Coffee Shop Diaries

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

It’s common knowledge among my friends now that when it’s New York Fashion Week, I’m going to dress as though I were there, even though I am in Chicago and, very sadly, not New York. Still, it makes for some interesting conversations from the people who haven’t gotten the memo year. Lots of comments about being very dressed up.

Lots. Of. Them.

Such is the life of a fashionista, right?

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 cropped sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Photos by my friend Matt! 

Sleepless in Chicago

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

It’s been so so cold here lately! I legit celebrated yesterday that it was above 20 degrees F! Cold means bundling up and, more often than not, staying inside and making up excuses to never leave home ever again.

Add to the cold, I haven’t been sleeping well at all. 3:30 and I have become way more familiar with each other than I would like. I feel like a zombie. Coffee has been being consumed by the gallon over here. The other day, I slept all the way until 5:30 and was so excited that I’d slept so long I couldn’t make myself fall back asleep at all! Oops. At least there’s warm puppies and heated blankets to make the wee hours of the morning a little less bearable, right?

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SheIn Coat, NovelStyle Bag, Leopard and Latte Scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Coat | SheIn (similar) (similar)
Scarf | Leopard & Latte (Similar)
Bag | NovelStyle, no longer available
Loafers | Gap
Top | BP @ Nordstrom

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

Back to Basics

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep, this is just fact. You make all these lofty goals and then you get overwhelmed by how insanely difficult they are and suddenly you stop everything you did and you’re back to where you started.

Inspired by this post on Chicagoist, I’m going back to basics for mine. “Get my mental health in order” is a HUGE resolution. Like, insanely scary whoa this is a big adventure and I really need to rethink this kind of huge. So I’m starting much smaller than that. Breaking it down into steps that I can actually manage. Taking things, such as really committing to making my bed every single morning, that will help on that path and making them habit before moving on to the next thing.

This shoot was a great reminder of going back to basics. A super basic white T from forever 21, my favorite jeans from Zara, a simple necklace and shoes, but a bold pop of color form the blazer. The outfit is simple, it’s easy, but it has a little something to it that’s eye catching.

Whatever your resolution this year, I hope it’s something you can manage. I hope you remember to go back to your basics with it.

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Metropolis Coffee Company | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cupio Blazer from threadUP | Stile.Foto.Cibo

 

Blazer | Cupio via threadUP
Jeans | Zara TRF (similar)
Necklace | Accessory Mercado Wonka Bar Necklace
Watch | AIBI Watch
Flats | Steve Madden
Bag | NovelStyle, no longer available

Photos by Fashion Photographer Sarah Levine

Nights Out with a Trench Dress

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I love getting all dolled up for a night out. It hasn’t been able to happen in a while what with work and everything but once in a while, the stars align perfectly and date night can happen.

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

This trench vest has become my absolute favorite fall staple. It’s an older piece from Ann Taylor, purchases through Depop, an awesome app where you can buy and sell clothing and more right from your phone! 

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I featured this bag in my last post but I want to tell you more about it now. When I went to Simply Stylist this past July, I met a ton of amazing people. Among them was Ileana, a blogger and entrepreneur who, at the time, was about to launch her own boutique, NovelStyle. Since then, the boutique has launched. And let me tell you. This stuff is amazing! I’m seriously in love with everything on her site, especially this, this, and this. Go check it out! And use code “stile10” at checkout for 10% off and free shipping.

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Anyone who has ever met me knows I’m OBSESSED with the Rockstud. And now BCBGeneration has released a similar shoe that’s much more in my budget. And let me tell you. These shoes are COMFY. There’s a little bit of memory foam hiding in there to give your feet some extra cushion for long walks on date night. I’m in love.

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And finally, let me tell you about this new lip color.

I’ve wanted to try something dark and bold for a while now but have always been absolutely terrified. So I went to Sephora and asked for help. They helped me pick a shade that would go well with my skin and hair colors and then helped give me tips on application. I’m always awful applying anything darker than clear lip gloss so I hang onto any tips I can get!

This shade is called truffle by BITE Beauty. It’s wonderful. It’s this deep plum looking color that really pops and will work throughout the upcoming cold season. A little something to make the impending chill less… well, chilly.

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ann Taylor Trench Dress, NovelStyle bag, BCBGeneration studded heels | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And, of course, photos by the wonderful Sarah Levine. Reach out to her to learn how you can get a FREE photoshoot!

Trench Wrap Dress | Ann Taylor (similar) (similar)
Studded Heels | BCBGeneration via DSW
Bag | NovelStyle (don’t forget, code “stile10” for 10% off and free shipping!)
Striped Top | BP. Clothing via Nordstrom
Lips | Truffle Matte Creme Lip Crayon by BITE Beauty via Sephora