The Must-Haves of Falls

Shearling swept the Fall/Winter 2016 runways in a more than unconventional way… Lucky for us, the Ready to Wear lines have adapted the extravagant furs into a perfectly attainable statement piece. As neutral lover, I can’t help collecting these pieces in blacks and tans, so they’re easy to style with the popular colors of almost any time of year- except maybe not the midst of summer. I paired my thrifted shearling vest with a boat-neck sweater and contrasted those pieces with shorts to show off my other fall must-have item: over the knee boots. These are the ultimate pair of boots for versatility. They can be worn day or night, on a warm fall day or when the air turns cool after nightfall. I finished off the look with gold jewelry and a bold, berry lip.

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Vest: Thrifted from Crossroads/ Sweater: Zara/ Shorts: H&M/ Boots: Steve Madden/ Necklace: Akira

A Fresh Take on Fringe

Resonating from the 1970’s, fringe has literally taken over the fashion world. Clearly, my style is far from boho:but, I found a way to adapt the fringe craze to fit it into my personal style. Black, white, and gold is one of my personal staples. I used this chic color palette and spiced it up by adding eye catching texture. The fringe from the skirt, shearling in the vest, and leather booties come together to make the perfect aesthetic.

I’m beyond obsessed with these booties. The chunky heels make them super comfortable, and I’m sucker for the gold accent on the heel. ifchic.com might just be one of my new favorite sites. They have endless designer deals in everything from clothing to shoes to jewelry. It’s perfect for the woman who loves contemporary fashion and a fabulous deal!


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Booties: $250 miista/Stockings:$4 Forever 21/ Skirt: $14 Hollister/Buffalo Exchange/Top: $20 Forever 21/Vest: $16 Crossroads Trading Co/ Necklace: $12 Akira

The Haul: When in Wicker Park…

When in Wicker Park, it’s a must to go thrift shopping. Wicker Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago. It’s filled with unique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. Every time I venture out there, I tend to spend the whole day wandering around discovering new places. My trip home was short, but I made the most of it by hitting all my favorite spots. First things first, we stopped into Stan’s Donuts for a quick treat. I’m not even a sweets person, but Stan’s is home to the best donuts I’ve ever tasted. Crossroads Trading Co never fails when looking for unique pieces. I scored a black shearling vest, perfect for layering. Next we stopped in Buffalo Exchange. Although the set up can be a tad overwhelming, I was able to find a SheInside jacket for $26 and a trendy fringe skirt from Hollister (Surprising, I know) for $14. Finally, it’s not a trip home without a stop to Akira. I’ve been lucky enough to be a brand rep for them and my obsession has only grown since. I bought quite the haul: Patterned poncho wrap for $20 (orig. $45), CHI tank for $18, plaid scarf for $12 (orig. $25), and two pieces of jewelry for less than $10. It’s safe to say my shopping addiction has been satisfied until my next trip home.

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The Haul: Lower Manhattan

In opposition to my last NYC trip, this year I had the opportunity to explore more of lower Manhattan. I absolutely loved experiencing the unique personalities of each neighborhood. In Chelsea, we went into a urban chic store called Brooklyn Industries. I scored a little black dress perfect for almost any occasion. I’m clearly a huge fan of thrifting lately, and Beacon’s Closet in Greenwich was one of the best thrift shops I’ve ever been in. They had fabulous designers from multiple decades and almost everything in the store was under $50. It’s definitely a must if you’re in the area. I bought a RD Style sweater originally about $75 for $18, a Leifsdottir vest worth about $125 for $25, a beautiful cashmere sweater from Queue, and pale pink coat perfect for Spring from Agnes B originally priced around $350 for $45.10433113_10203830436705700_8742888351654341850_n

National Gossip Girl Day

Happy National Gossip Girl Day! This may or may not just be one of the most important days of the year. It got its start from Mayor Bloomberg back in 2012 for GG’s 100th episode. Some of the fabulous HCBN girls are celebrating with a linkup post. Going off of last week’s “preppy” post, I thought the vest would be the perfect piece to incorporate into my Gossip Girl inspired look. The vest and skirt reminded me of the same vibe of the Constance girls’ uniforms. Even though Blair is by far my favorite character, I always loved how Serena was able to make a school uniform look so stylish. It made me want to go to a private school just so I could style the uniforms like her. I used preppy pieces like my tweed vest and J. Crew skirt and dressed it up with Top Shop booties and a statement necklace for a more fun, free spirited take.

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Vest: $20 Tinley Road (thrifted)/ Skirt: $15 J.Crew (thrifted)/ Booties: $9 Top Shop (thrifted)/Sweater: Vintage Marshall Fields

MUA: Adriana Aviles @aviadriana (www.adrianaaviles.com)
Photography: Kelsey Alyse Anderson @kelseyalyseanderson (www.kelseyalyse.com)
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The Haul: Winter Break

After spending months in Kent, this break called for a much needed haul. Thanks to gift cards and Christmas returns, I’ve been able to do some shopping at a variety of places; but as usual, the my best scores were found in Wicker Park thrift shops and H&M. I’m obsessed with my new pants from H&M’s winter clearance sale. Originally $50, I got them for $20. I also found a pair of printed harem pants for $10 and a sweater dress for $20. During my thrifting haul, I ended up spending all my money at the first store we went into, Crossroads. This haul was definitely one of my best finds yet! I bought Top Shop booties for $9, J. Crew skirt for $15, Alice + Olivia sweater dress for $28, Hem + Thread top for $13, and a Tinley Road tweed vest for $20. Pictures to come very soon!

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Statement Sweater

Out of all my thrifting trips, this sweater has been one of my favorite finds. I picked up this Rehab sweater for $18, originally priced around $70. It’s truly a unique garment, which has been fun to incorporate into my wardrobe. The sweater is definitely an eye catching statement piece but extremely comfortable. I can easy pair it with simple leggings and leather boots to create a well put together outfit. Add some red lipstick and the look is complete.

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