Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from Bat Dog!

James says "Happy Halloween!"
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chasing the Sun

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I call this look "chasing the sun" since that's what we literally did. We drove to find some last bit of sunshine to get that cool sunshiny shot. Didn't quite work, but it was a fun attempt while we were on our way to the grocery store for worcester sauce.
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[Temple Dress c/o PB&J Boutique, shoes from ShoeMint, hat by Free People, Chrysoprase Stone Initial Necklace c/o JES Design Studio, sunglasses c/o Sunglass Warehouse]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ready Set Go

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I was super pumped for a quick trip to Chicago last weekend to check out Merl's new studio for Clyde's Rebirth (and for Sit Kip Productions) and attend the very first custom essential oils fragrance workshop. I feel like I have a lot on my plate right now, which of course, is my own fault. Grad school is tedious, planning my ten year reunion is frustrating and exhausting and I'm feeling more cynical and quick-tempered than I normally am. I needed to feel re-energized and visiting my creative friends in Chicago make feel happy. Really happy. The workshop was absolutely amazing and Jenny of the Collective who led the workshop was genuine and really knew her shit when it came to essential oils. I also got to see Karyn's new store, Market Supply, just down the road from Merl's studio. Just a lot of inspiration in a short amount of time.
For a too-early-for-merl breakfast with Merl and the drive back to my hometown to visit my mom, I packed myself a Canadian Tuxedo, naturally. I paired it with a hat to hide my hair and a pair of clogs. Real simple and real comfortable.
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[Brady Distress Denim Shirt and Bed Stu Clogs c/o PB&J Boutique, jeans by J Brand, hat from Urban Outfitters, glasses c/o Firmoo]
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Photos by mom

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fitness Friday: Sweater Weather

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I've been working butt on (not off, I'm trying to build this booty up, not lose what little I have) this fall and cooler temperatures and overeating this week led me to wear this Cozy Orange sweater for Pure Barre and a day of indulging in corned beef hash and pancakes and movie theater popcorn. Something about this time of year has me craving pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin donuts, cider, cream-based soups, mac and cheese and chips..chips for some reason. I love how motivated I've been the last three months with my workout routine and schedule. I've been dedicated and excited, but I'm trying to find that self control and motivation with my food choices. 
New goals this fall/winter: maintain workout schedule of 6 days a week, get back to tracking my food on MyFitnessPal and developing a stronger buddy system to hold me accountable. I competed in a challenge in September with a friend and it was incredibly motivating. I need to do that again and my goal is to make more friends in these classes so I have a stronger network of people who have similar interests and goals. What are your fitness goals this time of year?
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lust List: Navy + Grey

It's all about comfort for me this fall/winter in tones of navy and grey. I've been on the hunt for pointy toed booties, boyfriend coats and sneakers (for workouts, but also to transition to day to day outfits.) What's on top of your list this fall/winter?
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1. Pink Check Boyfriend Coat, $110
2. Quilted Crop Sweater, $75
3. Charcoal Motto Jean, $68
4. High Heeled Patent Bootie, $79.90
5. Vienna Hat, $98.50
6. New Balance 620 Sneakers, $79.95

Monday, October 20, 2014

Changing Leaves

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Now that my neighborhood is in full fall mode and the temperature is right, it was time to but out the clearance camel sweater. I made a list this fall of some of the items I needed to replace in my closet or stock up on and the top of that list was oversized sweaters. Naturally, all the ones I pined over were hundreds of dollars so I clearance shopped and found everything I was looking for at ridiculously cheap prices. This sweater was $7. Score. I piled on the sweater, boyfriend jeans and my new Black Crystals necklace for a neutral, cozy look for a day of working from home, coffee dates and dog walks.
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[sweater from Kohl's, jeans by BDG, mules c/o Lulu*s, coconut stick bar necklace c/o Black Crystals (15% off code: bedhead), sunglasses c/o Sunglass Warehouse, bag by Louis Vuitton]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein, James photos by yours truly

Friday, October 17, 2014

Couture for a Cure

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As mentioned in Wednesday's post, I spent an evening last week in Grand Rapids for Couture For a Cure, an annual fashion show presented by the Van Andel Institute where proceeds benefit children with rare diseases. One word describes it: fabulous. I particularly enjoyed the food, Artistry makeup artists, observing the well dressed women and hearing Carol Van Andel speak about the purpose of the event. I'm usually cynical about anything and everything, and this was just such a beautiful event with a purpose, which Carol Van Andel expressed so articulately. I couldn't help but be inspired.
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This lovely lady cascading down the runway is Blair of Love, Blair, a blogger I obsess over, she's such a beauty!
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I ate so many treats, especially the cream puffs. Oh the cream puffs.
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Liz got a little makeover at the Artistry table.
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Photos by Van Andel Institute, except photo of Liz. More photos here!