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BOOM!! Happy Holidays {Video Edition}


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Hello, hello my Lovelies! The Holidays have arrived and I wanted to wish you a beautiful & merry week with lots of love, laughter, great company & food….and of course, a healthy dose of sparkle!!

What better way to send you off into 2013 than with the very first Miss Renaissance Video!? I had an absolute blasty blast dancing my silly butt off, playing with confetti & feathers, and showcasing some of my Holiday/New Year’s outfit ideas. Which look is your favorite??

No matter if you decide to go vintage, cheeky, sexy, glamorous or even casual for your Holiday Festivities, always remember to own your look & have FUN! I’ll be taking a few days off to spend time with my family (and gorge myself on delicious food & drink!), so I’ll see you Lovelies back here on January 1st!


{Outfit details: 1.Long, emerald green gown with crystal embellishments – Atelier Azza.  2.Blush feather dress with corsetted top – ASOS.  3.Long, black velvet gown with gold dots – 80’s Vintage Saint Laurent via Saffron Vintage Chicago.  4.White dress with gold sequined collar & back – BHLDN.  5.Off-white dress with crystal encrusted top – Atelier Azza.  6.Grey feather jacket – ASOS.  7.Sequin “Burger” sweater – Markus Lupfer.  8.Burgundy, gold-embroidered maxi skirt – Atelier Azza.  9.Turquoise & gold glitter sandals – Kate Spade.  10.Leopard calf-hair heels – J.Crew.  11.Gold Loafers (walking by themselves) – Miista.  12.Pink heels with gold tips (walking by themselves) – Target.}

A very special thank you to Emily Hard & Tim Musho for shooting this fun video, Shannon O’Brien for the beautiful makeup, Tara Gardner for the incredible hair, Astrowifey for my kickin’ manicure, and my sweet friend Rada Portzer for shooting amazing still photos (coming up soon!) and being there to support my crazy antics!! You guys ROCK!


One Skirt, Two Ways {Part 2}

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{Skirt – Milly (sold out, but check out this one), Blouse – J.Crew, Jacket – Smythe (old), Boots – Alaia (snatched up at 50% off via Luxury Garage Sale), Gloves – J.Crew, Sunglasses – Celine, Tights – Ann Taylor.}

Last week’s rendition of this skirt was a more mild-weather appropriate option (for those of you who are lucky enough to live in warm climates, I so envy you right now!) For the rest of us, Winter has arrived and we need a few extra layers to make it through the next months. Soooo, here’s my cold-weather option for this skirt. The dotted tights and mixed patterns keep it interesting & fresh. I’ll just throw a mid-length coat on top (and maybe a set of ear muffs for extra cold days) and I’m ready to head out for a fun Winter evening!



Soho Roaming

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{Jeans – Rag & Bone (my current favorite pair!), Leather Jacket – Phillip Lim, Denim Shirt – Madewell, Heels – J.Crew, Bowtie – Ban.Do, Bag – Celine, Sunglasses – D&G, Lipstick – Nars Pago Pago.}

Happy Monday, Lovelies! Welcome to the first week of Fall. The temps here in Chicago have been beautifully crisp over the weekend…serious sweater weather is just around the corner now!! This outfit post comes to you from a shopping stroll through Soho during Fashion Week. I decided to go for a more casual outfit that day, with a denim-on-denim vibe & some fun Fall-inspired details thrown in.


{All Photos by the lovely Alison of Brown Eyed Style.}


Neon Flirt!

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{Neoprene Dress – Threefloor Fashion (sold out, boo!), Heels – Alexander Wang (sold out, but check out these babies!), Earrings – J.Crew (in-store, but similar beauties online here), Bracelets – J.Crew & Cartier, Initial Ring – HSN, Heart Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters.}

Welcome to a brand spanking new week, Lovelies! Sorry this post is appearing a little later than usual….this weekend was packed with events and activities, so my Monday is off to a bit of a late start.

I’ve been dying to show you guys this Neon Dress forEVER! I’ve had it for a little while, but somehow didn’t manage to get pictures of it until now. It’s SUCH a fun dress! The neon is bright, flirty and punchy, the thick-ish neoprene fabric is drapey and doesn’t wrinkle (travel bonus!), and I know this baby will look good dressed up like I did in this post, as well as dressed down with flats and a fedora. It’s a bit short, so just to be on the safe side (wouldn’t want any wardrobe malfunctions to occur!) I wore a pair of laced biker shorts underneath (shorts from here). What’s your take on Summer neon?? Oh, and how about those amazing, bright earrings from J.Crew?! I’m in Love!


{Photos By Alison of Brown Eyed Style.}


It’s Road Trip Time!

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{Skirt – Club Monaco, T-Shirt – Club Monaco, Silk Scarf – J.Crew, Sunglasses – Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace – BaubleBar, White Bracelet – Danielle Stevens , Black Bracelet – BaubleBar, Gold Bracelet – J.Crew, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff, Sandals – ASOS, Polaroid Camera – Target.}

What are your plans for the Pre-4th-of-July Weekend?? A little BBQ? A little cocktailing al fresco? How about a Road Trip in a dream convertible?! Yeah, sounds amazing, doesn’t it…scarf-wrapped hair blowing in the warm breeze, nothing but open road in front of you. Sigh…above is a patriotically-inspired outfit I’d rock on such an adventure – it’s comfortable and breezy, yet fun and refined enough to work for wine tasting or an impromptu dinner stop.