Have you guys ever heard of HauteLook? It's a free, members-only site owned by Nordstrom that offers designer products up to 75% off! I'm collaborating with them today to style up one of their items I scored (this amazing Levi's jacket) and to showcase a few of my favorite product picks currently on the site. This Levi's jacket has been a staple for me this winter already! It was over $200 originally, and I got it for $75! Major score. You can sign up here to find out about their latest sale events on the best fashion, home, and beauty brands.
A few of my favorite products right now on HauteLook are these brown short boots, black Betsy Johnson tote, orange striped sweater and this pendant necklace. Be sure to head over and check it out! I love scrolling through every day to check out their newest brands and sale events. Also, sorry about the semi-blurry photos! Insane fog, no sunshine, tripod, no remote, no Eric = blurry, stressed Tieka. Haha! Is it spring yet? ;)
Levi's 4-Pocket Parka ℅ HauteLook
Forever21 sweater (similar)
Mustard Retro Camera Bag ℅ Lalamagic
Artist Demi Boot in Black/Purple ℅ Wolverine 1000 Mile
Last weekend, we headed up to Rockford to cut down our christmas tree at Hart Christmas Tree Farm! Eric and I came here last year to get a wreath, but it was so much colder so we ended up getting our tree at the farmers market. But this year it was super nice outside! We had a light blanket of snow left on the ground from our Thanksgiving blizzard, but most of it had melted and the sun was quite warm! I felt totally fine in my denim jacket. We headed out with two of our best friends, Kate & Mehre, to chop down a tree!
I was so excited when Hannah of The Braided Bandit reached out to me about styling up an item from her Etsy shop. She recently left her full-time job to focus on her vintage shop, and it was well worth it! Her shop is full of adorable items, and all things she personally loves herself… and it's so well curated. I spotted several things I'd love to have styled up, but this dress totally popped out to me. I love the black/red plaid and the long sleeves and buttons were perfect! Especially for winter. Be sure to head over to her shop and check it out! I'm also obsessed with this floral babydoll dress.
We got our tree back to the city successfully, and now our apartment smells like a pine heaven and feels so cozy! We put up all of our lights and decorations and I love it. I've been watching ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas" non-stop too. So far I've watched Scrooged (one of my absolute favorites), The Santa Clause, and While You Were Sleeping. I have so many more on my list though… Grumpy Old Men, The Holiday, Serendipity, Holiday Inn, The Family Man, the list goes on. Yes, I'm a chick flick nerd. ;)
Do you have any traditions when it comes to your Christmas tree? I've cut down my own for several years now! I really can't imagine it any other way, but I'm also a little envious of the adorable white/pink trees I keep seeing on Instagram. Everyone has such great decorating ideas! I'm especially in love with a tree I saw that was green, with craft-paper ornaments and white twinkle lights. Totally simple. Our tree this year has multi-colored lights with every decoration we had in our holiday box. It's a packed tree! I'll share some photos soon. :)
I really hope our snow comes back! It was in the 50s today and rainy. Gross. December is the only month I care to have snow… so yeah, c'mon Michigan! We have my company holiday party this weekend, which I'm looking forward to. Next weekend, I'm hoping to take a trip to Frankenmuth to visit the world's largest Christmas store, eat a traditional chicken dinner and do a little shopping at Birch Run! I loooove that little town. I'm really excited for a holiday-themed day of adventure. I miss taking little day/weekend trips!
Plaid dress ℅ The Braided Bandit
Gold Tree Pendant ℅ Outfit Additions
Old Navy boots (similar)
Well, that was a much-needed four day weekend! I loved every second. On Wednesday night, I got Eric and I tickets to go see one of his favorites, John Mayer. We found out his sister and brother were going with their spouses, so we all car-pooled together downtown! It was super fun. JM isn't my favorite personally (sorry fans!) but I really did enjoy it. Thursday, we went to my Mom's house for Thanksgiving. It was so delicious, and relaxing! We had some insane blizzards though. It was nuts. It looked like a pure winter wonderland outside. Now it's all melted and semi-warm outside. Ah, Michigan.
For Black Friday, we went out to brave some of the shopping crowds. We didn't even end up buying anything on sale - ugh. I did pick up this cardigan from Forever21 though. I'm trying to scheme up ways to get through the winter on this blog… and I've decided the only way is through huge blanket-like cardigans, scarves, leggings, knee-high socks and boots. Tons, and tons, and tons of layers. I'll just look like the Michelin man in all of my photos. It's cool.
We also went to see Catching Fire on Friday. I really enjoyed it! Friday night, we met up with some friends for drinks at the most festive dive bar in town. Saturday, we literally sat around the apartment all day long finishing the Breaking Bad series. Oh my gosh. Seriously, what a show. So damn good. Sunday, we went and cut our tree down (post coming soon), decorated for Christmas and celebrated Thanksgiving with Eric's family during the evening. It was a great, busy weekend. I love this time of year! And now our apartment smells like heaven from our tree, and feels so cozy with the lights.
My sweet boyfriend has decided to grow out his hair and beard… so he's full on mountain man right now. Anytime I lean in for a kiss, I get a mustache. And I die anytime he eats something specific. Like when I made cinnamon rolls on Saturday, and the icing was just stuck in his beard. Oh, Eric. I really do love you. ;)
Forever21 dress (similar)
Forever21 belt (similar)
Antique Gold Bird Skull Necklace ℅ Accessory Fanatic
Ruche socks (similar)
Regal Boots ℅ Wanted
November has been a great (and busy!) month. I had a lot of fun plans, which was awesome. Especially because I got to spend all of them with amazing people. Productivity-wise, I wasn't quite there this month. I didn't do half the blog posts I was supposed to do (darn daylight savings ending) and so that means I need to work a little bit harder in December to get where I want to be. But! I can't complain about good memories with friends and family this month though. Nothing beats that, right?
- I did a month-long collaboration in styling outfits with Frances Jaye!
- I hosted an amazing weekend with local bloggers and Maurices right here in GR.
- Eric joined me for a holiday style post; I love him entirely too much.
- I celebrated three-years at my job with this gal. I'm so thankful to have my career.
- We spent a night with Samantha Pleet! Talk about a dream, right?
- I hosted a holiday event at Frances Jaye!
- We said goodbye to autumn with lots of snow…
- We hosted a huge Friendsgiving celebration at our apartment.
- And we celebrated Thanksgiving with family, and snow flurries! Ah!
In November, I did great with finances paying off a credit card, and starting a savings account for a house down-payment. I want to continue building on our savings in December, going through the apartment and organizing before the new year, to finish reading a book, to get completely ready to start kicking butt on goals for the new year. I know it's so cliche to rely on starting big goals as new year's resolutions… but I've had huge success with it in the past, so I know it just works for me. It just feels like a legitimate fresh start for whatever corny reason. I'm so ready for the new year to begin! But in the meantime, I'm excited to enjoy the holidays this month. I really do love this time of year.
To go along with my autumn post, instead of posting a recap of my favorite past winter outfits… I thought I'd do a roundup of favorite photos from past winters. If you're only interested in outfits, you can read all of my winter tagged posts. Winter isn't my favorite season, I will admit. But I will also admit, it can be so beautiful. It's really challenging to run a personal style blog this time of year, especially if you don't want to show the same coat a hundred times, and you also want to take photos outside. I've been feeling a bit uninspired so far this year to actually get out and take photos in the cold, but rounding up these photos inspired me a bit! Enjoy the winter inspiration! xo
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Last weekend, I hosted a Friendsgiving! We had 16 people total, and a full apartment! I absolutely loved it. I really enjoy hosting people and entertaining, especially for great friends. I was lucky to have a large enough dining room table to seat that many people! And, I made my very first turkey! Anyway, let's start from the beginning. In the morning, we took Winny to the dog park so she could burn some energy and not attack our guests when they came over. We got back home and I got started majorly cleaning and starting to cook the turkey!
I had thawed the turkey all night, and had to have it sitting out at room temperature for two hours. I definitely learned a few lessons cooking my first turkey. There was maybe only 10-12 "F's!" shouted, and only major teary meltdown. I followed a Martha Stewart recipe, Herb-Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy. I made this butter herb rub, and it said to gently loosen turkey skin and rub butter underneath. Yep, I definitely cried. It's not like handling a chicken breast! I couldn't figure out how to lift up the skin, and finally I cut it with a knife so I could put the butter underneath. I was honestly in full panic mode in the kitchen, sleeves rolled up, calling out for Eric to help. He definitely stood in the dining room hiding out. Haha! But, I did it! I had to rotate the pan and baste it every half hour for almost three hours… but it turned out so good. I'd definitely do that recipe again!
I was only in charge of the turkey and gravy, so thank goodness for that. Everyone else brought a dish to pass! We had mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, rolls, homemade stuffing, corn casserole, and so many great appetizers. Plus, Eric made us a caramel pumpkin cheesecake. It was really good! It was so fun to sit, enjoy dinner and hang out with friends. Per tradition, we all went around the table and said what we're thankful for. It's always my favorite part of the dinner. I said that I am thankful for the good friends I have, my family, my career, my blog and the success I've had and the connections I've made through all of you, Winny pup, and of course, Eric. I'm a lucky lady.
My outfit definitely turned out more Christmas than Thanksgiving! I should have brought out my burnt orange while I still could, but I love this dress and really wanted to wear it. I've been way more into the Christmas spirit than normal this year. I've already started working on my holiday playlist on Spotify, and majorly thinking about Christmas gifts. Usually I wait until a week before Christmas! I think it's all of the snow on the ground. It's cold outside, but I'm honestly loving this weather. For being a true summer/autumn girl at heart, winter is pretty okay with me right now. I love how it makes being home feel so cozy!
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? We got really lucky this year because we only have to go to one place this year - my Mom's house! And her Thanksgiving meal is my absolute favorite, so I'm especially excited. No offense to other meals, I'm just a momma's girl at heart when it comes to homemade cooking. We're getting together with Eric's family on Sunday, and my dad's side after they get back from traveling. Thanksgiving is usually the most hectic holiday and we try to accomplish three places in one day and it's always so stressful. So I'm excited we get to relax this year!
Thank you to Laura for some of these pictures!
Audrey Dress ℅ Onze Boutique
Gap tights (similar)
Forever21 necklace (similar)
Fudge from the Fair Flat in Caramel ℅ ModCloth
A couple of weekends ago, Eric and I headed to downtown Holland to do a little shopping, visit Frances Jaye and stroll around. We grabbed drinks and some farm frites (sounds so much fancier than fries ;)) at Butch's Dry Dock and some sweets at the Holland Peanut Store. I love downtown Holland. It's just so quaint! This day was pretty much the last warm one we've had. Since then, it's been freezing and now it looks like a winter wonderland outside!
I'm having the post-autumn, pre-holiday blahs right now. I don't know what's up really! All I want to do on the weekends is laze around in my pajamas, nap, and put off all of my to-do's. I've just been feeling uninspired lately. I thought maybe a new haircut would help, but that didn't really do the trick. It's a lot shorter now! I'll post pictures soon. But, I think I'm just looking forward to a refreshing four-day weekend, Thanksgiving with family and decorating our apartment for Christmas. I'm sure that'll be a good pick-me-up.
I've been dressing pretty casual lately, a lot of denim, chunky sweaters, cozy socks and boots. I need to figure out more stylish ways to stay warm this winter though, otherwise I'm going to get burnt out on running this blog! It's always so much harder in the winter months. But, in December, I have quite a few wintry posts planned, and per usual, I'm taking the last two weeks of the month off to do some recap posts and to relax before the new year begins!
RD Style Sweater
Levi's Hooded Parka (similar)
Burnt Orange and Gold Colorblocked Necklace ℅ Accessory Fanatic
Braided Flap Front Crossbody Bag ℅ Maurices
Samantha Pleet Arc Boots ℅ Wolverine 1000 Mile
Have you guys checked out ModCloth's Holiday Gift Guide yet? It's full of cute gift ideas! They have every category imaginable. As generic as guys/girls, as specific as geeky goods, cute critters, and quirky prezzies. I always pick up a few things for everyone on my list from ModCloth. When I was making the gift guide for girls I thought of things I might like, or my best friend, Jen, might like. Personally I love receiving pajamas. I'm a firm believer that nobody can have too many cozy pajamas, and I love this polka dot set. Plus a red polka dot top, a new jewelry box, a berry lip stain, a cute telescope necklace and some adorable fox flats I know Jen would love!
For guys things, I thought of things Eric loves. Music, The Walking Dead, photography (this 35mm camera would be fun!), a tote bag to carry his drumsticks/gear around in… and a beer at a BBQ with friends. This bacon beverage sleeve is awesome! I always pick up on little things people say throughout the year, and jot down notes in my phone so I can remember what to get them for Christmas. Eric mentioned earlier that he wants to start reading more, so what's a better read than a zombie survival book? And he's always complaining about not having music in the bathroom or the bedroom, so this little portable bluetooth speaker would be awesome for him to carry around the apartment. Plus, I just got him tickets for us to see John Mayer. Buying gifts for him is so much fun. Especially as he opens everything, and looks so happy. It's one of my favorite experiences ever!
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