Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Layers

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Every year I get excited for the art festival in East Lansing and every year after going I'm reminded of why I hate it. Of course I love perusing the art, jewelry and watching the fire baton throwing hippies, but the parking challenges and the crowds really anger me. Luckily, Kyle and I were meeting up with my friends Haley and her Kyle for lunch and festival perusing. The two of them are extremely laidback so I feel silly being dramatic about parking and I fixed my hanger with a burger and fries. And I wore this.
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[tee and denim shirt from Madewell, shorts c/o Aeropostale, flats c/o Johnston & Murphy, sunglasses c/o Shade Station, bag by Loeffler Randall, ring c/o Katie Dean Jewelry]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fitness Friday: Athleisure

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I've been in overeating mode since about..December. I work out at least 5 days a week, but I can't help but indulge in every cookie, chip or burger presented to me. I've been in a perpetual state of bloat and I'm trying to figure out how to get myself out of this rut. 
Since I haven't yet convinced myself to eat more vegetables and fruits, the next best thing for me has been meal replacement shakes. I've been doing this for breakfast or lunch and it's easier now with the new protein shake place in town called Cheers. It actually fills me up! I've been trying to roast more vegetables too since this is my preferred way to eat them. I've also been buying sparkling water. I crave carbonation, which is why I drink so much pop. These are just tiny little baby steps to get myself in the right direction and be realistic. Any tips on eating healthier and smaller portions?
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[Gaiam studio to street harem pants c/o Kohl's, tank and sports bra from Lululemon, shoes by Nike, aviators c/o Shade Station, leather jacket from Zara]

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Retail Therapy

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Sometimes I get in these sweatshirt and leggings ruts and all it takes is a fresh pair of ankle length draped pants and an interesting top to help me reimagine my entire wardrobe. I paired these two pieces together, but I can't help but daydream the million other ways I can style each separately. I picked these up from Retail Therapy, a local boutique, owned by Celeste, the most stylish woman in Lansing and co-hosted a spring styling event along with her last night. Naturally, instead of helping my friends shop, I found jeans and a dress for myself.
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[La Stampa top and Stella Carakasi pants (similar) c/o Retail Therapy, Steve Madden heels c/o Lulu*s, bag by BCBG]
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Photos by mom

Monday, May 18, 2015

POP

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Just another work from home day look, which feels more like pajamas, but looks fancier with the pink pumps. I added the heels for my boring errands outside my apartment and realized I could perhaps get away with wearing joggers every day of my life, even dressed up, with the right shoe. I was at a conference in Cleveland last week so I packed these and the green pair I just scooped up. I just hate being cold and uncomfortable at conferences, so while everyone else rocked dress pants and blazers, I wore joggers and leather jackets with heels.
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[Rayban aviators c/o Shade Station, pants c/o Athleta, jacket from Zara, silver pearls crystal statement necklace c/o Happiness Boutique, ring and bracelet c/o Bling Jewelry, heels c/o Lulu*s]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

James & a few patio updates

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I live in a quiet neighborhood and my apartment complex is low key with lots of trees and outdoor space that I haven't quite taken advantage of in the last two summers here. It's looked like this the last year or so.
This summer, I vowed to spruce it up which included sanding and repainting the rusted out patio table, replacing the tired old plastic chairs with new wooden ones and research on what plants can take direct sun all day. It's a work in progress, but I've found some good deals along the way ($20 outdoor rug from World Market and solar lights on sale at Target.) I'm still looking for more plants and Kyle is starting to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and jalapenos up here. But most importantly, James loves it. We keep the door open so he can wander in and out. I'll do another, better post of just the patio since I keep finding more things to finish it!
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Charmed

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It's finally heating up in the midwest and to be honest, it was too hot to wear this damn cardigan, but I survived half the day in it working in it and forcing my old co-worker Hannah to go to the protein shake place in town. I've been struggling with winter weight and just trying to find ANYTHING that will fit me, but not make me sweat to death so these jean shorts and a tank spruced up with accessories and a too-hot cardigan made the most sense for me.
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[long charm necklace c/o Wren and Glory, tank c/o Aeropostale, cardigan from Forever 21, jean shorts from Levi's, sandals c/o Naturalizer, sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop, bracelet c/o Bling Jewelry]
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Photos by Liz Vartoogian

Friday, May 8, 2015

Johnston & Murphy Shoe Giveaway!

Happy Friday! Johnston & Murphy are offering a pair of Bree slip ons to one lucky reader who wins this giveaway! I have a pair of these slip ons in black and I love the perforated leather, one inch wedge and cushion, SO COZY! 
To enter for a chance to win, simply comment here with your email and let me know if you like them in gold or black! To submit a second or third entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. The giveaway closes on Sunday, May 24 at 9 p.m. EST. Good luck!
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