Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Spring came early

Last weekend, I hopped on a plane with Eric and we flew to the tropics! It was so humid and warm. We checked out all of the blossoming flowers, misty steambeds and waterfalls. We took a stroll on the bridges and enjoyed a wonderful day outdoors. Then, we flew back home. Haha! Ugh, I wish. Thankfully for us though, his parents bought me a year membership to Frederick Meijer Gardens for Christmas! I'm so excited. They have the largest tropical conservatory in Michigan, over five stories high! It was seriously like walking into summer, when it's freezing outside and there is snow on the ground. I loved our afternoon here. Felt like a mini adventure!


The tropical conservatory features plants from five continents of the world. It was amazing to see and smell flowers in the dead of winter! I'm thrilled about this membership. They have so many interesting exhibits and events. I honestly think we plan on going every weekend for a while this winter. Plus, in March and April, they import thousands of butterflies into this conservatory and let them fly free. It's so much fun, especially when one of them lands on you! I'm excited to take more photos here. Grand Rapids is lucky to have it.


I'm also really happy to be styling up this beautiful dress from ModCloth. It's from their Make the Cut: Winter Garden Gala Collection. The dresses were designed by ModCloth and Teen Vogue community members, and picked for production by ModCloth's Facebook community. I absolutely love how elegant and feminine this dress is. I'll definitely be wearing this many more times this spring! If you want to get involved in the next contest and/or receive updates with what's happening in ModCloth's design community, you can check out the Designer District page and sign up for notifications.


So yeah, not much else is new! I'm just working hard at my goals and waiting for the real spring to arrive. There is nothing like the smell of spring, the sight of flowers, and the feel of warmth outside. It's honestly one of the best things in the world. It's weird, but it's a big reason why I really do love seasons. You don't take any of them for granted and when they start to change, you're amazed at the beauty. Plus winter gives you a great excuse to stay inside and get done what you put off all summer. I just love seasons. I'm a broken record, I know.


Outfit details:
J. Crew tights
Dani Gold wedges c/o B.A.I.T. Footwear

36 comments:

  1. I wish that spring could come early to Kansas. Oh my gosh I want that dress so badly! It (and you) is gorgeous!

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  2. You totally had me there at the beginning. Sounds like a great day anyways though. And that dress is super pretty.
    Carlee
    Almost Endearing

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  3. I totally fell for your story haha

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  4. your intro made me go "say what?! she didn't post anything on her instagram!" haha

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  5. Beautiful dress! I love gardens. I went to the U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C. around Christmas time, and it was so fun to explore...I'd love to visit this five story one!

    http://2ndhandknowledge.wordpress.com

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  6. oh my goodness that dress is lovely on you, perfect length too (:

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  7. i love when i see big bold colors and florals in the winter. it is my habit to use muted monochromatic colors in the winter. this outfit is good inspiration to break the chain!

    amanda

    http://thingstoholdandstir.blogspot.com/

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  8. You look gorgeous and what a sweet gift.
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  9. I absolutely love the Huntington Library in Southern California. I am currently away and I miss visiting that place. The botanical gardens are lovely all year arounf

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  10. I had to do a double take because I thought "she wasn't kidding! Spring has arrived!" and then I read what you wrote and realized "it's only arrived inside". I think I would spend all of my winter time there! What a great little "getaway"! Loving this outfit!

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  11. OH. MY. I can't wait to see more pictures of this trip--so fun! Whenever Adam and I travel anywhere it's always to the east coast to see my family. We need to get more interesting! love love love that dress on you. You and your prints are so inspiring!

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  12. I didn't know these places existed! Your lipstick looks great on you, where is it from?

    Francesca Bee

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  13. Such a gorgeous place and a gorgeous dress! I really love the shape of the neckline on the dress with the sheer top. Your yellow shoes are perfect with it too. Looks like you had a nice outing to the gardens!

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  14. I love that dress! I almost bought it but couldn't bring myself to spend the money. :P Looks cute on though, and fits in with the rest of the flowers. :)

    -Lindsey

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  15. The title of this post freaked me out at first! I was thinking that if you're heading into Spring then I must be heading into Autumn and I'm SO not ready for my summer to be over just yet! Haha. Love the dress on you x

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  16. Lovely dress, looks wonderful on you.

    http://chamomiledealer.blogspot.com/

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  17. Yay, aren't these dress the same like those - http://www.delightfully-tacky.com/2012/12/getting-fancy.html on Delightufuly tacky? I admired them already there :) They're so fresh and lively! Remindme of spring, you're right. The weather herein my town is really nice, so much snow everywhere, I like it. But I just can't wait for spring!:))

    Gabi/http://einekleinelocke.tumblr.com/

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  18. The flowers look so pretty with your dress!
    -Kati

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  19. i LOVE gardens. i'm so envious, there's no indoor garden's in my province :(
    and that dress! i've been wanting it since it first appeared. it's so gorgous!! love how you styled it!!

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  20. Those orchids are so gorgeous! Seriously, what a beautiful place!

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  21. You totally fooled me! I thought it really was already spring where you are....but pretty pictures, though

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  22. Haha you had me going there for about .02 seconds. What a wonderful gift, and something to enjoy together too! You look amazing in this dress, the pop of yellow is perfect.

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  23. I love the outfit, and the flowers are gorgeous!
    Katie xx
    http://gravityandshe.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. A stunning dress in a gorgeous background.

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  25. That is such a beautiful place! Sometimes I head to Kew Gardens for exactly the same reason. :) lovely dress too! xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I would love to have a membership at a tropical conservatory!
    The flowers are really beautiful.

    Did you pick that dress so you could blend in? I love it! I am definitely obsessed with sheer sleeves.

    Tiff Ima, http://stylehonestly.com

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  27. I love these pictures. It looks like a really fun place to go. It really does looks like spring. Your dress is so cute and matches great to where you are!

    -Jess
    http://www.JessicasWonderland.com

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  28. What a gorgeous dress! It looks perfect on you. And I am so jealous of all the cool places you have to visit in Michigan. There aren't nearly as many great places like that in Washington; most of the places to visit are warm-weather outdoor only places. Not as fun in the winter!

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  29. What a beautiful and perfect dress for the wonderful location that you two visited - and such a fantastic gift to give someone, too: a good (even spiritual) experience, rather than 'just another thing'!

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  30. I was seriously like "Why haven't we heard of this little trip before?!" then kept reading. Got me. I used to go to places like this back in Poland every time I visit my parents hometown, but I haven't found anything like that here in Perth. Love the yellow pop of color of the shoes!

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  31. I love the Garbo heels in white!

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  32. love the dress! The whole outfit, actually.=)

    Sar

    www.etsy.com/shop/owleyevintage

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  33. I have absolutely fallen in love with your blog, and this outfit is adorable! I love modcloth and this dress is stunning - you styled it really well.

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