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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Stitch Fix #1

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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At long last it's here- My first ever Stitch Fix review!
I've known about this awesome personal styling service for over a year and just now got around to trying it out for myself. #procrastination. Anyway- I'm so excited to fill you in on all the details of how Stitch Fix works. I was overwhelmingly satisfied with my first box and actually loved ALL of the pieces selected for me. It wasn't in the budget to keep every item but I love my final selections anyway.

I'll just go piece by piece through the box and then explain the subscription process at the end. Cool? Cool.

Corinna Striped Dolman Top / Medium- $48.00
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You guys, this top is heaven. It's slouchy, classic, and SO freaking comfortable. I tried it on and fell in love. The material quality is excellent and I love the length and the fact that I can layer it and wear it with so many things. The verdict: KEEP.
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Kut from the Kloth, Kate Boyfriend Jean / Size 8- $78
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My stylist told me that these were one of the most popular boyfriend jeans they sell- when I tried them on I understood why. These jeans fit perfectly all over. I wouldn't even need to alter them in any way! That's pretty impressive considering jean shopping can be a bear for anyone. I would have loved to keep these but I weighed my options and although I loved them, decided to send them back. Verdict: Return.

Moni Chain Print Stud Detail Blouse / Medium- $58
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I love this blouse and the overall quality of the material and fit. Isn't it perfect for the fall season? The color is gorgeous and I love the stud details. I forgot to take a picture of the back-side of the sleeves, but they come to a V-shape behind the elbows and they're lined with studs too. SO cute. Once again- a shirt I can layer and wear so many different ways. Not to mention, great for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! Verdict: KEEP 
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C. Luce, Kailani Sleeveless Pleated Chiffon Dress / Medium- $78
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This dress fit so perfectly and I absolutely loved the pleated top. However, I didn't feel that it was worth the $78 and although I know it would be great for layering, I'm holding off for now. The verdict: Return
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RD Style, Beaumont Faux Leather Trim Cardigan / Medium- $98
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A few things to know:

1.)  Let me just be clear here: If I could, I would have kept 'everything' in my box. It all fit perfectly and there wasn't anything I didn't like. The nice thing about Stitch Fix is that if you decide to keep all 5 items that came in your fix, you get a 25% discount! For me that would have been about $90 dollars, bringing the total cost of the box to $225, which is definitely a savings. Maybe some day. ;) Considering the designer brands and high quality items, this service is totally worth it.

2.)  Each time you order a fix there's a $20 dollar stylist fee. The nice part- that $20 is applied toward any item you keep from your box!

3.)  A prepaid shipping return bag is provided in your fix so you can send back any unwanted items for free

4.)  Stitch Fix has an outstanding referral program! Each person is given their own code to share with friends. Anytime one of your friends signs up using your referral code and orders a fix, a $25 dollar credit is applied to your account. How great is that? :)

5.) In my opinion- everyone should try this service at least once! Such a fun experience having a personal stylist hand-pick items just for you. The detailed style-profile you'll fill out will help your stylist know 'exactly' what you like and what size you are.


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Last but not least- your fix will come with style cards to help show you creative ways to wear all of your new items! I've even seen some women create huge inspiration boards with all of their cards. Need some help getting dressed in the morning? No problem.

I know this is a longer than normal post (and no, I'm not being paid for this)- but dang, I just loved my experience. If you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself and get in on the fun, CLICK HERE or on the banner in the sidebar. And if you have any questions I didn't cover, ask me in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by, friends! I hope you're having a great week.

Deadman's Hill

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Two weeks ago Ben and I visited Deadman's Hill to admire the fall colors. It's become one of our all-time favorite viewing spots in northern Michigan. The scenic overlook gives you breathtaking views of the Jordan River Valley. As the name suggests, there's a story behind Deadman's Hill and well, this is about as 'creepy' as I get as we approach Halloween. ;) The legend goes like this: 

"The period of early logging in the Hills of the Jordan River Valley was marred by several fatal accidents. The last known and best recalled tragedy took the life of 21 year old Stanley (Big Sam) Graczyk, a fun loving lumberjack soon to be married.  He became legend on May 20, 1910 when he was killed while driving a team and big wheels loaded with logs down a steep slope near here. Anthony (Tony) Wojciechowski who was with Big Sam when he died is responsible for the accurate recounting of this legend.  This high point, with its commanding view of the valley, has ever since been known as "Deadman's Hill."

A bit more sad than creepy don't you think? 
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^ The beautiful, rustic drive up to the scenic lookout ^
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^ It was a pretty foggy day when we visited, but as you can tell- GORGEOUS views. ^
On a clear morning it looks like miles of colorful broccoli. :) At least that's how I see it.
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Well, I'm feeling kind of sorry for our trick-or-treaters who will be facing a blustery evening of 40 degree weather and light drizzle (maybe even snow!) this Halloween. I hope everyone bundles up the littles. Regardless, the pumpkins will be lit at our place!

Outfit:
Tunic sweater: H&M
Jeans: J. Crew
Necklace: Gift
Booties: c/o Hush Puppies

Wolverine Fashion Night Out

Monday, October 27, 2014

So, I know I'm a little behind, but- A few weeks back I attended Wolverine's Fashion Night Out for their second annual event. Last year was their first and I'm hoping the tradition continues! I always have the best time. It's a great way to celebrate fall fashion with sweet friends (that I don't see often enough) and admire Wolverine's divine new collections.

For this year's event I wore my Ruche drop waist dress and paired it with a tuxedo blazer, tights, and my new Hush Puppies boots. I wish I had pictures of everyone but alas, this is all I could get. And btw- all pictures, with the exception of the one above, are courtesy of Wolverine (thanks Tessa!).
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Megan, Me, Tieka, Kate, and Emily
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Katelyn and Laura
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Julie, Kate, and Tieka
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A 'Huge' thank you to Wolverine, Tieka from Selective Potential, and Ryan Slusarzyc for hosting such a fabulous event!

I can't believe we're already at the end of October. It makes me a little sad because I just love fall SO much. However, this means that we're entering the holiday season and it's such a magical time of year to me. I love it all: the family gatherings, tree decorating, turkey eating, shopping, seasonal coffee beverages, twinkle lights, baking, the first snow, etc.. You get the idea. Don't lie, I know it makes you excited too. ;)

For now I'm busy planning this week and our Halloween festivities. I'm in serious need of some costume inspiration (ideas in the comments? Help?) and I haven't bought a single piece of candy yet. I know, I'm in trouble. Have a great week, friends!

p.s.- Bear does 'not' need costume help. He's going as a ram. You're welcome.

Outfit:
Tuxedo Blazer: Merona / Target
Dress: Ruche
Bag: Vintage Coach
Boots: c/o Hush Puppies




Old Mission Peninsula

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Last weekend Ben and I ventured out on our annual fall colors tour in northern Michigan! There's just 'nothing' like fall- and especially this year. It seems like the colors have lasted SO long on the trees. We still have a ton of beautiful foliage here in mid-Michigan. I'm staring at a gorgeous orange and yellow maple in our yard as I type.

This year we decided to head back up to Traverse City, MI and spend most of our time touring the peninsula area. Old Mission Peninsula is known for acres and acres of grape, cherry, and apple crops. It feels like you've stepped into Napa Valley, CA for a quick minute. Seriously- grape vineyards as far as the eye can see. It's really something to behold. We spent most of the morning and day discovering new places on the peninsula and then in the evening we made our way back into downtown Traverse City for dinner and Morsels! Morsels is a fabulous little coffee and dessert spot that serves Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee. We always make it a point to stop when we're in the area.  

As our day in TC came to a close, we headed further north to continue our colors tour and get tucked in to our accommodations for the evening. -More to come on the rest of our trip next week!

How has your fall been? Doing anything fun? Tell me in the comments, I love hearing from you. Have a great weekend friends!

Outfit:
Vest: Kohls
Skirt: H&M
Boots: c/o Hush Puppies (I'm LIVING in them - you need these)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Dooney & Bourke Happy Bag - Thrifted!



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