Monday, January 30, 2012

Wear: Shadow Dancing

Shirt, sweater, leggings, + boots: Kensie | Socks + tank: Nordstrom
Necklace: Wendy Maves

This outfit is so unusual for me, primarily black, with army boots? Where is the full skirt? Where is the color? But with the grey skies ahead I'm really feeling this relaxed vibe.

How much do you love my necklace? This is the one I bought on Etsy from one of my fabulous mentors, Wendy Maves, who owned the first boutique I ever worked at and designs really incredible jewelry. Visit her Etsy shop here, she really has something for everyone- from simple to bold Wendy has you covered.

In sad news though, we closed Kensie on the 25th and my last day with the company is tomorrow when we finish packing up and cleaning the store. I have to say that I LOVED every minute of working for such an incredible brand. The people were so driven and have such a clear focus of the brand image, I'll miss my job but I'm excited for where it's going to take me.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wear: All dressed up, again.

Dress + Shoes: Kensie | Tights: Nordstrom 
Necklace: My Great Grandma Flossy's | Scarf: Tulle

Another dressy post, yet again taken with no destination in mind. I just really love getting dressed up- so who cares if it's just to sit at home and work on my blog? At least I'm doing it glamorously.
These shoes were an absolute must have when they came in at work, at first glance you think "holy cow what would I ever wear those with" but honestly you could wear them with everything! We tried them on with blues, purples, reds, they might be one of my most versatile shoes.

And confession: I'm not wearing any makeup in these photos, which is why there aren't any close ups on my face- you're welcome.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Wear: White snow, red as strawberries

I took these pictures last week on my day off, when Audrey and I took the opportunity to run around in the snow- she is such a midwestern dog! I picked this sweater up off the sale rack at work, and I love it for winter, everyone wears grey and black and this adds such a pop of color.

Sweater + Turtleneck: Kensie | Necklace: Banana Republic
Leggings: V Fish (they're fleece lined! awesome)

Here is Audrey! She loves to burrow her head deep in the snow, dachshunds were bred for badger hunting in tunnels so I think this is how she gets in touch with her roots.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wear: My most prized possession

I discovered this dress this summer at the Elie Tahari outlet and fell in love- but let's be real, I have no where to wear it! So I walked away from it. Then, for the following months, thought this was the biggest mistake of my life. This dress makes my heart stop! So I called around and Googled but sadly found nothing.

Clearly this story has a happy ending, as I'm wearing it now. My mom won her mother of the year (and then some) award by finding it online at Rue La La, and giving it to me for Christmas- best gift ever!
Moral of the story though, don't walk away from an article of clothing if it makes your heart stop- regardless of practicality.

Dress: Elie Tahari | Boots: Hunter | Socks: Nordstrom

Monday, January 16, 2012

Eat: Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Cupcakes made with Oreos? I'm in- I'm not a huge fan of the cookie on it's own but in a cupcake it sounds incredibly delicious. I discovered this recipe on Pinterest, which led me to discover one of my favorite new blogs: Annie's eats

You can view the original recipe here, on Annie's blog.

Start by mixing your dry ingredients

Then mix in your wet ingredients and cookies

To bake these puppies up, place half an oreo on the bottom cream side up, then fill 1/2 full with finished cupcake mix.

Your finished cupcake will look like this delicious beast!

Wait for them to cool, and then frost with the delicious cream cheese frosting.
You are going to LOVE these cupcakes, not only do they look beautiful but they taste delicious!

Make sure to check out Annie's Eats as well- her blog is sunny and beautiful and her food is photographed impeccable. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Soon-to-be a Southern Belle

Well ya'll, it's official- I'm bound to be a southern belle! Now that I can tell all of you that the store I manage is closing, I've decided to take this job-less opportunity and move to Alabama with Ryan. I'm really excited for this new adventure in my life- and if anyone knows of some great shops in Huntsville let me know!

What's stressful though is how I'm going to pack all my clothes! This girl has a lot of stuff, so I'll definitely be using space bags, but I can't forget to pack these fantastic cowboy boots I got in Arizona last summer.

Sweater: Zara | Dress: Kensie | Necklace: Two Sisters
Tights: Target | Boots: Unkown

I've been told the appropriate way to end this post is with a confident yell of "Roll Tide", but I'll need to learn what that means first- as I really have no interest in sports.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wear: Faux Sho

If you know me you know I'm really anti-fur, I think it's down right cruel, but let me get down from my soap box and tell you how much I love Faux fur. I had a faux leopard coat as a child and I think that's what initiated this obsession, I'm just so glad it's now in style to look outlandish.

I got this faux fur vest as a Christmas gift from my Aunt (thanks Beth!), and I've already worn it two days in a row- to much? probably.

Vest, Sweater, Leggings: Kensie | Socks: Nordstrom | Boots: Clark's

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Look Back: 2011


2011 was a quiet month for me, Ryan moved to Albany, GA so while I was sad I was so proud that he was able to land such a great position right out of school. I relish this time though- it was my last real "break" for 2011- after this my life started moving at top speed!


So, I have no idea what happened in February. I have no Facebook pictures posted in this month and no blog posts- so I must have been living under a rock. One great thing that happened though is my sister and her fiance Dave got engaged- that was definitely a highlight this year.


I started my job search in March because I knew I wanted to have a job upon graduation, but my parents surprised me with a weekend trip to Florida to visit my grandparents. Ryan was able to come and he and I went to Universal Studios to see Harry Potter land- so awesome! And we went to Margaritaville, which is one of the happiest places on earth in my opinion.
(And Ryan and I do more than just drink cocktails- no matter what these two photos might say).


This was a big month for me, I started my new full time job and the days were jam packed. I worked as an assistant store manager and on my days off I had full days of school working on my business plan and portfolio. It was so exciting starting at Kensie, we opened the store so the position was so hands on unloading boxes, hiring, and merchandising- it really was a perfect first job for me. Also, Ryan and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas- which was awesome and we can't wait to go on another one!


Photo Credit: Andrea of Blonde Bedhead

While working and being in school I didn't have much time for a social life in May, however my friend Amanda and I took a break from the crunch time of school and went to Kate of Kie&Kate Couture's jewelry party. I know I talk about her jewelry a lot on my blog, but her pieces really are so fun.


In June I became a college graduate- with honors!! This meant so much to me, I've never been that interested in school, but I'm so passionate about working in the fashion industry that I really applied myself. I've learned so much in school and in my careers and graduating made me realize how lucky I am with the experiences I've had in my life.

(To see my portfolio click here)


Now that I was done with school I focused on frequent posts for my blog and working hard as Assistant Store manager, I was learning so much from the store manager that I really enjoyed going to work everyday.


What a fun month August was! I attended my first Chicago Blogger Meet up and met some truly inspiring women and got pumped to improve my blog. Ryan and I went with his family to Hilton Head, SC (it was my first time) and we had such a blast. I got to meet his mom's whole side of the family while enjoying sometime in the sun.


This was another month that I really buckled down on my blog, I was promoted at work to store manager but I wanted to stay connected to my readers and this creative outlet. I also won a local apple pie bake off with my sisters recipe (1st place best filling, 2nd place best overall pie- thank you very much). Finally I went to California with my family to visit my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins which was so much fun. We rented a beautiful home and the weather was just perfect, it couldn't have been a better trip.


October  is always my favorite month and this year was no different! I visited Ryan in Albany, I turned 22, I offered advertising on my blog to donate to the Human Society, and I was featured on Refinery 29 twice! I also love the weather in October, it's chilly enough to wear sweaters but not super cold.


In November I loved spending time with family and friends, I visited Ryan in Champaign, went out with my coworkers for Sadie's birthday, and spent time with family. Isn't that what the holidays are all about? I think so.


Finally the wrap up of the year, again spent with family and friends and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. Here is to another great year! LOTS of big changes are headed my way for 2012- I can feel it in the air!