Monday, January 31, 2011

Snowshoeing through the woods

Is everyone prepared for the massive storms we are supposed to be getting? I'm not sure who is supposed to get hit, but I heard something like 29 states? Pure Michigan keeps calling it Snowmigeddon. My boss at work told me to be prepared to bring work home because I might not be able to drive in. Ugh, is it spring yet? I'm so ready. Maybe I'll be out posing in a huge blizzard? We'll have to see! At least January is over and we're one month closer to warmth!

This was our third and last little session of outdoor wintry shots with photographers, Bryan and Mae! By the time we got into these outfits and got our snowshoes on, the sun was out and it was such a pretty morning! A little bit deceiving though, because it was freezing and the sun didn't help with a tiny bit of warmth! I wasn't supposed to wear this green cardigan with this outfit, but I couldn't take it off!

(cardigan - thrifted | regal boots - c/o wanted | plum tights - t.j. maxx | hat - scala classico
symmetrically pleased belt - c/o shop ruche | surprise birthday party dress - c/o modcloth)

It was so hard to walk in these older snowshoes! I could barely do it! My feet kept getting stuck under the actual snowshoe! I think it would be super fun though to go out in really deep snow sometime! There are so many winter activities I want to do before it all ends, but yet I'm ready to say goodbye. Anyone else feeling the same way? Maybe it's because I have to drive 70 miles a day.

Well I hope you all survive the storm if it hits you! Congrats to Annie and Josh on having a beautiful baby boy, Jacob! I'm so excited for them. I'm also really excited to hear news of Naomi and her husband's baby! Ah, so many babies! You'd think I'd have baby fever already! ;)

currently playing:
empire of the sun - walking on a dream

Friday, January 28, 2011

January: Photo recap!

Here are a few photos in a little recap! I'm thinking twice a month, or every other Friday, I'll do this! I really do feel like my life is measured by the month and what it provides.. weather-wise, holiday-wise or whatever. To be honest, although I'm loving life right now, I'm so excited for January to be finishing up this weekend. This month is too long! February is such a short little month, with a super fun little holiday in the middle and the promise of spring soon ahead. I'm super excited!

It has been a huge new year's resolution for me to start tackling those little things I want to do - one of them including reading books more often. Currently, I'm half way into Emily Giffin's Heart of the Matter. It's really good so far and I'm excited to get to the end. I force myself to hop into bed at 11 pm so I can read until 11:30 pm. Ever since I put myself on this schedule, I wake up so easily in the mornings!

This week, our band, took a little field trip over to Guitar Center. I have my heart set on a Telecaster and I'm pretty sure I'm going to soon trade in my acoustic for a tele to play in our band! I really want a mint-green one, but I can't seem to find one! Brett, Jesse and I played in the DJ room for a while - so much fun!

We have had some insanely cold temperatures lately! Brett and I were driving home from a movie last Sunday night and I had never seen my car thermometer get to the negatives before! So insane!

Brett and I had a silly afternoon playing with all of the icicles that are forming around our apartment. We opened up the window and snapped this off and Brett played air guitar with it in our living room. We are also saving an icicle in our freezer right now - so fun to bring those out in summer!

Our cat, Sarge, loves to be outdoors so Brett takes him out whenever he can. Even in the snow, he loves to explore and trudge through it - it's so funny to watch. Our rooftop is buried in snow right now with the biggest icicles ever! I love these two. :)

I've been obsessed with hazelnut creme coffee at work lately. It is so good! Usually I only like coffee in the winter, but I have to load it with cream and no-calorie sweetener. I just can't do black coffee!

And to finish off... a little detail of our elevator at work. I love little historic details in a building. Grand Rapids is full of them and I love that when companies renovate - they keep the charm alive. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A vintage sled

I have been so excited this week to show you guys our wintry session with photographers, Bryan and Mae! I loved all of your comments on our first shoot, Winter Evergreens! I just can't get over how great these photos turned out and what a lovely day we had for it. It makes me appreciate this crazy winter weather we get in Michigan! It's so easy to complain about it, but it truly is so beautiful! Each season here is so defined and unique. I love it!

Bryan and Mae found this gorgeous old vintage sled that I loved! We put a blanket on it and as soon as I sat down, I didn't want to get back up! They kept telling Brett to pull me down this hill and I was having a blast! Hehe - it made me totally forget how cold I was. I really need to do some sledding this winter!

(jacket - t.j. maxx | flannel - target | navy tights - c/o lulu*s | scarf - younkers
regal boots - c/o wanted | do you really want to skirt me in print - c/o modcloth)

Usually I'm out in the cold wearing a dress and cardigan and showing you guys what I wear indoors, so it's really fun to show you a few outdoor bundled-up looks! I've been working tonight at purging my closet to round up some items for my shop I plan on opening by February. And Brett really burnt some popcorn and now I can't breathe... so I'm going sign off here. Ugh! Have a great Friday everyone!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Missikio Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, February 1 at 9 PM!
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They are offering three of my readers their Hana Shine Shield (2 oz.)
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This giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers.

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, February 1 at 9 PM EST.

And... the winner of the Bella Clothing giveaway is...
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Please email me to claim your v-neck tee!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Old town

A couple of weekends ago, I went to visit my darling friend, Andrea, in Lansing! We had a little sleepover, chatted in bed, woke up to go shopping and grab lunch - exactly what we do best! I love staying at her place. It's just so perfect - an urban loft setting with no cat hair. Ugh, I envy that girl. We headed over to Urban Outfitters and I bought a couple of things! We also headed over to Forever 21, where I performed more damage. I actually bought some winter items though instead of spring which is nice because we still have like... 2 more months of harsh winter!

I felt like going casual for a day out shopping. Plus, it has been so cold lately that I'm alway stuck in an oversized cardigan. This one was only $2 thrifted! I really need to head over to Goodwill and do some more thrifting this upcoming weekend. I've been buying so many items for spring.. ugh, I cannot wait. The transitional seasons are the best time to style up outfits!

(jean shorts - urban outfitters | top, cardigan - thrifted
tights - target | jeffrey campbell lace wedge heel - c/o lulu*s)

So, I scored $80 worth of services from our local Douglas J. Aveda institute today for only $40 via Groupon! I was so excited. I'm going to save it until I get down to my half way weight loss goal - which is really only 5 pounds away. As soon as I get there, I'm going to treat myself to an elemental nature facial, haircut and style and brow wax. I've never had a facial before and they give you all sorts of massages to go along with it. It's definitely making me work harder at getting to my goal!

currently playing:
minus the bear - drilling

Monday, January 24, 2011

Winter evergreens

I've been so excited to finally post these photos! A couple of weekends ago, Brett and I met up with two amazing photographers, Bryan and Mae (husband and wife to be!) We had planned on a wintry photo session with Brett and I and were so lucky to get all sorts of fun weather. We started the morning with a few blizzards and ended the session with sunshine. It was the perfect winter morning to spend outdoors giggling with Brett!

It was really fun to style up and plan outfits for an outdoor winter session. I knew I had to be creative, because I didn't want to wear my same ol' boring jacket for all three themes, so it was fun to dig into the back of my closet and come up with something I hadn't worn before! Let me say - a zip up hoodie, sweater tights and lace up boots are now my favorite winter go-to outfit. I loved wearing this!

(hoodie, sweater tights - forever 21 | brawny beauty plaid - c/o threadsence
chilltown chocolate brown dress - c/o lulu*s | lace up boots - urban outfitters)

I finally have my computer back and am so excited to blog my little tush off this week! I have enough outfit posts to last me until next week! So exciting! Plus, I finally mailed a bunch of Delightful Dozen items, so I'm feeling very productive today! I've been doing so much shopping lately. I have a ton of new clothes that I can't wait to wear - eee! I think I'm done shopping for winter though. I've been stocking up dresses for spring now. I cannot wait. Even considering how much I really love these winter photos. ;)

Brett was so lovely during this session. He's not at all used to being in front of the camera - he's my guy behind the camera! So it was totally natural for me, but I know it wasn't for him, so I totally appreciate him. I'll cherish these photos for a lifetime and will someday show my kids and grandkids! How fun is that? Stay tuned.. more wintry photos this week including a vintage sled, snowshoes and snuggling in our apartment! Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Guy Behind the Camera: 13th Edition!

Welcome to the 13th edition of The Guy Behind the Camera series! I love showing off lovely bloggers alongside their guys. A huge part of my life and blog is Brett so I wanted to give girls a chance to showcase their guys! First, I have Amber from This Is The Life. She always laughs when she has her husband take photos for her because he says, "The things I do for you..." Her husband is by no means a photographer (he's a nurse in the ICU) and has had close to zero experience with a camera until they met! Now his skills have vastly improved and she loves him to death for putting up with her and for being willing to learn what she likes. He actually bought her her first nice camera and little did he know a few years later - he would be the one "behind the camera". So cute.

Next up, we have Maggie from Lifesize Paperdoll. She has been such a wonderful support of my blog and I absolutely love reading about her adventures with her boyfriend, Niklaas. She says that he deserves to be featured because of how significant his contribution to making her blog beautiful has become in his photography. Together, they are the perfect team. He continually takes gorgeous photos that leaves her in awe. Every single day she gets to spend with him is a fairytale and she loves how he not only supports her blog, but loves being a part of it and turns every photo shoot into an adventure. Every time she looks at him, it's like the first time. Aww!

Third, we have Tanvi! Her husband, Ashish, takes all of her outfit photos. He has been so supportive of her blog since the very beginning! They always take pictures after he comes back from work in the evening and use it as their "time together". No matter how tired he is, he never complains! He is always willing to take as many photos as she needs. She has come to realize that nobody captures her like he does (through the lens). Aw!

Fourth, we have Leah from What Indie Nights. Her guy, Toby, is a film graduate and he is always interested in getting involved in creative projects with her. He encourages her passions and is happiest when he knows she's happy with how she looks. He has really high standards, which drives her to try harder, be more adventurous and worry less of what other people think. She knows that deep down he really loves that she's happy in participating in something like this. Plus, she says he is more stylish than her and he inspires her in that way too!

And last, we have Brooke from Wily Wiley. She wanted to be part of this feature because she thinks it's a wonderful way to give credit to the men who sigh and moan day after day when you just need to catch that perfect light or pull the car over for the perfect shot. Her boyfriend, Jeb, has been the most wonderful photographer for her. Every day he waits until she gets home from work so they can head down the street for the perfect location for photos. She loves how he can tell if they are going to be great shots or if they just need to capture a few more. They have the most fun shooting at his family's beach house. It has been a special place for them and she always loves looking back at those posts because she can see the happiness pouring out of her!

That's it for the 13th edition of Guy Behind the Camera! If you enjoyed reading this, be sure to check out the first 12 features. I am no longer accepting submissions for this feature as it will ending in April. Thanks so much!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Meyer May House

I took a little trip to visit the Meyer May House located in Grand Rapids. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and it is the most completely restored home of Wright's. It was so lovely to see the original prairie house as Wright had envisioned it. I don't have a deep understanding of architecture, but I absolutely love his designs and think it's amazing we're lucky enough to have one right in our own city.

I received this dress from Annie from Time Enough for Drums to style up through the Delightful Dozen! The pattern is unlike anything else I've styled up - so unique and pretty! It also has such lovely details - with the buttons and the little slit in the front. I wanted to keep an earthy feel to the outfit, so I went with my beloved olive green cardigan and earth colored boots!

(anthropologie dress - time enough for drums | boots - c/o wanted | cardigan - h&m
dots and daisy brown tights - c/o modcloth | return of the mack-rame belt - c/o modcloth)

Life has been so very busy lately. Plus, on top of that, my motherboard crashed (or something of the sort) on my Macbook Pro, so now Apple Care has it until Friday (I hope it's not longer than that!) I'm totally lost without a computer. Thank goodness I have Apple Care and it doesn't cost me a dime, but a fashion blogger... with no computer? Not good. So thanks for bearing with me! I can't wait to start posting my wintry session photos and outfits!

currently playing:
grand national - litter bin