Shop My Closet!

April 18, 2014 by  
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Time for spring cleaning! Email me at if you're interested!
Diane von Furstenberg bag, $100 + shipping
Foley + Corinna bag, $40+ shipping
Kelsie Dagger platform heels size 8.5, $10 + shipping
Jeffrey Campbell wedges size 8, $25 + shipping
ShoeMint flats size 8.5, $7 + shipping
SOLD Rag + Bone jeans, size 27, $25 + shipping
J Brand velvet pants, size 28, $25 + shipping
BB Dakota leather leggings size 4, $35 + shipping

Check me out on MICHIGAN RADIO–Today!!

April 16, 2014 by  
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Hey everyone!! Don't miss me today on Stateside with Cynthia Canty, from Michigan Radio
a part of the NPR network. 

Stream it at 3 and 10 p.m. today, April 16th, here online:

I'll be talking with the show's host, Cynthia Canty, as well as Brenda Parker, PHD from the University of Illinois about trends in thrift, being eco-conscious, and also body image!

Tune in on the following radio stations to hear me:

91.7 Ann Arbor

91.1 Detroit

104.1 W. Michigan

Wearing Spring

April 16, 2014 by  
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It's that time in the year for me when I retire the crewneck sweatshirts and get back in touch with a more feminine side with floral prints, dresses and shaved legs. And last Saturday's spring outfit all started with the summery cardigan.
Nailah of the Office Armoire and I went shopping together at Kohl's to shop and style the same item for funzies. We have such different styles, but I appreciate and admire her polished looks and cool ass hair. We ended up choosing this great cardigan that I can't wait to style over tanks and shorts, but for this wear, I tossed it over a simple floral print dress and felt pretty polished. Check out how she styled her cardigan (will be up later today)!
[Pink Republic Crochet Cardigan and heels (last year) c/o Kohl's, hat by Nine West, dress from F21, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, initial cuff c/o Kristine Lily]
Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Can’t Wait For Warm Weather

April 15, 2014 by  
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Can't wait for warmer weather so I can wear these inspired by looks :)

Brunch Buffet Attire

April 14, 2014 by  
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I love a good buffet and by good, I really have no standards as long as there are ample choices of treats and bacon. I could spend the rest of my days enjoying meals at a Ponderosa or an Old Country Buffet, but yesterday called for a more upscale version at a local hotel restaurant.
I took a big risk by wearing this shirt out to the buffet and hallelujah, not a single stain. I plan on wearing this shirt again to work this week with leopard dress pants, but for a low key sunday, jeans, cap toe heels and a bright colored clutch was all I needed.
[Paper Dolls White Textured Top c/o Little Mistress, jeans by J Brand, Beige Jazzy Mid heels c/o LeBunny Bleu, aviators by Rayban, rings from Banana Republic, clutch c/o Shiraleah, bracelet c/o Favery]
Photos by Liz Vartoogian

Spring Workout Gear

April 12, 2014 by  
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Some people look at fit people on Pinterest to get re-motivated for fitness, but I find myself looking for colorful sports bras and these amazing mint colored shoes.

1. Hangout Pant, $49.95
2. Up Tempo Tie Dye Bra, $48
3. Autoseal Grace Water Bottle, $10.99
4. Colorblock sports socks, $6
5. Performance Capri Tight, $27.99
6. 501 Classic Run Shoes by New Balance, $65
7. Peace of Mind Cami, $59
8. Nike Elastic Hairbands, $10
9. Double Strap Sports Bra, $10.80

City Pants + New Puppy

April 10, 2014 by  
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I had been on the hunt for my own Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and yesterday, I got to bring mine home! Kyle and I planned a low key night with him including a walk in our neighborhood, a run to the pet store and grabbing dinner from a taco truck. We quickly realized James doesn't naturally understand how to walk on a leash and we skipped that struggle and just carried him.
I changed from my dress from work into Athleta Andale City Pants, semi sheer tank, leopard slip ons and a hat for our evening activities. The perfect layered outfit for on-the-go and chasing a 10 week old pup.
[Andale City Pants, Intertwine sports bra and Illuminate tank c/o Athleta, long-sleeved tee from Athleta, hat from Imogene + Willie, leopard slip ons c/o Lulu's, aviators by Rayban]
Disclosure: Apparel provided by Athleta
Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Getting back to my roots: Adventures in Styling!

April 8, 2014 by  
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This picture is about two days after my last appointment!

GETTING BACK TO MY ROOTS: Adventures in styling!
I will admit it; I'm not one to change my hair drastically. The most dramatic cut I've ever received was merely "medium" length long hair with layers; the most dramatic color was probably hot pink as a teenager and dark brown in my early twenties (which I deeply regretted as I attempted to get back to my natural color).

Being a pale and natural blonde with very "cool" coloring, my hair is extremely ashy.  Therefore, any sort of golden or yellow tones in my hair isn't good for me at makes my complexion ruddy and in general, just looks terrible on me! Often times, lowlights will wash out and my hair will retain the red dye, which really contributes to brassiness. Even using Clairol Shimmer Lights (bluing shampoo), and products similar to it, can't always keep the golden out of my hair if I'm treating it with color.

I've learned my lesson on the overall dye, but in years past I've still been a big fan of highlights and lowlights.  For the most part, though I've switched stylists a few times, I've had pretty good experiences...until....the terrible color fiasco I had last year.

I had returned to a stylist who had previously colored my hair without too many issues, but it was a very bad experience. Though I realize that mistakes happen (and I was very polite during the incident) I was left with botched and bleeding streaks, brassy color, and honestly, almost completely rust colored bangs! Needless to say, I was petrified. I washed my hair and toned it repeatedly to try and remedy the issue, but it was still "yellow"--and I knew I needed to connect with a stylist who would consistently give me natural looking results without damaging my hair, and help me return to my true, ashen blonde state.

That's where my stylist Michelle comes in! She was actually did a great job with my hair many years ago, before she moved to California for a while. I'm so glad to say that we've reconnected now that she returned to Michigan, and you can find Michelle these days at Pier 232 Salon and Day Spa in Grand Haven! She is a color instructor for L'Oreal professional, and she was very careful to color and condition my hair with ammonia free products and toners, helping me to return to a more natural state. This last session, she cut and lightened my hair with some nice bright highlights, and also toned with blue to combat those brassy tones that always try and sneak in.

I'm feeling brave these days with Michelle, so more dramatic color may be on the way for me as the months progress (I feel much safer trying this with her, haha!). I can honestly say that my post isn't compensated in any way--I just wanted to share Michelle's skill with my blog readers and recommend her especially to those who have found their hair damaged by a not-so-hot or repeated coloring. I often get messages, questions or comments about my hair (thank you thank you!) so here's the scoop!

P.S.--Pier 232 doesn't skimp on style, but it's a thrifty option, as well! =)


Michelle is an experienced stylist (who happens to be adorable) with expertise in hair health, color and cut/style. She uses ammonia free products and took great care to correct the color issues my hair was having without damage. She's also flexible, easy to talk to, and spoils you--check out this picture of me sipping a glass of wine at my last appointment! ;)

You can find her at Pier 232  in Grand Haven, Michigan! 

Call (616) 844-4000 to set up an appointment!

Bumble Bee

April 7, 2014 by  
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I've been not so patiently waiting for it to heat up in Michigan and since it got up to 48 degrees last Saturday, I threw caution to the wind and put last summer's favorite crop top and a new neon skirt.
[skirt from J Crew, heels from DSW, bag by Chanel, jacket by H&M, sunglasses by Rayban, watch c/o BCBG (2012), crop top from Pitaya]
Photos by Kyle Keberlein


April 4, 2014 by  
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Got my fill of cupcakes and mac and cheese earlier this week with Alison of Look Sharp Lansing on a sunny, warm (for me) day. This meant no coat and open-toed shoes. And because I couldn't resist, I ordered a necklace from Clyde's Rebirth new line and paired it with the leopard print sweater. Simple outfit for a day of working from home, an overly indulgent lunch and running errands.
So the pink in my hair has already faded and I'm thinking I'll do pink again one more time..and then try lavender! I pinned a couple of photos to start the process of deciding what shade I want. 
[sweater c/o PB&J Boutique, Minnie sunglasses c/o Warby Parker, jeans from J Crew, heels from ShoeMint, bag by Chanel, necklace by Clyde's Rebirth]
Photos by Alison of Look Sharp Lansing

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