Monday, October 20, 2014

Changing Leaves

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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.
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[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]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein, James photos by yours truly

Friday, October 17, 2014

Couture for a Cure

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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.
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This lovely lady cascading down the runway is Blair of Love, Blair, a blogger I obsess over, she's such a beauty!
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I ate so many treats, especially the cream puffs. Oh the cream puffs.
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Liz got a little makeover at the Artistry table.
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Photos by Van Andel Institute, except photo of Liz. More photos here!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Red + Plaid

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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.
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[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]
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Photos by Liz Vartoogian

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Fall Cape

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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.
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[dress by Free People, vintage cape from Archives Vintage, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, shoes from ShoeMint]
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Photos by Alison of Look Sharp Lansing

Friday, October 10, 2014

$100 GlassesSpot.com Gift Card Giveaway!

Want to win a $100 gift card for affordable designer eyewear at GlassesSpot.com? 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!
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Downtown Auburn

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On day two of my visit in Auburn, New York, Jenn and I took her dogs to Fillmore Glen State Park to hike the trails and check out the waterfalls. I've never been quite interested in nature. Even when I visited Niagara Falls as a child I much preferred the museum learning about the daredevils who plunged the falls inside a barrel rather than actually standing outside looking at it. My natural tendency is to stay indoors, but visiting Jenn gave me a renewed energy and enthusiasm for the outdoors and I really enjoyed seeing just how absolutely stunning that area is. 
The rest of the day was checking out downtown Auburn, eating lunch at a local deli and grabbing frozen yogurt while checking out the library and admiring the historic buildings. I styled an autumnal look perfect for upstate new york's fall season of loose jeans, black mules with a faux leather white top and a plaid coat.
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[Hazel Check Lust Navy Blue Plaid Coat, Ivory Vegan Leather Top and Chinese Laundry Peep Toe Mules c/o Lulu*s, necklace from Forever 21, sunglasses c/o Glasses Spot, jeans by BDG, clutch by BCBG}
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Photos by Jenn Hostetler

Monday, October 6, 2014

Traveling and Central New York

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Every season, there seems one outfit that I wear over and over that fits the weather and my state of mind perfectly. This is that outfit for fall. I originally picked this for a road trip to upstate New York to visit one of my closest friends and her hilarious hubby. I've been all about navy so far this season and the pair of navy boots and sweater was too much to resist over the course of the weekend. So I wore it again a day later to visit an apple orchard!
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[All Together Now Navy Sweater, Going On Holiday Red Plaid Scarf and Report Jackal Navy Boots c/o Lulu*s, hat from Urban Outfitters, louis vuitton bag, jeans by J Brand]
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Central New York was just as pretty as I imagined it to be. My friends live on one of the finger lakes and the view behind their house are colorful trees on hills and view of the lake. They live a pretty active lifestyle, hiking through state parks (think gorges, waterfalls, awesomeness) and visiting beachside parks to walk the piers. I got a view of the area I might not normally get if left to my own devices and I also got to work out outdoors!
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Photos by Jenn Hostetler