7.29.2014

Ensambl: Weather Inspired Outfits At Your Fingertips



Meet Ensambl, the app that will literally change the way you get dressed in the morning! Ensambl selects the outfits for inspiration according to the local weather forecast.  

As I approach my closet to get dressed each day, I first check the weather on my iPhone. This is a must for Chicago girls, as we can go from March to August in the span of a week and the temperature, precipitation, and humidity strongly impact my daily clothing sections. I'm usually a little foggy before my Starbucks in the AM, so I let Ensambl do all the work for me when choosing an outfit. Ensambl provides weather- friendly OOTD's to use as daily outfit inspiration. Ensambl is the brainchild of Dalia Strum, and was created in the midst of a New York snowstorm when she didn't know what to wear. Dalia created an app that serves as an inspiration platform and marries fashion and weather perfectly.

Simply login and select your state. Ensambl retrieves your local weather and populates with a HUGE selection of fashion forward outfits from your favorite bloggers. Then select your favorite outfits by touching the heart below, or swiping to the right. Discard outfits that aren't quite your style by touching the X or swiping them to the left. Don't worry, your favorite outfits will conveniently be saved, just touch the heart in the upper right hand corner to view them all. If you're like me, and fall in love with a specific piece from an outfit, simply tap on the outfit, and it will send you to the outfit's host blog for more information. 

I've been using Ensambl for not only daily outfit planning, but also to help plan looks for an upcoming vacation. Simply pull out the state you are visiting, and Ensambl will pull up the perfect outfits for your trip.

Check out Ensambl for yourself and download it here!

7.24.2014

Come Sail Away


What I'm wearing: Urban Outfitters dress, woven fedorainitial bar necklace, Aldo sandals, Zimmermann beach bag (here are some similar bags from Shopbop that I love)

What I wouldn't give to have my very own boat. A gorgeous vessel that I'd name "Bathing Beauty." I'd only wear white linen dresses and Sperry Top Siders while on board. With my love at helm in his captain's hat and seersucker,  Styx's "Come Sail Away" and Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" booming from the speakers, we'd cruise around Chicago's lake shore. I'd Instagram hundreds of pictures with the hashtag: #imonaboat, pop bottles of champagne, and do cannonballs with my girlfriends into the Play Pen

For now, until my nautical days arrive, I'll settle for scoping out Chicago's beautiful harbors, dressed in my LWD, in search of the one and only thing better than a boat of my own: A new friend with a boat. 


Photos by Rachel Schrader

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7.22.2014

Shopbop Sale Alert! Extra 25% off Sale!



Now is the time to pull the trigger on those coveted pieces that have been living in your Shopbop shopping cart all summer long. Today and tomorrow only, take an extra 25% off select sale items by using code 25EXTRA (sale ends Wednesday, July 23rd, 11:59 PM). Below are a few of my faves! 




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7.21.2014

100 Days of Summer


What I'm wearing: Francesca's top (similar lace top), denim shorts (old), Between The Lines Beyoncé tote, initial bar necklace, Sam Endleman sandals (old), MK watch

They say Chicago has 100 days of summer. These days are like precious gems, as we cherish each one. That's why, the hands down, greatest perk of my job is having the summer off. There is no price that you can put on that kind of luxury. Well, that's a lie, there is definitely a price you can put on it, but it's a wonderful thing nonetheless. Yet, come summer my daily behavior is sloth like. I drag my butt out of bed, walk the dog, go for a run (sometimes), maybe take in a little Kathie Lee and Hoda, and then see where the day leads me. In all honesty, a productive summer day is one in which I shower and get dressed. And when I do get dressed, it's always in airy, comfortable pieces, like these faded denim shorts, lacy top, and my favorite embellished sandals. 

My favorite days are those spent with friends and family, with no schedule or agenda to follow, simply enjoying these 100 days. That includes quality cuddle time with my pooch, jogging around the neighborhood until my legs are jello, a mid- morning ice cream cone, farmer's market strolls, drinks with friends because it's five o'clock somewhere, or meeting my boo for a weekday dinner al fresco. This is what life is all about. 

While my bag reminds me that I have just as many hours in a day as Beyoncé, and I should carpe diem, I'm content with pretending like I have a million more days of summer at my disposal. 


Photos by Rachel Schrader

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7.17.2014

Natural Beauties



When I travel, I try to immerse myself in the culture; eat where the locals eat, do what the locals do, and of course, dress the part. With my upcoming trip to Mexico just weeks away, my thoughts are consumed by what to pack. I packed all wrong for my last Mexican getaway. That's largely due to the fact that my trip saw Cabo's worst storm in 25 years. This time around I've decided to keep it simple, bringing along a handful of airy, vibrant dresses and cover ups, sandals, and (in line with one of summer's biggest trends) bags made of natural materials, like straw, wicker, and raffia.

The natural bag trend is one of my favorites in a long, long time. Natural fabrics are a perfect neutral, as they go with just about everything. They exude the fun, laid back spirit of summer. But, are they just for the beach? No way Josè! This summer bags are being shown in natural fibers but in a kaleidoscope of colors and in all shapes and sizes, which suit every personality and outfit. 

I have my sights set on one of these beauties from Shopbop's Bob Basics line, which offers a bevy of natural fiber bags at very reasonable prices. I'm also loving these straw pouches and Marc Jacob's Isle De Sea line. Have you embraced the natural bag trend? What are your favorites?!


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