Monday, April 18, 2011

The Fish Ladder

On the west side of the Grand River, we have an amazing functional art piece called the Fish Ladder. It was designed so that fish could jump and battle the flowing river easier on their journey east, but it also allows people to see the fish literally jump up the stairs! It's so fun to watch. Most of the activity happens in spring and late summer, but I didn't see any fish jumping this time! I'll have to go back soon!


I found inspiration for this outfit in Lucky Magazine. In the latest issue, they had an article on four ways to style up a lace top. In one of the styles, they paired it with high-waisted pants and heels and I loved it! I was originally going to wear this to Chicago on Saturday for the vintage expo, but the weather was so crappy I decided to opt out. Thankfully it was all sunshine in Grand Rapids on Sunday!

I absolutely adore ThreadSence's new lookbook and couldn't wait to pair my Garren heels with these pants. This whole spread with the floral tank and cardigan is perfect. It's like the exact spring style I want. Now we just need spring weather!


I'm really liking my darker locks lately! It was like... the blonde tips disappeared so suddenly! I went for so long having ombre hair and now it's almost all dark. I was contemplating going darker, or going red, or even adding more highlights but I think I'm going to stick in the natural world for a while. My hair is the least dry/damaged it's ever been! It's so funny because I grew up hating my hair color. I'm glad I finally came around.


Outfit details:
Urban Outfitters peter pan collar top
Garren heels c/o Blowfish Shoes
Dancing in the Dark pants c/o ThreadSence

92 comments:

  1. I love this outfit! It's styled so well and you look so cute! I might just have to buy that shirt... and those pants... and the shoes :)

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  2. oh i love your shoes so much, i keep looking at the website contemplating them. also love that top. how funny, the fish ladded. cute.

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  3. Your natural hair color is so flattering on you, definitely keep it that way! You look gorgeous in this outfit, I love how you styled it. And that fish ladder sounds so cool, I wish they had something like that near me! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

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  4. Beautiful photos, I love your lace tee :)


    xxx



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  6. Very pretty Tieka! I love these photos, perfect Spring look! I am liking your hair this color, natural is pretty. I am letting mine grow out, I promised Kyle I would let it just grow after I damaged it so bad last summer. These pictures are such good inspiration :)

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  7. you are so absolutely gorgeous, that third to last photo! bombshell :) and perfect outfit, styled to a t.

    they also have fish ladders in seattle, one of my favorite cities. actually my parents used to live there and my mom worked in a fish pathology lab

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  8. i looooove this photo shoot - the whole outfit is perfect. and i ordered those same pair of shoes from blowfish...just waiting for them to finally come. can't wait!

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  9. I JUST bought this top! Weirddddddd! And I LOVE this outfit. Please keep your hair dark forever :) Hehe! I feel like so many girls have dark hair and it's so easy to relate to when I'm getting inspiration! (Not to say you shouldn't do what you want, but if you want to stay dark.... I wouldn't mind! Hehe!)
    <3<3<3<3!

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  10. And I also keep looking at these shoes on Blowfish..they look way perfect!

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  11. This outfit is so adorable and vintage-y, and I love how the chunky heels look with it. I kept picturing little fish jumping around when I was reading this post; I would love to see fish going through the fish ladder!

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  12. cuuuuuuuutes! you are wearing my 2 favorite things right now--peter pan-ish collar and high-waisted pants! love it and i hope you get some springtime weather soon! :)

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  13. i went back to dark recently & was ambivalent about it, but now am embracing it! i think the darker color suits you...more sultry & mysterious ;)

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  14. you are so pretty! i love this outfit and the location is so cool :)

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  15. You look so pretty! I love how you've been growing out your hair too. The ombre look was cool, but it's always nice to get back to your natural roots:)

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  16. Ah! perfect look! i wish i could pull off that peter pan collar top! you look beautiful!

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  17. I love how dark your hair has gotten. I loved your ombre hair too, but this cut and color just suits you so well. I'm glad to be seeing your style evolution ... :)

    I love that blouse -- the collar is so cute.

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  18. Oh, I love that top so much. I also love your darker hair... I had a sort of ombre look going on for a while. Not because I dyed it, but because my hair gets so highlighted over the summer and then stays dark in the winter. So the summer tips were all light. I ended up just dying the whole thing dark to even it out.

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  19. Love this look on you Tieka!
    The high waisted pants are perfect and that cut looks great on you. You're hair is looking so pretty these days! I'm really liking the natural color on you.

    See you in the fall!! NYFW :)
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  20. I love your hair like this! It's so rich and dark and lovely. Plus I love the simplicity of your outfit. There's something so nice to me about outfits made of all neutrals. It's what I gravitate toward naturally, actually. So I love this a lot :)

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  21. Definitely one of my favorite looks from you, the peter pan collar and the lace are such a perfect combination!

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  22. I think that the darker hair looks really nice on you, and i love that blouse.

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  23. I love this outfit! The lace, the high waisted pants, the platforms - it's all perfect. And you look stunning.

    xo,

    Sarah

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  24. What a cool idea for an exhibition! It must have been incredible to see! P.s. I adore your top! The pan collar is adorable!

    x
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  25. That is such a cute outfit...and those shoes!! <3
    The fish thing sounds really neat too!
    xoxo

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  26. Cute outfit...great location. Love your hair!

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  27. Yeah, your hair color is pretty perfect for you. Don't go changing any time soon. Though I'm not really one to talk since I'm always wanting to change it up. You look great! The shoes are just to die for. And I love the pretty little collar on your lace top.
    XOXO

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  28. lady, you look stunning! and that place looks absolutely amazing

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  29. Youre so gorgeous, as always.
    And that shirt is perfect!
    Love it.

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  30. Your photos and your outfit are stunning, I'm so inspired!

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  31. I'm totally smitten with this post! Everything about your outfit is brilliant. I ordered those shoes a few days ago and you're photos are making me even more excited to receive them!!

    Have the best day!

    Linds
    http://myialife.blogspot.com

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  32. You look fantastic! These pictures could be straight out of a magazine! I also agree, the darker hair looks so fantastic on you. You look so very model like in that lace top with the darker locks!

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  33. WOW! I love this outfit! You are always such an inspiration to me! I finally got my garren wedges last Monday and I've already worn them four times!They might not look as cute on me as they do on you but I still feel like I'm totally rocking them!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  34. You. Are. So. Gorgeous. I can't even. These pictures are the prettiest!! I love your top so much and this whole outfit is so classy looking. These photos are the best you've ever had. Ever. <3

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  35. Oh.My.Goodness.

    You look SO LOVELY! The wedges! The lace top! I'm in love :D

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  36. I like your natural hair color. I am all about natural color. I used to die mine black/brown almost religiously and then one day I just said...forget it! Now I would never go back to dying it.

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  37. Oh I love this outfit. I adore lace, and this whole outfit is so something that I would wear. I literally wear one of my lace tops once a week. lol. I especially love the collar.

    I really like your hair colour. I think your natural colour suits you well.

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  38. I love, love, love this outfit Tieka! You are for real the cutest gal I've ever seen... Your lace top with the peter pan collar and high waisted jeans are just the perfect pairing!

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  39. This outfit is so awesome, and these pictures are SO modelesque. Especially of those when you're crouching on the ground!

    -Erin (http://keepcalmandstyleon.blogspot.com)

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  40. The cut of these pants is so cute and so flattering. And paired with that top you look just darling!

    rebeccawithanR

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  41. you look great! the shoes are to die for. and i think your hair looks great darker! i'm attempting to dye my hair darker this week..hair dyeing scares me, but it's so much fun too that i do it anyways! :) Xx

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  42. Hello! So excited to have found your blog through Chictopia - you are darling.


    Definitely going to start following.

    xo
    Kristen

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  43. I have been eyeing those heels for I don't even know HOW long. Ha. You look great!

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  44. This whole post is so beautiful, Tieka! Ah! You look amazing. I love all these items together and the pops of coral are so fun!

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  45. Your blog makes me want to go to michigan so bad! All the pictures are amazing! and..you look so cute!

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  46. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous! You look so good in pants Tieka! I'm jealous. I can't pull them off this well (which is why I don't own any hehe). Red lips are wonderful on you too. I am loving your darker locks too! So glad you're feeling good about them because they look good on you!

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  47. loving your beautiful top teekuh!!

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  48. This is a reallly inspired outfit! I love to see pants worn well, and I simply love the black/white/copper colour scheme of this outfit.
    And I like your hair colour!

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  49. Such a cute outfit! and I loveeee your hair color :)
    -Jaz
    http://www.fluffyfashioncents.blogspot.com

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  50. The dark hair looks gorgeous on you! All of these photos are absolutely fantastic :) Beauty!!

    xo, Bruklyn

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  51. absolutely beautiful! i loove this outfit so much! :)

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  52. Gosh, it's such a change to see you in trousers but it's really nice - they really suit you. & quite inspirational for me! I've been looking for the perfect pair of black trousers for aaaaages to no avail, but I think I've just spotted the perfect pair on you :]

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  53. Beautiful outfit hun, I love the lace top with the peter pan collar!


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  54. This is so gorgeous. You look so elegant. And I need to get myself some of those shoes.

    C x
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  55. I love your shoes so much! Beautiful outfit!

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  56. Your hair looks really beautiful, and I really adore your wedges!

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  57. Your hair looks really beautiful, and I really adore your wedges!

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  58. Your hair colour is gorgeous, I like how it's gotten darker. It must be quite exciting watching the fish when they jump up the stairs like you described, there's certainly nothing like that here.

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  59. Oh Tieka, absolutely love this look - probably one of my all time favourites of yours! Liking the darker hair, too. Sally x

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  60. I really like those pants! Did you have to hem them? I find ALLLL pants are too long for me. Occasionally I can find some capri's that hit that ankle length and I do a little dance of joy ;)

    Shy

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  61. ahh! i love the first picture a lot!!

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  62. You look super pretty as always! Your hair looks great darker, I think you should keep it like that for a while and enjoy the good condition! I only use vegetable hair dye now because once you let your own colour grow back, the condition is too good to lose again with normal nasty hair dye! Have a great week pretty lady! x

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  63. aww, love this post and how amazing that you can see the fish jump up the stairs, wow that is really cool. And I'm loving this ensemble on you... the lace, peter pan collar, and the high wasted pants -SO gorgeous. And, yup, I'm pretty much OBSESSED with those gorgeous shoes. xx veronika

    PS I vote on your natural hair colour, it looks fantastic on you.

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  64. you are so adorable! i feel like i usually see you in skirts but i love these pants on you <3

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  65. You look so sophisticated! I love the unexpected touch of brown added by the shoes!

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  66. I did love your ombre hair, but your natural color looks beautiful on you. I love how you've paired this outfit!

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  67. Tieka, I love your hair's natural colour! I've enjoyed dying my hair the past 5 years but now it's finally almost all natural and I really love it :) If you don't already, try going to a hair salon (or even a hair school) and just getting them to deep condition it once in a while. I did it last week and my hair feels soft yet so strong! Love your outfit :)

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  68. I am so in love with that peter pan collar top. You look smoking hot.

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  69. You look great in pants! I wish I had a lace top too. :)

    I have to second (or 70, if I'm the 70th commenter :D) the other commenters' opinions that your hair is beautiful! :)

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  70. How did I miss this outfit?! Gah! These shoes are so amazing and so is this whole outfit. I love all the elements together..and your pretty hair! It looks so lovely. Man, you rock high waisted pants. I need to wear my high waisted trouers more. You have inspired me! Cant wait for NYFW with youuuu <3<3<3

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  71. I love the little lace top. I keep seeing those platforms everywhere, makes me want a pair. Your hair colour is lovely, rich and dark.

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  72. sooo loving how classic chic this look is! SO french. I ADORE IT.

    xoxoxo Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

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  73. What an adorable outfit! I love the collar. And you always find the coolest places to take pictures :)

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  74. Pretty outfit! I know how you feel about your haircolor. My family's hair tends to turn darker after a certain age (weird, but true) and it's finally happening to me. I love long dark hair.

    Briggs
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  75. Adorable! I am from Michigan, and love reading about it in your lovely blog! All the outfits are original and gorgeous... <3

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  76. So beautiful! You look wonderful in this outfit!

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  77. I love this outfit! It made me love peter pan collars with lace, haha. :)

    -Evelina
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  78. HOT BETCH. Love this so much. I miss your face already. Really, I love this outfit, you look goooorgeous!

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  79. adorable! I love your shoes.
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  80. You are just stunning!
    Love Änglamark.

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  81. I love the fish ladder! I grew up in GR and miss it SO much as my hubby and I now live in a small rural town in Pennsylvania. Thanks for all your lovely posts of home. The tire swing, Vertigo records, Grand Haven.... and a lot of things I had never known or seen before as well! (We'll be back in town for Easter, if I see you, I'll be the crazy one waving) Keep it up, your blog is def one of my favorites <3 Naomi

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  82. ohh what a perfect pairing! it's so elegant! and that's a really cool functional art piece...be sure to take pictures if you catch the fish jumping next time!!

    annah xx

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  83. You look adorable and classy! I love the high waisted pants! I'm getting those shoes in black, I cannot wait to receive them in the mail :)

    - Meanz (Koi Story)

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  84. This is too cute!! :)

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog, you should check it out!

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  85. I'm so in love with this! That top is adorable and it looks amazing with the high waisted trousers and platforms. I'm digging the natural hair color, I'm trying to embrace mine for a change as well..we'll see how long that last!


    Krystle
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  86. I am beyond in love with this post. Those pants are perfection on you, and that top is gorgeous. I loveeee your hair darker, as its grown out. I'm envious!

    Those shoes look SO versatile, and you've paired them with so much. They are comfy too, yes? I might have to snag a pair!

    Gah! Love everything. XO!

    Kristin

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  87. My most favorite post of yours to date! You look amazing!!

    xoxo
    Hoyt

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  88. Lovely!

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  89. wow! this just gave me major deja vu! i realized i've been there--when i was a kid! we lived in southern ontario, and my aunt lived in grand rapids...must've been on a trip to see her. anyway, thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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