ready for NYE: isa and kyra

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a couple months ago, i dressed up two of my favorite girls as if they were about to hit the town. these particular frocks don’t get enough action, because my actual life is so much more sedate than the fantasy.

Isa looks badass in the low-backed blue velvet dress with python boots — basically ready for New Year’s Eve 2014. this Elizabeth & James dress was featured in a post two summers ago, co-starring with a cello.

kyra looks equally party-proper in a draped LBD from Wayne. the platform heels actually belong to Isa, but these girls have equally tiny feet!

the only sad part of these outfits is that chicago is way too cold to be wandering around bare-legged. i won’t dare expose any skin ’til april.

looking really cute you guys — can’t wait to ring in the new year!

autumn sweater

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“…we could slip away
wouldn’t that be better?
me with nothing to say
and you in your autumn sweater…”

cable sweaters and suede, two hallmarks of the oncoming autumnal wardrobe. but wait — a skin-bearing open knit, teensy little shorts, and open-toed heels? not like i’m gonna go hiking in this outfit; it’s better suited to watching the leaves change with a window between us… or at an indian summer picnic. with a little champagne, to celebrate the change.

(pixie market sweater, H&M shorts, Elizabeth and James heels, silver and turquoise earrings from mexico)

lumiere d’hiver

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i’m not pregnant. the look here was inspired by a mix of the Precisionism movement and American Constructivism. i say this even though the tones are very plain and the shapes are soft. you still get a lot of impact with homespun fabrics that hang away from the body, which is akin to how craftspeople and the workingclass dressed at that time. while i wouldn’t claim that waffle-knit cotton and chambray betoken a socially conscious ethic, there is an element of the ascetic and modest.

it is still cold enough to chicago to wear sorels. it hasn’t been a very snowy winter, relatively speaking, but it’s been damp. i haven’t been wearing heels except at home, since i walk, or take public transit everywhere. the elizabeth and james heels give a completely different interpretation of the skirt and shirt, and work with the color blocking and neutral tones.

free people draped waffle knit shirt – a dropped shoulder is always romantic

american apparel chambray full skirt

sorel boots

elizabeth and james gathered suede taupe heels

crystal bullet-casing necklace from anthropologie