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Nena Ivon  Fashion, lifestyle, books, memories for my blog, nenasnotes.


I’m beyond excited to be working as Fashion Director on this unique and extremely worthwhile event on April 12th. Do mark your calendars much more to come. @heshimakenya.org/fashionchallengeX #fabricproducedfortheshow #chicagodesigners #formalfashionshow #music/food/liveandsilentauctions #nottobemissedevening #chicagoculturalcenter

It’s time to start my New Year New You series on @nenasnotes. A couple of months ago I did a survey on the blog asking my readers if they wanted me to do “make-overs” EVERYONE said YES! I will start with myself in the next couple of weeks. The photo seen here shows me in my basic black signature look...am I changing that no I’m not but let’s see where I will go with those basics. By adding a bold necklace, in this photo, takes me from day into evening. Last year I added a intense red lip to my tried and true makeup palette. Subtle, perhaps but quite empowering. Want to be one of the reinventions, PM me and let’s discuss. Not limited to the gals...jump on board all my guy pals! I hope you will join me in this new part of @nenasnotes. Let’s get started!

One of my go to Chicago restaurants is The Dearborn Tavern and last nights dinner did not disappoint. Pictured my delicious duck confit....beyond yummy and enough for a takeaway bag, I paired it with a glass of Gamay, even better! Tommy had the short ribs, equally delish and we had the carrot medley for our shared starter....a composite of heirloom carrots (my photo didn’t do it justice, sorry!) We ended with the cookie plate another perfect choice. Go you won’t regret your good judgement. @thedearborntavern #duckconfit #cozydining #perfectpretheaterdining #creativemenu #interestingcocktails

My lunch hostess’ glam gloves. Black and pearls.....my favorite combination. Brightened a snowy Monday. #snowyMondaylunch #longoverduegettogether #traintrip #Frenchbistro #funwalkdownmemorylane

For some unknown reason, I know you like when I post flower photos that I have taken...I don’t even know what this is but it is pretty spectacular!! Enjoy. #inabouquet #flowerporn #winterwhiteflora #loveflowers #thinkingspring #snowontheway #dontcarewontcare

I admit I’m a Sunday New York Times junkie...my addiction goes back for more years than I care to share with you. I like the NYT every day but my week would be missing something without the Sunday edition. There are always fascinating, provocative articles and, of course, the photos in The Magazine. Today was certainly not an exception. It is a MUST read. I can’t think of any other media that could focus on the pencil and give it an amazing story...who knew!!!! Christopher Payne has given us exquisite Gallery worthy photography taken at one of the last pencil companies, around since 1889 in Jersey City, the General Pencil Company. The text by Sam Anderson is not only a fabulous read but gives us insight into such a common object making it iconic.....I’ll never look at or hold a pencil again without great admiration for the steps it takes, the people who produce them, the process so wonderfully depicted through the photos and text. Bravo gentlemen and bravo NYT for such a insightful article, a joy in our world of craziness....thank you! @newyorktimes #pencils #dedication #thejoyofphotography #everydayobjects #workersskills #americanspirit

Another close up of a detail on a Lucile garment that I will feature on www.nenasnotes.com this Friday.
The garment is housed in the Chicago History Museum’s Costume Collection. I hope you read my blog today it profiles the preeminent authority on Lucile, Randy Bryan Bigham...I think it is a superb read for those of you interested in the history of fashion and one of the original creators of modern couture, Lucile. #fashionhistory #lucileduffgordon #lucileinchicago @chicagomuseum #beadedgarmentdetail #oneofakindfashion

Black has been my signature for years....I will now wear it in solidarity to support #TIMESUP @TIMESUPNOW!

A close-up detail of a Lucile garment in the Chicago History Museum Costume Collection. All next week I’m highlighting Lucile on nenasnotes beginning with a brilliant profile of the preeminent authority on Lucile, Randy Bryan Bigham. Lucile is an extremely important designer in the history of fashion but a name many people aren’t familiar with....let’s change that.... #lucileduffgordon #fashionhistory @chicagomuseum #innovativedesigner #creator #firsts #firstfashionshows #selfpromoter

Who wouldn’t want to eat the gorgeous guacamole!!!!! Just one of the incredible “tastes” at the New Years Eve celebration at Tom Hawley and Tom Mantel’s annual open house!!!!! #avacado #champagnetoast #buffettodiefor #festiveevening #perfectplannedparty

Here’s to 2018!

Just one last Christmas post.......until next year. #poinsettia #christmasflowers #holidayswithfriends #beautyoftheseason

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