Friday, August 31, 2012

summer twenty three.


thrifted dress; zara belt; bag c/o romwe; ray-ban sunglasses
michael kors watch; vintage rings; sam edelman boots.

they were right on the money in my the zoe report guest post with the "frequently features a bevy of denim" comment. i can't help it. denim forever & ever & ever. less than 24 hours ago i was checking my pulse as i pulled this from the thrift store racks and it happened to be in my size. how do i get so damn lucky? it feels wrong to only have had paid $5 for this perfect piece.  with the bling-y belt (day three of wearing it in a row...whoops), it comes together into a look that includes all of my favorite elements: vintage, feminine, edgy, and classic. i'm actually thinking of doing a thrift haul video because to say i have scored lately would be an understatement. i don't know if i have the camera presence that say, my beautiful friend christina from profresh style has, but we'll see if maybe i can get to one soon. it would absolutely be fun, i can tell you that :)

happy friday!
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

summer twenty two


forever 21 sweater; diy vintage levi's shorts; zara belt; ray-ban sunglasses
h&m necklace; vintage rings; michael kors watch; asos boots.

 i woke up and pictured myself looking exactly like this which resulted in a few outfit changes and ultimately
resurrecting the most badass pair of denim shorts from the bottom of a forgotten dresser drawer.

 remember when i wore these shorts on: 

holy hell, these shorts two years old and i've been blogging for almost three...!
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

summer twenty one.


thrifted jacket; forever 21 tee and skirt; zara belt; asos wallet; 
h&m necklace; michael kors watch; vintage rings; vintage boots.

classics with a twist. this belt is just magical; i've been searching for one like it everywhere and literally pounced with a death grip when i saw it at zara. it's one of those pieces you can use to spice up a basic look (<------my life), and it makes me feel as though i've updated my entire wardrobe with just one little purchase. that's the power of accessories, my friends. unfortunately it's enormous on me, but as with everything i love....i'll make it work. and affectionately refer to it as 'goldmember'.


thought this action shot was vaguely cool. can you feel how soft the denim is by looking at the picture?
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

summer twenty.


zara t-shirt; BDG jeans c/o urban outfitters; h&m belt; michael kors watch; vintage ring; vintage boots.

MOD (model off duty) style - forever a favorite, my first real love and interest in the fashion world. nothing gets me off like the simple combination of a t-shirt, jeans, and ankle boots. i even nixed the eyeliner and all traces of jewelry except for my favorite turquoise native american ring and everyday watch. & somebody designed these pants with me in mind. i mean, they're high-rise....
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

summer nineteen.

sparkle and fade dress; h&m divided tank top; h&m belt;
 vintage coach bag; vintage rings; michael kors watch; asos heels.

a soft palette for a sunny day last week. don't be afraid to layer unusual pieces - the addition of the cropped tank creates a little more visual interest than just the dress alone, and, with my affinity for knotting things, it drapes beautifully and almost looks like natural part of the dress.

it's crazy to think about how certain clothing can bring you back to a time and place. this was the dress i wore in my first outfit post after moving to chicago last june -  i remember exactly what i did that evening i took those pictures, even exactly what i was feeling. and now, here i am, living on my own for all this time and in a much better place, more content and even wiser, than i was just a year and two months ago. i'm even standing in the same space! although now it houses more character ;)
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

summer eighteen.

forever 21 top; thrifted shorts and cardigan; vintage rings; watch c/o bcbg; zara heels.

keeping it simple in a so very 90s denim + black + navy mix. 
i love it when it's just cool enough to throw on a sweater yet still rock a bare leg. 
these nights are being cherished while they last.
& thanks bcbg for the beautiful rose gold stud watch!
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Friday, August 24, 2012

summer seventeen.

h&m men's sweater; skirt c/o romwe; vintage coach purse;  michael kors watch; 
vintage necklace and rings; thrifted etienne aigner loafers.


who cares about my less than flattering face today - let's talk cloooooothes.
i'm ready for autumn, and this leopard skirt + men's sweater are definitely going to be in high rotation. starting....now. 
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

summer sixteen.

h&m divided tee; h&m belt; the scarlet room pants; 
vintage coach purse (get a new one here!); michael kors watch; vintage rings; aldo boots.

hesitant about these at first (print party on my legs, anyone?), but then i gave them a shot with my favorite basics (muscle tee, belt, suede ankle boots) and i couldn't love the results more. they're surprisingly flattering, and i plan on pairing them with a giant black knit come autumn. transitional <3> XX
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

summer fifteen.


forever 21 sweater; xhilaration romper; vintage coach bag; vintage rings; michael kors watch; asos heels.

because i love making myself look younger than i already do, 
all for the sake of a cute strapless denim romper.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

summer fourteen.


forever 21 sweater; thrifted skirt; h&m belt and bra; vintage coach purse (buy a new one here); 
michael kors watch; vintage rings; aldo boots.

thirty days, thirty outfits starts right back where i so rudely left off after a technology fail, with look fourteen! i feel i have the best luck with thrifting skirts. still giddy inside over finding this one for a couple of bucks. a balmain-esque paisley print thrown together into a marant-inspired outfit. perfection.

and a big congrats to kristi, the winner of the $50 rad + refined gift card!
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

the ZOE report.

another feature i want to post about is my recent appearance on the ZOE report! incredibly honored to be chosen as their blogger crush of the week, and quite loving the fact that they said some of the nicest things about my style and my blog - they also used some personal favorite outfits in the pictures accompanying the q+a. check it out below!


 
Follow Friday—Blogger Crush of the Week:
Caylee from If You Seek Style

For those of you that appreciate heavy-on-vintage getups and no frills, to-the-point outfit posts, this hip Chicago chick is your girl! With a mad ability to mix and match pieces in her closet (scroll deep into her archives and you’ll still be hard-pressed to find an outfit repeat!), Caylee’s looks are laid-back and frequently feature a bevy of denim—call her our casual-cool muse, we won’t object! 

1. The Basics:
Caylee, 25, Chicago, IL

2. 5 items in your closet you couldn’t live without: 
Skinny high rise denim in all washes; black ankle boots; oversized denim shirts + button down blouses; basic tees in gray, black, and white; and the perfect dress that goes from day to night.

3. Currently coveting…
- a thrifted camo jacket
- new faux leather pants because i ripped mine dancing (again!)
- my inner grandma wants a big knit sweater with a cat on it.

4. Five songs you’re streaming at the moment:
- “How Do I Know” - Here We Go Magic
- “Cactus” - Tanlines
- “Five Seconds” - Twin Shadow
- “Origins” - Tennis
- “Space Is Only Noise If You Can See”
- Nicolas Jaar

5. Favorite item ever featured on The ZOE Report: 
I’m a denim gal through and through, and the Proenza Schouler denim collection has me drooling. I love it so much, I featured it on my blog as well!



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e drop-off edit.

my internet's up and i'm back in business! before i start my thirty days thirty outfits again with look fourteen, i want to share this fun feature i did with e-drop off on their blog, 'the closet'. you guys know them as the chicago-based, crazy-successful designer reseller on eBay with a show on Vh1 called house of consignment. they also happen to be some of the nicest, most stylish people i know.  remember when i went to the premiere viewing party in march? last week, they asked me to go through their current auctions and choose my favorites, which you can see below along with a quick little q+a. enjoy, and shop e-drop off here!
 
Describe your closet in three words.
Simple. Chic. Neutral.  
Favorite meal?
Homestyle breakfast (for dinner too!) Clarke’s on Damen is a regular haunt – and the best breakfast potatoes I've ever had.
Style icon.
Emmanuelle Alt and Alexa Chung. 
Shoes or handbags?
Definitely shoes, but I often get on kicks (no pun intended) where I’ll wear my favorite pair of the moment for days on end.
Fall trend you can’t wait to wear.
A “witty” knit, preferably with a cat on it. I’ll wear it with a blazer coat, leather skinnies, and suede ankle boots.
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p.s. i will be announcing the winner of the $50 rad + refined gift card 
as soon as i receive confirmation from the lucky girl :)
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Monday, August 13, 2012

on hold.

i'm sad to say that my internet went out on friday, which is why it has been quiet here for the past few days. not one to visit an establishment just to utilize their free wifi, my thirty days thirty outfits has been put on hold, and i will pick right back up where i left off this weekend, when i should be connected to the world wide web again. see you then! 
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Friday, August 10, 2012

summer thirteen.


yaya nom de plume dress; vintage purse and rings; h&m necklace; michael kors watch; zara heels.

this dress solidifies the fact that i'm really into side cutouts and knotting things at the moment.
 look fourteen of thirty is coming up for you later tonight! 
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Thursday, August 09, 2012

lolla one.

at the nylon x true religion lollapalooza after party, saturday night
dress c/o akira; h&m bag; michael kors watch; vintage necklace and rings; random boots from tj maxx.
shot by bfanyc


at lollapalooza, sunday!
yaya nom de plume dress worn as a top; DIY denim c/o true religion; vintage coach bag; 
thrifted sunglasses; vintage necklace and rings; michael kors watch; frye boots.
shot by tresawesome

a few snaps found on the world wide web from my whirlwind lollapalooza weekend. 
you can see the outfit post i did in the white dress pre-nylon x true religion party on saturday night here
i have a so many photos from the party and my day at lolla on sunday repping true religion jeans to edit and share. 
that can only mean one thing: more lolla posts heading your way!
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

summer twelve.

 
leyendecker blouse c/o dietch PR; h&m trend shorts; h&m necklace; thrifted bag and sunglasses; vintage rings; michael kors watch; asos heels.

always in a neutral colored state of mind.
knotting a tee or blouse is such a great way to show off a high waist; 
i tend to do it so much lately that a lot of my tops have permanent creases in them.

how are you guys liking my thirty days of summer outfits thus far?
i'd love to hear your feedback; we are about halfway through!

see you tomorrow for look thirteen.
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Monday, August 06, 2012

take it in.


thrifted tank top and skirt; h&m bikini; lodis belt; vintage coach bag; vintage rings; earrings c/o romwe; ray-ban sunglassesmichael kors watch; asos boots.

just now got to editing the pictures of my outfit from the first day of pitchfork music festival last month, so here ya go! 


i stripped off my tank top as soon as i arrived and pranced around in just my favorite bikini. that is, until i added a drug store cobalt blue poncho (not seen, never will be seen - RIP poncho) when monsoon-like conditions arrived during A$AP rocky. not even that kept me from getting soaked, but i took in the moment and actually enjoyed the rain for a bit. i feel a true festival needs some sort of downpour and subsequent muddy grounds (and people).

see my other two looks from pitchfork here and here
can't wait to share my lollapalooza pictures from this weekend!
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summer eleven.


zara tee; vintage levi's cutoffs; h&m belt; vintage necklace and rings; michael kors watch; frye boots.

elevating classic cutoffs and a not-so-basic white tee with heavy hardware (there's that necklace again!). remember when i purchased these frye boots over two and a half years ago? time flies, but the investment is still paying me dividends as they are still the perfect footwear to brave the elements, like post-storm festival grounds. 

another outfit post is coming tonight to make up for missing yesterday.
see you then!
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Saturday, August 04, 2012

summer ten.

dress c/o akira; h&m purse; vintage necklace and rings; michael kors watch; random boots from tj maxx

me, right now, at this very moment (!). 
you will be seeing this vintage choker a lot in the near future, as it does its duty of adding an edgy element to any of my looks. i tend to wear white dresses when i'm headed to rad events (proof, and thanks akira for this one!), and tonight includes the nylon x true religion lollapalooza after party ft. kill hannah and milo greene followed by the twin shadow concert, all with one of my favorite gals, miss olivia lopez. lustforlife x ifyouseekstyle chicago takeover part II (read about our first chicago takeover here and here). twin shadow is another live show i have been anxiously waiting to see for what seems like an eternity and tonight it will happen...finalement. george lewis jr, you are so beautiful
see you soon!

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summer nine.

forever 21 top; skirt c/o romwe; h&m bag; vintage rings; michael kors watch; asos heels.

sorry i missed yesterday's post! to make up for it, i'll have two posts today, but here's what i wore last night to the tune-yards and washed out lollapalooza after party at the house of blues. this is obviously my favorite silhouette of the moment (see here, here too).

dying to see washed out live for what seems like years resulted in a perma-smile while twirling in my skirt with the best company and consequently forgetting everything other than that exact moment in time. that's what it's really all about. i was one happy, lucky gal.

look ten is coming up for you in just a bit :)
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