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