If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Recently, photos have emerged on the internet of Cameron Diaz performing the role of Ms. Hannigan in the remake of Annie.  Aside from the fact that this film is completely perfect as is and does not require a remake, the thing I have the biggest problem with is the wardrobe they put Ms. Diaz in:
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Don’t those boots look a tad like Isabel Marant for H&M?
Now, overall, I’ve always have had a soft spot for Ms. Hannigan. As a villain, she is completely misunderstood. Yes, she treats those orphans horribly, but, she is giving them a place to live. It’s rather admirable this single woman is self-employed during the great Depression, bathing in gin, having her fun with Mr. Bundles. Is that not the equivalent to the 20th Century power women we all struggle to be?
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I always give a cheer when she rides in on an elephant to Daddy Warbuck’s party at the end.
My favorite part of Ms. Hannigan, obviously, is her wardrobe. She’s known for her slinky dresses and piled on jewelry, her boas and kimonos. I think it would be a rather nice homage to Carol Burnett’s original character if we dressed Cammy in a modern day slip dress and kimono. She’s still au corant, and at the same time, avoids a painful jorts/black tights situation. Let’s be honest, if you were Mr. Bundles, who would you go for? Exactly.
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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

I am America

Ahhh, the Fourth of July. I personally have a strong identification with the holiday because I share a name with Betsy Ross. I’ve found this fact useful when introducing myself in loud places and as a helpful trick in remembering my name.  It’s also nice to have a holiday in the middle of the summer, and of course, I’m always enthusiastic about celebrating our great country. Maybe its my deep patriotism, but I also love the red, white, and blue combination. I have several red, white, and blue pieces in my wardrobe, and I’m sure you do too, so when dressing for the day, maybe think outside the stereotypical fourth garb (I’m looking at you, American flag jorts) and rock a patriotic, yet stylish outfit. Our founding fathers would be proud.
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H&M v neck top, / Topshop lacy skirt / Diba wedge heel platform shoes / Kate Spade / Fantasy Jewelry Box cz ring / Bead necklace
I’ll be wearing something similar to this. Happy Fourth, friends!

Zang Thoroughly Enjoys: June

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Tarnish scarf / Redken beauty product / Velvet jacket 
Jessica Walter/matte top coat/Huggable Hangers 
“Bon Jour” scarf: anyone who has encountered me wearing my beret out has endured me enthusiastically greeting them with “Bon Jour!” in my horrendous high pitched French accent. Since I can’t wear my beret in the summer, this is a perfect alternative. I also love the bright, preppy color combo.
Redken Argan Oil: I know I am beyond late to this game, but my stylist just introduced me, and I’m in love. I was convinced it would make my hair look greasy, but it just leaves it soft and shiny and frizz free. Perfect for the warmer weather!
Military jackets: I absolutely LOATHE jean jackets. These are a great alternative, the color is surprisingly neutral, they are much softer, and you can avoid a Canadian tuxedo. I’m just going to stop now before I go off about jean jackets.
Jessica Walter: With the return of Arrested Development, there is a bevy of interviews with Jessica Walter floating around lately and I just find her absolutely charming. I think of Lucille Bluth as somewhat of my spirit animal (furs, pearls, vodka, spending without abandon, impeccably dressed) and while the reviews of the AD Season 4 were somewhat mixed, I think everyone can say that Jessica stole the show.
Matte top coat: I’ve been painting this on white nails to give them an unexpected dimension. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t show up well on Instagram. If I paint my nails and don’t Instagram it, are they really painted?
Huggable Hangers: I am aware blogging about hangers is dorky and boring, but I can’t recommend these enough. After recently moving and throwing out my wire hangers (freedom!) I bought these after reading about them all over the internets. They keep all of my tops on the hangers  no matter how silky or slippery, and they practically doubled the size of my closet.

Zang Thoroughly Enjoys: May

Welcome to another new fun feature on Zang Blogs: Zang Thoroughly Enjoys, a monthly feature of things I’m loving and lusting after.
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Essie nailpolish in Lilacism / Draped skirt / peasant blouse / MICHAEL Michael Kors printed skinny jeans / Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer /Kate Spade jewelry / Lush Black Silk Stockings  / Loeffler Randall embellished flat sandals
1. Essie nailpolish in Lilacism: I got a mani a few weeks ago when it was still on the brink of being warm, and I thought it was the perfect color for a tardy Spring. All at once, it looks gray, blue, and lilac, perfect for the transitional weather.
2. Draped skirt: I recently bought a chiffon maxi skirt and fell in love. I think it looks a little dressier, and the slit is great for when it gets warmer, sort of like built in air conditioning!
3. Peasant Blouse: I’ve been drooling over this after seeing it at Anthropologie awhile ago. This is also perfect for a later onset Spring, it would look adorable with printed shorts or white jeans for a monochromatic look. Those pompoms just scream fun!
4. Printed Jeans: I’ve recently made the foray into printed jeans and I’m now an enthusiast. I also love the print on these, they remind me of the wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel (not that I’ve ever been).
5. Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer: Run, not walk, to the nearest liquor store and purchase this. I bought it a few weeks ago to bring to a porch drinking session and it’s just perfect. It’s new to the States, is very drinkable and not to sweet. My only problem I have with it is sharing.
6. Bangle watch: When the weather gets warmer, I always relegate my MK chunker to the back of the jewelry drawer in favor of my bangle bracelet/watch. It’s so lightweight and easy, the perfect compliment to any spring and summer wardrobe.
7. Lush Black Silk Stockings: I bought this a few weeks ago to put on my unsightly transparent legs, it is amazing. It goes on evenly and I love how it doesn’t have any of those nasty dyes and whatnot.
8. Loeffler Randal sandals: My birthday is at the end of July. You’re welcome.

Moms

MomsThree of my favorite and most stylish famous moms (and moms to be)

Today is mother’s day, and while unfortunately I can’t actually be with my mom today, I have been reflecting on everything she has given me over the years and how she has shaped me to be the person I am today. It was her hand I was holding the day I first set foot into Bergdorf’s, dressed to the nines. It was with her that every January we went to the Ferragamo store to their annual sale, a store that first gave me a real appreciation of fine–and classic–shoes. Saturdays growing up were spent shopping, sifting through the racks at Loehmans, Nordstrom Rack, and Filene’s Basement, a store closing that we both mourned. We never pay full price!She instilled in me the importance of looking nice, both as a sign of respect to myself and to others. She encouraged my at-times quirky fashion choices, shaping my unique style I have today.

Not only am I incredibly lucky to have a mother that’s as smart, kind, and beautiful as mine, I’m also lucky to have her as my best friend. Based on my Instagram I’m not the only one to think my mom is the best, so today, while you are having brunch and sharing a toast to your mom, thank her for everything she’s given you.

Styling in the Rain

Styling in the Rain
               So the Windy City has been rather wet lately, wet and cold. Not fun for mid-April, even if they do mean May flowers.  I spent some time in the rain this evening, waiting to see an apartment (moving–ugh, decorating posts–yay!), and then walking home to my current place. I’m a huge walker, even the rain doesn’t usually stop me, so here I give you my rain survival guide.
                I created a spring outfit because yes it is spring, and its hard to remember that when your alarm goes off and its still dark out and all you want to do is stay curled up in bed. I find that sometimes when the weather is gross, adding some color really brightens up one’s day. A fun, compact umbrella, cheery tall boots (everyone has Hunter’s for a reason!), a crossbody that stays close to you so you can carry your umbrella hands free, and a scarf to keep warm really reminds you and everyone else on the train the reason for the season. I paired them with a Barbour jacket because I swear by mine, it is shockingly waterproof and I love the zillion pockets. I feel like Kate Middleton in it (!).  Whenever it is raining, I always rock the side braid because side braids are almost expected to be a little disheveled, so it doesn’t matter if your hair accidentally gets wet. Hairwise, I’ll give you another rainy day tip–top knots and umbrellas don’t mix. But that, my friends, is a story for another day.