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Remixing Chicago Street Art and Fashion

No one does Chicago street style quite like Jennifer Lake.

As a fashion blogger — and public relations Senior Vice President at Zapwater — Jennifer Lake has amassed a loyal Instagram following of 144,000 engaged fans (and growing). Beyond her fashion-forward outfits, the focus of Lake’s content is often Chicago street art. From River North to Ravenwood, Humboldt Park to Lincoln Park, Pilsen to Andersonsville and beyond, Jennifer Lake covers some serious ground.

Lake is a born and raised Chicagoan, and draws inspiration from our city’s neighborhoods, artists and institutions. She says, “Chicago is an instant source of inspiration, and our cultural institutions became my creative playground. I love visiting and soaking up everything around me… Chicago is such a liveable city – fantastic public transportation, amazing neighborhoods, and of course – phenomenal food, art, sports, and fashion.”

If you glance at Lake’s playful Instagram feed, you’ll notice a colorful array of Chicago murals and street art that’ll leave you asking… “Where is that?” Lucky for us, Lake has documented a Chicago Wall Guide on her fashion blog, Style Charade.


See a local Chicagoan’s creative spin on street style…


1820 W. Webster Avenue (Bucktown)

1748 Lake Street (West Lake District)

440 N. Morgan Street (River West)

1438 N Milwaukee Avenue (Wicker Park)

5625 N. Clark Street (Andersonville)

1248 W. Byron Street (Wrigleyville)

2632 W. Fletcher Street (Avondale)

2601 W. Division Street (Humboldt Park)

3358 N. Southport Avenue (Lakeview)

1670 N. Ada Street (Bucktown)

2236 N. Milwaukee Avenue (Logan Square)

greetings from chicago mural


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11 Tips To Make Your Small Space Feel Large

Living in a small space is doable. Sometimes, the best spaces are tiny.

Check out some of our tips on how to make your small space feel large and in charge!

1. Add some color to your white
2. Use storage that is pretty enough to be used as decor
3.  Do you have a wall that is taking up too much space? Knock it down
4. Always use a corner for something (plants, small chair, bean bag)

5. Hang shelves near the ceiling to draw the eye upward
6. Choose stylish furniture with exposed legs. Also, make sure you use large furniture that way it will minimize clutter.
7. Use stripes to elongate the space
8. Don’t put shades on your windows. The natural light will make your space feel large
9. Use floor lamps to spread light throughout the room
10. To create unity, use different shades of the same color
11. Mirrors will give the room an illusion of bigger space

You just have to work with what you got! What are some of your tips and DIY tricks that you’ve used? We’d love to know!