Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Leopard & Margaritas || Dining at Bar Takito

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September was our anniversary month and we had a wonderful date, but I have to say that November has been an extra fun month filled with spontaneous dates, winter walks in snow flurries, coffee runs, and even an unplanned trip to go early-Christmas shopping this past weekend!  One extra special date though, was a dinner at Bar Takito... it was such a memorable evening, and a new favorite restaurant was promptly added to our list.  Dining is one of our very favorite things to do... we love food, and we like to make it an entire event when we go out to eat.  I had never been to Bar Takito, and from beginning to end, our experience was just that... a unique, flavorful, elegant event that we never wanted to end.  The service was impeccable and everyone was incredibly nice but also professional.  Being the glamour-obsessed femme that I am, I really appreciate when the tone exudes an upscale feeling... especially on a date in the evening, and Bar Takito beyond exceeded my expectations!  The atmosphere has a cool laid back feeling, while the service remains top notch professional - really a pleasing combination for anyone.

Beyond the service, Eric and I really really love food, and I have to admit that our tastes have been on the picky side ever since we lived in Europe for 2 years.  In Rome it was actually common that ingredients were farm-fresh in homes, and we shopped at our local outdoor market weekly for our groceries - even in the winter.  Well, Bar Takito once again blew us away with insanely delicious Latin-inspired food and a menu of shared plates filled with fresh and local ingredients!  To top it off, each dish was exquisitely and elegantly prepared... and did I mention how delicious everything was?!  We started with margaritas/beer, oyster shooters and suzuki bass ceviche.  Then we had pork belly tacos {my favorite dish}, and pork shoulder mixiotes.  Lastly we ended with popcorn butterscotch mousse and scotch.  My mouth is watering as I type - every single dish was amazing.  If you live in Chicago you must visit Bar Takito, and be sure to follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as well.  I can't wait to go back!

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From the iPhone...

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Cardigan - Similar, Skirt - Similar, Top - Wheels & Dollbaby

201 N. Morgan St.
Chicago, Il 60607

Monday, November 17, 2014

Winter || Dark Purple & Leather Opera Gloves

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It's feeling so much like winter here lately... thus it's time to begin donning wools, leather and all the essential layers for the windy city!  I'm completely obsessed with classically done winter ensembles and I love pouring over vintage photos to see how cold weather was done in more glamorous eras than today.  I'm usually left thinking - what happened to society?  Modernity has resorted to cheap ill-fitting materials or expensive unflattering puff ball coats, whereas traditionally there was actually a purpose behind each garment - and always made with aesthetics in mind.  Coats were made of 100% of tweeds and wools, were sleek and flattering, and yet still warmer than your puffiest puffy coat.  Plus it was just common for everyone to own quality-made clothes... garments were either handmade by tailors or made in factories right here in the US.  The changes throughout the years fascinate me, but often leave me wishing for the simpler times.  {I really am such an old soul! :)}  I feel like there's nothing more brilliant than a great pair of vintage-inspired opera gloves in winter.. they are feminine yet fierce and keep my entire arms warm!  I've been searching for some time, and splurged on these Prada leather opera gloves, actually originally for a special photoshoot that you'll be seeing very soon!

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Dress :: c/o Stop Staring
Clutch :: c/o Shop Roxx
Shoes :: c/o Sole Society
Gloves :: Prada {available in tan here or similar here}
Earrings :: c/o Oasap
Fascinator Hat :: Pinup Girl Clothing {sold out but similar here}
Coat :: Calvin Klein {old but similar here & love this one too}

Thursday, November 13, 2014

1950's Houndstooth Trousers || Marilyn-inspired High Waisted Pants

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During Fall I tend to love prints so much more than usual - especially classic prints like plaid and houndstooth.  I remember seeing those iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe in houndstooth trousers, and I always wanted a pair... thankfully Shop Roxx had just the slim high-waisted style I was looking for.  With winter weather quickly moving in, I love having various vintage-style trousers for days I need to double up in warmth.  Last night we had a random Wednesday date night at an amazing Latin-inspired restaurant in West Loop called Bar Takito, and I'll be sharing more about my wonderful evening soon!

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Trousers :: c/o Shop Roxx
Gloves :: Light in the Box
Earrings :: c/o Oasap
Shoes :: c/o Charlotte Russe {old, but similar here}
Top :: Pinup Girl Clothing
Scarf :: Vintage
Bra :: Agent Provocateur