Thursday, July 20, 2017

3 ARTS CLUB CAFE

Welcome to the very first edition of #WearWeAte! Chicago has some of the best, most beautiful restaurants in the world and I'm always on a mission to hit the latest and greatest spots.

One of my favorites that I've been to quite a few times now is 3 Arts Club Cafe on the Gold Coast. You may not recognize the name, but I guarantee you've seen Instagrams of this restaurant at least once. The cafe is inside of Restoration Hardware, so not only do we go for the food, but we also get to look at the most beautiful furniture upstairs. The actual cafe is like a dream with chandeliers and beautiful trees everywhere, so even if you're not hungry, you should stop by just to steal a glimpse at this gorgeous spot.

While the menu is small, it's decently affordable considering the high-end ambiance. You are all going to think this is so overrated, but the truffle oil grilled cheese is the absolute best at 3 Arts. I know you're thinking "what could be that great about a grilled cheese?" but I'm telling you it's worth a try. If you're on the healthier side, there's an array of salads and small plates for you to choose from as well.

After eating, I always head upstairs to check out the display rooms. There are staged bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and studies, all of which get you dreaming about future decoration plans. 3 Arts perfectly combines home decor inspiration with a gorgeous atrium-covered cafe, making it a must-see destination in Chicago.

Scroll down for more images of the cafe, my food and the upstairs show rooms. Click here to shop the outfit I wore.



Monday, July 17, 2017

The Future is Female








One fact I stand firmly by is the fact that women are strong, powerful and "the future." I started Wear We Roam not just with the hopes of breaking into the fashion journalism industry, but with a goal of inspiring and empowering young women like myself. More than anything, I want this blog to empower women (and men) to feel good in their own skin, so I hope to do more posts like this in the future. Okay – now let's get to the look.

I purchased my "I've seen the future, she's female" t-shirt from Ali&Ariel (shop here) as part of a fundraiser for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services that one of the websites I wrote for in college promoted. I thought it was a top only offered during that fundraiser, but turns out it's always on the Ali&Ariel site! I love how this top adds some extra detail with the eyelashes, it gives it a girly hint while still getting across an important message. 

While I styled this tee with simple black shorts and a leather jacket for errands, I also love it with patterned pants. I've worn it before with my gingham trousers, but would also pair it with these or these. Culottes are much better in the summer heat than jeans since they are loose, so grab a pair if you haven't already. Pairing a simple top with more dramatic bottoms is really "in" right now, so take a chance with bold trousers! 

Scroll down to shop more t-shirts that promote female empowerment and check out Dazey L.A. for even bolder styles. 



Friday, July 14, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks

It's that time of year again! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is like Black Friday in July and it's the perfect time to stock up on affordable pieces for fall. Here are 12 of my top picks from the sale, all under $150!


The first thing I was drawn to when I started shopping the sale was the sheer polka dot top. Sheer tops are super in right now, but I like how it incorporates the other hot trend with polka dots. It's so fun and I love the extra details on the sleeves. I also love the pink sweater. It's not a color I normally gravitate towards but the sleeves are just so beautiful! It also comes in red, navy and grey, so there's a color for everyone!


In this set, I specifically love the yellow sweater and ruffle top. Yellow has been everywhere this season, but it's also the perfect transition color for fall. Also, the back has extra details, all for only $42.90. The ruffle top is from Sincerely Jules' line and it's super versatile and well-made – I'll definitely be getting this before it sells out!

Happy shopping, ladies! 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

WRAPPED UP

Can you tell I've been obsessed with blue lately? After months of wearing black all winter long, it feels nice to finally switch it up with some brighter colors. Literally every time I wear this dress someone compliments the color of it – it's so beautiful! 

Wrap dresses have been everywhere this summer, but it is hard to find an affordable option. I've been wanting one of Realisation Par's dresses for months but can't afford to drop $180 on a dress, so when I spotted this dress at Topshop for $100 less I was thrilled. I normally wear a 4 in dresses because I have a super long torso (even though I'm only 5'3'') but I got this one in a size 2 because it's a bit looser (shop here). It's definitely shorter on me than other people but I still really like it. It has the wrap feature and ruffles like more expensive dresses from For Love & Lemons or Realisation Par, but is only $90. What I really love about this dress is that it's super versatile – it's good for anything from a lunch with the girls to an interview. On top of all that, it's lightweight and the perfect dress for the summer heat.

As always, I wore my favorite black studded sandals from ASOS. This pair is no longer available but I've linked a few other options I love below. I also found a similar pair by Steve Madden (shop here) that doesn't have buckles but has a similar heel height. It also comes in a few different colors for those of you who don't love black as much as me!

Along with the sandals, I've linked a few other wrap dresses I love for every price range. Happy shopping!




Saturday, July 1, 2017

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

In honor of Wear We Roam turning one this month, I thought we would look back on how I got started and where I'm hoping to take the blog in the future.

Blogging is something I considered doing for years but it took a while for me to actually get started. I actually began with a Twitter account called "Real College Grl" after being inspired by Julia Dudko's success on Twitter which allowed her to launch her own blog. I created this anonymous Twitter four years ago and maintained it for a little over a year, and although it was fun to talk about fashion and college, I didn't find 140 characters fulfilling. So, for two years, I stopped completely to focus on my studies. Essentially, I gave up.

However, I never lost interest in bloggers. Actually, my interest grew as I found more bloggers whose success was almost unfathomable. These accounts included SomethingNavy, We Wore What,  The Blonde Salad, Happily Grey and so many more. What really impressed me about all these women is that, while all of them had amazing style, they were also incredibly confident and well-spoken. It was then that I realized blogging wouldn't only be a fun outlet to highlight my own personal style but also a way to further build my portfolio as a journalist. But still, this was only a dream and not something I was actually acting on.

Now we get to what catapulted me into blogging – CollegeFashionista. If you haven't heard of this and you're still in college I highly recommend you look into the opportunity. CollegeFashionista is a website where "Style Gurus" photograph college students and write articles about why their outfits are, essentially, great. Through this experience I got comfortable both behind and in front of the camera and learned how to write about the trends each season. Only a month after starting my internship as a Style Guru I launched Wear We Roam. I owe so much of this to that internship, and I highly recommend other women interested in fashion writing look into it as well. We can't all live in New York or California, but we can create our own hubs of fashion in each of our small towns.

While it has been a year, I still have so much work to do on Wear We Roam. I may have over 1,000 Instagram followers, but I know this can grow to be so much more. One thing I want to stay dedicated to is affordable options based off high fashion styles. There are tons of bloggers that wear the most beautiful clothes, all of which break the bank, but I want to be the place people turn when they want to be on-trend and in-budget. For the next year, my goal is to be more consistent with my posts, publishing at least one new blog every week. I'm also using this second year to network more, creating connections with fellow bloggers and brands. Specifically, I would love to meet and collaborate with more Chicago-based bloggers. Chicago may be a big city but it's definitely not known for it's fashion, so I would love to meet the bloggers who are trying to change that. If you're a blogger in Chicago or an aspiring one, shoot me an email! 

This is only the beginning – there's so much more to come as I continue to build Wear We Roam. Sound off in the comments on what you hope to see in the future!

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Vintage Calvin Klein Denim Jacket (Similar) | Ripped Tee (similar) | Black Jeans | Vans | Ray Bans

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