Holidays on Huron Pop-Up Sale

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With the holidays right around the corner, there’s a reason to be jolly. The luminous Christmas tree taking center stage at your local department store, effervescently lighting your way as you check off your gift list one by one. Christmas carols humming through the hallway as you crank up the oven and turn gingerbread cookies into colorful creations. That merry feeling of spending time with loved ones while counting down the days ’til Christmas is priceless!

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Since Christmas is about loving, giving, and sharing, what better way to enwrap myself in the joyous festivity than to attend a pop of sale in support of local Chicago designers! Last Thursday I was invited by the lovely Kristen of K.Amato Jewelry to attend the “Holidays on Huron” pop of sale, a sip & shop private preview event hosted by K.Amato Jewelry, Henry & Belle Denim, and 84Rockwell. The evening was just as I imagined – a delightful array of the designers’ winter collection, Italian rosé at the bar with delicacies from spicy deviled eggs to salmon canapés, and of course, a swoon-worthy group of fashion insiders.

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As my friend Nancy a.k.a Fancy Nancista and I strolled through the pop of sale, we were thrilled by K.Amato’s coveted jewelry collections. And how can you not when the tagline for the trend-conscious company is “every girl should have one”, distinctively being the driving force behind her reasonably priced line of earrings, necklaces and accessories! Kristen Amato, a Chicago native, started her jewelry collections in 2002 and a mere decade later they’re selling over 300 stores across the globe from London to Tokyo! Having been featured in Vogue and People, she’s garnered a reputable celebrity following from Rachael Ray to Eva Longoria Parker.

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In my outfit today I wore one of her best-sellers – the Reversible Fan Necklace. With an oyster shell on one side and black on the other, this 22K gold plated chain necklace is as divine to the look as it is to the physical touch! Familiar you say? That’s because I gave a sneak preview on my last post, you know, the ombré faux fur jacket with the embellished tuxedo pants!

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And if you’re thinking of what to get your stylish friend this season, check out K.Amato’s holiday collection filled with main jewels to delicate layering pieces like this Leather Stud Bracelet I’m wearing! And from now until 12/17  you can use the code holidaycheer for 30% off the entire websiteCan’t say you won’t find one for yourself to go with that stunning sequined dress you’re dying to wear to your Christmas soirée 😉

Xo~ Lena

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Blazer: Helmut Lang // Top: Zara// Skirt: Vince Camuto// Shoes: Aldo// Bag: F21// Necklace: K. Amato

This post is in collaboration with K.Amato Jewelry. All opinions are my own. 

Photos: Jason J Photography

Dust It Off

h-6There’s something about a longline camel coat that’s perennially stylish, lending a well-polished flair to coveted snaps on Instagram from street style mavens to runway muses. And no matter what styles you favor – the glossy Wall street look with crisp collars and nifty pant suits, or the androgynous vibe that blurs gender divides with distressed denims and oversized jumpers, there’s a look for everyone.h-2V-21And when it comes to the oversized drapey version (a.k.a The Duster Coat) gracing major headlines from Refinery29 to WhoWhatWear (this one is a major steal!), I knew right off the bat that it’s a fashionable force to be reckoned with. And can you blame the legion of devoted followers from Karlie Kloss to Chiara Ferragni? The perks are endless – perch atop the shoulder for that cool, nonchalant look, or seamlessly execute a work-appropriate ensemble by wearing it over a jersey panelled dress with ruched asymmetrical panels like this Derek Lam number.

Choose longer styles with sneakers if you are tall, or aim for knee length with high-heeled ankle boots if you are petite. Wardrobe staple to augment seasonal pieces? Definitely so. Evolved for the sole purpose of polish and practice? You bet!V-1V-40V-47In my outfit today I channeled the downtown cool girl look by donning this L.A.M.B duster coat with a speck of feline fun (anything gave that away?) Paying homage to Kate Moss, Queen of the minimalistic trend, I turned retro on its ear by choosing an outfit replete with collared shirt, Rag and Bone denims with leather patching (now on sale for 40% off), cat-eyes and red lips. Lastly to add some jazz to this streamlined and clean ensemble I took out these sequined slip-ons for a wanderlust-inducing spin!

V-22V-26It’s no secret that the camel duster coat has taken the fashion world by storm. What’s your favorite way of wearing this highly coveted, loose-fitting number?

Xo~ Lena

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Photos: Jason J Photography

Jacket: L.A.M.B// Top: Banana Republic// Sweater: H&M// Pants: Rag & Bone// Shoes: Sperry// Bag: Steve Madden

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Cape This Diem

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When it comes to fashion, I’m partial to a monochrome palette. I really am. There’s something about a neutral outfit in black, white, grey or all the above that looks perpetually polished and clean. I can rattle off a list of my favorite designers that, with a tiniest of tweaks and tricks, parlay a monotonous outfit to avant garde style worthy of fashion month circuits.

Case in point. Alexander Wang’s pioneer into the downtown-cool style with dual-toned utilitarian ensembles. Phoebe Philo heralding the start of the cool white + beige “minimal trend” for Céline. Perpetually savvy with a noteworthy myriad of luxe fabrics avec precise tailoring. Sharp. Presto. Magic.

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Speaking of on-trend moments in the fashion world, a layering effect is a force to be reckoned with. So taking a cue from Burberry-clad mavens like Cara Delevingne and Olivia Palermo, who seamlessly mastered the tossed on poncho/cape look, I was delighted of my new fashion find this week —  a black and white faux fur capelet from eShakti!

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This graphic piece truly adds a glamorous edge to a run of the mill jacket or vest, not to mention snug while being animal cruelty-free! I love the wide spread collar (ideal for ladies with broad shoulders) and the two thirds sleeves for that peek-a-boo effect.

Of course there’s no shortage of styling options. Perched atop the shoulder. Worn over a silk button-down shirt. Pair it with bright leather skinnies like these pink ones I’m donning.  The trick of the trade with making a neutral ensemble pop? Play up textures, mix ‘n match prints!

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So whether you’re choice of clothing are retro A-line skirts or modern day culottes, time is not an essence here as much as adding an extra pep to a classic piece. So take a cue from Wang and Philo this season with their pastel-colored blazer and burgundy wool trench and turn a neutral ensemble on its ear with a hint of color. Like how the chromatic style-setters say it across the globe — make it fresh and make it fun! 🙂 Xo~ Lena

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Capelet: eShakti// Top: Banana Republic//Pants: Paige// Mules: Via Spiga// Bag: Marc Jacobs// Necklace: H&M

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In collaboration with eShakti; thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos: Jason J Photography