We're back from a beautiful weekend in the upper peninsula! We just planned this trip pretty recently with some of our good friends, who had a cabin in the family. So for not expecting to go to the U.P. this summer, this weekend kind of blew me away. Our cabin was just outside Manistique, along a very long dirt road, right on Lake Michigan. It was kind of crazy being out there! There was literally nothing around, except for a few other cabins. All you could hear were the waves from the lake. Just amazing.
On our first full day there, we decided to go to Big Spring (Kitch-iti-kipi). This spring has been on my Michigan bucket list for so long, and I'm so excited I finally got a chance to see it! Let me just say, it's just as beautiful in person as it is in all of the photos. What a seriously magical place. The spring is over 200 feet across, and over 40 feet deep. The crazy thing though is that you can see straight to the bottom. You can see every fish, log, and weed in the water. It was insane! The spring is always at a constant 45º too, and it never freezes, so you can see it like this any time of the year.
The spring is Michigan's largest natural freshwater spring. The name "kitch-iti-kipi" means "big cold water" and is very often referred to as Big Spring. The original name was "Mirror of Heaven", given by the early Native Americans. If you're ever in the U.P. area, or heading from the lower peninsula to the Pictured Rocks area in Munising, I'd say this is worth it to get off the path a little bit to explore. So beautiful!
After our time at the Big Spring, we headed back to our cabin to spend some time on Lake Michigan. It was a bit chilly, so I just ended up falling asleep in the sand and it was wonderful. I just feel like a different person in the upper peninsula sometimes. It's just so relaxing, so gorgeous, and there are so many things to explore. I just love it. I want to someday live up there, even if it's just for a short amount of time. Hopefully I can afford a small cottage some day and retire up there! I have a ton of things left to explore, and so many more lighthouses to find up there! Someday. :)
Where Are You Flowing? Top c/o ModCloth (similar
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Last week, I headed over to John Ball Zoo with my friend, Tifani of Tifani Lyn Photography
. We took a stroll through the zoo, spent a little girl time together, snapped some photos, and hung out with the animals. I love going to the zoo! I need to be sure to go back again next summer and spend more time there. It's just five minutes from downtown, and it's so much fun. I could honestly sit and laugh at the silly chimpanzees all day. They are awesome!
I was excited to team up with BucketFeet
on this post to style their giraffe-print shoes
. Bucketfeet is such a fun company. It started when two strangers met traveling through Argentina and became good friends. One was a backpacker, and the other was traveling to share the work of street artists to bigger audiences. Before saying goodbye, the artist drew a design on a blank pair of shoes for the other, and it sparked so much interest, they decided to start a company based on the idea! Now they work with over 20,000 artists from 100 countries to collaborate on designs together. Be sure to check them out
Did you guys have a good weekend? I had one of the best weekends. My good friend, Sharisa, got married and it was so amazing. Every minute of it was super fun. Friday, we had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner downtown. Saturday was the full day at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. If you caught a few of my Instagram snapshots
, you'll see just how pretty
every detail was. The flowers, the dresses, the venue... all perfect! Now they are off to Maui and I couldn't be more happy for them. I'm hoping she'll let me share all of the photos on my blog when she gets them back. She honestly did such
a great job with everything!
Other than that, not much else is new. I feel like I'm finally starting to get caught up from a whirlwind week. The apartment is semi-organized, wedding tasks are being checked off the list, and I'm trying to just get rid of stuff. I'm hoping to have a closet shop soon now that summer is dwindling down. I'll keep you guys posted. Otherwise, this week looks pretty laid back, which I'm looking forward to! Then, we're off to the upper peninsula for a long weekend. Woo!
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Hello again! I know, two posts in a row, I'm killing it this week. ;) I'm also tired. Hahah. Today, I worked a full-day, and then Eric and I immediately headed out to a summer concert series to see two of our friends play. It was super good! The weather was just beautiful too. I've been loving these last couple of days. No humidity, a perfect windy breeze. Pure bliss. It's supposed to be upwards of 90º this weekend though... and I'm a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding. Eep! We're going to melt. But it's going to be such a good weekend. I'm crazy looking forward to it.
So I recently cut my bangs back to blunt... like, maybe just a month ago. And they are already so grown out. I've decided to just go side-swept for a while. Bangs are tough. Plus, I have this cowlick that my friend (and hair stylist) and I agreed is just getting stronger the older I get. Great, hm? We also weaved my natural color back in through my hair (it was so red still from last autumn), and lightened the ends. I love love love it. I'll never do a full dye again. My hair is so naturally ashy, that any other color makes my roots look gray! Blonde ends from here 'til the end, my friends.
Did you guys know ModCloth recently launched their very own collection of clothing
? I've been a huge ModCloth fan since the very beginning of my blog, and I was so excited to shop the new line! I chose this skirt to style, well, because I obviously just love floral print. Especially one as pretty as this! Plus, the longer length is amazing, it's lined, AND it has pockets
! I received so many compliments wearing this tonight at the concert. Be sure to head over and check out all of their new pieces. Super exciting!
Mmk, I'm off for the weekend now. Work tomorrow, wedding rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and the big amazing day on Saturday! On Sunday, I hope to just dive straight into Lake Michigan if it's really going to be 90 all weekend. We'll see. And then... I have a four day week before we head to the upper peninsula next weekend! Just a small trip at a friend's family cottage, but I'm pumped! I didn't think we were going to be able to do the U.P. before our wedding (we're going on our honeymoon) and I'm thrilled we get to cross the Mighty Mac two times this year. Woooo! xo
Tonight, Eric and I headed out east to the historic Fallasburg Village to meet our wedding photographer! I'll post more pictures from that session when I receive them, but it was such a perfect summer evening. Plus, we caught some gorgeous light! We explored some of the abandoned barns and the old schoolhouse, but when we found this gorgeous field of white wildflowers, I knew we had to snap some pictures here! I'll have to go back and do a full post on the village. I went years ago, but it deserves another post. It's amazing.
This week has been a bit of a blur honestly. I'm so ready for things to slow down. I love summer, and the fast-paced adventure of it all, but I'm so overwhelmed with trying to keep up with everything! I know the next two months are going to fly until the wedding, and I'm going to try and enjoy every second I can, especially because autumn is my favorite season of all time. But thankfully our honeymoon after the wedding is taking a fall color tour up north, so I'll finally get to relax then! Until then, I just have to hang on for the ride!
I've been slowly trying to build up my fall wardrobe a little bit – new jeans, a couple of cardigans, and some long-sleeved dresses. This bohemian tunic from Free People
is super pretty, and could be styled a millon ways. With different color slips, cardigans, or tucked in and worn as a top. It's super sheer, so I layered a black cami dress underneath. But I just love sleeved dresses. They have my heart always.
Alright, I'm off! Publishing at 12:30am... that's my life right now. Tomorrow night, we have two friends playing an outdoor concert, and then Friday starts the wedding festivities for one of my very best friends! I'm so excited. We've been planning alongside each other all year, and I'm so thrilled to see how beautiful everything is going to turn out. It's going to be a good weekend. I'll hopefully be back on Friday with another post, but if not, blah, I'll see you Monday. xo
Wane or Shine Necklace c/o ModCloth (similar
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Now We're Cookin'! Wedge in Black c/o ModCloth (similar
I know you've heard everyone say this, but how is it August already?! Summer is just flying. This week has been good so far though. Staying busy at work, and trying to be productive at home too. Last night, Eric and I went to see Aerosmith with my dad and stepmom, so that was fun! Tonight, I've just been running errands for the wedding, and Eric and I started assembling our invitations. I can't believe we're only two months off! It's going to be here before we know it.
I love shift dresses lately, especially fun printed ones! They are just (I know I keep saying this) so easy to throw on and go. This one from Red Clover
is cute. Our summer heat is finally starting to die down a bit, so I'm not totally melting. But as much as I love autumn, I'm not ready to let go of short sleeves and sandals! I'm sure once September rolls around, I'll be thrilled to update my wardrobe for fall, but until then... I'm going to enjoy simple style.
Not much else is new! I have a rather low-key weekend coming up, which is nice. Eric and I are going to see a friend play a show tomorrow. This weekend, we're going to head to the lakeshore to spend a day at the beach, and meet my parents for dinner. I love simple weekends, with almost no plans scheduled! The next few weekends after this one will be jam-packed with weddings, a trip to the upper peninsula, and my "camp bachelorette" party. Super looking forward to that one!
Madewell The Braided Sightseer Sandal (similar
Phew! The weekend went by way too fast. It's currently thunder-storming like crazy outside, after the windiest day ever. I loved this weekend though. Fun plans, but still enough time to get some stuff done. On Friday night, we went out for tapas with two of our best friends, and it was so much fun! Saturday, Eric played a festival in south Michigan, so I ran around doing a million errands and cleaning up the apartment. We ended up going to Grand Haven last night for a Coast Guard party, and I got to see the fireworks! Today, I hosted a small baby shower for a friend, and Eric and I ran out to snap some photos before ordering pizza + watching movies all night. My kind of weekend!
I'm collaborating with Unique Vintage
for the next couple of months on their #iamunique Style Society! I love this simple black dress, and it's super flattering! Typically I gravitate toward flowy clothing, but this dress is perfect with almost no additional styling. Especially because it has been so hot, I love pieces like this where you can just throw it on and go.
Have a great week, guys! I'm looking forward to this one. Besides a couple of nights out, we don't have anything scheduled, which I love. I'm going to start a new 5K training plan, play tennis with Eric, grill some meals at home, clean the apartment, and just try to be as productive as possible! Next weekend, one of my best friends gets married, and we've been planning alongside each other all year, and I'm so excited for her wedding! xo
Madewell The Braided Sightseer Sandal
Hi friends! Summer is hectic! I always feel guilty about not posting for a few days, but man, I feel like everything is happening all at once right now. Plans with friends, lots of shows, collaborations, wedding planning, work, life in general. Summer is just always a busy time. As much as I love it, I'm definitely ready for things to slow down a bit. Besides one of my best friends getting married this month, we have a couple of free weekends off and I'm so excited!
Well, I turned 29 on the 29th! It was my golden birthday. I was just telling my best friend, Jen, today that I really want to focus on making this last year of twenties a really good one. I definitely learned a lot in this decade, that's for sure. I made some mistakes, but I also made some really great decisions. Like deciding to go to art college, graduate with my bachelor's degree, and land an amazing career. I kept some of my greatest friendships, lost a few friends, but also gained a lot of lifelong friends, especially in just these past couple of years. And I met, fell in love with and got engaged to Eric, and am joining one of the best families I've ever known. It's been an insane ride, but I'm excited to spend this last year growing up a bit more and getting ready to move into this next decade of life. It's exciting!
Otherwise, it has just been hot here! I don't know about you guys, but my pasty Michigan skin cannot handle these 90º+ temperatures! I've been wearing as many simple and easy dresses as possible with strappy sandals. My style always tends to be a bit more casual in the summer, but definitely more so this week than any other week. It's been a scorcher! Well, have a great weekend guys! xo
Madewell The Braided Sightseer Sandal (similar
This post was sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!
I’m excited to inform my local Grand Rapids readers of H&M
’s Grand Opening at the new Tanger Outlet Center
this upcoming weekend! You’re invited to attend the celebration at 10AM, Friday, July 31st. The first 200 shoppers in line will receive an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass
, valued from $10 to $300, in addition to other opening offers and fun giveaways! I'm really excited to see the new location + do a bit of shopping myself!
The new location will offer collections for ladies, men, young ladies, and young men to separate “store within a store” sections for accessories, lingerie, maternity, sports apparel, and a plus-size line, H&M+. It will also carry H&M’s children collection, from newborn to fourteen years. Another huge bonus is that H&M supports our local economy by adding jobs with each new location! H&M has hired about 30 employees to the current, ever-expanding total of approximately 15,000 US employees. So if you’re looking for any available job opportunities, visit careers.hm.com
Be sure to stop by on Friday at 10AM to participate in the fun! The new Tanger Outlet Center is located at 358 84th Street SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. Have fun! xo
This week I'm teaming up with Radisson to announce their Get More Radisson® campaign
, and offer you a chance to win a stay at a Radisson hotel of your choice! With this campaign, at participating hotels
, when you book a 2-night stay, you'll receive an e-certificate for 50% off
a future stay! And as many of you know, I absolutely love to travel. Plus, I love to share my adventures and memories with you guys. That's why I thought this collaboration would be a great fit for my blog and a chance for YOU to have your own adventure.
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