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
Sweatshirt: Petals & Peacocks, Jean Shorts: Levi’s cutoffs, Headphones: Beats by Dre, Bag: vintage Chanel, Shoes: Adidas
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.
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.
If you have ever heard me talk about my favorite designers and stores or where I shop, I am kind of a broken record. It’s always Stone Cold Fox and Urban Outfitters. Knowing that, you can imagine how happy I was when the aforementioned decided to collaborate and brought us SCF x Urban Outfitters. This top is from that collection. (I also have the matching bell bottoms; insert heart eyes emoji). If you haven’t fallen in love with SCF yet or felt that SCF was a little pricey, you must check out this new and heavenly collab!
Photos by Ryan Brown
Shirt: SCF x OU, Jeans: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Forever21
Ok, we all agree, Kate is a legend, an icon, and a muse. Of course, you should just be yourself, but honestly, who doesn’t want to be more like Kate?
Photos by Nicholas Ryan
T-shirt: Urban Outfitters, High-waisted Jeans: Urban Outfitters (on sale)
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.
Sunglasses: NastyGal, Tee: Minimale Animale, Swimsuit: American Apparel
Full disclosure: I have a bit of an overall purchasing problem. For some reason, this item is one thing that is so hard for me to pass up when I come across a good pair. I probably have about 9 or 10 pairs of overalls, ranging in length, color, and material. It’s not like I want to adorn myself in overalls everyday, and yet I still have a pair for every day of the week. I just find them so cute when they are hanging on a hanger that I want them all. There was one day alone I bought three different pairs. It is kind of embarrassing actually. These though are my absolute favorite. I first saw the Friend of Mine Susie Blues on Alexandra Spencer of 4th and Bleeker and it was lust at first sight. (I mean she’s hot, right?) But really, I couldn’t get those damn overalls out of my head. I finally decided to splurge on them a few weeks ago after about a year of contemplation. (Almost $200 for overalls is a little steep!) Haven’t looked back since.
Photos by Nicholas Ryan
Overalls: Friend of Mine, Shirt: Crossroads Trading Company, Shoes: Topshop (similar), Clutch: Samudra
One of my fashion dreams is to be able to attend the Met Ball. What an amazing, over the top night where you can wear some of the most exquisite dresses ever made. You know, those special pieces that make you say, “That is beautiful, but where would I ever wear that?!”. Well, the Met Ball is just the place.
Usually, I am in awe and inspired by the dresses of the evening, fiending for the chance to recreate the look myself at some point. However, this year I am a bit underwhelmed. I haven’t read much of what others thought of the night, but I didn’t find anything I was really wowed by. My favorite looks, Dree Hemingway, Emma Stone, and Victoria Beckham are pretty, yet rather pedestrian. Last year, the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture” sparked controversy because people thought it was being insensitive to the very nature of punk with such an expensive, extravagant ball. I understand the critics’ points, however, I felt the looks were much more interesting, out of the box, and inspired. The year I’m not sure lived up to expectations. Thoughts?