My Five

December 2013

When I find a store, or website, that I love, I keep going back and get in the rut of shopping mainly at the same places. To keep myself from that, I have been scoping out other brands and sites that offer a good variety of things I like. This is where I got the idea to start a weekly post called “My Five.” Once a week, I’ll write about a new website or store, and pick five of my favorite things. Who knows…something might wind up being your favorite thing too.

This week, I chose The Goodhood Store. When opened in 2007, it was focused on bringing like-minded, original, designers together for a curated mix of goods. Now in 2013, it still stands by that mission, and has grown to be loved by many. It was hard for me to choose only five things I liked, but it had to be done. The Goodhood Store has brands that can be hard to find, along with unique jewelry, accessories, and homegoods. I can’t say no to that.

Sunglasses: Super

IPad Case: Pendelton

Camo Jacket: Libertine Libertine

Bra: Lonely

Necklace: Alpha Beta

Vividbraille Holiday ’13 Lookbook

December 2013


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Chicago native designer Vividbraille just dropped their Holiday ’13 lookbook. The line up for this season features draped hoodies, lamb skin, detachable sleeved crewnecks, not to mention the button ups with a twist. Shot at the Horween Factory in Chicago, the photos have a dark edge to them that serves as a killer backdrop for the flawless designs. Peep the full lookbook at

Balmain Campaign

December 2013

When I woke up this morning slightly annoyed that my body would not let me sleep in, I immediately snapped out of it as I scrolled through my Twitter feed and saw WWD’s tweet about Rihanna being the next poster child for French fashion royalty: Balmain.

Balmain has always been a Rihanna favorite…but then again who doesn’t love the crazy, studded, embroidered, padded mini dresses they cook up? Pierre was once known for dressing French royalty, so the character of his designs makes sense…pure French luxury. Balmain’s borderline avant-garde creations suit Rihanna to a T, and this match must have been brought to us by the fashion Gods.

The ads, which have a 90’s twist to them, feature heavy gold chains, denim, and a baby pink herringbone jacket. Mel Ottenberg, who previously has worked with Opening Ceremony, and is currently RiRi’s main stylist, was the creative director of the campaign. Rihanna truly fits the Balmain edge, and I’m beyond excited to see what else there is in store.

Chicago Spotlight: Von Vuai

Videographer: Georgia Makely

Location: Roosevelt Art Museum

Style Spotlight

December 2013

My good friend Georgia has some of the best style I know. I mean…who else can make a fur coat look effortless? Exactly. G ran around with me to pull looks for her up and coming web series, The Front Row, and I had to grab some shots. Lately I’ve gone back to toting my camera around in my bag and will be documenting a lot more of what Chi city has to offer.

Currently Craving

December 2013

All you need is love, and I have fallen head over heels for these sunnies. I have been searching for the perfect pair of heart shaped sunglasses for years, and have finally found the holy grail. The Lolita features UV protection, a handmade frame, and mirrored lenses. Wildfox Couture is known for their playful sweaters and lounge wear, but they truly won me over with these heart shaped stunners.

Wildfox Couture, $189.00

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Alexander Wang X Beats by Dr. Dre

December 2013

It’s no secret that I have an undying love affair with anything and everything created by Alexander Wang. I swear by his white tanks and live in his wrap skirts. I would sleep in it if it wasn’t so expensive.

When I got word that Wang was collaborating with Beats by Dre, I may have freaked out a little bit. Okay okay…maybe more than that. The limited edition collaboration features speakers and headphones in black matte, with gold accents. WWD was the first to report about the collab, and Wang himself gave a quote, stating: “The limited-edition collection for Beats by Dr. Dre includes my favorite headphones and portable speaker,” said Wang. “For this collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre, it felt right and a natural choice for me to give the Beats Studio headphones, Beats Pill and Urbeats earbuds a clean, minimal look with a luxe sensibility.”

Makes perfect sense to me! Wang has recently been seen hanging out with Kanye West, so he’s no stranger to the sound of music. GQ reported that The Beats Studio headphones will cost $449, the Urbeats earbuds will cost $149, and the Beats Pill speaker will cost $299.

Will you cop or drop?

Photo courtesy of WWD

Photo courtesy of WWD