Vintage Floral Jumpsuit

Earlier in the month I attended the annual garden party fundraiser for the Belle Isle Conservancy, located at one of my favorite spots on Belle Isle - the conservatory gardens and greenhouse. The purpose of the event was to raise money for projects to benefit the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, an amazingly beautiful place in the warmer weather, but my favorite secret hideaway once the winter months come.

In my opinion, garden parties should be fun and full of whimsy, so when deciding on what to wear, I knew I wanted my outfit to mimic that tone. And nothing says fun and whimsical like a vintage, floral, wide leg, cropped, jumpsuit.

Let's be honest. This jumpsuit is a little ridiculous. It reminds me of the curtains in my grandma's house that she's had since the 60s. Maybe that's partly why I love this. Maybe it's also because I love a good bargain and this jumpsuit was purchased in a vintage bundle at an estate sale where I got 5 pieces for twenty dollars (check out the skirt I scored from the same bundle here). But mainly, I love this ridiculous piece of clothing because it's whimsically unique. And that's exactly the type of outfit to wear to a garden party.

clutch: stella and dot (similar)
shoes: old target


NYFW - The Outfits

When attending New York Fashion Week, I obviously put some thought into what I would wear for the weekend. In the past, I probably would have ordered a bunch of new items online - things I didn't really want or need - in order to try and compete with the street style scene and to prove how "fashiony" I am. But I really wanted to both feel like myself in my clothes and also show that you could stand out without buying a bunch of new shit. And more importantly, show that ethical clothes could be fashion forward and on trend and compete with the scene.

So when packing for my trip, I committed to only shopping my closet, and my outfits ended up being a mix of vintage, resale, and ethically made items.

Day 1 included a vintage skirt I bought for 4 dollars at an estate sale earlier this year, which I paired with my favorite neutral accessories. This was the hottest day of our trip, and while I loved my outfit, running all over Manhattan in vintage polyester probably wasn't the smartest choice. If suffering for your outfit is fashionable, I definitely achieved that goal (also please note, I did not actually run around in those 4 inch heels - like any sane person, I wore sandals most of the day).

I ran into photographer (and friend), Joe Polimeni on the streets

top: pitaya (this is actually a bodysuit)
shoes: old target
necklace: clyde's rebirth
belt: old target

For the second day, Michelle (part of my Detroit girl gang who joined me on the trip) and I decided to spend the day bike riding around Brooklyn, which was a nice reprieve from the chaos of Fashion Week. 

It was another scorching day, but when we weren't on bikes, we stayed cool scouring the vintage shops (hello, Beacon's Closet, I'm obsessed with you), bowling, and eating our way around the city. I've been to Manhattan countless times, but I've never really spent much time in Brooklyn. And as much as I loved witnessing the fashion week craze, I really love the excitement of exploring a new place even more.

romper: thrifted from regeneration
vest: old zara
shoes: old zara

We decided to spend our final morning stalking a few more of the shows in search of celebrity sightings and amazing outfits (check out that recap in my street style blog post). 

For my last day in the big apple, I knew I wanted to wear my Vetta culottes. If you guys aren't familiar with Vetta, it's a women's capsule collection (their first collection was 5 pieces that can be mixed to create 30 outfits), that is entirely ethically made. I fell in love with the company when I discovered their kickstarter campaign about a year ago and have been eagerly awaiting the new fall collection ever since (rumor has it, it's coming soon). And since volume and cropped pants are totally on trend right now, not only did I stick to my philosophy and only wear what I owned (and highlight ethical fashion), but I really loved and felt great in my looks. Which at the end of the day, is how everyone should feel, every day, whether you are taking part in fashion week or not.

culottes: vetta
necklace: clyde's rebirth


NYFW - MP Fashion Runway Show

Attending fashion week - even just as a spectator on the street - is something I've dreamed of doing for years. This year, I was fortunate enough to be invited by local Detroit designer, Mila Pershyna of MP Fashion to attend her show for the Plitzs Fashion event, whose goal is to highlight a diverse and creative, yet affordable group of designers. The event showcased a range of designers from all over the world and I was honored to sit front row for each of their shows (thanks, Mila!).

At a time when so many designers are outsourcing their manufacturing to other countries, MP Fashion is a line of contemporary women's fashion that is all made in the US. Each piece is unique and distinctive, but extremely wearable. Comprised of mostly separates, the collection maximizes versatility. I love all the textures and the play on volume that really make Mila's pieces special. Even a simple pair of camel pants are given new heights with a slightly slouchy feel and asymmetrical waistband.

Check out a few of my favorite pieces below and follow MP Fashion on Instagram to see her full collection.

Thanks again to MP Fashion for inviting me - I can't wait to add a few pieces from your collection to my own wardrobe!

Photos by Leonid Tikh of LT Studio

Obsessed with these pants

This look is amazing - I might need this  
Mila and Ms. AWB US 2015, Sheryln Fox
Best dressed guests - especially that yellow caped jumpsuit!
Me and Sherlyn
Me and Mila, pre-show


NYFW Street Style

Elaine Welteroth (left), Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue
I know New York Fashion Week has come and gone - and we are now finishing up the London shows before moving on to Milan - but I needed a little time to recuperate from the whirlwind weekend in the big apple. I'll share more about my trip, including what I wore and my experience at my first fashion week runway show (thank you Detroit designer Mila of MP Fashion for the invitation!), but for now, here is a little street style eye candy from my 3 days in the city.

Even though the temperatures were incredibly hot, most people I saw tried to incorporate some fall trends into their looks. Some themes I noticed on repeat? Lots of volume (in pants, in sleeves, in everything), creative layering, interesting cut outs, and - the most refreshing trend of all - stylish flats!
My girl and fashion blogger, Nailah Ali (top left) of The Moda Intersection & Natalie Joos (bottom right)
Pandora Skyes (top left), Fashion Stylist & Leandra Medine (top right), The Man Repeller
Taylor Tomasi Hill (right), Style and Accessories Director of Marie Claire Magazine
Jane Keltner de Valle (left), Style Director of Architectural Digest & Chloe King (top right), PR Manager at Bergdorf Goodman
Rachel Wang (top right), Stylist and Fashion Director of Allure
Zanna Roberts Rassi (left), Senior Fashion Editor of Marie Claire & Shiona Turini (right), Fashion Market Director of Cosmopolitan


Buy Nearby Campaign - Detroit Guide

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Shop Local.

By shopping locally, you are not only supporting small, independent businesses, but you are also putting money back into your local economy instead of throwing it at big box retailers (who, let's face it, probably don't need anymore money). And if you live in a place like Detroit, those dollars are vital to the growth of the city.

To encourage you to visit your neighborhood retailers, I've teamed up with the Michigan Retailers Association for their Buy Nearby campaign. I'll be sharing some of my favorite places to shop local - and then you can participate in a social media contest highlighting you own favorite Michigan retailers for a chance to win a $500 discover gift card!

Check out a few of my favorite places to shop (and if you're looking for more ideas on where to shop in Detroit, shoot me a message or comment below - I've got lots more recommendations!).

Best Selection of Party Dresses: The Peacock Room
Have a garden party coming up? A black tie event? A Date night? The Peacock Room is your spot. The selection of dresses have a nod to the past - think 1950s Elizabeth Taylor and 1960s Audrey Hepburn - yet are contemporary enough for the modern woman. Owner Rachel Lutz also prides herself on the range of sizes she carries - from a 00 to 24. And if your'e just looking to glam up your LBD? The shop has an incredible array of accessories as well.

Best Shop for Gifts: Nest and City Bird (which conveniently are located next door to each other):
Whether you're headed to a birthday party or a housewarming party (or let's face it, just shopping for yourself), these next two stores have you covered. Both Nest and City Bird have a mixture of housewares, gifts, and accessories, including many Michigan-made products. It's my go-to spot when I'm in need of a quick gift or card.

Best Treasure Hunting: Eldorado General Store:
Be prepared to spend some serious time in Eldorado. Around every nook and cranny is a new treasure waiting to be discovered. Owner Erin Gavle travels all over the country sourcing the best vintage pieces to bring back to her curated shop in Detroit. In addition to the totally amazing vintage finds, she also sells a variety of items from local creators - like Goldeluxe jewelry, Wolf Moon mixers, and Detroit Rose candles. In need of a disco ball for your holiday soirée? Eldorado has you covered there too.

Best Contemporary Shopping: Detroit is the New Black:
What started as a t-shirt line popping up at Eastern Market has become so much more. Now in it's new central location in the heart of downtown, DITNB is showcasing not just tees, but unique designs by owner Rosalyn Karamoko, as well as a rotating selection of designers and artists (like party dresses by Detroit native Tracy Reese, leather goods from Douglas & Co, Hats from Will Leather Goods, and more). The industrial space also showcases the work of artists, with pieces displayed throughout the store (currently on display is Detroit artist, Leon Dickey).

To encourage all of you to shop local and "buy nearby," the Michigan Retailers Association is giving you a chance to win a gift during their Buy Nearby weekend. All you have to do is post a photo of you supporting your favorite local retailer to social media using the #ibuynearby hashtag during the weekend of October 1-2 and you could win a $500 discover gift card! And it doesn't have to be limited to your favorite boutique - feel free to choose your go-to restaurant, hair salon, bar, coffee shop, etc.

Follow along and tag your photos on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by the Michigan Retailers Association, but all thoughts are my own. And thank you for supporting local businesses!