Last Friday I headed to downtown Chicago to do some shopping for a last-minute trip, and meet up with friends for drinks in the Hancock Center (it’s a gorgeous view, you should visit if you’re in town!). I decided to don something daring- a leopard print dress from Stop Staring! I have been admiring their vintage clothing for years, but honestly- never had the courage to try their cocktail dresses for myself…that though, is changing!
This is my first leopard print dress- EVER. I usually have been rather shy in my fashion, but something about this dress just seemed just the right amount of drama for a fun night shopping and drinks in a sky scraper! I got compliments on it (and the statement cocktail ring) at nearly every place I stopped. When stopping for a sweet treat at Ghiradelli, the hostess and I chatted about Stop Staring & vintage inspired fashion until we started to hold up the line! I knew that I’d made the right choice out of my comfort zone!
I was going to wear heels- but after realizing I’d be shopping for 3 hours and walking around Michigan Avenue, I didn’t want to fuss with buckles and sore feet. If you know anything about downtown Chi- the shops are crowded during the summer, making dressing rooms a pain. I wanted to be adaptable with as little fuss as possible- the dress was perfect for fuss-free changing rooms to try clothes on, but put together enough for cocktails afterwards!
Oh of course- there was this statement ring I picked up from Target- another daring piece..and only $10! This is a ring I don’t wear often, but it seemed appropriate for crazy leopard print!
As I continue blogging, I find I’m constantly challenged by aesthetics- both of what I wear, and how I photograph. During graduate school, fashion was a luxury of both time and money- something I rarely got the pleasure to indulge in, but luckily that’s changing! I love dabbling in vintage inspired fashions, bold prints, new colors & statement pieces that challenge the boundaries of what I’m used to!