Fashion

How to Wear a Power Suit

How to Wear a Power Suit

Suit: Vintage YSL (a lucky find from a Vintage Garage event), I couldn’t find something like it but you can pair a midi skirt with a cropped blazer for a similar look! | Sock Boots: Zara | Beanie: I picked this up in Berlin a few years back, but here’s a similar one | Lipstick: Mac, Chili

I’ve been waiting all year for this. Secretly, I’ve built up my stash of vintage power suits and have been waiting for the right moment to bust them out. Now is the TIME. My first suit purchase was actually this blazer (yes, it comes with pants!). I’m working on tapering the pants as they currently have a wide leg. TBD on that. Hoping to get that done so I can rock that bad boy soon.

Now, back to this suit. Vintage Yves Saint Laurent from the 70s. The previous owner sold it to me herself – we had a moment. I think she was very excited that I was excited about it, and that this beauty was given a second life. From the stitching to the buttons to the colors of the wool…it’s a stunning set. AND, it fits me perfectly. I didn’t even have to tailor it. Meant to be.

You are probably thinking to yourself, “I don’t know how to pull this off”. I thought the same thing, and here I am. Here’s how to wear a power suit. you can do it…

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My Fall Bucket List

My Fall Bucket List

Blazer: Vintage Escada (from one of my favorite vintage shops!), I couldn’t find a leather blazer, but here‘s a navy moto jacket! | Jeans: Levi’s, similar hereSilver Sandals: Massimo Dutti, sold out (similar here and here) | White Tee: Frank & Oak | Sunglasses: Celine, more affordable option here

It may not feel like fall yet, but it’s definitely here. I’ve been rocking fall clothes & sweating my ass off, but I don’t care. I refuse to wear summer gear in October. It’s just not happening. NO MORE OPEN TOES. Done…except for these silver sandals, though. They just went too well with this navy blazer. I had to do it. But after this, I’m done. For real.

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Vintage Shopping in Chicago: My Go-To Spots

Vintage Shopping in Chicago: My Go-To Spots

Blazer: Vintage, similar hereSlip Dress: Zara, similar here| Velvet Boots: Sam EdelmanClutch: Vintage, this one is also chainmail but a little different (I like it more than the one I have!) | Lipstick: Milk Lip Metal

Over the last 5 years, my vintage purchases have increased exponentially. The first piece of vintage clothing I purchased was this blazer 4 years ago. I used to be hesitant in buying vintage clothes…until I realized the quality I was getting for a fraction of the price of something new. Let’s just say the cleaners have become my new best friend!

Outside of being more affordable, my favorite thing about buying vintage is the fact that each piece of one of a kind. I love the feeling of finding an awesome vintage item and knowing that I’m the ONLY one who has it! The exclusivity of each purchase makes for a thrilling shopping experience – such a good feeling. I’m at the point now where 70% of what I buy is vintage, and there’s no turning back. I will say, though, that finding the right places to shop vintage is key. There are plenty of vintage stores, but depending on where you go, you’ll find yourself leaving the store defeated and confused (“why can I not find anything good?! What’s wrong with me?!”). The key is knowing WHERE to shop. That said, today I’m sharing my go-to spots for vintage shopping in Chicago.

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#NYFW Street Style Trends | Spring 2018

#NYFW Street Style Trends | Spring 2018

Shorts: Vintage Levi’s, similar here | White Tee: Frank & Oak | Shoes: Zara, similar hereBlazer: Vintage, similar here | Necklace: Zara, similar here

New York fashion week feels like ages ago, but I realized that I never did my standard round up post of the street style trends! Typically, I find the trends after perusing through all of the street style pics..but this time around, I saw everything first hand. As crazy & overwhelming NYFW was, the most fun part was the inspiration you’re surrounded by, both on the runway & on the street. Walking in and out of shows may have been my favorite part of it all, with the street style photographers crowded at the corners, waiting for the next street style star to walk on by. Here are 5 trends I saw everywhere the few days I was there! I’ve pulled together my favorite pieces from each trend so that you can shop it too, if your heart desires.

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Where I Shop For Shoes

Where I Shop For Shoes

If there is an item I find myself shopping the most, it’s shoes. Ever since I can remember, shoes have been my favorite accessory…almost to a fault (I have very few bags and need to step up my game!). A chic pair of shoes can elevate any outfit, and depending on where/what you’re buying, you don’t have to break the bank to build a solid shoe collection.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more particular about the types of shoes I buy. Sure, I’ll get a cheap-y trendy shoe once in a while, but for the most part, I want a high quality shoe for a good price (I’m a major bargain shopper). That is virtually impossible to find when you’re shopping at department stores. If it’s made in Italy, you’re likely going to pay a premium for it. With that said, I’ve resorted to various online shops to fuel my shoe addiction – and so far it’s been working out for me! Below are a few sites I regularly stalk for the next shoe purchase.

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A New Way to Wear a Button Down Shirt

A New Way to Wear a Button Down Shirt

Corduroy Pants: ModCloth | Striped Blouse: ModCloth | Shoes: Zara, similar here| Turtleneck: H&M, similar here | Lipstick: Bite Beauty

We had a little glimpse of fall before the heatwave came – I’m not complaining about the extended summer, but I am ready to get my fall clothes on (because fall fashion is the BEST!). On one of the cooler days a couple of weeks ago, I put together this burgundy look that I can’t get enough of. First of all, corduroy pants remind me of my childhood and I can’t wait to wear them again. I had like 3 pairs in high school that I wore on a regular basis…with Birkenstock Boston Clogs of course (which apparently are also back!). I’ve officially lived a cycle of fashion, and even have my Birks from 10+ years ago. I’m old, but at least I’m saving some money. Ha.

In effort to elevate this outfit, I wanted to think outside of the box in terms of how to style a button down blouse. A new way to wear a button down (for future reference) – layer a blouse over a thin turtleneck, the ultimate layering piece for fall. With a pop of dark lipstick and chic white ankle boots, I was ready to take on the day.

Both the blouse and pants are from ModCloth – their fall stuff is SO on point right now. I love that their sizes are made for every shape & body type…and their stuff fits so well! It’s tricky for me to find pants that fit properly, and these fit like a glove. Shop this look & other ModCloth stuff I’m loving right now below!

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The Sweater Trend I’m Loving for Fall

The Sweater Trend I’m Loving for Fall

Stirrup Pants: Vintage, similar here | Varsity Sweater Vest: Vintage Escada, similar here | Shoes: Zara, similar hereRuffle TopClub Monaco

In case I haven’t talked about it enough…I was in NYFW last weekend…and it was kind of amazing. You probably saw most of my outfits on Instagram (if you follow me – and if you don’t…let’s be friends!), and I featured a sneak peak of this one which was my all time fav of my NYFW looks.

I’ve been really into varsity sweaters as of late! I came across this gem at a vintage shop in Evanston a couple weeks back (I’m thinking about featuring my fav spots to shop vintage in Chicago – thoughts?!), and knew I hit the jackpot when I saw the Escada label inside. Sweater vests can be tricky because they’re a bit masculine, so I offset the boyishness with a feminine ruffle sleeve top and stirrup pants (my mom’s from the 80’s – I feel 10 lbs skinnier in these pants at all times). Bottom line – I need more varsity sweaters in my life! Below are a few I’ve been eyeing lately – they’re just too chic and cool to pass up.

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My First NYFW Show…EVER

My First NYFW Show…EVER

Wool Pants: Vintage Escada, similar here | Blouse: Vintage, similar here | Shoes: Robert ClergerieEarringsForever 21 | Bag: Chanel, similar here | Lipstick: Nars, Deborah

You may have caught in my million Insta stories last weekend, but for those of you that didn’t…I was at my first NYFW! I went for a jam packed two days – and it was an experience to say the least. I landed in NYC on Saturday around noon, and rushed to get to Manhattan and make it to the Yuna Yang presentation at 3pm. It’s safe to say my first fashion show was my favorite of the weekend.

It was a gorgeous day out (really, the entire weekend was ideal weather), so I decided to wear this monochrome number with some fun accessories. I’ve been rocking the head scarf look all summer – it’s SO easy and chic. You can’t go wrong. I added a bold lip and hoop earrings to finish off the look.

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How to Reinvent an Oversized Cardigan

How to Reinvent an Oversized Cardigan

Cardigan: Zara, similar here | Skirt: Vintage, similar here | Shoes: Topshop, similar here | EarringsForever 21 | Belt: Vintage, similar here

BREAKING NEWS – I’m going to New York Fashion Week this weekend and I can’t WAIT! First time and it’s so exciting! That said, I’ve been scrambling to pull together outfits for the few days that I’m there – it’s been so fun raiding my closet and trying to combine what I have in new, creative ways. Spoiler alert…there will be lots of vintage being rocked…and I have no shame. I’ve just snagged so many good vintage finds lately, this is their moment to shine.

In my frantic moments of outfit compiling, I realized that I could rock one of my oversized cardigans as a wrap top. DING DING DING. I bought this sweater earlier this year, and have worn it in various ways, but never wrapped and belted. Why haven’t I done this with all of my cardigans?! I’ve been dying to wear this vintage Donna Karan belt for weeks now (one of my recent vintage purchases), so naturally I reached for it first. Paired with a wool midi skirt and black ankle boots, I felt like I was ready to take on fall.

Shop my favorite oversized cardigans & waist belts below – you can reinvent your cardigans too!

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Statement Earrings To Buy Now

Statement Earrings To Buy Now

Lucky Brand Silk Tank: old but similar here | PantsCOS | Shoes: Massimo Dutti, sold out (similar here and here) | EarringsZara

I wasn’t sure what to pack on my trip to Kansas City, but looking at the forecast, I knew it was going to be HOT. That said, I packed mostly dresses and skirts, but I just couldn’t leave these cropped pants behind (you’ve seen them before!). For our dinner at Extra Virgin, I paired the crops with an orange silk tank that I’ve had for years – more than I’d like to admit – and the metallic sandals I’ve been wearing on repeat since I got back from Greece.

The finishing touch to this look was these earrings I picked up at Zara a few weeks back. I’m obsessed with them lately! I’ve been wearing them with tees, blazers, and in this case, a silk tank. Since the earrings were the focus piece, I kept my lip a nude color and went necklace free. I used to be big on statement earrings back in the day but gave my lobes a break for a few years. Now I’m back and coming in hot. Below, I’ve linked to a few other pairs of earrings I’m loving lately.

Are you in on the statement earring trend? What style is your favorite?

PS – Shop my favorite tassel earrings too!

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