Thursday, April 17, 2014

Here Comes the Sun

While it may have been a bit chilly yesterday, one thing's for sure- the sun is here to stay! We've hit a beautiful turning point here in Michigan. Our days are getting longer and the evening sun is just wonderful. Last night was exceptionally sunny so Ben and I decided to head out to the riverfront to snap some photos. 

One thing I 'love' about our quaint little town is the river. We can always spot a few sweet duckies or other wildlife near the riverbanks. And pretty soon there will be baby duckies everywhere! I love this time of year. Those little fluffy babies are just too cute.
Some of you may remember this tulip skirt from last year. I was so excited to get it out of the closet and style it up again! Since I'm loving basics lately, I paired it with a simple striped shirt and a chambray jacket. The perfect spring ensemble, if you ask me!  
So I know I'm a little late updating recently, but my birthday 'girls getaway' weekend was fabulous! We had the best time and literally shopped 'till we dropped. I think we were on our feet for 9 hours at the mall on Friday! That's hardcore, people. Hardcore. Good thing our hotel had a hot tub! Felt good to soak the tootsies after a long day. In addition to shopping, we shared a wide variety of great meals together and made plenty of coffee stops along the way. :)

I hope everyone is having a great week! Thanks so much for reading, friends.

Outfit:
Tee: Forever 21
Skirt: Target
Jacket: Target
Necklace: Gift from my sister
Bracelet: Forever 21
Pumps: Kohls
Sunnies: Ray Ban

Monday, April 7, 2014

On Hope...

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The sun is making a comeback.
I was beginning to wonder if it would ever peek its pretty face out again and shine on me. I'm happy to report- it has. What a relief. I firmly believe that there was something a little deeper going on this winter than just 'abnormally cold' temperatures. Yes, it was something else too. In a way, it was like God was teaching me something very important through these tough, dreary months.
HOPE.
Hope that doesn't disappoint. Hope that gets you through even the worst days. Hope that makes the spring flowers SO much more sweet and beautiful. Hope. That's it! The other day I was reminded of this Bible verse- "As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night." (Gen. 8:22 NLT)
What a great promise and something to put your 'hope' in. Michigan has seen so much destruction this winter- bad roads and potholes, an ice storm that destroyed and/or damaged trees, homes, etc.., snow storms that resulted in entire counties being put under a state of emergency, extended power outages, and the list goes on.

That's why this spring is so wonderful to me. That's why I'm smiling and in great spirits. I have hope, and it's not disappointing! The flowers are emerging, the sun is shining, and April showers are underway. God is good and I'm so ready for this new season, and summer right around the corner! Can anyone else relate?
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 I recently snagged this blazer from the J. Crew clearance rack for under $20 dollars! *the happy dance ensued* I was one excited girl. This is the BEST time of year to shop, I firmly believe that. Deals are abounding everywhere! Go out and take advantage of them.
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So, I'm sincerely 'trying' to add more color into my wardrobe (I promise), but I just can't seem navigate away from my black pants. I love them. I guess I need a spring wardrobe intervention, asap! ;)
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I hope you have a beautiful week, friends! My birthday is this Thursday and the celebrating has already started! I'm so grateful for a family who loves me and showers me with little blessings around my birthday. This weekend my mom, sister, and I are heading out on weekend b-day shopping trip!! I can hardly wait. We've had this on the calendar for a while and we're just a 'little' giddy about it. :)

Outfit:
Blazer: J. Crew
Button Down: JcPenney
Necklace: Baublebar
Pants: J. Crew
Shoes: Thrifted
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Purse: Old



Monday, March 24, 2014

Haturday

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Saturdays are turning into 'Haturdays' for me lately. It's the perfect, lazy-gal solution when you just don't feel like fixing the mop top. Know what I mean? And here's another thing- I'm totally living in basics lately. LOVE them. I'm investing in more staple pieces that can be worn again and again and in many different ways. It just makes sense. Sometimes I look at my closet at the end of a season and I think "why the heck did I buy that?" I mean, I love trendy pieces and all, but I'm discovering that I own way too many.
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In honor of celebrating basics, I picked up these black denim jeans from J. Crew outlet last month. They are SO comfortable, hold their shape, and hang just perfectly at the ankle. The best part?- I snagged them for under $20! Cha ching... I'm living in them.
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*In case you were wondering- yes, it's lightly snowing in these pictures. Someday I will wear shorts again.
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This week is really supposed to start warming up and I'm so ready for it! I can't wait to open my house windows and let some spring air in.

In other news- Ben and I have finally hammered out the details of our spring getaway trip! We're heading to Charleston, SC this May and I couldn't be more excited! We're planning on visiting some 'gorgeous' plantations, hitting the beach, riding in horse-drawn carriages, and eating ALL the seafood. ;) I'm even hoping to do a little shopping because, duh. I hear Charleston has some adorable boutiques. And pastry shops- ooooh the pastries! Mmm mm mmm.

Anyone from the area and have any awesome suggestions?? I'm all ears! Have a great day friends.

Outfit:
Jeans: J. Crew Skinny Ankle Toothpick
Shoes: Target
Acid-Wash Button Down: Target
Tee: Forever 21
Purse: Macy's (old)
Necklace: Tiffany's
Hat: Borrowed from Ben



Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring? Is that you?

Happy Saint Pat's! I'm wearing absolutely no green (because I'm an un-festive bum who totally forgot) but I DID eat a green and white cupcake, does that count?? Seriously though... I could definitely go for some fish & chips. Who's with me?

Did everyone have a good weekend? Mine was pretty chill, and that was 'perfect'! Ben and I went out on a hot date Saturday night and then on Sunday night we watched Once Upon a Time (a little addicted) and Ben made his FAMOUS homemade popcorn. So delish. I even soaked the ol' tootsies in the foot bath. Much needed after the winter we've had. Jeez.
This outfit is a mesh of seasons, really. I'm trying to incorporate more coral and spring(y) colors into the wardrobe but I'm still wanting to hang on to my beanies and tights. It's not THAT warm here yet. It's just my reality. This weekend I saw a cutesy Instagram picture of a blogger I follow in California. She was in bright hues and donning her bare legs and sunnies. I would be a liar if I said I was happy about it. For a minute I was like 'I want to send ALL THE SNOW to California'!! Not nice, I know, but let's be real northerners, we're spent. Bottom line- you will not hear me complain about the heat this summer, no matter how hot it gets. Bring it.
I hope you all have a great week. So far mine is off to a good start. AND- Ben and I 'are' going on vacation this spring. It's been finalized and we're just a little (A LOT) excited about it. Details forthcoming. But per usual, you can follow my travels via Instagram as I post there frequently. In fact, you should probably just follow anyway because.. let's be friends? :)

Outfit:
Bodycon Dress: Victoria's Secret, PINK
Shoes: Merona, Target
Cardigan: Forever 21
Beanie: Borrowed from Ben
Lips: 'Be a Bombshell' lip crayon


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bits of Spring Color

Let me begin by saying- yesterday was not the best day. We seriously got about 7 more inches of snow, and after a few glorious days of spring warmth last week, yesterday just felt like death. Oh yeah, and I had to run errands in it. Not cool. And so over this.

I met up with Ben for lunch yesterday and he hugged me and spent time with me, assuring me that this will soon be over and that warmer days are coming. It's just amazing to me how frumpy weather in March can REALLY throw a curveball in my mood. After lunch and quality time with the hubs, I was reminded that God is in control, yes, even when the weather stinks and I'm having a bad day. And that He cares deeply about me even in the midst of all my, well, 'blah-ness'. God is bigger than my moods. In fact, by the time yesterday came to a close, I found myself in altogether great spirits. I'm glad I have a caring heavenly Father who carries me through the rough days.
Last week (as some of you saw on INSTAGRAM), I got these amazing new Wolverine 1883 oxfords in the mail and was beside myself with joy. They are a part of their new spring collection and they are shoe-perfection. The coral-orange(y) color makes me happy and my brain is already spinning with all the cool ways I can style these beauties.
With spring around the corner, I'm gradually adding more and more color back into my outfit rotations. I love bright scarves, socks, head scarves, and jewelry. Sometimes the right accessory is all you need! I've had this scarf from Forever 21 for a long time and I still love it. I paired it with some fun earrings from Francesca's and called it good. Oh, and bright lips of course. ;)

Funny story about bright lips: Last Sunday at church, one of the young girls came up to me and said - "Hey, where's that red lipstick you're always wearing?" Ha.. How funny that a 7 year old little girl noticed when I wasn't wearing my red lipstick?? Attentive, I'll give her that.
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^ Since I saved the best for last, check this out !^
I was out thrifting the other day and found this Dooney and Bourke leather Happy Bag for $2.99!!! You guys, it's real. I couldn't believe it. D&B launched their 'Happy Bag' collection back in 2012 in a huge array of FUN colors. They originally retailed for $200 dollars and yours truly swiped one for $2.99. Which begs the question, if you're not thrift shopping yet, why?! Get out there, deals like this happen all the time.

Have a great day, friends!

Outfit:
Jeans: Madewell High Rise Skinnies
Button Down: JcPenney
Dooney & Bourke bag: Thrifted
Scarf: Forever 21
Shoes: c/o Wolverine, Spring 1883 Collection
Earrings: Francesca's


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