Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Minnetonka One Style, Two Ways


I'm so excited to be pairing up with Minnetonka Moccasin today to bring you One Style, Two Ways! They reached out to me and asked if I wanted to work with a friend on styling a pair of their shoes. I jumped at the chance. Not only do I love Minnetonkas, but they are the perfect shoes for autumn. I chose one of my good friends, Kate of Brilliantly Kate, to help me out. We decided on the Lace-Up Hidden Wedges in Chocolate. I loved that these feel like the Minnetonka brand, but have a slightly different look than their normal moccasins. Plus, these are the most comfortable wedges I've ever put on my feet. I love them. Be sure to head over to the Minnetonka blog to check out our feature. Now for the fun part... you can enter to win a pair too! You can enter here on the blog for a chance, and you can also enter their #MyMinnetonka contest that's currently running. Every Monday someone will win their choice of mocs and a $250 gift card. Be sure to check out more contest details. Good luck! xo




Outfit details:
Gardens of Versailles Lace Blouse c/o Ruche (similar)
Wool Floppy Hat in Brown c/o Sosie (similar)
Lace-Up Hidden Wedge in Chocolate c/o Minnetonka Moccasin

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gin + Vodka Apple Ciders


Last week, we had two of our good friends and neighbors, Drew and Alyssa, over for drinks! We originally "met" on Instagram and discovered we only lived four houses away from each other. After meeting up with them for the first time at their apartment, we decided we needed to have them over to ours! And also, she's an amazing photographer, so be sure to check out her website. Anyway... we decided it would be fun to try gin apple ciders! We found a recipe online, but we sort of experimented ourselves when they came over. I also had leftover caramel vodka, so we tried that too. That is absolutely my favorite fall alcoholic beverage. So good. Enjoy! (If you can drink alcohol, of course. If not, just drink apple cider with sprinkled cinnamon. That's my go-to beverage anyway. ;))



GIN + VODKA APPLE CIDERS

Ingredients:
Gin (any kind)
Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
Apple cider
Orange bitters
Cinnamon

Directions:
Mix 1 part gin or vodka, two parts apple cider, with a dash of orange bitters. 
Add cinnamon to taste!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Couture for a Cure

blair was my favorite model, of course.
my friend, diane teall, looked amazing in that dress!
my favorite look from kevan's spring 2015 line (love my florals!)

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 9th annual Couture for a Cure event put on by the Van Andel Institute. All proceeds from this event go to the institute's research to help battle cancer, Parkinson's and other diseases. The night consisted of a runway show showcasing the work of fashion designer, Kevan Hall, a strolling dinner of local cuisine and cocktails. Leigh's, a Grand Rapids based women's retailer, also put on an amazing runway collection featuring grey, knits, street-style and party attire. Super fun! I attended with my friend, Kate of Brilliantly Kate, and we had a great time. I love a fun, local, fashion-forward event, especially one that puts the funds to an amazing cause. xo


Outfit details:
On Your Way Skirt c/o ModCloth (similar)
Zeus Necklace c/o Jeweliq
Ruche Cross-town Beauty Mini Bag (similar)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Apple picking


Last weekend, we went apple picking! We first tried to go to Robinette's, because that's my favorite place ever. But the crowds were absolutely insane! So we headed a little bit west to Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm. It was super cute, and the crowds were way more manageable. Plus, they had a little pumpkin patch too! We stopped inside to pick up cider donuts and this cute basket. We had a little picnic in the orchard, eating donuts, and enjoying the perfect weather. I'm in love with autumn right now. The colors are at peak, leaves are all over the ground, and it smells like heaven outside. One thing for sure though, is that I am pasty! How did I get so pale?! I swear I spent some time out in the sun this summer! Anyway, I feel like I totally dropped the ball this October on doing blog posts, and this is my favorite month of the whole year to blog! I just haven't been feeling totally great, and then traveling for work threw me off too. Hoping to spend the last half of this month doing everything autumn I can. ;)


Outfit details:
Agenda Dress c/o Others Follow (shop)
Forever21 Hat (similar)
Forever21 Socks (similar)
"Be Kind" Tote c/o Off Switch
Samantha Pleet Blixen Boots c/o Wolverine 1000 Mile