There’s a lot more to Chicago living than putting up with deadly wind-sheer and that’s dressing up on regular afternoon without getting judging stares from others. I think most people who live here don’t realize how much freedom they have. There’s not a chance I could go anywhere in Orlando looking like this and not getting confused with the nearest attraction. That’s NOT one of the pluses of residing somewhere close to the sun, where wearing anything other than shorts and flip-flops is a huge fashion statement and people tour for a living. Believe it or not I’m on the edge of excitement while prepping for this winter (although already advised this is just the beginning) and figure: if it gives you an excuse to put more on, how bad can it really be, right? Right?
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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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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.