the big apple gets windy.

Happy Monday, everyone! If you have the presidents to thank for a day away from work or school, here's a special treat for you from the lovely Deanna from Mellow Fever!


She's a current Chicagoan with New York City roots, so I asked her to compare the styles of the two cities closest to her heart :) You'll see her inspiration photo and then the fabulous outfits she created! She really has it down to an art. Thank you so much, Deanna!
{Don't forget to stop by Mellow Fever when you're done!}
I'll be back in action tomorrow! xoxo {av}

Without further ado, here's Deanna...


NEW YORK CITY

NYC Spring
New York is kind of like my mom — definitely a lady, but a lady who wears the pants, doesn't take backtalk from anyone, and has a strong Brooklyn accent. There's a collective shift with the warmer weather: we shed coats and boots and replace them with light jackets and towering heels that would have never survived the ice and snow. I'm loving the look of rich jewel tones for spring, but I can't deny the need for the most beloved NYC neutral, black. Most of my closet at home is just a collection of various shades of black, and no matter how many New Year's Resolutions I make to branch out and try a bit of color, my efforts usually fail.

With this ensemble, though, black is the perfect way to ground the unapologetically bright flashes of color and make them easier to incorporate. I'm a sucker for skinny denim, and there's no better way to add a dash of edge than with a simple black leather jacket. The electric blue pumps? I could go on and on about how much I love these — the classic shape makes the vivid shade a little easier to pull off, and the color makes them a statement piece. As spring rolls around, I'm definitely pulling out my own leather jacket and walking around with such an attitude that no one will mistake me for a tourist.

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CHICAGO

Chicago Spring
Chicago is like New York's smaller, cleaner, and sweeter little sister. There's a perceptible difference between the two — strangers strike up cheerful conversation and 25-degree weather is considered "a little chilly." Once the thermometer rises above the freezing point, the North Faces and long camel coats fly off and everyone runs around naked. Just kidding! Although really, getting dressed becomes a lot more enjoyable and creative once you know that people are going to see what you look like beneath the eight pounds of down in your jacket. Nevertheless, layers are essential even in the spring, because you never know when a cool breeze is going to roll in from Lake Michigan.

The spring look here, as a result, is more feminine and ladylike, with the delicate touches of ruffles, bows, and a cameo necklace. The cardigan is longer and falls past the tee; when worn belted, it looks put-together and elegant. And it's always a good idea to slip a pretty scarf in your purse, because you never realize just how cold you are until you're shivering on the station platform, having missed your el train and the next being twenty minutes late. And the shoes? I just added them because they're the most adorable things I've ever seen. Ever. Now that it's about forty degrees here in the Windy City, it's time to get reacquainted with my ballet flat collection and remember to shave my legs (TMI? Sorry!).

Chicago Components:

27 comments:

  1. this is very cool!!

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  2. Sweet post! I am definitely more inclined to Chicago!

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  3. LOVED this- adore both cities and seeing a little fashion meets city post was so fun. Both for sentimental and fashion reasons, I think I'm more of a Chicago girl but would happily live in/take either!

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  4. this makes me want to go shopping right away!! awesome post lady!

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  5. This is a really, really cool post.

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  6. Love these looks! What a great post!

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  7. very cool comparison... fashion wise I'd say I fit in better in NYC.

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  8. so great!! so happy to be introduced to another chicago blogger! loved her description about chicago - so true. great post.

    xo.ashley

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  9. ha! i love this. and as a chicago girl i am totally on board with the "smaller, cleaner, and sweeter little sister" statement. love the chicago outfit too :) lovely post! xoxo jcd

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  10. What a fab Post! I love Chicago.. like any good Midwest girl should.

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  11. I have been catching up & reading many of your old posts. Love this blog, super girly.

    Thanks for commenting on mine. Happy Monday!

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  12. This is a fun post! I don't think I fit in to either city! Haha!

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  13. LOVING the Kate Spade satchel and Madewell cardi. Great picks lady!

    It's been far too long since I've been to either of those cities... The food, fashion and museums are calling my name!

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  14. I love this post, the Madwell Cardi is my favorite

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  15. What a cute post! I LOVE both of those outfits!

    Lauren @ tickled.

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  16. Love both outfits -- I'm totally a Chicago girl! :)

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  17. Love it! And both those cities!

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  18. Great idea, I love this post and Deanna's different descriptions and outfit's <3

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  19. Everything she says about Chicago rings true! What a fun post!

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  20. i looove how you describe NY, that is awesome :) and i love the red shirt with leather pants.

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  21. Lovely lovely lovely. What a cute post. And I love that scalloped skirt!

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  22. I love both these looks, and what an adorable comparison!

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  23. I seriously cannot chose which of the outfits that I like more! Such a tough decision because they're both so super cute! :)

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  24. You always have the best outfit suggestions. Love love love!

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  25. I love this! Sadly, I havent been to either places!

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