Saturday, January 24, 2015

HBD James!

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My sweet puppy turns 1 years old tomorrow! I bought him a new toy that he loves and a sweater..which he feels pretty neutral about. I brought him home last April and he was the tiniest little thing (here's what he looked like!) He's pooped and peed on my couch, puked over pretty much every I own and will wet the bed if you forget to let him out before bed time, but we love him and his small bladder. 
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He's such a patient pup and will wait patiently just for about anything including dress up time (sticking bows on his head) and loves all dogs and people. He's a sweetheart.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guest Post: Samantha Elizabeth

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Hey all! My name is Samantha, the voice behind Samantha Elizabeth: A LifestyleBlog. Andrea is so kind to allow me to share a little bit about myself to her lovely readers! My blog is about all things I hold dear to my heart… my faith, family, fashion, cooking, photography and travel. I am wife to a wonderful guy named Dusty and mother to two adorable rescue fur-babies named Gus (4 years old) and Reo (6 months).

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Since I know you all love seeing Andrea’s amazing style on the regular I am going to attempt to follow suit and share a handful of style favorites from my own blog over the last year. Don’t be too disappointed… I don’t claim to have nearly as much style as Andrea. However, if that doesn't do it for you, you might find the story of my "romantic wedding night" to be one worth reading. And if you want to say “hi” again, swing by sometime! You can check out my blog at www.samanthaelizabethblog.com or find me onFacebook or Instagram

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Blush

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Well, I'm off tomorrow morning on a much needed mini vacation to Atlanta! I've spread myself a little too thin again and my body is exhausted and I need a little break for a girls trip (see you soon Melia and Court!) I've also tried this new thing called yoga..have you heard of it? Turns out, it's actually super helpful in stress relieving and I think with the mini vacation and more yoga (and learning to say no to a few things) I can be less of a ball of stress. I just want to do all the things and I just can't. Anyone have tips on de-stressing?
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[Alegra Top c/o Ever Ivy, pants by BDG, heels by Nine West, Ring by Katie Dean Jewelry, hat and coat from Urban Outfitters, glasses c/o Glasses Spot]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cold Weather Maxi

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I was just perusing the internet when I came across this gem of a maxi dress. I really wanted a basic maxi dress with long sleeves that I could easily style during these gloomy, ridiculously cold months ahead. And it was a steal at around $10! In basic winter fashion, I layered a leather jacket, an infinity scarf and paired it with my new buckled boots.
I wore this to meet for breakfast with Jackie Palmer, a local photographer/videographer to chat about a film idea she has for me (!!). I normally shy away from videos because I hate talking on camera. This was a hard discovery for me in college since I always thought I was destined for broadcast journalism, but I'm no natural. I end up swearing, stuttering and my eyes bounce all over the place. Luckily, Jackie has some great ideas that don't involve me talking at all and I'm pumped to try something new and work with someone as creative as Jackie.
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[dress from Gap, jacket from Zara, scarf c/o scarves.net, boots from Lori's Shoes, Rayban aviators c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bitter Cold

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I bought this cardigan last week when I was burning time before a meeting..and I really haven't taken it off since. I'm not usually a cardigan person. I'd prefer a leather moto jacket to wear over everything no matter the season, but the shape and color of this cardigan caught my eye immediately, plus it was on sale!
I wore this cozy look on Friday for a meeting/happy hour with Redhead Design Studio to discuss an upcoming hospital marketing project. And then I was off to dinner with my friends Liz and Ashley and ended the night drinking McKenzie's hard cider (ooo so cinnamony and good!) at Zoobies.
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[cardigan from East Lansing Threads, tank c/o Aeropostale, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, necklace and bracelet by Clyde's Rebirth, jeans by BDG, Rayban aviators c/o Sunglasses Shop, boots c/o Trask]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Friday, January 9, 2015

Skincare + Beauty Favorites

Somehow in the last year I became a beauty and skincare junkie, testing out new products for my skin and scouring the internet for more beauty bloggers to follow for their recommendations. Since I have problem skin and I prefer a more natural look with make up, I'm sharing my favorites that enhance natural features, are easy to use and aren't crazy expensive. I'm still on the hunt for a great cleanser that fights acne, so always open for suggestions!
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1. Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Gold, $11.99. Since I'm no expert in applying blush, I usually reach for this one since it's easy to blend and builds easily.
2. Buxom Lash Mascara, $19. I recently tried a sample size of this and it became an instant favorite. My lashes appear thicker and longer. It also strikes the balance of being buildable, but one coat looks great too.
3. NYX Eyebrow Marker, $9.69. Merl of Clyde's Rebirth had this at her apartment last time I visited and it's revolutionized my make up application. I hate when eyebrows look too drawn on and this one looks so natural and easy to apply.
4. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, $4.39. I've had an issue with over-drying my skin, which I didn't think was possibly with my oily skin. I shower sometimes twice a day because of my workouts and I was over washing my face. I've found that using this between workouts works well for me.
5. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free, $43. Since my skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts, I prefer a tinted moisturizer or BB cream and this product has worked the best. Nothing too heavy, but provides decent coverage without that caked on look. There are so many shades it's easy to match up too.
6. Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil Light, $48. I always thought I didn't need a moisturizer because my skin is oily, but I need it especially during the winter and between my chemical peel visits.
7. Maybelline Baby Lips Medicated, $2.99. My lips are so dry this time of the year, I'm constantly applying this in the non-tinted version and I'd like to scoop a couple tinted versions up now.
8. Buxom Full On Lip Cream, $19. I also got this sample a month ago and I love a lip plumper in this soft hue.
9. elf Studio Tone Correcting Powder, $3.00. My skin looks anything but dull after this powder. I've bought pricy powders in the past, but this one works better than those and $3 isn't a bad price either.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blonde Bedhead: 5 years

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Holy shit, today marks my fifth year blogging! I thank my blog for giving me a boost of confidence in my early twenties, helping me be less awkward in professional social settings and I'm so grateful for everyone who has followed along!
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Anywho, I've succeeded in finding another unflattering oversized sweater that is cozy and so warm, it doesn't require a coat. I've been overindulging in just about every kind of food and drink and so this past Sunday, it only made sense to dress in oversized comfort for a brunch date with Kyle at Tavern and Tap. I had a real hankering for a pile of chorizo and a mimosa, both of which are plentiful at my new favorite brunch spot.
Anyone else go crazy over the holidays with these end of year sales? I scored big at Lori's ShoesGapLulu'sBath and Body Works (I never thought I'd ever be excited for hand sanitizers and hand soap, I'm officially old) and more. I'm not so patiently waiting for all my shipments, but I'm most excited for THESE boots!
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[sweater from Forever 21, jeans by J Brand, necklace c/o Black Crystals, boots c/o Duo, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, hat from Urban Outfitters]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein