FashionSpeak / Plaid Skirt / Chambray Shirt / Moto Jacket

Soprano Skirt / J.Crew Shirt / BCBGeneration Jacket, similar HERE / Vince Camuto Booties, similar HERE / F21 Hat, similar HERE / BaubleBar Earrings / Plum LipSense / Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

I recently had the opportunity to attend FashionSpeak, Michigan’s largest conference for the fashion industry.  The one day conference was created by the Detroit Garment Group who’s mission is to keep fashion talent in Michigan.  It was promising to hear the efforts being made to invest in Detroit in this industry.  Detroit’s first Garment District has even been created!

We heard from nationally recognized fashion experts including keynote speaker, Stacy London (of TLC’s What Not to Wear).  Stacy was definitely the highlight for me.  She was open, honest and witty about how she moved through the ranks in the fashion industry.  She was candid with participants who asked for advice.

One of my biggest takeaways was her take on being trendy vs. relevant.  Trendy can sometimes have a negative connotation.  While you may not want to adopt every of the moment trend you might want to have a wardrobe that is current or relevant.

It was my first time attending this event so I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of how to dress.  I assumed that there would some level of dressiness with a creative flair and I was correct.  Some people were dressier than others but I felt comfortable being somewhere in the middle.

I knew I wanted to wear a dress or a skirt of some sort.  I had just picked up this plaid ruffle midi skirt at Nordstrom Rack the week which I’ve never seen anything like.  I had to have it!

I wouldn’t normally wear a hat to an event like this but on this particular day it was necessary.  I will give a full review on this soon but I had just had the touch up done for my eyebrow micro-blading procedure the day before.  The color of your brows is very intense the first 3-5 days following this procedure and you have to keep petroleum jelly on them.  Needless to say, I wasn’t interested in scaring anyone with my brows in that condition!   I’ve had this hat for a few years but HERE is a very similar one.

I had an edgier top in mind but because I wasn’t sure of the event attire I decided to go a little more conservative with the chambray button down.  This shirt is so well made and will go with just about anything, even denim.

To add some edge back in I wore my black moto jacket.  HERE is a very similar one.  I didn’t necessarily plan on wearing it the entire day but, like most conferences, it was a little chilly!

If you follow me on Facebook, Insta, or Twitter, you may have already seen me post that I was actually chosen as one of the “best dressed” for this event by Detroit Fashion Magazine!  That was so nice to hear especially since I wasn’t really feeling the hat or shirt that day.

I had a great experience at the event and hope to attend next year!  I also look forward to see what Detroit continues to bring to the Fashion Industry.

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Fall Colors: Color blocked dress / Long vest / Booties / Saddle bag

Mossimo Dress / Similar Vest / Dolce Vita Booties, similar HERE / French Connection Crossbody / Betsey Johnson Sunglasses, similar HERE / F21 Strappy Bralette, similar HERE

This is kind of the best.fall.ever!! I think it has been throwing a bunch of us for a loop on how to dress but you can still get your “fall” on with the right color palette!

I recently found this color blocked dress at Target on clearance for $9.99.  If you can’t find it in store it’s available for full price for less than $25 online.  It’s great for those warmer fall days being a dress but still in beautiful fall colors.  I love the tassels as well!

I layered mine with a long vest that I’ve had for at least a year.  HERE is a similar option to get the same look.

I’m still loving all of the strappy bralettes that you can layer under shirts and dresses to intentionally peek out.  I picked up this one a few years ago but HERE is a similar one that is only $5!  I practically live in bralettes these days.  So much more comfortable than a regular bra.  Many don’t come with padding so often I’ll just add my own if I’m wearing a top or dress that requires a little more coverage in that area if you know what I mean 😉  I have tons laying around that have fallen out of sports bras or bikini tops.  Just stick them in there and trust me they aren’t going anywhere!

Booties are probably my favorite fall shoe.  In fact, I just picked up 3 more pairs while in NYC this week!  I’ve had this Dolce Vita pair for several years and they are still in great condition.  DV booties are some of my faves. With the low heel I’ve put many miles on these.  HERE is a similar pair.

I hope you have fun plans for the weekend.  Mine will be action packed.  I went to a Redwings game last night with my husband and stepdaughter to check out their new arena.  Today I’m going to a Michigan State Football game – my alma mater – GO STATE!!  Tomorrow I’m going to a fashion show that will be previewing holiday looks.  Stay tuned for info on that!!

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Choker Dress / Duster Vest / Loafer Mules

Express Dress / Sofi Stella Vest, similar HERE, HERE, HERE / Catherine Malandrino Mules, similar HERE and HERE / Express Sunglasses, similar HERE / BaubleBar Earrings / Rebecca Minkoff Handbag, similar HERE and HERE / She’s Apples LipSense

It’s all about layering in the fall.  A duster vest like this one is great for getting more wear out of your sleeveless dresses.  I also see a lot of future layered looks with the vest with tees, button downs, and jeans or leggings.  I recently bought this plaid vest from a boutique.  They are currently sold out but have more on order so make sure to check back soon.  I’ll keep an eye out too to let you know.  In the meantime, HERE is another one they have available in a great fall color.  I also found similar styles HERE and HERE.

Express is just killing it lately with the sales and styles!  This fit and flare choker dress is available in other colors and less than $13!

It’s funny how I spent months searching for the perfect mule loafers and now there are SO many cute styles out!  I found my Catherine Malandrino blush pearl mule loafers at TJ Maxx but HERE and HERE are similar styles.  I love them with just about everything: dresses, jeans, joggers, etc.  They are so comfortable and dress up a casual look a bit.

When She’s Apples, a limited edition LipSense color, was released I thought it was a fun pop of color for summer.  However, now that we have moved into the fall I realized how great it looks with all of the burgundies, mustards, and olives for autumn.

Thank you to all of you that wished me a happy birthday yesterday!  I had a wonderful day with some of my favorite people.  If you saw my Insta Story you know that I went to my favorite restaurant for dinner, Takoi.  It was formerly known as Katoi prior to a fire that shut down their business last winter.  They recently reopened in the same location.  Overall the look is the same but they did make some improvements including an added room with seating and some outdoor seating.  The menu changes every couple weeks but the flavors are always amazing!  They describe it as Thai-ish but it’s definitely not your typical pad thai.  Everything is literally a flavor explosion.  The dishes are meant to be shared.  Some are spicy but not all.  Don’t even think about skipping dessert!  This visit we started with the Khanom Krock which is a sweet and savory coconut cream cup.  Every vegetable looked amazing but we settled on the charred broccoli and grilled corn.  Neither disappointed and are must haves!  We also had the scallops which were cold minty and refreshing along with the short rib which was sliced and so delicious!  It cooks for two days!  We ended with the Banana Crunch Ice Cream but I kind of wanted everything.  It was the perfect ending.

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Off the Shoulder Sweater Dress / Floppy Hat / Blanket Scarf

Express Dress / Leith Hat, similar HERE / Charles David Booties, similar HERE / Similar Blanket Scarf / Sugarfix by BaubleBar Earrings, similar HERE

Can we talk about the balloon sleeves on this off the shoulder sweater dress?  Although I initially hesitated to buy another off the shoulder piece (can you have too many?!), as soon as I saw the sleeves and the price (40% off!) it was a done deal!  I love the color and don’t have anything like it.  I wore it on a recent weekend getaway and received so many compliments on it.  It was super comfy and perfect for the fall.

I started the day with a blanket scarf, similar style HERE, and stuffed in my bag as the day warmed up.  Blanket scarfs are a great staple to carry you from the fall into the winter.  As I’ve mentioned before, they’re great for traveling as well.

I bought this floppy hat last year at Nordstrom but they have a similar style HERE.  I love a good wool floppy hat.  I’ve really been more aware of the sun the last few years and have noticed that it seems to be more intense in the fall even though the air temperature may not be as hot as the summer.  Wool floppy hats not only look cute but they protect your face from harmful UV rays.

If you haven’t been to northern Michigan, you need to put it on your list of places to visit.  It’s great for different reasons year round but the fall is one of my favorite times to visit.  My husband and I love to visit the wineries.  The scenery is so beautiful!

We had a cottage on Torch Lake that we sold last year.  We loved the area and have some great memories there but are at a time in our life that we weren’t getting as much as use out of it as we would like to with the 3.5 hour drive.  We still intend to visit the area and either rent or stay in a hotel.  We didn’t make it this summer but decided to make a spontaneous trip last weekend. We stayed at a newer hotel in Traverse City, Hotel Indigo, which we really liked.  It was in a great location with a rooftop bar.

We hit up some of our favorite spots and tried some new.  Here are some of our recommendations:

Breakfast: Harvest and The Plaza

Lunch: The Jolly Pumpkin

Dinner: Red Ginger, Mama Lu’s, Apache Grille

Drinks: Hotel Indigo Rooftop (heaters and fire pits available)

Wineries: Aurora, Bowers Harbor, Chateau Chantal, Bonobo

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Off the Shoulder Ruffle Top // Dressy Joggers // Block Heel Sandals // Tassel Earrings

Express Joggers / Express Top / Dolce Vita Shoes / BaubleBar Earrings, similar HERE / Sheer Berry LipSense / Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

If you know me, you know I loathe wearings jeans.  I do it but I much prefer just about anything else!  The jogger trend has been one of the best things to happen to my travel attire.  I wear them almost exclusively for air travel.  Not only are they comfy but you can look pulled together without much effort.

The next best thing in jogger fashion is the dressy jogger!  Same comfort factor but a nicer material.  Add a cute top and accessories and you are ready for a night on the town or a business casual event like the one I wore this look to.  Express appears to be extending their sale that was scheduled to end last Sunday so they are still a crazy good deal!

I also found this taffeta ruffle top at Express on sale.  You can wear it on or off the shoulder but off is a fave look of mine.  I’m not sure I’ve ever owned anything taffeta but I feel like there is a bad bridesmaid dress reference I should be making here!  I actually think the material is nice.  It gave it a dressier look and kept it’s shape pretty well considering the tuck I had going on.

I can see myself pairing these joggers with tees and sweaters to switch up the look as well.  Booties and mule loafers would make great choices but for this look it was all about the heels!  I scored these studded block heel sandals during the Nordstrom Anniversary but they are currently marked down for even less than I paid!

I debuted this look at a Travel & Lifestyle Detroit Event at the newly remodeled DoubleTree, a Hilton brand hotel.  We were greeted with mimosas and given a tour of their new suites.  The decor was tasteful and inviting.  They’re very spacious and would be especially nice if you are traveling with small children due to the Jack & Jill style bathroom separating the rooms.  They had a big and clean fitness facility, a Starbucks, a restaurant and a bar.  Our meeting was in the newly restored Crystal Ballroom which would be a great wedding venue.  The ornate painted ceilings were restored to their original look and simply gorgeous.  I honestly didn’t know we had a DoubleTree in Detroit.  I would definitely recommend it for anyone coming to the city for a sporting event, concert, wedding, and even business.  It’s a few blocks from Campus Martius and close to the newly opened Q-Line.  The hotel does shuttle to games as well.

We heard from the event sponsors, including a Traveling Mom affiliate, Inside Europe.  They are a great resource for planning the perfect European vacation and shared some goodies from Germany with us.

DoubleTree Chef, Eric Hurd, gave a live demo of how he prepares the Pork Belly appetizer we were served with our lunch.  YouTube celebrity, Daymon Patterson was with us and gave a live review.  He gave it 4 out of 5 stars!  I agree.  It was delish.  Daymon, aka @DaymDrops, the Food Titan, shared his story with how he got started and gave us some social media tips.

I was honored to be invited to this event.  It’s always nice to learn more about social media.  It’s constantly changing so knowledge is definitely power.  I really enjoyed meeting and networking with other local bloggers. As a result, there is a group of us that have connected and are attempting to meet up regularly.

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