Plunging Neck Lines

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The plunging deep V neck line (sans cleavage) is one of my favorite trends recently.  Well, I have loved it for a long time – it is very elongating and therefore flattering – but currently it feels very of the moment.  Besides that, I’m feeling slightly erratic right now because I drank a latte and it has made me feel like I should really not be sitting at my computer but instead moonlighting in a Woody Allen film.  I’m all over the place right now.  I could probably write this whole post in one long run on sentence and feel perfectly fine about it.  Anyway, let’s all experiment with plunging blazers and pants suits this fall! **(I know this isn’t a pant suit but I wish it was)

Photos by Dex Design

Blazer: Zara, Leggings: American Apparel, Shoes: Zara, Clutch: Zara (I need to stop shopping at Zara so much), Sunglasses: Kate Spade (I just left them in a cab, UGH!)

 

Be Cool

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I’m all about supporting the local community of artists, craftsmen, and designers…and trying to be cool.  Hence, the outfit above.  Don’t all the rappers sing about snapbacks? Cool.  And didn’t all the kids start smoking to be badass? Cool.  So I mean, basically I look really legit here.  Back to reality tomorrow.

But in all seriousness, the hat is by a local Chicago brand, DPTR Clothing.  I like them because not only do they make really cool pieces, they also are founded on a really great message – to be who you are. I think with fashion sometimes that message is loud and clear and sometimes it gets convoluted. Don’t ever forget to just do you.

Photos by Dex Design

Hat: DPTR Clothing, T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters (old), Sweatpants: Zara, Shoes: Steve Madden

 

Is it Okay to Wear White After Labor Day?

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Photos by Dex Design

Denim: Paige Denim, Mesh Tank: Zara, Crop Tank (worn underneath mesh tank): American Apparel, Belt: Zara, Hat: Zara, Ankle Boots: Zara, Clutch: Zara

Dressing For The Occasion

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Dressing correctly for every occasion can be stressful, expensive, and time consuming; i.e finding that perfect outfit.  It’s especially hard when you aren’t satisfied wearing something standard – the root of the “so many clothes and yet nothing to wear” problem.  You can shop all you want, but how do you know you will have the perfect outfit for that dressy beach BBQ at a moment’s notice? And then you have to take into account the weather (especially in Chicago)! I’m always running into this problem since I am never drawn to basics.  I end up spending my money on that one dress, jumpsuit, or skirt that is so loud and obnoxious that you can only wear it once.  Allocating my funds to such specific pieces means that I am constantly running into the “so many clothes and yet nothing to wear” dilemma and/or the “I have this fabulous outfit yet nowhere to wear it” dilemma – which I personally think is even worse!  This dress is a prime example.  Where do you wear a daytime sundress that is slightly dressy (requires high wedges), slightly see-through, and requires no bra?  Obviously, it needs to be worn in the summer, to a day event but with relatively liberal guests as to not be judged by my imminent nip slip that is guaranteed to occur.   Regardless, I find it to be perfect as long as you can have an occasion to rock it.

Photos by d+m

Dress: Flynn Skye or here (different color), Clutch: Karen Walker

Babe 23 Sweatshirt

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Living in Chicago is great.  There are so many great restaurants and bars, I couldn’t try them all if I tried (which actually frustrates me because I do try).  Sometimes, though, I want to get out and do something without ingesting calories and then the city has me racking my brain for ideas of what to do.  It’s not that there isn’t a lot else here, but I feel like the culture is so centered around eating and drinking.  It is fun, don’t get me wrong.  A nice patio during the summertime is pretty much perfect to me.  However, I tend to forget there is a gorgeous lake just a few blocks away that is begging to be taken advantage of.  A nice day walking, biking, and running around is just what I needed this weekend – although the humidity was a little intense it still made for a wonderful evening.

Photos by d + m creative 

Babe 23 Sweatshirt: Petals & Peacocks, Jean Shorts: Levi’s cutoffs, Headphones: Beats by Dre, Bag: vintage Chanel, Shoes: Adidas

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Over the Knee Black Boots

Upset with myself is an understatement. Or maybe I’m being hyperbolic. I might be just upset. Either way I am really wishing I had pulled the trigger on these Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots when they were on the Nordstrom Pre-Fall Anniversary Sale- in suede, definitely suede.

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If I could only get one new article of clothing for fall, these would be it. Why didn’t I pulled the trigger when they were on sale?! Ugh. I saw them online then passed by them in the store consciously avoiding trying them on because??? Well, because I didn’t want to spend $500+ (even on sale) on them. But now I’ve changed my mind and I NEED them. Okay, I really want them. The only annoying thing is that in Chicago, if I’m wearing them with the hope of having the top part of my thigh exposed before the boot starts, the window of opportunity is slim. I must wear them pretty much everytime I go out between October and mid November before I would become regarded as near hooker status for having even three inches of leg exposed in the brutal Chicago winter.

**This is the main reason we should all move to Los Angeles. In LA, you can pretty much wear these boots however you want year round.  Oh and leather jackets with shorts too – reason enough for me. I digress.

Anyway, after that I’ll have to wear them with pants or skirts and dresses that are none skin baring. Fine. I’ll do. Just let me justify the damn boots.

XOXO,

CS

Stone Cold Fox Stardust Jumpsuit

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Photos by Ryan Brown

Jumpsuit: Stone Cold Fox, Sunglasses: Kate Spade

SCF x Urban Outfitters

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Photos by Ryan Brown

Shirt: SCF x OU, Jeans: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Forever21

 

 

In Mexico with the Minimale Animale

I was lucky enough to go down to Mexico recently to celebrate two friends getting married.  We had a great time being together, hanging by the beach, playing volleyball, and on the last night venturing into town.  In preparation for the trip, I got this Minimale Animale Golden Triangle tee.  God, the line kills it every time.  I love their designs.  I wore the tee with a mustard colored one piece from American Apparel.  It was the closest suit I have to skin color and I was going for there ‘maybe there is nothing under this tee’ look.  Check out the pics below.

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Sunglasses: NastyGal, Tee: Minimale Animale, Swimsuit: American Apparel