Five Feet High and Rising

“The remarkable thing is that it’s the crowded life that’s most easily remembered. A life full of turns, achievements, disappointments, surprises, and crises is a life full of landmarks. The empty life has even its few details blurred, and cannot be remembered with certainty.” – Eric Hoffer

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As summer gradually comes to a sedate halt, I can only reminisce on my most memorable outings in Chicago and the insights attained at their presence. Ones marked by a deep relish for Georgian Revival buildings and ecological habitats in Lincoln Park, as well as futuristic exhibits and Beaux-Arts monuments at the Museum of Science and Industry. Though gone are the sweltering days lounging at the pool, there’s still traces of summer’s cordiality tucked away in vast open spaces by the waters, where Lake Michigan casts a glimpse of crisp coolness upon the lands. Refreshing. Purifying. Livening. A trip to the lakefront was very gratifying this weekend as I not only took in a few gulps of fresh air but also came across a remarkable landmark  – the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.

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Quite an architectural and pneumatic feat, the 18th century Rococo-style fountain is an allegorical representation of Lake Michigan. The green ivory sea horses nestled in the fountain are akin to the four bordering states that graze Lake Michigan: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Synonymous to the Latona fountain at Versailles, the Buckingham fountain has a tiered design that houses a major water display as the center jet shoots water into the air every 20 minutes. Not 5 feet. Not 50 feet. But 150 feet into the air! Now isn’t that a sight for sore eyes? What I love about this landmark is not only its hydraulic capability but also its close proximity to the concrete jungle behind. Briton-inspired Essex Inn with its bold block letters. Red CNA Center that begets lighted window message in the dusking sky. Nothing short of amazing that’s for sure.

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To play up this chill, laissez-faire vibe at the park, I paired a few fall essentials together to brace the cool weather. Tri-colored sweater with black peep-through details. Grey leather skinnies with a hint of shimmer. And a pair of black suede boots to give an elevated stance. Though each piece was monotonous in color (white, black, grey…need I say more), the seamless woven pattern, the black contour on the back, the glistening sheen of the jeans, and the tiered leather strappings on the boots all gave the outfit a standout flair.

Thus the key to dressing neutral colors without looking like a boring mannequin? Pay attention to granular details and accent your outfit with bold accessories. There you go – a chic Fall-proof ensemble! 🙂

 Xoxo~ Lena 

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Top: Una Mae’s // Pants: Elie Tahari // Bag: Louis Vuitton // Shoes: Vince Camuto // Shades: Prada // Accessories: H&M

Credits: Jason J Photography


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