2/28/2014

Who What Wear's 30-Day Wardrobe Challenge

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Even the most fashionable women get into sartorial ruts. We all know the feeling: standing in front of your closet, staring at racks of clothes, and feeling like you have absolutely nothing to wear.

It happens to the best of us.

This is why I’m starting the Who What Wear 30-Day Wardrobe Challenge on March 1. The point of the challenge is to step outside of your style comfort zone by utilizing what you already have in your closet. I won’t be blogging each outfit, but will be posting daily to Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to follow along there. And if you’d like to participate too, be sure to tag me so we can share in the fun.
 
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Ready for the challenge? Here are your daily outfit assignments:

Day 1: Wear a bright color combo
Day 2: Mix at least two textures into your look
Day 3: Go big or go home with an oversized coat, baggy t-shirt, and loose trousers
Day 4: Try a boyish look
Day 5: Change out your handbag
Day 6: Wear the item you’ve been ‘’saving’’ for a special occasion
Day 7: Focus on your jewelry
Day 8: Break out an item you haven’t worn in at least six months
Day 9: Actually wear the hat you claim ‘’you can’t pull off.’’
Day 10: Mix an expensive item from your closet with something under $100
Day 11: Wear a bold print
Day 12: Swap heels for sneakers
Day 13: Make a neutral outfit interesting by layering and adding a pair of statement shoes
Day 14: Mix two or more prints into your outfit
Day 15: Create a look with three levels of layering
Day 16: Go monochrome in a bright color
Day 17: Winterize your favorite summer skirt
Day 18: Test out a new “tuck.”
Day 19: Pair your favorite denim pieces together for a denim-on-denim look.
Day 20: Dress down your favorite little black dress
Day 21: Belt your outerwear
Day 22: Keep it simple with skinnies and a sweater
Day 23: Wear a color you have not worn in awhile
Day 24: Layer in an unexpected way
Day 25: Dress up a pair of distressed jeans
Day 26: Wear a bold coat with simple essentials
Day 27: Try a sleek and slouchy look
Day 28: Give a feminine dress some edge with a moto jacket
Day 29: Incorporate an office-appropriate blouse into your weekend look.
Day 30: Leave the details to your shoes

2/25/2014

Outfit Post: Caped Crusader


Superheroes are cool. They save lives, they fly, they have super human strength. Even if their outfits are questionable (underwear-like bottoms over tights?), there’s no arguing their coolness factor.

The redeeming quality of a superhero outfit? The cape. It’s the one item that distinguishes a superhero from a hipster with an addiction to American Apparel spandex.

That’s the thing about a cape. It can turn even a blah outfit into something a little dramatic. Even when I wear the same basic outfit for three days straight (jeans and a striped tee), somehow a cape elevates the look.

Thank you cape, for getting me one step closer to superhero status.

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cape: forever21 (similar here)
striped tee: h&m
jeans: dl1961
boots: j.crew (similar here)
bag: h&m (similar here)
sunglasses: le specs

2/21/2014

Currently Coveting: {Mellow} Yellow

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I planned to have an outfit post for today, but the universe decided to rain (or thundersnow) on my parade, ruining my chance to take photos. So rather than stand outside in the cold and get drenched, I spent the afternoon dreaming of spring. And nothing says "goodbye grey, hello spring" more than sunny yellow.

On a totally unrelated note, only 27 more days til spring. But who's counting?
1. zara coat / 2. stella and dot earrings / 3. topshop iphone case / 4.blaque label dress / 5. j.crew statement necklace / 6. j.crew satin pumps / 7. topshop satchel

2/19/2014

Bruce Weber for Shinola

Bruce Weber via Shinola
 It’s rare that my two loves - Fashion and Detroit - collide in such a perfect and beautiful way. Fashion photographer Bruce Weber teamed up with the Detroit manufacturing superstar Shinola to - in the words of the fine folks at Shinola - "explore the beauty of manufacturing, while capturing the spirit of Detroit.”

What resulted is a beautiful campaign filled with real Detroiters (alongside All-American supermodel Carolyn Murphy) showcasing the spirit of the city we love. Not unlike Shinola's craftsmanship, Weber's photographs prove that beauty really is in the details.

Definitely check out the full article from Shinola and also this piece from Vogue.

Bruce Weber via Shinola


If Weber's name sounds familiar to Detroit, he first captured the Motor City in 2006 in an incredible spread for W Magazine with the iconic Kate Moss as his muse (Check out the Model D article). To say I am a fan of Weber's work is an understatement - that copy of W sat on my coffee table for years before finally getting moved to a more permanent spot on my bookshelf.

2/14/2014

Outfit Post: V is for Victory

Honestly, I’m just not that into Valentine’s day. 

I’m totally into romance, just not forced romance. Not the kind of “romance” that says just because it’s February 14th, I must get overdressed (it is like 10 degrees here) and spend an outrageous amount of money on overcooked steak. My preference? Something more low key and intimate.
And like the day, I prefer a more understated outfit as well.

On a day of over the top frill, I like to be a little bit unexpected with my fashion choices. Rather than donning a sexy red dress or bright pink everything, I prefer a more understated look. This year, in honor of the Polar Vortex that just won’t quit, I’ve decided to wear winter white. And because I’m not a total bitter cupid for the day, I’ve decided to add some bright red shoes for the occasion. And yes, some heart sunglasses. 

After all, it is a day about celebrating love.

And in case anyone is wondering, B and I will be spending our Valentine’s day at the Cold Hearted: A Night to Support Clark Park event, practicing our moves (skating moves that is). 

Food trucks, fire pits, and beer. Now that’s my kind of romance. 


please ignore my pile of boots, gloves, and coat in the background. i live in michigan. these photoshoots get COLD.


faux fur vest: luxe rachel zoe
sweater: forever21
pants: blank denim
heels: bcbgeneration (nordstrom rack find, but similar here)
sunglasses: urban outfitters

2/12/2014

{NYFW} Street Style



Shun me if you want, but New York Fashion Week has managed to pull me out of my polar despair and get me excited about winter fashion again (at least for the moment, as I write this from the comfort and coziness of my warm bed). It’s not the shows themselves - they’re so far in the future that they have completely passed over spring and summer and have moved into fall - but the street style.

Negative temps, snow, and wind can’t stop the dedicated men and women of fashion from stepping out to the Mercedes-Benz tents to strut in their high fashion finest. However, the frigid weather has forced the fashion bigwigs to add a dose of practicality - and therefore relatability - to their style choices. Well, as practical and relatable as you can be walking around in 6 inch heels during a blizzard.

Check out some of my favorite looks and get inspired for your next wintery outing. No catwalk required.



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