Cider Mill

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Last Thursday Ben and I went to our favorite cider mill to get in the fall spirit! Uncle John's Cider Mill is a mid-Michigan legend and if you've ever been there, you understand why. There's nothing like fresh, unpasteurized cider and Uncle John's does it the best! We always buy a gallon along with some assorted doughnuts. This year we also visited their wine tasting room and it was fabulous. Overall just a wonderful evening out with my boy.

The rest of the weekend was pretty relaxed. We went out for brunch on Saturday and then on Sunday we went for a long walk in a local park with Bear and then had some young adults over from our church that night for a movie and popcorn. 11 people made our house suddenly feel quite small. ;)

I'm looking forward to a short work week as this Thursday we'll be heading up north for our annual fall colors tour/family camping trip! From what I hear, it's a vibrant year for northern colors so I'm pretty excited. I love chilly mornings and camp breakfasts. There's something so sweet about the smell of fall leaves and early morning campfire smoke. I'll be sure to fill you in on the details when we get back.

Button down: JcPenney
Cardigan: Forever 21
Jeans: Levis
Oxfords: c/o Wolverine
Scarf: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Layer Love

Thursday, October 9, 2014


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The season of clothes-layering is upon us!
I can no longer leave the house in just a t-shirt and jeans. The days are chilly now and the nights are even chillier here in Michigan. I'm having a blast digging out all of my blazers and planning ways to style them up this fall. I hang on to blazers 'forever'. Although ironically, I just bought this one this year. ;) I love the tuxedo style with the longer-in-the-front business going on. I've worn this dressed up and dressed down. It's the perfect addition to the ol' fall clothing rotation.

Tonight Ben and I are heading out to the cider mill! So excited. It's one of our favorite seasonal activities. So basically- cider and doughnuts for dinner???... It works, right? I can't wait to pick out a pumpkin, sample wines, pick some apples, and pig out on some cider & fresh doughnuts. It's going to be a cold evening but who cares when I'm snuggled up on a hay ride with the hubs, right? (*awwwwwww)

Have a great day, friends. And don't forget to follow along via Instagram for more daily updates and adventures.

Blazer: Target
Tee: Ann Taylor
Scarf: JcPenney
Jeans: c/o Madewell
Boots: c/o Wolverine
Purse: Vintage Coach

Tomac Pumpkin Patch

Friday, October 3, 2014

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This week, Ben and I discovered the BEST local pumpkin patch. I can't believe we just now found this place, it's awesome. They specialize in exotic pumpkins and gourds from all over the world! They have some native to Australia and Italy, just to name a few. They also sell decorative bi-color corn, straw bales, fall arrangements, and corn stalks. Oh yeah, and they have two sheep for sale- if you're in the market. ;)

One of the best things however, is the u-pick pumpkin patch! Pumpkins as far as the eye can see just waiting to be picked. Call it prolonged adolescence or whatever you want, but I've never outgrown the excitement and tradition of picking out my very own pumpkin. I grew up in an overly festive family so the holidays and seasonal changes are a big deal to me. And yes, I still watch all the Charlie Brown movies- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Don't lie, you do too... And you're humming the theme song in your head right now.

So, I just scored this new maxi cardigan from Meijer! Wasn't expecting that. Here I am shopping for groceries when- bam- cardigan fixation ensues. I had to have it. I love the delicate lace lining along the bottom edge. And the boots!... oh the boots. This week I received 'happy mail' from Hush Puppies as they've recently released their new Stella Cordell bootie as a part of their fall Select Collection. Basically everything is gorgeous. You can see more HERE.

Have a 'great' weekend everyone! Get out there and have a fall adventure or two. ;) I'll see you back here on Monday.

Tee: Forever 21
Cardigan: Meijer
Jeans: c/o Madewell
Boots: c/o Hush Puppies  

Benefit x Birchbox #BeautyBash

Monday, September 29, 2014

This weekend I had the privilege of hosting a Benefit x Birchbox #BeautyBash at my home! I was one of the 1,000 lucky people selected to host a bash with free makeup and goodies for me and five gals. I was so, so excited to host this party because, duh- Birchbox and Benefit are two 'amazing' companies and the free makeup love was divine!

We did what all girls do at get-togethers: ate, told stories, and laughed until our sides hurt. And I was reminded again why I LOVE hosting friends in my home. Life really does happen around the table and over a meal. There's something about it that we all need- connection, friendship, and someone to listen to our stories. I'm so grateful for the women in my life who inspire me and lift me up.

This weekend was wonderful in so many ways. In addition to the #BeautyBash party, we also got to spend time with dear friends, visit with family, 'and' watch the season premiere of Once Upon a Time last night! I don't watch many TV shows, but this is an exception. We look forward to it every week! The next few weeks are going to be pretty busy for me (the good kind of busy) and Ben and I are looking forward to our annual fall colors tour coming up mid-October. Things are looking very 'autumn' around here and many of our trees are starting to turn beautiful colors. I'm ready for fall now and can't wait for the festive excitement that October brings.

Dress: JcPenney
Necklace & Bracelet: Forever 21

*A HUGE Thank You to Benefit and Birchbox for making this weekend so special.
still being molly

At the Park + A Fall Must-Have

Monday, September 22, 2014



This weekend Ben and I took a beautiful stroll though our city's park at dusk. It was that 'perfect' autumn weather and after eating a delicious (but filling) dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, a walk was just what we needed! We're really fortunate to have such a nice and well-kept park so close to us. We can pretty much walk to it. There's a footbridge, castle, river, arts center, and trails all close by. After walking around we rented a movie and stayed in for the night. Sometimes staying home is good for the soul... can I get an amen?

Other than that, we had a pretty laid back weekend. We celebrated my dad's birthday on Saturday (which was SO fun) and made one of his new favorite meals- Charleston-style shrimp and grits! So, so, delicious. And it kind of took us back to our trip to Charleston this past May, so that's always good. ;) As we sang happy birthday around the table for my dad I teared up on the inside thinking of how glad I am for birthdays. How glad I am to have my parents alive and well. Birthdays are 'always' something worth celebrating! And the way I see it- growing older is a privilege to be grateful for. Not everyone gets to.

Today I'm linking up with Carly and Molly. The theme this week is 'Fall Must Haves'. And one of my #1 MUST haves is a denim jacket like the one I'm wearing here from Gap. You can pretty much wear jean jackets with anything and that's what I love about them. You can easily transition a maxi dress, sundress, whatever! And lately, this weather is perfect for layering and transitioning outfits from summer to fall. I am loving the ease of throwing this jacket on over an outfit and calling it good. That's all for me! See you back here soon.

Dress: Thrifted
Jacket: Gap
Purse: Philip Lim for Target
Boots: Merona

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