Yesterday, I was featured on Holly & Tanager’s blog and it was such an honor! This Chicago-based handbag company, is pushing the handbag industry towards style, function and organization. I love all their handbag designs, but especially the Sidekick Mini – it even has two secret pockets! I love a good secret pocket. Below are some photos from a Holly & Tanager photoshoot from a few weeks ago. It was the perfect springlike morning way back in February and the skyline made for an amazing backdrop.
You can read about my interview here and do a little bit of shopping here.
Monica & Me
Holly & Tanager c/o: Mini Sidekick // ZARA: Pants & Shirt // Nine West: Shoes // Marc Jacobs: Sunglasses
*Thank you again Holly & Tanager for featuring me on your blog and website. All opinions are my own.
Meet Mireya, or Mire. Mire is one of my most lively people I know and long time friend. She is so energetic and smiley all the time. Her fun personality shines through her personal style and her creative nail art. Mire is often referred to as Beyoncé because let’s face it – they could be clones of each other! I also like to refer to Mireya as my personal Chicago insider because she knows all the hotspots and local secrets. Read more about this fashionista below.
5 Minutes With Mireya
HAMR: What is your occupation?
Mireya: Currently I am living life to the fullest. I have worked in Entertainment, in one way or another, for the last nine years. I started off working with the Chicago Cubs, then moved on to work at Live Nation. Sports and music have been a fun and great experience. Now, I am just trying to figure out what I would like to do next. Can’t wait to see what the future holds.
HAMR: Describe your style?
Mireya: I don’t have a set style. You’ll typically find me in dresses and skirts. I’m always comfortable in what I wear though. My style leans towards casual with a bit of glam – Beyonce inspired. I like to take one key piece and make many outfits out of it.
HAMR: What’s your go-to accessory?
Mireya: My go-to accessory is my Michelle watch because I can change the wristband to match any outfit; BUT I love ALL accessories! I often remind myself to, as Coco Chanel put it, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”
HAMR: What’s in your bag currently?
Mireya: I’m a very organized person. Everything in my purse has a place. First, you’ll find my wallet. This is probably my favorite item. It’s the Chicago flag made out of recycled newspapers from India. I bought it a few years back at Lollapalooza in the “green” area. Then, it’s my Mickey Mouse notepad. Last, but not least is my beauty bag. This has everything and anything… nail file, mints, pens, sharpie, USB drive, bottle opener, hand sanitizer, tissue, lipstick, lip line, lip gloss, chapstick, lotion, lint roller and so much more!
HAMR: What’s your favorite Chicago spot?
Mireya: This is very hard. I love Chicago and have many go-to spots depending on the neighborhood I’m in. Hmmm… For restaurants I have to say that Green Tea will always be my favorite sushi place and Sabatino’s will always be my favorite Italian restaurant. For stores, I like to shop boutiques in Roscoe Village. Aside from that, I enjoy the museums and usually hit them up at least once a year along with Lincoln Park Zoo. Zoo Lights here I come!!!
Bar III: Dress (1, 2, 3)
INC: Jacket (similar)
Franco Sarto: Shoes (similar)