beach prep!

clockwise from top right: sunglasses: Prada,  Prada, Gucci | sandals: Old Navy similar | beach bag: Marc Jacobs | bikinis: Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler similar| coverups: both Old Navy | scarves: Moschino, Gucci similar | products: Sum Bum, Dermalogica, Dior Lip Glow

My husband and I will soon escape Chicago’s cold weather to soak up the sun in Tulum. Here are a few items that I’ll be bringing on our trip to Mexico! This year, I decided to add a white bikini into my wardrobe. After spending hours online shopping, I decided on another one from Proenza Schouler. I love the black and white bikini I purchased a couple of years ago and was excited to find this one – super comfortable and a great fit. Also, since my hair is short and I can’t pull it back, I wrap it up in silk scarves. It’s easy and keeps me looking chic on the beach! Sunshine, beaches, tacos, and mango margaritas for days! Follow along on Instagram @taffetaandcedar.

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the black sweater

1: 3.1 Phillip Lim // 2: Madewell // 3: Everlane // 4: J.Crew // 5: Gucci // 6: COS // 7: Zara

You can never go wrong with a black sweater, or have too many of them. Because they all look so different! Seriously, every above sweater is unique from the next. Whether it be the knit, cut, fabric, etc. I also love the option of wearing a sweater with jeans and sneakers, and then easily dressing up the same with a pair of heels and leather pants. Boom, completely versatile and an entirely different look. I’ve selected a few sweaters that I have my eye on and would love to add into my fall/winter wardrobe!

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casual summer

hat: J.Crew // dress: J.Crew // shades: Prada // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim similar // sandals: Stuart Weitzman similar  // lip: Rimmel 

I love the relaxed vibes of summer – soaking up the sun and taking it easy! Dresses, shorts, and sandals have been my go-to this season. While keeping it pretty simple, I like to add a red lip to bring it all together. I was excited to add Rimmel London’s ‘Call the Shots’ lipstick into my summer makeup routine. It’s a matte finish and provides long-lasting color, both important to survive the summer heat. A win-win for any look!

This post was a collaboration with Rimmel London. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting collaborations with Taffeta + Cedar!

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moody colors and textures






fur: Love Token // shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs similar // turtleneck: Uniqlo // jeans: Vince // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim similar // boots: Prada

We had some really cold temps this past weekend in Chicago. Cold enough to get out my puffer coat and warmer layers. For this look, I kept it classic with dark colors and elevated basics. You can never go wrong with cozy turtlenecks, boots, and extra-warm layers when you live in the Midwest!

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sweater weather






sweater: IRO // pants: Armani Exchange // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim similar // shades: Céline // boots: Prada 

 It’s been a pretty mild fall in Chicago – warmer temps and there are still green leaves on the trees! I’ve been able to layer different knits and I’ve just started wearing boots and sweaters. I love the large knit and texture of this sweater from IRO. It’s just the right amount of warmth, and look at those extra long sleeves! What are some of your favorite knits and sweaters this season?

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frayed blazer






blazer: Zara love this one // jeans: Rag & Bone // shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs // shoes: Zara similar // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim

If you haven’t noticed, black is my favorite color to wear. It’s classic, effortless and chic. I enjoy seeing color, just not wearing it. I picked up this frayed blazer a few weeks ago to add to my collection of black jackets and blazers…becasue they all look completely different. Seriously, they do! I feel like this will be a fall favorite and I can’t wait to layer it over some heavier knitwear.

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overalls & gold loafers





shirt: Banana Republic similar // overalls: Zara similar // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim // shades: Prada // loafers: Gucci

Overalls, a crisp button down and loafers are the perfect combination of comfort and easy styling. It’s beginning to feel and look like fall in Chicago, so it’s time to start making that switch to longer sleeves, layers and boots. What are some of your go-to pieces when transitioning into the cooler fall weather?

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stripes & fur-lined slides




top: A.P.C. // jeans: Old Navy // slides: Zara love this pair! // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim // shades: Céline

Stripes and denim are a classic combo. I love the button detail on the shoulder, it’s a little pop of asymmetry and extra interest. This shirt is the perfect weight and softness for cooler temps, too! Slides and mules are still big thing and I love them, as I mentioned here. So, I had to add these fluffy shoes into my fall wardrobe!

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boxy basics






shirt: Zara similar // jeans: Old Navy // shades: Prada // lip: NARS // clutch: 3.1 Phillip Lim similar // loafers: Gaetano Oliva similar

I love the look of an oversized boxy button down and jeans. It’s comfortable, yet still looks polished with the right accessories. I picked up these nude loafers in Rome last month and seem to be wearing them on repeat these past few days. Happy Wednesday!

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casual chic






blazer: Zara similar // shades: Prada // shorts: Zara similar // slides: Old Navy // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim

A pair of distressed shorts and simple tee are perfect for summer. To keep it polished, edit your casual look with a pair of slides, blazer, and simple clutch or backpack. I love minimalism and clean lines, so I went with neutrals and elevated basics.

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