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H&M's Next Designer Collab: Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela is the next, and possibly most talked about, designer collaboration with H&M. Known for its oversized, over-the-top, avant-garde edginess, it will be interesting to see how mainstream shoppers react to the brand's high fashion aesthetic. Unlike some past partnerships, it appears as if Margiela has stayed true to it's artistic roots without dialing back in an attempt to please the average shopper. Love it (hello, metallic skinnies) or hate it (goodbye, oversized menswear-inspired suit), this is one collaboration I can't wait to see more of.

Even though the full lookbook isn't yet available online, check out a sneak peek from Refinery29:

What are your thoughts? Will you be heading to H&M to check out the full collection on November 15th? I personally think this is a huge step up from the gaudy disappointment of H&M's last collaboration with Anna Dello Russo (who has an amazing and unique sense of style that one should never attempt to recreate for the masses…).


Outfit Post: Who's Your Tiger?

This has been a big week for Detroit fans. After a slow and frustrating start, the Tigers managed to turn the season around and join the American League Division Series, ultimately beating the Oakland A's, keeping the Tigers hopes alive for a 2012 World Series title. In addition to the excitement of the games, it was also the end of Detroit Restaurant week. For this week's outfit, I wanted my clothes to reflect my support for the Tigers, but still be dinner appropriate for an upscale restaurant. I chose to forgo the jeans and team t-shirt look for the always classic blazer and jeans combo in the Tigers' orange and navy colors. Go Tigers!

 The puppy proudly dons a mesh Tiger Scarf

top: h&m
jacket: j.crew
jeans: gap
boots: old j.crew (similar here)
clutch: vintage (similar here)
watch: old asos (similar here)
bracelet: old asos (similar here)
earrings: target (similar here)


Zara Home: {Gold} Rush

Gold Rush

Gold Rush

Today, the cult fashion favorite Zara, finally launched Zara Home in it's US market. Like the brand's clothes, the home line includes classic, fun, and affordable decor items. While they offer a range of styles, it was the variety of gold accents that caught my eye and are the perfect way to add some glitz and glamour to your decor this holiday season.

Be sure to check out the site soon -- they are offering free shipping for the entire month of October!


Outfit Post: {Toronto} Sightseeing

Anyone who knows me knows that this outfit exemplifies my daily uniform: big scarf, skinny jeans, and boots. I basically live in these items three out of four seasons. This was the perfect "get up and go" outfit that was both comfy and warm enough for a day of sightseeing around Toronto.

jacket: old nordstrom (similar here)
skinny jeans: j brand
boots: old j. crew (similar here)
leopard scarf: old forever21 (similar here)
bag: pitaya (similar here)


Outfit Post: {Faux} Leather & Fur

top: pitaya
faux leather pants: zara
suede shoes: old aldo (similar here)
clutch: vintage (similar here)
faux fur stole: old h&m (similar here)

On Sunday night, I attended the closing event for the Detroit Design Festival at the Detroit City Airport Hangar. For the event - a mixture of fashion, music, and art - I wanted to be comfortable, warm, and stylish. I love the mixture of textures between the fur stole and leather pants, which are also a great alternative to my usual skinny jeans. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Fall Wishlist

Fall Wishlist

Fall is my favorite time of the year for shopping. I think it dates back to elementary school and the excitement of back-to-school shopping. Back then, it wasn't even about the clothes. It was about finding the perfect lunch box, back pack, notebook and pencils to start the year off right. Now, it's definitely about the clothes. I think it makes it easier to say goodbye to summer when you can say hello to cozy sweaters and fall boots.

This fall, I'm looking to add classic wardrobe staples that will mix well with my current closet.

The number one item on my wish list is a leather jacket. I've been on a hunt for years for the perfect one. It's a great investment piece that goes with everything, but if you want the real thing, it comes with a price. This leather jacket from Theory (1) comes pretty close to perfect. Buttery tan leather, oversized collar, and a slightly slouchy fit.

A menswear inspired watch is also a must. This leather band Michael Kors version (2) is a great alternative to the popular all gold style.

I'm also looking for the perfect little dress to take me through cooler weddings and upcoming holiday parties. I love that the 3/4 sleeve on this Alice & Olivia dress (3) keeps it classic and appropriate for cooler temps, while the peplum style adds a fun, trendy element to the style.

I'm all about the pointy toe flats (4). And as a fan of all things leopard, these Madewell's are the perfect punch of fun.   
Living in Detroit, I can't rely on cute and dainty shoes for the rest of the year. These Sorel Boots (5) are practical and stylish and will ensure both my feet and skinny jeans stay dry during the wettest and coldest months.

As someone who lives in soft and cozy sweaters, I love this cashmere t-shirt version (6) from J. Crew. It comes in a range of colors and pairs just as well with pencil skirts as it does jeans.

I've had my eye on this Marc Jacobs hobo bag (7) forever. Every season the Jacobs comes out with a new set of colors, but you can't go wrong with classic black leather and gold hardware.

It's taken me a while to jump on the colored skinny jean trend, but I am finally embracing it with this red pair from 7 For All Mankind (8). Paired with a tan cashmere sweater, they'll add brightness even on the grayest of days.

Goodbye summer. Hello, Fall.

What's on your wishlist this season?


Currently Coveting: {Emerald City}

Emerald Green is definitely having it's moment. Not only was it a major color on the runways during Fashion Week, but the rich jewel tone is currently everywhere. An obvious choice for the fall/winter season, it looks like the color will also be a staple come spring.

Michael Kors / Gucci / Oscar de la Renta

Burberry Prorsum / Oscar de la Renta / Vera Wang

I personally like to pair it with glitzy gold for the perfect holiday look. Maybe it's because it reminds me a little of a shimmering Christmas tree, but who doesn't want to walk around looking like something as fantastic as a Christmas tree? Shine on...

Emerald & Gold

1. Tory Burch Satchel Handbag / 2. Necklace  / 3. Banana Republic Suede Platform Pumps / 4. T By Alexander Wang Inverted Pleat Skirt / 5. H&M Blazer / 6. TIBI Long Sleeve Blouse


Cozy {Fireplace} Escape

As the air gets cooler, I start to daydream about cozy fall nights in front of the fire. And while I may not have a fireplace (yet), it doesn't stop me from obsessing about cozying up in front of these gorgeous wintery mantels. Bring it on, Fall.







Emmys {Red Carpet} Round Up

I love awards season. Not because I'm invested in the certain television shows, movies, or songs that are being honored for the hours of entertainment they provide us, but because of the outfits. Award shows are the rare times celebrities are able to wear the most elaborate, creative, and beautiful gowns in the world (and then be judged for their choices by viewers). Last night's Emmy Awards, while slightly disappointing in the lack of overall risks, showcased some gorgeous designer duds. 

Here are some of my favorite looks from the show:

The White Stuff:
Jeannie Mai in Nha Khanh / Jessica Pare in Jason Wu / Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano
 Bright is Right:
Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhullier / Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta / Kaley Cuoco in Angel Sanchez

Black Night:
Giuliana Rancic in Romana Keveza / January Jones in Zac Posen / Anna Chlumsky in Christian Siriano

Shimmer & Shine:
Kerry Washington in Vivienne Westwood / Jane Krakowski in Kaufmanfranco / Lucy Liu in Versace


Fall Equinox


Have a great weekend and enjoy the first day of fall!


I Have a Confesstion: White {Lie} Wedding

Four years ago, the Hubby and I stood up in front of 90 of our closest friends and family, read each other the vows we co-wrote, toasted with champagne, and danced the night away at our destination Detroit Wedding.

Only we didn't actually get married.

Our ceremony was led by a great friend of ours, but he was never actually ordained. Rather than have him “ruin his future political career” by getting ordained at The Internet Church of Google, he led an incredibly heartfelt and personal ceremony as our friend.

It wasn't until two days later, on the first day of fall, standing on a marina dock in a very private and intimate ceremony, that we re-read our vows and, this time legally (we’re pretty sure!), said "I do."

Although the first ceremony may not have been legal, it was certainly a celebration.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

All image by Brian McElhone

Happy (fake) anniversary, love! And cheers to Turning over a New Leaf!