Friday night at 1130 pm, I found myself cracked out on caffeine, getting my sock bun searched by TSA at O’hare Airport after a thorough investigation of the studs perched on the shoulders of my crop-top sweat shirt. After TSA deemed me safe enough to fly, I spent 7 hours traveling to Puerto Vallarta in my Skull MIA loafers that kept my feet colder than ice ( I do not recommend sockless-foot travel). Day 1 was a blur of eating, tanning, sleeping, unpacking, etc in this terribly cold, ugly place:
This morning after an intense work-out in my pink crop-top ‘Wildcats’ top and biker shorts that gave me a permanent wedgie (that happened), we spent the day at the pool. I figured since I had been called “gothic” three times last week due to the skull nail art I had on my bling-fing, I would switch things up and wear my most innocent of bikinis. Am I taking the ‘grunge’ look too far in life? Perhaps. But I hate being predictable, so today was baby pink and ruffles. I own baby pink and ruffles????? I was surprised myself. Standard chambray cover-up.
After an absolutely exhausting day in the sun, we headed to El Dinamita for dinner. Since I own absolutely nothing pink besides this swim suit, I was back to my ‘gothic’ self with this ensemble:
Made these babies myself. It may sound like I’m bragging, but I am. Like I thrifted a pair of high-waisted jeans, cut them, and ironed on these gems in the design I created. I honestly don’t even know who I am after this. A crafty person? I hope I don’t start knitting….
As if the baby crosses on this blouse weren’t
gothic amazing enough, the back is pleated and has cut-outs by the shoulders. Soooo into it.
Studs on studs on studs.
I have this weird relationship with all things lovey-dovey/romantic. Sometimes I’m so over it. Yet, sometimes it’s perfection (like when it comes to the decor in my house that I do not have). It can be difficult to be both grunge and romantic, you know?
Came across this ring that I think does the right amount of romance and grunge…
what do you think? xoxo
Check out my new kicks by Rock & Candy.
Pairing this babies with black skinnie jeans cuffed at the ankles and a dark grey crop top with a skull on it. Totes adorbski. xoxo
Alright, so I understand that it’s October and fall nails have only been in full swing for a few weeks, but when OPI releases a new collection, obsessing is truly one’s only option, right? A few days ago, OPI released their Spring/Summer 2013 Euro Centrale collection. And let’s just say…. Needs. To. Be. Summer. Now.
I mean, OPI, ARE YOU FOR REALZ with these amazing colors?
My Top: Can’t Find My Czechbook
You’re Such A BuddaPest
My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours
So…is it spring yet?! …wait, before we skip seasons, can I have my Christmas presents? xoxo
Last Sunday, I spent the rainy day downtown shooting with Miss Jacqueline Rezak of Rad + Refined and Samantha from Ford Models Chicago. Dying to get a sneak peek? Check out a couple behind the scenes shots:
Dying for these rad outfits? Buy them NOW arr RadandRefined.com ! xoxo
Do you ever put on an outfit and think to yourself, almost perfect. Happens to me every morning. Add a handful (or two) of bracelets to each arm, and I’m usually good to go. BUT. Do you ever look at your arm party and think, ‘almost perfect…’? Now what? That’s where rings come in. Last spring, arm parties really took off. Bangles were added to friendship bracelets that were added to watches that were added to leather wraps. The spring/summer season is over, but the trend is not. The parties just keep getting bigger—even trickling down to our fingers. Some bracelets even connect to rings with tiny chains—can you say top-of-da-hand-partaaaay?
What’s amazing about said ring trend is that it follows one importantly fantastic characteristic of the arm party trend—–all rings of all shapes, sizes, and material welcome.
You could go delicate:
You could go rustic:
You could add some geometric shapes:
You could add stones:
You could go two-knuckles deep:
What are your favorite finger party guests? xoxo
Well, it’s somehow October. I’m still confused as to when that happened and honestly a little depressed about it. Goodbye yacht season. Farewell rooftop bars. The only thing pulling me out of this slum is fall fashion. Go figure. This fall, my favorite place to shop is LF. Surprised? I’m not. LF has a certain effortless, boho-grunge-chic-ness to it that has me on my knees begging for mercy. I’m all about spikes & studs. Everything spikes & studs.. with a side of skulls. My obsession with LF really seems to be panning out well because they seem to love spikes just as much as I do. So let’s whip up the perfect meal, shall we?
APPETIZERS: Sorry, we are on a diet.
FOR THE MAIN COURSE: spyyyykes
Studded jeans. AND THEY’RE IN BLACK. Made for me.
I know its not summer anymore (how did this happen?), but thee studded color-blocking jean shorts are da beeeez kneeeez. And that bag? Hello, gorgeous.
I’m also loving big sweaters this winter ( side dish )……..so why not give your comfies some tude with spikes? I really can’t think of a reason not to.
Please see previous caption.
I love a good blouse—and this looks to be sheer, so I love it even more. And it’s black. And has studs. Winner.
AND FOR DESSERT: we shall eat skullz
Last weekend, I celebrated my best friend’s birthday in Vegas. Packing for the trip, I realized I was in dire need of new shoes. Like DIRE. So after work (day before my flight, of course) I went to Nordstrom praying they would put an end to my wardrobe crisis. Nordstrom didn’t let me down. I bought my first pair of Via Spigas, wore them all weekend in Vegas, and am still in love with them.
These are my new babies, currently cuddling way in my closet. I have them in black—-best way to go.
Did a little digging, and found out my new booties were featured in Elle… I’ll take ten points for that.
Looking to buy new booties? Here’s a simple way to wear them! …I wouldn’t hate a different pattern on that peplum top though… I mean, floral? Really?
So, I stalked the Via Spiga website and found these new over-the-kneee boots I’m coveting….
Snake is so in right now. Do I dare? xoxo
Living in Chicago, I sometimes feel like I am missing out on certain industry gurus—like nail bar professionals. My non-english speaking nail technicians have come to hate me. HATE. But it’s not my fault. These nail bars everywhere in L.A. and even in NYC. When will Chicago jump on this trend??? My bff Jacqueline Rezak of Rad + Refined gave me word about an up-and-coming nail artist here in Chicago–Astrowifey. And I’m ecstatic she shared. Going to Vegas this weekend for my friends birthday, I figured what better time than NOW to get my nails glammed up?
I went into Astro’s apartment with an idea. I wanted ‘rock n roll’-esque nails using the colors black, gold and plum. PLUS I needed a skull. Like hasta, hasta, hastaaa happen! The rest I left up to Astro.
If you look closely, the pinky has the letters “V” “E” “G” “A” “S”. The rest is pure amazingness, right?
Click here to book an appointment: ASTROWIFEY
Fashion’s Night Out is one of my favorite times of year–it’s kind of like Christmas eve. Not the main event, but still worthy. This year, I spent FNO in the city with my new BFF, owner of Rad + Refined, Jacqueline Rezak. We started the holiday at Tempo in Gold Coast. I, of course, arrived late only to see Miss Rezak lounging in a booth Anna Wintour style–sunnies on, in all black. After a very small bite, we walked over to Sarca. Have you been? It’s incredible. Being a Sarca virgin, I didn’t know what to expect. But, as I walked in the doors, something caught my eye on the top of the shoe shelf… Were those Penelope and Coco Dalmatian booties I have been drooling over ever since I saw them on Kourt K’s foot a year ago? They were. A+, Sarca. A+.
The Sarca event was phenom. Jacqueline assisted shoppers, styling them in Sarca pieces. Shannon O’Brien, one of Chicago’s hottest make-up artists, was on scene doing free lip and eye lash application to shoppers. And the champagne was flowing. What more could you want?
After Sarca, I had to head back to the suburbs for an extremely important appointment I could not miss–eyebrow threading with Sailu. She truly is a miracle worker. By the time my eyebrows reached perfection, it was 7 pm, and a friend of mine was begging me to come to the Oak Brook mall event. There were free appetizers from random Oak Brook restaurants–do you know how amazing Oak Brook restaurants are? I was sold. Not only did Oak Brook mall have appetizers, but there was a fashion show, manicurists and hair stylists doing free work, and a $500 give-away. Plus, many stores were giving 20% off.
As all of this was going on, I found myself in the two stores that were too cool to have 20% off—-Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom. Nothing was 20% off, and that didn’t stop me.
How was your FNO? xoxo