Monday, October 15, 2012

THE BIG REVEAL


Thank you all of my Here and Now follower, readers, and fans! Because of you, Here and Now has had extreme success! 

I'm excited to announce the launch of my latest blogging venture. The NEW website is currently under construction. Stay posted through the Here and Now Facebook page for the BIG REVEAL!

Introducing:



ceenbyannac.com coming soon!





Friday, October 12, 2012

From One Blogger To Another


My close friend Lisa Wang has been blogging for over a year now and her website Leopard Shoes is one close to my heart.



When I'm talking with her about clothes, shoes, or style, I always leave with info on an amazing new trend or a tip for how to pull off rockin' apparel like the unique collection Lisa has established through years of shopping experience.

One things that stands out with her look is the way she makes simple clothes stand out. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Your LBD Never Looked So Fun


Think about it: 
What color do we gravitate towards when "dressing-up"? BLACK.

And when we are going out, what is our main goal? FUN.

I've established this direct correlation: 
BLACK = FUN. 


I was first inspired by this photograph of my grandmother. Dressed in a LBD, she is obviously having a wonderful time. This may be the simplest and most well depicted example of my point exactly.

The idea of having a good time is consistant throughout our history of party going and cocktail attire, though the LBD in itself has shifted slightly. I still consider a simple black dress with an elegant string of pearls to be the ultimate, sophisticated and stylist look (way to go grandma!) but I've also seen accepted the LBD to come in several variations. All of which are equally fabulous.

Traditional with a Twist.
Textured material or contrasting on white.
 Making Black Bright.
Using sequins, metallics and studs.
Playing with Prints.
Black as an accent to create definition.

Madewell is one of my favorites along side J Crew when dressing the classiest of women who are willing to step slightly outside the box. All of these looks can be found on madewell.com. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Balmain Style - Fall Favorites

Unlike my usual basic, unexciting solid colored tops and patternless dresses, this Fall I'm welcoming a bit of diversity by incorporating embroidery, abstract patterns and detailed combinations of both colors and materials. 

One designer that I'm especially drawn to is Balmain and the Fall 2012 RTW collection. Taking lessons from the complex beading and intricate "thriller" like blazers, I've decided to embrace velvet detailed trouser and tried on a few untypical trench coats.


Topshop has special collects of this season's  most bizarre blazers. The pants, the shoes, and every thing in-between - I've picked some of my favorites inspired by Balmain and infused with my personal touch.



Velvet, Paisley, Jacquard, Suede. Combinations of these prints and textiles are beautifully collaborated. Topshop had trousers, boots, and pencil skirts that mimic the styles of those seen on the runway for Fall 2012 RTW



Studs and sequins make for superb accessories. I'm in love with this black dress, and metallic top. How can you resist a beaded jacket like this one also from Topshop? LOVE.



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bright Lights. Bright Looks.

For this year's annual State Street Fashion Show, SHEI Magazine and The State Street Area Association of Ann Arbor put together an event that gave this seasons most celebrated looks center stage.

As Co-Fashion Editor of SHEI Magazine, Brittlyn Tyler and I worked closely with Creative Director, Lisa Wang, throughout the entire process of planning, organizing and putting on this FABULOUS show at the Michigan Theater.

Even our looks were in sync. With theater appropriate black and statement making color contrasts, our outfits were reflective of our own personal styles and runway-worthy attire.



See more pictures from the show on the SHEI Magazine Flickr. Models from the show wore all of this season's most popular fall looks from the local stores of Ann Arbor, MI.   

Get a look inspired by items that both Lisa and I wore to last weekends event by combining black basics and bright accessories with accent pieces.




Saturday, September 22, 2012

Calling All Models


At these year's SHEI Magazine Model Call not only were the models making a statement, but their accessories were too. With guests looking glamorous and the SHEI Magazine board members dressed to impress, it was a nice of fashion perfection.










































Pictured:

Creative Director - Lisa Wang
Business Director - Cynthia Zang
Fashion Editor - Anna Fuller

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Smarty Pants

Who says you can't have a brain and be beautiful?

These University of Michigan students have great style in and outside of the classrooms.

A lesson to all: study hard and always look fabulous. 


On tour and on the run. These friends make fashion fun. 


Early morning classes call for a look that will last all day.



Walkin' the streets with a hop in her step. 


Girls like guys who not only look amazing but don't carry extra baggage (unless it's a book bag)



Study buddies in patterns and prints


Even at the cafe, late night cram sessions are comfortable and cute. 


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In Need of A Boost

Being 5'3" has it's limitations...

I won't be walking the runways any time soon,
I can't wear maxi dresses without being swallowed
"regular" length jeans are always ruled out,
 and my boots are only a few inches short of over the knee.






I do my best to stand out and stand tall. After a summer of wearing wedges and flatforms, I intend on walking into fall in the same manner - with a few extra inches to give me a boost. 

No need to hide my height, I'd proudly stroll the streets in any of these casual flatforms shoes that are great for fall. 



Monday, September 17, 2012

The Alchemist


The stories behind vintage pieces are what make them so amazing. By re-work vintage jewelry Dawn Noir of Lux Alchemy creates combinations of pure bliss that is nothing short of magical.

I had the pleasure discovering her jewelry while out Saturday. Though amazing in person, her products  are also available online. 


Talk a look at more of Dawn's creations by visiting LuxAlchemy.com 







Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Day From Hell


The Hell's Kitchen Flea Market is one of my favorites in NYC. They have year-round vendors that range from 1930's toy collectors to aspiring artisans of jewelry, photography and creativity galor.

I never leave empty handing and after a morning of solid thrifting, I walked away satisfied with a few new vintage pieces.










Friday, September 7, 2012

FALL

Play with pattern. Prepare for Fall. 




Ignite the fire. Wear with passion.





Look 1:


blouse urban outfitters
pants love and let live
necklace forever 21
flatforms fossil
cuffs vintage

Look 2

earrings vintage
top vintage
skirt express
cuffs vintage

Model: Tara Von Mach
Set Assistant: David R. Mason T.
Props From: Emmie M. Dillon O. 
Thanks!





Tuesday, September 4, 2012

InVESTment








The Prada Fall RTW collection has made an impact on me. 
Though every look may be full of color clashing and contrasting patterns, 
it's was the lengthy vests that really caught my eye. 



I've done a little in(vest)igating of my own and found a wide array of seasonal pieces. With differences in fit, style, structure and length, a vest is no longer just a sleeveless jacket, it's an inVESTment. 







EMMA COOK

Floral-print down vest



Monsoon

Milan All Over Fairisle Waistcoat




Etro

STRIPED FRINGE VESt



Arco Basket Weave Vest





Monday, September 3, 2012

My Fashion Week



With New York Fashion Week literally days away, I pout in disbelief knowing that I am missing the fashionable festivities by a mere day! Starting on Sep. 6th and continuing until the 13th, I realize this after booking my flight to depart on Friday the 14th.

With optimism, I'll be tuning in, and catching all of the week's buzz from Michigan and anxiously awaiting my weekend trip back to NYC.

In the meantime, I've established a Fashion Week of my own, right here in Ann Arbor. After welcoming students back to school, I'll be hitting the streets, scouting for daily fashionistas to showcase   on H&N all week long.

That being said, whether you're attending Fashion Week or viewing it from afar (like me) plan on dressing in your most trendy attire - you never know when H&N will be out snapping photos.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Grade A

I've never been one to carry a backpack.
Hauling books around, strapped to you in a bag with more pockets than possibly fill-able never appealed to me. 

I'd much rather be roaming the halls in something 

a little more fashion functional.



Distressed Leather Wedge Boots - Maison Martin Margiela
Two Toned Bar Necklace - A Piece Treaty
Leather Panel Leggings - Helmut Lang
Suede Striped Bag - Burberry
Olive Silk Top - Halston Heritage


Friday, August 31, 2012

I heart TVT

Ever since their trunk show in NYC, I've been DYING to get my hands on another piece of re-worked magic created by the one and only,  

Morgan and Samantha of The Vintage Twin!


Their Instagrams are sooooooo tantalizing, it's almost unfair. With the upcoming release of their website, I'll be one of the first to place an order - guaranteed!


Here's a (small) glimpse of a few favorites.

 Follow TVT on instagram @thevintagetwin and see more of their preview pics on followgram.me







Of course, I can't help but drool over their beyond beautiful models. I'd take a side of Connor Paolo and Stoli any day! 

Sam and Morgan, I'd be happy to do a few shoots for you if he was included.....


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