Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Art of Relaxation Dressing

The first week of the semester is always rough. I decided to make this weekend as low-key as possible by spending it cuddled at home with some wine and magazines; the perfect recipe for relaxation. We all have weekends like this, where going out just isn't the most appealing option and staying in seems a whole lot nicer. Just because I won't be putting on my highest heels and heading downtown doesn't mean I have to skimp on the fashion, however.
Relaxation dressing can be a difficult art to master. Looking put together when actually you just threw something on can be a trying task. The key to nailing this essential weekend look is all in the details (2 to be exact), so just pay attention and you too can look like a million bucks "without really trying."

Detail #1 : The essential baggy, yet elegant ensemble. 
I hate sweatpants, but love the comfort. Lucky for me, many brands have caught on to the wearable sweatpants look and the "stylish track trouser" (as I like to call it) has jogged its way into main stream fashion. Pair the trouser with an oversized printed tee half way tucked into your pants and voila, you have a catalog worthy look without any of the hassle.

Detail #2 : The statement accessory.
An easy fix to any bland outfit is to glam it up with a vibrant necklace. Depending on the outfit, though,  a myriad of stacked bracelets or a great bag would suffice nicely. A combination of all three would result in looking like you actually tried, and that isn't what we are going for here!

With a little bit of creative effort, being the most stylish girl in the super market (or in your apartment) can be easily achieved. Just don't be afraid to get a little baggy, simply throw on your most statement worthy accessory and go. Extra points for adding in a pair of classic loafers. Happy relaxing!

(Top & trousers by BCBG Maxazria, vintage necklace and loafers by Saks Fifth Avenue brand)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Nostalgia, Already

Along with the official last day of summer being here at last, this day also marks the half way point of my undergrad college career. With such a tremendous day ahead of me, what better way to kick it off than with an outfit that pretty much screams, "I wish I were still on Vacation". For the most part, I love school! However, when it is still 98 degrees outside and my college's campus more closely resembles that of a 5 star central Florida resort, it is a trying task to get my ass to class. To cope with this summer vacation withdrawal, I decided on light and flowing ikat blouse, bohemian style jewelry and fresh new Sam Edelman sandals so that at least my outfit could pretend it was far away from over priced texts books and classrooms, and maybe be partying it up on Ibiza instead...

Blouse & shorts from Urban Outfitters, necklace by House of Harlow 1960, and sandals by Sam Edelman.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

50 Shades of Blue

Let's set the scene. I am browsing boutiques on the streets of Chicago. It is very hot and I am about ready to call it quits for the day. Then something catches my eye...
It was love at first sight. The vintage inspired chain and tassels cascading down the garment basically had me from the get go. I loved the way the dress seemed to jump right out of the display window and immediately had to try it on. It fit like it was made for me. Success!

Now comes the fun part; how to accessorize? Trying to not opt for my typical neutral tone bag, I dug deep into my closet and rediscovered a vintage, bright blue quilted chain bag. At first glance, I was worried paring two varying shades of blue together would result in a gross clash of colors. Feeling adventurous, I decided to go for it any way because the chain handle on the bag seemed to effortlessly match the chain belt on the dress. Color blocking genius was achieved, all by just digging a little deeper into my closet and staring the fear of possible "bad fashion"right in the eyes. 

Dress by Maude, vintage bag, Elle shoes and Michael Kors watch. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Romp Around (Ode to the Romper)

Hot days in the city mean one thing; time to break out the romper. As confusing as this garment may be to the fashionably unaware, I cannot go without these little guys. The shear ease of slipping on a single piece of clothing that doubles as shorts and blouse cannot be matched when the temperatures are rising to the mid 90's, and coming up with the perfect outfit does not seem quite that appealing. 
I wore this romper while taking a walk in the scenic Lincoln Park area of Chicago. It was an incredibly hot and sunny day, but despite the temperatures I remained cool and cute thanks to this beloved summer garment. 

Necklace and romper from Urban Outfitters, Rebecca Minkoff bag and Sam Edelman sandals.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Back to School!
Okay. Not really, but going back does give me a reason to purchase an assortment of new clothing, shoes and makeup that I would otherwise feel guilty splurging on. Having all these shiny new things also makes having to prepare for my junior year of undergrad feel slightly less overwhelming. I have a habit of gravitating towards more classic preppy pieces when transitioning from summer to fall, most likely because of the sun dress fatigue that begins to set in by early August. My take on the classics however, tends to be more unique than your average loafer and sweater combo.
Here are my A+ "pre-gotta hit the books" must haves;

It is no secret that I love love love a good, comfortable pair of loafers. There is something about the timeless shape of these shoes that just screams collegiate to me and keeps me coming back every year. For this fall I opted for a more feisty version and decided on THESE Sam Edelman Moccasin style loafers, because let's face it... nothing kicks the back to school blues in the ass like a little bit of studs.

I don't know about you, but the class rooms on my campus are freezing. I am constantly grabbing for a sweater, despite the 90 degree temperature outside. The artistic lines in THIS little number had me at hello and make the essential light weight sweater seem a lot more hip. Not to mention that it fits and feels like a dream, typical of fabulous luxe brand Trouve. 

My leggings and I are pretty tight. No pun intended. I am obsessed with THESE Gap ponte legging pants because they provide me with all the comfort of leggings with the added style and functionality of regular pants. I am also a huge fan of wearing these as opposed to jeans for a more put together look. Every girl NEEDS these in her closet. You will want to wear them every day. 

Remember the days when picking out the Lisa Frank backpack with the most sparkles was the most important aspect of back to school shopping? For college girls, this is basically the same thing. This bag by coveted brand, Thursday Friday, will add a little something extra to your every day class ensemble. It is also guaranteed to grant you A LOT of compliments when walking through campus.

Being a girl who is still battling breakouts in her 20's, I never skimp in the makeup department. THIS foundation is a serious life saver for anyone with sensitive skin. Not only does it make my face appear flawless, but it never bothers my super finicky skin. This is a rarity for me, so I suggest Dermablend for anyone who is serious about skin care or preparing for a stressful semester! (Stress does = breakouts)

My eyes are a hazel, green shade. I am constantly trying to make them appear more green than brown. This is a rather difficult task, but TARTE Emphas Eyes makes it a hell of a lot easier. This eyeliner goes on like a dream and the smudger at the opposite end creates an amazing look that cannot be matched with your run of the mill eye liner. I own this liner in black, plum and bronze, however the bronze tends to be my go-to shade for an easy, every day glamour look. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Stripes, The Streets, and a Rooftop Lunch

After a long day of intense shopping on Michigan Avenue and posing for tourist pictures in front of the infamous Chicago landmark, "The Bean," it was incredibly refreshing to hop in an air conditioned elevator up to a luxe rooftop restaurant. Aside from spending a small fortune on some sushi rolls and drinks, my beloved friend and I had the most perfect day living life of a Chicago urbanite. 
Here is a recap of the day and the form fitting summer dress that made it even better;

Cooling off
Topshop hiding behind those hedges. 

(Terrible shot of my face, but amazing picture never the less)
Necklace by Forever XXI, dress by B.P Nordstrom ( thank you Anniversary Sale!),
and my signature Rebecca Minkoff bag & Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses.