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Ebony Fashion Fair

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Lacroix, dahling
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Alexander McQueen for Givenchy

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I just had to share some of my favorite fashions from the 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The show runs until May 3, so if you love fashion, make sure you check it out!

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NYE Milwaukee 2014

Well, unfortunately, I’m not going to be spending New Year’s Eve in Paris like last year. Le sigh. But I’m trying to make the best of it. We have reservations at Carnevor, a swanky steakhouse (Kobe goes there when he’s in town…) and will likely head over to Distil, an upscale cocktail bar, afterward.

I’m really struggling with what to wear, however. The weather forecast is atrocious, to say the least. Temperature: 5 degrees, with an 80 percent chance of lots of snow. Gee, can’t wait. I guess um, on the bright side, that’s better than today. It’s currently 4 below zero. I can’t even get up the motivation to go out to the gym.

So what to wear on a frigid NYE? I’m considering my wool Alexander McQueen dress or my Celine tuxedo pants. Just for fun, I scoured the Net-a-porter sale and created a fantasy outfit. Happy 2014 everyone!

 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather over-the-knee boots
3.1 Phillip Lim leather over-the-knee boots
 Versace Fox-trimmed ribbed wool cardigan
Versace fox-trimmed ribbed wool cardigan
Belstaff Campden embellished silk-satin dress
Belstaff Campden embellished silk-satin dress
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Fall, Fashion and Fun

It has been a very busy fall. I feel like I’ve been traveling non-stop! In October I went to Montana for a week, and in November I flew out to Los Angeles and then spent a weekend in Chicago. I haven’t had time or energy to post anything lately, so I thought I’d just do a quick update and include some fun photos.

I’ve also been busy shopping. I did a lot of damage (the good kind!) in West Hollywood/Beverly Hills. I bought a late 90s Yves Saint Laurent jacket (from the Alber Elbaz era) and a lipstick red L.K. Bennett Davina dress (the same style as Kate Middleton wore!) at Decades — the store featured on Dukes of Melrose on Bravo. I also cleaned up in summer clearance merchandise at Fred Segal, found some great deals at Marshall’s and Nordstrom Rack (including Alice & Olivia dress pants, normally $300, for $25) and bought a funny t-shirt at Kitson (Ain’t Laurent without Yves) — now that’s a fashion philosophy I can get behind!

In Chicago, I scored a black Marc Jacobs Georgie bag for a true steal at the Nordstrom Rack in the northern suburbs. I was told the zipper had been repaired, so it could no longer be sold for full price. It’s a brand new fall 2013 bag and I saved like $1,000! I hope you’re all finding some great shopping deals this fall, too! Happy Thanksgiving!

Belstaff jackets are good for riding yaks and motorcycles
Belstaff jackets are good for riding yaks and motorcycles
Wearing Zac Posen and Celine at the Breeders' Cup, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA
Wearing Zac Posen and Celine at the Breeders’ Cup, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA
Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles
Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles

 

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Fashion and Impressionism

Night out at the museum
Night out at the museum
Jen Kao dress, McQueen heels
Jen Kao dress, McQueen heels
Another couple embracing the theme
Another couple embracing the theme

On Saturday, my husband and I drove down to Chicago. I wanted to squeeze in a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago to see their current exhibit “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity.” We saw the same exhibit in Paris at the Musee d’Orsay and wanted to see how it compared here. There were obvious changes, with different paintings and fewer dresses on display. But I think both museums’ shows were well executed, enjoyable and informative. The museum has been hosting a series of cocktail parties in honor of the exhibit (all with themes related to fashion trends of the Impressionist period), and this night’s theme was decolletage. This gave me an excuse to wear my new Jen Kao dress (purchased at Bop in Madison) and my Alexander McQueen heels. I must say, I’ve never had so many compliments — women went crazy over the shoes. They are pretty fantastic!

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Derby Day style

I attended the Kentucky Derby Party at the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee this year with my husband and a few friends. It was really fun to see everyone so dressed up (a rarity for this town!) I had to coordinate my outfit around my Derby hat, which is black, white and red, so I wore my gold Chanel skirt with a black cashmere tee and my dark red patent leather Lanvin heels. My friend Amy made an adorable seersucker dress that she paired with a vintage hat. My husband Dirk wore his new seersucker blazer. We had a great time and I even picked the winner! Hooray Orb!

 

Horsing around
Horsing around
Hat ladies
Hat ladies
Seersucker and mint juleps
Seersucker, Chanel and mint juleps

 

 

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Puttin on the Ritz

Recently my husband and I attended a benefit for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, Puttin’ on the Ritz. He was happy because he could smoke cigars, watch amateur boxing and drink whiskey all evening. I was happy because I had an excuse to wear my new Carolina Herrera gown. Plus it was all for a great cause. Everyone wins! I have a feeling we might be making this one an annual event.

Dirk and Lori at Puttin' on the Ritz
Dirk and Lori at Puttin’ on the Ritz
Lori and Tracey
Lori and Tracey