Foggy Fourth of July

Phew! I am back from my "staycation". Honestly, I had so much fun. I hadn't taken a straight week off like that in years, and it was so refreshing. I'll chat more about it this week, but in the meantime, I thought I'd get my fourth of July photos up on the blog! For the fourth, Eric had a show with his band at The Deck in Muskegon. It was a good day! It was super foggy, but there was a nice breeze coming off Lake Michigan as everyone sat on the deck, ate BBQ, drank beers and listened to some country music. Afterwards, we met up with friends for the fireworks downtown and headed home. The fourth of July is always one of my favorite holidays. xo

Outfit details:

Stripe It Lucky Skirt in Navy & Red c/o ModCloth (similar)
Where Are You Flowing? Top c/o ModCloth (on sale!)
Cross-Body Bag c/o Pitaya
Madewell The Braided Sightseer Sandal (similar)

A date to Cakabakery

I'm about to get real cute-sy on you guys. But it is technically the week of love since Valentine's Day is right around the corner. In light of the corny holiday (that I absolutely love), Eric and I had a little date at The Cakabakery, my favorite local dessert bakery. And luckily for us, it's right in our neighborhood! If you've never been to this darling shop before, it's a must-visit when you're in town. All of their treats are from local, fresh ingredients and completely homemade from scratch. And it is all so good. Every time we visit, there is a new flavor to try or item to swoon over! The confetti cupcake this time was love at first sight.

Our dearest friends, Drew and Alyssa, met up with us to snap these photos that I'll love and cherish forever! Alyssa is one of the best photographers I know, and honestly, just the best all-around sweetest gal you'll ever meet. We found out we were neighbors last year (through Instagram, ha!), and pretty much fell in love with the both of them the first time we all hung out. I'm really excited to start collaborating with her more on the blog, and even more excited for you all to see her amazing work. She does portrait sessions, and is also booking right now for weddings. So be sure to visit her website + stay tuned for more here too!

One of my favorite online boutiques, Ruche, asked me to be their Valentine this year... so of course, I said yes. (Sorry, Eric.) They sent over this dress that I knew would be perfect for Valentine's Day, and spring, summer, and next fall probably, oh and winter in general. I love this dress! It's so comfortable, flowy and pretty. It can be worn all on its own, but for the sake of our 11º average, I paired my orange cardigan with it most of the day to stay extra warm. Ruche is having a 25% off site-wide sale with code "LOVEYOU" right now, so be sure to check that out!

Do you guys have any fun plans for Valentine's Day lined up? For the past two years, Eric and I have typically gone out somewhere fancy for dinner (because we usually eat at Red Robin or a taco joint). So we use this day as an excuse to splurge on something special! I have no idea what our plans are this year. He claims to have plans. I'll just have to plan on being surprised! We'll see what happens. But I hope you all have a wonderful day full of love whether you're single, dating, or married for fifty years! Just be sure to treat yourself. Maybe with a cupcake from The Cakabakery. ;)

Photos by Alyssa Wagner Photography

Outfit details:

Violet in Bloom Tiered Dress c/o Ruche
Forever21 Heart Locket Necklace (similar)
Macy's Maison Jules Waffle Knit Cardigan (similar)
H&M Ribbed Tights
Seychelles Can't You See Boot in Burgundy (similar)

Michigan's Little Bavaria

This past weekend, Eric and I headed over to my favorite place to visit around the holidays, Frankenmuth, Michigan. If you've never been to Frankenmuth or haven't heard of it before, it's a Christmas wonderland! It's home to Bronner's, the world's largest Christmas store. During the holidays, the streets are completely lit up with Christmas lights, lines are out the door to shop at the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, or to eat a famous chicken dinner at Zehnder's or Bavarian Inn. Horse-drawn carriages are carting people around, tons of people are walking the streets, and there's just a festive spirit in the air. I love this little town.

Nicknamed "Little Bavaria" or "Muth", Frankenmuth is located just south of Saginaw in Michigan. The town was settled and named in 1845 by German immigrants from what's now known as Bavaria, Germany. There is a strong influence of Franconian-style architecture in the town. The buildings very recognizably resemble buildings found in Germany, with the use of timbers in "square" and "X" patterns on the outside of buildings. It's so quaint. Our first stop was to Bronner's World's Largest Christmas Store. We found a parking spot, and headed inside to browse! It was a total madhouse, but completely worth it. It's such a magical place!

Bronner's was founded in 1945 by Wally Bronner, and is visited annually by over 2 million people. The building alone is 7.35 acres, and the grounds are 27 acres! When you drive past this place at night, it is completely lit up with lights. The only thing we ended up buying there was a small guitar ornament that Eric loved, but I just loved walking around and checking everything out! Afterwards, we headed downtown to check out the Frankenmuth Brewery for the first time. It was so so busy, so we could only stand and have one drink, but it was super fun. And the Moscato I had was great!

After having a drink at the brewery, we started walking down the street toward the Bavarian Inn. But first, we stopped to the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus to sample cheeses. I ended up loving the chocolate cheese and bought some for our January wine club! I love strolling through little gift shops. We got to Zehnder's to wait for a chicken dinner, but decided to go across the street to Bavarian Inn because we heard better reviews, and the wait was inside the building instead of out! If you're familiar with both, do you have a preference? I think we're sold on Bavarian Inn now!

We ended up waiting 1 hour and 45 minutes for a table at Bavarian Inn, but it was so completely worth it. They had a server who would bring people drinks in line, so we just ordered tall glasses of beer and wine and enjoyed the wait! It was actually so fun to people watch, talk, and just anticipate one of the best meals ever! Once we finally got seated, we both ordered the Family Style Chicken Dinner (what made both Zehnder's and Bavarian Inn famous) and it was amazing and SO much fun. Eric got up to put his coat on, and was like, "Are you ready?" And I didn't want to leave, because I just loved that night and the memory of that occasion so much.

This was definitely one of my favorite nights of the entire year. Afterwards, we made a quick stop to do a little shopping at the Birch Run Outlets and headed home. Perfect day. xo

Outfit details:

Diagonal Alley Coat in Black c/o ModCloth
Add Another Log Cardigan c/o ModCloth (similar)
Forever21 Black Dress (similar)
Madewell The Transport Tote
Urban Outfitters Belt (similar)
Aldo hat
Candy Cottages Tights in Ginger c/o ModCloth
Melina Cut-Out Bootie c/o White Plum