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Seventeen Sporty Chic Pieces to Add to Your Wardrobe Right Now

It’s time to channel your inner Sporty Spice because the sporty chic look is back in a big way! Top designers like Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Tracy Reese and Karl Lagerfeld looked to the sports world for inspiration for their Spring 2014 collections. The result is a fusion of feminine looks with a masculine edge that can be just as comfortable as they are elegant.

While workout wear may not be in your company’s dress code I’ve selected seventeen style staples you can incorporate into your wardrobe to jump on the sporty chic trend.

Leather Cap

1. ASOS Leather Cap ($34.30): Heads up! Let’s start up top with a leather baseball cap. The leather adds a dose of high-style to the traditional baseball cap.

varsity jacket

2. Varsity Zip-Front Jacket ($79.99): You may not have been a varsity athlete in high school, but you can still look like one with a letterman jacket.

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3. Dunk Sky Hi Sneakers ($150.00): These black grained-leather and snakeskin-print leather sneakers are sure to take your look to the next level.

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4. Muscle Tee ($13.50): Show a lil muscle and support your favorite team in style by rocking a team-centric tank.

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5. Back in the Day Clutch ($28.00): This letterman-inspired clutch features “1993″ patches embroidered onto a jersey fabric casing. Perfect accessory to wear to brunch or to the big game.

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6. Nation Two Part Chunky Sandals ($65.00): Cleated soles add a sporty edge to these colorful and chunky sandals.

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7. DKNY Floral-Print Sweatshirt ($87.00): A graphic sweatshirt is an easy way to get in on the sporty chic trend. Dress it up with trousers or dress it down with jeans. Either way you’ll look like a winner.

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8. Perforated Backpack ($68.00): Tote your belongings around town in a modern and cool perforated backpack.

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9. Sport Mesh Nuri Ponte ($69.50): Mesh inserts are an easy way to incorporate a sporty edge into your look. This body-con skirt features sheer mesh detailing at the hemline.

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10. Mesh-Trimmed Heathered Sweatshirt Dress ($138.00): Comfy, cozy and oh so chic! This heathered sweatshirt dress can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with sneakers.

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11. Banana Leaf Joggers ($44.00): No need to break a sweat wearing these graphic joggers because your friends will be running to you to ask wear you got them.

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12. 84 Box Clutch ($59.90): Bold numbers add a modern twist to the classic box clutch. Perfect for sitting court-side or for a night out on the town.

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13. Abstract Scuba Knit Dress ($24.80): Make a splash with a scuba knit dress! The abstract pattern will show off your playful side and the black panels will show off your curves in the best possible way.

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14. Baseball Button Up ($85.00): Hit a fashion home run with this baseball button-up designed by Dimepiece.

heels
15. Drover Heel ($59.98): Mesh detail and a pop of color make these sky-high heels a glam take on the sporty chic trend.

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16. Women’s Adidas Originals Borboflora Tank ($35.00): A colorful and bold floral pattern brings a new school spunk to the old-school sports tank.

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17. Baseball Mirror Jacket ($238.00): Let’s finish off with this beautifully detailed baseball mirror jacket designed by Maison Scotch. Get a load of that embroidered and sequin detail.

Going sporty chic this season? Tell me how you plan to tackle this trend in the comments section. 

Anuli About Town: Vintage Garage Flea Market

Vintage Garage is a Chicago flea market held monthly in an Uptown parking garage. The market held its season opener on Sunday featuring vintage odds and ends from 100 Midwestern vintage dealers.

As a lover of flea markets and exploring the unknown I made my way over to Vintage Garage to check out their goods. vintage1 vintage2 vintage3 vintage4 vintage7 vintage6 vintage5 vintage9 vintage11 vintage12 vintage13 vintage14 vintage15 vintage16 vintage19 vintage18 vintage17                   
Of course I had to take some goodies home. Check out that beaded collar, evil eye bracelet and that 3-piece mod flower luggage set. Super fly! vintage10 vintage8
Missed Sunday’s season opener? Check out the 2014 dates and themes below. 

  • May 18th:  Mid Century
  • June 15th: Record Ramp
  • July 20th: Rockabilly and Tiki
  • August 17th: Refound Art
  • September 21st:  1984
  • October:  19th Record Ramp
WEEKEND READING: IFB LINKS A LA MODE ROUNDUP

I’m super honored and happy to be featured in this week’s Independent Fashion Bloggers’ “Links a la Mode Weekly Roundup” with my post “Why Don’t You…Write a Letter.”

Sit back, relax and check out some fresh content from around the web!

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Fashion Films: Diana Ross Stars in ‘Mahogany’

‘Mahogany’ is one of my favorite fashion-themed movies of all time. In the film Diana Ross plays Tracy Chambers, a sales clerk from Chicago who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Not only are the fashions fabulous, but the theme song is beautiful and bound to stuck in your head. And, of course Billy Dee Williams is in it. Billy Dee was bae back in the 1970s and many would argue that he’s still bae.

For your viewing pleasure I present to you Diana Ross in ‘Mahogany.’ Yes, the FULL MOVIE. Thank me later.

No time to watch right now? Bookmark this page and take a gander at some of the fabulous fashions from the movie below:

 

 

 

 

Anuli about Town: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

When I first moved to Chicago last July I set my sights on attending the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibit opened in March 2013 and was slated to end in early-January 2014. I live down the street from the Chicago History Museum, so this should have been an easy activity to cross-off my “to-do” list.

Summer turned into fall then fall turned into winter and I still hadn’t visited the museum. It wasn’t until I was running some errands in Old Town over the weekend that I was inspired to finally check out the exhibit. Better late then never.

I genuinely believe that everything happens for a reason and that I was meant to visit the museum when I did. Here’s why: I was shopping at Greer Chicago when one of the customers showed me magnets that she bought from the Chicago History Museum after checking out the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit earlier in the day. The magnet set featured illustrations of models from the show. Since I am in the beginning stages of developing a magnet collection for my fridge I immediately wanted to get some magnets of my own. She then told me that the exhibit was supposed to end that day, but had been extended to May 2014. Praise him!

So, I thought, “Okay, cool. I’ve got time to check it out another day.” But, then I thought, “Why not today?” I was literally a block away and wasn’t in a big hurry to go home, so off to the museum I finally went. Unlike the majority of museums in Washington, DC, museums in Chicago cost money. “This is totally going to be worth it,” I said to myself in the valley-girl voice I only reserve for my inner-most thoughts.

I trudged in the snow down the street to the museum and walked up to the front desk. I then scanned for the ticket prices and noticed that they had adult prices and student prices. I gamely asked to buy a student ticket despite the fact I graduated from college last May . I thought to myself in my best Sheree Whitfield voice, “Who gonna check me, boo?”

The concierge was about to swipe my debit card when he paused and said, “Oh, the museum is free today.” Oh, what’s this? Are those angels I hear? Then he said, “There’s a tour of the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit that is going to start in a minute if you want to join. The tour guide is one of the people who helped create the exhibit.” Do you believe in miracles? I do.

I booked it upstairs just in time for the tour to begin. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the exhibit, but let me tell you that what I saw was fashion at its finest. What Eunice Johnson and the Ebony team created during the 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair was nothing short of LEGEND…wait for it….DARY. I could sit here and pontificate more on the exhibit, but why not  share some informative videos about the history of the Ebony Fashion Fair show instead? Look below for 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair goodness:

 

Oh, and in case you’re wondering: Yes, I bought a magnet for my collection as well as the book “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.”

The  “50 Ebony Fashion Fair: Inspiring Beauty” exhibit will be featured at the Chicago History Museum until May 11, 2014. After that the word on the street is that the show will travel across America. Fingers crossed that it will visit a town near you!

Featured Image via Chicago Style Events.

Anuli about Town: Cheeky Chicago & #NMBeauty Present “Get Your Beauty On”

Back in Washington, DC I spent a fair amount of my nights going to different fashion and beauty events around the city. Anywhere that offered free cupcakes and champagne was good in my book. Gotta love it!

Last Thursday, I went to my first Chicago beauty event. The “Get Your Beauty On” event was hosted by lifestyle website Cheeky Chicago at the Neiman Marcus off Michigan Avenue.  Guests were treated to champagne, treats, makeovers, hair-styling and $20 Neiman Marcus giftcards to use in Neiman Marcus’ new first floor cosmetics department.

DJ Mister Wolf  supplied a fantastic mix of tunes. I wouldn’t call myself an audiophile just a person with ears that likes nice sounds. And, boy was he nice one the ones and twos. I also had the pleasure of meeting AstroWifey, nail artist and founder of Tipsy Zine. who hooked me up with a cute evil-eye design on my nails. She really is an artist and nails are truly her canvas. If you are in Chicago and dig nail art you should definitely go to Tipsy Zine’s party night at Beauty Bar Chicago.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at Cheeky Chicago’s “Get Your Beauty On” event. Wish you were there! I guess you’ll just have to live vicariously through me and my photos. Scroll below for some instant FOMO.

 

Cheeky Chicago founders, Erica Bethe Levin and Jessica Zweig during an on-camera interview.

Cheeky Chicago founders, Erica Bethe Levin and Jessica Zweig during an on-camera interview.

My friend Deena getting beautified by a YSL makeup artist. We’re fancy. *pinkies up*

My friend Deena getting beautified by a YSL makeup artist. We’re fancy. *pinkies up*

I love candid moments. These ladies were checking out the flipbook they made at “Get Your Beauty On."

I love candid moments. These ladies were checking out the flipbook they made at “Get Your Beauty On.”

Guests getting their hair done. Sounded like there was some juicy gossip in this group, but I just snapped the picture and then went about my business.

Guests getting their hair done. Sounded like there was some juicy gossip in this group, but I just snapped the picture and then went about my business.

It was nice meeting Amelia from The Chicago Life blog (www.thechicagolifeblog.com). Yellow is one of my favorite colors so of course I loved her yellow dress!

It was nice meeting Amelia from The Chicago Life blog (www.thechicagolifeblog.com). Yellow is one of my favorite colors so of course I loved her yellow dress!

AstroWifey doing what she does best at “Get Your Beauty On.”

AstroWifey doing what she does best at “Get Your Beauty On.”

It was great meeting the crew from SoMe Social Media Services (www.someconnect.com).  Check out Digital Marketing Associate, Arianna Green getting her nails done by the one and only, AstroWifey.

It was great meeting the crew from SoMe Social Media Services (www.someconnect.com). Check out Digital Marketing Associate, Arianna Green getting her nails done by the one and only, AstroWifey.

AstroWifey is an artist and nails are her canvas!

AstroWifey is an artist and nails are her canvas!

Mister Wolf had me jamming during the event with his top-notch mixes.

Mister Wolf had me jamming during the event with his top-notch mixes.

Sweet treats at “Get Your Beauty On."

Sweet treats at “Get Your Beauty On.”

Hey, if this teapot handle pose works for Kim Kardashian then why can’t it work for me, right?

Hey, if this teapot handle pose works for Kim Kardashian then why can’t it work for me, right?

THE PROBLEM WITH “REBRANDING AFRICA”

“Vogue Africa” by Mario Epanya

Vogue magazine currently boasts nineteen international editions and plans to release a twentieth edition, Vogue Thailand, in 2013. In 2010, photographer Mario Epanya created magazine covers for what he imagined a possible “Vogue Africa” to look like. The release of the images sparked debate on the neccessity of a “Vogue Africa.” While Vogue publishes editions in countries from five out of the seven continents it has yet to produce any editions in the continent of Africa.

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TELLING A MAN BY HIS SHOES

TELLING A MAN BY HIS SHOES

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There is an old adage that says, “You can tell a man by his shoes.” Now, I don’t know how old this saying is, but single women have been touting this piece of advice for years.

This saying has been interpreted in several different ways over time. There are people who believe that if a man’s shoes are scuffed or dirty then he doesn’t care about his shoes and therefore won’t put care into his relationships.

Another school of thought categorizes men by the type of shoes they wear. A man is presumed to be bohemian if he wears Birkenstocks and athletic if he maintains a wardrobe of sneakers.

Personally, I don’t go around categorizing men by their shoes. Walking around with your head only looking down can lead to a lot of accidents. Not only is there a potential of getting hit by a car because you are not paying attention, but there is a high potential of misinterpreting a man’s personality by the shoes on his feet. Who knows if the “bohemian” sporting the Birkenstocks is a major player on Wall Street or if the sneakerhead’s shoes are so clean because he’s never actually worn them on any type of court?

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