Friday, May 13, 2016

THIS SATURDAY May 14th in Logan Sq


And here's a message from Cities In Dust:

$ave this weekend at Cheap Thrills! 

This weekend Cities In Dust Jewelry will be selling alongside a variety of amazing Chicago vendors. Eskell, Penelope's, Kokorokoko, Shikama, Unison Home, Asrai Garden, Lindsay Lewis, Stock MFGCO, Leah Ball, Scratch Goods and much more! Join us and save. Each vendor will be providing a different deal. CID will be offering 20% off all regular items, and I'll also have an array of samples and OOAK pieces. Out of town shoppers, don't worry...I've got you. Use a coupon code: CTforever20 and save 20% off on Etsy and CitiesindustJewelry.com 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Learn how to sew with Anastasia Chatzka - hurry!



One of my dreams is making a circle skirt! Thanks, girl! LOVE your YouTube sewing channel!

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I'm a huge fan of Anastasia Chatzka. She owns a boutique, designs the garments she sells, oversees the manufacturing (all made locally), promotes fashion shows and shopping events, updates her online shop and blog, keeps a brand ambassador and apprenticeship programs, and on top of it all now she also teaches sewing - online and in person. A new group starts on Monday - hurry up! See info below:

Learn How to Sew with Anastasia Chatzka

Ever wondered how your garments are made? Do you sit confused in front of YouTube videos on how to sew that apron you want to give as a gift? Plus, how frustrating is it when your zipper or strap breaks, and you can't fix it? Well - sign up to learn how to sew with Anastasia Chatzka.

The classes are for all skill levels. Whether your a first time sewer or someone simply looking to sharpen their skills.

Class Description:
Duration - 6 weeks
Start - May 16th / End - June 27th
Day - Monday's / Time - 7pm to 9pm
Cost - $180 per person for 6 weeks
Only 9 spots are available!!


Anastasia is a Chicago based fashion designer whose personality is the epitome of fun and colorful. Anastasia is the owner and creative director of the Anastasia Boutique/Atelier in Wicker Park where she designs, sews, and films the content for her YouTube sewing channel, Sew Anastasia

To sign up for the 6 week sewing course with Anastasia, please call 586.610.4096, email anastasiachatzka@gmail.com or stop into the Anastasia Boutique (1001 N. Damen Ave.)

XOXO

To view Anastasia Chatzka’s Sewing YouTube Channel, please visit 
Sew Anastasia

SAIC Fashion 2016 Exhibit at Garfield Park THIS WEEKEND!




This year the SAIC Fashion will present a garment exhibit at the Garfield Park Conservatory! More info here.

This Sunday: Dose Market



More info here.

Chicago Looks Street Exhibit Summer '16












Right where Reckless Records used to be - not sure it's still up...

Haley





One girl's outfit is a guide to present-day fashion

Photographed at the second annual Levitation Chicago festival at Thalia Hall, Haley couldn't look more contemporary: neutral tones, ample shapes, wide-legged cropped pants; sporty, goth, a little bit 9os. I love how she mixed all these elements in a cohesive and uncomplicated look, with a subtle pop of color—minimal doesn't mean boring. More detailed shots below.

Originally posted in the Chicago Reader.

Alanna




Alanna Zaritz is a dear friend of mine. She works at the MCA, contributes with the blog (see here), runs Drawn and Coutured and, last but not least, is a dedicated mom to Zel.

Nakea


Chic Chicago: Interviews With Style (Bloggers)
In this series we will be featuring some of the movers and shakers of our fashion culture. We’re starting with the best-dressed ladies of the local blogosphere.

Nakea Laveé

Why did you start blogging?
I've worked in social justice my entire career and when I realized that I had bookmarked just as many fashion sites as political sites, I figured it was time to explore that side of myself.

What do you love most about blogging?
I appreciate the mental exercise. The blog provides a space to examine why I wear what I wear and what it is I love about certain pieces.

Style influences?
I am influenced by women with distinctive, fearless style; women like Michelle Elie, Yasmin Sewell, Preetma Singh, Julia Sarr Jamois, Caroline de Maigret and Lily Gatins.

Styling and shopping tips?
Wear what you love. And you can never have too many jackets.


Originally published in Newcity.



Kira





Lauren




Caitlin






Tomboy and Ladylike

Performing artist, dancer, vintage collector, stylist and barista Caitlin Rafferty (@C_rafferty) was on her way to get some coffee after doing groceries at Dill Pickle.

What item that you're wearing do you love the most, and why?
I love my denim romper the most. I just bought it from a vintage thrift store in Brooklyn, New York. I can move around in it and sit like a boy, while wearing heels with it. It has a nice tomboy feel to it, yet ladylike as well. It also looks like something Chloë Sevigny would wear.

Who inspires your wardrobe?Chloë Sevigny and my mother.


Where do you shop for clothes here?
I find a lot of my stuff in my mom's closet or at estate sales around Chicago—I find the coolest things at those. I also find myself going in and out of Village Discount and Una Mae's the most.


How do you find out about those estate sales? Have you ever been to a really bizarre or somehow special one?
I go to estatesales.net and type in a zip code to find the ones in the area or close by. Yes, it was a Puerto Rican woman who was selling her uncle's stuff who had passed away. She came from Puerto Rico just to sell his stuff for him. He collected radios and record players. There was an attic that was full to the ceiling, and we crawled and walked over piles of junk. It was wicked hot and humid and I ended up passing out from the heat and dust. But I scored some awesome beat-up clothes and an old school radio. It was worth it. I ended up becoming great friends with her and used to go over there for lunch sometimes. It's great to see the families and hear the stories of people who you are buying from. It makes the things you buy more meaningful with a story to it.


If you knew the world would end tomorrow, what would you wear today?
I would wear my pigeon-striped dress made by @napkinapocalypse.



Originally published in Newcity.

Qutress






Down to Earth

Visual artist Qutress Trevino (@qutress) was on her way to the Blue Line after her shift at Futurgarb.

Do you have any style rules? Is there something you'd never wear?
I refuse to be uncomfortable, or to wear a bra.

How would you describe your wardrobe?
My wardrobe looks like "tribe woman forced to wear Western clothes." I'm either in all earth tones or high-contrast patterns. I've shifted out of the American consumer mentality and only purchase meaningful long-lasting pieces.


What is your styling process like? How long does it take you to get out of the house?
I can be out of the house in fifteen minutes. Clothing is just a veil, it's best not to pay too much attention to it. The inner self gets the majority of my time and energy.


Who and what inspires your outfits?
The healers of the world inspire me most; the women in all white. The focal point is on them and their abilities rather than their outfit.



Originally published in Newcity.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Foxy Lexi




Alexis Kingery is one of my fave dressers in town - she has been featured in my Reader column here and here, and in my Newcity column as well. This is what she looked like when I went to bring her the papers she was in.

Find her on Instagram at @clear_bones and shop her excellent vintage finds at @shopbluedream.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dutch Davis





Dutch Davis (@DutchTheOmenwas originally featured in my Reader post about "Runway to Reality", a photo and garment exhibit by photographer Maurene Cooper and fashion designer Suzette Opara - on display at the Washington Park Arts Incubator until June 10th. Opara's luxurious creations will be featured in a fashion show happening on June 5th at the beautiful Stony Island Arts Bank. Read an interview with Cooper and see more photos of the stylish opening attendees here.

Nichelle




Dream Catering's Nichelle was originally featured in my Reader post about "Runway to Reality", a photo and garment exhibit by photographer Maurene Cooper and fashion designer Suzette Opara - on display at the Washington Park Arts Incubator until June 10th. Opara's luxurious creations will be featured in a fashion show happening on June 5th at the beautiful Stony Island Arts Bank. Read an interview with Cooper and see more photos of the stylish opening attendees here.

Ro



Ro was originally featured in my Reader post about "Runway to Reality", a photo and garment exhibit by photographer Maurene Cooper and fashion designer Suzette Opara - on display at the Washington Park Arts Incubator until June 10th. Opara's luxurious creations will be featured in a fashion show happening on June 5th at the beautiful Stony Island Arts Bank. Read an interview with Cooper and see more photos of the stylish opening attendees here.