Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

This past weekend, Eric and I headed up north to Traverse City for one of the most amazing weekends. I absolutely loved it up there. I've been to TC several times before, but have never stayed and truly explored the city. It's so wonderful, and there are so many things to do! We got into town, devoured burgers at J & S Hamburg and checked into our hotel at Grand Traverse Resort. After getting ready, we decided to make the drive up to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport (almost an hour from downtown) to see it during sunset. It was beautiful! We didn't get to explore the inside, but I always love seeing lighthouses in that golden light. After exploring for a bit, we headed back downtown to check out The Little Fleet, after receiving several recommendations. We made it to the food trucks too late as they were closing, but we went inside for a couple of drinks. Adorable place! After that, we headed to North Peak Brewing for a late dinner and drinks. Eric had the pretzel crusted chicken sandwich, and I had the root beer pork sandwich. So delicious! Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel for an early night so we could spend all day Saturday exploring. I'll be back with more from our trip! xo

Outfit details:
Gardens of Versailles Lace Blouse c/o Ruche (similar)
Victoria Skirt ℅ Onze Boutique (similar)
ModCloth Baker’s Dozen Flat in Black

Monday, September 29, 2014

September in Instagram

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September was such a good month! We had so many wonderful things happen. Plus, we had some of the best weather ever. I'm definitely feeling spoiled right now! I always love the start of autumn, and the transition of seasons. Eric and I got to see two of our best friends get married, travel up north, spend a lot of time with friends, celebrate birthdays, a CD release show, and more. I'm absolutely looking forward to what's next. October is always my favorite month of the entire year. Here's a recap of September:
  • I went back to brunette! A bit darker than natural, but I'm loving it.
  • Lots of cuddle times with Winny pup!
  • Had an amazing company retreat with my colleagues in downtown GR.
  • Celebrated Laura's bachelorette party in southwest Michigan.
  • Starting to see the beginning signs of autumn.
  • Eric and I in our best friend's bridal party. Congrats Steve and Laura!
  • Eric's band's CD release show at Founder's Brewing. Listen to Mat's music here.
  • Saw Grand Traverse Lighthouse for the first time.
  • Devoured Moomer's Cherry Moobilee ice-cream. So good.
As always, there are several plans for October rolling! This weekend, I'm hosting a fun event with Wolverine 1000 Mile. Eric and I are shooting our first wedding for two good friends! We have ArtPrize going on, lots of shows for Eric's band, plans with family, a trip to the great northwest, and an epic dance party on Halloween. I still have a ton on my autumn bucket list too, so pumpkin patches, apple orchards, costumes stores are all in my future. I'm thrilled. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seasonal blues

Happy Wednesday, friends! I've been in a good mood tonight. Apparently, we're in the "most gorgeous stretch of weather in four years" here in Michigan. So, that's pretty awesome. I'll take it! Tonight, I had my monthly wine club get-together with girlfriends! It was Malbec night. It was definitely not my favorite (I'm a Moscato gal), but I tried all of them! And I'm super excited because tomorrow is my Friday. Eric and I are heading off on a weekend adventure to Traverse City. The weather is supposed to be perfect, the trees will be changing, and we have plans to stay at a resort, visit a lighthouse, a few wineries and breweries and get full body massages! Talk about perfect, right?

Outfit details:
Thrifted Skirt (similar)
Irene Top c/o Dear Faithful
Urban Outfitters T-Strap Heels (similar)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello, autumn

The best season of the year is here! Although it felt like summer in Michigan today, we have plenty of color and apples on the trees! My goal this autumn is to slow down. I feel like I've been going, going, going and leaving zero time to think or relax. I made a fun bucket list that includes picking pumpkins, eating cider donuts, drinking apple cider, watching scary movies, riding on a hayride, and traveling up north for a fall color tour. I can finally get away with wearing burnt orange everyday now too! I saw this outfit from Christina at New Darlings (a new favorite blog) and I realized I had almost the exact same pieces! Don't you love it when that happens? So, of course, I had to recreate the outfit for myself. Happy autumn, friends! xo

Outfit details:
Forever21 Sheer Black Dress (similar)
Aria Clock Long Strand Necklace c/o Aeropostale (similar)

Monday, September 22, 2014

A week with Golden Tote

I was recently introduced to Golden Tote, an online store that sends you a surprise tote of clothing, based on a style profile you fill out personally! If you don’t have a ton of time, or want some help with finding new, stylish pieces, Golden Tote is an awesome option. You can choose to receive 2-3 items for $49 (a $200 value) or 5-7 items for $149 (up to $600 value). You get to pick out 1-2 items, and the rest of the bag is a surprise!

Here are 6 outfits I created with 6 pieces they sent me in my tote. For my style profile, I chose the more eclectic, bohemian style. Some of the pieces in the tote didn’t exactly fit my style, but it was fun to try a few new things I normally wouldn’t try (like jogger pants). Plus, you can trade your unwanted items in your tote for other pieces on their Facebook group. Neat, right? I decided to base my outfits around days of the week, with activities I might normally do during those days.







You can sign up for a Golden Tote here. Happy shopping and happy surprises!