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Sweater: Nordstrom (Similar here) // Jeans: Topshop @ Nordstrom // Boots: Aldo

Hair Products: Moroccan Oil and Blowout Sealing Serum

Shampoo: Fekkai // Conditioner: Fekkai

I have been meaning to channel my inner tourist and share some images that really capture the epitome of Chicago. I wanted to live here for a reason, right? One of the most iconic pictures in Chicago is the infamous CHICAGO marquee located at State and Lake at the Chicago Theatre. I work right next door to it so I get to see it every morning and night as I get off and on the redline. State street is great for shopping (I call the Macy’s the Disneyland shopping adventure of Chicago) and you’re in the heart of the city’s Theatre district where you can easily snag student rush tickets to a show.

It has still been a little colder than usual in Chicago, so I went with a black sweater, torn jeans, and ankle boots. I tend to lightly style my hair during the work week and use more products/ heat on it during the weekends, so I think that could be a reason as to why my hair grows so fast (I am in a desperate need of a haircut…). I shared a few of my hair products I use in case anyone is looking for new product recos! Moroccan oil has been my go to for years, and sometimes I mix it with my Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial to give my face ultimate moisture before bed. Any must have black clothing items you have spotted? Let me know!

XO.

Lex

Winter Street Style feat. Kenzo

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I was feeling a little fierce when I saw this cute sweater by Kenzo. What I love most about it, is that it’s not something Kenzo usually creates with its repeated pattern and more vibrant colors. Don’t get me wrong, Kenzo pieces are definitely for those looking to make a statement. I thought I would make it a little more street style with high waisted jeans and sneakers. I would definitely check out their sweaters via Nordstrom because their ‘Nagai Eye’ is just a piece that matches the epitome of street style topped with a beanie, ripped jeans and kicks.

Sweater: Kenzo // Jeans: TopShop @ Nordstrom // Shoes: ALDO @ Nordstrom Rack // Lip Color: Chanel, BabioleKENZO KENZO

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XO.

-Lex

Photography by Theresa Ferrell.

Little Red Christmas Bag

Al Plus Lex

Little Red Prada Bag

Al PLus Lex

Little Red Prada Bag

 

Al Plus Lex

Hat: JCrew (New style here) | Long-sleeve Top: Free People | Vest: Nordstrom (Love these here and here) | Jeans: J Brand | Boots: Tory Burch (Loving these dressed up tassel boots and these for sloshing through the Chicago snow) | Bag: Prada

 

Lexi and I met a few weeks ago on Southport. We walked by the prettiest Christmas decorations right off the main street and a cute red door in an old brick building. I got this vest last year from Nordstrom for easy layering while working in Park City at Sundance Film Festival. Park City has tricky weather because there is a ton of snow, but it stays in the 50s (at least when I have been there!)

I got this little red Prada bag when I was in Milan this past November with my parents. It was a quick trip, but my mom and I spent four straight days shopping and I think I died a little (a lot) and went to heaven. Each store was set up like an art gallery and was truly an experience in itself. I have always been in love with these cute pint-sized bags and as soon as I walked into Prada, knew that one was coming home on my arm.

In my current bag collection I mostly have blacks and nudes that are timeless and will pair well with anything. I chose to go with the little red bag because it still acts as a neutral, pairing well with almost anything you put on.

This little red Prada bag has quickly become my go-to Winter accessory- what is yours?

 

❤ Al

Photos: Theresa Ferrell

4 Days Until Christmas: Finding The Perfect Christmas Outfit

White Christmas Outfit

Now I noticed after taking a second look at my closet, that I am partial to black, grey, and white and I need a little bit more of pa-zazz *insert jazz hands here* when it comes to my wardrobe color ensemble. Being home in California for the week, it is my new mission to get some bright colors to get me through this dreary winter as the  worst is yet to come. White and grey colors are always a great color though to wear for special occasions, and since I’ll be in California for Christmas, why not bring my own winter wonderland home with me?! I loved the Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf feel I got with the ruffles around the neckline of this sweater dress, and it’s still comfortable and classy. I wore black tights and my thigh high boots to give it a little more edge, and of course a headband for when I am outside and it is cold!

 

White Christmas Outfit

Dress: BP @ Nordstrom // Boots: Steve Madden @ Nordstrom // Headband: Anthropologie // Lip Color: Kylie Cosmetics [SPICE]

White Christmas Outfit

Winter Coat Christmas Outfit

Gloves: UGG // Coat: Aritzia 

What color are you planning on wearing for Christmas?! I have recently become a huge fan of the dresses and sweaters at Chichwish.com and Forever 21 has so many simple V-neck sweaters in  different colors I want one of each! To me, the outfit above screams Blair Waldorf painting the town red on Christmas Day, and I low key love it. If weather permits and I won’t overheat, I am definitely going to show off this dress and be festive at minimum! Happy Holidays.

XO.

-Lex

 

Photography by Theresa Ferrell.

The Fall Jackets You Didn’t Know You Needed

Nordstrom fall coats1. Sam Edelman. 2. Trina Turk. 3.Free People. 4. Burberry. 5. Mackage.

 

 

Zara fall coats

1. Hand Made Belted Coat. 2. Zip Pocket Coat. 3. Hooded Cape.

 

shopbop fall coats

1. Nicholas. 2. 3.1 Phillip Lim. 3. BB Dakota. 4. BB Dakota. 4. MSGM.

 

rebecca minkoff coat roundup1. Kennedy Coat. 2. Ford Coat. 3. Cullen Coat. 4. Sam Coat.

 

 

Fall Lust List: If Boots Could Kill

If boots could kill, this one would knock them dead.

I am a huge fan of transitional pieces that can take me from day to night considering that I am often bouncing between classes, meetings, and events. A great shoe can make an outfit, which is why I’ve been relentlessly searching the interweb for the perfect fall boot. Behold, the Stuart Weitzman ‘Demiswoon’ Over the Knee Boot. If I could only buy one thing this fall, hands down, these would be it. The rubber wedge makes them easy to wear all day, and durable enough to run around the city streets in. The stretchy material would fit perfectly over dark wash jeans. throw on a white t shirt and leather jacket, good to go.

So…can the shoe gods just send these to my door…or? I’ll be waiting.

 

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Beach Cover-Ups That Won’t Make You Look Like A Grandma

 

With the lakefront right at our front door in Chicago, I have a feeling leisurely Saturdays and Sundays will be spent in the sand playing paddle ball and reading magazines with our toes in the water. When you need to cover up a little more, ditch the over sized t-shirt you’ve had since 6th grade and go for something a little bit more grown up.

Cover-ups can be fun and fashionable at any price. I found five that I am currently lusting over and transition well from a day at the beach to a late afternoon beer at the bar. Accessorize with a bright plastic neon chain(like these I found on Etsy), or small gold hoops. Slick your hair back to keep a polished look, and you are good to go!

1. Clover Canyon. 2. Topshop. 3. Vix Swimwear. 4. Echo. 5. Rhode Resort.

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Little White Dress

 

There are many things to love about Spring. Long walks exploring new parts of the city, eating outside, nature coming back to life…you get the picture. Another thing that I love? The freedom to throw on a dress and go out the door. Often we hear about the magic of the little black dress, but we forget about the little white dress that is equally as amazing. Throw it on with nude wedges, or pack a punch with bright orange peep-toe pumps…there are endless possibilities. Here are my top seven LWDs that you should be rocking right now:

 

 

 

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1. Tracy Reese. 2. Rachel Zoe. 3. Catherine Catherine Malandrino. 4. ASTR. 5. BCBGMAXAZRIA. 6. Adrianna Papell. 7. Laundry by Shelli Segal.

What to Pack: LA

what to pack for la1. Mara Hoffman Printed Two Piece top and pants. 2. Sophia Webster Say My Name Clutch. 3. Karen Walker Sunnies. 4. Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals. 5. Luv Aj Two Piece Ear Cuff. 6. Kenneth Jay Lane Statement Necklace. 7. Mara Hoffman Bikini.

Spring Draft

jackets

1. Kali Hooded Poncho. 2. ‘Royale Jacquard’ Two-Tone Topper. 3. Geode Souvenir Jacket. 4. Fatigue jacket. 5. Casual Emerald Blazer.