October 2015 | Mermaid Waves | Chicago Fashion Destination

October 31, 2015

Spice Up Halloween

I don't understand people who don't like to dress up.  I dress up everyday but on Halloween you can go beyond what you would wear on the daily and go crazy.  For the past few years I have been a series of important blondes, and it didn't stop this year, from Paris Hilton to Barbie to Baby Spice (or BB SPICE as I have renamed her).  The Spice Girls are a timeless and super simple costume for your girl gang to recreate.  I went for a monochromatic look in BB pink, you could easily turn this look into multiple other costumes with some different accessories! Also, check out this amazing visor from Style Feen, you can customize your own!
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spice girls, baby spice, american apparel, pink, fur,





spice girls, baby spice, american apparel, pink, fur,






spice girls, baby spice, american apparel, pink, fur,

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Top - American Apparel
Fur - Urban Outfitters
Skirt - Topshop
Socks - American Apparel
Shoes - Converse



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October 28, 2015

Resting Witch Face

Halloween is one of the best times of the year, pumpkins, costumes, and killer movies (Twitches!!!). I love using Halloween as an excuse to dress spooky.  This black lace and leather dress is giving me major witch vibes with a touch of Olsen twin, two of my favorite style icons.  I love the lace top with velvet tie and the contrast of the pleated leather skirt.  It is also the most flattering length for literally every body.  You can totally get away with wearing a look like this on any day, as I did, but you can also grab a broom and a witch hat and be the chicest witch at the party.  







Dress - Zara (some bewitchingly cute finds below)
Shoes - Steve Madden

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October 24, 2015

Ready Set Go

Being a dancer active wear is a huge part of my wardrobe.  No matter if I'm heading to brunch or to ballet it is important for me to look and feel my best, so when Garage reached out to me about trying out their new active wear line, Go, I was all in.  I gave their new line a test run around Maggie Daley Park.  Go is filled with pieces to get you pumped about your next workout, at the bottom of this post I have linked what I am wearing with a few of my favorites from the collection.    
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chicago, dancer, city, ballet, active wear, garage clothing

chicago, dancer, city, ballet, active wear, garage clothing

chicago, dancer, city, ballet, active wear, garage clothing


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Active Wear - Garage

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October 22, 2015

Still Clueless

When Jump from Paper showed me their new Teen Spirit collection I totally did not pause and snatched a piece for myself immediately.  The collection is inspired by Clueless and the sassy leading lady herself.  I tried to imagine what Cher would wear if she was a high-schooler today, this came pretty naturally to me as I consider myself the IRL Cher.  I opted for a ballerina print blouse and leather shorts (?culottes, almost pants?).  Cher would definitely carry this yellow backpack, her cyber closet catalogue would approve it with almost every look in her closet.  Lastly, I would just like to say how crazy it is that a Jump from Paper bag was at the top of my Christmas List last year and now I got to collab with them, what?!
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ootd, school style, fashion, jump from paper, clueless, 90s fashion, style blog

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ootd, school style, fashion, jump from paper, clueless, 90s fashion, style blog

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ootd, school style, fashion, jump from paper, clueless, 90s fashion, style blog, zara

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Top - Zara
Shorts - Zara 



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October 18, 2015

The Culottes are Coming With

In case you were worried about how to transition your culottes into fall, I got you.  This outfit is full of texture and structure from turtleneck to toe.  I am loving everything about this top from the oversized neck, to the high low cut, to the knit itself.  This paired perfectly over my denim culottes.  A black boot gives a perfect finish by lengthening the leg where the culottes cuts off.  I topped off the look with a boxy leather jacket to balance out the wide leg.  What are your favorite summer pieces you are taking into fall?
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banana republic, ootd, style blog, leather jacket, culottes, denim, turtleneck, style blog



banana republic, ootd, style blog, leather jacket, culottes, denim, turtleneck, style blog



banana republic, ootd, style blog, leather jacket, culottes, denim, turtleneck, style blog

banana republic, ootd, style blog, leather jacket, culottes, denim, turtleneck, style blog

Jacket - Guess
Turtleneck - Banana Republic
Culottes - Gap
Boots - Steve Madden 

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