City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In October

Chicago’s fashionable Windows In October

Chicago in October. Although it took me a few days into November to compile the images of Autumnal fashion inspiration from the windows of Chicago last month, better late than never. Alas, like the Autumn breezes and seasonal changes, my life changes with it. Time. So to look back upon the images of October it is clear that the Fall fashion season in Chicago has moved swiftly forward. Layers and warmth already required. Much cooler breezes blow down Michigan Avenue with force.  Autumn in Chicago…

Did I mention the gray skies?  Oh, onward we go. This is the great Midwest, after all…

Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Fall fashion, onward…

Stunning Style: Neiman Marcus
Burberry Plaid & Autumnal Delights
Window Style: Burberry’s
Plaid & Layered Delights: Burberry
Burberry: Mad For Plaid
Salvatore Ferragamo: Black Delight
Missoni and Saks Fifth Avenue
Ralph Lauren: Bold Impact
Max Mara: Autumnal Delight
Style & Fashion: Max Mara
Autumnal Fashion & Warmth: Max Mara
Max Mara Love: Fashion & Window Dressing
Chicago’s Max Mara: Always A Fashionable Statement
Max Mara Style
Michael Kors: Layered Details
Plum Tones Behind The Windows Of Chanel
Details, Chanel
Fashion On Michigan Avenue: Chanel
Kate Spade: The Wild Side
Shearling and Suede: Marc Jacobs

Consider with appreciation the windows of fashion. Visual merchandising and artistic display of seasonal inspiration. Fashion is always moving forward, as is time. And about that extra layer of fashionable warmth? I’m ready.




City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In September

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago: September

Chicago in September. What was a warmer than usual September day on the city streets of Chicago, the Autumnal inspirations were evident. The city was launching into a fashionably forward Autumn. The tops of trees that held just a tinge of Autumnal change off the Chicago River led me to my monthly jaunt in search of fashion’s changing windows. Yet it seems that the lens of my camera pointed at less windows than usual. Perhaps the pending change of season’s brings forth a change within me and what truly inspires me. Change is good. Fashion is everywhere, but there are some months that I seek for greater inspiration than I find. Alas, less is more. A mantra that I follow, indeed.

And sometimes a moment, while in the whirl of the city life that envelopes you, is needed to focus on the details of a city. Simple park benches off the Magnificent Mile. City scenes to take in, for certain…

September Seating, Michigan Avenue/ Chicago

Onward to the collected inspirations found from behind my lens. Onward to being inspired but what each of us are moved by…in appreciation.

Chanel Launch: Gabrielle/Macy’s State Street

One cannot help but meander inside the grate stately old Marshall Fields, now Macy’s, to see the visual of the launch of Gabrielle. In love with the interior and the fragrance, indeed…

Gabrielle, Chanel Launch at Macy’s, State Street
Saks Fifth Avenue: “The Runway Starts At Saks”, Michigan Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue: “The Runway Starts At Saks”, Michigan Avenue
“The Runway Starts At Saks”
Tom Ford: Fashionably Poised In Black
Visual Merchandising and The Mannequins of Tom Ford
Fashionable Chicago In September
Chicago’s Fashionable Windows In September

From one who never tires of being inspired by the changing fashionable windows, onward in changing seasons and fashion ahead. For the love of a city and it’s fashion, ONWARD…




City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In April

Fashionable Windows In April

Chicago in April. Perhaps it is April when the reality of Spring’s awakening is truly upon us. Spring blooms arrive late in Chicago.  Yet when they do arrive the blooms are breathtaking and rejuvenate those that strut the streets of style and the city itself. To appreciate Spring in a city that anticipates its arrival with heightened awareness is to even further appreciate the gift each day brings…

Spring’s Blooms & Chicago’s Cloud Gate

The windows of fashion once again change to beckon passerby’s with the seasonal shift towards warmer days. Neutrals of classic whites paired with infusions of pastel and floral bliss welcome Spring. Spring green, onward.  Onward to the images captured from behind my lens. A continual monthly visual of fashionable appeal from the streets of high fashion of the great, Windy City of Chicago. Fashion and photography compiled to inspire…

Spring Green On Michigan Avenue: H&M Visual Delights
Neiman Marcus & The Striking Mannequins Of High Style
Black On White Delights: Neiman Marcus
Stylish Form Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Michael Kors: Floral Delights
Floral Infusion: Michael Kors
Spring Appeal At Kate Spade
Barney’s & Alaia, Paris
Oscar De La Renta Behind Saks 5th Avenue
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
White & Creamy Nuetrals: Ralph Lauren
Jil Sander: Neutral Lineup
Burberry’s: The Classic Trench
Burberry’s: The Classic Trench
“White is Always Right”: Classic Max Mara
Max Mara Style On Michigan Avenue
Chartreuse & Bright Plum: Visual Delights From Max Mara
Fashionable Windows Of Style: Max Mara
Fashionable City Love: Chicago & Max Mara

Oh, for the love of fashion. For the love of a city. For the love of the mannequins of fashionable form that beckon my lens continually. Inspiration a constant. Change is a constant. Consistently do I aim to inspire with sharing images from behind my camera each month. Fashion and the city. May the arrival of Spring inspire you to appreciate the artistry of visual merchandising and the art of fashion itself.  Fashion’s seasonal change awaits. Onward in being inspired no matter where you reside.



Fashionable Reflection: Plumage & The Photographer

City Inspiration: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In January

Chicago's Fashionable Windows In January
Chicago’s Fashionable Windows In January

City Scenes from behind the lens of my camera. Onward into a New Year of photographing the city I adore and the fashionable windows that line its streets. Fashion photography. Mannequins and the world of visual merchandising. Yes, another year. The first month of my fourth full year of photographing the fashionable visuals that change before us on the city streets of Chicago. Constant change. Constant inspiration.

January In Chicago: The Cityscape By The Chicago River
January In Chicago: The Cityscape By The Chicago River

January found me, not surprisingly, walking briskly through the city streets that carried the full force of the Lake breezes. The Windy City, indeed. Coffee and more coffee. For the photographer, when one desires to capture and image, the cold temperatures does not stop the shutter from clicking. However, the need to warm up is always present. For the love of a city and its coffee shops from which to watch the vast world of passerby’s. All with a direction. All with a purpose. City love, indeed. On yet another gray day in the city of Chicago, there was bright and vivid visual appeal behind fashion’s windows. There were inspiring statements that moved me were boldly printed on the windows of Ralph Lauren. The scene was set, my camera was ready, and a compilation awaits of the fashionable windows of Chicago in January….

Ralph Lauren:  Iconic Windows & Iconic Words
Ralph Lauren: Iconic Windows & Iconic Words

From the words of Ralph Lauren…how true a statement.  Timelessness always exudes from behind the expansive windows of Ralph Lauren on Michigan Avenue and beyond.  That very quote I adhere to in my own perspective.  Fashion and trends change, but to hold to a timelessness of style…that therein is a personal goal of mine…

Ralph Lauren: Constant Classics That Endure
Ralph Lauren: Constant Classics That Endure
Ralph Lauren: Classics Endure
Ralph Lauren: Classics Endure
Fashionable Stance:  Ralph Lauren
Fashionable Stance: Ralph Lauren
Pink Hued & Laced Variation: Burberry's Trench
Pink Hued & Laced Variation: Burberry’s Trench
The Windows Of Burberry
The Windows Of Burberry
Salvatore Ferragamo:  Window Distinction
Salvatore Ferragamo: Window Distinction
Denim & Saks Fifth Avenue
Denim & Saks Fifth Avenue
Bottega Veneta:  Pink Hues Of Delight
Bottega Veneta: Pink Hues Of Delight
The Fashionable Windows Of Bottega Veneta
The Fashionable Windows Of Bottega Veneta
Jim Sander:  Timeless Trench & Style
Jim Sander: Timeless Trench & Style
Definitive Prada:  Stylish Display
Definitive Prada: Stylish Display
Fashionable Escada
Fashionable Escada
Striped Appeal:  Michael Kors
Striped Appeal: Michael Kors
Carolina Herrera:  Fashionable Visuals
Carolina Herrera & Hermes: Fashionable Visuals
Fashionable Appeal:  Versace & Brunello Cucinelli
Fashionable Appeal: Versace & Brunello Cucinelli
Chanel Visuals On Michigan Avenue
Chanel Visuals On Michigan Avenue
Marc Jacobs:  Paradise
Marc Jacobs: Paradise
Max Mara:  Visual & Fashionable Delights Abount
Max Mara: Visual & Fashionable Delights Abount
Fashionable Statements:  Max Mara
Fashionable Statements: Max Mara
Visual Delights Of Fashionable Appeal:  Max Mara
Visual Delights Of Fashionable Appeal: Max Mara
Timeless.  Black & White.  Max Mara Style
Timeless. Black & White. Max Mara Style
Fashionable Elements On The City Street
Fashionable Elements On The City Street

Consider once again, in appreciation, the fashionable windows that are before you. The art of visual merchandising can certainly inspire. Whether it is a glance as one passes by or to take in and pause before the large windows of fashion, inspiration and mere energy can perhaps be gained. For one who loves fashion and the art of presenting its form to the world, onward in capturing the year 2017 from behind the lens. Chicago fashion, onward.



Fashion & Reflection:  The
Fashion & Reflection: The Photographer…

PS: For those of you that follow this blog…my life and my personal time has changed. However, my commitment to photographing the fashionable windows of Chicago has become a commitment that I have not waned from. My appreciation of the art form and the world of interior design has not diminished. Periodically, posts will return. For fashion is one mere aspect of what I adore…Onward in sharing pondering and inspirations to living a beautiful life.      Kristin

A New Year Celebration: 5 Years of House Appeal!

January 2012-January 2017:  5 Years Of House Appeal
January 2012-January 2017: 5 Years Of House Appeal

Another milestone. 5 Years of a blog that began in January of 2012. 5 Years of sharing. Five years of compiling images. From behind my lens and sourced from the vast world of the internet.  All with the continuing goal of delving deeper into creating a greater appreciation of what surrounds. Life is a gift. Attitude is destiny.  Appreciation and gratitude is a worthy goal, indeed.

Thank you to each and every one of you that have stumbled upon this blog and have followed along on my journey of sharing and expounding on those things that comprise our world and our lives. With the intent of redefining appreciation for what surrounds us in all aspects of life.  Awaiting our focus. Perhaps it is a greater awareness that brings furthered appreciation. For certain, in every moment there is something beautiful to focus on.  Something to find appreciation for or merely gain a renewed appreciation upon connecting historical background. Renewed perspective. Life moves swiftly. What better goal in our daily lives than to look at the world closer. Ponder with appreciation what surrounds. Ponder what is beautiful, timeless and enduring…

It was in 2014 that I had deemed the word “Onward” as my mantra. In 2017 that word still holds true. A word that is defined as “In a continuing forward direction; ahead” and “going further than coming to an end or halt; moving forward”.  Since 2012 my life has changed vastly. I made personal choices and decisions in 2015 that would change my life forever. Yet change is good. Deciding to make changes, no matter how difficult the journey through them, and actually following through with those decisions, is the key. When you know without any doubts that you are forging in the right direction, it is merely owning the challenges every step of the way. Moving forward. Moving onward. Never doubting yourself. That, therein, is personal growth. Onward, indeed.

So for a blog that covers the world of fashion, interior design, nature, life’s events and city inspirations…onward with the goal of inspiring with ponderings and inspirations of living a beautiful life. Although the blog posts have lessened, the desire to share has not faded. That passion will never fade.

Thank you for being a part of the journey thus far. Onward to inspire…


Kristin Abrahamsen

“You must do the things you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Selfie.  New Years Eve, 2016
Selfie. New Years Eve, 2016

New Year. New Opportunities. 2017.

Chicago.  New Years Eve, 2016.  KDA


“The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day”

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

So it is a New Year. New beginnings. New opportunities. New challenges and changes. 365 days of opportunities in which to grow, be inspired and change. Holding to our commitments. Celebrating our successes and forging onward when we stumble. Onward. Always.  Each day ahead is an opportunity to find appreciation and dwell in gratitudes. Onward in all of that…Happy New Year.  Happy new beginnings.  It’s a brand new year.  Forward we go.  Upward and onward, indeed…



Christmas Wishes…

christmas 2016.JPG

This Christmas,  consider the gifts that have been bestowed upon you that do not have a price tag. Consider with appreciation the simple joys of life that surround you and the beliefs you hold in the future that will inspire you forward.  Belief. Trust, Faith and confidence in someone or something. As Christmas is upon us and a year’s end approaches, find appreciation and joy in the past and present moments that you were gifted to experience.  For life itself is a gift.  And of the future? Believe in the good things that are in front of you and that await you.  Life changes.  We change.  So at Christmas and beyond, always believe….

“I believe, I believe.  It’s silly, but I believe” – Miracle On 34th Street

Wishing you and yours  joy and peace at Christmas…


Kristin. Abrahamsen

2016 Travel Reflections To A City I Adore: Chicago

Train Tickets To Chicago:  January, February, March & April
Train Tickets To Chicago: January, February, March & April 2016

Travel. Twelve months of traveling by train to the great city of Chicago with a single purpose: seeking and finding inspiration from behind the lens. Energized by the city streets. City love.  From behind the lens. For three years now I have not missed a month by train to my downtown oasis with the purpose of photographing a city and its offerings (and yes, fashion).   This year, I decided to capture the moment of traveling from the simple lens of my iPhone. Each ticket. Each journey. My visual escape with intent. To travel, even if the distance is short by a city’s Metra train, is to expand your world. To travel is to change your viewpoint. To change your state of mind. To travel is to see the world beyond your immediate reality. To travel is to dream. To wish. Collecting moments that last a lifetime. To take yourself on a journey.  And that is a beautiful and worthwhile experience and venture.

“I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more”

– Thomas Jefferson

My Destination...Chicago
My Destination…Chicago

And of these train journey’s of mine? Solo.  For it is when you travel alone that you gain deeper insights and clarity. Moments to be alone in the vastness of your changing surrounds. There is comfort. There is peace in being alone.  Confidently moving forward wherever your feet may take you. That is just what each journey provided. A path for me to wander freely through the city streets. My own journey to discover and in the process, discover more about myself in the process. I was once told that Chicago was an escape for me. That it is and will always be.  But again, we have the choice to expand our world and be exposed to more than what is immediate in our worlds. Create the state; don’t wait.  I choose to loose myself in what gives me joy and inspiration. The city of Chicago. Onward in that. One day it may be a different city.  Change always lies ahead. 2016 was full of change for me.  Embrace the changes and forge onward, always.

Years ago, upon graduating college, I was asked to provide a quote for incoming freshman. Simply stated, it still stands true today for me and has followed me as a constant truth through the years:

Learn as much as you can.
Expand your horizons, and be yourself.

Opportunity. Opportunity to learn, to grow, to expand our horizons.  All the while being confident in who you are. Always being true to yourself. That therein is a beautiful life goal. Every day is truly a gift. Every day is ours to discover and embrace. Always seek to find something beautiful. Something inspiring. Perspective, indeed…

Train Tickets To Chicago:  May, June, July & August 2016
Train Tickets To Chicago: May, June, July & August 2016
Train Tickets To Chicago:  September, October, November & December 2016
Train Tickets To Chicago: September, October, November & December 2016

As a year ends and a New Year is about to begin, I challenge you to seek inspiration in the New Year. Move outside of what is familiar and move forward into the unknown in search of expanding your horizon.  Onward. There is always a ticket waiting to be purchased. A means of travel awaiting you. A destination of your own choice is around the horizon. Sometimes, it is merely a simple and short train ride away…



Inspiration:  What Moves Me
Inspiration: What Moves Me

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

Chicago and Me. 2016
Chicago and Me. 2016

City Inspirations Year In Review: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago 2016

January, February, March & April 2016
January, February, March & April 2016

City inspirations. A year in review. A year of fashionable visuals photographed from behind my lens and compiled to inspire.  Three years of photographing a city and its fashionable windows each month. The Windy City of Chicago and art of fashion. A monthly journey to the great city with the purpose and intent to capture fashion’s changing scene. The essence of each month’s visual and fashionable change. A visual journey of fashionable form and fashionable style. The art of visual merchandising. Whether timeless and classic or whimsical fantasy, fashion continues to inspire and excite.  My love and appreciation for fashion continues.  Enduringly so…from behind the lens.

For all of those that have followed along in my visual journey, onward into a New Year of fashion ahead in Chicago.  Fortunate am I to have access to this great city by Lake Michigan. To endure the seasons of this city over time holds a treasure in my memories of each one of these monthly jaunts.  I recall them with fondness.  Moments in time of fashion captured from behind the lens of a camera.  Fashion, onward...

May, June, July & August 2016
May, June, July & August 2016
September, October, November & December 2016
September, October, November & December 2016

Below…the months in review. One of the many compilations of fashionable style composed in each month.  Follow the links to view the full monthly post for further inspiration.

Fashion's Windows Of Chicago In January
Fashion’s Windows Of Chicago/January 2016

January 2016

Fashionable Windows In February 2016
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago/February 2016

February 2016

Fashionable Windows In March 2016
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago/March 2016

March 2016

Fashionable Windows In Chicago April 2016
Fashionable Windows In Chicago /April 2016

April 2016

Fashionable Windows In May 2016
Fashionable Windows  Of Chicago/May 2016

May 2016

Fashionable Windows In June 2016
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago /June 2016

June 2016

Fashionable Windows In July 2016
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago /July 2016

July 2016

Fashionable Windows In August 2016
Fashionable Windows/August 2016

August 2016

Fashionable Windows In September 2016
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago/September 2016

September 2016

Fashionable Windows In October
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago/October 2016

October 2016

Fashionable Windows In November 2016
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago /November 2016

November 2016

Fashionable Windows In December 2016
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago/December 2016

December 2016

Consider with appreciation the fashionable world that surrounds you. With a renewed perspective, look closer at the visuals presented. An art form of window dressing with mannequins of visual delight. A changing form of fashion. Perspective of time and place in a world, like fashion, that is constantly changing. At the close of a year, a New Year awaits. It is with anticipation that I await the windows of fashion’s changing scene. Always from behind the lens. Always with appreciation. And always, Onward



“Fashion changes but style endures”- Coco Chanel

Behind the Lens...Selfie
Behind the Lens…Chicago Selfie 2016

Gratitude on Thanksgiving…

Gratitudes and Thankfulness
Gratitudes and Thankfulness

“Thankfulness is the beginning of Happiness” – Anon.

Thanksgiving.  Simply stated.  Gratitude.  Perhaps there is no other moment during the year when we are urged to contemplate and find gratitude.  Thankfulness.  What a wonderful virtue and focus to find appreciation, gratitude and thankfulness for our life and the gifts within our life.  Gratitude really does turn what we have into enough.  May your Thanksgiving holiday serve as a reminder to you today, and each and every day, that thankfulness truly is the beginning of happiness. Onward in that.  Onward in appreciation, thankfulness and gratitude…