Style Vibes: Casual | Sporty | Beachy
5′ 9″ | No Curves | Jeans 28 | Size 8-ish
Mama of a one year old + 2 cats
I love and embrace change – excited by the ever-changing world of fashion trends far more than classic pieces. But woven between the trends remains the influence of the beach in my personal style, having spent most of my life between California and the beach towns of Michigan. I’m always on the hunt for oversized, loose and casual pieces that can go from morning coffee to a day at the beach, and I’m an avid collector of the perfect hoodie. My wardrobe is also thick with seasonal pieces that can withstand the wildly fluctuating forecast in Northern Michigan, if you need a warm boot or coat that’s still actually cute – I’ve got you.
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Let’s get the basics out of the way: where you live, how many kids, etc.
I’m currently living along the Lake Superior shoreline in Michigan with my husband (Paul, aka: Hubs) and son (Jude!); we just had our first baby in 2020 and are over the moon obsessed with him and being parents (like, I know people say that, but WOW it’s so fulfilling and amazing). I’ve been a full-time traveling wedding photographer for the past nine years but am slowly throttling back on the travel since having a kid.
Three words to describe your personal style. Go.
Easygoing, Beachy, Trend-driven
Who are your style icons? How do you integrate those tastes into your own wardrobe if at all?
Mary-Kate & Ashley: the queens of breaking the rules and wearing everything oversized. Their boldness for the bohemian look and rocking socks with sandals as a fashion statement are just two reasons I’m always religiously paying attention to their influence. They have been my fashion icons since I was a kid asking for their entire Walmart clothing line for Christmas and birthday gifts, and the reason I often look to break any fashion rules or molds myself. But also, Princess Diana’s off-duty look is my forever mood; her ability to style bike shorts, sweatshirts and sneakers while making it look perfectly put-together was (and is) major goals.
How has your personal style changed during your pregnancy?
Wow, pregnancy made it rough for me to get dressed (or even enjoy clothes at all). I wasn’t able to seamlessly merge my normal closet with my changing belly like I thought I could (people on the internet make it sound so easy), but once I finally “gave in” and grabbed a few maternity-specific items (or even just a few new items that made me feel confident) it was so much more – FUN! These jeans and this pair of leggings were two maternity lifesavers.
What’s your most-worn piece? (If it’s sweatpants…we won’t tell.)
It’s a fleece jacket from Free People. I own multiple colors and wear one nearly every day, whether just over my workout gear to head to the gym, to throw on when my kid wants to play outside, and even just as a sweatshirt indoors when I’m cold. It comes in the most incredible colors, has convenient pockets, and, well, is just perfect.
Sometimes it’s hard to gauge height from an Instagram or blog post – SO…how tall are you?
5’9” and so thankful for the long legs.
Your top three beauty products?
(1) This gradual tanning lotion – it smells amazing, looks totally natural, and doesn’t transfer to clothes/sheets. (2) A good face oil – it’s so healing, and I love the dewy skin glow (plus this one is vegan, sustainable, and works for hair + body). (3) A stronghold gel (that product is my fave makeup hack, thank you TikTok) to brush through my eyebrows + the best brow pomade of all time… if I have good brows, I can conquer the day (wink)!
What drew you to blogging and when did you start?
Honestly, I think I was just born into the generation of blogging — but it used to be all about online diaries. LiveJournal, DeadJournal, Blogger — you name it, I had one. I remember looking over my mom’s shoulder at Ree Drummond’s blog (aka: The Pioneer Woman) who was the first real example I had of someone going after lifestyle blogging; detailing her life in words and images for all of us to follow along and fall in love with. It was equally so strange and so captivating. From that point on, many WordPress accounts were created for seasons in my life (oh, how I wish I could remember all their URL’s) — but it was always just a fun creative outlet, never anything I devoted time or serious energy into. I was fortunate enough to be hired by Shana for photography a few years back, and that turned into frequent shoots for both Shana and Scotti. To have the opportunity to now contribute to this blog myself feels like the most rad honor!
What does a typical day look like? How do you manage your time vs. blogging (or work)?
Wow, having a baby changes everything. While I used to, admittedly, be a workaholic and live at my desk, I now happily “clock out” and set some good boundaries so I can spend time with my little fambam. My husband is also self-employed, so we are both able to be involved with every parenting aspect equally, having the ability to set schedules where we split time to allow one another to go work as needed. It’s definitely a balancing act that ebbs and flows.
What did you dream of being when you were young?
A photographer for National Geographic (I mean, weddings are kind of close…).
What’s one fashion risk you love to see on others but would NEVER take yourself?
Never say never!!