14 May, 2017

May | Here Comes the Sun

It’s not gonna be May, it is May! The start to summer and warm weather is now among us. It’s been a lengthy, gloomy winter in Chicago and the sun is finally breaking through those dense clouds. The change of seasons always inspires a change of clothes, listens, and scenery. See what I’m vibing to below!

Fashion

Summer fashion still isn’t quite here; it’s still all about transitional pieces. For instance, the first thought of getting ready for any day is “how can I dress for both 75 degrees and then 50 degrees all in one day?” and “is it appropriate to wear a turtleneck if it’s technically spring?” The answer to the first question is “just wing it and hope for the best” and to the second is “absolutely, yes (or at least I think so)”. I’ve been wearing my lightweight turtlenecks a few times a week, the Tissue Turtleneck from J. Crew being my favorite for this time of year. My Old Skool Vans have also been in constant rotation (like any millennial right now).

Aside from turtlenecks and Vans, my favorite piece for spring are the AG Phoebe jeans (pictured below). They’re a vintage inspired high-rise straight jean in a medium wash with some distressing. Not only are they wildly flattering, they are ridiculously comfortable. I was lucky enough to snag my pair on sale at Anthropologie for $80, but they typically run at about $200.


Coming up for summer, I’m fully embracing the gingham trend and vintage Levi’s. Stay tuned for a post about how I cut, redesign, and distress my thrift store Levi’s!

Music

My music taste has been rather pop-inspired lately. I’m a sucker for that song Still Got Time by Zayn feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR (definitely a guilty pleasure), but have really been playing There’s a Honey by a new band called Pale Waves on repeat for months. Check out some of my favorite tunes of S/S 2017 below!


Lifestyle

Some of my favorite things to do in Chicago are finding new coffee shops and brunch spots to spend a relaxing Sunday at. Yes, I know! I’m a basic girl, but I believe that a great latte and yummy omelette can cure many of life’s problems.

The best coffee shop I’ve visited in Chicago has been Heritage Outpost. With multiple locations around the city, each shop creates a cozy, trendy aesthetic. Bicycles seem to be a recurring theme, with one location actually being a bicycle/coffee shop.


Now the best brunch stop is definitely a hard one to choose! There are many of places where I’ve had an amazing meal, but I think hands down the most interesting and delicious has been the 3 Arts CafĂ© inside of Restoration Hardware. Set in the historical arts club building turned home store, the ambience is hard to beat.




Until next time!
-- je. york

07 January, 2017

January | Hello 2017!


To start off 2017, I’d like to share what’s driving me this month. What’s on my mind, what’s playing in my ears, and what’s inspiring me.

I strongly feel like creative influence can come from a plethora of different sources. Mine in particular come from 1) music and 2) season. As a Chicagoan, I’m no stranger to the cold. Negative temperatures and North Face parkas become part of the daily routine. Often times, winter can be looked at as a lazy time in fashion. Cool takes a backseat to comfort, but to me winter is the most inspiring time of the year. There’s room to take risks, layer pieces for a unique look, and in my case wear Chelsea boots like no ones business. I love my dear Chelsea boots.

Fashion

One of my favorite brands this month is ALLSAINTS. I just die over each and every piece they create. The design team does a great job of making the looks androgynous, which gives a quite effortless je ne sais quoi. For Christmas, one of my gifts was the Higgens Biker Leather Jacket. Link below.


If you were looking to splurge, this would be the place to do it. If you’re looking for a more inexpensive option, I highly recommend BLANKNYC jackets. You can find them at Nordstrom for under $100. I have the one linked below, and it’s one of my favorite jackets.


Music

When it comes to music, I’m the person who listens to one song and then proceeds to add the whole album to my playlist. Needless to say, this leads to overwhelmingly large playlists. My 2016 playlist was over 1,600 songs with 104 hours of music. Therefore, I have to make a sort of subplaylist to what I’m actually vibing at the moment. The whole month of December, I was really into rap/R&B. I was listening to the albums of Bryson Tiller, J. Cole, and 6LACK. After returning to Chicago from my Florida holiday, I’ve mostly reverted back to my moody, indie ways. Although I must say, The Weeknd’s new album has been the soundtrack to my morning routine. So catchy, so invigorating. I made a little wintry 2017 playlist, check it out below!


Until next time! 
-- je. york