Baby Leave Your Paw Prints Behind

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It's like living in a light bulb, with the leaves 
like filaments and the sky a shell of thin,
transparent glass enclosing the late heaven of a summer day,
a canopy of incandescent blue above the dappled sunlight 
golden on the grass...

Summer flair is in the air! The radiance of the glistening sun in contrast with the tidal waves rollicking along North Avenue Beach. The rose petals in full bloom by the effervescent gardens along Lakeshore East. The alfresco patios outside restaurants at Wicker Park where one can bask in the heat and enjoy a cold glass of pomegranate sangria.

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These are a few things I love about summer in Chicago — the abundance of outdoor activities to engage in and beautiful sceneries to enjoy. Along with my goal of taking up more outdoor sports when summer is in full swing (beach volleyball ahem), I’ve decided to liven up my wardrobe by investing in more chromatic and vivid pieces. Rather than adding humdrum black or white to a statement piece, I’ve decided to add a snippet of color blocking by pairing my mustard crop top with a baroque print fitted skirt. One thing I’ve learned about color blocking is to mix subtle prints and patterns with dramatic items. Many people start the trend by mixing hues within the same color scheme (i.e. a floral shirt with lace shorts that pick up one of the muted colors like nude pink) and pick up momentum with wild cards overtime. For my outfit today I played up the vintage style by adding on tribal accessories, duo-color wedges, and Prada cat-eyes.

Summertime is here to stay. Don’t forget to paint that smile on your face 🙂

Xoxo~ Lena  images

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Credits: Jason J Photography http://www.jason-j-photography.com/

Location: Adler Planetarium

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