[ daily dress-up ]
what has your dress done today?
Check out daily posts of each day's outfit here. Constructive criticism (and compliments) are encouraged!
My boutique partners will be offering up deals and making pieces that I wear available for purchase (all proceeds going to CAWC), so be sure to check back regularly.
[ It's Over! For now... ] Sorry for dropping off the map for about a week! I spent the time driving to Asbury Park, enjoying some of the best live music of my life, driving back to Chicago, and now catching up on work and all other life things. You can see an album of photos I took from the festival here. Well, we raised over $9,000 (ten dollars over $9,000 to be exact) for CAWC in one month! Not bad. Note: I will still accept donations for the next week or so AND there are still a few pieces available for purchase on the Buy It Yourself page (all proceeds going to CAWC).
Thank you to everyone who helped make Chicago Uniform Project a success! A mega big thanks goes out to all the Chicago boutiques who helped out by lending their name to Chi U.P. along with theirtime, clothing, gift cards, etc. You guys made this project different (and dare I say better?) than all prior Uniform Projects and that's pretty cool.
And another big thank-you to the handful of people who acted as my trusted photographers, fashion advisors, morale boosters, idea generators, promoters, and professional encouragers. You are the best.
You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[ ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES + THE PARADERS ]
I'm in Asbury Park, New Jersey right now. Weird, right?
This evening, I saw the likes of The Album Leaf, Shellac, and Bonnie Prince Billy in the venues of Asbury Park (with a photo pass). What did I wear? My black dress, of course! Plus some pieces from The Paraders (aka Rachael Hammon). The Paraders specializes in vintage dresses and will be creating an exclusive line of vintage inspired dresses in the spring. Please check out The Paraders boutique page and website for more information!
All of the pieces that you see here are available from The Paraders. If you mention Chicago Uniform Project upon checkout from The Paraders online store, 20% of your purchase will go to CAWC!
**photos by Chris Atto
[ GREENOLA + road tripping ]
Last night was Chicago --> Ann Arbor. Today was Ann Arbor --> Brooklyn. I wore my dress the whole way (plus a flannel driving shirt). You can ask Jon Alexander (email@example.com) about the whole thing.
I felt pretty special today wearing some accessories donated by Greenola
. Jennifer Moran, the founder of Greenola, got in touch with me shortly after Chicago Uniform Project kicked off and donated a beautiful hand-knit scarf, necklace, bracelet, and brooch. All of the items will be available for purchase on the Buy It Yourself page very soon! Please enjoy and send me any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
**Photos by Jonathan "drive the whole way" Alexander. Full album here.
[ Miso Vintage + Rebecca Peplinski Photography ] Today's post doesn't require much interference from me. The outfit is by Miso Vintage (her store is here) and the beautiful, practically 3D photos are by my friend and photog, Rebecca Peplinski (her site is here and while you're at it, do yourself a favor and like her work on Facebook, too).
Now I'll get out of the way...
[ a meeting of the minds + MATA TRADERS ] All of today's looks come from the Chicago-based, fair-trade-fashion-loving folks at Mata Traders. Jonit Bookheim, one-third of the triumvirate that is Mata, invited me to their Ravenswood warehouse to learn more about Mata's mission, check out their new Fall 2011 line, and pull together a couple of inspired looks. I jumped for the handwoven ikat fabrics but the block-printed items would've been just as good. I'll let you be the judge.
Here we go! The daytime, ready for work looks:
The nighttime, ready to leave work and do something more fun look:
And then an absolutely terrifying roundtable meeting of four...MEs.
All of the items donated by Mata will be up in the Buy It Yourself page shortly! Check back.
**photos by Laura "is it over yet" Ellison
[ A Business Meeting + Persnickety Vintage ]
Checking my agenda...
***clears throat, begins pitch
Phew! I think that went well.
**photos by Laura "it's day 26 but who's counting" Ellison.
[ Masa Kitani ]
I've been late with the posts these past few days. I owe you all an apology AND a treat! How about two posts in one day?
I'd like to introduce you to Masa Kitani, a powerhouse of a woman who has done everything from fashion design school to working and traveling with the circus to escaping to Bali for her honeymoon. Not bad, right?
Masa cut, sewed and generally put a lot of hours into the one-of-a-kind apron you see below. It's the Cadillac of aprons, folks. Silk, pockets, sweetheart neckline, the works.
Please make sure to visit my Masa Kitani page to read more about how Masa and I met and her dedication of this apron to Chicago Uniform Project in memory of a dear friend who fell victim of the very thing CAWC works to eradicate.
[ cute as a button ]
Today, I accessorized the dress with antique buttons and a couple of babies.
I know what you're thinking: "are those just any babies??" The answer is no, these aren't just any babies. This is my niece, Harper (aka Ms. H), and nephew, Andrew (aka Handsome). As you can see, Harper decided to pull out her own little black dress complete with ruffles, buttons, and mary-jane socks.
The babies indicated back at the beginning of the month that they wanted to support their aunt in her "strange but worthy endeavor" (their words, not mine) so they drove over to see the new place and we snapped some photos.
Harper thought the whole outfit-planning / photo-shoot / etc. was so much fun that she might do her own Uniform Project next year, once she's able to stand on her own and strike a few more poses.
And hey! Here's Harper and Andrew's mom (my sister) Kate.
**photos by Laura and Kate (whoever wasn't holding a baby). Full album on Google+ (or the Facebook if you must).
[ Beginning of the End ]
Fall officially began yesterday ~9 AM. Fall unofficially began today after the last street festival of the year (or at least the last one that I'm aware of).
It was the Hideout's block party. WBEZ did a nice piece on the venue's history and its 15 years of running this big shebang. I enjoyed the Old Style (or what was left of the beer, they kind of sort of "ran out") and relished some final evenings sans coat. **photos by the too-hungry-for-Andrew-Bird Laura Ellison. Full album on Google+ (or the Facebook if you must).
[ MOVING DAY ]
It was a lot of work, but some dress had to do it. We carried the carpet (and posed with it), eyed some prime real estate for wall hangings, and then hoisted Richard (cat) to celebrate the new apartment!
Photos were taken by the barren walls and empty shelves. I pulled out my favorite photo pose: the deliberate eyes-closed (deal with it).
And then I sat down (in my favorite piece of furniture: chair from a flea market in Detroit), smiled for a second, and realized how tired I am.
**Photos by the just packed and now unpacking Laura Ellison. You can see the full album on Google+ (or the Facebook if you must).