2.01.2019

book life: reading more in 2019


We're a month into the new year, and while I've never been a resolutions persons, one of my goals in 2019 is to read more. I've always been an avid reader, from a young age, and books have always been a source of comfort, escape, knowledge, entertainment, and catharsis. I love to read, and now that Finn is almost a year old and it's becoming easier to squeeze in some self-care every now and then, I want to make reading a priority again.

I recently organized my bookshelves, something I hadn't done since we moved into this house, and it is giving me LIFE. And all sorts of inspired-to-read vibes. Which is good, because in the process of organizing and culling my book collection, I realized my to-be-read list is epically long. That is both exciting and daunting, but I'm so far I'm off to a good start: I've already finished one book this year, and I'm currently reading two more.


My first completed book of 2019 is Our Endless Numbered Days, by Claire Fuller. I couldn't put this book down. It's the story of a young girl, Peggy, who is stolen away by her survivalist father to live in a remote hut in the woods. He tells her that the world has been destroyed, and they are the last two humans left alive. They make a life for themselves in the woods, spending years isolated in the wilderness, until one day Peggy makes a discovery that leads her to question everything her father has told her and ultimately gives her the strength to escape back to the home and mother she thought she'd lost. Written in first person from Peggy's point of view, this book is full of narrative twists and turns, and as I was reading it, I could tell there were so many things left unsaid. She wasn't telling the complete story, either because she didn't know it or because she chose not to reveal certain things. The layers of secrets peel back gradually, the revelations of the final chapter circling ever closer as the story comes to a close. When all is revealed, it's a heartbreaking, gut wrenching end to a gripping story. There are some dark themes in this book, but I highly recommend it, and I can't wait to read more from this author.

In the meantime, here are my current reading stats - what I've read so far this year, what I'm reading now, and what I might read next:

Books I've Read This Year
Our Endless Numbered Days, by Claire Fuller

Books I'm Reading Now
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
The Age of the Horse, by Susanna Forrest

Books I Might Read Next
The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker
Educated, by Tara Westover
History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund

1.25.2019

madly in love with the new issue of metro detroit weddings


The Winter 2019 issue of Metro Detroit Weddings is on stands now, and there is so much to love in these pages, from a sweet engagement story to a one-of-a-kind courthouse wedding to unforgettable honeymoon destinations curated by local blogger The Travel Critic. And of course there's this issue's cover story, a 1960s-inspired editorial photographed at the charming Graduate hotel in Ann Arbor. Check out the entire shoot below, and see more from this issue here!


On the Cover:
Pronovias gown, $3,500, at BLUSH Couture Bride. Pearl earrings, $12, at The Peacock Room. Bouquet by University Flower Shop.

Above (from left):
Emporio Armani tuxedo jacket, $1,495, at Neiman Marcus. BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo shirt, $248, at Hugo Boss. Express tuxedo pant, $148, and velvet tie, $49.90, at Express.
Justin Alexander zip-back halter ballgown, $2,100, at Piera’s Bridal Couture. Crystal four leaf flower pin (in hair), $45, and pearl earrings, $12, at The Peacock Room.
Michael Kors wool blazer, $595, and trouser, $295, at Michael Kors. BOSS Hugo Boss shirt, $148, at Hugo Boss. Express bow tie, $39.90, at Express. 
Emporio Armani velvet tuxedo jacket, $1,495, at Neiman Marcus. BOSS Hugo Boss shirt, $175, at Hugo Boss. Express bow tie, $39.90, at Express.
MICHAEL Michael Kors floral dress, $98, at Michael Kors. Bag knot pearl earrings, $50, at The Wedding Shoppe.
MICHAEL Michael Kors garden embroidered mesh dress, $250, at Michael Kors. Pearl headband, $22, at The Peacock Room. Pearl and crystal earrings, $15, at B. Ella Bridal.


Theory velvet tuxedo jacket, $645, and Neiman Marcus bow tie, $85, at Neiman Marcus. BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo shirt, $248, at Hugo Boss. Express tuxedo pant, $148, at Express. Elaine B. multi-faceted wedding band, $800 for set of two, at Elaine B. Jewelry.


From left: 
INES by Ines Di Santo “Suri” gown with train, $5,680, at Roma Sposa. Pearl earrings, $12, at The Peacock Room. Diamond engagement ring, $10,350, and diamond wedding band, $1,499, at Tapper’s.
MICHAEL Michael Kors floral dress, $98, at Michael Kors. Bag knot pearl earrings, $50, at The Wedding Shoppe.
MICHAEL Michael Kors garden embroidered mesh dress, $250, at Michael Kors. Pearl headband, $22, at The Peacock Room. Pearl and crystal earrings, $15, at B. Ella Bridal.


The Wedding Shoppe Private Collection “McCartney” gown, $1,599, at The Wedding Shoppe. Elaine B. “Mountain Side Provincial” ring, $1,100, and “Aquamarine Provincial” ring, $1,300, at Elaine B. Jewelry. Barrera pearl earrings, $415, and Judith Leiber crystal evening clutch, $1,995, at Neiman Marcus. Betsey Johnson lace pumps, $129, at Piera’s Bridal Couture.


From left: 
Zara plaid suit jacket, $199, and pants, $89.90, at Zara. Warby Parker “Hughes” jet black glasses, $95, at Warby Parker.
BOSS Hugo Boss suit, $895, shirt, $175, and tie, $118, at Hugo Boss. Warby Parker “Percey” evergreen tortoise fade glasses, $95, at Warby Parker.
Michael Kors wool blazer, $595, and trouser, $295, at Michael Kors. BOSS Hugo Boss shirt, $148, and tie, $128, at Hugo Boss.


Paloma Blanca gown with sash, $2,410, at The Gown Shop. Oscar de la Renta earrings, $425, at Neiman Marcus. Diamond engagement ring, $8,250, and diamond eternity ring, $3,750, at Tapper’s.


From left: 
Maggy London navy cold shoulder dress, $148, at The Peacock Room. Elaine B. “Eggshell Drop” earrings, $108, at Elaine B. Jewelry.
Paloma Blanca gown with sash, $2,410, at The Gown Shop. Oscar de la Renta earrings, $425, at Neiman Marcus. Diamond engagement ring, $8,250, and diamond eternity ring, $3,750, at Tapper’s. Badgley Mischka satin heels, $225, at Piera’s Bridal Couture. Jimmy Choo “Leni” painted glitter clutch, $775, at Neiman Marcus.
Maggy London navy pleated sleeve dress, $152, at The Peacock Room. Elaine B. “Tiny Eggshell” earrings, $98, at Elaine B. Jewelry.


From left: 
BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo, $895, and shirt, $175, at Hugo Boss. Express bow tie, $39.90, at Express.
BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo, $895, and shirt, $148, at Hugo Boss. Express bow tie, $39.90, at Express.


Emporio Armani tuxedo jacket, $1,495, at Neiman Marcus. BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo shirt, $248, at Hugo Boss. Express tuxedo pant, $148, and velvet tie, $49.90, at Express.


From left: 
BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo, $895, and shirt, $148, at Hugo Boss. Express bow tie, $39.90, at Express. BHLDN “Linden” dress, $280, at BHLDN. Pearl earrings, $12, at The Peacock Room.
BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo, $995, and tuxedo shirt, $248, at Hugo Boss. Express bow tie, $39.90, at Express.
WToo “Hermia” gown, $1,395, at B. Ella Bridal. MICHAEL Michael Kors rose faux fur jacket, $395, at Michael Kors. Pearl headband, $22, at The Peacock Room. Diamond engagement ring, $8,250, diamond eternity ring, $3,750, and Mikimoto pearl and diamond studs, $1,160, at Tapper’s. Badgley Mischka heels, $215, at Piera’s Bridal Couture.
Theia Bridal “Trinity” jumpsuit, $280, at BHLDN. David Tutera pearl necklace, $89, at Piera’s Bridal Couture. Pearl earrings, $12, at The Peacock Room.
BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo, $895, and shirt, $175, at Hugo Boss. Express bow tie, $39.90, at Express.


From left: 
Pronovias gown, $1,500, at Bridal Couture. Pearl headband, $22, at The Peacock Room. Mikimoto pearl and diamond studs, $1,160, at Tapper’s.
Zara tuxedo jacket, $149, and tuxedo pant, $79.90, at Zara. BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo shirt, $248, at Hugo Boss. Express tuxedo pant, $148, at Express. Elaine B. multi-faceted wedding band, $800 for set of two, at Elaine B. Jewelry.


Ines Di Santo “Mia” gown with cathedral train, $8,680, at Roma Sposa. Elaine B. “Sunstone Compass” ring, $1,100, at Elaine B. Jewelry. Pearl earring, $12, at The Peacock Room.


From left: 
Michael Kors slim-fit ponte blazer, $198, trousers, $148, and slim-fit stretch-cotton shirt, $128, at Michael Kors.
BHLDN “Anthem” dress, $195, at BHLDN. MICHAEL Michael Kors laced drapey trench coat, $295, “Lacey” butterfly embellished slides, $130, and large “Whitney” shoulder bag, $278, at Michael Kors. SWISSGEAR hardside trunk carry-on suitcase, $120, at Target.

12.06.2018

hour detroit jewelry editorial

For the December issue of Hour Detroit, I styled a jewelry editorial using pieces from some of my favorite artists, designers and boutiques. Layering, stacking, mixing and matching - this shoot was all about modern metals. See below for all the gorgeous images and full credits, including prices and where to shop these gorgeous pieces!


Chloe dress, $1,395, neimanmarcus.com
Elaine B. “Contrast” oxidized silver and repurposed diamond hoop earrings, $400, elainebjewelry.com
Necklaces, from top:
HVNTER GVTHERER “Xia” neck cuff, $88, orleansandwinder.com 
Elaine B. “Contrast” oxidized silver and repurposed diamond necklace, $260, at elainebjewelry.com
Imperfect Grace “Ira” black diamond and 14k gold lariat necklace, $720, imperfectgrace.co
Brass silver thorn necklace, $225, myhouseofstyle.com
On left hand:
Therese Kuempel eye ring, $60, thistleandbess.com
Imperfect Grace “Renya” black diamond ring, $465, “Svitlana” black diamond ring, $650, and “Olenka” black diamond ring, $625; and “Yulya” black diamond ring, $360, imperfectgrace.co
On right hand:
Amy Glenn147 hinge ring, $400, orleansandwinder.com


Ramy Brook one shoulder jumpsuit, $445, shestores.com
On left hand: 
Elaine B. “Contrast” oxidized silver and repurposed diamond stacking rings, $340 each, elainebjewelry.com
Imperfect Grace “Elya” pink sapphire and ruby blackened sterling silver stacking rings, $620 each, imperfectgrace.co
SHE Jewels diamond bangles, $640-$1,700, shestores.com
Diamond and 14k yellow gold bezel bangle, $985, thin diamond bezel bangle, $650, and five diamond silver bangle, $1,175, myhouseofstyle.com 
On right hand:
Diamond ring, $1,750, and diamond link bracelet, $1,450, myhouseofstyle.com


Ramy Brook one shoulder jumpsuit, $445, shestores.com
Kept Jewelry statement fringe earring, $42, etsy.com/shop/keptadorn
Raw semi precious cuff, $96, and brass citrine cuff, $98, myhouseofstyle.com
Elaine B. “Provincial” 14k gold, aquamarine, and diamond ring, $1,300, and “Flower Study #1” 14k gold and repurposed diamond ring, $680, elainebjewelry.com


Ramy Brook velvet top, $325, shestores.com
Chain detail 14k gold hoop earring, $310, tappers.com
On left hand:
Vajzë “Dona” double ring, $48, vajze.com
Elaine B. recycled 14k gold thin stacking ring, $80, and 14k gold faceted band, $400, elainebjewelry.com
Vajzë “Francina” ring, $50, vajze.com
Lulu Frost gold link bracelet, $125, and gold link star bracelet, $345, neimanmarcus.com
On right hand:
Vajzë “Francina” ring, $50, vajze.com
Elaine B. “Spring” 18k vermeil ring, $76, and “Orbit” recycled 14k gold and diamond ring, $680, elainebjewelry.com


Ramy Brook one shoulder jumpsuit, $445, shestores.com
Diamond star 14k tricolor stack ring, $499, tappers.com
Sircium “Irius” ring, $795, thistleandbess.com
Walters Faith “Clive” two-tone fluted ring, $5,200, shestores.com
Baguette diamond and 18k yellow gold bangle bracelet, $5,795, diamond and 14k rose gold bangle bracelet, $2,600, and diamond and 14k white gold bangle bracelet, $3,600, tappers.com


Club Monaco camisole, $98.50, clubmonaco.com
SHE Jewels baguette ear cuff, $675 each, and mini bezel ear cuff, $495, shestores.com
Kept Jewelry moonstone necklace, $34, etsy.com/shop/keptadorn
Vajzë “Avianna” choker, $38, and “Blerta” lariat necklace, $58, vajze.com
SHE Jewels crescent necklace, $1,025, and Carbon & Hyde “Love Lock” ring, $3,220, shestores.com
Elaine B. “Concentric Half Moon” 18k vermeil ring, $64, “Prisma Locked Bangles” 18k vermeil bracelet, $220, and “Neon Hexagon” 18k vermeil bracelet, $98, elainebjewelry.com

5.08.2018

weekend update/back to work!



What a weekend! We spent so much time outside, soaking in the glorious spring sunshine. We took long walks, went to a birthday party, took Graydon to soccer, worked in the garden, and played baseball with the neighbors. Oh, and Jon had a convention this weekend so I totally mommed up and did my first overnight alone with both kids.


It was a pretty perfect weekend, although a little bittersweet because Jon went back to work on Monday. I went back to work last week, and I’m going to miss spending so much family time together. It was so special for both of us to have so much time home with Finn because unless something unexpected happens, he is our last baby. Now that we're both back to work it feels like that brand-new-baby chapter is over.


He is still so sweet and little, though! He's 10 weeks old today, 50th percentile for height, weight and head size, smiling more and more every day, and sleeping like a champ. Last night he slept for eight hours solid before waking up! He also discovered his feet over the weekend and couldn't stop staring at them. I love seeing his little mind blossoming!

4.06.2018

friday favorites

Finn is napping on his dad and Graydon is happily playing with his toys, so I'm using this (relatively) quiet time to share a few of my current favorite things!


one // two // three // four // five

1. I adore Freshly Picked baby moccasins, and these winking eyes are the cutest! 

2. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post about reading this book to Finn. It is such a beautiful book, and it gives me all the feels every time I read it. 

3. I have super sensitive skin, and I've been using Acure Marula Oil as a face moisturizer for about a year now. It has done wonders for my skin, and I love that this brand is cruelty free and vegan!

4. Hanna Andersson makes the best PJs and super cute clothes for kids, and I'm obsessed with this gender neutral rainbow print. I just ordered these and these for Finn, and I can't wait to see him in them! Bonus, they are currently on sale!

5. Ok, so a faux fur throw blanket might seem a little odd for spring, but I live in Michigan. I woke up to an inch of snow this morning. Can I please just go hide under this blanket until May???

3.14.2018

hello, finnley!


He's here! Finnley Alan Voigt was born at 6:43 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. We are two weeks into life with this sweet babe, and it's already impossible to imagine life without him. He is the most delicious, snuggly little peanut, and I am so unbelievably in love with him. It was a long journey getting to this point, and I will forever be grateful that this boy is here, healthy and safe.





2.22.2018

this is four (and almost a half)


For the past four years, Graydon has been my everything, my buddy, my baby boy. His brother will be here any day now, but he will always be the one who made me a mom. He is so smart, sweet, and funny. He is so observant and analytical, and I love getting to see the world through his eyes. Our days as a family of three are slowly ticking away, but here are a few of the things I want to remember about my brilliant 4-and-almost-a-half-year-old boy:

Graydon James
Age: 4 1/2 (almost)
Grade: Preschool
Favorite Book: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

*He wakes me up at 7 every morning, but as soon as we're done with breakfast, he loves getting back in bed and snuggling with his dad while I get dressed and ready for the day.

*His favorite food is anything you eat for breakfast — bagels, eggs, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, cereal, scones, toast — and his favorite dinner is "breakfast dinner." He loves breakfast so much that we had a brunch PJ party for his 4th birthday. He has also finally discovered that mac 'n' cheese is amazing.

*He loves spending time at the farm — it is his favorite place in the entire world. He also loves swim class, and was just chosen as the star student of the month. (It's very prestigious, we even got a yard sign that's like something out of Friday Night Lights.)

*He spent New Year's Eve at the farm with my mom and watched all three of the original Star Wars movies. He is now completely obsessed with "light savers," Stormtroopers, and the Millennium Falcon.

*He is already the sweetest, best big brother ever. He loves to hug and kiss my tummy and talk to his baby brother, sing him songs, and tell me what the baby is saying to him. He has big plans for how he is going to help change diapers and read to the baby, and he can't wait for him to get here! He also thinks we should name the baby "Stairs." 😂

*He can be so stubborn and frustrating, but just when he senses I'm at the end of my rope, he'll stop and say, "Mom, I love you so much." Melts my heart every time.

I love you, too, my sweet boy, to the moon and beyond.