Summer Staple Pieces



I can’t complain about the mild winter we’ve experienced in Chicago this past winter, still for too long, warm weather has been a  complete NO show. With 50 degrees weather in June, on top of rainy and gloomy days after windy and chilly ones in July, I’m uncertain what kept the warm weather hostage, but I’m grateful she’s here!  I’m trusting after finally making her debut, she’ll settle for a while- So,  I’ve geared up my summer staple pieces and will take full advantage of everything she brings with her.

In case I haven’t said this enough, I absolutely LOVE my Fulton Market neighborhood. When not traveling promoting ‘Make Your Mark: Personal Branding Through On-Purpose Living’, or hitting the beaches of the Caribbean for weddings or my own wedding anniversary trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico later this summer, you’ll find me curiously strolling the streets of Randolph, Fulton Market, and Halstead streets.  After living in Chicago for two years, I’ve yet to hit half the trendy and highly rated eateries Fulton Market flaunts.

With summer staples pieces that include a great pair of light-blue, 5-pocket shorts in a fab denim wash made from the softest organic cotton a girl could ask for. I scooped them at Nordstrom’s a few weeks ago and they’ve quickly earned their spot as one of my favorite shorts. While Jala, my fashion-forward nineteen-year-old, loves a great high-waisted jean, I wasn’t convinced I’d like them as much. But,   I’ve come to appreciate the figure-flattering piece + digging the shorter look paired with fuller, light-weight tops.

Today, I wore the high-waisted shorts with a flowing ivory, an oversized-bohemian top I grabbed at Zara. I capped off the summer look with a simple pair of suede, brown leather thongs. Later that evening, excited to swank it up a bit before heading to share a super fresh and absolutely delicious seafood tower with hubby at BLVD,  a new hotspot I’ve come to adore for dropping glitz and glam in the heart of Fulton Market. Y’all know I love my bling! The two-floor restaurant and lounge themed around my favorite decor of old Hollywood glamour called for an absolute swap out my cute thongs for a sexier pair of heeled sandals in the same cognac color as the leather cuff and clutch I recently made- and was dying to wear. I added simple diamond studs and a pop of Mac’s Ruby Woo – to my lips and the mood was set for a perfect romantic dinner.

Dinner didn’t disappoint and I’ll be back again to try other menu options. With the long-awaited warm weather in full bloom, a list of must-try neighborhood restaurants and my summer uniform on deck, I’ll be in chill mode, relaxing when not traveling touring the book+ enjoying my family and tribe unbothered but prepared for the new opportunities the season will blow in.

Outfit Details:

Nordstrom- High-waisted Topshop denim shorts

Nordstrom- Mac’s Ruby Woo Lipstick

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