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I met and instantly bonded with the girls of Crowded Closet when I went to NYC and booked a trip to Philly to visit Kim not long after returning home from the Chictopia conference.

I arrived to Philly last night and Kim and her boyfriend, Brian (who is the coolest person ever and they are such an awesome couple) picked me up from the airport and then showed me around town. Here are just a few photos!

City Hall!
We ate at Pat’s so I could eat my first cheesesteak! What a great way to start my weekend here. Soooo good!

Featured on!

I love reading Glamour and I’ve witnessed some fabulous style and fabulous ladies featured on the Slaves to Fashion blog on I finally worked up the courage to submit something and Kim brought it to my attention that I was featured as a best dressed reader! I am beyond ecstatic! I saw that a few of my readers left such sweet comments and I’m so appreciative of your comments and love.

My first guest blog post was published this week as well on Capital Gains, an area e-magazine that I freelance for occasionally. It’s a sweet publication that focuses on job growth, innovation and economic growth in the region. The editor heard about my blog and asked if I would be willing to do a three part series as a guest blogger. Of course I said yes! And I received so many positive emails from friends and people in the community. I’m so thankful that the community I live in is so supportive. My face hurts from smiling so much yesterday πŸ™‚

glamour feature

Link to my blog post on Capital Gains!

prison stripes

I leave for Philadelphia this Thursday! I have so much to get done at work and at home before then! Ah! I’ll be in Philadelphia from Thursday until Sunday. Kim of Crowded Closet and I both didn’t realize it was Easter weekend so I get to spend the holiday weekend and part of Sunday with her! But basically that day will be spent traveling back to Lansing, Mich. How exciting. But the weekend should be a blast! Kim has been building up my excitement to visit by suggesting fun things to do and places to go! Restaurants, museums, shops, etc! I have a feeling I’m going to LOVE it there. And I’ll be taking a ton of photos to share πŸ™‚

I’ve been rolling up the sleeves of my leather jackets lately. I love this look and just discovered I could unzip my sleeves and do something similar with my jackets. Plus, it’s warmer out and I want to keep the bad a look so rolling up the sleeves is the perfect alternative to wearing lighter coats or sweaters.
[tights by american apparel, jacket by gap, dress by silence + noise]

Some of these were right outside my apartment building near the garage door. I kept running away and hiding when I saw headlights. I’m certain they saw me take off in heels and hide. During the day I feel less self conscious about it, but at night while using a flash–I just feel more exposed. I need to get over it.
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with your wicked blood and curls

I love the band Seawolf. Someone suggested that band on a blog 2-3 years ago and liking the name of the band, I decided to check them out. Very rarely do I like virtually every song released by a band or artist and in this case, I love all of theirs. I finally get to see them play in Grand Rapids, Mich. this month! Check them out!

Haley came over to my apartment today to watch the MSU vs Tennessee basketball game while we worked on homework/editing photos. I don’t normally care about athletics at all, but I decided to support my alma mater and watch an intense game. And we won! Final four!

I wore this earlier in the week. I’ve been on the search of a striped shirt just like this for awhile and spotted this at Forever 21 for $12.90. YES. I’ve been wanting to dress these tapered pants down and when I spotted the striped top and faux leather vest, I pictured it going with these pants.
[pants by bcbg, top by f21, vest by f 21, wedges by aldo]
Funny story: My friend Tom went to Buffalo to see Ryan Miller, of 2010 olympic fame (starting goalie for the U.S. team) and goalie for the Buffalo team. He trained him a couple times in the past and went to go see him play with another personal trainer. After church I received a text with a message from Tom letting me know he pooped at Ryan Miller’s house. I told him I was impressed. I really am.
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wolf like me

I hung out with some other public relations young professionals after work today which was a ton of fun. It’s a new group that got started with the Central Michigan Public Relations Society of America chapter to get young people in PR together to just talk over food and drinks and try out different restaurants and venues in the area. It’s smaller scale than the other networking groups I’m involved in and I think the first meeting was a success!

I need to make more friends in this industry though. Or maybe just in general. I’m the type of person who is still best friends with people from elementary school and feel like I’m content with who I have in my life, but I need to let more people in. My friend Tom and I discussed this today. He compared his friends with the show Seinfeld with him as Jerry, me as Elaine and his two roommates filling the other two roles and how he was content with us filling those main friendship roles. I’m so thankful for the friends I have. I really do have some awesome people in my life who aren’t afraid of tough love ie “Andrea, that’s a stupid decision. Don’t do that.” Which I appreciate. My friends are funny and so out there. One of my best friends, Courtney is a five foot tall, 100 pound pistol who tells me like it is and I know she would attack anyone who did me wrong. She’s been one of my best friends for the last 15 years. I miss her constantly and wish Chicago was closer to me. Tom is probably my most honest, but protective friend and I’m so glad I can have such a fab platonic friendship with a member of the opposite sex. I usually rely on Court and Tom for advice. Haley who I’ve featured on here is also such a great person. I feel like I can’t gross her out and she’s so incredibly laidback and fun to be around. She’s the type of person to try anything and we have pretty much the same taste in music. We’re constantly fools dancing around and I feel not so old and uptight around her. Tieka has been a friend of mine since I was 19 and she’s just as disgusting as I am. We both grew up with mostly guy friends and we both have that kind of mentality where we don’t get caught up in drama. Us with our matching hairy legs–we’re a match made in friendship heaven. Blogging has helped me meet new people and make new friends though. I’ve been able to actually meet and make friends with girls I absolutely love like Kim and Melissa of Crowded Closet and go as far as book a trip to Philly to see them (next week!!)

So I really wanted a hat and although it’s tough to fit anything on top of my head with my hair, I bought this hat recently despite these struggles to keep a hat on my head.
[liquid leggings by rachel rachel roy, oxfords by aldo, hat by bdg, leather jacket by for joseph]

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