Sip, Shop, Stroll at Bloomingdale’s


From haute couture to haute hors d’oeuvres, the lineup of holiday soirées started on a fashionable note for me this year! No there weren’t models in party-themed fashion shoots carrying piles of glossily wrapped presents (as if Christmas came early), but there was a pop up fashion show at Bloomingdale’s on Tuesday. Nothing short of glamorous was the swoon-worthy array of prêt-à-porter and bespoke clothing showcased at the event!

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The fashion show + designer meet and greet was hosted by Mandarin Quarterly, a Chicago-based print and digital media company specializing in branding and outreach endeavors for clients towards the dynamic Chinese market. The attendees were an eclectic mix, ranging from Chinese students in Chicago to young professionals working the 9-5’s to the artsy, creative crowd in the Windy City.


Now onto the fashion show. As models swanned their way stylishly through the crowd, an eclectic mix of chic, polished and avant-garde pieces were presented in plain sight. A flurry of marabou feathers in platinum foiled jacquard from Kate Spade? Remarkable. Dapper tailored suits from J. Toor? Stunning. Black velvet top with pearl embellishment from Azeeza? Plenty of holiday cheer!

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In my outfit I calibrated with fun and jovial vibe by wearing a heart embroidered dress from Stella McCartney from ShopBop (where new markdowns on designer items are 30-70% off at, a polished purple coat from Milly, and these zipped ankle boots from Zara.

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The appetizers were just as delightful as what pleased the eye, replete with crowd-favorites like garlic and parmesan stuffed mushrooms, lightly seasoned steak wraps, and grilled bread with prosciutto. Paired with the savory white wine and yours truly was a happy camper!






















Fashion. Food. Fun. It sure was a pleasant start to a holly, jolly good time this holiday season! For what it’s worth I’ll toast to that. 🙂

Xo~ Lena


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Jacket: Milly// Top: Stella McCartney// Tights: Hue// Clutch: F21// Shoes: Zara

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126 thoughts on “Sip, Shop, Stroll at Bloomingdale’s

    • Hi Megan, thanks for stopping by! Yes Bloomingdales this time of the year is decked out with holiday-inspired store fronts and way too many enticing sales! Have fun in the one in New York, I love the one on Lexington, every year they have a vast array of decorations behind the glass display! 🙂

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    • Thanks Shireen, indeed it was! Mandarin Quarterly is a very prestigious digital media company here in Chicago and I was honored to attend my very first event with them! Thanks for dropping by and have a great one love! 🙂


  1. What a perfect day – what a beautiful look ♥
    Thanks a lot for your comment, so I stopped by to say hello 🙂
    This electric blue is my favorite colour and I can’t get enough of it. It fits you very well!!

    xo Tine


    • Hi Tine, thanks for stopping by I had a great time reading your blog and love your style (that cape is a stunner!) And yes electric blue sure is “electrifying” this season isn’t it, a great way to add some color to a neutral ensemble! 🙂


  2. wow. this is so awesome lenaaa 🙂 wish bkk had more of these events which gives opportunity for bloggers to meet each other and all… wouldn’t it be great? anyways you look stunning girl! and the food… looks delicious!!! 😉


    • Hi Annie! Yes that would be great! There are a few here in Chicago that I’m a part of and they were all started by bloggers! I think it’s a great way to meet other like-minded people to exchange thoughts on all things fashion, food, beauty, and life! Maybe you can start one there? I would love to join when I go back to visit!! 😀


    • Hi Alice, thanks for stopping by! Yes it was a spectacular turnout to see local and international designers talk about their holiday collections! As you can see I was quite smitten by the designs! Have a great day dear and happy thanksgiving to you and your family!


  3. Lena I am so in love with your coat!! That colour is so gorgeous and the cut is just perfect! Your hair and makeup is spot on too, really love the whole look and it looks like you had a blast! 🙂 xx


    • Thank you Naeun! I’m really happy that you like this ensemble! I’m glad my makeup and hair looked intact after walking 20 minutes in this bristling Chicago weather to get to the venue but hey it’s all for good cheer right! 😉 Have a great one love!


    • Aww thank you very much Jacqueline, that means a lot to me dear, and I’m so blessed to have you walk down this path with me for the past 6+ months! I hope everything is going well with you in nursing school and it’s always great to see what’s new in your life from shopping hauls to family outings to OOTDs! Keep in touch dear, it’s great to have a community here and I’m glad you’re part of mine!! xoxo~

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  4. Hi Lena! Wow, looks like a fantastic soiree! Bloomies is one of my all time favorite stores! It looks like your purchased some goodies from Gucci and Kate Spade-get anything fun? Perhaps some gifts for the holidays? You look beautiful in this outfit. I am such a fan of Milly’s stylish clothing and this purple coat looks amazing on you. Great post! xo, Lauren


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