spring outfits

oh my favorite game of outfit planning. with equal parts reality (air max's i own) and fantasy (simone rocha heels i would love to own). i used lots of the new madewell spring pieces + cursive jewelry. (come pick out your own outfit/jewelry pairings this thursday eve at the cursive trunk show at the chicago madewell. 932 n. rush from 6-8 pm!)

this is so similar to my everyday outfit. i refer to it as comfy goth with a pop of color. not long ago i used to wear more color and pattern but the last couple years i gravitated to a mostly all black wardrobe with the pops of color isolated to: shoes, makeup and jewelry. it's easy. it's a uniform. all the pieces match each other therefore my morning choices are so streamlined. i can work in a dirty jewelry studio all day and no one knows if some polishing compound accidentally got on my sleeve. i throw on a blazer and some eyeliner and i'm out the door. i do have a madewell bucket bag in this brown color and i own those nike air max's. huge fan of that color combo of black, caramel and neon crimson.  (jeans, sweatshirt, dot & line necklace, mates necklace, backpack, chicago over everything else hat, air max's, lip gloss)

tassels, tassels, all of the tassels. tassels are everywhere and i'm so into them. can they be on more things please? has anyone tried a nail art tassel? just sayin.. lately i've been into the half date night/half group friend hang night. you get your one on one time and your social needs met. you're covering so many bases in one night that you feel so dang proud of yourself come bedtime. i'd wear this to eat some chongqing chicken and then group karaoke the entire boyz II men catalogue. (leather jacket, bodysuit, pants, bag, loafers, supermoon necklace, tassel bracelet, lipstick)

i've got a few weddings to go to this summer. that mega mobile necklace is so easy to throw on for a yes! fancy! vibe. a new thing for me this year is: eye makeup. i'm serious. completely ignored it before. let's be honest though. i'm going to aim for these adelle eyes and then proceed to get tear-y during the ceremony and mess them up. i'm such a sap. this iphone cover is a crucial hint to the happy couple. i will be clinking that water glass to make you kiss. uhh repeatedly. the perfect simone rocha heals that allow you to get your damn groove on. i can't be bothered by a flimsy little sandal or stiletto when a dance floor is around. and i hate that whole bring a pair of flats thing. why though? when there are so many great stacked heels out there. (dress, bag, simone rocha heels, iphone cover, mega mobile necklace, lip gloss

a simple running around town outfit that still feels polished. hells yes to this caron callahan for madewell denim jacket. it's just too perfect. i love the combo of a stacked heel and a baseball hat. it's that combo of feminine/masculine i'm always drawn to. (i don't own this hat *yet* but i've been stalking them for months to catch when it re-stocks. it's so important to me that i almost didn't post it cuz FOMO. *but* i live down the block from their shop and i'm betting i've got the jump on this.) this necklace is on heavy rotation lately. the herkimer crystals on the strands i picked out in tucson are all so unique and special. (jacket, pants, bag, shoes, hat, force field necklace, circle bracelet)

i love to take all day walks around town. start in the hood and wander through fulton market snacking along the way to downtown. hop on the blue line and connect to the 606 trail and follow that up to logan square for dinner. pat on the back because my fitness app is clocking major mileage and i can EAT PIE. i'm layered up for all weather here. i'm blocking sun off my face. i'm making good choices. (jacket, top, jeans, sneakers, hat, bag, color theory necklace, triple triangle pendant)

if you're in the chicago area. come check out the trunk show this thursday for sips, bites & discounts! i'll have some new jewelry and score 20% off your madewell order. 932 n. rush st. 6-8pm. facebook event here.

super bloom

what are your top web searches? (minus using it for spell check. cuz duh.) lately, mine are various weather phenomena and staying on top of the monotone sneaker scene. death valley national park is currently experiencing a super bloom of more than 20 different wildflowers due to record breaking rain last october. bah! so gorgeous.

and for a little temperature contrast check out the ice stacking that took place on lake superior last weekend. the video is 100% something you should click on. 

the importance of solo travel

at the end of last year i decided it would be good to do a solo trip to arcosanti in arizona. i've travelled on my own before of course (business trips & etc) but those have always been full of meetings, trunk shows, material sourcing + catching a quick bite with others. i had never done the plunk yourself down in the middle of nowhere with no one - see some beauty/get awed - just for yourself kind of travel. that realization made me feel..  well..  sad. so, i booked it. the time was now and maybe the time was awhile ago but lets just move forward. 

after a business trip to the gem show in tucson i was cruising down the road playing dreams + sorry on repeat. fully geek'd up/out loud singing and marveling at saguaro shapes. vibes were high and i was hitting all imagined cliched benchmarks of rom-com woman-on-her-own. i'd say i did really well for the first 24 hours. the architectural/landscape visual orgasm of arcosanti hits you immediately and takes over all senses. it was GD super bowl sunday and here i was in the middle of the desert in a 70's design/utopic/artist in residence dreamscape. they were celebrating the chinese new year in the cafe with zero whispers of american football. so, yah, i was into it. i'm a monkey/fish so things were clicking already and i knew i'd catch bey slay online later. 

the next morning i was UP and AT EM. did the full tour of the grounds. took pictures. watched the residents do a bronze pour (wooo! jewelry dork'n big time.) had lunch in the beautiful cafe. did a little sketching. read a chapter of my book. tried to move forward on a little art project. then.. um. what. thennnnnnn. whattttttt. the last part of that day was kind of drift-y and i was a little lost and pretty dissapointed with the feels i was feelin. i wish i could have chilled out about that + released myself from the pressure of: oh-my-god-you're-HERE-enjoy-IT-NOW. the next morning i realized: oh yeh. duh. this is meant to be slower and contemplative. chill plz. in the days that followed i did some business planning, finished a little installation-y sculpture, started on new designs based on gem show purchases, got some reading in (which felt kind of major. ha.) took a side trip to the GC, explored more of the beautiful grounds, warmed my winter bones in the sun and capped it off with an epic 365 degree sunset over-looking the vaults and cypress trees

in the end i learned it may take some time to adjust but DAMN solo trips are important for your soul and i'm starting to place a higher value on that.