santé

 

cheers2 cheers4cheerscheers3

Jacket and Top: T.J. Maxx The Runway (a long, long time ago). Skirt: Choies. Heels: Zara (fall). Sunnies: The Peacock Room (if you’re in the Metro Detroit area, go check it out!)

As mentioned here, my last weekend in Michigan was spent running around Detroit, taking in my favorite sights. It wouldn’t have been complete without a farewell champagne toast on the MacArthur Bridge, the Parisian style bridge that reminds me of Paris and crossing the Seine each time I see it. It was the site that inspired this blog’s title and the quintessential combination of the city I love and know and Parisian influence from which I seek inspiration on a constant basis. So to conclude my tour de Detroit, a final santé (cheers in English) to my sweet hometown, the Paris of the Midwest. Wherever the world takes me, my roots will continue to grow from this wonderful city. It goes without saying, I promise to be back soon and often.

Photos by Becca Scholtes

shot in the wing

shot in the wing3 shot in the wingshot in the wing2shot in the wing4Coat: Zara (winter). Dress: Choies. Tights: Target. Heels: Shoe Republic LA via Lulus (a while ago). LOVE ring: Vivienne Kelly (c/o).

It comes as no surprise to those near and dear that the Detroit Institute of Arts is one of my happy places. From its marble steps, Rodin sculpture out front, great hall with those most exquisite lighting fixtures, to the Diego Rivera mural about the automotive industry in Detroit and on and on. I could spend days getting lost in the beauty of this landmark treasure and in fact, I have many times. Always on my list of pit stops in this museum is Jean Dubuffet’s 1961 “Shot in the Wing.” It could be its array of pastel colors, or the French theme it takes on, or the fact that every time you view it with a close eye more and more of the scene unfolds. It is likely a combination of all of these that draws me to this painting and thus it has been marked at the top of my list for favorite paintings. When I found this dress, a literal work of art and oil paint itself, I instantly knew just where it should be worn.

And so you have it. One happy girl, in her favorite location, in her favorite city, with her favorite painting in her own work of art.

Photos by Becca Scholtes

greek street

greek streetgreek street2greek street 3 Sweater: chicwish. Pants: BCBG (old). Heels: ABS by Alenn Schwartz.

In my hometown of Detroit, there is a place the locals refer to as “Greek Town.” It is not actually a town, more like a single street…ok, if we are being honest, it really is just a two or three block radius of Monroe Street. I distinctly remember reading an article about David Arquette visiting Detroit and mentioning a place he frequented, Greek Street. Since then, the name has kinda stuck with me.

 

These two-three blocks of a town/street are filled with Greek food, tavernas, cafes, casinos, the like and the food is out of this world. Some of the best gyros, lemon rice soups, Greek salads and Moussaka you will taste. While you are enjoying the Mediterranean fare, don’t forget to order Saganaki as an appetizer…because who doesn’t love almost getting their eyebrows seared off  while yelling “Opa!” to your flaming cheese.

you don’t know joe

joe7joejoe3joe4                                                                                      <<  double bump  >>
joe8joe9joe5 Dress: OASAP. Hat: Anthropologie. Tights: Target. Heels: Enzo Angiolini. Ring: Vivienne Kelly (c/o…sadly sold out, but find other great pieces here).

In honor of the snow that was dumped on my hometown this past week as I sit outside on my lunch break in 70 degree weather (muahaha), a tribute to my city and fist bump with Joe. Inspired by the Russian Olympics, I donned my faux fur hat and warm woolen dress and trudged through the snowy landscape of Detroit to get in one last bump (and a double bump!) with the famed Joe Louis fist. Inspired when my favorite local publication, Hour Detroit, named pounding it with Joe Louis #23 on their list of 101 Things Every Detroiter Should Do last summer, my last weekend in Michigan would not have been complete without some pounds for good luck to a sculpture I have come to associate with the city I love.

Photos by Becca Scholtes

the last best place

montana montana2 montana3 montana4 montana5Coat: vintage. Dress: Chicwish. Heels: Cole Haan. Bag: vintage Chanel. Bracelet: vintage Chanel.

The last best place. Also know as Montana. Back in December, I found myself nestled at the Rainbow Ranch, waking up to the sound of running water flowing over the icy Gallatin River off the back porch of my hotel room and prepping for the marriage of two great friends. The trip also included a horse-drawn sleigh ride up a mountain, snowboarding at Big Sky, hiking a mountain and drinks at the local dive bars, but it seems no words could do Montana justice. It is rural and quiet, complete wilderness and by far the most breathtaking place I have ever seen just by stepping foot from a hotel room. I cannot wait to explore the fresh, crisp air, starry nights and the ever flowing rivers of Montana again sometime!

criminal

criminal2criminalCoat: Zara (winter). Tank: Criminal Damage via ASOS. Pants: J Brand. Boots: Franco Sarto (last season).

Lets face it. I am a fur, tulle, leather and taffeta fabrics kind of gal. Quite far from the whole graphic tee scene, but this past year I have stumbled across a few that are just too witty and cool to live without (see here, here and here). In the winter I have been pairing them with waxed pants to add an edge. For a casual summer look, think daisy dukes with Converse or even tied up with cropped skinny jeans and a pair of cute flats. How do you do graphic?

Photos by Pete Stevens

roasted

roasted2roasted4roasted5roasted3 Cape: CiChic. Top: Zamrie (c/o). Pants: Cynthia Rowley (via Marshalls). Heels: Pour la Victoire ‘Cecilia.‘ Gloves: Vera Wang for Kohls (a long time ago). Bag: vintage Chanel.

The title reads roasted as we were dining at local restaurant, Michael Symon’s Roast. However, the title probably should have said toasted as this cashmere cape I have lusted over for quite some time kept me cozy in the subzero temperatures Detroit has seen as of late. Paired with the perfect gray top for spring and new Mary Janes that I cannot stop staring at, we celebrated a family birthday and dined on the “roast beast of the day”. If you are in the area, be sure to check out this spot as they have the best selection of meats, a wonderful array of specialty cocktails and a happy hour menu that just can’t be beat!

Photos by Debra Kraus