Outfit Post: Mini Escape

Sometimes you just need to get away.  Away from the city. Away from daily grind. Just away.

One of the best parts of living in the D is the ability to get in the car and escape to other parts of the Great Lakes state. Lexington is a quaint little lakeside town just over an hour from Detroit and the perfect destination for an impromptu Sunday drive.

A scoop of ice cream, a boardwalk stroll, and home in time for dinner.

My kind of escape.

tank: target
kimono: old (similar here)
cutoffs: american eagle
sandals: sam edelman 
bag: jcpenny (similar here)
necklace: found at an outdoor market in arizona (similar here)


Currently Coveting: Altuzarra for Target

Last week Target revealed the full lookbook for the much anticipated Altuzarra for Target collaboration. Like past collaborations with the big box store, there's been a substantial amount of pre-sale hype. With trench coats, menswear styles, and sexy, seventies inspired pieces the collection should fit right into your fall wardrobe. Plus everything is under $100 (including these babies).

Which items will you be coveting for the September 14th launch? Will you be fighting the masses to snag a piece of the collection (like me) or sitting this one out?

images via target


Dîner en Blanc Detroit

As the sun set over the Eastern Market on Sunday evening, hundreds of Detroiters descended upon the previously empty Shed 2, dressed in their finest whites, carrying with them all the supplies for a formal flashmob-style dinner party. Everything from the tables and chairs to the linens and centerpieces (all in white) and of course the food and drinks were supplied by the diners for the occasion. The event was started in Paris 25 years ago, but it’s been only four years since an anonymous lover of revelry and fine dining carried on the yearly tradition in Detroit.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, a select few guests receive an invitation with the time and date of the event. Those lucky receivers invite 10 people, who in turn invite 10 others, creating a mob style soiree. The day before the actual event, a second invitation reveals the location of the pop up party.

For this year's Dîner en Blanc, I decided to skip the traditional attire and dress up a white romper with some major bling and sleek wedges. It may not have been the fanciest choice, but I was able to flutter around the shed in both style and comfort.

romper: old forever21 (similar here)
wedges: elie tahari via nordstrom rack
necklace: jcrew


I Have a Confession: Flip or Flop

Please forgive me, for I have sinned.

This post is going to piss off a lot of "fashion" people. It will probably make you question me as a fashion blogger. But I can't stay quiet any longer. I live in (and love) one of the most hated items in the fashion world.

Flip flops.

I get it. It's footwear associated with college dorm bathrooms and locker rooms and other seemingly disgusting places where foot fungus hides. But with the sudden emergence of comfort over style in the world of high fashion (hello, birkenstocks), why is it that flip flops are still so unacceptable? I'm not saying wear the shoes to a cocktail party or the office, but why should I be chastised for slipping them on to run errands??

What do you think? Is it possible to make flip flops fashionable? Or will I always be in the "don't" category while sporting them?
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Outfit Post: Heat Wave

Some days - especially the dog days of summer - just require a tiny sundress and strappy sandals. Those days have been few and far between. After a grueling polar vortex of a winter, they said (whoever "they" are) that this would be "the hottest summer on record!"

They were wrong.

Coming from the humidity of Virginia, I'm used to slightly cooler Michigan summers. But when most days barely get out of the 60s, it starts to feel a little ridiculous. Tiny shorts and itsy bikinis have barely seen the light of day. Plus, I have a closet full of adorable sundresses, like this neon number, just screaming to get out and play.

Come on, summer heat. Let them play. 

jacket: vintage (similar here)
shoes: old forever21 (similar here)
clutch: similar here
sunglasses: ray ban
bracelet: forever21 (similar here)
necklaces: similar here
ring: h&m


What to Wear: Fash Bash

Detroit knows how to party. Especially during the summer months, where there are endless events to choose from. But THE event of the year? That would be the DIA's Fash Bash.

Where art and fashion collide, the night begins with a cocktail hour on the steps of the museum, followed by a Neiman Marcus hosted runway show, and finishes the evening with a dance party under the stars. 

And this is no ordinary cocktail party. This is your chance to show your fashion forward style, taking influence from the art world. Go bold with textures. Play with structure and shapes. Stand out.

The event is sold out, but if you are one of the lucky ticket holders, you’ll no doubt be in need of some outfit ideas. And because Neiman Marcus is a sponsor of the event, I have chosen a few of my favorite looks from the department store.

Which look would you rock?
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Currently Coveting: Active August

Currently Coveting: Active August


August is an active month for me. Not only am I in the middle of training for the half marathon (read about that crazy decision here), but I am also doing a 30 day yoga challenge at the Midtown Yoga Shelter

Insane, right?

What this means is I basically live in active wear, whether I'm working out or not (but let's be honest, I pretty much always live in active wear). So check out my favorite items to stay active (or at least look like you're staying active), including this water bottle that keeps wine cold for 12 hours. I mean, water. Keeps water cold for 12 hours.


Outfit Post: DVF Maxi

Today I'm guest blogging over at Carpe Diem Wellness about looking your best, feeling your best, and shopping on a budget. Head on over for more photos of this fabulous DVF dress (bought at a discount price!). 

dress: diane von furstenberg via havana vintage boutique
shoes: forever21 (old, similar here)
clutch: vintage (similar here)
sunglasses: ray ban
cuff: old, similar here


Outfit Post: The Uniform

As I mentioned in this post, I have a uniform. It doesn't get highlighted much on this blog because sometimes it just feels so basic and, well, "normcore."

But this is it. Skinnies, slightly oversized button down, statement shoes.

Regardless of the season, that's my uniform.

Every once in a while you'll see a variation of this on the blog, but to me it doesn't take a lot of creative juices to get this outfit flowing. Typically I take my outfit shots when I'm more done up. I'm usually going to some event and have already put some sort of effort into my hair. And seeing how infrequently I actually do my hair and makeup (confession!), I hate to waste a perfectly good hair day. So I do an outfit post.

But this outfit? This is me.

Messy hair and all.

top: gap
pants: zara
shoes: zara (similar here)
clutch: c/o cynthia vincent
sunglasses: le specs


I Have a Confession: Culotte Craze

It was only a matter of time.

I’d seen a pair pop up here or there: in a random high fashion magazine spread; on a celebrity during Fashion Week; in an over the top street style post. But I feared the inevitable day that this item would hop out of the pages of Vogue and be released onto the streets, becoming a full fledge “trend.”

That time has come.

Culottes are back.

The idea of a culotte isn't so terrible. There are certainly more atrocious trends out there. And with the popularity of the midi skirt on the rise, it seemed unavoidable that this sorta pant/sorta short/sorta skirt would gain attraction.

But me? I have a personal aversion to culottes. For four years of my life, I was forced to wear one every single day of my Catholic school experience. Gone were the days of the “Hit me Baby One More Time” school girl skirts (the girls ahead of me ruined that by hemming their skirts a little too short) and in were the days of the overly modest and conservative (and cannot be hemmed beyond a certain length) culotte.

I graduated vowing never to wear a culotte again.

But here they are. Back in style. And I'm not going to lie, I'm tempted to give the trend a second chance. Despite the fact that they are totally unflattering on most (we're talking about wide leg, cropped pants, people), there is a certain element of cool that comes with wearing them. Basically, they're the ridiculously comfortable tomboy cousin of the midi skirt. And they have the ability to highlight a killer pair of shoes. Win, win in my book.

So if you see me on the streets attempting to rock a pair, don't judge. After all, I like a challenge.

Just don't tell my high school self.

What do you guys think of the trend? Seriously bad or high fashion cool?