Faux Fur

Monday, November 21, 2016

 

Hey friends! Welcome to a new week- and thank goodness it's a short one! I love the holidays and I'm really excited for Thanksgiving and time with my family. I still watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade every year like a 5 year old. And when the Rockettes come on I jump up and down and kick my legs in my pj's trying to keep up with them. Ben laughs at me and sometimes I hurt myself, but- #worthit.

If you're wanting to feel extra snazzy for your Thanksgiving festivities, this vest from Tobi is perfect. It's a dreamy shade of blush pink and can be worn a hundred ways. This is one of those pieces that I'll have forever. Also, I'm 'really' drawn to textures lately. Anyone else? I love the dimension it brings to an outfit. I've been hoarding vests and furry coats lately like a boss. 

I wore this outfit to go see Wicked last Friday night with the girls. What an amazing performance! I had goosebumps every time Elphaba sang, but especially during the last part of the first act: Defying Gravity! If you've seen it then you know exactly what I'm talking about. So good. Also, I braided my hair all by myself! Yay me. 







House update: we were supposed to close this week but hit (yet another) small snag. It's looking like we'll be moving soon, but probably not until next week. I was really hopeful to be in by Thanksgiving, but in all things- I trust the Lord and His perfect timing. We're REALLY excited to finally be moving and can't wait to celebrate Christmas in our new home.

Have a great week, friends!

Outfit:
Dress & Shoes: Target
Faux Fur Vest: c/o Tobi
Necklace: Forever 21

Cooking class with the gals

Friday, November 11, 2016


This Wednesday I attended my first cooking class at Le Creuset in Birch Run with my mom and sister. It was a blast! Since we were heading to an outlet mall, we made a trip of it and left a little early to get in some Christmas shopping and lattes from Starbucks (because their seasonal beverages are back, yay!). The weather was perfect for this oversized (and really toasty) geo cardigan. I've had this for a while now and I'm just now getting around to sharing it, but I love it! So dang easy to style and throw on over a long tee. I need more of these in my life.


^ My sister and best friend. ^


When we arrived at Le Creuset they had a wonderful spread of appetizers and beverages to snack on. Those shortbread cookies with chocolate bottoms were especially lethal. ;) So good.




On the menu: a delicious stuffed butternut squash recipe! Absolutely perfect for the season. I will be making this again and again in the future. It was heavenly. The salty and sweet with chorizo and maple syrup- perfection.






Our chef used a local maple syrup for the stuffing! ^ The chorizo sausage was sourced locally too.


Finished product! Yum. We wrapped up the night with a homemade cherry reduction sauce over vanilla bean ice cream. There are no pictures to share because, well, I devoured it before I had time to snap the ol' camera. Hehe.

Tomorrow is Ben's birthday so I'm taking him out tonight to celebrate! What are your weekend plans? Today we're taking measurements at our 'soon-to-be' new home for the kitchen appliances, window coverings, etc. I can't believe this is almost a reality! It's been a long, hard season but we're almost to the finish line. More to come on home stuff, stay tuned.

Wishing you a great weekend, friends!

Outfit:
Tee: Meijer
Geo Cardigan: Macy's
Jeans: Levi's
Booties: c/o Hush Puppies
Pendant necklace: Birch & Elm
Bag: Meijer


Palazzo

Monday, November 7, 2016


Palazzo pants! I'm so glad they're a thing right now. My goodness- so dang comfortable. I lived in these babies from Tobi all weekend. I love the high waist and wide legs, so flattering! I paired them with a few things I dug out of my closet- this cardigan, lacy tee, and bauble necklace from Stitch Fix. Again, one of my favorite things is mixing new pieces with items I already own!






This is the first outfit of the season that felt pretty festive to me. As in- holiday party worthy. Who else is SO excited about the upcoming holidays? I really, really love this time of year. We're a family of traditions and I SO value each one. I make Ben take me to 'all the festivities' this time of year. ;)

Our first real holiday kick-off event will probably be Silver Bells in the City in Lansing. I know there's a billion people that attend but I just love it! They have a Christmas Village shopping area and lots of hot chocolate, cookies, etc. Not to mention a light parade that's just beautiful! I can't wait until Winston is old enough to get into all of this with his crazy mother.

Then, the day after Thanksgiving, we celebrate pretty much the same thing on a smaller scale right here in Owosso. We have our own Christmas shopping village, a glow parade, Christmas tree lighting, and even local horse drawn wagon rides by Meijer! So fun.

This Wednesday I'm attending a cooking class at Le Creuset with my mom and sister! Can't wait for that. I'll post some pictures on Instagram, so follow along there. Also, Ben's birthday is this week so we'll be celebrating that too.

Wishing you all a great week! Keep us in prayer as we're 'almost' through the house-selling process and into our new home!! Yay. More updates to come.

Outfit:
Cardigan & Tee: Kohls
Necklace: Stitch Fix
Palazzo Pants: c/o Tobi
Pumps: Target
Bag: Meijer
Linking up today with Molly & Carly! <3


Cinnamon Suede

Monday, October 24, 2016


Hey guys! Happy Monday!

We're smack dab in the middle of the most beautiful fall here in Michigan and I am one happy gal. There's nothing like experiencing a northern autumn! Owosso has an abundance of gorgeous maple trees and they're all starting to change colors so beautifully. I've really learned to appreciate the beauty right here in my town. Winston and I have taken several local 'scenic drives' recently to take in the fall color.

This cinnamon suede moto jacket from Birch & Elm is absolute fall goodness. I love the color and fit! And if I'm honest, I pretty much wore it all weekend over 'everything'.






Ben and I just wrapped up the most wonderful weekend ever with our little family. Friday night Ben arranged a babysitter and we got out for a little bit to enjoy some hot cider and just TALK together. How nice! Saturday morning we had fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and coffee and I actually showered and did my hair, uninterrupted. ;) The rest of the day was spent making my white chicken chili and finishing the preparations for our church's harvest party/chili cook-off that evening. We had SO much fun that night and ended up with a total of 9 chilis to sample and vote for! We rounded out the evening with a huge bon fire and the most perfect weather. Mid 50's, no wind, and not too cold.
Yesterday we had a great church service and then we came home and 'everyone' got a nap! WOOT. To me, that's a perfect weekend.

This week I'm hosting a 'Hocus Pocus' gals movie night at my place with spooky munchies. ;) I love this time of year and can't wait to show you Winton's costume later this week. Hehe. Follow on Instagram for more updates.

Have a great week! I'll be back with more soon.

Outfit:
Dress: Forever 21
Cinnamon Suede Jacket: c/o Birch & Elm
Shoes: Chucks (exact, here)
Earrings: Target
Bag: Meijer



Duster

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Here I go again with this duster. It's been one of the better wardrobe decisions I've made, honestly. I just keep wearing it in new ways! It's such a versatile and flattering color and I always get loads of compliments on it. This time I paired it with a gray bodysuit, skinnies, and some lace up flats. Ps- I'm in love with bodysuits. I know, I know- some of you have nightmares of the 90's, but for me, they're flattering 'and' practical. The stay tucked in and don't budge. I love it! The only time it becomes an issue is when you really have to pee. Hehe.

This week I've been 'closet purging' and really, it's shameful how much I've put in the 'goodbye' pile. I've been saying this for a while here, but I really am trying to slim down to a more classic wardrobe. I'm not saying goodbye to all the fun, just getting rid of a lot of trendy pieces and things that I won't wear again. It's been good for me. I love items that I can wear over and over in all sorts of ways. It's a fun challenge for me to shop my closet and try to put together a new look, like this one.

And here's an FYI for you local gals- I'll be hosting a ginormous closet sale next spring at my home and there will be everything from shoes, purses, pants, tops, coats, etc. More details to come on that.




I love this dainty necklace from Happiness Boutique. I can wear it with almost anything and I love the minimalist feel. So pretty.



House update: still on pins and needles over here. No final information to pass on just yet, but we're so hopeful that things will pan out today or tomorrow so keep up those prayers, please! :)

Don't forget that this weekend is Michigan's Buy Nearby weekend. You can win a $500 gift card by tagging your social pictures (October 1 & 2) with the #ibuynearby hashtag while you're out shopping local! Get out there and support your hometown businesses!

Cheers to the 'almost' weekend ahead, friends!

Outfit:
Bodysuit: H&M
Duster Vest: H&M (Similar Here)
Skinnies: JcPenney
Lace up flats: Target (EXACT Here)
Necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique
Sunnies: Meijer

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