LookBook: Shop Stop Chicago

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I finished 2013 off on a very spectacular high note. I spent the weekend in La Crosse, Wisconsin doing the wedding pictures between some close family members of mine, and with that I was on my way back to GR with of course, one obligatory stay in Chicago, my favorite town in the Midwest!

Amounting the lack of heat in the city that day, I stayed relatively warm. I do regret not packing ear muffs though, and I may have had to take refuge in a Starbucks from the shops opened! Regardless, my body stayed relatively warm because one thing they teach you to do from child birth in Michigan is layers.. layers.. layers!

My favorites of this outfit are also a shameless repeat of the season. I have been getting much use out of my combat boots along with my sable-tooth scarf from H&M! We only stayed in Chicago for not even a whole day so shopping was a must, so I made my way in the morning to the shopping mecca of Chicago being Michigan Avenue, it was a shop stop well spent!

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It was relaxing to visit the city and not feel like I had to visit everything as fast as I could which made for a casual stop on the way back to the Mitten, a very cold one at that! How is the weather holding up in your neck of the woods? I am one snow day with one on the way for tomorrow! Stay safe out there! xxoo

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Wishlist #1: Black & White Wear

December 16th, 2013

I find myself developing an addiction to black and white wear as you can tell by this wishlist. I probably should find more then Forever 21, and H&M to hand my wallet over to though, but their online store has the best selection!

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1. Essential Striped TShirt , 2. H&M Patterned Blazer, 3. Zebra Print Tie 4. Black Leather Look TShirt 5. Headphone Sweatshirt 6. Houndstooth Bowtie

LookBook- Cape May

July 1st, 2013

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This past weekend, Nicki and I hung out at the local playground around my neighborhood and just relaxed to the Summer air. It was overcast the whole day but we got lucky with the weather considering the potential threat of rain.

I have come to the realization that I have been wearing a lot(too much) denim lately.

Nicki’s Outfit:

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I have had this Cape May tank top for a while now and it has been one of my favorite tanks to wear, by itself or just layered.

My Outfit:

  1. Denim Vest: Thrift
  2. Cape May Tank Top: Thrift
  3. Bracelet: Rue 21
  4. Rude Skinny Jeans: Hot Topic
  5. Shoes: Converse

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Lately, I have been pretty into sleeveless things like tank tops, vests and so on, and I have been findings a lot a thrift stores to add to my Summer wardrobe. It’s nice to show a little more skin instead of being bundled up in Spring clothes. Well I hope you have a fantastic start to your week readers and make it a good one! xxoo

Lookbook- Rural Visit

May 20th, 2013

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So this past Saturday, I spent the evening at my cousin’s home in Lowell Michigan. This small town has a lovely charm to it. For a town I don’t visit too often outside GR, this was my second visit in a week. My cousin’s home with not much around it, was so peaceful to spend the evening catching up and enjoying the Sun.

I loved how there were barely any cars that passed by, and it was a peaceful short getaway. It also made for some cliche shots in the street. On the second photo if you were wondering, they are some navy converse that I studded customarily with studs I purchased from Amazon!

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From top to bottom, I got the shirt recently as a birthday gift, which I believe is from Khol’s. I got the shorts from Hot Topic 2 years ago which I love for Summer, and finally as I mentioned earlier were the studded Converse I had done myself.

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Enjoy your week readers!

LookBook- Telephone

April 29th, 2013

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When my grandma was moving homes, there was a lot of sorting, and going through old things. Whilst rummaging through old Polaroids, notebooks etc, I came across this phone. This phone was already familiar to me. I remember my cousins, and I making fake phone calls from the upstairs bedroom due to whatever make-believe game we were playing that day. A little nostalgia behind it, and the fact it was super cool led me to ask my grandma for it, and of course she said go ahead! Makes a great decoration in my office, and maybe for a photo shoot or two 😉

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I wore this outfit to a carnival, although I ended up replacing the cardigan with a Chicago White Sox hoodie, it was a bit chilly, but things are beginning to warm up for Michigan. Especially the fact we have had random spurts of snow, this tank-top weather has been perfect!

  1. Stud earrings- Forever 21
  2. Necklace- Some stand in the mall from a long time ago.
  3. Round Sunglasses- Amazon
  4. Cardigan- Chaps
  5. Tank Top- Rue 21

Hope the weather is just as pleasant in your neck of the woods, enjoy your week readers!

A Typical Winter in Grand Haven

March 3rd, 2013

I spent yesterday fighting through the bitter cold to get a couple shots and view the waves crash on ice mounds along the Lake Michigan coast. I have always wanted to see what the beaches of Great Lakes look like in the Winter and I finally got around to seeing just that! What I learned in this trip is that, no matter what the weather is, always prepare for 10 degrees cooler at the lake shore.

My family and I started the day by introducing me to Donks, a small Mexican fast-food chain in Grand Rapids. Walking in, I already judged it as a poor attempt to be Taco Bell. Boy, I was totally wrong. Don’t let the Styrofoam containers, and plastic silverware fool you. This food is amazing! My beef wet burrito definitely hit the spot.

Upon arrival, I bundled up and made my way up the beach towards the water. I was surprised to see how the ice and snow accumulates at the lake shore making it dangerous to go to the edge of the ice. It was an awesome experience subtracting the ice cold wind hitting our faces.

As you can tell, my outfit was not nearly as appropriate as it needed to be for the weather, and I regret it. Looking off towards the pier, I noticed that the ice and snow was hanging over the edge of both sides of it. I knew it was dangerous but really wanted some shots so I braved the pier by myself.

I only got this far before realizing that it was too dangerous to go any further, especially in the shoes I was wearing.

All in all it was a pretty eventful day, and a worthwhile day trip to the lake shore. Though, I have realized that I definitely want Summer weather that I can spend at the beach and I want it now. I hope you all have great weeks readers! Try to find some time and get out to the lake shore if you haven’t yet this season. You will enjoy it, at least if you bundle up!

February Favorites 2013

February 28, 2013

Short month, long Winter, very busy.

If you want a dose of inspirational people it is definitely Xandra Burns. Xandra runs the blog Fashionably Light, a style blog that also promotes minimalism and other quirky things.  She varies in posts between inspiration, life guides, or just outfits. She is also a Blogcademy graduate, which is how I originally found her as I was looking at the blogs of the lucky graduates of the last few Blogcademies. I recommend checking out her blog!

I have spent a lot of time this past couple months trying to incorporate old things I already have purchased into my outfits. I recently discovered these simple dress shoes I only wore on special occasions. I didn’t realized till now that they actually go with a lot of outfits!

Speaking of Blogcademy endeavors, I instantly fell in love with the song that went along with the video recording the events over the time in London’s Blogcademy. It is called ‘Make It Right’ by Riley and the Roxies. They are not that recognized, and I wish they were more because their music is awesome!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend to come readers. I know I definitely will.  I just finished the worst of my exams this week. I still have much more musical rehearsal and ACT testing to keep me busy so wish me luck! Have a great weekend!