Tiki Time: Three Dots and a Dash

Last week I finally went and checked out Three Dots and a Dash, the new tiki bar from Paul McGee and the Lettuce Entertain You fellas. It had a great atmosphere, the drinks were delicious, and at the moment there is nothing else like it in Chicago. McGee and co are harkening back to the time when tiki bars were uber popular, and they are definitely successful in bringing back the trend.

Piquing my interest in popular things of yore, I researched a little bit about the origin of tiki bars. Don the Beachcomber was the first to set up shop in LA in 1934, Trader Vic’s followed after (RIP Trader Vic’s in the Palmer House). At the time, air and boat travel had become more affordable, and interest in exotic cultures became widespread. Hence, tiki bars became a big hit. But, more importantly, what were people wearing?

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Image from www.what-i-found.blogspot.com

I spy a peplum! I normally have mixed feelings about peplums, but I think the McQueen below executes them well. The dress also features an empire waist and billowy sleeves, another big trend in 1934.

Alexander McQueen Peplum Detail Dress


The dress above is currently sold out (and if you are even reading my blog chances are you aren’t the type who has $1,200 for a dress). Ones also featuring 1934 trends here and here.
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Fashionista Friday: Helena Bordon

In this new weekly feature, I’ll showcase my favorite look of the week. Think of it as “Zang’s Best Dressed” but with alliteration. Everything is better with alliteration!

This week I’m featuring Helena Bordon who I spotted on the NYTimes Instagram account photographed outside of Milan Fashion Week. Based on my Portuguese, she’s wearing DSquared, Camila Klein, and Miu Miu. I love how Helena is still hanging on to summer with these bright colors and classic stripes, and the crop top is flouncy and retro enough to have the perfect amount of irreverence. Also, I know they are everywhere, but I still have a lot of love for a lucite clutch. It’s ladies like Helena who make me want to be blonde again. #staystrong Beijos! xx

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Photo courtesy: http://www.helenabordon.com/tag/mfw/

Fall Wardrobe Update

This past weekend was extremely transitional in Chi-town. Saturday was gorgeous, it was sunny and the perfect temperature. I was sitting outside most of the day in a tee and sandals–heaven. Sunday brought rain and cold, and today was perfect sweater weather. Why I still haven’t broken out my boots, I’ve been phasing out my sundresses and tank tops for sweaters and jeans, and jazzing up my current wardrobe with some new additions. Lots of leather, a touch of plaid, and a staple pair of black booties. Like it or not, fall is upon us.

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Sabine leather dress (maxi version similar), J.Crew Factory shirt and vest (similar), Tinley Road faux leather tee 

Forever21 booties (similar), Lily White leopard pants (I actually got these at Nordstrom Rack), J.Crew Factory pant (similar), J.Crew Factory sweatshirt (similar)

What are some of your favorite fall purchases?

Inspiration Station

One of the things I miss about not being in school is getting that fresh start that students get when starting a new school year. New supplies, new books, new teachers, new challenges, I always enjoyed having that moment where you feel you can do anything you set your mind to (personally, that feeling would last until maybe the first quiz–studious I am not). This fall I’ve decided that I don’t need to be in school to get my fresh start. I’ve got new clothes (I’ll share soon), a new apartment, a new haircut (well, 3 inches shorter), and a new fitness regime (I’ve gone on TWO runs in the past week–upping my total number of runs in 2013 to 3). I’ve also started to give more love and attention to my baby, this blog, who is finally sleeping through the night. Along with all of that, I’ve found some inspiring women who’ve influenced me lately.

This week I started reading Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I’ve been hesitant to start it because I didn’t care much for Tiny Fey’s memoir and I was worried it would change my love of Mindy, but I’ve found it hilariously inspiring. She’s self deprecating in a lighthearted, not pathetic, way and I love reading about her rise to fame.

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And she’s a friend/fan of Tory B.

Image from: http://blogs.wsj.com/runway/2011/11/02/mindy-kaling-on-style-the-office-and-meeting-tory-burch/

Tonight I was also inspired at an event held at the Apple store hosted by the Co-Founders of TheEveryGirl.com, Danielle Moss and Alaina Kaczmarski, about starting your blog and building your brand. I’ve been reading The Everygirl for awhile now, the site is approachable and friendly, and I find their interviews very uplifting. The Everygirl also seems to end up in my mailbox whenever I’m feeling frustrated at work and need a break, like those little sacks in The Hunger Games that deliver soup. Danielle and Alaina both described the feeling of cluelessness about their future and how their individual blogs led them to where they are today. One of the first things Alaina said was, “Just because you don’t know something yet doesn’t mean you can’t figure it out”. Having this blog has been a learning process, definitely, and their is so, so, so, so, much more to learn. Image

I took some photos of the event but my cracked iPhone didn’t do these ladies justice, so I found this on Alaina’s personal blog

Photo courtesy of Alaina’s blog, Live Creating Yourself http://www.livecreatingyourself.com/2013/02/our-career-feature-and-my-new-office.html\

Reading about Mindy and hearing from The Everygirls has made me realize that great things can happen if you work hard and focus on your goals. I can’t help but find their great energy and enthusiasm contagious. So remember, just because we’ve upgraded from lockers and LLBean backpacks doesn’t mean that we can’t get a fresh fall start!

Social Set

With the onset of NYFW, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite people to follow on social media. Along with my daily dose of R29, these are the people who I turn to for the most up to date fashion news, celeb style, and of course, the lastest and greatest on my Duchess. The thing I love most about these ladies don’t take themselves too seriously, which is what fashion is all about.

Amy O’Dell

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Photo courtesy of guestofaguest.com

Amy O’Dell is somewhat hard to keep track of, I first started reading her on The Cut, then at Buzzfeed (where she started Buzzfeed Fashion) and now she is the EIC of Cosmopolitan.com. At Buzzfeed, she started this excellent series about how various individuals broke into fashion, like the charming Mickey Boardman of Paper Magazine. Amy’s tweets are both satirical and spot on, she is a true tastemaker who describes herself on her Twitter bio as “Fashion blogger, not the kind that assumes you care about my clothes.” In case you need more proof, please see the photo above.  She isn’t overstyled or too trendy, she’s sort of “classic with a wink” Hello Miu Miu! Follow her on Twitter here.

Sasha Charnin Morrison

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I hate wearing pants too! Sasha, she’s #justlikeus

Photo courtesy of Twitter

I first found a kindred spirit in Sasha when I saw her feature on The Coveteur. I love the organized chaos of her home and her eye for off-beat colors for closet staples (see: hot pink Celine). As a formal stylist and current Fashion Director at US Weekly (the fashion is the only reason I even buy US Weekly), Sasha has an opinion on anything and everything celeb style. Her Instagram feed is always a treat, everything from throwbacks of Liza Minelli, to epic finds on shopping trips (everywhere from Century 21 to Bergdorfs), to my personal favorite, the day she wrote a pronunciation guide to designer names.  Follow her here on Twitter and here on Instagram.

Elizabeth Holmes

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Photo courtesy of wsj.com

Elizabeth Holmes is, as my mother would describe, “someone I would be friends with”. Simply put: she is adorable. Originally a political reporter for the WSJ, Holmes made the jump to lifestyle and fashion a few years ago, creating a fun, more accessible Journal with articles on things pertaining to the everywoman, like the redevelopment of Clinique’s iconic moisturizer or the beauty of carrying a smaller bag. She also hosts THIS videos on YouTube, with tutorials about wearing colorful eyeliner, or incorporating trends into your wardrobe. She was on my shortlist of people to follow during both the Royal Wedding and the birth of Prince George, her main focus, of course,  our Kate. In writing this post I came across her Tumblr, which nicely showcases pics, her articles, and her THIS videos. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter here, and Instagram here.

The Fug Girls (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan)

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My sister turned me on to GoFugYourself.com several years ago, and ever since I’ve been hooked. Heather and Morgan’s website about celeb style (and it’s FUGliness) is side achingly funny, I almost lost it in my cube when I read their “Fabtrospective of Peter Gabriel’s Eyebrows” celebrating the tenth anniversary of The OC. The girls have a shared love of fabulous television (90210, Dynasty), a board on Pinterest entitled “Various Turban’s of Note”, and their tweets (usually including a word in CAPS, and always signed “m” or “h”) about Lilo as Liz Taylor got me through that movie. Did I mention they were also Royal Fanatics? (Morgan has the same copy of Tattler that I do…#soulmates). Follow the Fug Girls on Twitter here, Heather on Instagram (with bonus pics of her adorable twin sons), and Morgan on Instagram here.  Bonus: the are also doing amazing coverage of Fashion Week over on The Cut.

Who are your favorites to follow? Happy Fashion Week!

Bootie Call

Labor Day is always a day of mixed feelings for me. Summer is technically over, the temperature has yet to drop, leading to the ultimate transitional season, Fall, which in my humble opinion, is the most fun season to dress. As a Chicagoan, I always hesitate to whip out my tall boots, knowing that my tired feet will not see daylight after being in those things for at least 5 months. Enter: the bootie. You can wear with bare legs, jeans, or even pair them with a maxi to get some extra mileage out of it. Aside from the extra ankle support that makes booties ultra comfy, their shorter stature let’s you have a bit more fun, with colors and embellishments that would look a little too much on a higher boot. I found you, Miss New Bootie!booties
Seychelles black booties boots / Kenneth Cole boots / Rachel Zoe wedge boots / River Island chelsea booties / Madewell flat shoes / Topshop short boots