Heading to Miami today for Art Basel! I am so excited. I’ve never been to Miami! That being said, this will be the last cold weather post for a week or two. I am going with an old work colleague, and from there, she is staying and I am heading to Los Angeles to visit some friends. Can’t wait to be in the sunshine after already taking a cold weather beating in Chi-town this year. I will be posting about Art Basel and then LA on my Instagram, @Marycasey27 if you want to follow along and see how it goes!
Photos by Eric Clarke
Turtleneck – American Apparel, Leggings – American Apparel, Handbag – Emporio Armani, Boots – Alexander Wang
Recently, I have been really loving the crazy coat trend. I only wear this one with a simple outfit underneath so not to overpower it. However, I did think adding a bit of orange in the form of a beanie worked here since every other color was a neutral.
Photos by Eric Clarke
Coat – H&M, Jeans – Nevermind, White Tee – Zara, Bag – Vintage
Photos by James Haschmann
T-shirt – vintage, Sweater – American Apparel, Leggings – American Apparel, Necklace – Urban Outfitters, Leather hat – Ebay, Shoes – Lucky Brand
Beanies are such a staple for Chicago weather. I don’t care if I am running out in my pajamas to grab a burrito on a hungover Sunday morning, a beanie is just as important as a coat. They keep the head warm most importantly, but they are also a great, affordable way to make a statement so you want to make sure it’s something you love! This particular one, I picked up at the Fairfax Flea Market in West Hollywood. It was handmade by a girl named Casey, and I was obsessed with the large knitting it had. Girl had a great name and could knit a mean beanie!
Photos by James Haschmann
T-shirt – Urban Outfitters, Sweatsuit – American Apparel, Leggings – American Apparel, Leather jacket – Mike & Chris, Bag – Emporio Armani, Shoes – Lucky Brand, Beanie – Fairfax Flea Market in LA
Here is a quick post of some pictures I shot in the desert when I was in Arizona. I used to live there and it is always so nice to get back for a visit. I wouldn’t want to live there anymore, but I do love going back.
As for the outfit, being someone who is instantly attracted to silk and neon at first glance, when I saw this neon, pink, silk BCBG dress, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. However, I thought dressing it up with heels would look too cliché and done up. A little cheesy considering neon for the sake of neon isn’t very fresh. We’ve all seen it so many times now, the shock it once created a couple of years ago has turned into more of a groan these days.
I decided some black, beat up boots and a beanie may take the edge off…or put it back on depending how you look at it.
Time and place is such an integral part of dressing, and besides the boots and beanie, this desert setting seemed like the perfect place to throw on some neon. The neutrals stayed in the background today.
Photos by Nicholas Thor Kulyniak
Dress – BCBG, Shoes – Steve Madden
On a budget but always wanting to wear something new and innovative can be at odds more often than not. I am all too familiar with this, seeing everyday as an opportunity to create some new look on the imperfect canvas that is my body. I am sure a lot of you feel that same way. However, with bank account hinderances sometimes it just doesn’t seem practical. This challenge is the driving force behind today’s post. A few weeks ago, I was feeling a bit discouraged as I was shopping and each store I went into had nothing that really stuck me as great. It was such an underwhelming feeling. I decided to hit up the Urban Outfitters Outlet store at Clark and Fullerton here in Chicago. This place and be hit or miss but I will say, when it’s a hit, it’s heaven. The prices are seriously insane. When I walked in a few weeks ago, I left with about (and I kid you not) 15 new items of clothing. All of this for a measly $5 a piece, except 3 jackets that I paid the big bucks for: $10 each. All in all, the outfit I am wearing now, the shorts were $5, shirt $5, and the bomber jacket $10. I’ll take it.
Photos by Rob Krueger
Shirt – Urban Outfitters (Junk Food), Shorts – Urban Outfitters, Jacket – Urban Outfitters
At some point soon, I promise, I will start with the winter wear. Full disclosure, I was so nervous to start a blog that I ended up shooting a lot of looks this summer before I had the guts to actually post anything. So now, I have a lot of material to use! Until then, the sun might be shining a little too brightly in some of these posts for dreary northerners. But hopefully that can just serve as a pick me up if it’s chilly where you are. Late next week, I should get going on the winter looks. But summer is more fun anyway. If the California girls get to do it all year long, why can’t I?
Photos by Adam Milton
Jumpsuit – BCBG, Shoes – Steve Madden, Purse – Vintage (my grandmother’s)
Chicago is getting freaking cold. I, thankfully, left this weekend to attend a wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was so nice to be back, I used to live in Scottsdale when I went to college at ASU, and man do I miss that perfect weather. We were joking that there no one has the out of discussing weather, as it is always the same, clear skies, slight breeze, and just the right temperature (well except the summers, HOT). So, even though this outfit seems unseasonably warm, I am just pretending I am still laying out at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess right now. Oh Chicago, I hate when you make me shiver.
Photos by Pete Mignin
Shirt – Zara, Shoes – Steve Madden, Purse – Urban Outfitters, Jeans – random small shop with no dressing room in Wicker Park
Walking around downtown Chicago, my number one priority is always comfort. I understand when people say that pain is beauty, but to me that ONLY applies when I am going out for a special occasion…Friday nights count. However, I am definitely not a girl who likes to get dolled up everyday. Comfort is key, and to me, jeans aren’t even at a high enough level of comfort for most days. I’m talking cotton pants and a t-shirt style. This look is pretty much it, with a soft, effortless skirt (unless the wind blows!) and a tee I live in/sleep in half the time. Add Converse, a leather ball cap, a statement necklace and I’m out the door. Photos by Adam Milton
Tee- Urban Outfitters, Skirt – Forever21, Bag – Urban Outfitters, Necklace – Macy’s, Shoes – Converse, Leather hat – Ebay