Spring Wishlist

Monday, March 23, 2015

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1. Zara Perforated Bucket Bag 2. Minnetonka Merida Sandal  3. H&M Mama Striped Tunic
4. Savor (book), By Shauna Niequist  5. Karma Perfume, LUSH 6. R+Co Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo 7. Modcloth Fave it for a Rainy Day Scarf 8. Geo Supply Co, Copper Rhombus Necklace


I love the springtime! Brilliant sunrises, flowers blooming each month (beginning with crocuses- right now!), open windows, and extended daylight makes for a happy Melissa. And after muddling through a tough winter, I feel as if I appreciate spring all the more! I notice every detail, Instagram every tulip (sorry, not sorry), and slowly start peeling back layers of clothing to reveal my scary white, sun-starved legs.

Spring is also a time for new things, and I can't help but get a 'little' overexcited about updating the ol' wardrobe and finding new indulgences to try like a fragrance or shampoo. I'm particularly happy to see that LUSH has come out with a Karma perfume! (*Disclaimer, that may be old news, but I just realized it was available, ha.) Karma is my favorite smell at LUSH and as of now, I've only used it in the soap version- which leaves me coming out of the shower smelling like royalty or something. No really, I instantly feel luxurious. So yeah, excited about that stuff.

I added the H&M Mama tunic to my wishlist because it's SO CUTE and could probably be worn pregnant or not. Also, I'm crazy excited about Shauna Niequist's latest book- Savor. It's a compilation of 365 daily devotionals + recipes!! WIN. I love everything she writes so I'm sure I'll love this too.

And those Minnetonka sandals! Can you even?! It's the best of all worlds. Aztec, strappy, zips in the back, etc.. And I can only imagine how comfy they are as I've never owned a pair of Minnetonka's that weren't total comfort.

That's it for me today! I'm linking up with CarlyMolly, & Shanna because I love them and I bet you will too. Make it a great week, friends. And as always- thanks for reading!

Goodbye Winter

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I've never been so happy to say those words... GOODBYE WINTER. Peace, sayonara, adios, au revoir! I don't want to see you again ever for a long time. I kind of hibernate in the winter. No really- I turn into a house gnome or something. Netflix everything, reading, and obsessing over warm weather travel plans. I come alive in the spring time. Once the weather breaks and the sun starts shining again, I'm good. And can you believe that the first official day of spring is this Friday!?

All of that to say that I'm already making plans and can't wait to start traversing Michigan again. Weekend (or even day-trip) adventures are what we live for spring through fall. There are so many great festivals and other events around the state, the hard part is choosing which ones to attend! And OBVIOUSLY I'm so excited for July to get here so I can spend my lazy summer days drinking homemade sweet tea and cuddling with Mr. Squishy Bean. Oh the nicknames he'll get from his mommy... Poor child. ;)
Like I mentioned in the previous post, I'm having so much fun lately styling the phenomenon that is 'the bump'. In my naivety, I thought that dressing for pregnancy would just be a huge problem. I mean- there's a lot more going on in the midsection, people. But I was wrong! And the joy of what's happening in that belly makes it entirely worthwhile anyway. So fun. This cardigan from Ruche is the perfect spring-transitional piece and can be worn over 'anything' basic. I got it for Christmas and I love it!

I hope everyone's having a great week. Oh yeah- and Happy St. Pat's! Ben and I aren't doing anything too exciting tonight but maybe I'll eat a green dessert or something in the name of being pregnant festive. Wink..

Dress: Target Maternity
Cardigan: Ruche
Necklace: Gift from Mom
Earrings: Forever 21
Shades: Marc Jacobs
Booties: Target
Bracelet & Bag: Charming Charlie


I'm back- with a bump!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Oh HEY guys! I'm back- and this time with a little something extra. ;)

Ben and I are SOO excited to announce that our sweet baby BOY will be joining us in early July!! Actually, baby's due date is the 4th of July. Ha... little firecracker. What a miracle to be housing this new, sweet life inside me. I'm feeling really good these days as the first trimester is (thankfully) behind me. I'm feeling all kinds of kicks and movements and now Ben can feel baby moving too! So fun.

I feel like a bad little blogger, leaving you all hanging for so long. But I've felt like the past few months have been all about getting used to pregnancy and new life changes, so for me, it's been good to rest and refocus. It takes a lot out of you growing a tiny human! wink.
Now that I have a bump to style, I find that I'm really loving cardigans, kimonos, and other layer-able pieces to transition me from winter into spring. So flowy and nice.

SPEAKING of spring- we're almost there! These pictures were actually taken a few weeks ago, and since then, we've transitioned to weather in the 50's! It feels crazy warm compared to -10. If you follow along via Instagram, you know that we recently took a week-long vacation to Florida. It was wonderful. And as soon as we got home, the weather started to break! I can handle it. 
I'm 'really' hoping to return to blogging more regularly. That's the plan. But truth be told, my Mac is getting pretty old and I'm in dire need of a new one. So, in the meantime, I'm working with 'less-than-ideal' technology. Hopefully, we'll be able to get a new one soon!

This weekend Ben is taking me to see the new Cinderella movie!! (ok, more like I'm dragging him along. Ha.) But I'm so excited. And being the googly-eyed Downton Abbey fan that I am, I'm even more stoked because they're featuring several cast members from the show in the movie. Bonus.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Dress: Old Navy
Kimono: Marshalls
Boots: c/o Hush Puppies
Necklace: Gift from mom

Michigan Bloggers Winter Giveaway!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hi Friends!! It's been a while, I know. But things are going really well and I can't wait to share some great news with you guys next week- so be watching for that. :) I've been keeping super busy this holiday season and can't wait for Christmas NEXT WEEK. What? How did that creep up so fast!? Ben and I have really been enjoying all of the festivities and get-togethers this season has to offer. And tonight we're going Christmas caroling! How fun is that? You don't hear of many groups caroling anymore. It's one of the best ways to spread Christmas cheer- singing loud for all to hear! (Shameless Elf reference.) 

I've recently teamed up with some awesome West Michigan bloggers to host a Winter Giveaway! What do you need to survive a Michigan winter? A giant scarf, Starbucks gift card, a Michigan necklace, wallet, *and LOTS of hot chocolate. Wink. 

Please take a moment to check out ALL the awesome bloggers and store owners I've teamed up with and get yo'self entered in this giveaway asap! This is a great way to meet some new blog friends, too. :) I love these gals and I know you will too. Good luck!

Everything's Always SunnyThe Year of Slow Fashion , Binks and the Bad Housewife, The BeesKnees, Relatively Offbeat, Cassidy Lou, Bunnies and PearlsTenden and Sparrow Boutique

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Stitch Fix #1

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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At long last it's here- My first ever Stitch Fix review!
I've known about this awesome personal styling service for over a year and just now got around to trying it out for myself. #procrastination. Anyway- I'm so excited to fill you in on all the details of how Stitch Fix works. I was overwhelmingly satisfied with my first box and actually loved ALL of the pieces selected for me. It wasn't in the budget to keep every item but I love my final selections anyway.

I'll just go piece by piece through the box and then explain the subscription process at the end. Cool? Cool.

Corinna Striped Dolman Top / Medium- $48.00
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You guys, this top is heaven. It's slouchy, classic, and SO freaking comfortable. I tried it on and fell in love. The material quality is excellent and I love the length and the fact that I can layer it and wear it with so many things. The verdict: KEEP.
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Kut from the Kloth, Kate Boyfriend Jean / Size 8- $78
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My stylist told me that these were one of the most popular boyfriend jeans they sell- when I tried them on I understood why. These jeans fit perfectly all over. I wouldn't even need to alter them in any way! That's pretty impressive considering jean shopping can be a bear for anyone. I would have loved to keep these but I weighed my options and although I loved them, decided to send them back. Verdict: Return.

Moni Chain Print Stud Detail Blouse / Medium- $58
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I love this blouse and the overall quality of the material and fit. Isn't it perfect for the fall season? The color is gorgeous and I love the stud details. I forgot to take a picture of the back-side of the sleeves, but they come to a V-shape behind the elbows and they're lined with studs too. SO cute. Once again- a shirt I can layer and wear so many different ways. Not to mention, great for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! Verdict: KEEP 
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C. Luce, Kailani Sleeveless Pleated Chiffon Dress / Medium- $78
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This dress fit so perfectly and I absolutely loved the pleated top. However, I didn't feel that it was worth the $78 and although I know it would be great for layering, I'm holding off for now. The verdict: Return
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RD Style, Beaumont Faux Leather Trim Cardigan / Medium- $98
Stitch Fix 3 You guys... This cardigan is SO dreamy. When you put it on it feels like being enveloped in a host of puffy clouds. So warm and so soft! And that pattern! Ugh... This was the hardest decision of them all because I just loved this cardigan. Alas, I couldn't justify $98 dollars so unfortunately the verdict was: Return.
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A few things to know:

1.)  Let me just be clear here: If I could, I would have kept 'everything' in my box. It all fit perfectly and there wasn't anything I didn't like. The nice thing about Stitch Fix is that if you decide to keep all 5 items that came in your fix, you get a 25% discount! For me that would have been about $90 dollars, bringing the total cost of the box to $225, which is definitely a savings. Maybe some day. ;) Considering the designer brands and high quality items, this service is totally worth it.

2.)  Each time you order a fix there's a $20 dollar stylist fee. The nice part- that $20 is applied toward any item you keep from your box!

3.)  A prepaid shipping return bag is provided in your fix so you can send back any unwanted items for free

4.)  Stitch Fix has an outstanding referral program! Each person is given their own code to share with friends. Anytime one of your friends signs up using your referral code and orders a fix, a $25 dollar credit is applied to your account. How great is that? :)

5.) In my opinion- everyone should try this service at least once! Such a fun experience having a personal stylist hand-pick items just for you. The detailed style-profile you'll fill out will help your stylist know 'exactly' what you like and what size you are.

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Last but not least- your fix will come with style cards to help show you creative ways to wear all of your new items! I've even seen some women create huge inspiration boards with all of their cards. Need some help getting dressed in the morning? No problem.

I know this is a longer than normal post (and no, I'm not being paid for this)- but dang, I just loved my experience. If you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself and get in on the fun, CLICK HERE or on the banner in the sidebar. And if you have any questions I didn't cover, ask me in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by, friends! I hope you're having a great week.

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