Outfit Post: Draped Crusader

Why do fashion bloggers wear our coats draped over our shoulders in 0 degree weather? Because details matter. The cuff of a shirt, your wrist jewelry, a crossbody bag. All of these details matter. And all these details get covered up by a big, bulky winter coat.

So we drape.

And then immediately put our arms in our coat sleeves like everybody else.

coat: j.crew (old, similar here)
chambray top: loft 
sweater: j.crew factory (in white here)
leather pants: forever21 (old, similar here)
boots: dsw (old, similar here)
bag: american eagle (old, similar here)
watch: shinola
bracelet: j.crew factory
sunglasses: ray-ban 


2015 Academy Awards: What They Should Have Worn

I loved this year’s Academy Awards red carpet.

The gowns were unique and some a little bit weird and definitely worth talking about. For my favorite set of looks, it was the women in white who stole the show. Lupita Nyong'o stunned in a pearl embellished Calvin Klein (although I really wish the neckline was just a simple deep v with no key hole). Faith Hill looked sleek and sophisticated in this straight off the runway J. Mendel gown. And one of my absolute favorite looks of the night was Jenna Dewan (also known as Mrs. Tatum) in Zuhair Murad couture, although why would she not have included this incredible cape from the runway show?

So who did I think could have done better? Read below.

Julianne Moore in Chanel: I think this was one of those dresses that probably looked better in real life than in photos. And I completely get wanting to wear Chanel on the night you win your first Oscar. I mean I get it, it’s Chanel. And when Karl decides he’d like to make you a custom dress, you accept. But I just wasn't loving this on her. It was s a little shapeless and not as much of a fashion risk as I like to see from her. Personally, I think she would have shinned like the winner she is in this emerald shimmering Zac Posen number.

Emma Stone in Elie Saab: As always, Emma looked incredible. Super elegant and I liked that she chose a bold color choice but I felt like the dress aged her a bit. Honestly I keep going back and forth between “it’s perfect” and she should have gone for something more fresh and fun. If she wanted to stick with Elie Saab, I would have loved to see her in this couture gown from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Maybe the feather skirt would have overwhelmed her. Maybe the color would have washed her out. I don’t know. All I know is that it was one of my favorite dresses from the couture collection and someone should have worn it to the Oscars.

Nicole Kidman in Louis Vuitton: This was one of my least favorite looks of the night. I hated the color of the dress. I hated the choice of clutch. And I hated that red belt on this particular dress. Nicole is this statuesque beauty and if she wanted something fitted and shimmery, I think this Naeem Khan gown would have been a million times better (but honestly, pretty much anything would have been a million times better).

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy: This was not one of my favorite looks from Jessica. Although her body looked incredible and I loved the navy color with her red hair, I just think it was a little dated. I don’t know if it was the cowl neck or the sequin square neck bodice or the shoes (which you can’t see in this photo), but it just wasn’t working for me. I think she would have been so gorgeous in something totally modern and on-trend like this Balmain caped pant suit (hello, it's a caped. pantsuit.).

Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent: Normally I am a huge fan of sleek, simple, and red and it’s not that I didn’t like this dress, I just wanted something more from Dakota. She’s relatively new to the red carpet scene and this was her chance to make a real fashion statement. Maybe this is too close to Lupita’s red Ralph Lauren dress, but this Emanuel Ungaro gown is modern, sexy, and screams “I have arrived.” Plus who doesn’t love a good cape dress?

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu: Kerry said she liked her gown because it was simple and easy. And that’s what it was. Simple and easy. But she’s one of my favorite red carpet risk takers, so this look was disappointing. I think something with a little more detail and a little more depth would have been a better choice. I had a hard time choosing which dress I would have picked between the Zuhair Murad Haute Couture dress or this light blue Elie Saab. Which would you like to see Kerry in?

Who were your best dressed picks? Who could have stepped it up a notch?


NYFW Fall 2015 Street Style

image via nymag
Last week I posted on Facebook this short documentary on the culture of street style, particularly during fashion week. With the recent explosion of fashion bloggers and average person-turned-reality star, fashion week street style has become a little circus-like, with more of a focus on being noticed (at any cost) than on showcasing one's individual style.

But honestly, I'm not mad about it. Like most things related to fashion week, these extreme styles trickle down to the real world in a more relatable way.

To me, it encourages the rest of us "normal" people to push ourselves in our personal style. To really think of accessories making an outfit, not just complementing an outfit. It encourages us to think about each item in our closet in a unique way and to style it in a way we wouldn't normally.

Unlike the runway shows during fashion week, which aren't attainable to most, street style is a way for all of us to relate to fashion week. It's a way to see how real women - not just models - wear and style their clothes. Outrageous street style encourages us to embrace individuality and think outside our fashion box.

To me, no matter how insane the fashions become during fashion week, that encouragement is a good thing.

And because we still have months left of cold weather, here are some of my favorite trends from the streets of New York to keep you inspired for the rest of the winter:

Fur: The most prevalent trend this year was definitely fur. With snow and single digit temps in New York, this is not surprising. Whether faux or vintage, fur is a great way to make a statement while staying warm.
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Black and White: Honestly, it's hard to go wrong in black and white. Take note from these stylish women on how to look sophisticated, chic, and modern without going to high fashion extremes. 
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Colorful Combos: I feel like most people rely on all black during the colder months (myself included). Looking at these women inspires me to incorporate some spring colors into my winter wardrobe.
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All In the Details: If it's the details that make an outfit, these women have got it down. I love how most of these outfits are pretty basic, relying on the accessories (whether it's a statement making cape or lace gloves) to take it up a notch.
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Which street style trends are you loving? Any you will incorporate into your own personal style?


Outfit Post: Winter Date Look

Winter may be in full force, but that doesn't mean my date night outfit needs to suffer. Tired of wearing skinny jeans, boots, and an oversized sweater, I decided to step it up and bring out the sexy in spite of the cold temps.

As I've said before, nothing brings out the sexy more than a pair of over the knee boots, especially when paired with a winter white dress and topped with a little leather and (faux) fur. 

Was I was a little overly ambitious with the bare legs? Maybe.

But that's what Uber is for.

dress: saks off fifth (for rent here)
jacket: forever21 (old, similar here)
boots: sam edelman via nordstrom rack
sunglasses: ray-ban
fur: asos (similar here)


Outfit Post: Jungle Fever

This winter is really starting to take a toll on my ability to get suitable outfit posts. Between the limited daylight hours, the snow, and the bone chilling temps, it's nearly impossible to get a decent shot. To solve this issue (and survive the remainder of the winter), I've decided it's time to get creative with my locations.

First up, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle.

This is one of my favorite (not so secret) secret Detroit spots, particularly in the colder months. Not only is this place the perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine's date, but its jungle-like temps offer a balmy reprieve from the winter snow.

So grab a date, grab a friend, or just grab a book and go warm up from the sleet and snow.

climb at your own risk - you will get yelled at

tee: express
jacket: theory via tj maxx (similar here)
pants: forever21 (old, similar here)
heels: bcbg via dsw
clutch: target (old, similar here)
earrings: kendra scott


Thanks to my girl, Angela Wolf for joining me in this mini date and taking these photos.


Think Pink

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I can't help but think pink these days. And while I may not usually rock the color in my outfits, I've been loving it in interiors recently. From a pop of magenta to pale blush, there's just something so romantic and whimsical about the hue.

How do you feel about shades of pink in your home? Too girly or just romantic enough?

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Outfit Post: Buffalo Plaid

This past weekend I was lucky enough to escape the season's biggest snow storm and head to the beaches of Pensacola, Florida to visit my in laws for a few days.

It may not have been hot, but 50 degrees felt like a heatwave to me and was certainly warm enough for some beachside walks, a round of golf in the sunshine, and some fresh shrimp at the infamous Flora-Bama. And even if it was only for three days, it was a nice reprieve from sub-frozen temps, which I am now back home, feeling in full force.

How many more days 'til spring?


jacket: gap via ebay (similar here)
shirt: forever21
denim: rag & bone
booties: zara
bag: j.crew
scarf: h&m (old, similar here)
sunglasses: ray-ban


Currently Coveting: Giambattista Valli Spring Couture

Lately I've been drawn to more feminine styles. Maybe it's because I've been spending this winter buried in comfortable clothing and dark colors. Maybe it's the fact that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Maybe the mid-winter blues have me yearning for spring. Whatever the reason, pinks, frills, and full tulle skirts have been on my mind.

So when I was pursuing through last week's Paris Couture shows, one collection - the Giambattista Valli spring couture collection - stood out among the rest, giving me my fill of frill.

It was pure feminine, high-fashion perfection.

Inspired by conversations between the unlikely duo, Coco Chanel and Janis Jopin (both risk takers in their fashion aesthetic), Valli created a breathtakingly beautiful, ultra feminine collection with hints of menswear inspiration. And even though I am not typically overly ladylike in my style, I am obsessed with every single look (again, let's blame the mid-winter blues). Full of texture and playful touches, the whimsical show fulfilled all my flirty, over-the-top, girly dreams.

And since my dreams are the only place I'll ever be able to wear a Giambattista Valli Couture gown, I'm currently focused on getting my hands on a sheer, polka dot eye mask. I can totally incorporated that into my everyday style, right?

Check out the entire dream worthy show here and let's hope to see one of these looks walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Lupita and Emma, I'm looking at you.

images via style.com