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Liz Schneider, the local blogger behind Sequins and Stripes, knows a thing or two about fasion. She's earned a degree in Textiles, worked as a buyer and personal stylist, and in 2011, she started her blog as a way to document her personal sense of style.

We caught up with Liz to talk summer style, wardrobe essentials, and Chicago's shopping scene.

Racked: What was the first (or your favorite) summer item you bought this year?

Liz Schneider: A panama hat! Such a fun summer accessory.

R: Where do you usually shop in Chicago?

L.S.: I am a big boutique shopper. A few of my favorites are Handle With Care, Edith Hart, Intermix, Art Effect, and Perchance.

R: Are there any stores we don't have here that you really love?

L.S.: Hm, I think that people underestimate the shopping in Chicago. We have pretty much everything! I am a big fan of the online retailer ASOS. Patiently waiting for them to open a store in the states!

R: What was your first big splurge for your wardrobe? The Alexander Wang Rocco Bag! She's a beauty.

R: Your blog name is "Sequins & Stripes," which is interesting since stripes are so preppy and sequins are so glam. Do you have any other combinations that you love but are unexpected?

L.S.: I always describe my style as feminine with a little edge, so I am always mixing different elements. I love silky fabrics paired with a good leather jacket, soft floral prints with studded accessories, leopard print and a pop of color - the combinations are endless!

R: What would you say is a huge fashion do? Be confident! It is your best accessory.

L.S.: Which items would you recommend readers splurge on/invest in higher quality goods? I always say invest in the classics, pieces that aren't consider trends but can stand the test of time. My suggestions would be a great pair of jeans that you feel good in, a blazer, a nice white button down, a pencil skirt, a fabulous pair of heels, a classic bag, and a pair of ballet flats.

R: Do you have a favorite color for the summer?

L.S.: I am really into white for summer! A clean crisp palette.

R: What's one current trend you wish would go away?

L.S.: I am not a fan of wedge sneakers! You'll never see me rockin' those.

R: What's your view on old, out-of-style items - save or trash?

L.S.: Personal style evolves and it is important to make sure your closet is filled with pieces that make you feel your best. Every season I donate a bag of clothes to GoodWill. That way your unwanted items becomes someone else's new treasures!
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