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. So I was really going au naturale this trip.  And I have to say, it was nice.

First, let me just say, 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.

Having 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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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

All Black Everything

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Photos by Dex Dexign

Coat: Vince Camuto, Shoes: NastyGal (on sale!), Leggings: American Apparel, Sunglasses: Wildfox

Nasty Gals About Town Chicago pt. 3

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Photos by d+m

Denim Jacket: NastyGal, Dress: Stone Cold Fox, Shoes: NastyGal, Hat: NastyGal

Moments of Chic

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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

 

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Nasty Gals About Town: Chicago pt. 2

I am profiling my favorite spots around my city for NastyGal, highlighting places that aren’t necessarily in the guidebooks – places in this city that I love and frequent.

Second on the list is my all time favorite taco place: Antique Taco.  Specifically, you should – actually you must – try their pork carnitas tacos and their horchata milkshake.  It’s what heaven tastes like…and so I go here at least once a week.  Whoops.  When I used to live across town in Lincoln Park, I would make the drive whenever I had a car on loan.  Now that this place is walkable from my current address there is no stopping me.  Not only is the food great, but so is the decor.  It is thoughtfully decorated with a very distinctive vibe and so many cute knick-knacks to look at.  You’ve got to check it out.  Thank me later.

Photos by d+m

Shirt: NastyGal, Boyfriend Jeans: NastyGal, Shoes: Nicholas

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Nasty Gals About Town #Chicago

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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?
Photos by d+m 
Turtleneck: NastyGal, Pleather Pants: Zara, Heels: Nicholas, Bag: Vintage Chanel