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

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.....

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Into the Blue Part Two

Opposites attract. So do biker boots and a beautiful blouses. 
With another black and blue look, there's proof that anything is fashion at least. 

Model - Kaitlin Lapka
Photo Assistant - Kelsey DeShambo

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sisterly Love

Because I'm in love with this season's black and blue trend, 
I thought I'd do a shoot with my lovely sister, Kaitlin Lapka

Two different looks; day and night.
          Two different personalities; carefree and classic. 
                      Notice the movement. The transition. The connection.

Shoes - Steve Madden
Velvet Leggings - Wish
Leather Tank - GAP
Denim Shirt - Vintage Banana Republic
Headband - Handmade  

Shirt - The Vintage Twin
Pants - Alythea
Shoes - Sam Edelman
Handbag - Forever 21
Watch - Citizens
Earrings/Bracelets - Vintage

Photo assistant: Kelsey DeShambo

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fall inspiration

Black is my go-to color and I was anything but blue after noticing that the pairing of dark on dark with navy and black is a trending color combo for fall. 

My favorite color shown by some of my favorite designers. This is what will be inspiring my look this fall. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

He's a Barbie Girl

Tim Gunn has styled two looks for the a new stylish-chic Barbie collection.
I've taken his day-to-night looks and made them life-sized!
"Make it work" 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fall Fashion - School Style

It's Coming!!!! 

Fall is right around the corner and I'm already contemplating my first day of school outfit (yes, I still pick out my clothes for school, I like to learn in style).

I'm not yet in full fall mode and I'm holding on to the warm weather and bright colors of summer before I turn to dark and drab during winter hibernation.

This look is the perfect combination of pre-pumpkin patch and post-beach babe.

Vintage Earrings
7 For All Mankind Grey Skinny Jeans
Burberry Brit Peplum Top
Kara Ross Cuff
Kenneth Jay Lane Link Necklace
Pour la Victoire Tote 
Clover Canyon Printed Crepe de Chine Jacket 
  Oscar De La Renta Embellished Flats

Friday, August 17, 2012

Comment. Call. Connect.

The new Here and Now info cards have arrived! 
You've got everything you need to:

read my posts.
write me comments.

get in touch. 
call me, maybe.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Best of US

Downtown Birmingham. Michigan is one of my favorite shopping destinations in the good 'ol mitten state and it's gaining popularity nation-wide. ranked Caruso Caruso Michigan's top place to shop in it's article, "50 States of Shoppping". Recognized for it's one of a kind collection, mix of small town brands and well-known labels, and amazing selection of jeans, jewels and just what you need. 

Visit the website at: to see everything in-store and if you get the chance, take a trip downtown Birmingham for Michigan's #1 stop to shop. 

See the full article of the best shopping locations in the U.S. at: 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jean G. Threads

The craftiest, most talented person artistically, aesthetically and visually is none other than Jean Glover. Yes, she may be my mom, but besides her role as a mother, she has more skills and talents than the average individual - and an individual she is. Creating her own success, her own path and her own dreams of a life with creative expression and personal touches added to everything she designs.

Dress - Jack
Lace Top - Havana 
Model - Rachel Mosher
Look from - Craze, Pentwater Michigan

From home decor to hand made cards. Jean can make a blank canvas into a work of art, an empty vase into a bouquet of perfectly arranged flowers, leftover fabric into anything you desire, and work with just about anything from a glue gun and knitting needles. 

Not only do I recommend her work, but I can tell you that her passion for all things involving design and creativity is truly authentic and heart-filled. 

With a portfolio that ranges from love seats to curtains lined with lace, Jean does it all. This dress of mine was shortened, hemmed, and restored in a matter of minutes. A simple task for my mother that would take any wannabe seamstress days to complete. One of many many things I've had mended, altered, sewn and designed by my mother. Over the years, I wouldn't trust anyone else to patch a hole, decorate a room or re-invent a living space into something fabulous than Jean G.

H&N : What keeps you going after a life of ups and down?
Jean G : I love what I do! I know that everything is okay as long as it feels right.

H&N : What is your favorite piece you've made?
Jean G : Upholstering my grandmothers' wing back chairs was probably the most satisfying. When I was 10 years old, I asked my grandmother if I could have a chair which was in her living area. 40 years later it's in my living room. I think of her every time I sit in it. 

H&N : And your forte is???
Jean G : Decor for the home.

H&N: What would be your dream job (no limits)?
Jean G : Taking a home and having absolute control over it's entire design and appearance without any outside criticism or expectations. 

Looking for a seamstress? Need help re-decorating a room? Have an old chair you've been meaning to re-upholster? Any job, Jean G Threads is the place to go. 

You can contact Jean at: 
Jean G. Threads

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Office Hours

From the desk to the dark, one outfit can last you an entire day. 
I mix office casual with night time chic to create a look that's the best of both worlds. 

Top - Jeanology
Button Down - Madewell
Skirt - The Vintage Twin
Shoes - Steven Madden
Clutch, Earrings & Glasses - Vintage
Bracelet - Homemade

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Victorine Woman

The inspiration behind Victorine Deych’s line of elegantly designed garments derives from the femininity, beauty and strength of a real woman.

When I sat down with Victorine herself, she was just as whimsical, lovely and breathtakingly sophisticated as her line. From the moment we met, I was entranced by her beauty and style just as I was after first viewing her collection online at

At first glance, I knew that the passion and purpose behind each design came straight from the heart. Her responses during our sit down were just as effortlessly composed as the garments she’s created for her Spring/Summer 2012 collection

H&N: You're not the first woman I've met who has transitioned into fashion (from finance). Was the leap into this industry well worth it?

VD: Yes. I didn't have anything to loose. There is a steep learning curve in fashion and design. I specialize in draping and my skills were self-taught. [In fashion] there are a lot of balls to juggle but it's what I love to do. 

H&N: You talk a lot about expression through color. What is your favorite color?

VD: Purple. It's a combination of red and blue. Two very different emotions. It's a combination of power, self-assurance and beauty. There is a certain reaction to color that can be felt within my collection.

H&N: Looking into the future, what mark do you want to leave on fashion? 

VD: I want to inject feminism back into fashion. Think: back to basics. Within my draping, I accentuate all aspects of a woman, how ever they feel. I want to make dresses that are still relevant 20 years from now. 


H&N: The video for your Spring/Summer 2012 collection is amazing! I was completely in awe after watching it. I think it expresses what you wish to portray in your collection. Your collection is made for the ultimate woman. A Victorine Deych woman is _________?

VD: Modern. Strong. Feminine. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

I Just Can't Get Enough..! 

Even when I throw out the old, it seems like there is never enough shelf space for my ever-growing shoe collection. This summer I've fallen in love with wooden heeled wedges and platforms.

These Levity heels are day-to-day wearable with the light colored heel and leather strap. They have dress-up potential with a touch of black patten leather.

Well worth the buy, I don't consider this a splurge or the results of an impulse purchase. 
DSW never fails me with their fabulous deals and even more fabulous rewards program!

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