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
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Beyond The “Pantry”: Kitchen Essentials On Display

On Display:  Essentials Of Everyday
On Display: Essentials Of Everyday

The “Pantry”.  Rethought, indeed.   Not every home has the luxury of a separate room appropriately deemed as “The Pantry”.   But alas, small spaces or kitchens that are void of a separate area to store the kitchen essentials of dining and culinary fares must creatively find storage to house the key items and surplus effectively.

“Let there be a place for every article, and when not in use let every article be in its place.”
-Mrs. Elizabeth Ellet, written in ‘The Practical Housekeeper’,1857

Of course, a brief history…
The actual word “Pantry” is termed as “a small room or closet in which food, dishes, and utensils are kept”.  The word “pantry” comes from the Old French word “paneterie” derived from the latin word “Panis” and “pain” which is the French word for bread. In Medieval times food and supplies were stored in specific rooms and bread was stored in the “Pantry”. Who knew?  Following this kitchen division, during the 17th and 18th centuries colonists in New England built rooms off kitchens for food storage called the “Buttery”.   It was during the 1800’s, however, that the era of the “Butler’s Pantry” is said to have begun in England as well as America. The “Butler’s Pantry” was a small pantry between the kitchen and the dining room where china and silver were stored and meals were often plated.  Elegance and luxury, indeed.

It is interesting to note that in American’s 1869 Catherine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote in their seminal, The American Woman’s Home, promoting the idea of bringing the pantry into the kitchen with the addition of more shelves and kitchen cupboards. However, that ingenious idea would not be utilized for nearly another century.  As a departure from the pantry “room”, it was during the 1900’s the American wooden Hoosier cabinet would become an instant icon  in American kitchen and serve as a pantry. Yet in the 1920’s and 1930’s the idea of a “breakfast nook” begins to replace pantries all together in kitchen design, furthering the merge of the pantry with the kitchen. Alas, the brilliant idea of Catherine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe would finally see its formation with extended cabinetry and cupboards in kitchens.

Indeed, the pantry as we know it today has certainly evolved to be housed in a myriad of forms. The pantry today is certainly utilized based upon the surrounds and space that we have within our personal interiors. Although the term “Pantry” includes food storage, it is the display of household basics, such as bowls, china, dishes, glassware and kitchenwares, that my focus is upon.  Attractively on view.  Whether on view behind glass cabinets, open and exposed shelving or hidden attractively behind a closet door in small spaces, the storage of pantry items can certainly be a creative endeavor that can bring an attractive visual appeal to one’s space.  An organized ease of seeing one’s essentials and inspiration to use them more frequently, indeed.

Yet to reiterate, what is stored must be pertinent and essential.  To store what is not necessary is simply using valuable square footage.  Simply stated…

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak”   -Hans Hofmann

Perhaps each year, when the urge hits us to “Spring Clean” after the blur of the holiday’s have passed, we have looked at our collections of dishes and kitchen wares and have realized that edits lie ahead.  Yes, less is more.  But in the world of culinary fare, there are those that loudly claim more is more.  That said, organized, grouped and readily accessible those essentials will most certainly find more use and visual pleasure when attractively set before you.  “On Stage”, indeed.  Rethink. Edit.  And attractively find a nook, a shelf or align those pantry shelves!

Inspiration awaits…onward!

Stylish Storage:  The
Stylish Storage: The “Pantry”
The Pantry:  Everything On View
The Pantry: Everything On View
Storage & Interior Style:  The Pantry
Storage & Interior Style: The Pantry
Shelved Style:  The Pantry
Shelved Style: The Pantry
Lined, Stacked & At-The Ready:  The Pantry
Lined, Stacked & At-The Ready: The Pantry
Pantry Variations:  Stored & On View
Pantry Variations: Stored & On View
Kitchen Display:  Storage In Full View
Kitchen Display: Storage In Full View
Kitchen Basics In Stylish Presentation
Kitchen Basics In Stylish Presentation
Creative & Unexpected Storage Of Kitchen Essentials
Creative & Unexpected Storage Of Kitchen Essentials

Consider the “Pantry”.  Whether you are creating a space with shelves or only have room for a simple rolling cart, find inspiration in how to use what you have.  Since we only have the space that we have– maximize it!  Rethink with an organized format with an attractive and visually appealing presentation, onward!   You may just be inspired to entertain and enter the culinary world more often.  Remember, edit first.  Remove the unnecessary, so that the necessary may speak-And be used!

Cheers to organized entertaining ahead!

Onward,

Kristin

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.

Onward,

Kristin

Fashion & Reflection:  The Photographer...me
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 Year Of The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara: Chicago 2016

Fashionable Windows & The City Scene:  Max Mara/Chicago
Fashionable Windows & The City Scene: Max Mara/Chicago

A year of the fashionable windows of Max Mara from behind my lens. Chicago. The Magnificent Mile. Michigan Avenue and the stylish and changing windows of fashion. Max Mara style. For one who over the last 3+ years has photographed every month the fashionable windows of Chicago, Max Mara stands out to be one of the highlights from behind my lens. Striking mannequins posed in changing Max Mara style. Sheer delight for one who loves fashion. Above fashion itself, Max Mara, located on the corner of E. Delaware and Michigan Avenue, offers windows that are key in reflecting the city that I love. Look closer and you will see the distinctive architecture of the John Hancock Building and the iconic silhouette of the Fourth Presbyterian Church. A look back at a compilation of images I have shared on this blog in my City Inspirations of Chicago over the year…

Max Mara: January 2016
Max Mara: January 2016
Max Mara:  January 2016
Max Mara: January 2016
Max Mara:  February 2016
Max Mara: February 2016
Fashion In A City:  Max Mara 2016
Max Mara: February 2016
Max Mara: February 2016
Max Mara: February 2016
Max Mara:  March/April
Max Mara: March/April
Max Mara:  April 2016
Max Mara: April 2016
Max Mara:  June 2016
Max Mara: April 2016
Max Mara:  May 2016
Max Mara: April 2016
Max Mara:  May 2016
Max Mara: May 2016
Max Mara:  June 2016
Max Mara: May 2016
Max Mara: June 2016
Max Mara: May 2016
Max Mara: June 2016
Max Mara: June 2016
Max Mara:  July 2016
Max Mara: June 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: July 2016

 

Max Mara:  June 2016
Max Mara: July 2016
Max Mara:  July 2016
Max Mara: July 2016
Max Mara: July 2016
Max Mara: July 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara:  September 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara:  September 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara:  October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara:  November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara:  November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016

As the famous saying goes…“Fashion changes. Style endures”.  Onward, from behind the lens in capturing yet another year of Max Mara. Style will endure from behind the glass panes of visual merchandising to the world that passes by.  Behind the lens of a camera, they are merely images that freeze a moment in time. Fashionable time.  Changing fashion. Enduring style.  The art of fashion and the love of photographing fashion, onward. With Max Mara style….

Onward,

Kristin

For The Love Of Fashion & A City Reflected:  Max Mara 2016/Chicago
For The Love Of Fashion & A City Reflected: Max Mara 2016/Chicago

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

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…

Onward!

Kristin

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

Onward,

Kristin

“Fashion changes but style endures”- Coco Chanel

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

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.