items are on your wishlist for fall?

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September 15, 2014

Dark Matter

Haute Hippie sweater (similar fit and style) / Joe's Jeans, regular length version / Mansur Gavriel tote

One of my biggest pet peeves is when I see someone wearing jeans that bunch up around their ankles (in a non-purposeful way). Whenever I see this, for some reason, my eyes immediately go straight to the ankle and I just can't appreciate the rest of the look. Especially for someone who is petite or has shorter legs- you're basically just making your legs look shorter!

Jeans are most certainly not 'one length fits all' but as I've mentioned many times before, tailoring makes the biggest of differences when it comes to looking pulled together. It's for this reason that I try to buy 'ankle' or 'crop' length jeans as often as possible if I don't want to spend money on having them hemmed.

I'm 5'1 and have found that an ankle length jean, usually one with a 27" inseam fits me the best (that's the inseam on these Joe's Jeans in case you are wondering). If you have never measured your inseam, that's a pretty important thing to know (especially if you order online a lot). With your measuring tape, start on the top of the inside of your leg (right under the crotch) and then measure to your ankle or the floor, wherever you feel most comfortable having your jeans hit. Here is a great visual to figure out your inseam. When you have that measurement, you'll always know if a jean will fit you right when ordering online, and then you never have to worry about going to the tailor again! And I will get to stop staring at your bunchy lumpy jeans and can focus on the rest of your look instead...

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September 11, 2014

Simon Lookbook Live Re-Cap

What I Wore:

I wanted to post a little re-cap from the Simon Lookbook Live event this past weekend in case you weren't able to stop by in person or follow via Instagram. I was joined by fellow bloggers Ryan, Jena and Marcel to chat about the upcoming fall trends and showcase some items in the Glamour and GQ Lookbook Lounge.

I'm not really a big trend follower (unless you count cats and tropical prints) but I was struct by just how un-trendy these trends are. That's a big plus in my opinion since these could work for almost any season at any time. Wondering what the 3 big trends Simon called out for fall?

The Pencil Skirt

Retro Style


Which one is your favorite? Mine is probably knits, because if you live in Chicago, you know the weather doesn't mess around. And due to last season's Polar Vortex I'm probably over compensating by really getting my sweater game started. Word to the wise- take advantage of the cashmere deals happening right now!!

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