Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spring is on the way!

Today feels like spring might be peeking around the corner at any minute here in Michigan! I left for class around 7:45 AM and the sun was so bright, I thought I'd be blind by the time I got into Grand Rapids! My sunglasses just weren't cutting it and of course, I was heading directly east right into it! I just can't complain though. How gorgeous is sunshine in February. It's perfect!

During my lunch break, I decided to venture off and find a good place to grab some shots. Grand Rapids has so many great places to get outfit shots, along with Grand Haven. Especially come summer for Grand Haven. I have some really great ideas boiling in my brain. Brett rolls his eyes when I tell him about our summer shoots.. and it's still winter. Hehe! But today, I decided to go down by one of our four bridges that cross the Grand River. Two are walking bridges and the other two are driving bridges. Actually, it's five because we have a gorgeous historic bridge as well just down on Monroe! Anyway, they are lovely. Especially at night when it's all lit up. I used to ride my razor scooter across them in the summer, stop and take it all in because it was so perfect.

I received this dress over the weekend while I was in NYC! I got it from .. Elizabeth, who got it from Mel's collection of amazing clothes. I love it. The ruffled top is so pretty. It's so short though! I didn't really realize until I got into downtown Grand Rapids and was walking to class and kept having to hike it down. Hehe! Sitting down is another story; good thing my legs are under the desk and faced away from my classmates!

So I feel like life is going to slow down a little bit now that NYFW weekend is over for me, which is refreshing. I was feeling really guilty about missing classes and feeling really rushed to plan what I needed to for the weekend, so now I feel like I'm getting caught up. This week has been a good one! I feel a little bit more calm, which is what I like. I'm seriously all about the simple life. Taking walks, enjoying the gorgeous sunshine, the above freezing temperatures and the simple joy of munching on swedish fish and giggling about how good all of that combined feels. Seriously! I'm easily entertained in life. An older gentleman laughed at me and said "Great hat!" and I beamed. Older men love this hat. My boss keeps calling me Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.. but I mean, his hat is giant with a animal tail coming off of it. Crazy boss!

(dress - kensie | cardigan - macy's | belt - urban outfitters
boots - forever 21 | tights - gap | hat - scala classico)

If you click on this image, you can see it larger to get a better glimpse at how Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky and Mel from Idee Geniale both styled it! It's cute because we all have very similar style - pairing it with tights, boots, a belt and some sort of long sleeve item. Layers are essential right now, obviously. Hopefully Erin or Indiana gets this and can style it in warmer weather! The back deserves to be seen - the zipper up the back is so pretty. Don't forget to become a fan of the Delightful Dozen facebook page too!


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66 comments:

  1. This is such a gorgeous location! That cardigan looks super cozy.

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  2. That dress is SO cute! And every time I see you wearing those boots I realize how much I wanted some ankle boots for this winter and just never got any! Anyway, I love them.
    You're a doll.
    <3

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  3. i love these photos! your blog is a new favorite of mine :)

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  4. Even though you beautiful ladies wore the dress similarly, the textural difference sets you apart. The dress is adorable.
    Cute !
    And yes, just like the older gentleman, I loved the hat !

    Love,
    Deepti

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  5. you are so adorable Tieka! Glad you had fun in NY and that you can relax and get caught up this weekend xx

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  6. Thats a beautiful dress! Nice pictures also.

    =)

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  7. Such a great look! It feels like spring is almost here where I am too! It's in the 40s today and super sunny! It's exciting!

    I take pleasure in the simple things in life as well. :)

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  8. love the texture combo of dress and tights! ROCK ITTTTT. Those photos make me excited for sunny lovely weather!

    xo, Kim www.crowded-closet.com

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  9. Tieka, you are just too cute! I love your blog (i think it's my new favorite!), keep being awesome!
    xxx louise (http://fifthsparrow.blogspot.com)

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  10. Great dress - I love all the textures you have going on in your outfit! It is so warm and sunny here in MN too but I just know it's going to get cold and nasty again for another month!

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  11. aw, what a gorgeous location! I wish I could find some in walking distance of my school/house...

    and I think old men give the best compliments. :o)

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  12. Love these photos! I'm jealous of your weather, it's unbearably cold here. This looks great on you. I love the mix of prints and textures with the tights.

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  13. anything with ruffles makes me happy. this dress is fantastic!

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  14. Nice hat and love the ruffle of your dress. I like that you venture out to new places for your photos -- can't wait to see some of your new ideas!

    - joAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

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  15. These pictures are so happy!! Love the dress on you so so much. And i'm sorry about the length. I must remember to measure twice and cut once! OOPsies!

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  16. Your nickname is too funny! I have a crazy ear flap hat that I wear for snow clearing and the guys always say 'nice hat' and I don't know if that's a good 'nice hat' or a bad 'nice hat'. Oh well, it's cute and warm.
    You look great in this dress, even if the length is scandalous. haha, it's not bad, though I can understand your fear when you sit down.

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  17. Oh Tieka, that what you wrote is one of the many reasons you're one of my favorite bloggers, you're so down to earth and you enjoy simple things in life and not just fashion. I love your way of think <3 if that's even a correct way to say it.

    I love how everyone dressed up this little dress, but i think on Elizabeth it doesn't looks so short, i also like that hat too, i have a similar and i feel like the guy in the movie "loser" you know what?

    ok tieka i think i wrote too much haha i adore reading your entries! Have a nice weekend.

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  18. such an adorable dress! I'm jealous of your warmer weather. I cant wait for spring to arrive!!!

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  19. I love the pattern on that dress, and the shape of the cardigan you paired it with! Isn't winter sunshine great, when the air is still crisp but you can feel the sunshine on your shoulders...mmmmm..

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  20. I love how happy you look in all these photos and so pretty!

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  21. gorgeous! and such a lovely backdrop to your photos. you live in such a pretty town:)

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  22. aww tieka! isn't it a bit weird going back to taking regular outfit photos?! but i'm glad you decided on this location--you are just gorgeous as you always are! that dress is so adorable! i don't think i've ever seen you in ruffles before! they look lovely on you :) that hat always brings a big ole smile onto my face!

    and i totally agree with you on being a simple girl! new york was huuuuuge and i felt so lost most of the time haha :)

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  23. i have those shoes too! these photos are pretty, love the colors of it all.

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  24. I love these shots, great day with the gorgeous sun out! I love this dress and the concept that it's been recycled and worn by two other ladies, fabulous!!

    Dea
    www.beachfloatabroad.blogspot.com

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  25. You look adorable in that dress!! I loved today too, It was a really nice MI day, I went shopping and bummed around all day lol :)

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  26. how have those boots held up? i've been eyeing them for awhile but i've never bought shoes from f21... you wearing them in the michigan snow makes me feel better - i'm blogging out of cleveland & we have similar weather!

    lauren

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  27. Same here on the other side of the lake. The weather is so nice and the snow is melting! impatiently waiting for spring! :D You look so cute too!!

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  28. Great look on you, I was trying to find a professional outfit for tomorrow, I'm inspired by this look! :)

    -Coco from Our Paper Moon

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  29. Gorgeous photos Tieka!
    Love the way you all styled the dress - the delightful dozen is such an inspired idea :) I love seeing how different girls wear the same thing! It's awesome xx

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  30. Such a good idea ! You look great ! And your pictures are amazing, as usual !

    xx

    •• http://www.lescoquettes.fr ••

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  31. i lovelovelove this!!!! that dress is amazing.

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  32. This mix and match things you guys are doing is so interesting. It's cool to see you in their clothes. You look so great in that dress though. And you do pick some of the prettiest places to take your outfit pics.

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  33. you seem much more happy back in MI. Not that I didn't love your NYC shots, but you seem more at home.

    I do love some feb sun. it means so much in the midwest

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  34. adorable photos, you are so lovely

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  35. That IS a beautiful place to take photographs. I love the color blue in the background : )

    How do you get the courage to set up your tripod in a public place? I feel self conscious but really want to try and get over that!

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  36. I'm adoring the dress!
    Great location spot. I seriously need to find some Swedish fish, haha.

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  37. you are so dang cute! can i have your wardrobe please?

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  38. such a lovely outfit! it looks so so so comfy, yet totally chic!

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  39. Gorgeous tights with the plaid. The photos are lovely, especially your head shots in the sun (I always feel like it makes my eyes look squinty).
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    Happy Chinese New Year giveaway

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  40. Hey Tieka! I did an inspiration "sketch" from your outfit at NYF the one with the striped shirt + floral printed skirt at my blog, if you wanna check it ;).

    Audrey
    shegotaticket2ride.blogspot.com

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  41. aaahhh really the queen of mixing textures and pattern!!!! gorgeous, tieka!

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  42. What a pretty dress! I loved how all three of you have styled it so far! Super cute, but yeah, super short! But at least you girls have the legs for it!

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  43. The blue plaid suits you so well! I love this.

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  44. I love that dress!It looks great with the pattern on your tights!
    I love your blog, it has become one of my daily reads.
    Love,
    Belle

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  45. I love that hat, too! Your whole outfit looks great. It looks cozy and sophisticated all at the same time, and that dress is amazing.

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  46. hey girl!
    sooo adorable... you always look so cute in your pictures!!!

    you always make me wana half dye my hair ;)

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  47. great location and great outfit, I love ur cardigan!

    xxx

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  48. I love the outfit! You look beautiful as always hun. <3

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  49. shoes, tights and dress stole my heart... lovely blog, lovely you.

    xx
    refuesetolabel.blogspot.com

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  50. Oh you are just so adorable!!! I love the first picture with you squinting, hehe! Winter is 2347932784x better when the sun is shining.. kind of enjoyable.. but I think we are all glad that Spring is coming!

    PS- I read your comment on Emily's blog.. WE ALL NEEEEED TO GET TOGETHER THIS SUMMER. Come to VB! Please please please!

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  51. i thought that dress looked familiar! it's so cute!

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  52. These boots are amazing, this is totally beautiful with your dress :)

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  53. I love how you styled this dress! It looks awesome. And your photos are look super cool! :)

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  54. holy cute!!! you always find the best photo locations, I would die to ride across that bridge on my razor scooter! I wish I lived near you and we could scooter around town.

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  55. You are soooo photogenic! I am being serious here: yesterday I was doing outfit photos, and thought I should smile a bit for a change. I looked kind of strange at first, so then I thought, "hmmm, how would Tieka do this!" haha...seriously! You always have the cutest smiley photos!!

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  56. I love this outfit!! The tights are awesome with that dress...and I love that dress! plaids and greys--my kinda stuff! Really, really great shots :D

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  57. i love love love how you styled this dress! all of you girls are so adorable in it. i'm especially loving the pattern of your tights and how they contrast with the plaid. :)

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  58. Love the outfit! That skirt is cute, and you guys all wear it nicely! Also love the tights!

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  59. The old man hat is AMAZING, and I love the rest of the outfit too! :) The dress is so cute!

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  60. that really is a fab hat! great boots too & great photos as usual! :)

    www.messyourhairup.blogspot.com

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  61. Short dresses/skirts are awesome though highly inconvenient sometimes. Looks great on you!

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