Monday, July 8, 2013

4th of July

I had a pretty great 4th of July this year. I've been under some major stress lately, so I honestly just wanted the whole weekend to relax. Nothing to fret about really. I've just been overwhelmed with moving and the normal life stresses. It's just hitting me extra hard for some reason right now and I've been surrounding myself with whatever I can to stay happy at this point. So, of course, that includes Eric, Winny, Lake Michigan, my toes in the beach sand, a picnic, close friends/family and fireworks!

Eric treated me to froyo earlier in the day at Spoonlickers. It was the best. Their little homemade cheesecake bites are so good. After that, we grabbed our picnic basket and headed out to Holland to have a picnic at Riley Beach. Winny was going insane in the sand and actually played in Lake Michigan for her first time! She needs a trim so bad right now though. Poor pup - haha! One of the many things that has fallen to the wayside this past month. Good thing she's the sweetest gal ever and doesn't seem to mind.

I am so happy to be done moving and (sort of) settled into our new apartment. I still have more organizing to do, but we're mostly unpacked. We moved so fast out of our old place. Once it was empty, I realized what a piece of crap it was. Seriously. The only reason that place ever felt like home was because of Eric and Win, and the personal touches we added. This new apartment though felt like home the first night. Plus it's been really good to drop off load after load to Goodwill, throw away so much crap, and have a "fresh" start. I'll be sure to post pictures soon!

I'm also doing some cleaning up in my personal life. I've been organizing old photo albums, getting rid of old reminders from the past that were just lingering there and weighing me down. On that same note, I've been doing the same with people, and routines/habits I've made. I've also decided to make this blog a "personal" blog. It's never ever been about "fashion". But it is about my personal style, and it'll continue to be more about my daily life + other things. Not much will change, except my tagline and where I categorize myself. Be sure to follow SP on Bloglovin now that Google Reader is also gone!

Outfit details:
Forever21 jean jacket
Candy Land Dress c/o Stitched and Adorned
Sweet Soiree Flat in Candy Apple c/o ModCloth


  1. you look beautiful, and I can definitely tell you've been more personal on the blog, it's so nice to read blogs like yours because you're so relatable, and real. hope the moving in process gets easier soon, and keep smiling tieka!

    Maria xo

  2. I feel like your blog has always been a good mix of personal life and fashion :) I know a lot of people get hung up on the usage of "fashion blog" vs "personal style blog" but I think the categories are pretty interchangeable! Just keep on blogging what you love! =)

    I hope the life stresses get a little bit easier soon!


  3. you look so cute, tieka! glad you're settling in at the new place. moving is always tough, even when it's a good move. is riley beach a public beach? it looks beautiful. i live in holland, and have never heard of it!

  4. Looks like a perfect day with a stellar outfit!

    Colour Me Classic

  5. this dress is super cute! I love the print. :) I'm happy to hear that your new apartment is working out well! that whole situation must have been so stressful, it's nice that the end result is like an upgrade.

  6. Fresh starts are so rejuvenating, so congratulations. Also, I really love this patriotic look. It's so fresh.

    kelsey captivating

  7. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been stressed out, but I'm glad to hear that you're settling in to your new place and that it feels like home already. It's so important to feel comfortable in your space.

    I'm looking forward to seeing some glimpses of your new place and love that you share bits of your life along with your fantastic personal style!

    Ladyface Blog

  8. You're freaking hair is SO cute - how did you do it like this?


  9. Love those shoes! Great outfit for the 4th :) I think your blog has a great mix of style and stories. it's fun to see what you're wearing and what's going on in your life!

  10. Glad to hear y'all had a great fourth!! I hear ya on the goodwill dumps, I feel a hundred pounds lighter every time I purge all of the unnecessary clutter! Can't wait to see the new place :)

    - applewood road

  11. There's nothing quite as satisfying as a good clear out :)
    Really gorgeous outfit, especially love the shoes! I crave Modcloth in the UK so bad!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  12. wow I absolutely love this outfit of yours, Tieka, those colours suit you so well! Plus, I am in love with your shoes, all I kept thinking while watching these photos was how they could be a new version of the Wizard of Oz haha
    Good luck with moving! It may be a bit stressing but in the end it usually pays off! :)

    Drawing Dreaming

  13. I was so glad to read your words, there are times when a clear out of people and things is necessary to keep up! I can so relate with that right now as well.

    Love that you will continue the line of the personal lifestyle blog, I like it a lot for this!

    The cat, you and us

  14. I hope to see your picture wall up in your new place I loved that helped me with some ideas for my front room I'm currently decorating. Moving house is always a mehaaa time hope things improve soon for you :)

  15. Super excited to see what you do with the new place! You always have great interior design style and I definitely look forward to it! :)

  16. I'm pleased you are moving your blog more in the direction of personal rather than just style. It's nice to see more of a rounded part of a Blogger's life, in my opinion.

    Hope life stuff gets better for you soon!

  17. I'm so sorry things have been so crazy for you, moving sucks anyways, but having to move under a sudden deadline is the worst. It makes you crazy. Glad to hear that things are mellowing out though and that you had a nice 4th! xx

  18. super cute as always girlie
    -Deana, from BirdsandOxfords

  19. I'm so happy you are moving forward in your personal life! That's really what I need to start doing. I move into a new place next month and Im preparing myself for the hecticness! You look so cute, as always

  20. Looks like an absolutely lovely 4th!

  21. Happy to hear that you had a nice weekend, and that you're all moved into your new apartment! I also love this outfit, and your thoughts on more personal posts. xo

  22. Good to see you're trying to keep yourself distracted! I often feel the same way and just need to keep busy.
    Lovely photos.

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons

  23. you look so adorable! I really love this dress on you - so pretty!

    I'm sorry to hear that you are stressed! I hope that you are able to relax and enjoy your new apartment soon!


  24. You're awesome girl. Everyone likes relate-able posts. Keep it up.

  25. You are adorable! I love your dress and how it's patriotic without being overly so. Your hair is so gorgeous too...jealous!


  26. I am so in love with your style! x

  27. Sorry you've been stressed out, but glad that you're surrounding yourself with positive energy! Let this be a stepping stone towards the next chapters of your life. You look lovely as usual, and we always love hearing about how things are in your life :)

    Sunny with a side of...

  28. Such a cute outfit, so simple and beachy! And I'm so sorry to hear that you've been feeling stressed lately, but I think you've been doing the right thing- making changes gives you a clean start for all the new and wonderful things to come! :)
    Hope you feel better soon.

  29. you look so pretty, hope you had a fab 4th of july, those fireworks look wonderful :D xx

  30. I just moved into my husband's (now ours!) house a few weeks ago and agree- a fresh start is motivating. Glad to hear you are spreading it to all parts of your life!

    What a cute dress and jean jacket. Also, your picnic is inspiring me to have one of our own! (for some reason everyone gave us picnic supplies for the wedding...)

  31. I love your blog for that very reason—that it is more personal and less fashion (though I do enjoy seeing your outfits from reasonable places)! You have the same adventurous spark that I do, exploring silly places just to see something new. Glad I can explore Michigan through your lens!

  32. I've always loved your blog because not only do you have wonderful style, you also always share such lovely bits of your life. I think I've always thought of your blog more as a personal blog rather than a fashion one, anyway!
    Love your outfit, by the way! And I'm so glad you like your new house! I can't wait to see pictures! And I'm so looking forward to the day my husband and I move out of our dinky little barn-house into something with more windows. And a bathtub. And a smaller lawn. Hopefully the months pass quickly!


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