Scarf: c/o Wantable
Earrings: c/o Wantable
Sunglasses: c/o Wantable
This outfit was inspired by the items that arrived in my May Wantable box – the sunglasses, earrings and scarf have quickly become some of my favorite everyday jewelry items. While the jeans and t-shirt are pretty standard fare this year, I wanted to pull in the light coral color from the earrings and scarf, making these wedge shoes the perfect combination. Matching without being over-the-top matchy, matchy.
Do you have a subscription to any monthly box clubs?
After living several years on the East Coast I realized something about the Heartland – people who grew up on the coasts have literally no idea what’s in the middle of the country. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I was asked where Wisconsin is, if Milwaukee was a state, etc…. I even had someone ask me which state Chicago was in.
Sure the way of life is a little slower here in the Midwest. Yes, people tend to prefer trucks to environmentally friendly cars. But I’m proud to be from the Midwest.
When Flyover Press reached out to introduce me to its products, my first thought was to sing Jason Aldean’s Fly Over States song (a personal favorite). After checking out the site, I fell in love with the simple designs and the deep love each item portrayed for the places I call home.
This Heartland tank is adorable. I wore it for the Fourth of July festivities. Fair warning: it is a uni-sex size, which I didn’t realize when ordering, so I have to knot it in the back or side so I’m not drowning in material. That will teach me to read. Although, this week while I’m at a leadership camp I’ve been using it as a swimsuit coverup, which works perfectly!
This southwest Michigan-based company promises three things… 1: high quality American-made products. 2: excellent customer service. 3: providing products for the people of the regions of this country that are too often ignored.
US made and Midwest based – it doesn’t get much better than that!
Pants: boutique in Petaluma
Shoes: c/o Juil
Cuff: Tammy Spice
Earrings: Stella & Dot
When I was in California I spent a day in the small town of Petaluma. Yes, that’s where the Lagunitas Brewery is, but the town also has a collection of pretty great consignment shops and adorable boutiques. While I found a number of cute clothing items there, these pants were screaming my name! As soon as I saw them I draped them over my arm to try on and once they were on, they were mine. I love the pattern, the basic black and cream coloring, the way the pattern changes as the legs fall. Ok, I just love them. I can’t wait to figure out all the great things they will work with.
How are you feeling about all these wide-legged pants??
Now that I’ve been back in the Midwest for almost two years, I find myself more and more attracted to local companies. There is something so great about finding a great concept, an innovating business owner, a creative entrepreneur who is following a passion right here in the Heartland. More and more I find myself gravitating toward these individuals and their products.
Wantable is one such company. The company is Milwaukee based and works hard to cultivate a great monthly subscription service. There are three types of boxes to choose from – beauty, jewelry or intimate apparel. The curators work hard to find amazing pieces that fit your personal style.
My May box (yes I know this is delayed. It’s been an insane summer.) came with four items that I love, three of which have become instant go-tos. The jewelry items included a fantastic patterned scarf, unlike anything in my collection, which is extensive; a great pair of red-framed sunglasses; a pair of 80′s-style triangle earrings; and a mixed-metal necklace.
You can sign up to receive a monthly box for $36 or even try it for a one-time fee of $40. This is significantly less expensive if you were to try four similar items from a department store. Plus, these items are well made. I’ve used the sunglasses almost daily for the last two months and they still look good as new. The scarf is my second favorite item that arrived in the box. It’s got a number of colors that aren’t usually a part of my wardrobe, but they coordinate perfectly with most of my usual combinations.
Stay tuned for a full outfit post with these items later in the week.
Stephanie from The Loudmouth tagged me in her post about the writing process. Yes, she tagged me weeks ago and I am only getting around to responding. But I wanted to answer these questions because writing is something I really love.
What are you working on?
Right now actually I keep wavering between three stories. I go back and forth in my mind over what I want to put out next. This will be my fourth fictional ebook. So far I’ve written one contemporary YA (Aurora Undefined) and two paranormal books (The Emerald Isle and The Moonlight Serenade – both in the Fascination Island series).
At the moment, the story with the most substance behind it is a new adult novel about a girl in college. (I don’t want to give away too much about this one yet as it is in the early stages of development.) I’m about 70 pages into the writing of this one and really enjoy it – for now. Although I could just as easily switch to penning the third book in the Fascination Island series.
Of course as a blogger and freelance writer I’m also writing other content daily. I post here multiple times a week and write for a business publication Monday-Friday.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Hmm… I would say my books have some substance. Not that other books don’t but I see a trend of so many beach reads that are light and fluffy. While I love these books as a way to escape and relax, I do think many current books are lacking depth. I try to bring a little depth, a little food for thought, a little reality to even the paranormal.
I also try to pen things that others aren’t. When I decided to first write a paranormal book, I started looking at the various kind of made-up creatures that are being written about and then decided to pick a neglected species – mermaids. There are enough werewolves and vampires out there that I doubted I’d be able to come up with something unique and different enough. Mermaid, on the other hand, are a group that I can have fun with, make up my own world, my own rules.
Why do you write what you do?
I write what I would want to read – uplifting but real stories in the YA genre. While I love reading period pieces, to do that well takes a lot of research and pre-writing work that I don’t have the time or patience for at the moment. Contemporary stories require less research since it’s a time period I’m living.
How does your writing process work?
I mull a story and the characters over for months before I type a word. When I finally like the scenes and people playing in my head I write out a description of the main characters, come up with names, ages, likes, interests. I mind map the main character so I know her inside and out.
After all of that I start writing. Sometimes the story flows and I just work through the book, page after page, chapter after chapter. Sometimes I need to re-work the first chapter multiple times. For instance the story I’m working on now I wrote three different first scenes before deciding on one to really pursue. And even then I wrote the whole thing out and then decided to change the tense and point of view. But now that I have the first bit done, the rest tends to flow well.
Tag three writers to answer these questions.
Oh gosh, I don’t know who to tag… blogger and author friends feel free to take these questions and answer them on your blogs. Let me know if you do because I would love to see your responses.
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Factory
Jacket: New York & Co.
Scarf: c/o Wantable (stay tuned for that review.)
Earrings: c/o Mimi Boutique
Bag: c/o Ann Taylor
Shoes: Rocket Dog from DSW
This simple black maxi skirt has become the casual bottom I reach for, even over jeans lately. It is easy to wear no matter the occasion, can be dressed up or dressed down. It’s perfectly comfortable, easy to pack, easy to wash, easy to wear.
I wore this outfit to the zoo, but have also worn the skirt to more formal events, paired with a fancy top and a pair of cute sandals.