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#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!



#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.

Chicago 1 Food 1

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)






#WWAW: Parental Advisory Warning

So winter temps  and weather are still here and unfortunately they aren’t going anywhere any time soon, so PARENTAL ADVISORY WARNING: Winter is a straight up motherf&*ker so don’t put your coats and scarves away anytime soon.  Snow and cold temps are in the forecast here at home in Chicago and will be following me to New York City, NY where I will be spending the week for work.  So let’s take a final look at what are great pieces to keep you warm for now and will be great building staples to usher in spring with ease.

What’s the Inspiration:  Drawing from the fall 2014 runways and incorporating the trend of mixing fabrications and textures.  So much leather and fur (both real and faux) that  littered the runways that just oozed dreamy comfort.


Why it’s Relevant:  Staying true to my style mantra of Edgy, Comfy, Chic was made extremely simple with fall 2014’s key trend of mixing fabrications such as leather and fur.   I added my personal touch to these fabrications by mixing in spring’s key denim trend of high waisted jeans and sporty footwear.  I don’t know about you but I’m embracing a spring/summer that is all about comfortable footwear.  Seriously, who knew this was ever going to be a reality in fashion so don’t ask any questions and just embrace this.


Where to Wear it:  This has become my weekend uniform and I bask in it’s glory.  It’s the perfect ensemble for brunchin’ it up like champs at Prasino in Wicker Park or checking out the Christopher Wool exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.  The perfect combination of edge and trend while all serving the all important purpose of keeping you warm during this long ending bout of winter snow and temps.


What I’m wearing:  Adidas Beanie/ ASOS Coatigan/ ASOS Moto Leather Jacket (Similar)/ Custom ASSATA Fur Scarf (Similar)H&M Graphic Tank/ Vintage Crossbody bag (Similar)/ River Island Sunnies/  Etienne Aigner Leather Gloves/ ASOS High Waisted JeansNike Hi-Top Sneakers




#WWAW: Statement Outerwear

Statement Outerwear BoardTaking a cue from the likes of Valentino and Balmain, I’m starting the spring transition with statement outerwear.  These last few seasons it’s been all about the statement necklace or accessory.  While statement baubles are never out of style, it’s time to let our outerwear have a spot in the lime light.

I’ve rounded up my top 4 choices that are not only budget friendly but will be perfect to pick up and add into your fall season wardrobe.  After all, why shouldn’t your outerwear pieces be seasonless as well.

ASOS Statement Outerwear BoardL to R: Waterfall Coat Print/ Asymmetric Color Block/ Metallic Jacquard/ Shamen Coatigan



CSM x SOSS Giveaway!

Remember the innovative and trailblazing nail artist Soileti Hoko, the woman behind SOSS Nails?  Well this amazing young talent has expanded her portfolio from providing nail crack for nail head enthusiasts to offering accessory freaks like myself more ways to stay SOSS’d.

SOSS has launched their online store where they offer everything from custom nail sets to custom neckwear accessories.  Yes, if you want to be dripping in SOSS gear you could make it happen–well accessories wise at least but I wouldn’t put apparel expansion out of this young up and comer’s reach because something tells me that we might be seeing a sportswear line being introduced sometime in the near future.

So to help others become just as obsessed as I am with SOSS I’m giving away a pair of SOSS Triangle Ngatu Knockers.  Statement earrings are a definite Fall trend and were sprinkled all over the runways at the Spring/Summer ’14 collections during New York Fashion Week.


So how do you win a pair of these beauties?  Easy, make sure you follow all the rules listed below.  Ready-set-go!

1. You must ‘LIKE’ CSM: A Style Maven’s Diary Facebook Page

2. You must follow @CSMStyleDiary on Twitter.

3.  Leave me a comment on how you would style these SOSS Triangle Ngatu Knockers.

And you can get an additional entry if you follow CSM’s Instagram page (@CSMStyleDiary).  This sweepstakes giveaway officially starts today, September 9th and ends on September 30th at 5pm CST.  The winner will be announced  via Facebook.*



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