Lazy Day in Paradise

Photography By: Victoria C Photos

Nothing sounds better, amiright?! This is one of my favorite collaborations to date, because it hits me on an emotional level. I love working with brands and meeting new people + I love even more when they turn into friendships.

A few years ago, I walked into a European fashion bouqitue in downtown Hinsdale. There stood a fashionable blonde hair woman, Gaile. From there, we worked together several times to shoot stuff for her boutique + my blog and an awesome friendship developed in the process. She thought I was crazy but decided to keep me around, ha! Fast forward a year or so, we were out for martinis one night + Gaile mentioned she wanted to sell her boutique. At first, I was like “nooooo” — haha. I loved Mabelle Avenue so much + I knew all the hard work she had put into it. After chatting several weeks, her decision to sell it — I knew she was destinied for much more. I always remember asking her what she wanted to do + always got the answer “I’m not sure” but I knew she was up to something creative. She is one of the most driven and fashionable women I know + I knew her talent would not go wasted. 

 ”I am going to showcase my clothing line in a fashion show. Will you come.” — Gaile 

I got this text from her several weeks back + I was thrilled ...and also excited for the surprise.

I got to witness it on the runway for the very first time. Her + her mother hand knitted the entire collection! YES, the ENTIRE collection. I was literally blown away! It’s gorgeous, trendy + I wouldn’t of expected anything less from these amazingly talented women. 

So fast forward to present. When she reached out for me style it with my everyday wardrobe — I didn’t think twice. Her brand is luxurious, made with love + hands down the best knitted pieces I’ve ever worn. 

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LAZY DAY SHOP

“Unique handmade knitted sweaters, hats and other products, that will help you look fabulous, stylish and warm. Every product is made with love and exceptional care, right after the order is placed.” 

VISIT THEM ONLINE, HERE.  

She is still a huge part of her old boutique + her line can also be found in MaBelle Avenue — yay!

LAZY DAY SHOP INSTAGRAM 

Thank you to HOTEL INDIGO — Naperville for letting us shoot this local designers clothing line in the hotel. Cheers! 

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Cowgirl Glam

Photography By: Carrie Ostreko

And here I am again, decked out in Vintage. 

Most of you know that I base my wardrobe around vintage clothing + I am seeing it become a trend more and more recently — I love it! I stumbled across Dane Vintage about 5 years ago + I haven’t quit it since. One, because Danette is the raddest B on the block + I love her. And two, because she has one of best collections around! 

Heart eyes were pretty instant when I laid my eyes on this purple beaded 80’s beaut + then across the room I spotted the perfectly roughed-up pair of vintage cowboys boots. MINE. Of course, I had the idea to mesh the two together + be super extra... accompanied by my faux fur coat I scored last season at Urban Outfitters. Because, EXTRA. And if I ever became a cowgirl in my second life, you bet I’d be decked out like this. Saddle up.

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Check out DANE VINTAGE  — HERE.

...and keep your eyes peeled for their new website! This dress + a ton more goodies are comin’ at ya! 

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