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.

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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

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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. 

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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!

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Ballet Beautiful

Most of you know that working out is not a top priority of mine, but ever since I got into Ballet Beautiful, I can’t get enough. The workout was designed by Mary Helen Bowers, a former professional ballerina and the trainer to Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan. The workout is designed around ballet, and helps to lengthen and strengthen your muscles. After each workout I stand taller and feel stronger, and who wouldn’t want to dress like a ballerina while working out? For a quick Ballet Beautiful lesson, visit Net-A-Porter. Here is a collection of my Ballet Beautiful essentials, you can shop the entire Ballet Beautiful collection at Net-A-Porter.

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Live the Process sports bra // Acne sweatshirt //  Beauty Counter rose water // Blax hair bands // Ballet Beautiful shorts // Yoga Mat 

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Editorial Eclipse: Normcore

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 Normcore is a movement that is on everyone’s lips… and by everyone, I am pretty sure this is inclusive of people in the fashion industry. For those of you who don’t know, the definition of normcore = dangerously regular or average. We’ve seen a wave of basic dressing, with shoe trends bordering on what was viewed, at one time, as s fashion faux pas. i.e. white sneakers, wearing socks with sandals and sporting shower shoes outside of the comfort of your own home, all very normcore. W Magazine’s Normcore editorial embodies the footwear of the trend, while the luxury apparel is styled in the essence of the word, the pieces are anything but average. Edward Enninful styled pieces from top designers including Stella McCartney, Céline, Calvin Klein collection, Miu Miu, Chanel, Dior, Prada and Hermès and mixed them with Champion t-shirts and footwear from adidas and Nike. Normcore or not, the color palette, chunky sweaters and oversized proportions are fit for fall dressing. I can’t help but notice how the ironic interior reminds me a bit of the house I grew up in, adding to the nostalgic feeling of the trend.

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Must Have: Check Blazer

 My closet full of blazers can attest to my belief that you can never have enough blazers in your wardrobe and they one item that are worth the investment, especially when they are in a classic menswear suiting fabric like the Prince of Wales check. The check blazer is on the top of my list for Fall 2014. A staple that gives a polished pencil skirt a bit of a rocker vibe, but looks equally as chic with jeans and booties, is a must-have for my closet. How would you wear a check blazer?

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 Stella McCartney // Saint Laurent (on sale!) // Topshop

Street style image via Allez Xandra

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