Green for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is always an event: you see the river dyed green, you eat lots of corned beef and cabbage, drink green beer, and bar hop all around the city. One of my favorite things about St. Patty’s Day is the people watching! Oh are the outfits fun. I wanted to share a ‘street chic’ St. Patrick’s Day outfit I’ll be sporting on Saturday (as Patty’s day happens early this year) as I brunch with friends, see the green river, and hop around Chicago to a few bars and friend’s apartments. I love the slight poof to my top as I have been noticing that as an up and coming style. I decided to jazz up my outfit a little more with an added neck scarf. Thank you Anthropologie for the cute outfit! What greenery will you be sporting?! Below are a few of my top Chicago go-tos for Patty’s Day festivities too.

Top 5 Restaurants/Bars to go to on St. Patty’s Day (Saturday March 11th and 17th)

*Don’t forget to download the app Tally (a bar tab on your phone without the hassle of using a credit card at busy hot spots!) and receive 20% off your tab at participating Chicago bars on St. Patty’s Day!

All my luck,

Lex

Top: Anthropologie // Jeans: Anthropologie // Neck Tie: Anthropologie // Shoes: Nordstrom Rack

Photography by Brittany Benson.

Stay-caytion in Chicago

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I love my city. One of the things I love most is you never feel too consumed from living in Chicago. You can always go to different places throughout the city to get fresh air and clear your mind. One way Bill and I decided to get some savvy R&R was to take a little stay-cation. Our stay was made extra special thanks to the hospitality from the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. We are familiar with the Gold Coast neighborhood and have many memories there but being a guest in your own city for once is pretty fun and something different. Bill and I relaxed, did some shopping, and had delicious dinners during our stay. I think my favorite thing about our short and sweet vacation was the fireplace in our hotel room.. it’s the little things that matter right?

I encourage you to take a stay-cation in your city, whether it be by yourself, with a friend, or lover.

A few tips I have when you are thinking about taking a stay-cation:

  • Plan ahead: Think of where you ideally want to stay, and a few new dinner spots you have been wanting to try.
  • Bring an outfit you normally wouldn’t wear out: I don’t mean bring something outrageous. Just bring a dress you never have a chance to wear but always receive compliments on. Dress up because it makes you feel fabulous.
  • Do something tourist-y: Yep. You read that correctly. Bill and I went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory on an off day when it wasn’t busy. It reminded both of us what a beautiful city we live in and how nice our local attractions are.

I shared a few photos from our stay-cation below: Fireplace, Balcony, Outfits and more.

If it’s not going away from your home for a weekend, find a great movie, make your favorite snack and splurge on that fancy candle you have been dying to try.

XO.

Lex

The Waldorf Astoria Chicago

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Dinner at Merlo Maple
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Top: Free People (similar here!) // Boots: Steve Madden

A Day as a Tourist at the Lincoln Park Conservatory

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Pink for Valentine’s Day

 

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While you might be busy stressing out about what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day (what do you get the person who has everything?!) your outfit should be a source of joy. Whether it’s Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day, everyone loves an excuse to throw on a pretty pink dress and throw back a few glasses of champagne. While my personal style does not usually involve a ton of bright colors, I love dressing girly frocks down with a leather jacket for some juxtaposition.

For the past few years, DJ and I have gone to Pastoral in Lakeview and had a phenomenal time- it is the cutest little spot with a phenomenal staff. They host a Valentine’s Day dinner that is coursed out with a wine pairing. Sadly I cannot eat dairy, gluten, soy or corn due to some health issues so we are switching it up this year and going to Cold Storage in the West Loop for the phenomenal shellfish tower.

I picked this pink, satin dress up in the Fall while traveling but it has been too cold to pull it out of my closet. I threw it on a few weeks back when the weather was above freezing and immediately fell in love with it- it is easy to wear with heels or sandals and pairs well with a leather or denim jacket. I can already tell that this will be on repeat through the Spring.

 

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Sunglasses: ASOS. Dress: H&M- not available in the US but love these options: H&M, H&M, Kate Spade, Nasty Gal. Leather Jacket: All Saints. Silk Scarf: Alexander McQueen. Fuzzy Heels: Steve Madden. Watch: Rolex.

 

Hope your V-Day is just a lovely as you are!

 

❤ Alex

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P.S. I Love JORD

 

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Loved partnering with JORD Watches. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I always love finding the perfect gift for special occasions, especially for Valentine’s Day. For friends who are my forever Valentine’s, I love getting the cheesy Valentine’s Day cards from the nearest drug store and writing a sweet little something! They chuckle, but know it’s from the heart.

 

But then there is my gift to my sweet Valentine! I love getting Bill something he normally wouldn’t purchase for himself, and he has recently become very into watches. Whenever we walk into a department store it’s a given that we stop by the men’s watches.
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While I gave Bill his Valentine’s Day gift a little early this year, I knew I had to share the perfect gift to purchase for your special someone too. I got Bill a watch from JORD. It is an all natural wood watch, that is unlike any other watch I have seen. Something that really intrigued me about JORD watches is how timeless it is. To me, it’s the perfect combination of a natural and modern lifestyle, great for day to day, and a really cool watch that friends ask about.
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When you are lookingfor the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, I highly recommend checking out JORD’s men’s shop. They have so many different designs that will never go out of style. Gents if you have a lady friend who loves a great statement piece, their women’s shop has an array of options for both the simplistic and the fierce.
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Bill is wearing the Dover Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood watch and he loves that it goes with a street style look or if he is going for something a little more preppy. He might have an extra pep in his step that day- but I’ll never know ;). The skeleton front of the Dover shows that the watch is automatic, so it is powered by movement and no battery needed. JORD’s other designs, Cora and Sawyer are automatic too.
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Ladies, you can never go wrong with purchasing your man a new watch right? Love is timeless, and out of anyone we can spend time with, we cherish the time most with the ones we love. For me, no matter if it’s watching a movie together, trying a new restaurant in Chicago, or blogging while Bill diligently studies, I know that at the end of the day, being together is always time well spent in my book.
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Watch: JORD Dover Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood

I encourage you to take a look at JORD’s men’s shop if you are looking for a Valentine’s gift or have an upcoming special occasion. Customized engraving is available too for a select watch series. Also, don’t forget to enter for the chance to win $100 gift code to use on the JORD site! While only 1 winner will be selected, everyone who enters will receive a code worth $25 at the end of the contest! Make sure to enter HERE.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

XO.

-Lex

 


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#NerdProm: My Favorite Missoni Gown

 

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Last week I mentioned that I love any excuse to dress up. Luckily for me,  January is packed with black-tie events AKA a great reason to throw on a gown and support a good cause. This past weekend, DJ and I attended Chicago Booth’s Winter Formal, otherwise known as #NerdProm, at the Bridgeport Art Center. This coming weekend, we are attending Snowball. I have gone for the past five years in a row, and love supporting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

When I was in Milan this Fall, I searched for a unique, transitional dress that could be worn different times in different ways. This classic black and metallic Missoni immediately grabbed my attention and it had to be mine. Unfortunately, the dress is not available in the US but I linked a similar one below. For #NerdProm, I threw an edgy leather jacket over it and kept my hair down. Next week, I am wearing it with my hair up and strappy heels.

Dress: Missoni (Similar: here) | Heels: Steve Madden | Clutch: Sophia Webster | Leather Jacket: All Saints (On sale!)| Sunglasses: Prada | Watch: Rolex

 

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Dress: Missoni (Similar: here) | Heels: Steve Madden | Clutch: Sophia Webster | Leather Jacket: All Saints (On sale!)| Sunglasses: Prada | Watch: Rolex

 

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Buried in Berry

Black and Berry Outfit

Berry shades have seemed to really pop this season and I love that it did (see what I did there?). Even in the summer I will still get OPI’s Miami Beet color because it is a classic and always looks good in my opinion.

 

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I found this Veiled Pom Beanie at Nordstrom (it’s 50% off now!) and I love wearing it on extra drab days. I lean towards wearing it with black but when I do,  it’s the happy medium between bold and classy. Black on black attire is pretty effortless so I decided to pair it with my beanie to give it some extra flare. If you have a colored beanie you want to show off, I would recommend wearing neutral colors and only wearing one statement piece because you don’t want to over do it. I imagine my veiled beanie with a chunky gold necklace and knee highs being a little too over the top- sometimes less is more.

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Beanie: Nordstrom // Sweater: Forever21 // Pants: Paige Denim // Boots: Via Spiga // Back Pack: TUMI

So what’s next on my berry list? I have one too many open shoulder sweaters but always looking to add to my collection to sport during the weekday along with a new berry lip. See below for a few items I have been keeping an eye on:

 

Topshop’s Cold Shoulder Sweater

SheIn’s Cable Knit Sweater

Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick

Target’s High Waisted Leggings

 

XO.

-Lex

Photography by Theresa Ferrell.Berry

Black Tie Inspiration

 

 

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These three gowns are some of my favorite pieces that I have seen this season: La Femme | Ieena | Cushie et Ochs

 

In the next few months, Chicago is booming with black tie fundraisers, galas and events. The feeling of getting to dress up in a floor length gown is one that I have always loved, but comes few and far between. I wore this Parker zing-zag skirt two years ago to Snowball which is quickly approaching at the end of January. This year, I am wearing a floor-length dress in a classic silhouette that I picked up in Milan. Specifically when making a big purchase like a floor length formal dress, I look for something timeless that I can wear again in many different ways and fits me well.

This year, I am topping my dress off with an All Saints leather jacket to give it a little “oomph!”

❤ Al

My Favorite Parrot Dress

 

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If you are anything like me, you hate the frigid weather that the Midwest (Chicago, I’m looking at you) brings in the Winter months. With DJ getting his MBA at Booth and working full time + me getting my Masters and working part-time, we decided that a mini-vacation to a warm place was much needed. We wanted to try a place neither of us had ever been before so we settled on Amelia Island, more specifically the gorgeous Ritz Carlton.

I posted this same photo above on my Instagram a few days ago and got some questions on my dress so I thought I would share it here! While this dress isn’t current season, it will always be one of my favorites. We weren’t expecting to take any (professional) photos on our trip, but spontaneously decided to last minute and this playful parrot print dress worked perfectly! I don’t often wear tight pieces, but I love how Milly makes dresses for women with curves.

 

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On DJ: Lacoste for JCrew White Polo | JCrew  404 Stretch Jeans | Sperry Boat Shoe

 

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Dress: Milly (Similar: here, here!) | Wedges: Tory Burch (Similar: here, here!) | Bangle: Hermes | Watch: Rolex |

 

If you have any suggestions on some fun, form fitting Summer dresses- I would love to hear them!

❤ Al

Shades of Grey

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Sweater weather is here! (Possibly even two sweaters and fleece lined leggings if you are battling the -5 degree weather like I am.) Pair an oversized sweater or sweater dress with leather leggings, wear heeled booties if you are dressing for a fancy occasion or combat boots for a casual brunch date! I had fun going to see the musical Hamilton (the thespian at heart that I am) and found this to be the perfect in between of chic, classy, and comfortable!

One of my go-to colors I really enjoy wearing is grey. It is a year round color and can be worn during the day or night. I always love Lou and Grey (no pun intended on the name) for their cozy grey wear and they have a plethora of vibrant colors for the summer days at the beach too…oh if only. Also, you must sign up for their emails because they always have the best sales, especially at The Loft. Check out my next purchase from The Loft as I sit inside and online shop battling this cold, (and unfortunately very grey) weather. Enjoy!

Sweater Dress: Aritzia // Leggings: American Apparel // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Purse: Burberry // Lip Color: Kylie Cosmetics (MOON)

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XO.

-Lex

 

 

 

Photography by Theresa Ferrell.

Fall Fashion

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Fall is my favorite time of year and I love the more earthy and neutral colors to layer and play around with when it comes to choosing my outfit for the day! I am one to get super warm super fast- so I usually go with a scarf, top, and heavier coat if needed. By the time I get to the L you would think I was just leaving the gym. So simple layers are my preference – throw in a pop of color and you are set for the day!

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One thing I love about this sweater by Topshop @ Nordstrom is the unique cuts and colors. I like to wear this sweater during the day but Topshop has an array of sweaters that can easily transition from day into night! Throw in a chunky heel, loose the hat and give the hair a quick tease and bam. Wine night with the gals is ready to go.

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XO.

-Lex

 

Photography by Theresa Ferrell.