As many of you know from my Instagram this past weekend, I headed out to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel with one of my best friends, Laura! We were "Saved by the Shell". After both of us had horrendous weeks, we jetted off to paradise. I will be sharing all three days we were there... so this is day one! The majority of our day was spent traveling. We had a layover in Detroit, and landed in southwest Florida around dinner time. We had just enough time to check into our amazing hotel room (with two balconies and a spa!) at Pink Shell Resort & Spa. It was perfect. We jumped into our bathing suits, headed downstairs to the poolside bar, Bongo's, and had a quick meal of fried shrimp and fish. Afterwards, we ended up in the ocean... and it was like bath water! After that, we dove into the pool, drank many girly cocktails at the bar, and headed upstairs to finish a bottle of wine in the spa. Perfect first night... can't wait to share the rest of our weekend!
Resort: Pink Shell Resort & Spa in Fort Myers Beach, FL
Hi guys! Just dropping in quick to invite my Michigan readers to a fun Madewell event this Saturday, July 26th, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We'll be hanging out Saturday afternoon for sips, sweets, and styling tips from 12-3pm. There will be a special discount and free gift with purchase (while supplies last). I'd love to see you there! If you're planning on attending, shoot a quick note to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know... and definitely let me know in the comments too! xo
While in Traverse City, Eric and I headed up Old Mission Peninsula to see the lighthouse at the tip-top called Mission Point Lighthouse. You drive along M-37, which is such a beautiful scenic route with cherry orchards and vineyards. The lighthouse was built in 1870, and decommissioned in 1933. We explored the beach for a while, but unfortunately missed the time slot to tour the inside and climb the tower. It only means we'll have to come back someday! Plus, there are lighthouse keeper programs here. I'm definitely going to do that sometime in my life. ;)
Endless Possibilities Tunic in Navy c/o ModCloth
Stripe It Lucky Skirt in Navy & Red c/o ModCloth
Forever21 Denim Jacket (similar)
Last weekend, Eric and I headed up to the cherry capitol of the world, Traverse City, for cherry festival. On our drive there, we stopped to the "World's Largest Cherry Pie Tin". It's located by Sara Lee Bakery, on highway 31. On July 25, 1987, the world's largest cherry pie was baked in this tin. It was 28,350 pounds; 17 feet, and 6 inches in diameter. The Guinness Book of World's Records certified this pie as the largest ever made. Next up, we'll have to go see the second world's largest cherry pie tin just 50 minutes away in Charlevoix. I sure love the quirky things in Michigan, don't I? Afterwards, we went to the original Traverse Pie location and shared a mini cherry pie. We also checked out the festival, rode a couple of rides, drank cherry sodas, and watched a friend play an acoustic show at Workshop Brewing. I just adore northern Michigan.
ModCloth Milkshake Things Up Dress (similar)
Shoes Your Own Adventure Heel c/o ModCloth (similar)
|(wearing my Earth Day BOBS in red!)|
I'm excited to host a fun giveaway with BOBS from Skechers! They are giving away two pairs of shoes to two lucky Selective Potential readers! You will have the chance to choose your own style up to $50. To enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! xo
On Saturday of our long weekend, we kept it pretty casual. During the day, we basically laid around, napped, ate tacos, you know, the usual. At night, Eric's band had another show in Grand Rapids at The Back Forty Saloon. It's one of their usual spots to play, and it's always a good time. A few of our friends came out and we ate barn fries, had some drinks and enjoyed the music! We headed outside for the fireworks downtown around 10:30pm (so lucky we got to see two sets of fireworks this weekend!) but I'll definitely admit fireworks are much better on the lakeshore. ;)
Wine Country Concert Top c/o ModCloth (similar)
Peine Necklace c/o Laced Arrow
Wanted Entice Flats c/o Shoe Carnival
I had such a great fourth of July this year. We headed out to Muskegon because Eric's band had a show at The Deck, which is a new BBQ place on Pere Marquette beach. They played outside on the patio, and it was the perfect day. Sunshine, warm weather, and breezy. A bunch of our friends and both sets of my parents came out, so it was fun to see so many of my favorite people. After they finished playing their show, we headed downtown to watch the fireworks. I saw my best friend (who just moved back from Denver) and when we got home, I received a text from another close friend who had just gotten engaged. Talk about an amazing day! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! xo
ModCloth Special Day Top (similar)
Madewell The Crisscross Boardwalk Sandal (similar)
I'm back! That was an unintentional blog break. You ever have those months that are just a wash? I didn't get anything productive done. I overate like crazy, basically stopped running completely (didn't even do my 15K I signed up for) and spent WAY out of my budget. It was just a hard month all around, but I'm so looking forward to a fresh new month... and a new attitude. July has some amazing things in store. Right now, I'm currently on a long holiday weekend! I absolutely love the 4th of July. Besides Halloween, it's my favorite time of year. Plus, I have a few little day trips planned and a BIG trip to the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel in Florida with one of my best friends. I'm so excited for that. And I'll end the month celebrating my 28th birthday. (Really?!) I'm looking forward to sharing the month with you guys, and to really get back into blogging. Even though sometimes it can overwhelm me, it also keeps me sane. Thanks to everyone for sticking around! (Also, I'm a little blonder now!)
Chambray Top c/o Meijer
Prepare for Landing Wedges c/o BC Footwear
Usually every season, I do a recap of my favorite outfits from each season. Last autumn, I tried something new and did a recap of all of my autumn photos - outfits or not. And that was way successful, so I thought I'd try that again with summer photos. Summers in Michigan cannot be beat. So many days spent on the beach, exploring lighthouses, picking blueberries, drinking sangria on the patio, taking boat trips, eating ice-cream, riding with the windows down, going to carnivals, having picnics, watching fireworks, hanging out in my bathing suit, sandy feet. It all sounds like perfection to my ears right now. We have so many upcoming plans. I honestly don't know how I'm going to fit everything in, but I made a bucket list to try and accomplish before autumn strikes! As much as I love autumn, let's just take it slow, okay summer? xo
Today I'm working with BC Footwear for their Ultimate Summer Roadtrip Giveaway! They are working with several bloggers showing you some of the best cities across the country. Of course, Grand Rapids must be included. ;) I absolutely love this city. I was born and raised in a beach town just 45 minutes west, and moved here to attend art college. Although I moved back to the beach for a few years, I'm so happy to be back in this amazing and thriving city. I can't imagine being anywhere else. I can't wait to show you guys a couple of my favorite spots! Hope you enjoy! xo
One of my favorite brunch spots is San Chez. They have two sides to the restaurant, an eclectic little cafe full of authentic Europoean-inspired entrees. They also have a bistro side that serves up Spanish-style tapas, and is perfect for a nice date or girl's night out! But for Saturday brunch, the cafe is where it's at. Their breakfast casserole scramble is my favorite breakfast dish in Grand Rapids. Bacon, chorizo, sausage, potatoes, and spicy onions baked with Manchego, Provolone & Colby cheese. Topped with scrambled eggs. Um... yes. The spicy onions and side of harissa sour cream are my favorite part.
|(always on my phone, hello sunshine phone case via modcloth)|
Next up for shopping and amazing food, you have to check out the new Downtown Market. Literally anything you could want from wine, cheese, meats, fresh fish, cupcakes, pies, cakes, crepes, authentic Mexican tacos, flowers, gifts, fresh fruit and veggies, chocolates, homemade popcorn, healthy take-home meals, you name it. It has everything! It's right down the road from where I work, so I usually love to head down there, grab a small plate of chicken tacos, head upstairs and sit by the greenhouse and enjoy. I've taken a cooking class here before too (those are hosted upstairs) and it was so fun! Definitely a must-visit if you're in downtown Grand Rapids.
If you want to see the beauty of the bridges (one of my favorite scenes in Grand Rapids), you should head to Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Once the site of a Native American village, this park now showcases some of the best views of the Grand River and the infamous bridges of GR, along with several pieces of art, and the Gerald R. Ford Museum. In the summer, we now have "Movies in the Park" where a movie screen is set up outside and everyone brings their blankets, snacks and drinks to enjoy. Plus, we have several amazing vendors that come and sell food. What The Truck is one of my favorites to stop by, along with some popcorn from Dorothy & Tony's Gourmet Popcorn. Yummm.
We had a major heat streak here in GR, and then on this particular day... I had to bring out my tights! If you're planning a trip to Michigan, always plan to bring really warm weather clothing... and tights and a cardigan. Juuuust in case! Hope you guys enjoyed my 'little' tour of Grand Rapids. There's honestly so much more to do here... so many amazing breweries, places to shop, vintage boutiques, you name it. If you ever need a recommendation in the area, just be sure to email me and I'll try to help out! xo
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Crochet Mesh Mid-Sleeve Top c/o Chicwish
American Eagle Festival Shortie (similar)
Viöl Key Necklace c/o Laced Arrow
Oval Brass Mood Ring c/o HorseFeather Gifts
Up All Night Flat in Della c/o BC Footwear