Heat wave in Chicago. Of course. We touched down in our new city looking forward to fall’s slight chill after a long, hot summer in CA. Instead, we arrived right in time for a week full of 90+ degree days. I mean, whatever… at least it isn’t freezing yet, right?! It actually paid off in our advantage because I was still living out of a suitcase and had summer clothes readily available. Since I only had a few pieces unpacked, I had to get a little creative with my city style for the first few days of exploring. Shortly before heading out of CA, I ordered a kickass Maiden cropped tee, mesh turtleneck and a couple of pairs of sunnies. Unfortunately the package was incorrectly delivered to the wrong doorstep, then delayed in shipping and didn’t reach our old address in Long Beach until we had already moved. So, the owner of the wonderful online boutique re-routed the package and it arrived in Chicago shortly after we did. Sometimes these things just work out- I had wanted these pieces for the trip, but it was much more exciting to have new gear upon arrival. ( For those of you who missed it, check out our trip along historic Route 66 in the previous 2 blog posts).
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We arrived in Chicago before our furniture so we spent our first few days in the city running around looking for interesting vintage or handmade pieces and figuring out what the hell to do now that we have a grown up house. It was hot and I needed to be comfortable. So I layered this tee over a vintage slip dress and paired it with my favorite “comfortable but fucking fabulous” Pumas. I’ve always had trouble with casual. I like to dress up or be 1,000% sloppy.
The silhouette of this cropped tee paired with a dress keeps the look girly, feminine and just a touch sexy. I was comfortable trompin around the city all day and no one knew I didn’t have a bra on. The oversized shape of the tee was nice n breezy and of course the Maiden graphic from the “Killers” album has some major (hair inspo! and) nostalgia for me. We had some fun browsing a handful of antique shops, vintage and thrift stores, meeting some really cool shop owners and locals.
SOMEONE had a 40th birthday right when we arrived to our new city. Not me… someone else 🙂 So, this California boy wanted tacos. We had a fun day downtown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, followed by plans of a chill night of tacos and beers planned with our good friends Josh and Julia. I surprised him with the dudes from the tattoo shop showing up a little later. Everything went smooth and he has pleasantly surprised.
The mesh turtleneck worked out so perfect for all day wear. I brought a little blazer with me for the chilly museum and was able to go from day to night with this look. I’m OBSESSED with the turtleneck. You’ll be seeing a lot of this piece. It’s so lightweight and can transition from mod to preppy to edgy depending on what you choose to layer over or under it. I was particularly into my jewelry layers that day and was happy the turtleneck served as such a blank canvas. The overall dress is something I treated myself to in LA prior to our road trip. It’s vintage LEE that I picked up at Reformation Vintage . I’ve worn this little cutie about um, 8 times this past month so I’d say it is a very justified purchase.
This look came together so easily, which paid off since I had no time to change prior to meeting our buddies out. Oh, and the shoes. I can safely say these shoes absolutely rule the sexy but comfortable shoe game. I can walk or work all day, feeling like I’ve been wearing sneakers, but the pointy heel and bit of platform makes my non-casual heart pitter patter. The suede leather breaks in and feels better and better with wear. I LOVE Matisse Footwear. And I’m not getting paid to say that 🙂 If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know about my love affair with the Clover mule as well. Looking like I’m gunna need to grab those new snakeskin ones!
Surprise Surprise, a weather change in Chicago. Within the span of 2 days, we went from high’s in the 90’s to highs in the 60s. Good luck packing for those of you who plan on visiting! I’m so glad I no longer have to pack for Chicago. LA is much easier to pack for.
To celebrate wearing jeans for the first time in months, I pulled out these vintage 90’s Guess high waisted black jeans with ankle zips. They complimented the vintage inspired tee and I felt the leopard trim on the lightweight blazer kept the tacky metal feel going strong. Since the shield belt is mixed metals, I kept the jewelry a bit messy, also a nod to the 80’s/90’s tone of the look. I had a dude in a muscle car slow down to tell me I looked “hot” so I guess this look worked for someone else too 😉
rings: vintage + Fade to Black shoes: Mossimo that I found at a second-hand store
It’s been so fun getting used to our new house, new climate and new city. Help me adjust to styling a little differently; tell me what you think! What would you have done differently?