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For the last 3 years, we have had the pleasure of collaborating on a creative project with an amazing team, where the collective goal — and our only purpose — is to create artistic and amazing photographs. The project is always the brainchild of our dear friend and amazing photographer, Kirsten Miccoli. The pictures are displayed each January in Chicago at a group art show called A Personal Project (there are many other amazing contributors, so definitely check it out).

The first year, there were live mice involved (and one incredible, professional, and brave model!) The next year, we had naked models in a kiddie pool. For 2015, Kirsten’s theme was flowers. Dark and thorny, bright and vibrant, pure, and dying.

We can’t share the images with you yet, but we can share this fantastic behind-the-scenes video from Chicago-based film gangstas, Indirap Productions. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

The Team:

photography: Kirsten Miccoli

styling: Arlene Matthews and Brandon Frein, Kit This

hair and make-up, white and brown: Loni Hale

hair and make-up, black and red: Frances Tslas

model, black: Taylor, Modelogic

model, white: Megan, The Rock Agency

model, red: Colleen, Factor

model, brown: Beatrice, Factor

original artwork/backdrops: Stephen Sloan

assistant extraordinnaire: Ana Dominguez

video: Julian Tillotson and Peter House, Indirap Productions

 

 

If I were a poet — or knew anything about poetry — I would craft an ode to my Gary Graham leather harness. Just the most perfect accessory in the whole world. It’s bold and unique and interesting and it goes with absolutely everything.

 

 

Surface to Air denim shirt

Surface to Air high-waisted flared jeans

Clare Vivier bando bag

Loeffler Randall Tasmin pumps

vintage ring

Acne Studios sheath dress

Steven Alan Janis hat

Clare Vivier oversized clutch

Alexis Bittar ring

n.d.c. Megan boots

Anagram pants

Majestic long-sleeve tee

Margiela x H & M wedges

Givenchy bag (I bought mine used here)

Heidi Abrahamson earrings

 

Ümit Ünal skirt (bought at Robin Richman)

Wendy Nichol bracelets

One of One ring

Rachel Comey Huron booties

canvas tote from Randolph Market

*Featured throughout: Gary Graham leather harness (from Robin Richman)

Our favorite thing about the holidays? All the opportunities to play dress up, of course! With just a week until Christmas and 2 weeks until New Year’s, party season is in full swing and it’s time to break out the bling (sorry, couldn’t help myself).

Under the auspice of “holiday-party-dressing research,” I headed over to the brand new brick-and-mortar installment of one of our very favorite online shopping destinations, Luxury Garage Sale, to see what a girl might find if she was in search of the perfect holiday outfit.

I found a few ideas.

Sparkly statement neckwear and a long, flowy skirt. Perfect for making a ladylike impression.

A special, perfect skirt. Perfect for sitting, standing, dancing, and definitely prancing. And making an artsy impression.

Red and green. Simply perfect for the holidays. Why not? Your neighbor has Santa and however many reindeer on his roof, so why not make a little — slightly more stylish — statement of your own?

look 1: DKNY skirt, Etro collar, vintage bag, Opening Ceremony sandals; look 2: Lanvin skirt, Shourouk necklace, Rachel Comey lace pants, Pedro Garcia shoes; look 3: Les Prairies de Paris dress; Maison Martin Margiela boots; Krizia bag; Diana Broussard ring ;  }

You can get most of these pieces online here, or call or visit:

Luxury Garage Sale

1658 North Wells Street, Chicago

312-291-9126/888-960-2421

*Photography by Kirsten Miccoli (girl, you have no idea how much I love you!)

**Thanks to Brielle, Lindsay, Katie, Sierra and all the helpful ladies at Luxury Garage Sale for letting me come in and play!

 

As you know, we recently shot an advertorial for Gap’s Styld.by campaign for Rue Magazine. They sent us a box of clothing to use for the shoot, and I instantly went right for their adorable Academy Blazer in black with white piping. I loved the classic silhouette and the piping was such an interesting twist. I took it home and started rifling through my closet to find the perfect outfit for the shoot. What I quickly discovered was that I could easily put together a plethora of ensembles featuring this simple and versatile little piece.

For Rue, I wore it with a long sheer panel skirt and Gap tee. But the “losers” were still all things that I would (and do) wear.

First up, my jodhpurs and a graphic tee…

Gary Graham jodhpurs, Rogan for Target New York City tee, Wendy Nichol yarn shell necklace, Winifred Grace leather cuff, Ray-Ban sunnies, Lanvin leopard wedges

 

Next, my beloved palm print onesie. I know it’s out there and it’s a little bit like children’s pajamas, but I love it. It’s one of those things that I wear because I like it. I loved the way the black-and-whites mixed and how the blazer actually brought the jumper down a little, while still being, ummm, courageous?

Surface to Air onesie, Roland Mouret belt, Jensen-Conroy knit chain necklace, Tom Ford sunnies, Jil Sander booties

 

And last, my favorite (next to the Gary Graham): with my prized Louis Vuitton ball skirt. ‘Nuf said.

Louis Vuitton skirt, Laurence Dacade booties, Sam Goldberg druzy quartz ring

Photography by Kirsten Miccoli, hair and make-up by Jenna Baltes. Thanks SO much, ladies. You can make me up and take my picture any day!

We traveled down to Dallas a couple of weeks back for a quick trip of business fun :)  The one pant I packed were my Gary Graham jodhpurs.  These have been in my wardrobe for some time now & I’ve not shown them the love they deserve…So off they go along with a pretty silk blouse, a trusty tee, 2 pairs of shoes & a swimsuit!

Travel day:  worn with Rag & Bone tee & Eileen Shields platforms

Around town:  worn with Rachel Comey Brewster top & Rachel Comey Dora Sandals

Poolside: worn with Loeffler Randall swimsuit

BTW…if you’re ever in Dallas, you must stay at the Belmont Hotel!  Not fancy, but definitely definitely charming!!

 

We mentioned earlier in the week that “one of our editors” wore that adorable Rachel Comey metallic shift down in Texas for 2 days. Well that editor was me! And I am completely 100% obsessed with this dress. It was so comfy and easy and is my new go-to for traveling. I think come fall I can easily layer under it, and I’m sure it will be awesome with a blazer and boots as well. That Rachel Comey — she’s just so damn good.

 

Day 1: Worn with J Brand jeans, vintage necklace, my Giles & Brother railroad spike cuff, and n.d.c. Olivia sandals

Day 2: Worn with Humanoid pocket belt, GIles & Brother railroad spike cuff, evil eye bracelet from Turkey, delicate beaded bracelet on silk cord from Robin Richman, Kora ring, and n.d.c. Olivia sandals.

 

A special little instagrammin issue…What we love, where we’re shopping, what we’re wearing.

 

-1- Spring, summer, fall, winter…we gotta have our Edith A Miller stripes!

-2-Love our resale shops for fun cheap pickups to finish out the season.  Found these designer (Dolce & Gabbana) beauties for $35!!

-3-There’s no passing up a fab corsage…especially a local handmade one to spice up a summer dress.

-4-Lots of cute vintage / handmade goodies out on the www.  Here’s a recent found love…ar.te.fact.

-5-Summer calls for fab dresses to beat the heat.  This fave TenOverSix dress has gotten plenty of mileage.  Thanks TenOverSix!

-6-B’s summer vacation to Italy was accessory heaven for her!  Found all the gloves (oh and bags too) she’s ever been hoping / looking for.

-7-Summer always = end of season sales!  Best time to pick up those amazing designer shoes you’ve been eyeing!

-8-Once a month, B hits Randolph Street Market and always comes home with great vintage finds.

-9-Nothing brightens up our summer days more then a trying out those fun new Essie colors :)

After a just a few outfit pics, I’m beginning to see a sure pattern in my style.  It’s decided…I like to max out my monochromatics!  One color…it’s simple, it’s easy, but still kind of makes a statement of sorts, no?  OH and YAY!  It’s Friday!  Happy Friday & weekend all!!!

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