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Vest Like

I’m wearing: urban outfitters sweater, h&m faux fur scarf and cluth, express belt, topshop skirt and tights, boutique 9 boots

In case I haven’t mentioned yet, I’m this close to loosing it because of a fur vest. All of the sudden, I’m seeing them everywhere but they always so damn expensive. My little pocket can only handle so much spending, even though my unfaithful eyes never agree. Temp solution? H&M makes these great faux fur scarfs that can be thrown over any jacket, sweater, dress for under $20 pesos. I threw it over a dark sweater, twisted both sides near my neck,  wrapped it with a belt and look! I’ve got myself faux vest.




Am I Mad Or What?

For someone who grew up wearing nothing on my head but hair elastics, maybe a headband when pushing it,  I’m making huge improvements. Never  in my twenty something years (you didn’t think I was going to reveal my actual age here, did you? I’m a type cast) of life did I think I’d be wearing hats, actual hats on my head. Better yet, vintage hats. This is so exciting. I feel British, I feel mad hatter!

At first I was just trying these on, which quickly became choosing one to go home with. Hey, I deserved it! It was a gift for my unbirthday.

Sorry about the whitish stripe running down my face in nearly every click. I blame the mirror keeper at the shop, whoever that may be. Windex, people! Once in a while.

Holiday Dinner Party

Wearing: topshop blouse, necklace and tights, forever 21 dress, h&m cluth, azezzo orzfords

I have to share a little story about this dress. I got it in 08 during a quick visit to Chicago. That year I took it with me to Brazil as an option to wear for a Christmas dinner party I was hosting. Turns out Betsey Johnson designed a better dress and my best friend got to wear this one for dinner. We took tons of pictures (me wearing Betsey and she wearing 21) and while flipping through them with another friend, I hear: Wow, what an ugly little dress your friend has got herself! I immediately replied: Well, it’s kind of my dress. That day I was in a very good mood and we finished it off with a big laugh. There she was, being so honest about something she probably wouldn’t have said if she knew the dress was mine in first place. But you know what? I appreciated the unintentional honesty (although I clearly didn’t care a bit since here I am wearing it again) This episode makes me think: When is it okay to be completely honest about a friend’s outfit (especially when you know she’s put extra work into it but it still doesn’t look right) Do you not say anything and let her walk out of the house looking weird but happy or do you say something, run the risk of getting a slap in the face or MAYBE a thank you? I don’t know…. I kind of like my face.




Veruca Salt

If only there was a place where I could shop for the most stylish accessories right underneath my building. Wait a second! I think there’s a place where I can shop for the most stylish accessories right underneath my building indeed! The place? Veruca Salt (name taken from that spoiled little brat who wants it all in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

It was definitely not my first visit to the boutique here in River North. And it’s not your first look through here either (remember the photo background of the Aubrey Hepburn inspired Halloween costume ?) I’m always walking by and checking out what’s new, trying without success to ignore the window display every time. But let’s be real: I don’t really want to. They do such a good job dressing the mannequins, providing great eye candy and a breath of fresh air  for anyone that’s walking by. What you see at Veruca Salt you definitely won’t find at department stores. It is in fact a place to get spoiled at.

The location is convenient (for me especially), the clothes are great, prices are on the higher end (with that comes quality, I may point out), but let’s just take a minute to drool over the accessories table? “Dad, I want it NOW!” Necklaces ranged from about $40 to $70 each. Pricey but in all honesty, they can be worn in so many ways and occasions I’d say it’s still a good investment. Besides, these are unique, lowering the chances you will bump into the same beauty embellishing another neck around the corner. Just saying.

As I stopped by to document the shop, the Sun-Times coincidentally had the same idea. Not quite but close. I caught them in action, using Veruca Salt as a set for shooting a look styled by Suzanne Kopulos from garmental.com

The winter accessories table frightens me a bit. To think one has to wear so much knit at once to escape the freezing winter is not a happy thought. Even when they are cute like these knit hats and scarves.

Amber, the boutique owner was very nice and helpful, willing to talk to me even though she had a whole news reporting crew running around in her store.  It really helps when boutique owners and their associates focus on developing a close relationship with customers and Amber’s team does that well. I lost count of how many times I’ve asked/received advice on winter clothing shopping. Good for them because there’s nothing worse than entering a boutique and feeling invisible (just because I don’t look like I lay golden eggs doesn’t mean I can’t afford one).

Due to a very tight budget I had to restrict my spoiling session (for now anyways) to the ridiculously good scented Jonathan Adler tomato candle. What a treat!

If you happen to stop by Veruca Salt during your Black Friday  shopping marathon they are offering 55% off their English Muffin clothing line . Nevermind the candle, THIS  is a real treat.

The verdict: As described above, their clothing selection is great, but what’s is really special and worth checking out at this store are the maxi necklaces and earrings.

Where?  N Kingsbury Chicago, IL 60654

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Christmas Decor

Thanksgiving is here today, will be gone tomorrow and I’m now allowed to jump into taking about Christmas (and decorating). Before leaving town yesterday we dressed up “Corner Robinson” to received the white-bearded dude.  Christmas playlist on pandora, cookies in the oven, wine in the glass, wrapping paper, scissors, scotch tape: go!

Hard to find a place to best display our Christmas tree prototype (it’s way to small to classify as the actual deal). It got stuck between the dinner table and the side table. So far, they have been getting along pretty well (these brats were fighting over space and the Christmas tree attempted suicide by falling over).  Instead of using the same red-gold combination we have every single year, (boooring) this year I got inventive and tied pink ribbon ornaments.

Yes, I wrap Christmas ornament boxes as gifts and lay them under the tree for decorative purposes. Cheap and it looks good and spares me the trouble of finding a temporary storage spot for them.

Another one of our wedding table numbers. Cute, huh?

Ornament centerpiece

This was one of the first accent pillows we got. The guest bedroom is its traditional home but the living area borrowed it for the holidays. So, prehistoric.

Why not wrap up the books? It’s not like I care for reading about style or fashion designers anyway. 

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Yellow Details

I’m wearing: Lita Mortari Jacket, asos skirt, forever 21 socks and belt, steve madden shoes, ray ban sunglasses,  trevita and helen lima bracelets

Is it just me or can yellow bring out any outfit? There was a time that yellow could not be found in my closet At all. It’s still rare but present, such as this skirt’s details. So fetch! If you’ve seen “Mean Girls”, you know what I’m talking about.  The rest of you, well, I don’t really know what to say. Get a TV, maybe? My favorite part of that movie is when they perform the annual Christmas dance. Jingle Bell Rock is such a classic. Wow, I can’t believe we’re almost there again (Christmas). Exciting, cheerful and chilly. I better cover my legs quick.





Versace For H&M


Who’s excited about tomorrow’s Versace for H&M collection release? Although I look forward to seeing collaborations  between big retailers like H&M and huge designers such as Versace, the whole standing in line before 8 am on release day is a big turn off for me. I understand the idea behind making the shopping experience organized, but 15 minutes to shop Versace? Really? That is not enough time to decide on what I’m having for lunch, how could I make an investment like this (excuse moi,  but $200 bucks on a frange skirt is a serious financial commitment in my world) in such a short window. That’s the time allowance H&M is giving the first 280 people in line. Get in and get out. Uh! Pure adrenaline! There’s also a shopping limit (which I completely stand behind) to guarantee one person won’t take the whole collection home. During my stroll downtown yesterday I had to document the window display, which is looking pretty good.

The real question is: if they know this WILL be a frenzy and merchandise will fly off the racks  before I care to get up on a Saturday morning, why not make enough for EVERYONE who they KNOW will show up like thirsty vampires to devour the new collection? Speaking of which, I have a date with some hot vampire tonight at the movie theater. Team Edward!

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