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Taco Diner: Tex Mex 101

Taco Diner 2

Upon our arrival to Dallas the hubs and I made the ever important decision that the only way to explore and discover Dallas was through it’s food.  If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting the great state of Texas you may have noticed that Tex Mex is a cornerstone of Texan cuisine.  With a number of repeated suggestions telling us that Taco Diner was an absolute Dallas must we decided to give this Tex Mex gem a try and boy are my taste buds happy that we did.

Taco Diner prides itself on emphasizing the bold flavors found in traditional Mexico City Taquerias by presenting a lighter approach to authentic Mexican cooking in a bustling, high energy atmosphere.  The vibrant colors and cozy setting are the perfect balance to the off the chart flavors of their signature cocktails (ahem, Mambo Taxi is every bit of delicious nectar as it looks) and tasty tacos.  While tacos aren’t the only item on their menu they had me at “Felipe Cheesesteak” tacos and unfortunately were all that I seen on my second and third visit as well.  Seriously, CHEESESTEAK in a homemade flour tortilla-heaven.

photo (6) Taco Diner

So, if you haven’t yet added this foodie destination to your Dallas food list take 2 seconds and do it now.  Done?  Okay, now the next question you may have is what to wear.  No worries, I have you covered.  Now go and have a Mambo Taxi and another one for me too okay!

Fashionable Dining Board-Taco Diner

 

Top L to R: Colorblock Crossbody/ Mix Print Crew Top/ Leather Shorts/ Slip-On Sneakers

 

#WWAW: Because Rock-Star=Edgy, Comfy, Chic!

Rock Star Style Board

No designer has championed the rocker look more than Hedi Slimane, who successfully revitalized Saint Laurent by mining youth-culture codes for creative inspiration.  Rock stars embody a sense of freedom and glamour that fashion will forever be chasing after.  A true rock fan, Slimane regularly casts tall slender musicians to walk his runway shows and also fills his front rows with a tribe of real-life musicians.  Recent rock gods who have graced Slimane’s front row were Alex Turner, Miles Kane, and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart.  Saint Laurent isn’t the only brand getting with the band lately. Haider Ackerman, Lanvin,  Alexander McQueen, and Diesel Black Gold to name a few have opted for an edgier creative direction.  Put away the soft pick pastels and lace because leather’s back to take it’s rightful place as the front woman of your style band.

 

 

Best of the 2014 Fall Couture

Out of all of the fashion weeks that occur every season the key week that I eagerly await and legit get giddy about are the Haute Couture fashion shows that happen during Couture Fashion Week.  If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this photo or even this one.  Both of these mottoes speak to how fashion is not what defines your style, rather it’s the perfect accent or accessory that helps to tell your style story.  The couture shows are in my opinion the most unfiltered resource of creative fashion energy that allows ones true style to have a megaphone of a mouthpiece in declaring to the world, “I’ve arrived!”.

While there were an umpteen amount of jaw dropping, drool worthy looks from the couture shows there were picturesque moments where the fashions told the unsaid story of the designer and were just plain brilliant.  Check out my top key moments from Couture Fashion Week!

ValentinoValentino’s stunning juxtaposition of insanely intricate detailed beadwork with a sharp contrast in simple gladiator sandals speaks volumes.

Marie Antoinette in outer space-DiorDior’s captivating , ‘Marie Antoinette in outer space’

Marco Zanini 'Central Park' at SchiaparelliMarco Zanini’s ‘Central Park’ at Schiaparelli and featuring none other than squirrels and rats (yup, those are rats)

Maison Martin MargielaBecause with Maison Martin Marigela Artisanal Collection one should always expect a meaningful takeaway and why not a history lesson?

Giambattista ValliTwo words: Giambattista Valli.  Enough said. No seriously, the finale skirts are EVERYTHING.

Chanel Concrete DressConcrete. Yup, you read that correctly.  Chanel isn’t opposed to being inspired by any fabrication and that includes what is used to make sidewalks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

#WWAW: Chicago Love Letter…

About a month ago I received some pretty incredible news, and in a nutshell it consisted of : We’re moving to Dallas, TX!! For some of you this may not come as a total surprise what with my recent tweets and instagrams.  Since the realization of this one phrase it’s come to represent one giant ball of emotions that have had me reeling with every single facial emoji in my phone (and maybe even a few from Harper’s Bazaar).

After the initial shock of realizing I was  leaving the place I have called home for the last 9 years I decided that the only proper and respectful way to break-up with Chicago was in a way that would ensure that he understood how much I loved an appreciated everything he’s given to me and do so in a way that would preserve the amazing friendship that we sparked those few short years ago.

Seeing that I only had a mere 4 weeks to spend with my great love Chicago 2 tasks became an immediate priority: one, making a dent in my Chicago foodie list and second, crossing off the places I wanted to visit on my Chicago tourist list.  Naturally each item I crossed off both lists were done in the only way CSM knows how with an Edgy, Comfy, Chic fashion.

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Dear Chicago,

When I stepped out of the taxi cab 9 years ago, I just knew that you and I were destined for each other.  The jaw dropping skyline that seemed to go on for miles coupled with that amazing endless blue water were what sealed my immediate infatuation for you.  While at first it was definitely all about looks for me, what with the bright lights and endless rows of beautiful boutiques stunningly framed by the majestic blue of Lake Michigan in the Gold Coast.  I found myself venturing over to the homey, yet vibrantly full of life neighborhood of East Lakeview.  While I will always be a Chicago Cubs fan by default because of the many day drinking expeditions spent on Clark & Addison cheering in camraderie for a Cubs ‘W’.   The hellacious commute out to the far northwest suburbs for work proved to be too much, but in the end brought me to my absolute favorite neighborhood in Chicago: Logan Square.  This beautifully eclectic and diverse foodie’s paradise is my soulmate.  This unassuming vibrant and unpretentious neighborhood so full of creative talent that just bursting at the seams that it’s such a common place to walk down Milwaukee and feel like I’m walking through an art exhibit.  Words can’t even begin to express how much I’m going to miss you Chicago.  Even while I was in Dallas, TX looking for a new temporary residence the only criteria I had while working with our realtor was this one statement: “What area in Dallas, TX resembles exactly or at least is a nod to the beautifully diverse artist & foodie paradise of Logan Square in Chicago?”  I don’t know what I was expecting to hear back or whether some small part of me was secretly holding on to some small hope that maybe there would be a Logan Square doppleganger in Texas but I knew.  I knew that there wouldn’t be, but I just couldn’t at that moment take in the notion that I would be leaving you Chicago.  

What I have discovered over the course of the last 4 weeks is that it is just not physically, mentally or emotionally possible for me to break-up with you Chicago.  Our love affair runs way too deep and let’s just be honest my heart couldn’t take it.  So for right now I’m going to be on a really, really long vacation so this is not goodbye, it’s see you later!

Love Always and Forever,

Ana xoxo

Chicago 2 Food 2

P.S.  While I was eating and sightseeing my way through my lists I wore some pretty fabulous ensembles because when you go on dates with Chicago the only right thing to do is step it up and no better way but in my Edgy, Comfy, Chic style!

photo 1P.P.S Even more of a bonus?  Here’s a funny outtake because you know I had way more outtakes than actual blog ready photos lol

photo 3What I’m Wearing: ASOS Run DMC Tank/ ASOS Midi Camo Skirt/ Melissa X Gareth Pugh Sandals/ Givenchy Pandora Bag/ House of Harlow Sunnies (Similar)

 

 

 

 

 

July: Ruby!

Happy Birthday to all of you Cancers & Leos born in the month of July!  July’s birthstone is the ruby gemstone.  It has been said that the Ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love.  So, who else loves you more than anyone else in the world?  Now that was clearly a trick question, because duh we all love ourselves more than anyone else ever can (well, not that we would ever admit to anyone else but it’s okay because your secret is safe with me wink, wink).

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

Ruby Birthstone Bauble

 

TOP L to R:  Geo Darling Necklace/ Glitz Bangle/ Lizzie Fortunato Earrings/ Arabian Nights Bracelet/ Lauren Wolf Studs/ Ruby Pearl Drop Earrings

 

 

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)

 

 

 

6 Hair Tricks to Get Through Summer!

hair braidAs of this past weekend it is officially Summer ya’ll!  This is hands down my favorite time of year for hair because the weather forces me to get more creative with my hairstyles out of sheer practicality (having long, thick, curly black hair that has an aversion to getting frizzy and unmanageable is the perfect combination to kick start anyone into hair creativity, am I right?).

Summer is all about being outside enjoying the beautiful warm weather while sipping cocktails at the pool or jammin’ out to your favorite DJ or band at a music festival.   For a long time I use to let my hair dictate what outdoor activities I’d participate in because of the haunting vision of a big frizz ball on top of my head.  Over the years I’ve picked up few tips and now I’m spreading the wealth because no one should have to experience what I call FBR (Frizz Ball Rachetness).  Check out my tips and give them a whirl and be sure to tell me which one became your absolute must because lord knows these have all come in handy in so many ways!

1.  Get rid of static with one amazing tool: A dryer sheet!  With one sheet, smooth it over your entire head going from root to ends.  To avoid getting static altogether, rub the dryer sheets on your brushes and combs before using them on your hair.

2.  Wild & unruly baby hairs? Spray a toothbrush with strong hold hairspray and comb down the baby hairs and this method works extremely well with taming cowlicks too. 

3.  Best trick to avoid chlorine hair? Pre-soak your  hair and ensure that you drench it with spray on conditioner.  This will ensure that when you are in the pool your hair will soak up the chlorine free water and conditioner and not the pool water.

4.  Frizz your biggest problem?  Reduce frizz by drying your hair with cotton tee instead of a towel.  Towels can cause a lot of friction which disrupts the hair cuticle and in turn will frizz.  You should then follow up with blow drying it on a cool setting.  Drying on a cool setting keeps the cuticle closed which will prevent frizzing.  Heat opens up the cuticle which means FBR.

5.  Natural Summer highlights?  Don’t waste your money at the salon, instead squeeze an entire lemon into a dish, dip clean toothbrush into the juice, and gently comb it through your hair.  Sit in the sun for 45 minutes-don’t forget to put on some SPF because why have highlights if your skin becomes leathery.  Repeat as necessary to achieve the highlight color you want to achieve.

6.  A clean scalp is a healthy scalp! Keep your scalp clean from all of the oil and product build up that can clog your scalp by cleaning your hair & scalp by mixing baking soda in water to create a paste that you use to wash your hair.  Then rinse out your baking soda paste with a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar.  Yes it smells fun, but your hair will feel so fresh and so clean!