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I have a confession, I haven’t been into an actual clothing store in about 2 months. I’ve done all my shopping online for a couple of reasons: 1) I stay focused on only the things I “need” 2) It helps me stick to my budget (sometimes). Two items on the top of my list are a sleeveless coat and over-the-knee suede boots. What’s on your list?

1. FOREVER 21 Collarless Bouclé Coat
2. H&M – Sweatshirt with Appliqué – Gray melange
3. Topshop Wide Brim Fedora
4. Nordstrom Vince Camuto ‘Amori’ Pointy Toe Leather Bootie
5. Macy’s Olivia + Joy Shiloh Drawstring
6. BaubleBar Hermes Ear Cuff
7. Neiman Marcus Rafe Celia Large Macrame Clutch Bag, Natural/Black
8. BP. ‘Moveover’ Pointy Toe Flat
9. Topshop Underwire bralet
10. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-plated necklace
11. H&M – Flounced Silk-blend Blouse
12. Lulu Frost Halo gold-tone crystal bangle
13. Topshop Unique Sleeveless wool-blend coat
14. H&M – Leather Skirt
15. Topshop Unique Suede over-the-knee boots

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This weekend at brunch with some girlfriends, we discussed how we are slowly trying to pull away from “fast-fashion” brands to invest in more quality pieces. Every time I attempt to pull away, these brands keep pulling me back in, and these new fall arrivals from H&M are making me rethink my whole fall wardrobe.

Style Tip: When shopping at “fast-fashion” stores like H&M and Zara,  shop the NEW ARRIVALS to get the good stuff before its gone.

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Ok, I might be lying when I say Fall is the best season ever,  because I really love all the seasons for different reasons. In an effort to stay in the moment, let’s focus on Fall.

33 REASONS FALL IN CHICAGO IS THE BEST: Love this list by TimeOut Chicago. My favorites are 5, 14, 15, 25, 26, 28, and 33.

15 MOST ICONIC TV WARDROBES: Denise Huxtable was definitely one of my style icons growing up, but these days I’m more of a Claire Underwood. Did your favorite make the list?

FALL MUST HAVE: I bought this dress from ASOS and received tons of compliments and I’ve only worn it once. Classic sophistication at its finest.

7 EASY KITCHEN HACKS: Since I’ve increased my activity in the kitchen by 1000% percent these kitchen hacks are very helpful.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Really proud of my cousin Virgil’s new line OFF-WHITE and this Style.com review gives a glimpse of his Spring 2015 collection . I think he’s like a second cousin but I swear we grew up together and our mothers still talk….so he’s family.

Enjoy your weekend, make it memorable!

Images: Meg Biram, Girls Off Fifth

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I’m really excited for fall fashion and I’ve been eyeing these shoes from Zara. I stumbled upon this look cruising the Zara site and thought I definitely need to duplicate this whole look. I love the laid back vibe but then the heels just amp it up real nice. I’d wear this running weekend errands and may even throw on a big wide brimmed hat if I’m feeling “eclectic.”

1. THICK BANGS: For about 2 seconds in college, I had the blunt bang look. It bothered me with all the hair in my face, but I’m interested in doing something really different. Loving this look.

2. FAUX LEATHER JACKET: Loving this jacket from Zara, and at $59.99 its a steal.

3. LONG WHITE BUTTON-DOWN: This can be dressed down with jeans or paired with a fitted pencil skirt for a more polished look. This one from Helmut Lang is nice.

4. LOOSE BLACK PANTS: I actually found a great pair of loose fitting pants that cuff on the bottom from H&M last year but these from Zara are a nice alternative.

5. BLACK SLINGBACK BOOTIES: These are a must for the fall rotation.

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 {Take out from Beatrix}

I must say, I really had a relaxing, productive and fun weekend.

DINING: Cole took me to Beatrix to celebrate “I’m happy you’re getting better since you’ve been in the house sick all week,” and it was a nice treat. The ambiance at Beatrix was great and the meal was delicious. They have a “gluten free” menu with great selections.

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{Beyonce On The Run Tour on HBO}

WATCHING: I was so excited to finally see the On The Run Tour, and it was amazing watching it from the comfort of my couch, and much cheaper. Definitely got up and danced a little but had to quickly sit down because slight signs of my Vertigo started to come back (Beyonce has that effect on people).

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{New Sheer Curtains}

DECORATING: I’ve been on a mission to enhance my home decor, and I finally bought some curtains….next on my list; Artwork.

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{Library fireplace in my building}

WORKING: (Yes, I work on the weekends) Since my home has become more cozy, I’m finding it harder to concentrate when I need to get work done. This weekend, I decided to go to my building’s library and finish up some things. It turned out to be very productive. I may need to add this to weekly rotation more often. Did I mention they have free Starbucks? Definitely a plus.

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{Q&A Everyday Journal}

REFLECTING: Everyday since February, I’ve been answering questions in this journal and I’ve found it quite reflective. Some questions are very simple like: “What was your favorite day this week?” to a little deeper like “What is your biggest achievement?” I plan on writing in this for the next 5 years to see how my answers change and track my growth.

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{Women In Clothes book}

READING: What can I say about this book Women In Clothes? I’m finding it to be really fascinating. It takes the opinions of 642 women and their feelings about clothes. This hits home for me because I’ve always believed that style/clothes/fashion is so much more than “liking clothes or liking shopping.” Your background, education, career, finances, culture, lifestyle, etc go into how you feel about your style, and style in general, which impacts how you shop and what you wear everyday. I’ll definitely discuss this in more detail in later posts.

Other fun stuff from this weekend:

MEDITATING: Got Cole to meditate with me for a whole 5 minutes, which is huge progress…trust me.

COOKING: I made some baked Garlic Parmesan french fries that were delicious and paired it with ground turkey tacos with lettuce wraps instead of tortillas.

WORKING OUT: Ran by the lake (even though I was supposed to be resting) but I just had the itch to get out.

CAREER GROWTH: Had a mentorship conference call with some top Chicago professionals. Definitely learned a lot and I’m excited to implement what I learned over the next week.

Also watched some football, went to brunch Sunday and walked around Lincoln Park.

So tell me about your weekend?

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This week I did a lot of reflecting and gave my mind & body some much needed rest. Even though I was determined to push it to the limit and go go go, my body said stop stop stop and I was forced to listen.

Now that I’m feeling a whole lot better, I’m appreciative and grateful for the little things and I’ll listen to my body & make it a priority moving forward…..ok, enough of the emotional talk. Are you ready for this weekend?

ON THE RUN: Being that I missed the Chicago OTR tour date, I will be glued to my television this weekend watching the fierceness that is Queen Bey on HBO Saturday. Will you be watching? This trailer has me pumped.

CUT IT OFF: I’ve been itching to do something different with my hair. I’ve attempted a faux bob by pulling my hair into a pony tail and I kinda liked it. I’m also loving the lighter look of Kerry Washington’s new do (Yay! Scandal’s back Sept 25th!) These cool cuts for fall are giving me major hair inspiration.

FASHION MONTH: From NYFW to London & Milan, this month is packed with fashion weeks and that means there are plenty of fashion week streetstyles for your perusal.

SUGAR CRAVINGS: I’m having serious sugar cravings and I’ve recently given up diary so ice cream is a no go (we’ll see how long that lasts.) This gluten free & vegan dessert is looking really good.

LOVE THIS LADY: I always find these VOGUE questions so intriguing and this one with Anna Wintour did not disappoint.

What’s on you agenda for this weekend?

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Images NaimaBarcelona, LaCooletChic, Etsy, Collage Vintage

slit_skirt

 

There is something so sexy and chic about a thigh baring side slit skirt. As the weather cools, I try to find subtle ways to show some skin….although this look may not be subtle, you can always cater the slit height to your liking.

For a high-glamour fall look, I’d pair this white skirt with black knee high boots, a fitted long sleeve black sweater and a black wide brim fedora hat….and of course some ridiculously chic sunglasses.

What do you think? Are you feeling this slit skirt look?

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Image Studded Rose

 

ASOS FAVS

I’ve been sick the past couple of days and instead of getting my much needed rest, I’ve spent a little time looking for cool finds online. ASOS is one of my favorite destinations for stylish pieces.

I’m slowly getting rid of  a lot of items in my closet, and adding great pieces to create my ultimate fall wardrobe. Jewel tones have been on my radar this fall and oversized jackets are also on my wish list.

Have you started your fall shopping/wardrobe transition?

 

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If you’re looking to invest in some beautiful timeless pieces, look no further than AZEEZA. This line was founded by Chicago’s own, the beautiful and absolutely stylish Azeeza Khan.

I’ve watched the growth of her company for a couple of years now and she is a style powerhouse. If you’re lucky enough to experience one of her fashion shows, you’ll be truly blown away. (See a previous show post here)

Her pieces are immaculate and her attention to detail is perfection. She recently opened her flagship store at the 900 North Michigan Shops and I’m excited to see what else she has in store. I’m seriously craving this and this  from her collection. The Spring/Summer 2015 campaign with the gorgeous Chicagoan Kristen Gipson is stunning…stay tuned Kristen will be launching her own jewelry line soon. Want more, check out the site AZEEZA http://www.azeeza.us/

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Images: www.azeeza.us

 
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