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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Music Festival Style with Kohl's + $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

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I've partnered with Kohl's to provide three outfit styles for music festivals (AND offer up a $100 Kohl's gift card to a reader!) To enter the giveaway, please comment on what you would wear to a music fest and leave your email address. To submit another entry, please share this post on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave additional comments for each share. Giveaway ends Friday, August 1 at 9 p.m. EST. Good luck!
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The first look is a more bohemian style I've been channeling this summer. I love the embroidered details on the shorts and although I told myself I was done with tube tops after high school, I find myself loving this crochet version, and it's nothing like the overly tight hot pink ones I used to wear.
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The second look was inspired by the sporty/athletic trend. I've been embracing sneakers and other flats this year and it's pretty much a necessity for a music festival. White converses may not be the most practical, but I can never be 100 percent practical with my shoe choices. I paired the shoes with a simple striped dress, good to go!
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[SO striped dress, Converse All Star sneakers c/o Kohl's, denim top from Madewell, sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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The third look is a feminine, girl-next-door vibe with the pretty printed and ruffled maxi and the jean vest. I love a jean vest and the extra layer. There's been a huge trend of wearing those vintage cut offs where your ass hangs out and I'd prefer to be really comfortable during a music festival and not digging shorts out of my ass all day. A maxi dress is where it's at.
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[LC Lauren Conrad maxi dress, LC Lauren Conrad ring and Candie's denim vest c/o Kohl's, shoes c/o Call It Spring]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein
*Kohl's supplied me with a gift card for apparel and accessories

Monday, July 14, 2014

Backyard

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I've been visiting my mom on the reg and on a recent trip, I wore shorts and boots, a combination perfect in my hometown and especially in my mom's backyard.
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[top c/o Black Swan, Marlene boots c/o Harley Davidson Footwear, shorts by Levi's, bag c/o Trask]
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Photos by mom