By Anna C.

1 Dress 2 Ways

I found a great basic grey cotton/spandex blend dress at Madewell last week.

I spent over an hour trying to figure out the best way to style it and realized that it goes both ways: Day and Night.

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OPTION 1: Daytime Look

Underneath: sleeveless light wash denim chambray shirt from J. Crew.

On top: J. Crew statement necklace and a casual cotton blazer from Uniqlo.

Finishing touches: Madewell leather sandals and Shinola envelope clutch.

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OPTION 2: Night Out

On top: Clover Canyon floral blazer

(I used the strap of my Madewell bag as a belt!)

Finishing touches: Neon yellow pointed toe heels from Aldo and a leather strap bracelet from Lola.

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And there you have it! A great basic dress that can go from day to night!

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A Fashionable Day Out

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From the Ultimate Style Expo to a private shopping party at Aldo;

I spent the day watching fashion shows, hitting photo booths and meeting local designs and stylists with some of my favorite fellow bloggers.

image7The Ultimate Style Expo featured shows by: Scotta Intimates, Luv 808, Dress to Kill Boutique and Thrift on the Ave. and others

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It was great sitting with Bruna from Style Mile and Leah from Beauty and the Muse. Our friend Jireh from Fashion Meets God also competed in the Blogger Street Style Challenge. (great job girls!)


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Photo cred: @brunetunes

After the show I headed to Twelve Oaks Mall for an Aldo shopping event hosted by the beautiful Madina of Wild Halo.

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There were so many cute shoes, I couldn’t even decide! Guests also shopped trunk shows with: Stella & Dot, Ray-Ann’s Wardrobe and Sherry Hour. I snagged a classic vintage coach purse in addition to a new pair of summer heels.

 

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I had such a fun time at The Ultimate Style Expo and the Aldo A-List Spring Shopping event!

There’s nothing better than fashion shows and shoe shopping!

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The NOiRevolution was amazing last night! I had a front row seat (almost) for the show and was more than impressed by the modeling, styling, production and overall event.

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photo from instagram: @annaceen

 

I was able to snap a few photos on my iPhone. They don’t due justice compared to what it was like at the actual show (and the photo quality isn’t that great) but I  can’t help but share some of my favorite looks from this Crisler Center event.

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Each of the scenes were choreographed to perfection; from Preppy and Urban Chic, to Lingerie and a special “Noir” section styled by Dutch the Omen.

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The NOiR team did an amazing job at tying together fashion and philanthropy. All of their proceeds from the show went to The Children’s Literacy Network.

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It was great seeing some of my friends on stage! Shout out to Tanvi, Olivia, Chuks, Théo, Zalo and NOiR President, Karen Doh (who looked stunning!!!).

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Congrats to the entire NOiR Executive Board!

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You can see a few video from the show on instagram @annaceen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black is Not Boring

If I could I would wear black every day.

The one thing Anna Wintor and I don’t agree on is the beauty of black on black.

I mean, how can you go wrong?

 

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Ayla & Co. has a beautiful collection of high-end fashion from designers such as Philosophy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ulla Johnson, Pollini and so many more.

 

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Kayoon is seen here doing a little window shopping outside one of my favorite Ann Arbor stores Today Clothing.

 

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The cobalt blue tassels are a fun flare that reveal themselves when the dress is in motion.

 

Kayoon 4A floppy hat makes this outfit on point. It’s spring, there is no need hide under layers anymore.

 

Kayoon 3A simple accessory like this blue and gold stone bracelet is all you need to accent this simple black dress.

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You can find this dress and several others at Ayla & Co. on Main Street in Ann Arbor.


photography by:

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Pastel Pleasure

Happy Easter All!

Last Friday I spent the afternoon at Ayla & Co. searching for the perfect Easter outfit.

Criteria: Casual chic, lively colors and family friendly (because we all know grandma will be judging your skirt length)

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This cotton dress has just the right pop of color for a sunday brunch or family dinner.

2222001098_1_1_1Nude heels from Zara are the perfect option for incorporating texture.

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This creamy yellow bag from Zara goes perfectly with Kayoon’s light gray heels.

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A naturally tanned leather belt to cinch the waist brings attention to the dress’s pleated skirt.

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You can never stack too many bracelets when you’re working with gold and leather.

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Try this Marni or Niels Peeraer cuff  found on shopstyle.com 10976942_4661153_1000

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Skip, jump and hop along with Peter Cotton Tail this Easter looking fab in your Sunday pastels.

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Event Season

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When the weather gets nice, people want to do things: host a party, get married, plan events, go on outings, etc. etc.

Spring is the season of events. Every weekend there is something new.

A dinner to attend, a show to see, a visit to plan.

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I bought this Ulla Johnson dress from my favorite Main Street store, Ayla & Co. and I’ve already worn it to three events!

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The pleated silk is easy to dress up for a dinner party, or dress down for an afternoon outing.

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Here I’ve paired the dark gray dress with nude and gold accessories. This faux snake skin BCBG clutch is a great accent color.

It contrasts nicely against the solid gray and white silk.

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There is nothing better than an impromptu photo shoot on the first sunny day of spring.

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I’m sure this dress will make a few more appearances this spring/summer.

Bring on the Sun!

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StyleChops Runner Up!

 

This Sunday I competed in StyleChops at

Guys-N-Gals.

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The event, co-hosted by StyleShack and Bruna from StyleMile, was a compete success!

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I love meeting fellow fashion bloggers in Michigan. I met an awesome girl named Madina from Wild Halo.

Check out her amazing blog here!

Each of the three rounds had a theme: Bohemian Chic, Romantic Chic & Sporty Chic.

We had 30 minutes to pick two looks and style our mannequins.

 

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Image from the Guys-N-Gals Facebook page

With over 6 bloggers vying for the title of StyleChopped Champion the competition was fierce.

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It was so much fun creating each look. Guys-N-Gals has some great brands like Vince, Sorial, Monrow and Lina Pelle.

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I can’t wait to return to do a little shopping for myself!

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Although I didn’t win the ultimate prize of decorating the window display at Guys-N-Gals and being featured in Ambassador Magazine,

I did have the honor of winning runner-up with Dana from The Closet Confessional.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dana at Fashion Speaks this past fall.

Check out her blog here!

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Congratulations to everyone who attended and participated!

(Almost) Ready for Spring

Sunshine and 40+ degrees? Is that Spring in the air that I smell?

 I’m hesitant to get too excited about this sudden warmth because Michigan is known for being bi-polar (vortex). Do I pack up my flannels and break out my flats, or keep a parka close by in case of scattered snow?

I’m on a mission for some Vitamin C.

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Forget the tights.

black cotton dress: Una Mae’s, Chicago. beige leather jacket: Express.

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While I’m at it, scratch the jacket.

black suede wedges: J. Crew.

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I’m not ready (yet) to whip out my florals and pastels….so I’ll stick to black as my usual staple.

 

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Ditch the leggings. According to T Swift, midriffs are in….right?

Black drawstring pants: Rachel Roy.

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Jewelry is just as seasonal as shoes. Choose wisely, weather permitted.

 

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I spy a Fashion Speaks tote! Throwback to Fall 2014!

 

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I don’t want to jinx it but, Spring is coming (fingers crossed!)


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As a soon-to-be college grad, the U of M Career Center has become my new BFF.

Seriously.

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The Immersion Program is a great way to interact with companies in ways you would never get to on your own. I mean, how often do you get to share pizza with a CEO?

The Fashion/Publishing Immersion Trip to Chicago was an amazing opportunity to network with leading employees at:

Trunk Club and Guerrero Howe Custom Media

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What better time to start your job hunt than in the slushy, cold month of March.  I mean, who doesn’t love walking into an interview with wet boots and a runny nose?

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Guerrero Howe produces six (soon to be seven) trade specific publications featuring executives within the industry. We had the opportunity to speak with employees from all departments including: sales, account management, production, business development and even the CEO Pedro Guerrero.

How cool would it be to work for a company with a “work hard, play hard” philosophy?

Our visit to Trunk Club was just as exciting as my first visit in January.

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I’ve dreamed of being a stylist ever since I started working for SHEI Magazine. Trunk Club is the place where I could see that dream come true! The Chicago Flagship location is beautiful—being there got me excited about the prospect of working in retail & sales.

Big thank you to the U of M Career Center for putting on this amazing Immersion trip.

Now, back to my job search! I’m feeling enthusiastic about what’s to come.

Image from Instagram @annaceen

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Ayla & Co. Take II

Tassels, fringe, leather and silk, what’s better?….NOTHING

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A blur of cherry blossoms printed on silk creates a refreshing contrast on this Philosophy fringe tunic.

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A zip-off leather jacket turns crop-top. Perfect for a quick outfit change.

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B. May  has bags for every look.

This black leather tote fits anything and everything you need for a day out.

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Pencil straight leggings from J. Crew are an easy choice when paired with ankle strap stilettos.

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 323 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Model: Lexi Wung
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