We Meet Again

We Meet Again

This blog still exists? Hell, TW still exists! …. Deep sigh…. yes, it does and yes, I do. When I     logged into my account to assess the state of this blog, I  realized my last post was in December. (YIKES) Even if we took away the obvious excuse of the pandemic, it’d still been 4 months of radio silence.  Being extremely devoted to my job has often made time for passion projects like this very hard for me to make time for. On top of that, I  spent most of 2019 trying to balance daily life with a family health scare that made me shift focus and prioritize.

I’ve realized during this time of quarantine that creativity (through writing, through design, through fashion) is something that I need in order to feel fulfilled. Regardless of the level of engagement it may receive, I’ve missed expressing myself through this channel.

Now more than ever, it seems ill-timed to share something as “fluffy” as a post about a look or decorating. I’ll see others on Instagram and admittedly roll my eyes at the level of tone deafness that some posts can come across. At the same time, even when I  sat down to hand-write something in a journal, I immediately felt better. There is a sense of release and a therapeutical aspect that this avenue brings me, and I think it’s worth continuing to explore.

With that said, how does one return to the fold with true witt and style form? As any good gay blogger would do…. with a fresh highlight and an ASOS printed shirt, of course, ;). Haha, joking aside, the power of a new haircut and feeling like I’m wearing a “look” and not a groutfit has already lifted my quarantine ridden spirits.

Lots of friends have been moving this summer and seeking advice, which has in a way sparked my want to add more content on home design, so I’m hoping to do so plus the usual style posts and intermittent thought pieces too.

For those still reading this psychobabble, I appreciate your continued support and hope you’re hanging in there. There’s a lot to process and even sometimes getting through a normal day is daunting.

Looking forward to sharing a bit more here soon,

TW

Shear(ling) Genius

Shear(ling) Genius

As we know by now, being almost the end of October, fall is in full force. That means everything is coated in pumpkin spice and that we’re just heading closer and closer to the holidays and the new year!

With all of the craziness going on, I finally had a chance to get my annual pumpkin patch trip in and took it as an opportunity to premiere a fall look. Albeit a bit dressy for the suburbs of Illinois, I  couldn’t help myself and decided to debut this shearling bomber that I recently found from Lacoste, via Macy’s.

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I’m the last person on earth who needs another coat, much less a bomber, but this one was too good to leave. The shearling collar gave it an aviator vibe which I love. In order to feature the collar more, I decided to pair it with a brown turtleneck from Uniqlo.

My ASOS suede boots are another shade of this burnt brown and definitely are my new favorites for the season. To break it up, and not go with jeans, I  paired it with gray corduroys from Club Monaco. The result: perhaps one of my most fashion forward fall looks yet. Or maybe I’m just thinking that because I  looked so dressy for a pumpkin patch.

This fall I’m really trying to keep most of my looks 1-2 colors. Monochromatic moments usually look a little more stylish and in my opinion, put together. I’m excited to start dressing in more fall looks now that the we’re finally enjoying crisp air and the leaves changing.

Until the next look,

TW

Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle

Summer for me was pretty much over when it started, and am I   complaining about that…. not really. I’m ready for fall, I   won’t lie. I    figured the best way to cap off perhaps the fastest summer yet was with a good transitional look that easily works for the summer but can definitely get by as we approach the end of the season and Labor Day coming up.

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If you’ve noticed, animal print truly never dies as a trend. I  feel like I’ve seen it EVERYWHERE and the interpretations are wide ranging. A while back, I  picked up this read-cheetah inspired print from a Nordstrom sale and have held onto it for some time, as I  knew it’d come in handy for the summer. To make this otherwise more going out top more work friendly, pairing it with navy dress pants and a denim jacket

 

With a pair of burgundy tassel loafers to tie in the print, it keeps the look a little more playful, which I  think is a must with something like leopard.

The Levi’s denim jacket is a closet staple, mine’s in Mugito (dark wash), and pretty much goes with everything. I  upgraded from an oversized one I  have because it started making me feel 10lbs heavier than I am.

I’m honestly really excited to start a new season and embrace whatever changes in weather and wardrobe that the fall will bring!

Happy Friday,

TW

Old Kid on the Block

Old Kid on the Block

It’s August 1st, as in… summer is already two months in, how did that happen? It’s probably been the fastest summer yet, and my attempts at consistently sharing posts just that a dream unfulfilled at this rate. But no need to dwell, I’m here now and really loving today’s old school look.

It’s been a fairly mild summer here in Chicago, which means I’ve still been able to wear long sleeves and jeans throughout the season. On a cool summer day, this TopMan (Rest in Peace) shirt felt like a must-have. This sweater-esque look has a built in collar and color blocked stripes in the perfect shades for summer.

When I  put this with a simple and classic wash pair of Levi’s, I felt equal parts touristy dad at Disney and Armie Hammer in Call Me by Your Name, a winning combo, right? There’s a 80’s vibe to this look that I can’t help but love.

Sometimes the best looks are the easiest ones. I  think we all know that a white t-shirt and jeans can be just as attractive and stylish as a bomber or printed shirt.

It’s not always about reinventing the wheel in your closet and finding the newest piece, it can be about bringing an old look back.

Hoping to bring back more old looks, and mindsets here, and soon!

Stay tuned,

TW

Floral Fundamentals

Floral Fundamentals

In the words of Miranda Priestly… “Florals for spring…. groundbreaking.” An iconic line, but an accurate one none the less. But would it be spring without a post about floral prints…. not even close. If the trend isn’t broke, then don’t fix it, right?

Instead of going for my usual bright and cheery floral prints I’m leaning towards a darker and moodier option from Zara. Picked up at the end of the holiday season, I  was immediately drawn to this piece because it reminded me of a water color painting and also looked like a more luxe approach to a spring and summer staple.

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I  always feel like Zara does a great job of making something look more expensive than it really is 😉 (that’s always the goal when I’m shopping) So instead of dropping a fortune at All Saints, this seemed like the perfect fit. As it’s been a colder spring anyway, this print transitions perfectly into the season.

With black jeans, it’s a great option for going out, but I’m excited to pair it with a bomber or blazer for a nice pop of color and pattern. Being from Zara, that means I’ve seen this top on others, and it honestly fits nicely on every body shape as it’s a bit loose.

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Although floral prints might not be “groundbreaking” there is always a way to break new ground on how you approach a trend. For me, it’s taking a more dramatic route with a classic. I’m not sure about you, but I’m READY to start wearing spring clothes, it’s practically April, let’s get this season in bloom.

-TW

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

We’re officially one week into January and resolutions are still in play, the new season of The Bachelor has started (and I already despise all the girls) and I’m back with a new look post to start the year off stylish.

The start of a very long winter typically makes sweatpants and bulky sweater even more appealing than usual. I’m trying my best to make sure I  try to shy away from my tendencies and embrace dressy looks and try new options the season. This look is a great example of that. I’ve already welcomed turtlenecks with open arms, but now it’s about how to pull in other pieces like blazers to dress them up.

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This navy velvet blazer is a such a show stopper in this winter look. Against my white turtleneck from Uniqlo is great for a day at work when you’re feeling a little fancy and even better for night out in the winter. Instead of going for the standard khakis or black pants, I  went for a cobalt blue color, to add an extra pop. A pair of printed pants would be another way to add texture to the look!

I  love this look because it’s just an easy way to elevate a rather easy winter ensemble. Anytime you add color, texture, or pattern, especially with basic pieces, it’s a win. Here’s to hoping our outfits and resolutions remain in tact as we get through the first month of the new year!

-TW

Wrapped in Red

Wrapped in Red

Four days till Christmas, how in the hell did that happen? As we know, presents have been purchased are wrapped, but when it comes to other holiday actives, I’m coming up a bit short.

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Everyone usually has at least one holiday party to go to, whether you’re hosting one, heading to a friend’s, or going to your work party, a good outfit is crucial. I  hosted a small get together earlier in the month, and then headed to my work Christmas party this week and made sure to have a holiday outfit lined up for each.

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Although it is fun to wear the ugly sweaters, the light up ears, etc, this look is a more classic and modern taken on the red and green color scheme that most Christmas looks call for. I  love both of these pieces on their own, and was happy to see they could work well together for the holidays.

The red cotton shirt was an amazing sale find while I  was in London this summer. The deep crimson color works nicely as a pop of color. A similar style is here. It works well with jeans or in my case, dress pants.

I  saw these trousers at Oak + Fort, and knew that I had to have them. The olive plaid print with the black pipping down the side is a nice detail. Pants like these are a nice twist on any basic pair of pants for the office. They’re cut a bit short, so long boots with coordinating socks make sure I don’t loose height.

With an oversized scarf and camel coat over the look, I’m ready for whatever holiday activities are ahead. I hope everyone goes into the final push towards holiday with high hopes for a Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays,

TW

Red-y for Fall

Red-y for Fall

The Instagram feeds are clogged with pumpkins, the leaves are changing and Chicago went from 82 to 38 overnight, which only means one thing… fall is fully flourishing and I’ve been ready for it, or should I say… RED-y for it.

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Red has never been my color, but I’m trying to change that this year. Just like those mustard tones from my recent posts, I’m experimenting with being bolder with red. The best way to do it is to just go for it, so pairing this Ben Sherman knit with my favorite crimson vintage letterman’s jacket made a bright statement.

The long sleeve knit was a sale piece I picked up in London, for just 18£ which is practically nothing by their standards. Long sleeve pieces like this are great placeholders before I have to bust out a sweater and scarf. 

The change in weather has inspired me to really start stepping out in style in this Fall, and I’m RED-y for it! Are you?

-TW

Dropping a Bomb(er)

Dropping a Bomb(er)

It starting to feel a lot like fall, and thank the LORD! Chicago isn’t exactly covered in fall foliage but a consistent drop in temperatures is at least allowing me to wear jeans and boots on the regular. With the new season in full effect, I’ve decided to try and elevate my fall looks more than I  have in year’s past.  Today’s outfit is truly the bomb… (bad pun) because it’s centered on one of my favorite bomber jackets.

CallieCraigWAS091818-65Sometimes I feel like I’m Karamo from Queer Eye with the amount of jackets and bombers I own and wear on a regular basis. This bomber, however, is perhaps them best of all of them. A birthday present to myself a few years back, this maroon jacket is the perfect piece to build a luxe fall look around.

Not only am I in love in the deep burgundy color, but the silky material that makes this $75 bomber look like it was triple the price. (God bless H&M sometimes) It’s one of those pieces that takes any look from good to great and this is no exception.

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Usually I  wear this bomber for a nighttime event with dress pants and a dress shirt, but for a fall day to night look, I  paired it with a chambray button down and black denim. I’m loving the result. it

The best part of bomber jackets, especially one as sleek as this one, is that it can take any look and truly become a wow moment. Bringing it back to Karamo and the cast of Queer Eye, but truly they all know how to dress and have the perfect blend of chic daytime looks that I  hope to wear more in and outside of the office.

Here’s to making this fall my most stylish fall yet!

-TW

 

 

Mustard Must-haves

Mustard Must-haves

Summer is not my season. It’s always been to hot, too long and too busy for my liking. The minute the clock strikes fall, I’m immediately back at ease. For the remaining weeks of summer, I’ve been in such a style slump. Knowing my favorite clothing season has been around the corner has helped some.

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Even though I haven’t been enjoying summer fashion as much, I’ve had the chance to start working towards this season. Color has always been the best place to start for me. This year I’m trying something different with my color choices. Usually I stray towards colors I  know look good on me (blues, greens and maroons) but not this year. I’ve noticed an uptick in mustard yellows, browns and even reds for fall and I’ve decided to hop on board.

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Mustard, for starters, is a color I’d much easier see on a hotdog than on myself but I’ve been pleasantly surprised when I  paired it in this fall look. With my suede jacket (Zara makes a version of this jacket every year) and striped Topshop pant, similar here, it has the right amount of contrast.

Not all colors look good on everyone, (shoutout to Orange) but it’s always worth the effort in trying. In this case it was worth the payoff. I’m excited to share more fall looks and how I’ve been taking some color risks in my wardrobe this season.

Stay Tuned,

TW