work week style

How to dress during the transition between Summer and Fall can get interesting; one day it’s mid 70’s and the next day it’s low 50’s. In Chicago, that can happen all in the same day. So I chose this outfit to kick off my work week to balance this unpredictable Chicago weather as we say goodbye to Summer.

Work week styleThe high waisted pencil skirt is always a good option when it’s still nice enough to go bare legs. I chose a boxy white crop top to top it off to show off the high waisted skirt and grabbed a lightweight leather crop blazer incase it’s one of those days that it does drop to 50 by late afternoon.

Work week style I almost didn’t buy this crop top because I was scared the shape would make me look broad in the shoulders but I fell in love with the detailing and paired with something slim fit on bottom, I actually liked the shape after trying it on. Plus, it’s white. Need I say more.

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Have a great work week!

-D

find it:
white crop top
high waisted skirt
leather crop blazer

MAC goodness

My amazing friend gave me these MAC goodies and I was like a kid in a candy store. A MAC candy store and everything was delicious. And like every kid, I wanted to touch and play with them all. And I did.

MAC cosmetics

Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

Mink Pink, Bruised Plum, Black Tulip, Jungle Moon

Mink Pink, Bruised Plum, Black Tulip, Jungle Moon

Top: Crème d' Nude, Crème Cup, Care Blends Essential Oils, Talk of the Town Mineralize Blush. Bottom: Out for Glamour, Culture Clash, Ms. Fizz, Girl About Town, Weekend Getaway

Top: Crème d’ Nude, Crème Cup, Care Blends Essential Oils, Talk of the Town Mineralize Blush. Bottom: Out for Glamour, Culture Clash, Ms. Fizz, Girl About Town, Weekend Getaway

And lastly, my favorite gift:

Lip Conditioner, Candy Yum Yum, Magenta Madness pigment

Lip Conditioner, Candy Yum Yum, Magenta Madness pigment

Loved it so much, I wore Candy Yum Yum with Magenta Madness pigment to top off the lip and a small amount of pigment on my cheeks for date night with my sister.

Magenta Lips...yes please

Magenta Lips…yes please

Xo

-D

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MAC Cosmetics

who says you can’t wear sweatpants out?

There are those days where I want to go out but I just can’t bring myself to get out of my sweatpants. Who says I have to? I found these grey joggers recently at Pitaya and they were so comfortable, I didn’t want to take them off. So I didn’t! I threw on a top, a boyfriend blazer and some heels and off I went! And I couldn’t have been more comfortable all day.

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Can I wear these every day??;)

Can I wear these every day??;)

-D

find it: similar items
grey joggers
black boyfriend blazer
white silk top
black ankle strap pumps

torn jeans, heels and burgers

I have been looking for a pair of dark torn jeans for a while so when I found these at Pitaya and I liked the fit and the wash, I bought them immediately. That’s the problem I have with jeans. I’m particular about the fit and the wash. Naturally, these are still way too long but I like how they have just enough tear in them and I like the color of the blue so much, I just roll them up and throw on some heels.

torn jeanstorn jeans and heelsI topped it off with a sheer black lace top and a black cami underneath.

torn jeans and heelstorn jeans and heelsWe were headed to one of my favorite burger restaurants, 25 degrees. If you haven’t been here yet, you need to make sure this one is on your list. It’s on the corner of Clark and Superior near the North Side across the street from Zed 451 (another place you should put on your list for a good rooftop bar option). It is definitely on the top of my list of favorite burgers and it doesn’t hurt that the owners are from Michigan, so they play Tigers and Lions games here which is a nice bonus. Their ‘craft your own’ burger selection is ridiculous from the toppings to the cheeses and the sauces, oh my. They also have a fun, quirky drinks menu but I always end up with my go-to mojito. Their sweet potato fries are on point, and they offer half and half so you can choose regular friends or their amazing crisp and delicious onion rings.

25 degrees25 degreesI hope your mouth is watering and I’m sorry I didn’t take more pictures but as soon as the food came, it was devoured. GO THERE!

torn jeans and heels

You will leave stuffed...and soo happy

You will leave stuffed…and soo happy

-D

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torn jeans
sheer lace top
nude pumps

don’t leave your brows at home!

I remember the first time I walked into a cosmetics department and the MAC artist looked right at me and said, “you need eyebrows!”. She drew them in and my life was forever changed. ‘My life’, as in spending 15 minutes every morning drawing them in instead of what could be spent hitting the snooze button (I’ve got it down to 10 now- whoop!) Eyebrows really frame the face and without them filled in and shaped, it doesn’t look complete.

THE BEFORE

THE BEFORE

I do them in 5 easy steps when I’m short on time and when I have a simple makeup look on. After I’ve taken a brow spooley to brush my barely existent brows up and outward, I then:
Step 1: Use an angled brush to brush on a brow pomade to shape the underarch
Step 2: Blend the line up and outward
Step 3: Start filling and blending in the shape and top arch

brows how-to


Step 4: Blend the front end of the brows with the spooley to create a gradual effect
brows how-to
Step 5: Apply a concealer/highlighter 1-2 shades lighter than your skintone under the arch
brows how-to

brows how-to

brows how-to

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don't leave your brows at home!:)

don’t leave your brows at home!:)

Happy Friday! Xx

-D

find it:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (dark brown)
Anastasia Beverly Hills duo brush
MAC eyeshadow (cork)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow (1C)
Bobbi Brown concealer blending brush
Bobbi Brown brow pencil (mahogany)

nude little black dress

Although I love the little black dress and a fairly large portion of my closet houses a variety of little black dresses in all shapes and sizes, sometimes you need to mix it up. I love this nude little black lace dress that I bought last Summer around this time when I was looking for something that would work for cocktails at a rooftop bar downtown on a Summer night and something that would still work moving into the early months of Fall with a leather crop jacket on those colder nights.

nude black lace dressI fell in love with this dress because of the black floral lace overlay. While I’m partial to the classic black and white, black and nude together makes for a romantic alternative.

nude black lace dressPaired with a pop of color in the purse, I’m ready for one of the few Summer nights we have left to enjoy.

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nude, black, gold, white and silver tips...yes

nude, black, gold, white and silver tips…yes

nude black lace dress

It’s mid week. That is something to be happy about.
Enjoy!

-D

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nude black lace dress

work week kickoff

I like to start off my work week in my easy, go-to colors when I don’t have the time to think about it: black, white, grey and gold. For this outfit, I grabbed a classic black pencil skirt. I like this length on this particular pencil skirt that I got from H&M. It hits a little below the knee so I never have to hike it down in fear that it’s too short for work. But at the same time, it doesn’t completely cut my legs off, being all 5’2″ of me.

Business casual It has been extremely hot these past few days and today is no different. I wanted to keep cool under my white blazer so I threw on a grey racer back tank top that a girl cannot have too many of. Same thing goes for coffee on a Monday.

Business casual grey black and whiteTopped with the white, it pulls it all together.

Business casual grey black and whiteBusiness casual grey black and whiteNow let’s talk about these shoes! I had been wanting a pair of gold studded black pumps since I saw the Christian Louboutin Spiked Heels at Neiman Marcus (a girl can dream) so when I saw these at Forever 21 (slightly closer to my budget), I snatched them up. You need a little attitude on a Monday.

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Happy Manic Monday!

Just another manic Monday:)

Have a great work week!

lace dress- day to evening

This lace dress is one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. It’s feminine, delicate and beautiful. I could wear it all day, every day because there is so much I can do with this dress. It actually came pure white when I bought it but I wanted a cream, vintage finish to it instead so we tea-dyed it and it came out perfectly. Tea dying is exactly what it sounds like, we dyed it using black tea bags.

Here are just a couple of different ways I go from day to evening in it. All with a bright warm red lipstick.

Daytime: I love this camo jacket on top of the lace. It works on a gloomy, cooler afternoon and dresses down the lace while the tribal print on the shoes gives the total look a nice contrast.

lace dress with camo jacketlace dress with camo jacketI decided on silver jewelry for the day look to tie it all together.

lace dress with camo jacket and jewelry

Ready for the evening...

Ready for the evening…

Nighttime: I want to show the dress off. It has an elegant, vintage look to it and so simple at the same time that it doesn’t need to be paired with much except heels and a lipstick.

cream lace dress

The detailing on the back is what sold me

The detailing on the back is what sold me

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xoxo

-D

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lace dress
camo shirt jacket
tribal print wedges
gold heels

classic business casual

‘Business casual’ can be tricky sometimes. It means you need to find something that’s not too stiff but also not too laid back. It’s like saying, I want you to be comfortable, but it’s a business setting after all. To me, it means I get to pepper in my personality and style while maintaining my professionalism. So, ‘business casual’ can be a lot of fun! If it’s unchartered territory like this week is for me, and you’re not sure which side to lean towards, I always go with classic black and white like this:

black and white business casualIf I’m going with slim, fitted pants like these, I like to wear a loose fitting blouse topped with a slim boyfriend blazer like this one from Akira.

business casualblack and white business casualblack and white business casualI dress up any outfit with accessories and this one is no different. I love to mix my gold and silver jewelry. For this I picked a silver bib statement necklace that pops out even with my blazer on. I stacked my watch and gold bracelets on one arm and left just one beaded silver bracelet on the other.

silver and gold accessoriesbusiness casualAnd finally, the pop of color on my lips and my nails completes my look every time.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Have a great work week!

-D

find it: similar items
white blouse
white boyfriend blazer
slim black pants
statement necklace

a little bit of Santa Monica in Chicago

This past weekend, we went to check out the Summer House Santa Monica restaurant in Lincoln Park for brunch. I walked past this place weeks ago and kept saying I wanted to go back because even just walking past the front patio, I felt like I was in an episode of The Hills; instantly transported to sunny California and I immediately wanted to go. California that is, but the Summer House Santa Monica restaurant in Lincoln Park was much more feasible. When we walked in, the very first sight was this:

Summer House pastries

Summer9I knew I’d like it here. While waiting, I was perusing the options for what our dessert was going to be. I couldn’t help myself. Kid.in.a.candy.store…

Summer House pastriesWe walked in and everyone was dressed like they lived in Santa Monica. Good thing we got the memo.

Summer House Santa MonicaI was hoping the food would match the ambiance. It did. Mmmmm.

Watermelon Smash mixed with Tequila

Watermelon Smash mixed with Tequila

Ahi Tuna Tostadas...amazing

Ahi Tuna Tostadas…amazing

Mexican Pork Hash and Smoked Salmon Hashbrown Benedict

Mexican Pork Hash and Smoked Salmon Hashbrown Benedict

Apple Oatmeal and Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies a la mode

Apple Oatmeal and Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies a la mode

Summer House Santa MonicaCheck this place out if you can!

Brunch was so delicious and filling that for dinner, I wanted something light. I was so inspired by the amazingly light and delicious ahi tuna tostadas that I wanted more! I recreated them with a mango salsa and shrimp instead and they were delightful and incredibly easy.

Hope your mouth is watering:)

Hope your mouth is watering:)

Happy end of Summer:(:(

-D