My Style + My City

Windowpane dress | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Windowpane dress | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Windowpane dress | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs earrings | Stile.Foto.Cibo

My Style + My City is a collaboration between bloggers who love their cities and how it influences their style!

My Style
I’m really into neutrals that have some sort of bolder element right now. Like the dress above. The structure is amazing and I love the high neck on it but it’s still plenty simple with the black and white window pane. I’m currently obsessing over a cardigan from LOFT that will be up on here soon. Keep an eye out!

My City
Chicago, Illinois. The Windy City. The City of Big Shoulders. Chi-Town. Our winters are brutal but the summers make up for it. Somehow, when it’s below zero and we’re all wondering why we live where the air hurts our faces, we are able to hang onto those warm summer nights at a rooftop bar or along the lake and remember that it will be warm again soon enough.

Dress Like a Chicagoan
Want to dress like a Chicagoan? Here’s a few tips (and brands!) to help you look like you’re straight from the Windy City:

  • Is it winter? Break out your warmest coat, the waterproof boots, and stick your cute heels in a bag. This is not the time of year to wear your favorite designer pumps. Chicago boots of choice for the style-concious are Hunters (with the fleecy boot socks!) or Sorels.
  • We love mixing hard and soft elements. Think leather and feathers together!
  • We spend so long wrapped in warm layers that when we get the chance to break out some bold features, we do! My favorite brand for glam pieces is t+j designs!

I asked a few of my fellow Chicago-based blogging friends what their favorite trends are right now. Here’s what they said:

  • Nikki of 30s and Chic says “I love, love, love simple and baggier clothing in a neutral palette (AG Jeans, Billy Reid, Vince) with a statement shoe.”
  • Dasha of Windy City Wardrobe says, “I’m really into print mixing & obsessed with long line vests.”
  • Tamara of Broke in the City says, “I’m still really into baggy sweaters with skirts.”

There you have it folks, some favorite trends to help you dress like a Chicagoan.

New Year’s Resolutions
I’ve just got one big one, that I talked about in my last post. I’m getting my mental health in order this year. But I’m taking it one step at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed and quit. Some of my first steps are making my bed every day (because I feel 100% more like I have my shit together when I do this) and moving every day (taking the stairs, going on long walks with the dog, etc.).

Other My City + My Style Bloggers!

  • Dagny of DagnyZenovia.com in Houston
  • Devoreaux of The Prep Pursuit in Dallas
  • Tamara of Baydian Girl in Columbus
  • Amy of My Life from Home in Cincinnati
  • Thays of Silly Crazy Me in Orlando
  • Emily of The Rosetto in Oxford, UK

The Giveaway (yes, there’s a giveaway!)

Image from ErinCorden.com

Image from ErinCondren.com

As a token of our appreciation and an effort to encourage you to achieve your best in 2016, we are giving one lucky reader a 2016 Erin Condren Life Planner. Click here to enter. We will announce the winner on January 19th. Good luck!

Update: The giveaway winner is Kaitlin Clancy. Congrats, girl!

Dress | Marshall’s
Hat | DSW
Bag | NovelStyle
Earrings | t+j designs

Photos by Fashion Photographer Sarah Levine

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

Business Casual

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It feels like everything has been non-stop work lately.

Putting together outfits is fun but when I can’t have a fun pair of shorts or some particularly distressed jeans in my life, I tend to get disheartened pretty quickly. There’s only so much fun I can have with slacks before I am just ready for sweatpants.

Yesterday, though, I woke up and made a decision to make business casual fun. Take the dress code for my workplace and really just go with it. And thus, this outfit was born. It’s not the most innovative or exciting outfit. But for the first time in a while, I felt on top of my game all day. And that is such an important aspect to a successful day for me that it really made the difference in my Monday.

Almost everything in this outfit is from Target. The pants, the bag, and the necklace are all Target finds. The shoes came from Aldo and the top is super old from Kohl’s.

In other news, I’ll be attending the Simply Stylist Fashion & Beauty Conference on Saturday right here in Chicago! Any readers going? Give me a shoutout in the comments! I’d love to see you!

Enjoy!

target handbag

DSW wide brimmed felt hat

DSW wide brimmed felt hat

Kohl's button down blouse

Target statement necklace

ALDO pumps

ALDO Pumps

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