Fall 2017 Favorites

It’s fall y’all! The weather has started to cool down here in Michigan and I’m finally ready to break out some fall stuff. Goodbye summer maxi dresses – hello leggings!

Faux Fur Vest ($180)

I’m pretty sure I have something similar on my list every year but I haven’t bit the bullet yet and ordered it. I just keep thinking about how soft and cozy this would be – I need to get on it this year.

OPI Less is Norse ($10.50)

I’m a little obsessed with OPI’s collection releases and I love the video for the new Icelandic Collection. I’m going with Less is Norse for my fall favorite, but I do like Turn On The Northern Lights and Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots too.

Twist Front Cozy Fleece Pullover ($49)

I’m sort of in love with the cut of this top and by how many color options are available. Just having “cozy” in the name screams fall.

Petite Herkimer Quartz Necklace ($74)

Salame Jewelry Designs are my favorite and this little stunner just came up in my feed the other day. I love how dainty it is. According to the description “Quartz in its natural raw form is perfect for keeping positive energy flowing.”

Flare Sleeve Sheath Dress ($139)

This reminded me of this old Pinspired post – it would be the perfect dress to mix and match with. It would also be a great dress to pair with my red pumps (which are on sale btw).

Lash Split Shaft Bootie ($159.95)

I’m missing some cute booties from my wardrobe and these ones from Kristin Cavallari are darling! A good reason to use those Nordstrom Notes!

Zella Live-In High Waist Leggings ($65)

I’ve found the answer to my leather leggings problem. Not that you even knew I had a problem, but I just can’t pull off the leather leggings look. Plus I’m mostly afraid of getting into a Ross’ leather pants situation a la Friends. So these Zella leggings in Black Laminate are the perfect solution. They have a cool sheen/glimmer to them that would be perfect for a night out without the embarrassing baby powder/lotion situation (if you haven’t seen this episode watch it immediately).

Mini Tassel Earrings ($34.50)

These are super duper cute! Tassels are just fun.

Water Resistant Trench Cape ($168)

I could have used this all last week – this is so chic I can’t even stand it! Very Olivia Pope…

Cinnamon Pretzel Twist Candle ($22.50)

OMG! This is the holy grail of candles – It smells like a Cinnabon store.

Merino Blend 2-in-1 Sweater ($98)

This looks super cozy. I like that it is a cowl style, but not low cut where my girls are hanging out.

Michael Kors Lena Large Shoulder Bag ($178.80)

I love this aubergine color or as they call it here “damson.” I really need more of a hobo bag to haul all my stuff around.

Relaxed Cross-Strap Tunic for Women ($18)

Speaking of that color – it is hot for fall and I love it on this tunic from Old Navy. You can’t beat the price and you can wear it with leggings!

Hunter Over-the-Knee Lace Up Boot ($53.40)

Avenue is pretty much my favorite place to buy boots. Great prices and they work on my wide calf every time! These are so different than anything else I’ve seen out there and I love them!

Splendid Dirt – Nutrient Mud Mask with Organic Pumpkin Puree ($23)

Oprah is a big fan of the FarmHouse Fresh Brands and I love their Whoopie Pie Lotion. I’m a huge fan of any mask that “will seriously de-gunk and help purify even the most congested skin.”

What are your favorites for fall?

You can stock up on all my previous fall favorites for 201620152014, and 2013 if you want to take a look back.



Every Story Has a Bead

Disclosure: I received sample products from Trollbeads in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

A few Saturdays ago, I hosted a party at the Trollbeads store in Twelve Oaks Mall. Trollbeads only has seven storefront locations in the United States and Michigan is lucky to have one of them.

I didn’t know a lot about Trollbeads before the event, but after six hours in the store, I feel like I’m an expert! I love that every piece is so unique an each customer can create something that expresses their individual personality.

Trollbeads was founded in 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In Denmark the word “troll” is used to refer to all mythical creatures. The first Trollbead, Faces, included six troll faces as you turn the bead and is still part of the collection today:

I had a lot of creating all of my own pieces at the event, one of my favorite looks was this tiara. There are so many fun and different ways you could adorn this. This would be great for a wedding, shower or any special event.

I’ve talked about upping my bangle game before and I just loved these gold bangles and could have a lot of fun creating a stack of them.

I also did a silver stack and I just adore the butterfly stoppers on these bangles. In the silver you have three different choices of bracelets, the bangle, the twisted bangle and the traditional foxtail bracelet:

I tried my hand at creating a pendant necklace. Some of the beads were so unique and beautiful.

They also had this pendant on display in the store and I thought the combination was beautiful:

I ended up leaving with my very own foxtail bracelet and my first “Unique” bead:

If you’re interested in starting your Trollbeads collection, visit the store at Twelve Oaks Mall and mention DetroitDuchess for 10% off your order. Make sure to post a picture of what you get!

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Five on Friday: All Things Pineapple

I am in love with all things pineapple right now! This post is my love letter to all of the awesome pineapple things I’m loving at the moment.

1.Vince Camuto Maro Faux Leather Tote ($88.80)

This tote was the catalyst for today’s post. I’m pretty much in love with it…and it’s on sale too!

2. colada pineapple vase-planter ($6.95)

I am giving this adorable pineapple planter away to one lucky reader…make sure to enter here!

3. Pineapple Stone Necklace ($19.99)

These are dainty and perfect for a little touch of summer to an otherwise boring outfit. Plus they come in rose gold, silver and gold so you have options.

4. Sass & Belle Exclusive Rose Gold Pineapple Money Pot ($29)

I sort of have a thing for piggy banks. I have a ton of different ones and even got a bride and groom set when we were saving for the wedding, so when I saw this one I had to add it to my collection.

5. Chelsea Peers Rose Gold Pineapple Pajama Set ($56)

I’ve died and gone to heaven with these pineapple pajamas! I literally can’t even contain my excitement about them. They are perfect in every way.

I could probably write five more of these just about pineapples so I will stop here, but I would love for you to comment with your favorite pineapple item. If I get enough of them I will do a Part 2!

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August Pinspired: Kate Middleton’s Wimbledon Look

Like many others I was enamored with Kate Middleton’s Wimbledon looks, especially this fun polka dot dress. I loved it so much that I decided to recreate it for myself.

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Her dress was Dolce & Gabbana’s Polka-Dot Print Silk-Blend Charmeuse Dress ($1,557):

I found three similar looks, for a lot less. The first one is from Sue&Joe, a Polka Dot Summer Dress ($23.99):

The second one is this Julian Taylor Women’s Polka Dot Short Sleeved Fit and Flare Dress ($58.80):

The third option is ACEVOG’s Vintage 50s Retro Rockabilly Polka Dot Classy Tea Dress ($35.98):

She paired this dress with the Nina Block Heel Sandals in Black Nubuck (about $80):

I also have three shoe options to choose from. Some brands just fit better on different feet so I like to have options. The first one is Sam Edelman’s Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal ($119.95):

Next is Vince Camuto’s Corlina Ankle Strap Sandal ($99.95):

The third option is the Steve Madden Carrson Sandal ($89.95):

Kate is carrying Victoria Beckham’s Quincy textured-leather tote ($1575):

This Michael Kors Mercer Large Leather Tote ($238.40) would work and is a fraction of the Victoria Beckham bag:

What do you think of Kate’s Wimbledon look?

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Fall Fashion Preview with Trollbeads

I have some exciting news! I am hosting a Sip & Shop event with Trollbeads Twelve Oaks next Saturday, August 12 from 12-6 p.m. If you are in the area, I hope you can join us!

There will be some fun promotions, raffles and the opportunity to win prizes. Trollbeads is known for its long history of family craftsmanship dating back to 1976. Each bead is unique and allows the wearer to express their creativity with a number of styles. Take a look at this video showcasing some of their bohemian looks:

I have been eyeing Trollbeads social media channels the past few weeks to get some inspiration on what I might like. Here are a few looks I will be checking out on Saturday:

These leather bracelets are really fun and light:

For a light weight summer look, try our Double Leather Bracelet ☀

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I love this stacked bangle look:

I am enamored with this back necklace:

Will I see you next Saturday at Trollbeads?

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Bachelorette 13 – Week 5 Part 2

We picked back up on the two-on-one, where Rachel finally sent Lee home. The whole thing was really immature – I couldn’t believe Kenny left Rachel to go back…he may have a rose but he pretty much sealed his fate in that moment. Rachel looked comfy in a white v-neck sweater. I found this Anne Klein Ribbed Hem V-Neck Sweater ($34.97) to recreate her look:

Rachel arrived at the rose ceremony wearing a gold Randi Rahm creation. I found two similar options to recreate her look. The first, this Cannes Dress from Nookie ($469) and the second, the X Revolve Alitz Gown from NBD ($288):

You can see her gorgeous makeup from The Bachelor’s resident artist, Gina Modica:

Rachel decided to let Anthony and Josiah go home this week. Josiah was a little surprised that she kept some of the men over him. Rachel flew out to meet the men in Copenhagen for the next leg of their journey. She wore a Mackage Double Face Wool Blend Coat ($374.97), CHAN LUU Ombré cashmere and silk-blend scarf ($205) and Coup’s Mr. Right Earrings ($340). To recreate the look I found two coat options with Laundry By Shelli Segal Wool-Blend Wrap Coat ($136.99) and Diane von Furstenberg Two Tone Double Face Wool Blend Wrap Coat ($219.97) this Paul Smith Women’s Light Pink Ombré Lambswool-Cashmere Scarf ($195), and A.B.S. By Allen Schwartz Teardrop Earrings ($24.99):

Rachel took Eric on the first one-on-one date this week and she wore a Mackage Nori Belted Wool Blend Coat ($690), sold out Maison Mere Sweater, Nanfusco Palmwood Necklace ($7,175), Sermona Gloves ($69). To recreate the look, I found this Belle Badgley Mischka ‘Lorian’ Faux Leather Trim Belted Asymmetrical Wool Blend Coat ($299), Old Navy Textured Raglan-Sleeve Sweater for Women ($34.99), and Radiant – Petrified Palmwood & Citrine Sterling Silver Necklace ($185):

I loved Rachel’s glowy look which you can get below:

Eric got the rose and the next day, Rachel took the rest of the group on a Viking themed date. Her outfit was perfect for what they did and her stylist, Cary Fetman, got a great picture:

Her cape is from Blessed Are the Meek, the pants are the cropped skinny trousers from Frame, and those fabulous brown gloves. To recreate her outfit, I found this Loose Fit Slit Hooded Cape Coat ($30.99), C by Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Crewneck Sweater ($79.99), Karen Karen Stretch Faux Leather Skinny Pants ($109), and Saks Fifth Avenue Polished Leather Gloves ($79.99):

During the evening cocktail party, Rachel sent Kenny home to his daughter and it was the nicest breakup yet. Rachel wore a sold out lace tank from Wolford and a black tuxedo jacket from Theory. To recreate her look, I found this Bailey/44 Bravura Top ($178) and Shawl Collar Tuxedo Blazer ($88.80).

Rachel took Will on a one-on-one date to Sweden and looked fresh faced in a green coat, white scarf and chocolate beanie. I found this Michael Kors Hooded Drawstring Long Coat ($79.90), Pashmina Style Scarf ($15.99) and Cashmere Knit Beanie ($39) to recreate this look:

Following their dinner, Rachel sent Will home. She wore a the Ivana Cold Shoulder Cashmere Sweater Dress from 360 Cashmere ($149.99) and three different rings from Robyn Rhodes. The Aella Ring ($74.99), the Jona Ring ($74.99), and the Valery Ring ($74.99). This Jessica Simpson Cold-Shoulder Sweater Dress ($69.50) is similar:

I loved Rachel’s look as she was walking and deliberating prior to the rose ceremony. She had on this great black trench coat and a cool wine colored cut out sweater. For this look, I found a Splendid Draped Trench Coat ($124.60) and this Cashmere Cutout Turtleneck Sweater ($118.80) which looks like the exact same sweater.

For the rose ceremony, Rachel wore a custom Randi Rahm black velvet halter gown and she sent home our Michigan boy, Alex. I found two great options to get this look. Both from Shail K, the first, a High Halter Lace-Up Velvet Sheath Gown ($250) and the second, a Jewel-Neck Long Velvet Sheath Gown ($250):

Her look, from the talented Gina Modica, was on point:

I like all the guys she has left, especially Peter – I mean, should we just start calling him McDreamy?

Who are your favorites?

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Bachelorette 13 – Week 5 Part 1

Jack Stone gets the next one-on-one date and Rachel wore a cute leather jacket, a mesh, embroidered dress and cute booties. To recreate the look I found this ASOS Sleeveless Embroidered Dobby Mesh Skater Dress ($72), Blank NYC Life Changer Moto Jacket ($98) and Dolce Vita Double Buckle Peep Toe Suede Booties ($59.99):

On this date, she wore a number of Robyn Rhodes rings, including the Foxglove ring ($29.99), the Forget Me Not ring ($42.99), the Rosemary ring ($59.99), and the Thistle ring ($39.99):

Rachel’s outfit looked more cozy than Jack Stone, who got sent home during dinner. It was so obvious that they didn’t have chemistry in this scene, it was awkward to watch. I loved Rachel’s gray cardigan sweater and thought this Halogen Rib Knit Wool & Cashmere Cardigan ($149) is similar:

Rachel cancelled the cocktail party and wore a sexy, custom Randi Rahm gown with a high slit up the thigh to send home Iggy and the Tickle Monster. It was hard to find anything similar, but you could try this Sequined Lace High Slit Fit and Flare Evening Dress by Jasz Couture ($224):

Rachel’s makeup is on point with this look:

The episode picks up on the next week where Rachel and the guys travel to Oslo, Norway. Rachel wore a BB Dakota Cowl Neck Sweater ($60). I think this BB Dakota Tegan Off the Shoulder Sweater ($83.60) is the same or similar but I can’t quite tell from the photo:

Rachel is sporting the Robyn Rhodes Xyris ($63.99) and Oleander ($49.99) necklaces.

She also wore the Harlow ($69.99) ring.

She takes Bryan on a crazy rappelling date (no thank you!). During the evening dinner, Rachel wore a sexy Jovani 36730 Jumpsuit ($480). I thought this LuLu’s Thinking Out Loud Black Backless Jumpsuit ($49) had a similar feel at a more reasonable price.

The next day, Rachel took the men to learn how to play handball while Kenny and Lee stayed back to prep for their two-on-one. I loved Rachel’s cool black and gold bomber jacket and found this Satin Brocade Bomber Jacket ($25) which you could style similarly.

Rachel turned it up for the evening party with a Mackage Alva Fitted Leather Skirt ($450), ALC Valerie Sweater ($375), Sam Edelman Kent Over the Knee Boots ($99.97), and Nan Fusco Woven Chain Dusters.  This Bishop + Young Vegan Leather Skirt ($64.99), Lace-Up Back Circle Hem Sweater ($47.92), and Ettika Chain Tassel Drop Earrings ($35) are similar looks for less:

Rachel arrives by helicopter to pick up Kenny and Lee for their face off. As she arrives we get a peak at her Robyn Rhodes Aella Ring ($74.99). You can select a variety of different colored stones.

This two-on-one ends in a cliffhanger, but I’m pretty much ready for her to be done with both of them. I liked Kenny, but he needs to grow up and learn to ignore Lee. The fact that he can’t do that is pretty unattractive.

What did you think about this two-on-one?

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Bachelorette 13 – Week 4

We kick off this week with hopefully a little less crazy Lee drama (one can hope) in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Rachel gives her intro talking about having a fresh start while wearing a sold out Likely Floral Print Dress and All Saints Balfern Leather Biker Jacket ($560). This NSR
Floral Printed Halter Dress ($34.97) and this Charlotte Russe Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($38.99) are similar:

Rachel took Dean on the first one-on-one and they got to ride and drive the Goodyear Blimp! Rachel wore Phillip Lim’s Floral Cloque Bomber ($509.98), Adidas Women’s Superstar Metallic Toe Lace Up Sneakers ($100), Paige Edgemont Ultra Skinny Jeans ($143), Robyn Rhodes Rachel Necklace ($69.99), Jules Vance Small Triangle Necklace ($70), Jules Vance Oracle Ring ($110), and Jules Vance Friendship Stacking Rings ($20):

I found this Charlotte Russe Floral Border Print Bomber Jacket ($38.99) and Michael Kors Zip-Pocket Skinny Jeans ($59.99) to recreate the look for less:

I loved her lipcolor on this date, it was the Armani Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick in 503 Red Fuschia ($38):

Besame Cosmetics Rose and Pink Masterliner Lip Pencil ($22):

Her blush was Too Faced’s Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Sparkling Bellini ($30):

Here are the rest of her makeup details:

Rachel wore The Kooples Moonlight Long Sleeve Lace Shirt (sold out) to her dinner with Dean and gave him the rose. This was a unique piece but I think this Floral Lace Blouse from Alex Evenings ($129) fits the spirit of her outfit:

On the group date, Rachel takes the men to a Spelling Bee! This is now my second favorite date of all time (after the dog date with Peter)! I was a two-time spelling bee champ and love this challenge! Rachel wore a sold out off the shoulder top from Zara, PAIGE Jacqueline High Waist Crop Straight Leg Jeans ($239), and Stuart Weitzman Letsdance wedges ($272.99). I found three similar tops which I just love! The first, STATE 3/4 Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Poplin Blouse ($53.40), the second, 7th Avenue Poplin Off the Shoulder Shirt ($34.96), the third, 7th Avenue Flounced Off-the-Shoulder Shirt with a Drama Sleeve ($38.46):

For the evening cocktail portion of the date, Rachel wore a custom navy Randi Rahm design with floral appliques. I liked the fit and flare party dress element and thought you could get the same sort of feel with this Ellen Tracy Sheer Stripe Dress ($49.99):

We end with more drama from Lee and Kenny and are left to wonder if either of them will stay on to the next week.

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Bachelorette 13 – Week 3

We ended last week on a not-so-exciting cliffhanger as DeMario returned for a second chance. It was pretty obvious that Rachel wasn’t going to give to him. In other news we finally got rid of Blake and Whaboom – hooray!!

Rachel launches into week three by bringing her first group date to the Ellen Show. She wore a sold out Ramy Brook Lauren Snakeskin Cold-Shoulder Blouson Dress. The good news is that you can find a different pattern, Blush Combo, for $425 and a variety of solid colors here for $395. This Msk 3/4 Sleeve Blouson Dress ($59.99) is a similar look for less:

She sported MAC’s PatentPolish Lip Pencil in Sultana ($21):

For the evening portion of the date Rachel catches up on her kiss count and things get steamy with some of the men. Rachel looks great in a Straight Jersey Cut Out Jumpsuit by Jovani ($338). This Skies Are Blue Cut-Out Jumpsuit ($89) is similar:

You can get her smoky eyes with MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Lunar ($20):

Next, Rachel took Anthony on a one-on-one date to Rodeo Drive…on horseback. She wore a sold out Three Dots Abstract Netted Lace Jacket. This 14th & Union Lace Bomber Jacket ($32.97) is similar:

Anthony and Rachel continued their date on the rooftop and it must have been chilly because she kept her coat on the entire time. She wore a Cinq à Sept Juno Cutout Mini Dress ($164.25) and the Mackage Loni Long Double Face Wool Coat in Mineral ($440):

Rachel wore Charlotte Tilbury’s Very Victoria Lipstick ($34) again:

For the mud wrestling date, Rachel wore a Henley by Three Dots. I don’t think this is the exact one she had, but this Sofia Henley by Three Dots ($30.73) is similar. I also found this Splendid Women’s Thermal Long Sleve Henley Tee ($84):

After everyone got cleaned up, Rachel changed into a Rag & Bone two piece crop top and skirt and DSTLD Womens Wool Blanket Maxi Coat ($180). I found this similar Marled Surplice Crop Top ($8) and Knit Skirt ($5) to recreate her look:

Rachel’s lips were lined with MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil ($21):

Rachel’s rose ceremony look was from Randi Rahm. This Adrianna Papell Beaded Halter Gown ($289) is similar:

I loved her eyeshadow here and it is Danessa Myricks Colorfix in Titanium ($18):

This episode ended with Eric drama. I love that after so many seasons of this show people still waste their precious time with the lead to talk about other people. That is the quickest way to go home…every time. To be continued next week…

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Summer 2017 Favorites

Just like Olaf, I too am ready for all things summer!

Sand in my toes, sun on my face, cold drink in my hand. Here are all my favorites things for summer this year:

Lands’ End Ponte Portrait Collar Dress (Sale $34.99)

I saw an article on this sheath in US Weekly and apparently people are going nuts over this dress. I ordered one for myself and will post an update. I got the navy version, but if I like it I’ll probably get the pink version too.

Summer Boardwalk – Salted Caramel Popcorn Candle (Sale $12.50)

So I liked the smell of this candle – so fun for summer and then I read the reviews and noticed people talking about “throw” and had no idea what that meant. Google to the rescue in case you are curious too. A candle’s throw is how it smells, the cold throw is the scent you get when you smell it before you light it and the hot throw is how the candle smells when lit and how far away you can be and still smell it.

Tory Burch Minnie Travel Sandal ($198)

You have to check out the video for these sandals. They first caught my eye with the rose metallic color and then I discovered that they are convertible sandals! You can wear them as a sandal or move the strap to convert them to a slip on! And they fold up so you can travel with them – amazing! They also come in black, tan, white and blue. 

OPI Hotter Than You Pink ($10.49)

This color is originally from the OPI Neon Collection released in 2014 but it is the perfect pick for summer. I did like their new California Dreaming Collection, but it doesn’t come in Gel colors. While your toes are on display in the summer months this hot pink will give you a pop of color! It also has a little shimmer to it.

Banana Republic Ruffle Crossback Tank ($49.50)

I love this pink color and I LOVE the back of this top!

Colorescience Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 ($64)

This is an awesome concept! If you’re like me, you don’t want to apply sunscreen on your face every few hours once you’ve already put on your makeup. With this you can just do a little powder touch up and voila instant protection. I also love it because you can powder your scalp line too which is where I always get burnt.

Cherry Charm Cuff Bracelet ($24.50)

This is so adorable and would make a cute accessory to any summer outfit.

Cold Shoulder Flounce Dress ($79.50)

I have another Loft dress that I just LOVE for the summer and thought that this would be a nice addition. I’m not really a shorts person so dresses are my go to summer outfit.

Banana Republic Enamel Tassel Pendant ($32.50)

I love that this is pink AND it has flowers too!

Melissa Floral Crossbody Clutch ($34)

I know florals for summer are cliche but I love em!

Merino Off-the-Shoulder Bow Top ($78)

Off-the-shoulder is the hot look for summer and I love the color of this top. I can’t resist a bow!

Colada Pineapple Vase-Planter ($6.95)

Why not bring a little bit of summer inside with this cute little planter?

What are your favorite things for summer?

You can also check out my Summer 2016Summer 2015Summer 2014, and Summer 2013 Favorites.



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