April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day!

I'm sure by now everyone's heard me preach about treating Earth with respect. Living where I live, there's so much natural beauty to admire. Michigan is home to the Great Lakes, which make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth, accounting for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the planet. That's a whopping 6 quadrillion gallons! To not truly admire that, and nurture it's health and well-being would be ridiculous! You don't have to take grand measures, small steps all add up. You may wonder what steps I take? Well I'm glad you asked ;) I eat organic. That means food without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, and GMO's. Refusing to eat foods containing harmful substances, slows a production that contaminates our soil, water, and wildlife. I use organic products. I scrub with a natural loofah, wash and moisturize my face with coconut oil, and use organic shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste. All things that will naturally breakdown, that don't contain synthetic chemicals. I enjoy the outdoors. I love to hike, bike, swim, kayak, and rock climb. Just spending time in nature creates an appreciation for it, which sparks inspiration to treat it better! Then there's the long list of other seemingly silly things, like choosing paper over plastic, only using reusable water bottles, keeping and caring for plants in my room, and picking up trash when it crosses my path. So try one, two, or all of these steps. They aren't just great for Earth, they're great for you too :)

*Happy Earth Day!*

Dress & Necklace: Francesca's Collections, Cardigan: Eddie Bauer, Pumps: BCBGeneration, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Watch: Michael Kors, Earrings: Glitz & Ears 

April 18, 2017

Nauti And Nice!

Most would say that summer is the only season for nautical. I would say that they are very wrong ;) I wear it all year long, but the official season for nautical to rock the runway is actually spring! Surprised? With it's crisp whites, blue stripes, and flowy styles, it's the perfect transition style to summer. Besides, I know there's plenty of you who've already made a beach walk or two this year! Not to mention all those early birds whose boats are already in the lake. What can I say? We Michiganders love to take advantage of every moment of nice weather we can get! So why not be on trend while repping the Michigan lifestyle? Cotton long sleeved jerseys, terry pullovers, and hoodies to keep you cozy against that lake breeze. So shop your local Michigan boutique, On The Bay Customs, for those beach worthy looks! 

*All tops shown here are sold at On The Bay Customs*

April 12, 2017

Detroit Rebels!

How would you define a rebel? If you look it up, it's listed as "A person who rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler." Vadim Yelizarov, owner of Detroit T-shirts, and now Detroit Rebels, would give you a much different definition. To him, a rebel is someone who against all odds, pushes towards their dreams. Who holds strong to the belief that hard work really does pay off. Today's rebels are the entrepreneurs. The creative minds with brilliant ideas, and the bravery to share those ideas with their community, and eventually the world. Those with the gusto to go out and make things happen, despite the risks. Detroit Rebels specifically, are the ones with the drive to do this in a city that most still consider a "lost cause." Vadim's designs have always been 100% with Detroit love in mind. Which is incredibly apparent when speaking with him. His passion for the cause is absolutely inspirational. Especially when saying, "All our designs foster dedication and commitment to Detroit and its great citizens." Every Detroit T-shirt is designed either in Detroit by Vadim, his friends or colleagues, and handcrafted in Michigan. His influences include the rich Detroit history, landmarks, retro and vintage styles, music, and sports. So be a rebel, and wear it proudly. And if you'd consider yourself a Detroit Rebel, welcome to the family ;)

*All tops shown are from Detroit Rebels*

Photos: Emily Joanne Photography, and Erik

Featured models and friends: Alex and Aaron Dyke

April 7, 2017

Cheryl Zemke Of C Creations!

"A true artist is not one that is inspired, but one who inspires others." Last week I modeled for an inspiration of mine, Cheryl Zemke, the multi award winning fashion designer behind C. Creations, and her garment label C3 (Creative Clothing Collections). I first saw Cheryl's work on the runway of RAINN Fashion Show. After falling for her unique, one-of-a-kind designs, I knew I had to see more. After doing a little digging, there was plenty more to see! For the past five years, Cheryl has been participating in the best local shows, including Fashion in Detroit, and Michigan Fashion Week. Not to mention, the shows organized by herself, that have served as successful fundraisers for local charities. Her 2016 show, Impulse, raised funds for the College Art scholarship fund. An excellent cause, considering she received an Associate Degree in Merchandising from my same college (how neat is that?), and a B.S.B.A from Lawrence Tech! After having the opportunity to personally work with her and wear her designs, I admire her and her work even further! Cheryl is an incredibly sweet and humble person, and has an impeccable talent for sewing and design. We collaborated with photographer James Leduc of Mitten Studios on our shoot. James was kind enough to volunteer to meet us on a cold, rainy, blustery, Michigan afternoon. Even with that, a brand new camera to adjust to, and a few puddles to trudge through, James produced some amazing work. I'm ever so grateful to Cheryl and James for an adventurous day with some great results! I also have Cheryl to thank, seeing as she pushed me to pursue a secret dream of mine, runway modeling. I'll be walking the runway in C. Creations at Fashion Massacre on May 7th at the Detroit Historical Museum!!! You can also view her work at Phashion at the Opera in Toledo on May 3rd, and the Michigan International Women's expo May 5th. I know it will bring out your inner artist, and maybe a few dreams of your own! 

April 3, 2017

Spring Has Sprung!

April showers bring May flowers, right? Well these first few days of April have definitely proved so with all the rain! Finally, an excuse to break out the pink raincoat ;) With all the gloomy weather, sometimes it's hard to get out and enjoy some sun! Can't it just be summer already? Since there's a few months left, want some advice on how to make the most of it? Here's the 5 things I do every spring! 1. Spring clean and organize. Yes, I know it sounds cliché, but clearing out the old makes room for the new! 2. Go on a shopping spree. To piggyback on #1, you'll need some new looks to fill in that empty space ;) 3. Refresh that existing wardrobe. Put those boots away, and pull out the flats, raincoats, and rainboots! 4. Break out the bike. Drag it out of the shed, wash it down, and you'll be all set for that first warm day! 5. Make some plans. Start a list of all the road trips and vacations you'll want to take the coming summer! So while spring is sprung, enjoy it a little more until those May flowers, and June sunshine shows up ;) 

Jacket: NY & Company, Top: Guess, Jeans & Heels: Express, Necklace: JCPenny, Earrings: Glitz & Ears