Chatting With Kristin Cavallari

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It is safe to say that Kristin Cavallari is far from her days on MTV’s The Hills. She is now a wife, mother, designer, entrepreneur, and the list goes on and on. Cavallari just released her fall collection with Chinese Laundry, and it will leave you lusting after every pair on the shelf. Somehow, between caring for Jaxon and Camden, designing her next collection for Chinese Laundry, and rooting for her husband, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Kristin had time to sit down with us and chat shoes, The Fabulist, and Chicago.

Congratulations on your fall collection with Chinese Laundry! Where did you get the inspiration for this collection?

Well, with every line, I want my shoes to be trendy, while still being affordable . I think it’s important for girls to know that you don’t have to spend $900 on a pair of shoes to look and feel great. Everything in my line, for the most part, is a staple. They’re all classic shoes that you’ll wear forever. But, you know, we still have the trendier items like the thigh-high boots which are one of the biggest pieces for fall.

What is the design process like?

I work with Shana, over at the Chinese Laundry design team. She’s really great about knowing the hot colors and that sort of thing, and I just send her all of the inspiration I gather throughout the year. After that, we just come up with everything together, I tweak everything, and then I always have the final say on every shoe. It’s fun.

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What is the best, and most difficult, thing about designing a shoe collection?

The hardest part is that even if I love a shoe, it’s ultimately up to the buyers, so take Nordstrom for example, to decide if they want it or not. There was one shoe in particular that I am obsessed with, but they didn’t want! I tried to bring it back again, and push for it, and they still don’t want it! It’s hard! I could love something, but it really doesn’t matter. The best part is being able to design the shoes that I love and seeing girls wear my shoes and see how happy they are. It’s the best feeling in the world.

How do you like Chicago, has it influenced your sense of style at all?

For style alone, I like that in Chicago you can actually wear boots and jackets and layer, and all that fun stuff that you can’t do in California. I guess its influenced my line in that I have a lot more boots and booties than I probably would if I was still living in California, just because I wouldn’t even be aware of it. Chicago has been great, the people are all so nice. I like having seasons even though it can be pretty brutal come January. Even right now, the leaves are all changing and we don’t get that in California. And my family is here, my Mom is here, so that’s really nice. Especially with babies too, they help out a lot.

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You’re hosting E!’s “The Fabulist,” what is your favorite thing about hosting “The Fabulist?”

It’s a lot of fun, we talk about all the latest trends in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. It’s everything that I love talking about, and it’s great because, you know, I think when you initially hear about the show you think it’s just about fashion, but there’s a little something for everyone because we do talk about trends and food and travel and all kinds of things. It’s fast paced, it’s thirty minutes, and you’re left with a ton of knowledge.

You are always one step ahead of everyone else. What can we expect to see from you coming up?

Well, for my shoe line, we are working on Fall 2015, so we are working far ahead. We actually were just looking at Spring samples yesterday, which was fun. I just launched a jewelry line about two weeks ago with Planet Blue out in LA, it’s called Emerald Dove and I’m working on a couple other things, but nothing that I can really talk about yet.

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Photos: Kohl Murdock

Best Events: Chicago

Taste Talks Chicago 

 

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Mother of Pearl dinner at Taste Talks Chicago. Oysters and sparkling wine were the perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend, and we enjoyed Island Creek Oysters and a wine pairing cocktail hour followed by a delectable multi-course sit down dinner with wine pairings at Kinmont. The organizers of Taste Talks could not have done a more phenomenal job, and I am already looking forward to next year. Seven different chefs from an assortment of restaurants throughout Chicago each prepared a dish. One was better than the next, and I left that night feeling very satisfied.

 

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Green Tie Ball

 

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Green Tie Ball is one of the most celebrated charity events in Chicago all year. This year, the theme was “Great Gatsby,” and party goers embraced the theme with three piece suits and flapper dresses galore.  Hosted by nonprofit organization Chicago Gateway Green, all of the funds went towards beautifying our city. Over 55 Chefs from participating restaurants including Fig & Olive, Gibsons, Nightwood, Sophie’s, and Yum Cha fed the hungry crowd. I would highly recommend attending next year.

 

 

Polished Head To Toe

With drab fall days starting to become more frequent, it is becoming harder and harder to stay polished with our day to day style. While trying not to look like a Pumpkin Spice Latte (AKA b a s i c) is a regular challenge, it doesn’t have to be. Warm summer nights may seem ideal for fashion and beauty, fall offers much more variety in hues, styles, and trends. Although leggings and a t-shirt may seem appealing, try switching it up with some looks I created with Lyst. Lyst has a killer variety of designers, and great sales you can search with the click of a button. Now doesn’t that sound ideal?

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Check out our Lyst here: http://www.lyst.com/user/streetstylechi/streetstylechi-picks/

Wedding Guest Chic Via Rent The Runway

If dress codes leave you clueless, this post if for you. Rent The Runway brings you tons of stylish options, for a small fraction of the price. For a Fall wedding, or really any event, I love a dress with a long sleeve or in a dark hue. Surprisingly, these can be few and far between. Browse my favorites below!

 

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Weekday Ideas

Unami Burger:

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“LA-based burger-world-conquering chain Umami Burger has just arrived in Chicago via Milwaukee Ave, and along with it, a menu that plays to the tongue’s fifth taste known as “umami,” aka the Japanese term for “savory meatiness,” aka “whoa, this makes the burger taste phenomenal.” -Thrillist

 

Tres-Dollar-Tapas Happy Hour Café Ba-Ba-Reeba:

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“Named the grandaddy of Lincoln Park’s tapas joints, Café Ba-Ba-Reeba has a mix of delicious plates —think zesty Manchego, gooey goat cheese, and creamy tomato-doused garlic bread — available for a binge-worthy happy hour throughout the week. Get a pitcher (or pitchers) of one of their five custom sangrias — infused with raspberry, passionfruit, or white peach — or take a solarium cooler — a gin and soda, tanged with lime and cucumber — out to the Ba-Ba-Reeba solarium. ” -Sosh

Pop Art Icons Meet: Warhol & Marisol

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“While Warhol needs no introduction for most, Marisol may. She was a pop art icon who gave up painting after being inspired by Columbian artifacts and turned to wooden sculpture with intricately painted portraiture. It studies their relationship in the 1960s, at the time that both were discovering the trademark styles that would later make them famous: Warhol’s silk-screen technique, especially with mass media images, and Marisol’s famous flat, painted wooden sculptures.” -Chicagoist

Fried Chicken & Champagne Thursdays At Coppervine

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“Congrats, the week is almost through! How does some fried chicken and a bit of bubbly sound? You can get some for a steal at Coppervine, where the pairing goes for $20 every Thursday — it’s one of several new weekly specials at the restaurant.” – Chicago Magazine

Dealer’s Choice: A Cocktail Made Just For You; Berkshire Room

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“Sometimes you feel like rolling the dice. And playing Russian roulette with $14 cocktails at the Berkshire Room means the Dealer’s Choice cocktail, where you choose the spirit, flavor profile, and glassware, and the bartender does the rest. Consider it the Roomba of drinks.” -Thrillist

 

Chicago: The City of Big Data

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“Did you know data has become a 21st century design material? Architects, planners, engineers, and citizens increasingly use data to understand urban issues and spark design innovation. This explosion of digital information, known as “Big Data,” encompasses everything from data collected by environmental sensors to messages on social media.” – Chicago Architecture Foundation

 

Chef-Driven Juicery: Owen + Alchemy

 

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“What happens when a cool chef such as Jared Van Camp (Nellcôte, RM, Kinmont), who has discovered that cold-pressed juices with breakfast and lunch help him combat his type 1 diabetes, meets a hip entrepreneur such as Anne Owen? They brainstorm their way into Owen + Alchemy, a new eight-seat chef-driven liquid apothecary.” -Chicago Magazine

 

 

*All images courtesy of Sosh.com

Think Pink For A Cure

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On Thursday, October 2, the lovely Four Seasons Hotel Chicago hosted the Third Annual Think Pink Fundraiser to benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation. Over 250 stylish guests were in attendance, and raised more than $6,700 – the most profitable Think Pink event at the Hotel to-date.

Among the stylish crowd, many adorned in fashionable pink attire, were some of Chicago’s top bloggers, who came together to raise over $3,000 for the Foundation prior to the event. Bloggers included event host, Janet Lee Mandell of Fashionaholic, who organized and styled a Nicole Miller fashion presentation of the hottest pieces from the fall/winter 2014 collection. The runway starred sixteen bloggers: Mischaela Advani of How to Run in Heels, Nicole Regan of Cedar and Rush, Eva Pawlus of Guaranteed Rate, Sarah Baker of The Balanced Babe, Vanessa Lambert of What Would V Wear, Sarah Raskey of Sarah Raskey Fine Art, Amelia Eaton of The CHICago Life Blog, Helen Burkun of Helenberkun.com, Ariel Peche of Arielpeche.com, Donna Cheney of I Fly First Class, Jennifer Woman of Red Soles and Red Wine, Monika Pardala of Chicago in Stilettos, Micaela Brown of The Chicago Sun-Times Minority Report, Ashlee Piper of The Little Foxes, Meggan Morehead of Somewhere Lately, and Shai Chung of Drunk on Shoes.

The event was sponsored by Allium, Bloomingdale’s, Chicago Sun-Times SPLASH, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Laurent-Perrier, Leah Chavie, and Monika Dixon Public Relations. Can’t wait until next year!

 

Photos: Kohl Murdock Photography

Shirtdress With A Twist

A well fitted oxford is a wardrobe staple year round. Nonoo took it to the next level by creating an organza paneled shirt dress with a flattering, feminine silhouette. Organza panels give this men’s style, pinstripe shirt a delicate feel. Appropriate for work or play.

shirt dressNonoo Shirtdress, Shopbop.com; $450.00.

The Best Fall Accessories For The City Girl

 

 

best fall accessories1. Eugenia Kim Farrah Hat. 2. Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora. 3. DKNY Leather Gloves. 4. Jennifer Behr Silk Turban. 5. Thierry Lasry Lively Sunglasses. 6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Toto Checked Scarf. 7. Oscar de la Renta Tassle Earrings. 8. C/Fan Adele Beanie. 9. DKNY Mara Ankle Biker Boot. 10. Marie Turnor Lunch Clutch. 11. Paula Bianco Chunky Knit Scarf. 12. Alice + Olivia Piano bag. 13. Due West Suede Fringe Bag.

The Sneaker Sling

Alexander Wang’s collections have always been very sport infused, and his Spring 2015 collection demonstrates that to a T. After the Sneaker Sling bag made its debut on the runway, it was available for a measly few weeks  on the A Wang site. You can still find them online for resale, but it will cost you a pretty penny. Happy hunting!

 

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Style Spotlight: Nika Levando

 

 

 

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get the look

Leather Moto Jacket: Topshop Leather Moto Jacket. Long Sleeve White T-shirt: T by Alexander Wang. Black Skinny Jeans: Solow Black Skinny Jeans. Red Flats: Vince Camuto Red Flats.

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