Friday, September 6, 2013


I am dying over some of the amazing Fall fashion out there!  I can't stop buying things even though it's still 90 degrees outside!  My closet is bursting at the doors with chunky knit sweaters, boxy leather accents, and lace detailed cashmere!  Not to mention the boots that are chomping at the bit to be worn! 

That comfortable cozy feeling of Fall is just around the corner, so to get you as pumped as I am about the wardrobe possibilities, here are a few of my favorite pieces this Fall!

Circle skirts:  The perfect combo of fun and flirty for any girls style!  Wear with a chunky knit, tights, and boots, or a basic T and statement necklace!  So much fun for Fall!
Dressy to...


Boxy Leather tops:  Perfection!  A boxy leather top paired with a flowy skirt is, well, perfection!  :)

Nuetral ankle booties:  The accessory for Fall!  They go with everything and modernize any look in a snap!

Orange and Pink:  For a crazy color combo that will get you noticed in all the right ways try this!

Have fun with these Fall fashion trends that I can not wait to pull out of my closet!  Pick your favorites and create your own Style In The City!
Shopping Girl,

Monday, August 12, 2013


STYLEMAX Chicago, the one stop shop for all of the best clothing lines and style trends coming this year!  It's always a little overwhelming, super dangerous for the business bank account, and amazing fashion fun all rolled into one!  This year's STYLEMAX had me swooning over some of the hottest trends that were popping up all over!  I'm

dying for are:




These three trends are so relate able and easy to mix and match into your every day looks!  Have fun with it and create your own Style In The City!
Shopping Girl,


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Vacation Must Haves!

I hope you are all able to find a long weekend here or there this summer to get away and enjoy, relax, and show off some fun new outfits!  Weather it be for a destination wedding, a romantic beach trip with your man, or a girls weekend full of excitement, here are my must haves for every summer vacation!

*The Flirty Frock

*The Patterned Pant

*The Convertible Coverup

*The Happy Head Wrap

No matter where you're going with these fun must haves packed you'll be sure to make a style statement while relaxing, celebrating, or parting it up on your vacation!

Shopping Girl,

Friday, July 19, 2013

My Summer Obsessions!

I took a little Spring/early Summer vacation from my blog posts!  Luckily this heat wave has me staying INSIDE today and ready to tell you all about MY SUMMER OBSESSIONS!  :)

1.  Lace and Scalloped Shorts! 
When you're looking for a fun and flirty way to dress up a casual go to summer staple like shorts, grab a delicate lace pair or a pair with a fun scolloped edge!  It's an adorably easy way to take your look up a notch!  <3

Free People!
Urban Outfitters!

2.  Sheer Tops!
Nothing looks better on these hot summer days when I open my closet to decide what to wear than a loose fitting sheer top!  Depending on the sheerness make sure to wear something respectable underneath and enjoy the tons of options out there with this style staple!  You can go the sheer material rout or go for a funky cut out rout!  Either way you cut it, this option is COOL!  :)

Cut Outs!

3.  Chunky signature Rings!
Rings are everywhere this summer!  They are such an easy and fun way to add a pop to any outfit!  Plus, sometimes piled on bangles or chunky necklaces are too hot to even think about, but a great statement ring can get you noticed with out making you break a sweat!  :)  I'm in love with raw stones and mixed metals when it comes to statement rings this season!

Fashion Fascination

I'll be keeping you posted on more summer trends I'm loving soon, let me know what else you're dying to hear about in Style In The City's next blog posts!!!

Stay cool and rock your own Style In The City!
Shopping Girl,
Lora LaPratt

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Style Trends

Hi everyone!  Welcome to first of hopefully many attempts at a Vlog!  Check out this fun and quick video to learn about my favorite Spring style trends and how to rock them in your every day life!
Shopping Girl,
Lora LaPratt

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


We all know that Chicago weather is a guessing game and the answer changes from hour to hour in the beautiful Windy City!  Spring is the time of year when my e-mails and texts are overflowing with clients looking for items to get them through the transitional months of the season!  Everyone wants to start wearing fun bright colors and can't wait to start rocking the easy breezy dresses that summer begs for, but the weather doesn't always cooperate!

I've highlighted my three top transitional wardrobe pieces that every fashionable city girl should own!  The best part about the pieces is that they really do help expand the longevity of your favorite summer duds, and most likely they will become your obsessions as much as they are mine. Let's just say I have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to....

1.  Blazers!  I can't get enough of a great fitted blazer!  It is THE PERFECT way to make almost any dress work appropriate, and takes any casual top to a much more trendy/sophisticated level!  You can get them in major color statements, funky materials, and the perfectly flattering length for your height!  My check list when searching for the perfect blazer for you = *Check the lining!  A fun print on the inner cuff will add an element of expense! *Look for a material with some stretch so the fit forms to your body and doesn't look to stiff!  *Pay attention to buttons, I recommend a one button blazer for a modern look that will create a perfect hour glass shape!

 2.  Tights!  A cute pair of tights can not only keep your legs warm on a breezy Spring day, but easily add texture and appeal to any outfit!  Tights are such a fun, inexpensive way to play with your style!  Try a pop of color, an interesting print, or a subdued texture!  Wear them with boots, flats, or heals!  Play around in the mirror to find the perfect combo for your personality!

3.  Scarfs!  Such an obvious answer to the problem of seasonal temperature changes!  So many people think scarves are just for winter, but luckily in the last few years the materials, lengths, shapes, and uses of scarves continue to evolve!  Find yourself an infinity scarf that you love and experiment with all of the different looks you can create!  Once you fall in love with the infinity scarf as much as I have, you can easily turn any and all of your other scarves into an infinity with a quick line at the sewing machine!  LOVE!

So bust out your favorite warm weather looks and use these easy transitional pieces to make them wearable NOW!  Have fun creating your own Style In The City!
Shopping girl,

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Beautiful Escape,the perfect staycation to get you looking and feeling fabulous!

These cold winter nights and short daylight hours can leave just about anybody feeling a bit un-energized.  Does the idea of a vacation to a far away place to lighten your mood, brighten your outlook, and step up your confidence seems amazing...but SO far away from your own cozy bed!  :) 
If any of this sounds familiar, (which believe me, you're not the only one!)  there is a new a perfectly planned Beautiful Escape Package made just for you right here in Chicago!  With out having to leave the comfort of your own home, you will be treated to a weekend of pampering from the inside out and tools to continue the inner and outer confidence through out the year!  This is a perfect gift for any woman you cherish, and want to feel as amazing as you know they are, including yourself!  

Your exclusive weekend begins Saturday morning with Milan from SoNaturelle, as she helps you feel healthy on the inside with a morning of inner cleansing and relaxation.
     The Details: Her specialized herbal body wrap is designed using herbs & essential oils which infuse total bliss through your skin to detoxify and tone your body. Receive a custom lifestyle report designed to discover your unique vitamin/mineral deficiencies.  Enjoy 3.5 hours with Milan in a fun relaxed Cooking Demo which includes a lesson in food styling and  2 easy healthy entrees tailored to help you stay Beautiful & Healthy.

Later that  afternoon, style yourself beautiful with Lora from Shopping Girl XOXO, a personal stylist who will bring specially chosen outfits from boutiques across the city to your home!
     The Details: After an email/Skype consultation, Shopping Girl XOXO will pull items from boutiques, and department stores across Chicago specifically chosen to fit your style and bring the clothes TO YOU! She will go through all of the options with you putting together head to toe looks; teaching you tricks to styling yourself confidently while incorporating pieces from your existing wardrobe. You can buy as much or as little as you want!  Champagne and light snacks will be included. This day will end with plenty of fabulous options to bring to your photo shoot the next morning!
Your weekend concludes Sunday morning with Anne from Portraiture by trü studio, with professional makeup and hair styling and a beauty photo shoot!
    The Details: Vanessa, our very talented hair and makeup artist, will make you look and feel your best. There is no need to arrive with your hair styled or makeup applied since she will do that for you! This is a time to sit back, relax, and enjoy being pampered while sipping on complimentary mimosas. Each step of the process is designed to calm your nerves. Anne will help you look and feel like the best version of you; she will professionally and respectfully coach you through poses that flatter your body type. Most of all, expect to have fun and leave feeling confident - you will look gorgeous, so make a day of it and enjoy some time for yourself!

There’s no need to hop on a flight or reserve a hotel room - this staycation is designed to pamper and encourage you to feel positive, classy, beautiful, and at ease in your own body.
SO contact A Beautiful Escape today and create your own Style and Confidence in the City!
Experience the Beautiful Escape >>

Thursday, January 3, 2013


I LOVE FASHION!  I get so inspired throughout the year through fashion and style choices!  The feeling after purchasing an amazing new piece to add to my collection of accessories or my ever growing wardrobe is like no other!  :)  Especially when that piece becomes a staple for years to come!  I've highlighted the top 10 additions I made to my wardrobe this year that I still can't get enough of!  Just looking at this post makes me giddy!  Enjoy!  :)

1.This dress has become my ultimate go-to alternative to the LBD!  The girlie sheerness, perfect shape, and classic color make it easy to change up with accessories!

2.Holy comfort!  I adore the chambray shirt!  I wear it with a chunky crystal necklace and red skinnys, over a maxi and tied in a knot in the front, or layered under a leather cropped jacket with a fun scarf and top knot in my hair!  :)
3.  What a great statement necklace!  I'm loving the geometric shape and the colors are to die for!  Great over a basic T, under a silk colored shirt, or a bold sheath dress!

4.  I have a love-hate relationship with leopard print, but this flowy, loose, three-quartered sleeve cardi is 100% LOVE!  It is the perfect sexy and sophisticated topper to any outfit.  Super modern and casual chic!

 5.  This perfect pop clutch is a great burst of excitement to any day!  I rock it when shopping the city during the day, for an evening out for martini's, or to hold all my necessities at a wedding!
 6. My newest obsession! I can't get enough of this sheer perfection! It's every adjective I love in fashion all rolled into one! Purple, unique, comfortable, sheer, sexy, romantic, easy to accessories, perfect with skinnies! 
 7.  ROSE GOLD ROCKS!  I wear this beautiful men's inspired watch with a twist of rose gold beauty with everything!  Classy and sassy!  :)
 8.  This chunkified infinity scarf in dusty sea blue is to die for!  Such a great neutral blue to grab on my way out the door to match my ever changing daily mood and style!  Also a great color to take you from Fall through Winter and into Spring!
 9.  House of Harlow must make an appearance on my lists always!  These glasses make me happy!  The retro cat eye and black/brown leopard print is eye catching with a fierce dress or a perfect match for your everyday jeans and chunky sweater!  ADORE!
10.  I just rocked these on New Years Eve!  They seam to be the perfect pairing to any over sized top I'm ever wondering what to wear underneath!  These pleather leggings with slimming cotton side panels take any outfit to the next

What are your favorite fashion additions of 2012?  Grab them and continue creating your own Style In The 2013!
Shopping Girl,