A new LBD

July 23, 2014 by  
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I scored this dress on major sale and was so excited to wear it to a rehearsal dinner a couple weeks back in Grand Rapids and of course, I forgot it in the hotel after the wedding! I called and they can't find it so I hope whoever snatched it up enjoys my little clearance black dress. As far as styling it, I channeled my inner diva and brought some bling bling to the black dress with the silver shoes I wore in the wedding and more jewelry than I normally wear. 
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[dress from Asos, bracelet and chevron rings c/o RocksBox, heels by BCBG, clutch by Clare Vivier]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein (^that dude)

Join me for a Goodwill Pop Up Shop!

July 21, 2014 by  
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Goodwill + Fashion Frugality

I was ALL ears a few months ago when Suze contacted me a few months ago about working with Goodwill to style some outfits for a pop up shop they were putting together for the Detroit Eastern Market. If you've been following me on instagram or twitter, you know that I've been hopping into my little Smart car and shopping and styling my little heart out ever since!

Here's the pop up shop's, YB Blue, details before I get any further:
WHEN: Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 10am-4pm
WHERE: Shed 2 at the Detroit Eastern Market, Michigan
WHO: Goodwill outfits styled by me & hand-picked home items!
WHY: Shop-Save-Donate-Help ----> Your donated/purchased goods help put people to work while you save money on great items!

Each Sunday the YB Blue pop up shop has had a different Detroit-based stylist selecting the pieces you can purchase! Each shop features between 30-50 styled outfits and accessories along with hand-selected home items and even vintage pieces that Goodwill has curated!

As you probably know by now, I'm an avid thrift store shopper. I've come to a point in my life where, nine times out of ten, I prefer an item secondhand because it not only works for my budget out of necessity but also out of desirability. I can always find five (or more!) well-made pieces of clothing for the price of one piece at a non-secondhand store. And that one piece is probably not as nice as those five I can find at the thrift store. I also like the variety of items I can find in one store, as I'd say my style varies from different looks depending on the day... I don't have to wander from store to store to find what I'm looking for - I can find it all within one Goodwill shop!

I have spent the last few months visiting each of the three metro-Detroit area Goodwill stores selecting pieces for outfits I've put together with every size kept in mind - from extra small to 2X. I tried to make sure to include every beautiful size and every kind of style. I, myself, like I said, like a good mix in my closet. I think you'll find the same to be true here - from work appropriate (but still sassy!), to vintage, to summer ready, to ready for winter... a little bit of this and a little bit of that, I hope everyone can find something that they are looking for, or, better yet, that special piece that you didn't even realize was missing from your closet! :)

But, wait, are you new to shopping second hand? Not sure if it is for you? Or maybe you like shopping second hand but have a hard time finding the time or the patience to put pieces together? Then the YB Blue pop up shop is perfect for you too. I think it will give thrift-newbies and impatient shoppers an easy shopping experience! The outfits are already put together for you and you get a curated taste of the great items that you can find at Goodwill without becoming overwhelmed with everything you might see in one of the stores.

Here's a little sneak peek at some of the outfits I put together for the shop...


Want to see more? You can find these images and more if you follow me on instagram and/or twitter. Want some general outfit inspiration? Follow me on pinterest and pay close attention to my dedicated YB Blue Inspiration board where I'm pinning all sorts of outfit ideas with the pieces I have already selected kept close in mind!

Can't wait to see you at the shop!

All The Pretty Colors: Street Fashion in Grand Rapids, Michigan

July 21, 2014 by  
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ALL THE PRETTY COLORS:
Street Fashion in Grand Rapids, Michigan



Meet Briana! I ran in to Briana at a heavy/sludge/punk show in Grand Rapids, Michigan (I was there to enjoy the music and take pictures--see some of my photography from that night here!). I noticed her sitting on a bench, waiting for the show to start, and loved her colorful ensemble and brown eyes. Naturally, I had to inquire whether or not she liked to thrift. To my delight, she told me that everything she was wearing was second-hand, and the rest is history!

Today in street fashion, what you can learn from Briana!

Take risks
Try floor length dresses with boots 
(combat, granny, high heeled, cowboy)
Combine mustard yellow with floral print (it works!) as Briana did with the scarf in her hair
Add structure with a belt
Be natural and beautiful

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Corner Store

July 21, 2014 by  
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This old gas station was once a busy little corner store where I would regularly walk from my house to buy pixie sticks and rent VHS tapes. It's the same place where my stepdad won big on a scratch off lottery ticket and the nostalgic spot where I dented and scratched the passenger side of my very first car while trying to pump gas. 
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[shorts by Levi's, boots from ShoeMint, necklace c/o Noonday Collection, bag by Chanel, Rayban aviators c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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Photos by mom

Fitness Friday: Getting Back on Track

July 18, 2014 by  
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I headed off to my workout classes this past Monday sporting this monochromatic outfit. I've been trying to kick my workouts up a notch since the last couple weeks have been busy with work events, weddings and distracting fun stuff like beach days where I eat and sit on my ass in the sun. I knew keeping up a routine in the summer would be more difficult for me. I always gain weight this time of the year because I'd prefer to eat a hot dog outside at a baseball game than commit to a sweaty workout.
I've been feeling a bit lackluster lately and it's probably due to the increased consumption of donuts, egg mcmuffins and hot and ready Little Caesar's Pizza. I've set a couple of new goals for myself that I've fallen on including: 1. Drink more water. 2. Eat more veggies! 3. Remember to take vitamins. 4. Try new fitness classes to add variety and more excitement. Wish me luck! If you have tips, please share!!
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[So Shaded Capri Leggings and sports bra c/o Zumba Wear, tank c/o Aeropostale, shoes by New Balance]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Music Festival Style with Kohl’s + $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

July 16, 2014 by  
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I've partnered with Kohl's to provide three outfit styles for music festivals (AND offer up a $100 Kohl's gift card to a reader!) To enter the giveaway, please comment on what you would wear to a music fest and leave your email address. To submit another entry, please share this post on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave additional comments for each share. Giveaway ends Friday, August 1 at 9 p.m. EST. Good luck!
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The first look is a more bohemian style I've been channeling this summer. I love the embroidered details on the shorts and although I told myself I was done with tube tops after high school, I find myself loving this crochet version, and it's nothing like the overly tight hot pink ones I used to wear.
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[Rewind Crochet tube top, LC Lauren Conrad collar necklace and SO embroidered shorts c/o Kohl's, hat and sandals by Nine West]
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The second look was inspired by the sporty/athletic trend. I've been embracing sneakers and other flats this year and it's pretty much a necessity for a music festival. White converses may not be the most practical, but I can never be 100 percent practical with my shoe choices. I paired the shoes with a simple striped dress, good to go!
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[SO striped dress, Converse All Star sneakers c/o Kohl's, denim top from Madewell, sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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The third look is a feminine, girl-next-door vibe with the pretty printed and ruffled maxi and the jean vest. I love a jean vest and the extra layer. There's been a huge trend of wearing those vintage cut offs where your ass hangs out and I'd prefer to be really comfortable during a music festival and not digging shorts out of my ass all day. A maxi dress is where it's at.
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[LC Lauren Conrad maxi dress, LC Lauren Conrad ring and Candie's denim vest c/o Kohl's, shoes c/o Call It Spring]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein
*Kohl's supplied me with a gift card for apparel and accessories

Backyard

July 14, 2014 by  
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I've been visiting my mom on the reg and on a recent trip, I wore shorts and boots, a combination perfect in my hometown and especially in my mom's backyard.
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[top c/o Black Swan, Marlene boots c/o Harley Davidson Footwear, shorts by Levi's, bag c/o Trask]
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Photos by mom

Weekend Wears

July 11, 2014 by  
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Summers in Michigan for me mean weekend getaways to the west side of the state. An hour and a half drive and I find myself at Lake Michigan, a lovely place to be when you're landlocked during the week.
For weekend travels, I prefer to pack light which means wearing remixing items. One of the best examples of this are the grey shorts in the right photo. I've been wearing them to the gym, to bed and during the day. I'm wearing the outfit on the right for the drive up to Grand Rapids today and I've packed the bright outfit on the left since I'm hoping to sneak in at least one workout at the hotel gym this weekend.
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Now, I never wear this much color normally, but when it comes to workouts, I like the idea of wearing bright colors and bold prints. I call this my watermelon outfit with the lime green capris and pink sports bra. I swear on all the fitness gods, these green capris are the best thing that have happened to my life. They're super soft, comfortable and fit well. 
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Like I said, I've been wearing these shorts nonstop. It's been a bit cooler this week, which means i can layer for a couple days, including my favorite leather jacket.
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Workout look: Be Free Knicker (on sale for $35.99!), Printed Limitless Tank (also on sale!) c/o Athleta, pink sports bra from Target, shoes by Nike, Rayban Matte Gold Aviators c/o Sunglasses Shop
Lounge look: Boho shorts (holy crap these are on sale too!) c/o Athleta, tee c/o Truly Madly Deeply, jacket from Zara, bag c/o Wink and Winn, leopard print shoes c/o Lulu*s, hat from J Crew
*I participated in the Athleta Unpacked campaign and received a gift card to select the items I styled in this post
Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Winning Wednesday: Fashion/Beauty Giveaway Roundup

July 9, 2014 by  
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Winning Wednesdays over at Fashion Frugality

Winning Wednesday is back! Below I have put together a list of my top 10 favorite fashion/beauty giveaways going on this week. I hope you take the time to enter each one - you never know, you might be the next lucky winner!

1. Emily Reviews is hosting a giveaway for a $75 gift certificate to Me and My Feet. I'd love to use this on a pair of the limited edition gold Saltwater Sandals - these are literally the most comfortable sandals in the world and the gold just makes them even more fresh. Click here to enter!
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 24, 2014

2. Essie is hosting a "Mojito Madness" summer sweepstakes! Lots of prizes are involved including weekly prizes of manicure kits and $100 Piperlime gift cards and a grand prize of a $1000 Piperlime gift card! Click here to enter! (Note: I receive additional entries by you using that link to enter - thank you!)
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 31, 2014 --- but remember you can enter daily!

3. Hellorigby! is hosting a giveaway for a super cute anchor dress and anchor jewelry from Style Gather. I love the nautical theme - especially during the summer when all I want to do is be anywhere remotely water-related. Click here to enter!
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 12, 2014

4. Do you have a passion for fashion? Link up with Lena B Actually's Passion for Fashion this week in order to earn yourself an entry into winning a $20 Modcloth gift card. Anything fashion goes! Click here to link up and enter!
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 10, 2014

5. Selective Potential is giveaway your choice of shoes from BOBS from Skechers to two lucky readers! I'm totally digging the floral design on the Utopia-Turfs style. Can't you just picture those now with a striped dress? Click here to enter!
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 15, 2014

6. In Honor of Design is showing off her perfect nude high heels and offering up a pair of Shoemint shoes of choice to one lucky reader! Since I am forever in a boot state of mind, I am loving the Violette in nude - such a great summer bootie! Click here to enter! (Note: I used my Shoemint referral link here which means any purchase you make after clicking the link will result in Shoemint points for me. Thank you!)
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 15, 2014

7. Love your monogram? Bramblewood Fashion teamed up with ONecklace to offer one reader a $25 gift card to the ONecklace etsy shop! I like their necklaces but I'm actually really digging their ring selection! Click here to enter!
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 25, 2014

8. Here & Now is giving away the ultimate gift card for anyone: A $100 Target gift card! Get all the low down on her honeymoon packing essentials and enter to win this fabulous prize while you're at it. Click here to enter!
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 13, 2014

9. Blue Eyed Finch and a group of other bloggers are offering up a huge giveaway: a little bit of fashion for your home in the form of gold foil fashion prints and $300 cash! I think these pretty prints would look right at home in my half-bath and that $300 would look just as pretty in my wallet. ;-) Click here to enter!
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 15, 2014

10. Love nude eye makeup looks? Me too. Blushing Noir sampled the Maybelline The Nudes Expert Wear Palette and shows off great swatches for you to get a real feel for each shade. Even better, she is offering one up for one lucky reader! Click here to enter! (Note: The Maybelline link is an affiliate link to Ulta - thank you!)
GIVEAWAY ENDS: July 22, 2014

Do you have a fashion and/or beauty giveaway going on right now? I'd love for you to join me and link up with my NEW Winning Wednesday giveaway linky! Each week I will be hosting a new round up and may feature your giveaway in my favorites! All I ask is that your giveaway be fashion or beauty related somehow - it can be geared toward women, men or children. Please include the name of your blog, the giveaway item and the date the giveaway closes. For example: Fashion Frugality | $50 JCrew Gift Card| 07/14/14.

Thirteen Dollars at Seconds on Third: A Thrift Store Review

July 9, 2014 by  
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SECONDS ON THIRD:
A thrift store review




I had such a lovely fourth of July up north in the Black Lake/Rogers City/Onaway area. (Check out a photo album of shots I posted from over the weekend at my photography page here!). One of the highlights of my weekend was stopping in to Seconds on Third (what a cute name, right?), a local Roger's City thrift store and non-profit on Third street whose proceeds go to the most excellent cause: Shelter Inc. in Alpena. What does Shelter Inc. do? They provide counseling, shelter and rehab services of all kinds for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. They use the money from their thrift stores to fund everything from one on one therapy to operating their safe house for clients.

I had a chance to chat with store manager Renee Roeske, and I was interested in what type of demographic they served. Were many of the the clients female? "The shelter has only females living there," Renee said. "But they've helped males in the past, too--it's open to everyone. They've put male victims up in hotel rooms."  

The program is amazing full spectrum care for people of all sexes and ages. The thrift store's themselves double as locations for on site counseling, which is busy at some locations and a little more quiet at others. "We haven't had many individuals lately at the Roger's City store", Renee mentioned. "That's a good thing!"


 ON TO THE THRIFT STORE!


IT WAS AWESOME! FIVE STARS! Definitely stop by if you are in the Rogers City/Onaway area...I highly recommend it!


The first thing I noticed about the thrift store upon arrival was that it was clean, bright, and well organized. Though it was a small space, there was a really great collection of fun household items, jewelry, coats, women and men's apparell, furniture, shoes and other odds and ends.

EVERYTHING IN THE STORE WAS HALF OFF! That was music to my ears. I couldn't believe what I walked out of the store with for only thirteen collective dollars. See my treasusres below!


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This cute floral chair was $2.50 cents the day that I arrived. I would have brought it home had I the vehicle to do so!

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There were lots of clean, well sorted kid's clothes. 
Those plaid shorts were 25 cents (half off!)!

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This super cute (and spotless) Calvin Klein trench was marked 6, so it would have been $3. Too bad it was a little big on me. The lady next to me mentioned that it would be worth buying to sell on Ebay, which I agree with! However, I'm into good thrift karma, so when something doesn't fit me...I leave it for the next lucky customer.

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SO, WHAT DID I COME HOME WITH FOR THIRTEEN DOLLARS?

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An adorable and perfectly fitting jean jacket, a cute pair of strappy bronze heels in perfect condition, a BRAND NEW pair of tan and brown suede Bass saddle shoes (that I was so excited about), three cute necklaces (including a fun gold and tiger eye bolo style strand) and a bronze studded strap bracelet.

OH! And a genuine leather tasseled shoulder bag, a genuine leather vest, and a genuine leather skirt that all fits me perfectly (Don't worry--I'm not wearing all the pieces together, haha!). Say what? Yeah. That's the kind of deal I'm talking about. Hands down the easiest thirteen dollars I've spent in a while!



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