My Style: Tieks by Gavireli

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Is everyone in agreement that December needs to slow down, or is it just me?! I can’t believe Christmas is next week. I’m almost done Christmas shopping for friends and family but still need to wrap presents! On top of holiday craziness, we are busy at work between orders and launching fun project later this week that I assisted on and if that weren’t enough, we are putting our townhouse on the market! That means TONS of cleaning and repairs that ideally we should have always kept on top of, but let slip by the wayside…hence some radio silence within the blogosphere…life happens!

The past week or so we had been experiencing some warmer weather but yesterday December’s weather was back in full force. While I typically wear warm boots during my walk to the office, I swapped out my typical boots for a pair of Tieks once I started my work day. These reinvented ballet flats offered some relief to my tired soles (as they did this past Saturday as well!) while I’m on my feed all day, hand-selecting style upgrades for clients!

Not only are Tieks a gorgeous pair of leather flats , but they are functional & comfortable as well! Designed to fold up and fit in your purse, these are the perfect flats to tuck away in your clutch when you hit the town with your significant other or girlfriends! This past weekend, I co-hosted an event for Midwest Bloggers and wore some gorgeous suede pumps, but by the end of the night, my feet were killing me, I simply swapped out my heels for these flats and was instantly relived!

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Event: Midwest Bloggers Holiday Party


J.Crew Sweater (save, splurge)| Zara Sequin Pants (old, similar) | Jessica Simpson Pumps (similar, similar)

Last Friday night I co-hosted a Midwest Bloggers – Iowa holiday party with Katelyn at my one my favorite places in Des Moines, Penelopie Beauty Bar. It’s a must in Des Moines if are you looking to treat yourself or friends or family – who doesn’t like to get pampered?! The owners, Bopha and Katie are so talented and with their help, we threw an ultra glam party!

The talented staff provided complimentary makeup and hair demos. I love just sitting in the chair and taking a risk with my make-up and hair. For this event, my make-up artist gave me a smokey eye look, and my hair stylist rocked the curls! A huge thank you to every one who came out to celebrate this time of the year, it was great meeting all of you!

Photographer: Cherry Chiles


Well Dressed Creative | The Brunette One

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 West Village Dress | Ankle Boots | Knee High Socks | Felt Fedora | Bracelets 

 I was featured yesterday on Lauren Kelp’s Well Dressed Creative! I was so flattered when she reached out to me a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in being interviewed and I jumped at the chance to share my story.

I  previously worked with Lauren when she helped me design my office, and ever since, Lauren’s website has been a favorite of mine and a constant source of beautiful styling and inspiration. I was honored to be featured and am excited to share the interview where I dive into my go-to styling tips and some honesty about what I wish I knew before getting into this business!

Click Here to Read The Feature!

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My Style: Oversized Sweater Dress

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 gifted Bohme Dress | Target Tights | Wolverine Boots

It’s been a crazy fall and we welcomed the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with open arms. We celebrated two rounds of Thanksgiving with each side of our families before heading home and prepping for the holiday season! I love this time of year, between spending extra time with family and friends, the endless amounts of Christmas music and movies keeps me one happy camper!

This sweater dress was the perfect Thanksgiving staple, with no elastic around the waist, I could eat seconds and thirds without hesitation! I loved pairing this dress with my trusted Wolverine boots. While, I feel the sweater portion is a bit unflattering in some photos, the overall feel of the dress I can’t get enough of.

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