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!

A Great Summer

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I'm typing this with a full tummy as we've just devoured a pile homemade pecan pancakes as a family. Ben took an additional day off work to extend the holiday weekend and get some things done around the house. It's so wonderful to have MY BOYS home with me one more day. I love feeding them homemade meals and spending time together. This weekend was so rich, friends. So rich. I found myself reminiscing over all of the wonderful moments from this summer. This has been one of my favorite summers to date. Winston was old enough to get out and do things with me, and even if it was just for a stroller ride, it was awesome! We spent a significant amount of time outdoors this year. And Michigan was HOT all summer. Like, really hot. I've loved it.

A few of my favorite summer highlights:
Visiting Lavender Hill Farm back in June
Farmer's Market days
Overnight trip to Detroit with Ben
Camping trip to Muskegon State Park for Winston's first birthday!
Strawberry Picking
Visiting our local waterpark
Anniversary getaway to South Haven
-Just to list a few. ;)

I'm so grateful for the vibrant seasons we enjoy here in Michigan and I always try to embrace each one when it comes. So here's to the fall season ahead and all of the fun memories that come with it!

This is what I'd call my 'everyday outfit'. I'm finding that I usually grab for basic patterns, stripes, and easy-to-style classics. I'm trying to steer my wardrobe in that direction. I've worn this dress 100 different ways and that's how I know it's a win!

Yesterday we spent the day out at my parent's farm and enjoyed a wide spread of BBQ-themed things. We partied like true Americans. ;) We went out to their garden and observed several large pumpkins that are almost ready to be picked! So exciting that Winston has his very own pumpkin patch to pick from.

What was one of your favorite summer memories? Have a great (short) work week, friends!

Dress: Target (Similar, here)
Sandals: Target (Exact, here. And on sale!)
Vest: Kohls
Necklace: H&M


Friday, September 2, 2016

Every girl needs a little black dress, or several. They go with everything and they're super versatile! I've had this one for a while and I've worn it to a few different events. It could be paired with a cardigan, vest, whatever!

I wore this for a 'fancy' dinner out with Ben to celebrate our anniversary in South Haven. Such a great time! We went to Su Casa based on a recommendation from Shauna, a favorite author of mine, and it was a hit! We enjoyed a wide variety of homemade Mexican cuisine. Even the taco shells were made in house! I recommend it if you're ever in the area. We ate on the back patio (obviously) and enjoyed a great view, watching ships come and go from the harbor. Here's the view:

My makeup routine has been fairly simple lately. Mascara, brows, and a little lip color. I LOVE this lip stain from E.L.F. It's called 'Nude Nectar' and it's only $1.00. Come on. You can't go wrong! It's long lasting and a really rich color.


The back of this dress is my favorite! Love the criss-cross look.

Another favorite South Haven destination that's worthy of being noted- Sherman's Dairy Bar. 100 YEARS of ice cream making perfection. Sherman's is probably the #1 quintessential destination in South Haven. It's legend. And once you taste the ice cream, you'll know why! I tried the coconut almond fudge and it was heaven.

I can't believe we're in September already. We woke up yesterday, September 1st, to a truly brisk 60 degree morning. It only got up to 73 yesterday and Winston and I made the most of the weather by taking a long bike ride together. Love him.

Ben and I are looking forward to several fun outings this month including our town's annual Art Walk, one of my favorite events of the year. We have so much talent here in Owosso. One of my friends is showcasing her photography this year and I'm excited about that.

Chat soon,

Dress: Forever 21
Sandals: Steve Madden
Necklace: Geo Supply Co.

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