Thursday, May 31, 2012

Music Fest Look!

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Once upon a time, I used to listen to post-hardcore music and spend my weekends at shows, watching boyfriends play their guitar and making new friends like my pal Tieka. Now, I'm 26 and while my weekends at shows and dating broke boys in bands have long passed, I still enjoy those same bands I loved five, 10+ years ago. Which is why, for nostalgic reasons, I bought tickets to Bledfest, a music festival where some of my favorite bands from back in the day played. 
I wanted to be comfortable for the hours of standing I was prepared for, but still a little bad ass to show those 15 year old's this lady still has it. Add a vintage Chanel bag and white shorts and I found myself a practical and fun outfit for the festival, a more grown up version of what I might have picked out to wear 10 years ago.
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[top from Urban Outfitters, shorts by Levi's, necklace c/o Natalie Joy, vintage shoes from Dear Golden, lavender beaded necklace c/o 31 Bits, vintage Chanel bag, ring c/o Courtney Kaye, glasses c/o Bonlook, leather bracelet c/o Brooklyn Bakery]
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So excited about my new iPhone case!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Living in Color

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I've been waiting for the perfect occasion to wear this dress and I found my chance a couple weekends ago when I spent an afternoon at an art fair followed by a big party my friends hosted. The party, really more an event, was the White Party hosted by some of my classy friends and I did my best to wear white and pull myself together for such an affair. The dress takes no effort, just pretty on its own, so I kept my accessories simple and added more color with the belt and clutch, a total rebel at the White Party.
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[Georgie dress c/o Lilly Pulitzer, Jeffrey Campbell wedges from Nasty Gal, clutch from American Apparel, vintage belt, Rayban aviators c/o Shades Daddy]
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Jimmie

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My friend, Jimmie, is a bit of a ham and if you think he looks familiar, it's probably because you've seen him on this blog a handful of times (on tour with them here or here for one of my favorite photos I took) and maybe that NERF commercial I hear about, but haven't seen for myself yet. He's a Nashville-based musician who on occasion makes his way back to the Midwest and when that happens, I have the pleasure of grabbing a beer with him and catching up on all of his shenanigans.
What I like about Jimmie's style is the lack of effort. He doesn't give one shit, yet he's always dressed stylishly. I'm always a fan of denim on denim and I'm certain this is his uniform back in Nashville. And he probably never washes it.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sponsored: GUESS Girl Style

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The Iconic GUESS Girl always represented, and still represents sexiness, confidence and a bit of vulnerability, a trifecta I believe we all try to achieve in some balance when we dress ourselves.  
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[Marilyn top c/o Guess, shorts by BDG, heels by Christian Louboutin, bag by Marc Jacobs, Rayban aviators c/o Shades Daddy, ring c/o Courtney Kaye, vintage necklace, leather bracelet by Hayden Harnett]
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I’ve been enamored with the GUESS ad campaigns for as long as I can remember. I love the playfulness and the natural beauty of the models and the simple sexiness the clothes bring out. It’s what we aspire to look and feel like. When I spot the girl, down the street or in the grocery store, I see her, not just GUESS and something sexy, yet approachable that both men and women find universally appealing.
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The challenge for myself when styling the Marilyn top, which is my favorite piece from the anniversary collection, was to portray this Iconic GUESS Girl style as I envision it with a modern twist. I styled the Marilyn top with a pair of hot pink shorts, black heels and understated accessories, which was fitting for a night out on the town last Friday.
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There are four more bloggers who participated in the challenge and you should definitely check them out! See below:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Colorful

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 I enjoy the occasional hair experiment and excitedly agreed to this blue-green hue for a photoshoot with a Detroit-based salon. They're going for a pastel green and they'll do something along the lines of smooth hair on top and frizzy curls at the bottom, which is why my hair is only partially straightened. The color will be out of my hair by tonight, sadly, but I'm trying to live life to the fullest before I return to normal color hair. I work in government and my hair has to be back to a more natural hue by the time I'm back at the office on Tuesday. And so in the interim, I'm making sure I'm taking photos, being out and about and feeling a little like a different person, which is a fun break from uptight blonde Andrea.
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[811 mid rise jeans in soft lilac c/o J Brand, tank from Brandy Melville, Landeria sandals c/o Blowfish, bag from American Apparel, ring c/o Courtney Kaye, watch from Fossil]
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Friday, May 18, 2012

PB&J Boutique's Poetic License/Seychelles Shoe Giveaway!

PB & J Boutique has another exciting giveaway for the readers this week! PB & J will be giving away your choice of the Poetic License Girl About Town heel or the Seychelles It Don't Mean a Thing wedge! To enter, please comment on which shoe you would select and why. For a second entry, like PB&J on Facebook! Giveaway ends on Wednesday, May 30 at 9 p.m. EST.
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And congrats to the ONA camera bag giveaway winner, Christi, the 183rd commenter!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Creamsicle

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I am not adequately prepared for this heat wave we've had this week! I reluctantly tried on some of my summer clothes, which not so surprisingly, do not fit, AH. Luckily, I have a closet of flowy dresses including this new one from PB&J boutique. In the mean time, I'm making more of an effort to work out and not consume hot cheetos and donuts for every meal. Wish me luck! 
Tell me, what's your favorite thing to do to workout? I'm thinking about busting out my old roller derby skates and skating on weekends and joining a couple fitness classes! I just need more creative ways to trick my mind into thinking I'm having fun while I burn off the calories!
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[Pleated Cupcake Dress c/o PB&J Boutique, vintage clutch from Knee Deep Vintage, necklace by Merl Kinzie, nylons c/o Philipe Matignon, heels c/o Nine West, sunglasses c/o Bonlook, watch from Fossil]
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Home

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I woke up bright and early on Mother's Day surprisingly hangover free from the bar crawl the night before and made a trip to the west side of Michigan to visit my mom and go horseback riding. In my family, it's not necessary to get dolled up for any holiday or occasion, so I wore almost all denim and an oversized shirt with ribs on it. I understand there are rules on how to wear denim and I said to hell with those rules and styled an outfit of denim cut offs with a vintage denim jacket. My mom thought I looked cute. That's all that matters.
We took my horse, Cissy, an old show horse and my mom's horse, Logan, across the street to the fairgrounds and through short trails. I haven't done that in years! I don't particularly enjoy nature, but it was relaxing to take a quick ride and catch up with my mama.
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[top from Brandi Melville, jean shorts by Levi's, thrifted CK jacket, green jacket from Urban Outfitters, hat by Nine West, Jeffrey Campbell boots c/o Lori's Shoes, watch by Fossil, skull ring by BCBG, gold ring borrowed from mom]
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Dapp Handmade Ipad Case Giveaway!

This week, there will be two winners who will receive a handmade iPad case like this FlightPad Paris Versailles below or the Flightpad Rio Ipanema, thanks to Dapp, a Michigan-based small business that creates handmade (and I must add, beautiful) iPad and Kindle cases. 
In the travel theme of these Dapp handmade cases, to enter, please comment and let us know the city that inspires you the most. For a second entry, like Dapp on Facebook and for a third entry, tweet the giveaway including the @GetDapp twitter handle. Please leave an additional comment for each entry. Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only and ends Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. EST. Good luck!
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Winner of the $75 Jupe Gift Card Giveaway is:
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Featured Blogger: Lulu Abroad

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She's beautiful, charming and with a sense of humor to boot--Flavia of Lulu Abroad is one Brazilian who's blog became an instant favorite of mine! I met her last summer at an event and I was captivated by her style and personality. Yeah, so I have a girl crush and thrilled to feature Flavia is my next Featured Blogger. Check out her blog, Lulu Abroad!
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Your blog covers everything from DIY to make-up how to’s to outfits—what is your biggest passion from all the topics you cover?

Well now I’m worried if I pick one the other will get mad!  This is going to sound cheesy but every single part of it is a big passion of mine. I dive deep into each creative process and putting it to action. It’s all very self-expressive. You know it’s serious when 24 hours is spent editing a two-minute long video. It’s like choosing between your two favorite pairs of shoes (I wanted say babies but I don’t have any). You can’t!

How long have you been blogging?

I moved to Chicago this past September and with the move came the courage to start a blog. The idea was maturing since 2009, but I was missing a good photographer. My husband was still in “training” (sorry honey, you’re brilliant now!).  As soon as I stopped relying on people and quit being so picky, Lulu Abroad was born. 
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What prompted you to start your blog?

Aside from having an outlet to express my passion and creativity, when you’re about to graduate and still unsure of what you want to be in life, starting a blog sounds comforting. It was a way to challenge myself. Could I commit to something so demanding for over a week? Turns out, I underestimated myself.  It’s been a little longer and I haven’t once thought of giving up.

How would you describe your style?

Sometimes I wonder if I have one. No, seriously. This sound silly for a personal style blogger, but it’s tough to self analyze. I grew up in Brazil where people aren’t afraid of colors, bold prints, oversized jewelry, crochet and embroidery. The local craftsmanship is rich and although very diverse as a whole, the local fashion has a strong bohemian appeal. And obviously that has great influence on the way I dress today

Do you blog full-time? If not, what other areas of interests or jobs are you involved in?

Blogging is a huge part of my life now. I’m lucky enough to work from home as a freelance writer, which gives me enough freedom to set up my own schedule and devote as much attention as I deliberate to Lulu Abroad. Recently I joined FARM RIO’s (kind of big deal Brazilian fashion label) editorial team contributing with fun articles for their website. And interests? I have had a crush on the entertainment industry since I was a little girl.
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What would be your dream job?

Will anyone hire me to be in the cast of Glee, please?

What designers/fellow bloggers/etc inspire you?

I’m a huge fan of Sheryl and John Petersik from Young House Love. They’re a probably the cutest couple around with the cutest baby and the craziest (good) home improvement skills. I talk about them as if they were friends “Sheryl spray painted the chairs again! “ My husband thinks it’s weird, he goes “Who?” Can’t blame him! 

Who are some of your favorite bands/music artists?

Does it surprise anyone Brazilian artists are among my favorites? Caetano Veloso, Tom Jobim, Marisa Monte, Paula Fernandes to name a few.  And I love me some English speaking Adele too.
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What’s the one must-have/favorite item in your closet?

It’s official! I can’t pick a single favorite thing from any category. But I’ve been known as the crazy sunglasses lady for a while now. It used to be bikinis, now it’s sunglasses. What’s next? Beach towels? I hope not. Nikita by Tom Ford (fierce cat eye shaped shades in turtle shell) was the most recent addition to my growing sunglasses collection.

You have such a fairy-tale love story. Share it for the readers!

(Blushing). In 2005 I was a tourist from Brazil at Disney World. He was a college program intern.  We met across from the little mermaid ride but soon after went our separate ways back to Brazil and Indiana. We fell deeply in love (long distance) and were very grateful for social media. I moved to the US (crazy but right) and later he popped the question (again, crazy but right). We got married in 2010 and our first dance was an instrumental version of “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. So right!
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Check out Lulu Abroad!