By Anna C.

FashionSpeak Detroit

I had a BLAST at the FashionSpeak event today in Detroit hosted by the Detroit Garment Group Guild.

There were so many amazing people there, including some of the SHEI Magazine staff and my fellow blogger friends.


I met Trish from Trish’s Garage in Detroit and Senior Market Editor at T Magazine, Malina Joseph Gilchrist.


I loved seeing so many fashion bloggers, business owners and entrepreneurs in one place!


Not only was the day planned to perfection, the evening ended with designer Tracy Reese (a personal favorite).

Photo from the FashionSpeak Facebook Page

Photo from the FashionSpeak Facebook Page

I decided to go with a simple black look to represented my personal style.


I paired a simple black pleated button down with a pair of black denim jeans and a hand beaded statement necklace.


As Tracy said, fashion should be comfortable. I paired this Comfy U.S.A tunic top with Nine West suede wedge boots.

Not pictured is my favorite black leather tasseled Steve Madden bag. I’ve had it for years. It’s the easiest accessory to add a little edge to any look. FS9

This year’s FashionSpeak event was definitely worthwhile. Along with a number of amazing speakers I met several young bloggers in the community that share my interest in fashion and personal style.

10615352_810991355588059_4152227304553973169_nA special thanks goes out to Karen Buscemi, Editor of StyleLine Magazine, who coordinated and planned this event for the fashion community of Detroit. I’d also like to thank all of the volunteers and staff who helped make this event a success!


Photos by: Lexie Johnson, SHEI Magazine Graphic Designer

Work Week

As I begin applying for jobs and sending out résumés I’ve had to reconsider my work wardrobe.

IMG_3995Looking professional doesn’t mean you have to stick to business suits and blazers.

IMG_3994A black pencil skirt is simple and versatile.

The slit in the back of this drawstring skirt from Sinequanone shows just the right amount of leg.

IMG_3941 IMG_4006Fall means layers.

This sleeveless Ann Taylor printed shirt is paired with a BCBG dark green silk button down.

IMG_3921 IMG_3982Looking put together head-to-toe says you mean serious business.

This vintage maroon leather bag adds color to the typical black and white office attire. These Matt Bernson booties give your workwear look an edge.

IMG_4003 IMG_4010Accessories say it all.

There is no easier way to dress up an outfit than with a statement necklace and wrist full of mixed metal bracelets.


Off to work with confidence in every step.

Hello CEO.


I’ll be sharing my interview attire on the blog after attending the Fashion Speak event in Detroit on Oct. 16th

Get updates instantly: @annaceen @detroitgarmentgroup @fashionspeakdgg #fashionspeak #DGG

model: Carmella Vong

Tracy Reese—Fashion Speak 2014

I have a sweet spot for designers from Detroit. Tracy Reese is a woman I inspire to be like; she’s strong, creative, business-savvy and has an absolutely beautiful smile.

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 1.44.09 PM

It’s no surprise to find her collections in major retailers and online shops such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Anthropologie, ShopStyle, Polyvore and of course, on

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 1.45.54 PM

Glamour, Elle, WWD and countless others spotlight Tracy Reese and Plenty by Tracy Reese for the lively patterns and globally inspired designs that each piece brings to a woman’s wardrobe.

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 1.47.41 PM

In honor of fall weather’s arrival, I’ve selected my favorite layering pieces from Tracy Reese’s newest collection.

The Duffle Coat

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 1.39.56 PM

Paisley Print Moto Jacket

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 1.43.34 PMThe Tunic Pullover

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 2.15.30 PM

Tracy Reese will be speaking at this year’s Fashion Speak event in Detroit on October 16th.


Check out the Detroit Garment Guild Group on Facebook for more about Fashion Speak 2014 presented by Taubman.

I’ll be documenting my experience at the Fashion Speak event on Facebook, Instagram and on



twitter: @fashionspeakDGG



My Madewell Top Ten

In anticipation of the Ceen by Anna C. x Madewell Shopping event, I’m sharing my 10 favorite items from Madewell’s new collection.

1. Biltmore for Madewell Felt Fedora

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.32.26 PM

2. Short-Sleeve Flannel Button Down

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.24.20 PM

3. Cityguide Scarf

(It’s Manhattan, hello!)

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.28.45 PM Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.28.52 PM

4. The Zip Racetrack Coated Denim

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.23.55 PM

5. It’s a tie between the Charley and the Ames Boot

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.26.32 PM Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.26.21 PM

6. Leather Pocket Tee-Shirt Dress

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.26.05 PM

7. Stockholm Tour Crop Sweatshirt

(aka my new travel checklist)

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.25.31 PM

8. Reversible Quilted Vest

….that’s right, reversible.

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.25.48 PM

9. Basically All Madewell Jewelry

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.28.07 PM Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.27.58 PM Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.28.19 PM

10. The High Riser Skinny Cut-Edge Jean

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 2.50.25 PM

It was a struggle to narrow my list down to just ten items, so you won’t have a problem picking out a new look for fall.

Come to the Ceen by Anna C. x Madewell shopping event on Sep. 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm for styling tips, sweet treats and amazing discounts!



On a small side street in Florence I discovered a local store named Gerard. I was stunned to learn that all of the clothing is made in-house. The quality and unique designs of each piece are unlike any other.


You can never have too many LBDs. I immediately went for a black silk, long sleeved dress that was loose fitted and flattering. When you find a gem-of-a-store like this one, you can’t leave empty handed.


With a few of my currently owned pieces I styled a classic look that is on trend for Fall/Winter 2014.


Courtesy of my mother’s closet, this Eileen Fisher tweed jacket was a great contrast over the silk dress (thanks mom!).


I never leave the house without at least three gold cuffs or bangles on my wrist. Madewell and Anthropologie are my go-to for accessories, although I’m a sucker for vintage jewelry.



It’s all about the details. The braiding along the edge of this Steve Madden leather purse is a unique touch and the tassels are an unexpected flare.


I plan on wearing open-toed heels as long as Michigan’s wild weather will let me. Until I see snow on the ground I’ll go for it.


Photography by:


Take a look at some pictures I snapped from inside the store:

DSC_1408 DSC_1413 DSC_1417 DSC_1418 DSC_1415

Weekend in Marseille

The oldest street in Marseille is Rue de Panier.

The shops and galleries are filled with original works of art, locally made products, beautiful vintage treasures and clothing designed in France.



I found the most amazing store called Bird Song and was lucky enough to meet the owner Mary My-Linh.

As a designer of prêt-a-porter in Paris, she decided to open a store in Marseille to sell her line of clothing, jewelry and handbags.


It was so fun doing a mini photo shoot on Rue de Panier.

I adore all of Mary’s designs. Her clothing is extraordinary. 

bird song 2

The first dress I tried on was made of cream colored leather. I paired it with a matching necklace and headband made of a mesh fabric.

bird song 3

The woven handbag and jewelry matched perfectly with the neutral colored dress.

Bird song 10

bird song 5

bird song 4Like the streets of Marseille, Bird Song itself is a work of art.

You can shop online at

DSC_0986The second dress was stunning. I loved the tassels, It was like a built-in necklace.

Bird song 6

 The embroidery on the dress, necklace and handbag were all done by hand.

The detail of each piece is unique.

bird song 7

I had an amazing time shopping at Bird Song and getting styling tips from the designer herself.

I can’t wait for my next trip to Marseille because this is one place I must go to again.

bird song 1Photos By: India Keane Peterson

Feeling Blue and Lovin’ It

Eline au Jardin 2 Edited

My new favorite designer/brand: Claudie Pierlot Eline au Jardin Edited 3

This label is classic, elegant and trendy.

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 8.29.50 PM

The Soldes began today but I had to do a little pre-sale shopping.

Eline au Jardin Edited 6.jpg
Eline au Jardin Edited 5

My goal was to find a leather jacket in Paris as my “souvenir”. This Maje piece was exactly what I was looking for.


 And you’ve got to have statement jewelry. Eline au Jardin Edited 4

Eline au Jardin Edited 7

logoI Can always find something fabulous on

Eline au Jardin Edited 1
Model: Eline Vergroesen
Photos: Anna C. 

Une Amie à Paris

Eine Edited 12

C’est très beau au Jardin du Luxembourg.

What is more beautiful than blue skies and beds of flowers?…

Cette fille!

Eline Edited 1

 Cette robe est jolie, féminine et absolument parfaite pour une fête dans le jardin.

And the Zara necklace glistens in the sun.

Eline Edited 9Sunglasses and studs create an edgy look.

J’adore le Ray Ban et le sac à main en cuir.

Eline Edited 11

Like the purse, these Steve Madden slip-on wedges have hardware.

Eline Edited 7Le Jardin est ancien mais le robe de Claudie Pierlot est nouvelle.

It’s a perfect match!

Eline 3 Edited

Model: Eline Vergroesen
Photos: Anna C. 

Brick and Mortar

The streets of Kerry Town are beautiful. Brick buildings and roads, local shops and of course Zingerman’s.

Doing a blog shoot there reminded me of a SHEI Shoot we did with 3 gorgeous girls and 1 vintage convertible. It was probably one of my favorites.

_MG_6345-EditI bought this old Glamour Magazine from 1967 at Dear Golden Vintage.


I hardly ever have a reason to wear these Sam Edelman heels but this blue skirt from Anthropologie was just what I needed for a casual yet chic look.


I’m a big fan of tortoiseshell anything. I found a great statement necklace at Anthro that matches my J. Crew shades.


This leather work bag came from a New York flee market. I love the distressed burgundy color


My shirt and skirt are both a light cotton material. Perfect for hot (and humide) summer days in Michigan.


Walking on cobblestone streets in heels isn’t the easiest but there’s no excuses when it comes to style. _MG_6481

Photos by: Shawn Quek

Vintage Favorites

My three favorite vintage shops are:        The Vintage Twin, Dear Golden Vintage and Gossamer Vintage.

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 4.44.58 PMI’ve put together my favorite looks from each store.


Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 4.34.20 PM

A python purse, suede slip-on sandals and a silk dress make the perfect outfit for an afternoon in the park or a downtown café.


Chic—Dear Golden Vintage

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 4.54.17 PM

This 1920’s sheer silk dress is a must. I’ve found some of my favorite shoes at Dear Golden and these sandals are no exception!


Classy—Gossamer Vintage

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 5.07.14 PM

These are a few of my favorite things! So this might not be a complete outfit but Gossamer Vintage has too many beautiful wedding and special occasion dresses to pick just one. This ostrich feather cape is my dream!!



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 280 other followers