John Irving wrote in “A Widow for One Year” that having children taught him how to fear. I think that this statement is a profoundly true assessment of the way in which parenthood can throw into high relief the uncertainties and unpredictability of life. Because, above all, our lives are uncertain, built on things that we have little control over. On your way home from work today, you could be in a terrible car accident that leaves you in chronic pain for the rest of your life. Your husband could be having an affair. Cancer could be lurking inside of your cells, eating its way through the healthy fabric of your body so insidiously that by the time you notice that something is wrong, it is too late. Your best friend could be talking about you behind your back.
Allie is a designer, a survivor, and most importantly a mother.
Prior to becoming a mother of two beautiful babies, Allie was (and still is) one of the most trendsetting and fashion-forward women in Chicago. After seven years of heading her own ready-to-wear women’s line, Doris Ruth—which gained national attention from Women’s Wear Daily, Elle, InStyle, Lucky Self and The New York Times (just to name a few!)—Allie emerged into the world of bridal and special occasion gowns, custom designing unique and intricate gowns for chic brides-to-be. She is an incredibly astute businesswoman who has seamlessly transitioned into an extraordinary mother.
When our stylists are working with a client in our store, you will typically hear us talk about "balance." Many women (pregnant and non) ignore the laws of balance when they put their ensembles together, which almost always results in a frumpy or disheveled look. Achieving some balance in your daily dress is simple: when you select a piece that is heavy or bulky on top (e.g., a giant, comfy sweater, a tunic, or a layered jacket and shirt), select something slim on bottom (e.g., fashion tights, a legging, slim skirt, or a skinny or slim-fit trouser), and vice versa. The trick is achieving balance, while playing to your body type or best assets.
This week, we've put together a look that's flattering on many different body types and that is easily adaptable to others. Here's the look undressed:
Some people love summer because they can finally get a tan or winter because when the world is covered in snow it can be so pretty, but I love the Fall. Not just because it means my birthday is right around the corner (wink wink!), but because I love seeing the bright orange and deep red leaves. I love the crunch and crackle they make when you walk on them. I love the crisp cool breeze coming from Lake Michigan. Most of all, I love the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves from freshly baked Pumpkin Spice Bread.
Jennifer Worman recently had her first baby (a boy) and you wouldn't even know it!
This chic, always pulled-together mom balances her family life and being a businesswoman extraordinarily well; always with poise and grace. Jennifer, a former auditor for a big accounting firm, has started an amazing fashion blog here in Chicago called Red Soles and Red Wine (www.redsolesandredwine.com), which we can't go a day without checking in on (her outfits are fantastic!). In addition to being a dynamic fashion blogger, Jennifer spends her days designing incredible jewelry for her company t+j Designs (www.tplusjdesigns.com).
Fashion Week 2012 ended yesterday, but we're keeping it going with this "Ready for the Runway" weekend look! We challenge you to find a more comfortable, yet equally fabulous, maternity outfit, but here's the thing: you won't. We admit that this isn't for the squeamish, but for the pregnant mama who's sexy and she knows it! Here's the look undressed:
Welcome back to Frump-Free Friday, mamas; we missed you last week! We find that far too many moms-to-be are afraid to experiment with color. So we began with a "safe" black & white dress as our canvas, then pulled out our crayon box and got to work. Here's the look undressed: