Fashion, Travel, Poetry

Handbags 101: My Four Favorite Handbag Shapes and What I Carry in Them

Rue La La, a members-only online designer retailer, recently released a handbag guide that I think is an amazing jumping off point for anyone interesting in handbags. I particularly like their advice about designer labels (I often buy vintage handbags, and it’s important to be able to spot a fake) and their history of handbags. I thought I’d share my own four favorite handbag shapes and what I carry in each as a bit of my own handbag 101.

Apologies for the blurriness of these photos. After reading Jean’s wedding dress shopping post I opted for a less conspicuous camera than my SLR and had one of my friends snap photos of me using my phone’s camera. His hands must have been shaking from excitement. :) Let’s dive right into the important details: Wedding date: March… View Article

Wedding Dress Shopping in Chicago, Featuring David’s Bridal

Season: Wedding
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Let’s dive right into the important details:
Wedding date: March
Wedding location: a beach in the Caribbean
My price range $300 – $400
Requirements: strapless, pure white, beachy
While I could certainly afford a more expensive dress, I personally feel that it is ridiculous to spend a fortune on a dress I will only wear once (I think I’m an anomaly in the fashion blogging community). I was open to spending more when I began my search, but I decided to see what I could find at a lower price point. Ultimately my idea was to spend less on the dress and more on the accessories that would go with the dress–accessories that could be worn again.

DAVID’s BRIDAL – Taffeta A Line Gown with Sweetheart Neckline

You may remember Firmoo from this post I did with them this past summer featuring a pair of oversized sunglasses. I’ve worn those sunglasses everywhere, so you can imagine how happy I was when they asked me if I’d like to do a post featuring a pair of their regular prescription frames. I’ve worn glasses… View Article

Firmoo Hipster Style Glasses

Season: Fall
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You may remember Firmoo from this post I did with them this past summer featuring a pair of oversized sunglasses. I’ve worn those sunglasses everywhere, so you can imagine how happy I was when they asked me if I’d like to do a post featuring a pair of their regular prescription frames.

GLASSES – Firmoo
BLOUSE – Banana Republic
JEANS – Target
PUMPS – Target (similar)
EARRINGS – Target
NECKLACE – Sparkle and Sophistication (similar)

Official photos from the Sparkle and Sophisticaiton launch have now been posted on Facebook (that’s a link to the photographer’s page–you’ll have to scroll down to find the album–I couldn’t find any way to actually link to it). I thought I’d share with you those that feature me. Not much more to say, I hope you… View Article

Official Photos from the Style and Sophistication Launch

Official photos from the Sparkle and Sophisticaiton launch have now been posted on Facebook (that's a link to the photographer's page--you'll have to scroll down to find the album--I couldn't find any way to actually link to it). I thought I'd share with you those that feature me. Not much more to say, I hope you like them! :)

BLAZER – New York and Company
DRESS – Nordstrom Rack
PUMPS – Zara
JEWELRY – Sparkle and Sophistication

Last weekend I was invited to the launch party for Sparkle and Sophistication, a small jewelry line from a local Chicago designer. As part of the event, I got to model several of their pieces for the S&S lookbook. It was a ton of fun. I’ll be sharing the official pictures with you when I… View Article

Photos from the Sparkle and Sophistication Launch

Last weekend I was invited to the launch party for Sparkle and Sophistication, a small jewelry line from a local Chicago designer. As part of the event, I got to model several of their pieces for the S&S lookbook. It was a ton of fun. I'll be sharing the official pictures with you when I receive them, which should be sometime this week. For now, here are a few pictures I took at the event. Many thanks to my friend Brandon for accompanying me to the event and snapping many of these pics. You're the best!

I was lucky enough to win Mash Elle’s Zoya nail polish giveaway a few weeks ago. I was pretty thrilled, and decided to get a mani-pedi when they arrived. I went to Allure Nail Spa in the west loop and got their $35 classic mani-pedi. It was nice, though slightly lower budget than the place… View Article

Review of Zoya Natural Nail Polish

I was lucky enough to win Mash Elle's Zoya nail polish giveaway a few weeks ago. I was pretty thrilled, and decided to get a mani-pedi when they arrived. I went to Allure Nail Spa in the west loop and got their $35 classic mani-pedi. It was nice, though slightly lower budget than the place I used to go in Ann Arbor. And saying that I "used to go" to a place is pretty misleading--I've only gotten two mani-pedis in my life, and this was the second.

hands – valerie
feet – storm

I’m a runner, and, as is typical for most runners, I’m dealing with an injury. It’s called metatarsalgia, and it essentially means I’ve got inflammation in the base/ball of foot joint of my second toe on my right foot. It’s ok–it’s healing and I’m almost to the point where I can run again. What this… View Article

Summer Sandals Review

I'm a runner, and, as is typical for most runners, I'm dealing with an injury. It's called metatarsalgia, and it essentially means I've got inflammation in the base/ball of foot joint of my second toe on my right foot. It's ok--it's healing and I'm almost to the point where I can run again. What this boils down to in terms of fashion, though, is that I can't wear anything remotely flip-floppy.