August 28, 2014

Bodysuit








 Forever 21 bodysuit c/o (only $8!) / Vintage Levi's shorts (similar) / Vintage Gucci purse

Bodysuits and I have never before had a good relationship. I remember picking up one of my mom's (which coincidentally looked exactly like this one) that had the button snaps on the bottom (for going to the bathroom I assume). It definitely grossed me out. I remember having a very clear thought, I'll never wear one of these, they look awful. And here we go, 20 years later I'm basically buying them in bulk.

There's something undeniably sexy in a weird and totally un-sexy 1980's way that bodysuits have. But they are also really easy to wear. Throw one one and you never have to worry about how to tuck your shirt. Half tuck? Full tuck? No tuck? I love wearing them under anything high-waisted and I'm sure it would be much less threatening when worn under a flared or midi skirt. But like I said earlier this week... it's officially the dog days of summer and who knows when I'll be able to wear these teeny tiny shorts again. So I'm going for it.

Would YOU rock a bodysuit?? Seriously, I want to know.

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August 26, 2014

Dog Days of Summer





Tibi tank (similar) / Forever 21 skirt c/o / Loft sandals (on sale!) / Zara purse (old)/ Gorjana necklace

 Over the next few weeks you'll start to get an idea of how I do 'transitional' dressing. It's taking pieces that I'm definitely wearing for fall but putting a summertime twist on them. Oh how I love the dog days of summer, it's the marking of the end so you better get as much summer out of it as you can! I paired this neoprene skirt (that happens to be under $13!) with a light tank and embellished sandals but come fall, I'll be pairing this skirt with a cozy cashmere top and the Stuart Weitzman boots I recently picked up.

Speaking of transitions... there are a lot of great shopping events coming up to help you get a kickstart on fall fashion. Here are some upcoming events you should check out (including one I'll be hosting).

*Celebrate the launch of Jourdan Fairchild's new e-book Fly DIY at Madewell tomorrow September 27th. Shop with a special discount and hang out with Jourdan who will be getting crafty with everyone. RSVP rsvprushstreet@madewell.com

*Astor + Banks invite you to SummerTIME + Tesla to tour their showroom and also check out the new Tesla Model S (yes, you can test drive one, just sign up at the event). August 26th, 6-8pm. RSVP to astorandbanks@zapwater.com

*TJ Maxx is opening up a new location at 600 N. Michigan Avenue and want you to preview their new store September 3rd. Food and beverages will be provided as well as a chance to chat with Jamie Krell, fashion expert.

*Be sure to bookmark this date, September 6th, I'll be co-hosting a fun day-long event (more details to come) where you'll have the chance to win awesome prizes and get styled by yours truly.

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August 22, 2014

Romp








Forever 21 romper (under $20!) c/o / Theory Gabe blazer / Dolce Vita boots / Vintage Cartier watch 
Dana Rebecca Rings / Nars Heatwave lipstick

I have this theory about blazers (no pun intended), that a great blazer can dress up almost any outfit. Case in point, today's look. I am basically wearing glorified pajamas but throw on a blazer and a swipe of lipstick and I don't know, it kind of works. Perfect for those desk to drink days, just make sure your romper isn't too short and also opt for flats or smoking slippers over heels, they can help to dress your look down.

On the topic of rompers, I've never felt like investing a ton of money into one. Let's be honest, in a few years I may look back at this and cringe, which is why this one I picked up for $17 made a lot of sense to me. My blazer (which I'll own forever) cost quite a bit more.
Cheap trends + Investment basics = Wardrobe bliss.
Yes, there will a quiz on this later.

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August 20, 2014

Beetlejuice









Zara blouse (similar) / Frame skinny jeans / Zara jacket (old) / Madewell heels (similar)  
Mansur Gavriel small tote / Baublebar ear jackets (only $28!)

Let's talk about stripes. Vertical vs. horizontal, to be exact. While you may not care what kind of stripe you wear, there's no denying that stripes create a strong illusion that can positively or negatively affect the way your body appears.

Vertical stripes are easy, they make you look taller, longer, leaner. If I wanted to give the illusion of sky-high legs, I'd invest in a pair of pants with a vertical line to them. And while many people find that look to be a bit too strong, a simple pant with a tuxedo stripe down the sides is a perfect alternative. If you have a shorter torso, a top like the one I'm wearing now is an easy way to give the illusion of a longer top.

Perfect for elongating those stems on the sly. Find it here.

I know a lot of friends and clients with larger busts that shy away from horizontal striped tops. And it's definitely true that a wide horizontal line will visually appear to make your top wider than you may prefer. However there is definitely a way you can do it right. Look for a top with stripes on just the body and that has solid sleeves or no sleeves at all, this will break up the look instead of stretching those stripes over your boobs and across your arms. Another way to easily do this is to throw on a solid colored jacket over your striped top, thus giving you the solid sleeve look that I mentioned before. Or lastly, you can always invest in an open striped top (like a jacket) that leaves the bust area open so you aren't overwhelmed by stripes all over.
A great stripe alternative for those with large busts. Find it here.

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August 18, 2014

Man Monday


Here's a line you probably never thought you'd hear, a bespoke tailor on Chicago's Oak Street is within your budget. I'm not lying when I tell you that you can get a custom suit right here on Oak for under a grand. I went into the Alton Lane showroom expecting to drop at least $2k but discovered you can get a great option as low $900 (with their lowest fabric at $599). 

Nothing against Saks, Neiman or Bloomingdales, they've got great stuff. If you need something back in a week they're your go to. However, if you're patient and willing to wait five weeks then why wouldn't you go completely bespoke for the same price? It's easier than you think, just follow these five steps:

Step 1: Give Alton Lane a call or make an appointment online (give them time to stock the bar). 

Step 2: Head over to 49 E. Oak and feel free to bring some friends, but make sure to wear underwear (you'll know what I'm talking about later). 

Step 3: Ease yourself into the process. Hang out for a drink and talk about what you're looking for so they can narrow down the fabric swatches.  Also talk details. You want hot pink piping on the lining of a navy suit? Fuck yeah. A lot of other places are going to nickel and dime you with the details, charge you for every custom button, stitching or lining. Not these guys, so go nuts.

Step 4: Here comes the sci-fi shit... you'll be taken to their full body scanner/time machine where you'll strip down to your skivvies so it can take dozens of measurements in 20 seconds - a la video game motion capture. Does one shoulder sit slightly higher? Is one wrist bigger than the other? Do you hang to the right or the left? Heyooo! This machine captures it all. 

Step 5: Return in five weeks for the final fitting and any minor adjustments. Have another drink. Congratulations, now that you no longer look like a human parachute you can lavish in the attention of a perfect fitting suit. 

-Clay













The Alton Lane Chicago showroom is located at 49 E. Oak Street on the 2nd floor above Jack Spade. They also have locations in New York, Boston, D.C., Richmond and Dallas.

August 15, 2014

Marine Layer Chicago







Marc Jacobs dress (old) / Zara heels (old) / Coach purse

Someone asked me recently to describe my style. I answered, sharks and cats.
Seeing as it's officially Shark Week and we just celebrated the Chicago store opening of Marine Layer (based on the West Coast), it seemed only natural to pull out this shirtdress from Marc Jacobs. Sadly it's no longer available but I've pulled together some of my favorite shark inspired items you can shop below!

Marine Layer is one of my favorite new companies. I've had the pleasure of meeting some of the team, hanging out in their cool new space, and wearing their basics that have that lived-in Cali vibe to them. Soft tee's are my jam. They carry both a men and women's line so you can drop in with your dude and shop together. This brand is on the up and up, not only did they just open this location but plan on expanding further out to the east coast. So you know, don't say I never told you so!

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August 13, 2014

Lollapalooza Recap

Before the Interpol Pre-Lolla show wearing Rag & Bone tank and DL1961 jeans.



Day 1 of Lolla wearing a Topshop crop top, Reformation skirt, Chloe purse and Target boots.






We borrowed a stroller at one point. 

Fireworks over Outkast, great end to the night!

Sunny day 2 at Lolla wearing Alexander Wang tank, Citizens of Humanity shorts, Zara Boots and Club Monaco chambray shirt.

Vintage Gucci bag. 

We ate chicken falafel and ice cream EVERY DAY. Every. Day.

Excited for my friend's band Gemini Club to play on Sunday!



Very rainy day 3 at Lolla wearing Alexander Wang tank, vintage Levi's shorts and Ellie Jay necklace.

Gemini Club brought the rain- literally.

I searched for one of these cat fans the entire weekend and finally got one!


The end. Whew!



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