Hi everyone! I am Claire L. or Valentina LB, as I have come to be known in the fashion world. My love for fashion started a bit early for me (age 8!) and I first began blogging/YouTubing under a pseudonym to protect my identity, but the name kind of grew on me over the years…:-)

My blog name encompasses two important things in my life: food and fashion. I will blog mostly about these two important themes but I will occasionally throw in other aspects of what I enjoy in life.

I am a Chicago native and although I love my city, I am insanely in love with warm weather, so whenever I get a chance to travel outside of my familiar cold zone to California or Florida or any warm place for that matter, I am overjoyed. Not surprisingly, I am most inspired by the warmth of the sun. Its glow is the ultimate transformer; it has the power to infuse beauty and meaning to something we once thought mundane…Do you see my need to travel during the colder months in Chicago? 😉

My style… Of course, you will learn more and more about me and my style, but here is a little background info. My style is modern, fun, edgy, one-off, and contemporary. I also cherish exploring other genres of fashion, which you will often notice here on my blog. I experiment with many kinds of brands: from haute couture (Celine, Alexander McQueen, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Brunello Cuccinelli, Prada, Moschino, Roberto Cavalli etc.) to higher-end brands (Sandro, Maje, Tibi, Clover Canyon, Intermix, Rag & Bone, Alice + Olivia, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, Stella & Jamie, BCBGMaxazria, just to name a few) to mainstream, staple brands such as J.Crew, Zara, Topshop, Anthropologie, H&M, Express, etc. You will see me wearing a great variety of clothing. Playing around with different shapes and styles and brands is one of my absolute favorite things to do, which will hopefully translate here.

Food is a gorgeous concept. It’s essentially art. I love capturing the vibrant colors. Often, I will review restaurants and take shots of the food I order, or I will simply blog about restaurants/stores. Anything to do with food!! My favorite food is the macaron, which is why you may see that reference a lot. Pierre Hermé is my gastronomic temple.

Ok…. That’s a little starter. There will be tons more to come; rest assured. Have fun exploring my blog and thank you so much for reading. XOXO