Friday, October 24, 2014

Fitness Friday: Sweater Weather

I've been working butt on (not off, I'm trying to build this booty up, not lose what little I have) this fall and cooler temperatures and overeating this week led me to wear this Cozy Orange sweater for Pure Barre and a day of indulging in corned beef hash and pancakes and movie theater popcorn. Something about this time of year has me craving pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin donuts, cider, cream-based soups, mac and cheese and chips..chips for some reason. I love how motivated I've been the last three months with my workout routine and schedule. I've been dedicated and excited, but I'm trying to find that self control and motivation with my food choices. 
New goals this fall/winter: maintain workout schedule of 6 days a week, get back to tracking my food on MyFitnessPal and developing a stronger buddy system to hold me accountable. I competed in a challenge in September with a friend and it was incredibly motivating. I need to do that again and my goal is to make more friends in these classes so I have a stronger network of people who have similar interests and goals. What are your fitness goals this time of year?
Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lust List: Navy + Grey

It's all about comfort for me this fall/winter in tones of navy and grey. I've been on the hunt for pointy toed booties, boyfriend coats and sneakers (for workouts, but also to transition to day to day outfits.) What's on top of your list this fall/winter?
1. Pink Check Boyfriend Coat, $110
2. Quilted Crop Sweater, $75
3. Charcoal Motto Jean, $68
4. High Heeled Patent Bootie, $79.90
5. Vienna Hat, $98.50
6. New Balance 620 Sneakers, $79.95

Monday, October 20, 2014

Changing Leaves

Now that my neighborhood is in full fall mode and the temperature is right, it was time to but out the clearance camel sweater. I made a list this fall of some of the items I needed to replace in my closet or stock up on and the top of that list was oversized sweaters. Naturally, all the ones I pined over were hundreds of dollars so I clearance shopped and found everything I was looking for at ridiculously cheap prices. This sweater was $7. Score. I piled on the sweater, boyfriend jeans and my new Black Crystals necklace for a neutral, cozy look for a day of working from home, coffee dates and dog walks.
[sweater from Kohl's, jeans by BDG, mules c/o Lulu*s, coconut stick bar necklace c/o Black Crystals (15% off code: bedhead), sunglasses c/o Sunglass Warehouse, bag by Louis Vuitton]
Photos by Kyle Keberlein, James photos by yours truly

Friday, October 17, 2014

Couture for a Cure

As mentioned in Wednesday's post, I spent an evening last week in Grand Rapids for Couture For a Cure, an annual fashion show presented by the Van Andel Institute where proceeds benefit children with rare diseases. One word describes it: fabulous. I particularly enjoyed the food, Artistry makeup artists, observing the well dressed women and hearing Carol Van Andel speak about the purpose of the event. I'm usually cynical about anything and everything, and this was just such a beautiful event with a purpose, which Carol Van Andel expressed so articulately. I couldn't help but be inspired.
This lovely lady cascading down the runway is Blair of Love, Blair, a blogger I obsess over, she's such a beauty!
I ate so many treats, especially the cream puffs. Oh the cream puffs.
Liz got a little makeover at the Artistry table.
Photos by Van Andel Institute, except photo of Liz. More photos here!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Red + Plaid

This sweater + leather leggings combo was worn for the 9th Annual Couture for a Cure in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Institute last week. In retrospect, I should have worn a cocktail dress, but unfamiliar with the event, I wanted to go for comfort with high end accessories like the Louboutins and vintage Chanel bag. 
When I arrived, I noticed many women in beautifully tailored cocktail dresses with fun details like fur cap sleeves (still dying over that one) and amazing handbags. I was an observer in a room filled of impeccably styled men and women, it was my mecca. The event included a runway show and personal stories of children with rare diseases who will directly benefit from the event's profits. I'll share more photos from the actual event on Friday, but it was a really a great event.
[sweater from Banana Republic,  Calypso Crush sunglasses c/o Hammock and Palms, scarf c/o Lulu*s, leather leggings by BCBG, heels by Christian Louboutin, vintage Chanel bag]
Photos by Liz Vartoogian

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Fall Cape

Grand Rapids is such a cool city and I was pumped to get back there for Wolverine's FNO event a couple Fridays ago at Grand Rapids Brewing Company and meet some new bloggers (I feel like I never meet people anymore!) and see a few old friends. I first wore this dress in Vegas, but I've been looking forward to styling it for fall and I couldn't have been happier when I realized I was freezing my ass off and needed to add the cape! I ordered the cape from my friend Lisa's etsy shop, she always has the cutest stuff.
[dress by Free People, vintage cape from Archives Vintage, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, shoes from ShoeMint]
Photos by Alison of Look Sharp Lansing

Friday, October 10, 2014

$100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Want to win a $100 gift card for affordable designer eyewear at Just comment with your email to enter! For a second entry, just share on Facebook or Twitter and then leave a second comment.
Below are a few of my favorite eyeglasses and sunglasses, especially those Jil Sander eyeglasses. The giveaway will end on Sunday, October 19 at 9 p.m. EST. Good luck!