Friday, April 29, 2016

Easy Peasy

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I've worn variations of this look throughout this week without shame. The summer-like weather disappeared this week, which gave me opportunity for more layers like my new-to-me vintage scarf and the jacket I scored from the Shudio. And I'm headed to northern Michigan this weekend and thinking about packing this outfit to wear with dark wash jeans. It will be perfect for a weekend with friends celebrating a 30th birthday at the Short's Brewery anniversary party. I'm headed into this weekend of excessive drinking knowing that I'll be the wet blanket. The one headed to bed early after one beer, but luckily my friends know me pretty well. I'm hoping to let loose a bit, wish me luck!
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[pants and top from Retail Therapy, Calvin Klein denim jacket from the Shudio, vintage scarf, bag by Proenza Schouler, sunglasses by Quay, shoes from Lori's Shoes, watch c/o Obaku]
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Photos by Ashley Howard

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

More Black

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I wore this a few weeks ago on a Saturday night after a day of thrifting and shopping in Detroit during my 'girls trip' and I was feeling particularly haggard and unattractive. Probably because my hair was six days dirty and I stuffed myself into a pair of jeans one size too small..and I was struggling to apply new red lipstick and resembled a clown after its application. 
Merl took pity on me and added a braid to my hair and let me borrow her scarf. I still whined and had a mini meltdown, and only after stuffing myself full of a giant burger and fries and finally showering at night, did I return to being a normal human. I just needed clean hair and a good night's sleep to feel less like a little asshole and more like myself. 
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[top from Zara, borrowed scarf from Merl, jeans by DL1961, mules from the Shudio]
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Photos by Merl Kinzie

Monday, April 25, 2016

Meijer Beauty Perks + a Giveaway!

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I teamed up with Meijer to share a few of my favorite beauty and skincare products as part of the Meijer Beauty Perks program, now running through May 7! To save on beauty products, just sign up with your phone number at mperks.com or through the mobile app. You can "clip" the offers you wish to redeem in-store and enter your mPerks number at the checkout to save with the coupons you digitally clipped. I'm also offering up a $25 Meijer gift card to a reader. To enter, simply comment on the post with your email by May 7.
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I've been obsessed with matte lipsticks and I love this formula by Maybelline in the first image. It glides on smoothly and feels more hydrating, unlike a few formulas I've tested recently. I'm also a fan of Neutrogena's hydro boost water gel, with and without sunscreen. My skin is sensitive to moisturizers and this line doesn't flare up my acne.
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Now that the weather has warmed and the flowers have bloomed, I'm ready to smell sweet and tropical. I go between Dial's coconut water body wash now and Dove.
I'm also ready for humidity with Schwartzkopf's frizz control and protect line. Meijer carries professional hair products like Schwarzkopf and my absolute favorite, Biolage.
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*Post sponsored by Meijer!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Motor City

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Detroit seemed to be the perfect centralized meeting point for friends coming from Chicago and Canada, and me, an hour from Detroit so we planned a last minute weekend away and while the girls nursed their hangovers Saturday morning, I was the early bird who took off from downtown to Rochester to meet Fourth Street Boutique. It's been probably six years since I've been to downtown Rochester and it was already so lively even at 9:30 a.m. The shop is located on Fourth St. of course  in a quaint converted home nearby beautiful salons. Picture. Perfect. I snagged this one piece jumper and a pair of bedazzled pink slipper mules handmade in India and showed the owner Donna and her associate Lori how to use the app Facetune. Gotta spread that knowledge. 
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It was perfect timing to meet Donna at Fourth Street and find such an adorable one piece since I had a blogger dinner event at Iridescence at Motor City Hotel Casino the next day and what I packed to wear for it was shitty and boring. It was a fancy event that I knew required more than the old standby of dirty jeans and boots, so I tossed this on with a pair of flats, explored Midtown and downtown with Sam before hitting up the hotel to indulge in a delicious dinner. I love when it takes absolutely no effort to look cool and this spring/summer piece will be added to my weekday and weekend rotation. And I also need to get back to Detroit to eat more great food. Besides Iridescence, I brunched at Gold Cash Gold and Dime Store while eating dinner at Central Kitchen and Townhouse right downtown.
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[jumpsuit c/o Fourth Street Boutique (check their Facebook page!), flats by Steven, Le Specs sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop, leather jacket by BCBG, velvet choker by Vanessa Mooney]
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Photos by Sam

Monday, April 18, 2016

Denim & a Dress

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What a difference one week in Michigan makes--the weekend before it's snowing and I'm bundled up in a winter coat and less than a week later I can traipse around in an easy dress and a light, denim jacket. I added a pair of heavy black boots and the heart choker with a brown/nude lip to make 1990s-ify the look since I can't seem to want to dress outside that decade lately. I've been wearing these lipsticks and shades: Kat Von D liquid lipstick in bow n arrow, Milani retractable lip liner in most natural (I wear this on its own or use this as a base before adding lipstick EVERY. DAY.) or NYX Liquid Suede in sandstorm (pretty much a dupe for Kat Von D.)
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[dress c/o Black Swan, Calvin Klein denim jacket from the Shudio, heart and pearl choker c/o Enamour Entirety, watch c/o Obaku]
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Back to Nature Beauty with Target

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This blog post is sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting collaborations such as this!
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Whenever the first sign of spring arrives, I quickly shed my winter layers and opt for bohemian frocks, dewy skin and an overall earthy vibe. This affects my style, beauty and even state of mind as I try to tackle a more carefree approach to life, which is honestly difficult for someone as high strung as me. Yet it’s something I can channel when I update my style and beauty regimen to match the vibe I hope to feel.
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I partnered with Target to share my back-to-nature beauty approach focusing on a strong brow, nude eyelids and lips, and topped with a shimmery glow. The products I used include: Essence How to Make Brows Wow Kit, Essence How to Make Nude Eyes Kit, NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm, NYX Tinted Brow Mascara and a pair of Sonia Kashuk full-volume falsies to fake voluminous lashes.
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I love a simple, but pulled together look that can withstand the heat and my own excessive sweating, which is why a nude look works well. A tip? Once you apply your foundation and before you swipe powder over to set the look, first apply the liquid illuminator by NYX. You can cut back on a cakey look by first applying all liquids, so if you choose to use a liquid highlighter that provides more of bold look, top it over your foundation and concealer before the setting powder. I also skipped on heavy mascara and chose a pair of falsies that gave me a doe-eye look without the inevitable mascara run. I also used both the Essence brow kit to fill in my brows and the NYX brow mascara to comb and set the brows in place. I find this combo helps them stay put throughout the day.
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I kept my eyes and lips simple with a subtle shimmery lid using a deeper nude tone to create some definition, with a medium nude tone to blend, blend, blend! For my lips, I chose NYX’s matte Stockholm, since I’m currently still loving this trend with matte lips. This particular lip cream makes it easy to apply without using too much precision. I mean, who has time for lip liner and relining lips during festival season? It’s all about ease of use without giving up a strong beauty look perfect for sashaying to some folksy music and sipping a beer.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Back in Black

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This shitastic weather has left me uninspired sartorially. Each day, I awake only to grab one of my many black or grey tees, jeans and leather jacket. It's been rainy. It's been SNOWY. The only thing to spice up a predictable look is my necklace and suede boots that I thought I lost in last month's move. Turns out I stuffed these along with a bunch of other shoes into a suitcase I never unpacked. Mystery solved. I spent the day in the car last week when I wore this back to my hometown for a dentist appointment and to see if I could snag a new car and trade in my mom car, the Chevy Equinox. I'm now the proud owner of a Terrain, still a bit mom-ish, but each car, I slowly remove myself from grandma status.
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[tee and jacket from Zara, boots by Opening Ceremony, jeans by J Brand, necklace by Clyde's Rebirth, bag by Proenza Schouler]
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