Found Objects

SheIn Blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.CiboI love a good found object, especially when it lends itself to a good outfit shoot.

I’d been planning some sort of sleek all-black “feel like a bad-ass” outfit for a while now. And then this sofa ended up in the alley behind our building. Hello, photo shoot.

So Sarah and I got all ready to go, ventured downstairs, and had a little fun. There was lots of “ooh, try this!” “now what about that?” “Car coming, don’t move a muscle.” It was a ton of fun and gave us a chance to really work with different poses and camera angles and the lot.

Enjoy!

SheIn Blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Alex and Ani Charms | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Be Buddha London Spike Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

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Alex and Ani Charms | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target blazer, DSW hat, Sam & Libby Heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Hat | DSW (old)
Blazer | Target (old)
Heels | Sam & Libby, Target (no longer available)
Top | Charlotte Russe (actually a dress!)
Arm Party | ALEX & ANI
Earrings | Be Buddha Jewelry
Rings | Forever 21

Fishtail French Braid Updo, Blanket Scarves, and Doggy Debut!

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Last weekend, Chicago displayed its most undecided weather and gave us a day of sun and warmth immediately followed by a day of cold, extreme wind, snow, and gross. Conveniently, we decided the warm day would be a good day to take Zoe Dog on an adventure around her new neighborhood. We walked over 2.5 miles, discovered sand, met other dogs, chased squirrels, played in the mud, and had a grand ol’ time. Safe to say, she was exhausted after that adventure.

While Zoe was focused on excitement and play time, I focused a little more on having a comfy day. An oversized t-shirt, pants, and a gigantic scarf were all I needed.

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But have you ever had those days where your hair is just really bothering you and it wont listen and you just want it all up and away never to escape again? Because let me tell you. UGH! Sarah loves playing with my hair, though. So we found this wonderful braid tutorial and she set to work. The result? Gorgeous hair that didnt get in my way. At all. Ever. It was marvelous. Though this bun was certainly not made for chasing squirrels. The braids stayed in but the bun was floppy by the time we got home.

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When we get into the depths of January into February and everything is gross outside and miserable, I start to really dislike Chicago. Like, this weather is so sporadic. Gorgeous one day, snowing sideways the next. All with the added fun of living right on the water! This was one of those days, though, where I remember that I really do love where I live, even if it’s deeply hidden during the winter months.

But just look at this view. Less than a block away. The Great Lakes are named so for good reason.

_MG_7319Zoe loved having such a long walk. We loved how gloriously tired she was afterward. Everyone wins.

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"mooooooooom, stop! you're embarrassing me!"

“mooooooooom, stop! you’re embarrassing me!”

She's a real city girl now. Check out that skyline!

She’s a real city girl now. Check out that skyline!

Zzzzzz

Zzzzzz

Scarf: Out of stock. Similar here, here, and here

Open House Chicago

 

_MG_6569Anyone who knows me knows I’m a bit of an architecture nerd. After spending time in London, I’m in a perpetual state of looking up, pointing my camera at buildings, and wanting to learn about the detail and history of those buildings. So imagine my excitement when I was available for this year’s Open House Chicago event! Spread out over a weekend, buildings not usually open to the public open up their doors and allow visitors to come in, take photos, and appreciate the often hidden beauty Chicago has to offer. Of 150 sites, we hit 10 places, most over the course of a single day.

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The sites we visited included a defunct law library, the Fine Arts Building, places of worship, and Joffrey Tower. Needless to say, by the time we finished exploring, it was high time for some sitting, tea, and resting before we could even think about going home! We were bushed but super happy. This was a nice little reminder that while traveling and seeing everything the world has to offer is fun, it’s important to stop and explore your home first.

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Outfit | Shoes: Steve Madden Elusion d’Orsay Flats | Peacoat: Miss London, Ragstock | Scarf: Big Bhudda Plaid Lace Infinity Scarf | Flannel: Target | Bag: Franco Sarto

 

A Chill is in the air

One of my favorite style blogs that I follow, Damsel in Dior, recently did a post on 40 reasons to love fall. Inspired, I decided to create my own chilly list.

  1. Scarves. Warm, thick, snuggly soft scarves to curl up in.
  2. Tea. I drink tea all summer long regardless but a hot cuppa coming in from a chilly walk is just too wonderful.
  3. Apple everything. Apple picking. Apple baking. Apple cider. All of it.
  4. Fall color photography.
  5. Snuggling into a pile of cozy soft blankets.
  6. Boot season arriving.
  7. Sweater season.
  8. Swapping bright summery colors for deep rich colors.
  9. Warm crumble-y desserts.
  10. Getting lost in corn mazes
  11. Spiced rum & apple juice.
  12. Blazers.
  13. Pea coats.
  14. All forms of outerwear, honestly.
  15. Pots of soup bubbling away on the stove.
  16. Pumpkin ale.
  17. Warming up after coming in from the cold.
  18. Fluffy socks.
  19. Thanksgiving- vegan style!
  20. Mulled wine.
  21. Crunchy leaf piles everywhere.
  22. Bonfires.
  23. Hot cocoa.
  24. Drizzly days.
  25. Football.
  26. Chilly beach walks (i’m pretty sure this is a Great Lakes thing almost exclusively)
  27. Halloween!
  28. The colors that appear at farmers markets.
  29. Pulling my favorite sweaters out of storage and putting summer clothes away.
  30. Sharing all these wonderful things with the ones I love.

Happy fall everyone. Go enjoy it!

Cats, Weapons, and Ireland

_MG_5871First photo shoot post! And quite an exciting one it is. I mention on my about page that I do theatre- specifically stage manage. Occasionally, this gets me photo gigs. This can range from quick last-minute headshot sessions (I need a headshot for promotional stuff for x show. Help!) to shooting a dress rehearsal of a production. This particular shoot was for promotional materials for my latest project- The Lieutenant of Inishmore. I’ve been doing quite a lot of work with this show and being able to handle photos on top of everything was amazing.

The show- put incredibly briefly- centers around a mad Irishman, his love for his cat, and war waged over said cat being killed. This meant we had a cat at our shoot! I’ve always been a dog person and have never worked with cats before so this brought an unpredictable element to the shoot. Edgar, our model cat, is not a people cat. At all. So getting photos where he is more than just a black fuzzy blurr was incredibly difficult. I did manage to get a few, though.

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This photo shoot was one of the more fun ones I’ve done though definitely pretty high on the list of challenges. And just in time for the Halloween slot at the theatre where we perform, plenty of blood & body parts to go around. Don’t worry, all the weapons are fake.

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