My Favorite Moments From 2011

2011 was a pretty great year. Now that I look back, I got to experience a lot of amazing things and I’m so grateful for these opportunities. I hope you had an amazing 2011…but let’s make 2012 even better!

Here’s a look at of some of my favorite moments from this past year…

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Getting a good camera! So I can share better quality pictures with you, my lovely readers, and also so I can take sick pictures like this…

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Meeting Brian Atwood…because not only are his shoes gorgeous, so is he!

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Having ChiCityFashion be featured in the latest issue of CS Magazine…along with my favorite blogger friends.

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Meeting Glenda Bailey…she made Harper’s Bazaar what it is today and she is one of the most incredible people I’ve met to date.

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My first Chanel bag…enough said :)

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A surprise appearance by Giuliana and Bill at my 23rd birthday.

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Seeing a Kelly bag get made before my very eyes at the Hermes Festival of Crafts.

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It was my goal this year to make it to the McQueen exhibit at the Met, and thanks to their lovely extension…I made it!

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Photographed by Tommy Ton (without even knowing it!) my first day at Fashion Week in New York this year. And seeing it on Style.com the next day…unreal!

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I think this one takes the cake. Meeting my favorite designers (Jack and Lazaro), designing a custom version of my very favorite bag (the PS1), and it all led up to this…

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I still can’t believe I own the only custom PS1. Officially the most treasured item in my closet.

I couldn’t have asked for a better year. Thank you all for your support and your awesome comments. Have a happy new year!

Chicago Bloggers In CS Magazine January 2012

I was so excited when I found out the other day that ChiCityFashion was featured in the January 2012 issue of CS Magazine! Even better? I’m surrounded by my favorite Chicago bloggers; some of which have even been featured here on ChiCityFashion.

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So thankful to be with my friends behind Chicago Street Style, The Midwestyle, Possessionista, Garmental, and my favorite foodie Amanda Puck of The Foodarazzi. Such great talent here in Chicago.

So pick up the Best of the City 2012 issue of CS and flip to page 62 to view the full story. Looking forward to more great things in 2012!

Currently Obsessing Over: Markus Lupfer Sweaters

Having a variety of sweaters is important during this time of year, especially in Chicago. But how many black and grey ones can you possibly own? You have to spruce it up sometimes, and Markus Lupfer does just that.

They’re random. They’re weird. But I can’t help but obsess over them.

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And for the ultimate “ugly Christmas sweater” (even though the holiday’s over)…

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What do you think of these Markus Lupfer sweaters?

Featured on LoLuFullyLoaded

One of YouTube’s top bloggers, Lo Luthringshausen is one to watch…AND she’s not even out of high school yet! So I was flattered when she asked to interview me her Who To Know page. See how I fell in love with fashion, my blogging advice and more on Who To Know: Jena Gambaccini.

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Be sure to check out Lo’s YouTube channel for the latest beauty tips and style advice.

Chanel Top Coat Velvet

From someone who has an extensive nail polish collection, that includes a few matte colors, I’ve always wanted a matte top coat but could never find one. And thanks to a white elephant mishap last week, I discovered Chanel Top Coat Velvet.

I wanted to do a really fun manicure for New Years and because I dedicate my Mondays to manis…I get to share my NYE nails with you today!

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Pictured: NARS ‘Night Breed’ with Chanel Top Coat Velvet. Accent nails: Deborah Lippmann ‘Today Was a Fairytale’ and OPI Silver Shatter.

I thought it would be cool to try something unconventional and do the matte top coat over a black glitter nail polish…and I absolutely love the results!

Are you doing a fun manicure for New Years?