Christmas Wishes…

Christmas

Merry Christmas….

Wishing you and yours the joy at Christmas that comes not from the gifts we receive but the gifts of love that we hold.   Acknowledging with gratitude those that are gifts in our lives throughout the year.  For that is what moves us forward each and every day. Gifts of the heart.

May this day, and every day that follows, find you surrounded within the reality of those gifts. And as always, moving onward in gratitude. For every day is a gift, indeed…..

Onward,

Kristin

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air”- W.T. Ellis

Merry Christmas, From House Appeal
Merry Christmas, From House Appeal
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City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In December

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago in December
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago in December

The Fashionable windows of Chicago. The final month in yet another year in which I solo ventured to the city of Chicago by train to find inspiration from behind the lens. And of December? On a cold December morning in which a dusting of snow had fallen upon the newly frozen ground, the visions of a city bedecked in holiday style awaited. Festooned from the city’s windows and streets, vibrant colors of red and green added to the excitement that filled the city streets. Albeit, the cold seemed to have lessened the throngs of shoppers, but those that were bracing the famous Chicago winds seem to grasp tightly and adamantly to the red paper cup of holiday warmth. Starbucks and its red cup. Seen in masses on this blustery December day. Onward regardless of the weather. “Chicagoans” march onward in determination. Much like my determination to present each month a visual snapshot of a city that continues to inspire. Determined to share in appreciation fashion’s windows of change, indeed…

Holiday Style:  Chicago
Holiday Style: Chicago

A visual nod to the city surrounds is certainly appropriate to gain an appreciation of the setting in which inspiration derives from. December finds Chicago wrapped in holiday style and bedecked and festooned in visuals of celebration

Bedecked:  The Wrigley Building/Chicago
Bedecked: The Wrigley Building/Chicago
Holiday Style In Black & White
Holiday Style In Black & White
Fashion's Windows Bedecked In Holiday Style
Fashion’s Windows Bedecked In Holiday Style

The windows of Max Mara continue to delight my lens. Vast and expansive windows of stylish and elegant display. Continual classics of fashion’s change. And of the stylish mittens? A perfect answer to the winds of Chicago, for certain…

Max Mara:  Winter Appeal & Visual Delights
Max Mara: Winter Appeal & Visual Delights
Visual Delights Of Winter & Flowers:  Max Mara
Visual Delights Of Winter & Flowers: Max Mara
Seasons Of Change:  The Windows Of Max Mara
Seasons Of Change: The Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
Black & White Winter Delights:  Max Mara
Black & White Winter Delights: Max Mara
Chanel's Camellias:  "Snow Capped" Floral iconic Delight
Chanel’s Camellias: “Snow Capped” Floral iconic Delight

And of Chanel? A snowfall in camellias was pure visual delight. Chanel’s iconic camellia.  To further understand the importance of this bloom of white, a bit of history is in order.  Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was smitten with the camellia after receiving one from English polo player, Captain Arthur Edward “Boy” Capel. Initially it was silk variations that she pinned to her lapels and adorned upon her hair. The single blossom has continued to endure as an iconic and distinctive emblem of Chanel. To find these camellias in a snowfall setting behind the windows of Michigan Avenue’s Chanel boutique? A reminder from Chanel that although fashion changes, style remains

The Windows Of Chanel:  Snowfall In  Camellias
The Windows Of Chanel: Snowfall In Camellias
Snowfall In Camellias & The Windows Of Chanel
Snowfall In Camellias & The Windows Of Chanel

Pastel Delights Of Winter:  The Windows Of Chanel
Pastel Delights Of Winter: The Windows Of Chanel

Winter Delights  & Embellishments Of Fashion
Winter Delights & Embellishments Of Fashion

Chicago in December:  Windows Of Fashion
Chicago in December: Windows Of Fashion
The Embellishments Of Fashion On The City Streets Of Chicago
The Embellishments Of Fashion On The City Streets Of Chicago

For me, the world of fashion that exists from behind the windows of fashion are also a part of the city scenery. The images that are reflected from the window panes of style bring forward the city itself. Part of the scene. To photograph the windows is also to photograph where those windows are and what they look out upon. A reflection of a constant behind a window of fashionable change. Season to season. Fashion changes. Structures remain. A world united through a photograph….from behind the lens. Onward in that I will continue.

Fashion, Architecture &  The Love Of  Photography
Fashion, Architecture & The Love Of Photography

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions”
-Coco Chanel

Consider the fashionable windows that surround. Artistry and visual delights await. For the windows tell a story. Relay a visual of a world of fantasy. A world of change and a world that can inspire. If only we pause to appreciate. And the next time you peer through a window of fashion’s scene, make sure you see the whole picture. For the reflection is a part of that visual. You, too, are in that reflection. In a moment in time, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Myself/"Selfie"/December In Chicago
Myself/”Selfie”/Red Cup/December In Chicago