NikeLab X Johanna F. Schneider Collection

I had the pleasure of getting an exclusive look at the new NikeLab X Johanna F. Schneider Collection which went on sale yesterday in every cool city BUT Chicago. The collection features outfits that build, layer by layer for different stages of a workout.  Based on the wearer's activity, the garments are designed to be fully adaptable, changing volume and position on the body for different stages of use. Even though the pieces are not available in person here in our fair city you can shop the entire collection at the Nike Store online.

Special thanks to Jeni Takekawa who was kind enough to model for me. She looks incredible in the NikeLab x JFS training cape which can be worn a million different ways.

We also got a sneak peek of the Nike Air Max 1 Ultra “City” Collection which will launch on March 8, International Women's Day.  I'm love each city represented, but am particularly coveting Milan, which is shown below. My only questions is where's the Chicago love?!! :)


Good Day Chicago - Best and Worst Looks from the 2015 Oscars

I got the chance to chat Oscars Red Carpet fashion this morning on Good Day Chicago with Ryan Beshel, Amy Tara Koch and host Darlene Hill.  Despite Reese Witherspoon's call to #AskHerMore (than what she's wearing) and the cool feminist acceptance speech that Patricia Arquette gave for her role in Boyhood this is basically a discussion of pretty and not so pretty dresses.

Lupita Nyongo took the prize with her 6000 pearls, closely followed by Emma Stone in Eli Saab and Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent.  And the ladies that missed the mark.

And the worst...

Scarlett Johanson would have been wise to leave the Fraggle Rock necklace at home, Chloe Grace Moretz was overly excited about her pockets and beautiful Julianne Moore had a rare mis-step in this Chanel saran wrap and tin foil number.

It's easy to make proclamations about the stars and their dresses while watching the Red Carpet from my couch and making my way through a "family" size bag of cool ranch Doritos.The gals over at ManRepeller ask, what if you had gotten a last minute invitation? What would you wear?

After wiping my hands free of Dorito dust, I would casually lean into my closet and pull out this Valentino Haute Couture confection or this Prabal Gurung sequin long sleeved number. It should be noted that my inability to choose one dress shows how hard this is.  I would also, probably end up on the "Worst Dressed" list with either of these gowns.

All images courtesy of The Cut


Valentine's Day Gift Guide

There are so many reasons I LOVE Valentine's Day. Let me count the ways. It's an amazing crafting opportunity, you need no excuse to wear head-to-toe hot pink and red AND it's all about LURV which I happen to be in love with. So, whether you'll be celebrating with your Boo or having a Galentine's get together I've rounded up some giftees that will make someone VERY HAPPY. Additionally, Valentine's Day Gift guide is a perfect excuse to let my husband know EXACTLY what I want. Although now that I'm thinking about it this has worked exactly zero times.  But this stuff is so good, I may send a thing or two to myself :)

1) Minna Parikka Miffy Pink Heels $220.00
2) KDIA Emoji Ring $13,429.15
3) Rifle and Bond 10 Post Cards $10.00

4) Fat Tiger Workshop Custom Snap Back $30.00
5) Paula Cademartori Shoulder Bag $1510.00
6) YSL Beauty Blood Red Lipstick $38.00
7) L'Agent by Agent Provocateur Eye Mask $50.00
8) Donut Throw Pillow $29.00
9) Fuji Film Instax Mini Camera $77.00
10) Marc by Marc Head Phones $60.00
11) Ban.do Giant Gem Speaker $40.00
12) Kalla Bea The Lady Bouquet $155.00


Stunt Taylor Mixtape Party - Leaders

So many fashionable peeps in flat brims, so little time. We caught Stunt Taylor performing  at Leaders this past weekend, which was a great excuse for my husband to buy more hats and capture some incredible style. T.D looks fly in his majorly mixed patterns.

Stunt Taylor right before he went on.

Check out full coverage of this event over at my partners site Party Line Chicago


Alexandria Ott

I ran into the beautiful Alexandria Ott, founder of Chrome City PR at Dose Market this past weekend. Her two tone hair and mustard brocade jacket are really doing it for me right now. Also love this pastel color palette.

This Chicago Street Style Fashion was captured at 1034 W. Randolph.


Ray Civello - Civello Chicago NYE Giveaway

Civello Salons have set up three Chicago locations in the former Michael Anthony salons on North Avenue, Belmont and State Street. To celebrate we are giving away 5 New Years Eve Blow outs (that's right FIVE!) to some lucky ladies. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (with a way for me to contact you) and follow us on Instagram. The winners will be chosen randomly. Congratulations to all our winners! This contest is now closed.

I first met Ray Civello, CEO/President of Aveda Canada and founder of Civello Salon at a dinner at Soho house and was just mesmerized by his story and charisma. When I heard him speak about building his business and his artistic vision I knew I had to capture him for the blog!


Recipe - Beet and Sweet Potato Chips

I'm on Jessica Murnane's One Part Plant podcast this week talking about life, work and food of course! Part of the deal was that Jessica asked me to share a favorite plant based recipe. So I whipped up a batch of beet and sweet potato chips. See how to make this nutritious, yummy treat below.

3 large beets, peeled
3 large sweet potatos
4 tablespoons olive oil
Sea Salt
Cracked Pepper

Preheat oven to 350°. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a mandoline, thinly slice beets to a thickness of 1/16". In a large bowl, toss beet slices with oil to coat evenly. On prepared baking sheets, in a single layer, arrange as many slices as will fit without crowding. Bake until crisp, 25-30 minutes, rotating pans once halfway through baking. Really watch the oven because the chips go from crips to burnt in a matter of moments. Cool chips and blot with paper towels to remove any excess oil. Repeat, using a cool prepared baking sheet for each batch, until all beet slices are baked. Toss chips with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. 

The beet and sweet potato slices really shrink down so you have to bake a lot of batches to yield a decent amount of chips.

This recipe is based on one I found on Epicurous

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