May in Instagram

May 29, 2015 by  
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Since I've been a little silent on the blog the last couple of weeks, I thought I'd pop in with a little recap of what I've been up to. May was a great month, but time is going fast right now. I feel like I waited so long for spring to hit, and then all of a sudden, it was here, and gone! Now we're pretty much onto summer here in Michigan, which is exciting. I've been planning the wedding, training for a 5K, working full-time, blogging sometimes, and hanging out with friends all in between. It's a challenge sometimes, but honestly, that's just my season of life right now. Someday I'll slow down, just not yet. ;)
  • Now that it's warm outside, it's officially Donkey season!
  • Thanks to Eric's Dad, I have my scooter back and it's amazing.
  • Spring was beautiful this month; I love when everything is in bloom.
  • Wine Club is definitely one of my favorite nights of the month.
  • Eric and I headed to Tulip Time with our friends, Nick & Tif!
  • And we took Winny to her first dog beach.
  • We went camping Memorial Day weekend (in the cold and rain...)
  • Tried Winchester's brunch menu for the first time (YUM)
  • And I spoke at the Bloom Workshop, which is always fun.
June is shaping up to be a eventful month. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm heading to Chicago with one of my best girlfriends to go wedding dress shopping at BHLDN. Woo! Movies in the park are starting in Grand Rapids with E.T. being the first! We have friend's birthdays to celebrate. I'm running a 5K. We're shooting photos for two good friend's wedding up in Manistee. We have our first wedding shower at my Mom's house, and a fun 90's dance party that night. Father's Day! My work's summer company outing at a beach cottage. We're viewing our wedding venue again, and I'm so excited to see it. And the end of the month, I'm taking a staycation. It'll be my first full week off in years and I can't wait. Hope you had a great month, and have many fun plans to look forward to in June! xo

Past summer favorite outfits

May 22, 2015 by  
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I always think of Memorial Day as our "unofficial" start of summer. So with the holiday approaching this weekend, I thought it'd be fun to share a few of my favorite past summer outfits and memories. My favorite thing about summer is all of the adventures we take. Blueberry picking, lighthouse exploring, quirky festivals, drive-in movie theaters, ice-cream visits, small town exploring and so much more. I love living in Michigan in the summer. It's the best time to live here (well summer, and autumn, of course) so we usually don't travel much out of state during this time of year. And I can't wait to be here and enjoy every second. And I love that this is just the beginning!


(tawas point lighthouse)


(brucker beach, a country road)


(summer marsh)


(an old silo, dancing in the streets)


(frankfort light)


(dairy queen)


(cherry bowl drive-in theater, mission point lighthouse)


(u-pick blueberries)


(fort gratiot lighthouse)



As always, I have several plans for this summer and a huge bucket list to try and accomplish, just for fun. Since Eric and I are getting married next October, we are trying to save as much money as possible, so we're taking smaller more-local trips and adventures, but I'm excited for that! Here are some plans we have for this summer though... a trip to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and a dune buggy ride, Manistee National Forest, Bear Cave and the St. Joseph Lighthouse. Lavender fields, fireworks, and 4th of July on the beach. A trip to the zoo, and an old retro diner. Dog beach for Winny. A trip to Charity Island for a dinner boat cruise, a new lighthouse to explore, and a kayak adventure out to Turnip Rock. Plus more, hopefully! I'm going to scour all of my books and find everything that's close to us to do. Plus, around the 4th, I'm going on a week-long staycation which I haven't done since before college, that's for sure. And I'll line up some guest bloggers! It's going to be a fun summer. So stay tuned!

Hazy beach

May 18, 2015 by  
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Happy Monday! Did you guys have a good weekend? We did! It was so warm here in Michigan. I'm loving this summer-y weather. On Sunday, we headed out to Muskegon (my hometown) to have lunch with my parents, and then stopped to our friend's going away party since they are moving to Nashville. Booooo, hiss. ;) Afterwards, we took a ride down to the lighthouse and snapped a few pics. It was so hazy! It looked and felt like a storm was on the way, but it was so bright! But yeah, good weekend, and next weekend is a long weekend with the holiday, so I'm looking forward to that! xo


Outfit details:
Wallflower Lace Dress c/o Meijer (similar)
Forever21 Denim Jacket (similar)
Metal-Arm Cat Eye Sunglasses c/o ZeroUV
Wanted Entice Flats c/o Shoe Carnival (similar)

Tulip Time

May 12, 2015 by  
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Last week, Eric and I headed to downtown Holland for Tulip Time with our friends, Tifani and Nick. We wanted to celebrate their wonderful news, and met up at Hops at 84 East for dinner. Eric and I split the spinach and artichoke dip, and a Santa Fe pizza. It was good! While we were walking over, the street dancing was going on, which was really fun to see. I've been to Holland a bunch of times during Tulip Time, but I've never actually seen the street dancing before! After dinner, we walked around for a bit, and grabbed ice-cream at Kilwin's. It was the perfect weather, and such an enjoyable night with two of our closest friends. xo


Photos by Tifani Lyn Photography


Outfit details:
Tulip Legit Top c/o ModCloth (similar)
Thrifted Floral Skirt (similar)
Madewell The Transport Tote (similar)
Fisherman Flat c/o Aeropostale (similar)

Burst of yellow

May 11, 2015 by  
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Happy Monday! I feel like spring is passing in the blink of an eye. It's going way too fast. We had a white, blooming tree in our backyard that is now totally green. As much as I love summer and am really looking forward to it, I'm hoping these spring days hang on a little bit longer! I recently made a trip to East Lansing to check out a local boutique called Pitaya. I loved it! It was very much my style, and I had so much fun picking out a few items to style for the blog. They have several locations, and an online shop, so be sure to check them out! Hope you all had a great Mother's Day! xo


Photos by Tifani Lyn Photography


Outfit details:
Tribal Chevron Racerback Shift Dress c/o Pitaya
Thrifted belt (similar)
Moorea Seal Woodland Wide Brim Hat (similar)
Garren heels c/o Blowfish Shoes (similar)

Blooming blossoms

May 6, 2015 by  
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Have I mentioned how much I love spring, and especially the month of May yet? I love it. It's so pretty outside right now! Everything is in bloom, we've had such warm weather, and my heart is so happy. Tif and I headed to the apple orchards, while our men were playing football on Monday. I love being able to take so many photos with her lately. She's insanely talented, plus she's just the best to hang out with. She's my fave. I received this dress last summer, but I much prefer to wear it in spring! I love a good floral print! Now I'm off to go tuliping in Holland + to grab a bite to eat with friends. xo


Photos by Tifani Lyn Photography


Outfit details:
Market Sharing Dress c/o ModCloth (similar)
AGAR Mustard Cardigan (similar)
Prepare for Landing Wedges c/o BC Footwear (similar)