12.30.2012

visual feast


Lians Jadan, one of my absolute favorite photographers to work with, recently launched his new website, and if you're looking for some eye candy, definitely check it out. From gorgeous fashion photography (a lot of it styled by yours truly!) to the coolest Jeep campaign ever, Lians brings his distinct artistic vision to all of his work. As I was poking around the new site, I was excited to discover the video The Work shot of our StyleLine shoot from last summer. It's a delicious taste of the many visual delights on Lians' site. Check out the rest at liansjadan.com.

12.28.2012

new year's eve sparkle and shine

Fox 2 News Headlines

Looking to add some sparkle and shine to your New Year's Eve ensemble? A better question - who isn't? New Year's is the best night of the year to get glittery, and this morning I shared some of my style picks with Fox 2 Detroit. From a casual night in with your girlfriends to a full-on-formal black tie gala, we covered lots of fashionable territory. Check out the video above, and have a happy, stylish New Year!

My outfit: Rebecca Taylor tweed jacket, $650 at Neiman Marcus, Troy. J.Crew blouse, similar here. Blank Denim leather shorts, similar here. Express tights, $14.90 at Express. Alexander Wang "Tasha" boots, similar here, here and here.

12.21.2012

happy holidays, everyone!

My furbabies, Talula and Princeton

I'm sure I'm not the only one, but the lead up to the holidays has been mighty hectic. Between last minute shoots, outings with family, and scrambling to finish buying and wrapping gifts for everyone on my list, this month has flown by. It's hard to believe that Christmas is just a few days away! I'm ready for some relaxing time off to spend with my loved ones, and so excited for the new year, which is sure to bring with it exciting opportunities and lots of new adventures. Until then, have a safe and happy holiday season, everyone!!!

12.06.2012

gift guide 2012: made in michigan


Want to buy local this year? Whether you're shopping for a beauty junkie or foodie, fashionista or ski bunny, you can find something from Michigan for everyone on your list this holiday season. The gifts in this round-up are culled from some of my favorite locally owned businesses, from artisanal handmade soap maker Aromaholic to outdoor superstore Moosejaw.

1/ Maalouf Nail Polish, $9 each. 2/ Moosejaw Men's Jeremiah Bruce Zip Hoodie, $55. 3/ Sibling Michigan Holiday Card, $4. 4/ Kelly Lynne Houndstooth Wool Coat, $250, and Polka Dotted Leggings, $65. 5/ Herman Miller Eames Chair and Ottoman, $3,824. 6/ Moosejaw Women's Irene P. Waters Faux Fur Hat, $42. 7/ McClure's Bloody Mary Mix, $10. 8/ Pewabic Pottery Tile, $22. 9/ American Spoon Red Raspberry Preserves, $9. 10/ Elevated Press Mitten State of Mind Letterpress Print, $20. 11/ Aromaholic Gin and Tonic Soap, $7.

12.05.2012

12.04.2012

gift guide 2012: gifts for tiny tots


The world let out a collective "Squeee!!!" of delight on Monday when Prince William and Kate Middleton announced that they are expecting their first child. In honor of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and because baby stuff is ridiculously adorable, I've rounded up some great gift ideas for the royal babies in your life. Crown not included.

1/ Gap Favorite Intarsia Deer One-Piece, $35, and Favorite Deer Hat, $17. 2/ Jason Wu for NM + Target Lace-Trim Dress, $60. 3/ Baby Sock Monkey, $10. 4/ Oeuf Baby Monster Sweater, $84. 5/ TANE Ladybug Rattle, $38. 6/ Fournier Pirate Pillow, $58. 7/ Winter Water Factory Long-Sleeve Romper, $38. 8/ bioME5 Penguin Bodysuit, $18. 9/ Oeuf Baby Animal Hat, $48. 10/ TANE Cuddle Bear, $63.

11.29.2012

holiday 24 is almost here!


It's almost here!!! The Target and Neiman Marcus Holiday 24 collection featuring 50 amazing gifts by 24 CFDA fashion designers hits shelves this Saturday, December 1, and Neiman Marcus in Troy has a special shopping experience planned. The store is opening its doors at 8 a.m., and eager shoppers are invited to start lining up outside the store's level two mall entrance (the Holiday 24 boutique will be located just inside!) at 6 a.m. While you wait, Neimans will kick the morning off with refreshments, sweet treats, and holiday entertainment. But the real treat will be waiting inside when the doors open - the store will have the ENTIRE collection available for purchase. Check out the full Target and Neiman Marcus Holiday 24 collection here, and don't forget to set your alarm this Saturday!

watch this: are you a classy cat or a messy kitty?


This video of holiday etiquette tips from Derek Blasberg and Juicy Couture is just too damn cute. Watch it and try to tell me you're not in love with Messy Kitty - I mean, come one, who could resist that smashed little face and that bell sweater????

gift guide 2012: classic christmas


Nothing says Christmas like vibrant red and forest green. Whether it's festive footwear or coffee mugs made for cozy afternoons by the fire, gifts in these timeless colors will bring a dose of holiday cheer to everyone on your list.

1/ TOMS Red Dot Women's Classics, $54. 2/ Crate & Barrel Pick Me Up Mugs with Tray, $25. 3/ McSteven′s Rudolph’s Chocolate Creamy Cocoa, $8. 4/ Alexander McQueen Skull Print Silk Chiffon Scarf, $295. 5/ Pendleton Tartan Mug Set, $52. 6/ Tory Burch Pietra Doro Long Necklace, $425. 7/ Michael Kors Crystal Bracelet, $250. 8/ Reed Krakoff Boxer Bag, $1,090. 9/ Crate & Barrel 3-Piece Holiday Snowflake Nesting Bowl Set, $20. 10/ J.Crew Collection Janey Printed Flats, $248.

11.28.2012

gift guide 2012: ballerina dreams


I have a serious love for ballet, so it goes without saying that one of my favorite holiday traditions is watching The Nutcracker. Lucky for me, my cable subscription includes Ovation TV, which broadcasts a "Battle of the Nutcrackers" every season. This year, that means seven different Nutcracker productions to enjoy. The music, the costumes, the sets - The Nutcracker is the ballet that makes thousands of little girls (ok, and grown women) dream of becoming a ballerina. So why not give the one you love a little piece of her dreams this Christmas? From haute fashion to a gorgeous book of ballet photography, these Nutcracker-inspired gifts will bring out the ballerina in anyone.

1/ Crate and Barrel King Nutcracker, $130. 2/ Alexander McQueen Blossom Pink Circle Mini Dress, $2,560. 3/ Bloch Amelie Pointe Shoes, $64. 4/ Repetto BB Strass Swarovski Crystal Embellished Leather Ballet Flats, $600. 5/ Lululemon Skinny Satin Pirouette Headband, $12. 6/ Ballet Beautiful Workout DVDs, $11-$13. 7/ Ballet: Photographs of the New York City Ballet by Henry Leutwyler, $88. 8/ Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World, $22. 9/ Xhilaration Juniors Fashion Legwarmer, $7. 10/ La Mer Collections Crystal Ballerina Charm Watch, $165. 11/ Rebecca Taylor Perfect Fit Strapless Dress, $425.

11.27.2012

gift guide 2012: tiffany blue

If you are one of the lucky few who managed to get all your holiday shopping done between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday - congratulations! If you, like me, aren't in that first group, don't sweat. There is plenty of time left before Christmas, and over the next few weeks I'll be sharing great gift ideas for everyone on your list. And you may even find a little something for yourself along way.


I can't seem to get enough of my latest color crush. Tiffany blue, aquamarine, turquoise, robin's egg blue - whatever you want to call, it's absolutely lovely. At once elegant and cheerful, it gives a fresh pop of color to everything from kitchen appliances to cameras.

1/ KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer, $350. 2/ J.Crew Edie Purse, $238. 3/ Yves Saint Laurent Arty Gold-Plated Glass Ring, $290. 4/ Kate Spade Pixel Journal, $28. 5/ Lomography Diana F+ Camera, $99. 6/ Tory Burch Cotton Simone Cardigan, $225. 7/ Essie Nail Polish in Where's My Chauffeur, $8. 8/ Paper Source Seashell Letterpress Stationery, $10.50. 9/ Nanda Home Tocky Clock, $58. 10/ J.Crew Bubble Necklace, $120. 11/ Urbanears Plattan Headphones, $60.

11.21.2012

small business saturday is november 24!


While there are literally thousands of people gearing up for the rat race that is Black Friday, I'm making plans for Small Business Saturday. Founded in 2010 to give small businesses more exposure on one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, Small Business Saturday brings together shoppers who want to buy local and the independent designers, boutiques and specialty shops that give a community its unique flavor. From dance wear to home wares, here's a peek at the local shops I'll be visiting this Saturday.

10.17.2012

watch this: house of style 2.0 with karlie kloss and joan smalls


MTV's House of Style is back! The reboot of the series stars modern supermodels Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls, and in the premiere episode, we get to tag along as they tackle Paris Fashion Week. Kloss and Smalls are both absolutely beautiful and take on hosting duties with a sincerity and modesty that's even more charming given their positions as two of the industry's top models (the legit kind, not the ANTM kind). What do you think of the new House of Style? Are you going to watch, or do you miss Cindy too much?

watch this: the fashion fund - season 2, ep. 3


It's fashion week on this week's episode of The Fashion Fund, and the judges are attending the finalists' shows and presentations. Highlights: Giulietta's exquisite collection, Tabitha Simmons' at-home showroom, and going on-set with Raquel Zimmermann for the November Vogue shoot with the finalists.

target + neiman marcus holiday 24 lookbook


It's finally here! Well, images at least.

Yesterday Target and Neiman Marcus released the lookbook for their hotly anticipated Holiday 24 collection. A collaboration between the two retailers and 24 CFDA fashion designers, the collection includes 50 truly covetable items and some refreshing surprises. Some of the items are pretty unexpected, like the super cool Derek Lam skateboard (!!!), the adorably quirky Band of Outsiders cookie cutters, and the incredibly beautiful Altuzarra cocktail glasses, shaker and croc embossed tray. There is also a good selection of the clothing and accessories people expect from a Target designer collection, but thanks to the Neiman Marcus connection, they seem a bit more elevated. Think real leather gloves by Brian Atwood, calf hair slippers by Derek Lam, his-and-hers Thom Browne blazers, and an accordion-pleated, beaded little girl's dress by Marchesa. If you're one of the smartypants who ordered the CFDA Mystery Package from Neiman Marcus, good for you, because this collection is sure to fly off the shelves when it hits Target and Neiman Marcus stores and the web on December 1. Check out the entire collection, with prices, below and tell me your favorites in the comments!

10.15.2012

watch this: valentino at new york city ballet


This is hands down one of my favorite internet videos of all time. How amazing would it have been to be in the room for these fittings? Watching my two favorite worlds - ballet and fashion - collide in such a spectacular manor is enough to make me cry with excitement. I'm going to watch this over and over and over.

10.10.2012

wish list: neiman marcus and target cfda mystery package deal


Neiman Marcus unveiled its Christmas Book yesterday in Dallas, and if you've ever wondered what to get the girl who has everything, you might find something among the luxury department store's fantasy gifts. How about a Heritage Hen Mini Farm, modeled after Marie Antoinette's Le Petit Trianon? Or a 2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren 12C Spider sports car?

While designer chickens and high-end cars are wonderful, fashionistas probably have designer goods of another kind on their holiday wish lists. Namely, the 50 pieces that are part of Neiman Marcus's mega-collaboration with Target and 24 CFDA fashion designers. One of the fantasy gifts available this year is a Neiman Marcus and Target CFDA Mystery Package Deal. Why is it a mystery? Because orders have to be placed by October 15, the day before the collection is revealed to the public. The mystery package includes the entire collection, which has items for men, women, children, pets and home. At $3,500 dollars, it's either a super luxe gift for one lucky individual or a fantastic way to get all your holiday shopping done in one fell swoop. And who doesn't love a good mystery?

Check out all of the Neiman Marcus 2012 Fantasy Gifts, as well as the complete Christmas Book, here.

watch this: the history of chanel no.5


Is there a fragrance more iconic than Chanel No.5? I didn't think so. Check out this video exploring the perfume's creation and its history of firsts, including naming the first man ever, Brad Pitt, as its face.

10.09.2012

watch this: the fashion fund - season two, ep. 2


In this week's episode of The Fashion Fund, Vogue.com's web series chronicling the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists, we get one step closer to finding out who will be this year's winner. The finalists come before the panel of judges, along with models wearing their designs, and give a 15 minute presentation and answer questions about their brand. I love that the super adorable, incredibly talented Wes Gordon gets some screen time, and how adorable is Tabitha Simmons? Another highlight is style icon and judge Jenna Lyons in a Creatures of the Wind for J.Crew twinset, worn with thick framed glasses, naturally. Next up - fashion week!!!

tuesday tunes: vintage trouble


Sometimes you go to a concert and you just can't wait for the opening act to finish so you can get on to the main event. This past weekend, when my husband and I went to see Joss Stone with his father (who is probably her biggest fan), that was most definitely not the case.

The opening act was Vintage Trouble, and their performance, in a word, was thrilling. These guys are amazing. Based in Los Angeles and comprised of Ty Taylor (vocal), Nalle Colt (guitar), Richard Danielson (drums) and Rick Barrio Dill (bass), the band plays "live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth'd, pelvis-pushing juke music." Their sound is irresistible, their stage presence magnetic, and I'm pretty much obsessed. Check them out below and at www.vintagetrouble.com.



the hunt: perfect parkas - 2012 edition

perfect parkas - 2012 edition

It's that time of year again. The air is crisp, the leaves are exploding with color, and morning frost has replaced the summer's morning dew. We're deep into fall, and while it's time to make your annual trip to the pumpkin patch and cider mill, it's not quite time to pull out your heavy winter jacket. Luckily, this season there are a slew of great parkas available for any budget. Whatever the price point, look for special details like fur-trimmed hoods, floral prints, or even faux leather sleeves. Check out this year's picks below:

10.08.2012

l.k.bennett has arrived!


L.K.Bennett, the British fashion brand whose footwear is a favorite of Kate Middleton, has arrived in Michigan! Located in Troy at the Somerset Collection, L.K.Bennett is known for chic sophistication and a modern blend of color and femininity. Check out some of my current L.K.Bennett faves below:

L.K.Bennett

louis vuitton s/s 2013


Nobody puts on a show like Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. Last season it was the amazing train, and for spring 2013 it's magical escalators. I love pretty much everything about this show and the spring Louis Vuitton collection. The models coming down two by two, like twins or two sides of a coin. The boxy bags. The sunshine checkerboard runway. The graphic florals. The gorgeous hair and makeup (I predict bow headbands making a big comeback).

The pairing of the looks was brilliant. I adore the way they played off of each other, especially when similar garments were the exact opposites of each other, one a yellow print on a white background, the other white on yellow. It gave the show an intriguing positive-negative aspect that was fascinating and beautiful. Love, love, love!

10.03.2012

alexander mcqueen s/s 2013


The collection I look forward to more than any other each season, Alexander McQueen, walked the runway in Paris yesterday, and it was amazing. From the buzzy soundtrack and bee infested video projection to the honeycomb prints and wasp waists (pun intended), Sarah Burton took us inside the chicest beehive ever. The models - each wearing a honeycomb hat that covered her face, reminiscent of the many-faceted eyes of an insect - were decked out in tortoiseshell accessories and jewelry that had the look of amber. And the clothes - oh my god, the clothes! From the opening nipped waist honeycomb jacket paired with a mid-calf lasercut honeycomb pencil skirt to the closing flower festooned ivory caged ballgown, each look was more extravagant and breathtaking than the last. The attention to detail was incredible, from the exposed boning and corsetry to the bee embroidery and to-die-for shoes. The honeycomb pleated, full-skirted, caged dresses in yellow and black were two highlights from the collection, but honestly, it was brilliant from start to finish.

In a statement on the Alexander McQueen website, Burton said, "The collection is a study of femininity. We looked at erotica. Vargas girls, cages, corsets and crinolines and the idealization of the female form. Nothing is set in a particular period. It's about sensuality and skin but not nudity. We also wanted to express lightness, for the clothes almost to hover over the women who wear them."

With inspiration like that, who wouldn't want to be part of the hive?

10.02.2012

tuesday tunes: kendra morris


If you like your pop with a retro tinge (think Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lana De Rey), then you definitely need to check out Kendra Morris. Her voice is bluesy, at times plaintive, at times powerful, and her rhythms are slinky. Check out "All Night" below, and download her debut album, Banshee, here.

watch this: the fashion fund season two has begun!


Competing for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund has become a rite of passage for emerging American designers. Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Derek Lam - some of the biggest names in American fashion have been finalists for the prize. Last year we got to watch the finalists - including winner Altuzarra and runners up Creatures of the Wind and Pamela Love - go through the process on "The Fashion Fund," a web series that went behind-the-scenes to show what it takes to win. The second season debuted on Vogue.com today - check out the video to meet your 2012 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund finalists, and check back every Tuesday for the latest episode!

9.27.2012

something pretty - valentino for nycb


I am working my tail off on a major deadline, so until I have the time to post my thoughts on all the spring collections, enjoy these gorgeous shots of the exquisite costumes Valentino designed for New York City Ballet. Pure fashion fantasy, aren't they?


photos: Vanity Fair

9.25.2012

tuesday tunes: ride by lana del rey


Despite what the the haters say, I adore Lana Del Rey. Her voice is incredible, and I find her retro-tinged, atmospheric, bluesy brand of pop music entrancing. Her music harkens back to a different era, but at the same time it's thoroughly modern. And she is a totally stylish chick. On November 13, Del Rey is releasing Born to Die: The Paradise Edition, a double album that includes "Video Games," "Born to Die," "Blue Jeans," "National Anthem" and eight new songs, including "Blue Velvet" (the song from the Lana-starring, David Lynch-inspired H&M campaign video) and the new single, "Ride." Check out "Ride" above and pre-order the album on iTunes here.

9.24.2012

kate spade for paperless post


Let's face it - we live in a world where you're more likely to get invited to an event via Facebook than a pretty letterpress printed invitation. For design junkies and paper nerds like me, that's a sad, sad thing. But luckily there's Paperless Press. As their vision statement says, they know that "communication is an extension of personal style: how you say something is often as important as what’s being said." Paperless Press let's you send evites that don't suck or get lost in a sea of FB notifications. And now they've teamed up with Kate Spade New York, making it possible to send beautifully designed digital invitations and notes decked out in the preppy chic brand's signature stripes, dots, and prints. Check out the full collection and learn more about Paperless Press here.

9.17.2012

in high school i lettered in fashion

Madewell Letterman Sweater-Jacket, $158 at Madewell

There's something about fall - it always feels like the perfect time to add to my wardrobe. It's a sartorial reflex caused by years and years of back to school shopping (blank notebooks and unsharpened No. 2 pencils were just as exciting to me as the outfit I picked out for the first day of class), so you can imagine how happy I was to spend all day yesterday catching up and shopping with my friend Alison, the super fab chick behind Viva la Diva Events. Five stores and one Strawberry Basil Limonata (yum!) later, my closet has some lovely new additions. My absolute favorite acquisition, and the piece I know I will wear constantly this fall, is Madewell's Letterman Sweater-Jacket. It's just begging to be worn to a football game on a crisp autumn day, embellished with button pins and a varsity letter. See, I told you I was nostalgic about back to school shopping...

Embroidered varsity letters, $10 for 2 on Etsy.com

Vintage buttons, $12 on Etsy.com

9.16.2012

watch this: go behind the scenes at nyfw with dvf and google glass


So those crazy, futuristic glasses the models were wearing on the spring 2013 Diane von Furstenberg runway? Yeah, those are the Google Glass, Google's augmented reality, heads-up display glasses prototype. Von Furstenberg partnered with Google to record her fashion week experience with the glasses. The designer, her production team, and several of the models in the show sported the gadget on the runway and backstage, and the footage resulted in the first ever film made with the device. It's pretty cool, not only because it shows what Google Glass can do, but because von Furstenberg is one seriously amazing woman. Watch the video below to go backstage at her spring show and hear her talk about her empowering, inspiring philosophy on life and fashion.

9.15.2012

nyfw: five favorite things

I have finally, finally waded through the New York S/S 2013 collections, and there are some gorgeous things to look forward to in the coming season. Here are a few of my favorite things:

1/ Ghostly florals at Jason Wu


2/ Marc Jacobs' mod circus


3/ Mosaic prints at Bibhu Mohapatra


4/ Suspension at Alexander Wang


5/ Sophie Theallet's dragonfly prints


To see more from the spring shows, check out my NYFW Spring 2013 board on Pinterest!

9.14.2012

calendar alert: sips, snacks and shopping with kate spade



On Friday, September 21 from 4-8 p.m., Kate Spade invites you to shop for a good cause. Enjoy sips and snacks while shopping Kate Spade's colorful, preppy chic fall collection. During the event, receive 10 percent off full price purchases, and 10 percent of the evening's proceeds will be donated to The Care House of Oakland County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. To RSVP, call 248.458.2025.

Kate Spade New York
Somerset Collection
2801 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
www.katespade.com

9.05.2012

fashion's night out is tomorrow!


Fashion's Night Out - the international shopping event spearheaded by Vogue editor Anna Wintour - is tomorrow, and while we may not have the celebrities, models, and fanfare that New York has, there is plenty going on here in metro Detroit. Check out some of the evening's happenings below!

Figo Salon is offering free Kerastase treatments and blowouts, wine and light appetizers, and 20 percent off all products. 6-9 p.m. | www.figosalon.com

Start practicing your fiercest poses - Tender is giving guests the chance to let their inner model shine with an in-store fashion shoot. 7-9 p.m. | www.tenderbirmingham.com


Indulge in Blue Jeans and Red Wine at Caruso Caruso - the denim emporium will be pouring glasses of vino, serving tasty hors d'oeuvres and offering shopping discounts. 5-8 p.m. | www.carusocaruso.net

Addicted to Instagram? Stop into a BCBGMAXAZRIA store, deck yourself out in a head-to-toe look, and snap a picture. Be sure to tag your photo with one of the brand's key fall trends (see their site for more info) for a chance to win a $2,500 BCBG wardrobe. 6-9 p.m. | www.bcbg.com

Enjoy sips, sweets and a Braid Bar at Madewell, plus, guests who spend $100 or more get a free Stateside Tote. 6-8 p.m. | www.madewell.com

Saks Fifth Avenue at Somerset Collection is launching their new 10022-SHOE department and fundraising for HAVEN. 5:30-8:30 p.m. | www.haven-oakland.org

For more FNO events in Detroit and around the country, check out fashionsnightout.com.

8.29.2012

second-day makeup with mac and carine


Yes, I am a little obsessed with Carine Roitfeld. The former Vogue Paris editor is one of my styling icons, and this fall brings a double dose of my muse. Her new magazine, CR Fashion Book, hits shelves September 13, and only a few days before, Carine's makeup collection for MAC debuts on September 6. With everything from eye shadow palettes and nail polish to tiny star stencils, it will be easier than ever to capture Carine's signature smudgey smokey eyes. Oh, and it's even better if you go to bed without washing off your mascara, one of the beauty tips Carine shares in the above video promoting the collaboration. Who knew we shared a love of second-day makeup? See the full collection below and pre-order a copy for CR Fashion Book here.


8.15.2012

keenan kampa is a doll


If there's anything I love more than fashion - ok, as much as fashion - it's ballet. I love watching it, I love doing it, I love reading about it, I just love it. So when I had the chance to interview Keenan Kampa, the gorgeous ballerina who recently became the first American to join the famed Mariinsky ballet, I did a happy dance of my own. Keenan is in town to dance at the third annual "Stars of Russian Ballet" gala at Ann Arbor's Power Center this Saturday, and I'm going with a few of the ladies from the studio where I take class. My favorite part of the interview was at the very end. I asked Keenan what pieces she would be dancing on Saturday, and after she told me, I said I couldn't wait to see her dance them. Her voice lit up, and she said, "Oh, you're going to come? That's so great!" So sweet, so genuine. I told her I wouldn't miss it.

Read my interview with Keenan here.

8.01.2012

get the look: dressage

Zara Phillips riding High Kingdom during the Eventing dressage phase at the London 2012 Olympics

Is there a more elegant Olympic sport than dressage? Not only does it showcase beautiful horses trained and ridden at the highest level, but the riders are turned out with incredible style, from the tips of their top hats to the toes of their sleek black boots.

The riders competing in Eventing took to the arena for their dressage tests earlier this week (including Zara Phillips, above, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth), and the individual and team Dressage competition starts August 2. Equestrian style was also a major influence on the fall 2012 runways  (see: Gucci, Givenchy and Ralph Lauren), and with the collections making their way to store shelves, now is the perfect time to indulge in some haute horsey attire. Here's how to get the look:

7.30.2012

the target + neiman marcus dream team

Karlie Kloss in Prabal Gurung, one of the 24 CFDA designers creating pieces for the
Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday 24 collection

No images have been released yet, but the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday 24 ad campaign shoot brought together a fashion dream team. Seriously, if there was an Olympic event for photoshoots, this crew would win: photographer Craig McDean, stylist (and my hero) Alex White, and hair stylist Orlando Pita. Oh, and it stars Karlie Kloss. No big deal. The campaign, which will cover online, print, out of home, TV and social media, apparently required Kloss to draw on her dance background. What do you think the odds are that it has a Nutcracker theme?

source: WWD

something fishy


This adorable video will instantly make you want to run to the nearest Marc by Marc Jacobs store to catch one of these brilliant fishing lure keychains. So cute, and apparently they're all you need to reel in fab MJ handbags! Unfortunately we don't have a Marc by Marc store here in Detroit, so my keys will sadly remain fishless. To find a store near you, click here.

7.26.2012

say hello to the heroine, mcqueen's $40,000 stunner


Getting email from Alexander McQueen is always exciting, even though they're usually to promote a product I could only ever dream of affording. Take, for example, the email I received earlier this week announcing the launch of the house's new "it" bag, the Heroine.

She's a real beauty. Sleek, curvy silhouette with beautiful structure and detailing rendered in luxurious black crocodile. Good looks like that don't come cheap, though - the croc Heroine rings in at a jaw dropping $37,995 (well over $40,000 when you figure in tax). But the style is available in more budget friendly materials, starting at $2,295 for a small oxblood suede bag and topping out at $2,595 for a medium black calf leather version. Ok, maybe they're still not that budget friendly, but they sure are gorgeous.

To score your own Heroine, visit www.alexandermcqueen.com.

7.25.2012

loeffler randall handbags are here - and you could win one!


Loeffler Randall, known for incredibly cool shoes, is launching a line of incredibly cool handbags to match. Available online this week, styles range from the chic, structured Rider Bag (above) to the pint-sized crossbody Mini Bag. The bags go on sale July 26 at www.loefflerrandall.com, but if you can't wait to get your hands on one, the designer is partnering with Who What Wear to give one lucky winner the bag of her choice.

Enter to win your favorite bag from the new Loeffler Randall handbag collection here: http://bit.ly/PIkAQT

watch this: target + neiman marcus holiday 24 collection


Buzz is building for the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday 24 collaboration! The collection, designed by 24 CFDA designers, including Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, Marchesa, and Jason Wu, hits Neiman Marcus and Target stores on December 1. Watch the designers talk about the collaboration in the above video. Are you excited for holiday shopping yet?

alexander mcqueen's fall campaign is out of this world


For Alexander McQueen's fall campaign is awesome. Suvi Koponen looks like a futuristic creature from another planet in her exploded ruffles, platinum blonde slicked back hair, and silver visor glasses. Shot by David Sims, the campaign features some of the most extraordinary pieces from the fall collection and gives us a closer look at the truly epic shoes. Oh, and there's also a super trippy campaign video to go along with it. Check out the video and the full campaign below.

7.23.2012

cr fashion book sneak peek!


I can't describe how excited I am about CR Fashion Book, the new magazine from uber editor Carine Roitfeld. If the above image is any indication, the magazine - which debuts September 13 - is going to be f*ing spectacular. The image, shot by Sebastian Faena and starring Juliet Ingleby as the sexiest widow ever, was released as a teaser GIF on crfashionbook.com, where, if you know what's good for you, you can also pre-order the premiere issue.

7.13.2012

ka-pow! 3.1 phillip lim pre-fall


I'm in love with the 3.1 Phillip Lim pre-fall collection. Especially the comic-inspired knits and accessories. The bold colors and graphics are cheeky, whimsical and nostalgic while still maintaining a fashion-forward edge. I mean, what are comics if not the ultimate form of colorblocking? I'm particularly obsessed with two fab, superhero worthy pieces:

7.10.2012

newsflash: neiman marcus and target's designer holiday


Yeah, yeah, yeah, we just celebrated 4th of July, so it's a little early to think about holiday shopping, right? Well, think about it, because today WWD reported that Neiman Marcus and Target have rallied a group of spectacular guest designers for an ambitious holiday collection. From WWD:

Neiman’s, the luxury chain, and Target, the trendy discounter, are getting together for Christmas in an unprecedented partnership whereby they jointly corralled 24 CFDA designers to create items for a limited-edition holiday collection, WWD has learned. The Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection will be sold beginning Dec. 1 at all 1,763 Target stores and the 42 Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at target.com and neimanmarcus.com. 
The collection ranges from $7.99 to $499.99, with most items less than $60. Designers who created pieces for the collection include Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Tory Burch.
According to top executives from both stores, the collection will include more than 50 limited-edition gifts in men’s, women’s, children’s apparel and accessories, as well as other categories that some of the designers are getting into for the first time, such as sporting goods, home decor, pet accessories and accessories for electronics.
Each designer created one to three items...Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Eddie Borgo, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Robert Rodriguez, Rodarte, Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne and Tracy Reese are also among the labels participating. 
 

beauty buzz: befine exfoliating cleanser


My husband and I spent the 4th of July holiday up at our cottage, and of course I forgot to pack my face wash when we came home. Luckily, a past Birchbox included a sample of Befine Exfoliating Cleanser, and I am seriously in love with this stuff. The magic is in the brown sugar beads - as they slough away dead skin and impurities, the brown sugar melts, transforming the formula from lightly abrasive to rich and creamy as you cleanse. The sweet almond oil and oat protein hydrate your skin, making this the first exfoliator I have ever used that leaves my face feeling soft, moisturized and completely replenished. And it doesn't hurt that it smells good enough to eat.
$25, Birchbox

7.04.2012

happy fourth of july!


Happy 4th of July, everyone! I'm celebrating our nation's birthday on the lake, but if you're stuck in the city, why not hit the town in some patriotic platforms from Jeffrey Campbell?
Jeffrey Campbell "Lita" in Stars and Stripes, $160, Karmaloop

6.29.2012

required reading: bridget foley's diary


This week, for her "Bridget Foley's Diary" column, WWD Executive Editor Bridget Foley wrote one of the most articulate, thoughtful treatises on why designers matter that I've ever read. The question of brand vs. designer has been a hot topic lately thanks to upheaval at storied houses like Dior, YSL and Jil Sander, and Foley hits the nail on the head when she writes that "the elite designers, those who drive fashion, those few who will be remembered, do more than design to the bottom line. At its best, their fashion codifies, or even instigates, something in the larger culture, often presenting alternatives to the status quo." Anyone interested in fashion should read this piece. Check it out here.

6.28.2012

wish list: j.crew dizzy anchors dress


J.Crew can read my mind. Seriously, how did they know I've been obsessed with anchors lately? This adorable cotton dress has an all-over, navy anchor print, shirred waist, and ruffled hem. It's summertime perfection!
$168, J.Crew

cityloft is back!


It's baaaaa-aack! Somerset Collection's CityLoft pop-up shopping concept has returned to Woodward Avenue for its second summer, anchoring the rebirth of Downtown Detroit Days. I reported on CityLoft's return for Hour Detroit before I left for Stockholm (you can read my article here!), so I couldn't resist scoping it out on opening day.

6.26.2012

ciao, bella!

On the cover: 3.1 Phillip Lim top, $450, Alexis Bittar bracelet, $325, and ring, $275, and Stephen Dweck earrings, $295, Neiman Marcus, 248.643.3300. Stella McCartney pants, $525, Saks Fifth Avenue, 248.643.9000. Madewell belt, sylist’s own.

My return flight from Sweden touched down late last week, and I was greeted by a beautiful site: the latest issue of StyleLine! I had the privilege of styling the cover and accompanying fashion spread alongside an incredible team, and I'm so proud of the results. StyleLine's editor, Karen Buscemi, gave photographer Lians and I a "color burst" theme. My interpretation was inspired by film noir - what would classic black-and-white noir look like if was shot in color? Thanks to the incredible creative team, beautiful model and a limited edition Gucci Fiat 500, pretty glamorous, if you ask me! Check out the full shoot below:

6.15.2012

stockholm syndrome


Tomorrow I leave for Stockholm!!! I'm very excited - from incredible architecture and furniture design to to-die-for Swedish fashion, there are so many things I am dying to see! I'm not sure what my internet situation will be when we get there, but I will be sure to post a full account of my adventures when I get back! Until then, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @beccastyle!

6.13.2012

newsflash: maison martin margiela for h&m


This is happening. The next edition in H&M's frenzy-inducing series of design collaborations comes from an unexpected but exciting source: Maison Martin Margiela. The line, which will go on sale in 230 H&M stores worldwide and online on November 15, will include ready-to-wear and accessories for men and women.

Following the house tradition of making statements as a collective, Maison Martin Margiela told WWD, "The democracy of our fashion has always been at the center of our creativity, and the collaboration with H&M allows us to push this instinct further. We will bring together the contrasting universes of the two houses in ways that will surprise all."

Let's hope H&M surprises us all with more than the looks in the collection - let's hope they surprise us with online shopping in the U.S. before the collection launches.

6.08.2012

up, up, and away!

Captain Lula on the lake

It's summer in Michigan, and that means one thing: weekends up north. Sure, New York has the Hamptons, but here in Michigan, where there are more than 11,000 inland lakes and 3,177 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, we take our weekend warrior-ing very seriously.

I'm not sure exactly where the term originated, but when someone from Michigan says they are going "up north" for the weekend, they are loading up the car and driving several hours to a summer home/cottage somewhere upstate of where they live year round. I grew up on Portage Lake, which is about 30 minutes northwest of Ann Arbor, so until I met my now husband, I was an up north neophyte. Now, we spend as many weekends as possible at "the cottage," hanging out with friends, grilling, drinking, swimming, boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and in general having an amazing time.

This weekend is the first of the season that I'll be spending up north, and I am SO EXCITED!!! What does one pack for a weekend up north, you ask? Other than loads of sunscreen, here are my essentials:

6.05.2012

summer beauty obsession: ysl rouge pur couture in le orange


I recently started working with Hour Detroit, a fantastic local city magazine, as a freelance style editor. When I was working on one of my first pieces for the mag - a round up of beauty products that offer SPF protection - I discovered my new summer beauty obsession: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Pure Color Lipstick in Le Orange.

I have always loved a classic red lip, but I was seriously nervous about orange lipstick. Orange is so bold and juicy - I just didn't think I could pull it off. This gorgeous shade completely changed my mind. It's bright and no question orange, but it has just enough red in it to work with my pale rose complexion. The beach-ready SPF 15 formula is so creamy and smooth that it feels more like wearing a lip balm, and the color lasts for hours.

Check out YSL's Rouge Pur Couture lipstick and more SPF beauty products in the July 2012 issue of Hour Detroit.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture, $32
www.yslbeautyus.com