Coffee + Crafting Date

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 

Photos by Tifani Lyn Photography

Outfit details:

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

Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse

I thought it'd be fun to show you the lighthouse Eric proposed at! Like I said before, the Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse doesn't exactly make the map for Michigan lighthouses... because it's um, well, a cylinder at the end of a long pier. But Eric's "surprise Tieka" mission was a success, and now we'll never forget this place ever. The pier was actually really fun to walk down, especially with the waves crashing over. I was messing around, adjusting settings and didn't even realize I captured that last photo of Eric... in position, exactly where it happened. I love those happy accidents. This lighthouse was built around 1912, and looked so much different 100 years ago! It's been stripped down to what it is today, but there's definitely history here. Lots of good history! ♥

Outfit details:

Forever 21 Black Jeans (similar)
Levi's 4-Pocket Parka c/o HauteLook (similar)
Chambray Top c/o Sprightly So (similar)
Moorea Seal Woodland Wide Brim Hat in Camel (similar)
Forever21 Tasseled Tartan Plaid Scarf
El Paso II Suede Moccasins c/o Minnetonka

McGulpin Point Lighthouse

We're onto our last lighthouse from our Mackinaw City Trip! This is McGulpin Point Lighthouse. It's located right near Mackinaw City, about 2.5 miles away. It's actually quite hidden... in a super odd spot! It's not really near the water, and there's a wooded trail to get to Lake Michigan. But once you're at the top you can see Mackinac Bridge, St. Helena Island and both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It's quite a beautiful area!

After this lighthouse was built, it became apparent they built it in the wrong location because sailors couldn't see this lighthouse from the east side. So that's why they built Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. It's one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the straits of Mackinac. It's always lighthouses like these that I can imagine myself living in. The house was perfectly decorated on the inside. Ah, dream on!

We took Winny with us on this trip, and took her with us on as many adventures as we could. She loved the water and went swimming for her very first time! I kept her on her leash, but she caught onto the dog paddle right away. I was so excited - haha! It was so cute. But then, of course, she decided to roll in sand and it was a nightmare trying to get all of the sand out of her. Since this trip, we've gotten her hair cut and she looks like a totally different pup. I'll have to share a picture soon. :)

I had a great trip in Mackinaw City. I'm glad we decided to save that one for last. September finally has no  travels! I'm excited to be a little bit of a homebody. Eric and I have been working on our apartment and finally got some stuff hung up, including our gallery wall. It feels good to be a bit more settled. October is going to be crazy... and we're traveling three out of four weekends. So I'll be glad to not be gone every weekend knowing this place is a disaster!

Outfit details:

Mellow in Marigold Dress c/o ModCloth
Forever21 belt
Baker's Dozen Flat in Anise c/o ModCloth

Frankfort Light

During our trip up north to Frankfort, Eric and I headed to Frankfort Light. The original lighthouse was built in 1873 at the end of a long wooden pier, with a catwalk that led to shore. In 1932, it was placed at what now is the northern concrete pier, as you see here. The original pyramid style lighthouse was increased in size by placing it on top of a new two-story edition. Neat right? I love how they piece together these old lighthouses, keeping the original aspects and history a part of it!

The walkway to get to the lighthouse actually freaked me out a little bit! It was very narrow and I was wearing wedges and holding onto crazy Winny. Plus, it was super windy and the waves from Lake Michigan kept hitting the breakwater and splashing up. This lighthouse was fun to see though because the shape is unique. I also love seeing white lighthouses because I grew up surrounded by red ones, so white ones are pretty rare to me! I'm seeing a white and red spiral one this summer. I'm so excited!

Winny insisted on rolling in the dirty puddles on the pier, barking at every passerby, tugging at her leash and looking back at me annoyed when I wouldn't walk faster. Typical Win. I can't believe her one-year birthday is coming up! Isn't that 10 years in human world? What a little girl now! She's smart, but sometimes just so... dumb. Haha! Funny dumb though. Like when she rams her head into a wall at home, and just acts like nothing at all happened. It's funny that one year ago I had no idea I'd have her in my life, and now I can't imagine life without her.

It has been a crazy week, but things are starting to feel good again. Our apartment isn't done yet, work is very busy, we have plans scheduled almost every weekend until the end of the summer, but for some reason things feel like they're slowing down. Last night, I walked down to the bakery and ordered a simple turkey and provolone sandwich, came home and ate it on the porch with a black cherry cola. It was just peaceful to sit in the sun, people-watch and enjoy a slow moment. I'm definitely working on taking my stress down by slowing down. I think it's a key thing to my being happy.

Outfit details:

Back Flounce Top c/o Jaleh Clothing
Minnie the Maneater Skirt c/o Lace Affair
Forever21 belt
Bow to Stern Scarf in Crimson Stripes c/o ModCloth
Pretty Possibilities Wedge in Custard c/o ModCloth