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
Dress: Winston Wolfe, Boots: Freebird
Hair by Cristina Morales, Makeup by Lauren Guillen, Video by Joe Mastrino, Styling by me
My last underground gem I want to tell you all about is a little coffee shop in Lakeview that also makes locally handcrafted, custom bicycles, Heritage General Store Their website says, “It’s not just a bike shop, and it’s not just a coffee shop—it’s an artistic space, a working space, a space to live in” and I completely agree. It’s a wonderful place to just be. For me, it is great for things like working on my blog or catching up on emails. The environment is friendly and relaxed and soothing to be in. I love the use of color in the space. It adds the extra bit of enticement that I need to really love a space enough to make it like a second home.
Photos by d+m
Denim Jacket: NastyGal, Dress: Stone Cold Fox, Shoes: NastyGal, Hat: NastyGal
I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Piperlime this fall for their “Moments of Chic” campaign. Here is a super easy fall look that works great for errands or lunch. A simple oversized button-up under a great fall sweater, paired with some leggings and boots. Throw on a hat and some over the pant socks if you are feeling adventurous and you’re set! This look can be recreated with so many different color palettes. Maybe a plaid button-up with a white sweater next time?
Photos by d+m
Sweater: 525 america, Leggings: American Apparel, Boots: Report Signature, Hat: NastyGal, Button-up: Derek Lam 10 Crosby
As I may or may not have made evident on this blog over the past year, I am obsessed with Chicago. I wanted to do a series about experiencing Chicago as a local, so I’ve teamed up with NastyGal to show off my favorite spots in this NastyGalsAboutTown series.
Chicago is a city that screams practicality, and you can’t ignore that when living here. I think it is partly due to it’s midwest inhabitants and partly due to the weather. Chicago’s influences have melted together to focus my style into practical city chic with a bohemian edge. At least, I like to think so. Above, I am at one of my favorite dive bars, Sportsman’s Club. It is a close 5 minute Uber ride from my apartment and has such a low key but interesting vibe. I always choose it when I just want to grab a casual drink with a friend. The music isn’t too loud so you can have good conversation – a necessity for me when getting a drink these days (first sign of that aging thing happening, perhaps?). Not only that, but the clientele is interesting. Interesting to look at, interesting to talk to, just interesting. I love being in a big city as you never know who you will meet. There are so many people to learn from and that excites me. Oh, and did I mention they have a great patio?
, Pleather Pants: Zara, Heels: Nicholas
, Bag: Vintage Chanel
Dark lips have me swooning. Admittedly intimidating to pull off, the trend oozes chicness. Here, I went mildly safe and instead of getting a dark purple or dare I say black lip color at Sephora, I decided on a dark Marc Jacobs burgundy. I used black eyeliner as a lip liner. The end result is on display. In person, I think the color looked much darker. Although I got a lot of questioning glances, probably because I was rocking this on a Wednesday around 5pm, I like the look. The initial test run has succeeded, and I plan to have this be a weekend staple throughout the winter. Here, I tried to make the dark lips, dark eyebrows and dark roots pop against my fair complexion and white hair. With make-up – the same as fashion – you always have to think of the overall color palette and try to play off of that. It is the same concept as wearing all white with black accessories, only this time it’s with my face and features.
For me, experimenting with make-up is very far outside of my comfort zone. I don’t feel confident with make-up the way I do with clothes. I don’t trust myself to put it on correctly. Even when I try to do something sort of normal but different from my regular routine of concealer, foundation, blush, bronzer, black eyeliner, and mascara I feel like I probably did it all wrong and look like a clown. So I generally do the same thing every night out. However, I like to envision different looks and if I never venture outside of my comfort zone I’ll never feel confident with different looks. I know I just have to try it and in time it will come naturally.
Photos by d+m
T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters, Pants: SCFxUO, Shoes: Forever21, Lip Color: Marc Jacobs