Swimsuit Summer Style

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Words cannot accurately describe how much I absolutely love this bikini. It’s gorgeous, it’s unique, it actually makes me feel confident in something that isn’t boy shorts, and it makes me look more tan than I actually am. Basically, it hits on all the important points and I’m OBSESSED. It’s certainly going to make for some interesting tan lines on our honeymoon this October but I don’t even care. I feel amazing in this bikini (something that hasn’t happened… ever) and I love that.

Though, admittedly, it probably helps to have your fiancee taking the photos. That’s quite the confidence boost, I must say.

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Forever 21 Bikini | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Bikini Top | Forever 21
Bikini Top | Forever 21
Bangles | ALEX AND ANI

Photos by Levine-Moore Photo

Summer Style in a Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

A good outfit that works for the office and for going out is like a Holy Grail that I work so hard to find. So when this skirt was on sale at J.Crew Factory for damn near 50% off and I got these earrings in from ILYMIX, I knew I was set. This look is perfect to wear to work and then take straight out to drinks with friends!

The earrings might be my favorite part, too. Remember those posts back in Feb & March about ILYMIX and getting 20% off your order? That code still works. So go to http://www.ilymix.com and use code “stile20” at checkout and you get 20% off! I can solidly say, having a ton of their stuff, that it’s all wonderful!

I’m also just obsessed with this skirt right now. It’s a faux wrap skirt, so I don’t actually have to wrap it. It zips up the back! But the knot detail on the side and the whole pattern is just stunning. I love it so much!

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style: Wrap Skirt & Statement Earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Skirt | J.Crew Factory
Earrings | c/o ILYMIX (Use code “stile20” to get 20% off your order!)
Chambray | GAP
Flats | Steve Madden

Photos by Levine Moore Photography

Firmoo Sunglasses

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

One question I get all the time is “Have you tried contacts?” or some variant of that. Admittedly, I ask for it. I constantly complain about my glasses for one reason or another. Be it sun blinding me, nose pads irritating me, or any other myriad of issues, that always seems to be the solution. Get contacts. Unfortunately, my allergies cause some serious itchy eye and contacts would NOT get along with that at all.

Firmoo Optical has presented the best solution ever to at least one of my glasses woes — brightness. They do prescription sunglasses for around $40 + shipping.

I know what you’re thinking: “prescription sunglasses have been a thing for ages! Welcome to the club?”

But have you ever seen how EXPENSIVE prescription sunglasses are? Woof.

These are super affordable and all you need is your prescription handy to order them. I absolutely love the style I got, despite them not being available anymore. But they have so many amazing pairs to choose from!

They take slightly longer to ship when purchasing prescription but the way was definitely worth it! Now I’ve got a stellar pair of adorable sunglasses that I can actually see out of. Consider my world rocked.

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cost-effective prescription sunglasses you say? Do tell!

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Photos by Levine-Moore Photography

Public Hotel & Pump Room Summer Cocktail Launch

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

To kick off the best season in Chicago and show off their new seasonal cocktails, Public Hotel hosted a party for influencers in Chicago. A rooftop party. With cocktails. Literally the most signature Chicago thing you can do in the summer. Needless to say, we FLOCKED there in droves. I saw so many of my favorite blogger babes including Rachel of Wayfaring Rachel, Maddy of Chicago Cheap-Ass, Katie of Dining at my Desk, and Chrissy of The Hungary Buddha! It was an amazing chance for us to all catch up, unwind, and share a drink in this picturesque location.

Now, I’m in lust with the Gold Coast already. The whole neighborhood is STUNNING and I’m just a little bit obsessed. So getting a chance to party there might have made my entire week. And on the rooftop with those gorgeous views of the skyline? Yep, I was sold.

The cocktail menu featured the new seasonal selections for each of the Public Hotel’s various restaurants and lounges. This includes the Pump Room and the Library & Coffee Lounge (which is going to probably become a regular haunt for me in the very near future). I sampled four of the cocktails on feature and am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

The Niña Fuerte features a Yerba-Mate tea infused Milagro Reposado Tequila alongside Luxardo Marachino, lime, pineapple, and mint. I happened to be nearby when this one was being mixed up and got to watch its creator, Ben Pavlichek, at work. It was mesmerizing watching the expert cocktail creation!

Among other drinks sampled were the Strawberry Royale, a sparkling rose with strawberry syrup (just a bit sweet for my taste); the Gold Coast, La Colombe cold-brew with barrel-aged gin, non-dairy milk, simple syrup, and a kiss of cinnamon (so delicious!); and, the surprise of the evening, the Coffee Stout, sparkling cold-brew coffee with whiskey, vanilla simple syrup, and a touch of lemon zest. It was so refreshing!

I highly recommend checking out Public Hotel for their many different dining and lounge options and trying all the summery cocktails available.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Strawberry Royale alongside the menu of drinks for the evening.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The making of the La Niña Fuerte

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Finished product!

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gorgeous views to accompany the evening.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Romper | LOFT (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes | Topshop (similar here, here, and here)

Maxi-Fun In Summer

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I think my favorite part about summer is all the parties that spring up. Indoor parties are fun and stuff but outdoor parties with chilly wine, barbecue food, bonfires, and bare feet in the grass? Those are my JAM! And my favorite way to dress for those is with a maxi dress to keep the breezes flowing and a big floppy hat to keep the sun off my face.

So when my triplet cousins had their high school graduation party, you know what I reached for! We had a great time celebrating this huge mile stone for all three of them, toasting them going off to college, petting SO MANY dogs, and enjoying the weather.

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Style in a Maxi Dress from Amazon Fashion | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Dress | Amazon
Hat | Booth at a Chicago Farmer’s Market. I wish I could remember his name…
Sunglasses | Firmoo Optical
Ring | t+j designs

Summer Style in Chicago

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

For as much as everyone else in Chicago complained about Spring being not hot and rainy, I loved it! Mostly because, well, that’s what spring is. 50’s and rainy. That’s the whole point. And now Chicago has exploded in a wash of green and flowers and warmth and sun and it’s absolutely perfect. And all that green makes the weeks on end of rain totally worth it.

Which means it’s time to start thinking about summer style! I generally follow the “the less clothing, the better” school of thought when it comes to beating the heat, especially in an unairconditioned apartment, but skirts tend to work just as well. If it can handle a breeze, it’s perfect!

I’m looking forward to seeing what trends actually take hold this summer. So far, I definitely see the off the shoulder look sticking around. I would definitely love to give maxi dresses another moment, too. We’ll see what the season brings!

Cheers to warm weather, drinks by the Lake, and another gorgeous summer in the greatest city on earth, Chicago.

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Striped Skirt & Graphic T | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Skirt | t+j designs (similar)
T-shirt | Trendy Sparrow
X Ring | t+j designs
Pumps | BCBGeneration
Necklace | t+j designs
Bag | Target

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Spring Style: Off the Shoulder

Spring Style, Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

It’s no secret by this point that off-the-shoulder tops are super in for spring. I would even go so far as to predict that they’re going to carry over into summer very nicely. This particular top is such a style steal. Gorgeous, flowy, a stunning color, and everything else you could want in the perfect off-the-shoulder look for this season.

I’ve linked this as well as several similar tops (also style steals) below the photos.

What are your favorite spring trends? Share in the comments!

Spring Style, Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style, Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style, Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style, Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style, Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style Accessories | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring has Sprung in Chicago! | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style, Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style Accessories | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style, Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring has Sprung in Chicago! | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style, Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Top | Forever 21 (similar here and here)
Shoes | Target
Bag | Yesstyle.com
Ring | t+j designs
Watch | AIBI Watch

Photos by Levine-Moore Photography

Spring Style: Bow Heels

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I define my style as. While I still have a hard time articulating that, I’ll tell you what I have learned: the thing I am most proud of is my shoe collection. It is small but mighty, filled with shoes that make people go “whoa, nice shoes!” or “so what’s the story with your shoes?” I love it when people talk to me about my shoes so I make sure they have something to talk about.

These bow heels are DEFINITELY a conversation starter. They’re sassy, a little bit obnoxious, and (my favorite part) surprisingly inexpensive. Alas, they’re not the most comfortable of beasts but when you find a fabulous pair of shoes, you can look past the pain a little bit, right?

Paired with some classic neutrals, these shoes are really allowed to pop and make the statement they were always meant to.

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Spring Style: Bow Heels from SheInside.com | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Bow Heels | SheInside
Bag | YesStyle
Top | SheInside
Sunglasses | Firmoo Optical
Jeans | Old

Photos by Levine-Moore Photography 

Way Up High with 360 Chicago

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

This past Tuesday, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a preview of 360 Chicago’s new Sunset Series (formerly the John Hancock Observatory). It was a wonderful evening filled with amazing people, stunning views, great drinks, and some TILT!-ilating excitement!

First we got to explore the new exhibition before going up to the observation area. This exhibit talks about Chicago’s amazingly rich history by focusing on all of its many wonderful neighborhoods. From Lakeview to Pilsen and everything in between, the exhibit paints a stunning picture of everything it means to be a Chicagoan.

http://www.360chicago.com/tilt/

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

BOOP!

We were then whisked up in an elevator to the 94th floor to where the party awaited us!

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Exciting drink specials to get you a little liquid courage before going on the Tilt experience. Munchies, beer, wine, GORGEOUS views of this amazing city, and so many great people! Photographers, bloggers, and a whole mix of other folks made this evening a grand one.

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

“Hang on, I need an Insta!”

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

After some libations, we found a few friends! Rachel (Wayfaring Rachel), Amber (Style Plus Curves), and Toya (The Fat Girl of Fashion) are fellow bloggers and just the most amazing ladies! We shared a drink and a chat and then decided it was time to go try this Tilt thing.

So, Tilt is Chicago’s highest moving attraction. You step onto a platform and hold onto the bars and the whole little box tips forward laying you out to see the city below you. Unprecedented views of the Magnificent Mile and other unique Chicago sites await those who are brave enough to try. Sarah decided to photograph the experience for us (How sweet!) and sit back while we tilted.

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I think it’s safe to say there were shrieks, of both fear and excitement, across the board. And those lovely little platform spots made for some super great silhouette shots! (category: s#*% bloggers do)

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Amber and I both last minute decided to hop on again.

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

“She looks like she’s going to take flight!”

And then we made our way back to the main part of the deck to continue our exploring.

They have these wonderful little touch screen televisions around the windows that let you zoom in and out on a snapshot of the view you’re currently looking at. You can tap different locations and learn more about each building or the companies that occupy the buildings. Rachel and I had a good time learning about the view over the Loop.

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

With a pause for a photo, of course!

The whole evening was just so much fun. Amazing people, drinks, views, and everything.

The Sunset Series will occur on three evenings out of the week this summer. Mondays are photo nights, Tuesdays will have a guide in the sky with you from Chicago Architecture Foundation to tell you about the buildings and design you’re looking at, and Thursdays you’ll toast the sunset while DJs provide their best mixes for you. Each event unique to 360 Chicago and amazing in their own rights.

And big news for residents of the 606! Admission to 360 Chicago is officially half price with your Chicago zipcode. That’s just $10 for adults for these amazing views. Make sure you visit soon!

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

360 Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cape Blazer | SheIn (similar)
Necklace | ILYMIX (20% off with code stile20)
Jeans | Forever 21
Heels | Target

Photos by Levine-Moore Photography

Sneakin’ Around

Target Sneakers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Despite my intense love for everything that is heels, there’s something amazing about slipping on some sneakers and going out for a day of… well, whatever really. These are such a great pick for spring with their bright minty green and they’re so comfy! I may tend to choose heels over sneakers but when my choice is these, I’m still walking happy.

Target Sneakers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Sneakers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Sneakers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Sneakers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Sneakers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Sneakers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Sneakers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Sneakers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sneakers | Target
Purse | Target
Jacket | Vintage
T-Shirt | Ragstock
Jeans | Zara (similar)