Fashion · Lifestyle

Looking like a Million

McQueen at the Million
Suit by Gieves & Hawkes
British style

Yesterday I went to the Arlington Million horse race in Chicago with friends and my family. I love horses, and the Million is a fun reason to dress up. A lot of European horses were running, but an American horse named Little Mike went wire to wire and won the big race.

My husband donned his new made-to-measure Gieves & Hawkes suit, with a Richard James pocket square and a Pucci tie. He looked quite dapper. I kept with the British style theme and wore my Alexander McQueen dress and YSL wedges. It was a really fun day, and I even picked a few winners.

After the races were over, we went to the theater to see a brand new musical called Hero. The story is set in a comic book store in Milwaukee, and it was very enjoyable. Check it out if it happens to come to a theater near you.


Burberry sale

Burberry Prorsum coat

I try to make wise fiscal decisions, but there are certain shopportunities that I cannot pass up. On Sunday, the Chicago Tribune featured an ad with two magic words: Burberry sale. Perfect timing, as I had to be in Chicago on Monday. My husband was meeting with Gieves & Hawkes for the final fitting on his made-to-measure suit.

After the fitting, we walked down Michigan Avenue to the temporary Burberry store (they will be opening a new five-level store this fall, which is supposed to be one of the largest in the world — get excited now). I started looking for the marked down Burberry London collection coats, but the selection was slim and the prices weren’t attractive. I rejected the Burberry Brit collection (made in China, no thanks). In the middle of the store, I saw two racks of the Spring 2012 Burberry Prorsum pieces. Dare I look?

I tried on a beige trench, but it was way too long on me. The sales clerk explained the runway coats are made for the um, super tall runway models. I started to think I’d be moving on quickly. But then I noticed a beautiful purple coat with a full skirt. I fell in love instantly. And unbelievably it was marked more than 60% off, making it cheaper than many of the Burberry London coats!

Obviously I don’t often spend that much money on one item, but I couldn’t say no. This makes up for the Kate Middleton/Burberry coat that I mistakenly didn’t buy in London. Now I’m kind of wishing for brisk London-like weather!

But it’s summer and getting hotter by the day. So I’ll look for ways to wear the silk zebra tunic top and botanical print shorts from the Trina Turk collection for Banana Republic. My hubby says we need to plan a Miami vacation so I can wear these new tropical clothes. Can’t argue with that…


Marni for H&M

I know, I know…I’m supposed to be saving my shopping money for Paris…sigh. I have to confess, I already fell off the wagon. I didn’t even make it a week. Apparently I have no willpower. But it really wasn’t my fault! I went down to Chicago on Monday with my husband, so he could get fitted for a made-t0-measure Gieves & Hawkes suit. Honestly, just talking about British tailoring and looking through books full of fabric swatches made me swoon. My defenses were down.

After his appointment, we stopped in at H&M on Michigan Avenue. This is the only H&M in the Midwest that features their special designer collaborations. I’ve always figured these collections sell out immediately, so I have never even tried to get anything (a friend of mine waited in line for hours to shop the Versace for H&M collection). But, I thought, the Marni for H&M collection just came out last week. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll find something. Surprisingly, a lot of pieces were still available. I tried on and rejected several of the printed dresses. But then, jackpot! There was one silk colorblock dress in a size 4. It’s a classic style with bright, bold colors and a bow in the back. I couldn’t resist. As you can see, Frieda Pinto looked amazing in it at the collection launch party. And to top it off, I even found a pair of silver Versace for H&M shoes on sale for $20 (original price $129!) I’m still celebrating, and I can’t wait to wear my new dress.