Karen Kane’s Sheath Dress

2019 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion

I love rich tones in the fall like this eggplant sheath dress from Karen Kane. The fun bell sleeves add just enough detail. I paired it with my leather wrap belt, an old one from ASOS, and black heels. When it gets colder, I would pair the dress with tights and black boots.

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Transition Tones

2019 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion

I tend to wear bright colors in the summer and then start transitioning to neutral tones for the fall and winter. This sheath dress is a classic example of one of my go-to dresses during this time of the season. I can layer with a blouse and a belt if it’s a colder day. It’s short enough that it can be worn with tall boots, as well.

Today was warmer so I paired with my go-to cap to heels. I always get questions about these, and they are classic heels that every woman should own. They transition well throughout the year and go with almost everything. I’ve linked to great selections below at all price ranges!

Over-The-Knee Black Boots

2019 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion

Fall to me means boot seasons. I have an infatuation with boots. I lover over-the-knee boots because it helps make my legs look longer. These are oldies from my closet, but are staples I would recommend everyone have!

I’ve linked to great options below at all price ranges. Before fall really cools down, snag yourself a pair of over-the-knee boots. You won’t regret it!

3 tips for hosting a clothing swap

2019 Fashion, Fashion

The fashion industry is one of the most environmentally destructive and unsustainable industries in the world. Fast fashion has led to brands designing and manufacturing clothes of low-quality, which often fall apart after a few washes. This means that although people are buying more clothes than ever, they are also disposing of more.

According to the Council for Textile Recycling, in the U.S., more than 25 billion pounds of clothing are thrown away every year, and only 18% of wasted clothing is recycled. However, some brands are leading the way in trying to reduce the environmental and social costs of clothing production. ASOS for instance, have launched their own program called ‘Fashion with Integrity’, which promotes the rights of factory workers and the use of more sustainable materials in their clothing.

Clothing swaps are a fantastic way to get rid of clothes you don’t want and get something you do want in return. Whether you can’t fit into your jeans anymore or you just don’t like the orange sweater you bought last week, clothing swaps are a sustainable alternative to throwing items away. Sharing three top tips for hosting a clothing swap, which could come in handy if you’ve never hosted one before or if your last swap didn’t go very well.

1. Have rules

Create a list of rules which you can send to all of the participants ahead of the event. For example, create guidelines to let people know how many items they should bring to the clothing swap.

I recommend specifying both a minimum and maximum amount of items (e.g. five and make sure that everybody is aware that only quality items in a good state of repair will be accepted). There is nothing worse than someone trying to swap a pair of ratty old boots for a pair of nearly-new Levis!

2. Create a changing room

Not everyone is comfortable getting changed in front of others, so have one or two rooms available for trying on. Even if you only invite your best friends, clothing swaps always benefit from having somewhere participants can try on items of clothing. Make sure that every changing room has a mirror though, otherwise there isn’t much point in trying anything on!

3. Keep it organized

Depending on where you are hosting the clothing swap party, it may be possible to display clothing items in less of a jumble-sale style, by instead having different areas for different items of clothing. If you are very organized, you could even create display signs!

Remember that the most important part of holding a clothing swap is having fun! So make sure there are plenty of drinks and nibbles available to keep guests entertained when they are not contemplating their swaps!

Detroit Weekend

North America, Travel

Fun facts about Detroit: It’s the only city in the U.S. that looks south to Canada, and it is the birthplace of Motown music!

We spent a lovely weekend in Detroit for a friend’s wedding. While we didn’t get to see and do everything, here are a few of the highlights that we did and some places my friend recommended.

Studio A in Motown Museum

What to Do:

  • Belle Isle Park – It’s an island that separates Detroit from Canada. The island was built out with debris from Detroit and now is almost 100 acres. On the island includes the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a giant slide, athletic fields, picnic areas, tennis courts, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and the Detroit Yacht Club (where the wedding reception was held).
  • Motown Museum – Visit the birthplace of Motown music – named after Detroit’s nickname of “Motor City.” Berry Gordy, creator of Motown, combined “motor” and “town” into one word to create his famous music label that signed legends like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Supremes.  
  • Ford Piquette Avenue Plant – Fun personal fact about me, I drive a Ford. My family has always had Ford vehicles, and it was so fun to learn about its history and how Henry Ford was an innovator during his time. Something I learned on our tour, Henry Ford (and potentially his wife) is the reason the steering wheel is on the left side of the vehicle in the U.S.
  • Henry Ford Museum – While we didn’t have enough time to visit this museum, others did go and recommended it.
  • Detroit Institute of Art – This was also on our potential visit list. There’s just not enough time to see everything. The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the U.S., with more than 65,000 works.

What to Eat:

  • Penny Reds – This is a great spot to go with a large group. They serve up amazing fried chicken. It connects to the Brakeman, which has fun games like shuffleboard, bocce, and Jenga at large family-style picnic table. The place is very Instagram-friendly with a cool vibe.
  • Middle Eastern food – Detroit is home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans. That’s right – it beats New York City. This, of course, means there is a lot of Middle Eastern food options that are definitely worth trying. We didn’t have time to, but we were told many are near Dearborn ( a suburb of Detroit).

Where to Stay:

  • Shinola Hotel
  • Siren Hotel
  • Westin – We stayed here since the wedding party was all staying here. It’s a great chain hotel with all the amenities (if you have time to use them), such as a gym, pool, and spa. Breakfast was not included, but there is a Starbucks in the lobby of the hotel.

Pisco y Nazca

Fashion

If you are looking for the best Peruvian restaurant in Washington, D.C., then check out Pisco y Nazca.

They have the best ceviche I’ve had in the city! They also serve large portions good for sharing, and they also offer bottomless brunch. It’s a great spot to bring family and friends with a good ambiance.

Eggs Benedict
Peruvian-French Toast

I’ve been for both dinner and brunch and would recommend both! The restaurant is fairly large for D.C. and can accommodate large groups, and they take reservations.

I’m wearing my favorite linen dress from ASOS, last worn here. I’ve paired it with Amerri bag. You’ve probably seen a version of this straw bag all summer. It is the summer bag to have this season. I always feel like I’m about to go on a picnic when I wear it.

Black Tie Wedding

2019 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Winter

This full Chicwish skirt is so elegant and versatile since you can pair it with a different top to totally change up the look. I was looking for formal options to wear to a black-tie wedding, and I got this skirt as one of my options. While I did not end up wearing it, I’m excited to have it in my closet to restyle for other events.

I kept it classic with a simple boat neck top (last worn here) and classic clutch and block heels.

When you are petite, it’s all about proportions – this high-waisted full skirt gave me the impression that I have long legs. Trust me – that is an allusion.

I also plan to pair this skirt with a one-shoulder or a sleeveless bustier-style top for a different look!