5/30/2014

What to Wear: Bravo Bravo!

Things are about to get fancy up here in the Motor City.

Pull out your cocktail finest because the annual fundraiser BravoBravo! is back for it’s 15th year. The event, which marks the unofficial start of summertime soirĂ©es, supports the Detroit Opera House with a stylish evening of dancing, drinking, and dining. Not to mention some of the best people watching of the year.

This year's theme, "Escape the Everyday - A Cultural Experience,“ is sure to bring out the best dressed of the night’s attendees. Expect an infusion of cultures at the event and let that guide you in your choice of glamorous attire. Pull influence from around the world, but remember it's cocktail chic, so come dressed to impressed.

To inspire you, I've picked out a few of my favorite dresses for this year's theme. And for those who don't want to spend a fortune on a dress, all of these designer dresses are available for rent via Rent the Runway.

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As you start to think about what to wear, have fun with your look, but remember to stay classy (not trashy!). This is the Opera House, not the club, so show some respect!

The event is on June 6th from 7:30pm-12:30am. You can buy your tickets or learn more about BravoBravo! here. Ticket prices go up June 1, so if you haven’t bought them yet, do so now! This is one event you don't want to miss.

5/28/2014

Outfit Post: Wide Leg Denim

I love my skinnies as much as the next person, but these days I'm kind of over trend. As the weather heats up, who wants to deal with painted on pants anyway? Besides, I'm getting a little tired of feeling like this every time I get dressed in the morning...

While I may not retire my skinny jeans for good, for now I’m excited to trade in my skin tight denim for a more sophisticated - and breezier - wide leg pair.

Hello, ease.




top: swapped in a clothing exchange
denim: mih denim
clutch: vintage
leopard print stilettos: old (also seen here)

5/27/2014

Travel Diary: La Pause, Morocco

Marrakech exudes a feeling of chaotic excitement, but when we needed a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, we headed to the eco-resort, La Pause.

La Pause is like a mirage in the middle of the Agafay desert. Glamping at it's finest, the resort has no electricity, but has all the luxuries one would hope to find in the North African desert - gourmet meals cooked from food from the property, a swimming pool to escape the desert heat, tents for shelter from the sun, and all you can drink mint tea.

And if that's not enough, you can ride off into the sunset on top of a camel. Which we obviously did.




















top: old navy
skirt: old target (borrowed from my sister)
pants: tjmaxx
sandals: old forever21
earrings: target
backpack: purchased in the souks of marrakech

5/23/2014

Travel Diary: Marrakech, Morocco


Please excuse my abundance of pictures. It is impossible to try and capture the spirit and vibrancy of Marrakech in a handful of photos. And even this selection doesn't begin to do the city justice. A place so full of life and color, if you ever have the opportunity to visit, GO.

And if you're lucky enough to make the trip, here are my top 10 Moroccan experiences:

1. Drink like the locals do. You won’t find much alcohol in Marrakech (and when you do it will be expensive), so stay sober and enjoy an abundance of mint tea and the most amazing fresh squeezed orange juice from the stands in Jemma el-Fnaa (the main square inside the medina)
2. Visit a local Pharmacy to learn about the medicinal qualities of the oils, spices, and herbs. Sample and buy argan oil, rose cream, and saffron.
3. Shop! Head to the souks and get lost. Be confident, be polite, and negotiate EVERYTHING.
4. Get out of town for a day (or night) and head to La Pause for some glamping. While there, eat an incredible meal, soak in the pool, and ride a camel into the desert (more on that in this post).
5. Love fashion? Visit the Jardin de Majorelle to pay tribute to Yves St. Laurent.
6. Take in the craziness of Jemma el-Fnaa from a rooftop bar or restaurant. Get there right before sunset and watch the square come alive with snake charmers, fortune tellers, and dancing monkeys.
7. At night, skip the fancy restaurants and eat the street food from the stalls in the medina.
8. Mingle with the rich and famous and grab a cocktail at Hotel La Mamounia. It will be fancy. It will be expensive. It will be worth it. Start outside on the beautiful patio and then move inside for a night cap and cigar in the Churchill bar (named after it's famous guest, Winston).
9. Experience a Moroccan Hammam for a relaxing (and intimate!) scrub down and massage.
10. Enjoy an incredible home cooked meal in the garden of the Amal Women's Training Center, a non-profit center that supports underprivileged women. 

Have you been to Morocco? What else would you add to the list?