Summer is Upon Us!

Compensation was provided by Sears via Mode Media.

 

In Chicago spring usually feels like someone forgot to shut the freezer door and you are forced to stand right in front of it. At least you aren’t inside it anymore and that’s a huge relief. Now summer is upon us. What Chicagoans wait all year for – the humidity and street festivals and drinking on patios – all the glory that is summertime Chi.

Style really gets turned up a notch as well, but in a laid back sense.  Floppy hats and vintage tees tend to replace stilettos and faux fur coats.  Outfits that can easily transition from day to night – as I, at least, tend to like lunches that amid warm air and good conversation extend into late afternoon drink which then extend into God knows what.


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Yesterday, I hit the park with a friend, grabbed some tacos after and then cabbed it downtown to meet some girlfriends for a drink.  This outfit served me well the whole time – no need to change mid day.

I recently discovered Metaphor – a Sears brand – and they have got some really cute and affordable summer things in stock now. They make my sweater I am wearing in these photos. You can check the line out here at Sears.com

The hottest trends, celebrity style and fashion tips you can afford to try. #SearsStyleFind

Photos by Daniel Korenevsky

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Sweater: Metaphor

 

It’s a Rental

 

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I rented my entire outfit for the Rent the Runway party (except the shoes) and couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.  The dress fit perfectly (they send you two sizes to help make sure this happens). And the accessories pulled the look together.  Personally, I find renting a dress more enticing than renting jewelry because I never like to rewear dresses but don’t mind rewearing jewelry. Anyway, the party was fab, and I’m so happy to welcome Rent the Runway to Chicago.

Photos by Daniel Korenevsky

Dress: Elizabeth and James, Clutch: Ela, Gold Cuffs: AV Max, Choker: Jules Smith

Rent the Runway now in Chicago!

Style – this word that connotes images of Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, Jane Birkin, Bianca Jagger, and Kate Moss…at least this is who and what come to mind for me.  How I want to be remembered, as Bianca Jagger is, for her white jumpsuits and statement hats or Kate Moss and her scantily clad and daring dresses she used to don in the 1990′s (and how I am so glad, yet surprised I’m glad, the 1990′s are back).  Yet we are limited in style for practical reasons. Money baby.

Who hasn’t said, “Well, if I had as much money as – fill in the blank – I would look that good too!”  I know I have always found budget limitations obnoxious when it comes to the way I would like to dress.  It is next to impossible to settle for the cheap material and poorly structured knock off, when in the real thing all the details shine. It gives a piece the je ne sais quoi that is the most important.

Well, your prayers have been answered – at least to a certain extent.  I cannot offer you an inflated bank account, but I can offer you one less reason to need one.  Rent The Runway.

Rent the Runway – if you haven’t heard – which I would guess most of you have – rents dresses and a certain amount of accessories (can we please petition for them to add shoes?!) to rent for a 4 or 8 day period.  Meaning you never have to wear the same dress twice ever again! The fashion gods do exist – this I am now sure!  I have used them multiple times and always been delighted with the experience.  Below is the outfit I most recently got from them.  Outfit details and full pictures up this weekend icon wink Rent the Runway now in Chicago!

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Anyway, if you want to check it out you can get $30 off with the code: RTRWONDER

 

 

Not So Mellow Yellow – The Spring Jacket

Spring has sprung! Well, only some days here in Chicago but in most of the country, the birds are chirping and the flowers are starting to bud.  I remember as a little girl loving this time of year.  I would go out to the front yard where the earliest blooming flowers were and get so excited in anticipation.  At that point, new spring jackets weren’t really on my radar.

But now…

I’ve decided to get the warm vibes going, regardless of whether Chicago wants to cooperate with me or not.  I have been feeling really boring lately and need to add some color into the only color palette I seem to be donning these days, black and denim.  So here is my Spring take:

 

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Photos by Daniel Korenevsky

Jacket: Vince Camuto, Turtleneck: Kingsley, Shorts: Vintage, Boots: Steve Madden, Clutch: Clare V., Turquoise Ring: Gorjana

Tulum Photo Diary

Mexico, the country of tacos, margaritas, sombreros and a culture of which visitors rarely get a glimpse.  The all-inclusive resorts, although fun, basically just give me a sunburn and a week long hangover. But this time I ventured down to Tulum.  A place fabled for its fashion set and grass roof thatched huts.  It didn’t disappoint.

My nomadic heart always wants to venture into the unknown, go somewhere new and hopefully off the beaten path.  To repeat a destination seems sacrilegious before I have explored the whole globe.  But I allow myself the indulgence of a few places to return to without guilt because they feel like they personify part of my soul.  Paris, the French Rivera (I still wonder how I am not French.  I think I should have been), Bali if I ever make it back there, and now Tulum.

Tulum lacked the big resorts and all inclusive compounds that draw in the party crowd.  It also lacked creature comforts such as electricity and the luxury of being able to flush toilet paper. So leave your blow dryer at home I was instructed.  Not only did I do that, but I accidently forgot all of my make up as well. I was really going au naturale this trip.  And I have to say, it was nice.

If you go to Tulum, do NOT miss Posada Margarita.  We almost did, only stumbling upon it on our last day.  It was by far my favorite place.  I would love to stay in one of their 6 rooms if I return, but by hanging out during the day and again at dinner I still got my fix.

Posada Margarita:

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These are all pictures I snapped during the afternoon strolling through Posada Margarita to grab some gelato after lunch. We also returned that night to have dinner because I was absolutely obsessed with this place.  It is owned by an Italian family, and reminded me so much of Sardinia, Italy – which is a super chic escape for the jet set during the summer.  Posada Margarita was buzzing.  We didn’t have reservations, but they had a great wine list, and we shared a bottle in the open air as we waited for our table.  The vibe was low key and fabulous and understatedly chic.  Basically, everything I love and wish I was.

Have some drinks at The Mezcal Monk: no menu – just tell him what you like and he will blend some combination of fresh fruit to perfection with a splash of liquor – or, the spicy margs are on point.

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Below is the house we rented through Airbnb.  Complete with its own private beach!
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Breakfast at La Luna next door to our house.

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Is Fashion Shallow?

Today I’ve been reflecting on the idea of fashion and it’s relation to our personal experience.  I am also currently fascinated by the idea that fashion itself is shallow.

Personal style does cause judgements to be made.  It informs the way others perceive us, and therefore, it effects our personal experience of the world.  This is true.  But is this bad and does it make fashion a shallow endeavor? I’m not so sure.   Unlike our features and stature, we have complete control over how we choose to dress.  It is voluntary.  Like the words we chose to speak, the specific clothes we choose to adorn ourselves in is volitional.  Is it wrong to form an opinion based on the observance of these things? And does that make a pursuit into the world of fashion shallow?  I would love to hear thoughts.

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Video Games

As a child, one of my favorite pastimes was playing dress up.  My friends would come over, and we would dig into an old wooden chest my mother had filled with everything from tutus to shiny gold high heels to Dalmatian costumes.  It always seemed I could find some hidden relic if I just kept digging, giving me the ability to endlessly create new looks in which to prance around the house.  This may or may not have been what spurred my love affair with fashion.  Which came first, the clothes or the desire for expression?

I have found that a woman’s love for playing dress up never really leaves her.  So when Cristina Morales came to me with the idea of filming a video with some crazy hair and make up, I couldn’t wait.  Cristina is an incredibly talented hair stylist and owner of CM Salon. She is also the one responsible with coming up with the beautifully themed video shoot.  Cristina got together Lauren Guillen, makeup artist of LG Makeup Designs, and Joe Mastrino, the mastermind behind ojo Creative, who both completely blew me away with their skill.  All I had to do was show up, walk up and down the train tracks a couple of times, and trust this hugely talented team.

Watch the full video here

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Dress: Winston Wolfe, Boots: Freebird

Hair by Cristina Morales, Makeup by Lauren Guillen, Video by Joe Mastrino, Styling by me