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Shop local this Memorial Day weekend!

Attention all shoppers, attention all shoppers! There are 3 major shopping events happening right now through the beginning of next week.  All 3 are local Chicago based fashion staples that any style fiend such as a myself has become all too familiar with (not saying its a bad thing, but my wallet may have a different opinion).

Here’s the amazing part, 1 of the 3 is online so you can leisurely shop the sale from your couch in your PJs!  Online retailer, eDrop-Off is currently running their “Fashion Vault” sale through Sunday, May 26th at 8pm CST.  All the fashion heavy hitters such as Hermes, Balenciaga, Chanel, etc are featured so kick off the summer season on the right foot with a piece of designer luxury!

Fashion Vault-EDO


Now, if all you hear is the pitter patter of vintage tap shoes you will not want to miss Randolph Street Market‘s 10th Annual Garden Party Market happening this weekend, May 25th & 26th.  Not only will vintage fashions be awaiting your arrival at the market but joining them will be one of a kind pieces of artwork, hard to find home decor, antiques, and more.




Rounding out this holiday weekend, is the Chicago Artist Coaliton’s first ever Warehouse Sale happening on May 29th.  This Warehouse sale will be featuring a few of Chicago’s premier tastemakers such as Vosages Haut-ChocolatWinifred Grace, Snow & Graham, Burrow & Hive, Luxury Garage Sale and Sofia.

Chicago Artist Coalition




May: Emerald!

Happy Birthday to all of you you Taurus & Gemini’s born in the month of May!  May’s birthstone is the stunning emerald gemstone.  What’s even more amazing?  Your birthstone is also the Pantone color of the year.  So shine bright all year long and make everyone else green with envy with one of these stunning birthstone baubles.

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!


Splurge vs. Save: Scarf Print Dress!

Givenchy’s 2013 Resort collection is the signature collection where Riccardo Tisci takes bohemian inspired scarf prints and infuses a distinct graphic element that sky rockets the print trend in a whole different direction.  While no one can ever truly emulate Tisci’s distinct graphic scarf prints, ASOS makes an attempt to provide a very compelling inspired piece.

What do you think, Splurge or Save?





CSM has a new look!

I seriously can’t believe that the day has finally arrived and I can finally unveil CSM’s new grown and sexy makeover!  When CSM first launched back in April 2011 it was because I needed a pure, raw and tangible outlet for all of the fashion ramblings and opinions I had about the industry.  Over the years you the CSM community have helped me to truely mold and define who and what CSM is and should be.  My initial outlet has become so much more than I would have ever expected and so to have undergone such an extensive and much needed makeover was truly empowering.

The first and major change is CSM’s defining logo!  I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I literally agonized over what the logo would be visually for the first 2 months of this 6 month makeover journey.  Thank goodness for creative design guru and web genius, Laura Granlund of inTIMIDnation for taking all of the feedback you all have given me over the years (and yes, I had it all stored up in my brain).  To now have an actual visual representation of CSM is legit incredible.  So if you are in need of anything graphic/web design related I would highly recommend reaching out to her (literally kept my sanity for these last few months-trust me ask my husband).

CSM's New Logo

Okay I digress, let me get back to CSM’s amah-zing transformation.  The next major change and is the more obvious one, I’M NOT ON BLOGGER ANYMORE!  Yup, CSM needed to put on her big girl panties on and step into the real world of blogging and that required a new handy URL and so naturally it’s www.csmstyle.com.  Now, you all can update your favorites with the new link and what’s even more handy is that the name is in the new URL so you’ll never forget it right?

These next few changes were all about me keeping you all in mind.  One big important change for you is that I wanted to make it as navigationally friendly as possible.  With that in mind  it was really important for me to have a ‘Categories’ tab front and center so that you all would know exactly what the content of CSM is plus you could drill directly into whichever specific category you were looking for and/or wanting to delve deeper in to.

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Another great addition is that you can see I still have all of the old categories you all love like “Pasifika Fashion Series”;  “Shop Local”; “Fashionable Dining” plus a few new ones like “WWAW” (What Would Ana Wear) and “Splurge vs. Save.

Now, peruse and make yourself at home because I’m looking forward to seeing more of you and for a longer time.  Next time, cocktails are a must! xo