By Anna C.

First Snowfall.

The current forecast in Michigan:

Snow. More snow. Wind, ice and runny noses.

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IMG_6260Jacket: American Rag. Felt Hat: Biltmore.

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Strip off the layers and head inside.

It’s hot cocoa season!
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Leather Jacket: Maje, Paris. Silk Top: BCBG. Necklace: V2V. Watch: Fossil.
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Suede Wedge Boots: Nine West. Pants: J. Crew. Leather Shoulder Bag: Acoté.

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Dress Me Up…en cuir

I don’t really do Halloween. I’ve never been into the whole “dressing up” thing.

There is nothing more spook-tacularly stylish than the color black. In honor of my love of leather and my disinterest in being a “sexy” anything, I’ve put together an ensemble of alternative Halloween attire.

Although some may disagree, The Kooples does wonders with leather.

Ses robes, Ses pantalones, Ses jupes….

photo cred: www.thekooples.com/fr/

The simplicity is scary!

Set off the glossy black leather with a crisp white cotton tee. 

…ou un t-shirt en soie, ou en lin.

It’s no mystery why the leather jacket has lived on for so long.

Trick-or-Treat? I’ll pass.

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There’s nothing more tempting than a woman dressed in cuir noir.

Happy Halloween. 

Finishing Touches

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It’s the little things that make an outfit memorable.

The buttons on your jacket, a worn in leather pouch, the heel of your shoes that accents your jewelry.

IMG_4585clutch: Shinola. bracelets: Madewell. watch: Michael Kors.

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Don’t let your watch go solo.

That extra gold cuff makes the difference between someone asking for the time and someone ignoring your arm candy.

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An oversized coat is the cherry on top of a boldly feminine look.

wool jacket: The Get Up. necklace: J. Crew. tunic dress: Gerald, Florence.

IMG_4507There is never day that doesn’t deserve heels.

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Go with your instincts. Do something bold.

 Tanned leather comes in many colors…so do snake skins, furs, and suedes.

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The final touch: confidence.

You can’t change what people say, but you can choose what they see.

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model: Sarah Holden
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PSL (Plaids, Stripes, Layers)

Set down your pumpkin spice latte and get outside!

Starbucks is sticking around but the fall colors are changing fast.

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Don’t dread the colder weather, embrace it! Fall is the best time to be seen on the streets.

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Before breaking out winter boots get one more wear out of your favorite heeled wedge and open-toed shoes.

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Experiment with patterns that you would never think of pairing.

Stripes on Stripes anyone?

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Navy is my fall color of choice.

Save black from the dreary days of winter.

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The best fall accessory: hats.

Living in Michigan mean you have to be ready for a mid-day outfit change no matter what your iPhone weather app tells you.

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Fall is in the air and the leaves are piling up fast!

 The PSL nostalgia is setting in.

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skirt, shirt & necklaces – Madewell. button-up shirt – The Get-Up. brown leather cut out heels – Steven Madden Luxe. hat – Biltmore. red quilted jacket – Zara. 

Model: Sarah Holden
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FashionSpeak Detroit

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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Off to work with confidence in every step.

Hello CEO.

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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
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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.

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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 tracyreese.com.

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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.

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

The Duffle Coat

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Paisley Print Moto Jacket

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

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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 ceenbyannac.com

@annaceen

@detroitgarmentgroup

twitter: @fashionspeakDGG

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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

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2. Short-Sleeve Flannel Button Down

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3. Cityguide Scarf

(It’s Manhattan, hello!)

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4. The Zip Racetrack Coated Denim

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

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6. Leather Pocket Tee-Shirt Dress

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7. Stockholm Tour Crop Sweatshirt

(aka my new travel checklist)

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8. Reversible Quilted Vest

….that’s right, reversible.

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9. Basically All Madewell Jewelry

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10. The High Riser Skinny Cut-Edge Jean

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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!

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Firenze

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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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You can shop online at birdsong.fr

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

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

The detail of each piece is unique.

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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.

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