8.26.2014

No Tomorrow














While I was shooting these photos, I had no idea that I was standing in the middle of the Cancer Survivors' Garden in my city. The beautiful garden is definitely one of Chicago's hidden gems and is located at 445 East Randolph Street. Several people in my family have been diagnosed with cancer in the past few years so being at a place like this at random was comforting yet eerie for me. The huge packs of birds flying back and forth while we were staking these pictures stirred those eerie feelings even further. Anyway, this location was more than perfect for an outfit like this with limited color.

If you can't already tell from my past outfit posts, my personal style over the last 6 months has definitely been simplified. A breezy t-shirt,blouse and comfy jeans are my go-to pieces along with practical footwear lately. Claire Marshall,one of my favorite YouTubers, has definitely played a big part in my change in style. In my opinion,she's one of the few people who can really pull a simple t-shirt and boyfriend jeans all by themselves. I admire people who can make every outfit they're own and that's what I plan on doing from now on.

Photos by Alexandra Castro

Necklace H&M
Watch Urban Outfitters
Waverly Blouse Aritzia
Jeans Zara
Sandals Topshop

8.23.2014

One More Time




It's about that time of year,where summer is almost over and fall is soon on the horizon. This time of year was always awkward for me because I could never find great transitional outfits for the season change until now. Now, I am equipped to put together more comfortable and stylish outfits of those extremely warm days in September and October thanks to a few pieces I just bought. One of them being this jacket I found at LOFT and this tank top from Aritzia. Both are really lightweight and extremely versatile and can be worn all year long with the right layering and paired with trousers or jeans. I would to know your thoughts on outfits like this and your own tips for the summer-to-fall transition period.

Photos by Alexandra Castro

Jacket LOFT
Liene Tank Aritzia
Shorts Urban Outfitters 
Shoes Converse

8.09.2014

Style Icon: Elvira Hancock









If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you would already know that I'm slowly but surely picking up photography again. I've been on hiatus for several months and now I'm finally ready to learn and experiment. For this photo shoot, I really wanted to have fun and take a chance on building it around one of my favorite style icons, Elvira Hancock. Elvira was played by a young Michelle Pfeiffer in the movie Scarface(1983).  The film follows the perils of a Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee turned drug lord, in the thriving city of Miami during the early 1980s. The movie is legendary and there are so many great elements but one thing that can not be ignored was Elvira's attitude and style.

My heart just smiles when Elvira repeated calls Tony out on his bullsh*t. "Hey, Jose. Who, why, when, and how I f*ck is none of your business, okay?" is one of my favorite quotes from her. Even though she was a "trophy wife", she still stood up for herself and refused to treated with disrespect. Other than having a bad cocaine addiction, I think she embodies everything I want myself and other women to be: fabulous and resilient.

Last, I would like to thank everyone who was involved in this shoot for making my vision come to life. If you liked this post and want more like it please let me know in the comments. Also, if you have any photo/tech advice link those down below as well :)

Photographer: Carmen Henry
Hair/MUA: Angelica Ruiz
Model: Casey Burwell

8.06.2014

Knee Deep Vintage


This afternoon I was just strolling through the Pilsen neighborhood and decided to do a quick review of one of Chicago's most beloved vintage stores. The store is located at 1425 W 18th Street. The interior of the store was pretty intimate. Everything was basically in one place which I loved. They had a decent variety of t-shirts,jackets,dresses,shirts, shoes, and acessories to chose from. The prices were more than reasonable. Majority of their products were under 30 dollars and the rack outside was filled with clothes that were priced at 5 dollars each. It's refreshing to find a vintage store that doesn't overprice.

After looking around for a few minutes, I decided to buy Clueless on VHS. (Yes VHS lol). My parents still have their VCR and I still plan on making use of it because I love old school technology. Anyway, my experience at the store was very pleasant. Great customer service and  atmosphere. I will definitely come back soon for one of their infamous midnight sales on Second Fridays.






Also, if you have been here before, I would love to read about your experience so leave a comment down below :)

7.23.2014

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

Last weekend, I went to Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday. I was able to meet up with Circus Magazine and help out a little with their street style post that can be seen here. Overall my first Pitchfork experience was great. The weather was perfect and the food and performances were amazing. My favorites from that day were Pusha T,Kelela, and FKA Twigs. The only thing I would change about my experience is extending it to all three days and possibly investing in a VIP pass. If you attended Pitchfork or any other festival recently, I would love to know how it went :)

Photo Courtesy of Circus Magazine (Sarah Gardner)

Sunglasses ZeroUV
Muscle Tee Urban Outfitters 
Shorts Topshop
Sandals Topshop 

7.08.2014

A Surprise Gift from Adore Me



Adore Me was gracious enough to send me a surprise gift. In case you haven't heard, Adore Me is a NYC-based company that offers designer lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear at affordable prices. They design for every kind of woman, and offer a wide range of styles and sizes, and even have styles that go up to size DD+ and above. Also, they have online stylists that are always there to help with any styling or fit questions.


I have to to admit I was a bit nervous about what they were going to send me but what they sent exceeded my expectations. I opened the box,unwrapped the paper surrounding it, and saw that it was the Purple Babydoll Nia. The set includes a beautiful babydoll top and a matching G-string. This set looks so good on me and would be perfect to wear on my honeymoon or a special night like that. This babydoll cami is not as conforming as a typical cami with a tight set-in bra so it's also perfect for lazy days around the house or to just fall asleep in.



Since the last time Adore Me sent me a gift set, I noticed that they have improved on their packaging. The box was much more sturdier and much smaller than the last one which was great. Also, I appreciated that my items were wrapped and sealed properly just as before. The illustrations on the inside of the box were a nice touch as well. Unlike most online stores, Adore Me actually takes more time to insure their customers' happiness about their purchase :)


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6.29.2014

My Summer Playlist


I just thought it was time to share my favorite songs of the summer so far. I hope you all love them as much as I do. If you have suggestions on new music I should listen to let me know. I really love upbeat music and remixes of old songs because it's instantly a mood elevator.

 P.S. I'm going to the Pitchfork Festival in July so if you see me don't be afraid to say hi :)



6.26.2014

Lovely Intermission



June has been a complete whirlwind and I can't believe it's almost over. After my vacation to D.C.,I've been so busy with my new job and hanging out with friends. I just celebrated my 20th birthday on the 12th and now I'm ready to be super focused on improving this blog and making it better for you all.





Now,let's talk about this outfit. I have been really loving these pieces individually so I thought I would put them all together. I found this crop top at Belmont Army a couple of months ago and I immediately fell in love with it. It fits so nice and the thin crotchet covering over it and high collar gives it a nice 60s/70s vibe. These high-waisted jeans are from American Apparel and they are amazing. I have practically lived in these jeans for the last few months because they are so comfy and I'm so glad I can now wear them with a little skin out.


 I found these wedges at DSW and I just had to buy them despite my mom's concerns. She always tries to talk me out of buying shoes with this much height because she thinks I can't walk in them without tipping over which is only halfway true lol. I'm 20 years old and I barely own any heels over 3 inches ( judge me now) . Hopefully this changes soon but these simple ones will help me adjust to an added 6 inches of altitude.



Photos by Akilah Petty

Sunglasses Borrowed
Crop Top Belmont Army
Easy Jeans American Apparel
Wedges Madden Girl via DSW