Cashmere Poncho and Wool Hat

Cashmere Poncho and Wool Hat

Rocksbox Necklace

Cashmere Poncho and Wool Hat

Cashmere Poncho and Wool Hat

Wool Hat

Rocksbox Bracelet

Cashmere Poncho and Wool Hat

Cashmere Poncho and Wool HatWool Hat: Rag & Bone // Cashmere Poncho: Christopher Fischer (similar hereon sale!) // Skinny Jeans: J Brand // Handbag: Prada // V-neck Necklace: Gorjana via Rocksbox // Tri-Geo Gold Ring: Wanderlust + Co via Rocksbox // Gold “X” Ring: Shop 857 // Brass Bracelet: Loren Hope via Rocksbox // Woven Bracelet: Tai (mine is from Fuschia in Glen Ellyn – similar styles here) // Watch: Nixon // Boots: Coach (similar here)

I wore this outfit to brunch last Sunday and just love how comfortable and effortless ponchos are. Especially for a Sunday morning when you don’t want to put a lot of energy into well, anything really. And I’m sure it goes without saying that the hat is the perfect coverup for bad hair days. I’ve also worn it a lot for travel. A stylish accessory that you can hide behind when your flight requires a 4 am wake up call is life-saving!

Also, I had just gotten my first Rocksbox right before I wore this outfit, so I was really excited to style the necklace, ring and brass bracelet that they sent me. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the brass bracelet at first, but it ended up working perfectly with this look and I love it! The v-neck necklace is so my style and something I can see myself wearing regularly. Rocksbox did such a great job styling a box with jewelry that totally fits my style and I cannot wait to see what they send to me next time around!

[UPDATE] Bonus: Use referral code chicagocatwalkxoxo now through March 12 to receive your FIRST MONTH FREE when you sign up for Rocksbox!

Valentine’s Day Look Featuring Kushyfoot

Valentine's Day Look Featuring Kushyfoot - Chicago CatWalk

Valentine's Day Look Featuring Kushyfoot - Chicago CatWalk

Valentine's Day Look Featuring Kushyfoot - Chicago CatWalk

Valentine's Day Look Featuring Kushyfoot - Chicago CatWalk

Valentine's Day Look Featuring Kushyfoot - Chicago CatWalk

Valentine's Day Look Featuring Kushyfoot - Chicago CatWalkOpaque Tights with Massaging Sole: c/o Kushyfoot // Flared-Hem Skirt: Parker (on sale here and here!) // Top: A.L.C. // Rectangle Clutch: Natasha Couture // Chandelier Earrings: Tildon // Crystal Spike Ring: Spring Street // Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Valentine’s Day is only six days away and I’ve styled another look for the most popular date night of the year! I love this Parker McKenna Houndstooth Flared-Hem Skirt, mostly for the fit and flare shape. However, because of the short hemline, tights are a must in this cold weather.

Fortunately, I recently received shapewear samples from Kushyfoot that included these opaque tights! Kushyfoot is known for their chic, well-made, yet affordable tights. All of their products feature a specially designed sole with a massaging sensation. The tights I’m wearing have a 3-dimensional padding in the sole that acts as a cushion between my bare feet and the hard insoles of my shoes. I actually notice the massaging soles more when I’m wearing flats than in heals, and they really are comfortable! However, what I love most about these Kushyfoot tights is how comfortable they feel on my legs (the fabric isn’t scratchy like other brands I’ve tried) and the fact that they don’t have that dark control top line on the thigh, which would show when wearing short skirts like my Parker one in this look.

Visit Kushyfoot.com and check out the more than 40 styles that Kushyfoot offers!

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Check out Chicago CatWalk’s Valentine’s Day Style & Beauty Guide for more Valentine’s Day looks and beauty tips, including:

Mid-Length Skirt: Valentine’s Day Style

 

Mid-Length Skirt

Mid-Length Skirt

Mid-Length Skirt

Mid-Length Skirt

red glossy rectangle clutch

Lace Manolo Blahnik Pumps

Red Glossy Rectangle Clutch

Mid-Length SkirtCheckered Mid-Length Skirt: Marissa Webb // Crop Top: Nadia Tarr (old – similar here and here) // Rectangle Clutch: Natasha Couture // Chandelier Earrings: Tildon // Crystal Spike Ring: Spring Street // Pumps: Manolo Blahnik (similar here and here) // Fur Coat: Yves Salomon (similar here and here) // Nail Polish: Essie – Cocktail Bling // Lipstick: Mac – Brave Red

When I saw this Marissa Webb Checkered Mid-Length Skirt at Intermix, I immediately thought of Valentine’s Day. The thin organza fabric is very feminine and I love the way it sways when I walk. It also has a thin band that sits right on the waist and defines an hourglass figure.

This mid-length skirt looks great when paired with a fitted solid black crop top or a fitted solid white crop top. The Nadia Tarr crop top I’m wearing in the photos above is no longer available, however Alice + Olivia makes a great V Crop Top and Twist-Back Crop Top that would look great with it! I also have my eye on this Elizabeth and James Aisling Mia Crop Top in white and the Alice + Olivia Twist-Back Crop Top in white.

The glossy rectangle clutch from Nordstrom adds a great pop of red to any Valentine’s Day look. Attach the optional drop-in chain strap to wear it over your shoulder or leave it off and carry it as a clutch!

For more Valentine’s Day style and beauty tips and trends, check out my Valentine’s Day Style & Beauty Guide.

Gray and White

Gray and White

Gray and White

Gray and White

Gray and White

Gray and White

Gray and White

Gray and White

Gray and White

Gray and White

Gray and WhiteShredded Skinny Jeans: FRAME // Fringe Sweater: Exclusive for Intermix (sold out – similar here, here and here) // Handbag: Givenchy // Watch: Michele (on sale!) // Chain Rings: Vo Jewelry // Gold Ring: Shop 857 // Pave Crystal “X” Ring: Kzen Jewelry (similar here) // Bracelet: Tai (mine is from Fuschia in Glen Ellyn – similar styles here) // Booties: Rag & Bone // Necklace: Kendra Scott // Lip Gloss: c/o Beauty Babe By Sabrina – Nearly Nude // Nail Polish: Essie – Cocktail Bling

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve really taken a liking to shredded denim…and everything gray. Shredded denim gives just enough edge to an otherwise classic look without going overboard, and gray is more fresh in the winter time amongst all the black most people are wearing. But I can’t say I’m not guilty of wearing head-to-toe black too.

The age-old rule against wearing white after labor day is long gone. And thank goodness, because I love brightening up my wardrobe during these dark winter months with white.

The gray fringe sweater from Intermix was a gift for Christmas (as was my Givenchy bag that I lusted after for months) and I can’t even count how many times I’ve worn it since then. It is really warm and a bit oversized, which makes it that much more comfortable. Unfortunately it is sold out, but there are similar styles here, here and here.

I’ve also had a lot of fun styling my white MICHELE Tahitian Jelly Bean watch this winter to brighten up many of my outfits. And it’s on sale!!

Photos by Sam Lee

Leather and Lace: Valentine’s Day Style

Leather and Lace

Valentine's Day Look

Leather and Lace

Valentine's Day Look

Leather and Lace

Valentine's Day LookFaux-Leather Skirt: Bailey 44 // Lace Crop Top: Topshop // V-Neck Crop Tank: Topshop // Box Clutch: Natasha Couture // Ring: Panacea // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Nail Polish: Essie – Cocktail Bling // Lipstick: Mac – Brave Red

I love the edgy/romantic combination of leather and lace and Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to style the look!

Be sure to check out some of the beauty tips that Beauty Babe by Sabrina shared with me last week to complete your romantic look and stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day looks in the next couple of weeks!

Photos by Sam Lee

Favorite Looks from the 2015 Golden Globes

There were a lot of beautiful moments on the 2015 Golden Globes red carpet last night, but my favorite looks came from these lovely ladies:

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson in Versace

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Bundle Up!

Bundle Up!

Prada Double Buckle Short Boot

Bundle Up!

Bundle Up!

Bundle Up!Down Jacket: Moncler (similar here, here and here) // Boots: Prada // Check Knit Scarf: Topman (similar here and here) // Shredded Skinny Jeans: FRAME

Happy New Year! I know I’m late for my first post in 2015, but it got off to a beautiful start with my sister-in-law’s wedding this past weekend at the Newberry Library. Both being English majors, it was the perfect setting for her and her husband to start their new lives together.

What was also perfect, were the custom bridesmaid gowns designed by Project Runway star, Peach Carr! I mentioned that she would be designing them in my first Chicago CatWalk interview with Peach back in November, and they turned out beautifully. I’ll have to share some photos with you when they become available!

Anywho, we are currently experiencing the coldest temperatures of the winter, so it’s time to bundle up! While the shredded jeans I wore during slightly warmer times might not be the best option for this week, the down jacket, scarf and Prada boots are great accessories to have during this arctic blast. Just make sure you don’t let the salt on the streets ruin your shoes!

Photos Above by Sam Lee

Other cold weather accessories to stay stylish in subzero temps are:

UGG® Australia Carter HeadbandUGG® Australia Carter Headband ($95)

NEKZ Faux FurNEKZ Faux Fur Fashionable Alternative To A Scarf ($27 on sale!)

Surell Mink Earmuffs with Velvet BandSurell Mink Earmuffs with Velvet Band ($115)

Surell Rabbit Fur Knit Slouchy HatSurell Rabbit Fur Knit Slouchy Hat ($195)

UGG Australia Classic Leather Tech GlovesUGG® Australia Classic Leather Tech Gloves ($115)

How are you staying fashionably warm this winter?

My Favorite Fashion Trends From 2014

With all the big moments in fashion this year (i.e., Kim and Kanye’s Vogue Cover, the passing of Oscar de la Renta and the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration, just to name a few), 2015 has a lot to live up to. But before we get into the New Year, I’d like to share some of my favorite favorite fashion trends from 2014:

Crop Tops

2014 Fashion Trends - Crop Tops

2014 Fashion Trends - Crop Tops

Plaid

2014 Fashion Trends - Plaid

Favorite Fashion Trends from 2014 - Plaid

Ponchos

2014 Fashion Trends - Ponchos

Gray

2014 Fashion Trends - Gray

Jumpsuits

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Pastels

2014 Fashion Trends - Pastels

Bomber Jackets

2014 Fashion Trends - Bomber Jackets

2014 Fashion Trends - Bomber Jackets

What are your favorite fashion trends from 2014? Tell me in the comments!

Pink Leather Jacket

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Florida0447Blush Pink Leather Jacket: Mackage (similar here, here and here) // Blouse: Joie // Sunglasses: Chloe // Chain Rings: Vo Jewelry // Gold Ring: Shop 857 // Bracelet: Tai (mine is from Fuschia in Glen Ellyn – similar here) // White Skinny Jeans: Rag & Bone (on sale!) // Handbag: Chanel // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

I just got back from a beautiful vacation with my family in sunny Florida. As you can see, the weather was gorgeous!! It was in the 80’s most of the time, but our first night there the temperature dropped to about 70 (gasp!). It was the perfect opportunity for me to break out my new blush pink leather jacket by Mackage.

While perfect over my grey chevron silk tank top in Florida this time of year, it will also work well in Chicago winter temps layered over a sweater! Oh, and my new grey Givenchy Antigona Duffel that Santa brought…I cannot wait to style that beauty with this jacket too!!

Little Black New Year’s Eve Dress

NYE LBD

NYE LBD

NYE LBD

NYE LBD

NYE LBD

NYE LBDLace Back Spaghetti Strap Dress: Mason by Michelle Mason // Handbag: Chanel // Shoes: Christian Louboutin

2015 is right around the corner! If you’re still looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve dress, Intermix has a handful of LBDs that I love, including the one I’m wearing above by Mason by Michelle Mason. The spaghetti straps, lace back panel with hook and eye closures, lace insets at waistline, and cut out at back add a modern and delicate flare!

Photos Above by Sam Lee

Hair by Ashley Young

Here are a few other LBDs that I love from Intermix as well:

Noam HanochNoam Hanoch Delphine Lace Dot Inset Tank DressNoam Hanoch Delphine Lace Dot Inset Tank Dress

Cushnie Et OchsCushnie Et Ochs Deep V Mesh Dress

Nicholas EXCLUSIVE Window Lace Strapless Ball DressNicholas EXCLUSIVE Window Lace Strapless Ball Dress

Noam Hanoch Lynn Lace Inset Dress Noam Hanoch Lynn Lace Inset Dress 

Noam Hanoch 2bNoam Hanoch EXCLUSIVE Back Slash Lace Slip Dress