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

Spring Sweater Remix #FashionFriday

Spring Sweater Remix #FashionFriday

I bought this sweater early last winter and only had one chance to wear it.  It’s so beautiful, I was super bummed about that.

So, when Dad and I spent the day walking around Birmingham over the weekend, I put it on over a dress to make it spring appropriate and keep me warm from the slight chill in the air.

Spring Sweater Remix #FashionFriday

Spring Sweater Remix #FashionFriday

It was perfect for the weather and added a little something extra to the outfit.  I love that it is super cozy, yet also super fashionable.

Spring Crocuses

We spent a good ninety minutes walking around – yes, I walked in those shoes! – and it was a blast to see spring popping up in the crocuses and birds singing.

A coffee from Commonwealth kept us energized and the day really could not have been better.

What is your idea of the perfect spring day?

Sweater: Alexander McQueen // Dress: Phoebe Couture // Shoes: Prada // Bag and Bag Charm: Burberry  Sunglasses: Tiffany

Spring Sweater Remix #FashionFriday

Spring Sweater Remix #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

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

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