Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bloggers Unite for Pink Pony!

I'm so proud right now to be one of the one hundred bloggers in the Pink Pony campaign. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary of the Polo Ralph Lauren's Pink Pony fund which is a year round effort to promote awareness and to raise funds in the fight against cancer. The mission of Pink Pony is to address the needs of the medically under served by bringing quality cancer care, access to cancer care and early detection for those who need it most. Today, you'll be seeing many of your favorite bloggers help promote the campaign by wearing Pink Pony's version of the pink ribbon. Click here to view the gallery of all the 100 bloggers and read more about the efforts here.

Want to know how you can help? From October 1st through the 21st, Charity Buzz will be hosting their first Pink Pony online auction with 100% of the proceeds going straight to the Pink Pony fund. You can also text PINKPONY to 501501 to automatically donate $10. If you can't afford to help out right now, that's fine too - use your voice! You can post about it, tweet using the hash tag #RLPinkPony and spread the word. Every person can make a difference.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Kissing Tree Vintage Giveaway

Closed Tuesday, October 5 at 9 PM EST!
This week's giveaway is from The Kissing Tree Vintage!
Jessica has the most darling vintage dresses on her Ebay store and she does
it all so that she can stay home with her 11 month baby girl, Cadence!

She is offering one of my lucky readers this vintage sleeved floral dress!
(I'm going to cry when I ship this off - it's the perfect dress for me!)
It fits a small to a medium size.

To enter, you must:
1) leave a way for me to contact you if I can't through link!
2) name your favorite item from her store!

Bonus Entry!
"Like" The Kissing Tree Vintage on Facebook!
(Leave an additional comment please!)

This giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers!

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, October 5 at 9 PM EST!

#33 // Sweeter Salt!
Please contact me at tieka@selectivepotential.com!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Riverview boardwalk

Now that it's getting darker earlier, I need to get on a new schedule with outfit posts! Last night's pictures turned out perfect and tonight... not so much! We headed out around 7:15 or so tonight, I think last night was a little bit earlier. Lighting is so tricky come this time of year! The nights get shorter and shorter! Oh well, each season I have photos and outfits I'm not necessarily crazy about. It happens to the best of us!

(sesame candy dress - c/o modcloth | blazer - urban outfitters | flats - jb and me)

It's my goal to get at least four outfit posts per week. I have so much in my closet that I haven't worn yet - even stuff from summer yet! Eep! It was such a stressful and crazy summer, hopefully now this autumn I'll have the time to tie up loose ends! I feel autumn is a time of rebirth - even though that time is technically spring, but it just feels like a fresh start to me. School begins (waa, not for me!) and the new fashion year begins. I say that with autumn, the new year and my birthday though too. I need a lot of fresh starts in a year apparently! ;)

currently playing:
armor for sleep - walking at night, alone

Featured Blogger: Fourth Edition


For my fourth featured blogger, I'd love to introduce you to Kate from Postcards From if you haven't already heard of her! I feel like I've "known" Kate for forever - she's the sweetest person ever. We've been chatting since January and I've been adoring her style ever since I first heard of her. She inspires people with her amazing style, her wonderful relationship with her boyfriend, their gorgeous photos and her seriously kind soul. She mixes grunge, girly, vintage, delicate yet edgy into all of her outfits. I don't know how she does it - I take some serious inspiration from this girl! Be sure to check her out - you'll be inspired too!

1. When and why did you start your personal style blog, Postcards From?

I started Postcards From 8 months ago. It originally started out as a creative writing outlet for me, then turned into a style blog. When I was in high school, I would come home everyday and jump online and look at personal style blogs. I love the fact that girls (and boys!) of all shapes and sizes can create a place to completely be themselves and inspire others. That's why I started my blog. I wanted to be inspired, and in turn, inspire others daily.

2. You're originally from Canada - what do you love most about your home town?

I live on a golf course back home with my family, and one of the things I miss most about where I live is that I wake up and look out and see golf carts everywhere. I feel like I'm in the Flintstones or something! I love the weather, food and people in Canada. Everyone is so lovely and the coffee shops are some of the best, and how can I forget poutine? Amaaazing!

3. Has moving to Australia affected your personal style?

I definitely loved being surprised by Australian fashion. I came here thinking it would be beach babes in bikinis everywhere, but Australia has some of the best style when you really look for it! I found a love for lace, floral and neutral colors that I didn't have in Canada. I have a lack of fear in Australia when it comes to my style. I don't mind stepping out of the house in something ridiculous - if I like it, I'll wear it!


4. Tell us a little bit about your "dreamboat", Nathan!

He is dreamy ;) - but really, Nathan is fantastic. His hair is longer than mine, he loves music and spends every Saturday teaching kits how to do art! He truly is the Mario to my peach.

5. What inspires your personal style?

I'm seriously inspired by everything! I wear tights pretty much 95% of the time, so I am very inspired by movies with characters that wear tights (Peterpan and Robin Hood!) I get inspired by the different colors of fruits and vegetables at the grocery store. One time I picked up an avocado with a clove of garlic and realized I loved cream with dark green together!

6. What are your plans for the future?

I would love to someday create my own magazine. I love writing, and having the opportunity to make a difference in such a tangible way. It would specialize in fashion, art, world issues and cute cupcake recipes! I want something that girls can pick up and think, "Yeah, I don't have to be stick thin and wear clothes that show everything to be accepted. I can sew clothes, make music and read comic books and not be a total weirdo!"

7. What are some of your favorite blogs?

Your blog is actually my absolute favorite! I also love Maria from Lulu Letty, Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky, Eleanor from Bonjour Bbydoll and Avalonne from the girl from hk, Idn & sf. Those girls warm my heart and inspire me so much.

8. A favorite band?

I love Vampire Weekend at the moment. They make me want to go out in the street and bust a move!

9. Describe your style in 3 words.

Feminine, vintage, romantic.

10. Any tips for new bloggers?

My biggest advice is to never do it for 'fame' or hundreds of comments. If it ever gets to that point then it's not fun anymore. I always make sure that I am doing it because I love it and nothing else. Also, making sure that you try to comment on blogs that comment on yours. It shows that you really appreciate them and love their blog, too!

I hope you all enjoyed learning more about Kate! Be sure to head over to her blog, Postcards From, to say hello! She's so sweet - you'll love her! If you enjoyed reading this, be sure to check out my previous featured bloggers! I choose girls who I feel deserve to be in the spotlight - not only for their style, but for their personalities and kindness! I'll be back in winter with another blogger!

Monday, September 27, 2010

First signs of autumn

Well, autumn is here! Signs were showing in Michigan several weeks ago, but it finally feels real now. The nights are getting darker earlier, trees are changing everywhere, leaves are falling, the air is cool - it's perfection. I absolutely love this season. It's really strange right now though because this is the first fall where I haven't returned to school! I am really missing it too - maybe I'll have to go back to Kendall and major in their new fashion program? ;)

Life has been a little crazy lately. My entire website was deleted somehow the other night, so I have rebuilt that, but my shop is down currently. It's on my to-do list to put back up immediately, so bear with me! I'm also looking anywhere and everywhere for a job. I'd absolutely love to find something in the Grand Rapids area, but at this point, Brett and I are willing to move. I feel like graphic design jobs are so scarce right now and the ones that are available are extremely competitive. I mean - I have a bachelor's degree in interactive design, I'm even better at graphic design and I'm self taught in social media and am super insanely passionate. Yet it's still not enough! I feel like you have to know people!

(tee - express | tights - target | do you really want to skirt me in print - c/o modcloth
birdhouse necklace, ecote skimmers - urban outfitters | cardigan - h&m)

I wore this same exact outfit while I was in NYC, but never got photos of it! I absolutely love this skirt from ModCloth - the print is so whimsical and unique. It has little farm scenes, rabbits and trees on it. The bow gets wrinkly quickly, so I kept having to fluff it out to make it look like a bow, but really - I love it. I'm going to be stuck in this cardigan this fall - it's so comfortable! I once got ragged on the blog for wearing too many flats and cardigans - teehee, sorry! It's what I like! Buzz off! :)

currently playing:
the honey trees - love & loss

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Guy Behind the Camera: 9th Edition!

Welcome to the 9th edition of my "Guy Behind the Camera" series! For new readers, I started this feature last winter because I wanted a way to showcase and feature some of the guys that take our outfit photos for us! I really appreciate Brett for all he has done for the blog - waiting patiently as I fling my coat over him in the winter to quickly snap a few in the blizzarding cold, swat bugs at his neck while I'm frolicking in some swampy area in a floppy hat or hop fences so I can get a totally illegal shot somewhere where we shouldn't be trespassing! He's been so awesome - and I couldn't be more thankful! First, we have Erika from Dear Dear Closet! She has been with her boyfriend, Pablo, for over 6 years! He's a graduated U.S. Marine - but before he left for boot camp, his love for being "behind the camera" led him to be her personal photographer! He is so patient for her - fulfilling her crazy take-pictures-of-me wishes! But he loves to explore, so they have a ton of fun together taking pictures in new places. He doesn't like to wait while she carefully treks through the grass/dirt in pretty shoes so he'll carry her and drop her where he wants - ha ha! Pablo knows exactly what he wants in a photo where Erika is indecisive - so it's like they say, "Opposites attract!" :)

Next we have, Kenzie from From Pacific to Atlantic! Her and her best friend, Aly, have started this blog together and it's just so darling! For Kenzie, her boyfriend Garrett takes all of her photos for her! She insists on seeing every picture right after he takes it - haha! He climbs up hills or drives all around town so that they can find a good place to take photos. When she started the blog, she was really shy in front of the camera, but Garrett pushed her to try different poses and angles until she finally became comfortable! He always makes her laugh whenever they take pictures together so that "everyone can see her beautiful smile"! Aww - that is so sweet!

Third, we have Lainey from Lainey Turns the Camera On! Not only is her husband, Geo, an amazing photographer, but he's one of the most patient guys you'll ever meet. It takes a lot to please her when it comes to photos she puts on the blog and so they usually spend a half an hour sometimes just to get the rights ones for her to choose from! He loves doing random photo shoots with her (he's a budding headshot photographer - and he said she makes the best model!) and since they are both in the entertainment business - he knows the right angles to make her look good. Hehe! They're always looking to find new ways to create photoshoots together! He's her ultimate partner in crime and she loves him so much - so sweet!

Next up - Lindsay from My Solitary Consignment! Her fiance, Caulen, takes all of her photos for her and even joins her in cross-state thrifting adventures! He love thrift stores as much as she does! Lindsay says that her blog just wouldn't be possible without him! He's so patient with an eye for outfit shots - he deserves to be in the spotlight! She just can't wait to marry him - so sweet!

And last up, we have Sarah from Sarah Ann Noel! She wanted to submit her husband because he's her best friend and he's amazing and so loving! What more could a girl ask for in a guy, right? She also has to throw in that he's so smart, funny and handsome too! They live together in the great city of Denver, CO with the cutest Australian Shepherd pup you ever will see, Roscoe. So cute, thanks Sarah for showing off your guy!

Well, that's it for the September feature of "Guy Behind the Camera"! If you would like to submit you and your guy, please send me an email at tieka@selectivepotential.com with your name, blog URL, a photo of you, a photo of him and a brief description on why you'd like to showcase your guy! If you enjoyed reading this feature, be sure to check out the first eight editions! I'll be back in October with five more awesome ladies and their guys behind the camera!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Guest post on Jen Loves Kev!

Hello lovelies! I'm over at Jen's blog, Jen Loves Kev, today doing a guest post while her and Kev adjust to having their new baby girl, Rowan, at home! Congrats to her and Kev both! Be sure to swing by her blog and check it out. She had a really fun idea of taking a piece of art history and working an outfit around it. I chose a favorite artist who paints a lot of flowers. I know what you guys are thinking - you're so predictable, Tieka! :)

My year in blogging!

I cannot believe that this time last year I started Selective Potential. So, happy one year to this blog! To give you a little backstory, I started this blog last fall after I had lost 35 pounds. It was like.. all of a sudden, I felt great with the way clothes looked on me, I wanted to see what else I could with it and I wanted to really focus on getting a personal style for myself. So, of course, me - the Google queen - I googled personal style websites and came across an article on Who What Wear featuring four fashion bloggers - and I was hooked. So I started - throwing myself into this blog and what a ride it has been so far - definitely one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! And thanks to all of you. Thanks so much for reading - and supporting me in everything. It has meant so much!

I had no idea what I was doing when I started this blog, but it just seemed to fit me - so well. I love style, I love blogging, I love graphic design and digital media - and social media. I mean, could there be anything else meant for me? Plus, I've learned so much this past year because of this blog. So much about html coding, blog design, graphic design, networking, etc. - but mostly this blog has really helped me define who I am. I can't imagine not being Selective Potential now. I feel like it's me - wrapped up into two words! I've made some amazing friends (you guys all know who you are) and you've all honestly changed my life and have made me feel so good about myself.

If I look back on this last year, when I first started to where I am now - I honestly get the biggest smile on my face. I'm not the type of person to take the little things for granted. When I saw I was featured on Who What Wear's website last November, I screamed in the car all the way to class. Last December, when I was in the running for Chictopia's style icon, I stayed up so late to wait to see if I had gotten it and bounced around the house when I received the message saying I won thinking I couldn't believe it. In February, when I went to NYC for the first time for fashion week and met so many of my favorite bloggers - I couldn't believe I was living my life at that very moment - it was so amazing! Going to Chicago for Jess LC's jewelry shoot, it was one of the best days I can remember. And right as I was about to graduate, I was named ModCloth's blogger of the moment which was one of the highlights - and receiving a dress named after me. And now just recently having won the Juicy Couture contest - and having my fall NYC trip paid for - the best birthday gift for this blog I could have ever asked for. I can't wait to see what this next year holds for SP. I wouldn't be here without you guys - honestly. Thank you. So much.

spring - windmill island | summer - summer marsh)

Thank you guys - so much!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ododo Originals Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, September 28 at 9 PM!
This week's giveaway is from Ododo Originals!
She is offering one of my readers this so-cute "baby teal" beaded hairclip!

To enter, you must:
1) leave a way for me to contact you if I can't through link!
2) name your favorite item from her shop!

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers only.

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, September 28 at 9 PM EST!

And the winner of the Love Charles Vintage $15 store credit is..
#22 // DelusionalMe!
Please contact me at tieka@selectivepotential.com to claim!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eve Gravel & Jacket Giveaway

So recently I was contacted by a Canadian-based designer, Eve Gravel, to do a collaboration to style up one of their items and to host as a giveaway for one of you lucky girls! They are looking to expand over to the United States - so what's better than contacting five personal style bloggers here? Their fall/winter lookbook is just gorgeous. When they sent over the link for it - I honesty swooned! She's been in the business for 16 seasons, so the quality, styling and look of all of her pieces are just top notch!

She asked each of the bloggers chosen to pick out some of their favorites pieces so we could style up something! I didn't get my favorite piece - which was the Chanel jacket, but this "we get on" jacket was really funky and brought me out of my normal element! It was fun to play up. I keep telling myself I want to incorporate more edgy pieces into my wardrobe and this was a great chance to play around with something new without fully committing! I like being taken out of my comfort zone sometimes with style.

The awesome thing about Eve Gravel this week is that five bloggers (myself included) are hosting giveaways on their blog including a piece from their lookbook! Be sure to check out Lulu Letty, Sally Jane Vintage, Liebemarlene and A Thought is the Blossom to enter on each blog for a chance to win! All you have to do to enter is go to the Eve Gravel website and comment with your favorite piece from the collection! It shouldn't be hard to find something you'll love. The giveaway will run one week from today! And yes, it's open to you international ladies too!

(we get on jacket - eve gravel | dress, tights, wedge heels - forever 21)

Giveaway closed Friday, October 1st
Winner is #105 - Hana

currently playing:
matt pond pa - from debris

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Last day in NYC

For our last day in NYC, Elizabeth and I didn't have any fashion-related events, which was kind of refreshing! So, of course, I wore my most comfortable outfit! We headed down to check out a couple of shops - checked out some vintage and got some expensive but yummy gelato from Grom! It was the perfect temperature - so we just walked back to our hotel. I honestly don't mind walking miles in the city - there's so much to look at!

(jeans - gap | black tee - express | flats, buckle bag - urban outfitters)

If you follow my Twitter, you read about how I bought the most comfortable jeans on the planet. Seriously. I paid a nice penny for these ($70) which is awful for jeans (in my opinion) but I couldn't leave the store without these! They feel like jammies! They are Gap's version of the "jegging". So stretchy, but look just like a perfect pair of skinny jeans! I loveee them.

After walking around the city for a bit, we met up with Annie, Annie and Morgan to head out for a BBQ dinner at Hill Country. It was such a unique place for some good old fashioned barbeque! We had a giant plate of meat, sweet potatoes, collared greens and some very yummy cornbread! I washed it all down with a root-beer! Mmm! After saying our goodbyes, Elizabeth and I headed back to the hotel to pack up for our next day of travels home! Let me just say, it was amazing staying with Elizabeth all week. She's honestly one of my best friends - and she made the week 10x more awesome. Be sure to head over to her blog - she's about to leave on her Brave trip and she's going to have the best adventures EVER.

currently playing: