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Mary Katrantzou X ADIDAS

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  • Who’s the Designer:  UK fashion designer, Mary Katrantzou
  • What’s the Inspiration:  Ensuring the continued relevance of high-end athleisure trend, Adidas Originals introduces one of the most heavily anticipated collaborations between the brand with printastic aficionado, Mary Katrantzou.
  • Why it’s relevant:  With recent collaborations with the likes of Wang for H&M, Jil Sander for Puma it’s no surprise that the original retailer who sparked the collaboration between street performance and high-end footwear to up the ante with their latest collection.  Katrantzou offers a wide array of creative outlet speaks both directly to the core of the brand as well as offers new opportunity for creative growth.
  • Where to wear it:   Collection officially launches on November 15th both in-store as well as online.  So else is going to be joining me for Friday night shopping party?  Until then, get a preview of the collection below!

Adidas X Mary Katrantzou Shoe Collection

NYFW summed up with 5 key runway looks!

Zana Bayne Board

Zana Bayne shows us how to shed some clothing and show some skin while maintaining your fashion sense: be a little naughty, a little nice and anything but boring.

Thom Browne BoardThom Browne shows us that fashion should be fun and hey why not really a little colorful at the same time too right? Celebrate spring blooms with a kaleidoscope of colors all in full bloom (sorry, no pun intended)!

Rodarte BoardThe Rodarte duo serve up hand-painted lace, tulle, netting, and embroidery so pile it on! This season, romantic dressing can mean mesmerizing-ly messy, too.

Proenza Schouler BoardOn the fringes? Not according to Proenza Schouler, so this spring stop traffic with this “stringy” statement.

Oscar de la Renta BoardOscar de la Renta answers the classic question, “Who needs a gown?”  A crop top and ladylike skirt in wedgwood blue buffalo check will do the trick.  It’s the new evening loo, elegance doesn’t any get easier than this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYFW: Tia Cibani Spring/Summer 2015

Tia Cibani Board

  • Who’s the Designer:  The design genius behind this “voluminous” brand is Tia Cibani.
  • What’s the Inspiration:  In Cibani’s own words, “all-out ’70s,” channeling Bianca Jagger in Marrakech with a block-printed, light-as-air cotton dress bustled at the side to give it shape, and a fluffy, off-the-shoulder ruffled top worn with a pair of dark rose-printed satin trousers. 
  • Why it’s relevant:  While Cibani was thinking a lot about silhouette, color emerged as the season’s strongest suit. Dusty pinks, golds, and purples named after spices—turmeric, clove, cayenne, saffron—delivered the feeling of the era, especially when rendered in cupro-sateen or lamé. There were some utilitarian pieces that stood out as well, particularly a denim sleeveless coat dress, and a khaki chino skirt. Cibani likes to show lots of looks with lots of elements, which can cause confusion. But this time around, it all made sense.
  • Where to wear it:  Everywhere! This collection is especially perfect for all of my working girls.  After all isn’t the Mary Jane Manolo Blahnik of our dreams approps office attire that takes us right into Happy Hour?

 

NYFW: Novis Spring/Summer 2015

Novis Board

  • Who’s the Designer: Jordana Warmflash is the creative genius behind the emerging powerhouse designer label, Novis.
  • What’s the Inspiration:  Warmflash has an unbridled tendency towards utilizing color in a quirky and unconventional manner.  It’s no secret that she’s an art fanatic so it comes as no surprise that Tom Wesselelmann’s Pop Art paintings are the focal point inspiration for her spring/summer 2015 collection.
  • Why it’s relevant:  Key silhouettes that have been sprinkling the spring/summer 2015 runways this week were voluminous maxi skirts, lengthier culottes and statment making pullovers. 
  • Where to wear it:  Novis spring/summer 2015 is the perfect transitional collection to help make the change from winters’ brutual winds a little easier.  Afterall, doesn’t a fun Pop Art print or two put a smile on your face?

 

#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!

 

 

Taco Diner: Tex Mex 101

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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: 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

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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)

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: Because Dads Are Trendy…

Father’s Day is around the corner (no literally, it’s in a matter of days).  Finding the right gift for that amazing guy in your life can be a struggle.  Granted, my experience may be unique but I have a feeling that it’s not.  While my father is definitely what you would call you a “Man’s Man” he is a “Man’s Man” who appreciates clean lines and a dapper look.  Because I know my father I know sprinkles of trends to update his style are the perfect little gifts.  One great trend for spring/summer is the update to the flat sandal.  Although Tevas and Birkenstocks are having a moment, the ideal sprinkle for this trend update for my dapper dad is a clean, sleek, leather sandal update.

So the question of the day is, Splurge vs. Save?

Dad Sandals

L to R: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Multi-Strap Leather Sandals ($680.00) vs. Jerusalem Sandals Golan Leather Sandal ($79.00)

 

 

June: Pearl!

Happy Birthday to all of you Gemini & Cancers born in the month of June!  June’s birthstone is the pearl gemstone.  How amazing is it for you that rather than just saying the iconic catchphrase “clutching my pearls…” you now can and it would mean so much more!  So clutch your pearls all year long  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!

June Birthstone BaubleTop L to R: Pearl Halo Bracelet/ Vermeer Pearl Pendant/ Lunar Pearl Ear Cuff/ Pearl Spike Ring Stack/ Pearl 360 Stud Earrings/ Pearl Petal Drop Earrings