Tuesday, July 28, 2015

H&M Grand Opening

I’m excited to inform my local Grand Rapids readers of H&M’s Grand Opening at the new Tanger Outlet Center this upcoming weekend! You’re invited to attend the celebration at 10AM, Friday, July 31st. The first 200 shoppers in line will receive an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued from $10 to $300, in addition to other opening offers and fun giveaways! I'm really excited to see the new location + do a bit of shopping myself!



The new location will offer collections for ladies, men, young ladies, and young men to separate “store within a store” sections for accessories, lingerie, maternity, sports apparel, and a plus-size line, H&M+. It will also carry H&M’s children collection, from newborn to fourteen years. Another huge bonus is that H&M supports our local economy by adding jobs with each new location! H&M has hired about 30 employees to the current, ever-expanding total of approximately 15,000 US employees. So if you’re looking for any available job opportunities, visit careers.hm.com.


Be sure to stop by on Friday at 10AM to participate in the fun! The new Tanger Outlet Center is located at 358 84th Street SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. Have fun! xo



This post was sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Get More Radisson


This week I'm teaming up with Radisson to announce their Get More Radisson® campaign, and offer you a chance to win a stay at a Radisson hotel of your choice! With this campaign, at participating hotels, when you book a 2-night stay, you'll receive an e-certificate for 50% off a future stay! And as many of you know, I absolutely love to travel. Plus, I love to share my adventures and memories with you guys. That's why I thought this collaboration would be a great fit for my blog and a chance for YOU to have your own adventure. And be sure to check out Club Carlson to access a collection of benefits, services and privileges at over 1,000 hotels worldwide.



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With the Get More Radisson® campaign, now through July 25, 2015 at participating hotels, when you book a 2-night stay you'll receive an E-Certificate for 50% off a future stay. All eligible stays must be completed by August 31, 2015, with the discounted stay taking place between September 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016 (with the exclusion of December 31). To join in the #GetMore conversation visit the Radisson® Facebook page throughout the summer for a chance to win weekly prizes. To get even more rewards from your travels, check out Club Carlson and access a collection of benefits, services and privileges at over 1,000 hotels worldwide. The full terms and conditions are located on the room night voucher. Disclaimer: By hosting this giveaway, I received a free stay at Radisson Hotels too! Good luck!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Berry Rosé Sangria


For Wine Club this month, the theme was Sangria… which made me so excited. I am a huge sangria fan! We had the choice to either make our own, or pick up a bottle. I decided to try and make my own recipe, based off a few others I found online… and I loved it! I cheated a little bit because I used a bottle of rosé that won a couple of months ago, but it’s just too delicious. I couldn’t help it! Mine came in second place (totally deserved to win ;)) but second place means it’s really good! Especially for a group of gals who love everything from sweet to dry and all of the inbetween. This would be a perfect drink for your next dinner party with friends, and it’s so beautiful if you put it into a glass pitcher or container!



BERRY ROSÉ SANGRIA

INGREDIENTS:
1 bottle rosé/moscato wine (I love and recommend Roscato)
1/4 cup blackberry brandy (I used Arrow brand)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup club soda
1 1/2 cups raspberries
1 1/2 cups quartered strawberries
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced orange

Note: I doubled my recipe to fill up my drink container! I'd recommend doing that if you're serving over 10 people.

DIRECTIONS:
Mix the wine, brandy and sugar in a pitcher, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then add the fruit. Refrigerate at least one hour and up to one day. Add the seltzer just before serving.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wild Bull

A venue I get to visit a couple of times a year is Wild Bull in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Eric’s band gets booked there every so often, and it’s a fun place to go! In the summer, they have the bands play outside and I just love the atmosphere. There are tons of places to sit, stand, and dance. Plus, it’s in the middle of their bustling entertainment district, so it gets quite busy on the weekends!



Wild bull connects District Square, Monaco Bay, The Gatsby and Sky|Deck into one big block, and if you pay one cover, you can get into all of the venues and hop from one to another. As the guys were playing, there were people all over watching them. From the dance floor, to the upper deck of Wild Bull and from the top floor of Sky|Deck. It was awesome!



I wore this shift dress from Exhalted Heights. As soon as I put it on, I loved it! It’s my new favorite throw-on dress. It barely needs any styling, because it has such a fun pattern. It has a slight bell sleeve, and it’s super flowy and airy. Perfect for a summer concert at night. Plus, I was pleasantly surprised at how well I fit into my surroundings! That’s always a win when that happens. ;)


I really need to check out Kalamazoo a bit more, and explore! I’ve been a few times for work outings, and visiting friends a couple of times, but really I don’t know much about the city at all. Plus, Grand Rapids is only an hour away. I’ll have to make it a point next time the boys have a show, to go earlier and check it out. If you’re from Kzoo, any recommendations?



Outfit details:
Wanderings Shift Dress c/o Exalted Heights
Madewell The Braided Sightseer Sandal (similar, on sale for $11.99!)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Movies in the Park

I love living in Grand Rapids. Sometimes I miss living in a little beach town in the summer, but then, there are events like this that make summer in the city more fun. Two times a month in June, July and August, Grand Rapids has Movies in the Park. I love it! It’s held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, where they set up a giant inflatable screen, and play a fun movie. I’ve seen Anchorman here before, and a few others. This time was Dirty Dancing!







I remember a few years ago watching What to Expect When You’re Expecting and being so jealous of their outdoor movie… with food trucks. Well, jealous no more. We have maybe 4-5 food trucks that come and set up with anything from tacos to BBQ to coffee to popcorn. And everything is so good. This time, we tried A Moveable Feast and had their pulled pork sandwich and beer cheese nachos. Delicious! I also have to pick up popcorn from Dorothy and Tony's every time too.






You’re also welcome to bring your own drinks, as long as you get a wristband. So that’s awesome. We picked up some beer and a bottle of wine to enjoy, put our blanket down, and watched the movie. Whenever a big moment would happen in the movie (Patrick Swayze getting into a fight, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”) everyone would cheer. ;)






I picked up this adorable floral dress from Pitaya last week, and couldn’t wait to wear it! I paired a lace bandeau underneath, and layered a jean jacket over it at night when it got a little chilly. I love flowy dresses, especially when it's hot outside. And as much as I love personal style and getting dressed up, nothing is better than an easy outfit to just throw on sometimes!





After the movie, Eric and I headed home, and I was washing my face and getting ready for bed when I heard, “Now I… had… the time of my liiiiife” super loud coming from the living room. I step out to see what crazy Eric is up to, and he’s like, “Dance with me!” So of course, he made me dance with him, at club volume to the Dirty Dancing theme song. (I’m certain we woke up any neighbors that were sleeping.) I couldn’t help but laugh. He’s so fun. ;)



Outfit details:
Floral dress c/o Pitaya
Pitaya Stone Necklace
Tasteful in Transit Bag in Dusty Blue c/o ModCloth
Pittsburgh Ease Flat in Black c/o ModCloth (on sale!)