So a few weeks ago at the clothing swap we asked you what topics you would like to see blog posts on. Former feature and diva, Chelsea Moser said florals! We heard and we listened!

Now let me be clear, I am not one for rules. Especially when it comes your style. So here it is, my take on how to properly wear florals. I am going to post a few ideas and then I hope you feel the breeze blow up your skirt that puts you into a botanical bliss.

FIRST LOOK>>>  Floral on Floral on Floral

If you don’t already know, I am strong believer more is more is more is more is more.  I absolutely loathe matching but this version of conceptual matching is right up me alley. “Flowers, match flowers.”- I think to myself. For those of you who are a little bit more literal but love this look I started with the skirt. The I pulled the indigo out of the skirt to chose a top. I also chose a floral lace top to break up the textures in the outfit. From there I chose the yellow pumps and coral necklace based on flowers in the skirt.

I would wear this out with friends to brunch, or hell… Just to sit on my porch.

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Oasis crop top, $39 / Chiffon skirt / Kate Spade leather pumps / Blu Bijoux / Charlotte Russe half frame glasses / Pier One Faux Daisy Stem – Yellow


SECOND LOOK >>>>  Floral and Stripes

So maaaaaaybe the floral explosion isn’t your vibe? How about mixing your blossoms with some classic loves like stripes and leather. Another idea would be to mix florals and polka dots! YUM!

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Vince jumpers sweater, $440 / Zara flower print pants / Rachel Zoe genuine leather boots / ALDO bag / Michael Kors leather bangle

Katelynd took a little day trip to the botanical gardens in Chicago this weekend and sent me a photo of her outfit. The silk boxy tee being one of gifts to her before she left. I can’t get enough of the floral on floral with a dash of stripes!


There you are ladies and gents. My favorite ways to wear florals. How do you approach florals? Send your photos our way!

Keep blooming babes!




I think that everyone needs to do at least one thing that scares them shitless. For some, this may be jumping out of a plane. For others it might be a blind date, and for a shocking amount of people it’s wearing those neon pants you bought 5 years ago and have since stuffed to the back of your closet (gone, but not forgotten).

As I sit at my window in a tiny quiet living room looking over a rainy Ukrainian Village in Chicago, I am scared shitless.

Chattanooga has been my home for a culmination of 20 years. I’ve come and gone a few times, but for the most part she is home. She is the mother I cling to in my sickness and sadness. She holds some of my happiest memories and most of my greatest loves. There comes a time when one must separate from their comforts and leap into a terrifying unknown. For me, this is that time. As some of you may know about me, I am the biggest protester of change. I have worked at the same job since high school, I have parted my hair the same way since birth, and I still listen to Taking Back Sunday. Only within the last 3 or so years have I begun to take this fear into my own hands and become, as one of my dearest loves once described herself, a “roll with the punches kinda gal”. My heart burns for people that run after their passion, rope it, hog tie it, and make it their bitch. My moving to Chicago is the beginning of that chase.

(These photos were taken a few days before I left)

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I want to thank SWIA for supporting me in this exciting and terrifying time, and for always reminding me that if I want a nautical printed high waisted pant and polka dot button down tank to match…then by God THEY DO. I have been promoted/promoted myself from SWIA co-creator to Top Chicago She Correspondent. You can expect street style, weird Wicker Park wear, and big city superlatives. I will still write for the blog and Jaime and I will communicate via satellite/UPS/FaceTime/snail mail/HOWEVER we possibly can to bring to you the weirdest/most awesome/classiest/trashiest/floral covered style that we can muster. And thus begins our plight toward total world domination.



Erin @ Midwest Beauty Review - (Thanks for the mention Battered Employee!)

Welcome to Chicago, the greatest city in the world! Great shopping, great fashion, great people–what’s not to love! Plus, we’re just a stone’s throw away from the awesomeness that is Midwestern farmland. Best of all worlds!

Battered Employee - Good luck with the move. If you’re looking for some Chicago-themed fashion reading, check out my friend Erin at


You know they say all great DIVAS think alike. We couldn’t be happier that Beyonce decided to follow suit.

First… At the beginning of June I shaved the side of my head.


Then…. At the beginning of July Katelynd took it a whole new level.


Now… At the beginning of August Beyonce fell in line with less is more approach.


Let’s see what else we can talk her into…



Resort Wear Wednesday

Well ladies,

Katelynd officially lives in Chicago and I am finally realizing she is actually gone. I played a wonderful hand of ignorant bliss slash total denial for the months leading up to her exodus. How ever no amount of confusing and distracting myself can hide the fact that she actually is not here anymore. This will mark our first satellite joint post. Katelynd plans to continue writing for SWIA from her swank little closet in Ukrainian Village but today she is just joining in on the fun!

A month ago or so I move my office for Our Ampersand Photography in to the office of Fancy Rhino in downtown Chattanooga. That same week Sara (cutie with the top knot) suggest that we ladies have Red Dress Wednesday! It was a total hit and we have continued the tradition by wearing some sort of theme every week. We have decided to call this our Wednesday Wear.













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Nothing like a little themed clothing to get you over that mid week hump!





My dear friends,

I have a confession to make. I have been holding out on you, I have kept this secret for far too long and I am ready to share with you my possibly life changing discovery.

Allow me to introduce to you, the back tuck. I’m sure most of you have become accustomed to the mullet dress, the mullet shirt, and possibly even just plain old mullets. But the back tuck, ladies and gents, could be in the running to revolutionize the entire mullet game. It’s really quite simple, almost TOO simple. I don’t know about you guys but I am somewhat offended by this whole exposing my belly while covering my ass business.

The back tucks mission is to take the mullet, flip it 180 degrees and allow you to show off that bubble butt and disguise the super sonic breakfast burrito you may or may not have scarfed down in record time at lunch.

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So get out your dukes, tuck that back, and let your FUPA flag fly!!!