Monday, August 18, 2014

Munising Front and Rear Range Lights

This past weekend, Eric and I headed to the upper peninsula to see the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline. It's one of my favorite places on earth. I know I sound crazy when I say Michigan is my favorite place to travel, but it truly is. I've been all over the country, and would still rather head up north and explore lighthouses, waterfalls and small towns. As soon as we crossed the Mackinac Bridge, my heart felt lighter. I'm so excited for a full week of posts from our trip! We explored five different lighthouses, two waterfalls, and the entire rocky shoreline. 

We made the trek from Grand Rapids to Munising in about 6 hours. We checked into our hotel, got ready and headed out for the night. Our first stop was the Munising Front and Rear Range Lights. I had never seen them before, but I realized after we found them that I've driven past these at least 4 times before! The Front Rear Range light is right on M-28, in the middle of town. As you can see in the picture below, you really can't miss it. I was trying to find directions, and it was super easy. Just take M-28 to Hemlock Street, and you're there!

I had read online that the Rear Range Light was a couple of blocks away from the Front Range Light. When I spotted it, I gasped... I was like, "Eric! Look at that lighthouse! It's so weird!" Hahah. But I wanted to show the next picture, just to show you guys how strange that lighthouse is! They were both built in 1908, and this was placed to work in combination with the front range light. This one continuously shines a red light. Even during the day! Eric and I were laughing as we explored it... because it totally looked like something out of a Lost episode!

I'll be back with more posts from Pictured Rocks this week, and three other lighthouses! You can also check out my Instagram for our entire recap of the weekend. I'm already dreaming up the next time I can head to the upper peninsula. There are so many more trips I want to take up there. Someday when I retire, I really hope I can live there in the summer somehow. Maybe I should start looking into cheap cottages for sale now... ;)

Outfit details:
Red-dy or Nautical Top c/o ModCloth (similar)
Nautical Bow via Up a Tree Cup a Tea Co.
Lo-Topia c/o Skechers by Bobs

Monday, August 11, 2014

Illuminated summer

Happy Monday, everyone! As much as I love the weekends, I'm excited for a new week to begin. I need to get caught up on so much. Like laundry, cleaning, packing for our upcoming weekend trips... and I just can't seem to get much done on the weekends. I'm so much more productive on the weekdays. Anyone else like that? I've been sticking with my goal of getting dressed up everyday. I always get so many compliments when I wear this dress. I originally thought it would be more pastel, but I love how it's so bright! It ended up matching perfectly with these shoes I received last year, so it's kind of a staple outfit now. Have a great week! xo

Outfit details:
Illuminate the Night Dress c/o ModCloth (similar)
On the Wedge of Glory in Blue c/o ModCloth (similar)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Radisson For Life Giveaway!


I have a special giveaway this week from Radisson! As many of you know, I absolutely love to travel. Just this past year, I've been to Austin, Saint Louis, Nashville, Fort Myers Beach, and several locations around Michigan. Plus, I love to share my adventures and memories with you guys. That's why I thought the Radisson For Life sweepstakes would be a great fit for my blog and a chance for YOU to have your own adventure. 

If you’re interested in winning FREE hotel stays for life, be sure to head over to Radisson For Life to enter their sweepstakes. It ends on Sunday, August 17th - so go now! There’s only a short time left. 

In honor of their sweepstakes, they are also giving away two free nights at any Radisson hotel to one of my lucky readers! The vouchers are valid for a standard room, double occupancy at any Radisson Hotel in North America of your choice! 

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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The full terms and conditions are located on the room night voucher. Disclaimer: By hosting this giveaway, I received a free two-night stay at Radisson Hotels too! Good luck!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

National Lighthouse Day

Happy National Lighthouse Day! As many of you know, I am in love with lighthouses. I grew up and still live in Michigan, so I've been surrounded by them my whole life, but my love for them especially grew from this blog. Almost 5 years ago, when I started Selective Potential, I would typically post my outfits in front of brick walls or on railroad tracks. After that got a little stale and boring for me, I started seeking out fun and quirky locations and adventures. After visiting a few different lighthouses close to home, I became obsessed. Searching them out on the map, finding hard-to-get-to lighthouses, visiting ones you can only see by boat, or by hiring a guy named "Captain Mike" to take you out to a desolate island... it all became a thrill to me. There are at least 117 lighthouses in Michigan, and I've only seen 34 so far... but it's my lifetime goal to see them all. Even the ones only accessible by boat, airplane or a major hike through the woods. Some are 35 minute drives from home, others are 12 hour drives, plus a boat ride and a 5 mile hike. That's what I love about this adventure! It's always bringing me somewhere new, and beautiful. I can't wait to continue the adventure. You can see all of the lighthouses I've visited here... and will continue to update! xo

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer in the city

Phew, back to the daily grind! My goal lately has to been to dress up every single day. No more laziness allowed! So I bought a clothing steamer and that was the best $50 I've ever spent. It works miracles! So I planned outfits for the entire week, steamed everything and hung it in my closet. So that way, I have no excuses when I roll out of bed at 7:59AM and throw on jeans and a tee for work. It's been fun to dress up so far! I just need to keep it going. Eric and I headed out for outfit shots (first ones he has taken in almost a month!) and we headed to dinner with my parents for my birthday. Such a good evening! Now I'm off to watch a marathon of Nashville in bed! xo

Outfit details:
Tessa Dress c/o Red Clover
Bubble Vision Statement Necklace c/o LuLu*s (similar)
Trip the Light Fantastic c/o Seychelles