Wish List of Basics

My mind is on my fall wardrobe while my heart is enjoying every moment of summer. As I add items to my mental wish list for my second season with my 5 Piece French Wardrobe challenge, I can’t help but obsess over some luxe basics that are missing from my closet. My wish list of basics for Fall 2014 is made up of pieces made in quality fabrics and that will stand the test of time. My budget will only allow for one, maybe two of these pieces, so I have to choose wisely. I love the updated black pump from Céline along with the everyday black belt from Saint Laurent. Do you have a wish list of basics?


Alexander Wang rib sweater // Isabel Marant striped shirt // ACNE white turtleneck  // Saint Laurent kitten heel booties // Céline heels //  Saint Laurent skinny black belt


Mini Handbags to the Max

Mini-handbags-Saint-Laurent-Small-Lulu-Handbag-Mini-Bags-Womens-Fashion-DeSmittenMini-handbags-Marni-Leather-Trunk-Handbags-Mini-Bags-Womens-Fashion-DeSmittenThere is a major trend happening in handbags, and it comes in mini form. Everyone from Saint Laurent and Givenchy are issuing mini versions of their most classic handbag styles. Barney’s even has an entire mini handbag section on their site, which is enough to declare an official trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. Made from luxe leathers, these mini handbags still go for more than $900, but this is a fraction of what you’d pay for their full-size versions. I can’t get this mini Marni Leather Trunk handbag out of my mind. The barely-there hardware and structured silhouette are what initially caught my eye, but the perfect neutral color is what I dream about most. Of course I also love the black version for everyday use. Scroll through to see my other favorite bags in mini form, do you have a favorite?

Street style image from Vanessa Jackman


Daria Werbowy for Céline Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

celine-2014-fall-ad-campaign-ft-daria-werbowy-desmittenI’m not surprised that Daria Werbowy continues to front the Céline ads, as she represents the essence of the brand, laid back luxury. The Céline Fall 2014 ad campaign is no different, Juergen Teller captured Daria lounging around while looking impeccably chic. From the minimal makeup and single statement earring to a new nautical vibe and golden rod accessories, it all feels so fresh for fall.


To see the full campaign visit FGR 


Postcard from Detroit

I spent the past week in Michigan visiting family, dividing my time between relaxing in the woods and bopping around the city. I grew up outside of the city in the suburb of Grosse Pointe, but I always make time to enjoy the arts in downtown Detroit. Last week I headed to one of my all time favorite museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).  I’ve always loved Alexander Calder so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take a photo in front of his 1970 sculpture that stands on the lawn outside of the museum and towers over me at about four stories high.


Inside the museum was Bruce Weber’s photography exhibit entitled Detroit. It was a small exhibit capturing the essence of the city and the people who still inhabit the somewhat abandoned streets. It was also nice to see portraits of celebrities who still support Detroit including Patti Smith and Iggy Pop and natives like Madonna. A must-see exhibit if you happen to be in Detroit between now and the beginning of September.

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Shop the look // white shirt (similar here) // Helmut Lang pants // Robert Clergerie sandals // vintage oversized leather clutch I picked up at an estate sale on this trip (similar here) // Céline sunglasses


Shop My Style Now

Over the past few months I’ve had many people ask for shopping advice, help with streamlining their wardrobe and other general inquiries about adopting my style. That is when I decided to make it easier for everyone to shop my style right here on my site. If this is your first time visiting, let me tell you a little about my style. Based on a foundation of luxe basics, I continue to build a wardrobe made from quality materials, that have style longevity and unexpected details. 


If you’ve been here before, you may have noticed the FAVORITES section that I added to my sidebar. For the past few weeks I’ve highlighted my favorite new arrivals in this section. To take that one step further, I’ve changed the SHOP button in the menu above to link to a curated shop featuring all of my favorite wardrobe pieces from clothing and shoes to jewelry and accessories. I’ve included reasonably priced high-street styles with designer pieces, because ultimately, a dream wardrobe is made up of a great balance of both. Everything I add to my SHOP or FAVORITES are pieces I would wear, if I had an unlimited shopping budget. Think of it as a recommendation from me to you. To start things off, the SHOP has the previous pieces featured in my FAVORITES side bar. Don’t worry, each week I will continue to update my FAVORITES sidebar, and after the week is over, those pieces will go into my shop. This way, you can shop everything in one place! What are you waiting for, get to shopping!