Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Visit to Owosso

I challenged myself last year to visit more towns around Lansing and around Michigan--I haven't followed through on that so well, but when I'm questioning whether or not I should drive 40 minutes to really just grab coffee, I remind myself it's a new experience and that I can plan more fun activities around the visit. I used to visit Owosso more regularly in my early 20's when my then-boss lady performed in plays at their community theater. I went to the same place for dinner and didn't explore more beyond that.
Once Foster Coffee opened (and I saw all the cool shit my friend Melissa who blogs at The Bee's Knees was doing in her town), I headed out there and every single person at the shop was so incredibly nice and genuine. And they've recommended a handful of restaurants and other cool places to check out. So I finally checked out Birch & Elm boutique and Lula's for cajun and creole food. That place did not disappoint. I ordered the chicken puffy pie and the puff pastry, chicken and filling was so. damn. good. It was a wonderful afternoon in Owosso!
[jeans by Levi's, striped crop top by Madewell, hat by Lululemon, similar brown leather backpacks]

Monday, July 18, 2016


This dress was in the storefront display at the SHUDIO when I first spotted it. Merl let me take it back to her apartment to try on when I was last in Chicago and it fit perfectly. It ties up the back, which is a cute detail, and also helps create an even more flattering silhouette that my hips appreciate. I styled it super 90s with the chunky boot and velvet choker, my go-to look lately.
The last couple weekends of mine have been lazy and laid-back. I love a plan-less weekend and really the only plans I had was dinner with my friend Liz where I sported this look for some Italian dinner, frozen yogurt and scooping up that 7 for $27 underwear deal at VS.
[dress from the SHUDIO, boots from Lori's Shoes, velvet choker by Vanessa Mooney, bag by Givenchy (similar black cross body bags by Botkier)]

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Striped Maxi

No matter how many striped dresses I own, I can easily justify why I need another this maxi! I have a couple striped maxi's, but this one is a tank version with no slits! I lived in this maxi last weekend. We had like a three minute long storm that tore through my neighborhood, bringing down trees which subsequently led down power lines, parts of the rental house torn off the building...and no power. I tried to make the most of it and get out and about in my neighborhood, visiting Retail Therapy, checking out the new coffee shop, Bloom and taking James on walks. I rely too much on Netflix for my life's entertainment.
[LNA maxi dress from Retail Therapy, similar hats by Brixton, shoes from Lori's Shoes, watch c/o Obaku]
Photos by Ashley Howard

Monday, July 11, 2016

Off the Shoulder

All about bodysuits this summer, a trend I was obsessed with as a child. The same goes for off the shoulder. My absolute favorite top was a white ruffly off the shoulder number I wore with a velvet choker in my second or third grade school photo. So. Stylish. And I was real into bodysuits in fourth grade, so I'm paying homage to my childhood style, it took them a while to circle back but they're here. 
We had a week long music festival in Lansing last week so this was my basic uniform. Something stylish and fuss free. I wore my hair pin straight like this too and if you can believe it, none of my profuse sweating fucked with my straight hair. I went to the Standard in Old Town and got the Brazilian blow out, mostly out of curiosity to see how my hair would fair and the fact that I would be frizz free for 10 weeks or so also sealed the deal. My hair is a mess in heat and humidity.
[bodysuit c/o Boohoo (shop more bodysuits here by Boohoo!), wedge sandals c/o PB&J Boutique, rings and necklaces by Katie Dean Jewelry]
*Also, I've been writing stories for MODE, and especially loving this one on new candle lines to check out!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Shorts for Shorties

I'm almost 5'4" and while I've finally accepted that I'm never going to sprout a few more inches taller and elongate my legs..I try to find styling tricks that give me a tall, lean look I want to sport in the summer. I'm pear shaped so I love billowy tops that give me a little more shoulder, a higher waist on a shorter short! Voila! I partnered with Meijer to share how I style shorts for my body along with two other bloggers who provide really great insights on styling shorts if you're tall and if you're rocking a curvy bod. Check out the post on Meijer Style!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Black and Jean

I was as off the grid as I could be this 4th of July weekend. I stowed away my laptop, kept my phone at a healthy distance and even attempted to enjoy nature, thanks to kayaking. I survived with little technology and didn't have much plans, which is pretty much the best way I could spend this holiday. I've been out of town almost every weekend for the last couple months and traveling for work that I was more than happy to slow it down and stay home. I would like to get up north a few more times this summer though--nothing is prettier than northern Michigan.
I've been wearing this jeans + tank combo on repeat since the weather cooled from the 90's last week. I've honestly been too lazy to style anything and I feel the most comfortable in the tried and true combination of jeans, black and a bit of leather.
[721 high rise jeans by Levi's, tank from Forever 21, Rayban Icons mirrored sunglasses, clutch by CHC, choker c/o 4th Street Boutique, rings by Katie Dean Jewelry, watch c/o Obaku]
Photos by Ashley Howard