October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Back when I cared- me as 1980's Aspen Ski Barbie

Happy Halloween!

I'm not going to lie, I fail at Halloween. I'm not sure why but I just don't get excited for it like I used to and I've only ever had one or two good costume ideas because I planned well in advance and was in college so had nothing else to do anyway. My boyfriend on the other hand is basically a Halloween savant, his costumes are amazing and he goes about it like a method actor.

What I do get really pumped for is the FOOD. I don't even want to tell you how many caramel apples I've eaten so far and how much candy I'll consume this month.  I've been doing a lot of cooking and baking lately so figured instead of sharing some crazy Halloween costume idea I never came up with, we could celebrate with some festive recipes that are easy and hilarious.

October 29, 2014

Say Anything

Nastygal Trench (only $40!) /  Clare Vivier Purse / Splendid Tee (more here) / Joe's Coated Jeans  
Dolce Vita Boots (love these)

Please tell me you got the Lloyd Dobler reference in this post. If you did then I'm 90% sure we can be friends. The remaining 10% depends on whether or not you like candy, cats and eating donuts.
I was born in the 80's (unfortunately I didn't live my teenage years through them) so any 80s movie has a soft spot in my heart. 

'I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen..."

 What's your favorite 80s movie?

October 27, 2014

Perfectly Plaid

Every fall, like clockwork, I complain about not having any cold weather dresses. And I'm not talking about full on wool sweater dresses that I'll complain about not having in January. I'm more interested in a lighter piece that can be worn with a motorcycle jacket or sweater for the crisp but not agonizingly cold days. Does anyone else go on a plaid binge? If plaid were a drug, I'd be one of those people that claim to just use it occasionally for stress or back pain but in reality I'd be high all the time. Don't even get me started on the number of oversized plaid scarves I have in shopping carts all over the internet right now. Ok fine, here is one if you are interested.

I digress. This plaid shirt dress from BB Dakota is great. I love how it's got a lining attached to it and is a little longer in case you are on the tall side. I belted it since I'm a shorty and threw on some killer Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots (because they make me look tall as shit). These boots are great if you have skinny calves and the fact that the heel is thicker makes them really easy to walk around in. So if you're looking for a new dress to wear with ankle boots and a new cute hat to brunch or just to that tailgate party next weekend- this one is a winner!

October 24, 2014

Grandpa Cardigan

Pardon my disheveled appearance but we snapped these pictures after having a heavenly experience at Yamato, a foot massage bar in River North. Something I'm completely alright with? Having my feet massaged with hot stones by a complete stranger for an hour. Have you ever tried something like this? It's a little disorienting at first but once you allow yourself to relax the friendly staff just takes care of the rest. Oh, a rose petal champagne toast? Don't mind if I do. A cozy outfit to spend the day relaxing in? Absolutely necessary.

I'm so glad I picked up this grandpa style cardigan by Marine Layer at our recent shop event, it's the perfect piece to throw on but is still fitted so doesn't completely lose my body shape. (They are going to release this style in an incredible navajo print, I'm stalking it for when it comes out). It reminds me of the incredible sweater styles that are usually reserved for men and Steve McQueen. Ugh, what a badass.

October 22, 2014

Light the Way

All photography by Tom Gavin.

Sometimes you come across opportunities in the most unexpected places. Even in the darkest corners of the city you can find your own spotlight.


October 20, 2014

Best Motorcycle Jackets

Best Motorcycle Jackets
The best part about fall are the amazing jackets and toppers you get to wear. Sometimes if I'm just wearing a t-shirt and jeans I feel pretty disheveled and frumpy. It's amazing how throwing on a badass moto jacket can make your outfit more interesting. Kind of like getting your wisdom teeth pulled..totally sucks until you wake up still groggy on the drugs and you end up saying the greatest things about trash cans and shark teeth. 

Also, if you happen to have an epic sidewalk fall (I have one about once a month), this jacket will protect you. It's basically armor. 

October 17, 2014

Beige and Burgundy

I don't want to be a buzz kill or anything but lately I've seen people really overdoing it with their fall outfits. I get it, I get it. We're all really excited, trust me, I couldn't be happier to switch over to cozy sweaters and structured jackets but there's gotta be a limit to just how many trends you are wearing.

Listen, I don't think there is some kind of secret formula or anything but when you are wearing a wide brimmed fedora, poofy striped midi skirt, cage wrap sandals, metallic lens sunglasses AND a statement necklace it's like, you're fucking killing me here. The one chick who can probably get away with this is Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific but even she keeps her outfits looking fairly chic with only a few trends on any given day.

What does this rant have to do with today's post? Everything. Nothing.
I'm just saying, guys... sometimes it's the outfits without much going on that are the best.

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