Beauty Hunter: Bright Lips for Spring
I am very excited to introduce to you our new weekly series, Beauty Hunter! Bonafide Beauty Ashlee Jacob will be writing up her top picks for you! Enjoy… -Kait Hunter Flipping through photos of beauty looks for the spring ready-to-wear shows, I was fixated by Fendi’s S/S 2011 look. You wouldn’t know it by my choice of residence (Chicago) but I am drawn to bright, bold...
Sweet Mary Jane
We have got to be getting closer to warmer days. And since we can’t stop dreaming about it we decided to put together a little green dream of our own. Isn’t it the bee’s knees? The cat’s meow? The..uhm…HEY so our advice with fuller skirts like this one is to make sure you tuck in the camisole so as not to lose your waistline. Make sure the band is not too tight...
Quit Looking; I Found It
Hunter Style, For years I have really loved everything marine-life oriented. What I’m really looking for is a unique accessory, a jewelry item perhaps, that I can wear, that features the octopus? Sort of as my own personal signature thing. Thanks in advance. -Anonymous Hm… Finding a kraken thats crack-a-lackin’ ain’t easy. There are lots of, dare we say ugly octopus...
Cut It Out
It seems as if every girl in Chicago has a pair of go-to brown boots she’s been sporting all season. I know I wear mine religiously! As we move from arctic winter to cool spring, try switching it up with these cut-out boots from Banana Republic. Throw on a pair of knee high gray socks and a flirty neutral dress, but don’t get too crazy with the outfit because the boots are...
How To Bring Kennedy Back
Time travel is the concept of moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space, either sending objects (or in some cases just information) backwards in time to some moment before the present, or sending objects forward from the present to the future without the need to experience the intervening period (at least not at the normal rate). ...
Quit Looking; I Found It
Kait: Where can I find a raspberry colored linen sheath dress for under $200? Great question! This is an awesome color to look out for this spring and I love the idea of a simple sheath dress in a vibrant hue. It’s pretty hard to mess that up. Not all of these are linen, but I wanted to give you a good variety of raspberry options. We love this type of dress paired with brown heels and...
Love My Bag
As much as I love a good purse, it is pretty rare for me to be really wowed by one. I recently received the “Love My Bag” designed by the lovely Alexandra Satine and can assure you, I was wowed. Firstly, I’m of petite stature and so I always have issues finding a bag that isn’t absolutely gigantic. The “Love My Bag” is perfect for my smaller frame but allows itself to...
Dont put all your eggs in one basket
…Unless your basket is this dress. Then by all means, put as many eggs in there as you want. This is a perfect pick for an interview, a spring wedding, first date, or brunch with your girlfriends. Seriously, this dress can be worn anywhere. Big fan right here. Classic. Simple. Chic. Quail. Tres Jolie! Quail Rapp Dress, $220 find it here.
I Have A Crush
And no its not Angelina Jolie. Or Natalie Portman. Or Rachel Bilson. Or.. whatever so I’ve got a lot of girl crushes..no judging here. This is my safe place! Friends, I have a bad crush on EmersonMade. For me, crushes of this caliber are rare and do not happen often, but when they do.. oh boy. Honestly I’ll just let the pictures do the talking for me but the point is that these...
My guy just ordered these awesome Cole Haan boots and I thought it was only fair to share his great taste with you. Yes, I am blessed with a man that knows how to dress well. Lucky me! I get a lot of messages from gents telling me they like the items I post but aren’t sure how to wear them. These boots will definitely be hard to mess up. Pair them with dark wash jeans and a solid...
Happy Friday everyone! Despite the fact that it may snow again in Chicago, every day we get closer to spring and every day I dream about afternoons in the park. Even in this murky weather flowers have a way of brightening up my day but while they won’t last very long, these floral inspired picks will. (Top) Elizabeth and James ‘Lila’ Tank Dress, $276 find it here. Asos...
woah woah wait a minute
This is an exciting moment for me. I spotted this ring in a magazine maybe four years ago and held on to the tear-out for that entire time until this past year when it disappeared. I couldn’t remember the designer, the name, nothing. And just now, I came upon this ring that I vowed I would one day own. I think it’s such an interesting design and shape, organic yet geometric,...
I don’t know about you ladies (and gents) out there, but I love to sleep in anything silk! I’m diggin’ on this Juicy Couture set because it’s not made out of a towel and because as separates you can mix it up with your other pj’s. Let’s get more bang for our buck. You know what I’m saying? eh? eh? I’m glad that the company started venturing out...
Lucky Number Twenty-One
They say you should be drinking eight bottles of water a day. Well, what if we raised that to twenty-one? Water weight notwithstanding, what would one do with the discards of that daily libation? Wear it of course! My new favorite company that helps you do that is Matt & Nat, who uses on average twenty-one recycled bottles to line each of their fabulous vegan bags. I was fortunate enough...
A seriously pretty top, perfect for hot summer days and cool summer nights. I see this paired with a long silver chain, maybe the Orbit Necklace from Jewelmint? C’est tres jolie! Patterson J. Kincaid Cropped Back-Button tank, $78 find it here.
I have a very stylish cousin who recently informed me she was on the hunt for retro track jackets. I have to hand it to her, this is an amazing idea for a spring jacket and has me immediately rethinking my last few purchases. While they aren’t exactly easy to come by if you skip the thrifting, they are definitely out there and I’m getting dizzy thinking of how I can Bjorn Borg my...
Pris from Blade Runner, anyone? Maybe you only remember her spiked collar but I saw these amazing Fallon earrings and thought of a dystopian Los Angeles. Given your opinion on Los Angeles you may be thinking of present day. De-humanized maybe. Fearful? Doubtful. These earrings aren’t cheap but you won’t find anything like them around. Wrapped in conflicting materials like leather...
Stars and Stripes
The star being YOU, the stripes being your garb. Oh boy, do I love stripes. I own way too many striped tops. Vertical, horizontal, blue and white, black and white, gray and white, the list is endless. Stripes are a classic that may look trendy on the rack but will last forever. Wondering what to wear with those red pants? A blue and white striped top is decidedly fresh. Going to a wedding?...
Pretty in Pastel
I first discovered Lori’s Shoes in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago about 6 years ago and I was delighted to find that they have a website you can shop at! Known for having a huge - but not overwhelming- selection of shoes, its a definite must stop shop while you are in the neighborhood. I love these flats they sell by Dolce Vita in gorgeous turquoise with a soft suede exterior....
God Save the Queen
English Royalty’s biggest fan- my Mom- understands that Kate Middleton is a big fan of the company L.K. Bennett. Doesn’t surprise me as the pieces on this site are all very lady-like but even a lady needs to be a vamp now and then. Enter these heels, more reminiscent of a Japanese Geisha than an English Royal but hey, we still dig ‘em. L.K. Bennett “Andrea”...
Hunted and Styled: Rachel Bilson
I really love this outfit for some reason. Probably because similar to how I dress, Rachel Bilson starts with a fairly neutral outfit and finishes it with an unexpected accessory that pulls it all together. Effortlessly chic, you’d find me sporting this outfit at the local art museum. Our take on the look below.. Asos Linen Blazer $71, find it here. BCBGMAXAZRIA Trench Dress $138,...
You will never guess where I found these..
Elle Enchant Platform Peep-Toe Heels, $42 find them here.
Happy St. Patricks Day Crazy People
OH yeah, it’s on. You know.. I’m from Chicago and today is maybe the biggest alcoholic convention to hit the streets since New Years Eve. And I don’t even think that comes close to St. Patricks Day in Chicago. We dye our river green. Our nasty disgusting river. We make it green. I mean, I’ll drink to that.. in my closet, with the lights out because I’m actually...
Japanese Disaster Relief
I have relatives over in Japan, so watching entire towns get swept away with the water is pretty frightening. Everyone in my family is alright as they are located in the suburbs of Tokyo but I know the entire country is very frightened and needs our help. Donate to the cause and show your support with this Disaster Relief Bracelet — 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross...
March Little Black Dress
March is that special month where winter begins to melt away and the temperature slowly gets warmer. One day its 30 degrees, and the next it hits 60. Our LBD pick this month is sophisticated enough to wear with your winter fixin’s or flirty enough to wear bare legged and bold! Show off your decolletage in this strapless number as it’s surely been hiding under a sweater for way...
Ring Around the Rosie
If we all fall dead from the plague, you can blame that damn pet rat you kept in your room. If we don’t, you can thank those posies you hold close to your hand! Posies were thought to ward off the plague so keep this ring close by as a symbolic way to keep away evil disease carrying rats. Also known as ex-boyfriends! Juicy Couture ‘Love Story’ Cocktail Ring $49, find it...
Hunted and Styled: Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo has the uncanny ability to look great every time you see a picture of her. We love her date night outfit and how she pairs a silky red top with an unexpected cute floral skirt. The best part? She pulls it off in flats! Our take on the look, below.. Marc Jacobs Fiesta silk blouse, $107 find it here. Arrogant Cat Floral Skirt, $80 find it here. 7 Hills Wide Woven Belt...
Beware the Ides of March
Et tu, Brute? It’s a dangerous world out there ladies and you never know who’s around the corner waiting to mug you. Enter the heel that doubles as a weapon! These Sam Edelmans are pretty dangerous..comically so. I actually started laughing when I saw these in the store knowing I would end up stabbing myself in the leg if I wore these. They are not shoes..they are death traps....
Best Red Dress
Ok.. I’ve lost count with how many “best red dress” posts I’ve put up. Who cares what number it is anyway? This dress is hot! They didn’t call it the Convection dress for nothing. Dress it up, dress it down, at a fest, out on the town. See what I did there? Vena Cava “Convection” Dress, find it here.
Beauty and the Brutalist
Holy. Expletive. It’s as if a Lee Bontecou piece was hung from the ceiling and melted. This is one of those beautiful ugly things. And I like. A lot. Tom Greene Brutalist Chandelier. Find it here.
Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat
Oh and this is a dream alright. You know if Jesus were around today, him and the homeboys would definitely be rocking Pendleton. But let’s be honest here, not every man can wear this jacket and.. wear it right. I leave it at your discretion but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty cool right? I found this jacket at one of my favorite Chicago boutiques, Penelope’s. Not...
Everybody Wang Chung Tonight
Alexander Wang is one of those designers that people will tell you is a fashion staple, that nothing comes close to his shirts or dresses. Wang reminds me of the Gap on heroin, lots of simple designs that go off on an edgy punk riff. Kind of like a torn white t-shirt that costs $300. But hey, I enjoy the good things in life- at a discount, which is why I get excited to see his stuff on...
You may have noticed I am fond of all things dark when it comes to decor. My place resembles more of a bachelor pad than a girly girl fest and I guess the Esquire subscription doesn’t help. If you love this look but don’t want to purchase a new lamp break out the spray paint and make your own! Just no huffing kids.. Anthropologie Rigid Pleats Lamp $68, find it here.
Jersey shirt by Adam, on sale $35. Find it here.
Blister In The Sun
The time is almost upon us, when you will want to carry around a big obnoxious bag that screams SUMMMMMMMER! This gets pretty close to that I think. Diesel “Domanity” Bag $164 find it here.
Beyond the Sea
Kara Ross Resin Coral Cuff, $375 find it here.
Prepped and Pleated
Delicate pleats in neutrals are the prettiest accessory for this spring. You can’t go wrong with this classic look. If you opt for a dress or skirt keep it youthful with a hemline above the knee. Tea and crumpet? Pleats and Thank you! Rare pleated mini skirt, $58 find it here. Love Sam pleated blouse, $123 find it here. Parker Pleated Dress, $253 find it here. Confetti Floral...
Stirred Not Shaken
It’s 1941 and you’re sitting at the bar in the Waldorf Astoria worrying about the war in Europe and trying to ease your mind with a cocktail. You take the cocktail pick from your martini and eat one of the olives slowly, thinking about everything and nothing. I saw this necklace, which is a hand-cast reproduction of a cocktail pick from the Waldorf and fell in love with the...
YEAH! I was beginning to think that shorts had died years ago and that girls were stuck buying over-priced jean shorts. And if you didn’t make your own from an old pair of jeans and actually spent $100 on shorts then, shame on you. I’ve never really been a huge fan of high waisted shorts but I’m starting to re-think all that. There are so many cute options this year that...
I'll get in this van regardless of how much candy...
Get it? Ha! These are the new Vans. And they are awesome. Dudes, you should check these out. I know a certain someone who definitely needs a new pair of shoes..you know who you are.. A new interpretation of the SK8-Hi by Taka Hayashi for Vans Vault. Find them Here!
A Cut Above The Rest
I had the pleasure of visiting my genius hairstylist Matthew at Kelly Cardenas this last weekend. I knew it was time for a cut when my hair was doubling as a scarf…Yikes. Enter Matt and the amazing staff at Kelly Cardenas- I never leave unhappy. Kelly’s salon is located in Wicker Park so I always try to check out the boutique Akira when I am in the neighborhood. For those of...
Green with Envy
Man, I could just look at these all day. Can you tell I’m really digging on the jewel-tones today? Well, I’m envious of whoever snags a pair of these heels because they are definitely awesome. And don’t worry if your low on green because these puppies are on sale! Note: Don’t over-do it, unless you are in Miami keep the outfit simple. I think these would look awesome...
Jewel of the Nile
I just finished reading Cleopatra: A Life, which was really quite interesting, and I couldn’t help but think of her when I spotted this gorgeous gown by BCBGMaxazria. The folds and draping sit so perfectly and extend to the ground so gracefully that anyone wearing this has to feel like a queen. A woman that was used to surrounding herself with the finest of luxuries, something tells me...
Mint Julep Not Included
I know what you’re thinking. That can’t be seersucker. The seersucker I know is old..and played out..and well, seersucks. Right? Well who knew that even this dapper print could get an update. The lines on this jacket are much thinner which is how you get the more rugged vibe. My friend who is looking to buy this jacket had this to say: Straight seersucker feels a little bit...
I think Banana Republic is one of the most under-rated spots to find jewelry. It’s never too pricey and they have seriously amazing designs whether you are looking for petite and dainty or chunky and bold. Here are some of my favorites that are out now (and trust me, it was no easy task to just pick a few). Tall Stacked Ring $39.50, find it here. Dove Grey Braids Necklace $69.50,...
Hunted and Styled: Beyonce
Oh Beyonce. Only you could show up at a basketball game looking so effortlessly cool. Notice how she sticks to neutrals and then throws some bling on her feet. It works! Heres your real-world real-girl pick: Zara blouse $79 found here. Siwy “Rose Skinny” Heels, $184 found here. Steve Madden Glitter Heels, $99 found here. So, are we friends yet on Facebook? I want to hear...