City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In February

Fashionable Chicago In February
Fashionable Chicago In February

Chicago. Always a visual treat. On a day that was unseasonably warm for February (a record 65 degrees!) I ventured onto the streets, camera in hand. As always, seeking to capture the changing fashionable visuals that awaited me. Change was most certainly in the air as passerby’s delighted in the warmer winds of Chicago and the rays of bright sunshine that filled the city streets and reflected off the city buildings. A Spring tease, indeed…

Chicago In February:  Unexpected Delights On The Chicago River
Chicago In February: Unexpected Delights On The Chicago River

On the streets is where I meander, searching each month for a fashionable visual that inspires, I embarked yet again.   Changing fashion.  My eyes seek the timeless, classic fashion yet I am always delighted by the visual merchandising presenting the current whims of fashion. Worth photographing, for certain. Moments in time.  Onward to the visuals of a month that focusses on love. February. Pink and red certainly abounded behind the thick glass windows and  “stages” of Fashion. Although my journey with my camera was after Valentine’s day, the visuals still proclaimed love. Compilations of my  fashionable photographic journey await…

Pink Hues Of Valentine Appeal:  Gucci
Pink Hues Of Valentine Appeal: Gucci
Prada:  A Background Of Pink Delight
Prada: A Background Of Pink Delight
Visual Intrigue: The Windows Of Chanel
Visual Intrigue: The Windows Of Chanel
Visual Merchandising Behind Chanel
Visual Merchandising Behind Chanel
Sideways Styled:  Classic Chanel
Sideways Styled: Classic Chanel
Neiman Marcus & Celine
Neiman Marcus & Celine
Neiman Marcus Visuals Of Fashionable Whim
Neiman Marcus Visuals Of Fashionable Whim
Hugo Boss:  Stylish & Visual Impact
Hugo Boss: Stylish & Visual Impact
Fashion Display:  February's Visuals
Fashion Display: February’s Visuals
Stylish Accessories Behind Salvatore Ferragamo
Stylish Accessories Behind Salvatore Ferragamo
Black & Whites Behind Jil Sander
Black & Whites Behind Jil Sander
Love In The Air:  Kate Spade
Love In The Air: Kate Spade
Red & Black:  February Delights
Red & Black: February Delights
Tom Ford Visuals
Tom Ford Visuals
Fashionable Visuals Off Rush Street
Fashionable Visuals Off Rush Street
Classis Stripes & White Cuff Appeal:  Michael Kors
Classis Stripes & White Cuff Appeal: Michael Kors
Max Mara:  Ongoing Stylish Impact
Max Mara: Ongoing Stylish Impact
Fashion & Reflections:  Max Mara
Fashion & Reflections: Max Mara
Stylish Stance:  Max Mara
Stylish Stance: Max Mara
Fashion In A City:  Reflections & Style At Max Mara
Fashion In A City: Reflections & Style At Max Mara
Fashionable Impact:  Max Mara Delight
Fashionable Impact: Max Mara Delight
Wedding Cake Impact & Fashionable Form:  Macy's/State Street
Wedding Cake Impact & Fashionable Form: Macy’s/State Street

 

Wedded Bliss:  Fantasy & Delight
Wedded Bliss: Fantasy & Delight
Slice Of Heaven & Heavenly Tulle:  Wedding Inspirations
Slice Of Heaven & Heavenly Tulle: Wedding Inspirations
Flowers & Hues Of Rose: Wedding Delights Behind Macy's
Flowers & Hues Of Rose: Wedding Delights Behind Macy’s
Rose Hues & Wedding Inspirations
Rose Hues & Wedding Inspirations
Bridal Party Delights:  Macy's/State Street
Bridal Party Delights: Macy’s/State Street
Embellishments & Details:  Bridal party Visuals
Embellishments & Details: Bridal party Visuals
"I Do":  A Statement Of A Lifetime...
“I Do”: A Statement Of A Lifetime…

A word about the visions of white tulle…on a personal note…

While photographing the windows filled with wedding bliss on State Street at the venerable Marshall Field’s building (now Macy’s), a passerby stopped and asked me which dress I would wear. My response was that I had already done that. My “I Do” became an “I Did”.  My personal fantasy, spilling with white tulle, was over. No longer a ring of gold encircles my finger. Yet for the love of the dress of white…for the love of the promise of love and its commitment to a successful future together endures.   Onward to those who confidently commit to that and embrace that as a reality in the years that follow.  My appreciation will always endure of the beauty, the elegance, the dreamy visuals of a bride and her wedding party. One of life’s greatest memories, indeed. And yes, onward to a slice of delicious cake…

And onward to life’s moment ahead.  For me, it’s fashion. Captured from behind the lens of a camera…

Max Mara:  Distinction In Black & White
Max Mara: Distinction In Black & White

 

The Fashionable windows beckon me continually. This passion that I have continued to share each month will endure. That is a commitment that I have  followed with fervor.  For inspiration abounds behind fashion’s window. Watching seasons changing upon the mannequins is absolutely thrilling to capture from behind my lens. Artistry in visual merchandising, indeed. Onward, from behind my the lens of my Nikon. Always…

Onward,

Kristin

Me & My City:  Chicago Love
Me & My City: Chicago Love

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…

Onward,

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
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…

Onward,

Kristin

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…

Onward,

Kristin. Abrahamsen

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In December

From the Windows Of Chicago:  Fashion In December
From the Windows Of Chicago: Fashion In December

Chicago in December. Magical. Although my early December trek through the Windy City was not in the full swing and frenzy of the mass of Holiday shoppers as it would be in late December, the streets were certainly filled with those pondering or embarking upon their Christmas and Holiday lists. The holiday season in the great city of Chicago. Excitement always fills the air when one ventures onto the streets of any city. Yet the holidays seem to bring a different festive spirit that is fueled by the festooned buildings and lighted trees bedecked in holiday greens with twinkling lights…city wonderment, indeed…

Bedecked With Holiday Greens & Lights:  The Chicago Tribune Building, Michigan Avenue
Bedecked With Holiday Greens & Lights: The Chicago Tribune Building, Michigan Avenue

The embellishment of crimson red and boughs of pine against the backdrop of Chicago was a stunning view to behold. For certain, I adore this city in all seasons.

Oh, how I love and adore this city and the color red…

Chicago In December
Chicago In December

Of the fashion that filled the windows through the city and on the Magnificent Mile? Delightful. Some more festive than others, but each a representational of holiday flare and style. Fashion and its season’s presented in a visual compilation from behind my lens…

I begin with Holiday fantasy behind the windows of Neiman Marcus…Cheers to the mannequin and the artistry of visual merchandising!  “A little bit of  fantasy…”, indeed…

Fantasy & Fashion:  Neiman Marcus Elegance
Fantasy & Fashion: Neiman Marcus Elegance
Holiday Elegance Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Holiday Elegance Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal:  Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal: Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal:  Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal: Neiman Marcus
Louis Vuitton...Holiday Style
Louis Vuitton…Holiday Style
White & Black: Winter Delights
White & Black: Winter Delights
Michael Kors:  Shiny, Bright & Classic
Michael Kors: Shiny, Bright & Classic
Moncler:  Winter Delights In Tweed & Fur
Moncler: Winter Delights In Tweed & Fur
Prada:  Holiday Delights Of Fashionable Appeal
Prada: Holiday Delights Of Fashionable Appeal
Holiday Style: Prada Style
Holiday Style: Prada Style
Macy's State Street:  Homage To Chicago
Macy’s State Street: Homage To Chicago
Macy's State Street:  Homage To Chicago
Macy’s State Street: Homage To Chicago
Macy's State Street:  Homage To Chicago
Macy’s State Street: Homage To Chicago
Party Ready At Hugo Boss
Party Ready At Hugo Boss
Red, Red Delight:  Burberry
Red, Red Delight: Burberry
From The Windows Of Burberry...
From The Windows Of Burberry…
Salvatore Ferragamo:  Red & Gold Delights
Salvatore Ferragamo: Red & Gold Delights
Golden Treasures:  Salvatore Ferragamo
Golden Treasures: Salvatore Ferragamo
“Land Of 1,000 Delights”….Magic Behind Saks Fifth Avenue
Golden Delights:  Saks Fifth Avenue's Holiday Style
Golden Delights: Saks Fifth Avenue’s Holiday Style
Golden Palms Behind Tommy Bahama
Golden Palms, Comfort & Holiday Style
Max Mara:  An Abstract Holiday
Max Mara: An Abstract Holiday

A word about the windows of Max Mara. Typically my favorite windows.  Yet unexpected was the abstract Holiday window in unexpected hues. Regardless, Holiday-esque it certainly alludes to. And of the white and black topped hats? A love behind my lens, for certain…

The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
Black & White Delight:  Max Mara
Black & White Delight: Max Mara
Black & White Delight:  Max Mara
Black & White Delight: Max Mara
Style & A City Reflected:  Max Mara
Style & A City Reflected: Max Mara
Stylish Impact:  Max Mara
Stylish Impact: Max Mara
Stylish Toppers, Max Mara Style
Stylish Toppers, Max Mara Style

Perhaps beyond the Holiday visual, a visual conjured up of an escape to warmer temperatures behind the windows of Chanel on Michigan Avenue…

The Windows Of Chanel...
The Windows Of Chanel…
Walk This Way:  Chanel
Walk This Way: Chanel
Tod's Circus:  Defining Visual Of Style
Tod’s Circus: Defining Visual Of Style
Snow White Behind Tom Ford
Snow White Behind Tom Ford
Crimson Red & Escada Style
Crimson Red & Escada Style
Fashion Captured From Behind My Lens...In Black & White
Fashion Captured From Behind My Lens…In Black & White

From behind the lens my eye will never tire to seek and capture a mere visual of the artistry of fashion and its windows that seek to beckon those that pass by. Onward to another year of capturing fashion and a city ahead. For one who has photographed the fashionable windows of Chicago every single month for over 3 years…onward!

Inspiration and fashion, Onward, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

 

“Photography can only represent the present.  Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past”- Berenice Abbott

Reflected:  Fashion & The Photographer's Selfie
Myself Captured in Reflection: Fashion & The Photographer’s Selfie.

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…

Onward,

Kristin

A Fashionable Nod to Halloween…

Fashionable Halloween: Models In Guise
Fashionable Halloween: Models In Guise

Halloween. A nod to the occasion with a fashionable appeal on the day in which we transcend ourselves into a world of mystery and fantasy. For me, it is the beauty that I seek from the masqueraded moment. Thus, Fashion. Models. Intrigue. For certain, even Halloween can offer up a beautiful rendering in which to disappear behind a mask that offers fascination and curiosity. Life can be beautiful at all times. Elegance can certainly prevail. Even on Halloween.

Lights & Halloween Vibes:  From The World Of Fashion
Lights & Halloween Vibes: From The World Of Fashion

To those that don a masquerade of style, onward into the night when pumpkins glow in the moonlight…A fashionable halloween, onward
Happy Halloween!  

Onward,

Kristin


“There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by the moonlight”

4th of July: Let Freedom Ring…

Celebration Of America
Celebration Of America

Freedom. A liberation. An independence. Independence Day, indeed. A day in which we acknowledge freedom and the celebration of our American Independence Day, the “Fourth of July”, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

On such a day, the word freedom is a word that serves as a reminder of a determination for autonomy. A journey to liberty and liberation. Onward in that, always. Let freedom ring.

Happy 4th of July, America!

Onward,

Kristin

Buntings Of Red, White & Blue
Buntings Of Red, White & Blue

PS: Fortunate am I to have been born on the 4th of July…what a day for an American birthday. Cheers, America!

Easter Greetings…

Easter 2016

At a time where vibrant colors pair with chocolate decadence and sweet delights, an acknowledgment of Easter finds appreciation in the details of the holiday itself. Yet at the heart of Easter is its symbol of hope, renewal and new life. Appreciation, indeed.

Wishing you and yours joy at Easter and always…

Onward,

Kristin