Shop Local - Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is just over a week away, which means you are running out of time for holiday shopping. Lucky for you if you're in the Detroit area, there are tons of local shops to help you finish your shopping like a pro with plenty of time for roasting chestnuts and decorating gingerbread houses. 

Happy Shopping!

Some of my favorite Detroit items for the women: 
1. Detroit is the New Black Tee 2. Chain Chain Chained Earrings 3. Douglas & Co. Clutch 4. Detroit Rose Candle 5. Goldeluxe Cuff 6. Upstairs Neighbor Bath Salts 7. Karmo Studio Belt Bag 8. Guys N Gals Gloves

Detroit favorites for the men in your life:
1. Woodward Throwbacks Bottle Opener 2. First Class Committee Sweater 3. Hugh Chemex Coffee Maker 4. Shinola Leather Journal Cover 5. Detroit Denim Key Fob 6. Hugh Ball Bearing Cuff Links 7. Atwater Growler

And if you or a friend are looking to update your wardrobe, there's always the gift of style! I am currently offering 25% off all services from now until the end of the year. Contact me for more details!


Styleshack Holiday Look Book

By now, you probably know I am a huge fan of Detroit and a huge fan of shopping locally within the city. So when girlboss, Rachel Schostak of local shopping site, Styleshack asked me to participate in their holiday look book, I couldn't say yes fast enough. Especially once I realized it involved spending the day before the shoot shopping and styling the looks from the areas best shops (Tender, Guys N Gals, SHE, and Detroit is the New Black, just to name a few). 

The feature was an aspirational "Day in the Life" series - if my life involved pouncing around the city in Valentino booties and Marni outfits instead of my usual jeans and striped tees. It's not everyday I get to play dress up in so many incredible clothes and accessories, pretending to lead a glamorous, designer filled life. 

I better be careful - a girl could get used to that. 

Thanks again Styleshack for having me as part of your holiday campaign and be sure to check out the full feature (as well as where to buy all these incredible pieces) here

Boho Chic at Great Lakes Coffee

Eco Chic at Citizen Yoga and 7 Greens

Sporty Chic at Garden Bowl

Professional Chic at the Bizdom Lobby
Trendy Chic at Library Street Collective

Romantic Chic at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Glam Madame at Wright and Co.

Photos by Mar Mnz.


Z Lot Alley

Here are more photos from my day around the city with the Grand Rapids boutique, Lee & Birch and photographer, Leigh Ann Cobb!

Check out more photos from our day of fun here.

Outfit details via Lee & Birch:
Bella Dahl Coral Hipster Shirt
Hobo Bag
Nakamol Necklace


Lee & Birch Does Detroit

Last month, on one of Detroit’s rare warm winter days, I ran around downtown with the team from the Grand Rapids boutique, Lee and Birch.

After grabbing a much needed coffee at the Roasting Plant, we headed over to the Z Lot to check out the murals, the rooftop view, and The Belt Ally. We had a blast hitting up some of the "must see" spots around the city in some of the "must wear" fall pieces from Lee & Birch.

Check out a few of the shots from our day and stay tuned for more photos of our romp around the city. And thank you again to Lee & Birch for letting me be your tour guide for the day!

All clothes via Lee & Birch. Photos by the talented Leigh Ann Cobb


Willys Detroit

When we were kids, every year for our birthdays my dad would take me and my siblings to Toys R Us. For our present, we were allowed to pick out one item from the store. My brother and sister would rush down the aisles and immediately pick out their toys and the whole thing was over in 30 seconds. They were impulsive and knew what they wanted. When it came time for my birthday, I would slowly walk up and down every single aisle, pondering over the merits of this toy versus that toy - unable to commit until I had analyzed the value of every toy in the store. It was infuriating to my dad (and eventually resulted in him putting a time limit on the whole process).

But to me, the process of the search brought me as much joy as the toy itself.

So I took my time, basking in the wondrous joy of each item.

For me, shopping at Willys Detroit is no different.

Earlier this month, Willys (sister store of Shinola) invited me to collaborate with them for their first (of many, I hope) Style Slam event. Stylists and fashion bloggers from around the country were brought in to sip cocktails and play dress up with their merch. Tough job, right?

Part of the collaboration involved shopping for a look to showcase on the blog. I immediately reverted back to my 7 year old self. I walked all over the store, picking up and touching every piece in the store. Noticing each intricate detail. Trying on everything (including several of the menswear pieces) in order to find that perfect item.

After several separate trips to the store, I finally decided on this Clare V. tote (the very first item I noticed) and this alpaca Steven Alan coat (the last item I tried on before leaving the store).

And like when I was younger, the joy of browsing and daydreaming about every single piece in the store brought me as much joy as my final selection.

Well, almost as much joy.

coat: steven alan c/o willys detroit
top: loft
pants: blank denim
boots: nordstrom rack
bag: clare v. c/o willys detroit
watch: shinola
Want to get your hands on your own pieces from Willys? Check out their holiday sample sale, where select pieces are up to 80% off. And thanks again to Willys and Shinola for inviting me to spend days playing dress up in your store. And for not eventually putting a time limit on my indecisive decision making skills.

And also thank to Remy Roman for prancing around Detroit in the 50 mph hour winds and freezing rain to capture my Willys finds.