Lookbook: Defining My Style with Moe Martinez

A few weeks ago I was a featured Style Icon on Half Stack Magazine. The article included an interview and a look at some outfits that I felt truly defined my style. For the feature I decided that I would create a lookbook full of outfits that really showed the variety of looks I love–what a better way to showcase my style? I worked with Chicago photographer Moe Martinez to capture the outfits. Here’s a look at the complete set of shots, including some that weren’t part of the feature.

Look 1: Basic Jeans & a Tee

I’m a big fan of this basic look, and you’ll find me in a variation of it year-round, both at the office (with less casual shoes, untorn jeans, and a blazer, usually) and on weekends. I chose my naturally broken-in Seven brand skinny jeans (purchased years ago at either TJ Maxx or Marshalls), grey Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars (you can find them various places, including DSW and Kohl’s), a fun Muppets tee, and a plaid flannel (both of which are probably older than the jeans, and I can’t recall where I got them).

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

My necklaces are mostly old, but the long one (which you can see the best) is the Stella & Dot Sahara Pendant. My belt is from GAP, and also quite old. The cuff is, I believe, from Charming Charlie. Trixie was adopted from 4 Paws 4 U 4 Ever in West Chicago, IL and frequently adds her own touch to my looks with a dusting of dog fur.

Look 2: Casual with a Hint of Hippie

For my second look, I chose to go a little more casual… think a look perfect for running errands on a fall weekend. I started with a thrifted dress (the Savers dress I call “the one almost left behind“) which I topped with a GAP Outlet denim vest. I added a pair of footless tights from Target, both for modesty’s sake and a little bit of warmth. The loafers are another Savers find, and the necklace is the Phoenix Pendant from Stella & Dot.

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

The vintage leather crossbody bag I have here was actually my grandma’s, and I rescued it from the giveaway pile in the nick of time. It’s one of my go-to bags, and I love it for when I need my hands free, but want something a little bigger. On my fingers are rings from Stella & Dot and Premier Designs jewelry, along with my wedding ring set.

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

Look 3: Rock it Out

This look is the kind of thing I’d wear to a special event, or just a fun weekend evening out with friends. These dalmation print pants are H&M, but I found them at Goodwill. The studded top is Forever21, but was a Plato’s Closet find. The booties are from MakeMeChic.com, but quite a few years old. The denim moto jacket is an old GAP favorite, but they’ve been doing similar ones lately.

 

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

I’m wearing a long necklace from Target along with my Stella & Dot Somervell necklace, LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s earrings, and the killer Fingernail Ring by Benjamin Black Goldsmiths out of New Zealand (I talked about him a little more here). And yes, that’s a sports bra peeking out from under my tank–it was easy and comfortable. Sometimes, that’s the way to go.

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

Look 4: Sporty Chic

I’ve been loving the sporty chic trend lately, and can’t get enough of the juxtaposition of something sporty, like this fab Bulls jersey, with something softer, like this lace skirt. The vintage and well-worn Scottie Pippen Bulls jersey I have on here is from Goodwill (a boy’s section gem), and is tucked into an H&M lace skirt. The clutch was purchased at the Shelter Inc thrift store in Schaumburg.

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

My necklace is old, but from Express, and my watch is the Michael Kors Limited Edition Paris watch via the Michigan City, Indiana Fossil Outlet (yup Fossil makes watches for Michael Kors… I had no idea about this until I spotted this beauty in the Fossil outlet store last year). My clear wedge shoes are either from UrbanOg.com or GoJane.com (they have a lot of the same styles), but are sadly no longer available for purchase.

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

The earrings I have on are from ShopBevel (which, sadly, no longer seems to exist). Here’s a great shot showcasing them, along with my multi-pierced left ear. I got my additional piercings (the triple forward helix and the second lobe hole) after I started blogging, and after I turned 29. I am still ink-free, which surprises a lot of people.

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

Look 5: Keeping it Chill and Chic

This is one of those looks that I’d wear pretty much anywhere. It feels like something you’d see a celebrity wear to an airport, and is definitely a comfortable outfit that moves easily, but looks remarkably chic for being what it is: sweatpants, a sportsbra, an oversized top, and heels. The sports bra is from Kohl’s, and the asymmetrical, oversized striped top is from Discovery (and rather old). The collar necklace and sweatpants are both from Plato’s Closet. My bag is Coach via the Coach Outlet in Michigan City, Indiana, and it is my everyday bag. Can’t go wrong with a classic black leather bag that’s got a ton of pockets!

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

My shoes are from GoJane.com, and you’ve seen them numerous times before. I wasn’t sure I’d wear them much when I got them, but they quickly became a go-to shoe that works with everything from boyfriend jeans to a colorful dress to a classic A-line skirt. I wish I could wear them more, but unfortunately my feet have been disagreeing with that sentiment lately, and flats have become a bigger part of my wardrobe than ever before.

Suburban Style Challenge with Photographer Moe Martinez

But sometimes, pain really is beauty! I frequently find myself popping some pain relievers, sucking it up, and dealing with discomfort for the sake of wearing great shoes out and about. I know I’m not alone in this, but 5 years ago I never thought I’d be saying it, ha.

So those are my looks… now go love Moe!

More of Moe Martinez’s work can be found at www.moemartinez.com. You can also be a fan on Facebook and follow him on Instagram and Twitter. He’s a great photographer to work with if you’re a blogger, but he also does professional portraits, architectural and location photography, fashion work, and more. He’s also got an ongoing freckles project, so if you’ve got freckles, drop him a line!

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2 comments for “Lookbook: Defining My Style with Moe Martinez

  1. August 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Wow! Fantastic photos. I think I like the rocker chic one the best even though I could never carry that look off like you do. You look like you belong at some big concert red carpet event.

  2. August 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    You look terrific. What a great opportunity to work with a photographer. I am in love with the shot with the leopard pants and jean jacket. You look great in all though. Excellent outfit choices.

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