A Beautiful Cold

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck

The Michigan lakeshore, no matter the time of year, is always stunning. If you’ve never seen Lake Michigan during the winter, particularly when it’s frozen, you need to go check it out. There are no words to describe how stunning the scene is: the frozen waves, the sand mixed with snow, and the icy blue water. In order to get such a spectacular landscape of frozen ice shelves, the weather needs to be extremely cold. It really is a beautiful kind of cold.

Pure Michigan Holland Lake Michigan Winter Lakeshore

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Pure Michigan Holland Lake Michigan Winter Lakeshore

 Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Winter Layers - Winter women's teal blouse, chambray button up, cream hoodie, grey winter coat

Pure Michigan Holland Lake Michigan Winter Lakeshore

Pure Michigan Holland Lake Michigan Winter Lakeshore

Jessica BLOUSE: Jessica Swagman (coming soon) | BUTTON UP: Kohl’s | HOODIE: Kohl’s (similar here) | PANTS: Target | COAT: Michael Kors (similar here) | BOOTS: Kohl’s (similar here)

Note: If you do go out to the lakeshore, please be careful and do not climb on the ice shelf. It is extremely dangerous. Don’t believe me, well, maybe this will convince you.

Boyfriend Shirts + Mini Skirts

“It’s a man’s world, they say; but in its daily textures it is a world created by and for women.” John Updike

The past few seasons, one of the big trends in womenswear has been menswear. I’m not just talking about slouchy dress shirts, like a boyfriend shirt, that has been designed to mimic men’s dress shirts, I’m talking about women actually wearing mens clothing. From sweaters to t-shirts to button ups and even watches, women are wearing men’s fashion. Myself included.

The trick to wearing menswear is to pair it with something fitted and tailored. In this look, I am wearing a men’s button up shirt that I paired with a fitted mini-skirt (from my collection, coming soon). I rolled up the sleeves, unbuttoned some buttons and threw on my new favorite shoes.

So next time you are out shopping, don’t be afraid to meander into the menswear.

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids - Winter women's blue wool skirt, blue striped button up, blue heels

Jessica BLOUSE: AE (similar here or here) | SKIRT: Jessica Swagman | SHOES: DSW (similar here or here)