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

Mad for Plaid #FashionFriday

Mad for Plaid #FashionFriday

So it’s back to winter and reality as March is upon us here in Michigan, but March is supposed to be warmer than average, so fingers crossed.

As much as sometimes I dread it, I still need to venture out of the house in this cold weather.  Recently I stopped at Plum Market one of my favorite spots to load my cart with organic produce, non-gmo snacks and baking ingredients, and Niman Ranch pork and beef.

Mad for Plaid #FashionFriday

Then I had a craving for a cup of coffee.  I had just started the Whole30 and I wanted something to quell some cravings.  I found a spot in Northville called Red Dot and fell in love.  I’ve already been back.

I really enjoyed the pour over and the Blueberry Hibiscus Tea Latte.  It’s so cozy and welcoming inside.

Mad for Plaid #FashionFriday

To go with my day of running errands, I broke out my new plaid blouse and tied a polka dotted belt around it for a contrast that I instantly fell in love with.

Since I went to parochial school, I tend to shy away from plaid so as not to evoke any bad memories, but distance has allowed me to break back into it and this blouse is a whole lot more fashionable than those wool skirts 🙂

Mad for Plaid #FashionFriday

Are you mad for plaid?

Blouse: J Crew // Skirt and Belt: Armani Collezioni // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Wrap: Gucci // Bag: YSL // Bag Charm: Gucci

Mad for Plaid #FashionFriday

Spring Fling #FashionFriday

Spring Fling #FashionFriday

We have been breaking high temperature records all week here in Michigan, and it has been amazing.

Last Saturday the sky was a cloudless blue and the temperatures almost reached 70!  So, we ventured to downtown Birmingham, hopping with activity from everyone wanting to get out and enjoy.  After a nice walk, we headed to Market North End for dinner with friends, where they had the windows open.  I want every day to be like this #californiadreaming.

Birmingham Michigan

To celebrate, because it was a celebration, I wore a super fun outfit of my new watermelon sweater and my favorite polka dotted skirt.  Plus, sandals, because I could.  That’s reason enough for me.

I am so in love with this sweater because it’s so vibrant, youthful, and spring worthy, while still being kind of warm.  After all 70 and sunny in February isn’t 70 and sunny in July.  It’s one of my favorite recent additions to my wardrobe and there have been a lot.

Spring Fling #FashionFriday

I feel like I’m finding my fashion voice and really comfortable with it and how I present myself to the world.  I dress like me, no one else, and I think that’s cool.

Spring Fling #FashionFriday

Do you have a distinctive style?

Sweater: Draper James // Skirt: Kate Spade // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Sunglasses: Tiffany // Bag: Prada // Bag Charm: Anya Hindmarch

Spring Fling #FashionFriday

Spring Fling #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

Red Brick Classic #FashionFriday

Red Brick Classic #FashionFriday

I was looking for a place to take photos after getting my hair done (hi, Emilio – you did better than ever) and it was so cold out.  I almost skipped, but when I walked to the other side of a building, the wind was blocked and I saw this red brick and was inspired.

There’s something so timeless and fashionable about brick.  At the same time it is rustic and hearty.  This look echoes that with denim and a cozy oversized black sweater.  Plus my shawl aka adult blanket that I never, ever get tired of!

Red Brick Classic #FashionFriday

Blonde Hair

Just like brick is something I will love forever, so are these classic fashion pieces: black handbag, cashmere sweater, denim skirt.  They are supremely versatile and forever fashionable.

Also classic is the diamond pendant I stole borrowed from Mom.

Classic Diamond Pendant

Red Brick Classic #FashionFriday

What do you wear that is forever fashionable?

Sweater: Ralph Lauren // Skirt: 7 for all mankind // Bag: YSL // Shoes: YSL // Shawl: Gucci

Red Brick Classic #FashionFriday

Red Brick Classic #FashionFriday

Swimming with the Fishes #FashionFriday

Swimming with the Fishes #FashionFriday

I had a wild and crazy New Year’s Eve.

Mom, Dad, and I went to the Sea Life Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing.  Oh, yeah, that’s how we roll.  Don’t be left behind.

It was actually a blast and we loved checking out all the fish from sharks to jellyfish to starfish to blue marlin and clownfish like Dory and Nemo!

Swimming with the Fishes #FashionFriday

Swimming with the Fishes #FashionFriday

Though it was almost fifty outside, it was freezing, so I wore my new Alexander McQueen sweater that is seriously heavy.  Really, it weights at least five pounds. It’s the first peplum piece I have and I love it.  The pencil skirt keeps things from looking too puffy.

Swimming with the Fishes #FashionFriday

Because seasons are nothing more than a suggestion to me when it comes to choosing what I will wear, I added a purple clutch and blue shoes for some much needed pops of color that blended in with the sea creatures and their environments perfectly.

What did you do on NYE?  Something more exciting than me I am sure 😉

Sweater: Alexander McQueen // Skirt: Dolce and Gabbana // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bag: Valentino

Swimming with the Fishes #FashionFriday

Where the Wild Things Are #FashionFriday

Where the Wild Things Are #FashionFriday

Detroit has an excellent zoo, one of the best in the country, and I had only been there once … on a field trip … in grade school … that I don’t remember.

An incredibly nice, late November day of record breaking warmth meant only one thing … a trip to the zoo.

Because they close early in the fall and winter months, we couldn’t spent a lot of time there or see everything we wanted to see, but we managed to squeeze in the penguins, butterflies, birds, and a bit more on our almost two hour walk around.

Penguins

Where the Wild Things Are #FashionFriday

I wore a casual (for me anyway) outfit including my new J Crew sweater that had arrived earlier that day.  I have a bit of an obsession with stars, so it was perfect for me and it matches my ghost charm pretty well.  I’m still so obsessed with ghostie!

Where the Wild Things Are #FashionFriday

Hopefully more days of record breaking warmth and fun fashion are on the way soon!

Sweater: J Crew // Skirt: Stella McCartney // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Sunglasses: Tiffany // Bag: Prada // Bag Charm: Anya Hindmarch

Where the Wild Things Are #FashionFriday

Where the Wild Things Are #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

Cozy Christmas #FashionFriday

Cozy Christmas #FashionFriday

Going out in the winter is one of my least favorite things to do.  It’s cold and cloudy and generally gross.  But when I have to, trust me, I keep it to a minimum, I very much enjoy wearing this Burberry cape.

It’s basically an adult blanket that is super fashionable and appropriate to wear out.  When I’m all wrapped up in it, it is really warm, and it goes with just about anything.  It almost makes chilly weather tolerable … almost.

Cozy Christmas #FashionFriday

Cozy Christmas #FashionFriday

These photos were taken at our local cider mill.  It’s a hot spot when it is open from Labor Day to right around Thanksgiving.  It’s an old school place with some serious cider pressing skills.  And cozy vibes to match the cape and super wearable jersey dress.

I hope you all have a happy, cozy, fun, fashionable, festive Christmas!!

What do you like to wear to be cozy but fashionable?

Dress: David Meister // Cape: Burberry // Bag: Gucci // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Cozy Christmas #FashionFriday

Cozy Christmas #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

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