Jeans…Or Sweatpants?? // Rag & Bone Illusions

Ok, did you read the memo from the Wall Street Journal last month that the skinnies are out? Getting fashion advice from business publications seems off but to be fair, it is not a far-fetched concept to avoid the skinnies in the dead of summer for obvious reasons: denim gets hot and sticky in heat…!! But for all you denim die-hards out there, might I recommend loose and relaxed sweatpants with prints that make you look like you are wearing denim? I LOVE this ‘ripped’ denim look from Rag & Bone. If they had in other colors, I would get all of them. These are literally glorified sweatpants. For a student like myself, expanding the comfy wear wardrobe is always a good idea, especially if it adds flair to your ‘throw-on’ vibe. Otherwise, you can come off looking just sloppy…

Which is another reason I’ve been crazy about these backless tops from Onzie. I can double it as athletic AND street wear. Lycra workout tops, no matter how funky the design, always screams, “Yes, I’m going to the gym today!” If you want to stay covert or at least a tad bit more subtle, try these tops for Onzie. It’s from LA, need I say more? The material is Wildfox-like soft, too. I’m a sucker for softness so I was sold immediately. And of course, backless means one thing: Bra Lab solutions. You might remember me wearing them all throughout last year with my backless tops and dresses. Laces, solids, criss-crosses, so many options for the back. SO fitting for summer when open back clothing reigns. Here I wore the black cups with the white criss-cross back. Endless permutations with bralab 🙂

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Food:: Chicago: Bombobar

If you’re looking for a killer Instagram-worthy dessert venue, be sure to stop by Bombobar in the West Loop of Chicago. The menu even has a suggestion for the best Insta filter for their desserts – Juno. Lol. I’ll have to admit that I did feel a bit trite going there upon reading that bit but hey, 6 million Frenchmen can’t be wrong right? 😉

Anyway, I’m glad I went. It’s a tiny dessert pick-up place with a walk-up window, and you just order your decadent drink/gelato/Munchkin-like donut holes and plop down on one of these cute chairs for a quick re-fuel, as well as nod to fellow photographers who are taking Insta/blog photos with their respective DSLRs and iPhones. I had a refreshing matcha cooler because it was unbearably hot that day….and the donut hole was decadence squared.

WHAT: Bombobar

WHERE: 832 W Randolph St (behind Bar Siena)

TRY: Bombolini

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BaubleBar Ambassador!! // Madelhari Warrior Bib

Super excited to announce that I am now a BaubleBar Ambassador!! Accessories have the power to complete, if not elevate any look, so I was especially proud to stand behind one of the leading jewelry brands of our generation. Who can resist the youthfully modern, sumptuous baubles at reasonable prices? The one featured in this look is the BaubleBar Madelhari warrior bib, which you can snag here. Don’t you love the name of this piece?? I am obsessed with this over-the-top, unapologetic design – replete with rhinestones, metal, and tribal shapes! Ok, full confession: I chose this style because it was ever so redolent of Dylanlex pieces. Yes, the outlandishly exhibitionistic pieces with $500+ price tags! Unless you’ve been hiding under the rock the last 3 years, you’ve seen the likes of Gigi, Kendall, and We Wore What sporting them over their classic white Ts. This is why I really admire Baublebar. It completely democratizes High Street fashion by re-inventing what seemed unaffordable and bringing it to Main Street. I first fell in love with Baublebar when they collaborated with Ms. Glamorazzi back in the day. And then their collab with Olivia Palermo. To DIE for. I snagged the coveted pieces and cherish them still to this day 🙂

Make no mistake – You will be seen/noticed/heard with this statement necklace! People often like to play down hyperbolic pieces with understated ones but I went all out here with my intergalactic silver A-line skirt for maximum sparkle effect. Sometimes a streak of sartorial flamboyance is just what we need to spice up an ordinary day. Jazz up yours by experimenting with visual extremes –  go for the riotous combos in colors and patterns and designs. Who said everything has to be easy on the eye? Moderation is a fatal thing…(For bonus points, who said these famous words???).

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