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!



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.

Outfit:
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.

Outfit:
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.

Outfit:
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.

Outfit:
Dress: JcPenney
Necklace & Bracelet: Forever 21

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

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