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 Thing

Fringe Sandals from Target | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Springtime means it’s time to break out the sandals and it’s finally acceptable to eat ice cream outside again without shivering your butt off! So that’s exactly what we did, venturing to George’s Ice Cream and Sweets in Andersonville! They have so many amazing flavors, including a few vegan friendly ones on rotation. Hands down, my favorite ice cream parlor in Chicago!

These sandals were perfect for our springy adventure as they’re an amazing color and offer some killer fringe detail. The best part? They’re from Target so they won’t break your budget! Details down below.

George's Ice Cream and Sweets | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fringe Sandals from Target | Stile.Foto.Cibo

George's Ice Cream and Sweets | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fringe Sandals from Target | Stile.Foto.Cibo

George's Ice Cream and Sweets | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fringe Sandals from Target | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fringe Sandals from Target | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fringe Sandals from Target | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sandals | Target
Necklace | Target
Jeans | Forever 21
Blazer | Forever 21 (very old)
T-Shirt | Forever 21

Photos by Fashion Photographer Sarah Levine

Transitioning

Fall Fashion, Gap Chambray, Target slacks, Gap loafers, Brina Box blanket scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fall is such an awesome transitional period.

Beyond having literally the best fashion of the entire year AND the best fashion month, the weather is turning, we get this gorgeous show of colors, and we start getting cozy for the winter ahead. While I despise winter with a firey passion, I love fall (like every other Basic out there. Whoops). I love scarves and hot apple cider, crunchy leaves, chunky sweaters, and so much more. Heck, last year, I even wrote a list of all the things I love about fall. 

This look spans the gap between summer and fall nicely with a cozy scarf and these amazing loafers while still hanging onto summer in the white of the slacks. Details at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

Fall Fashion, Gap Chambray, Target slacks, Gap loafers, Brina Box blanket scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fall Fashion, Gap Chambray, Target slacks, Gap loafers, Brina Box blanket scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fall Fashion, Gap Chambray, Target slacks, Gap loafers, Brina Box blanket scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fall Fashion, Gap Chambray, Target slacks, Gap loafers, Brina Box blanket scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fall Fashion, Gap Chambray, Target slacks, Gap loafers, Brina Box blanket scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fall Fashion, Gap Chambray, Target slacks, Gap loafers, Brina Box blanket scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fall Fashion, Gap Chambray, Target slacks, Gap loafers, Brina Box blanket scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Fall Fashion, Gap Chambray, Target slacks, Gap loafers, Brina Box blanket scarf | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Chambray | GAP (on sale!)
Slacks | Target (old)
Bag | Target (old)
Loafers | GAP (similar)
Blanket Scarf | Brina Box (on sale!)

Photography by my lovely lady, who is now offering her services to other bloggers! Check out her facebook page and learn how you can get a free shoot!
Fashion Photographer Sarah Levine.

Sunday Librarian

Forever 21 top and skirt | Stile.Foto.Cibo

“If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?” -Lily Tomlin

Forever 21 top and skirt | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Getting my lazy bum out of bed and to work on a Sunday can be a trial. But with the help of a cute outfit (and some coffee), being a Sunday Librarian is a much easier feat to tackle.

Forever 21 top and skirt | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 top and skirt | Stile.Foto.Cibo

This is totally another great way to use the separate pieces from the two piece set I wore to the Be Buddha Jewelry Launch Party. The skirt is just perfect for work, particularly given its length. As much as I love shorter skirts, they are just not suited for library work.

Forever 21 Skirt & Top, ALDO shoes & necklace, Target bag | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 Skirt & Top, ALDO shoes & necklace, Target bag | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 Skirt & Top, ALDO shoes & necklace, Target bag | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 Skirt & Top, ALDO shoes & necklace, Target bag | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 Skirt & Top, ALDO shoes & necklace, Target bag | Stile.Foto.CiboTop | Forever 21 (old)
Skirt | Forever 21
Necklace | ALDO
Pumps | ALDO
Bag | Target

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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Wine Night: Independent Spirits, Inc. in Edgewater

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Neighborhood exploring is easily my favorite thing to do. Now that the weather has gotten nice enough to be outside for more than the time it takes the dog to do her thing and go back in, Sarah and I have really been spending time getting to know our neighborhood. Exploring boutiques, eating at local restaurants, visiting small pet stores, etc.! It was thus, we discovered Independent Spirits, Inc.

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The little boutique is WONDERFUL. My adult beverages of choice are wine, beer, and whiskey (specifically single malt scotch whiskey from the Highlands). Independent Spirits, Inc. specializes in two of those- wine and whiskey. Needless to say, finding this place is both seriously exciting and incredibly dangerous.

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We popped in to the store after our sushi date night at Indie Cafe. This place is right next door! What better way to end a date night than with a nice bottle of wine at home relaxing? So we poked out heads in and discovered not only a glorious selection but a simply beautiful interior.

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The wine is sorted by country and type. Want a merlot from the US? Look for the map of the States then find your Merlot. Whiskey was sorted by type of whiskey. I quickly found the Scotch section. The one thing I wish they’d done is sort the single malt stuff by region. Glenlivet and Laphroaig are very different based entirely upon region.

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We settled on a nice rich merlot from the US to take home, broke out some glasses, and settled in for a movie to end our evening.

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Independent Spirits, Inc. hosts tastings periodically. I fully intend to pop in for one. Prepare for that post.

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Kimono

This is Stile.Foto.Cibo’s 100th post! So before I get too in depth with the actual content, I want to take a moment to say just how much I appreciate you awesome readers. This blog is a little more than 6 months old and it has been such a fun adventure figuring out the world of blogging with you all! Cheers to the next hundred!

Now, onto the good stuff.

So last week was “Chicago Couture Fashion Week.” I’m going to be up front with you and say I was disappointed by what this actually meant. There was supposed to be a show the previous Sunday which was also Mother’s Day. That show got cancelled due to “low census.”

The Grand Finale show took place this past Saturday. The way this was being marketed, it was supposed to be HUGE. Saying tickets were nearly sold out, the event was heavily buyer attended, etc. With a promo for free standing room tickets, I snagged a couple, invited my cousin and a friend down for the evening, and prepared for an awesome night of networking, great fashion, and an all-round good time.

I could not have been more wrong.

When we got there, the place was all but empty. We were actually seated. Because why make people with standing room tickets stand when there are clearly less than 25% of seats filled?

The fashion itself was great, don’t get me wrong. Here’s a few photos of what we saw:

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So that was great. But look at that last one. Hello empty seats.

But we made a good time of it anyway. The four of us chatted about the fashion, laughed way too hard at the MC and… unique music choices. And peaced a little early to go grab drinks with some friends instead.

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Kimono (similar) | Dress (similar) | Shoes | Clutch | Necklace

Overall, not a total flop of a night.  Got to get extra dolled up, hang out at the Hilton, then share some wine with friends.

Going to take a moment to gush over this kimono, though. I absolutely love it! It’s super silky and comfortable. And it’s the easiest way to jazz up any outfit. I’ve paired it with jeans, a t-shirt, and heels for an easy out-for-drinks look and then with this LBD for a classier look. Easily my new favorite piece this season.

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Spring! Florals and Color in the Office

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Spring has really and truly officially arrived in Chicago. And by that I mean today is properly rained instead of snowing. And construction vehicles are out in full force. My favorite joke about Chicago weather is that we have four seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction. We’re finally moving out of Still Winter and into Construction which means it’s going to rain a lot but not be cold anymore!

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Alas, with rain comes the struggle to find places to shoot. So these photos are less than ideal. It doesn’t help that it’s incredibly difficult to lug a proper camera around downtown while working so I’m stuck with the best camera app I can find for my phone. But we all make do with what we got, right?

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We were specifically asked to look extra nice today (read: no jeans) because of filming going on in the office. This is my way of keeping it classy and still bringing that spring brightness into the office with me.

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The skirt is actually a Topshop dress I found on the clearance rack last August. The top did not fit in any way shape or form so I turned it into a skirt instead. The print was too great to pass up!

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Window Pane Blouse

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"You're pretty. I'm taking a photo of your face"

“You’re pretty. I’m taking a photo of your face”

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Flash sales are a dangerous thing for me. Ann Taylor Loft had one this past weekend and I caved and got this blouse (It’s still on sale!). It is hands down the best purchase I have made in a long time. It’s lightweight, classic with a twist, and matches so much in my wardrobe. I’m thinking of doing a series of posts styling it three different ways. Thoughts?

 

Top (on sale!) | Bag | Shoes | Necklace