a happy holiday season






sweater: Industry (similar here), jeans: Zara, mug: Anthropologie, watch: Timex ℅, lip: YSL

Christmas is less than a week away! It’s always a busy time of the year, so I hope you are able to take the time to relax and enjoy the Christmas Season. Each year my husband and I pick out a few new eclectic ornaments for our tree. It’s a fun tradition that we have started together. What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? Have a nice weekend!

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Kieley Kimmel







I’ve recently discovered the textile and clothing designer, Kieley Kimmel. Her clothes are a masterfully balanced juxtaposition of animated prints and sophisticated lines. Her work is guided by color theory and unconventional geometries. Space, function and form are taken into consideration for each piece. Such a refreshing aesthetic! Find more of her work here. Happy Friday!

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Eataly comes to Chicago!


 :: treats from Il Gran Bar Lavazza ::


:: il mercato dei formaggi / cheese market ::


 :: formaggi / cheese ::


 :: olives ::


 ::  elementi della cucina / kitchen items ::


 :: la panetteria / bakery ::


 :: dolci / sweets ::
my favorite Baci candies!

Welcome to Chicago, Eataly! I am so excited to have this huge emporium for all things Italian. Since their doors opened this past Monday, I have already visited twice. I’ve enjoyed a delicious dinner at Le Verdure, dessert and coffee at Il Gran Bar Lavazza, grocery shopping for fresh prosciutto and chocolates, and shopping for luxurious bath products. This place has everything, including a Nutella bar and vast supply of wine. So, if you don’t have plans for the weekend, now you do! Buon fine settimana a tutti! Have a great weekend!

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Dior Secret Garden II – Versailles

This short clip by Dior is another beautiful display of French fashion at it’s best – balanced, chic, and effortless. The 2013 fall collection is brought to life at the Grand Trianon. The main purpose of the Grand Trianon was to provide an escape from daily court life at Versailles. King Louis XIV ordered reconstruction on the current palace in 1687, as the porcelain on the first palace was disintegrating. The structure we see here, is twice the size and made of beautiful pink marble. Just like Versailles, the Grand Trianon is surrounded by beautiful gardens and forests. Enjoy some beautiful architecture, Dior, and Depeche Mode!

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Pamela & Brook

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Pamela and Brook are two of my very dear friends that live here in Chicago. This body of work is a play on beauty and combines an interwoven mix of femininity and masculinity. The inspiration for this shoot was the culture of the Italian countryside of Campobasso.  The models are beautiful and have defined, sensual figures that are covered by black fabric and masculine details. The stereotype of the worker – a man dressed in black, wearing a peasant’s cap and white tank top. And the women covered in black fabric and lace details. I envisioned these images being high contrast black and white to exaggerate the obvious beauty of the female form. For more of my work visit Iacapraro Photography.

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Dior Secret Garden – Versailles

This short clip by Dior is a brilliant display of fashion, history, architecture and aesthetic. French fashion is highlighted as being a perfectly balanced mix of chic minimalism and effortless luxury. The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles is (naturally) the most appropriate setting for this clip. When construction on the Hall of Mirrors began in 1678, mirrors were still considered a great luxury. The 17 arched mirrors are matched by 17 widows facing the Gardens, letting in the sunshine and breathtaking view. Enjoy a little bit of elegance and Depeche Mode!

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