Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Randolph Street Market: Interior Beautification Fixation

I've really become more interested in thrifting and vintage shopping in the past few months or so, especially since I've moved into Chicago and increased my proximity to some pretty awesome flea markets, vintage shops and street fairs.

I've been to the Randolph Street Market before, but Saturday was the first time I was able to bring my camera and really take the time to snap some photos of things I was drawn to. Recently, I've mostly been looking for things to decorate my apartment, and found myself attracted to ornate wall hangings, interesting coffee table items and knick-knacks to decorate various shelves and table top areas in my apartment. 

Three wise men?

I'm loving sconces, especially these ones against this modern, minimalist chair. And who doesn't want/need the box of fish behind it?

Pretty collection of glass dishes, perhaps ice cream dishes?

Love the blue Ball jars. 

More sconces. My mom has a pair like this in her house that she places ever-changing nick-knacks on.


Been thinking of hanging a collection of mismatched picture frames on my walls.

Thought this was really cool! I'd put it outside my house (if I owned a house...)

Flowers are always pretty. I also love the iron, corner shelving unit, the small chandelier-style lamp behind it and the colorful vase to the right!

Shockingly, looking back on my pictures of the market I realized I'd barely taken any photos of clothing or jewelry, which are usually foremost in my mind. This decorating is getting to me! I think my mom calls it "nesting."

Having a space all my own has been both thrilling and exhausting: I'm in control of my destiny(!), but how on earth do I decorate the place?(!)? On my first trip to the Randolph Street Market in June I bought these three pieces to hang vertically in my room:

They are tin ceiling panels from the 20's that are mounted on simple wooden frames and given a rustic-looking wash to make the details pop. I absolutely love them! (These pictures are not the greatest though, I need to retake pictures during the day with natural light to make them look less yellow)

Needless to say, I think it will take some time to accumulate a sense of interior design style, and it is a totally new area for me (but I love the challenge!). I think it will be a gradual process to find things to fill my new home! Has anyone else been to the Randolph Street Market and found some awesome goodies??

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

When (Chicago) Bloggers Come Out to Play

I had the immense pleasure this past Saturday of joining a bevy of fellow, native, Chicago bloggers at Deliciously Vintage for a fine and fancy Blogger Meet Up!

Part of the reason I have deeply loved blogging is how far and wide you can connect with people with similar interests. Since moving to Chicago from the suburbs I have been thrilled to be able to meet some fantastic bloggers in person and become friends with them as well. And they didn't even lure me into an unmarked van with promises of candy like my mom warned me about as a child! Ah, the power of the internet. But anyway...

As a warning, not all of these photos turned out as well as I'd hoped...I'm still a bit of a novice when it comes to photographing with in-door lighting!

How stunning is this?? I forgot to look and see who the designer is, but it totally plays to my love of South Asian and Indian-inspired detailing.

(L to R) Tabitha (Defining Tabitha), Emily (Sartoriography), Lisa (Archives Vintage), Karyn (Deth Rose Vintage), and Annie (Time Enough for Drums)

A sample of some of the beautiful pieces they had, and the riot of colors and textures on display. 

Lisa, in a gorgeous lace dress that I totally loved!!

This picture does not do justice to Nikia's fabulous necklace (poor lighting...). The large beads were a deep cobalt blue, like lapis. Love it!
*Edit* Nikia let me know that Fennimas is the designer of this awesome necklace! Thanks Nikia!!

Delicious Vintage had a very pretty courtyard in the back of their store which was a great setting for some pictures! Two fabulous vintage lovers! Leilani and Karyn looking adorable and classy all at the same time!

Tara (Haute Lunch) was absurdly sweet. 

I loved the cut-out shoulder look I've been seeing around this summer so I DIY'd a shirt for myself and test-drove it to the event. 

Fun wrist baubles!
Green deerskin wrap bracelet: Etsy
Tiger: Bought in Australia
Gold skinny link: JewelMint
Assorted bangles: J. Crew, vintage

This necklace was on crazy-sale at Banana Republic ($225 down to $35!) and is just crazy in general. I had to have it. 
Cut-out shoulder tunic: DIY'd from an H&M tunic
Belt: gift
Necklace: Banana Republic
Jeans: Target
Rings: eBay, Etsy
Flip flops: gift

Leilani looks perfectly ladylike here!

I love anything with bees!

top rowRandi (Not Just Mom), Emily (Sartoriography), Lisa (Archives Vintage), Leilani (Thriftaholic), myself, Nikia (ChiTown Fashionista)
bottom row: Piper Alexander (Cheap & Chic in Chicago), Tabitha (Defining Tabitha), Sabrina (Defying My Closet) 

 Thank you so much to Lisa and Tabitha (and anyone else involved!) for helping put this awesome event together and giving us some badass goodie bags!! And thank you to Deliciously Vintage for hosting the event! Let's do it again soon, shall we? :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Not Christmas

That's for sure. It was blisteringly hot when I took these photos a few weeks ago. I thought being in my covered porch in the very near vicinity of my air conditioned apartment would offer me a reprieve from  feeling like I was in the Gobi desert, but I was totally wrong. Hence the poor lighting and limited selection of photos. 

These are as close to "white pants" as I think I'll ever get...

Shirt: J. Crew, men's section
Pants: J. Crew
Cami: Ann Taylor
Wedges: Talbots
Turquoise Earrings: Vintage, via Etsy
Stud Earrings: gift
Rings: Etsy (turquoise) and eBay (malachite), both sterling silver

Thankfully the humidity and hot weather has blessedly subsided recently. Phew! Time to head outdoors again :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Friends Who Rock Their Style

One of my best friends was photographed for her awesome style this past weekend at the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis and popped up on City Pages. She looks so fresh and cute!!

Lindsay always looks like a million bucks. Look at her megawatt smile! And as a fashion blogger, I'm super proud she was picked out of a crowd to be photographed :) She always looks pulled together, and I wish she lived in Chicago so we could share clothes! Love you Linds! <3

Check out pictures of the others captured at the Uptown Art Fair.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Thing's I've Been Craving: Bangle Wrangle

Ladies and gentlemen, it's been hot as hell and gross the past 2 weeks or so in Chicago. I have to admit that my outfits have been less than exciting, as I mostly strive to wear as little as possible without being totally inappropriate (at least, in the office...). And I hate hearing about "Fall Fashion!" because even with this dreadful weather I do not want it to start getting cold again. I just can't be pleased can I?

So here's what's been noodling around in my head (and my search history) as of late:

Enamel Bangles 

Let's first talk about my dream bangles. Please observe:

These bangles are so beautiful and detailed. But my goodness they are quite out of my price range. I've even scoured eBay and can still only find them for a couple hundred dollars a piece. In which case, I've looked around and found some really pretty enamel bangles that are more reasonable:

Lucky Brand (and it's on sale!)

Lucky Brand (and it's on sale!)
Anne Klein
This one has a great Gucci feel, but is only $28!

ASOS (sorry for the screenshot!)
How awesome are these square ones? I love a twist on an old classic.

I love the clink of an armful of metal bangles, particularly these bright and interesting enamel ones!

I have to say, I'm very sad that J. Crew no longer carries its once-signature bangles. When they went on sale I would stock up on them, and they always had a slew of new colors every season. I think they stopped carrying them about a year or two ago, but they were always a staple for finding classic bangles! A shame, I hope they bring them back...

How do you feel about an armful of enamel bangles? And where have you found the best ones? Let me know!