A couple weekends ago, I got the amazing opportunity to walk in my first fashion show for Anthropologie! Every year, they host an annual Holiday Fashion Show with sips and sweets. It's such a fun evening to chat and mingle with local friends, do a little shopping, and enjoy a night out with some amazing fashion. I had a lot of fun trying out some totally unique looks that I might not have normally tried! I was surprised by two of my closest friends sitting in the front row, and I was totally an unprofessional dork just beaming down the runway. It was such a fun evening! One I was a little nervous for, but so glad I participated in, because it ended up being SO much fun. Thanks to Anthropologie for having me, and thanks to Jackie D Palmer Films for the amazing photos!
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I sure did! It was pretty low-key, but on Sunday, we ventured out to Robinette’s Apple Haus for hot cider, doughnuts and pretty autumn scenes. I absolutely love autumn, and the fact that we’re in full swing. The weather is cooperating, the trees are changing colors, and that golden light is finally happening. I love it! I have several high hopes for this season, including more adventures to local cider mills, our first anniversary, a cider-themed wine club, and major Halloween plans. I’m so glad October is here!
Today, I’m collaborating with a new online retail shop called The Deeply Co. For a little background, Deeply started out as a venture by singer/songwriter Jillian Edwards to pursue the kinds of shows she most wanted to play — small, intimate gatherings surrounded by lovely things and other creatives, celebrating what makes us all unique. She expanded her shows into tours, and started highlighting makers/creatives on her Instagram, and her friend/business partner, Raegan, came up with the idea of creating an online shop based around this concept. The shop is a small, tightly curated selection of beautiful, background-rich pieces that are great basics for your closet. Alongside the concert gatherings and online store, they also started a blog that will highlight the creatives they’re inspired by, celebrate beauty in its myriad forms, and start conversation around living intentionally and purposefully.
I was so thrilled to hear from The Deeply Co, and learn about their amazing venture, but also to style up this perfect black “grandpa” cardigan. It’s a great basic for my closet, and I know it’s going to be worn so many times this autumn/winter. The quality is amazing, and it's insanely comfortable. I have a hard time finding true chunky, warm cardigans and this one is a new favorite! The Deeply Co would love to offer my readers 10% off your first order with code “TIEKA” now through Friday, October 7th. So head on over and check out their online shop! I’m wearing the Hamptons Cardigan, but I also love their Ava Sweater and the Penny Dress!
I hope you all have a great start to your week! Tonight, we’re off to dinner, and to see Josh Ritter and Jason Isbell. I’m really looking forward to it! Other than that, it’s going to be a pretty chill week. It’s my mission to get to the farmers market to get pumpkins for our front porch, and to take a trip to a local cider mill. I also need to get supplies to DIY pieces of my Halloween costume. I’m dressing up with three of my girlfriends, and it’s going to be so fun. I can’t wait. Have I yet mentioned this month is the BEST? I have? Okay, bye. ;)
Hamptons Cardigan c/o The Deeply Co
Bonfire Stories Tunic in Red Plaid c/o ModCloth (similar)
Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans in Dayton Wash
Madewell The Transport Tote
Faux Leather Chelsea Boots c/o Forever21
This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to go on a staycation with Curio – A Collection By Hilton in Grand Rapids at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. We travel all over Michigan, and are constantly out-and-about, but it was so much fun to stay downtown, and explore a few places we haven't been to before! It was also the start to ArtPrize, which is always a fun and exciting time in the city, and we had such a great weekend. Thank you to Curio for sponsoring our weekend, and as always, opinions are my own!
On Friday night, we checked into the hotel, and quickly headed up to our room to beat the busy crowds in the lobby! The hotel was filled with art from ArtPrize, so there were several more visitors than normal, which was exciting! Our room was in the Glass Tower, up on the 22nd floor, and we were lucky enough to have a corner room with a spectacular view of downtown Grand Rapids. We were greeted with a gift basket full of local treats, and a Hilton swag bag full of all sorts of goodies. Such a warm welcome!
We got ready for dinner, headed downstairs, had to take a few minutes to enjoy the insane lobby and chandeliers, and headed to dinner at The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck. We were seated right by the window, overlooking the Grand River. To drink, I ordered the passionfruit cosmopolitan, which was so delicious. For an appetizer, we had the blue cheese truffle chips (so yummy). For dinner, Eric ordered the pot pie, which was on special, and I had the half chicken with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots. Everything was crazy good. We finished off the evening with adult coffees, and a chocolate souffle. The girl who brought it out was so cute, and said she was "so excited" for us to eat it. Best service, really really good food, and amazing atmosphere. We truly had a great night.
After drinks, we decided to take a walk downtown, and check out Sidebar, which I've been meaning to try. They are known for their handcrafted cocktails. We walked past this place twice, because I had no idea where it was! Totally hidden. It's actually a door, inside a hallway, right next to Big O's Pizza. We had to wait a little bit to be seated, and when we got inside, I realized why. It was the size of our living room! Maybe even smaller. It was so tiny in there. But such a quaint and unique setting, with really delicious cocktails. I asked for something sweet, and the bartender whipped up something special for me. Definitely a fun visit in Grand Rapids.
We pre-ordered breakfast the night before, so we woke up on Saturday morning to breakfast in bed! I ordered the eggs benedict, and Eric had a classic scrambled egg breakfast. We ended up watching Scream 2 in bed all morning (haha), and then finally got ready to venture out for a day of exploring. It was a goal of mine to only visit places we haven't been to before. I've also been wanting to visit That Early Bird, so we drove into Eastown to check it out!
We each ordered a drink... I went for a caramel latte, and Eric went for a chai latte over ice. They were both good! And the decor inside was perfect. White, clean, and super Instagram-worthy. I wish we had been a little more hungry, because they had an awesome-looking menu as well with things like avocado toast and breakfast tacos. We'll definitely have to come back soon! And if you can see through the window, D'Arts Donut Shop is on our list next. That place looks amazing.
Afterwards, we walked across the street to pick up a few cards from Rebel Reclaimed. I've heard amazing things about this adorable shop, but have never been. I know, shame on me. It was so cute though! Right up my alley. Full of adorable gifts, Michigan-related items, yummy-smelling candles, you name it. I loved it. We ended up picking up a few cards, and an art print as well. This will definitely a favorite go-to from now on for fun gifts.
After browsing and shopping around for a while, we headed back to the hotel so Eric could watch the Michigan game. Compromise, right? ;) We ended up going downstairs at the Amway Grand Plaza to GP Sports to watch the game. We ordered a few snacks (garlic parmesan wings and a side of fries) and enjoyed a few drinks while watching the game. At half-time, we headed upstairs to take a nap (me) and finish watching the game (Eric).
Since our dinner reservation wasn't until 9:15pm, we decided to get ready and head downstairs to check out the historic Lumber Baron Bar in the Amway Grand Plaza. Eric ordered a whiskey cocktail, and I had a sparkling wine before dinner. After drinks here, we headed over to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for the fanciest meal I've EVER had. I'm not typically an incredibly fancy lady, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't one of the best meals I've ever had. To start, I ordered the house salad, and Eric got the lobster bisque. For dinner, we each got a steak filet, which was the best steak I've ever had. They are broiled to 1,800 degrees, and served on 300 degree plates. So crazy! The au gratin potatoes were also incredibly delicious. For dessert, we split the cheesecake, and you basically had to roll us out of the restaurant.
After dinner, we decided to go for a walk along the boardwalk, which is so pretty at night. One of the best scenes in Grand Rapids are the several bridges crossing the Grand River, especially at night. I just remember when I was in college, I had to park across the bridge to go into downtown for classes at Kendall, and I just remember stopping and standing over the bridge, and taking it all in. Because it truly is such a pretty scene. I just love Grand Rapids. We checked out a few ArtPrize pieces too, one of them was a light show in the river, and a giant blow-up elephant you could walk through called Light Cave. Super fun. We went back to our room after that, crawled into our giant comfy bed, and watched Confessions of a Shopaholic.
On Sunday, we woke up, packed up, checked out, and headed upstairs to check out Sunday brunch at Cygnus27 on the 27th floor! We actually sat in this exact scene (second table from the left) and it was SO good! Brunch came with a cocktail, so we each ordered a bloody mary and whipped them up ourselves at their station. They had everything though, from Spanish potatoes, bacon and sausage, an omelette station, a sushi station, meats and cheeses, a crepe station, a table full of insanely delicious desserts, muffins, eggs benedict, and a tray full of chorizo, steaks and chicken that came around to serve. It was insanely good. The perfect way to end our super spoiled weekend. If you're ever in Grand Rapids and want a truly amazing place to stay, I hope you find this guide helpful! If you have any other tips/recommendations of places to see in GR as well, leave me a comment! I'd love to know your favorite places!
Is anyone else excited that the 90s are back? I've always loved florals, lace up boots, and a little bit of grunge. I'm excited to be teaming up with Forever21 today to show off my take on the trend! I decided to go for a dark floral shift dress, with these faux-leather cut out booties, and I also tried a new style – a choker! To be honest, I've never worn a choker before. Even in my youth! In the 90s, I was too busy being a tomboy, and didn't really get into fashion/personal style until after high school. But I love this necklace, and can't wait to figure out more ways to style it up.
I wore this outfit out to see Eric play drums in his band downtown. We quickly snapped some photos, and went in to eat pizza, drink wine and watch his band play all night. Super fun night! The weather has finally been cooling down, so now it's at least bearable to wear booties. I couldn't even fathom wearing anything other than open-toed sandals a week ago. Heat wave city. Plus, did you hear we had a tornado whip through Grand Rapids last weekend? So nuts!
What other trends are you guys looking forward to this upcoming season? Maybe not so much trends, but I'm just excited for layers and booties and chunky cardigans. My goal is also to start accessorizing more, because I'm really not an accessories gal. I rarely wear jewelry, and I used to get so much more creative with outfits with belts, or scarves, or hats. So that's a goal, and I know it'll help pull my wardrobe together more. I also finally went through and got rid of everything that doesn't fit, that I don't like, and is just meh. So I'm excited to start autumn out with a "fresh wardrobe"!
This has been such a great week so far. Two of our good friends had us over for dinner on Monday, and it was super yummy and awesome to just catch up. Today, we're going to see two other friends play a show at a new brewing company, and tomorrow, I get to host Wine Club! It's one of my favorite nights of the month, so I'm excited. Plus, the theme is sweet red... and I love my sweet red wines. What are you guys up to? I also have another post coming up with Forever21 this week, so stay tuned!
Hi guys! I'm finally coming back from the dead. If you didn't know, I had a wisdom tooth out two Thursdays ago and it was the worst and most brutal process ever. On Sunday, when you're "supposed" to be getting better, I had one of my worst days. I couldn't sleep because the pain was so bad, so I'd just lay in bed and cry. Poor Eric had no idea what to do. Haha! So I went back to the oral surgeon, and they said I had dry socket AND it was infected. I took a week's worth of antibiotics that did pretty much nothing. So I went back in Friday, and was put on stronger antibiotics and I seem to be reacting better to those. I'm still super sore and my jaw aches, but man, I'm miles better than last week! So, I was really happy to head out and do a few things with Eric today. I have such cabin fever. Even binge-watching Hart of Dixie and playing hours-on-end of the Sims4 couldn't save me this week!
So I got ready today and told Eric that I just needed to "get out of the house". So we decided to stop over and check out Lyon Street Cafe. I had never been there before, and it was adorable! It was super packed, and we couldn't find a seat, so we grabbed vanilla and mocha lattes to enjoy outside (it's been 50º this weekend!) but I loved it. I'd definitely go back and work there. It's right by Martha's and Nantucket Bakery too! Such a cute little corner in that neighborhood.
After enjoying our lattes, we headed out to get my car washed, to Horrock's to pick up a new succulent (for my growing collection) and some root beers. Then we strolled Old Navy, I picked up a cute ivory sweater... and we took a walk through World Market. I think it was maybe the first time I've left there without purchasing something! I'm obsessed with that store. We grabbed a quick bite at The Winchester, and it was delicious. They have a few new things on the menu, and I'd highly recommend the fritters!
But yeah, it was so good to get outside and experience a little bit of real life today. I've literally put off everything (and everyone, sorry friends) because of this week. I'm excited to start cooking, working out, making plans and living life again! Spring is coming, and we definitely got a little taste of it this weekend. I loved it. After this week, just like that... February will be over! March is always exciting because of daylight saving time beginning, and the first day of spring. I'm so looking forward to it. :)
Last Saturday, Eric and I slept in, and went to a late brunch at The Old Goat. I first tried this place when my work had a company dinner here last fall, and it was so delicious! Eric and I have been back a couple of times since, both times for brunch. They have a really awesome lunch and dinner menu, and feature maybe 1-4 items for brunch on the weekends. The Old Goat is located in Alger Heights, which is a cute neighborhood. It's a huge space, and we've never had to wait for a table before. Considering how amazing the food is, this makes this place a hidden gem for us!
Eric tried their brunch special which was the Croque Madame, which is basically a melted ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top. He had a side of cheesy grits and baked beans to go with it. I went for the soup and salad, which was so good! Their scotch chicken soup is to die for. We also shared an on-draft root beer. Yum! I'd definitely recommend this place if you're visiting Grand Rapids. And if you live here, why haven't you been yet?!
After brunch, we headed out to the mall to do a little bit of shopping. Soup mixes from World Market, and new workout clothes and cardigans... man, it sounds like I'm a little old grandma, right? I need summer to feel young again. Haha! After that, we met up with two of our good friends to see The Revenant, which was good! Rooting for Leo to finally get an Oscar this year!
And hello, February! I'm excited for this month. The days are getting lighter, and Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, which means an early spring! ;) Except for my wisdom tooth removal next week, we have a fun month ahead. Eric has a lot of shows, so I'm hoping to hang out with girlfriends, be productive and continue to get more organized at home. We're planning to celebrate a low-key Valentine's Day, and we're traveling to Madison, Wisconsin to see my friend, Jen, and stay with her and her family for a weekend!