Thursday, April 16, 2015

Flowers in the park

What a beautiful week! I'm loving the start of spring. Plus, we're finally starting to see flowers bloom! I was driving down the road we live on, and spotted yellow flowers, and gasped! Hahah. I know, it's really not that exciting, but after a long, harsh winter in Michigan, I'm more than ready for this weather. Bare legs, floral dresses, heading outside without a jacket, and some simple flats on. Perfection!

I met up with Tifani for a quick little photo session at Johnson Park, just as the sun was going down. I've been trying to pick up fresh flowers every other week or so to keep in the apartment, even if it's just for spring. I'm flowers-obsessed right now! I need to start bringing out all of my floral dresses too!

Well, first thing tomorrow morning, we're off on our road trip to Nashville! It's about a 9-hour drive, but it doesn't feel that long at all. We usually stop in Kentucky for lunch and a little bit of sight-seeing, and then once you hit Tennessee, the scenery is awesome! Illinois is just the rough (flat) patch to get through, really. Be sure to follow along on Instagram + Twitter as I'll be posting all about our trip this weekend. Have a great one! xo

Outfit details:
Isn't It Iconic Dress c/o ModCloth (similar)
Forever21 Denim Jacket (similar)
Mint Necklace (similar)
Mint To Be Moving Bag c/o ModCloth
A Pretty Pass Flats c/o Asian iCandy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Taqueria San Jose

Last night, I headed over to a local Mexican favorite, Taqueria San Jose. We have a few really good spots for Mexican food, and this one definitely tops the list. I met up with Tifani of Tifani Lyn Photography to snap a few shots and pick up a few tacos! We were going to eat outside on their outdoor patio area, but the warm air quickly disappeared with the sun! We were having too much fun taking photos, and used up all of the daylight before ordering. But isn't Tifani just the best photographer in all of the land? I love how these turned out!

I've only ever tried their tacos (shame, I know) but I'm just such a taco gal. Corn tortillas, protein, onions and cilantro... yum. My favorites are the chicken and chorizo, but Eric loves the pork and steak too. So good! I'd definitely recommend if you live in the area and haven't been yet, or if you're visiting and want a good place! I'd also totally recommend Donkey (a lil' fancier) and the downtown market for Tacos el Cunado. My top three Mexican places in Grand Rapids, that's for sure! If you know of anything else I should try locally, let me know!

So, I decided with my friend (and hair stylist), Mani, that I would grow out my bangs and try it for the summer. But after talking with Tif last night, I'm thinking about chopping them back! She said not everyone can pull them off, so if you can, you should have them. And they are such a "signature" Tieka staple. I've had them for years and years! What do you guys think? Are you liking the bangs grown out, or should I cut them blunt and straight across again? I need more girlfriends' opinions. See here for a picture reference if you don't know what my blunt bangs look like. ;)

Well, I think the good weather is finally here to stay in Michigan! We have 60's and 70's and sunshine forecasted for the next week. I'm so pumped! Everything is starting to turn green, and the trees all have buds on them. I will jump for joy when everything starts to bloom. We're headed to Nashville this weekend, and it's supposed to thunderstorm all weekend long, which is such a bummer! Hopefully that's not really the case, and it's just sunny and warm. I'm so excited to head south though on a fun roadtrip, hang out with good friends, eat some BBQ, drink some margs + relax! Woo!

Outfit details:
Backyard Bash Top c/o ModCloth (similar)
Old Navy Denim Top (similar)
Old Navy Red Flats (similar)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring apartment updates

Hi friends! I thought I'd pop in with some spring apartment updates Eric and I have been working on. I'm kind of home-decor obsessed right now. Definitely more than outfits, or fashion right now. But, I do have some spring outfits coming up! Plus, we're headed to Nashville next weekend and there will be a few posts coming out of that. I just hope you guys have a zillion interests like I do, and can be interested in fashion, travel, home decor, food, and whatever else I feel like blogging about these days. Anyway... onto the updates! If you haven't learned this about me yet, I just discovered World Market like a month ago, and I think I've been there at least 20 times. Haha. I'm obsessed. I love everything in there! So we've updated a lot from WM, plus we took a trip to IKEA!

I've been trying to keep fresh flowers in the house for spring! I got this bundle of baby's breath for Wine Club a few weeks ago, and they are still hanging on for life! The biggest news in our apartment is that we got a new couch! I'm so excited. We went to IKEA with the intention of buying a couch, but weren't sure which one we were going to go with. We decided to go with the KIVIK sofa, with a chaise lounge. It's just as big as our old couch, but way more clean and sturdy. I hated the old cushions on our couch, and it was so old. I love this new couch. It really makes a huge difference in our living room.

I decided to throw away some of our old throw blankets, and get a few new ones! I got the green multicolored one from World Market, and the super cozy white one from IKEA. I've also been loving this linen spray from WM, and their scented candles too. Plus, everything is seriously so affordable. And I promise this post is not sponsored by WM, I'm just seriously in love. Haha!

I've also recently updated my office area! Our apartment has somewhat of a strange layout, and as soon as you walk in from the front door, you're in the entryway, which is also the office. Our house is an old Heritage Hill house that was converted into two apartments, so I'm guessing this room used to be a grand entryway back in the day. I decided to do another mini gallery wall in this room, because I had so many great prints I wanted to see everyday. I love how it turned out! It's a bit more colorful than my other gallery wall, and it's perfect for my office. Someday I'd love to have an all-white office, with pops of color in the rug/gallery wall/books, etc. But this maroon paint will have to do for now. Renter's woes. ;)

We haven't done a ton to the kitchen area, but I have been collecting more and more succulents for my little succulent garden behind the sink! I love having plants to look at while I'm cleaning up the kitchen, or washing dishes in the sink. Plus they are super easy to water, because they are so close to the faucet. I also picked up some chalkboard labels for our IKEA containers to label baking items. I hate keeping sugar in their original bags, because they end up spilling everywhere! So I'm happy I switched them all over. I also got a new Michigan cutting board from my dear friend, Mani, for Christmas. I love it! I love that our apartment pretty much has Michigan touches in every room.

Last but not least, I thrifted these old chairs from a local thrift shop and painted them white for our back patio! They were really worn and a darker brown before. We also found this table from Home Depot to go along with them. I'm not totally sure how I'm feeling about the white/brown mix right now, but since the table was brand new, I didn't want to paint it white. At least not yet. ;) We also got a new grill from my Dad for Christmas, so that's all set up. We grilled last night and it was perfection!

Hope you enjoyed the apartment update! I think that's about all I'm going to take on, at least until after the wedding or until we buy a house. My goal is to keep saving, saving, saving, and be able to start looking at buying a house next summer. The good thing is... I absolutely love our apartment, so I can be super picky on what house I want to buy because I'm not in ANY rush to leave this place! I'll list a few relevant items below if you're interested in shopping anything! xo

Apartment details:
Honorable Jug Vase c/o ModCloth

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Windy bridge

Now that April is here, Michigan is finally getting the hint that it's spring! Last Wednesday, on our first super nice day of the year, I headed to the historic Sixth Street Bridge with my friend, Tifani. It felt so awesome to be able to head outside with bare legs, and no tights. I cannot wait to be able to do that every day! I recently picked up a few pieces to wear in Nashville, but I just couldn't wait to wear this sheer overlay. I'll just have to remix it again in a few weeks when we head south! I'm so excited. Two more weeks and I'll be eating BBQ + walking the streets of Nashville. Until then, I'm looking forward to April showers here in the mitten, so we can see May flowers! Woo! I just love this time of year.

Outfit details:
One Angel Lace Dress c/o Free People
Urban Outfitters T-Strap Heels (similar)