Monday, September 24, 2012

What I wore today: 09/22/2012 (Polkadots and Chevron)

Polka dots and chevron outfit: sheer polka dot blouse, Missoni for Target sweater dress, black opaque tights, Quilted leather boots, studded bottom bag

Sometimes you surprise yourself by putting together two pieces you had never thought of pairing with each other before and finding a look that you really like. Such was the case when I decided to layer this Missoni for Target sweater dress over this sheer polkadot button-down shirt

The combination gives each piece new life and makes it look different than it did the last time I wore it. I love how fashion can evolve even when you don't buy anything new!

Polka dots and chevron outfit: sheer polka dot blouse, Missoni for Target sweater dress, black opaque tights, Quilted leather boots, studded bottom bag
Polka dots and chevron outfit: sheer polka dot blouse, Missoni for Target sweater dress, black opaque tights, Quilted leather boots, studded bottom bag
Polka dots and chevron outfit: sheer polka dot blouse, Missoni for Target sweater dress, black opaque tights, Quilted leather boots, studded bottom bag Polka dots and chevron outfit: sheer polka dot blouse, Missoni for Target sweater dress, black opaque tights, Quilted leather boots, studded bottom bag
Polka dots and chevron outfit: sheer polka dot blouse, Missoni for Target sweater dress, black opaque tights, Quilted leather boots, studded bottom bag
Polka dots and chevron outfit: sheer polka dot blouse, Missoni for Target sweater dress, black opaque tights, Quilted leather boots, studded bottom bag

chevron sweater dress - Missoni for Target 
Sheer polkadot button-down shirt - Forever 21
Black opaque tights - Spanx
Quilted leather boots - Corso Como
Studded-bottom bag - eBay
Pavé cable link bracelet - J.Crew
Claw bracelet - Asos
Dangling monogram bangle - Urban Outfitters
"Cosmic Rays Ring" - Urban Outfitters

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Weekend in the Windy City

Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago

Ryan and I had a blast on our trip to Chicago. I hadn't been there (for longer than a 5AM-7AM Greyhound-to-Amtrack layover) since I was so young that American Girl Place was at the top of my agenda. So, needless to say, there was a lot to see and do.

Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago

We stayed with Ryan's uncle Greg and Greg's husband John. They are definitely favorite relatives of mine, so I was excited. They were incredible hosts, and I'm so grateful to them for opening up their beautiful home to us. While in town, we also visited my longtime friend Kate, her boyfriend Vu, and her sister Lauren. And then, there was the main event: shopping for a wedding gown with my friend Sarah. (Expect an Instagram recap of that experience sometime next week.)

It was so great that we could not only tour such a beautiful city together, but do so surrounded by loved ones whom we don't get to see often enough.

Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago

One of the blessing of our relationship is that Ryan and I have compatible travel styles. Whether we are in Chicago, Paris, Stockholm, Amish country, Philadelphia, or any of the other places we've vacationed together, we like to walk around for hours and hours, admiring the beauty of the place with little to no agenda. We may pop into a museum or two, but mostly the city is our museum. 

We also like to make food a priority when we travel, and Chicago did not disappoint in this department, from the curried salmon my dear friend Kate prepared for us in her Hyde Park apartment, to the trendy sushi Sarah and I indulged in after shopping, to the strictly-no-ketchup Chicago-style hot dogs Ryan and I enjoyed while strolling along the lake after an afternoon at the Aquarium. 

Chicago, we love you. See you again soon!

Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago
Our trip to Chicago

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Monday, September 17, 2012

What I wore today 09/13/2012 (Windy City)

Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag

Ryan and I just got back from an incredible trip to Chicago. I'll post soon with lots of photos, but for now, here's one of the outfits I wore while we were there.

I do love a subtle pop of leopard print against a bright, saturated color like kelly green. Don't you? 

I definitely need to order some replacement tights. I love this magenta color so much that I can't stop wearing them, even though the holes look really bad at this point. 

This teal velvet blazer is definitely a favorite piece for me. See this post for better photos of it and the amazing story behind how it came into my life.

Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
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Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
Chicago skyline and goldenrod
Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag
Chicago outfit: magenta tights, Corso Como quilted leather boots, kelly green jersey dress, Calf-hair leopard belt, teal velvet blazer, studded bag

Quilted leather boots - Corso Como
Magenta tights - We Love Colors
Kelly green jersey dress - clothing swap
Calf-hair leopard belt - Anthropologie
Teal velvet blazer - thrifted
Studded-bottom bag - eBay

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Featured in IFB's Links à la Mode


Thank you so much, IFB, for featuring Fashion is Evolution two weeks in a row! Also, my photo has never been used in the header before, so seeing it was really cool and meant a lot. 

LINKS À LA MODE: THE IFB WEEKLY ROUND UP: September 13th


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Monday, September 10, 2012

What I wore today: 09/06/2012 (Dark Tones)

Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc.

I wore this outfit to go out to dinner with Ryan and then to see Ruby Sparks. It incorporates some of my favorite trends -- colored denim, a peplum, polkadots, flatforms -- but it doesn't feel overly trendy to me; just casual and comfortable.

I'm not normally drawn to deeper shades (I like brights and pastels), but lately, especially with the approach of fall, I've been into dark, bruised, broody colors.

See more bloggers wearing oxblood here.

What shades are you loving for fall?

Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc.
Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc. Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc.
Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc.
Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc.
Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc.
Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc.
Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc.
Dark tones outfit: Plum colored "Stevie" jeans by AG, navy peplum top with white polkadots, black patent leather Jeffrey Campbell flatforms, etc.

Jeans - cropped "Stevies" by AG for Anthropologie
Flatforms - Jeffrey Campbell, Urban Outfitters
Bag - eBay
Peplum top - H&M
Sunnies - Prada

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