Girl Playing in the Water Tower Fountain

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A few weekends ago I was walking down Michigan Avenue doing my “rounds” around the Gold Coast* when I happened upon this adorable girl. She was running back and forth between the steps of the historic Water Tower and the fountain in the center of the plaza. She radiated pure, unbridled joy. I think we can all connect to the spirit of this young child, whose enthusiasm and lightness is inspiring in its simplicity. Every one of us has memories that stretch way back to when something as elementary as doing somersaults down a hill created so much enjoyment. I’m sure that’s exactly what her parents thought as they sat on the steps, watching her play. They smiled at me while I took a few snapshots, and I’m sure they thought I was thinking the same thing. And they were right. 
*In my defense, I spent this past weekend and the weekend before shooting in Wicker Park. I’m so behind that I’m still playing catch up with old photos.

Lindsay in River North, on Huron

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Upon first glance, I thought Lindsay had to be an underground vintage dealer or an as-of-yet undiscovered fashion blogger. Why? The meticulousness of her hairstyle and the precision with which she dressed. I straight up asked her if she worked in fashion. “No,” she said, “I’m a scientist who works in a laboratory.” Well there you have it.

On Refinery29: Shelby Steiner

Running into Shelby Steiner is always a pleasant surprise. Our encounters at Chicago fashion events (or on the street!) are always too brief, but such is the nature of the fast-paced life of college student bloggers like ourselves. Whether it’s writing for a magazine or designing cutting-edge clothing, I know she’ll go far in life. Anyone who has had the pleasure of talking with Shelby about fashion and current events knows what a deeply insightful and enormously talented person she is. Hidden underneath all that amazing style is a truly wonderful human being!