Like a “grown up”

A couple of days ago I figured out that I have grown up. I had very conflicting feelings about this. Should I be happy or sad? What should I wear? How show I spend my weekends now? So I decided to be more responsible with my life, have a healthy lifestyle, and be a better person. Sounds good right?

My first goal as a “grown up” is to continuing maturing as a person! Chicago has so many amazing museums and cultural activities and events to see and participate in! I’m a regular visitor at the Art Institute of Chicago and have been one for over 4 years. Each time I discover new galleries and exhibitions, but every time I go, I always start with the Modern Art Gallery, which holds such a great collection. It could seem very predictable that my favorite painter is Salvador Dali, and his painting “A Chemist Lifting with Extreme Precaution the Cuticle of a Grand Piano, 1936″ charms me again and again.

It’s spring now! A Beautiful time to decide to start a new life or “grow up” and start getting out of your comfort zone.  My next step will be about healthy choices, and on my next post I will tell you more about my workout routine and nutrition.

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Sunnies: Gucci

Jacket: BCBG Paris

Top: JCrew

Shorts: Michael Kors

Boots: DSW(unknown)

Neckless: H&M

A mile in Louboutin shoes.

Little black heels are as vital to a woman’s wardrobe as the little black dress. And in that same way, owning a pair of little black heels from Christian Louboutin is probably at the top of every shoe-lover’s bucket list — assuming she hasn’t already coughed up a paycheck to snag a pair.

I love a good pair of statement heels — Louboutin designs a wide variety of basic shoes that cater to his mainstream and cult followings. In his collections there’s a silhouette for everyone — and no one can resist the appeal of their signature red soles. For the shoe lover or the girl just looking to step up her shoe game, owning a pair of Christian Louboutins is the starting point.

“The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the color because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable, and the color of passion.”

Christian Louboutin

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“People say I am the king of painful shoes. I don’t want to create painful shoes, but it is not my job to create something comfortable. I try to make high heels as comfortable as they can be, but my priority is design, beauty and sexiness. I’m not against them, but comfort is not my focus.”

Christian Louboutin

So true! Louboutin shoes are absolutely beautiful but mostly very uncomfortable. So be ready to sacrifice your comfort for fashion.

So here is my first Christian Louboutin Black and gold suede spike boots in Dolce&Gabbana ispired outfit.

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Coat: Ellen Tracy

Skirt: Top Shop

Headband: H&M

Sunnies: Jimmy Choo

Boots: Christian Louboutin

Fur anything

If until recently my addiction was limited to rings, leather and black anything, I confess I’ve added one more item to the infamous list: FUR anything. Well… faux fur to be more specific and for 2015 winter FUR VESTS to be even more accurate.

After years of hesitation and second-guessing myself, I finally bought a fur vest. I had decided this year was the year I was going to buy one, and when I found an amazing Michael Kors piece on sale, I knew it was a sign. I love my fur vest because I think it’s perfect for winter weather. It’s a great layering piece that will keep you cozy without suffocating you, and it’s also a nice statement item that will catch the attention of others. Oh, and obvious side note: my vest is faux fur.

But today we talk fur vests because:

  1.  they are one of this season’s biggest trends, and go perfectly with the 70s obsession happening right now;
  2.  they’re one of the best layering transitional pieces out there, that may not keep us warm (faux fur that is), but instantly dress up a look when worn over jackets, sweaters, dull or repeated outfits. It’s got a sophisticated-luxurious-trendy-grungy-classy-feeling to it. It’s all a matter of personal style and how you pair it up with different items;
  3. I’ve just been gifted with a fabulous white faux fur vest by Michael Kors and a fur Pom-Pom winter vail pull-on hat by BCBG Max Azria, so I wanted to show my favorite winter picks. I know… how selfish of me. icon smile How Would You Wear A Fur Vest? 😉

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Vest:Michael Kors

Hat&Leggins: BCBG Max Azria

Sweater: Armani Exchange

Bag&Boots: Ralph Lauren

Scarf: Burberry

Gloves: 14th&Union

Great Fashion has No age!

Beauty doesn’t have to be superficial, but for me- dressing the way that makes me feel amazing is the first step. I get incredibly defensive about style when people try to knock it. When I see someone wearing something totally wacky down the street, I don’t recoil in horror! I smile and think, “wow… I wish I had their self confidence!”. It’s almost a statement about how you’re feeling and a way of making other people realise that you’re a confident person. Where did power dressing come from, if not the age-old problem of confidence?

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One of my favourite things to watch and read when I’m feeling like this is Advanced Style– a fashion blog documenting street style of older generations. The brains behind the project, Ari Seth Cohen, has a YouTube channel which captures little snippets of these people’s lives. Older ladies and gentlemen tend to have a self confidence that is so hard to find amongst younger generations. One of my favourites in the Advanced Style cohort is Ilona Royce Smithkin- a singer, artist and fantastic dresser. Her approach to life is wonderous and shows through her eclectic style choices.

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"Advanced Style" New York Screening

Is the fashion industry finally embracing the older woman? Images of 80-year-old Joan Didion as the new face of Céline and Joni Mitchell, 71, modeling for Saint Laurent have been the talk of the town this week. It’s incredible to see so many older faces taking over the world of fashion advertising!

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These women are truly inspirational, and they all share one common factor: Self Confidence. And none of them are looking back at the past or idolising it in some strange form of nostalgia. ‘Fashion’s not about looking back. It’s always about looking forward’- Anna Wintour

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Diesel with PeaceLoveShea&The Coveteur

A few weeks back I attended an event hosted by PeaceLoveShea and The Coveteur at the Diesel store on the magnificent mile where new collections were premiered.   We were all handed a glass of wine as we browsed the entire collection and mingled with fashion bloggers from around Chicago.  Afterwards, PeaceLoveShea and The Coveteur shared how they reached their current status and where it all began for them.  What an inspirational stories!

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That night I spent more time taking photos of the amazing clothing by Deisel than I spent networking because the fashions were so trendy I couldn’t take my eyes off of them.

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Go and check out new collection! Also now they have 30% off for friend and family! Diesel store: 923 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611