Friday, August 29, 2014

Memo 149: People Let Me Tell Ya 'Bout My Best Friend

To: All
From: Me
Date: August 29, 2014
Subject: Old Navy Utility Jacket
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Jacket: Old Navy | Dress worn as top: Oasis (similar here) | Shorts: t.b.a (similar here) | Sandals: Sophia Webster | Bag: BCBG (similar here) | Necklace: ASOS (similar here) | Sunglasses: H&M

Let me introduce you to one of my new best friends. Say hello to this utility jacket from Old Navy. It's one of the most versatile pieces that you can own. Dress it up or dress it down; this jacket isn't messing around. Even if you get the urge to wrangle some alligators, go in style!


Trench Cape: H&M (similar here) | Jacket: Old Navy | Denim Shirt: Bershka (similar here) | Shorts: Mink Pink (and here) |  Shoes: Madewell (similar here) | Clutch: Zara (Similar here)

I found this little gem in the midst of my frantic preparation for New York Fashion Week (Eek! Less than a week out!). So, I set aside some time to share her with you. You wouldn't believe the fit. Honestly, one of my favorite parts about this jacket may be the drawstrings. They create feminine curves for every body type. You all know how I feel about a cinched waste!


Jacket: Old Navy | Dress worn as top: Oasis (similar here) | Shorts: t.b.a (similar here) | Sunglasses: H&M

I paired this jacket with two pair of shorts (one more casual than the other), army green pants and a little dressy fringed skirt. Double it up with another piece of outerwear, open it, close it; you can literally do whatever you like. Folks, we have found a real winner with this one!

Top: H&M (similar here) | Skirt: H&M (similar here) | Jacket: Old Navy | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia (similar here) |  Clutch: Nneka Saran (Similar here)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Memo 148: Excuse Me, Sir...

To: All
From: Me
Date: August 14, 2014
Subject: And Madame!
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Fauxtography by: LaTanya Casillas
I'll say this here and now so that it is forever documented; I'm pretty sure that Chicago wins all of the awards for having the best summer ever. I fell in love with the "Chi" on this last visit with beautiful Lake Michigan views, rooftop bars over looking the Chicago skyline, bargain hunting at the Randolph Street Market and Harold's Chicken. Sign me up for all of it!

ABOUT 

Fauxtography by: LaTanya Casillas
During my visit to Chicago, I had to stop by Sir & Madame in the Ukrainian Village. Fellow HU Alum, Autumn Merritt, along with her husband Brian Merritt established Sir & Madame boutique to bring classic attire with a twist to the Chicago neighborhood.

Fauxtography by: LaTanya Casillas

Get the look:

See By Chloe Blouse - Similar herehere and here
H&M Seersucker Shorts - Similar herehere
Nasty Gal Clutch - Similar here and here
Stella McCartney Shoes - Similar here and good option here


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Memo 147: Six Tips for Success at a Blogger's Conference

To: All
From: Me
Date: August 12, 2014
Subject: Popping My Blogger's Conference Cherry
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Two weeks ago, I attended the Simply Stylist Conference in Chicago; my first blogger's conference EVER! The #sschi (the hashtag used throughout the conference) was probably one of the better ones to attend to pop a blogger's conference cherry. It was intimate, the speakers were informative, the other attendees were open to networking and it only lasted ONE day! It was long enough to get the information and make the connections that you wanted and short enough that it didn't feel overwhelming and exhausting.

A winner in my book!

These six tips will help you be a prepared and active participant at your first or next blogger's conference:

1. Be Prepared for Real Time Social Media Coverage. Of course, you will want to Instagram and Tweet real time, so don't forget to bring your device of choice to capture special moments throughout the conference. 

(Photos via Instagram)