The New Classics: Purse Porn


We’ve all heard of the classic bags. The Chanel Flap Bag, The Louie Vuitton Speedy, the Hermes Birkin…the list never ends. While those glamorous bags will always be world renowned, there are a few new classics taking the fashion scene by storm.

Alex Wang Rocco Duffel Bag

This Alex Wang creation is made of buttery leather, and is adorned with sculpted studs perfectly placed at the bottom of the bag. This perfect sporty-chic duffel can carry all of your essentials and still look badass. The only downfall? It’s a tad bit heavy. I think I could deal with it.

3.1 Philip Lim Pashli Satchel

One of my best friends just adopted this bag into her collection, and I must say that I may have fallen in love. This bag is constructed of pebbled leather, helping to make the bag a little bit more scratch proof, which is a good idea for any investment piece. With perfectly placed hardware and a detachable cross body strap, how could you go wrong?

Givenchy Nightingale

The bucket shape of this bag makes it perfect for the everyday city chic. I held this bag for the first time while shopping with my boy crew at Barney’s, and instantly realized how stupid I was for over looking this bag in the past. The monograms are discreetly placed near the handles, and the stitching is impeccably done. The craftsmanship in this bag is anything but ordinary.

Proenza Schouler PS1

A few years ago, this bag popped up on every socialite, celebrity, and editor at fashion week. Not long after, insanity ensued and you cannot walk down the street without seeing someone with it slung over their arm. This bag comes in a great variety of materials; from suede to leather, and the inside is practically lined.

Celine Luggage Bag

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This bag is the epitome of elegance, and can hold everything. Probably a small child. The stiff leather helps to make it super durable, while the suede inside protects from God knows what you might be throwing in there.

*Images C/O Barneys NY

BCBG Wants you to Shop with Me

August 28th 2013

BCBG is a brand that I truly know and love. Having large (ass)ets, it is often hard to find clothes that aren’t too big in the waist, but too tight in unflattering places. BCBG has the perfect proportions for my body, and has been my go to destination for about the last seven years. Crazy, right?


This is why I am super excited to  announce that I will be hosting BCBG’s Back to College Party on September 6th on Halsted. From 6-8PM, you can come sip champagne, snack on small bites, and of course chat with yours truly. I’ll be there styling…and obviously goofing off in the photo booth. The best part? Just for attending the party you’ll get 10% off and a gift bag. What could be better?

That interview outfit you’ve been hunting for? That sorority formal dress? I’ll make sure you look perfect. Duh.

I was lucky enough to have these photos taken by one of my best friends, Frankie, of the blog

Beauty Tips and Tricks

Lily Arendt | August 21st 2013

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  1. ALWAYS take off your makeup before bedtime. I know we all have those nights where it isn’t our #1 priority, but if you want to avoid perpetual acne and wrinkles…take those extra 5 minutes before crawling into bed! 

  2. Floss!! I’m sure you’re tired of hearing it from your dentist, let alone me, but it will save you time at the dentist (getting those cavities filled) and will help you avoid yellowing that commonly occurs between teeth.  

*Tip to make this happen: Keep your floss in sight by placing it next to your toothbrush or toothpaste as a healthy reminder! 

  1. DON’T PICK at your eyelashes! As a society of women, a pretty huge goal of ours is to have thick and full lashes. We all know that even touching our lashes can make 3 or5 lashes fall out!! So avoid this bad habit by purchasing a non-clumping mascara(CoverGirlLashBlast Clump Crusher, for example), or if that doesn’t help, just remember that constant contact between your hands and eyes can lead to bacterial infections. EW!  

  2. Don’t forget your neck when you moisturize! By forgetting this region of the body you’re basically asking for wrinkles and sagging neck lines. The skin on your neck is even more fragile than the skin on your face and by moisturizing it, you are allowing it to keep its tightness as you age.    

  3. Use nose strips if you’re having trouble with blackheads.It’s a problem a lot of us have; even if we spend a lot of time exfoliating our nose areas, black heads can still pop up. Just recently I’ve came across the Bioré pore strips and I love them. They’re really simple to use and just from looking on the strip afterwards (even though it’s a little gross) you can see the results!  

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Lollapalooza Style Part II

Matt Von Nida | August 10th 2013

The Classic

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I could have gone with the classic frat tank top look for this one, but I love the way Dave added class to this classic look. Daves dark lavender Ralph Lauren polo and khaki shorts paired with a sporty backwards hat screamed frat guy with class. He probably wore the frat tank last year, but hes matured and found a nice job probably in the financial district of Chicago since then. Its nothing to write home about in the fashion industry, but it is a popular look commonly found at Lolla.

The Enthusiast

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Diego is devoted to live music, and his outfit kind of just falls into place from there. Hes probably been to several music festivals and a ton of concerts. I noticed Diego at Little Green Cars, and his Urban Outfitters floral buttonup, bright shorts, and Beatles sunglasses just fit perfectly with the music we were jamming out to.

He loves his bands, and even if his outfits change, I have a feeling Diegos attire will always match his favorite bands.

The Effortless

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Its not that he doesnt care, he just doesnt try.” We know the truth, Mike. This is a common festival look that takes a lot of effort to pull off. Mike probably spent hours putting together his outfits for Lolla, but hed never tell us that. The floral short sleeve shirt was coordinated with precision to match his RayBan Clubmaster sunglasses. If we followed Mike around, I bet he spent days running around the city looking for the perfect shoes to match that pinkish lavender flower on his shirt. You look good, Mike, but were on to you!

The Optimist

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Not much needs to be said about Scotty May. He rocks this Laissez Fair outfit and makes you smile while doing it. His shirt reads, “Its all about fun and games until youre dead inside.” Its optimistic because its ironic, right? What I love the most about Scotty is his devotion to this look. Those mustaches dont grow over night!


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This I dont give a F***” look is on point. Edward Calzada pulled together the ideal denim combo for Lolla that seemed to match his attitude. He came to enjoy his favorite artists and not care what anyone around him thought. He looked good while doing it, and promoted a badass look too. I love the two shades of denim blue; and the goldrimmed sunglasses really stick out with that glamorous gold watch to match.

Lollapalooza Street Style

Matt Von Nida | August 9th 2013

The Fanatic

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If youve ever made it to the very front of a crowd during a concert, you have met Mike. Mike loves music, people, and energy. He probably waited for hours to see his favorite artists, and he became best friends with everyone around him. The mud covering his shoes and ripped up shorts tell us that Mike got was pretty rowdy for bands like AltJ and The Killers.

But Mike isnt completely careless. He loves these bands and he wants to look nice for them. The ‘70s sweater vest with a short sleeve button up match Mikes hightight and messy haircut just right. His black newage sunglasses tell us he is in it for the long haul, so dont plan on getting ahead of him during Mumford and Sons.

The Sunday Afternoon

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The Sunday Afternoon look is an essential image for a music festival located in the middle of Chicagos hustle and bustle. Its the perfect look to please your family at Sunday brunch and your boss at work on Friday before you race off to catch a headliner. Joe pulled together the perfect Sunday afternoon outfit. His light cotton button up transitions perfectly to a festival look with his effortless half untuck. Joe wore lightweight navy blue dress pants which rolled up perfect to enhance his festival transformation. And finally, Joes burnt sienna dress shoes are just as worthy of compliments at Sunday church as they are at a Vampire Weekend show.

The Patriot

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If you were at Lolla, you saw a million American flags. From tank tops to shoes, patriotism was at its finest this year. I absolutely had to find the most patriotic of Lollapalooza, and Brad won me over immediately.

From his Chubbies American flag shorts to his stars and stripes bandana, Brad made me feel proud to be a modern American. Brads classic ‘80s tee and the hair to fit the look combined a vintage and modern image of a new American pride that doesnt focus solely on winning wars. I found Brad (very fittingly) rocking this look at Kendrick Lamar.

The Bonnaroo

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The Bonnaroo is an avid festival goerwho knows the ins and outs of all music festivals. Well actually, he only went to his first music festival at Bonnaroo a couple months ago, and has since deemed himself the music festival connoisseur. Maybe hes on drugs, maybe hes drunk, maybe hes just flat out crazy we dont know because hes too high on Lollas energy. Regardless, Lolla

wouldnt have been complete without this fun outfit. Im not going to talk about his toe shoes or cargo shorts.. But hey! The colors of his outfit at least coordinate for whatever energyhe was on.

Nike Tight of the Moment: NTM X TATTOO TECH

July 29th 2013

I don’t think it’s a secret that I love Nike. When I found out about these limited edition tights, I immediately wanted to know how I could get a pair. The limited-edition Nike Pro Tattoo Tech Women’s Tights combine a flattering fit and eye-catching graphics for the latest twist on a favorite style. These tights feature a distinctive black and white print inspired by tattoos from the South West Pacific-Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand-with flattering, hand-drawn graphics celebrating the storied culture of Oceana. The wide, elastic, embossed waistband is both slimming and comfortable. And the allover print provides an incredibly smooth feel. For extra comfort, these tights have reduced seams.

Personally, I like these particular limited edition tights a lot, mainly because they fit into not just my work out wear wardrobe, but also into my everyday outfits. I can easily picture throwing these on with an over-sized sweater, loose white tank, and running out the door in sneaker wedges. How would you style these graphic tights?

Brian Lichtenberg: The Designer Rebel

July 24th 2013

In the last few seasons, playful sweatshirts, t-shirts, and hats of all kinds have taken center stage at fashion week, in the magazines, and in general street style form. Brian Lichtenberg, the outrageous designer behind the “HOMIES” apparel (and much more), is partially responsible for this craze. With a cult celebrity following of Rihanna, Ashley Benson, Cara Delevinge, and Jourdan Dunn, just to name a few, he has developed a hot list of product, and has seemingly exploded onto every fashionistas “must have” list. Some people may be offended by his “CUNTIE” beanies or “CANNABIS” pullovers, but it’s just a playful statement meant to be mixed and matched with everyday street wear. HOMIES is a play on Hermes, FELINE on Celine, BURR on Burberry, BUCCI on Gucci, and so on and so on. How could you not love a line full of apparel that’s actually comfortable?

Fashion is all about having fun, and this line truly embodies that. If I had a spirit animal, it would definitely be a “BURRRR so icey” beanie. Get your own slice on Brian Lichtenberg.