Gift Guide: For the Beauty Lovers

November 27, 2015 by  
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1. Glossier Balm, Set of Three, $36
2. Pink Cosmetic Case, $20
3. Tarte Clay Matte Palette, $45
4. Deborah Lippman Polish Set, $34
5. Sugar Rose Ritual, $18
6. Elizabeth and James Mini Rollerball Set, $24
7. Benefit Cheeky Party Blush Palette, $42
8. Burt's Bees Night Cream, $14.39
9. 5 Piece Brush Set, $65

Gift Guide: Gifty Things under $25 + Shopbop Sale

November 24, 2015 by  
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I get my holiday shopping on quite early and I've been pulling together ideas for friends (and myself.)  I love giving and receiving small gifts of luxury like the spoons or dish tray. Plus, the mug, tray and cookbook are from Shopbop and they're hosting a site-wide sale starting today (full price + sale) with 15 percent off purchases for $250+, 20 percent off for $500+ and 25 percent off for $1,000+ using code GOBIG15.

1. Hot Stuff Mug, $12
2. Dish Tray, $18
3. Mac + Cheese Cookbook, $18
4. Love Matchbox, $7
5. Marble Ring Dish, $7.99
6. Dauville Gold Spoons, $20
7. Olive and Lemonwood Candle, $10.49
8. Thermal Mug, $15

River City MRKT Holiday

November 22, 2015 by  
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I headed over to River City MRKT's holiday market last Friday to check out the local/Michigan-made products and ooh and ahh over the cozy space they thoughtfully laid out filled with ceramics, jewelry, photography prints and stationary. And so much more. When I walked in I was greeted with the smell of treats and greenery and enjoyed a cup of peppermint tea while I perused the goods. How delightful.
I picked up a couple illustrated prints to hang in my living room and plan on making return visits, especially with my co-workers. I've got my eye on the wooden poster rails and leather strap and one of Debbie Carlos' prints. I love her photography, so check her out online or at the pop up. River City MRKT holiday market is open now through Dec. 20, 12-7 p.m. every day. More photos on their Insta and Facebook!
Visit River City MRKT now through Dec. 20!

Beauty/Skincare Round Up + a GIVEAWAY!

November 20, 2015 by  
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As my skin slowly improves (thanks chemical peels and a different birth control), I've been venturing outside my normal make up routine to try new things. Essence sent me this palette (I picked it out) and love the rosy color of the blush. I do love me some blush and still use the holiday palette by.. for the most part, but love the compact that I can easily toss in my bag for work.
I haven't tried the brightening mask yet, but the hydrating mask by Nerd Skincare is just what my skin needs, especially a couple days after a chemical peel. Want to win a package of masks (including six, almost a $200 value!)? Just comment with your email and for a second entry, share on Twitter or Facebook, and comment here again! Must be 18 and older and in the U.S. to enter!
Simple's oil balancing wipes is my go-to cleansing wipes, especially post work-out. It doesn't bug my skin and I love the price. Between skin peels, I like to exfoliate my face with Dr. Brandt's PoreDermabrasion. I love how smooth my skin feels after using it. Also, Aesop's hand lotion is really the shit. I love the scent and how soft my calloused, man hands feel after. It really softens them.
I was on the hunt for a super vampy lip color and the man at Sephora suggested Bite lip crayon in aubergine. I have Bite lipsticks in a few other colors and this was exactly the deep tone I was looking for. Goes on nice and is easy for someone like me, who has no patience to take my time and make it perfect--it makes it easy for ya. Milani's nude lip pencil in very natural and Essence's nude lip color are also staples for me when I want some low maintenance color.

Again, don't forget to comment with your email to enter to win the Nerd Skincare masks!

All Black

November 18, 2015 by  
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I've been on an all black kick. This sweater is cozy and these jeans are my favorite, and together, it's a combo that I've been wearing on repeat the last couple weeks. Call it laziness, but the combo has worked for friend birthday dinners, work and couch surfing. Since I can't get enough black jeans, I'm thinking I might scoop up another pair of these from OU, at $58, they're a steal and high waist like these. 
[Callahan sweater from Shopbop (sold out now but more black turtleneck options here), DL1961 jeans from Retail Therapy, boots by Steve Madden (plus 25 percent off all shoes with code BFF), hat from UO, clutch by CHC]
Photos by Liz Westerhof

A Trip to Ann Arbor

November 16, 2015 by  
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A couple weekends back, a couple friends and I headed out to Ann Arbor to indulge in some good food and shopping. It's such a great college town and even though I'm a Spartan, I can say that city of East Lansing isn't nearly as cool as Ann Arbor. I appreciate all the restaurants, shops and coffee places, especially Lab, a beautifully bright coffee shop with a bit of pretentious or Frita Batidos, a cuban inspired restaurant with an amazing chorizo burger and milkshakes with rum. I left that city bloated and content.
[sweater from H&M, jeans by J Brand, boots by Nine West, hat by Lululemon, bag by Proenza Schouler]
Photos by Ashley

Winter Hair Products To Try

November 13, 2015 by  
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I've tried so many new products over the course of two months. From serums to deep conditioning treatments, I have a few more products to add to my arsenal, which includes some tried and true products, drugstore buys and higher end products.
Drugstore buy: OGX's Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. I bought this on a whim because I liked the packaging. And the way it smelled. It's gentle and has been my go-to hair washing combo since late summer and it's super moisturizing.
Fancy buy: Kevin Murphy's Blonde Angel Wash and Rinse combo and the Hydrate Me Rinse. I've been keeping my hair blonde, which means it's susceptible to brassiness. I hate brassiness and so the Blonde Angel wash is key, paired with the Hydrate Me rinse to moisturize my hair. I use it sparingly since it's a pricier product and I only want to use a blonde perfecting wash once a week.
Color protecting spray: Mastey's therapy spray is a light product I'll use instead of a serum, my typical go-to product to help fight frizz, but days when I want really soft hair that I can pull up, braid, etc, I use less product and I spray this in my hands and then work into my ends. I never spray it into my hair as it won't get to exact areas I want it to be concentrated.
Deep conditioner: S Factor Serious Conditioner is kind of my "treat yo self" moment. When my hair is feeling particularly dry and brittle..and my legs need to be shaved, I'll work this into my hair, especially the ends and let is soak in as I take my time cutting down the forest that is my leg hair.
Hair insurance: Olaplex refers to the product as insurance for your hair and I'm just starting to realize the benefits of such a product. When you bleach the shit out of your hair like I do, you'll notice clumps of hair fall out and you're desperate for a solution (besides saying no to bleach). I haven't used this in conjunction to a color appointment, but have used it as a treatment before a blowout at the Bang Blowout bar in Grand Rapids. It had a little more strength and it's something I need to continue to use. In addition to his treatment and thick conditioners throughout the week, I add Living Proof's leave in conditioner. It's the only leave in conditioner that I actually like.
Light serum: I have so many serums and for the most part, I can't find anything wrong or particularly great with any one product. The difference I can tell is how heavy it is. Moroccan oil is great for my hair when it's super dry, like post-blow out, but most of the time I prefer a little lighter weight serum. Currently using either Frizz Ease serum, Ouidad shine glaze serum or Cibu serum.
What's your favorite product for dry, damaged and/or curly hair?


November 11, 2015 by  
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I wore this to work last week. Finally, an outfit that appears more dressed up that I love to wear and am comfortable in. I snagged this dress from Shopbop a couple weeks ago and knew I could easily dress it up or down, so boots and a leather jacket seemed like the perfect pairing. I got a mani the night before and I was trying my hardest to preserve the perfect white nails and it only last for maybe 24 hours before I completely destroyed them.
I got to see my mom last week too (the day I wore this!) and we grabbed a way early dinner at a bar in Coopersville and wandered off to a bakery across the street. The sign was a donut so naturally I was curious and had to go in. I ate two sprinkle donuts. No regrets.
[knot sisters dress from Shopbop (40 percent off now, WHAT), heyward boots c/o Harley Davidson Footwear, jacket from Zara, clutch c/o Wink and Winn]
Photos by mom

Culottes for Fall

November 9, 2015 by  
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I hate dress pants and when I have to dress up for work, I've been slowly finding comfortable, less stuffy versions of something I can wear if jeans won't fly. Like these culottes feel like pajama pants, but I wore them to client meetings last week.
[CHRLDR tee from Shopbop, culottes and leather jacket from Zara, shoes from ShoeMint, bag by Proenza Schouler]
Photos by Ashley

Fall Sale Favorites at Sears

November 8, 2015 by  
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Cobalt blue, colorblock sweaters and naturally, anything black are a few of my classic fall favorites and best part is that all these are on sale at Sears! Get an extra 20 percent now through 11/14 with code VETERAN. Happy shopping!
1. Colorblock Sweater, $23.99
2. Chase Zip Up Wallet, $19.99
3. Cable Knit Hat, $13.20
4. Michael Kors Chrono Watch, $166.84
5. Black Oxford Heel, $29.99
6. Radiant Blue Cutout Heel, $24.99
7. Satchel Handbag, $45
8. Black Buckled Ankle Boot, $24.99

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