Cinnamon Suede

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

We're smack dab in the middle of the most beautiful fall here in Michigan and I am one happy gal. There's nothing like experiencing a northern autumn! Owosso has an abundance of gorgeous maple trees and they're all starting to change colors so beautifully. I've really learned to appreciate the beauty right here in my town. Winston and I have taken several local 'scenic drives' recently to take in the fall color.

This cinnamon suede moto jacket from Birch & Elm is absolute fall goodness. I love the color and fit! And if I'm honest, I pretty much wore it all weekend over 'everything'.

Ben and I just wrapped up the most wonderful weekend ever with our little family. Friday night Ben arranged a babysitter and we got out for a little bit to enjoy some hot cider and just TALK together. How nice! Saturday morning we had fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and coffee and I actually showered and did my hair, uninterrupted. ;) The rest of the day was spent making my white chicken chili and finishing the preparations for our church's harvest party/chili cook-off that evening. We had SO much fun that night and ended up with a total of 9 chilis to sample and vote for! We rounded out the evening with a huge bon fire and the most perfect weather. Mid 50's, no wind, and not too cold.
Yesterday we had a great church service and then we came home and 'everyone' got a nap! WOOT. To me, that's a perfect weekend.

This week I'm hosting a 'Hocus Pocus' gals movie night at my place with spooky munchies. ;) I love this time of year and can't wait to show you Winton's costume later this week. Hehe. Follow on Instagram for more updates.

Have a great week! I'll be back with more soon.

Dress: Forever 21
Cinnamon Suede Jacket: c/o Birch & Elm
Shoes: Chucks (exact, here)
Earrings: Target
Bag: Meijer


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Here I go again with this duster. It's been one of the better wardrobe decisions I've made, honestly. I just keep wearing it in new ways! It's such a versatile and flattering color and I always get loads of compliments on it. This time I paired it with a gray bodysuit, skinnies, and some lace up flats. Ps- I'm in love with bodysuits. I know, I know- some of you have nightmares of the 90's, but for me, they're flattering 'and' practical. The stay tucked in and don't budge. I love it! The only time it becomes an issue is when you really have to pee. Hehe.

This week I've been 'closet purging' and really, it's shameful how much I've put in the 'goodbye' pile. I've been saying this for a while here, but I really am trying to slim down to a more classic wardrobe. I'm not saying goodbye to all the fun, just getting rid of a lot of trendy pieces and things that I won't wear again. It's been good for me. I love items that I can wear over and over in all sorts of ways. It's a fun challenge for me to shop my closet and try to put together a new look, like this one.

And here's an FYI for you local gals- I'll be hosting a ginormous closet sale next spring at my home and there will be everything from shoes, purses, pants, tops, coats, etc. More details to come on that.

I love this dainty necklace from Happiness Boutique. I can wear it with almost anything and I love the minimalist feel. So pretty.

House update: still on pins and needles over here. No final information to pass on just yet, but we're so hopeful that things will pan out today or tomorrow so keep up those prayers, please! :)

Don't forget that this weekend is Michigan's Buy Nearby weekend. You can win a $500 gift card by tagging your social pictures (October 1 & 2) with the #ibuynearby hashtag while you're out shopping local! Get out there and support your hometown businesses!

Cheers to the 'almost' weekend ahead, friends!

Bodysuit: H&M
Duster Vest: H&M (Similar Here)
Skinnies: JcPenney
Lace up flats: Target (EXACT Here)
Necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique
Sunnies: Meijer

Cut Out

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's a cool 62 degree morning here in Michigan and there's a noticeable 'fall shift' happening in the weather. It's like the switch was flipped this weekend and as if right on cue- Fall is here. I'm looking out the window at a few color-kissed treetops and it's beautiful. I can't wait for all the activities this season holds!

I spotted this cut out tunic at Birch & Elm and had to snag it! I love it! The orange and blue florals are so dreamy and perfect for fall. I adore the flirty cut out neckline and flowy bell sleeves!

It was so fun to take my new pumps out for a spin. ;) You can't go wrong with a tan pair of heels and I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of these this fall.

House update- Our inspection on the new house went flawlessly and we were so happy to learn that it's a solid and beautiful home. It was custom built back in the 50's and we even found the original blueprints in the closet!! Crazy. Unfortunately, we received word this weekend that there's even 'more' drama surrounding our buyer's buyer (confusing, I know) and so we're working through yet another real estate bug. This has been one of the longest and hardest processes Ben and I have ever been through. So please, continue to pray for us that things pan out soon.

Other than that, we had a really nice weekend. Friday night we went out to dinner with some friends and yesterday my mom and dad took Winston for us after church and Ben and I were able to spend a good part of the day together alone. It was heavenly. We went shopping at some outlets and had a nice dinner out. I'm so grateful for that man and for our time together. He's still my favorite person to be with.

Wishing you guys a great week!

Cut out tunic: Birch & Elm
Leggings: Forever 21
Pumps & Earrings: Target
Bracelet: Old

LuLaRoe x Foster Coffee

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Monday night was a total blast! My friend Lindsay and I hosted a LuLaRoe pop-up boutique at Foster Coffee in Owosso and we had a great time. Foster was the perfect venue and we were able to leave the doors open for the entire event! *Yay, weather cooperation! For all who came out, thank you! It was great to 'sip and shop' with each of you. I came home with this dress because it made my heart beat a little faster when I saw it. Wee! I plan on wearing it a hundred different ways, per usual. Also, I snagged a pair of leggings because you cannot leave a LuLaRoe party without a pair of leggings. Word? Word. A huge thank you to Melissa Kalman for coming all the way from Grand Rapids to bring the pop-up shop goods. You rock, girl. Check out her stuff here.

My friend Lindsay took these photos of me. She's a rockstar. Little fairies inhabit her camera and make all the things beautiful. She has a budding photography business that you should most definitely check out here.

I hope everyone's having a great week! We're in the process of home selling/buying and the process has been long and tedious. Woah. I thought we'd be in a new home by last May at the latest. Nope. And that's ok. It's just been a super long road to travel with a busy 1 year old and a dog. I think we had a total of about 56 home showings. I repeat- 56. You can cry about that, go ahead. Heaven knows I have!

Ben and I (and Winston AND Bear) are SO ready to occupy a new home and make it our own. We've loved our little Dutch colonial for 7 years but it's time to bid it adieu! Anyway, we have our home inspection today for the new house we're buying. Keep us in prayer that everything goes well!

Dress: c/o LuLaRoe (Melissa Kalman)
Shoes: Converse All Star (Exact, HERE)
Watch: JcPenney

Buy Nearby Guide: Owosso

Monday, September 12, 2016

If you've been following along here for any length of time, then you know how much I love our little town as I write about it 'all the time'. Owosso is such an awesome community of people. We often have visitors from out of town comment on how welcoming and fun it is here. There's been a major shift in our economy in the last few years and SO many new and exciting things are popping up everywhere, it seems.

The Michigan Retailers Association has launched their year-round shop local campaign called Buy Nearby and today I get to share some of my favorite local shops, restaurants, etc. with you! Yay. Make sure you participate in the Buy Nearby photo contest on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Just use the hashtag #ibuynearby during the first weekend in October (1-2) while you're out shopping local and you could win a $500 gift card! Score. Here's the lineup of a few of my favorite places:

I love Norm Henry Shoes! They have been in our community for a very long time and they offer such a great variety of high-quality shoes. A few of my favorite brand selections- Sperry, Minnetonka, and Hush Puppies, just to name a few. The service is always wonderful at Norm Henry. When was the last time you had someone actually measure your foot for a shoe fitting?! Yep, they do that- and more. And the best part is that they can order anything that's not in stock. So if you're really wanting a certain color, size, or style that's not in store, they've got you covered. They offer an 'incredible' buy-one-get-one half off sale in October that's worth noting. To get the exact sale dates, contact them directly. I'll update this post when I know more.

I love Birch & Elm! They are new to our community as of this year and Shannon, the owner, is my soul sister. Love that girl. She and her husband, Joe, take so much pride in their business and it really shows. I can 'always' walk in and find something I love. I've also enjoyed helping them with styling and whatever else they need at various in-store events. So great to have a clothing boutique in Owosso! And come on, isn't it darling?

Foster is one of my favorite places to spend time in downtown Owosso. I get together with a few sweet friends every week in the early morning hours for coffee before Winston's awake. It's also a great place for meetings, studying, date night, etc. Although I usually just find myself dropping in to creep on my cute sister who's a manager there. ;) Foster serves 'only' Madcap coffee and they even have a specialty Foster blend roasted just for them! Definitely a must-do in Owosso.


I've mentioned Lula's several times in other blog posts but they're worth mentioning again! Their Louisiana-inspired cuisine is just heavenly. AND- they just won the bragging rights to 'Best Fried Chicken' in Michigan! A few of my favorites- the chicken & waffles, bayou fried rice (a meal by itself!), and their homemade beignets! My mouth is watering just typing this.

Smith and Voss has been my home salon for 8 years now. I 'love' the experience I have when I'm there. My girl, Leah, is amazing and always delivers above and beyond what I expect in a hair stylist. I can count on being pampered when I'm there for any service- hair, pedicure, shellac, etc. The two owners are great friends of mine and I just love them. Talk about great taste!- Isn't the salon just gorgeous?

I love having a specialty meats shop downtown! I usually swing by Bellingar's first to see what meats are on sale and then plan my week's meals around that. They have been wonderful in accommodating my special requests, too. They can pretty much cut anything fresh for me if I ask. 

  This weekend was our town's annual art walk and Ben and I had so much fun strolling Winston around and snapping these photos. It was the perfect time to get out and enjoy all that Downtown Owosso has to offer. I just love it here. Here's what I wore for our day out-

And just a reminder- Make sure you participate in the Buy Nearby photo contest on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Just use the hashtag #ibuynearby during the first weekend in October (1-2) while you're out shopping local and you could win a $500 gift card!

Other favorites not pictured above:
Lance's Bakery- The best doughnuts ever. Period. Worth the drive from anywhere. 
Apple Tree Lane- Excellent selection of Michigan made gifts, homemade chocolates, and gourmet popcorn! I love this place. I send Ben here for my chocolate cravings. ;)
Freddie's Party Store- Soda, beer, wine, and 5 and dime candy buckets. A wide selection of everything! We love Freddie's and frequently ride our bikes downtown to grab a glass bottled pop. Faygo Rock-N-Rye, of course. 
Abiding in the Vine- Voted Michigan's #1 Tea Room! The tea selection is heavenly and if you order a 'High Tea', you'll get an amazing assortment of mini sandwich bites, sweets, and tea. The owner is a dear friend and one of the best cooks I know! You'll love everything. 

Dress: c/o Birch & Elm
Necklace: Birch & Elm
Shoes: c/o Norm Henry
Bag: Meijer
Watch: JcPenney

*A huge thank you to the Michigan Retailers Association for sponsoring this post!

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