Style Crush: Giovanna Battaglia

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I have a confession. I have a serious style crush on Giovanna Battaglia. I love, love, love, love everything about her look. The Italian born editor/model always looks so effortlessly chic and manages to pull off the most amazing texture and pattern combinations. Don’t even get me started on her insane ability to accessorize! Swoon!

Images from The Sartorialist  

 Image from Stockholm StreetStyle.com

Tribal Instincts

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In a few weeks, I’ll be taking a little weekend vacation to Miami. It will be my first time visiting the city and I’m so excited! The trip has given me an excuse to start thinking about summer, warmer weather and all the clothes and accessories that go with the longer, sunnier days.

I’d really like to pick up a pair of tribal printed sandals for the trip. I’ve been particularly drawn to the black and white patterns wedges and platform sandals since the shoes seem to go with pretty much any color and can easily be dressed up or down.

Gossip-16 Qupid, $49.00

Steve Madden Rada Sandal, $69.95

MIA Reeba Wedge Sandal, $58.95

Bucked Tribal Raffia Sandal, $40.00

The Break Up

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Within the last few weeks both of my sisters have parted ways with their long term boyfriends. Regardless of who makes the final decision, break ups are always challenging and upsetting. After my last break up, I found that there are a few things that really helped me cope with the changes and emotions.

Buy Some New Pajamas – Post break up, you start spending a lot more time alone. I found spending my nights on my own after the split to be one of the biggest emotional challenges. To make myself feel better, I bought new PJs. New sleepwear gives you something to look forward to at bedtime, not dread. Whether you like flannel pajama sets or silky negligees new pajamas offer one small step towards moving forward with your life.

Fall in Love with a Cocktail – One of my best friends introduced me to a drink that quickly became signature after my break up. It became fondly known to me as a “Pazia” after her and is a mix of vodka, soda, cranberry and lime. Simple and refreshing. I’m not saying you need to become an alcoholic as a result of a break up, but having a few drinks every once in a while encourages you to go out and be a little more social. Another beverage I highly recommend is Sex, a brut rose sparkling wine that is as delightful as its name.

Pick Up a New Hobby – I took a photography class right after my break up. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time. The class helped me realize a passion and gave me an opportunity to meet new people and try new things on a weekly basis. Finding a new hobby definitely helps take your mind off of things and gives you something new and exciting to focus on instead.

Buy Yourself Something You Don’t Reeeeally Need – I have always had an obsession with Kerastase products. They do wonderful things to my hair but cost a small fortune. After a split, I think every girl should splurge on one item, keeping it to around $75-$100, that they absolutely love but don’t really need.

My Love Affair with Fall RTW

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New York Fashion Week started yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited to scourer the latest Fall 2012 designer collections. I must admit, I always get a little more excited about the fall collections than the spring. Maybe it’s because I live in Chicago where it feels like winter from October to June. Maybe its the promise of witnessing an insane mixture of traditional winter textures like knits, leather and furs juxtaposed against gauzy tulles, feathers and warm weather fabrics. Or maybe its just the shoes. Whatever the reason may be I will always anxiously await February and the start of New York Fashion Week.

Here are a few of my favorite fall looks from the past few years (ok, they aren’t all from NYFW but they are still amazing!).

All From Vogue.com and Style.com

Red Hot

This weekend I bought a pair of saucy red denim jeggings from the GAP. The colored denim trend is something I’ve been noodling for a while. At first I was a little hesitant to rock any sort of colored denim but after finding some truly inspiring looks, I realized they present endless wardrobe possibilities.

From Atlantic-Pacific

From Olivia Palermo

From Marie Claire

Red Denim

From Habitude, by Third St. Habit

Katie Holmes in Current/Elliott

From InStyle.com

From Keep it Chic

Grease is the word

I spent my lazy Saturday curled up on the couch, online shopping, reading magazines and watching movies. One of my all time favorite movies happened to be on TV today – Grease! I’ve love the musical numbers, the storyline and the sassy characters. Growing up I always wanted to be a cross between Marty and Sandy. I love the soft pastels, cardigans and girly full skirts that Olivia Newton John wears throughout the movie. But I’ve also always been drawn to Marty’s form fitting pencil skirts, color coordinated scarfs and envelope clutches. I dreamed of having an emerald green ruched prom dress just like her’s.

While watching to movie I noticed that the Pink Ladies’ style is still very relevant for today. Fitted pencil skirts, cat eye sunglasses and gauzy button-ups are all on trend for this spring. I can’t wait to wear this sassy combination once the weather warms up.

  1. TopShop Flock Spot Pencil Skirt, $76
  2. TopShop Belted Pencil Skirt, $70
  3. Urban Outfitters Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $16
  4. Urban Outfitters Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $16
  5. ASOS Fliplock Envelope Clutch, $26.86
  6. ModCloth Crushin’ on Kelly Handbag, $37.99
  7. American Apparel Sleeveless Lawn Button-Up, $42
  8. Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Sleeveless Chiffon Shirt, $49

Pauper Picks: 5 Slouchy Spring Trousers Under $75

Apricot Wide Leg Trousers, $63.00

I can’t wait for the weather to FINALLY warm up! One of the (only remaining) upsides to this chilly April weather is that it gives me a reason to pine over slouchy trousers for spring. I love the menswear inspired cuts and details of these pants. And the best part is that they are all under $75!

The Soft Pant, $49.99

Zara Pleated Trousers, $59.90

Career Day Trousers, $24.80

Tobacco Paper Bag Waistband Belted Tapered Trousers, $60

Monday: Meetings and Book Club

Today, I decided to wear a new fur trimmed blazer I recently bought at Ann Taylor LOFT’s amazing winter sale. I decided to pair it with a vintage full skirt I scored on a recent trip to Chicago. I’ve been completely inspired by the full skirts from Louis Vuitton and Prada’s Fall 2010 runway shows and was so excited to find this plaid, calf length circle skirt. I decided to dress up a bit today despite the fact that I mostly sat in meetings all day at work and had a  simple but extremely entertaining book club meeting tonight.