Martell Cognac Celebrates Detroit Fashion

In the true spirit of F.A.B Cocktail, I want to introduce you to what might be my new favorite drink – Martell Cognac. While Cognac is typically a “man’s drink”, Martell is pleasing to anyone’s palate. It goes down smooth and doesn’t leave that harsh after taste. That’s how you know it’s a good cognac!

And unlike other drinks, Martell comes with a message. Martell is currently touring the U.S. stopping in notable cities including my stomping grounds of Detroit, to celebrate young trailblazers with an official celebration hosted by Rob Hill Sr. called Martell Iconic Blueprints.The Martell Iconic Blueprints program is a way to honor those in the community who embody the vision of the Martell brand, defying and exceeding expectations and inspiring others to do the same. As Martell stopped in Detroit, Tommey Walker of DETROIT VS EVERYBODY was celebrated as an emerging icon.

Tommey Walker and Rob Hill Sr.

Tommey Walker and Rob Hill Sr.

Even if you’re not from Detroit, you may have heard of DETROIT VS EVERYBODY. It is a clothing brand that embodies the pride and unapologetic spirit of the gritty but passionate city of Detroit.

Rob Hill and Tommey Walker kicked off the night with an inspiring conversation about being a Martell emerging icon and the future of DETROIT VS EVERYBODY.

So in the end, it was a fabulous night honoring hard work and fashion, with good drinks and good people. I raise my glass and toast to DETROIT VS EVERYBODY and all the other Martell men. Congrats to you!

To follow Martell Blueprints and learn more about this tasty beverage, visit www.detroitvseverybody.com

To learn more about DETROIT VS EVERYBODY or to purchase your apparel, visit http://www.martell.com

Scenes from the night!

Scenes from the night!

Many thanks to the team who invited me to this private event. Good times were had!

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National Shoe Lover Day

In honor of the upcoming National Shoe Lover Day, I’m showcasing some of my favorite shoes for fall!

National Shoe Lover Day was created by DSW, as a day to celebrate one’s love for shoes!

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To celebrate National Shoe Lover Day, DSW is giving 1 in every 25 Shoe Lovers nationwide the chance to win free shoes! Each of the 428 DSW stores, plus dsw.com, will participate. Customers who make a purchase on October 25 will receive a peel-off card with a chance to win free shoes. Shoe Lovers are also encouraged to snap pictures of their party shoes on social media with the hashtags #ShoeLoverSelfie #Ad on October 25 to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for another chance to win free shoes.

Check out some of my fall shoe favorites! I may or may not have a slight obsession with leopard print….

 

Blue leopard print pumps from Aldo

Blue leopard print pumps from Aldo

 

Kate Spade for Keds sneakers

Kate Spade for Keds sneakers from DSW

BCBG Paris leopard print stilettos from DSW

BCBG Paris leopard print stilettos from DSW

 

Black studded booties from Maurices

Black studded booties from Maurices

How will you celebrate National Shoe Lover Day?

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Two Designers You Need to Know

I have had the privilege of attending Fashion In Detroit for three of the four years it has been in existence and I have to say, this has been its best year yet! And after attending this year’s Fashion In Detroit festivities, I feel compelled to share with you two spectacular designers: Joe Faris and Peter Soronen.

Joe Faris:

You may remember Joe Faris, creator of Fashion In Detroit, from Season 5 of Project Runway. He is back in the Motor City creating unisex collections but the detailing of his men’s garments are what really stands out. During Fashion In Detroit, Faris debuted his collection in collaboration with Dodge and I was personally in awe of the detailing on each of the male leather and bomber jackets. Cross stitching, buttons, zippers and color played key roles in the Dodge collection mixing fashion with function for a gritty Motor City feel. You can see some of his detailed work for the Joe Faris Detroit collection which will be available for purchase soon.

Joe Faris Black Leather

Joe Faris Brown Leather

Peter Soronen: 

Peter Soronen is a demi-couturier hailing from the mitten and now a designer to the stars. Soronen is known as the “Corset King” and has the ability to create impeccable dresses for women that celebrate the feminine form. At Fashion In Detroit, the crowed was in awe of his attention to patterns and fit.

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Kudos to the Fashion In Detroit team for putting on a great show and exposing great designers like Jor Faris nd Peter Soronen.

Photo Credit: joe-faris.com and petersoronen.com

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5 Reasons Not to Miss Fashion In Detroit

I’m a Michigan girl, so naturally I’m excited for one of Detroit’s most elite fashion events – Fashion In Detroit! So if you’re in the area, be sure to clear your schedule this Saturday for a fun, fashion-forward event.

Reasons not to miss Fashion In Detroit 2014: 

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1. There will be runway shows including fashions from the Adam Levine Collection plus a musical performance by Lewis Hensley! I first discovered Lewis Hensley at a different fashion event years ago and instantly became intrigued by his smooth voice. I am personally very excited that Detroit’s own Lewis Hensley will be the official performer of Fashion In Detroit 2014.

2. Market Detroit will be back for those who like to discover and shop.  Market Detroit is an interactive pop-up shop retail environment featuring local designers, retailers, vendors and entrepreneurs.

3. There will be an after glow because everyone loves a good fashion party! Sound Board at Motor City Casino will be transformed into the chic and now-famous Fashion In Detroit After Glow party attended by local celebs and fashionistas alike.

4. Fashion In Detroit will present the opportunity for lots if photo ops. From runway pics, to selfies and even group shots, there will be several reasons to snap pics throughout the night resulting in great footage for blogs, Instagrams, Facebook and more. Plus, there is a special Social Media lounge offered to bloggers and press presented by Style Shack.

5. It’s one of Detroit’s best fashion events! In its 4th year, Fashion In Detroit 2014 is a non-profit corporation established to spotlight Metro-Detroit’s fashion and it’s unique development. Developed by Joe Faris, fashion designer and Project Runway Alum, this event is held at Motor City Casino in Detroit showcasing both fashion and entertainment.

To find out more about Fashion In Detroit visit the website at http://www.fashionindetroit.com.

Will you be attending Fashion In Detroit at Motor City Casino?

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What I Wore: Sale Edition

Even though we just officially embarked upon summer, end of season sales are happening everywhere and now is the perfect time to shop!

In-store and online, retailers are weeding out the spring/summer merchandise to make room for fall styles. It seems like this process happens earlier and earlier each year but it’s a great time to stock up on goodies for the remainder of the season and even next year.

Over the past two weekends I have taken advantage of in-store and online sales, saving tons. So with that, here’s what I wore this past weekend – all on sale!

Black Aldo peep toe platforms

Black Aldo peep toe platforms

Bracelet: gifted Sequin clutch: eBay

Bracelet cuff: gifted
Sequin clutch: eBay

Handmade gifted earnings straight from Montreal, Canada. Thanks Cam!

Handmade, gifted earnings straight from Montreal, Canada. Thanks, Cam!

White Vest: $13 Target

Jogger shorts: $9 H&M

Peep toe shoes: $100 Aldo

I also had the pleasure of scooping up a few more fabulous things like the items below

Sale items

Kate Spade bag: $200, regular $350

Victoria’s Secret D: $12.99, regular $24.99

Express Shorts: $25, regular $49.99

 

Where to shop for sales this week: 

Old Navy

Aldo

Dry Goods

H&M

Have you gotten any good sales deals lately?

 

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Detroit’s Best Dressed Men

There are very few fashion events in the Detroit, MI area that are centered solely around men’s fashion but the Modern Man Showcase and Best Dressed Contest presented by Presence II Productions effortlessly showcases the outstanding style of Detroit’s males.

In it’s third year, The Modern Man Showcase is put on as a prelude to Michigan F.A.S.H Fest. This year’s event presented men’s garments from Wooden Hangers, The Broadway and Henry the Hatter – three iconic Detroit and Metro Detroit retailers.

The night began with looks styled by Cerra E Styles highlighting daytime men’s apparel with a chic, casual feel from Wooden Hangers, then transitioned into sophisticated nighttime wear with pieces by The Broadway and Henry the Hatter.

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Possibly the most eventful portion of the night though, was the best dressed contest. A unique tradition for the event, men who deem themselves stylish are able to enter the contest to win bragging rights and a fabulous prize package. The contestant’s looks were judged by a reputable panel of judges including Hoda Salameh of StyleLine Magazine, BJ Hammerstein a Detroit Free Press writer, Tony Stovall owner of Hot Sams, Kyle Matthews of Janet Davis Cleaners, and last year’s winner Mr. Reginald Holden.

Judging criteria:

  • Neatness
  • Creativity
  • Color/patterns
  • Unexpected pairings
Winner Nelson and Judge Hoda

Winner Nelson and Judge Hoda

Last year's winner, founder Leslie and this year's winner

Last year’s winner, founder Leslie and this year’s winner

The winner of the best dressed contest was Nelson Sanders in a preppy ensemble featuring bold colors and patterns.

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Discover C. Wonder

I recently had the pleasure of attending a shopping event at C. Wonder  at Somerset Collection thanks to an invite via Shelley of Still Blonde After All These Years. She’s totally adorable and sweet, btw! Be sure to check out her blog here.

I had not heard of C. Wonder until Shelley introduced it in a Facebook group but I am quite glad she did. C. Wonder is a clothing and accessories store filled with goodies for those with a preppy taste in style. This retailer is well known for it’s monogram items including jewelry, key chains, handbags and more.

J monogram bracelet I purchased from C. Wonder

J monogram bracelet I purchased from C. Wonder

As I browsed the store, I continued to fall in love with everything I saw. C. Wonder is a colorful store offering items like sweaters, hats, gloves, shoes and even trinkets for your furry friends.

Fun fact: the “C” in C. Wonder stands for customer. “Before we even opened our doors, we knew “C.” would stand for customer. Everything we create is designed with our customer in mind, and we’re committed to an incredible service experience that leaves her smiling each time she walks through our doors, visits us online or speaks to one of our cheerful associates.”

I very much enjoyed my first C. Wonder experience and look forward to many more.

Arm party with a C. Wonder monogram J

Arm party with my C. Wonder monogram J

Find a C. Wonder store near you.

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