Today it’s all about winter business. Just because it’s cold out, it doesn’t mean that business is put on hold and that you can’t put yourself together. I rarely wear dressy pants, but sometimes it’s just necessary to protect my legs from the insane winds. A way I like to add some flare to dressy pants is by wearing a statement coat. I’ve had this weave coat for years and it never lets me down. I love a feminine silhouette and this coats delivers. Another key wardrobe staple is having a functioning handbag. I suggest a structured handbag; it makes the look polished and finished.
Have a great extended weekend!
Photography: Samantha Kramer
Eyewear: Ray-Ban // Coat: Nanette Lepore (similar) // Pants: Gap (similar) // Handbag: Michael Kors // Scarf: Forever 21 // Shoes: BCBGeneration
Spotted. I found the perfect winter dress. Although it has short sleeves, it’s a thicker material. I wore it with this awesome Theory bomber jacket that I found at Crossroads Trading for $45. That place is seriously amazing. Don’t worry I have a couple more pieces from there that were practically given to me coming up. This is definitely my go-to outfit for this season.
On another note, this is one of my last posts with my long hair (eek!) I’m loving my new shorter hair though. Plus, I feel so different, in a good way. Change is good and it’s just hair at the end of the day – it will grow back. I hope you’ll like it too when I post (soon as well).
Have a great week everybody!
Photography: Limani Designs
Dress: Keepsake via Piperlime // Eyewear: c/o SunglassWarehouse (similar) // Bomber Jacket: Theory via Crossroads Trading // Timepiece: Timex (similar) // Bangles: Hermes and Sweet & Spark (similar) // Booties: Report via Piperlime (similar) // Tights: Hue // Ring: Kate Spade // Earrings: Kate Spade // Handbag: Michael Kors
I’d like to introduce you all formally to Lauren. Lauren is part of the HAMR team; more specifically, strategic partnerships. Her past work experience has been a keen insight into the fashion industry and networking.
I met Lauren about two years ago through her friend Jenna whom I worked with in the Reading department at the school I was at at the time. We definitely clicked from the first “meeting” we had; bonding over tacos and about our love of fashion and blogging. Our meetings are always entertaining and of course productive.
Lauren believes in HAMR’s message of individuality and creative expression though the common bond of the working girl. She wanted to work with a blog that she respects and enjoys reading daily. Lauren believes HAMR is genuine, realistic and inclusive to any woman who loves fashion. She likes the feeling of community HAMR portrays and how HAMR is just not about celebrating me, but finding a commonality with my readers. I’m glad that I met her because she’s great at what she does and definitely has a great work ethic and a vision for HAMR’s future.
5 Minutes With Lauren
HAMR: What is your occupation?
Lauren: I do business development for a data and software company. We offer our clients the information and platform to analyze the financial health of their current and prospective business partners. The clients I work with are multinational corporations and top consulting firms.
HAMR: Describe your style?
Lauren: This isn’t the easiest question for me. I’d say I like style and pieces that are special, beautiful and interesting, but who doesn’t? What makes me fall in love with an item is if it has great design and it’s well made. Right now, I’m into the eccentric furs trend. I just got a faux fox snood from Etsy I’m really excited to wear this winter.
HAMR: What’s your go-to accessory?
Lauren: Jewelry! Jewelry sparkles and shines; it’s seasonless and it always fits. I believe if I treat jewelry well, it’ll be good back to me. The longevity factor of jewelry is also why I love it so much. Actually, my most prized possession might be a gold and garnet cocktail ring that used to belong to my grandma. It’s the definition of gorgeous!
HAMR: What’s in your bag currently?
Lauren: Receipts! I need to do my expenses… But other than that, there’s Stila Lip Stain, Revlon Colorburst Lip Balm, CO Bigelow Lip Cream, Mirabella Colour Luxe Lip Gloss, My Charge Energy Shot (portable phone charger/life saver), Philips Extra Bass Earclip Headphones, a Pink-Opal, Iridescent Magic Wallet from Urban Outfitters and my GS5.
HAMR: What’s your favorite Chicago spot?
Lauren: My heart belongs in Wicker Park. I’m a little idiosyncratic, a little messy and very idealistic about my deep seated dreams. I’ll always love and feel comfortable in the vibe of Wicker Park.
Zara: Sweater (similar)
Forever 21: Top (similar)
Forever 21: Pants (similar)
Rebecca Minkoff: Handbag (similar)
Aldo: Boots (similar)
Michael Kors: Time Piece (similar)
Mr Kate: Skinny Gold Cuff (similar)
Leighelena: Single Leather Wrap with Brass Buckle (similar)
Gold Chain (similar)