Sunday, June 25, 2017

summer essentials

It has been quite a while! Yes, thank you, I know: I'm really good at ignoring my responsibilities. It is finally warm and beautiful outside here in Chicago. I'll be honest, I never thought I would be excited to be outside in 90-degree weather, coming from hell and all (aka Cali, Colombia). But after wearing my Canada Goose jacket throughout the month of May, I am beyond pleased to just stand under the sun for a while, in a reptile sort of fashion. I am currently just chilling around the Chicago and Evanston area and I thought I would begin to share some of my favorite outfits for the summer. I feel like I only wore black in the winter, so I have gravitated toward white and lighter shades for the past few weeks. I have also really been loving Tobi to shop for summer dresses and rompers; all of their dresses are perfect for the season. They have the cutest, flowiest pieces, so it is no surprise they are my go-to brand of the moment.

The first outfit I want to share with you guys is this stunning mauve print shift dress that is just so flowy and dreamy. I wore this outfit during finals week after I impulsively dyed and cut my hair. Of course, I needed to have a mandatory new-haircut photoshoot, so I wore this dress out to the Lakefield with my friend Isabella. She took some lovely pictures of me as we chilled by the lake and de-stressed for a while.


Sunglasses from Dior




Picture of my battle wound.


The two bows on the front are my favorite part of the dress.






The second outfit is this really cute blush romper I wore out to Chicago when my family first arrived. I love this piece because you can wear it for so many different occasions. I love the beachy vibe for the summer, and you can just pair it with sandals, like I did, for a day out, or wear nicer shoes and accessories to dress it up. My family and I just walked through the Loop and did the usual touristy activities in Chicago.


Sandals from Birkenstock












The third outfit is proof that I can never truly stop wearing black. This black slip shift dress is my ideal dress tbh because I can just wear it by itself with some cute heels for a night out, or wear a t-shirt under it for a more casual day look.


Heels from Calvin Klein (Nordstrom)




And, of course, the usual pictures of me struggling against the wind.




I'm not big on accessories, and I love how all of these pieces look really nice and chic just by themselves; my aesthetic is to always look dressed up with minimal effort. I hope you guys like these outfits/find some summer inspiration from my looks. Thanks for reading!

Maria


Sunday, April 9, 2017

memories in chicago

It has been two weeks into my Spring Quarter and I'm already feeling nostalgic about spring break. Let me know why I am the way that I am. Here are some pictures I took on a disposable camera I carried everywhere I went during the break. They have a nice vintage vibe to them that just makes me feel even more sentimental about stuff that happened literally two weeks ago. I decided to not edit them because, again, I'm irrationally sentimental and wanted to maintain the "rawness" or "authenticity" of the pictures, whatever that means.

The first pictures I took were at La Colombe in Andersonville. I have been around Andersonville (and to that particular La Colombe) twice and have really nice memories there. It's such a nice place to just walk around and explore. I also keep going into this store called The Wooly Mammoth, which is just a creepy/cool place and I simply cannot stop myself from going into and looking at the real human teeth they sell... help?




Ahh, Chloe's finger! A wonderful addition to any photograph.







Chloe's fingerS! Two is definitely better than one.

Some pictures at an L station and inside the train, because quality public transportation is my biggest turn on.






Outside The Second City. This was my first time going and it pretty cool.



And finally, a cool t-shirt pic at my friend's house in the north-east of Chicago.


Chicago is such an amazing city and I'm so happy to be here. I cannot wait to keep exploring the city and becoming familiar with it, especially now that it's spring. Thanks so much for reading!

Maria

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

spring essentials: sunglasses


I am a huge fan of sunglasses and one of the things I am most excited about for the spring is bringing them back out! I am so over the dull, foggy days and so ready for the sun to come back! I have found some really cool sunglasses from Warby Parker's new collection. I am all about the transparent frames right now. I've actually been looking for both reading and sunglasses with transparent frames for so long and I finally found the perfect ones! These newly-released shades come in different colors of flash lenses, my personal two favorites are the blue and purple ones. They are really the perfect combination of vintage-inspired frames with modern, eye-catching lenses. The cool thing about statement sunglasses like these is they will make any casual outfit look so much chicer and effortlessly cool. I have made mood boards for each of the two pairs to show you guys the outfits I would wear with them! Let me know what you think and what you would pair them up with!





The blue ones are perfect to spice up my usual casual, minimalist outfits. I could see myself wearing these sunglasses with denim, stripes and basic, plain colors such as white and different shades of gray and blue. These sunglasses combined with some nice metallic shoes allow you to keep the rest of the outfit minimalistic and plain but still look put together and chic, and I'm all about that effortlessly cool/somewhat-messy-but-trendy vibe. They would be perfect for a nice brunch on a Sunday morning with my friends, a.k.a. my definition of a perfect day.


The purple ones are absolutely amazing and I don't just say that because purple is the color of Northwestern (but Go 'Cats!). I can see myself wearing them, of course, with all of my school apparel (chic school pride is the best school pride) but also with more edgy outfits. I can see myself wearing them with anything from velvet burgundy, to light pastel colors, to oversized band t-shirts, and, of course, slip dresses paired with plain t-shirts. They really do have a cool girl vibe going on, which is a must-have in my book.

Let me know if you guys like the outfits and what you would wear sunglasses like these with!

Maria

Friday, March 31, 2017

spring fashion with bonobos

Continuing with the pre-spring (I guess we can call them that) fashion posts, today I have a really cool post about the vibes I will be going for this upcoming season, inspired by Bonobos, a menswear company with a specific focus on finding the perfect fit and style for all men. Their new spring collection has helped me shape my spring aesthetic: I am going for minimalism, with shades of grays, blues and white, and hints of metallic colors and pastels.

These are some of my favorite looks from Bonobo's Spring 2017 collection:




I'm loving the solid-colored pocket t-shirts, crew neck sweatshirts, and striped shirts! After several months of gloomy, foggy days here in Chicago, and wearing annoying layers of thick clothing, I am more than ready for sunny spring and minimalist styles! Light, flowy clothing and blues, grays, and white will definitely be present in my wardrobe this spring. This season I'll also definitely be bringing back the stripes. To spice it up, I'm thinking of relying on interesting details such as hints of metal and pastel-colored accessories like sunglasses, watches, and necklaces. Looking at menswear has also inspired me to look for statement shoes and structured bags that are more androgynous in style. Nonetheless, the occasional vintage-looking scarves and (also vintage-inspired) heels will be present as well. Finally, a hint of red is always welcome in all of my outfits, but that's just something that never goes out of style for me! 



Let me know what you guys think about this style for springtime and leave a comment with the looks you guys are excited to wear this season!

Maria