Hour Detroit Best Dressed Party

Nothing gets you in the mood for fall fashion like a runway show and a room full of Detroit’s best dressed.

Last week I attended the Hour Detroit Best Dressed Fashion Show party at the Fillmore Theater, honoring the best style of metro Detroit. In addition to the usual models, the fashion show - put on by Neiman Marcus and The Somerset Collection - included the best dressed winners walking the runway, showcasing the best of this season's fall fashion.

And if my two favorite things colliding - Detroit and fashion - aren't enough for you, the evening started and ended at the historic Whitney. Complete with champagne toasts and the most perfect indian summer patio weather, you couldn't have asked for a better venue to bookend the evening.

Both my hubby and tribe of lady friends joined me for the night (thanks to my friend Jay of Christopher & Sofee Phaze who was one of the event's sponsors and was super generous to hook us up with tickets). We had a blast people watching, imbibing in delicious cocktails, and creating our fall fashion wish lists.

Check out the full list of this year's best dressed, and to all the people over at Hour, if you're looking for next year's nominees, I'm available (*jumping up and down with hands raised*).

dress: parker via rent the runway unlimited
bag: zac zac posen via rent the runway unlimited
shoes: zara (similar here)
belt: old, similar here
ear cuff: lord and taylor


Outfit Post: Sleeveless Jacket

In my opinion, the sleeveless jacket is one of the best investments as we transition into fall. Big in the fashion world last season (see how I wore it here and here), this trend is still in full force - and for good reason.

It’s completely versatile. It can be worn over a dress in the warmer months, over a long sleeve tee in the fall, and under a coat during the winter months. Pairing just as well with dresses and skirts as it does with pants, this piece is functional fashion at it’s finest. How many items in your wardrobe can literally be carried throughout all four seasons?

If you decide to invest in one “of the moment” item this season, make it a sleeveless jacket. Check out a few of my favorites here, here and here.

sleeveless jacket: zara
tank: express
shoes: nordstrom rack (similar here)
bag: zac zac posen via rent the runway unlimited
watch: shinola
sunglasses: ray-ban


Stylist Series: Why Do You Need a Personal Stylist?

Earlier this month I was asked by fellow Detroit fashion blogger, Jordan of Lil Miss JB Style, to participate in a stylist series to help answer some common questions about being a stylist. If you've ever wondered what we do with our clients or why you should hire a stylist, this is the series for you. Check out my answers below.

1. What do you consider is your job as a stylist?

My main job is to inspire confidence and empower my clients by helping them to find a personal style that resonates with their tastes and lifestyle. I’m part organizer, part shopper, part stylist and some days, part therapist. It can be a very vulnerable experience for clients to allow someone into her closet—lots of emotions can emerge in that process. My job is to approach each client with kindness and a judge free attitude as we figure out what fits - and doesn’t fit - with one’s current stage of life, body type, and style aspirations. I also try and take an experience that can be stressful and make it fun and liberating.

2. Do you think that everyone should have or consult a personal stylist at least once in their life, why or why not?


Even if you are confident in your style and your wardrobe, I think everyone can benefit from having an outsider come in and mix things up. Most of us tend to wear only a small percentage of our wardrobe the majority of the time. Having a different perspective is a great way to see all the creative ways to wear your wardrobe.

It is invaluable to have an expert come in and show you the best shapes for your body type and what fits and what doesn’t fit (and why!). Even if you only hire a personal stylist once, you will learn tips that will forever change the way you shop and style yourself. Stylists provide an objective view based on your goals and your situation. Personal style is something you do everyday! So, having a coach from time to time is a great idea to help women feel and look their best!

3. How do people benefit from having a personal stylist over using sites like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club?

I definitely get the appeal of companies like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club. As someone who loves getting mail, there is something so exciting about surprise packages full of clothes showing up on your doorstep. I get it. But I have also spent a lot of money on impulse buys, poor quality trend items, and pieces that don’t seamlessly fit in with my style or wardrobe. These companies rely on trends and the adrenaline rush you feel over those new pieces, pushing you to keep something you might not really need or want. 

With style, I believe in a less is more approach. Quality pieces that fit who you are instead of the latest and greatest across the web. It starts by investing in a wardrobe that you really love and really fits. It takes thoughtfulness and time. With a personal stylist, you not only maximize your current wardrobe but you add quality pieces that really match your individual style, as well as receive the support of an expert to help you figure out what fits your specific body type. To me, it's worth the investment.

4. What do you think is the biggest misconception about personal stylists?

There are so many! First, as a potential client, that you have to love fashion or be up on what's trendy to benefit. Or that you have to be rich or a celebrity to hire one. Or that your stylist is solely a personal shopper trying to push you to spend a lot of money.

The majority of my clients are busy moms and professional women on a budget. They are more interested in feeling confident in their style than being up on the latest trends. My job is to help you hone in on your unique style and build confidence. Before I work with any client, we discuss our expectations - that includes budget and priorities. It’s a process that anyone can benefit from.

5. How does the everyday woman or man benefit from having a personal stylist?

The biggest benefit is to eliminate the stress associated with how your clothes look and feel while getting dressed every day. To avoid waking up, staring in your closet full of clothes, and thinking “I have nothing to wear!” Each client is different, but those benefits include sorting through and organizing your current closet, learning to shop smarter (or if you hate shopping, have me do it for you!), and learning how to style your clothes to maximize your entire wardrobe. Having a personal stylist is about empowering yourself to own what you wear instead of just wearing what you own. And everyone can benefit from that.

Want to hear what other local stylists had to say? Head on over to Lil Miss JB Style. And thanks Jordan for starting this conversation and for fellow stylists The Closet Fashion Fix, Beauty and the Muse, and Color and Grace for participating!


Upcoming Events in Detroit

Detroit is known for it's car industry (hello, Motor City). It's also known for it's bankruptcy. And crime. And ruin porn.

What Detroit is not known for? Fashion.

But Motown is stepping up it's game in the entire design industry and making itself known as an equal competitor in the creative arts. It's a place where entrepreneurs can thrive. Where creatives can collaborate. Where ideas come to life.

It's an exciting time to be in Detroit and people all over the world are recognizing the D for it's contributions (outside of cars, money problems, crime, and ruin porn). To honor this creative spirit, here are some of my favorite fashion and design events coming up in Detroit that you won't want to miss. So start figuring out your outfits and I'll see you there.

Detroit Design Festival (September 22-24)

From the website:
"5 Years. 5 Days. 500 Designers.
The Detroit Design Festival is North America’s festival of independent design. With over 500 designers, 25,000 attendees and 30 Design Happenings, the DDF is our time to celebrate Detroit’s role as a global center of design and creativity. Concentrated in Detroit’s Creative Corridor and various neighborhoods throughout the city, events and installations will showcase Detroit’s cutting-edge design with the rest of the world."

Hour Detroit Best Dressed Party (September 24)

From the website:
"Emceed by Local 4 Style Editor Jon Jordan, the highly anticipated event will celebrate the winners of Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed editorial feature. Guests will rub elbows with metro Detroit’s most fashionable while enjoying an unforgettable evening, including a champagne reception, an exclusive Neiman Marcus runway fashion show previewing this fall’s most anticipated trends, live music by Jared Sykes and DJ Prevu and an official after party."

Eastern Market After Dark (September 24)

From the website:
"The fourth annual Eastern Market After Dark returns for an evening of open studios and exploration. Founded in 2012 EMAD was created by Nina Marcus-Kurlonko in association with the Detroit Design Festival and Eastern Market Corporation.

With over 30+ venues opening their doors to the public, this will be a rare & exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the studios, workshops and galleries and more that make up the diverse collective of Detroit businesses and creative hubs."

FashionSpeak (October 15)

From the website:
"DGG’s FashionSpeak 2015, Michigan’s only conference for the fashion industry, is set for Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the historic and modern One Woodward building, with panoramic floor-to-ceiling views of the city and riverfront, in downtown Detroit.

Presented by Taubman, this one-day conference will bring together nationally recognized experts in five fields crucial to the success of the fashion industry; each conducting a 70-minute workshop, all centered around the business of fashion.

There is a vast amount of talent in Michigan’s fashion industry, and DGG is poised to bolster education, provide resources and promote the successes of those in this segment. The DGG’s conference mission is “Keep Michigan Talent in Michigan”. We achieve that goal by giving both students and professionals the tools, education and resources to be better business owners."

What events will you be attending? Any others you guys are excited about?


Lacy Yellow

This sunny yellow pencil skirt has me hanging on to our final warm weather days. The second the leaves begin to change, I immediately start to crave fall colors: burgundy and navy and olive green. Jewel tones replace neons and dark colors replace light. Clinging to the last days of summer, I’ve been in a see-saw battle with my wardrobe. I'm excited for the textures and layers of fall fashion, but not quite ready to give up my bright and airy outfits.

shirt: equipment
skirt: trina turk via rent the runway unlimited
shoes: dolce vita
bracelets: av max


Post Labor Day White

Labor Day has come and gone, but my white outfits remain. I think we can all agree that the "no white after labor day rule" is one that is meant to be broken. To help you break the rules and still be dressed appropriately for the cooler weather, here are a few things to keep in mind when wearing white after labor day:

1. Material matters.
Avoid distinctly summery fabrics like linen in favor of thicker, more cold weather appropriate materials like wool and cashmere.
2. Accessorize appropriately.
Trade in your open toe sandals for booties. Swap out your silk and sheer scarves for ones of more substantial weight.
3. Go for off white.
Still wary of wearing white? Choose off white instead. It's less stark and more wearable, but will give you the same effect as pure white.

My outfit here is a very summery look with the sheer tank and sandals (it was in the 90s this week), but come fall I'll be switching them out and pairing my white denim with an oversized sweater and boots. How will you be wearing white this fall?

top: tj maxx (similar here)
pants: topshop
bag: h&m (similar here)
earrings: silpada
sunglasses: ray-ban


Style It Local

Last week I was asked by the Detroit Garment Group to be a guest blogger for their Style it Local series. They asked me to put together a head to toe look from all Michigan stores. Wanting to avoid chains and larger department stores, I decided to highlight stores only within the city of Detroit (where I live, work, play, and shop).

Check out the feature as well as my inspiration for this look and fall style tips on the DGG’s blog!

Dress: Kit and Ace
Sweater: Frida
Clutch: Clare V. via Willys Detroit
Watch: Shinola
Sunglasses: The Peacock Room