Sheek Magazine

Spring Essentials

I have been dreaming of the warm all year long so now that it’s finally here, I’m excited to wear these comfy essentials. Not strictly a capsule, but more of a core vibe I want to showcase this particular season.

 

WHITE COTTON BLOUSES

 

LIGHT & MID WASH DENIM

 

BLACK LINEN

 

NEUTRAL FLORAL

 

CREAM TOPPERS

 

MARY JANES, CLOGS, & SNEAKERS

 

Here’s how I style a few of those pieces!

Ring Stack

I used to wear rings when I was younger (real gold & costume) but stopped some years back. In the spirit of trying new things this year, I found some wonderful sterling options to match my other favorite jewelry.

Just like with earrings, Etsy is my fav place to look. Here’s where I found these:

Sweater Vest Styling

Finally thrifted a sweater vest! See how I style it 3 ways:

 

LOOK 1

OTHER ITEMS: Button up – 7115 by Szeki | Leggings – Boody | Sneakers – KLAW

 

LOOK 2

OTHER ITEMS: Blouse – Eliza Faulkner | Pants – STATE | Boots – Secondhand

 

LOOK 3

OTHER ITEMS: Dress – 69 | Shoes – Birkenstocks

Matching Gloves/Boots

Each year I find myself in the 6 month stretch of winter here in MI. The snow & cold are unavoidable, so one small way I bring in some brightness is by intentionally matching my gloves to my boots.

I always opt for leather as they are much warmer than the knitted variety, and I recently picked these snow boots up from Poshmark. The silver is neutral, but pops against the darkness of the season.

Another fun duo to match are a hat and scarf. They could be from the same set, or a similar color/print.

Basically your goal is to cut down on decisions if you have to rush out to shovel or bundle up during a storm. Ease in dressing for the cold may not be as simple as the heat, but it is doable and can be enjoyable too!

Vintage Levis

Light wash vintage Levi’s have been a forever wishlist item for me.

I’ve been fortunate the last few thrift trips finding a mid wash pair and mid-dark acid pair. Too long of course, so I cut a raw hem on one and cuff the other. Since I only look for “men’s” styles now (vintage “women’s” are all made for pear shapes and caused literal pain when I tried to wear them in the past) it’s hard for me to find ones that are actually high enough in the front.

I was so pumped to see these with my measurements on poshmark.

The price! ($27)

The color!

The rise!

The BOOTY!

Here’s how I modified these vintage Levi’s to really make them mine.

 

BEFORE

 

REMOVED EXTRA LENGTH

As is often the case, these jeans were far too long so I started by cutting off several inches. I made sure to leave an extra inch to allocate for the hem I would be sewing later.

 

TAPERED THE LOWER LEG

Due to my leg shape and narrow hip-span, straight legs often look like wide legs on me and give a “trunk” effect. I decided to taper these and keep the original inner side seam. This tutorial was quite helpful.

 

DISTRESSED THE HEM

Though I typically like to keep the original hem on jeans, the taper I did made that a bit harder to do this time. I made the hem portion smaller to fit, but that removed one of the side seams, so I realized it would look odd attached to the jeans. I also noticed a stain on one of the hem portions that didn’t wash out, so I just decided to sew a new hem. Once that was complete, I took my electric nail file to help add some distressing and make them look more worn in.

 

And now I have a great fitting pair of levi’s to style with many outfits!

 

AFTER

Fall Forward

We’re back to my favorite season! A change from the past few years is I’m out and about more (required unfortunately.) But the positive means I get to have fun with dressing again!

In previous posts I separated my wish list from my styling post but I thought I’d combine them this go around. I kept a running list all year and was able to find some things over the Spring & Summer instead of waiting until Fall began. Here’s what I added to my wardrobe this season and some thoughts on why as well. 

WISHLIST ITEMS

Camel Pocket Bag Blazer (69) $350

I got this in black last year and LOVE it, especially for travel. The giant pockets hold entire worlds, the denim is great for multiple seasons, and the cut is very wide and comfortable. I wanted to get this additional color for a lighter neutral option which I know will mix and match with so much.

 

Red Hoodie (Everybody.World) $120

I realized one rainy Summer day I didn’t have a hooded sweatshirt anymore. This is mainly because I don’t really consider them my style and once old ones no longer fit I got rid of them and didn’t replace them. The closest I have is a lounge robe made of stretchy jersey cotton. Well I saw this bright red beauty from a new-to-me brand and added it to the list. 100% cotton, a boxy fit with room in the chest, and my fav color? This will surely last me some years.  

 

Oversized White button ups (Nordstrom) $50 & $46

Found both of these in the anniversary sale. I was looking to replace one I thrifted awhile back that is more fitted and is made of a brushed cotton/flannel fabric. It also only has 1 chest pocket which I have never liked the look of. One of these has no pockets, and the other has two, which are both my preferenceover just one.

 

Loose Jeans (Re/Done via Nordstrom Rack) $50

These fit amazingly well in my waist, tummy, and legs and I’m still surprised by it. They were also an incredible deal at over 80% off retail at Nordstrom Rack. 

 

Cream Loafers (Alohas) $123, on sale

I’ve wanted some loafers for some years now, but not in the standard black. Looked a bit for a chunky style in this lighter hue and found these. I’ve heard positive reviews about the brand being comfortable, which is a must for any shoes I buy now.

 

Abstract Shape Tote (Primecut Bags) $348

Fell in love with this as soon as they released it over the summer. I’d been on the lookout for a new work bag and this one is the perfect combo of fun & me.

 


STILL SAVING FOR

Striped Sweater $236

 

Check back later to see how I’m styling them!

Pops of Yellow

So you all know red has been my fav color for years now. I still very much love red, but actually see it as more of a “neutral” in my wardrobe and have been wanting to have another accent color to play with. 

Enter bright yellow! 

There’s something undeniably happy about this sunshine hue and I love how it looks with not only red, but black, white, and my other main colors: camel & light denim.

So far I have some yellow accessories and I finally found a bright gel polish after YEARS of searching. 

Here’s how I’m adding yellow into my fall wardrobe.

 

MI Fashion Week

MI FASHION WEEK

After wanting to go to this event for years, I finally was able to attend for a short time. Brought the baby cam to capture any fun looks for Sheek but I was blown away by the amount of photographers that were there. Some were hired, others were shooting for their blogs like I was. 

It was rejuvenating to be around creative folks, and I was reminded again of my passion I haven’t been able to do while working remotely. Design pays the bills, but doesn’t feel as fulfilling to my soul as photography.

Here are some of my fav looks below!

Sights from Summer

No crushed coils here, only sun protection and a fun print that matches my wardrobe!

 

Baby’s first pair of (bought) skates!

 

Nothing shows the tan off better than neon.

 

Summer essentials.

 

Been wearing these squishy slides as house shoes all season, the comfort can’t be beat!

 

 

Silver Jewelry

Originally made this post in March 2021, but since then things have changed! I’m still rocking silver, just leaning into a few sterling favorites for day-to-day wear. Some are coated brass, but they have that same warm tone sterling has so they go really well together.

NECKLACES

1st chain – Lady Grey | 2nd Chain – local art fair | 3rd chain – Wolf Circus Jewelry | Power Fist & Africa pendants from Solid Treasures | Eye pendant from Etsy

Love the look of stacking necklaces now!

 

EARRINGS


Stacks from Etsy | small cuff from Wolf Circus Jewelry | Large triple abstract circles & circle/oval ones from local vintage shop |
Triple cuffs from Lady Grey | Afro picks & Africa outline from Amazulu

 

Of all the items pictured above, these are my most favorite pieces that I reach for again and again.

 

I don’t wear rings or bracelets, but do enjoy a nice anklet in the Summer. These are the latest additions (from Jenny Bird) which look great layered together on one or on each ankle separately. They have a great shine and really pop on the tan!