Street Style at Columbia

We all know that I’m a sucker for an edgy outfit. I fell especially hard for this one due to the neon accented, crystal necklace. The blazer and heels helps to polish the outfit out, while the grungy tshirt and casual jeans keep things down to Earth. This look would work on almost any occasion.

*Photos: Chelsea Kay

"He’s Just Not that Into You."

Photo Credit: Man Repeller

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      Six simple words. Would it really be that hard to say? Recently, I have noticed a pattern among my girlfriends. With my ventures back into the dating world, as you may have read about here, it is expected that not every guy I’ve gone out with is a keeper. Sometimes, admittedly, it’s not my choice. When something appears to be askew, and I go to my girlfriend about it, I usually get an uplifting response excusing the irregular actions (or lack there of) that causes me to second guess how I am feeling about that particular situation.

 “He cancelled plans. Three nights in a row.”
 “He’s probably just super busy with work.”
 “Oh my gosh you are so right. I’m just being silly.” 
Sound familiar?
Photo Credit: Man Repeller

In reality, you are not just being silly, your involvement with that guy is heading downhill fast. We have all been there, done that. Conjuring up a guys interest in you can be a shot in the dark, a very lengthily shot. When a guy is 100% straight forward with you, he probably shits glitter and rainbows too. While these chums probably send us plenty of red flags to avoid inevitable heartbreak, we choose to turn a blind eye. Why would we do this? Probably because our friends lie to benefit us. Point blank, your best friend is never going to look at you and spew out “He’s just not that into you.”   
           While pondering this subject the other night, I came upon the realization that women lie to each other in order to protect one another, but I have never had a male friend lie to me regarding my pursuits of the opposite sex. Granted, men are prevalently not as sensitive as women, but I would rather have someone tell me like it is. I sat nursing a heaping plate of orange chicken one day while discussing a failed fling with a close guy friend, inquisitively whining to him about how I could not figure out why things had suddenly changed, plans had been consistently cancelled, and a guy that had once seemed so well rounded and attractive could suddenly become so immature and flaky. It was like a light switch had been flipped off and I had been left in the pitch black…kind of like Helen Keller…but exceptionally well dressed. Rather briskly into the conversation, he cut me off and said “he just thought you were hot.” It was like a back handed compliment; a slap in my perfectly contoured cheeks. While this was not the best, or worst, thing to hear come out of his mouth, it was like ripping off a band aid. There was no “let’s play the guessing game,” or anticipation of things getting rekindled to their original state, it was over as fast as it had started, and that was that.
Photo Credit: Lena Ker
     In the end, by trying to protect each other, we are just dragging out the destined fate of those red flags and causing ourselves more harm then good. Women have become a sanctuary for each others fears, we constantly coddle each others thoughts. Genuinely, if we did not have a reason to decode the Egyptian hieroglyphics that were his last text message with our best group of girl friends, we would not have brought it up in the first place. Next time you feel that something is off, feasibly, it is, and no matter how many times your friends say he “was just preoccupied,” they are diffusely being dishonest with you. As girls, we know exactly what we are doing when we ask our friends for their opinion on a male dominated situation. We are indirectly asking them to lie to us, cover up the truth, and prolong the harsh realizations ahead. While debating the fact that our friends will never tell us the cold hard truth, or utter the words “he’s just not the into you,” with another StreetStyleChimember, I came to this conclusion: they shouldn’t have to. 
            Conversely, men lie to women as much as we lie to each other, but in very obscure ways. One thing I absolutely cannot wrap my head around, is the fact that guys cannot just end things in a direct form. It would be copiously in-complex for the man, and the woman, if he would just say “I’m not that into you.” Alright, maybe not those exact words, but somewhere along those lines would be extremely helpful. Why try to push us away? This seems like strenuous effort, when you probably will not obtain the result you desire. When a girl wants something to workout, she will ignore the irrational behavior being demonstrated at all costs. While I still do not understand this concept, I am now playing my own guessing game as to how this could benefit the male (or giving) end. Is the man slowly trying to deteriorate the relationship (fling, thing, etc) and have the girl realize it so that when the actual break up comes, she will apprehend it?  Without a doubt, they are just dragging the cluster fuck that they have created out further. While as strong females we should have the audacity to end something that is just not right, we often do not, so the guys warped plan in the end fails. I suppose that on some level, this is a guys version of trying to protect our feelings, which I still find extremely strange. Do they not realize that by playing these games, it makes the whole process of ending whatever it was, stickier then it needed to be? I once had a mutual guy friend with a guy I was seeing. When things started deviating from the norm with this particular guy, I was told he was trying to make himself as unattractive as possible to me in order to avoid confrontation.” Is that not the dumbest thing you have ever heard?
      Essentially what I am grasping at here, is the fact that girls would not have a reason to protect their friends feelings through lying if guys were direct. The female sex should not have to learn to read the numerous signs of when a guy is no longer interested. This is not what we signed up for. While I do realize men go through the same trials and tribulations, that is a whole different animal, that I am sure can be told exceedingly better from a male perspective. Maybe, just one day, the game of dating will become a whole lot less complicated. That, my friends, is a colossal maybe. In the end, there are only a few other men that I will ever instill my total trust in besides my Father and my Brother. That would be Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, and Oscar de la Renta. 

    


         

Willy’s Gift Guide

The gift-giving season has arrived! Everyone wants to get the perfect gift for their loved ones, but finding the perfect gift for each person can be really difficult. If you’re like me, you have a long history of trying to pick something unique that you think the person would love and would buy for themselves, and 99% of the time, you’re wrong and they hate it and you cry yourself to sleep. Recently, I have discovered the solution to my gifting troubles. It can be summed up in one simple phrase: “When in doubt, go classic.” These gifts are definitely worth splurging for, since they are timeless and go with almost everything.


2. Sunglasses: Ray-BanWayfarers  

In 1952, Ray-Ban designed the Wayfarer sunglasses. Recently, their popularity has skyrocketed one again. These sunglasses are probably the most recognizable sunglasses in the entire world and are definitely a fashion staple.
Who doesn’t love a good, classic blue pinstripe oxford!? Oxfords are so versatile and modern. They can be dressed down with a pair of jeans, and dressed up with a nice pair of slacks. Definitely a great gift.
If you can’t tell, I think versatility is great for gifts. Tweed pants have recently become more acceptable for casual wear, and I think that’s a great trend. I love the cut of these pants, as well as the color and texture. Obviously I just love everything about them.


As my parents could tell you, I’ve wanted a leather messenger bag since I’ve been able to talk. I just think they look so classy. I love the vintage look of this bag, but the modern conveniences like the padded laptop pocket make it totally functional for everyday use.

These shoes may not be classic, but I am head over heels in love with them. I love the brown with the maroon accents, as well as the combination of retro and modern elements in the shoe.
This watch is so modern and sleek, and the stainless steel really gives it a polished feel. It can easily be for daily use, but can be worn out for a nice dinner or in a professional environment.



StreetStyleChi Visits Green Goddess Boutique

It is no secret that Amy and I can often be found wandering the street Armitage when we’re bored, or just need a shopping fix. Between all of the amazing boutiques, how could we not? One of our personal favorites, would have to be Green Goddess Boutique. Whenever we walk through the door, we know it will not be a quick stop in. There are always countless new accessories to lust over, as well as unique designer pieces that we instantly start raving over. This store is extremely eclectic, which is great for gifts. Need a hostess gift? GGB has adorably packaged candles, as well as other homey items. Amy and I had the pleasure of hanging out with the women of GGB a few weeks ago and had a blast trying on jewels and chatting about the latest trends. Here are our favorite things from around the store. Of course, there are a million.
*click the set of pictures to enlarge!

Lily’ Gift Guide: Beauty Essentials

Our beauty expert, Lily, gives us an inside look at the best gifts for our girls that love to look their best. Check out her helpful picks and tricks!

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Heat Waves® Jumbo and Super Jumbo Hot Rollers $29.99

*heats up very quickly
*great for thick hair

M.A.C Cosmetics Fabulousness: Holiday Eye Kits $39.50 

*Compact with 5 eye shadows and mirror
*Classy look with a holiday feel
 
Benefit’s I’m Glam…therefore I Am. $36 

*great for makeup beginners
*comes with tips and instructions
Bare Escentuals Mini Masters Brush Set $25

*four mini synthetic brushes for eyes and face
*great for traveling 

Caboodles Black Lace Case $27

*Holds A LOT of makeup
*Easy to carry
*Classy look for all ages
Aquolina Pink Sugar, 1 oz. $30

*A very sweet perfume, soft and feminine
*Cute bottle design
*Great gift for girls Pre-teens and teens

Chelsea’s Holiday Wish List

The Holidays are right around the corner, which means here at Streetstylechi, we’re using that as an excuse to shop. Check out what made Chelsea’s wishlist in the $250-$500 range:




Style Profile: Michele

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing a little street style with Michele Watts, a Tory Burch aficionado at Nordstrom and DePaul student. She has a crazy fun style that makes my heart skip a beat. Michele’s whole outfit is playful yet refined, and I love how she used the silk scarf as a bow, as seen below, which is unexpected. You might see me stealing a page out of her playbook pretty soon.

 A: So, what elements tend to influence your personal style? 

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 A: And your favorite trend from this past season? 

M:  Peplums (tops, dresses) – hands down. It cinches the waist and brings back the hourglass figure, very retro chic. <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Arial; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Times; panose-1:2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:"Times New Roman"; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} p {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Times; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Times; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;}

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A: Love it! If you could only wear one designer for a year, price not being an issue, who would it be? 

M: Without a doubt, Stella McCartney.

 A: What are you buying yourself for Christmas this year? 

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A: Where do you see yourself after graduation? 

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–>Hopefully working in the marketing department for a fashion company or at a corporate office for a high end retail company.

Lagi Nadeau

One thing that we love at StreetStyleChi, are all of the incredible Chicago designers making a major impact on the fashion world. Lagi Nadeau is no exception. One look at any of Lagi’s pieces, and you can feel how many hours were spent creating the gem at hand. Personally, I love the pastels in her collection. While other designers are trying their best to incorporate every shade of gray into their designs, Lagi is going in the exact opposite direction. I first saw Lagi Nadeau on the runway during Fashion Focus, and have been smitten ever since. My pick? The adorable blush colored silk dress with the detailed, jewel encrusted collar. Athough, I’m going to be honest…I would wear anything from her line in a heart beat. Joseph and I had the pleasure of hanging out with Lagi and chatting about the line at her studio a few weeks ago, and we wanted to share it with you. I am positive that the fashion world will be seeing a lot more of Lagi in the near future, so stay tuned.
Photos by Joseph Kerins for StreetStyleChi.com

Holidays with Piper

If you ask us girls of StreetStyleChi if we want to pose as live window models, we are going to be all over it. This is exactly what we got to do the other day at Piper Boutique, right in Lincoln Park. We had a ton of fun hamming it up, eating mini cupcakes, and trying on countless adorable outfits with Jacqueline, the super fashionable store manager. Piper is full of great accessories to top off any look, and all of them are under $50. Amy, Lily, and I chose some of our favorite looks for the Holidays. We mainly decided on figure flattering dresses in muted tones, but piled on the jewels to add an extra something. Personally, I fell in love with a sheer paneled black dress. I was incredibly pleased with the way it played up my assets, but did not make my butt look obnoxiously huge. This is a feat in itself. Here are our favorite things from Piper, along with some other obnoxious pictures. Hope you like sexy girls!

LOL JK WE ARE CURRENTLY STUFFING OUR FACES WITH CUPCAKES.

Alex’s Wish List

     So, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are right around the corner, and with that comes every obnoxious gift list you can think of. I thought I would put one together to show you guys what I am currently lusting over. You can use this to create your own list, or just steal some inspiration. How often do we actually get to put together lists of random shit we really want and give it to our parents? Milk it while you still can people.
I am obsessed with playful sweaters lately. This sequined hamburger takes that concept to a whole new level.



Aviators are life


Inslee fashion prints.

Inslee fashion prints
I always have multiple rings, on multiple fingers. This one is playful and would go well mixed with a variety of things.

I love classic pieces with a twist, hence this jean shirt. Leggings and beanie material in the making.

Barney’s NY Christmas themed socks.
This monogrammed tote would be great for running to class, and then meetings. Durable, with a cute monogram…right up my alley.
I don’t think I have to describe these leggings….they speak for themselves.
A classic black beanie. Perfect for a bad hair day.

Because I am not super full of myself already, I need a handbag to confirm my beliefs.