Friday, November 30, 2012

November in Instagram

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November has been an exciting and really productive month. Eric and I have been fixing up our apartment like crazy and have made serious progress. I should have taken before and after pictures because you'd all be shocked! I'm so excited with how it's coming along. There's still a lot left to do though. Other than the apartment, we just enjoyed the holiday, and spent a lot of time with friends and family! Life is good!

  • Winny and I took a trip out to Grand Haven to walk the pier. It was her first time walking in beach sand!
  • Eric played an acoustic set at an open mic night. I loved it.
  • I ate my last cider donut of the season at Robinette's. Yum!
  • Receiving little compliments from colleagues always make my day.
  • I finally captured Winny's crazy face on camera. I just love her.
  • We got our Christmas tree up and decorated. Makes the living room so cozy.
  • A peek at our entryway. I love our DIY coat-hanger. Full post to come soon!
  • Eric and I hanging out with friends at Back Forty Saloon.
  • A peek at our birch tree mural in our dining room. This was a nightmare, but I like the way it turned out!

In December, I'm hoping to finish the apartment even more, get completely organized, work more at financial goals in preparation for the new year, enjoy the holidays as much as possible and just have fun. It's shaping up to be a really exciting and busy month!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Past winter favorites

We're gearing up for winter here in Michigan! We've already seen a few snow flurries and morning frosts, but nothing has stuck yet. I'm excited for winter though. Of course, it's by far my least favorite season... but if it's going to be the longest one in Michigan, I might as well get some enjoyment out of it. One of the things that is making me more excited is my winter Pinterest board though. Winter can be a beautiful time for photos! I'm hoping to push the creative envelope a bit more this year and suck it up in the cold. Plus, the sunrises and sunsets are so beautiful. Here are some favorite outfits from past winters! I can't believe I have three past winters to choose from now. SP is getting old! ;)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Closed: Mike Loves Mommy Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, December 3!

This week's giveaway is from my friend Lisa's shop, Mike Loves Mommy!
She is offering 6 of my readers a chevron bandana for their pup! (custom size)

To enter, you must:
1) Like her page on Facebook

She will randomly select 6 people from her likes to win!
Also, just by liking her page, she'll offer you a 25% discount.

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

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, December 4th at 9 PM EST.

The winner of the Lovenell giveaway is...
#166 // Dearest Lou
Please email me to claim your prize!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Tree Farm

The day after Thanksgiving, Eric and I headed out in search of a Christmas tree! I love decorating for the holidays as soon as turkey day is over. Having a real tree is a must for me. I mostly just love how they make the entire apartment smell. We headed out to Rockford to Hart Tree Farm and it was packed! Everyone must have had the same idea. There was some snow whirling in the air and it was a pretty perfect day to pick out a tree. We also got a wreath to hang on the door!

I'm not sure why, but some of my photos have been blurry lately. I can't figure it out. I'm just wondering if there is a smudge on my lens that I haven't been able to get out (I'm constantly cleaning it)... but it doesn't make sense why some photos are clear and others are blurry? Like the top one is totally blurry... but the needles in the picture above are clear. It's driving me nuts. I might take it in and see what's going on. I'm hopefully getting a new camera soon, but it would still be nice to keep this one in good condition as a backup! I'm kind of wondering if my Nikon D40 took better pictures than my Canon does? I don't know. I think maybe I just need a new lens. Tacking that onto my Christmas list...

This weekend, Eric and I made so much progress on our apartment. We finished the entryway and most of the dining room. We just need to figure out how to fill up space in a few corners, but it looks so much better. I'm super excited. I'll take pictures as soon as everything is settled a bit more, but you can peek at some photos over at my Instagram. My next goal is to buy a new couch, end tables and a coffee table to finish the living room. After those furniture purchases, I think I'll honestly be set for a while, which is exciting! I'm just hoping to buy a house in the next year. I'm ready to fix up a place of my own.

Well December is shaping up to look really fun! I have an upcoming holiday work party that I just ordered my outfit for today! Plus, lighthouse exploring, holiday shopping and hopefully snow. I have some exciting plans on the blog too... fun gift guides, a feature on a local boutique, some holiday giveaways (a huge one at the end of the month!), a little personal celebration and a recap of 2012 with some memories and favorite outfits from the past year. It should be fun and I'm looking forward to it!

Outfit details:
Forever 21 jeans
Hood, Better, Best Jacket c/o ModCloth
LOFT circle scarf
Forever 21 hoodie
Vintage Coach purse
Gap tee
Prague boots c/o Wanted

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy thanksgiving to all of my American readers out there! I had such a great day with family. Eric and I had three families to tackle in one day which is always tiring, but we had a lot of fun. First, we stopped to my Dad's house for a few snacks and then headed over to my Mom's house for a full dinner. It was beautiful and sunny outside (crazy windy!) but we got a chance to spend a little time outdoors there. They live right on the water and it's beautiful. My bedroom all throughout high school had this view! I sure do miss that! And my mom's cooking, ah. It's the best! After my parents, we headed back to the city to eat another dinner with Eric's family. Let's just say... we were stuffed. Ha!

Even though winter doesn't officially start until almost the end of December, I feel like as soon as November is gone in Michigan... it's winter. So I'm trying to wear any autumn favorites before snow hits! I just can't bring myself to wear burnt orange or any autumnal print in winter. I'm super picky about that. So I'm excited that I was able to wear this outfit for the holiday! The only downfall was that this skirt has zero stretch, so by the end of the day, I was regretting that. But the food was all so good and worth it!

Oh gosh, this picture of Eric and Winny is probably my favorite picture ever. Winny was so worn out by the time we got home. But with three families and all of them with dogs and one with Eric's little niece... she was in heaven. I can't believe how big she's getting though. All of a sudden before I know it, she'll be a full grown dog! I think they say about 12 months before a puppy is fully grown? I'm so curious to see how big she'll get. Everyone says she'll be bigger because her paws are so big, but we'll see! All I know is that Eric and I love her to pieces and we're so excited to watch her grow.

After feasting all day, Eric and I headed home afterwards and had a Grumpy and Grumpier Old Men marathon in bed. Those are two of my favorite movies ever, so yeah. Pretty much a perfect day in my book! Also, say hi to my mom below if you haven't seen her yet. Isn't she a beauty? And an amazing cook. I hope all of you that celebrate Turkey Day had a great one! Now onto the last week of November... I've already got my tree up, decorations out and some presents wrapped. I'm really going to try to be more on top of Christmas this year!

Outfit details:
Ranunculus-ly Good Looking Skirt c/o ModCloth
Irene top c/o Dear Faithful
Target tights

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Closed: Lovenell Clothing Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, November 27th!

This week's giveaway is from Lovenell Clothing.
They are offering one of my lucky readers a $50 gift card!

To enter, you must
1) Leave a comment with your favorite item from their shop.

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

Sorry, this giveaway is only open to U.S. and Canadian readers.

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, November 27th at 9 PM EST.

The winner of the Rebecca Accessories giveaway is...
#69 // Sara Ivy
Please email me to claim your prize!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November wishlist

I can't believe we're almost done with November! I can tell already, the holidays are just going to fly by. Right now, I'm still trying to wear as much of my autumn wardrobe as possible, while keeping the upcoming winter in mind. With blizzards outside, I'm looking for anything and everything cozy to wear indoors. I love this Gisele PJ set from Eberjey to wear around the house. Also with the holiday season approaching, I'm hoping to shop as smart as I can... while contributing to a good cause. SmartGuyGlasses set up the Buy One Give One charity program where for every purchase made, they'll give a pair of glasses to someone in need. Sounds like a win-win to me! As for style, I'm loving pastels, neutrals and metallics. Plus, a good pair of boots for the snow. La Posh Style's The Traveler Boots would be perfect. And in light of the season, I think this One Good Deed a Day Journal would be perfect for helping others and just spreading cheer in general. It's a good reminder to be a better person everyday! What is on your holiday wishlist this year?

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Friday, November 16, 2012

See the World

I'm super excited to team up with Lookmatic and IFB for their #SeeTheWorld campaign! This month, they are celebrating all of the unique and fascinating ways people see the world. For me personally, I see the world as a playground. It's full of adventure waiting to happen, friends to spend time with, memories to make and fun to have. I try to look at things with a childish optimism, and a happy-go-lucky enthusiasm, even in rough times.

I chose Lookmatic's Austin glasses in black because I love the retro vibe to them. I really try to incorporate as many vintage-inspired items as I can into my style and wardrobe. 

I hope you guys have a great weekend! I'm running out the door right now to play a show, so I better hurry! I'll be back on Monday! xo

Outfit details:
Urban Outfitters shorts
Austin glasses c/o Lookmatic
ModCloth Love Ballad top
Knee'd Your Lovin tights c/o ModCloth
Brave boots c/o Wanted

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bostwick Lake

On our last beautiful day of 70 degrees (I'm assuming our official indian summer), Eric and I headed up north and stopped by Bostwick Lake. There are so many lakes all over Michigan. Even in the city, it's just a short drive to a lake or even just 30 minutes from the big lake! I definitely miss seeing Lake Michigan more often, but there's just so much more to do here. You live by all of your friends, can quick go anywhere after work, or whatever. I'll definitely buy a house here when I'm ready, and just make sure my kids someday experience summers on the lake as often as I did growing up in a beach town.

I absolutely love the print on this top from Line & Dot! It feels so autumn to me. Our trees are pretty much bare here in Michigan now. We even saw some snowfall this week on Monday. It didn't stick, but I'm hoping we have snow for December. Can you guys believe Thanksgiving is already next week? I'm so looking forward to a four day weekend. I have three families to visit, a big IKEA trip, a Friendsgiving, lots of good shows coming up and a few Circle Maybe shows too. I'm looking forward to the next couple of months. Life is exciting right now!

So I've been trying to eat a bit healthier before the holidays and work out. Eric and I both got gym memberships and have been trying to hit the gym a few times a week. Oh man though, I'm out of shape. I used to easily be able to run a 5K and this week I had hit the red stop button at 0.93 miles. I couldn't even make a mile! I had the worst cramp in my stomach and my head felt like it was going to explode. Haha! I remember when I was working at losing my 35 pounds though, the first few weeks of working out was the worst. I'm compiling a huge new years resolutions list and getting back to my goal weight is definitely near the top.

Outfit details:
Urban Outfitters jeans
Bonnie & Clyde top c/o Line & Dot
Ruche navy cardigan
Forever 21 socks
Eager Beaver Boots c/o BC Footwear

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Closed: Rebecca Accessories Giveaway!

Closed Tuesday, November 20!

This week's giveaway is from Rebecca Accessories!
She is offering one of my lucky readers a $75 store credit to her shop.
{I'm loving the wishbone necklaces for Thanksgiving!}

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

Bonus entry!
1) Follow her on Facebook
(Please leave an additional comment.)

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

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, November 20th at 9 PM EST.

The winner of the 11 Eureka Boutique giveaway is...
#26 // Gabby!
Please email me to claim your prize.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The corn stalks

This past weekend was beautiful! Sunday was 70 degrees, sunshine and windy. I was in serious heaven. Eric and I headed out for a little trip to our apple orchard. We took a stroll on the trail, let Winny go nuts and grabbed some cider and warm donuts. I absolutely don't want autumn to end. As excited as I am for the holidays, this season just goes too quickly. I never even got a chance to carve pumpkins and roast seeds this year. Plus, trying to potty-train Winny in the cold is the worst. I can tell she isn't a fan either, because she quickly goes and then we both run back inside into the warmth. Haha!

Winny has been insane! I keep wondering where did my calm little baby go? Haha! She's gained two pounds in just a few weeks, she's getting taller and crazier by the minute. I feel so guilty, like I just don't have enough energy to keep her entertained. She goes through her rawhide sticks so fast, chows down a bowl of food in seconds and pees on the floor when I'm looking away for two seconds. And all of a sudden, she decided to hate her leash and walking and now started barking at every single passerby we walk past. Haha! Puppy training class, here we come...

But really... life is so unexpected sometimes. I never thought a year ago that I'd be raising this pup, with someone new that I love, living in a new place, in the city. You know? I think one of the reasons I want to hang onto every second of autumn is because I'm honestly a little scared for the holidays. It's just been a life-changing six months. Honestly though, I am happy. It's definitely a work-in-progress with some rough spots, but I'm truly getting there. But the holidays will definitely bring back memories and I'll miss old traditions. But I'll also be a part of new traditions and be making new memories and I'm excited for that. I need to be thankful for everything I have in my life. As hard as things are sometimes, I'm truly blessed and I need to remember that.

While I'm on the topic of personal and life changing things, I might as well just say Eric and I moved in together. We have roommates right now that are moving into the apartment next door this upcoming weekend and so it'll just be us, and Winny. Everyone that knows us really well has known for a while, so it doesn't feel like a huge deal at all anymore, but one that I haven't really talked about on the blog. So there's that news! I'm so excited to finally start fixing up the apartment. I have a huge IKEA trip planned for next weekend and a cleaning service coming in to clean the entire place which I'm so excited for. I'll definitely do some blog posts on the place when we're done. I've been buying and collecting stuff for a while that I haven't put out yet and I'm so ready to finally settle in here!

Outfit details:
Forever 21 jacket
Target tights