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Andrea

steps to the capitol

I wandered about the capitol yesterday with my friend Becky. Our capitol is so pretty and so we decided to snap some pictures on the steps. I’ll have to go there more in the future for outfit shots.

For this particular outfit, I was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Caroline. As much I’d like to drop $300 on the pair of Ian sweatpants that are either the same or very similar to hers, I just couldn’t fathom spending that much on sweatpants and have been since searching for a less expensive alternative, which I found at American Apparel for $38. I feel as if this outfit is somewhat a dichotomy and that’s why I like it so much. 

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[pants by american apparel, top by banana republic, leather jacket by gap, purse by bcbg, wedges by aldo]
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Photos by Becky Johns

Team shot of Lansing Derby Vixens at Impression 5 Science Center, thanks to my friend and awesome photog, Luke Pline!
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Outfits, Uncategorized

breton stripes

Jessica of What I Wore issued a challenge last week to fellow bloggers to sport breton stripes and announced today as unofficially Breton Stripe Day. I’m obsessed with anything striped and I of course participated along with one of my blogger besties Kim of Crowded Closet.

It has been so chilly in Michigan that this thin sweater is absolutely perfect and quite versatile. I can wear it with shorts once it actually gets warm again. for now wearing the sweater with boots and a hat is perfect for a typical day in May in this state. Click here for Jessica’s post with several of us blogger ladies!

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[top by bdg, pants by bdg, boots by steve madden, bag by marc by marc jacobs]
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I love these little anchor buttons!
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I hope it gets warm soon so I can start enjoying summertime! In lieu of summer classes, I’ve decided I have enough on my plate with a summer filled with photographing weddings, roller derby and of course, my fabulous day job. I think it will take me forever to finish my masters, but I’m not in any real rush and I’m tired of being overly busy. Phew! I feel so much better now that I’ve made this decision!
Outfits, Uncategorized

alison

I was privileged this weekend to entertain a guest by the name of Alison this weekend. We worked together at a small, hick-ish grocery store throughout high school and she’s always been someone who makes me laugh uncontrollably. Most notably in high school while working, we stuffed her into one of a trash bin that one may think no grown human being could fit into, but Ali being somewhat a contortionist, was able to squeeze into one. From there, I would go tell managers on duty that “there’s something wrong with the garbage door, can you please check it?” And they would stick their hand into the open and Ali would grab onto their hand. I bet you every single one of the people we convinced to “help with the trash bin” pooped themselves after that. 


Anyways, Ali came to visit and to shop for the perfect outfit for her engagement session at the end of the month. A group of us are heading to Cedar Point and she and her fiance Tim are getting their photos done at the actual amusement park. So fitting for this couple. Well, Ali was able to find an adorable dress and pair of nude wedges and as we shopped, I pulled her aside to photograph her because she’s just too dang cute.

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[tank by op, jeans by rampage, shoes + cardi by charlotte russe, hat by bdg, necklace made by ali]
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Inspiration, Uncategorized

don’t mesh with me

I took a half day at work yesterday so I could drive to Pontiac (near Detroit) to visit my friend Jimmie and photograph his band, Every Avenue. They were on tour with Never Shout Never, Hey Monday, the Cab, and the Summer Set. I didn’t know any of these bands, but I met a lot of them and they were so sweet and nice–no wonder the little ladies at the show love them. As classy as Jimmie and his bandmates are, we made a quick trip to a sketch liquor store and then I wandered around the Crofoot and explored. The venue is pretty sweet and I think my photos turned out pretty nicely when other people’s flashes weren’t destroying my photos (grr!)

I wore this mesh tank tank with a jacket to the show. I always get overheated at shows and when I photograph anything, I sweat profusely. I took the necessary precautions and remembered to wear deoderant (an all too common thing I forget to use.) The tank was airy and I bought this striped bandeau top to go underneath. I think I’ll wear this again to some festivals this summer with shorts!

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[tank by f21, bandeau by american apparel, pants by bdg, wedges by jeffrey campbell]
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Some photos from the show:

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I cut off his feet in this, oops sorry dude!
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[jeans courtesy of hurley and button up from urban outfitters]

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I wanted to get more candid shots before the show but the basement room they were in was ugly as shit and of course contained no windows and had absolutely horrible lighting. Needless to say I wasn’t feeling so inspired. More photos here
Outfits, Uncategorized

out and about in east lansing

I think I might be having the most fun year ever. Because of blogging and my burgeoning interest in making better attempts at making friends and getting more involved in the community, I’ve been instantly bonding with new people. I love it. I have some friends like Kim of Crowded Closet I can always confide in and even though she’s hundreds of miles away, she’s been someone I can rely on. My friend Sarah who combined with her dancing skills, fiery personality and protectiveness (think creeper who comes up to me and caresses my hair without saying anything and sarah instinctively batting his hand away and yelling “DON’T TOUCH!”) makes her the coolest person ever and is such a riot. And just meeting Becky, who has been helping me with photos for the blog and I literally just met two weeks ago, I already feel like we’ve been friends forever! I don’t even know where to start with the derby girls. I feel like the little sister that gets to tagalong with the older sisters and their cool friends.

I just picked up this moto style jacket made of sweatshirt material. It’s comfy, but still has the look of a bad ass jacket. Or at least I think so. This black tee has been in several of my posts. I can’t get enough of it. The tees I have by Alexander Wang are my absolute favorite and are so versatile. I picked up these shorts in Philly and this was the first time I wore them. I liked that they were a little big and loose. I didn’t notice the bit of glitter that’s on the back pocket until after I purchased them though. I’m hoping that washes off eventually.



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I launched off the bench and I got some mad air. Too bad the support in the boots is not existent, ouch ouch!
Photo by Becky Johns
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[Sweatshirt jacket by silence+noise, black tee by t by alexander wang, shorts by h&m, boots by miss me, handbag by marc by marc jacobs]
Photos by Becky Johns

Better late than never..Here are a few photos I took from the Seawolf show last Tuesday. For the past three years, I’ve loved this band and I finally got to see them play live. They sounded so good live!

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Tomorrow I get to see my friend Jimmie and his band Every Avenue play in Detroit and photograph them. I’m heading out there early to chill with them and take some candid shots. I feel as if I’m fulfilling every tween/teen girl’s fantasy. I’ll post those soon!
Outfits, Uncategorized