Friday, March 20, 2015

My Spring Shopping List!

I was recently published in the Spring copy of The Chicago View highlighting what's on my Spring Shopping List!  
You can read my article below, and check out the whole issue of The Chicago View here!
I've been getting tons of questions about who I was wearing in the photo, so I wanted to fill people in on my look and the awesome local designers and boutiques that I found these pieces from!  I'm rocking a few of my highlighted trends including; white, lace, and the white/blush combo!   

My jewelry is by two of my favorite local designers. 3 Hearts Boutique made these insane rose gold hoops, and Ali's Collection made this gorgeously perfect go-to hoop necklace!  They both are great pieces that truly work with everything!

My cashmere and lace sweater is by Autumn Cashmere and from one of the best boutiques in the city, Cinnamon!  I make it my duty to purchase a fun and unique cashmere sweater from them at least once a year!  

Lastly, my skirt is....wait for prom dress!  No lie, I had my floor length white two piece prom dress from 2000 (totally aging myself here) altered to make the perfect fun and flirty knee length skirt for Spring!  I'm obsessed...probably mainly for the fact that it still fits me, but a close second is how perfect the A-line, short, white skirt is for this season!

I paired the look with a black booty and a an over-sized leather bag to give a bit of edge to an otherwise quite girly look.   I felt I was the perfect combo of funky and fun in this ensemble!

What’s on a personal stylist’s Spring shopping list?
There are so many fashion magazines, blogs, and websites out there that it’s hard to know what to believe when it comes to what’s “hot” in fashion each season! 
As a personal stylist my clients count on me to break down the most wearable and long lasting looks so they don’t have to!   Below is my simple and relatable checklist for this spring’s hottest trends.  Keep in mind they’re all easy to incorporate into your looks and the best part is that you most likely already have some of them in your closet!   

Hot color for Spring:  WHITE!  Head to toe looks in white are everywhere!  If that’s too monochromatic for you, blush and white color combos are also going to be hot for Spring!
Hot pattern for Spring:  GINGHAM!  This fun and flirty pattern is easy to incorporate!  Try a classic gingham print shirt for a fun addition to your Spring wardrobe!
Hot detail for Spring:  LACE!  A modern lace dress or just a subtle lace trim, either way, lace makes everything more extravagant!
Hot material for Spring:  SUEDE!  Leather has been a strong facet of the trend list for a few years now, but this Spring it’s all about the suede!  Try an A-line skirt in your favorite neutral!
Hot shape for Spring:  SHIRT DRESS!  Such a great style to dress up for work or weekend!  It’s also a perfect option to carry you from the first days of Spring through the early days of Summer!
Hot jewelry for Spring:  DROP NECKLACE!  Long pendant necklaces are the new hot trend and easy to throw on with any look plus they’re great at elongating you!
If you are on the hunt for something specific from my shopping list, want to find the right styles for your body, or need help putting tons of fabulous looks together from your existing wardrobe SGXOXO can help!  Schedule a free consultation today! 
Photo:  Andrew Garcia Photography

It's time to start checking some of the Spring fashion additions off your shopping list!  Hope this list gives you some inspiration to create your own Style In The City!
Shopping Girl,
Lora LaPratt

Monday, March 9, 2015


I'm so in love with the weather today and it's going to continue to be beautiful for the rest of the week!  I'm finally starting to believe that Spring weather is right around the corner!

Two of my all time favorite pieces to grab and go as the weather starts to warm up are a fabulous light weight scarf and fierce leather jacket!

The showroom is always stocked with stunning hand painted, super unique silk scarfs by one of my favorite local designers!  Rho Silk scarves come in any color combo you can imagine and an unlimited amount of beautiful designs!  The luxury of adding a unique hand painted silk piece of art to your new Spring wardrobe at an unbeatable price is a great way to get anyone excited about the sunshine!

I'm rocking one of my favorites here with my new go to jacket as Spring arrives!  I love a brown leather and this caramel color goes well with everything!  When searching for the perfect leather (or pleather) jacket a secret to look for on your hunt is a side panel or back that stretches!  This will give you a great fit no matter what you're wearing underneath and add to the comfort level!  

Hope you're enjoying this weather as much as I am!  Contact us to find you your perfect Jacket and scarf combo for Spring!

Shopping Girl,
Lora LaPratt

Necklace:   Ali's Collection
Earrings:  La Pucara
Scarf:  Rho Silk

Monday, February 23, 2015

Academy Awards Red Carpet Favs!

The red carpet season came to an end last night with the Academy Awards, but not without some absolutely stunning looks!  My favorite looks of the night had a range of colors, and silhouettes!  You can check them all out here along with many more!

 Scarlett Johansson was an emerald queen in Versace!  I live for that necklace!  Statement necklaces are having a major come back and this one is everything!

Cate Blanchett is such sexy sophistication in this simple, yet bold look by Maison Margiela

Although I don't love actress Laura Dern's overall styling of this look, I'm pretty obsessed with this Alberta Ferretti dress!

Chloe Grace Moretz is the perfect age and size to pull off this Miu Miu dress!  Anyone older or larger wouldn't be able to, but she was able to keep it young, fresh, and flattering!  I love the risk she took, and I believe she really pulled it off!

Reese Witherspoon is the picture of classic Tom Ford perfection!  She always gets fit better than anyone else on the red carpet!  What a girl next door bomb shell!

Emma Stone does it again!  An Elie Saab shimmering golden goddess!

Until next year awards season!  It's been real!  :)
Shopping Girl,
Lora LaPratt

Friday, February 13, 2015

TGIFF : V-Day in Vegas!

For Valentine's Day my husband and I are in Vegas for the week!  We have tons of exciting plans including seeing Le Reve', going hiking, and maybe getting re-married in a drive through wedding with Elvis to name a few!  :)

Also on our list we have fancy dinner reservations at Mon Ami Gabi where we will have beautiful views of the fountains and The Eiffel Tower in "Paris" while sitting at their outdoor patio!  Just the sound of being able to enjoy a meal on an outdoor patio sounds AMAZING to me!

Since  I'm always a major planner of my "looks" on vacation, here is my pre-planned Valentine's Day look for TGIFF!

I'm SO obsessed with this dress that I got from a boutique in Lincoln Park!  I've been waiting for the perfect time to wear it and I believe this is it!  :)  The dress is so chic and classy plus the ease and comfort factor just make it perfection for a romantic night out on the town in Vegas! 

I've styled it with a fun pair of metallic heals, some 3 Hearts Boutique bangles that are to die for, a Brynne Capella golden clutch, drop earrings by local designer Ali's Collection, and my favorite vintage belt!  All of the metallics are so on trend and help to take the look up a notch from casual chic to fancy chic!  :)  

(Although this dress also looks amazing un-belted with a pair of brown flat sandles and a leather cross-body!)

Hope you all take a little inspiration from my look and have an amazing Valentine's Day out on the town with your girlfriends, at a romantic dinner with your special someone, or in your PJs drinking wine and watching Sex In The City!  

Shopping Girl,
Lora LaPratt

Dress:  Vertigo
Earrings:   Ali's Collection
Purse:  Brynn Capella
Shoes:  Franco Sarto
Belt:  Vintage (my grandmother's :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

My favorite Fashion Trends as seen at the Grammys!

This is everyone's chance to push the boundaries and rock something that is more unique!  This is artists chance to really stand out and make a statement! 

There are always some crazy and questionable looks walking down the red carpet.  A few of this year's perfect examples of this were Madonna, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian.  All three of these fierce ladies are inspirational for their fashion guts!  But their red carpet looks this year got some pretty strong hit or miss opinions...for me it was a miss for these three.  

On the other hand, I did have some total love fest situations for many beautiful ladies looks!  They were all showing off so many of my favorite trends in fashion this Spring!

TREND #1:  The Jumper!
Gwen in Versace

TREND #2:  Lace!

TREND #3:  White!
Chrissy Tiegen, Emelio Pucci

TREND #4:  Lavender hair!
Katy Perry

TREND #5:  Metallic!
Rita Ora

Love this season of such fun fashion on the red carpets!  Take inspiration from these trends and create your own Style In The City!  Make the sidewalk your red carpet ladies!

Shopping Girl,
Lora LaPratt

Friday, January 30, 2015


My 2015 SAG Award fashion favorites!

I have to say I was blown away by the fashion at the SAG awards this year!  I feel like everyone really showed up looking fierce, elegant, and beautiful!  Gotta love it!

Here are my top looks form the night!  I would die to have every single one of these dresses in my closet!

Emmy Rossum in heavenly metallic Giorgio Armani Prive!
Fun Fact:  She styles herself!

I am obsessed with this dress!

 Jennifer Aniston departing from black in this vintage John Galliano!
 I mean her body is bangin'!

Always a trend setter, Emma Stone!
Dior Couture makes the list again!

Emilia Clarke was my one departure from neutrals picked!
Romantic Donna Karan print!  LOVE!

Keep your eye out for metallics, flattering yet over-sized silhouettes, cleavage dripping jewels, menswear and watercolors in 2015!  Get inspired by these gorgeous woman and create your own Style In The City!  I know I am!

Shopping Girl,
Lora LaPratt

Monday, January 12, 2015


Thank Goodness It's Fashion Friday!...
A few days late ;)

This whole weekend was pretty awesome, and very packed so I'm posting my TGIFF look today!  My husband and I were celebrating our 7 year anniversary from the day we started officially dating!  It is pretty crazy how time flies!  We were just babies when we started you can see!

For our anniversaries Josh is pretty amazing at planning some fun surprises, which means I never really know what I have in store for myself, which can make planning what to wear a little difficult!  For Friday night's adventures I decided to rock a few of my favorite trends, a cape and hounds tooth!
I am obsessed with this cape!  It is actually a vintage piece that used to belong to my mother who wore it all the time in the 50's!  The best part about it is that it is reversible!  Solid red on the other side with leather trim!  It amazes me who fashion truly does come full circle!

I paired my cape with my black leather boots that have a tassel accent in the back!  My extra large cat eye sunnies, and jewelry from two of my favorite local designers, See Song Designs and Ali's Collection!

Capes and Hounds Tooth are everywhere this season, so find your favorites and create your own Style In The City!

Shopping Girl,
Lora LaPratt

Cape:  Vintage
Boots:  Steve Madden
Sunglasses:  Gap
Earrings:  See Song Designs
Necklace:  Ali's Collection
Lip Color:  Pixi Beauty, Shae Butter Lip Balm in Pretty Raspberry Pink