Monday, July 25, 2016

Lake Michigan

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After a work trip to Traverse City, I made my way down Lake Michigan to visit the fam. We had grand plans to visit the beach two days in a row, but rain, yet again thwarted these plans. Luckily, a few of us were able to make our way to Grand Haven for some frozen yogurt and a quick beach visit before the thunder and lightning rolled in Saturday night.
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[bodysuit c/o Boohoo, shorts by Levi's, Billabong kimono c/o Lulus (last year), bag by Louis Vuitton, necklace by Clyde's Rebirth, watch c/o Obaku, eyelash extensions by Michelle at the Standard]
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My sweet pea baby cousin finally warmed up to me! She let me hold her and pinch her cheeks (after bribing her with a reese's cup. Shit works wonders.) I snapped so many photos of her playing in the water in her little dress. So precious!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Visit to Owosso

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I challenged myself last year to visit more towns around Lansing and around Michigan--I haven't followed through on that so well, but when I'm questioning whether or not I should drive 40 minutes to really just grab coffee, I remind myself it's a new experience and that I can plan more fun activities around the visit. I used to visit Owosso more regularly in my early 20's when my then-boss lady performed in plays at their community theater. I went to the same place for dinner and didn't explore more beyond that.
Once Foster Coffee opened (and I saw all the cool shit my friend Melissa who blogs at The Bee's Knees was doing in her town), I headed out there and every single person at the shop was so incredibly nice and genuine. And they've recommended a handful of restaurants and other cool places to check out. So I finally checked out Birch & Elm boutique and Lula's for cajun and creole food. That place did not disappoint. I ordered the chicken puffy pie and the puff pastry, chicken and filling was so. damn. good. It was a wonderful afternoon in Owosso!
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[jeans by Levi's, striped crop top by Madewell, hat by Lululemon, similar brown leather backpacks]
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Blossom

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This dress was in the storefront display at the SHUDIO when I first spotted it. Merl let me take it back to her apartment to try on when I was last in Chicago and it fit perfectly. It ties up the back, which is a cute detail, and also helps create an even more flattering silhouette that my hips appreciate. I styled it super 90s with the chunky boot and velvet choker, my go-to look lately.
The last couple weekends of mine have been lazy and laid-back. I love a plan-less weekend and really the only plans I had was dinner with my friend Liz where I sported this look for some Italian dinner, frozen yogurt and scooping up that 7 for $27 underwear deal at VS.
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[dress from the SHUDIO, boots from Lori's Shoes, velvet choker by Vanessa Mooney, bag by Givenchy (similar black cross body bags by Botkier)]
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Striped Maxi

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No matter how many striped dresses I own, I can easily justify why I need another one...like this maxi! I have a couple striped maxi's, but this one is a tank version with no slits! I lived in this maxi last weekend. We had like a three minute long storm that tore through my neighborhood, bringing down trees which subsequently led down power lines, parts of the rental house torn off the building...and no power. I tried to make the most of it and get out and about in my neighborhood, visiting Retail Therapy, checking out the new coffee shop, Bloom and taking James on walks. I rely too much on Netflix for my life's entertainment.
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[LNA maxi dress from Retail Therapy, similar hats by Brixton, shoes from Lori's Shoes, watch c/o Obaku]
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Photos by Ashley Howard

Monday, July 11, 2016

Off the Shoulder

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All about bodysuits this summer, a trend I was obsessed with as a child. The same goes for off the shoulder. My absolute favorite top was a white ruffly off the shoulder number I wore with a velvet choker in my second or third grade school photo. So. Stylish. And I was real into bodysuits in fourth grade, so I'm paying homage to my childhood style, it took them a while to circle back but they're here. 
We had a week long music festival in Lansing last week so this was my basic uniform. Something stylish and fuss free. I wore my hair pin straight like this too and if you can believe it, none of my profuse sweating fucked with my straight hair. I went to the Standard in Old Town and got the Brazilian blow out, mostly out of curiosity to see how my hair would fair and the fact that I would be frizz free for 10 weeks or so also sealed the deal. My hair is a mess in heat and humidity.
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[bodysuit c/o Boohoo (shop more bodysuits here by Boohoo!), wedge sandals c/o PB&J Boutique, rings and necklaces by Katie Dean Jewelry]
*Also, I've been writing stories for MODE, and especially loving this one on new candle lines to check out!
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Shorts for Shorties

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I'm almost 5'4" and while I've finally accepted that I'm never going to sprout a few more inches taller and elongate my legs..I try to find styling tricks that give me a tall, lean look I want to sport in the summer. I'm pear shaped so I love billowy tops that give me a little more shoulder, a higher waist on a shorter short! Voila! I partnered with Meijer to share how I style shorts for my body along with two other bloggers who provide really great insights on styling shorts if you're tall and if you're rocking a curvy bod. Check out the post on Meijer Style!
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