Babe 23 Sweatshirt

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Photos by d + m creative 

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

Liberal, Miserable, and Cynical

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Photography: Nicholas Ryan

Clutch: Karen Walker, Coat: Kate Spade, Skirt: Zara, Tee: American Apparel

The Best Damn Overalls Out There

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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

Disappointing Fashion Moment? – Met Ball 2014

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?

 

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High-Waisted Jeans and Halter Tops

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Here is a cute staple outfit I just bought at Urban Outfitters.  It is perfect for spring.  The jeans are very high waisted and tight.  Pairing them with this cute, flowy halter top works well since the shirt drapes well over the body and the jeans are so form fitting they contrast nicely.  I put on some sky high platforms to elongate the leg but still be comfortable for the day.  High heels would never work with this outfit during daylight hours! At least not for me.  These shoes are so refreshing to wear.  You just glide over the ground icon smile High Waisted Jeans and Halter Tops

Photos by Nicholas Ryan

Jeans: Urban Outfitters, Top: Urban Outfitters, Clutch: American Apparel, Platforms: Topshop (similar)