1.21.2016

hitchcockian fashion for hour


I adore shoots that tell a story. Whether fantastical fairytales or Russian mobsters, using clothes to tell a story is my favorite thing about my job. So of course when I found out we were doing a Hitchcock-inspired shoot for the January issue of Hour, I was beyond thrilled. Photographed by Jenny Risher at the gorgeous Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn, the shoot has a mysterious, noir element that I love. The models were both fantastic, creating characters that perfectly captured Hitchcock's legendary psychological drama. The final images are so cinematic, like stills from a movie.

For the clothes, I wanted everything for this shoot to have a sense of timeless luxury. Classic suits worthy of Cary Grant and femme fatale dresses laid the foundation, with plenty of exquisite fine jewelry and vintage-inspired accessories to take things to the next level. See all the looks below, and visit here to shop the shoot.

1.12.2016

stepping out with the stars



Before I was asked to participate in Stepping Out With the Stars, I had never taken a ballroom dance lesson in my life. I had seen it on television (So You Think You Can Dance is one of my favorite guilty pleasures) and I have an undying love for Dirty Dancing, but I'd never learned more than a basic box step.

With visions of Swayze dancing in my head, I went into my first lesson not knowing exactly what to expect. Jason, the choreographer, and Kyle, my dance partner, both instructors at Arthur Murray Sterling Heights, were so incredible to work with. From the very beginning, they were patient when I had trouble picking up a step, laughed with me when I couldn't quite balance in my brand new dancing heels, and encouraged me to have confidence in my ability to pull it off. In the end, I had so much fun, and it was such an honor to dance in support of Turning Point, an organization that has served victims of sexual and domestic abuse for more than 30 years.

The official video from the event has finally been released - when I watched it, I expected to cringe at my performance (you're your own worst critic, right?) but I'm actually pretty proud of myself. It's not bad for a girl who'd never set foot in a ballroom. See me dance above at minute 22:30!

To support Turning Point, please visit turningpointmacomb.org.

Also: A special thank you to ChristaMara Alix and Monica Jadan for making me look so pretty. I went to the event directly from a photoshoot, and after a long day on set, I needed all the help I could get!

1.04.2016

say hello to metro detroit weddings!


When I first started styling and editing Metro Detroit Bride three years ago, my personal wedding planning days were long over, but I was so excited to have the opportunity to help other couples on their journeys down the aisle. The magazine has always been about inspiring Detroiters to plan the wedding of their dreams through beautiful images and thoughtful content.

But this year marks a milestone - the magazine has been relaunched as Metro Detroit Weddings, with a more inclusive outlook and a more modern design aesthetic. Everyone at the magazine, myself included, was overjoyed when the Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage. Equal rights for all - especially when it comes to love - is a cause we all believe in strongly. The magazine's new name reflects that, dropping the "bride" in favor of "weddings" to show our support for Detroit couples who are gay, straight, and everywhere in between.

To launch the new magazine, our new art director, the lovely Carolyn Chin Watson, created a modern, sophisticated new logo. For the cover shoot, we knew we wanted something equally forward. For our location, we decided on the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University in Detroit. Designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the building is a Modernist masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the exquisitely modern, deceptively minimalist wedding gowns featured in the shoot. Photographed by the always amazing Lians Jadan, this shoot is one for the books. For gown details, visit me on Instagram!