Ella Moss, Mosaic Dress, Mosaic

Mosaic in Season

Ella Moss, Mosaic Dress, Mosaic

// Dress: Ella Moss c/o Shopbop | Heels: Sole Society (old, similar here)
| Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters  | Clutch: ASOS (old, similar here) //

Isn’t it amazing how a few days of sunshine can really turn your mood around. Yesterday’s amazing weather really made me fall back in love with the city of Chicago.

I recently wrote about how I’ve been in a serious spring cleaning mode since the beginning of the year. In the last few months I’ve sold off a majority of my wardrobe, specifically pieces that I never wore but kept around “just in case”, and have been really editing my life to better fit my needs and how those needs fit within my personal style.

When it comes to my personal style, I’ve accepted that as much as I would love to be a jeans and tee kind of gal, I’m not. I feel the most confidant and myself in a well tailored A-line dress. So this year I’ve been experimenting with prints and patterns, like this diamond cut mosaic dress. I picked up this dress by Ella Moss during the ShopBop spring sale and I’m so excited to wear it out and about this city. Being a chestier girl, I’ve avoided halter tops in the past but some great tips and tricks from the internet have made this style totally possible.

I definitely feel like Summer 2016 will be the year of the mosaic prints and I’m more than happy to do my part to make this trend happen. What trends are you most excited about this season?

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:: Photography by Sam Kramer ::

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Life Lately, Vol. 1

TGIF! Does anyone else feel like this has been the longest week ever…

Today’s post is going to be a bit different than usual. Every Friday from here on out I’ll be sharing my “Life Lately” post which will include a few snippets on things going on “behind the scenes” AKA my personal life, as well as sharing a round up of my favorite stories from across the web.

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:: LIFE LATELY ::

First off, some of you may have noticed that since the beginning of the year things have been a little slow on the blog front. Trust me when I say that I’ve missed blogging terribly, however I’ve had to learn that I only have a certain amount of hours in a day and sleep really is important for my own personal sanity. So what’s really been going on? Well I’ve been working on career based secret side project for a few months now. We plan to launch in June 2016 and I’m pretty excited about all the hard work that a friend and I have been putting in lately!

A few months ago, I felt like I was ready for change especially when it came to my hair. After a huge internal debate, I decided to go for it and cut my hair into a lob. While I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on my new short hair (thanks Jill!), I’m going to be 100% honest – I hate it. I’ve been in a serious funk since the day that I cut my hair short. I never realized how much of my self confidence was tied to my hair. This type of funk apparently isn’t something new and many women go through something called “post haircut depression“.

Anyone else out there experience regrets from cutting their hair? If so, how have you dealt with it?

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:: THE ROUND UP ::

+ Last weekend Rachel and I attended the grand opening of Smack Shack. I’ve been craving their lobster rolls all week and already have reservations to go back in two weeks! #sogood

+ I recently discovered the food blog of my dreams. If you aren’t reading The Artful Desperado then you are seriously missing out on some of the most beautiful food photography on the planet.

+ It’s officially the start of party season and if you are anything like me, most of your summer weekends are almost booked up with weddings, summer bbq’s and so much more. I’m a fan of always brining a cute little gift and card for the host. If you live in the Chicago area, U.S. Apothecary, Two Penny Blue, and Inkling are a few of my favorite stores in the city to pick up those gifts.

+ ICYMI: A few weeks ago I wrote an article for one of my favorite blogs, The Financial Diet, on the 5 Money Choices I Made in My Early 20’s That I’m Thankful For In My Late 20’s.

Tequila Cocktail Party{original post}

:: COCKTAIL HOUR ::

You’ve only got a few more hours until happy hour! This weekend make yourself a Grapefruit Rosemary Elderflower Sour and kick back and relax. Cheers!

// Follow Along @caravanofstyle //

uniform, BCBG Paris Booties, ASOS Shirt, Target Jeans

The Uniform: The Key to Success for Fashion Influencers

uniform, BCBG Paris Booties, ASOS Shirt, Target Jeans{ original post here }

Have you ever noticed how many successful leaders in a variety of fields wear a daily uniform? From the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, to President Obama, and even several fashion influencers, could the ultimate key to success be as simple as wearing a daily uniform?

The concept seems easy enough, by eliminating the decision making process of picking out your morning outfit you’re able to think through harder tasks throughout the day. However could you ever imagine wearing basically the same thing every single day? Honestly, I don’t know if I ever could. 

Surprisingly enough the fashion world is littered with influencers who rely on a daily uniform. Not only are they legends in the fashion game but their personal uniform-style has become part of their own personal brand. These four fashion designers have created fashion empires by starting and ending trends throughout the years, however their style is classic style will forever be part of them.

As a fashion blogger I still feel like I’m struggling between the way I want to dress and the demands of my daily life that sometimes limit those wants. #corporatelife The more I think about it though, over the years I’m consistently reaching for the same style of dresses and skirts in my closet because they make me feel the most comfortable and confidant. Would creating a “uniform” of short using the same pieces really be all that bad?

Check out these fashion designers who are literally killing it in the personal style game with their person “uniforms”. I bet you never noticed before…

uniform, carolina herrera  {original image}

:: CAROLINA HERRERA ::

Carolina Herrera is a staple red carpet designer during award season and is known for her crisp lines and neutral color pallet. You know what else she’s known for? Carolina is also known for her classic crisp white button down blouse and midi skirt. The famous designer has worn this combination of clothing for over 25 years and has built a stunning fashion empire to boot. The look is 100% Carolina and honestly could you imagine her wearing anything else?

Karl Lagerfeld Uniform {original image}

:: KARL LAGERFELD ::

Karl Lagerfeld may be the man behind the most desired fashion label on the planet – Chanel, but he’s also the most known for his “uniform” of monochromatic suits. The designers signature looks involves a three piece suit in a dark color, and while he may mix and match the pieces, this is a style uniquely 100% him. Personal brand is a beautiful thing, especially when you’re recognizable by a simple silhouette drawing.

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:: MICHAEL KORS ::

Designer Michael Kors was one of the first fashion influencers to opening discuss the importance of a fashion uniform. His personal signature style includes jeans, a solid color tee and most importantly a custom sports jacket. The look itself screams “Michael Kors” and the designer himself has talked about how having a uniform allows him to be more creative throughout the day.

vera wang uniform  {original image}

:: Vera Wang ::

Vera Wang may be a household name, especially to those in the bridal world but the woman who is known for her beautiful bridal gowns choose to stick with a monochromatic style. Her signature color – black – stands out amongst the stark white dresses she designs. So why the minimalistic style? It’s all about keeping a vibe of a neutral palette to avoid sensory overload in a highly creative field.

So what are your thoughts? Would you ever consider putting together a uniform and sticking with it? Share your thoughts!

the printed wrap dress, Yumi Kim Wrap Dress, Tory Burch Wedges

Summer Must-Have: The Printed Dress

the printed wrap dress, Yumi Kim Wrap Dress, Tory Burch Wedges

Dress: Yumi Kim (c/o Shopbop) // Wedges: Tory Burch (c/o Shopbop) //
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Necklace: Francescas

For the first time this year, Chicago saw true summer like weather this weekend and I was beyond thrilled. Nothing makes the city of Chicago come alive more than 75* degree days with no humidity. I spent the majority of my weekend enjoying patio season with late night cocktails on Friday night at Barcocina and the grand opening of Smack Shack on Saturday night (seriously everyone must go to this place, it was so good!).

I picked up this dress from brand-new-to-me designer, Yumi Kim, at the last Shopbop sale. We all know that the wrap dress is the most flattering style of dress for women out there but this dress actually made me believe that for the first time ever. I’m personally in love with the bright bohemian print and the A-line cut of the dress made me feel like a million bucks. The plus side was that it hid my food baby after the delicious dinner we had at Smack Shack. I even tried my very first oyster (follow me on snapchat! @caravanofstyle) which did not go so well. Let’s just say that I’m not a fan of the texture.

When it comes to the most walkable summer shoes I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing, the award would go to these Tory Burch wedges. For a pretty high heel, they actually are very comfortable to walk around in. I spent most of my Sunday wearing these wedges and didn’t once reach for my emergency pair of flats that I always keep with me. Let’s just all it a shoe miracle and a total must have pair of shoes that you’ll need this summer.

So let’s fully embrace Summer Shandy season Chicago. I would love to hear your favorite patios around the city because I plan to park it at as many of them as I can this year.

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:: Photography by Sam Kramer ::

Spring in My Step

No Spring in my Step

Spring in My Step, Spring

Well the Spring Equinox has arrived with a loud thud. I’m currently bundled up in one of my thickest sweaters in the middle of April and after last Friday night’s snow fall, I’m officially over it. I just need one day that I can go coat free, and just to remember what it’s like to be warm again. That, or I just need a vacation.

I haven’t transitioned my winter wardrobe over to my spring wardrobe yet due to this random weather, but I am getting creative in the layering department. Right now all my blazers in my closet are in full rotation with this new fringe edge blazer from ASOS being a current favorite. The raw edge details are trending for spring and I’m 100% on board with it.

As I’m sure you can tell, I’m clearly going through a “blue period” in my life. Almost everything that I’ve picked up recently has been in a deep shade of navy blue, like this dress from last week’s post, oh, and this navy dress from the post from two weeks ago. As soon as I saw this v-neck blouse from Revolve, I knew I needed it and it just so happened to only come in navy blue. I clearly need to be stopped.

So until we start seeing some warmer weather in the Chicago area, expect to seeing me wearing my winter staples and lots of navy blue pieces.

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:: Photography by Sam Kramer // Gold Coast Girl ::