Easy Peasy

April 29, 2016 by  
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I've worn variations of this look throughout this week without shame. The summer-like weather disappeared this week, which gave me opportunity for more layers like my new-to-me vintage scarf and the jacket I scored from the Shudio. And I'm headed to northern Michigan this weekend and thinking about packing this outfit to wear with dark wash jeans. It will be perfect for a weekend with friends celebrating a 30th birthday at the Short's Brewery anniversary party. I'm headed into this weekend of excessive drinking knowing that I'll be the wet blanket. The one headed to bed early after one beer, but luckily my friends know me pretty well. I'm hoping to let loose a bit, wish me luck!
[pants and top from Retail Therapy, Calvin Klein denim jacket from the Shudio, vintage scarf, bag by Proenza Schouler, sunglasses by Quay, shoes from Lori's Shoes, watch c/o Obaku]
Photos by Ashley Howard

More Black

April 27, 2016 by  
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I wore this a few weeks ago on a Saturday night after a day of thrifting and shopping in Detroit during my 'girls trip' and I was feeling particularly haggard and unattractive. Probably because my hair was six days dirty and I stuffed myself into a pair of jeans one size too small..and I was struggling to apply new red lipstick and resembled a clown after its application. 
Merl took pity on me and added a braid to my hair and let me borrow her scarf. I still whined and had a mini meltdown, and only after stuffing myself full of a giant burger and fries and finally showering at night, did I return to being a normal human. I just needed clean hair and a good night's sleep to feel less like a little asshole and more like myself. 
[top from Zara, borrowed scarf from Merl, jeans by DL1961, mules from the Shudio]
Photos by Merl Kinzie

Meijer Beauty Perks + a Giveaway!

April 25, 2016 by  
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I teamed up with Meijer to share a few of my favorite beauty and skincare products as part of the Meijer Beauty Perks program, now running through May 7! To save on beauty products, just sign up with your phone number at mperks.com or through the mobile app. You can "clip" the offers you wish to redeem in-store and enter your mPerks number at the checkout to save with the coupons you digitally clipped. I'm also offering up a $25 Meijer gift card to a reader. To enter, simply comment on the post with your email by May 7.
I've been obsessed with matte lipsticks and I love this formula by Maybelline in the first image. It glides on smoothly and feels more hydrating, unlike a few formulas I've tested recently. I'm also a fan of Neutrogena's hydro boost water gel, with and without sunscreen. My skin is sensitive to moisturizers and this line doesn't flare up my acne.
Now that the weather has warmed and the flowers have bloomed, I'm ready to smell sweet and tropical. I go between Dial's coconut water body wash now and Dove.
I'm also ready for humidity with Schwartzkopf's frizz control and protect line. Meijer carries professional hair products like Schwarzkopf and my absolute favorite, Biolage.
*Post sponsored by Meijer!

Motor City

April 20, 2016 by  
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Detroit seemed to be the perfect centralized meeting point for friends coming from Chicago and Canada, and me, an hour from Detroit so we planned a last minute weekend away and while the girls nursed their hangovers Saturday morning, I was the early bird who took off from downtown to Rochester to meet Fourth Street Boutique. It's been probably six years since I've been to downtown Rochester and it was already so lively even at 9:30 a.m. The shop is located on Fourth St. of course  in a quaint converted home nearby beautiful salons. Picture. Perfect. I snagged this one piece jumper and a pair of bedazzled pink slipper mules handmade in India and showed the owner Donna and her associate Lori how to use the app Facetune. Gotta spread that knowledge. 
It was perfect timing to meet Donna at Fourth Street and find such an adorable one piece since I had a blogger dinner event at Iridescence at Motor City Hotel Casino the next day and what I packed to wear for it was shitty and boring. It was a fancy event that I knew required more than the old standby of dirty jeans and boots, so I tossed this on with a pair of flats, explored Midtown and downtown with Sam before hitting up the hotel to indulge in a delicious dinner. I love when it takes absolutely no effort to look cool and this spring/summer piece will be added to my weekday and weekend rotation. And I also need to get back to Detroit to eat more great food. Besides Iridescence, I brunched at Gold Cash Gold and Dime Store while eating dinner at Central Kitchen and Townhouse right downtown.
[jumpsuit c/o Fourth Street Boutique (check their Facebook page!), flats by Steven, Le Specs sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop, leather jacket by BCBG, velvet choker by Vanessa Mooney]
Photos by Sam

Denim & a Dress

April 18, 2016 by  
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What a difference one week in Michigan makes--the weekend before it's snowing and I'm bundled up in a winter coat and less than a week later I can traipse around in an easy dress and a light, denim jacket. I added a pair of heavy black boots and the heart choker with a brown/nude lip to make 1990s-ify the look since I can't seem to want to dress outside that decade lately. I've been wearing these lipsticks and shades: Kat Von D liquid lipstick in bow n arrow, Milani retractable lip liner in most natural (I wear this on its own or use this as a base before adding lipstick EVERY. DAY.) or NYX Liquid Suede in sandstorm (pretty much a dupe for Kat Von D.)
[dress c/o Black Swan, Calvin Klein denim jacket from the Shudio, heart and pearl choker c/o Enamour Entirety, watch c/o Obaku]
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Back to Nature Beauty with Target

April 14, 2016 by  
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This blog post is sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting collaborations such as this!
Whenever the first sign of spring arrives, I quickly shed my winter layers and opt for bohemian frocks, dewy skin and an overall earthy vibe. This affects my style, beauty and even state of mind as I try to tackle a more carefree approach to life, which is honestly difficult for someone as high strung as me. Yet it’s something I can channel when I update my style and beauty regimen to match the vibe I hope to feel.
I partnered with Target to share my back-to-nature beauty approach focusing on a strong brow, nude eyelids and lips, and topped with a shimmery glow. The products I used include: Essence How to Make Brows Wow Kit, Essence How to Make Nude Eyes Kit, NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm, NYX Tinted Brow Mascara and a pair of Sonia Kashuk full-volume falsies to fake voluminous lashes.
I love a simple, but pulled together look that can withstand the heat and my own excessive sweating, which is why a nude look works well. A tip? Once you apply your foundation and before you swipe powder over to set the look, first apply the liquid illuminator by NYX. You can cut back on a cakey look by first applying all liquids, so if you choose to use a liquid highlighter that provides more of bold look, top it over your foundation and concealer before the setting powder. I also skipped on heavy mascara and chose a pair of falsies that gave me a doe-eye look without the inevitable mascara run. I also used both the Essence brow kit to fill in my brows and the NYX brow mascara to comb and set the brows in place. I find this combo helps them stay put throughout the day.
I kept my eyes and lips simple with a subtle shimmery lid using a deeper nude tone to create some definition, with a medium nude tone to blend, blend, blend! For my lips, I chose NYX’s matte Stockholm, since I’m currently still loving this trend with matte lips. This particular lip cream makes it easy to apply without using too much precision. I mean, who has time for lip liner and relining lips during festival season? It’s all about ease of use without giving up a strong beauty look perfect for sashaying to some folksy music and sipping a beer.
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Back in Black

April 13, 2016 by  
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This shitastic weather has left me uninspired sartorially. Each day, I awake only to grab one of my many black or grey tees, jeans and leather jacket. It's been rainy. It's been SNOWY. The only thing to spice up a predictable look is my necklace and suede boots that I thought I lost in last month's move. Turns out I stuffed these along with a bunch of other shoes into a suitcase I never unpacked. Mystery solved. I spent the day in the car last week when I wore this back to my hometown for a dentist appointment and to see if I could snag a new car and trade in my mom car, the Chevy Equinox. I'm now the proud owner of a Terrain, still a bit mom-ish, but each car, I slowly remove myself from grandma status.
[tee and jacket from Zara, boots by Opening Ceremony, jeans by J Brand, necklace by Clyde's Rebirth, bag by Proenza Schouler]

My Nighttime Routine

April 11, 2016 by  
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During high school, I earned the nickname stinky from friends who wished I'd shower more. I kept up the hippie routine through college until I realized I needed to just take better care of my body. As a person who loves routine, I follow my nighttime routine each evening and it's only after that, I can relax in bed or on the couch with James.
First up, hair. I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week. If I work out more than three times a week, I find an extra hair wash is necessary. The sweat in my damaged hair makes it disturbingly similar to Harry from Dumb and Dumber. I draw the line there. I go between several shampoos like Ouidad's cleansing oil that makes my hair feel clean and soft and now Kevin Murphy's detox shampoo, since it was sent to me last week. And I was not disappointed. This instantly soothed my scalp, which is usually irritated at some level and dry. Next, I add conditioner, sometimes a deep conditioning treatment and then apply some sort of leave-in conditioner, serum or curl cream and gel. Then I let my hair air dry. The Kevin Murphy Killer Curls curl cream made my hair feel like I didn't wash my conditioner out completely and I don't like that feeling, but the curls were more defined and softer. I think when I use it next, I'll use less gel to get the right product mix in my hair. I like to use a curl cream when the air is more dry and my hair more likely to go limp and flatten the curls. Once it starts getting more humid, I turn my focus to smoothing out the inevitable frizz.
I prefer showering at night so I have less to do in the morning. I'm not someone who requires a shower to wake up. I'd rather sleep in 15 more minutes. Plus, it takes my hair an eternity to air dry and I can sleep with it half wet and wake up ready to go. I love Dove's body wash and body bars. I don't usually do any sort of body exfoliation unless I'm planning a spray tan. I'm just lazy.
My nighttime skin routine starts in the shower with my newly purchased Clarisonic Mia. I was on the fence with it for years because I was too cheap to buy it. This version was $100 and sounded more doable (naturally, they announce some promotion for $20 off, damn it all. I regress...) My face was never fully clean after washing in the shower and thought that would be a good step to add in. I've been using for two weeks now and my skin feels soft after each use. Time will tell if it helps control my acne break outs. I have several cleansers I love including Mullien and Sparrow's oil cleanser. I would use that first and then a secondary cleanser like Neutrogena with the Clarisonic. I started using lip sugar polish by Fresh since I constantly have dry, flaky lips (thanks, Accutane). 
Once I'm out of the shower, I use a water-based toner first followed by Mullein and Sparrow's facial serum. My face has been surprisingly dry so I sometimes add a moisturizer on after that like Neutrogena's hydro boost gel or Glossier's moisturizer (which I generally use just in the morning now). Next, I apply a rose and cucumber eye cream by KTO and dab around my eyes. I'll then spray some rose spray on my face followed by a spritz of a minty perfume that I finding soothing and calming. And lastly, Burt's Bee's lip balm. I love going to bed after I follow my routine that I find relaxing and calming!


April 7, 2016 by  
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To save room in my suitcase last weekend, I wore this last Friday to work and Saturday in Chicago. Unfortunately, I didn't bother to check the weather to know it would be snowing and cold AF. So I froze my ass off in my little French ensemble and tagged along with Celeste at StyleMax to pick a few new lines for fall for Retail Therapy. We also skipped out a little early to head to Lori's Shoes where I bought three amazing pairs of shoes and I'm pretty sure Celeste bought 8 or 9 pairs. 
My favorite part of the weekend, even beating the donuts I ate? Staying at Merl's. I love her apartment, cats and her guest bed and bedroom. I'd prefer that bed over my own shitty one and got two of the best nights of sleep in a long time there. 
Photos by Merl

Shopbop SALE: 25% off and a few of my faves!

April 5, 2016 by  
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Today kicks off the three day Shopbop friends and family sale--any purchase, full-price or sale, is 25 percent off with code INTHEFAM. Here are a few of my favorites--I feel like I need to snag a few chokers to channel my inner 90's child and some dresses for the inevitable wedding season. What's on your spring/summer shopping list?
1. findersKEEPERS Dress, $175
2. Le Specs Drop Top Sunglasses, $79
3. Susana Monaco Off the Shoulder Dress, $174
4. Rachel Comey Tulip Sandals, $345
5. Vanessa Mooney Concho Choker, $110
6. Cuero & More Bucket Bag, $595
7. B-Low the Belt, $148

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