Friday, August 1, 2014

Lust List: Black Bags!

I never met a black bag I didn't like and it's the and only big ticket item I'm on the hunt for this fall. I've got my eyes on the satchels, shoulder bags and clutches below. Most of these are dream bags, outside of my price range, but it's still fun to look! The rows of bags below decrease in price as you go with the third column the most affordable alternatives. I think my favorites are the Rebecca Minkoff bags with the black hardware, but I want something larger. What's the top item on your fall shopping list?
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1. Saint Laurent Cabas Y Leather Tote, $2,695
2. Givenchy Medium Antigona Duffel, $2,435
3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Large Satchel, $267.99
4. Proenza Schouler PS11 Classic Leather Shoulder Bag, $1,950
5. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Crossbody, $195
6. Kate Spade Cedar Street Monday, $148
7. Rebecca Minkoff Love Clutch, $255
8. Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch, $220
9. Studded Black Clutch, $25

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Nostalgia with Lulu*s

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I spent my summers in Grand Haven as a child watching the musical fountain with my mom and as a teen trolling for boys and working on my tan. When I was 16 and 17, my friend Kristen and I spent every Friday cruising the strip. We'd borrow her sister's cool car and park it alongside the busy street and sit on the hood as if we were the coolest bitches. If we ever took my little 1990 Mercury Topaz, we hid it in a parking lot and went on a hunt for boys and boats. 
Grand Haven was always a place I could pick a new identity. It was only 15 minutes away from my home, but the town transformed during the summer months with a sea of new people. I used to dwell on that fact that among my friends, my family was probably the least well off, but no one knew that in Grand Haven. I just wanted to blend in and pretend I lived a lifestyle like the families that vacationed there each year. Luckily now ten years later I can visit without worrying what everyone else has. With age and maturity and feeling financially secure and confident where I'm at in in life has helped me get past the comparison of others, at least to the degree I experienced before.
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Ice cream from Temptations, my favorite spot in junior high. Mint chocolate chip for life.
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Photos by mom
Sponsored by Lulu*s

Monday, July 28, 2014

Chilly Summer Days

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Even though I'm for once enjoying summer and taking advantage of summer activities, I've been pretty pumped each time a cold front rolls in and cools it down for a couple days. Each time it's happened the last couple weeks, I've styled something very similar to this look.
For a day filled with errands and lunch with my mom on a rooftop deck, I styled plaid and shorts with comfortable black boots. As the day wore on, I added the leather jacket since I'm perpetually cold.
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[top + shorts c/o Aeropostale, bag by 3.1 Philip Lim, boots c/o Trask, glasses c/o Firmoo]
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I'd also like to alert you to the fact that Aeropostale is launching AERO NOW today. The new collection comes out today and you can get 30 percent off in stores and online with code THIRTY, which is ironic since I'm almost 30 and I started wearing aero in junior high and I like that there are options beyond tees with their name, like I thought they only carried (and what I wore in the 7th grade.)
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Photos by Mom (Happy birthday to mom, she's 51 today!)
*Aeropostale provided me with a gift card to pick out cool shit

Friday, July 25, 2014

Home Office Tour

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So I bought a cowhide rug for the living room, but it didn't look right. Then I thought I would copy a Pinterest image and position it under the dining room table. Kyle hated it, I got pissed that he hated it (I secretly didn't like it there that much.) After much furniture moving and disagreements, I put it in the room I have complete control over: my office! It actually looks the best here.
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Before Kyle moved in, I put this desk in the living room in the back corner. I love the natural light in the living room and having the TV on as background noise while I worked. It didn't work so well with boy and dog so I changed my closet overflow room to a more functioning office space.
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The fur and pillow were placed here by default. I bought an extra one of these shearling throws just because I like them and once I sold my two living room chairs, the beaded pillow moved from living room chair to office chair and I was like "damn that looks good."
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More recently I've become interested in pretty notebooks and thank you/notecards. I write a to-do list everyday and instead of using a standard boring notebook as I've always done (efficiency over aesthetics in my work life), I hunt for a new notebook at Target and find pretty thank you cards at Target and on Etsy. I have the shittiest handwriting in the world too so I should probably stick to electronic forms of thank you's, but I keep trying.
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Last week, I learned about the merits of the 3m hook. Kyle opened my eyes to a new way of displaying art without destroying apartment walls and I went a little crazy with them here to hang/display hats and bags that fit nowhere else. Also, this closet holds my light jackets and blazers on the right side and on the left side, the two closet rods hold tops. The main bedroom closet holds all my jeans, sweatshirts and dresses and Kyle's stuff. I also stuff my sneakers and flats in this closet with most of my heels on the two bookshelves converted to shoeshelves.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new LBD

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I scored this dress on major sale and was so excited to wear it to a rehearsal dinner a couple weeks back in Grand Rapids and of course, I forgot it in the hotel after the wedding! I called and they can't find it so I hope whoever snatched it up enjoys my little clearance black dress. As far as styling it, I channeled my inner diva and brought some bling bling to the black dress with the silver shoes I wore in the wedding and more jewelry than I normally wear. 
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[dress from Asos, bracelet and chevron rings c/o RocksBox, heels by BCBG, clutch by Clare Vivier]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein (^that dude)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Corner Store

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This old gas station was once a busy little corner store where I would regularly walk from my house to buy pixie sticks and rent VHS tapes. It's the same place where my stepdad won big on a scratch off lottery ticket and the nostalgic spot where I dented and scratched the passenger side of my very first car while trying to pump gas. 
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[shorts by Levi's, boots from ShoeMint, necklace c/o Noonday Collection, bag by Chanel, Rayban aviators c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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Photos by mom

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fitness Friday: Getting Back on Track

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I headed off to my workout classes this past Monday sporting this monochromatic outfit. I've been trying to kick my workouts up a notch since the last couple weeks have been busy with work events, weddings and distracting fun stuff like beach days where I eat and sit on my ass in the sun. I knew keeping up a routine in the summer would be more difficult for me. I always gain weight this time of the year because I'd prefer to eat a hot dog outside at a baseball game than commit to a sweaty workout.
I've been feeling a bit lackluster lately and it's probably due to the increased consumption of donuts, egg mcmuffins and hot and ready Little Caesar's Pizza. I've set a couple of new goals for myself that I've fallen on including: 1. Drink more water. 2. Eat more veggies! 3. Remember to take vitamins. 4. Try new fitness classes to add variety and more excitement. Wish me luck! If you have tips, please share!!
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[So Shaded Capri Leggings and sports bra c/o Zumba Wear, tank c/o Aeropostale, shoes by New Balance]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein