After deciding to make the jump from fashion blogger to copywriter a few years ago, I’ve been singularly focused on solidifying my career. Socializing (and fun in general) was abandoned in favor of late nights & hard work for the past 2 years, with just a couple breaks over Christmas. Just like everyone else I had to prove myself. Advertising is a tough business to break into, especially as a creative.
This past weekend I finally took a long overdue staycation to relax and spend time with my younger brother, who made the 3-hour trek in from Wisconsin to visit. The W Lakeshore was kind enough to invite us to stay in a luxury suite, so we could enjoy the fashionable luxury of their brand-new $40 million renovation.
I live-blogged my experience on twitter and Instagram, where you can follow me at @chistreetstyle. We made the most of my ‘staycation’ with a visit to the Museum of Science & Industry, a long-overdue ride on the Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour, and – of course – a visit to Giordano’s for Chicago-style pizza. We went full tourist, and it was a blast!
As the only hotel in Chicago on Lake Michigan, the W Lakeshore is nestled close to downtown but with the tranquility of lakefront views. This was exactly what I needed to recharge before fashion week next month. Thank you W Hotels for such a wonderful weekend!
As a huge Game of Thrones fan, I created a Daenerys-inspired street-style look from my closet in honor of tonight’s Season 4 finale! Call me a nerd if you want, but the unique combination of fantasy, violence, sex and drama on GOT is the ultimate expression of TV as a creative medium. Plots can be a bit cheesy and predictable, however the stunning visuals and engaging dialogue easily make up for that. Daenerys Targaryen is my favorite character, and not just because she’s kickass at life. As a strong, assertive female in the male-dominated world of Westeros/Essos, Daenerys balances her quest for power with compassion for the people she rules.
When putting together my Daenerys outfit, I started with my gossamer-thin periwinkle Haider Ackermann dress, one Daenerys’ favorite colors to wear. She also loves to layer whites and golds, so I threw on my new Zara top. I cinched both pieces for waist-definition with my Elyse Marie Vieni lioness necklace, rigged into a belt with a gold chain. My Chan Luu bracelet (gifted by Debbie Jagel of Ootra!) has Dothraki vibes. For nail polish I chose Chanel Peridot 531, which fit well into my overall look. Red nails don’t jive with her personality!
Last but not least, my Céline ankle boots from 2011 channel the practicality of Daenerys’ footwear choices. After all, she’s leading an army of Unsullied and Second Sons to reclaim the Iron Throne, literally ruling out delicate footwear as a wardrobe option for her.
All in all I think I did pretty well channeling my inner Mother of Dragons!
Photos generously taken by Soundfuse Magazine
As I celebrate the holidays this year in the Colorado Rockies skiing with my family, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year wherever you may be. I hope this is a time of healing and peace for our country and world to reflect on all the ways we can be better in the years to come.