Lace, Blooms And Springtime In Chicago

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Endless Rose lace combo dress || Alterre NY shoes || Urban Expressions ‘Socialite’ clutch use code UE25CDBFT (Good for 25% off the entire site), also love this blush foldover clutch || Forever 21 pink marbled sunglasses || Noir pearl ring || Yves Saint Laurent ‘Pop Water’ Glossy Stain in No. 204 ‘Onde Rose’ {borrowed from Ashley}


photos by Ashley of Sed Bona

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It never officially feels like spring in Chicago until the flowering trees are in bloom. This year, I was a little worried that these stunningly beautiful weeks would be stolen from Chicagoans after so many April snow showers. Who am I kidding, we had full on April blizzards this year! But seemingly overnight, there are blooms EVERYWHERE! It’s a phenomenon not to be missed in a city that often feels dreary and dirty.

Ashley and I couldn’t wait to get out and photograph in Millennium Park and not wanting to compete with nature, I chose this delicate Endless Rose lace combo dress, which is currently a steal at just $43! It really is the perfect spring lace dress, for when you are ready to break out spring and summer frocks, but still require sleeves.

And I’m also excited to be sharing a new shoe concept in these Alterre NY customizable pumps. With Alterre’s technology, you can mix and match your look and lift to fit your lifestyle. With over 65 combinations, it is easy to transform your look from day to night or pack light for your next vacation. And while I love the versatility, finding a pair of chic, unique pumps that are also incredibly comfortable is truly the best part.

All of Alterre’s shoes are designed in their New York Studio and made according to fair labor laws. Alterre also donates 5% of the proceeds to the women’s abuse shelter Restore NYC, so you get to do good while you look good. Alterre will be launching a Kickstarter campaign May 9th, so be sure to check it out!

I completed this spring look, which would be perfect for Mother’s Day, with this chic foldover vegan leather clutch in the prettiest shade of blush {use code UE25CDBFT for 25% off the entire site}. With the detachable crossbody strap, I’ve been keeping this in my larger totes, for when I need to quickly transition from a meeting or photo shoot, to a lunch or drinks.

What are your go-to spring dresses for this time of year? I’m definitely a jeans in the winter dresses in the summer person so I’d love to hear some of your favorites, as I feel in some gaps in my spring/summer wardrobe!

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