Upgraded Shirtdress #FashionFriday

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I have a confession to make.  I didn’t love this dress when I first bought it.  Maybe it didn’t fit quite right, maybe it just felt a little too mature for me, but I didn’t love it.

It was expensive, so I felt guilty and wore it quite a bit.  Somewhere in there, I fell in love with it.

Upgraded Shirtdress #FashionFriday

The great thing about it is that it is a little warmer than the average dress.  It has short sleeves and it long and made of a heavy fabric.  On those chilly but not cold nights, it’s just perfect.

The fabric is gorgeous with a metallic purple vibe that is always changing colors slightly.

Upgraded Shirtdress #FashionFriday

Upgraded Shirtdress #FashionFriday

I realized what the dress needed was to be modernized a bit with a half up half down hair do.  That one simple change fixed everything.

This classic dress is a staple in my closet and I love that I can show it to you surrounded by the amazing nature I have been surrounded by this spring.

Tulips

Upgraded Shirtdress #FashionFriday

Have you ever fallen more in love with something the more you wear it?

Dress: Carolina Herrera // Shoes: Prada // Bag: Dior // Bag Charm: Tiffany // Sunglasses: Anna Karin Karlsson

Upgraded Shirtdress #FashionFriday

Light Versus Dark #FashionFriday

Light Versus Dark #FashionFriday

I told you last week about some nasty person who kind of ruined my day, but this week, I have a better story.  Someone, a couple people actually, who made my day.

A couple weekends ago, it was just beautiful out, though a bit windy as you can see in the photos, so we headed to downtown Plymouth, grabbed some coffee and walked around.

Light Versus Dark #FashionFriday

It was hopping, full of people out and about, thrilled to be enjoying the nice weather.  When we were walking around a park, there was a family – a dad and I think two kids.  One of the kids, a young boy, looked at me as I passed and said with wonder and excitement “cat glasses.”

It was an honest moment, something kids are so good at, not concerned about filtering everything they say.  We turned back and smiled and exchanged pleasantries with the dad, who may have been a little embarrassed.

Light Versus Dark #FashionFriday

But he shouldn’t have.

Light Versus Dark #FashionFriday

It was a fun, great moment, that instead of bringing me down for the rest of the day, totally lifted my spirits and made me happy.

Like the little boy, I too think cat glasses are pretty awesome 🙂

Light Versus Dark #FashionFriday

He also may have been intrigued by my blue lipstick.  I wouldn’t blame him.  The first time I wore it I felt a little self-conscious, but since then, it has become one of my favorites.

At the end of the day, it’s all just makeup and clothes; it comes off.  Why not have fun and wear cat glasses and blue lipstick?

Dress: Roland Mouret // Blazer and Shoes: YSL // Bag and Lipstick: Dior // Bag Charm: Tiffany // Sunglasses: Anna Karin Karlsson

Light Versus Dark #FashionFriday

Light Versus Dark #FashionFriday

Chance of Showers #FashionFriday

Chance of Showers #FashionFriday

Real talk today.

I love fashion and clothes and outfits and creating looks and I love sharing them here on my blog.  That side of me is more my passion than food even, I have realized.

In order to show you my looks, I have to take pictures.  Mom or Dad takes them, depending on whom I am out with.  We try to stay out of other people’s way and mind our own business.

Chance of Showers #FashionFriday

For some reason, other people don’t feel the same way.  I think it has something to do with where we live.  People don’t understand dressing up, taking pictures, posing like a model (California dreamin’ harder than ever).  They don’t understand that I can be a model without actually being a model.  Like so many other popular fashion bloggers out there, I am trying to build a brand and make a name for myself.  I am proud of this dedication, not embarrassed by it.

While a recent heckler (I don’t know what else to call him shouting “picture” and such) was an annoyance, it was a lady on the day these photos were taken that really upset me.

Chance of Showers #FashionFriday

After getting my hair done (shout out to Alex Emilio Salon in Royal Oak!) and dining at Triple Nickel in Birmingham, Mom and I stopped for a couple groceries on our way home.  It was a chilly, rainy, generally pretty nasty evening.  As we were about to walk in, I thought the umbrella would make for some cute pictures.

So we stopped under and awning and took a few.  A lady stopped in the middle of this weather to share some nastiness of her own.  Talking about how it didn’t make sense I had sunglasses on with an umbrella.  It’s raining.  She kept saying it over and over, for maybe a minute, taking time to stop on her trip to the grocery store to try to bring me down.

Chance of Showers #FashionFriday

It worked for a bit, but not too long because I am sharing these pictures.  I am proud of them, not in a stuck up, look at me kind of way, but in a this is me and my style, not what I saw in a magazine or on a celebrity.  This is who I am.  And I don’t think I’m so bad.

The sunglasses kind of make this look awesome.  And if you meet me, there’s a good chance I’ll be wearing them.  Sunnies are my jam in any kind of weather 🙂

Here’s to spreading compliments and positivity, not hate and negativity!

Dress: Yigal Azrouel // Wrap: Gucci // Bag, Bag Charm, and Umbrella: Burberry // Shoes: YSL // Sunglasses: Tiffany

Chance of Showers #FashionFriday

Chance of Showers #FashionFriday

Rhythm of the Heartbeat #FashionFriday

Rhythm of the Heartbeat #FashionFriday

I don’t know why, but this dress makes me feel all romantic.  The colors are pinks and red and it’s fun and flirty and the pattern looks like hearts to me.

I have loved this dress for a looooooong time.  First on Net-a-Porter where it eventually went on sale, and then on The Outnet where I finally took the plunge.

Rhythm of the Heartbeat #FashionFriday

It’s not Mom’s favorite dress and I almost returned it, but honestly, I just love it way too much to do that.  I got it for a (relative) steal and love that it is comfortable, easy to wear, and long sleeved.  Long sleeved dresses are so underrated.

I paired it with red lipstick and red Loubis to enhance the colors.  My Burberry Bee didn’t really match, but I wanted to carry it and sometimes we should do what we want.

Rhythm of the Heartbeat #FashionFriday

Rhythm of the Heartbeat #FashionFriday

I also wanted to debut the adorable Trench Teddy bag charm Dad bought for me when we were at Somerset not too long ago.  It was such a fun day and a great memory and I had wanted one of those charms FOREVER.

Burberry Bee and Trench Teddy

Is there something you have wanted forever?

Dress: Giambattista Valli //  Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bag and Bag Charm: Burberry // Onyx Pendant: Van Cleef and Arpels // Hello Kitty: Not made anymore // Earrings: Mattioli

Rhythm of the Heartbeat #FashionFriday

Purple Party #FashionFriday

Purple Party #FashionFriday

Last year I bought like four blue dresses and blue is so not my favorite color.  Even if I love the dresses.

I love purple, and Mom bought me this fun purple dress for my birthday.  I love love love the color.  It’s so rich and vibrant.  The flirty ruffled hem doesn’t hurt either.

Purple Party #FashionFriday

I broke it out of the closet this past weekend when we made a last minute decision to go to Taste of Troy, more on that in the upcoming weeks.  It’s a charity event to benefit the Boys and Girls club of Troy and has been held for 25 years, but it was our first time attending.

It was super fun!  In the middle of my Whole30, I stuck to Tim Horton’s coffee, which was surprisingly amazing, and let Dad do all the eating.  But still, it was great to have something fun to do on a super chilly day that otherwise would have been spent running errands.

Purple Party #FashionFriday

Purple Party #FashionFriday

Layering necklaces always appeals to me and this dress was the perfect time to try it out.  Since the dress is sleeveless, I knew I’d be leaving my coat on, but I made it part of my look and tried not to wish for warmer weather too desperately.

Do you like purple?

Dress: Kate Spade New York // Coat: Burberry // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Heart Necklace: Tiffany // Bag: Prada // Bag Charm: Anya Hindmarch

Purple Party #FashionFriday

Purple Party #FashionFriday

Ford Girl #FashionFriday

Ford Girl #FashionFriday

Both of my parents worked for Ford for many years, so it kind of runs in my blood.  The Dearborn area is basically Ford city with many office building, including their world headquarters, located there.  There are also public attractions like The Henry Ford, a museum dedicated to American innovation, something Henry Ford himself is well known for.

It’s a great place to spend a day with rotating exhibits, currently one on fashion and one on cars with their hoods open to look at the engine, as well as staples on furniture and more cars.  This is the Detroit area we’re talking about here.

Ford Girl #FashionFriday

Ford Girl #FashionFriday

It also happened to be a beautiful January day on my visit.  It was sixty and the sun poked out for most of the day.  Score.

So I broke out one of my birthday presents, a find from Net-a-Porter’s sale, a black Victoria Beckham dress.  I am not usually a black dress kind of girl, but with the flared skirt and extraordinary fit, it was hard to turn this one down.

Ford Girl #FashionFriday

I paired it with sparkly shoes with the most amazing structure and silhouette.  Plus, a pop of color from my bag and my favorite cape aka adult blanket because sixty in January is still chilly.

It’s a classic look I can’t wait to wear again and again.  This classic setting was perfect for its debut.

Dress: Victoria Beckham // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bag: Burberry Prorsum // Wrap: Gucci

Ford Girl #FashionFriday

Ford Girl #FashionFriday

Winter Blues #FashionFriday

Winter Blues #FashionFriday

Earlier this week, I shared about our recent dinner at Parc and now I’m back with a look at my fashion that evening as well as the wonderful ambiance in Campus Martius.

We went because it was the last weekend for the Christmas tree to be up to go along with all the other lighted trees and the super busy ice rink.  There is a fire pit with that wonderful campfire smell and great music playing.

Campus Martius

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Too bad it was absolutely freezing out and we couldn’t spend more time outside due to the bone chilling temperatures and winds.

I wore my sparkly blue dress to be festive and paired it with even more sparkly pumps that are “dinner shoes” aka not the most comfortable or easiest to walk in.  my favorite grey wrap and purse rounded out the look.

Campus Martius Christmas Tree

Red lipstick is one of my musts in winter.  Though I have been experimenting with darker colors, which I have always loved, red adds that pop of color and really makes a look feel complete.

Do you wear red lipstick?

Dress: Roland Mouret // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bag: Dior // Wrap: Gucci

Winter Blues #FashionFriday

Winter Blues #FashionFriday

Members Only #FashionFriday

Members Only #FashionFriday

If you are a golf fan, I bet you have heard of Oakland Hills Country Club here in Southeastern Michigan.  It is one of the premier golf courses and country clubs in all of America.

And I have wanted to go there for as long as I can remember.  Finally on the last day of November, Mom and I attended a very nice charity event there.  We did some Christmas shopping, met some very nice people, and had a nice lunch (there was lemon meringue ice cream pie for dessert and it may have been the best thing I have ever eaten).

Members Only #FashionFriday

Members Only #FashionFriday

The club, decorated for Christmas, did not disappoint.  All the trees and wreaths were just stunning.  Plus, it was a sixty degree day with the sun shining so we walked out by the golf course which was beautiful.  We wished lunch was held out there it was such a nice day.

I picked up this dress at Saks on sale recently (and it’s still available online if you are interested).  I love that it has such a unique agate pattern and it garnered complements all day because it’s different.  I know women love wearing black but it can be so blah.  This is anything but.

Oakland Hills Country Club

Because I was headed to a fancy event, I wore my fanciest crystal Louboutins that don’t get out enough.  they sparkled just as much as the club.

Members Only #FashionFriday

This outfit is also perfect for New Year’s Eve.  It is shiny and sparkly and festive but a bit warmer than most of the sleeveless and strapless dresses that fill my closet.

What do you wear when you are attending a special event?

Dress: Yigal Azrouel // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bag: Prada // Bag Charm: Anya Hindmarch

Members Only #FashionFriday

Members Only #FashionFriday

Ladies Who Lunch #FashionFriday

Ladies Who Lunch #FashionFriday

Back in October when there wasn’t any snow on the ground (ah, the good old days), Mom and I went to an event at the Townsend Hotel.  It’s the hot spot for all the celebrities to stay when they are in town and a beautiful setting for the fashion show.

After we even sat in the Rugby Grille by the windows watching the rain fall on the flowers still in bloom.  We had cocktails and dessert and it was a lovely day.

Ladies Who Lunch #FashionFriday

Though well past Labor Day, I wanted to wear this white dress.  The fabric is gorgeous with inlaid mesh showing fringe inside the fabric and it fits like a glove.  Prabal Gurung is the designer whom I actually had the pleasure of meeting.  He has a great story and design aesthetic.

I paired it with one of the newest pieces I purchased, a Charlotte Simone scarf I found on sale.  The bold colors are so eye catching and it really is surprisingly warm.

Ladies Who Lunch #FashionFriday

Finally my blue and green spiked shoes, spiked up the blue in the scarf and were noticed all day long.

Do you like colorful accessories?

Dress: Prabal Gurung // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Scarf: Charlotte Simone // Bag: Dior

Ladies Who Lunch #FashionFriday

Ladies Who Lunch #FashionFriday

All that Glitters #FashionFriday

All that Glitters #FashionFriday

If you know me, you know I am a big fan of glitter.  Glitter makeup.  Glitter hairspray.  Glitter nail polish.  Lots and lots of glitter.

While it can be messy, and yes, there is glitter on just about every surface of my house, glitter is fun.  It makes me feel good and smile on days that might not otherwise be so great.

All that Glitters #FashionFriday

This outfit lets glitter be the star with this fun dress with a flared skirt and high-low hem.  It is made from a metallic fabric, so no worries on glitter being everywhere, but the shine and shimmer is totally present.

Ah, and then there are the shoes!  The shape is so feminine and the gold glitter makes them go with just about everything.  I love that no matter what I am wearing, I can put on these shoes for some instant glitz.

Do you like glitter?  Does something you wear always make you feel happy?

Dress: Black Halo // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bag: Prada

All that Glitters #FashionFriday

All that Glitters #FashionFriday

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