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.

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!

If you’ve been following my weight loss journey (did I really just say weight loss journey? ::cringe::), you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been doing well since I started posting again. For the uninitiated, my rules at the get go were that I wouldn’t do any more outfit posts until I hit my goal weight/size (125… View Article

Late March Check In

If you've been following my weight loss journey (did I really just say weight loss journey? ::cringe::), you've probably noticed that I've been doing well since I started posting again. For the uninitiated, my rules at the get go were that I wouldn't do any more outfit posts until I hit my goal weight/size (125 lb / size 4), but I would allow myself to make fashion related posts once I hit the halfway point. This has proved to be very motivating.

The Importance of Finding Your Season During my hiatus from fashion blogging I’ve been spending quite a bit of time pondering this question: what makes a great fashion blogger great? I follow quite a few fashion blogs, but only a handful consistently publish posts that really strike a chord with me. For the rest, regularly… View Article

An In Depth Look at Seasonal Color Analysis

During my hiatus from fashion blogging I've been spending quite a bit of time pondering this question: what makes a great fashion blogger great? I follow quite a few fashion blogs, but only a handful consistently publish posts that really strike a chord with me. For the rest, regularly something is just off about their look. To tease out the difference, I first went through my favorite fashion blog of them all, 9to5Chic. Ahn's blog was the first one I truly fell in love with. Even if I didn't like the cut of the pieces in each outfit or the style, I always somehow still felt moved by the outfit regardless.

You guys! I’m back! Reaching 135 lbs took me a lot longer than expected, mostly due to lots of unexpected social outings involving drinks and, inevitably, food that’s not very conducive to weight loss. But I’m here, finally, and I can’t wait to start posting regularly again. Stay tuned this week for some in depth… View Article

Halfway

Season: Winter
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You guys! I'm back!

Reaching 135 lbs took me a lot longer than expected, mostly due to lots of unexpected social outings involving drinks and, inevitably, food that's not very conducive to weight loss.

This Monday I thought I’d share with you all a few pictures that were taken by my amazing (almost) sister-in-law Cortney. You can see more of her pictures at her website. We hosted my boyfriend’s family at our condo this weekend for fireworks, shopping, and wine drinking among many other things. I particularly enjoyed outfitting… View Article

Fourth of July Weekend Photos

Season: Summer
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This Monday I thought I'd share with you all a few pictures that were taken by my amazing (almost) sister-in-law Cortney. You can see more of her pictures at her website. We hosted my boyfriend's family at our condo this weekend for fireworks, shopping, and wine drinking among many other things.

hat – papillon
dress – goodwill
sandals – lucky brand
necklace – etsy
ring – jewelmint

This week has been a rather tough one. Several unsavory things have happened that I want to share with you. Let’s start with Jewelmint, which I mentioned a few posts ago. At first glance, Jewelmint appears to be like any other online retailer. They sell relatively high quality jewelry for decent prices. I heard about them… View Article

On Jewelmint and Reddit’s Female Fashion Advice

This week has been a rather tough one. Several unsavory things have happened that I want to share with you.

Let's start with Jewelmint, which I mentioned <a href="http://stylebyjoules.com/?p=342">a few posts ago</a>. At first glance, Jewelmint appears to be like any other online retailer. They sell relatively high quality jewelry for decent prices. I heard about them via another style blogger who had a giveaway, and after browsing their site for some time I decided to make an order. Part of my decision was predicated on their amazing introductory offer of two for the price of one for new "members." I didn't exactly know what being a member meant, but from everything I saw on the site it seemed like having an account at any online retailer--like Amazon, for example.