Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rowster New American Coffee

Well, I totally didn't plan for this post to go live today, but when I heard it was national coffee day, I thought how perfect! Last week, I met up with my friend, Tifani, for a coffee date and a wedding crafting night. Rowster is right in my neighborhood, and it's definitely a popular spot. We didn't get any shots of the inside, but it's beautiful! They have a smaller curated selection of beverages, but amazingly high quality. To be totally honest, I prefer maybe The Sparrows or Lantern over Rowster (I'm a sweet coffee drinker) but for coffee lovers, I'd definitely recommend this place. Talking to you, Chelsea! ;)

I've been living pretty casual lately with my outfits, if you couldn't tell already. Lots of jeans, flowy tops, cardigans, and flats. I've had to run so many more errands than I could have ever imagined (wedding, woo!) so flats are a must for me right now. We finally saw some autumn weather today too,  so hopefully I can pull out my sweaters this weekend! It feels good to wear a cardigan and not sweat like crazy once you leave your comfy A/C at work to go outside. I'm ready for this weather.

In light of the day, what are your favorite coffee beverages? Lately with my slimdown challenge, I've been ordering green tea with honey or a chai tea latte with almond milk. Typically though, I love soy milk (especially vanilla) mixed with espresso and caramel, or a pumpkin spice latte this time of year. I used to work at Biggby (when it was Beaners!) and my favorite thing ever was just a steamer with caramel and soy milk. I love coffee, but definitely sweet and/or watered down. When I do drink coffee at work, I fill half my cup with hazelnut coffee, half with hot water, one packet of Truvia and one tablespoon of sweet cream coffee creamer. It's a concoction of heaven! ;)

Hope you all had a good Tuesday! I'm exhausted from a crazy, hectic day, along with an hour long Piloxing (mix of pilates/boxing) class, which killed my butt, and then we met with our good friend and wedding officiant for a coffee date. All is good! But I am tiiiiired. Have a good hump day tomorrow! Hoping to be back again with my recap of the Runway on Wealthy show, but we'll see how the day goes. One day at a time lately. Thanks for all of your awesome comments on my "motto" yesterday! xo 

Outfit details:
Levi's Jeans (similarsimilar)
Urban Outfitters Cardigan (similar)
Thrifted Floral Tank (similar, similar
Aeropostale Clock Necklace (similar, similar)
Pittsburgh Ease Flat in Black c/o ModCloth (similar, similar)

Monday, September 28, 2015

There is time for everything

Hi guys! Happy Monday. I know things have been silent around here, but things are definitely not silent in "real life". Things are busy! I've been staying on top of this slimdown challenge, along with planning the last details of the wedding, along with working full-time and trying to breathe, and let me just say... it's tough. I fear it's going to be that way until after the big day, but I'll see what I can do in the meantime to get some posts up! Starting with this outfit here...

I pinned pretty much this exact outfit to my style inspiration board, because who doesn't have these pieces? Black jeans, a chambray top, a plaid scarf and some cute flats. The girl on Pinterest was wearing boots, but since it's seriously been summer-weather lately (except for the mornings), I went with flats. Even this scarf, I whipped off for the afternoon! It hasn't really felt like autumn at all here in Michigan, except for the donuts and cider tempting me at every corner and the fact that some of the leaves are changing. It's been such a warm September. I'm not complaining! I hope it goes right into October, but I am excited for more sweaters and socks!

Lately I keep telling myself "there is time for everything". It's kind of the motto of my brain right now. I really don't know how some women "do it all" because I'm exhausted. But honestly I'm too passionate to give up on any of my dreams. My dreams of being super healthy and in shape, having a full-time career as a graphic designer at a company of people I love being around everyday, of being a personal style/lifestyle blogger and traveling all around Michigan, of living in a super clean (yes I'm a Monica), perfectly put-together apartment, of being a better friend, daughter, pup mom, fiancĂ©e, soon to be wife. It's a daily struggle with a to-do list out the door, but I'm not giving up yet! Not on anything I love. You honestly just have to prioritize, let some things take a back seat, while other things take the front seat. And that's okay! I'm learning that that's okay as I get older. And remember,

I'll be back a few times this week! I still want to post a recap of the Runway on Wealthy event I attended last week, along with some really cute photos Tif took of Winny and I at our local coffee shop. I really need to make it a priority as well to head to ArtPrize, and put apple picking, pumpkin picking, cider drinking, and donut eating activities into my calendar! Happy autumn, everyone! xo

Outfit details:
Aeropostale Black Jeans (similar, similar)
Old Navy Chambray top (similar)
Moorea Seal Woodland Wide Brim Hat in Camel (similar)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Camp Bachelorette

Phew, I finally got my disposable camera images back from my Camp Bachelorette party! I'm so excited about them. They're quirky, and blurry, and tilted, but they truly capture the fun of the weekend. Over Labor Day weekend, I went with nine of my closest girlfriends up north to Montague to stay at White River Campground! We rented out two rustic cabins, and they were adorable. We slept in bunk beds all weekend, in cute cabins, overlooking sand creek! And we were blessed with such wonderful summer weather. I had the best time.

Our first day at camp, we had a welcome lunch around the campfire. Afterwards, we all got into our swimsuits to head to the pool! My friend, Sharisa, got me this amazing donut pool floaty that I spent most of my time in. ;) After the pool, we all headed back to camp to get ready and take a road trip out to Lake Michigan. We toured the White River Lighthouse, took a walk to the end of the pier, and then Mani and I decided to dive into the lake. It was SO warm and absolutely amazing. There's nothing like swimming in Lake Michigan. Afterwards, we grabbed dinner at the local Dog 'N Suds and headed back for lots of conversation + fun around the bonfire!

Our second day at camp, we went out for a fun tubing adventure on the White River! We all grabbed our tubes, hopped on an old school bus for drop off, and spent three hours on the river listening to music, having drinks and the yummiest jell-o shots, and avoiding branches and laughing. Such good memories! After tubing, we headed back to camp for another pool visit! I couldn't bring myself to get out of the pool. It just felt ammaazing. It was like I knew summer would end once I left that pool. Haha. Afterwards, we had pulled chicken BBQ sandwiches for dinner, and watched chick flicks in the cabin!

Our last day, we packed up camp and headed to breakfast at Gary's Diner in downtown Whitewall and said our goodbyes! What a seriously fun weekend with some of my favorite people in the world. I loved it! Now I want to go back! xo