Pretty in Polar (Vortex)

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 29 December 2014 12:43 |

Look cool and stay warm. It’s possible, and we’ve gathered the gear to prove it. Learn to layer up and love it outside while loading up on outerwear like your life depends on it. Because a lot of times, it does.

November Style Notes: jb and me; Spring Sweet; The Concious Collective

Written by Missy Black | Friday, 24 October 2014 15:11 |

Be a part of the jb and me Style Event Fundraiser with a New Twist! On Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. Both the Holland and Grand Rapids jb and me locations host a benefit for Women At Risk, which focuses on human trafficking. Think of it as a have-style-will-travel sort of theme featuring a bus at both stores.

October Style Notes: Spring Sweet; GLAM Ride

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 25 September 2014 16:43 |

 Spring Sweet is getting a new move and some new bridal inventory. The new location at (56 E. 8th St., Holland) is noteworthy enough, but the lifestyle boutique will now offer bridal selections as Spring Sweet bought out September’s Bride of Holland. 

September Style Notes: Love, Blair; Gina's Boutique; Hot Mama now Evereve

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 25 August 2014 15:37 |

 She’s the girl with killer style, very tomboy and rocker-chic Barbie on a super minimalist kick. She’s Blair Badge—the fashion and beauty maven at the blog Love, Blair. Here, you’ll find a palette of black, white and gray ensembles that have an air of high-fashion couture meets moody sophistication with a touch of Goth for the hell of it.

Style Notes: Duffield Lane; Lee and Birch

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 28 July 2014 14:23 |

If the words free beauty school drop-in don’t make your heart aflutter, you’re dead inside. The Grand Rapids Public Library’s Summer Reads program promises a time of beauty to promote the book The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman. The local Michigan author’s book features a woman who, in order to receive her inheritance money from her mother (who happened to be the head of a large cosmetics company), must accomplish everything on a life aspirations list made when she was 14.

July Style Notes: La Vie en Orange; Sparrow Boutique; Hot Mama

Written by Missy Black | Friday, 20 June 2014 11:16 |

Your underwear and Kori Jock need to talk. Jock, who is based out of Kalamazoo, is the underwear fairy Godmother taking forgotten T-shirts and turning them into handmade undies made from recycled and eco-forgiving materials that are also hand screen-printed. Jock has been making her own undies since 2005, and pretty much hasn’t had a wedgie since.

Missy Black's Style Notes

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:05 |

True story. Lamenting over the perfect bookcase kept me up at night. That is until I ordered a bookcase from Via Logistics and saved myself the time and gas money and had the item delivered to my home and assembled—all for a very reasonable price.

The Spring Peddlers’ Market in in downtown Zeeland is an artfully curious fare filled with apparel and accessories, household gifts and goods, antiques and repurposed finds, architectural salvage, vintage furniture and décor and other curiosities.

April Style Notes: LoveCharles, Sidewalk Ready, Mod Bettie

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:51 |

The Grand Rapids-based Etsy shop LoveCharles has a philosophy when it comes to its hand-selected, classic vintage clothing from the 1930s to 1980s. “It’s important for people to realize vintage can be easily incorporated into a modern wardrobe and not look like a costume,” said Lily Greig, the owner, photographer and curator.

I love getting mail. I love shopping local. Put the two things together and you'll understand my appreciation for thinking inside the box. Boxed GR is a local, monthly subscription club (similar to Birchbox and BarkBox) where subscribers receive a box filled with products, samples, gift cards and other goodies from businesses in the Grand Rapids area.

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