FashionSpeak 2014: Recap

Thursday, October 16- It may have been a cloudy, small-chance-of-rain kind of day in Detroit but on the second floor of the One Woodward Building, it was anything but gloomy. Fashion influencers, trendsetters, followers, and business owners from near and far came together for FashionSpeak 2014!

The nine-hour conference consisted of six presenters from Michigan that have thrived in their respective fields. It began promptly at 9am with Rachel Lutz of The Peacock Room. Lutz spoke on defining, creating loyalty, and handling a brand through different circumstances. Jeanette Puig-Pey and Bridget Sullivan of Lear Corporation soon followed and discussed the various processes that occurs from the design to manufacturing department while emphasizing the importance of fabric design within the automotive industry. Matthew Burnett, co-founder and CEO of Maker’s Row spoke to the audience via webcam on his innovative company and all things regarding a product’s supply chain.

Bridgett Sullivan car seats Matthew BurnettAfter lunch provided by Buddy’s, Malina Gilchrist, senior editor of The New York Times’ T Magazine, explained the importance of trend forecasting, building a quality portfolio, knowing your point of view as a designer, and having a dedicated heart in any field of work in order to succeed. The last presenter of the day was fashion designer Tracy Reese who is known for her feminine collections, her board membership of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and dressing first lady, Michelle Obama. Her inspiring Q&A with Karen Buscemi was a testimony of her life’s work, risks, challenges, and triumphs along with helpful advice to young designers.

Malina Gilchrist IMG_1057 Tracy Reese Karen BuscemiThe event ended with an after party and continuous networking between the attendees while bloggers documented style shots.

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Until the next FashionSpeak!

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Because He First Loved Us

Caution: Cheesy post ahead!

Today, my best friend of 23 years is getting married to her sweetheart of nearly a decade! Their story is like one of a Nicholas Sparks movie, just insert a wave of spiritual growth and passionate love for Christ into it. I’m ecstatic to see these two join hands and publicly declare and vow their love and lifetime commitment to each other as they step into life’s next chapter. Wow, cue the waterworks already!

I’m rusty on that dating life; my last relationship was more than three years ago. I don’t know much about marriage; insert obvious reasons here. But what I do know…what I’ve been taught… what I’ve seen…what I’ve discovered through pain…is that a relationship with Christ in the center is vital and worthwhile. Those who marry with the intention of serving God together and putting Him first in everything is a marvelous blessing. Truly.

To all my single ladies who doubt. Who have given up. Who have given in. Who are still stitching their heart back together. Who are trying to escape the past. Who fantasize about a love that we all so eagerly try to expedite. There is someone special in store for you. Someone who God has designed as a made-to-order. A man who will not be perfect, but a prime fit to your imperfectness. Don’t alter your destiny because of time and loneliness. For now, love, listen, and obey God with all that you’ve got. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Then, one day, you will experience this just as my friend will:

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“Love as distinct from ‘being in love’ is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.”
- C.S. Lewis

Barnyard Jam 2014

Jireh De Jose fashion meets God layered necklaces floppy hat I will admit, these 50 degree fall days are not too shabby! The sunny, cool days are perfect for hayrides, munching on Yates everything, and Gaga Ball and Human Foosball. Yes, all of the above occurred this past Sunday during Bridgewood Church’s annual family event, “Barnyard Jam,” which was held at the gorgeous Hope Ranch. It was on full-swing with ziplining, inflatables, basketball, and more in the center of beautiful color transitioning trees. Ahh, I love my church!

Hope Ranch Metamora Michigan Hope RanchBe sure to check out Bridgewood Church’s podcasts, too! Just click here. Weekend services = <3

Until next time!

Poncho & jeans: thrifted
Hat & necklaces: Forever 21

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“Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.”
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

FashionSpeak 2014: Prologue

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The one day event that gathers fashion and business-minded people alike to gain knowledge on the industry and how to succeed in such a competitive field is back. FashionSpeak 2014 is here!

After attending last year’s first ever FashionSpeak, I was thrilled to be invited by Detroit Garment Guild Group and Styleshack to cover this year’s conference with an outstanding line-up of presenters. Each presentation from FashionSpeak 2013’s panel was so inspiring; I can only imagine what we will take away and apply after this October 16th. Plus, the sight of Detroit’s most fashionable isn’t too bad either :)

Check out my recap on Detroit Fashion News on FashionSpeak 2013 here to get a taste of what happens! Also, please stay tuned to fashion meets God’s blog, Instagram, and Twitter for more updates during and post-event. Can’t wait to share this experience with you all again!

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Jireh

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“Desire without knowledge is not good- how much more will hasty feet miss the way!”
– Proverbs 19:2

Inspired By: Faux Fur Still Fierce

Anyone still surprised that faux fur outerwear is still around? Just when I wear my vests as much as I can before spring hits, a year later they’re still here! True, fashion is all a cycle and maybe the too-soon-too-fast blast of chilly-ness in the east coast results us in grabbing the warmest possible thing? One thing for sure is that people either love them or hate them. Let’s be honest, they can be intimidating and frightening with the thought of looking like this:

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However, they can be feasible and practical. What better way to protect yourself from another crazy polar vortex than these thick layers? They also add an “oomph” to any style. Girly? Pair a mink coat with tights, heels, and a quilted shoulder bag. Edgy? Grab your favorite band tee and distressed jeans for your shaggy coat. Bohemian? Rachel Zoe calls for a floppy hat and knee high or over-the-knee boots. Minimalist? A plain, solid-colored top, black leggings, and sneakers will complete your bomber. Check out these photos below for more inspiration. You may see yourself with a similar jacket sooner than you know it!

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“And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
- Genesis 1:25