winter wear

By November 17, 2014 Style

Wolverine Bonny Boot

Just when I was settling into what felt like the first few weeks of fall, winter went ahead and made it’s grand entrance with a weekend full of snow. Suddenly wearing any footwear but boots just seems silly, and I can’t get enough of my oversized comfy sweaters, hot tea and honey, and piles of cozy blankets on my bed. The news has been warning us and I fully believe it – it’s going to be a long, cold, brutal winter. I’m doing all I can right away to make it as bearable as possible – loading up on yummy candles for my apartment, breaking out new outerwear like my This Indian Summer cape, and pulling out every pair of boots I own – like my old Wolverine favorites from last year and new Matt Bernson ones from this year that I love so much, I bought them in two colors. Whatever it takes to make cold weather not so cruel.

This Indian Summer

Matt Bernson

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line i love: filson

By November 6, 2014 Style

Filson5{filson alaskan guide shirt, h&m skirt, wolverine bonny boots, karen walker sunglasses, bauble bar earrings, swiss army watch}

I was introduced to Filson through working at Badowers. While anyone would be intrigued by a brand who’s mantra is ‘Might as well have the best,’ at first glance the whole line seemed to be entirely all too rugged / manly / outdoorsy (clearly – words that are never used to describe me). I eventually found myself eyeing one of their travel bags. I just loved it’s super simple shape, the unfussy/sturdy gold hardware, and the heavy duty leather straps – for both carrying by hand and throwing over your shoulder. I then learned that Filson carries a few women’s items, and purchased this classic buffalo check coat for myself last winter, which I also started carrying at Proper. The brand started in 1897 (you read that year correctly…!) and the line has been produced through the most meticulous craftsmanship in their Seattle factory from the beginning.

If you’re in Des Moines today – we’re hosting a Filson + Wolverine trunk show at Badowers / Proper from 4-8 pm. We’d love for you to swing by!






Photography by Justin Meyer

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fall lbd

By October 30, 2014 Style

BD4 {tinley road dress, marc by marc jacobs clutch, karen walker ‘northern lights’ sunglasses, loren hope earrings, dior heels}

I really do hate workout clothes – I much prefer putting outfits together and getting ‘ready’ most days. But with so much running during the past few months I found myself spending more time than I like in sweat-wicking spandex-y gear. So pretty much any chance I’ve had to get dressed up throughout the past few months I found myself enjoying even more than usual. I picked up this dress on supersale from Piperlime and wore it a couple weeks ago with this oddly warm weather we’re having, but can’t wait to wear it with fun printed tights all winter long.



Photography by Justin Meyer

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recent gems

By October 24, 2014 Life

I’m still coming off the thrill of running last weekends marathon, and it’s been nice to take it easy for a few days. A little bit of yoga, some cookie baking, date night at my favorite local spot, a long bike ride on an unusually warm fall evening, and making an overdue small dent in my ever growing stack of magazines all helped make for a nice relaxing week, and a fairly quick recovery from the race! A few other gems from the week…


The prettiest bouquet of flowers that greeted me at the marathon finish line has been keeping my apartment cheery all week long.


The coolest + comfiest new Reebok skyscape kicks that have kept my recovering feet happy this week.


On more days than not, you can find me wearing Baldwin denim. I’ve expressed my love for the brand here on my blog before, and I’m such a fan that I decided to carry them at Proper. This fall, they stepped it up even more on top of their denim I already love – and came out with gorgeous buffalo plaid button ups, super comfy cozy gray flannel joggers, and a sweet black bomber jacket that has removable sleeves – so it becomes a vest(!!!) It’s definitely been added to my fall wish list.

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