By Anna C.

Exposure

Summer’s end is approaching and as hot as it’s been in the city I’m almost ready to put away my strappy sandals and sun dresses and transition into my fall wardrobe….I said almost ready, but not quite yet.

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Tan lines and all, I’m embracing my body and my summer glow for at least a few more weekends before layering up for fall.

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Commuting from Brooklyn to SOHO each day for work leaves me feeling like a sweaty mess, but today I’m soaking up the sun for a beautiful Friday shoot in NYC with my girl Lisa Wang from Leopard Shoes.

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This look is almost completely vintage. The dress, necklace, bracelet and leather tote bag are all from flea markets or vintage dealers. Shoes are Dolce Vita.

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Off you go summer. See you next year. Just remember: I’ve got my eye on you.

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Photo Credit: Lisa Wang

New City, New Job.

I’ve waited a few weeks to make any sort of “big announcement” about my new job because I wanted to let it all sink in for a while. I needed time to reflect on where I am now and where I’m going—with my life, my career and my future.

Me circa 2012. This photography was taken at one of my all time favorite blog shoot with Natasha Jandaran.

Me circa 2012. This photography was taken at one of my all time favorite blog shoot with Natasha Jandaran.

I didn’t feel like posting on Facebook was the best way to share my excitement after finally accepting the job offer. Honestly, I didn’t want to jinx it; as if doing so would affirm that this job was all too good to be true. As a recent U of M graduate my life has been consumed with uncertainty. From living arrangements to relationship statuses and the thought of college friends moving across the county whom you may never see again. Anyone who’s in the job market knows the stress and anxiety that comes from applying to 20+ jobs a day with a %10 response rate (if that).

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Here I stand with a model on-set at one of my first ever SHEI Magazine photo shoots in 2012.

I strongly believe that things happen for a reason. Let’s flash back to Fall of 2014 when I took a weekend trip to NYC with the Ross Retail Club. During our visit we had the opportunity to tour and speak with representatives from five companies: DKNY, BCBG, Bloomingdale’s (shout out to my girl Lisa Wang!), Rent the Runway and Lafayette 148. One visit truly made a lasting impression on me: Lafayette 148.

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My first summer internship in at StyleOwner in NYC truly changed my life. Ever since then I knew I belonged in the city.

The aesthetic, the ethos, the environment. This amazing promo video says it all. As we toured the showroom, the design spaces and the photography studio I imagined myself working alongside a host of well-dressed salespersons, designers and stylists. Swapping business cards and trying to memorize the names of each employee I met, I could only hope that it wouldn’t be the last time I stood inside Lafayette 148.

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Eight months later I’m packing three huge suitcases with every item of clothing, pair of shoe and precious accessory that will fit as I prepare to being on a new journey in New York. As a new member of the Lafayette 148 family I am excited about what is in store for my future in fashion. This vertically-driven company houses its creative, business, marketing and customer service teams all under one roof. The opportunity to work along side such an amazing group is unlike any other. As a Client Relations Advisor I’m going to learn the ins and outs of what makes this high-end clothing brand stand out above the rest.

New York City, here I come.

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photography by: Natasha Janardan http://www.natashajanardan.com

Without my family I would be nothing. I owe so much to my mom, my dad and my siblings for pushing me to be the best person I can be. Shout to this guy, who’s support and love has made all the difference. Seni seviyorum Sinan.

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Verbena Calling—Part II

Everything about this dress says “whimsical”; the neutrality of color, the layering of fabric, the soft feel it creates blowing against your skin in the light summer breeze.

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Angela is wearing an outfit I selected from a local Ann Arbor boutique called Verbena.

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Verbena has everything you need for summer evenings out, weekend getaways and beach days on Lake Michigan. Here Angela wears a cream colored dress with beautiful gold accessories.

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I love this gold necklace with a simple turquoise stone. Verbena has an awesome collection of jewelry.

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The statement piece of the summer: The kimono.

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Turn a studded belt into a wrap bracelet. It’s that simple. Accessories are everything.

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The vibrant tribal pattern on this kimono is the perfect piece to pair with a simple dress or denim shorts.

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Find Angela’s outfit and so many other amazing pieces at Verbena in Ann Arbor or at: shop.verbenaannarbor.com

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Verbena Calling—Part I

Kate Duerksen and the “Verbena Girls” are always doing something fun. Check them out on instagram @verbenaannarbor

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Verbena is full of positive energy, creative minds and on-trend clothing like crochet crop tops, gold stacking bracelets and a rainbow of colored clutches.

(you can now shop Verbena online!)

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I had a great time picking looks for Angela. Just as the rain cleared photographer Natasha Janardan and I headed outside for a summer shoot featuring florals in motion.

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This black cotton pencil skirt works well with the floral tank top’s sheer billowing fabric.

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White  sunnies and coral lipstick are a sign of summer.

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Paired with a pink wristlet and a cream satin button down this outfit is perfect for a stroll downtown or an evening out.

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I can’t get away from black, even on the hottest days of summer. With accent color and lightweight fabrics, simple black pieces can be worked into any outfit.

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Everything seen on Angela can be found at Verbena on State Street in Ann Arbor. Shop online at: shop.verbenaannarbor.com

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Huge thank you to Verbena for partnering with Ceen by Anna C. to make this shoot possible! xoxo

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11th Annual Walk Fashion Show

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 I had a fabulous time with some fellow bloggers at the 11th Annual Walk Fashion Show at The Garden Theater in Detroit.

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I sat at the end of the runway with Jordan from lil miss JB Style and Leah from Beauty and the Muse.

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I also snapped a few pictures before the show started with Daishawn, one of the Walk Fashion Show Founders and fellow Detroit Garment Group member.

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I’m wearing a navy lace top from Loft  with a J. Crew maxi skirt and Sam Edelman electric blue suede heels. I accessorized with a nude BCBG leather clutch and simple Madewell beaded necklace.

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Some of my favorite designers from the show were: The Plush Life (swimwear) Lady Liberty, Junae’ Raye (the duo was also at NOiR show), Dark Odyssey Collection, Matthew Richmond and Vino Supraja

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.The Paper Dress Code by Matthew Richmond is a unique take on eco-chic. I’ve never seen recycled materials used in such an elegant way. See more of Matthews work on his website: www.thepaperdresscode.com

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Shani Ricks’s collection, The Plush Life, featured crochet swimwear. My favorite was a green & pink pseudo-camouflage crochet. Major props to these woman for pulling off these slinky swimsuits!

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I am OBSESSED with Lady Liberty. Her detailed patchwork was breathtaking. Her ability to combine vintage, bohemian and modern fabrics was so beautiful. I especially loved the last look—a mermaid shaped multi-toned blue gown with leather and denim panels.

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I saw a few repeat pieces from the NOiR Fashion Show that Junae’ Ray participated in, but overall their collection was just as clean and polished as I remembered. I could see myself wearing several of their tailored jackets and hooded capes.

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The flowy silk fabrics used by Vino Supraja were stunning. Her line really brought the show up a notch by adding sophistication and elegance.

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I’m usually not a huge fan of zebra print and neon blue but in this collection they worked. The Merocki line contrasted bright hues of blue and turquoise against classic black silk. I’m hesitant to say this but, I kind of liked it.

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The Dark Odyssey collection was just that: dark and seductive. The leather and lace gowns were acceptably risqué. I actually really enjoyed some of the mens’ jackets. The zippers and collars were on point.

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To see more looks (and professional photography) visit the Walk Fashion Show Facebook page: www.facebook.com/walk.runwayfashionshow

Thank you to Walk Fashion Show for inviting me to attend the show!

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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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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.


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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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