Monday, August 31, 2015

José Babushka's

On Friday night, Eric and I headed out for a date night! We've been so busy this summer with trips, wedding plans, and obligations, so it was perfect to just spend a night alone out on the town. We decided to try José Babushka's, which has been on my "wishlist" of places to visit as soon as I found out it existed a couple of months ago! It's located in the heart of Gaslight Village in East Grand Rapids, and kind of a hidden gem, if you ask me. They have an extremely wonderful mix of my two favorite types of foods – Mexican and Polish. My grandma was Polish, so I grew up eating stuffed cabbage, pierogies and kielbasa. It brought back good memories just to see it on the menu!

Eric and I both ordered specialty cocktails. He went for a whiskey lemonade, and I went for a (neon blue!) margarita, with salt on the rim, of course. We decided to share, because I wanted a bit of both 'worlds', so we got the BBQ pork tacos and the Polski Talerz (their Polish plate with kielbasa simmered in beer and charbroiled, José’s original sauerkraut, Golabki (stuffed cabbage) potato and cheese pierogi, and red skin potatoes). So so good! I'd highly recommend checking this place out. They also have an outdoor patio, which I'd love to try and sit at next time we go.

After having dinner, we decided to go downtown to Pyramid Scheme to play pinball. Surprisingly enough, having been there a million times, I've never played pinball there before! We wasted about $15 in quarters, and had so much fun playing games for an hour or so! After that, we just went home and watched Netflix in bed. Pretty much, my perfect date night. The rest of the weekend was spent getting ready for my bachelorette party! We're going 'camping' in rustic cabins and I couldn't be more excited. We have plans to visit a lighthouse, have a pool party, eat at an old fashioned diner, go tubing down a river, and watch wedding chick flicks in the cabin... it's going to be so fun! xo

Interior shots c/o José Babushka's

Outfit details:
Red Patterned Kimono c/o Pitaya
Forever21 Black Dress (similar)
Madewell The Transport Tote (similar)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Big Spring (Kitch-iti-kipi)

We're back from a beautiful weekend in the upper peninsula! We just planned this trip pretty recently with some of our good friends, who had a cabin in the family. So for not expecting to go to the U.P. this summer, this weekend kind of blew me away. Our cabin was just outside Manistique, along a very long dirt road, right on Lake Michigan. It was kind of crazy being out there! There was literally nothing around, except for a few other cabins. All you could hear were the waves from the lake. Just amazing.

On our first full day there, we decided to go to Big Spring (Kitch-iti-kipi). This spring has been on my Michigan bucket list for so long, and I'm so excited I finally got a chance to see it! Let me just say, it's just as beautiful in person as it is in all of the photos. What a seriously magical place. The spring is over 200 feet across, and over 40 feet deep. The crazy thing though is that you can see straight to the bottom. You can see every fish, log, and weed in the water. It was insane! The spring is always at a constant 45º too, and it never freezes, so you can see it like this any time of the year.

The spring is Michigan's largest natural freshwater spring. The name "kitch-iti-kipi" means "big cold water" and is very often referred to as Big Spring. The original name was "Mirror of Heaven", given by the early Native Americans. If you're ever in the U.P. area, or heading from the lower peninsula to the Pictured Rocks area in Munising, I'd say this is worth it to get off the path a little bit to explore. So beautiful!

After our time at the Big Spring, we headed back to our cabin to spend some time on Lake Michigan. It was a bit chilly, so I just ended up falling asleep in the sand and it was wonderful. I just feel like a different person in the upper peninsula sometimes. It's just so relaxing, so gorgeous, and there are so many things to explore. I just love it. I want to someday live up there, even if it's just for a short amount of time. Hopefully I can afford a small cottage some day and retire up there! I have a ton of things left to explore, and so many more lighthouses to find up there! Someday. :)

Outfit details:
Where Are You Flowing? Top c/o ModCloth (similar)
Levi's Jeans (similar)
Ray Ban Wayfarers c/o SmartBuyGlasses
Madewell The Braided Sightseer Sandal (similar)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Benique Giveaway

Hi guys! I’m excited to bring you a fun giveaway this week from Benique! Benique is the ultimate destination for jewelry that women everywhere can love every day of every season. They offer high-quality, delicate, fashion-forward jewelry at affordable prices, without sacrificing quality or attention to detail. Most pieces are under $40 and are made in 925 silver, or stainless steel with 14k gold plating. Plus, shipping and returns are always free!

They are offering up a chance to win any Benique jewelry of your choice! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter entry below. The giveaway is open from today, until September 6th. Sorry, this giveaway is only for U.S. readers. Good luck! xo

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you’re interested in a piece of jewelry in the meantime, Benique is offering a free pair of earrings  with any purchase! To redeem, use “hellogorgeous” at checkout. This offer ends on September 16th.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Trip to the zoo

Last week, I headed over to John Ball Zoo with my friend, Tifani of Tifani Lyn Photography. We took a stroll through the zoo, spent a little girl time together, snapped some photos, and hung out with the animals. I love going to the zoo! I need to be sure to go back again next summer and spend more time there. It's just five minutes from downtown, and it's so much fun. I could honestly sit and laugh at the silly chimpanzees all day. They are awesome! 

I was excited to team up with BucketFeet on this post to style their giraffe-print shoes. Bucketfeet is such a fun company. It started when two strangers met traveling through Argentina and became good friends. One was a backpacker, and the other was traveling to share the work of street artists to bigger audiences. Before saying goodbye, the artist drew a design on a blank pair of shoes for the other, and it sparked so much interest, they decided to start a company based on the idea! Now they work with over 20,000 artists from 100 countries to collaborate on designs together. Be sure to check them out!

Did you guys have a good weekend? I had one of the best weekends. My good friend, Sharisa, got married and it was so amazing. Every minute of it was super fun. Friday, we had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner downtown. Saturday was the full day at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. If you caught a few of my Instagram snapshots, you'll see just how pretty every detail was. The flowers, the dresses, the venue... all perfect! Now they are off to Maui and I couldn't be more happy for them. I'm hoping she'll let me share all of the photos on my blog when she gets them back. She honestly did such a great job with everything!

Other than that, not much else is new. I feel like I'm finally starting to get caught up from a whirlwind week. The apartment is semi-organized, wedding tasks are being checked off the list, and I'm trying to just get rid of stuff. I'm hoping to have a closet shop soon now that summer is dwindling down. I'll keep you guys posted. Otherwise, this week looks pretty laid back, which I'm looking forward to! Then, we're off to the upper peninsula for a long weekend. Woo!

Outfit details:
Madewell Skinny Skinny Crop Jeans (similar)
Forever21 Gray Tee (similar)
Madewell The Transport Tote (similar)
Giraffe Lace Up Sneakers c/o BucketFeet

Friday, August 14, 2015

Florals on florals

Hello again! I know, two posts in a row, I'm killing it this week. ;) I'm also tired. Hahah. Today, I worked a full-day, and then Eric and I immediately headed out to a summer concert series to see two of our friends play. It was super good! The weather was just beautiful too. I've been loving these last couple of days. No humidity, a perfect windy breeze. Pure bliss. It's supposed to be upwards of 90º this weekend though... and I'm a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding. Eep! We're going to melt. But it's going to be such a good weekend. I'm crazy looking forward to it.

So I recently cut my bangs back to blunt... like, maybe just a month ago. And they are already so grown out. I've decided to just go side-swept for a while. Bangs are tough. Plus, I have this cowlick that my friend (and hair stylist) and I agreed is just getting stronger the older I get. Great, hm? We also weaved my natural color back in through my hair (it was so red still from last autumn), and lightened the ends. I love love love it. I'll never do a full dye again. My hair is so naturally ashy, that any other color makes my roots look gray! Blonde ends from here 'til the end, my friends.

Did you guys know ModCloth recently launched their very own collection of clothing? I've been a huge ModCloth fan since the very beginning of my blog, and I was so excited to shop the new line! I chose this skirt to style, well, because I obviously just love floral print. Especially one as pretty as this! Plus, the longer length is amazing, it's lined, AND it has pockets! I received so many compliments wearing this tonight at the concert. Be sure to head over and check out all of their new pieces. Super exciting!

Mmk, I'm off for the weekend now. Work tomorrow, wedding rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and the big amazing day on Saturday! On Sunday, I hope to just dive straight into Lake Michigan if it's really going to be 90 all weekend. We'll see. And then... I have a four day week before we head to the upper peninsula next weekend! Just a small trip at a friend's family cottage, but I'm pumped! I didn't think we were going to be able to do the U.P. before our wedding (we're going on our honeymoon) and I'm thrilled we get to cross the Mighty Mac two times this year. Woooo! xo

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