We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Roze and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, what makes you happy? Why?
My happy place is being outside in nature, but my happy flow is when I’m pouring my creative energy into a project. Both of these “happy outlets” keep me in the moment and I think that, besides having close family and friends, is the key to my happiness.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always struggled with what to call myself – am I self-proclaimed influencer? A fashion stylist? A brand curator? A fashion journalist? My fashion blog turned fashion instagram Abigail Roze is a platform I use to share my love of fashion, whether that’s concept styling, photography, or putting together an outfit for the day. I just like to keep things real and share things that I’m doing/wearing. The thing is Instagram is such a saturated space and at the of the day it is out of your control. I used to play the game of getting the most followers and the most likes (whatever those arbitrary numbers are) but to get those numbers up you either have to A) sell out or B) relentlessly work your connections. Not that there is anything wrong with those things, but that is not the route I want to take in my life right now. I do enjoy collaborating with a brand or a photographer who I love and fully stand behind because it comes from a sincere place. I try to stay as true to myself as possible since at end of the day this is just self expression and if someone happens to be interested great, if not great.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well lets pretend it’s pre-covid times in late summer…. I like to start my day out at my favorite gym Fulton Fithouse, so we would start off every morning there where they won’t let you leave without the best workout of your life and making you laugh until hurts at the same time. Then the rest of the trip will center around food sprinkled in with some shopping. You can’t come to Chicago and not eat your heart out, but that doesn’t mean you have too leave out some healthy options – Hi-Vibe for green juices and smoothies and Chicago raw for salads and such are places I go on the reg. (But maybe stop at Donut Vault because donuts are healthy too) One day would be spent in west town area and we would hit up some of my favorite shops: Tusk, a modern concept boutique filled with vintage and art and then shopping at Gemini and get down with all the Paloma Wool! Grab a snack at Spinning Jay Bakery -probably their key lime pie – and then head to Humboldt park for a picnic and walk. Dinner would be at Giant or Tortello – pasta is fantastic at either depends which one you can get into! Next day would be more of downtown day. Start the day early at the Art Institute you never can go wrong and then head over to Nordstrom to shop their emerging designer selection called Space – where I stockup on Eckhaus Latta goodies. Then since we haven’t eaten all day I would do an early sushi night at Omakase Takeya in west loop and then stop by Soho house for a night cap on the roof. Then you must dedicate a day to vintage shopping! Gotta hit Wicker Park where you’ll find B Vintage, among many many others. Then we’d head south to Pilsen for Knee Deep Vintage (great japanese kimonos) and Shop Trash (great 90s aesthetic). Then dinner down there would definitely be a Vietnamese fave – Haisous. By this point in the week I’d be exhausted so I’d def be down for a spa day and my bestie will be thankful for that as well. Nancy at Solo Salon for facial, and then Terry at Urban Oasis and then end at Aire baths. A nourishing dinner would be at Avec complete with wine. The weekend would include boating on the lake and some kind of a concert, maybe at the new venue Radius. Then ending the weekend in China town for some Dim Sum in and then hitting the shops there if we’re not too hung over at this point 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh wow, there are honestly so many people! However, I have to give to to my husband, he is my biggest supporter. He doesn’t appreciate fashion and art the way I do -we have very different interests- but we both give and take in a way that allows each of us to thrive in our own passions.
Photo credit for all: Bekah Wriedt Photography