November 14, 2019

Sparkle for Day

, by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
I don't know where all the time has gone. The holidays are upon us! When I was in Paris for Fashion Week, I saw sequins everywhere--even for day. There used to be a lag between what you see in Paris and what you see in the states but not any more. In large part due to fast fashion. I try to stay away from it because of the environmental but the prices can't be beat. And I don't know about you but I don't like to spend a lot on holiday clothes because the cost per wear is relatively high.
This is my go to bag for the day this holiday season. It perks me up no matter how I am feeling and is such an easy inexpensive ($50 at Zara) way to give you some daytime glamour.
First frigid day in Chicago but with the sun and a little sparkle it was awesome. I purchased my puffer (fashion forward to some) in Paris at H&M--part of their eco-conscious collection. I've started to call #michelinchic .
August 26, 2019

Black is back?

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Nope it never went away. People like to put black down but the truth is you are never going to be chic without it. Do you want to wear it all the time? NO. And I guess it may not be good in the suburbs but I haven't lived in the suburbs for a very long time. I personally don't like to wear the avant garde black looks of say a Yohji Yamamoto but I sure can appreciate their talent. I like to see the female form or a hint of it. 



Use black to your advantage. It is so versatile--it can be worn day and night. People can't tell if you've worn a pant, top or shoe in black so you can wear them again and again in different ways. It's perfect if you want to travel light. It doesn't show the soup you spilled on yourself last night. It is slimming. Those are the big takeaways. But most importantly if used correctly it is the first step to chic.



I posted this outfit on Instagram today @unapologeticallygrownup and it got some interest. I'm not 100% sure why but I'll tell you why I like it. Mainly because I repurposed and styled it. That's the fun with fashion for me. Making something new with something you have. Last summer I wore the Tomas Maier for Uniqlo dress just as it was. I wore a neckerchief and some lace up shoes. The dress was really too sheer so this summer I wore leggings under it. I have to mention the espadrilles I recently purchased and LOVE. I have never worn classic espadrilles because the back never fits my narrow heel. Anyway whether you have narrow feet or not you will love these because you can walk for miles and miles. Email me at mc@marcycarmack.us if that hyper link isn't enough.



See you soon! x
June 13, 2019

My Lessons: fashion and otherwise

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I can't believe I have been out of touch for 3 and a half months. I fell playing badminton in the beginning of April and really banged myself up. I won't get into the boring details but I was in the hospital for 2 weeks and just finished a day rehab program. I am so happy to be back in action for the most part but I still have to wear the brace until the 4th of July. Doctor wants to do surgery on my ACL but I don't want to. I'll let you know the outcome.
The show must go on as they say so I am back to photographing some outfits even though I am wearing a brace. Dresses or leggings are the uniform du jour these days. This Michael Kors dress was in style last year or the year before with the off the shoulder trend but that doesn't mean I stop wearing it if it is flattering. I like it this way with the neckline up and Aquazzara lace up ballerinas that he did several seasons ago and everyone knocked off. So I guess they are dated by fashionista standards and need to be chucked but that doesn't always show an understanding of style or attention to sustainability. So I encourage you to continue wearing old favorites for those two reasons.

Here I am taking a break in the shade and changing into some little Sam Edelman slingbacks to go day to evening. I posted this photo on Instagram (@unapologeticallygrownup) today and I love a couple of the comments, "The Unsinkable Marcy Carmack". I have to say every little bit helps when you are having challenging moments.
And here it is off the shoulder which I see people wearing day or evening but I would probably only wear it in the evening because I don't like to go braless and I can never find a strapless bra I like.  How's that for a run on sentence? And about the strapless bra dilemma, does anyone have one they recommend? Please email me: mc@marcycarmack.us .
I love this photo with the cute little Jewish family. There is a well attended synagogue down the street from me. Question: why are Jewish places of worship typically better attended than Christian? I am going to end this post with a little thing I've discovered. It took my health to realize and really see the hardship people go through on a daily basis. Today I have more compassion and awareness of their day to day lives. Thank God or a higher power for my blessings.



March 21, 2019

Mixing PRINTS

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It's spring and I look pretty happy--who wouldn't after a winter like Chicago's. Truth is I'm still wearing layers and my coat is just feet away. Spring is no where near the marker of warm weather in Chicago. We will get a cold snap or two before the end of May. The yellow is a pick me up as are the prints. I've never worn a lot of prints because they don't go the distance. Some here and there to mix it up. Now that the mixing print trend hit the scene a year or more ago it doesn't make each print as recognizable because you can mix them in different ways. I mixed last summer when I did a post on Tomas Maier and again in an Animal print and plaid post. Both times I mixed only two prints and that's what I recommend to start out. For this post I am mixing three prints and using one of them in three different ways. I had fun and I think you will too.


I'm wearing a knit jumpsuit by Reformation which is a fun way to spice up your wardrobe and doesn't break the bank. So comfortable and perfect for travel is what I'm thinking. We won't talk about it's drawbacks cause you probably already know what they are. I am definitely going to take it on my trip to Paris in May. Two or three outfits in one. I'm always looking for ways to travel light.



PRINTS are a Versace scarf, a Proenza Schouler t-shirt and Sam Edelman sling backs.

February 8, 2019

SHEER

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I've been wearing Wolford tights for years and yes they are expensive but they last for years. Sheer hosiery has been out of style for those years because it looked kind of dated and old lady-ish. Now I feel like sheer is new again. I felt sexy and feminine when I put them on.
Be careful what you pair them with so you don't look old lady-ish. Here I wore them with a charcoal window pained skirt and Alexandre Birman boots.
We found that museum lighting was not good for showing the fine details of an outfit because you can't use a flash. The whole outfit is charcoal gray except the black cashmere sweater with a gray trim. Don't you love this Rauschenberg?
Love love Lichtenstein!
Here is one with a flash that went off by accident and you can use see the outfit a little better. These pieces have all been in my wardrobe for many years (charcoal chalkstripe blazer, black cashmere s/s sweater and a charcoal gray window pane mohair skirt) only the boots are new. Oh and the sheer Wolford hosiery too. Anyway I am excited to add sheer hosiery back into my wardrobe and I love Wolford. They are the best.
January 23, 2019

Fanny Packs

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
Fanny packs used to be déclassé or at least that is how I remember them. I wore one in the 90's when I walked my dog. I wouldn't of imagined wearing one as a fashion statement. Now the major designers are doing them and if you don't want to spend a lot on such a small little thing then you have to look a little harder for a good one. I found a white one at Bloomingdales that I love (below). The strap is not long enough to wear cross body so I went hunting for one with a longer strap.


I found this pinky nude color one at Nordstrom and it has the long strap that I was looking for. Fanny packs are perfect for me because when I am not carrying a LL Bean tote, I like to be footloose and fancy free. In other words I don't like to carry a heavy purse. I think fanny packs are great for moms with small children and a stroller so they can be hands free. Honestly I think they are great for everyone. Men included. They need to have somewhere to put their wallet, phone and keys. You can't fit all that in your pockets anymore.
For questions: email me at mc@marcycarmack.us
January 17, 2019

Last Call

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I found this Elizabeth and James dress at Last Call at Neiman Marcus this month. No it is not the store named after the famous sale but Neiman Marcus's last markdown before they send it out at the end of the season. It used to be a array of sale items that were consolidated from all the stores so you were almost always bound to find something fabulous. I still like it but it is not what it used to be.  
Elizabeth and James is Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen's contemporary line they started  in 2007. The Row is their designer line that has been hugely successful. This dress with it's exaggerated dolman sleeves is quite dramatic. You could wear it to a luncheon or a cocktail party or even over skinny jeans to run around town and be very fashion forward especially in the Midwest.
The location for this shoot was the iconic Great Hall of Union Station in Chicago. You can see a peek of the skylight in the first photo that was recently renovated in 2017. Chicago sure has some spectacular interior spaces and exterior for that matter.