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Swing Into Spring - Daytime Looks

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The only thing predictable about Michigan weather is it changes so fast that one has to dress for all four seasons in one day.

However, we have had a mild winter, and while the calendar says spring, the weather has been as fickle as ever. Nevertheless, I can always count on finding pieces from my favorite resale store or re-purposing items from my closet to whip up a new outfit no matter what the weather.

The leopard outfit is from HIPS Resale at the Clawson store, 110 S. Main St. Clawson. The bag, and the shoes as well.


 I have always wanted to try on a tutu skirt and HIPS now carries tutu skirts from  Society+ I can say the skirt fits great. Plenty of room in the waist. I had on the sz. 26. I paired the skirt with flats and a metallic shirt, all from HIPS Clawson store. The one thing I can say about wearing this skirt is it's FUN!







 Out and about running errands on a sunny day. Decorative t-shirt and wide leg cropped pants. I received lots of compliments on this look. It's f…

Designer Ashley Nell Tipton's New Venture

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Project Runway started in 2005. I have watched from the very first show until the current season which just wrapped in 2016. I like seeing what different designers create, what materials and accessories are being used as those fashions are created. For the most part the show is very raw in context as you see the designers sketching out designs before even going to the fabric store for supplies to make their creations.

Project Runway often had both men and women designers who were plus sized, but the show never featured any of the models or the show ending NYFW shows with plus size models, that was just the way things went. I should point out that in the fashion industry, size 0-2 is considered the "norm" anything over a size 8 in the fashion industry is looked upon as a plus size.

In the real world plus size starts at maybe 14/16 and on up from there. Season 14 of Project Runway had a cool new breeze blow through the door and her name was Ashley Nell Tipton. Ashley came on t…

Pantone 2017 Color Of The Year-Greenery

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Pantone is ushering in 2017 with a burst of color. Greenery is the hue upon which designers, fashionsitas and the like will build their wardrobe's, makeup and interiors around for the next 12 months.
Greenery is a eye catcher in my opinion. The color bursts open with freshness, unlike 2016's subtle hues of Rose Quartz and Serenity. With Greenery already appearing on runways and in makeup and even furniture I find that it echos Pantone's color from 2016 Green Flash. While Greenery is a bit more demure of a hue it gives a person a taste of spring no matter what the season.

 Play with this color. Don't let it overwhelm you. Not sure what to pair greenery with? Maybe a denim skirt, or a black pencil skirt or really go for a pop of color and pair greenery with something along the lines of teal. So long as you are comfortable and feel great go for it.




A Casual and Colorful Fall

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The weather has finally changed to cooler temps and I can start to layer items to go with the weather. I love the diversity of fall. I can wear a skirt and tights one day and then leggings and a shark tail tunic the next.

While I do have a number of black pieces in my closet I will often pair black items with something colorful like a sweater or a scarf to give my outfit a bit of definition with a pop of color.

The first outfit I paired a beige, and gray top with gray pants. Gray can be just as diverse as black. The top and pants are from Avenue. My great patent leather shoes are from Alegria.




The outfit below is a favorite that I just pulled together from HIPS resale boutique 114 Main St.  Clawson, MI.  I bought the skirt specifically to wear tights and my Doc Marten boots. The sweater is from the Queen Latifah Collection, The skirt is Derek Lim and tshirt is from The Avenue. A fun bohemian look.

The love of purple, which is of course my favorite color. A very casual outfit for runni…

Orleans + Winder

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I had the opportunity to have a chat with store owner Erin Wetzel and her amazing store Orleans + Winder.


BGB:Tell me a little about yourself
Erin:I love design in all it’s incarnations, and I love to travel and explore cities solo. I am an only child and have always had a big independent streak and a vivid imagination. Being involved in fashion and design at this point in my life made perfect sense, I’ve come full circle in a way. I have a son who is eleven, and I love introducing him to the beauty of the artisanal object and also how important it is to support that way of creating.


BGB:What was your catalyst for opening Orleans & Winder? Erin:A need to give the designers that I was coming across a presence here in Detroit. I knew that I wanted to open a store, but it had to be a very special store, with a very particular curation.
BGB:The name of the store is unique. Is there a reason for it? Erin: Yes! We have lived here in the Eastern Market for almost 7 years and our loft is at th…

Fashionable and Cool

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Being a fashion events blogger means that I attend all sorts of various social events. Those events call for all sorts of casual, upscale and black-tie fashions. I enjoy finding the right outfit for various occasions.

 Casual outfit for a indoor picnic and a pop-up artist event.

Top - Avenue
Capri's - Lane Bryant

Two basic pieces that pack a punch because of the contrast in the colors red, black and gray.

T-shirt Kmart
Skirt - Maggie Barnes
This is one of my favorite dresses for warmer weather. I love hi-lo dresses and skirts.

Dress-Ashley Stewart
Shrug - Carson's
Sliver sandals - Avenue

Spring Purs-onality

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Despite the frigid temps and snow still on the ground the calendar says it is spring, even if Mother Nature has other plans.

Warmer temps and sun will be here soon enough and with warmer temps comes the chance to seek out new and vibrant colored hand bags for the warmer season.

I stopped into a Carson's store carsons.com and had a great time looking at the colors and designs for the upcoming season.

 The first bag that caught my eye was this butter yellow bucket bag from Brahmin brahmin.com The leather is exquisite on this bag. Perfect for tossing in your sunglasses and other items you may carry.
 Next I saw this Calvin Klein Tote calvinklein.com The gray is very light, what I would call a pearl gray. The bag features 3 detachable straps.
 Hello Spring this floral tote from GAL features a bag in a bag. As it comes with additional smaller bag inside the tote.
 Polka Dots and black and white. Whimsical and timeless. Cross body bags are a staple for the warmer weather when you don…