Friday, January 29, 2010

Frozen lakes

I can't believe it's the last weekend in January! It has been freezing in Michigan. We're lucky to have 15 degrees each day. I literally walk to class, sit in class, don't even leave for lunch or if I do it's to head across the street to the cafe and gulp down hot chicken lemon soup and then immediately run back to class and stay there until I leave. The winds have been so awful too. Sometimes it'll hit you.. and you'll stand there jaw dropped at how cold you are! At least it has been really pretty lately; it gives me one hope as I stare out the windows into the sunshine. Sunshine in winter is perfection. Sunsets? Even more perfection. Especially on the beach, even if it is frozen over. I love our little beach town.

Before I left to head out of town, I ran home from work so Brett and I could snap some photos down by Lake Michigan. The lake isn't frozen over like it usually is though! We've had a very mild winter up until the last week when we've gotten into single digits. The sun setting was so pretty and then it disappeared behind the line of dark clouds. Brett and I were running down the beach to beat the sun disappearing!

I've been trying to work a lot of layers to beat these winter blahs. Nighttime Tieka is all risky and tries on super thin tights with pretty floral dresses and short skirts to wear the next day, and then morning Tieka is freezing cold and uninspired and tired, so she grabs her closest pair of pants and a sweater. But today, I decided to brave the cold and I need to keep reminding myself that jeans are not any warmer than tights! I felt just fine today!

I spent quite a lot of time last night trying to style this dress, but then realized it was so pretty on it's own that it didn't need anything else. The fabric is so pretty and I'm just loving this floral print and the colors in this dress! I can't wait to wear it in spring with bare legs and no cardigan. It has short sleeves and I've been in love with dresses with sleeves lately. Eeeee.. spring come sooner!

(dress - courtesy of modcloth | tights - anne klein
cardigan - target | oxfords - aldo | headband - h&m)

Right now, I'm in East Lansing staying with Andrea (Blonde Bedhead)! Her loft apartment is seriously stunning. I feel like I'm on vacation every time I'm here. We've been sitting side by side updating our blogs and talking about bloggers and how excited we are for the Chictopia 10 conference. I'm seriously so excited and she couldn't be more perfect of a friend to go with. I'm pretty sure I'm just down right in love with that girl. We're going shopping tomorrow in Troy at Somerset for our upcoming trip! I'm so excited!


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69 comments:

  1. damn you fine!! love you <33 funny writing this when you're sitting right next to me heheh

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  2. you're so gorgeous in these beach shots with the sun shining through the clouds in the background. that dress is so lovely you definitely don't need to over style it. :) i hate the cold winds as well, all i want to do is find the nearest building and stay there forever until spring.
    have fun during your stay in east lansing. can't wait to see what you end up getting at your shopping expedition :)

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  3. hi tiekaa!

    adfja;lj1!!!!!!!!
    as usual, you bedazzle me with your natural beauty and flawless clothes. i seriousssly look up to you:).
    i am that one maggie girl. i dont know if you remember haha! i emailed you backk....but haven't gotten one back:)

    i am so excited you are going shopping!
    the other night i literally went to your blog and looked through your outfits trying to find inspiration. and i certainly did!
    i just love the way you pair cardigans with different tops and different skirts. so gorgeous:).

    anywayss.... i hope it warms up for you in michigan!
    oh and i have a chictopia now AND a blog! my chic is magpie13....but it has next to nothing on it:).
    love,
    maggie <3

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  4. these photos are so amazzzzinnngggg!!! love them. especially since you ran down to the beach to get the sun setting behind those clouds.

    Wanderlusting Fool

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  5. that dress is wonderful - i'm loving winter florals right now & i need to add some to my wardrobe! you look great!

    lauren
    www.papergownfashion.blogspot.com

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  6. Tieka, you're so adorable! This dress looks fantastic on you.

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  7. so pretty tiek! i love this. especially the first photo. have fun with andrea tonight! <3

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  8. even though im not going to NY anytime soon, im just completely as excited as you! you make me feel excited with your upcoming activities. hahaha!

    i love your photos!! i love the sun with the snow effect too!!! :D it creates such a nice balance, noh?

    great post! cant wait to see your upcoming ones! :D

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  9. Ha! This dress is on my ModCloth wishlist and you make me want to buy it even more. It looks even better worn and looks just lovely on you!

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  10. I'm loving this floral number. You pick the prettiest places to take pictures in. The 2nd picture is gorgeous!

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  11. wow so amazing! the photos and the light are stunning!! I love the dress and the headband!!

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  12. omgosh, these pics are stunning, tieka! u look lovely as always:) stay warm!

    TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

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  13. These pictures are amazing, you look lovely!!!xxx

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  14. your outfit is so darling! i love the sunlight behind you... it's so perfect!

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  15. I really like your dress. It looks really good on you.

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  16. I can't get over how cold it looks over there! You are a serious blogger if you can stand 15 degree temps without a coat. I would've high tailed it to the car:)

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  17. very pretty dress! how awesome of you to brave the cold! what pretty pics!

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  18. i like dresses with sleeves, too! wish we could see the sleeves on the one you're wearing...i guess it'll be a couple months! brr

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  19. Amazing outfit !!
    I hate winter.. It's so cold here in Holland. I wish it was summer...

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  20. i had so many layers on yesterday too! and i kept on telling myself that pants would not be any warmer...haha...i love this floral dress. it seems kind of perfect for winter!

    hopefully, i will see you at the chictopia conference. my friend + i are going too!

    ~pemora

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  21. i had so many layers on yesterday too! and i kept on telling myself that pants would not be any warmer...haha...i love this floral dress. it seems kind of perfect for winter!

    hopefully, i will see you at the chictopia conference. my friend + i are going too!

    ~pemora

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  22. Glad you were able to survive the cold weather. That dress is so adorable and perfectly paired with your tights.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  23. its funny, I am used to that bitter cold midwest weather where 20 or 30F is warm, but now that I'm in DC, 30F is cold haha. I guess its the general mindset of each region, stay warm & cute! (though you're having no problem with the cute ;)

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  24. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! You have more guts than I do, thats for sure! I've been resorting to jeans and sweaters for the most part during this bitter cold days.

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  25. that last image of you is beautiful! can't bel;ieve you braved the cold for photos, it was 10 here yesterday and I just couldn't bring myself to do it! bravo! hope you stay warm and hope we get to meet when you're in NYC!

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  26. That floral pattern is stunning. I'm dieing for winter to end, I can't wait to put my tights and cardigans away and just be able to wear a sun dress.

    Your photos are beautiful! and those tights! oh my!

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  27. Oh yea!! You guys are gonna be on my side of town! I wish I would have known so I could have maybe met up with you! Well have a good weekend!

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  28. Oh, I love shopping for trips! Have fun!!

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  29. You are so fortunate to live so close to a beach and pretty places. I'm jealous xo

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  30. your hair look so perfect with this headband!!!;))you sweet girl!!

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  31. That dress is the perfect floral. I love it! Amazing photos. Your look lovely!

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  32. i love that fourth photo, especially!! have fun shopping!!

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  33. I love your dress, it's so pretty!

    lovelove, M.
    http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

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  34. Wow! Greatpictures, i love the snow. :-)
    Love that dress too. its lovely!
    Panda xx

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  35. amazing amazing pictures, the sunset is a pure piece of art. You're dress is elemental and you look beauitful on all the shoots!

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  36. what a pretty dress! i live in illinois, and this week when the sun came out the temperature dropped! it's so disappointing when that happens!

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  37. I can relate to you on the cold winds lately.... Oh lake michigan..

    Love the dress by the way!

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  38. both dress and photography are beautiful today! i think the pattern is perfect with black--that dress will definitely look cute in the spring, but i love the way you are styling it now too.
    brave girl with the tights! i too am a lunatic who wears them all through winter. as long as i keep my core warm, i keep telling myself that i won't get frostbite.

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  39. love these pictures they are utterly gorgeous

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  40. Really pretty pictures, Tieka. I think there's a nice end of the world look about that lakescape. Gorgeous dress, too!

    xx

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  41. i freaking love your hair and can't wait for mine to grow out so I can do it up! I may have to take some inspiration from you when it comes to my color eventually, too, if that's ok with you :)
    xo, Megan

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  42. these pictures are incredible the second one down is absolutely stunning! love the dress you look great!

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  43. oh my gosh! Tieka, these photos are SO gorgeous! You look stunning, and I love the dress! I hope that you had a fantastic time shopping today! :)

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  44. Aren't frozen lakes the best?? I love the wintry iciness. And these tights are such a great compliment to that beautiful dress.

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  45. that dress is going to be THE BEST come springtime. but i do like the way you're wearing it now. :)

    and as a southerner, it is so hard to imagine lakes (or any other large - or small, for that matter - bodies of water) being frozen. crazy!

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  46. i'm jealous at how you can just run (or drive) to get beautiful scenery to get pictures taken...
    here, we'd have to get stuck in traffic to do that...

    i'm loving your dress btw..and i've always loved "sleeved" dresses..

    ps. left you an award on my blog..for being an inspiration! check it out..

    gizellefaye.blogspot.com

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  47. If it weren't for those frozen sunsets, winter would be truly awful. Great photos!

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  48. Oh my gosh I love these photos, the lake is amazing!! And as always your outfit is perfection :)

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  49. Gorgeous setting, and that dress is so very pretty!

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  50. This is so beautiful! I don't think I've ever seen a frozen beach, it's a really pretty sight
    And your dress is so cute!

    -Shoeless Simone

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  51. Kudos for braving the frigid weather - the pictures are gorgeous! The past couple of days have been so lovely, with the sun out and everything.

    Have a wonderful time on your trip! :)

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  52. You look stunning! I love the whole outfit. Especially that dress!

    I do the same thing! Plan all this cute little outfits, wake up in the morning and think I must have been crazy to want to wear something that thin and cold. Haha.

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  53. Those are some very beautiful sunset photos!! I hope you're having a good weekend.

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  54. wow! love ur pic and outfits!!
    u look so preety !
    love at the first sight with ur blog :))
    btw i've linked ur blog and followed =p~
    xoxo
    
yudia aiiu

    http://blackecstasy.blogspot.com

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  55. beautiful outfit!

    love your blog! :)
    - Audrey Allure <3
    http://audreyallure.blogspot.com

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  56. Um...wow, beautiful pictures!
    I love that you just let the dress work for itself with a great pair of tights. Good for you for being brave and wearing a skirt and not jeans when it's freezing. You look hot even if you're cold...

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  57. your adorable, and your blog is so engaging!

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  58. Beautiful dress on a beautiful girl!

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  59. Awww, I love that dress. It looks so sweet :)

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  60. I'm still shocked that you're brave enough to pull off dresses in Michigan in the winter. I always become too much of a sissy and pull on my gigantic full body snowsuit. Haha. Or, jeans, at least.

    That sunset is FANTASTIC and it reminds me of how much I miss Michigan and THE LAKES. I grew up right on the lake and now I live in the center of Ohio where there is absolutely no water.

    And I wish I was sitting there blogging right next to you and the gorge blonde bedhead :) You're both inspiring.

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  61. Hahahaha, I do the same thing every night!! But I'm so glad you braved the cold for tights. You look amazing! These pics are gorgeous too! The beach and sunset are beautiful.


    clothedmuch.blogspot.com

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  62. I love the outfit! I have the same planning problems where I am ambitious at night and then I wake up late, am cold and tired, and just throw on jeans. It's a waste, especially if you're going out to not put something cute on! It makes the whole day better. I love that second picture of you with the sunset caught in the background. Great composition!

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  63. i love these photos! the light is so beautiful. also am crazy about that dress and the tights. so cute! xx

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  64. Great blog! I just found it today via What I Wore, and I'm definitely becoming a follower. I have to say though, these beach shots make me miss Lake Michigan terribly.

    - A fellow Michigoose.

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