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New Year’s day is always a day to remember. Whether you danced the night away the night before or stayed in to watch the ball drop in Times Square, January 1st is the day the clock begins again. Yet again, we make plans, set resolutions, and, if you’re a Bitch, plan your brunches.

This year, we’ll begin 2016 with a classic spot, like Meli Cafe, for auld lang syne.  A Chicago mainstay, Meli Cafe has three locations in the city and an extensive menu apt to please even the pickiest of brunchers. With an extensive juice bar, Meli Cafe can help you cleanse all the toxins out of your system from the night before.

The space itself is casual and unpretentious—very Chicago. At the Dearborn location, you’re met with floor-to-ceiling windows, geometric, modern chandeliers, and soothing yellow walls—everything about this place makes it ideal to soothe a NYE hangover.


With winter in full swing in Chicago, we are layering as if our lives depend on it. (Because they do.) The trickiest part in mastering the art of layering is to keep you warm outside while keeping the outfit simple enough to easily adjust as you move inside to warmer temperatures. A great base layer is a classic turtleneck. We love this sleeveless cashmere option from Equipment and would pair it with a staple pair of Frame Denim jeans. Both are classic and chic—modern with a slight European edge.

Simple ankle booties by Sam Edelman and a black bucket bag by Madewell add to the simplicity and style of this chic outfit. To add a bit of glam, these Kenneth Jay Lane earrings add just enough drama and bling to turn the outfit up a notch! Plus, they’re great for almost any occasion.
Finally, add a bit of color, but not too much! This camel shawl collar coat by Harris Wharf London breaks up all the black and keeps you warm in the Windy City, while looking effortlessly put together. A perfect outfit to start the new year and start 2016 on the right foot.

Madewell bag | Equipment top | Kenneth Jay Lane earrings | Sam Edelman booties | Harris Wharf London coat | Frame denim jeans |

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