Living for Chicago and Hamilton in a Vintage Dress

Warning: “Hamilton” song title jokes and major obsessive musical theater behavior, plus hot spots in Chicago ahead.

I bought tickets for Hamilton in Chicago a year and a half ago and there was no way I was going give away my shot just because I moved to SF. So I packed a bag and flew back east to catch the Saturday matinee with my right hand man, Kate. I literally thought about my outfit for 3 weeks as if the actual Alexander Hamilton was going to be there, evaluating entry based on personal style.  I settled with this vintage housedress from 1950s. I love the mauve color and the cream piping, plus it’s so comfortable for sitting in the dark for three hours. We geeked outside the room where it happens for about 10 minutes before the show, taking photos with every sign we could find like crazed tourists.

IMG_8343If you are thinking about spending the paycheck to go. YOU SHOULD. I was amazing. I’m more than satisfied. Can’t wait for it again! We laughed, we cried, we held each other. I shall now refer to my life and “before Hamilton” and “after Hamilton”.IMG_8331IMG_8322Before the show, we grabbed brunch at Kanela Breakfast Club: I went there at least once a week when I lived in Chicago. The service is wonderful and the cinnamon bun appetizer, to die for. Plus the rotating specials are always innovative. I’m helpless to resist. Then on to drinks on the patio of Maple and Ash.img_8306.jpgIMG_8347R1

A that, is the story of tonight. Also a fan? Tell me how many songs you found! That would be enough.

xo

7 Swimsuits You Need Before Summer Ends

There may only be one month of summer left, but that isn’t going to stop us from squeezing every last drop out of it. By now you are one of two people: 1) You have worn your current suits so much they are faded or stretched, 2) You never even bought a suit and/or haven’t hit the pool yet this year (say it ain’t so!!!). For both of you, I found a great range of must-have suits to keep the summer love going. The good news: a lot of them are, or will be, on “end of season” sale! Just remember 30+SPF facial sunscreen or a straw hat to keep that gorgeous face young and healthy (no wrinkles ’round here!)

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L Space Farrah Bikini, $96: I love this suit! I have done everything from lounging to snorkeling to paddle boarding in this style. Good to have in the vacation rotation. But note the bottoms are cut slightly high in the back and the top is not adjustable, so keep that in mind for sizing. Continue reading

Fashion Find: An Army Green Jacket

I bet you have a casual army green jacket just waiting until the weekend to live it’s life with your jeans and t-shirts. But I’m here to tell you an army green jacket is the new black blazer, so put it to work. Add a bright dress, a belt, and voila!, work-wear. Bright colors = army greens’ best friends. I love purple (below), red and also pink. This look is great for smothering humidity (you feel me Chicago?): you can ride transit to work in a sleeveless dress and then throw on the jacket when for the zero degree air-conditioning. (Did you know the temperature in offices is is based on a 40-year-old man weighing about 154 pounds.) Don’t even get me started on that.

I am totally obsessed with the possibility of this jacket so you’ll definitely see it again.

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Wear A Graphic T-Shirt To Work

We’d all agree that a t-shirt and jeans is a classic it girl look, but if you have a semi-corporate job, you probably feel a little too casual wearing a graphic tee to the office. But, you say, I love my tees and want to wear them always. Well, good news. Mixed with more “traditional” work pieces, t-shirts don’t have to be only for the weekend. This is one of my favorite tricks inspired by a stranger I saw in SF rocking an old Doors t-shirt in a full white pantsuit. (She was truly a style goddess.) Speaking of pants, it works to swap the skirt for high-waisted jeans too.

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