Monday, January 30, 2012

The Metaphorest Project

Whoa, unintentional outfit break there for a little while! I've had a pretty bad cold the past few days. It was a tiny little drip in my throat to a full-on body chills cold. I spent all yesterday on the couch from the time I woke up to the time I went back to bed. That is so unlike me! Usually I have to bust !@# on the weekends to get caught up on everything, but it was actually kind of nice to waste an entire day. We all need that once in a while. I just wish being sick wasn't the reason I got a full relaxing day!


I'm really excited to see how moving to the city will change my blog. I already take a lot of outfit shots in the city, so I don't think too much will change, but it will be exciting to scout out new places to tell you guys about! I was out and about on Saturday, so I stopped at this amazing mural called "The Metaphorest Project". It was part of last year's ArtPrize. The artist's name is Tracy Van Duinen. According to ArtPrize.org, this mural is a tribute to the potential building power of the arts and GR's youth. Beautiful, right?


This scarf is part of the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf". It's being sent around to a group of DIY and fashion gurus. The rules are... you style up the scarf and take photos and send it on to a blogger who you deem crafty, fashionable and all-around fabulous. Before sending it off, you need to add a small and crafty decoration to the scarf. Neat, right? It was so fun to see the little personal touches already added to the scarf. I can't wait to see how all fifteen of us have styled it at the end. You can also check out Scarves.net (they started this project) and see all of their pretty scarves for sale!


Welp, I guess January is over. February is going to be a whirlwind month. Packing up and saying goodbye to our place here, cleaning and fixing up our new place, moving, celebrating Valentine's Day, planning for TxSC, playing two shows in my band, working hard at Selective Potential, Delightful Dozen AND staying on top of my work schedule. It's going to be a busy month, but an exciting one! Be prepped for lots of sap in February by the way. I'm going to be posting a lot on my move - it's going to be a sap fest over here.


Outfit details:
Vintage dress c/o MarMar Vintage
Scarf via Scarves.net
Mini cabaret bracelet c/o Motherland Vintage
Hue tights
ModCloth Make the Cutout heel

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January in instagram

Phew, what a busy week! I wasn't able to grab many outfit shots this week, so I thought I'd do a quick little recap of life in iPhone photos. Somehow this week flew by, but we signed the lease to a new apartment in the city and we'll be moving in March! I can't wait to paint and decorate and post pictures. It's going to be a bittersweet month in February saying goodbye but an exciting month in March saying hello. Anyway, you'll hear me be ultra sappy about leaving next month, but for now, let's just enjoy some photos from the past few weeks, eh?

(winter, cake pops from work, brett + kitties,
circle maybe practice, haircut and shopping at francesca's)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Coquese giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, January 31 at 9 PM!

This week's giveaway is from Coquese!
They are offering one of my readers this Guadalupe Flower Tote in Mango!

To enter, you must:
1) Comment with your favorite item from their shop

Bonus entries!
1) Subscribe to their e-newsletter
(Please leave an additional comment)

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

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, January 31st at 9 PM EST!

The winner of the Agar Fashion giveaway is...
#48 // Miss Teacups
Please email me to claim your prize!

Monday, January 23, 2012

What a debut!

Yay to kicking off the week right! I'm so excited to be part of a collaboration with ModCloth to style up one of their Be the Buyer picks and an Eva Franco dress at that. I love the mixture of black and creme and it even has gold woven into the fabric! Plus, can you ever go wrong with polka dots? I was a bit nervous about styling a plunging neckline, but it was still conservative and didn't reveal too much. For those of who you participate in the Be the Buyer Program - great pick! Thanks to ModCloth for giving me the chance to style the What a Debut dress!

So this weekend... my band played a show in Ann Arbor! It was so much fun. Granted everybody was drinking, so they really liked our music, but nevertheless I took it as a compliment that we had so many people watching us and enjoying it! Plus, to see kids sing along is amazing. Especially in a city on the other side of the state! On Saturday, Brett and I napped on the couch together for so long (desperately needed) and later saw a movie with our friend, Peter. Then on Sunday, we went to see the Harlem Globetrotters (silly, but fun!) and lounged around all day. So lazy!

So other than that, I'm just apartment hunting like crazy still, staying very busy at work and trying to keep my head above water! I also need to get back into my gym routine. It's so easy to fall off track there. Especially when it's cold outside, I'm just so unmotivated to head back out to the gym when I get home from work... but I always feel so much better when I'm done. I need to drill "every day counts" back into my brain again.

Be sure to head over to ModCloth and check out the What a Debut dress designed by Eva Franco! I'd also recommend checking out their Be the Buyer Program. I would love to be a fashion buyer for a clothing company. Since that's not possible (I love graphic design just a tad more!), it's fun to play out one of my dreams by participating in their program and weighing in with advice on why to buy or why to skip!

Outfit details:
Target tights
Limited cardigan
Bold and Basic heel c/o ModCloth

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snow covered forest

Happy Thursday! This week has flown by. It's been freaking me out lately how fast time is going. I even googled how to slow down time and it said to be more "aware" of your surroundings. They say that kids are constantly watching what's going on around them and their perception of time is way slower. I tried it. It didn't work. The one thing I did accomplish this week though was touring an apartment I loved and most likely won't get because there is so much interest in it. Boo. Cross your fingers for me, please?

I've been trying to plan outfits ahead of time, so I'm more convinced to actually dress up in the mornings. If I don't set my clothes out, the next morning I'm freezing, tired and cranky I had to leave my warm, cozy bed... so I grab the closest pair of pants and a chunky cardigan. If I have a perfectly folded outfit complete with tights, accessories and shoes... I'm much more likely to look like a human that day. Hehe!

Hm, what else is new! I converted all of my CDs into MP3s this week. I bought a new dress from the mall. I finished laying out the trips we've already taken in my travel book. Next step is to actually go through each individual trip and brainstorm some real content (aka, the challenging part!). I'm almost done getting the new Delightful Dozen girls set up; we just have one more to vote on! And in other news, I'm officially collaborating with ModCloth for the Texas Style Council Conference! I will be a conference correspondent and ambassador for ModCloth... which means I'll be helping them with fun events/contests and will be guest blogging for them about the conference. I'm absolutely thrilled to be working with them (especially Turi) and I can't wait to post more about it!

Outfit details:
Painted ladies dress c/o ModCloth
Maccha Tea pleated skirt c/o Ruche
Forever 21 jacket
Forever 21 belt
Target boots

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Agar Fashion Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, January 24 at 9 PM EST!

This week's giveaway is from Agar Fashion!
They are offering one of my lucky readers their choice of top from

To enter, you must:
1) Comment with your favorite item from their shop

Bonus entries!
1) Follow them on Facebook
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(Please leave additional comments for each)

Yay, this giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers!

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, January 24 at 9 PM EST.

The winner of the Yellow Brick Road giveaway is...
#36 // Anna
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Winter flurries

We're living in a winter wonderland! This is my favorite time of winter. The white snow covering all of the trees right now is so pretty. I was just telling Brett the other day that this is the winter version of the peak of autumn. I wouldn't mind winter so much if it looked like this the entire time!

This weekend just flew by. Friday night, I ended up watching tear-jerker chick flicks on the sofa. Saturday, Brett and I went shopping and saw Like Crazy at the theater. I really liked it! But the ending wasn't satisfying enough for me. I need to know how it really ends! Then, we went to see a few bands play. Today, I did laundry and decided to do nothing else but eat chinese food, popcorn and watch TV. So lazy! What is it about winter that makes you so lazy?

This week... I need to increase my runs to 1.5 miles, catch back up on emails (it's neverending!) and practice for our show we have coming up on Friday. My band, Circle Maybe, is playing in Ann Arbor on Friday night at the Metal Frat! I'm super excited to finally play out of Grand Rapids. Plus, I might be more excited to make a stop at their Urban Outfitters. They have the best one in Michigan!

Other than that, not much else is new to talk about! I've been working hard at getting the new Delightful Dozen members announced and planning for the Texas Style Council Conference! They were able to snag a larger venue, so if you were interested in attending, you still have a shot! I'll also have some exciting news on my trip soon too!

Outfit details:
Gifted ring from Bonjour Bbydoll
Hue tights
Target boots

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ah-Nab-Awen Park

What a dreary January day! It's finally starting to look like a Michigan winter around here. Gray, wet, cold. I took a little stroll through Ah-Nab-Awen park today. I couldn't believe there were fisherman out in the river and so many runners. I'm like, you crazy! But then here I am... taking outfit shots in the rain. Oh boy.


Ah-Nab-Awen Park is located right downtown Grand Rapids. It was once the site of a Native American village. The name, "Ah-Nab-Awen" means, "Resting Place." This park contains many pieces of art and also hosts many festivals throughout the year. This is the same park that has Lorrie's Button! Sometimes it's crazy to me that most of you never even saw that post because it was so long ago! It's still one of my favorites to date!


This outfit is almost an exact replicate of the outfit I wore to Ferry Park. Isn't it crazy how I remember this stuff? I added a bird necklace I got from Fishtown, a cardigan and swapped the shoes and belt for ones very similar! I always find it funny how I really do reflect my surroundings and seasons. That day was gray too - gray dress, gray day. How predictable am I?


Also, if you haven't caught wind via my Twitter or Facebook pages... I started writing a book! It's going to be mostly a travel book about Michigan. I won't be writing about fashion or what to wear where, but will incorporate the outfits I've worn to the places we've visited. I'm going to highlight every place we've traveled to in the state. I'm also going to take another year to travel to more places. I'm looking to hit the Detroit area a bit more, the thumb, the sunrise coast and southern Michigan a bit more. If you have any tips, let me know! I'm so excited about this. It'll be mostly photos I've taken, tips on each place and recommendations for day-trips and weekend excursions, plus off-the-beaten-path places to visit and dorky tourist attractions! Plus, it gives me an excuse to travel as much as I can!


Outfit details:
Chic Chick gray dress c/o Ruche
Urban Outfitters cardigan
Target tights
Thrifted belt
The Crib Birdcage necklace
Loxley Mary Jane wedges c/o Ruche