Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Sparrows

One of my favorite coffee shops in Grand Rapids is The Sparrows. It's right in my neighborhood, so I usually love walking down here, grabbing a cherry french soda and sitting in the comfy chairs by the window or out on the patio when it's warm. I came here for the first time to work on Thursday and loved it. It was nice to get out of the apartment and work in a new setting. As much as I love my studio, sometimes I feel guilty being cooped up inside. Especially when I spend 8 hours on the computer at work, and then come home and spend more time on it for my blog. It's nice having a new atmosphere just a short walk away!


Today, Eric and I grabbed bagels for brunch and picked up a few groceries for the week. We got a really good start on hanging our gallery wall, but I knew that was going to be a nightmare project. It's just a lot of work measuring each frame, making sure you align them all correctly and they all have an equal amount of space in between them, you know? We finally hit a frame that had no way to stay on the wall. So we gave up for today and will continue on tomorrow. What a pain! I'll be happy when this wall is done. The frames have been sitting on my dining room floor since last March. Seriously. Over a year!


We stopped here for a quick second to snap some pictures and grab some beverages. Usually in winter, I go for the soy steamers or soy chai lattes. I'm not a huge coffee person, especially not espresso. I worked in a coffee shop for a year while I was in college and I was able to test every type of coffee drink there was. My favorites that year ended up being caramel steamers and ciders - haha! Even when I do drink coffee at work, I end up using mostly hot water with a splash of coffee. Silly, I know. But it's an acquired taste and I just haven't acquired it yet!


I really love the atmosphere here though and they are always playing great music. I constantly have my Shazam app out finding new stuff. Speaking of music, anything good you guys are listening to lately? I've been loving Benjamin Francis Leftwich, City and Colour "The Girl", and Family of the Year type stuff. It just feels good to listen to more chill, folk-like music in winter, I guess. Eric is playing in a country band this month, so that'll be fun to go to. I just need to come up with a country outfit, y'all!


I'm hoping this week is a good one. I'm hoping this month is a good one. I really want to get caught up on so much. Spring cleaning, organizing, paying bills off and making progress on WW. I also plan on doing a closet overhaul soon and re-opening my closet shop. I don't know if I've already said this, but my biggest goal is to be done with the apartment decorating and major "goal accomplishing" by summer. I just want to have fun this summer. I need it. I'm planning a few really fun weekend trips, a camping trip and a "staycation" where I'm off for a week where I do nothing but live life in summer in Michigan (which is perfection). I want to live in my bathing suit, on my scooter and not even go on the computer once - seriously! I can't wait.


Outfit details:
Don't Leave Me Dress c/o Joa + Closet
Urban Outfitters cardigan
Love Letter Necklace c/o Lalamagic
Target tights
Boot Cuffs c/o Three Bird Nest
Suki Boots c/o ShoeMint

42 comments:

  1. such a cute dress, love the print!

    xo,
    Sandy
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  2. i really like how you've been posting more about different spots in Michigan that you like as of late. I never knew all these cute coffee shops and breakfast places existed!

    xo,
    katrina
    thedemuremuse.com

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  3. You're so lovely! I love "the girl" by city and colour too! I've been listening to a lot of Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lumineers, and Mumford lately. Oh girl, I'm sure you'll come up with the cutest country outfit! That week of doing nothing but enjoying life sounds amazing too! I may join you.

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  4. I'm in the process of hanging a gallery wall too...I've had frames laying all over my living room for 2 weeks now!

    And I LOVE the Sparrows! I have a love/hate relationship with your blog sometimes :) Makes me miss Grand Rapids so much!!

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  5. Gah - That City and Color song used to hit me so hard. It probably still would. I haven't listened to it in so long. At the time in my life where that song played constantly, I was also listening to Arrah and the Ferns a lot. Check out the album Evan is a Vegan. I feel like you'd be into it!

    I love this outfit, by the way. It feels pretty autumnal and makes me miss that weather. So over winter. You got my psyched for summer though!

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  6. Such a great dress! I really love how you match your outfits to your locations

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  7. Goodness I want those boot! I have some similar ones. Great idea to wear it with the long thick socks.

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  8. Adorable dress and what a fun place!
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  9. This does look like a supercute coffee house!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  10. I love your cardigan ... it looks so cute and comfy!

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  11. i like to listen to iron maiden, buddy holly, a band called Turisas, type o negative, tegan and sara.

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  12. Oh gosh, your posts just keep getting better! I really didn't know anything about Michigan before but now whenever I visit the states, Michigan is really my first place to visit! I love that sincere vibe in your blog, not to even mention the outfits that have always inspired me so much! Your style is just amazing and inspires me to style myself as well xo Keep on going, girl! <3

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  13. great outfit! :))
    care to visit my blog?

    xoxo,
    Rae
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  14. Looks like a great spot. Loving your boots too :) Rosie x

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  15. I'm loving all these colours together!
    Sophie
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  16. I used to majorly be into coffee but for the past year all I want is tea and ciders. I still enjoy coffee once in a while but ever since I spent 10 months in Portugal where the espressos are amazing no coffee here compares.

    I am so excited for summer, for camping trips and staying up far too long past my bedtime outside enjoying the warm fresh air. :)

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  17. I love the pattern of your dress - so pretty!
    And I know what you mean, I also can't wait to have some completely computer free days this summer!

    -Kati

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  18. Just stumbled across your blog and so glad I did! What lovely pictures. Coffee shops like this make me so homesick for North America!

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  19. Love your outfit and that coffee shop looks adorable! It even looks like it has a nice vibe!

    I feel your pain on that gallery wall! My fiance and I put one up about a month ago and it was tough! If you would like, check out my post on it at my blog!

    http://bridewithatwist.blogspot.com/2013/02/epic-gallery-wall.html

    Can't wait to see yours!

    Dana

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  20. Girl- Michigan summer...YES!

    Are we there yet??? ;)

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  21. i love all these "around grand rapids" posts! they're inspiring! this will be my first "mighigan summer" and i can.not.wait. so excited. have you tried the velcro adhesives for hanging up pictures? i've started using them because I didn't want to put holes in my rental's walls and they work amazingly well! gallery walls are hard to figure out but so beautiful once they're finished!

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  22. This outfit is so cute! Warm, cozy, but really well put together. So beautiful!

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  23. What an adorable, cozy outfit that's just fun! This coffee shop looks like a neat place.

    Sally

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  24. Love the print on the dress!
    Katie xx
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  25. I love your dress and how you styled it! Grand rapids looks like such a charming town.

    -Courtney

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  26. cute outfit! and looks like such a cute place to escape to.

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  27. I love how you always match your locations; I think that's a great way to get outfit ideas and I really want to start doing that, at least when my husband and I go adventuring. You look so adorable, though! I love the print of your dress. And The Sparrows looks like such a cute place to hang out!
    Happy Monday!
    Xo
    Kristina
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  28. Such a cute outfit, Tieka! I especially love the boots. Hope you get to accomplish everything you want!

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  29. This is such a cute outfit. The location sounds so great and inviting. I'd surely visit if I lived anyplace near Michigan.

    -Jess
    http://www.JessicasWonderland.com

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  30. love the photos and that caffe is looking so warm..nice outfit!
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  31. aside from the usual wonderful and chic outfit, i just have to say how much i love the sun hits you in these photos!!! so marvellous!!

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  32. So loving not only this great outfit (seriously- so great!) but also this coffee shop. I get so whistful at lovely coffee shops (there are NONE where I live at all.), even though I can't have coffee. Such a great space.

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  33. Cuuuute boots! I was just in NYC and all the girls there wear boots like these! Also so exited to see you and Eric happy :)

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  34. I adore those boots!

    That looks like a really cute little coffee shop! I had some favorite little places like that in my college town - I really miss them.

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  35. Once again your outfit is super cute, especially your boots! I really want those shoes, but I feel like I wouldn't have anywhere to wear them (if I ever got them). I wish we had coffee shops like that here. I would end up always being at home. It just looks so homey and cute.

    P.S. The Girl by City and Colour is such a great song.

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  36. So adorable! I am loving your belt so much!

    xoxo,
    Laura
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  37. I would love a pair of boot cuffs so I can rock boots and tights like you do!

    The Occasional Indulgence

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  38. Girl, I love everything about this post: your outfit, the coffee shop, oh my goodness, I would live in Michigan in a heartbeat with the way you show off that beautiful state!

    If you haven't listened to The Avett Brothers yet, you should give 'em a try. They're technically "Americana," but they're bluegrass/folk/country/rock sound is one great adventure. I'm not a country fan, but I can't get enough of those boys. Their album Emotionalism is beautiful (well, honestly they all are, and I'm not just being biased), but most recently they came out with The Carpenter. Give 'em a listen!

    Thank you for such a lovely post/blog. Each and every post has such wonderful qualities.

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