the sweatshirt

By November 23, 2014 Style

unnamed {baldwin sweatshirt available only at Proper, lulu frost necklace, this indian summer blouse}

Baldwin is one of the most popular lines I carry at Proper, so when offered the opportunity to work with the brand to create a personalized sweatshirt for the store, I jumped at the chance. Between the serious home town pride in our city + the local Baldwin brand loyalty that has developed, I thought they’d be the perfect thing to bring in just before the holidays. I love mixing my most casual with my most dressy pieces, especially during this festive time of year, and can’t wait to wear it regularly with fun sparkly skirts along with my usual go-to denim.


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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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