Don’t Miss the Friends & Family Sale at BaubleBar

September 22, 2016 by  
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BaubleBar is a great spot to find affordable and pretty jewelry.  They carry both trendy and timeless styles that you can wear anyplace. This week, take 25% off sitewide when you use YESPLEASE through 9.26. Offer excludes sale, Maya Brenner, bundle sets and BaubleBar Essentials. We’re loving some of the delicate gold pieces for fall and this sale is the perfect time to stock up on our favorites!


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Beautycounter for Target is Here!

September 12, 2016 by  
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Disclosure Statement: The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

Bringing You the Best in Safer, Stylish Beauty: Beautycounter for Target is Here!


This high-quality line of chic beauty products is known for its safer ingredients that never compromise on style.  The limited-edition collection arrives at Target today (Sept. 12) and is available through Nov. 5!

From makeup (the Blush & Bronze Duo is a must!) to skincare (which will include a Target exclusive Nourishing Oil), there is something for everyone!


“Beautycounter’s mission is “to get safer products into the hands of everyone,” and today, the brand makes its mass-market debut with a limited-edition collection called Beautycounter for Target. The line features fan-favorite products in exclusive sizes (think rosewater mist and a purifying charcoal mask), special sets and a brand new nourishing oil that’s launching only at Target.

“We know our guests are on the lookout for high-quality products that contain safer, cleaner ingredients, and Beautycounter is an up-and-coming brand that’s made a big splash in this area,” said Dawn Block, senior vice president, beauty and essentials, Target. “We’ve worked together to curate a special collection that includes the best of what Beautycounter has to offer, and we hope guests will love finding the line at Target this fall.”

To prove just how safe Beautycounter products really are, its team put together “The Never List,” a compilation of 1,500 ingredients, including parabens, formaldehyde and mercury, that the brand will never use when making it’s products.”


This is sure to be a fast-selling collection, so check it out today and get your hands on these clean beauty products.

Save Big on These Labor Day Sales

September 1, 2016 by  
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  • Amrita Singh Jewelry – 50% off sitewide with LABOR16 and get free shipping on orders over $25.
  • Anthropologie – Take an extra 40% off sale! No code needed!
  • BCBGeneration – 40% Off Site-Wide
  • BLANK NYC – Take 205 off sitewide on this affordable denim brand that we love. Use BLANK20 through 9.6.
  • BaubleBar – Take an extra 20% off sale for savings up to 75% off! Valid 9/1-9/5
  • Calvin Klein – Extra 25% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping w/Code LABOR25 – runs 8/31 – 9/5.
  • Dooney & Bourke – 20% off all orders + free shipping with code LABOR20
  • – Labor Day Sale starts today! 40% OFF EVERYTHING
  • Frye – Extra 25% off final sale with XTRA25 until 9.6.
  • Hanky Panky –  Farewell to Summer Sale! Up to 65% Off!
  • Haute Hippie – Labor Day Sale New Markdowns Added! Up to 40% off Select Styles!
  • HSN – $10 Off your next purchase of $50 or more! Use Code:163965
  • James Jeans – Take 33% off sitewide (including sale!) with code “JJLABOR2016”
  • Juicy Couture – Take 40% Off Sitewide With Code: LABORLOVE at Juicy Couture! Valid 9/1-9/5
  • Junk Food Clothing – 30% Off Sitewide w/Code: KICKBACK 8/30-9/6
  • LeMystere (Beautiful Intimates) – 15% Additional Off All Sale Items Plus Free Shipping! Use Code LMLABORDAY15 From 8/29/16 – 9/5/16
  • Linea Pelle – Shop sale belts and save an extra 20% off with code 20SALE816.
  • Lulu Frost – 20% off sitewide when you use LF20 through 9.6.

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  • Mara Hoffman – All spring, summer and swim up to 70% off through Labor Day!
  • Max Studio – Take $50 off of Your Purchase of $200+ with MAXSTUDIO! CODE: LABORDAY
  • Michael Kors – Additional 25% Off: End Of Summer Sale – no code required!
  • Nordstrom Rack – Save up to 70% on brands you love. Free shipping over $100+ and easy in-store returns.
  • Puma – 25% off sitewide at PUMA with code PUMA25OFF – valid 9/1-9/5
  • Rebecca Minkoff – Labor Day Sale – Up to 50% Off Sale Styles
  • Rockport – Get 2 Pairs of Select Sale Styles for $99 + Free Shipping with code PAIRUP  runs 9.01-09.05.
  • Slate & Stone – Take an extra 20% off sitewide- NO CODE REQUIRED! Runs 8/31-9/5.
  • Soludos – Summer Sale- Up to 50% Off Select Styles
  • Spyder – Not to early to think about this winter on the slopes! Shop Women’s Sale Items at Spyder!

SPYDER® Women s Amour Pant SPYDER® Women s Helix No Fur 321 Parka Synthetic Down Jacket WOMEN S ESCYNT FLEECE JACKET Spyder

  • Swell – Take 30% Off Sale Items at SWELL! Code WHITE30. Ends 9/4/16. Shop beach wear, gear, accessories & more!
  • The Beach People – We love the “roundies” beach towels! The 3 year celebration continues with 30% off sitewide with code “3YEAR30”

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  • The Trend Boutique – EXTRA 60% Off ALL Sale! FREE Ship + No Tax!
  • TOMS – Surprise! TOMS is Having A Sale With Up To 86% Off! Ends 9/2
  • Tria Beauty – Get 15% off when you spend over $350, Get 10% off when you spend $101- $349, Get 5% off when you spend up to $100
  • Trina Turk – Enjoy an additional 25% off Sale Styles!

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  • True Religion – Get 40% off $750 purchase, plus free shipping! No code needed. Ends September 7th.
  • Yosi Samra – 30-60% Off* Select Styles
  • Yumi Kim – Take an extra 50% off all markdowns with code SUMMER50
  • Zobha – 40% Off Everything + Plus Free Global Shipping. Use Code: BYESUMMER

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  • Cole Haan – 50% off outlet items and 30% off sale items with EXTRA30 until 9.7.
  • John Varvatos – Take Additional 25% Off Sale w/ Code SEPTEMBER25
  • Nautica – Shop More, Save More! Take 35% off orders of $200+, 25% off orders $150+, or 20% off orders $100+ with code BYESUMMER
  • New Balance – Save 15% on all orders + Free Shipping with code LABORDAY16 only at New Balance! Offer valid 9/1-9/5.
  • Puma – 25% off sitewide at PUMA with code PUMA25OFF – valid 9/1-9/5
  • Rockport – Get 2 Pairs of Select Sale Styles for $99 + Free Shipping with code PAIRUP  runs 9.01-09.05.
  • Slate & Stone – Take an extra 20% off sitewide- NO CODE REQUIRED! Runs 8/31-9/5.
  • Swell – Take 30% Off Sale Items at SWELL! Code WHITE30. Ends 9/4/16. Shop beach wear, gear, accessories & more!
  • Timberland – 25% off All Clothing + Select Boots, Shoes & Accessories + Free Shipping at Timberland! Valid 8/25-9/7
  • True Religion – Get 40% off $750 purchase, plus free shipping! No code needed. Ends September 7th.


  • Alpha Industries – 20% Off All Kids Jackets + Free Domestic Ground Shipping With Code: BTS16
  • Hudson Jeans – Shop Girl’s Sale or the Boy’s Sale at Hudson Jeans!
  • Peek Kids – Extra 20% off clearance until 9.5.
  • Swell – Take 30% Off Sale Items at SWELL! Code WHITE30. Ends 9/4/16. Shop beach wear, gear, accessories & more!
  • TOMS – Surprise! TOMS is Having A Sale With Up To 86% Off! Ends 9/2


9 Fall Transition Essentials You Need

August 28, 2016 by  
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From bell sleeves to utility jackets to mules--there's an assortment of trends and fall basics that can  add some serious style and versatility to your wardrobe. I'm still loving jewel tones, camel (forever and ever) and now rusty tones for fall--and anything suede before the snow hits the midwest. 
fall essentials
1. Bell Sleeve Top
2. Tencel Utility Vest
3. Patchwork Cardigan
4. Crepe Palazzo Pants
5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Suede Saddle Bag
6. Jeffrey Campbell Mules
7. Felted Hat
8. Steven Suede Mules
9. Rebecca Minkoff Hobo Bag


August 25, 2016 by  
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Because I finally learned how to work with my curly/wavy hair (and out of pure laziness), I now embrace the natural texture. No heating products or tools here. I'm sharing my wash and style process over at Meijer Style along with a few of my tried and true products.

Buy Nearby Guide: Lansing

August 24, 2016 by  
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I've claimed Lansing as my home since checking into the dorms at MSU in 2004 and so much has changed in the last 12 years. Lots of new developments along Michigan Avenue, Reo Town, Old Town and other little pockets and neighborhoods. One of my clients, Michigan Retailers Association, has launched a year-round shop local in Michigan campaign called Buy Nearby and naturally, I want to support this effort and dedicate a post to share my favorite places in Lansing.

I find myself spending the most time in Old Town since I gravitate to the shops and it's also where I live. Read below for a breakdown of the local retailers including boutiques, salons, and restaurants I love and visit the most!


Favorite Salons & Spas

Laurel Salon: Located in Okemos, it's such a gorgeous space and I've followed my favorite esthetician there and so glad it introduced me to such a beautiful, serene salon. Camilla has been waxing and now tinting my brows since my early 20's--even when I lived in Chicago briefly, I'd come back to Lansing and have her fix the brows. Her room at Laurel has a giant window facing all things nature. This salon has a lot of great talent and experience, plus the salon is light and bright with a laidback luxe vibe. What I love about the salon is the focus on what's good for your body--inside and out.


The Standard: The Standard focuses on hair, eyelash extensions and brows and it's the cutest space in Old Town. The owner Michelle cuts and colors my hair now and I've had a handful of the girls handle my NovaLash extensions--and each time it's amazing! They also style my hair with a braid for a great price--I'll go in and get a quick crown braid to wear through the weekend. What I personally love so much about this salon is how Michelle hires new talent and personally trains and educates them and invests so much into each stylist. They're on top of new trends and willing to do anything like take a walk-in braid appointment.

Vada's Day Spa: This is where I go for any of my other waxing needs. Vada, the owner, makes you feel so incredibly comfortable and she has years of experience. Her spa is in an office park, so initially you may be like where the hell am I? But trust that inside those doors is the best brazilian wax you'll find.

Favorite Shops & Boutiques


Retail Therapy: Retail Therapy is my most favorite place to shop in Lansing. I worked with Retail Therapy a couple years ago for a blog opportunity and I've been hooked ever since. Celeste, the owner, is everything I want to be when I grow up. She's the most stylish woman on this planet with the biggest heart. She inspires me professionally and of course, her taste and aesthetic is bold and refined--also inspiring. She picks out such cool pieces that are mostly designed and produced in the U.S. with a small set of labels out of Europe that are impeccably made.


Belle Row: A bit off the beaten path in East Lansing, you'll find a darling boutique carrying affordable contemporary lines of clothing and accessories. You can snag an affordable dress for an upcoming wedding or snag your basics like black leggings guilt-free. 

Bradly's Home and Garden: This store is the source of all home inspiration. From furniture to lighting to small decor pieces and gifty items, it's large and carries so many amazing pieces. I walk James past the store almost daily and do a lot of window shopping--which is always stocked with new decor accents that I feel as if I need, like the ceramic cacti I bought recently.

Favorite Restaurants

The Creole: This New Orleans inspired bar and restaurant packs a punch to each dish and cocktail offered. I've experienced this place for breakfast, lunch and dinner--and it's just a great place no matter what time of day, but this is definitely my favorite brunch spot. French press coffee, grapefruit mimosas and the best quiche--it's a great way to start a weekend.


Strange Matter: The best coffee shop in town hands down. Think hand brewed coffees, syrups made in-house and delicious treats (like donuts!) I'm not much of a coffee connoisseur, but I can taste when that shit is real good, plus they are priced well. Can't. Beat. That. I love any of the sweet drinks like  the iced nolas and cinnamon honey lattes.


Cheers: If you head downtown during the lunch hour, check out Cheers for a deliciously filling protein shake. This is where I go usually every day of the week for lunch. The hours are limited--10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays so it's the perfect spot to grab lunch or a late breakfast. Birthday cake, skinny mint, brownie batter and peanut butter are a few flavors I have in my current rotation. 

Thai Village: A place my co-workers crave daily and love to grab lunch downtown and a place I love to order delivery from during the weeknights. The spicy fried rice varieties blow my mind. Because I'm trying to eat much healthier, I order delivery not often and I can divide this order into plenty of meals!

Fitness Faves

FLEXcity Fitness: I've been a dedicated FLEXcitizen for just over two years now and this place has really helped me become physically fit, but transforming the way I look at health, fitness and eating right. When I think about what I love most in Lansing and what I would miss/couldn't live without if I left, it's this studio and the instructors (especially owners Jenny and Trista!) 


[Desigual dress and Quay sunglasses from Retail Therapy, blow out by the Standard]

This is just a very short list of my favorites, but learn more about what's going in different areas of town by visiting the Old Town Commercial Association,  Downtown Lansing Inc. and Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also be sure to participate in the Buy Nearby photo contest on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Just use the hashtag #ibuynearby during the first weekend in October and you could win a $500 Discovery gift card!

Cut It Out

August 22, 2016 by  
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I styled this dress for a grand opening at Laurel Salon a few weeks ago where I snapped photos of the ribbon cutting, indulged in a delicious cupcake and was able to meet more of the team at Laurel. Plus, I love seeing Steph and Janae who own the salon. I'm pretty much in awe of both of them for their respective talents: Steph's hair coloring, creativity, laid-back attitude and sense of humor that perfectly complements Janae-- the perfect mix of creative and Type A MBA bad ass business owner. The two of them make a great team personally and professionally. Can you imagine working with your spouse? They do it flawlessly and the grand opening gave everyone a sneak peek of how amazing their talents come together and what it brings to the Lansing area. If you haven't checked out the salon yet, you definitely should come in for a tour and check out their services!
[cut-out dress by LNA, rings c/o Autumn Lace, clutch by CHC, similar black boots, necklace by Jenny Bird]
Photos by Ashley Howard

A Little More Sunshine

August 19, 2016 by  
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This beauty is Ashley--you usually see her work from the other side of the camera when you're on my blog since besides being a gorgeous model, she's a talented photographer and snaps a lot of my photos! The summer light was too hard to resist for a quick photoshoot and here are just a few photos--more on her blog at Ashley Ellen Howard!

To Fruitport and Back

August 17, 2016 by  
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Paid my mama a visit last weekend--we have a cruise and a short stay in Florida coming up next month and she's in the zone for preparation. We found her some new luggage, light tops and shorts--and bonus it was all on major sale. We ended our shopping excursion in Fruitport to grab ice cream and then I was off to Grand Rapids to shoot a family photo session. I used to HATE coming back home and I love heading to West Michigan now as much as I can.
[top from UO, similar Blank denim shorts, Rayban aviators, similar sandals, straw hat from Retail Therapy, rings by Katie Dean Jewelry]

Catch the End of Summer Sale at Shopbop

August 16, 2016 by  
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We’re soaking up these last days of summer and we’re definitely not going to miss some of the great items on sale at Shopbop. This is the time to pick up those favorite transitional pieces that just went on sale.

Current Elliott Stiletto Jeans   Rachel Pally Mei Mei Dress   Maven West Frayed Tank

Rebecca Minkoff Saddle Bag   Jeffrey Campbell Charlize Clogs   Dannijo Lupe Earrings

Be sure to check out the Shopbop Shoe Sale starting on Tuesday! Choose from gladiators, espadrilles, flip flops and even fall booties from brands like Joie, Yosi Samra, Kate Spade, Dolce Vita and more.

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