Winter Fashions by BLANK ITTI BLANK

When winter graces Detroit, it rarely comes on light a note. Winter comes in with a roar of winds, snow and below zero temperatures.

Don't worry you can still be warm, cozy and oh so stylish in the winter fashion collection by Detroit Designer, Leslie Pilling for her brand BLANk ITTI BLANK.

Leslie had an intimate showing of her winter weather necessities at Orleans and Winder 2501 Russell St #200, Detroit, MI 48207. I am happy to say that all the pieces in the collections are a necessity. From the extraordinarily soft faux fur coat to the faux fur arm cuffs, head wrap and muff.

While the items are faux fur you can see that they do not add pounds of bulk to your figure. The pieces are lightweight enough to wear anywhere for a length of time. I enjoyed wearing the faux fur arm cuffs. I enjoy wearing a cape usually my arms/wrists are exposed. Wearing fur cuffs from BLANK ITTI BLANK solves that issue for me.
Like to sleep in decadence, Lesile has even …

Working For The Camera

I had a wonderful spring/summer filled with exciting adventures. I also got a chance to brush up on my modeling skills working with HIPS Resale Boutique. HIPS is actively looking for women to stop in and try on their clothes and be photographed and featured on the HIPS facebook, and blog pages.

It's a great way to earn some awesome clothes. Also if you want to try out modeling this is your chance to get in front of a camera. I have been modeling since I was 16. I worked at local malls during the holidays and the summer walking the runway and earning clothes for school.

Interested in giving modeling a try, contact HIPS today.

Here are some of the looks I shot for both HIPS locations in Clawson and St. Clair Shores.

Swing Into Spring - Daytime Looks

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

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

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.

Orleans + Winder

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…