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El-Buy: Fashion Week - Floral

These flowers are dreamy for Fall!

El-No Chicago Fashion Week - Floral



Peplum top

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$32 -

TIBI peplum shirt

$145 -

default | Banana Republic



El-Buy: Fashion Week - Blue 

Beautiful blues for Fall. 

El-No Chicago Fashion Week - Blue

Blue dress

Kate spade

Kate spade

Kate spade

Quilted bag

Kate spade

Kate spade



El-Buy: Fashion Week - Cap Toe

Cap toes a go go!

El-No Chicago Fashion Week - Cap toe

Chanel shoes

Tory burch flat

Ivanka trump shoes

Schutz flat

Elizabeth and jame

Kate spade

Loeffler Randall Natalie

Kate Spade New York Eddie


El-Buy: Fashion Week - Leather

I am loving these fabulous leather looks for Fall! Here are some of my favorite pieces... 

El-No Chicago Fashion Week - Leather

Sachin Babi pencil skirt

Tory burch

Alice Olivia leather skirt

Tory burch

Rachel zoe

Hermès strappy shoes




El-Buy: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

Problem: Maria Pinto has really good taste.

I fell for Fall.

Well, really I fell in love with Maria Pinto's version of Fall fashion. It is as cozy and crisp as a glass of apple cider.

Last night, I met the Chicago designer and now creative director of Mark Shale. She was fabulous (as were her sassy upturned cat eye glasses). She detailed our her Autumnal must haves to a crowd of bloggers and shoppers.

Pinto and her team have revamped the Chicago fashion staple with new brands and a refined approach to fashion. She talked about wardrobe building with signature pieces or classics. The store is packed with clean lines, rich cashmere (loving the Mark Shale cashmere long cardigans), and zippy twists. 

While I would like EVERYTHING in the newly styled store, my favorites were from By Marlene Birger, Rene Lezard, and Blue Duck Shearling


Mark Shale Fall Favorites


Patine sequined cardigan - By Malene Birger
1.999 DKK -


Flori lace shirt - By Malene Birger
1.599 DKK -


Cleva lace skirt - By Malene Birger
1.599 DKK -





 * Thank you to Nicki from Fashionista Chicago


El-No: Extreme Color Blocking

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing multiple times and expecting different results.

Sadly, we have seen this multi-hued legwear look before. Remember? Nope, still no good.

Please show Miss El-No to the asylum. Can I make a request that the straightjacket be solid color? I don’t want to confuse her with too many tints and shades.

Color blocking is totally in for Fall, but Miss El-No’s look is bordering on crazy pants. Here are some more attractive options for introducing a little color into your Fall clothes.

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti  Color Blocked Boat Neck Sweater for $485

Tory Burch Karen Pump for $350

Milly Natalie Belted ColorBlock Dress for $330

J. Crew Two Tone Circle Skirt for $250 

*Thanks for the reader submitted photo!


El-Yes: Sweater Weather 

Tailgating + Apples – Chicago Cold + Boots  + Crunching Through Leaves While Walking the Dogs + Birthdays and Anniversary = September Is My Favorite Month

Miss El-Yes and I sat next to each other at a meeting this week. I took one look at her accessories and I started daydreaming about spiked cider and tweed skirts. She just looked so adorably Fall that I had to sneak a picture.

These autumnal accessories pair nicely with her simple black shift but would be equally at home when worn with jeans and a crisp white button down for Game Day. Board meeting or flip cup tournament, she is ready to take on the month!

Get her September style with these cozy combinations:

Anthropologie: Seraphim Necklace for $58

J. Crew: Cashmere Cody Cardigan in Heather Plum or Heather Saddle for $158

Kate Spade: Metallic London Small Coal Bag in Bronze for $545


Modcloth: Coral Corral Necklace for $23.99

Target: Mossimo Black: Women’s Ultrasoft Cardigan Sweater in Ochre for $17.99

Madewell: The Brownstone Suede Mini Bag in Carmine for $98


Tiffany & Co: Paloma’s Marrakesh Dome Pendant for $5,400

Modcloth: Buck-ingham Forest Cardigan for $77.99

Tory Burch: Anna Satchel in Cognac for $465


El-Buy: Win Big With Fall Fashion

I heart Fall.

There is something about changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and sweaters that just gets me excited.

Using Polyvore's new Mini Editor, I rounded up all of my fav Fall fashions. To celebrate the launch of their new tool, Polyvore is hosting a contest for bloggers and their readers... and you could win $1000! The more times you enter, the better chance you have to win. So let’s get shopping...

What is your El-Yes outfit for Fall? Urban Chic? Warm and Cozy?

Create a set below using my Fall favorites and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Just drag your choices onto the canvas and resize. When you are done, click "publish." 

But remember, we are in Chicago. So enter early and often! The more fabulous your set, the better chance you have of being selected to win. 

You can create your own free Polyvore account or sign in using Facebook.

** To get rid of the strange background in some of the images, just click "show background" and it will show a neutral background instead of one that is pixelated.

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El-No: “Well color me happy.” It’s time for Fall boots! 


This weekend, I saw Miss El-No standing outside of a club. No doubt she was waiting for Richard Gere to come pick her up in his Lotus Esprit.

Oh wait… that was Pretty Woman.

Miss El-No’s short/ boot combination reminds me of the pre- makeover Julia Roberts. Where is the helpful Beverly Hills Hotel Manager to school Miss El-No on manners and etiquette? Get her over to Rodeo Drive ASAP- she needs those snooty salespeople to help her.

Wearing a revealing and short ensemble with over the knee boots is just wrong. Or as Julia put it in this Ninties pop culture hit: “Big mistake. Big. Huge.”

So how do you wear these trend forward Fall boots? I love them layered over black leggings or a dark skinny jean. If you plan to pair them with a skirt or dress, shoot to have the hemline fall between 1-3 inches above the top of the boot. Following these simple guidelines will keep you looking stylish (not slutty).

My favorite over the knee boots are below. Enjoy!


Gucci Over the Knee Suede Boot $1,550

Jimmy Choo Earnest Flat Over the Knee Boot $1,295


Stuart Weitzman Over the Knee Flat Boot $595

Frye Taylor Over the Knee Boot $428


Kelsi Dagger Sophia Over the Knee Boot $240

Sam Edelman James Over the Knee Boot $225


El-Yes: Blissful Brunch 

Brunch is a luxurious weekend ritual- a perfect combination of breakfast basics and lunchtime loves. Mimosas and breakfast potatoes seem to have magical powers on a lazy Sunday morning. Add in the weekend newspaper (resplendent with fall fashion articles) and… bliss.

This weekend, the air was thick with summer warmth. But calendars and retailers say that we are transitioning into autumn. Miss El-Yes’s brunch ensemble seems to effortlessly dance on the edge of these two seasons.  Like brunch, her look was a natural combination of two distinct elements.

I’m not gonna lie, I am totally excited for changing foliage, school supplies, and a slight drop in the temperature. Fall is my favorite season. Miss El-Yes’s trend forward slouchy boyfriend jeans and elongated cardigan are both on my shopping list.

But it is still summer! So, I love that she paired these fall essentials with her warm weather favorites. Her nautical inspired tank, straw bag, and leather sandals were as yummy as my omelette.