The Happiest Place on Earth

No, I am not talking about Disney Land (or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which may be a tie for first). I’m talking about Linda Dresner. Linda Dresner is a woman, a store, and an icon. Dresner owns a self- titled boutique here in Michigan. She is an incredible visionary and has an immaculate eye for fashion. She owned a boutique in New York in the 80’s that attracted the likes of Jackie O and many other influential ladies of that era. This past weekend I was  invited in to help with a sale event (I work for her on occasion- sales, events, photo shoots, etc.).

I have always admired Dresner. As a young girl I used to walk by her store and see the beautiful, one of a kind pieces in the window and dream about the woman who gets the wear them. She offers Couture, Avant Garde pieces in a Midwest town- talk about rare. Working with Linda has been one of the biggest and best opportunities in my life. Building a personal relationship with her has given me some of the greatest inspiration I’ve ever known. She lives and breathes fashion and has fun with it- she doesn’t take it too seriously and she always steps outside the box.

 I definitely still have a contact high from all the Couture I held.

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On me: Style Stalker varsity sweater coat, Madewell blouse and Marc by Marc Jacobs boots.

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Giles Coat

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Above: Balmain Jeans, Commes de Garcons Vest, amazing sherling vest I forgot the designer of (shame on me)

OBVI my favorite- an Alaïa:

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I feel so fortunate that I basically stalked Linda for months so she would invite me to do anything in the store I’ve always admired. Best advice she’s ever given me:

“Life is too short to not dress and look how you want. Have fun”.

Couture to Contour

Aside from being a slave to my job, networking events and style.com this week- I’ve had time to experience a beauty revelation. I’ve been very curious about “contouring” and what products were best for it. Some photos REALLY scared me (see end of post). I found one from Birch Box that was simple and easy enough to follow. Since pay day is still a few days away, I opted out of going on a Sephora bender and just used the makeup I had in my bag.  I’ve gotten more compliments on my makeup the past few days than I have in the past few months, and I actually feel like I’m wearing less makeup than before. Call me Kim K (but please don’t) ya’ll- I’m now a contouring convert.

Here’s the photo from Birch Box: (white lines are for highlighter, the brown for bronzer and the pink for blush).

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Products I used:

1) I start with Benefit’s “Fake Up”. I have dark circles under my eyes and redness around my nose, and this stuff is AMAZING for covering it all up. Then I lightly brush bareminerals powder all over.

Benefit-Fake-Up-Hydrating-Concealer $24- http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/fakeup

bareMinerals-make-up-006$27- http://www.sephora.com/bareminerals

2) Time to begin the contouring miracle. I use Revlon’s Photoready Eye Primer and Brightener. It’s not the best- I’m in the market for a better one, but I like the applicator and it does the job for now.

revlon$10- http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4040057

3) I use an Elf angled brush with Nars Laguna bronzer. I apply it pretty dark and then blend it in.

nars$36- http://www.sephora.com/bronzing-powder-P12790

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4) Next comes Nars Orgasm blush. I just use a regular blush brush and blend with a beauty blender.

nars2$29- http://www.sephora.com/blush-P2855

flawless-forever-makeup-sponge$6- I got mine at TJmaxx. WAY cheaper

5) I finish it out my filling in my brows with Benefit’s Instant Brow. Best brow pencil on the market for those of us that want Cara brows, but unfortunately had a plucking party 6-8th grade.

benefit-instant-brow-duo-d-20110203023050477~119913$20-http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/instant-brow-pencil

SO EASY. Pictures like the one below can be so intimidating.

1) I don’t want to look like a cast member from the Broadway version of The Lion King when I’m doing my makeup. 2) Girl looks good in the end but I can’t sacrifice my morning coffee and instagram binge for this.

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Anyone a Contour Connoisseur? Feel free to recommend some products I can try once pay day comes around!(well…maybe NEXT payday, I’ve got my eyes on some Attilio Giusti Leombruni‘s that need me)

Birchbox.com, Benefitcosmetics.com, Ulta.com, Sephora.com & Samer Khouzami for photos

Valentino Spring Couture 2014

As I was getting over my sadness of reading this yahoo article today: http://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/chanel-39-4-000-sneakers-pumped-kicks-fashion-202700153.html (HINT, MY BELOVED CHANEL TRAINERS COST $4,000), I finally had time to study Valentino. While I was looking for it to give me hope and happiness again, I found myself to be rather disappointed. It all made me miss Valentino, Giammetti and most importantly, the pugs.

I love Valentino- I’ve always said it’s one of my favorite fashion houses. Valentino gowns know a woman’s body like an OBGYN. That being said, the silhouettes, the fit, the craftsmanship- flawless per usual. I love the “55 dresses for 55 operas” theme- brilliant. The over all designs, color story and styling? Disappointed.

I get the whole “dark romance” thing- not all dresses have to be pink and red with hearts to display romance. However, I was disappointed to see how cold this collection was- not one inch of the always anticipated Valentino red. Not a fan of the short tulle skirted dresses- reminds me too much of that God-awful Swan dress Bjork wore to the Oscars in 2001.

All that being said- it still is Valentino, and many of the dresses did not disappoint- the ones I loved are below. It may have not been my favorite collection, but I’ll always have a bright, burning Valentino-red  love for the house.

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I mean….am I alone on this, or no?

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BRING BACK THE PUGS!!

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Props to style.com for photos

 

Elie Saab Spring Couture 2014

Now this… this is Couture. Elie Saab took my breath away with a beautiful, elegant collection- not that I’m surprised. Saab has continued to put out exquisite and eloquent gowns that are certified show stoppers. The silhouettes, the fabrics, the details- all meticulously done and perfectly executed. I wasn’t completely sold on the styling, but one look at that floral ball gown and I was taken. Saab has always been one of my favorites to watch for, and this season was no exception.

P.S. Can I coin the term “saabing”? as in ” those dresses were so stunning I’m sabbing?” Feel free to use at your own discretion.

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My absolute favorite-what organ do I have to sell to own this dress– look:

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And my absolute favorite-someone better wear this to the Oscars or I’ll lose faith in humanity-look:

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SABBING.

Props to Style.com for photos.

Chanel Spring Couture 2014

I CAN’T BREATHE. Chanel took my life and then gave it back this morning. Those tennis shoes are EVERYTHING. I will admit that this collection isn’t very “Couture”, it errs more on the side of ready-to-wear for me. Although since I am nearly incapable of wearing heels, I am so refreshed to see a “Couture collection” with some good ol’ (and prob outrageously expensive) trainers. All things aside,  I love you Karl, I love you Chanel, I love you beautiful pink tennies that will be mine even if I have to sell my car and mother.

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These last three are my top picks:

1) I’m about to dig up all my old knee and elbow pads and wear them to work tomorrow

2) THOSE TRAINERS

3) If someone doesn’t wear that dress to the Oscars, every stylist everywhere is doing something wrong

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Also, this child is a serious G holding hands with Karl and Cara. Fabulous ending to a fantastic show.

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Props to Style.com for photos

Dior Spring Couture 2014

Is there anything like Dior Haute Couture on a cold, blistering Monday morning? Maybe WEARING Dior Couture on a cold, miserable day like today- a girl can dream. I’m loving this collection from Raf. It’s fun, young, flirty and unconventionally sexy. The collection might not take with the older, loyal Dior customer, but I really appreciate the new audience Raf is trying to reach. Take a look at some of my favorites:

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HELLO to the neckline on that floral overcoat. So excited to see the rest of the collections!

(I’m looking at you, Karl)

Props to Style.com for the photos

NYC-Usoon

My passion has always been to work in the apparel industry. Fashion is everything to me, and I truly think a multitude of careers in the industry could make me happy. So when I graduated college, everyone expected me to move to New York. COUNTLESS questions of  “You’re not moving to New York? When are you moving? Oh you’re staying in Michigan? You can’t do fashion here!” Well people, here’s my rebuttal:

I love New York. I spent 3 months there last summer with an amazing internship. I love the sights (not smells), the people, the culture, the fashion, everything. It truly may be the greatest city on earth. However, when I graduated, I had a mountain of college debt, medical bills and other expenses. I know most people will say “Don’t let money hold you back!”- and I didn’t. I chose to take a strategic path to my career. I may be playing it safe by some standards- but I’m happier than I’ve ever been and I finally feel like I’ve got my life together- for now.

In June, I started working at an incredible media company. They publish Detroit’s biggest magazine, as well as some other big players in the market. I was hired to work in the advertising department on-you guessed it- their fashion oriented publications. Of course I do the sales for non-fashion pubs as well, but it’s the fashion ones that really have my heart. I have learned so much in the 8 months I’ve been here. I’ve learned how to work with corporate fashion houses, how to construct a luxury magazine, how to sell and so much more. I love this job, and I’ll be forever grateful that I stayed here and got to work for such an amazing company.

I am so proud of all my friends that took the leap and moved to New York, L.A., or wherever U.S.A. to chase their dreams. It’s inspiring and I wish all the best for each one of them. But what I’ve learned through the countless looks of disappointment when I didn’t book a one way ticket to the Big Apple, is that it’s okay not to do what everyone else is doing.

Follow your own path, live your own life, and hopefully along the way, you find yourself really, really happy.

AMEN.

AMEN.