Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TEA TIME


Afternoon tea is my new absolute favorite thing to do. Maybe it's the fact that my due date is right around the corner and drinks options are limited. But it's not just that. Tea time is a super chic way to celebrate a special occasion or just have fun girl time. 
My birthday celebration with my family last week was at the Langham afternoon tea, and it was exactly what the doctor ordered for me - and beyond. And my little mini loved it as much as I did! :-) They had mini stylish treats, delicious tea, superior service, and the mind blowing decor was so delightful! I particularly loved the fact that Langham made the entire experience extremely kids friendly. And of course the dressing up part was so much fun! 


I wore a black & white stripe dress by Neta Efrati with an edgy jacket, and of course a hat! My mini wore a dress by Israeli designer Castro and white Mary Jane Valentino-stud inspired shoes. :-)

Last week, I also had the opportunity to style one of my favorite yoga instructors Alexia Bauer  also for a tea party! Since her personality is not so girly and I wanted to make sure she didn't feel overdressed, I styled her with an edgy pair of slouchy silk pants and a feminine sheer top with an open back. Of course the most important accessory is the hat! The bigger the merrier! I love how Alexia rocked the tea party in this super chic style! But most importantly, she loved it and her comfort and ease shows perfectly in the photos.


Of course, a traditional 60's inspired dress is always a great option but you know me, I like taking the risk and stepping out of the traditional style. After all fashion is all about having fun with it!

Snaps from my Tea Time mood board that I created on Pinterest. Sources and more inspiration here.

Another favorite places for an afternoon tea are at the Peninsula and Soho House.

Happy Tea Time!
Yours truly,
Tali

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BUMPING IN STYLE WITH MY MINI


Here is another look that perfectly defines my maternity style. Interesting jacket or in this case a cape, styled with t-shit and denim or shorts.

This cape is one of my favorite recent finds. Its a great buy as I can wear it now and way after the baby arrival, so trendy and so chic!

At the beginning of my pregnancy I have purchased on sale few larger size designer t-shirts with stretch and am still enjoying them in 36 weeks!

No need to spend a fortune on maternity clothing that I personally often find quite boring. 






SHORTS  ||   CAPE  ZARA  ||   T-SHIRT STELLA  MCCARTNEY  
SHOES TABITHA SIMMONS   ||   SUNNIES SO REAL DIOR  |
CHANEL BOY 




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photography JHC Productions 
xoxo
Tali



Monday, May 11, 2015

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH AT EMBEYA


So, my birthday today couldn't start any better! Yesterday, my dear friend, Komal Patel and her 9 month old adorable baby Paloma hosted a very memorable Mother's Day Brunch at one of our most favorite  dining spots in Chicago, Embeya​. Kids had a separate play area with babysitters so their parents could purely enjoy and celebrate! What a brilliant idea, we loved every second of it! Not to mention a spectacular brunch by their remarkable chef, Michael Sheerin.

Thank you Embeya!

my loves
Komal Patel with her adorable daughter Paloma


 


One of many greatest things of being multicultural is all the wonderful holidays that I can celebrate. Mothers Day is surely one of my favorites now. Its by far the hardest but my most favorite job I have ever done! 
Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful moms in this world!

xoxo
Tali


Friday, May 8, 2015

SIMPLICITY IS CHIC


I feel like this style was kinda my uniform during this entire pregnancy. The only lovely change now  is that Spring is officially here and I can finally wear shorts.

To accomplish this put together polished look I styled basics with a blazer and added cool accessories. Point toe flats always works perfectly with shorts.





MATERNITY SHORTS LIZ LANGE TARGET  \\  BLACK BASIC T-SHIRT LIZ LANGE  \\  BLAZER ZARA (similar here)  \\   SUNNIES SO REAL DIOR  \\  CHANEL BOY  \\  SHOES  PROENZA SCHOULER   \\   NECKLACE TEL AVIV COUTURE


Thank you for visiting my blog. I wish you stylish and relaxing weekend!
Shabbat Shalom
xoxo
Tali

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

INTRODUCING LUMINARY


It was love at first sight when I was first introduced to Russian ballet inspired collection by Luminary.  Maybe because I have a weakness for ballet as my sister and I were dancing from a very early age in our childhood country of Ukraine and now my little mini me is following same path. I love
 the softness and the femininity of the collection that embodies the gentle grace of a dancer. All of the pieces are effortlessly transform from day and night with simple understated elegance. And the most amazing part for me is that I can actually wear some pieces in my 35th week and way after baby arrival as well.
 
Luminary brand was established by two Israeli designers Lihi Shimrich Cohen & Shira Langer Words. They are based in Tel Aviv, and now expanding in to the US market.

I am very honored to present LUMINARY collection on TelAvivCouture.com and to feature their line  at the DePaul University fashion show on May 20 in Chicago.

BLACK & WHITE DRESS AND SASHA COAT
BLACK & WHITE DRESS
SASHA COAT 

BORDO DRESS
KSENIA TOP
ANASTASIA DRESS
Designers Lihi Shimrich Cohen & Shira Langer Words

Shop LUMINARY here

For more pictures including my mini ballerina follow #talikogan on Instagram.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope to see you back soon!

xoxo
Tali



Monday, April 27, 2015

SPRING IN A SNAP


When I style my endlessly growing baby-bump, my code is to keep it simple!

In my most recent photo-shoot I stepped out of my usual maternity denim and decided to welcome the Spring with a stretchy high waisted skirt. I styled it with a basic tee topped with an open button down denim shirt as a light jacket. ...Ok, so I did use some denim, but in a whole new way! :) 







SKIRT ALEXANDER MQUEEN (similar style here)  ||  WHITE TOP CIPORKIN/   ||  DENIM SHIRT LIZ LANGE FOR TARGET (similar here)  ||  SHOES RACHEL ZOE (similar here)  ||  BAG CELINE   ||  SUNNIES ILESTEVA (similar here)

I hope you had a lovely weekend and I wish you stylish and wonderful week!


Photography by JHC Productions

xoxo
Tali

Monday, April 20, 2015

SHOES SPRING 2015

A woman with GOOD shoes is never ugly
                                                                                                        COCO CHANEL

AQUAZZURA MIRAGE SUEDE SANDALS  //  DANIELE MICHETTI CUTOUT LEATHER SANDALS  //  GIANVITO ROSSI LEATHER, PVC, AND SUEDE PUMPS

One of the quickest and best ways to refresh your spring/summer wardrobe is a new per of shoes! Who doesn't love shoes?! Thankfully the variety is endless, there is something new and fresh for any style.
For my upcoming birthday I decided to self-gift myself my dream custom - made shoe closet which I promise to share with you here on my blog. To celebrate the new housing for my favorite accessory,  I did some research about new shoe trends.

I am very excited to report that platforms are back. Many of us were happy to adopt the comfort trend and adding a platform elevates the look to a new level. Some of my favorites are featured below. More options are pinned for you on my Pinterest board, Platforms 2015.


From left to right
PENDULUM   //   HOTSPOTS (SALE $45)  //  WINSOR SMITH PLATFORM HEELED SANDAL //  CHLOE ELIZA WEDGES


MINT & ROSE LOLITA WEDGE  //  NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD EMBELLISHED SILK-SATIN AND CORK PLATFORM  //  STEVE MADDEN THEEA CAGED WEDGE  //  TOPSHOP NINJA PLATFORM 

Flats can look sexy too! The key is to go with the pointed toe style. Also, some sort of ankle element transform the flats in to a flattering work-of-art on your feet. I am in love with Aquazzura brand, particularly love the ballerina lace style that is featured below in red.  Buyers beware they are high - end fashion from heel to tag. But don't worry, if you love the look too but want something more accessible, I have found and pinned some very similar styles for much less here.
 Many more options can be found on my Chic Flats board.



FREE PEOPLE VEGAN NOVEAU MID SANDAL  //  CHANEL (available at Chanel boutiques) //  NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD POINT TOE LEATHER  // FREE PEOPLE FIREFLY LACE UP SANDAL

With all my love and respect to the comfort trend, I can never give up on heels. Even now when I am  8 months pregnant, for occasions that wont require much walking or standing my go to choice would be heels. Lets face it, once you put those stilettos on, the most basic look transforms to the chicest one! And this spring heels just got hotter, higher and brighter! My favorite trend is the the combination of leather and transparent such as those below by Aquazzura and Gianvito Rossi. I have also pinned affordable similar styles here for you. 



AQUAZZURA SUNSET METALLIC LEATHER PUMP  //  GIANVITO ROSSI METALLIC LEATHER AND TRANSPARENT PUMPS   //  ALEXANDER WANG CUTOUT LEATHER PUMPS // KATE SPADE LICORICE TOO PUMP

VINCE CAMUTO FONTANELA SANDAL  //  SOPHIA WEBSTER JOURDAN LACE-UP LEATHER & FABRIC SNEAKER SANDALS  //  JEAN PIERRE BRAGANZA //  AQUAZZURA  J'ADORE SCALLOPED LEATHER STRAPPY SANDALS
 
I don't know who invented heels but all women owe him a lot
                                                                                         MARILYN MONROE

What's your favorite style? Share your thoughts in the comments below, you know I love hearing from you :)

Have a great week!


xoxo
Tali