As the owner of Bang Bang Pie Shop
, Michael Ciapciak spends plenty of time in the heat of the kitchen. But when he comes home, he gets a different kind of warm feeling. Ask him what he loves most about his Logan Square home, which he shares with his wife, Susan, and their sons, Ned and Will, and he’ll tell you: “My favorite thing would have to be the sense of warmth of it [from] being filled with all of our things we have collected.”
Did you know you can get breakfast in bed in Bucktown? Or sleep beneath a modern-art installation in Logan Square?
I fell in love at Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant
(7537 N. Clark St.), but not with a date, or even a dish. The object of my affection was a traditional straw-basket table called a mesob. Mesobs consist of two pieces: a tall, inward-sloping base, and a lid you lift when you want to serve food on top or store something inside. They’re also wonderfully decorative, as they often come in colorful patterns.
Recently we invited 826CHI students into our office, and asked them to help us out with an unusual project. One that involved The Stars. The Chicago Public Schools students usually attend after-school tutoring at 826CHI
, a local nonprofit, but our request was a little different from typical homework. We asked them to comment on celebrity style. If they didn’t, we explained, celebrities would never know what they looked like.
Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Pitchfork may be far behind us, but the country is still in the thick of music festival season with events like Lollapalooza and Riot Fest looming on the horizon. But for all that’s good about a music fest (sunshine, bands, body paint), there are some things that are equally bad (crowds, expensive tickets, body paint). If it’s a boho-chic soiree you crave, why not skip the massive bathroom lines and selfie-snappers and bring the look and feel of a fest indoors—specifically to your dining-room table?
When wearing all-over prints, it’s a fine line between looking glamorous and looking like grandma’s couch. But it’s actually not that complicated. The key? Choose sophisticated prints in modern silhouettes that suit your body type. We’ve found four matching sets, and added some coordinating garments to show how versatile these printed pieces can be as separates.
Personal trainer Sari Weis
didn’t enter the fitness industry to get ripped—she did it because she wanted to teach again. As a marketing and public-relations consultant in her late 20s, she missed the sense of accomplishment she used to get from being a high-school teacher. At the same time, she was exploring the fitness world for herself, and became inspired by the changes she saw in her own body.
As much as people couldn’t wait to take in the performances at this past weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival, some were just as eager to show off their style. For every face-melting St. Vincent guitar riff and Kendrick Lamar headbanger, there was an outfit we couldn’t resist asking to photograph, or a hairstyle that made us seriously consider chopping off our own sweat-soaked locks.
Earlier this season, we previewed some of the summer’s most stylish movies
. We then (inevitably) started waxing nostalgic about our favorite films from summers past—those VHS’s we watched until the magnetic tape wore thin, and the lines we repeated until they became colloquialisms. (“Nobody puts Baby in a corner
,” and “Hold on to your butts
At Paris Fashion Week in March, Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld continued his campaign for Most Eccentric Fashion Genius by forgoing a traditional runway. Instead, his models shopped a couture grocery store
, stocked with Coco Flakes (get it?) and shelves draped with the label’s signature chains.
He may have left office in 2006, but The West Wing’s President Josiah Bartlet remains one of pop culture’s favorite presidents. And what better way to salute the fictional commander in chief than by throwing a West Wing–themed party, complete with a table so befitting of the iconic show, it just might put a smile on Toby Ziegler’s perennially anxious face.
This year’s brutally cold winter always meant it would feel especially sweet to soak in the summer sun on one of the city’s patios. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite new places to dine alfresco. But here’s the twist: we’ve also matched each restaurant’s style with an outfit that adopts some of spring 2014’s biggest trends, including pleated skirts, jump suits, and sneakers. It turns out the only thing that goes better with tartine than a glass of wine is a crop top and sandals.
For decades, there were really only two choices in where to purchase makeup: the drugstore or the department store
. But thanks to Etsy, Pinterest, and other DIY-centric websites, independently produced makeup has become another viable option. Etsy boasts more than 26,000 handmade makeup items alone, though, so it can be hard to know where to start.
It’s been a busy summer for Chicago rapper Tink. In April, super-producer Timbaland announced that he would be working with her on her album. Later that month, she put out two great singles: “Don’t Tell Nobody,”
with Jeremih (of “Birthday Sex” fame), and “Want It,”
a collaboration with singer Kelela (who performs at Pitchfork Fest this month). Ever since, she’s been traveling around the country, doing shows and making frequent trips to Timbaland’s Miami studio, The Hit Factory.
Crop tops are nothing new. The ‘90s throwback—which first reappeared on the 2011 spring runways of Rodarte and Giorgio Armani—has managed to survive, despite many predictions that it would quickly go out of style. They were still quite popular during the S/S 2014 shows, favored by designers including Peter Som
and Jill Stuart
. Perhaps because crop tops are a functional way to beat the heat: though Som’s sporty look was quite different than Stuart’s edgy one, both designers’ garments sat high above the natural waist.
Trapeze School New York
’s classes might be the only workout that works your emotions as much as your muscles. First you feel excitement as you arrive for class at Belmont Harbor on a beautiful summer morning. Then, terror upon being told to climb a narrow ladder to the top of a 23-foot platform. Euphoria sets in when you reach the top and take in the view of Lake Michigan dotted with sailboats—followed by panic when you foolishly look down.
Professional milliner Jean Foley is quick to admit that formal hats will probably never be as popular as they were in the mid-20th century. “Fashion in general has become more casual…when you go to the airport, for example, you see folks wearing their pajamas.”
After a painstaking restoration removed decades of yellowed varnish, Gustave Caillebotte’s “Paris Street; Rainy Day” was at last re-hung in the Art Institute of Chicago this past May. Even though the restoration uncovered brighter tones within the painting, the muted color scheme still stands out in a room filled with color-saturated works by Renoir and Monet. The next time it rains, invite friends to cozy up around a table set with pieces inspired by Caillebotte’s masterpiece.
It might be uncool to wear the T-shirt of the band you’re going to see
, but who says you can’t dress like them? Thanks to Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, and Riot Fest, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do just that this summer. Here, we’ve put together three festival-friendly outfits inspired by three artists who will be on stage.
You might guess the minimalist look of Stevi and Matt Savage’s home was born out of necessity. After all, when you live and work in the same space, as the photographers did until recently, it pays to cut down on clutter. But the clean and airy character of the loft-like Lakeview apartment isn’t just the result of practicality. It also jibes with the aesthetic of averyhouse
, the couple’s wedding and portrait studio: simple and neat, dotted with natural elements, yet somehow still imbued with whimsy.
Kimono jackets are all but synonymous with Nicole Richie, the celeb designer behind Winter Kate. Her collection of bohemian clothing was inspired by trends from the ‘60s and ‘70s, so the kimonos are flowery and fringed, styled with distressed cutoffs, crop tops, and felt hats. At a glance, they give off a strong “I just got back from Coachella” vibe—but that’s not the only way to wear them. We’ve paired this ASOS kimono with three outfits for three summer settings.
Whether you’re into blockbuster-caliber explosions or the simple pleasure of air conditioning, there are plenty of reasons to see a movie this summer. We’d like to nominate another one: costume design. It might not be the most obvious reason to shell out $12 for a ticket, but it’s a small price to pay to glean inspiration for our summer wardrobes. Here’s six movies with styles we’re feeling really inspired by.
As a personal stylist at Trunk Club
, Emily Warner’s job is to pair men with designer clothes—to get them wearing items that are more adventurous or upscale than they’re used to, yet still embody their personal style. The process is a lot like choosing a gift: keep in mind the recipient’s personality, but don’t be afraid to get him something he wouldn’t pick out for himself.
The male-focused clothier Trunk Club
makes a killer pitch: grab a complimentary microbrew or cocktail from the bar, follow your personal stylist to a furnished styling room, tell her where you work, where you play, and what your style is, and let her bring the designer fashions to you. They bill it as a “personalized high-end shopping service.” I’d settle for “brilliant.”
Last week, in the first part of our fashion roundtable
, I talked with five of my coworkers about how our style has evolved since we were kids—a process that involved some sage and not-so-sage advice from our parents, and a lot
of hours logged at Abercrombie. In the second part of our discussion, we talk about our style today: specifically, our favorite outfits (including a shirt I’m too scared to buy) and where we find style inspiration.
It holds your keys, your cash, and your lip balm. It probably complements your shoes or your belt. But if your purse looks like a purse, you’re missing out on a trend that’s gaining momentum: handbags made to look like anything but.
Ever since the Blackhawks drafted Patrick Kane in 2007, he’s been one of the franchise’s most influential players, his career currently bookended by a Rookie of the Year title and a playoff MVP trophy following last year’s Stanley Cup victory. This year, despite a season-interrupting injury, he’s helped get the Hawks to another promising playoff spot, battling the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Finals.
We scoured four continents to find unexpected styles worn by everyone from Danish anarchists to Botswana’s metalheads.
Little Miss Ann is one of Chicago’s most influential “kindie” (kids’ indie) rock musicians. Peek inside her home and learn how a simple act of decorating kindness inspired her after a hospital stay.Out went the old color scheme, and in came new bedding, calm gray walls, and bright yellow and red accents. Their goal was to change the energy of the room, to infuse it with a positive vibe so that Ann could have a peaceful recovery. The effort paid off. Inspired by this gesture, Ann started work on her fourth album, Follow Me
, which was released May 1 and is filled with messages of hope and love.
This summer, you could embark on a road trip with the same tired goals, such as “see the majestic Grand Canyon” or “get across state lines.” Or, you could give your summer itinerary some panache by visiting these five fashion museums, which exhibit everything from vintage Balenciaga to John McClane’s blood-stained undershirt. Our journey begins—where else?—in New York City.
In 2011, Odd Future had a major style moment inspired by a very minor accessory: socks. The hip-hop collective’s leader, Tyler, the Creator, really digs them. (You can see him really digging them while crowdsurfing here
, while counting money here
, and while dressing up like a watermelon here
.) Tyler’s enthusiasm has turned him into a sock kingpin. Odd Future socks
, part of the group’s larger fashion line, are sold at PacSun and other mall-friendly retailers. On co-member Earl Sweatshirt’s “Whoa,” Tyler raps that he made a quarter million off of socks, and that song came out in 2013. Presumably he’s made more since then.
In 1956, the newly crowned princess Grace Kelly was photographed
stepping from a car. As the paparazzi swarmed her, she deftly hid her barely pregnant belly from their lenses with a large Hermès bag. The photo made the cover of Life
magazine, and the French fashion house wisely renamed the bag “The Kelly.” Just like that, a legendary handbag was born.
As the unofficial gateway to summer, Memorial Day weekend is often packed with barbecues, boating, and parades. So whether you’re spending the holiday out of town or on a staycation, there’s no time to be wasted obsessing over outfits. Below, we’ve built a small collection that can be easily mixed and matched for everything from days at the beach to fancy dinners, while still fitting in a light-as-air weekender bag.
For my birthday, my friend got me the perfect gift: green harem pants. I had been talking about green harem pants nonstop for the past month, ever since I saw a cool girl in Miami wearing them. My Google history was basically “harem pants,” “green harem pants,” and “cool people in Miami giving away pants?”
What does Liz Salcedo, CEO of Everpurse
, keep in her purse? Pretty traditional stuff, actually. “I keep my phone, my ID, credit card, keys. I keep an EpiPen because I have a peanut allergy and some chapstick,” she says. Oh, and enough power to keep her phone charged over a long weekend.
On May 1, England-based men’s boutique End. debuted a sneaker collaboration with Saucony that had a very unusual inspiration: hamburgers. Collectors were hungry to get their hands on a pair, and lined up outside the store for the chance to snag shoes with a color palette reminiscent of buns, lettuce, and ketchup.
Christine Petric and Kacy Karlen both started fashion blogs in 2010, and over the past four years, they’ve both attracted serious media attention. Christine has been featured everywhere from Glamour to New York magazine’s The Cut; Kacy has enough of an international profile that she landed a spread in Elle Finland.
Last night marked the grand opening reception of Meyvn
(2627 N. Kedzie Ave.), an upscale menswear store pinched between Longman & Eagle
and the Logan Square roundabout. The shop’s spare, wood-everywhere aesthetic allows its international inventory to shine. Cobalt blue Dutch windbreakers share the space with antique Japanese textiles and French-made cable-knit varsity sweaters—it might all be a bit overwhelming if the store weren’t so wonderfully curated.
Covering up doesn’t have to mean dressing down. Update your rain gear with playful umbrellas and waterproof footwear less clunky than rain boots.
For those of us who barely make time to put on makeup, contouring—the art of shading and highlighting the cheekbones, forehead, chin, and other facial features—might sound like a chore. It may have only achieved mainstream popularity recently (thanks, Kardashians), but professional makeup artists have been contouring for decades. Just ask Eugenia Weston
, an Emmy-nominated makeup artist and founder of Senna Cosmetics
If you’re going to bill your store as a “purveyor of cool,” you better be ready to back it up. There are worse ways to do so than putting a Triumph motorcycle front and center.
There was no shortage of people watching at last weekend’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
(aka C2E2). Jedis made friendly chitchat with stormtroopers while a steampunk Little Mermaid looked on. The cream of the crop competed for $10,000 in cash and prizes at the Crown Championships of Cosplay on Saturday. Below, we hand out some unofficial prizes of our own.
Nick Roux has a knack for finding Eames lounge chairs and Saarinen tables for cheap. Peek inside his striking Lincoln Square apartment and find out how he does it.
Strolling through the store with Columbia College’s Virginia Heaven taught me why the trend cycle is accelerating and why guys aren’t afraid to wear purple anymore.
So I consulted a bartender, my mother, and a bus.
Dress up like Lizzie Bennet to host afternoon tea with a table setting worthy of Pemberley.
Prominent attire of both honorable and dubious distinction. What were you thinking, President Roosevelt?
Be productive anywhere—yes, even the shower—with these home-office tips from Chicago Creative Space blogger Max Chopovsky.
It’s tradition. But it doesn’t have to feel dated. Update the look with an understated hat and modern palazzo pants.
True, some yellow and green polishes look like something you’d find floating in a bog. But they can also look like shamrocks, Big Bird, or The West Wing’s Donna Moss.