Nordic Thing + Life Updates

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

For crying out loud, it's time for an update. The end of the year hit with a giant BANG (good and bad) and I'm just trying to recuperate from weeks of crazy here. More on that in a minute, but first- the outfit. I'm still living in this faux fur vest and with several days in the TEENS, I need it. It's practical and so dang chic. Northern women know how to keep warm. Word? Who says nordic can't be a fashion thing?

These pictures were all taken by my sweet friend, Andrea who blogs over at Blonde Bedhead. Girl's got an eye for good photography and I wish I could just hire her to take my pictures all the time. It's so good to meet up with blogger friends occasionally and meet new ones too, like Ashley from Fit Mitten Kitchen! Had a great time hanging out with her and Andrea at Foster Coffee last month. Need more gal pal dates!

So, life updates...

We're in our new home! Today actually marks one whole month of being officially moved in! Praise Him. By way of reminder- we listed our last home in February of 2016 and it took until December 10th to sell and get moved in to our new home. The road getting here was LONG and hard, but now that we're settled, we can look back and say- it was worth it. God was so faithful along the way, and although it sort of felt like my year was hijacked by house showings, here we are. Still standing, and so grateful. I can't wait to release room makeovers and little house updates this year! How fun. Our home is a mid-century ranch and it's loaded with 50's goodness. It just needs new life breathed into it and I can't wait to do that!

In the midst of our gratefulness for a new home and the Christmas season, on December 21st, we lost my grandmother. It was terrible. We weren't ready to say goodbye and she was SO young at heart, but she went home to be with Jesus and is finally released from the pain and suffering she endured before passing. I just returned from her funeral in Florida two days ago and it was hard but beautiful. So beautiful to celebrate her life with family that I haven't seen in such a long time! Hearing all of the kind words shared made my heart happy and helped to grieve and say goodbye. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was leading worship with my cousins. It was one of my grandma's favorite things to hear all of us cousins together playing music and it was 'especially' meaningful in that moment. Like heaven was touching earth.

So there it is. All the crazy.

I'm sincerely looking forward to this new year ahead and all the possibilities that lie therein. I'm starting a fast today with our church. It's going to be 40 days and I'm so excited because any time I fast like this, there's always HUGE breakthrough on the other side. My soul is better for it and I really need that right now. Wishing you all the best 2017!! 

Sweater turtleneck: H&M
Faux Fur Vest: c/o Tobi
Jeans: ANA, JcPenney
Boots: c/o Hush Puppies
Necklace: Birch & Elm
Bag: Meijer

Faux Fur

Monday, November 21, 2016


Hey friends! Welcome to a new week- and thank goodness it's a short one! I love the holidays and I'm really excited for Thanksgiving and time with my family. I still watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade every year like a 5 year old. And when the Rockettes come on I jump up and down and kick my legs in my pj's trying to keep up with them. Ben laughs at me and sometimes I hurt myself, but- #worthit.

If you're wanting to feel extra snazzy for your Thanksgiving festivities, this vest from Tobi is perfect. It's a dreamy shade of blush pink and can be worn a hundred ways. This is one of those pieces that I'll have forever. Also, I'm 'really' drawn to textures lately. Anyone else? I love the dimension it brings to an outfit. I've been hoarding vests and furry coats lately like a boss. 

I wore this outfit to go see Wicked last Friday night with the girls. What an amazing performance! I had goosebumps every time Elphaba sang, but especially during the last part of the first act: Defying Gravity! If you've seen it then you know exactly what I'm talking about. So good. Also, I braided my hair all by myself! Yay me. 

House update: we were supposed to close this week but hit (yet another) small snag. It's looking like we'll be moving soon, but probably not until next week. I was really hopeful to be in by Thanksgiving, but in all things- I trust the Lord and His perfect timing. We're REALLY excited to finally be moving and can't wait to celebrate Christmas in our new home.

Have a great week, friends!

Dress & Shoes: Target
Faux Fur Vest: c/o Tobi
Necklace: Forever 21

Cooking class with the gals

Friday, November 11, 2016

This Wednesday I attended my first cooking class at Le Creuset in Birch Run with my mom and sister. It was a blast! Since we were heading to an outlet mall, we made a trip of it and left a little early to get in some Christmas shopping and lattes from Starbucks (because their seasonal beverages are back, yay!). The weather was perfect for this oversized (and really toasty) geo cardigan. I've had this for a while now and I'm just now getting around to sharing it, but I love it! So dang easy to style and throw on over a long tee. I need more of these in my life.

^ My sister and best friend. ^

When we arrived at Le Creuset they had a wonderful spread of appetizers and beverages to snack on. Those shortbread cookies with chocolate bottoms were especially lethal. ;) So good.

On the menu: a delicious stuffed butternut squash recipe! Absolutely perfect for the season. I will be making this again and again in the future. It was heavenly. The salty and sweet with chorizo and maple syrup- perfection.

Our chef used a local maple syrup for the stuffing! ^ The chorizo sausage was sourced locally too.

Finished product! Yum. We wrapped up the night with a homemade cherry reduction sauce over vanilla bean ice cream. There are no pictures to share because, well, I devoured it before I had time to snap the ol' camera. Hehe.

Tomorrow is Ben's birthday so I'm taking him out tonight to celebrate! What are your weekend plans? Today we're taking measurements at our 'soon-to-be' new home for the kitchen appliances, window coverings, etc. I can't believe this is almost a reality! It's been a long, hard season but we're almost to the finish line. More to come on home stuff, stay tuned.

Wishing you a great weekend, friends!

Tee: Meijer
Geo Cardigan: Macy's
Jeans: Levi's
Booties: c/o Hush Puppies
Pendant necklace: Birch & Elm
Bag: Meijer


Monday, November 7, 2016

Palazzo pants! I'm so glad they're a thing right now. My goodness- so dang comfortable. I lived in these babies from Tobi all weekend. I love the high waist and wide legs, so flattering! I paired them with a few things I dug out of my closet- this cardigan, lacy tee, and bauble necklace from Stitch Fix. Again, one of my favorite things is mixing new pieces with items I already own!

This is the first outfit of the season that felt pretty festive to me. As in- holiday party worthy. Who else is SO excited about the upcoming holidays? I really, really love this time of year. We're a family of traditions and I SO value each one. I make Ben take me to 'all the festivities' this time of year. ;)

Our first real holiday kick-off event will probably be Silver Bells in the City in Lansing. I know there's a billion people that attend but I just love it! They have a Christmas Village shopping area and lots of hot chocolate, cookies, etc. Not to mention a light parade that's just beautiful! I can't wait until Winston is old enough to get into all of this with his crazy mother.

Then, the day after Thanksgiving, we celebrate pretty much the same thing on a smaller scale right here in Owosso. We have our own Christmas shopping village, a glow parade, Christmas tree lighting, and even local horse drawn wagon rides by Meijer! So fun.

This Wednesday I'm attending a cooking class at Le Creuset with my mom and sister! Can't wait for that. I'll post some pictures on Instagram, so follow along there. Also, Ben's birthday is this week so we'll be celebrating that too.

Wishing you all a great week! Keep us in prayer as we're 'almost' through the house-selling process and into our new home!! Yay. More updates to come.

Cardigan & Tee: Kohls
Necklace: Stitch Fix
Palazzo Pants: c/o Tobi
Pumps: Target
Bag: Meijer
Linking up today with Molly & Carly! <3

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

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