It’s harder than you’d think to find quality garments made in the US, but it seems that more and more business are tuning into what their customers want and investing is great brands that are made in America. Willys Detroit is one of these businesses. With labels like Steven Alan, Filson, and Imogene + Willie, this expertly curated shop offers stylish wardrobes to both men and women. Willys was nice enough to let me run around like a kid in a candy shop in their store to pull pieces for another editorial for Pastorale Magazine, this time for a men’s shoot. This was actually my first time styling for a men’s fashion piece, and I was a little nervous, but with awesome ties and pocket squares by Hillside and bags by Filson, I quickly became more excited about menswear and accessories than nervous. It was so much fun to step out of my comfort zone on this project. Thank you so much to photographer, Erin Marie Miller, model, Ryan Keesecker, Pastorale Magazine, and of course, Willys Detroit!
Although I’m typically much more of a 60s and 70s girl as opposed to a 40s one, I had so much fun on this old Hollywood shoot I styled for Erin Marie Miller with pieces from Modcloth (plus a vintage Dior cami I inherited from Erin herself). Model, Alyse Madej, is the sweetest, the ladies of Salon Blue did a stellar job on hair and makeup, and working with Erin is always a blast. Thanks, ladies!
So far, the best five months of my life have been the ones I spent living and studying in Paris. I was fortunate enough to be able to study dance at Le Centre de Danse de Paris Goubé and film at La Sorbonne Nouvelle (when the students weren’t on strike). Since the Métro workers were on strike for a lot of the time I was there, too, I spent most of my time walking. I now know Paris better than any other city I’ve been to, even my native Boston.
Learning how to get absolutely everywhere by foot and having lots of canceled classes and thus time to go to museums and historical landmarks by myself, gave me an appreciation for this perfect city that I never even expected to gain. Paris always seemed like a fantasy, some romanticized old Hollywood movie version of a place, and I always thought the reality could never live up to this dream. It absolutely exceeded it. I was lucky. I lived with an excellent host family, a retired actress and a retired chef… jackpot! I had a gorgeous room with my own balcony of fresh flowers. Did I mention my balcony looked directly out on to the Eiffel Tower?
Yes, I got homesick at times, but it was the only time I felt like I was really on my own without my family or Josh to rely on to get me out of any situations I may get myself into. I felt proud of myself the entire time I was there. Paris, tu me manques. Anyway, today was the launch of Madewell’s collaboration with Parisian designer, Morgane Sézalory of Sezane. They’ve flawlessly blended New York cool with Parisian tomboy elegance, and I need all of it. This ode to Paris is pretty great, too.
Although it’s a little cheesy (that’s what weddings are for, right?) I think our wedding video is also very sweet. Thank you to Steve of George Street Photo & Video for giving us the opportunity to relive a day spent with almost every single important person in our lives. Words cannot express what that means. Josh and I are so grateful.
Click here to see photos from our wedding day.