Monday, April 27, 2015

Traverse

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I took off last weekend for a mini getaway to Traverse City with Kyle and two friends to basically eat and drink. I'm not a big drinker, but I OWNED the eating portion. We headed to Franklin, a beautiful restaurant downtown, and I ate the mac and cheese with duck. But after seeing Kyle eat his delicious burger, I went ahead and ordered a burger for myself. One of the best burgers I've ever had.
I went all black and denim for the occasion of eating two entrees and two hard ciders. It's just easier to mix and match when I pack black versatile pieces like these black boots I got on clearance in Nashville and my new Lo&Sons bag.
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[quilted sweatshirt from Gap, Pearl crossbody c/o Lo & Sons, jeans by J Brand, boots by Steven, watch c/o Shinola, hat from Forever 21]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Inspired

I've been slowly phasing out my Art Van Clearance style ever since I made a livable wage and I'm ready to take that next step: the clean/purge mode with my apartment. I'm ready to let go of things I don't quite love or no longer fits my style. 
I also want to insert some color, especially with summer looming. I'm particularly interested in updating accessories in my living room with new pillows, throws and accent pieces. My bedroom needs a complete overhaul, so I'll tackle that later, but for now, I need bright details and an updated, bright patio space to kick this summer off right! What's on your home shopping list?
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1. Ceramic Table Lamp, $59.99
2. Draper Vase, $23
3. Hobnail Candle, $17.99
4. Dauville Gold Bud Vase, $30
5. Lacquer Tray, $120
6. Macall Pillow, $44
7. Perfect Throw, $29
8. Bella Candle, $10.49

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

These Are the Days

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Just a typical work from home/dinner with friends look, that's a little unflattering, but entirely comfortable.
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[tee from J Crew, jeans by BDG, Oxygen sandals c/o Naturalizer, hat from Forever 21, watch c/o Shinola, Loving Snakes bangle c/o Bling Jewelry]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Monday, April 20, 2015

In My Bag

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It's been at least a couple years since I've shared what's in my bag and once I threw away the crumpled up receipts and Werthers Originals wrappers, this is what I was left with. Since I have a long work commute and usually find myself out and about during the week, I've been collecting leather totes that can carry the basic essentials plus my camera and other things not pictured here like a water bottle and notepad. Right now, I'm currently carrying this black leather tote from ASOS along with the clutch to carry small items along with my wallet overly stuffed with work receipts I need to keep.
For the Face: I carry at least one lip balm, lip gloss and lipstick color versatile enough to be worn with anything I'm wearing on a particular day. Day to day, I usually forget to pack the red lipstick I put on in the morning for work, so at least this way I have some options when I'm away from home. My favorites are Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss and Bite High Pigment pencil. I also pack my tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier and Naked palette along with my foundation brush and blush brush. Since my skin is oily and I'm typically gone all day, I like to freshen up midday with the two things that make me feel better: even skin tone and some color on my cheeks. I also usually carry a mini mascara.
Wallet/clutch: It's easy for shit to get lost in a giant bag, so I pack a leather clutch or make up bag to store my make up and the smaller items like travel size fragrances and an Aleve bottle, which actually contains my migraine meds.
Eyewear: I'm never without at least one pair of aviators and usually a pair of prescription glasses to wear when I drive. I've been making attempts to return my sunglasses to their cases, but unfortunately that hasn't become a habit yet.
Snacks: I'm hungry like every minute of every day. I regularly pack extra granola bars and depending on the day, I'll store a Baby Bell cheese and other food items that should stay refrigerated, but I'll pack and eat later at room temperature.
Essentials: My keys are an eyesore in this photo, but I need all the keys and the member cards attached to get my grocery store discounts! And obviously, my phone is glued to me at all times so if I'm on the go, it's either in the bag or in my hand.
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Bag c/o ASOS

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Few From Nashville

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We found another "Believe in Nashville" sign so naturally I forced my mom to take 100 jumping shots of me in front of it.
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My mom found this 'Merica tank at Blush in the Gulch--we did a lot of shopping and sightseeing during our four day stay in Nashville. No celebrity sightings unfortunately.
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My mom LOVES American Pickers and when I reminded her that they had a store in Nashville, she was beside herself with excitement. The store was filled with items she saw from previous episodes of the show and a variety of other trinkets that my mom just had to take photos of. I've never heard that click of the digital camera so much in my life (besides the flight home when she finally got a window seat and took a million photos of clouds.)
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Visiting the Belle Meade Plantation was a highlight of the trip, particularly the wine tasting and drinking a glass of this blueberry wine with an overpriced truffle and $8 mini bag of caramels. It was so beautiful out and we sat in this little courtyard enjoying our drinks.
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I love Eighth Avenue Antiques and since my mom loves antiquing, we made a quick stop here and we regretting not driving so that we could buy all the shit and just load it in my car. There were a handful of pretty mirrors I would've liked to take home with me.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Fringe

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Tennessee's state capitol building has been on my Nashville bucket list and I finally got to check that off along with another trip down Broadway at night to show my mom the bright lights, honky tonks
and really, just the crazy shit show that it is on any given day. We ended the night grabbing a slice of pizza at Five Points Pizza, which may very well be the best New York style pizza I've ever tasted in my life.
It seems each year I forget the prior struggles with wearing fringe and how impractical it actually is. The fringe got stuck in my purse, in the seat belt and stuck on my tables and shelves in restaurants and shops I stepped into. Despite the annoyances, it was worth the hassle. I just love anything poncho-like and it made for easy dressing.
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[fringe top from Asos, shorts by Levi's, boots c/o Lulu*s, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, rings c/o Katie Dean Jewelry (15 percent off with code CALIDREAMING15, watch c/o Shinola]

Monday, April 13, 2015

McGavock Pike

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To escape the cold Michigan spring and the clutches of my diet, I flew to Nashville with my mom for a mini vaca to eat all the bread, brisket and lattes I can stuff myself with. We're here until Tuesday and we've already exhausted ourselves with trips to various neighborhoods, downtown and the Belle Meade plantation. I don't typically experience FOMO, but I do when I travel and if I'm not going making the most of the trip and packing in as much as possible, I feel as if I'm missing out.
I wore this outfit basically two days in a row, the first night for dinner outside at Butchertown Hall and the next day to tour Belle Meade and to visit some antique shops, trading out the heels for brown boots and a crossbody bag.
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[Molara heels c/o Call It Spring, top from Urban Outfitters, jeans by J Brand, necklace c/o Noonday Collection, bag c/o Lulu*s, sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop, gold hand piece and feather ring c/o Katie Dean Jewelry, gold thumb ring by Clyde's Rebirth, watch c/o Shinola]
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