Derby Day

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Although it doesn’t quite seem like it – it’s time for the Kentucky Derby again. With that comes colorful clothing and even more colorful drinks! If you or someone you know is hosting a party this weekend, check out the recipes below that will surely impress your guests.

Vinceremos Julep

Courtesy of Marie Zahn, Hawthorn Beverage Group

1.25 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

.75 oz. Amontillado Sherry

One tsp. Ginger Syrup

Eight mint leaves and three fresh mint sprigs

Glassware: Julep Tin

Instructions: Lightly muddle mint and ginger syrup, add other ingredients and top with pebble/crushed ice. Swizzle briefly and top with more ice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and straw.

 

Harper’s Bet

Courtesy of Mark Corley, The Silver Dollar

1.5 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

.5 oz. Grenadine

.5 oz. Lemon juice

.5 oz. Grapefruit juice

3 dashes Orange bitters

 


5 top Chicago fashion bloggers talk spring style, Instagram tips and more!

Kyle Hocking, RED EYE CHICAGO, TheSimpleChild.com

It’s happening. Crop tops are returning from hibernation, sun-deprived skin is coming up for air and we’re all feeling a little less miserable on our morning commutes. Spring is here. To help you prepare, we turned to five Chicago fashion bloggers and asked them to put together their ideal spring looks, the outfits that take them from work to rooftop happy hour faster than you can say “floral print.” Then we planted them in the springiest place we could find—Macy’s annual Flower Show. Amongst the blooms and greenery, we picked their brains about funky Instagram backdrops, loosening up in front of the camera, cocktail bars and more. Read Full Article Here!


Hand in Hand

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For me, nothing goes together better than high end men’s grooming and a nice glass of quality whiskey. I.W. Harper to be exact. That is why I was so excited to catch up with the owner of the Q Brothers Shop and Merz Apothecary in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago and enjoy a glass. This place has it all, from every men’s grooming product imaginable to an array of homemade scents sure to turn heads on a night out on the town. The shop is charming and cozy with a true neighborhood feel. I felt right at home. Q Brother’s owner, Anthony Qaiyum, could not have been more welcoming. I was able to catch up on their family owned business, enjoy some I.W. Harper and even get a wet shave from the talented Frank O’Connor of the Belmont Barber Shop. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s worth the short trip to Lincoln Square. As for I.W. Harper, head over to their site to find out every store you can buy it at. You’ll be glad you did.

Publish Tee | Levi’s Denim | Wolverine Desert Boots


Explore

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It’s always been hard for me to explain my style. Some days I am preppier than others. Some day’s I look more from the west coast than the East coast, and some days I look like I’m ready for a hike. No matter what day I’m feeling though, one thing always stays consistent – The love for a high quality stylish shirt that is comfortable and fits like a glove. Bighorn does just that. In fact they nail it. This new company out of Colorado is killing the explore in style look that I’m all about. What they are all about? Embracing new experiences and letting those experiences change us. There are always new places to explore and people to learn from. In this outfit I’m wearing the Henderson shirt – perfect for an afternoon out, hike on a mountain or dinner with friends. Doesn’t get better than that. Not to mention the quality. I guarantee once you put it on, it will become a classic piece of your wardrobe forever. If anything, this shirt will want to make you get outside and explore in style.

Bighorn Henderson Shirt | Topman  Denim | Wolverine Boots


Riverwalk

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Uniqlo Men's Parka, Kyle Hocking, The Simple ChildSometimes the simplest of outfits can make the biggest impact. From day one, I’ve always said to keep it simple. In your accessories is where you should shine. This outfit could not be more plain, but a bright red jacket just in time for spring, is all it needed to bring it to the next level. Whether it’s a pop of color or an interesting pattern, let the accessories do the talking and the outfit will speak for itself.

Uniqlo Jacket | Zanerobe Chinos | Converse Sneakers


Nike Running

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nike3Nike is killing it lately. I can’t go downtown without heading into Nike Town. It’s not just athletic wear anymore. I legit find clothes to wear out on weekend nights now. Nike has truly transformed into a lifestyle for me. Not a day goes by where I am not wearing at least one thing from Nike. Still super chilly as I head out for my Sunday run, I throw on my Nike olive pull-over and running joggers. I think I was asked twice on my run where I got it. Reassurance enough in my book that Nike is killing it in the style game.

Nike Pullover | Nike FREE 5.0 Sneakers | Zara Joggers


Gym to Work

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Ever since I’ve gotten more and more into fitness, my wardrobe has slowly changed along with it. Business casual is now chinos and a new pair of Nike sneakers and I’m okay with it. It’s easy – but looks put together. For someone that works out in the morning, outfits I can easily transition from the gym to work in are ideal. This outfit represents that perfectly. This H&M sweater is easily thrown over a gym shirt to keep me warm on my commute. The ZARA chinos easily go over my gym shorts as well. Packing only one pair of shoes is the best part of all. No more big bulky gym bags weighing me down.

H&M Sweater | ZARA Chinos | Nike Sneakers | Nike Duffel | Ray Ban Sunglasses


The Idle Man

Kyle Hocking on the IDLE MANWe’re back with yet another influential fashion figure, this time in the form of Chicago based Kyle Hocking. With a dedicated Instagram following of 20,000, this blogger is sought after for his aesthetically pleasing photos, luscious Chicago backdrops and effortless style. Read More

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Sunday Blues

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Nike Stefan Janoski SB Max Airs, The Simple Child, Kyle HockingSundays. I love them. My day to do nothing. Stroll around Lincoln Park with a friend, grab coffee, lunch, a drink – the day is ours. However 7 P.M. rolls around and I get sad. The weekend is inevitably coming to a close. Sunday’s are not lounge around and do nothing days for me. I make the most of it. I’m out all day and if I’m inside, it’s to cook or do chores. This Sunday I strolled around with my best girl Megan. After snapping a few pictures we went out for much needed drinks. Yes – it’s been one of those weeks. The weather has still been  warm so I was excited to finally wear something other than boots. I just got the new Stefan Janoski SB Max Airs from Nike. Obsessed with these shoes from the moment I took them out of the box. These shoes look on point with a pair of joggers. More specifically – these Zanerobe ones. Throw on the softest crew neck I have ever put on from Topman and my Sunday outfit is complete.

Topman Shirt | Zanerobe Chinos | Nike Sneakers | Obey Snapback


Into the Woods

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I always feel most at peace when I am on a hike. Doesn’t have to be an expert hike – just getting out for a bit on my own in the woods is all I need to feel completely at peace. Away from sounds or distractions just me and nature. Lucky for me there is plenty of hiking within a reasonable distance – some right along the lake. Since the winter has been extremely warm, I have been taking full advantage by wearing some of my heavier shirts. This Altamont Crew Neck fleece is extremely durable so a hike through the woods was not a problem. I highly recommend checking these guys out if you like a sophisticated laid-back look that anyone could pull off.

Altamont Crew Fleece | Levi Jeans | Obey Snapback