Monday, April 30, 2012

Ice cream date

On Sunday, Brett and I headed back "home" to our beach town to eat lunch with his parents. It was so lovely being back for a little while! We headed down and put our feet in the sand for a few minutes, grabbed ice-cream cones on the boardwalk and headed to our favorite playground to hang out. Sometimes I get super mad at myself for moving away from a town I adore so much, but I have to remind myself… it's just a short drive away!

So um… I love this outfit and it's my favorite. As my co-worker, Anne, would say, "Bragger". Hehe! Of course, I adore mint and being all matchy-matchy. But I also love sheer tops, t-strap flats and jeans. So this outfit was a no-brainer and I'll probably wear this exact combination several more times this season!

So I was getting my oil changed today and I heard, "Are you Tieka?" and I was delighted to meet a reader! She was SO nice too and said, "You just amaze me." It totally made my day. Sometimes I feel like such a slacker (only 13 posts in April, seriously?) but people like that (and readers like you!) make me feel like I'm on top of the world. So thank you for that!

Outfit details:
ModCloth Pastel Me Your Secrets Jeans in Mint
Heart to Love Ring c/o ModCloth 
ModCloth Sibling Flats in Big Sis

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Voigt House

This weekend, I made a quick trip over to the Voigt House, which is really close to my new apartment. This elegant and perfectly preserved Victorian mansion was built in 1895. The house is still furnished with the original belongings of the Voigt family. I wish I could have gotten a peek inside. I'd love to hop over and tour this house soon. History, especially local, fascinates me so much.

I saw an e-blast from Madewell recently where the model was wearing double polka-dots and I loved it. So cute! So I thought I'd try my own spin on it. I just got this navy skirt from DamesMercury. It's too pretty and I'm excited to wear it in summer. It's been chilly here the past few days! We even saw a few snowflakes yesterday. Brrr. I'm ready to put away tights. I thought this necklace went perfect with this spot too. Kelly from Honey & Marrow and her husband find old vintage goods and make them into new creations. Lovely, right?

I'm really excited May is upon us this week! It's one of my favorite months, especially because it ends with Memorial Day and Memorial Day means summer is here! I keep telling myself that I'm going to have a "summer". Windows down, dirty feet, constantly in a bathing suit, windblown hair. I'm excited for all of it. I have too much planned... as always! I wouldn't have it any other way.

A quick note, I'll be at the LOFT Grand Opening Event in Grand Rapids this Wednesday! They are located in Breton Village and it's from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. I'll be there with Kayley from Sidewalk Ready too. You can receive 25% off your purchase and there will be music, refreshments and treats. RSVP by April 30 to See you there!

Outfit details:
Let's Polka skirt c/o DAMESMERCURY
Forever 21 polka dot top
Llave necklace c/o Honey & Marrow

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kintage Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, May 1!

This week's giveaway is from Kintage!
They are offering one of my lucky readers a $30 store credit.

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

Bonus entries!
1) Like them on Facebook
2) Follow them on Twitter
3) Subscribe to their blog
4) Follow them on Instagram ("kintage")
(Please leave additional comments for each)

You can also receive 10% off your order with code "TIEKA"!

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

The winner of the Dusty Rose Vintage giveaway is...
#89 // Novianty Effendy
Please email me to claim your prize!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Brick walls are the new railroad tracks

I've been wanting to do a strictly black and white photo post for a while now. I've always been a huge fan of black and white photography. It inspired me to try and add another level of detail in my outfit that I normally would just use color for. Plus, Brett and I just went to see The Artist... so that may have something to do with this as well. (I loved that movie SO much!) But it was fun to see how this came out!

I have to fully credit Brett for the title of this post. I haven't really figured out my "default" spot yet like I used to have in our other town on the railroad tracks. Brett said to me the other day, "Brick walls are the new railroad tracks." I was like... so true! There are plenty of neat walls in the city and you never clash with a brick wall, right? Looks like I found my new go-to!

Outfit details:
Forever 21 floral dress
Forever 21 lace top
Forever 21 socks
Steve Madden Westii wedges c/o Shop It To Me

Monday, April 23, 2012

Carnival in the park

This past weekend, Brett and I headed out with a couple of friends to a local carnival in John Ball Park! This is always one of my favorite times of year because the weather is getting nicer... and it's our first carnival of the season. Unfortunately, they had zero good rides to ride! So we walked around for a bit scoping the scene. Carnivals are one of my favorite things ever about summer. We love riding dorky rides and eating junk food. Who doesn't, right?

So my life has been a bit crazy lately wearing these glasses! I know that sounds weird, but it's honestly life changing. I've worn contacts since I was 13 and there are so many things I took for granted. Like... how in the heck do girls with glasses take showers and know if they're hitting all of the spots on their legs when shaving?! Or how do you go running without them bouncing all over the place? All I can say is... I'm counting the days until I can wear my contacts again. If you're not used to wearing glasses, it's so hard to adjust! It looks like it's going to be about another month. Booooo!

My favorite carnival coming up is the old fashioned days. I can't believe I wore this outfit there two years ago already. It cracks me up how much I've changed... and how much I haven't changed. Brett and I are still totally the same people, but we're at such different places in our lives. I love how unexpected life can be. As much as I miss Grand Haven, I'm finally getting used to our place here and enjoying being in the city and so close to everything. But I am so excited for a hot summer day so I can head back to the beach and take it all in again. 

Outfit details:
Target red jeans
Confetti Cake top c/o Shop Strut
ModCloth Sibling Flats in Big Sis
ModCloth Rat-a-tat hat
Heart to Love ring c/o ModCloth

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Forest Floor Fashion Show

A few weeks ago (maybe a month now!), I attended a local fashion show with a few of my blogger friends! Every year, the college I attended puts on a fashion show. It's always a fun experience and an excuse to get some girls together. This year, the theme was Forest Floor. It was a bit out there, but I kept having to remind myself that artists were putting this together... not fashion designers. When you think about it that way, it was quite inspiring! But yes, definitely entertaining. I had a lot of fun with the girls!

April showers are definitely here. We've had lots of rain and thunderstorms lately - which I love. I can't wait to get outside sometime with my umbrella and snap some pictures. I've been super down lately and haven't taken pictures since last weekend. I had an eye appointment and my doctor said I can't wear my contacts for a while because my eyelids are so irritated. He said 6 months... but there is no way I'm going that long not wearing contacts! I have a follow up appointment in two weeks... crossing my fingers they are healed by then. My glasses are like coke bottles and I feel so nauseated by the time I get home from work that all I want to do is eat a giant bowl of ice-cream and go to sleep. Booo!

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement on the Forever 21 billboard in Times Square! If you haven't heard yet, it's officially live! I'm so excited to see it in person. We're planning a quick road-trip to NYC next weekend, finally. I've been stalking the live cam and although it's a huge deal seeing it in a photo, it'll be insane seeing it in person! I even had a friend say she spotted me on the billboard when they were filming "The Insider". Crazy, right?!

I had the amazing opportunity to meet Kayley of Sidewalk Ready and Blair of Love, Blair during this evening and spend time with my two other friends, Andrea of Blonde Bedhead and Patricia of Quirky Etiquette. It was too fun to grab fancy martinis and snacks afterwards and chat with girls. With my best girlfriend living in Colorado and being in a band, I'm constantly stuck with dirty ol' boys. This was a nice change-up! ;)

Outfit details:
Forever 21 dress
Ruche belt
Style Oasis blazer c/o ModCloth
Aldo tights
Madame Bovery ring c/o ModCloth
Seychelles Hawk wedges

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Closed: Dusty Rose Vintage Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, April 24!

This week's giveaway is from Dusty Rose Vintage!
She is offering one of my readers a $30 store credit.

To enter, you must:
1) Name your favorite item from her shop and say why you chose it!

Bonus entries!
1) Like her on Facebook
2) Follow her on Twitter
3) Follow her on Pinterest
(please leave additional comments for each)

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

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

The winner of the Gracie B. giveaway is...
#45 // Shannon!
Please email me to claim your prize!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rosie's Diner

Once upon a time, this place used to serve up the best diner food in the state! Now permanently closed, Rosie's Diner is a spot of nostalgia of the 50's. I took a trip on US 131 north to 14 Mile Road in Rockford, Michigan to scout out the old dining cars! This diner was originally opened in Little Ferry, New Jersey, as the Silver Dollar Diner. The diner was located on U.S. Route 46 when it first opened in the 1940s!

In the 1970s and 80s, a series of commercials featured Rosie, a no-nonsense waitress who was featured in the Bounty paper towel commercials. So, the diner was renamed Rosie's and in 1991, it was brought to Rockford and soon it was serving diner food again. After closing in 2011, all that's left are the three dining cars, an amazing old-time miniature golf spot and an empty parking lot!

Red and mint is a new favorite spring color combination of mine. I can just imagine wearing this mint dress to enjoy a trip to our local diner. I love ModCloth's description of this dress... "The sweetheart neckline, ruched back, and sugar-white polka dots of this charming dress whip up a look that’s as delectable as the mint-chocolate milkshake you order." I always love how they put a story behind their clothes. It always inspires me to constantly tell a story when I wear them.

Diners have always been symbols of American optimism. I absolutely love the history that was created inside the walls of these dining cars. Plus, what's better than your typical American food of hamburgers, french fries, club sandwiches and milkshakes? So, let's play some Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys and Little Richard and visit our local diners soon, hm?

Outfit details: