Hannah on Chicago Avenue

These leapord shoes are totally fly with the green leather jacket.

The Fabulous Illustrations of Irana Douer

I stumbled upon Irana Douer's Flickr page and instantly fell in love. Her drawings are brutal, elegant and so stylish! You can take a look at more of her work at keepinmind.com.ar

These stickers are only available in a shop in Mexico, but you can buy ones that are even better for only five bucks on Etsy!

This t-shirt and many others are available at Blood is the New Black.
I wish they would print some more using the above illustrations.
I would buy them all!


Rainy Day in Chicago

I ran into this beauty as she was coming out of my favorite coffee shop, The Worm Hole (they have a Delorean in the window and the coffee is delicious).  I love her whole look, the motorcycle boots, the hooded faux fur piece and the weird flip mittens. The jacket was a gift from her boyfriend! What a lucky lady.

Check out more photos of this lovely lady on Chicago Looks


Let's make some art!

I am involved in a ton of image making in my day to day life. I am an art director at an ad agency and this blog thingee I am doing certainly falls under that category. However it's been a really long time since I made something to just look beautiful or interesting and not to communicate anything specific or have a bunch of rules associated with it.  I forgot how exciting and fun it is.

I made all these images using photographs I have taken over the past six months or so. The Gaudy God (and some of his clothing and accessories) and Benjamin Bradshaw of Sisterman Vintage appear in several of them. Enjoy!

More Secret Shopping with The Gaudy God

The holidays are fast approaching, and if you're like me, you probably have some discerning fashion divas on your list.  Get them some uniquely trashy and fabulous items from The Gaudy God, run by film/fashion student Matt Kasin.

Kasin runs the The Gaudy God from his apartment in Wicker Park. He is co-hosting a party brilliantly called Drunk Mall next month with fellow underground boutique owner Benjamin Bradshaw of Sister Man Vintage(amongst others). Check out all the details here!

Without a doubt, the best thing that Gaudy God sells are these tank tops with family snapshots from the 80's printed on them. They are evocative and weird, and showcase some pretty spectacular get-ups. Check out all the styles here.

I bought the one entitled "FU Wedding Rehearsal". The Gaudy God's Mom is on the far left in red and white, flippng us the bird. Oddly enough, I used to rock the sweater version of this dress a couple of years ago.

Each tank comes with a story that explains what was happening when the picture was taken.

The GG's Mom just happened to be in town and was kind enough to autograph the tag.

I bought this gorgeous cape thinking it was high quality faux piece. My Mom took one look at it and told me it is Mouton. French for "sheep" it's basically lambskin that has been straightened, treated, and set to produce a moisture repellent finish.  It is incredibly warm! If these boots were the right size I would have definitely snapped them up. They are a size 7 and are still there for the taking.

I have been to The Holy Land several times, but have never seen something as radical as this! Of course I had to have it, and have been wearing it all around the town.

The Gaudy God sometimes wears this full length fur, which there is no mistaking for the real deal.

The original owner had her name embroidered in the lining (is there anything cooler?!).
In addition to his many other talents, Matt also does sexy manicures like the one he is showcasing in the above photo. They are totally affordable and pretty freaking amazing. $12 for a basic mini manicure and $2 per nail for a hand painted design. You can make an appointment at Strange Beauty Show Salon
Be a hero to your friends and family by buying them gifts from The Gaudy God for Christmas/Channukah/KWANZA. Contact Matt at gaudygod@gmail.com and set up an appointment or attend Drunk Mall on December 10th at The Gallery Formerly Known As Happy Dog

Want to learn more about The Gaudy God? He is literally all over the internet!
Gaudy Gods Fashion through Film (a truly radical blog)

The Gaudy God's Fashion Blog

Sweet Fashion Pics
Chicago Streetstlye Scene

Chicago Looks


People get crazy as Lanvin Launches at H&M in Chicago

The highly anticipated Lanvin for H&M collaboration hit stores this Saturday. Naively, I thought showing up at the Chicago Michigan Avenue store at 8 am would at least get my foot in the door. I brought a book and envisioned standing in line for a couple of hours, trying on some frocks and maybe buying something.  I had no idea I would have had to show up in the pre-dawn hours to get my pick of the litter or wait in line all day and forage through the scraps.
That being said, this is about as close as I got the clothes.  But even from this distance the dresses look kind of flimsy. I wanted the short pink one based on the look book, but as you can see here, the bodice and skirt are not cut well and billow awkwardly.

The star of the collection may have been the packaging...

To be first in line you would have had to beat this woman. She showed up at 6 pm the night before and camped out in the cold. Looking weary after standing in line for over 24 hours she declined having her face photographed, but did allow me to snap her HUGE bags. She bought every piece in the womens collection for over $2000. Her plans are to sell almost all of it on Ebay.

Bracelets which allowed you to shop the collection for 15 minutes were distributed based on your place in line.
People brought camping supplies, which they discarded in the street as they shopped.

The mens collection was not restricted to bracelet holders, but had almost completely sold out by 8:30 am.

You can tell by the smile on this little lady's face that she got the dress she wanted.

This cute couple both scored the sunglasses, which retailed for 19.99. They are currently going on Ebay for five times that.

At 1 pm people who had not received bracelets lined up around the block for the opportunity to shop what was left of the collection.

All in all, my early morning trip turned out not to be a complete wash.  From what I saw from afar, I am not devastated that I did not grab any of the limited edition pieces.  I am also a little wiser in the ways of H&M designer launches. Plus, I didn't leave completely empty handed. I picked up this canvas tote which was available in the wider store. Pretty cute for $3.95!


Dirty Boots

I caught up with this SAIC student on her way to the studio. I LOVE the scrunchy blue socks paired with these boots.


The Secret Thrift Store Sisterman Vintage

Benjamin Bradshaw is Sister Man Vintage.  His showroom (which doubles as his apartment) is located on a tree lined street in the heart of Lincoln Park, a setting totally incongruous with the wares he peddles.

Sisterman specializes in party clothes inspired by the 80s and 90s. The collection runs the gamut from fabulously trashy to totally wack-a-doodle(to use a technical term). There is a high pant-suit quotient. 

You can buy this amazing hooded back-pack. An innovation that has mysteriously not caught on.

You cannot buy these real miniature bible earrings, because I already scored them. However if you ask nicely, Benjamin may make you another pair.

You can sashay your way to the top of your belly dancing class in one of these hot metallic pieces, or layer them with a tuxedo jacket and hit the town.

I bought so many things and had a truly delightful time with Benjamin. The highlights were this half gold lamé/poly-blend pantsuit, the FABULOUS weird little half shirt and hot pink wool skirt, and the pièce de résistance this egyption print handmade cotton dress with MATCHING HAT(Which I wore to the office today, sans hat sadly)

In short, go to Sisterman Vintage and spice up your wardrobe. 
Email him at SisterManVintage@gmail.com or give him a ring at 772.332.3491

Want to learn more about Sisterman Vintage and Benjamin Bradshaw? 

Chicago Looks
Awesome spread in Korean style mag "Cracker Your Wardrobe". Shot by Isa

Chicago Streetstyle Scene
Great street snap

Sisterman Vintage
Benjamin's fashion blog


H&M and the Democratization of Lanvin

I just want to pinch Albar Elbaz's plump little cheeks! I can finally afford a bit of the glamor of Lanvin via H&M. The line should be in stores on November 20th. I am literally counting down the days. Here are a few photos and screen shots from the look book.


Fabulous White Frills

Thank god for the texture of this jacket! Her shoes are also quite fetching, you can't really tell from this angle but they are a high wedge heel. I just happened to run into this lovely at the Vintage Sale that happens periodically at the Heaven Gallery. She bought a bunch of tiny fur tails, that you can see her holding. I wonder what she will do with them!?

You can have your very own variation on this theme from American Apparel.  I love the one I have in white. Find it here in black in beige as well.


Alice in Fur

Glam punk appears to be making a comeback on the streets of Chicago.
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