Chelsea, Michigan

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Last Sunday Ben and I spent part of our day in Chelsea, MI and explored a bit of the cute downtown area. It's a really quaint yet bustling area and I just love it! I only wish we had more time to discover and eat at some local favorite restaurants. There was a BBQ joint across the street that looked pretty yummy.

One of my favorite spots was Bumble's Dry Goods, an adorable store that sold a variety of Michigan & USA made products. They had everything- candles, soaps, Michigan art prints, handmade salt & pepper grinders, and more! Definitely my kind of store, and worth a visit if you're ever in the area.
Lately I've been enjoying two things: messy buns and this shift dress from Charming Charlie. The mysterious wonder of it- the dress is 'not' maternity! I picked it up on our recent trip to Florida because it was on clearance cheap and I figured that I'd get use out of it one way or another- maternity or after. To my surprise, it totally works for maternity! I paired it with my favorite long cream cardigan and, perfecto!

So, the bump is really starting to 'bump' these days. It seems like he's been growing and growing lately. So cute. He moves around all day long and it's a fun, constant reminder that I'm not alone! That's probably been the most fun thing about pregnancy for me- feeling little baby buns moving all around in there. It's awesome to think that he already knows my voice. So grow baby grow!.. Grow strong and healthy and mommy can't wait to meet you soon. :)

Outfit:
Shift Dress: Charming Charlie
Cardigan: Meijer
Purse: Charming Charlie
Boots: Target
Necklace: JcPenney (Exact!)



Spring Wishlist

Monday, March 23, 2015

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1. Zara Perforated Bucket Bag 2. Minnetonka Merida Sandal  3. H&M Mama Striped Tunic
4. Savor (book), By Shauna Niequist  5. Karma Perfume, LUSH 6. R+Co Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo 7. Modcloth Fave it for a Rainy Day Scarf 8. Geo Supply Co, Copper Rhombus Necklace

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I love the springtime! Brilliant sunrises, flowers blooming each month (beginning with crocuses- right now!), open windows, and extended daylight makes for a happy Melissa. And after muddling through a tough winter, I feel as if I appreciate spring all the more! I notice every detail, Instagram every tulip (sorry, not sorry), and slowly start peeling back layers of clothing to reveal my scary white, sun-starved legs.

Spring is also a time for new things, and I can't help but get a 'little' overexcited about updating the ol' wardrobe and finding new indulgences to try like a fragrance or shampoo. I'm particularly happy to see that LUSH has come out with a Karma perfume! (*Disclaimer, that may be old news, but I just realized it was available, ha.) Karma is my favorite smell at LUSH and as of now, I've only used it in the soap version- which leaves me coming out of the shower smelling like royalty or something. No really, I instantly feel luxurious. So yeah, excited about that stuff.

I added the H&M Mama tunic to my wishlist because it's SO CUTE and could probably be worn pregnant or not. Also, I'm crazy excited about Shauna Niequist's latest book- Savor. It's a compilation of 365 daily devotionals + recipes!! WIN. I love everything she writes so I'm sure I'll love this too.

And those Minnetonka sandals! Can you even?! It's the best of all worlds. Aztec, strappy, zips in the back, etc.. And I can only imagine how comfy they are as I've never owned a pair of Minnetonka's that weren't total comfort.

That's it for me today! I'm linking up with CarlyMolly, & Shanna because I love them and I bet you will too. Make it a great week, friends. And as always- thanks for reading!





Goodbye Winter

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 
I've never been so happy to say those words... GOODBYE WINTER. Peace, sayonara, adios, au revoir! I don't want to see you again ever for a long time. I kind of hibernate in the winter. No really- I turn into a house gnome or something. Netflix everything, reading, and obsessing over warm weather travel plans. I come alive in the spring time. Once the weather breaks and the sun starts shining again, I'm good. And can you believe that the first official day of spring is this Friday!?

All of that to say that I'm already making plans and can't wait to start traversing Michigan again. Weekend (or even day-trip) adventures are what we live for spring through fall. There are so many great festivals and other events around the state, the hard part is choosing which ones to attend! And OBVIOUSLY I'm so excited for July to get here so I can spend my lazy summer days drinking homemade sweet tea and cuddling with Mr. Squishy Bean. Oh the nicknames he'll get from his mommy... Poor child. ;)
Like I mentioned in the previous post, I'm having so much fun lately styling the phenomenon that is 'the bump'. In my naivety, I thought that dressing for pregnancy would just be a huge problem. I mean- there's a lot more going on in the midsection, people. But I was wrong! And the joy of what's happening in that belly makes it entirely worthwhile anyway. So fun. This cardigan from Ruche is the perfect spring-transitional piece and can be worn over 'anything' basic. I got it for Christmas and I love it!

I hope everyone's having a great week. Oh yeah- and Happy St. Pat's! Ben and I aren't doing anything too exciting tonight but maybe I'll eat a green dessert or something in the name of being pregnant festive. Wink..

Outfit:
Dress: Target Maternity
Cardigan: Ruche
Necklace: Gift from Mom
Earrings: Forever 21
Shades: Marc Jacobs
Booties: Target
Bracelet & Bag: Charming Charlie

  

I'm back- with a bump!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Oh HEY guys! I'm back- and this time with a little something extra. ;)

Ben and I are SOO excited to announce that our sweet baby BOY will be joining us in early July!! Actually, baby's due date is the 4th of July. Ha... little firecracker. What a miracle to be housing this new, sweet life inside me. I'm feeling really good these days as the first trimester is (thankfully) behind me. I'm feeling all kinds of kicks and movements and now Ben can feel baby moving too! So fun.

I feel like a bad little blogger, leaving you all hanging for so long. But I've felt like the past few months have been all about getting used to pregnancy and new life changes, so for me, it's been good to rest and refocus. It takes a lot out of you growing a tiny human! wink.
Now that I have a bump to style, I find that I'm really loving cardigans, kimonos, and other layer-able pieces to transition me from winter into spring. So flowy and nice.

SPEAKING of spring- we're almost there! These pictures were actually taken a few weeks ago, and since then, we've transitioned to weather in the 50's! It feels crazy warm compared to -10. If you follow along via Instagram, you know that we recently took a week-long vacation to Florida. It was wonderful. And as soon as we got home, the weather started to break! I can handle it. 
I'm 'really' hoping to return to blogging more regularly. That's the plan. But truth be told, my Mac is getting pretty old and I'm in dire need of a new one. So, in the meantime, I'm working with 'less-than-ideal' technology. Hopefully, we'll be able to get a new one soon!

This weekend Ben is taking me to see the new Cinderella movie!! (ok, more like I'm dragging him along. Ha.) But I'm so excited. And being the googly-eyed Downton Abbey fan that I am, I'm even more stoked because they're featuring several cast members from the show in the movie. Bonus.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Outfit:
Dress: Old Navy
Kimono: Marshalls
Boots: c/o Hush Puppies
Necklace: Gift from mom


Michigan Bloggers Winter Giveaway!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hi Friends!! It's been a while, I know. But things are going really well and I can't wait to share some great news with you guys next week- so be watching for that. :) I've been keeping super busy this holiday season and can't wait for Christmas NEXT WEEK. What? How did that creep up so fast!? Ben and I have really been enjoying all of the festivities and get-togethers this season has to offer. And tonight we're going Christmas caroling! How fun is that? You don't hear of many groups caroling anymore. It's one of the best ways to spread Christmas cheer- singing loud for all to hear! (Shameless Elf reference.) 

I've recently teamed up with some awesome West Michigan bloggers to host a Winter Giveaway! What do you need to survive a Michigan winter? A giant scarf, Starbucks gift card, a Michigan necklace, wallet, *and LOTS of hot chocolate. Wink. 

Please take a moment to check out ALL the awesome bloggers and store owners I've teamed up with and get yo'self entered in this giveaway asap! This is a great way to meet some new blog friends, too. :) I love these gals and I know you will too. Good luck!

Everything's Always SunnyThe Year of Slow Fashion , Binks and the Bad Housewife, The BeesKnees, Relatively Offbeat, Cassidy Lou, Bunnies and PearlsTenden and Sparrow Boutique


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