ring thing

Since my sweet fiance' proposed to me last year, I've become really obsessed with delicate jewelry to match my engagement ring. I've really enjoyed collecting statement and stacking rings, as well as first knuckle rings, which while I normally ignore trends, this is one I can wholeheartedly get behind. Bands on my top hand are by Catbird and I absolutely recommend their in-house jewelry line. You can really feel the love that went into crafting each piece, especially after reading this Fashionista interview with the founders. On the bottom hand, Ceres ring by Pamela Love, tiny pentacle knuckle ring by Species by the Thousands (whose brick-and-mortar store in Brooklyn I am DYING to go see!), and Peter ring in silver was a gift from Cities in Dust, a lovely jewelry line made right here in Chicago. Nail polish is Metaphor by Jin Soon

In some more bridal news, Vera Wang's new editorial short is giving me so much life. I love the melancholy brides who sulk around with one another. This is precisely the sort of gothic glamour I'm hoping to channel down the aisle! It's less than two minutes long and well worth watching.


person of the sticks

Hello there! It feels nice to be back to the blog after brief hiatus. What have I done in the meanwhile? I did some interviews that I’m proud of with the Chicago Sun-Times and Groupon, which I do hope you read because they meant a lot to me. And I’ve been busy planning my wedding, though it is now happening next year instead of this year because weddings cost SO. MUCH. MONEY. Mostly I’ve worked through some things in my personal life, which I think for a lot of us can often feel like a minefield, in that there seems to be explosions everywhere and no matter where you step you’re going to set something off. None of us are Katniss Everdeen, we can’t shoot an arrow and disarm an entire field, it has to be done piece by piece. And that takes time. But! I did recently had a chance to take some photos with my dear friend Emma. This is a collaboration we worked on with Warby Parker, who sent me these glasses, the Marcel in Plum Maplewood. I didn’t get a chance to try them on before I picked up them out, but I know that big round frames tend to suit to my face, and trusted in Warby Parker’s design that they wouldn’t look silly. When they arrived I fell in love immediately. We took the photos at the Bourgeois Pig cafe in Lincoln Park which suited the old-timey vibe I was going for.

Wearing a top by Rodarte (purchased on SUPER sale at the Barney's Warehouse site), vintage tie-dyed slip, Rag & Bone jeans and boots (available here), and Venessa Arizaga bracelet (similar here) that was a gift from my sweet friend Dana. All images are by Emma and edited by me.

BONUS!! Here's what I wore after the shoot, all bundled up to trek back to Logan Square in the snow. As you will notice, my poor Rag & Bone boots have not taken favorably to winter but I think they look better with some distressing. Also, Risto Bimbiloski kindly sent me this sweater months ago and I have worn it obsessively throughout this never ending cold. It's cozy and I love the interesting textures. You can purchase it here if you are so inclined!.



So I got this dress from the Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop collection before it sold out in like a few hours?? Luckily Kailey alerted me on Twitter that the line had gone live on the store the night before it was supposed to. It was the one piece I wanted the most from the collection because of its Kate Bush vibes, right down the crazy eyes. Because it is very cold out, and my laptop is essentially an aluminum brick at the moment, here is a karaoke video of me displaying the dress in all its Kate Bush glory. The song is "Hounds of Love", which is the title track from her most glorious album. I may or may not have consumed a few glasses of bubbly while making this...you can decide for yourself. Hope this video makes ya laugh!