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Rockin’ the Valentino Rockstud Tote to Lunch at Rock Wrap & Roll

January 31st, 2016

Valentino Rockstud ToteHello Everyone! Aimara here…

Last week we lunched at Rock Wrap & Roll, located at 2187 N Clybourn, in Lincoln Park. This Thai Food and Sushi Restaurant completely exceeded our expectations. With two executive chefs, Itti and Kit, they create traditional Thai dishes and artsy Sushi. Itti brings his impression of home-style Thai foods combining it with his personal search of ingredients, while Kit retains Japanese simplicity with fresh and natural taste toward every plate he carefully prepares.

We arrived with the mindset of not ordering so much food as our attempt to be good since we are both carrying a little bit of Holiday weight, (In my case more like an accumulation of 2014 and 2015’s, but who’s counting?) however, we surrendered after 5 minutes of checking out the menu and ordered enough food to feed an entire football team.

It was so hard to pick just one thing. We started off with this delicious Thai Iced Tea that was (almost) too pretty to drink. The arrival of each dish to our table had us cooing every time as their presentation was so good!


Check out this cute little snow man that sat on the side of the snowflake maki roll!



By the time the second round of food arrived, we were already so full… but I mean we had to try this calamari sushi. Doesn’t this food match perfectly with the Valentino Rockstud bag? There’s nothing more classic than a pop of red ;)




After we though we were done, this beautiful roll plated on a dish with a flamingo design arrived so naturally, we had to photograph it before stuffing our faces! It was spicy and delicious to the last bite. Presentation again perfect once again.




Christine ordered a tray for her kiddos to enjoy for dinner! The strawberry sushi roll was so different but delicious! We highly suggest it!


Keep in mind that this restaurant is BYOB and it’s closed on Sundays. For more info, check out Rock’s Wrap & Roll website.

Today’s look:

After days of single digit degrees, today was a breath of fresh air as it was a nice ‘warm’ 39 degrees so no need for a heavy coat!

Christine’s outfit was casual but looking fab as usual wearing a Chanel beanie, Oversized sweater from Kiz Chicago, Faux leather leggings, Burberry snow boots, Valentino Rockstud Shopper Tote and the Apple Watch.



See similar pieces below:

Have a great day and thanks for reading! Let us know what you think of Rock Wrap & Roll in the comments below!


Aimara of @waysofstyle for tristinstyling

Where to Get Last Minute NYE Looks For Under $100

December 29th, 2015

Have you already exceeded your holiday shopping budget but still need something cute to wear for NYE?

If so, we’ve got your back!

Last week we visited Water Tower Place in Chicago’s historic Magnificent Mile.

After walking all 729,000 sq ft of the retail space and checking out most of the stores, we rounded up where you can get the most glamorous NYE looks for under $100 and still look like a million bucks!

First, check out Forever 21. Located on level 5, this retailer is well-known for its latest trends and the season’s hottest styles at prices you won’t mind being over if it’s out of style by next season.



We  put together a little mix and match with some Holiday-inspired dresses, vests, & accessories




Next, Francesca’s. Located on the 5th floor as well (Next to Forever 21) they specialize in women clothing but it’s a great place to find random gifts as well. Prices are decent and every store has its own charm. Usually, every store carries different items from each other and it’s a great place to find unique pieces with a boho-chic vibe.


Unfortunately, Francesca’s is not on Shopstyle, but, here are a few items that have sort of the same vibe. If you’d like to see more, you can always visit their website as well. These gorgeous dresses on display are perfect for a casual NYE look and they represent perfectly what Francesca’s is all about. Here are some Boho-Chic dresses and accessories, inspired from what we saw at Francesca’s:


The following ensemble consists of an interchangeable fur pom pom with beanie, sweater, and faux leather leggings from KizChicago boutique, Moncler coat, Vintage Celine Box Bag, Fendi Buggie Bag Bug, and boots from the Balmain x H&M collaboration. See similar pieces below.


It doesn’t matter what you choose to wear this NYE as long as you get to spend it with the people you love and care about!

We wish you to have a great Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Aimara of @waysofstyle for tristinstyling

Coffee & Chai in Coach at Restoration Hardware Chicago

December 21st, 2015

For the last couple of months, we’ve been drooling – more than usual – over the images of a few of our favorite Foodies’ IG accounts every time they visit Restoration Hardware Chicago. So, when deciding on what to do and where to go last Thursday, it was a no brainer; we needed to do lunch at the 3 Arts Club, followed by wandering the multilevel store with coffee (and chai) in hand.

We arrived around 10 am (Free Valet guys! Just saying!) and couldn’t keep ourselves from taking pictures. Every room is intricately detailed, from the bowls on the end tables to the lighting throughout the store. Upon entering the first floor, we were welcomed by living room vignettes and the 3 Arts Club Cafe, which sits in the courtyard under a glass and steel skylight. The second floor showcases bed and bath. The third floor has children’s furnishings and RH’s new teen line, while the fourth is a contemporary space adorned with modern art for sale. The top floor is a beautiful rooftop featuring outdoor furniture.

Restoration Hardware Chicago

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware Chicago is located in the historic 3 Arts Club building of Chicago’s Gold Coast. In an interview with Crain’s Chicago Business, CEO Gary Friedman described this new wave outlet as “pushing boundaries in order to abandon archaic, soulless retail and show some empathy for humanity.” He also said, “The Chicago location is the most controversial and ambitious project we’ve ever undertaken. A lot of people thought we were crazy.” After seeing this beautiful space, we’d have to say that RH Chicago is the perfect example of following your gut and listening to the little whispers that come from your heart. We promise that a visit here is one you won’t regret.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

They also had a few fashion accessories like the following beautiful cashmere infinity scarves. Aren’t these colors perfect for winter?

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

After all the ‘cardio’ we did walking around the store, we had to eat. Their food is exquisite and extremely affordable. In case you don’t feel the need to sit, the 3 Arts Club includes a coffee shop, restaurant and wine bar. We had the Grilled Cheese, the RH Scramble and the Baby Arugula Salad. After stuffing our faces, we were so full that we didn’t have space for dessert and instead opted for delicious coffee (for me) and chai (for Christine). No worries, because we will definitely be back for more and will just have to do dessert next time.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

You can shop Christine’s look at the end of this post.

Her ensemble consists of the ‘applied pocket dress‘ by Coach, a grey fedora, OTK flat boots from Forever 21 (that she nabbed for under $50!), HERMES Chamonix Tadelakt Illusion Bracelet, HERMES 18k Rose Gold Collier de Chien PM Ring, & CARTIER 18k Pink Gold 5.5 mm Love Ring

The dress is from the Fall 2015 Coach Collection and it’s to die for! It’s made out of woven silk, woven viscose and wool-cotton knit with two patch pockets and two hidden on-seam pockets as well. It has a perfect A-line cut and it fits perfectly because of the Italian silk flawlessly juxtaposed with a heathered knit fabric from a premiere Japanese mill. The two winsome applied pockets and a swingy inverted pleat add texture, depth and movement to this fit-and-flare little number. Best part though? It’s on MAJOR SALE right now!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Have you visited Restoration Hardware Chicago? Tell me about your experience in the comments below!

Enjoy your weekend!

Aimara of @waysofstyle for tristinstyling


Breakfast at Gigi’s

October 28th, 2015

After hearing about Gigi’s Cupcakes opening their doors this morning, we had to head over to see what all the hype was about.

With over a hundred stores nationwide, and people raving about it, it just has to be good right?!

Um, yeah… beautiful and delicious? What more could anyone ask for?

The place was packed, an array of cupcakes lined up perfectly in the glass case with too many decadent choices to choose from!

The sample of the gluten free triple chocolate torte was so rich and moist that we got a box of one of everything to take home. But first food pics…

When you can’t decide on what to get you say…

Uniqlo Tuxedo Blazer Breakfast at Gigi's

“One of everything please!”

Uniqlo Tuxedo Blazer Breakfast at Gigi's

But first, photos (note the chocolatey face photobomb)!:

Uniqlo Tuxedo Blazer Breakfast at Gigi's

Today’s look:

The weather called for more rain this morning so an ensemble with rain boots was in need.

For today’s look, we paired a skirt from a T&J Designs’ (2 piece gingham print set) with a black lace peplum top, skinny Hermes Constance belt, camel hat from Gigi Bottega, Henry Ferrera rain boots, 3.1 Philip Lim copper Pashli satchel, and topped it all off with the oh so comfortable

IDLF Tuxedo blazer by Uniqlo.

Links to buy pieces from today’s look below.

Uniqlo Tuxedo Blazer Breakfast at Gigi's

Today’s post was sponsored in part by Uniqlo.

What’s a Closet Audit?

October 19th, 2015

Last week, we had the pleasure of having Aimara of @waysofstyle photograph and write about a tristinstyling a closet audit!

We often have potential clients ask us what a closet audit entails and our template answer is:

Closet Audit
Is your closet bursting at the seams with loads of clothing that you haven’t worn in years but can’t let go of? Well then, tristinstyling is here to save the day. A closet organizing session will get your wardrobe organized like you’ve never seen it before. As for all those retired articles of clothing, tristinstyling can show you how to wear an old piece like new or turn it into something absolutely different. It is recommended to use this service BEFORE booking a stylist to shop for you in case your wardrobe consists of items that are no longer worn but can be used and incorporated into your new wardrobe

But… A blogger write up with pictures is so much better!

Click here to read the entry in a new window or cut and paste the link below:


Dragonfly in Evanston

July 7th, 2015

Dragonfly EvanstonAfter having lunch at Joy Yee in Evanston, we ran into a sort of new (because they moved to a new location) boutique today and wanted just about everything in the store!

We’re talking about wanting not only the product but even the pieces though out the space that were not for sale. Their merchandising is interesting and cute.

The store is one that we would categorize as a clothing, accessories, and home goods store for people who are looking for unique pieces to take home or gift.

Scroll down to see the space for yourself and tell us what you think!:






Create Accessory Combos

June 3rd, 2015

Just play! Clear a space to mix and match different accessories and photograph the ones you like. This is a perfect way to figure out which pieces you don’t wear enough and how to wear them outside of the box you’ve been in:






Fur & A Brooch

March 24th, 2015

fur collar

When it’s cold out, one can dress ANYTHING up with a lil fur and a brooch.

First, find a lovely fur stole or take detachable fur from a coat and work into other outfits.

For the ensemble pictured left, we used a gold chanel brooch that we got from luxurygaragesale to pin the fur collar onto one side of a Tory Burch jacket to keep it in place. We let the other side hang but one could easily pin the opposite side into place instead.

The adorable bow gloves were nabbed on sale at Toryburch.

Below you can see how we took the look from day to casual date night simply by wearing the collar over the dress so it stays on when the jacket is removed and right next to that, how we took the look from pre to post workout:

Looking to get yourself the perfect fur piece to transform your outfits this season? see our suggestions below:

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Ask tristinstyling: How Do I Layer Jewelry?

March 17th, 2012

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Lately, I’ve noticed the trend of layering jewelry to create a nice mix of metals, tones, and textures. Sometimes it looks really good and sometimes it just looks bad.

How do I accomplish a tastefully done layered jewelry look?

Is there a way to accomplish this on a budget or do you suggest investing in higher quality jewelry to get that polished, but stylish and updated look?


Layering jewelry is definitely a way to spruce up any outfit since clothing isn’t the only thing in your wardrobe that becomes more interesting and fun when you layer. Jewelry looks even more fabulous when you layer it right!

In fact, one easy way to figure out which pieces might work well together is to just pay attention to how jewelry is layered in the photos that accompany product shots when you shop online or browse catalogs and magazines.

Scroll down to see some examples of our favorite layered bracelet, and necklace looks this season…


Ask tristinstyling: How do I layer jewelry tastefully?

Pieces above clockwise from the top right corner:
1. Harlow Bangle, $32. Mixed Metals.
2. Copper Cupchain, $39. Available in Rosegold.
3. Rhea Bangles $79. Available in Rose Gold.
4. Clover single wrap , $39. available in Silver.
5. Bardot Spiral Bangle $49. Available in Silver or Gold.
6. Renegade Cluster Bracelet, $59. Available in Gold.
7. Pyramid Double Wrap Bracelet, $59. Available in Green or Cognac Brown.
8. Revival Bracelet $34. Available in White.
9. Tribute Bracelet, $36. (proceeds go to Breast Cancer), RoseGold/Silver Combo.
10. Vintage Twist, $39. Available in Silver, or Mixed Gold/Silver.
11. Studded Trifecta Wrap $59. Available in Black.

Statement Necklaces:

When it comes to layering up top, you can layer delicate pieces or be bold with a colorful statement piece that will go with a lot of your wardrobe:

Lovely Statement Necklaces

Pieces above from left to right:
1. Zahara Bib, $248. Color blocking Trend.
2. Campari, $128. Red/Gold.
3. Bamboleo, $228. Mixed Tropical Colors.

Delicate Necklaces:

‘Delicate Necklaces’ can be worn alone for a little detail or layered to make a little more of a statement:

Layering Necklaces

Clockwise from the piece on the left:
1. Starry Night, $98. Available in Gold.
2. Ever After, $49. Available in Silver or Gold.
3. On the Mark, $49. Available in Gold.
4. After Midnight, $89. Available in Gold.