Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Le Lapin D'or Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, December 6 at 9 PM!
This week's giveaway is from Le Lapin D'or!
They are offering one of my lucky readers a $50 gift certificate.

To enter, you must:
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Sorry, this giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, December 6 at 9 PM EST.

The winner of The Paraders giveaway is...
#13 // Maija!
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Fences on the beach

A couple of weekends ago, there was a little clothing swap in Grand Rapids that coincided with a craft fair and I spotted this red shawl. I was so surprised nobody picked it up yet! First off, I adore red - especially in winter months. Second off, it's like a stylish blanket! So cozy. I'd love to pair this with a cute green dress for the upcoming holidays.

If you live in a beach town, it's just so typical to take a drive down by the lake to see what's new. Anytime there is a big storm, we instantly say, "Let's drive down to the beach!" I love having Lake Michigan a couple of miles away from our apartment. When I get home at night, sometimes I can hear the waves and I love it. I don't think I could live in a town that didn't have a lighthouse either. Silly, right?

It's an unreal dream of mine to live in a lighthouse someday. I know it's not possible, but I think about it all the time. Every time we visit a new lighthouse, especially one that has a home attached, I envision where I'd have my studio, our bedroom, our living room. I imagine climbing the tower with our kids, sitting at the top watching the sunset and writing a blog called, "The Lighthouse Keepers" that documents our life in the lighthouse. Yes, yes, I'm an idealist! ;)

Outfit details:
Two to Tango dress c/o ModCloth
Thrifted knit shawl
Arabian tights c/o ModCloth

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Barn in the rain

Barn in the rain? Really, Tieka? I know, I know. Usually Brett and I are off on some crazy adventure with some unique name, so I can easily come up with post titles... but lately we've been so busy that we haven't traveled much! I always default to my favorite locations when we're home. This old barn where I shot The Big Strawberry and An Old Silo. We also go to another barn where I've taken several photos and of course, Lake Michigan. You get the beach later this week. ;)

This weekend has been really nice to relax and get caught up on a few things, but I'm ready to go back to work. I don't think I could ever stay at home on a regular basis. I love getting dressed up and out of the house. Usually we don't even eat dinner home... we're always out with friends or doing things. I like it that way!

Did you all have wonderful Thanksgiving? I loved every second of it. I've been terrible with bringing my camera places other than to take outfit shots lately. I sorted through and organized a ton of old photos and I used to take pictures of everyone and everything! I've been making a huge 2012 goals list and I'm definitely adding 'take more photos' to it. It just sounds crazy because I already take so many photos though, but just a different kind!

I can't believe December is coming up. I've felt pretty crazy already buying Christmas gifts. It doesn't at all feel like winter is here yet. There are still so many leaves on the trees and all over the streets in our town. I'm really looking forward to this coming month though. I have some amazing plans and posts coming up. I'm going to make sure this month is perfect before heading into a new year.

Outfit details:
Francesca's Collections belt
American Apparel army green tights

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Closed: The Paraders Vintage Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, November 29 at 9 PM!
This week's giveaway is from The Paraders Vintage.
They are offering one of my lucky readers a $50 store credit!

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The winner of the Coquese giveaway is...
#101 // Sharmaine Ruth

Monday, November 21, 2011

All of my hearts

Dear November, where did you go?! I cannot believe we're approaching the end of the month. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, we usually see crazy amounts of snow and I'm just not ready! I thought I had a whole month to prepare, but it's already almost passed. Crazy how time flies right? I'll just enjoy the gray, no snow days while they last!

I received this heart print dress from my dear friend, Eleanor of Bonjour Bbydoll! I usually steal all of her autumn clothes, but this dress just screamed my name! I love the print and it has cut-out sides! It's adorable, but I was freezing... and you do not want to see my pasty little belly right now. You'd probably click this window shut and never return and I wouldn't blame you! ;)

Are you guys ready for Thanksgiving and Black Friday?! I'm super excited. I think Brett and I might buy ourselves a new TV. We'd have to wait outside for the store to open at 12 AM, but it might be worth it to save a bit of money. We still have this huge box TV that you have to punch when the screen starts going fuzzy. Have an amazing holiday! I'll be back on Wednesday with a new giveaway... and then I'll see you guys after Turkey Day!

Outfit details:
City Stroll Coat c/o Francesca's Collections
Dress swap with Bonjour Bbydoll
Bold and Basic Heel c/o ModCloth

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gray in November

I'm partnering up with Forever 21 right now for their When It Comes To Giving, The Sky's The Limit! Charity Contest! They are supporting 8 amazing charities and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it. I chose to support Big Brothers Big Sisters but I'm encouraging you to go over and vote for your favorite charity. As a style blogger, I support Big Brothers Big Sisters because their programs build self-esteem, just like fashion can! I feel like bloggers can use their influence to be amazing role models to kids looking to go after their dreams.

In light of the contest, I thought it would be fun to put together an entire outfit from Forever 21. Some pieces are really old and some are really new. I just bought this jacket (that I love and wear constantly) and the boot wedges are from when I first started blogging! Brett and I headed downtown to snap these shots. With all of the art happening in Michigan right now, it's fun to spot a wall painted you've never seen before!

It's been getting more and more gray as Michigan gears up for winter! The temperatures haven't been bad, but I'm already missing summer and the warm days of autumn. I mostly miss the light though. It's so dark all the time! I'm hoping to take a photography class this upcoming semester, so maybe I can learn to shoot some nighttime photos. That'd be super fun.

Outfit details:
Forever 21 jacket
Forever 21 top
Forever 21 skirt
Forever 21 scarf
Forever 21 wedges

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Past winter favorites

With the mini snow flurries happening this week, I thought I'd be a good time to reflect on a few of my past favorite winter outfits! Winter is definitely the most challenging time to have a fashion blog, but I'm looking forward to this year. I think it's mostly because of my winter Pinterest board. Hehe! I'm looking forward to ice-skating, mittens and hats, purple and blue skies, bundling up, hot cocoa and pretty white snow. Here's to an upcoming great winter!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Closed: Coquese Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, November 22 at 9 PM!
This week's giveaway is from Coquese.
They are offering one of my readers a $40 gift certificate!

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The winner of the Kristin Hassan giveaway is...
#64 // Valerie
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Ada Covered Bridge

This past weekend was beautiful! I'm so grateful for the lovely weather we've had this fall. I enjoyed my Saturday running around town. I checked out our brand new Anthropologie. I love it! I just don't think I could ever bring myself to pay for anything full price there, but it's inspiring just to browse! I also went to our local thrift shop and I bought two dresses that need heavy altering... but I'm going to try and take on the challenge. Eep! Afterwards, I took a drive to Ada Covered Bridge.

When I lived in the city, I used to ride my scooter here. It's a beautiful area. The bridge was built around 1857. It is said that farmers used to drive wagons loaded with stone onto the bridge during high water to hold it to the foundation. Isn't that crazy? The river is nowhere close to the bridge now! The bridge was closed to automobile traffic in 1930, so it's just a walking bridge. The Fallasburg Covered Bridge I explored last August still lets cars drive through!

I figured a hundred years ago, horse drawn carriages would ride through this bridge... so of course, I dug through my closet to find my horse print dress! How like me, right? Not only matching to the seasons... but to historic elements in places we visit. Hehe! This dress actually has a cross-strap back which I love in spring and summer.

Outfit details:
Stallion dress c/o Sosie
Forever 21 black top
Champion Bowler hat c/o ModCloth
Seychelles boots via Gilt Groupe