leather leggings





top: Zara, pant: Zara, boots: Bocage, bag: Armani Exchange (similar here), bracelets: Old Navy & Marc by Marc Jacobs, sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Leather leggings and tops are a modern wardrobe must-have this season. This combined faux leather and faux suede pair are cool, comfortable, and affordable. I decided to support monochromatic black (a favorite of mine), but these leggings can be just as fun paired with a v-neck tee and sneakers.

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oversized button down





shirt: Zarajeans: Armani Exchange, shoes: Report – Signature sunglasses: Ray-Ban, earrings: Madewell,  bag: 3.1 Phillip Limlipstick: YSL 

A white button down is a great wardrobe basic. I love the oversized, yet crisp look of this one. It’s always best to pair an oversized top with a slim or skinny pant for a balanced look, and vise versa. A red lip, slender tote and d’Orsay flat keep this look feeling classic.

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fall scarves


Still focusing on fall trends, I have selected a few of my favorite scarves for the season. Besides making an outfit come together with a great shoe or boot, a scarf is the next best accessory. They are functional and can add a pop of color to any outfit, whether it be a dress or your favorite pair of skinny jeans.

1. Angora Scarf, Zara, $119.00

2. Grid Scarf, J.Crew, $55.00

3. Adrianna Snood, Club Monaco, $198.50

4. Echo – Pleated Infinity Scarf, Nordstrom, $38.00

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marl sweatshirt





sweatshirt: Zarashorts: Forever 21, earrings: Old Navy, shoes: Aldo (similar here), bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Sweatshirts typically fall into the loungewear part of my wardrobe. They are perfect for a lazy weekend and layering in cooler weather. When I saw this cropped marl colored sweatshirt I thought it would be a great piece to dress up with a few feminine details. A black patent leather Oxford shoe and subtle shimmer on my mismatched skull earrings jazzed it up, while keeping it classic with a black scarf and shorts. Happy Monday, everyone!

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take it easy




tee: Zara, shorts: DIY denim cutoff, bag: J.Crew (similar here), shoes: Biba, watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here), sunglasses: Ray-Ban

A pair of denim cutoffs is a summer go-to for me. They can be paired with almost any style of top and they are so comfortable. I decided on an oversized tee and a pop of color for my bag. I found these sandals in Italy a couple of summers back and they are perfect for adding a little something extra to a casual look. Happy Friday!

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veggie tacos




Tacos are one of my most favorite foods! Chicago is a wonderful city for hunting down “the best” taco. And sometimes I find a delicious taco at home. Enjoy!

Veggie tacos: 

Step 1:
Prep peppers and onions for the grill: red, yellow, orange, green, poblano and jalapeño if you like  a bit of spice.

Step 2:
Coat the peppers with extra virgin olive oil, then Ottoman spice* and Trader Joe’s South African Smoke seasoning.

Step 3: 
Place peppers and onion slices on the grill, skin side down for 6-8 minutes or until peppers and onions begin to char. Flip and cook for another 6-8 minutes.

Remove the peppers and onions from the grill and set aside to cool. Slice into thin pieces.

Step 5: 
Warm corn tortillas or flour tortillas in the microwave for 20 seconds. Garnish with cilantro, coleslaw (Whole Foods carries my favorite) lettuce, sliced avocado, refried beans, spicy mayo** and salsa.

**Spicy mayo:

5 tbsp veganaise or mayo
3.5 tbsp sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp sriracha

Add additional sweet chili sauce and sriracha to taste.

*Ottoman Spice is from Ucuzcular, a spice market found in the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Please click here to purchase this amazing spice blend. Or, Old Bay Seasoning is an appropriate alternative.

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casual in gold





jacket: ASOStop: Old Navy skirt: H&M (similar here), shoes: Zara, bag: Prada  earrings: American Apparel

I love long sleeve tees, they have always been a go-to for comfort. I wanted to punch up the casualness of this tee by adding a few feminine touches. A shimmering gold skirt adds a little flair and you can never go wrong with a patent leather wedge. The leather moto jacket brings subtle balance along with the small nylon cross body. A great transition outfit for the end of summer.

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top: H&M (similar here), pant: Old Navy, shoes: Zara, bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, glasses: Prada

A monochromatic look can be fun. Typically, I choose all black but all white with subtle black accessories can be just as flattering. I love the crisp, clean lines on this white sleeveless top. A skinny jean and strappy heel hold this fresh look together.

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Abelardo Morell





Work by photographer Abelardo Morell is currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. Abelardo creates these beautifully juxtaposed images by using a technique called camera obscura. This is established by completely darkening a room with black plastic and cutting a small hole into the plastic allowing light to pass through onto the subject (or room). Then using a large-format camera to capture the image on the wall and expose it on film. As you can see from these pictures, he has traveled the world creating many series and individual pieces of work. This exhibition in on display until September 2, 2013. Go see it this weekend!

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roasted brussels sprouts





Brussels sprouts are a healthy side or main course that can can be served either hot or chilled. But roasted brussels and onions are my favorite. When in season, I have been known to make them multiple times in a week!


Roasted Brussels Sprouts
(makes 2-4 servings)

1 lb brussels sprouts
1 medium onion
1-2 garlic cloves
1 1/2 tbsp freshly ground pepper
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tbsp Ottoman Spice*
1/2 tbsp Trader Joe’s South African Smoke

*Ottoman Spice is from Ucuzcular, a spice market found in the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Please click here to purchase this amazing spice blend. Or, Old Bay Seasoning is an appropriate alternative.

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350°. Trim off bottom of sprouts and cut larger sprouts into halves. Chop onion and mince garlic.

Step 2:
Add spices and EVOO, mix well in an iron skillet.

Step 3:
Roast in oven for 30-40 minutes, mix once.

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