Bruno Mars and Cardi B Release New Remix for "Finesse"


January 03, 2018 11:37 PM

Bruno Mars and Cardi B are swinging full force into 2018.

The five-time Grammy winner and the rapper, 25, released their first collaboration together, titled “Finesse,” 30 minutes ahead of its midnight release on Thursday. Originally released on Mars’ 2016 album, 24K Magic, the song — co-written and produced by the Stereotypes — has a new jack-swing inspired beat and plenty of drums.

The music video also debuts Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-inspired themes, with both stars in colorful gear and boasting paint brushes as they dance in a ’90s-set with cement floors.

Mars, 32, released the artwork for the song on Instagram Wednesday, writing, “Start your 2018 with Big Bronx Boogie Herself @iamcardib and me Midnight Tonight EST #Finesse.”

2018 Self-Improvement Ideas You Actually Want to Do


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Story written by: Paige Johnson


We can all agree that New Year’s Resolutions are a sham, right? Last year, Business Insider reported that 80% of those goals we start on January 1st are failed and forgotten about by February. Perhaps that’s why many of us have quit making these resolutions altogether.


Instead of coming up with some abstract goal that’s supposed to make your entire existence worthwhile in 2018, why not make some concrete steps toward self improvement? The trick is finding things that you actually want to do, rather than focusing on what you want to change about yourself.


Here are some ways to shift your mindset regarding self-improvement:


  • Instead of thinking “I want to lose 10 lbs,” take the plunge and join that gym or fitness class your friend is constantly raving about and start going together as a way to spend time together.

  • Rather than wishing for a Pinterest-worthy closet, embrace your minimalist wardrobe and commit this year to finally upgrading your favorite pieces and curating a capsule wardrobe.

  • Stop stressing about whether or not your life is up to par and instead commit to feeling better about yourself by scheduling a facial or massage.


Want some more ideas? Check out a few of our favorite non-resolution self improvement ideas for 2018.


Spend More on Experiences, Less on Things

Instead of resolving to be more of a spendthrift, shift your money’s focus from temporary things towards experiences that you can carry with you forever.


Saving money feels like a chore. Plus, all it takes is one impulsive day and those few dollars a week you’ve been stashing is gone. Rather than committing yourself to squirreling away cash, make a concerted effort to spend less on things and instead invest in traveling, concerts, dinners with friends, and other experiences that make you happier.


Quit Comparing Yourself to Others

The whole idea behind New Year’s Resolutions is that if you are dissatisfied with some aspect of your life, the new year is a great time to make a concerted effort to change that aspect. Rather than focusing on what is wrong this year, learn to refocus and stop comparing yourself to others. Social comparison has us chasing an unattainable idea of perfection. When you inevitably fail to reach that unattainable level, you feel worse for wear even though you set yourself up for failure from the get go.


Instead of striving to be as rich as the hypothetical “him” or as skinny as the hypothetical “her,” start catching yourself every time you want to compare your life to another person’s. Remind yourself that everybody’s path and privileges are different, and you never know another person’s entire story. When you stop comparing yourself, you end up feeling happier, being more proactive towards doing the things you love, and having more quality relationships with the people in your life.


Give Back When You Can

You don’t have to commit to a year of volunteering with a local nonprofit to give back. Simply ask yourself in any given moment if you have something to give, and do so if you do. Not only will you be putting more positive energy in the world, but you’ll also be creating a less stressful, more harmonious life for yourself. Sometimes, being able to give back allows us to see that our own lives aren’t as stressful as we once thought. Putting things into perspective — and helping someone else out in the process — can be a wonderful way to push the stress and anxiety away and focus on the good things in your life.




New Year’s Resolutions basically set yourself up for failure. Instead of coming up with some goal, actually improve your life by making concrete changes and committing yourself to simple lifestyle changes that actually make you happier. Instead of thinking things like “I want to lose 10 lbs by summer,” make the decision to spend more time with friends while reaping the benefits of a workout together. Other ideas include shifting your spending habits from things to experiences, quitting social comparison, and helping others when you can. By changing your mindset regarding self-improvement in 2018, you can make actual positive changes that make your life better in the New Year.





SourceFORMATION: Fashion Design Dare Reveal

Designers, Lynette Halalay, Feyrouz Ashoura and Mandisa Smith.

Designers, Lynette Halalay, Feyrouz Ashoura and Mandisa Smith.

 MM-O-DD is a Detroit based non-profit that held it's First Annual International Fashion Design Dare Challenge at the Detroit Center for Design and Technology. The show featured local Detroit designers, Lynette Halalay of Knit Sew  Fabulous,, Mandisa Smith of Detroit Fiberworks, and international designer Feyrouz Ashoura from Luxembourg, The collections in the show speak to each of the designers strength in their individual esthetic.

Leslie Ann Pilling MM-O-DD Founder and President, is striving to educate and show the world that fashion and design is very attainable, wearable and yes sustainable, "Our mission is emphasizing the Design Industry to all ages".

For more information on MM-O-DD,

Leslie Ann Pilling, Founder and President of MM-O-DD and Benzy Deriveau.

Leslie Ann Pilling, Founder and President of MM-O-DD and Benzy Deriveau.


Now Trending....VELVET

Hi Guys!! We are officially in full speed holiday season, and I LOVE it!! Another thing I love that is trending everywhere is velvet. It's back and better than ever. In a top, a pant, a skirt, jacket, I love styling all of it. This jacket for example by Fly behavior is a prime example of how amazing this trend is. The velvet is the perfect addition to any outfit and I think if done properly can stop the show. 

Go check out Fly behavior for more fly pieces!! Let's trend in velvet!!

Till next time!





Buying Your First Home


Buying your own house continues to be the best path to financial security for most people. And there are arguments for buying your first home before you are thirty. You build equity sooner, you pay it off sooner, and you avoid throwing money away on rental property that may or may not be well maintained by the owner. Couples who are about to be married should definitely think of buying a home.


Buying your first home can be both exciting and scary. Here are some tips for buying wisely and moving in without arguments.


Have the down payment lined up


If you don’t have twenty percent of your purchase price, you are probably not ready to buy. Lenders have learned their lessons from the foreclosure crisis, and lending is a lot more cautious than it was ten years ago.


Some young couples get a down payment from their parents as a wedding gift. This is one of the best things a parent can do, so don’t be proud. Accept that kind offer.


Become an expert in the neighborhood you want


From an investment point of view, the best neighborhood is one that is up and coming. These “transitional” neighborhoods are often the “cool” neighborhoods where young people live.


Compare the number of recent sales and the number of houses currently on the market in the neighborhood you like. These numbers should come close to matching or the sales should outstrip the inventory. If there are thirty homes for sale and only three recent sales, take a pass on that neighborhood.


There is also no substitute for taking a lot of walks around the neighborhood you are interested in. While you are walking, take note of how many boarded up or abandoned houses there are, if any. Also note the number of for sale signs. Too many is not a good indicator. Look for repairs and renovations. A neighborhood where people are remodeling and maintaining their homes is a better investment.


Most real estate websites have crime maps. Consult these maps to determine if the neighborhood you like is really safe. If it’s not, that will negatively affect the resale value of your home. Experts also think that you should buy in a neighborhood that has a chain coffee shop.


Rein in your agent


It is true that having a real estate agent is an asset, especially when it comes to the paperwork and closing. However, agents can be very pushy, so you need to be able to tell your agent no. If an agent pressures you to make a higher offer than you think is wise, you need to just say no. If he recommends a house you don’t like, just say no. Keep in mind that agents are good at sales; they don’t necessarily know the real estate market better than you.


There’s no need to bring in an agent until you have done your research, picked a neighborhood, and possibly even the house you want. Your agent will be very nosey about how you plan to pay for the house. Unless you have enough cash to make an outright purchase, it’s a good idea to get mortgage pre-approval from a bank in the early stages of house hunting.


Should you buy a foreclosed house?


A foreclosed home can be a good value if you do your homework. Consider the neighborhood. If it is an established neighborhood or an up and coming one, this purchase could be a good investment, especially if you have the energy to paint, caulk, and tile yourself. For HUD homes, go to


Make move in a breeze


Both bride and groom should notify their banks, post office, doctors’ offices, debtors, and magazine publishers about the new address. If you are leaving apartments, be sure to give your landlord thirty days notice of your move, and clean carefully. You will need that security deposit for unforeseen expenses relating to home purchase.


Consider hiring a mover and even packers if you can afford it. There are a number of local services that provide a couple strong men and a truck for short moves. This may cost less than you think, possibly less than $500 if you play your cards right. And it will take a lot of stress and conflict out of your brand-new marriage. 


Whether you’re moving into a luxury home or a cozy cottage, a home purchase may well be the best financial decision you ever make. If you buy a home you can afford and you love living in it, it will be a good investment, no matter what.


Photo courtesy of Pixabay.








Make a statement with Statment earrings!!


Hi Guys!! So I am in love with the new earring, the statement earring. Well they are not new, they have been around from the 80's and are of course coming back. I am seeing them everywhere and on every 'it' girl. It adds a pop to any outfit and I think we will be seeing alot more this holiday season. Take a look at some of my favorites!! Will you be joining me with making a statement this season?

I am totally in love with these Alexander McQueen earrings. These are on my dream wish list! They are so pretty and a tad bit rocker with the black accent to them. These I found on Saks, and they have so many more!

I also found some budget friendly options below as well check them out!

These are simply incredible! They are by Anisha Parmar London be sure to check out this entire site, as you don't want to miss these pieces!

I found these on polvore, they are by Mignonne Gavigan. They are beautiful!! Check out polyvore to see more options as they do list great finds at the perfect price!

These last pair of statement earrings are great to have for a pair of clip on's. For less than $30.00 they are perfect if you are just wanting to try the trend! Check them out at Mimi Boutique!

Till next time!





Get to know Alimi Ballard.

By: Latrice Delgado-Macon

Alimi Ballard

Alimi Ballard

 Alimi ("Ali - Me") can be seen as Dr. Robert Dubois on the acclaimed original drama series QUEEN SUGAR from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Q & A with Queen Sugar’s Alimi Ballard!

(Q): Tell me three unknown facts about yourself? 

(A): My favorite color is Orange. First book that changed my life was ManChild in the Promised Land, by Claude Brown. As a young child I wanted to be both Jamaican and the same time. ( FYI: I grew up surround by saturday afternoon Kung-Fu theater on the TV and Bob Marley blasting out of every speaker in the neighborhood :)

(Q): What role do you play on the new hot series “Queen Sugar”?

(A): I play the role Dr. Robert DuBois

(Q): Who is your character? What should we know about your Character? Where are you from??

(A):  Robert DuBois is an Epidemiologist and works for the Center for American Progress in Atlanta. ( translation: He's a brotha with a few PhD's ) He meets Nova at conference discussing Mass Incarceration being moderated by Dr. Jelani Cobb. You should know that DuBois is passionate and LOVES his PEOPLE....and he's just fallen in love with an Incredible woman named Nova Bordelon.  3. I ( Alimi ) am from New York City.

(Q): Do you ever go back home to visit?

(A): I visit NYC at least 3 times a year. Mom, sisters, and the entire fam are New Yorkers for life. So I'll always be in NYC!

(Q): Queen Sugar is a HIT! How has it affected your private life?

(A): It has mostly affected my life professionally. The Respect that Queen Sugar wields in the artistic community is stunning. EVERY SINGLE director, casting directors, fellow actors....they all are TAKEN by it's Power, Impact, and Beauty. That is a wonderful thing to experience first hand. It's a great feeling :)

(Q): What is it like working with award winning director “Ava DuVernay?? What projects are you presently working on?

(A): Working with Ava is simply a DREAM come to life. PERIOD. My esteem for what she is doing as an Artist and as a HUMAN is profound. When I got the role, I was most excited about the opportunity to ADD to the larger conversation of moving our Country and World forward that she seems to imbue in nearly ALL of her work. Nuff Respect. 

(A): You can see me next on CBS's drama ELEMENTARY as NNSA Agent Kohler. 


(Q): How do you balance your work and private lives?

(A): I have two beautiful children, 12 & 10, and a truly Amazing Wife. My work supports my life. That's the balance :)

(Q): What is your dream project?

(A): It's 4500BC, we're in North Africa, we're in the midst of building KHUFU's great Pyramid of GIZA, and his crazy fool of a uncle is trying making a run on the Throne. We get out the's time to get things POPPIN!! 250 MILLION DOLLAR budget. Dream Project :)

(Q): What advice would you give your younger Self?

(A): Two things. 1. "It always seems Impossible....until it's DONE." - Nelson Mandela 2. "We Rise By Lifting Others." - unknown

(Q): What have you learned about yourself since you became a celebrity?

(A): I've learned that it's tenacity that gets it done. FOCUS! PERSEVERANCE! There simply is NO substitute. Even if you get to where you want, to be by some stroke of luck, you won't be able to STAY THERE without perseverance. It'll fade. It'll slip away. You must be INTENTIONAL :)

(Q): What things in life are still a mystery to you?

(A): Bland Sweet Potato Pie. HOW? Hoooooow? It's SWEET POTATO PIE. There should be law against that. Just sayin :)  

(Q): If you could ask a sage any question that you want to know the answer to, what would you ask?


(Q): What things in your life would you give up in an instant if it got you to an even better place than you are now?

(A): Cursing and Chocolate Chip Cookies. I loooooooooove them both DEARLY. But, I'd part ways if there was a guarantee of a better place. Maybe not the cursing. I'm a New Yorker at heart. Hahahahahahaaa..

(Q): Where can your fans find you? (Social Media platforms you are on)? 

Twitter: @AlimiBallard Instagram: @AlimiBallard FaceBook:

Fall Jacket Love!!!

HI Guys!! So I have some exciting news!! I am now a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Ave!! Such a beautiful amazing store and I literally get to go to work everyday and play!! Saks has such great jackets, along with everything else!! I gathered a little list of fabulous fall jackets that I am loving!!  I have to start out with this Fendi jackst becuase it is amazing and it is for sure on my wish list! The detail on this jacket is so special!! I can also see this styled with a pair of high waisted denim , turtle neck, and a pair of heeled combat boots and you are good to go. 


I did a post about this jacket last year, I think its such a great piece I thought I would bring it back in the mix! I love a good utility jacket, they are a really good basic to have in your closet because they truly do go with everything. 

Here is a great utility jacket from Saks!! How cute are these sleeves??? I cant believe it's under $200 with that sleeve detail!

This oversized faux fur jacket from Zara is fabu!! You can totally pair it with so many things and just like very put together and out the door in a sec! I am totally into how they style this with a belt as well.

I am also into a great distressed denim jacket, and of course Zara does it perfectly.  Take a look at the selction they have because you k now you will always get a goodie there!! Hurry though because it already feels like winter!!

Till next time!





Esoteric Lifestyle Fall/Winter


The Esoteric Lifestyle brand is back for Fall/Winter '17.  The street wear essential brand enters its 7th season with new looks and design patterns on comfortable pieces that adapt perfectly with the shift of the weather as the holiday season swiftly approaches.  Esoteric remains married to its core values of Quality and Creativity with this seasons addition to new color schemes on familiar apparel such as mild weather Jackets, 5 Panel Caps, Beanie Knit Caps, thick cotton Crewneck Sweatshirts and brand NEW Home Collection Accessories to provide both comfort and maximum street style appeal. Shop & view exclusive Esoteric Lifestyle pieces in the Shop page of The Styling Closet. View more of the brands images and lookbooks on Instagram @esotericlifestyle.

Watch Cap Beanie Orange
Camo 5 panel
Custom Home Collection Pillows
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How To Plan A Sober Bachelorette Party For A Bride Who Is In Recovery

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By: Aimee Lyons


Planning a party for someone who is in recovery can prove to be a bit tricky; you want to ensure they’ll have fun while keeping any potential triggers at bay, all while keeping the other people in the group entertained. It’s not an easy task, but if you’re prepared and have a good plan, it is possible.

Keep in mind that the priority is to keep the bride happy and comfortable, since this is her day. Think outside the box; a bachelorette party doesn’t have to include alcohol to be fun, and it doesn’t have to take place at night. You can invite everyone to a daytime picnic, or go to a spa for a day of relaxation. Think about what the bride-to-be might like to do and go from there.


Here are some of the best tips on planning a sober bachelorette party.


Keep it local


If the guests are mostly locals, look for an event that will take place in town rather than having a destination party. While these are fun, they often include alcohol, and the bride may feel uncomfortable in a strange place, which can be a trigger for substance abuse. Help everyone feel at ease by choosing a location that’s centralized.


Consider a night in


Bachelorette parties don’t have to take place in a fancy restaurant or bar; plan on having a night in with the girls and buy all the supplies needed to get crafty with sleep masks or personalized tumblers, or put together a hilarious 80’s themed costume party. Make it a sleepover and have plenty of snacks and movies, and ask everyone to bring a sleeping bag. These kinds of parties may not involve fancy limos or expensive food, but often, they’re the most memorable.


Get out in nature


If everyone in the group is agreeable, plan a trip out in nature where everyone can enjoy the scenery and have some bonding time. Set up a camping expedition, or head to a local state park and enjoy the swimming, hiking, and/or rafting. Just make sure everyone is clear on the rules of safety beforehand and that they’re all comfortable with the activities you have planned; you don’t want to alienate one or two people during what is supposed to be a fun event.


Have a picnic


Instead of having an expensive dinner at a restaurant--where there will likely be a bar or drink options that might be difficult for your bride to resist--head to a beautiful outdoor spot and set up a picnic, complete with lemonade and yummy food.


Have a spa day


Give your friends a relaxing afternoon at a local spa, where you can get your nails done, get a new haircut, have a massage, and forget about your worries. This is a great way to allow the bride time for herself before the big day so she’ll be pampered and well-rested.


Remember that certain places, games, and people can possibly be triggers of substance abuse for the bride, so be very careful about booking anything and make sure you get her okay first. Double-check the guest list and make sure there will only be people there that she wants to spend time with. For more tips on how to plan a sober party, check out this handy guide.


Planning a bachelorette party can be overwhelming, so reach out for help from someone else in the party if you feel yourself getting stressed. This day should be fun for you, too, so don’t forget to relax and have a good time!



Posh Deux-Fashion Showcase


"We came to Slay." Posh Deux did exactly that and more! This event was more than just a fashion show, It was a complete package of visual creations from hair, makeup and designs.

The event held on the campus College for Creative Studies brought local designer, makeup artist and hair designers together in one production. Posh Deux consistsof Maya MItchell and Jennifer Elayne.

Part of the proceeds from this year's event benefited Wigs 4 Kids Founder and CEO Maggie Varney was on hand to educate the audience about wigs 4 kids and how the organization helps children dealing with a variety of illness's by giving them, "hair replacement units and support services to help with their self esteem and empowering them to look and feel better."

Maggie Varney, Founder/CEO Wigs 4 Kids

Maggie Varney, Founder/CEO Wigs 4 Kids

Models from the Multimedia Makeup Academy (MMA) in Troy, MI opened the show with avant garde looks in face and body makeup.

The next sequence featured designs from Style Dolls. Which incorporated everyday fashions with a bit of glam.

Designer Perry Wayne,, brought looks to the stage that were ready for a night on the town.

Hair Care Expert, Greg Gilmore, showcased hair color, designs and took hair to new levels with his creativity.


The next segment can only be described as a, "show stopper" Designer Ty Hunter, Custom Creations by Fly Ty brought ultra glam to the runway in shades of purple, green and black velvet. Hunter's designs make a powerful statement, crown on, head up and werk.

Local designer, Diane Berry, brought a chic and elegant vibe to the runway. Her designs are colorful and versatile.

The closing segment was a visual explosion of color, design and hair. The segment led by Posh Deux's Maya Mitchell, was visually stunning. The Doyenne Collection Wardrobe-Nneka BFly-Makeup by Khrissy.




The show was a visual feast. Such a diverse collection of designs on the runway. This show did not disappoint.

Fash-Bash 2017

DIA's Founders Junior Council

DIA's Founders Junior Council

Fash Bash 2017 did not disappoint. Oh sure the fashion show was amazing. Lots of vibrant colors and fashions that were outside of the box. But overall Fash-Bash was fun. The DIA's Founders Junior Council really brought the aspect of fun to this years Fash-Bash. In addition to the wonderful food and drinks, there were individual stations where you could make a leather key fob that is currently very hot and popular.

I always tell people who have never attended the event that there are two shows taking place. The fashion show on the runway and the fashion show that takes place before and after the runway event. I love seeing what people are wearing. Yes, the traditional gowns, and sparkle and such. But also very creative and wonderful fashions as well. As the saying goes, "Fashion is art, you are the canvas." 

The Styling Closet Team; Latrice wearing navy lace. Lisa wearing sequins and leopard print.

The Styling Closet Team; Latrice wearing navy lace. Lisa wearing sequins and leopard print.

1. Latrice with Anita Dumo, Neiman Marcus. 3. LisaB with J'adore Detroit Blogger, Candice.

1. Cristal and Nicholas Rutledge; NeimanMarcus 2. Meghan Harvey; Shinola 3. LisaB. and Lindsey Alexander.

The Styling Closet would like to thank The Founder's Junior Council for allowing us to bring a special guest with us to the Lincoln AfterGlow, Meghan Harvey of Shinola.

Meghan Harvey, Mgr of Shinola Troy and LisaB.

Meghan Harvey, Mgr of Shinola Troy and LisaB.

Ken Downing, Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus designs and styles the show each year for Fash-Bash. This year I got to meet him and speak with him about what goes into pulling together a show of this magnitude. 

What was being shown on the runway for the season; Metallic's, yes metallic's are still very hot for all seasons. Also lots of reds and burgandy were shown as well as brocade creations. What I enjoyed seeing was the models with tiara's on with their fashions. I am all set I have a daytime and evening tiara to wear at a moment's notice.

Spotlight on: Jessica Simmons-DSR Apparel

India Arie has a song called, "Strength, Courage and Wisdom" if you have ever met Jessica Simmons, the founder and owner of DSR Apparel you know that Jessica embodies what that song is about.

I met Jessica in 2013 at FASHONSPEAK. We connected just as the one day fashion event was winding down. What started as a 5 minute introduction ended up being almost a 2 hour conversation, not just on fashion but on everything. Jessica is a woman who is direct and knows what she likes and shares that energy and fire with the people that she meets.

DSR Apparel was started in June of 2014. The goal of DSR is, "celebrating strong women, one t-shirt at a time". 10% of sales goes to a different charity in Michigan.

Jessica is a lawyer who has a passion for fashion. Some of her favorite designers are Phillip Lim and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

"It takes 7-10 years to get a fashion company up and running to be successful." While Jessica works as a lawyer she fully believes that one should always go after what you want.

"If you are hustling and have a side hustle you should be getting paid for it, don't give your talents away." Jessica is definitely walking the walk on not only following your dreams, but setting goals and doing what you have to do to reach them.

You can follow DSR Apparal on Facebook:

Instagram: dsrapparel


Unbuttoning Fitted Shirts

In recent weeks, Fashion rebels like Wiz Khalifa and Russell Westbrook have dared to bare their chests. Guys are opting for a barely buttoned printed top with layered gold jewelry, gently tucked in a nice trouser. This look has been around for decades, just like all great styles this look is resurfacing and taking on a new life. The look gives you a level of sophistication with a collared shirt mixed with sex appeal and comfort by not buttoning from collar to hem. If the style choices of these gentlemen aren’t necessarily your cup of tea but you’re still looking to still be on trend, don’t have to go quite so loud with the print, or quite as deep with the unbuttoning. You can go for a solid colored collar shirt and unbutton up to three buttons. This style paired with a pair of lightweight trousers or ankle pants and loafers are sure to keep you looking stylish and cool this summer.

Turnt on Summer

Available at Nordstrom's Somerset Collection

Available at Nordstrom's Somerset Collection

Summer has officially arrived. 

So along with the sunshine, cocktails and summer fun comes the summer wardrobe. What are you wearing this season? After walking through Nordstom at the Someset Collection the boho vibe is still very much on trend and not going out of style anytime soon.

The warm days and nights have us wanting to show skin and play with color not only in our clothing but via our jewelry and other accessories.

Now that the long Fourth of July weekend is here, don't let any outdated fashion "rules" hold you back. If you like it, wear it. 


All items pictured are available at Nordstom-Somerset Collection.

Shine On

For those who are ready to overstep their boundaries and stand out in the crowd, metallic silver is looking to be a huge standout color of Summer 2017. This trend is working its way into the hearts of Fashionistas everywhere in all forms from tops to bags to shoes. The silver metallic is easy to match with some of your favorite wardrobe staples. Silver livens up the simplest of outfits or can work like a neutral when paired with a bold print. Be fearless and chic this summer and rock one of the hottest color trends. We suggest trying opting for pops of silver before going full on Tinman of the Wizard of OZ. Check out the different ways to rock metallic silver in 2017.

Swimsuits for all!! A must have for summer!!

Hi Guys!! So the warm weather is officially upon us!! I think it's about that time to talk about...SWIMSUITS!! To be honest, I would literally cringe whenever I would hear the word....because I could never find one that would fit me and my curves! Well not anymore!! Fast forward to the Ashley Graham collection, she did a collaboration with swimsuits for all. In a word it's, FABULOUS. The campaign is also very body and age positive which is another thing I love about the collection. 

I just love it!! It's an anything goes swimsuit line, and I just cant get enough.  You can shop sizes from 4-34. This collection does in fact give me life!!  I like the fact that these suits can fit so many sizes and shapes, on top of that they are very sexy! Check them out guys! Happy Summer!!


Joe Faris-Detroit

2008 Joe Faris, a Michigan native made it to the final 6 in season 5 of Project Runway. Faris completed a line of 12 looks and had a show at Bryant Park in New York City. Fast forward to 2017 what is Joe Faris up to lately?

Faris recently opened, "4MEN" in 12 Oaks Mall in Novi, MI. Long before Project Runway Faris had a history in fashion design, working with Pelle Pelle, Bugle Boy, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen and many more.

When going into 4MEN you can see the love of Detroit all over the store. Many of the items feature the Joe Faris logo of the Lion head holding the brass ring. Seeing what Faris has accomplished since his stint on Project Runway, one could say that indeed Joe has the brass ring and is reaching even further with his designs.

When asked if any designers inspire him, Faris stated that he admires "NIgo from BAPE," and "Jeremy Scott of Moschino. Both designers are on the cutting edge of where fashion is going."

When asked where he sees mens fashion going, Faris replied, "I see the current and upcoming trends toward a more 'casual friday' look. Suits will always be around, but today's younger men want to look stylish and comfortable. As for leather, "Leather will always be around" as well as all forms of denim.

In the fall of 2016 Faris teamed up with Samantha Kandah, Founder and Owner of Sugarbash subscription box. Shirley Strawberry of the Steve Harvey Morning show was so impressed with the subscription box that she now endorses them.,

For the Fall 2016 Sugarbash box, Faris created a rocking crossbody bag. For the current, "Home Sweet Home" subscription box Faris created denim aprons. (The Home Sweet Home box is currently sold out) The aprons were created and manufactured here in Detroit. One apron comes with pink and purple ties and one comes with red and black ties. While the aprons are sold out via Sugarbash, you can purchase them at 4MEN. Still need a gift for Father's Day, stop into 4MEN for one of the denim aprons which are great for grilling or get dad a gift card and let him do his own shopping. *Crossbody bag is no longer available.

Faris works closely with his wife Shannon, not only at the store but on designs. "Joe is the creative one and I work on the business end, stated Shannon. The couple work together very well, they "ebb and flow" if you will. While Joe was doing this interview with The Styling Closet, Shannon was working with photographers, models and designers in the store preparing for a photo shoot. "Shannon is the yay or nay on whether something gets done," stated Faris.

Shannon and Joe Faris.

Shannon and Joe Faris.

So what's next for Joe Faris? Fall 2017 Faris will have space inside of Will Leather Goods Detroit location in midtown. 4120 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 309-7892. 

At some point in the near future Faris hopes to bring back, "Fashion In Detroit" A Fashion Production he helped create in 2014. Faris is also working on introducing women's wear into his store. Currently, some of the t-shirts at  4MEN and on the web site do come in mens and ladies.

One thing is for certain Joe Faris is a busy guy. Stop into 4MEN located at 12 Oaks Mall, near Nordstrom's on the 2nd level. (248)513-4769 or shop online

Shannon, Joe and his partner at 4MEN Mike Alpert, and social media director, Harumie

Shannon, Joe and his partner at 4MEN Mike Alpert, and social media director, Harumie

An Evening with Isabel, Ruben and The Official ALT

Andre Leon Talley, Isabel and Ruben Toledo.

Andre Leon Talley, Isabel and Ruben Toledo.

Detroit City is no stranger to talented designers. Detroit has produced a number of well known designers from the city, such as Tracy Reese, Kevan Hall, and Anna Sui just to name a few.

However, I had a opportunity to hear from Designer Isabel Toledo and her husband, Ruben who is a painter and sculptor. To say that the Toledo's collaborate on many works would be a serious understatement. Isabel designs the clothes and Ruben illustrates them and that's putting it as plainly as one can. The couple who met when they were 13 have played to their strengths over the years to a wonderful body of work that extends from clothing, accessories, paintings, books and more. 

What I have not mentioned is that the Toledo's and the ubiquitous Andre Leon Talley were brought to Detroit by the DIA, The Detroit Institute of Art for an intimate conversation not just about clothing and design, but about the Toledo's and how they met, how they work, how they collaborate to bring about such vibrant and diverse pieces of work.

DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons.

DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons.

After an introduction by DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons, Andre and the Toledo's took to the stage. The event started promptly at 7pm and I can honestly say, I could have sat and listened to the trio chat all evening. There was no grandiose feel to the chat it simply flowed. Andre and the Toledo's carried themselves as if they had been talking to everyone personally in the theater. 

The hour in which this talk took place seemed to be the fastest 60 minutes ever. The Q & A segment lead by Talley was a bit of fun and light-hearted. Many in the audience thanked the Toledo's and Talley for acknowledging Detroit as the city makes its comeback. But there were a few people in the audience who caught the eye of Talley and thus ensued a  more in-depth conversation. Sadly, the evening had to end. The event I would say was a huge success not only for the DIA but for the people of Detroit.

Not Your Mother’s Fanny Pack

Most of us remember the fanny pack as a trend in America from the 1980s and 1990s, which had just as many people poking fun at them as there were people actually wearing them. 90’s moms couldn’t resist the fanny pack allure of convenience. Though fanny packs developed a negative reputation since the 90s, they are back in a major way and more chic than ever.

Every few years, a trend creeps into the fashion lexicon via fashion week or a celebrity pushing fashion boundaries. The look re-emerged in Chanel Couture runway FW16, nearly every look went down the runway with a revamped version of the fanny pack. The fanny pack was also featured in a chic pony-hair and suede for Alexander Wang’s FW16 collection as well. 

Many other designers from the likes of Stella McCartney to Gucci to Michael Kors have also gotten in on the revamped trend. Your favorite fast fashion retailers, like H&M, Forever21, and ZARA also offer beautiful and budget friendly versions of the fanny pack. They are being featured in a variety of colors, sizes, and prints to fit any of your style needs. This hands-free style does keep your important belongings close and safe against your body, and gives any look an unexpected punch. There's really nothing not to love.

I totally get it if you are still on the fence about the fanny pack, you don’t want to look like a tourist with bad clothes and wearing socks with sandals. Quite honestly, you have nothing to worry about. The fanny pack has made such a style evolution that it is virtually impossible to not look amazing rocking it. As with any good trend, you have to wear it with confidence.