OOTD 6.22.15:: Cut-Out Chic

Rule of thumb: You can never go wrong with black and white. This winning combo instantly infuses a sense of glamour to whatever fashion permutation your heart decides for the day. Today, I paired my favorite go-to shimmery Allsaints sleeveless black top with my new acquisition from this spring’s H & M collection: the laser-cut, open-weave asymmetrical skirt, in white no less! The architecture of this skirt is simply sublime.The skirt itself is made of the lightest cotton blend and sports uneven lengths throughout the piece, creating this incredibly free-flowing, unstructured look and feel. It literally sways and swishes as you move. It was a bit windy here in Chicago (no surprise there!) so this skirt got a further boost in the aeronautics department. :-)  I will admit — All the fluttering and sashaying brought some stares and second glances as I partook in an ambulatory adventure down Erie Street. It’s all about the movement this summer. Leave your freshly-ironed, structured pants and skirts behind and experiment with fringe or lightweight cut-outs. Let go of your instinctual need to control…
FYI, there’s not much inventory left but if you have time to head over to Target this week, go and check out their summer sandal collection! It’s amazing this season!! White Birkenstock-like comfy sandals with perfectly soft leather hugging the feet, black or brown gladiator sandals with requisite white 1/2 inch platform for casual chic, Dr. scholl’s-esque white sandals with perforated leather (as seen in this post) – All for about $20 a piece!

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OOTD 6.20.15:: The Faux Wrap Dress

Nope. Not DVF. This is actually a faux wrap dress (cinched waist). It’s über comfortable yet chic for a casual daytime walk or an evening rooftop party even. I added a bit of color by wearing a metallic turquoise bag and a pair of striped red sandals. What makes this dress is the way it falls on the body. It shows off a feminine silhouette with its pointed shoulders and tailored waist.

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Food:: Chicago: Nellcôte

It’s been a while since I’ve done a food post. Over the weekend, I stumbled upon a beautiful restaurant called Nellcôte, which is actually named after Keith Richards’s (Rolling Stones guitarist) mansion in the south of France. The restaurant boasts Parisian elegance and opulence, and the color scheme that was used created an atmosphere that made you feel as if you were actually in a mansion in France. Effective and brilliant. I’ll go more in depth in the post. But for now, get your Francophile hats on and enjoy the ride…

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