1/28/2015

Outfit Post: Winter Sunshine

It's amazing what a difference a little sunshine can do. It's been in the single digits here in Detroit, but when the sun comes out (which is rare for these Michigan winters) my entire mood shifts.

For a brief moment, as I bask in the sun without seven layers on, I almost forget it's winter.

And then a harsh gust of win comes, wakes me out of my sunshine coma, and reminds me it's still only 12 degrees outside.

But for those few short lived moments, blind to the piles of snow around me, I can actually believe that spring is coming.









coat: zara (old, similar here)
jeans: american eagle (old, similar here)
booties: zara 
watch: shinola
necklace: bauble bar (similar here)
sunglasses: ray-ban

1/19/2015

Outfit Post: Over the Knee Boots

I'm not really a "sexy" dresser.

This is not to say that I don't feel sexy in my clothes. Dressing sexily and feeling sexy are two totally different things. I'm just not really a short/tight/low cut kind of girl.

I prefer style to sex appeal.

But sometimes you find an item that just elevates the sexiness of an outfit - any outfit. For me, that item is a pair of over the knee boots. Whether they're paired with a flirty dress or worn on top of a completely covered monochromatic outfit (like here), they just ooze sexiness.

I've been on the hunt for a pair for a while now. But as a tall girl with chicken legs, most over the knee styles are either swimming around my legs or don't make it past my knees, defeating the whole over the knee concept of over the knee boots (I know, let's all pity the tall, skinny girl).

In a dream world, I'd own these Stuart Weitzman beauties, but this is reality and I don't have 800 bucks to spend on anything, let alone a pair of boots. But because of their surprising wearability, I've continued the hunt for the perfect - and affordable - substitute. 

And finally, my patience paid off.

After years of searching, I found them. Tucked away in the clearance section of Nordstrom Rack, were the most perfect pair of Stuart Weitzman look-alikes. In my size. For under a 100 dollars.

Now that's sexy.






jacket: h&m (old, similar here)
sweater: h&m (old, similar here)
leather leggings: forever21 (old, similar here)
boots: sam edelman via nordstrom rack (full price version here)
bag: h&m (old, similar here)
scarf: south moon under (old, similar here)
sunglasses: forever21 (similar here)

1/16/2015

Currently Coveting: Après-Ski Fashion

It’s no surprise I’m not winter’s biggest fan. After the excitement of the holidays fizzles out, my hibernation tendencies start to become extreme and I find myself counting down the days until spring (63 days in case you are wondering).

And until I figure out a way for B and I to be the youngest snow birds ever, my survival tactic for getting through the remainder of this brutal winter is to focus on the most fabulous part of the bone chilling months: après-ski season.

And more importantly, après-ski fashion.

Whether or not you are actually participating in any sort of winter sports is besides the point. You can still participate in looking fashionable despite the arctic temps with oversized fur toppers, body hugging spandex, and vintage fair isle knits. Think coordinating color schemes, like monochromatic white, with over-the-top accessories. Don’t be afraid to be ostentatious and combine all the lavish luxuries of cold weather wear into one wintery outfit. This is no time to be pragmatic.

In all honestly, I kind of always aspire to dress like I am sitting in a chalet in Aspen instead of a loft in Detroit. How else am I supposed to get through the 0 degree temperature days? We may be lacking mountains (or even sledding hills), but that doesn’t mean we should be lacking in swanky snow bunny outfits.

Besides, navigating through the pothole streets of Detroit is just as deserving of a fireside cocktail as navigating through the moguls of a mountain.






Images: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

1/12/2015

The Golden Globes: What They Should Have Worn

Last night were the 72nd Golden Globes, kicking off the start of this year’s award show season, and giving us months of water cooler arguments on who rocked the red carpet and who totally bombed.

I'm not one to shame anyone as the "worst dressed" (after all fashion is subjective), but that doesn't mean I'm not still super opinionated when it comes to who wore what on the red carpet. Isn't that half (ok, all) the reason we stay up til midnight on a Sunday night?

So instead of "worst dressed", these are my "I expect better from you" picks. None of these women looked bad, I just think they all could have made better fashion choices.

Kate Hudson is hot. Versace is hot. It's all hot. Too much hot. The plunging neckline and the crystal embellished side slits and the severe hair and makeup is just too much for me. We get it, you're hot! To me, Kate Hudson epitomizes the "less is more" ideal of beauty. I would have loved to see her in something a little more relaxed (and covered), like this ah-mazing all white jumpsuit from the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

Kerry Washington is usually one of my favorite red carpet picks. In a sea of traditional gowns, she usually favors colorful, high fashion ensembles, which I obviously love. But this time, her Mary Katrantzou gown just fell short - literally. It's not just the length, but the color blocking, the material, and the choice of shoes all left me a little confused. I'm all about a risky and nontraditional choice on the red carpet, but I think something like this one shouldered, structural Monique Lhuillier gown from the Spring 2015 collection would have been stunning on Kerry.

I think I might be in the minority here for this Jessica Chastain Versace gown. It's not that she didn't look sexy. She's like a freakin' real life Jessica Rabbit - she's sexy. But to me, it just looked a little dated and well...cheap. The heavy make up and overtly sexy bronze lamé dress might have worked on someone else, but I'm not a fan. I would have preferred something a little more romantic like this lace Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2015 gown to show off her incredible body and push her outside of her fashion comfort zone.

Surprise, surprise, Keira Knightley showed up in Chanel. I get it. She's the face of the brand, so it's totally expected she'll wear something from the latest collection. And I feel like this is sacrilege to say (because it's Chanel), but I hate it (fashion gods, please spare me). Between the ruffled lapel, butterfly appliqués, and tiered bottom, it’s all too much. Personally, I would have gone for vintage Chanel. But hell, if you’re committed to sticking with the same pre-fall 2015 collection then this black tiered number would have been a much better choice.


So after all my disappointments, who did I like? Here are my "best dressed" picks for the night.

Emma Stone in Lanvin. I’m a huge fan of what Emma brings to the red carpet. She always shows up in something fresh, fun, and fashion forward. Although her outfit will most likely be divisive on the best/worst dressed lists, to me, this jumpsuit is sleek, memorable, and pushes the red carpet boundaries. Total winner in my book.

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad. I love the intricate pattern in this gown. It elevates a long sleeve, monochromatic dress from something basic into something spectacular. The dress is sheer, lacy, and embellished, but still manages to stay sleek and sexy.

Lupita Nyong'o in Giambattista Valli Couture. I don't think I am alone in saying Lupita is one of the most anticipated red carpet attendees. Last year she killed it during awards season and I expect her reign to continue this season. Last night she looked phenomenal. The dress was feminine, ethereal, and bold and when she walked she looked like she was floating on a cloud of delicate flower petals.

Sienna Miller in Miu Miu. Honestly, I'm not sure this dress would have worked on most, but Sienna was radiant. The neckline was plunging, but unlike some of the other low cut gowns (*cough, cough* Kate Hudson), this one didn't distract from the details of the dress. The hair (which has me seriously considering going short again), the makeup, and the dress just all worked.

Who were your favorites? And more importantly, who could have done better?

1/09/2015

Outfit Post: Holiday Flannel

I've been super behind on my outfit posts. But that's what happens; life gets busy and life gets real and outfit posts take the back seat.

But now I'm back and ready to rock the new year (hopefully in outfits more original than flannels and skinnies. But it's winter and I'm lazy so there's no guarantee).

I took these photos on Christmas morning in Virginia, when the weather was 50 degrees instead of 5 degrees and coats were optional. Looking back, I should have gone camping or golfing or picnicking or something to celebrate those double digit temps. Instead I stayed inside in my flannels and slippers, playing Yahtzee with my dad, and silently cursed the universe for the lack of snow.

You win, Universe. You win.






top: target (old, but similar here)
pants: rag and bone (similar here)
necklace: stella and dot
watch: shinola
bracelet: j.crew factory

1/07/2015

Resolute.

When I first started blogging (and spent way too much time worrying about the unrealistic pressure to perfect every post) my husband said these words to me:
 
 I have a tendency to be overly thoughtful to the point of paralysis and B was encouraging me to stop overthinking and just write. To him, he was just trying to push his stubborn wife to put. pen. to. paper.

But to me, those words were a blaring reminder to stop worrying and just be authentic. Simple as that.  

Be authentic.

 (Warning: Jerry Maguire moment ahead.)

The world of blogging is changing. It’s becoming staged and scripted. Airbrushed and sculpted. Bought and paid for. Style blogging has always been a little bit of a fantasy. I mean, I’m not blogging about my fears and worries. I’m not even blogging about my everyday reality (if I did, there would be a lot more posts involving sweatpants). I am blogging about fashion. Sometimes unattainable fashion. It’s creative and fun and beautiful. And yes, sometimes a little bit staged. And like all social media, in blogging, we get to pick and choose what we share with the world, leading to this false image that we constantly have our shit together.

While I always try and remain authentic - in both my writing and my style - I like to believe that my readers are aware that this blog is only a tiny portion of my reality. My everyday stress and struggles, for the most part, remain off the screen and reserved for my real, non-digitized, life.

And although beautifully curated, I can't help but wonder if this constantly idealized imagery is leading to the loss of authenticity in the world of blogging? And where is the line between inspiration and insincerity?

Today, blogs are looking less like individual expressions of style and more like advertisements. Especially with affiliate marketing and paid sponsorships, all these blogs (even ones that I love) are starting to look remarkably similar. And I get it. It’s how you make money and how many are able to quit their jobs and live the dream as a full time blogger.

But where is the line?

If you are constantly getting paid to promote, how do you maintain your authenticity?

And without authenticity, what’s the point?

Seriously?

To me, without authenticity there is no point. And I am not saying you cannot make money on your blog and remain authentic. You definitely can. But it can be a slippery slope and one that for me personally, is not currently worth the time and moral energy it takes.

So what does that mean?

It means turning down affiliate marketing, ads, and paid posts. If I recommend a product it means I genuinely love it. If I team up with a shop for a giveaway or to style an item, it means I believe in that shop. If I link to an article of clothing I am wearing and you decide to buy it, it means I'm not making a commission off of that item.

It means weekly posts full of inspiration and free of insincerity. It means fashion fantasy merged with daily reality. It means full disclosure. 

For now, building my audience, finding my voice, and developing this little blog trumps the risk of selling myself out. And if that ever changes, you'll be the first to know.

But what does this all really mean?

It means I get to be authentic.

And, of course, that I get to use my voice. Not apologize. Be honest. And have fucking fun.