Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Neutral Love

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I love these pants so much, but they have no give in the waist and putting these on was one of the most difficult tasks I've experienced. It was worth it to wear something besides my normal skinny jeans for my birthday brunch. Yes, I had two birthday brunches and there's nothing I love more than day drinking in small, intimate groups. And I now want to make more day trips during the weekend to visit new brunch spots. It's pretty easy for me to be reclusive and stay at home, but I do love exploring new areas so I just have to make the effort.
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[pants from Retail Therapy (similar wideleg denim), sweater from Zara, boots by Opening Ceremony, hat from UO, sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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Photos by Liz Westerhof

Monday, February 8, 2016

This is 30

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I celebrated my birthday a day early with a brunch at the new(er) Spanish tapas restaurant in Royal Oak called Le Dulce. And I tried avocado for the first time and actually loved it. I'm just getting so adventurous in my old age. I've also realized I don't care for large birthday get togethers for my own birthday celebrations--give me small groups of people in a brunch setting--that is my dream day.
I threw on this emerald sweater and boyfriend jeans since I really just wanted to be comfortable for the drive and walking around shopping. It was sunny out so I ditched the coat later on and bought a few vases from West Elm, and then called it a day.
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[emerald purba sweater c/o PB & J Boutique, jacket from Zara, jeans by BDG (similar jeans in straight cut), boots by Opening Ceremony (on HUGE sale), bag by Givenchy, sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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Friday, February 5, 2016

More Snaps From Nevada

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Burnt tasting coffee and a delicious muffin.
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It takes a lot to impress a person surrounded by the Great Lakes, but Lake Mead was a beautiful site to see in the middle of the desert.
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Hoover Dam was quite the site and it just tickled my mom that we were in Arizona on one side of the dam and in Nevada on the other side.
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We explored old strip in Vegas and I loved all the old signs, chapels and even walking through the pawn shop on the reality show, Pawn Stars. No Chumlee or anyone though, sadly.
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Sure, it was 65 degrees in Vegas and too cold to swim for the locals, but with the sun and heated pool, I was in heaven.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Defrost

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Michigan was set to defrost this weekend and I was completely okay with it. I took the matching set out for a test run with Ashley of Lavender Lists this weekend and am hoping to re-wear it this weekend for my birthday if I decide to get wild and go out.
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[break of dawn crop top + midi skirt matching set c/o Billabong, boots by Rebecca Minkoff, Le Specs sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop, watch c/o Obaku, leather jacket from Zara, bag by Proenza Schouler (similar Vince bag on sale)]
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Photos by Ashley

Monday, February 1, 2016

Santa Monica & Route 66

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The day before we left Vegas, we decided to take a day trip to LA so my mom could see the pacific ocean and started our drive at 2:45 a.m. and arrived in Malibu at 8:45 a.m., starting our day with an expensive ass breakfast at Malibu Farm, quite possibly the cutest cafe I've ever been to. 
We then traveled down the Pacific Coast Highway to the Santa Monica pier and wandered along the beach and pier. So lovely. I'm not used to so much sunshine! We drove through Beverly Hills and Hollywood before heading back, hitting up a desolate area along Route 66. It was a long day in the car, but well worth it.
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[dress from Retail Therapy, watch c/o Obaku, bag by Givenchy, rings by Katie Dean Jewelry]
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And a photo of mom!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter Desert

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Earlier in the week, my mom and I headed to Las Vegas--not for the typical Vegas experience, but to check out the outdoor recreational activities like exploring Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, deserts and canyons. We started our second day in town super early with a 6 a.m. trip to Red Rock Canyon. I threw on a poncho, jeans and flats along with my new leather watch from the Obaku men's collection. While, I'm not much of a nature person like my mom, I can appreciate all this natural beauty that surrounded us and really prefer exploring the outdoors than a nightclub or gambling on the strip.
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[Ella Moss poncho from Retail Therapy, jeans by J Brand, tee by LNA, watch c/o Obaku]
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe!

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I don't make many resolutions or any grand announcement of how I'm going to change when a new year hits, but I take some time thinking about areas of health, career growth and overall happiness and SMALL steps to get there.
I love a cookie or donut for breakfast, but I noticed if I start the day eating like shit, I feel like I ruined it for the rest of the day and I make one bad decision after the next. So, I bought myself a Ninja and partnered with Meijer to share this small morning change: a smoothie instead of a donut.
I normally hate fruits and veggies, but I do love smoothies and blended protein shakes so I tested out this idea of a berry cheesecake drink and..it turned out delicious. It tastes just like you're indulging in a slice of cheesecake. Mmmm. Let me note that I personally do not like regular yogurt, bananas and eating fruit and veggies on their own, so this works for me as a meal and may work better for others as a healthier version of a dessert.

This smoothie includes:
  • 1 scoop of Muscle Milk protein powder, vanilla flavor 
  • 1 teaspoon of Jello sugar free cheesecake pudding powder
  • 1.5 cups of Edy's vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup of frozen fruit (a mix of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
  • 1/4 cup of water (or a little more, but I like a super thick smoothie
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This is SUPER easy and if I can manage, you can too! It looks like not a lot, but this amount is perfect for breakfast and it fills you up quickly. A big thank you to Meijer for partnering with me on this and sending me protein powder along with other quick and easy meals on the go like Muscle Milk and Slimfast (I like the Slimfast to-go ones better!) and a gift card to pick up all my supplies for the smoothie.