By Anna C.

70 Degrees and Sunny

All I want to do is stroll the streets of Ann Arbor in a sundress and open toe sandals.

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Your statement necklace will glisten in the afternoon sun when you layer jewels and gemstones.

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A little breeze will keep you cool when the temperature rises. A light jacket or blazer will double as a blanket for lunch on the lawn or some impromptu sunbathing.

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Role up your sleeves and show a little skin. A dress with pockets eliminates the need for additional baggage. Sunglasses, gloss and you’re all set!

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An ankle strap wedge will take you across town and back without missing a step. Flatforms are my favorite but anything with a little height will elevate your outfit.

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Sit back, relax and soak up the springtime sun!

Dress: Madewell

Blazer: Clover Canyon

Necklace: J. Crew

Gold Bracelet: Kate Spade

 

Model: Georgia Pyle
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The ONE Must-Have Dress

 

 

This floral dress by Dolce & Gabbana  is on the top of my Spring wish list.

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Basing your entire outfit off of one piece can be tricky…

but when you acquire something as stunning as this, you can use the accessories in your closet as accent pieces.

 

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Starting from the bottom up. Dresses like this can be worn during the day or at night. From patent leather oxfords to wooden wedges, or a sleek ankle strap heel—nude toned shoes are a statement of their own.

 

Steve Madden is my go-to for wedges and comfortable heels.

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If you need a good statement necklace at a decent price, J Crew is the place to go.

There is something about rose gold that I can’t get enough of. Layering accessories and mixing jewel tones is the popular trend for Spring & Summer.

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Sunflower sunglasses and yellow snack skin—yes please! This Elizabeth & James sling backpack is my favorite Spring accessories.

Big or small, handbags and pouches are a must for weekend travels and afternoon shopping trips.

Goodbye Snow, Hello Spring!

Hello Sunshine!

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Even with lingering snow piles and icy streets, I can’t help but get excited about spring trends. Despite my daily commute down slushy sidewalks and past frozen bus stops,

I’m in love with the new light wash denim in Madewell’s Spring 2014 collection.

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When the sun peaks out from behind cloudy grey skies, these gold accessories really shine!

Even though it’s a little early to head outside without a coat, I’ve highlighted these accessories by pairing them with stark white basics like a sheer silk top and crochet cardigan by Theory and a military-inspired jacket from The GAP.

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My sun fade ankle-length jeans have emerged from my stash of spring clothes, in hopes of winter coming to an end (sooner or later). I’m in love with the look of faded denim. Bleached out jeans works great with darker shades of denim like indigo.

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If you can make denim on denim work, you’ll be transitioning into Spring like a pro. Trying laying tops, jackets and blazers from winter with your favorite blouse for Spring. Maximize your winter wardrobe and get your spring apparel in early! These electic blue Sam Edelman heels are the cherry on (bottom) of this look.

Paired with a camel colored leather handbag, this outfit was made for those who aren’t afraid to walk on ice.

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One accessory is never enough. Finish your look with multiple necklaces, a stack of bracelets and a pair of shades.

Jeans: Madewell. Top: Anthropologie. Denim Shirt: Forever 21. Handbag: Madewell. Necklaces: Vintage

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Model: Sarah Holden
Photography by: Alexander Holmes

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InVESTment

 

 

 

Get the Look.

This skirt and vest combo is casual and festive. With a touch of color and additional layers, this outfit is on point with winter trends. I’ve selected some of my favorite items to mix and match from the best brands for wool, cashmere and knits.

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Models: Yasmin Omrani & Jeremiah Brown
Photography: Natasha Janardan
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Fur Favorite

My favorite thing about winter: Fur

This two-toned vintage fur vest is from Summer Mizera Vintage.

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The burnt orange color of its silky lining adds a warm feeling to this cold weather outfit.

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LAYERS, ACCESSORIES, FABULOUS!

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 I adore new texture combinations. Mixing prints is one thing, but putting fur over a woven sweater is even more dynamic.

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With something this fabulous you don’t even need a jacket.

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Styling Event – December 13th

In anticipation for the Madewell + SHEI Magazing shopping event on December 13th, I’ve put together a mini preview of my favorite pieces from the holiday collection.

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Anything with a leather accent and I’m in.

Screen shot 2013-11-25 at 10.59.10 PMLooks are deceiving. Deep burgundy and blue add a little something to your traditional black boot.

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Screen shot 2013-11-25 at 11.20.20 PMYou aren’t going to want to miss this event! Come get expert advice from the Madewell stylists and SHEI’s very own fashion team. When school’s out, it’s time to play! Treat yourself  before heading home for the holidays and come to the Madewell Shopping with SHEI styling party!

3rd Annual State Street Fashion Show

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SHEI Magazine hosted its 3rd Annual SSFS this past Friday at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. U of M student sported a variety of looked styled from Ann Arbor’s local retailers. Thanks to the Ann Arbor Area State Street Association, 25 models took the stage that night while dj Alex Teo spun runway worthy tunes.

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It was a family affair and everyone was dressed in their best to take photos in front of the SHEI Magazine backdrop.

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I wore a black seamless stetch dress from Madewell with a pastel colored jewl necklace from Anthro.

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SHEI’s Editor in Chief Shea Corrigan looked stunning in a royal blue vintage sequined top.

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Some of my favorite looks were those styled from Wendy.

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Pitaya

Renaissance

Today Clothing

M Den

The Get Up

Bivouac

Van Boven

Orchid Lane

SEE Eyewear

Photo Credits: 
Patrick Davis, Patrick Fuller & the SHEI Magazine Photo Team
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Before the leaves die.

Oh, the colors of Fall in Michigan! The leaves are so rich, so abundant and so crunchy,

I had (what could be) my last outdoor shoot with Natasha at the end of September. I’ve been holding out on sharing these for the day when Maples and Oaks are shamefully bare and I need to be reminded of the lush green leave that once shaded me from the September sun.

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Goodbye wedges; adios sun dresses; adieu to white eyelet cotton.

Open toes now covered by leather; bare skin concealed leggings and silk replaced by wool.

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I see sweaters, I see pants; I see Fall trends at a glance.

Layers, layers socks and boots; not too tight and not too loose.

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Floral dress and cropped cotton blazer.

I. Maddine & Darling – Craze, Pentwater

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Smiles rain or shine.

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Photography: logi

Totally Totokaelo

Envision this: Anthropologie and the MOMA have a baby and, the personified version of IKEA embraces its position on outskirts of main-stream fashion…

To most, this probably makes absolutely no sense. For those of you who are familiar with TOTOKAELO, I hope that you will back me up on this abstract comparison of art, clothing and the contemporary lifestyle.

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Totokaelo is a website that supports independent artists and designers by providing a unique space for clothing and art to be expressed inter-changeably. I love the simplicity of the website’s blog and the arrangements of men’s and women’s fashion amongst artful objects and home décor.

 

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Being a traditionalist, I get a thrill out of experimenting with mixtures of items and looks untypical to my own.

 

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Though I may not be familiar with all the labels, or understand some of the “art”,  Totokaelo is a source of inspiration and an opportunity for me to step outside the box.

 

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Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 11.15.53 AMCurate a look of your own and take a chance with something you’ve never seen before. Visit: totokaelo.com

Jeweled Up

Accessories in moderation.

Simple, that’s my kind of style.

A bit of bling, that’s another story.

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jacket: Express. leggings: BCBG. shoes: Nine West. reupholstered chair: Jean’s Custom Upholstery.

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Fall layering = jewels, jade, and chains of gold

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Claws Out.

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Take a closer look. Perspective is everything.

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Set and Props:

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