Monday, October 5, 2015

52 Hand Lettered – September 2015

“making me happy right now” = Purses… keychains…pictures… MEMORIES
Everything remind me of Europe! #TAKEMEBACK

“things on a rainy day” = Nachos. Blankets. Netflix. Bar Cart. Fat Cat. 
Cannot think of anything else needed to be nestled inside on a rainy day. Nachos = the ultimate comfort food, blankets… duh, Netflix and Bar Cart… duh, and Fat Cat is my ultimate cuddly buddy (a stuffed animal Max surprised me with one day because he said it looks like the cat that I want in real life…).

“advice for my 13 year old self” = be outgoing and be kind… always
Enough said.

“currently drinking” = Homemade Pom Peche

My favorite martini from Bar Louie. I had a craving one day and instead of driving to busy 28th Street on  Friday night, Max said he could duplicate the drink… he was right!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Five!

{sipping cider mimosa’s to kick off our anniversary weekend! (don't mind the two month old pedicure)}

This weekend is Max and my 2nd Anniversary! We are exploring the lakeshore! We’re heading up to Muskegon area this morning, then meandering down to Grand Haven for the rest of the day, and then continuing South the rest of the weekend! I can’t wait to spend a weekend with my man. Exploring breweries, shops, maybe even take a walk on the beach…. Whatever we want! Happy Anniversary bubs! 

Friday Forte:

{got my bag of #BOLDANDBETTER Doritos to support the It Gets Better project}

{after hours end-of-the-year presentation planning with the team}

{necklace obsession as of late...}

{Halloween skirt or Holiday part skirt? Both?}

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Instagram Life – September 2015

I can’t believe September is over. 2015 is zooming and I want it to slow down. I’m not ready for the dead of Winter. Just. Not. Ready! September was great though. Always the month that kick starts fall, but also the month where the last bits of Summer weather linger and you want nothing more than to take advantage of laid back warm & sunny nights!

** MSU Season Kick off In Kazoo
** Snuggle time is the best kinda time
** New Tennies!
** His and Her Cocktails
** Kissing Max from Kristen & Paul’s wedding in Grand Haven
** Runway on Wealthy fashion show
** Beautiful knockout roses. I can’t believe how much they have grown since we first planted them
** Wine Club #16 – Malbec
** Political dancing one uneventful Friday night

October brings on busy times! Max and my second anniversary weekend, Michigan vs. Michigan State weekend, a quick trip to Tampa then a long weekend in New York. Every October seems busy (especially when I try to squeeze in my annual bucket lists), but this one I’m especially looking forward to!  

Monday, September 28, 2015

Runway on Wealthy Event

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show, hosted by Lee & Birch, held at the Gardens on Wealthy in Eastown. I learned about the event from Tieka and immediately texted Emily to be my date. Lee & Birch is newer to the Eastown area (moved from downtown GR in 2014) and is a West Michigan based boutique chain (another location in Grand Haven), specializing in new and trendy, but classic, pieces to showcase in their boutiques.

The food (Donkey TaqueriaErb Thai) and drinks (Art of the Table & Elk Brewing), provided by local Wealthy Street businesses, was delicious and local fashion bloggers, artists, and socialites (of Grand Rapids) made the event lively and memorable. Also, a portion of ticket sales went to Kids Food Basket. All attendees were requested to bring food for kids lunches and decorate brown paper bags with positive messages and cutesy artwork.

The entire night was inspiring.
I love getting out and about in my town…  

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Five!

{wine club #16 - Malbec... favorite night of the month!}

This week was one of those weeks… one of those weeks where every day there is something fun waiting for you when you get home. Whether that be a date with the couch or a FaceTime date, a get together with girlfriends, yoga… you name it! It made the week zip by in a blink. And I liked it.

Well guys, it's officially Fall. And while I'm not ready to bust out the coats I am ready for the Fall season and everything it represents. What better way to ring in the season than to entertain an old college buddy over Captain & Cider and Michigan State football lingering in the background?! Cheers!

Friday Forte:
(Yes… Ryan Adams covered Taylor Swift’s 1989 album… and it’s fabulous) 

{completely adore this scarf C/O Lee & Birch}

{locket love}


{pretty knick-knacks here }

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Biking around Versailles

Day 4
Our last day in Paris was quite the memorable day. We took a day trip to Versailles. We took a cab to the bike shop bright and early to meet our tour guide (and group) and take not one, but two trains to Versailles. Once we arrived, the next hour was spent shopping for our picnic and exploring the actual city of Versailles before entering the property of the Chateau. Emer, our Irish tour guide, was fantastic. Her knowledge of not only Versailles, but French history was incredible and her enthusiasm was inspiring. There was not one dull moment the entire day!!

The first stop on the grounds of the Chateau was the home Louis XVI built for Marie Antoinette in 1783, Hameau de la Reine. On the grounds of this home (actually there were more like 10 homes on this property), the boisterous roosters, lively cattle and dirty roads made it easy to be transported back to the 1700’s. It was spectacular and the history behind it even more so. After visiting a couple more of the “small” homes on the property it was off to our picnic location. We biked a good mile around the grounds before Emer decided we had a the perfect view of water and the massive palace from the back of the Palace. It was so surreal sitting there. Pictures don’t do our picnic view justice, and they never will.

After skipping the line into the Palace of Versailles, we were off exploring. The architecture, detail in the d├ęcor, paintings, and pure royalty of it all was overwhelming. I can’t believe people actually lived/live like this in the world. It’s unfathomable. The mirror room was by far my favorite inside. Outside, the entire garden, overlooking the man-made body of water (which simply lead to the King’s “party house”) was breathtaking. It was all breathtaking.

I can’t stress enough how much I loved this day. It was definitely a highlight of the entire European trip. This little taste of French history has made me want to rent, read and study all things French history! If you ever have the opportunity, I absolutely recommend this day. One for the books!!

{hotel selfie before hopping in the cab to meet our tour group}