On Refinery29: Emily Draznik

Emily Draznik has one of the coolest styles in Chicago and it’s always a pleasure running into her. This time I caught her shopping along Michigan Avenue. The design student isn’t afraid to take fashion risks, which is one of my favorite things to see. In this photo she’s wearing an AllSaints leather jacket and a TopShop pleated skirt. The leopard print loafers, red lips and bold glasses are the perfect accents to add a healthy dose of personality into the look.

To see the original post on Refinery29 where my amazing editor brilliantly referred to Emily as a “living version of Daria,” click here.

Candid: How to Wear Leopard

Leopard Print Scarf
This woman superbly demonstrates that even the classiest ladies can rock leopard print. It’s easiest to incorporate this high-energy print into a look on accessory pieces like scarves. We all know how tricky leopard-print dresses, cardigans, and pants can be to wear. Next to the face leopard prints only work in non-natural colors like blues and pinks because yellows are not flattering next to the face. That’s why natural brown and yellow leopard prints are most popular on belts and shoes.

Pinks will draw out the natural colors in the face without highlighting zits (as reds sometimes can). You can see here how the pale shades of pink in this woman’s scarf highlight her rosy cheeks and pink lips without overpowering her. She’s already drop dead gorgeous but her scarf is achieving the goal of all accessory pieces; to add to a look, not subtract.

Prova is the undisputed master of the investment leopard print scarf. In Chicago you can find them only at Ikram. In New York they are sold only at Bergdorf Goodman and Kirna Zabete. 

Here are some fantastic pink leopard print scarves I found at a range of price points. This is also the perfect holiday gift for your moms, co-workers, sisters, friends, and girlfriends.
Diane Von Furstenberg, $250
Tory Burch, $98
Theodora & Callum, $77
TopShop, $32

Justin, Not (Yet) A Model?

If only all men looked as good as Justin did when hitting the streets after a long work-out. When I approached him I asked if he was a model since several of the agencies have offices near the Magnificent Mile. He seemed genuinely shocked that I asked him that before laughing “oh my God no, I just came from spin class! No one’s ever told me I could be a model.” 
Despite his soaring height (well over 6 ft tall) he seemed quite young to me. My belief is that he just hasn’t been scouted yet. With a look this strong and style this sharp, it’s only a matter of time.