Category Archives: Csm Style Tips

Under Construction…Back in 2015!

Where to begin… First and foremost I owe you a majorly humongous apology.  I apologize for disappearing and going black on the site for the last two months and with no explanation or even a sign of life of when I would be back.  The move to Dallas, TX for work has been such a rewarding experience but has definitely had it’s fair share of bumps in the road.  Like 99% of the blogging world I have a “9 to 5” that consumes a large majority of my free time and with this new position, at a brand new company I’ve struggled a bit finding the right balance.  This beautiful space that I share will all of you here is one of my most treasured creations. While I wished I’d have reached this discovery much sooner than now, I’m just happy I’m finally in a great space to get back to being an active member of the CSM community.

In preparation for the new year I’m currently working on a few new exciting updates and a few changes to help make the CSM community a more fruitful experience.  I’m bursting at the seams with excitement but will hold it in until 2015.

So cheers to an amazing year but lets raise our flutes to many more runways that await us in the new year!  In the mean time get sneak peeks of what’s to come in 2015 for CSM by following me on IG, Twitter & FB xo

Under Construction Pic

#NYFW: Are you ready?

NYFW PicI can hardly believe that we are officially in the month of September.  It’s always so bittersweet that while summer comes to an unfortunate end, it marks the the roll out to the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion week shows.  Fashion month gets its start in New York for the first week, then carries into London, next up is Milan and rounding out fashion month with a strong finish is Paris.

This season I’m continuing my hiatus from the tents and covering the beautiful whirlwind of fashions from the comfort of my couch and naturally while wearing my haute couture pajamas (okay, not official haute couture but does DIY count as couture?)

While covering the shows from my couch I was really surprised by how easy it would be to not only catch the fashion show presentations that I’d been invited too and bonus? I got seated on the front row (yes, technically the front row of my couch but that’s neither her nor there).  Join me in all of the fun and get your fashion month schedule ready using my handy resources below!

 

 

#CSMStyleTips: Fall’s Best Combo? Dress + Sneakers

Dress with Sneakers

  • Who’s the Designer:  Givenchy, Iceberg, and Paco Rabanne designs paired with athletic sneakers (pictured above)
  • What’s the inspiration:  Drawing inspiration from the Fall runways of Richard Chai and Creatures of the Wind, the most magical combination for fall is an audacious dress paired with the season’s hottest accessory: a fabulous pair of athletic sneakers.
  • Why it’s relevant:  The fashion world is currently experiencing a re-defining moment right now where less is truly more and is this transformation is best described the by the wise words of Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade, style is eternal”.  Fashion is constantly changing and being manufactured but a true sense of style, well that’s an innate quality and can’t be faked or counterfeited.  This metamorphosis to a simple and straightforward approach is returning the organic creativity that many would argue has been missing from the fashion industry.  Essentially, no basic bitches allowed.   
  • Where to wear it:  Put away the birks and tevas and pick up a pair of Nike Air Force Ones or Puma Disc Collection sneakers.  Starting now until that first snowfall take advantage of the endless creative possibilities of pairing a comfy pair of footwear with your most fabulous frock.  But most importantly, have fun because life is too short to take fashion so serious!

 

 

#CSMStyleTips: Summer’s Flawless Coat is Fall’s Perfect Match!

Summer Coat 1

A key micro trend that has emerged this summer is the idea of a summer coat.  This outerwear silhouette has definitely sparked out of necessity what with summer temps staying around high 60 to mid 70 degrees in certain regions.  What’s been really interesting is seeing this silhouette in hot regions such as Dallas, TX and Ibiza.  In taking a nod from the streets and recognizing the versatility of this silhouette it’s important to recognize that this outwear piece is not only perfect for layering over your festival go-to’s but is your answer to transitioning from summer to fall.

Check out my Top 3 picks below from my absolute favorite shopping destination for snagging the perfect trendy pieces:

Transitional Summer CoatsL to R: Drapey Longline Kimono Jacket/ Printed Kimono Jacket/ Silk Kimono Jacket

Summer Coat 2

P.S. I’m scouring the net looking for that fabulous all white wrap jacket! Once I find it I will definitely be sharing the deets so stay tuned 😉 xo

*Street style photo credit: Elle.com/ Vogue.com/ Tresawesome

 

 

#CSMTravels: Living out of a suitcase…

photo 5So as of today I’ve been living in Dallas, TX for about two weeks but most importantly I’ve been living out of a suitcase for two weeks.  Yes, I said “suːt.keɪs” (suitcase).  For the big move from Chicago, IL to Dallas, TX the hubs and I opted for movers to do all of the dirty work for us and while that included the phenomenal perk of a team of gladiators coming into my home and tidily pack up/wrap/move all of our worldly belongings.  The major downside was that upon arrival to our new home none of our stuff would be there waiting for us.  Now I know what your thinking because I thought the same thing but the small detail that doesn’t get accounted for when you try to make decisions based on logic is the absence of emotion.  It would have majorly helped in easing the transition to getting acclimated to living here in Dallas, coupled with the luxury of getting settled in almost immediately.  The second unaccountable factor when decisions are based on logic?  Minimizing the risk factor and in our case, the risk of a possible delay.  While we were going through the entire move process every step seemed seamless.  The entire time I kept having the eerie feeling that it was just going too perfect and fought myself to move past those thoughts but apparently I didn’t do that thorough of a job because the delivery of our stuff is now officially a whole week late.  Que the major regret of not properly factoring in the huge impact of risk.  Once I was able to accept this news as my new reality, I was finally able to process that I had to continue to struggle with the inability to access my closet for an additional week.  Mind you, I’m not worried about having my own bed to sleep in or couches to lounge and watch TV-I’m more concerned about having ensemble options so major priority revamping may need to occur later but that will be a different post.

To my credit though I did prep for the possibility of going a whole other week without access to my closet.   I stuck to my travel style go-to: mix and match separates.  Totally goes without saying that the news of having to go through a whole other 7 days without my closet seemed like the fashion gods were punishing me for a fashion faux pax I must have committed in my past life.  While the simple answer would have been to just buy a whole week’s worth of clothes to carry me through the second week (seriously what girl needs an excuse to shop and spend money right?).  Instead of the easy way out I decided to challenge myself and work within my current selection and a styling miracle happened!  Having the impromptu curveball of making 7 additional ensembles gave me not only a much needed styling refresher but it forced me to look at my pieces in a different way and see the endless versatile possibilities that my pieces hold.

Moral of the story?  Take some time to revisit your closet and re-style your pieces with with the rest of your closet because you will definitely be surprised by the hidden gems that you have yet to discover in there!  Happy re-shopping xoxo

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A Blank New Canvas…

Dallas HomeFirst and foremost, I owe you all a big apology for the lack of posts this past week.  With the whole move from Chicago, IL to Dallas, TX it’s been one giant $%&! but on a better note we made it! We haven’t traveled longer than 2 hours in the car with our big bundle of joy Hercules, but I’m happy to report that a 15 hour car ride later we made it safely to the great state of Texas.  I’m still shocked with how well our little guy did and more importantly kudos to the hubs who flexed his big bad self and insisted on driving the entire 15 hour road trip straight (yup, you read that correctly he drove the entire 15 hours straight-and of course with plenty of caffeine!)

For these first few days here in Dallas we had to make due and await the arrival of our furniture and at first I wouldn’t have agreed with this statement but NOW I’m calling it a blessing in disguise (seriously, it totally pained me to type that but hey it’s true).  Being in our new home for the first few days without any furniture got my creative wheels turning and thanks to Pinterest I’m now chock full of Edgy, Comfy, Chic home decor ideas to instantly turn this new adventure into a welcomed new beginning.

I’m absolutely in love with the idea of mixing fabrics and textures because of the great depth that you are able to achieve with this simple design trick.  Aside from creating depth I’m going nutso over the idea of floor to ceiling bookshelves and with the great high ceilings and tons of wall space in our new home I’m going to be able to do so many things I was limited too in our previous home.  Here’s a sneak peek of some of the pins I’ve been adding to my board and I can’t wait to show you all how I was able to personalize these elements and make them  my own in our new home!

Edgy Inspo Edgy Inspo 2 Comfy Inspo Comfy Inspo 2 Chic Inspo MB 131240 Bolig på beøsg Jul Tina Buch

 

 

Rinse, Spin & Tie-Dye

Tie Dye

  • Who’s the Designer:  Burberry Prorsum, Fausto Puglisi, and Michael Kors (pictured L to R)
  • What’s the inspiration:  With the 45th anniversary of the epic musical festival, Woodstock it’s no wonder that this technique is having another major fashion high this season.
  • Why it’s relevant:  While this technique is not a new innovation the approach and how designers are reinventing the use definitely is.  The high fashion crowd such as Burberry Prorsum, Fausto Puglisi and Michael Kors all offered new and unique ways to refresh our notion of tie-dye.  With their Resort 2015 collections this technique shakes the psychedelic swirls and hippie dippy concoctions for a sophisticated rinse and spin approach.
  • Where to wear it:  Everywhere! Embrace your inner festival-goer self and give it a high fashion approach with some tie-dye and dip-dyes.  The key to this trend on how to not look like the president of The Grateful Dead fan club is to wear this in unexpected silhouettes like wide leg high-waisted trousers or a moto inspired jacket to juxtapose the edgy leather trim.

 

 

 

CSM X ASOS Giveaway!

Giveaway-ASOS 50It’s time to say “Thank You“, “Malo“, “Fa’afetai“, “Mahalo“, and “Vinaka“.  This has been such an amazing year thus far and it’s all because of you all, the CSM community.  This little space means the absolute world to me because of all of the great dialogue that it has helped to foster and more importantly the beautiful friendships its given me.  I’ve been debating for the longest time what would be the best giveaway to have to say “Malo” and then it smacked me in the face: a gift to my go-to shopping destination, ASOS.

So how do you win a $50 gift card to this one stop shop fashion/style addiction you say?  Easy, make sure you follow all the rules listed below.  Ready-set-go!

1. You must follow @CSMStyleDiary on Instagram

2. You must follow @CSMStyleDiary on Twitter

3.  Leave a comment below on what great piece you will be snagging from ASOS and fair warning, if you aren’t yet a fanatic then my apologies in advance to your checking account.

This sweepstakes giveaway officially starts today, June 27th and ends on July 4th at 5pm CST.  The winner will be announced via CSM’s  Facebook Page.*

 

 

*Winner will be randomly selected using random.org and MUST follow all of the rules listed above in order to qualify to win.

 

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: Your New Summer Layering Go To!

White will forever be a key color for summer so why not keep it fresh, crisp and new right?  This summer is all about the white out whether it be in a LWD or well constructed and structured blazer.   Because temps are rising and for the simple fact that it’s so not a cute look to be sweating up beads of perspiration due to the long sleeves of a blazer.   While I’m a total Stan for fashion & style I’m a bigger fan of functionality so my secret?  Keep the same clean, fresh and modern tailoring look by opting for a white long vest.  The key to picking the right white long vest is length.  The longer the better, so don’t be afraid to go long or go home.  Next, the silhouette you should be after falls along the same vein of giving a nod to the menswear trend so opt for a more loose, boxy boyfriend fit.

Now, the more important question: Splurge vs. Save?

White Vest Board

L to R: Rag & Bone ‘Ines’ Vest ($450.00) vs. ZARA Waistcoat ($60.00)

 

 

 

Juun.J: Street Tailoring

Juun.J Board

  • Who’s the Designer:  Juun.J is the brilliant mind behind self titled menswear fashion label, Juun.J 
  • What’s the inspiration:  Juun is largely inspired by youth and street culture and has in turn aptly calls this “Street Tailoring”.  As an expert who is regarded as a master tailor he draws on this training to deconstruct and dissect traditional and old world notions of classic tailoring to formulate new and modern silhouettes.
  • Why it’s relevant:  His avant design and classicism coupled with his precise tailoring will no doubt continue to be a tour de force in the evolution of menswear.  Juun’s designs challenge our preconceived notions of what is traditional menswear.  His blurred approach allow for a revolutionary approach to clothing and ultimately is designing for the chic streetstyle dresser who is unafraid of pushing the style boundary.
  • Where to wear it:  This is a public service announcement: This is only for the bold, the daring and those who have “I don’t give a fuck!” attitudes of the world.  This collection is not for the faint of heart of the fashion lemings who follow trends rather than make them.  Do not approach this label if you are not ready… don’t say I didn’t warn you!