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

 

 Moments of Chic

 

 

 

 

 Moments of Chic

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

 

 

 

Something Interesting Off To The Left?

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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

Day at the Museum

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I had a nice day at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago a few months ago and recently came across these photos again.  The strong opposition of the black against the white and the symmetry the museum offered I find pleasing to the eye.  It is nice to get down to the basics every now and then.

Photos by Connor Hays

 

 

Tonight, I’m in Love

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xoxo

Photos by d+m

Dress: Stone Cold Fox, Shoes: Forever21, Bag: Vintage Chanel

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