When in doubt, choose stripes--at least that's my approach to styling something cute and comfortable for an event. I picked this look from 4th Street Boutique
in Rochester, Mich. for a styling event and couldn't pass up these pants, cotton striped tee or the choker, since apparently I need at least one piece that gives off a 90s vibe. I've also resorted to dealing with the combination of humidity and my hair with braids. Thank god for braids.
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of co-hosting a styling event at 4th Street Boutique
in Rochester with Dana of the Closet Confessional
. It had been a shit rainy day ALL DAY and the clouds parted ways just as the event kicked off and the macarons and delicious rice balls were plentiful. Definitely a mood booster, especially when you factor the gorgeous peonies and colorful dresses inside the shop. Donna let us each pick out a look to wear for the event and it's so hard to choose when there's an abundance of pretty separates, cozy maxi dresses and flowy boho tops.
An hour into the event, there was even an impromptu question and answer period for all things fashion, style and blog-related. I loved listening to Dana since she's a professional stylist--she knows what she's talking about and it's always refreshing to hear about it's not so much about trends, but what works for you and makes you feel good. Dana shared some of the questions asked and her responses on her blog post!
To properly say our goodbyes, Sam and I drove out to Owosso last Sunday for our final coffee trip to Foster..and then realized upon arrival they're closed on Sundays. So we drove back to Lansing and snagged some treats and I, a shitty tasting green tea, from Chapelure. Sam moved here two years ago for her husband's med school and now they head back to Marquette in the upper peninsula so he can finish school at a hospital. So. Sad. She became a good friend of mine and it's tough to say goodbye. Making friends when you're an adult is really hard and we bonded immediately--something special that's hard to replicate at this age. Sam, I will miss you!
You're never short of summer festivities or a new lake to visit in Michigan. Each year I try to plan a trip or two to northern Michigan and of course, many day trips to my hometown area in west Michigan. I just returned from a work trip in the upper peninsula and I plan to return hopefully in August to visit Sam! But sadly, I don't have a summer cottage or cabin to escape to for respite, so this all takes more planning and I find myself mostly wanting to try and relax at home and make the most of summer weekends in Lansing.
If you're not familiar with Lansing, it's the state's capital with a few great neighborhoods to bounce around to like downtown, East Lansing where MSU is located and my favorite: Old Town. I call this neighborhood home now. It's filled with art galleries, shops and TWO ice cream spots. James and I take walks to visit Celeste at Retail Therapy, grab a cone from Arctic Corner and pop into Pruess Pets for some dog treats.
I'm also walking distance to Lansing's weeklong music festival, Common Ground
, and I snagged a pass for the week, giving me something fun to do just after the fourth of July!
There are also so many parks and gardens with lakes and pools--a full list available here
. I started going through it and noticed there are public pools and other cool shit I didn't even know about.
These slouchy pants are what dreams are made of and why I love being able to help Celeste with marketing and the buying process for Retail Therapy. She picks out such beautiful pieces I might originally overlook, but they're just so cool. I'm hoping to add a few pairs of these to my closet this summer since my workwear is slacking and tired. I'm not usually inspired with professional clothing, but I've realized how often a cool pair of pants inspires entire looks.
Instead of spending the day dedicated to working on a paper like I SHOULD have, I spent last Saturday morning at Sam's garage sale catching up and earning $1, nutrition program meeting (where I learned I lost 9 pounds and 7.5 inches), lunch and shopping with my friend Liz, pool hour/inevitable sun burn with Hannah and couch cuddles with James. I looked like a pile of poop for the first half of the day before changing into this for lunch..and then changing again for the pool.
I wore this a few weeks back on my last full day in Nashville! I spilled coffee all over this top pretty early in the day. Should've known that would happen since it's white and I attract stains. My mom and I grabbed coffee at Barista Parlor in Germantown before heading to the zoo to see the much anticipated giraffes (her favorite) and meerkats (my favorite.) Anyone remember Meerkat Manor on Animal Planet? I fucking loved that show and thought Flower, the alpha female was a raging bitch until I watched a special on Flower's life and realized all the hardships she experienced made her into that tough alpha female that she was. And I also cried watching that special. Any who, it was a great way to spend a day in Nashville and can't wait to get back!
It's safe to say this will be my summer uniform, and yes that is a body suit! It's actually easy to maneuver in and out of to pee unlike a romper so I'll be pairing this with cut off denim shorts and a cardigan when I'm a bit chilly on a boat (if I find a boat to invite myself on this summer). I've been wearing these mules
on repeat too since I'm about two months behind on a pedicure and my feet look a hobbit's.
I'm not usually a fan of feeling all done up. There's something oddly comforting and familiar by looking like ragamuffin--it's just my style. BUT once I got some balyage to my hair and the best blow out of my life, I was whipping my hair all around, even put on a pretty dress and a bright PINK lipstick. I imagine this dress will be fun with my curly hair and a pair of sunglasses, but it was fun channeling the Plastics for the day.
I declare this dress my new, easy-to-pack and wear travel dress! I rolled it up in my suitcase without worry of wrinkles and tossed it on with simple wedge sandals for a burger date in Nashville with my mom.
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