Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Everyday I'm Hustlin'

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It's been hot as balls, yet I still find myself wearing this sweatshirt nonstop. I wore this outfit last weekend for a drink with friends with black ankle boots and re-wore it yesterday with TOMS for a day of working from home and grocery shopping/running errands. One of the stops included Staples where I went a little crazy picking up the cutest lunch boxes and Hello Kitty accessories for a niece and nephew. 
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[top, Black and White Animal Camo shoes and sunglasses c/o TOMS, shorts c/o Aeropostale, bag by Rebecca Minkoff]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Monday, August 25, 2014

Saturday Adventures

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I dug out these old, ratty pink shoes that I can't seem to let go of and headed out to the east side of the state with Alison. Our plan was to preview a bridal gown collection. Since a wedding of my own is of little to no interest to me, I like to live vicariously through shows like "Say Yes to the Dress" and watch the crazies debate over the length of a train on a $15,000 dress. I was hoping for that kind of fun seeing this collection, but it was a bit disappointing. So we made the most of our trip and headed to my favorite burger place, Vinsetta Garage and shopped in Birmingham, and then we called it a day!
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[top c/o Little Mistress, shorts from Forever 21, heels by Steve Madden, bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim, sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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Photos by Alison of Look Sharp Lansing

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bad Hair Day With a Nice Dress

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Well I thought I looked pretty pulled together until I saw these pictures, which is just another reason I'm glad I have this blog: to help correct me when I think something is working, but it ain't. I really need to learn how to do more with my hair, but to be fair, for a huge work event, I need my hair pulled back and an easy shift dress that requires no fuss at all..and of course a pair of flats in a larger bag hidden away. For anyone who plans events, you always start out with great intentions in cute heels, and end the night running rampant in a pair of beat up flats. I was hoping to greet the mayor of Detroit in this exact look, but couldn't make it in the heels long enough!
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[Paper Dolls racer front dress c/o Little Mistress, heels by Elizabeth and James, clutch by BCBG, bracelet and chevron rings c/o Rocksbox, Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses c/o SmartBuyGlasses]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Date Night with CO Bigelow

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I've mentioned this before, but I'm pretty low key when it comes to planning dates. It's usually centered around "I'VE GOT A FIVE DOLLAR OFF COUPON!" And so then we go. Kyle will change out of his gym shorts and I may or may not change out of my sweatshirt. We also live together, so the excitement of going out together isn't what it was last fall when I'd nervously apply 8 layers of deoderant and kept up on my manicures and pedicures.
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Since I now work out 6 days a week, it's more important to me to be taking care of my hair and skin rather than get dolled up with all the extra make up products. CO Bigelow sent me a package of products including the Rose Salve and Mentha Lip Shine that I've already been using for years (hello soft lips and minty breath!) along with their lemon body lotion and Not Your Ordinary Daily Shampoo and Conditioner and Lemon Sugar Body Scrub. So, I'd rather not smell like an armpit on a dinner date, but also not have to worry about reapplying eyeliner and all that jazz.
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For this particular date night, when I tried out all the products at once like a mini spa morning, we packed our bags, got dressed in this exact outfit posted on the blog last summer and headed to the little tourist German town in Michigan called Frankenmuth, where Kyle grew up. I'd never been there so we visited all the candy shops, general stores and ate dinner at his favorite hometown restaurant, Tiffany's, and took James to the dog park to test his agility skills and let him run like a crazy little man. 
CO Bigelow supplied me with the items above!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Basics

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I'm a lot of bark and..a little bite and this outfit basically sums it up. I wore this for a lunch date and since I fit back into these shorts, I thought I'd pair them with a cozy cropped sweater and boots for lunch plans. As much as I approved of this outfit, an old man watching from his car got out and yelled at me for taking these photos outside the side of the church. He got an earful from me though.
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[top c/o Z Supply, vintage Levi's shorts, Samantha boots c/o Harley Davidson Footwear]
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Photos by Alison of Look Sharp Lansing

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lunch Rush

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The sweatshirt and short shorts combo is my favorite cool summer day look and I seem to wear it more often when I'm working from home. I made lunch plans with my friend Alison of Look Sharp Lansing..eh about a month ago and ran out the door with the sweatshirt and threw on a pair of sneakers..and finally posted the photos!
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[sweatshirt by Wilfred, jean shorts by BDG, hat from J Crew, shoes by New Balance, bag by 3.1 Philip Lim]
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Photos by Alison of Look Sharp Lansing

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to [Grad] School with Meijer

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If there's anything I'm good at, it's getting ready in a pinch. My old coworkers were always astonished when I would say things like "today I woke up at 7:40, got ready in 7 minutes, stopped to get a redbull and I was STILL in the office before 8 a.m." I had a really short commute, but mostly I could wake up so late because I have my morning routine down. Especially now, in my second year of grad school, I have even less free time. Below are a few time-saving tips that have worked for me!
Step 1: If you're a curly haired girl, wash your hair the night before and let it air dry. Embrace the natural curl, which is healthier for your hair and saves you a million hours from flat ironing, blow drying, etc. I wake up and mostly just tousle it so it's not stuck to my head from sleeping on it.
Step 2: I always wash my face before bed, but in the morning, I still manage to find leftover mascara smeared across my face. I use Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover pads to clean up the mascara. They work so well! If it's a super long day, I'll pack them in my bag with me, so I can wipe underneath my eyes.
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Step 3: I thought once I was done with high school, my acne days would be a thing of the past. Nope. I'm 28 and deal with it still. It's easy to think it's better to cake more stuff on top of your face to conceal it, but it really just highlights the blemishes. I found that a tinted moisturizer or BB cream does the trick, especially paired with a sheer powder or bronzer like Almay Smart Shade or Maybelline's Master Hi-Light. On a typical day, I skip all the extras like primer. Just too many steps and not worth it to me.
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Step 4: Sweep on that mascara. If there's one product I won't leave home without using, it's mascara. I use Almay One Coat Lengthening Mascara for a typical day and may add a waterproof version over top of this it's hot and humid out. Don't let the name fool you though, you need more than on coat, but it's super easy to layer and I pack it in my purse to reapply later.
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Step 5: Lip balm or lipstick! Depending on my mood, I reach for either lip balm or lipstick. I'm not much of an eyeshadow person. My face is too oily and it melts off in an hour and it's just too high maintenance for me. And it takes so much of my time to get it right, but lipstick is easier. I love choosing between a neutral tone like Revlon's Super Lustrous in Blushing Nude or something bright and bold like Revlon's Moon Drops creme lipstick Hot Coral.
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Step 6: If you like to paint your nails, pick your favorite color and add Sally Hansen's Insta Dry Top Coat. It dries instantly relieving the ADD people of the world including me and you can go about your day with no downtime waiting for nails to dry. Essie colors above: For the Twill of It and She's Pampered.
Step 7: Voila! Minimal is key for me. I find if I wear less, as the day drags on, it requires less touch up, saving even more time.
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*A gift card was provided by Meijer to pick out my favorite products