Deadman's Hill

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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? 
^ 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.

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!

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!).
Megan, Me, Tieka, Kate, and Emily
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Abby, Lena, Me, and Kate. Far left gal?--> help! :/
Katelyn and Laura
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Julie, Kate, and Tieka

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.

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!

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.

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

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