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Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Gary Allan

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Hat | Dress | Chambray | Shoes

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Jason Aldean

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

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Big and Rich

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Leggings | Leggings (Regular sizes) | Top | Flannel | Shoes | Sunnies | Necklace

I was so blessed to be able to attend the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn Michigan this month. Faster Horses Festival is a 3 day event held at the Michigan International Speedway, live music is played on multiple stages and there is tons to to do, from eating and drinking to games and carnival rides. I am so lucky to be able to attend with one of my best friends(Hi Lindsay!! xoxo), she works for radio and takes me to help her each year with backstage stuff(I KNOW RIGHT!). Each year the struggle is REAL when it comes to what to wear. The first year I attended it was so freaking hot that we melted, there was absolutely no way to look cute. Then the past two years we had some station t-shirts to wear, so outfit choices were pretty limited to what goes with a unisex crew neck t-shirt. But this year we just happened to have the perfect weather, AND no dress code. HELLO curvy girl festival style. I went with leggings and swing dresses, I spiced it up accessories and comfy footwear(classic Anne move there) lol.

My go to rule for festival dressing is to start with footwear and work your way up. When my feet are uncomfortable I can’t enjoy myself, so any outfit I put together for long days on my feet have to be soo comfortable. And real talk here I wore my Chacos the first day and I got a real great blister so eff that. I decided to go for sneakers for the rest of the weekend. I wanted to have layers for when the sun went down, or a breeze picked up but I didn’t want to carry anything around with me, so I went with a light layer that I could tie around my waist(which is great for giving you a defined waist btw). In my dream world I would have had some Rag and Bone booties to wear but I made do with my sneakers.

Lets review-

When dressing for a festival here are some tips.

  1. Comfortable footwear required
  2. Sun Protection(sunscreen, hat etc…)
  3. Light layers
  4. Statement accessories(think sunglasses, and big earrings)
  5. Everything you wear has to be quality enough to take on the festival year after year OR cheap enough for a one time wear. Invest or go cheap, spending money on in between stuff is going to leave you with more money gone and all your stuff ruined. Ask me how I know that little tip LOL. 🙂

In Heaven Its Fall All the Time

 

Have you seen the colors, I mean its so beautiful and inspiring. I had to stop and snap some photos today of my favorite town. The colors are so vibrant its hard to look away. I happen to be wearing my favorite coatigan today that I have talked about before on Curls and Contours, but it sold out. Boo. I am attaching some options for you to get a similar look.

Coatigan Options-

  1. Colorblocked Coatigan
  2. Side Slit Duster
  3. Star Print
  4. Melissa McCarthy Snowflake

In the fall you can not go wrong with this simple outfit formula- boots, skinny pants, chambray, cardigan, scarf. Its THAT SIMPLE. So trendy and chic and effortlessly comfortable.

Don’t you just want a mug of warm apple cider, and a big chunky scarf when you look at these photos? All the feels.
Curls and Contours, Harvest Days

 

 

Curls and Contours, Harvest Days

 

Curls and Contours, Harvest Days

My favorite house.

Curls and Contours, Harvest Days

Necklace | Amazon, Chambray | Banana Republic, Coatigan(Similar) | Loft, Skinny Pants | Calvin Klein, Boots | Ariat, Bag | Marc Jacobs, Watch | Michael Kors, Fitbit | Fitbit

 

Curls and Contours, Harvest Days

The nudest of nude bags. 🙂

Curls and Contours, Harvest Days

 

Curls and Contours, Harvest Days

Michigan Wine Trail

On Saturday the hubby and I headed out for an adventure around Southern Michigan. The Mitten State has become increasingly popular in recent years for wineries. They are popping up everywhere! We live just west of Ann Arbor, near the popular southern Michigan wine trail. To celebrate our anniversary this year Keith and I decided to tour some wineries in our area. We had a blast, bought way to much wine and and ate way to much cheese.

Here is breakdown of our Pioneer Wine Trail Experience!

First stop! J Trees Winery in Tecumseh Michigan, this beautiful Cidery and Winery is located in the restored Hayden Mill in Tecumseh. I loved their Frazzle sparkling Rosé! I loved the atmosphere and decor of this location, it was light and airy with lots of photographs and fantastic light fixtures. The bar was bright and felt fresh and trendy.

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

Next! Flying Otter Winery in Adrian Michigan, this beautiful all outdoor space had fantastic views and great atmosphere! I fell in love with their Apple Pie Dessert wine, and Keith loved the Chancellor table red. We were able to walk around amongst the grapes a bit before taking off for the next spot.

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

Sweater | Loft, Top | Loft, Jeggings | Torrid, Booties | TOMS, Bag(Similar) | Marc Jacobs, Necklace | Amazon, Necklace | Loft, Watch | Michael Kors, Bracelet | Tiffany, Bracelet | David Yurman, Bracelet | Charming Charlie

NEXT! We traveled over to Brooklyn Michigan home of The Michigan International Speedway to visit Cherry Creek Winery. This place was beyond cool, located in a restored one room schoolhouse. This Winery also had live music, a great patio and THE BEST Lambrusco I have ever had! After the tasting we just hung out and listened to music on the patio for awhile.

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

Our next stop was Lone Oak Vineyard Estate in Grass Lake Michigan! What was neat about this winery, was that it was an Estate winery, meaning the only grapes used to create the wine were grown on the property.

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

Our last stop of the day was The Sand Hill Crane Vineyard. The favorite from our first wedding anniversary. Keith and I picked a wine from this vineyard on our first anniversary that we plan on opening on our 10 year anniversary. This year at Sand Hill Crane we purchased a Maple Syrup wine that will knock your socks off, aptly named Annie’s Mapleshine, and a Apple Crisp wine that you serve warm that is simply delicious.

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

Curls and Contours, Michigan Wine Trail

We had planned to end the day with an elegant dinner somewhere BUT someone (that would be me) had a little too much wine, so we ordered greek salads from takeout and relaxed at home with some Criminal Minds and WATER. lol

Country Roads

Have you ever just taken a drive and turned up somewhere that took your breath away? My husband and I love to take drives, we talk and wander down country roads just taking in the sights. This past Saturday we came across the most beautiful spot, we just had to stop and take some photos.

What is it about a well made flannel that just seems right? Just like with most clothing not all flannels are created equal. You can get them anywhere, but a quality flannel is SO WORTH IT. Ralph Lauren is the premier Americana clothing brand. I am a big Ralph Lauren fan, everything is quality and feels like the perfect mix of luxury and rustic utility.

This beautiful spot is in Chelsea, Michigan, I am wearing Ralph Lauren, my favorite leopard scarf, and some leggings. Not seen in these photos are my Hunter boots, and my red rain coat.
Curls and Contours, Country Roads

Sunnies | Ray-Ban, Flannel | Ralph Lauren, Scarf | Super Old, Necklace | Amazon, Necklace | Tiffany, Leggings | Lululemon, Boots(not pictured) | Hunter 

 

Curls and Contours, Country Roads

Curls and Contours, Country Roads

Curls and Contours, Country Roads

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Mixed Prints and Glamorous Campers.

 

HELL YES! I finally got to go to a Vintage Glamper show and Flea Market! I have this secret (ok not so secret) love for glampers (glamorous campers). I have been actively searching for an old crappy camper to redo into a fantastical girl camper, to take out on weekends and just be girly and sparkly in. You know drink Rosé, knit, and eat Meringues. A friend told me about this event happening just west of our place that was featuring vintage glampers and other girly fabulous vintage items. So OF COURSE we decided to go, and OF COURSE it was shitty weather. So I was able to break out my rain jacket, and blanket scarf…Can I get another HELL YES! I love my scarves.

I got so much inspiration from this event for my own glamper, it was seriously like Pinterest coming to life right before my eyes…SO AMAZING. Now my glamper fever is EVEN worse than it was before.

Catch up with me on Pinterest! I have an entire board all about my Pinterest obsessions.

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Curls and Contours, Glamper

Raincoat(Similar) | Cole Haan, Flannel Scarf(Similar) | DIY by ME, Jeggings | Athleta, Sneakers(Similar) | Aldo, Bag | Vera Bradley, Chambray(Similar) | Banana Republic

Curls and Contours, Glamper

Curls and Contours, Glamper

 

Curls and Contours, Glamper

Curls and Contours, Glamper

Curls and Contours, Glamper

Curls and Contours, Glamper

Curls and Contours, Glamper

 

An Evening with Mr. Bond

Friday evening wedding with the dapper Mr. Adams, we had a blast and I loved seeing my main squeeze all dressed up in a Tux. Because my hubby was IN the wedding and really dressing up I also took it to the next level and wore something a little on the dressier side.

Staying true to my love for discount designer duds, I shopped for my whole look(omit the sunnies) from TJ Maxx, Marshals, and Nordstrom Rack. My Halston Heritage bag, and my Vivienne Westwood sunnies have been on the blog before, BUT these shoes are NEW!!

Lace up heels are all the rage right now, and this pair is the perfect sassy neutral to go with pretty much any outfit you might want to pair it with. I plan on wearing these with skinny jeans, casual dresses, and a jumpsuit. So easy to wear and very comfortable, these shoes are SO trendy and sexy that you are going to get a million compliments on them. Seriously. One Million.

Here are some Lace Up heel options-

  1. Dolce Vita “Henlie” 
  2. BCBGeneration Carnival Lace- Up 
  3. Delman Darci Bootie
  4. Jessica Simpson Emerita Pump
  5. Nine West Angellica Bootie

If you are loving my dress here are some options-

  1. Paper Dolls Plus, Floral Appliqué Dress
  2. Paper Dolls Plus, Crochet Lace Pencil Dress
  3. Pizarro Nights, Embellished V-Nack A- Line Cocktail Dress
  4. Marina, V- Nack Lace Fit & Flare Dress
  5. London Times, Keyhole Detail Eyelet Shift Dress

This look works because I am mixing a classic dress with some sassy accessories. This is a simple and easy way to take your look from blah, to the party fashionista. I always cry at weddings ALWAYS.

Curls and Contours, All Dressed Up

Curls and Contours, All Dressed Up

Curls and Contours, Cocktail DressSunnies(Similar) | Vivienne Westwood, Dress(Similar) |  TJ Maxx, Bag (Similar) | Halston Heritage, Heels (Similar) | Delman, Bracelet | David Yurman

Curls and Contours, All Dressed Up

Curls and Contours, All Dressed Up

Curls and Contours, All Dressed Up

Curvy Colorado

The last part of my journey on the West Coast was 7 days in beautiful Telluride Colorado. First of all. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THIS PLACE? It looks fake, its so beautiful that it doesn’t seem real. Small town America meets the mountains add in fantastic restaurants, adorable boutiques and HAVE YOU SEEN THE VIEW. Seriously.

In Telluride you walk every where so fashion choices have to circle around shoes that are comfortable. Mountain summers are AMAZING, highs in the 70’s everyday and lows in the 50’s at night. This type of weather lends itself to layers, always having a light jacket on hand is a must. On days I just bummed around town I wore sundresses and sandals. On days we planned on hiking I grabbed leggings and my hiking shoes. In the evenings I wore my Toms wedges and skinnies. With such a casual atmosphere it was so great to be comfortable and cozy.

So heres the thing about me and hats. I LOVE them. I searched for a hat all over California, like I really looked and I couldn’t find anything that I wanted. But in Telluride I found TWO hats that I had to have. So naturally being the compulsive instant gratification person that I am, I bought them both. One beautiful rust colored felt hat for Fall, and a fantastic wide brimmed straw sun hat. One of my favorite shops in town was Kellies Shop, I purchased my straw hat from here. I was able to meet Kellie and chat with her about her store and CO style.

I would not have made it in Telluride without my Chacos, and my Salomon hiking shoes. I wore my jean jacket almost everyday, and more often than not I ditched my purse and just stored my must haves in my pockets. Telluride is a SMALL town, and if there is really something that you have to have while you are out. Its a less than 5 minute walk home to get it.
Curls and Contours Telluride Downtown

Telluride is so hard to describe because it is so beautiful. The town is tucked up in the San Juan Mountains this little village is a former mining town. There is nothing commercial in this town, EVERYTHING is mom and pop, and everything is authentic. The town feels like a mix of the wild west and a trendy small town.

Curls and Contours Telluride overview

Curls and Contours, Telluride

Hat(Similar)| Kellies Shop, Necklace | Amazon, Jacket(Similar) | Loft, Dress(Similar) | Loft, Sandals | Chacos, Sunnies | Rayban

Curls and Contours Telluride

Top | Lululemon, Leggings | Lululemon, Sandals | Chacos, Jacket | Loft, Sunnies | Ray- Ban

Curls and Contours, Telluride

Wool Hat | Conner Hats, Necklace | Tiffany, Vest | Lucky

Curls and Contours, Telluride

Curls and Contours, Telluride

I know my toes are rough, 3 weeks of travel OK, don’t judge.

Curls and Contours, SunsetPiko Top | Amazon, Skinnies | ASOS, Wedges | Toms

Curls and Contours, Blue Lake, Telluride

Jacket | Zella, Top | Lululemon, Crops | Lululemon, Sneaks | Salomon

I will be back to Telluride. 🙂

Aquarium Adventures

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most world renowned aquariums in on the planet. We were able to carve some time out of our busy schedule to go to the aquarium and see all that it had to offer. I enjoyed the jellyfish exhibit the most. It was staged almost like an art exhibit, unbelievable creatures and fantastic opportunities to learn more about the sea. We were also able to see a feeding in the million gallon tank, it was so fascinating to see Blue Fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Sardines up close.

I knew we would be doing a lot of walking around so I tried to dress appropriately for the occasion. I wore my favorite Columbia Skort, Striped Top, and my favorite animal print New Balance sneaks. I dragged my Vivienne Westwood Sunnies and Halston bag along. I have always found that when you are traveling and planning on tourist activities, build your outfit from your shoes up. That way everything flows and your feet are comfortable for the long haul. I started with some statement sneaks, and then a sporty skort and relaxed top. I was happy and comfortable all day.
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Curls and Contours

 Monterey Bay Aquarium Curls and Contours

Monterey Bay Curls and Contours

Aquarium and Curls and Contours

Monterey Aquarium, Curls and Contours

Monterey Aquarium, Curls and Contours

Monterey Bay and Curls and Contours

Sunnies(Similar) | Vivienne Westwood, Top(Similar)| TJ Maxx, Skort(Similar) | Columbia, Sneaks | New Balance, Bag(Similar)| Halston, Watch | Michael Kors, Fitbit | Fitbit

Monterey Aquarium, Curls and Contours

Curls and Carmel…

Pebble Beach and Carmel, have you ever been there? Located in the Monterey Bay area Pebble Beach hosts the Concourse D’ Elegance during the Rolex Reunion. We were not planning on attending this event but we did sneak out to Pebble Beach a few days prior.

One of the most beautiful beaches on earth, Carmel beach and the views from Pebble Beach are renowned across the globe. We sat and had a glass of crisp white wine at the main house before going for a walk around the area. NOW I am not a golfer. But this is a course I would hit some balls at. Unbelievably beautiful, and with cool temperatures this place seems like heaven on earth.

Pebble Beach and Curls and Contours

Curls and Contours, Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Curls and Contours 

Sunnies | Vivienne Westwood, Vest | Lucky, Chambray | Banana Republic, Bag | Halston Heritage, Leggings | Lululemon, Sneaks | New Balance, Watch | Michael Kors

Pebble Beach Curls and Contours

Pebble Beach Curls and Contours

 

My mother, isn’t she beautiful? She’s also my best friend ever.

Curvy Girl at The Races.

Hi from the road! The last couple of days I have been touring around the Monterey Bay area. I was in town for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and was able to tour around town and the track. Unbelievable cars, and scenery made for a fun and interesting weekend. Now, you may be thinking what is this curvy girl doing at the races? Well, I will tell you. My family is in the race car business, my parents travel around the world racing cars and every year they make the trip to Monterey and EVERY YEAR I wish I could go. BUT this year, I did get to go and it was a blast.

The central California coast is BEAUTIFUL and a very mild temperature. Its cool at night, and warm during the day. So what do you wear in this type of weather? Layers. At the track you are walking a lot, so practical shoes are a must. I went with my favorite New Balance sneaks, that I got on Amazon for a fantastic deal!

Staying true to my comfortable and practical sense of style I reached for a button up chambray shirt and some leggings. I prefer my hair down and loose as general rule, and of course my new sunglasses had to be out for the world to see. The track is a very casual atmosphere, so I fit right in with the crowd.

This year the Ford Shelby Mustang was honored, what a beautiful piece of machinery. It was a blast seeing all the different types of cars, some dating back to the pre-war era. I personally love the races themselves. The competition and the speed is very exciting! This track is particularly beautiful because it is tucked into the mountains.

Blondes really do have more fun! Look for more posts on my fantastic Monterey experience soon!

Laguna Seca UOP Curls and Contours

Laguna Seca Curls and Contours

Laguna Seca, Curls and ContoursCurls and Contours Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca Curls and Contours

Curls and Contours Laguna Seca

Sunnies(Similar) | Vivienne Westwood, Necklace | Monogram, Chambray | Banana Republic, Leggings | Lululemon, Sneaks | New Balance