By Anna C.

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

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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Feeling Blue and Lovin’ It

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This label is classic, elegant and trendy.

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

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

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logoI Can always find something fabulous on FTWWL.com

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Model: Eline Vergroesen
Photos: Anna C. 

Une Amie à Paris

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C’est très beau au Jardin du Luxembourg.

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

Cette fille!

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

And the Zara necklace glistens in the sun.

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

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

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It’s a perfect match!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Photos by: Shawn Quek

Vintage Favorites

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

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Casual—TVT

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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

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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

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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!!

 

Making It Work

A quick stitch, a replaced button, a little adjusting and you’re good to go!

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This Dolce Vita dress from Anthropologie was a total steal. A stitch on the zipper came undone (easy fix) so it was marked over %50 off. It took me less than 10 minutes to sew. So worth it.

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B. May Bags was founded by Barbara May in Petoskey, Michigan. Her designs are more beautiful every time a new collection released!

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You know when you find something in your closet that you bought a long time ago but never wore?

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That’s what happened with these Steve Madden Luxe heels. They haven’t gotten a lot a wear so they are in perfect condition (and I bought them 3 years ago!).

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Hand-me-downs are the best! My mom’s sun hat is the perfect touch. I also used a gold chain necklace from my grandma as a belt.

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Nothing beats spending an afternoon in Kerry Town. Gotta love Ann Arbor!

Photos courtesy of: Shawn Quek

Rompin’ Around

I was made for the romper trend. One-piece (and a few accessories) is all it takes to complete an outfit. That’s my kind of clothing.

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 My romper and tote are from Madewell (surprise, surprise). These amazing wooden flatforms are from a flee market in Williamsburg. They are my go-to summer shoe.

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I’m a mixed-metal lover. Silver. Gold. Rose Gold. It’s all good.

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And I don’t go anywhere without a good tote.

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All of the accessories I’ve chosen are from net-a-porter.com

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The Perfect Summer Jean

Working at a store that’s known for its denim has transformed me into a jean-wearing kind of gal. Madewell’s Perfect Summer Jean is my favorite of the season.

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…but why hang around inside all day?

I spent the afternoon strolling The University of Michigan’s beautiful campus, enjoying my last few weeks in Ann Arbor before heading to France for the Summer.

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 Top, jeans and leather pouch all from Madewell.

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Necklace, Forever 21 (it’s an oldy but a goody)

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My Dad gave me his wedding band (from his first marriage) and I wear it as a thumb ring. My mother gave me a ring she got for her 16th birthday. I wear that one every day, along with my stackable rings. DSC_5098 I was never big on mixing metals but I no longer fear the thought of silver paired with gold. I adore my white leather wedges from Brooks Brothers. You can never have too many summer sandals. DSC_5010

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FTWWL + Ceen by Anna C.

I’m fortunate enough to work with one of France’s best stylist Yael Guetta on her personal website/blog From the World With Love. Her collection of clothing and accessories from around the globe is as stunning as it is sustainable.

I’ve styled a series of looks based on my favorite pieces from FTWWL.com

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The beads and tassels on this necklace are uniquely fun. I paired this accessory with a Kenzo one-piece jumper, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, a Swarovski crystal clutch by Sylvia Toledano and some vinyl and leather jelly sandals by Sophia Webster.

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The From México, With Love collection has some of the most beautiful embroidered pieces I have ever seen. I paired this tunic dress with a Gucci sun hat, Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag and a wrap bracelet by Chan Luu.

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Yael gave me these amazing beetle-wing earrings. In Thailand, when the beetles shed their wings they are collected, painted and turned into jewelry. I adore these Clements Ribeiro knee-length shorts, with a Jil Sander cropped cotton-canvas top, Marni leather heels with a beautiful statement ring.

Some of my other favorites by From the World with Love:

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Click on any of the images above to be taken to the FTWWL Shop!

Sleeveless Shirts and Maxi Skirts

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People are afraid to wear maxi skirts for many reasons: they think they are too tall, too short, too big or not big enough.

The truth is, maxis can look good on anyone. It’s all about how you style it.

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Long skirts are anything but conservative.

With a pair of skyscraper wedges and a sassy, fitted top, your silhouette will be undeniably sleek.

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Her accessories say it all.

Georgia is wearing earrings and bracelts from J. Crew & Madewell, a statement necklace from Anthropologie, and a Michael Kors watch paired with a Henri Bendel embellished leather band.

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With or without the white peplum Club Monaco blazer, the combination of pleets and denim are a classic.

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Take a risk. Do something different. Show a little skin.

Model: Georgia Pyle
Photography:

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