Sunday, August 30, 2015

Folksy Floral

Dress: Sheinside
Shoes: Modcloth

          I bought this dress at the beginning of summer.  I wanted to wear it to Lana Del Rey's Endless Summer tour.  I couldn't wear it though because the weather was awful.  What I really love about it is the print.  It kind of looks like it was inspired by folk art or Scandinavian designs.  I also really love the color.  It is a little bit to tight across the shoulders and arms.  It's always difficult buying from Sheinside because the fit can sometimes be really off.  Plus, it's really hard to return things there.  I'm not sure if I will be buying anything else from them in the future.  I do really love this dress though.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Michigan Instagram Diary

Striped Top: Zara
Black Shorts: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Zero UV

          I just wanted to share some more of my pictures from last weekend's trip to Michigan.  These are all from my Instagram account, because I know a lot of you don't follow me.  They are mostly from Mackinac Island.  This summer's trip to Michigan was really fun and memorable.  I also went to Michigan a few years ago and put together a different blog post about my Instagram pictures.  It's fun to compare the pictures and see how high the water was this year.  You can check that out here.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and Ludington

          After an amazing day in Mackinac Island, we spent the next day slowing driving back home.  We stopped at several towns in Michigan along the Lake.  We visited some of my favorite northern towns.  First was Petoskey.  We went to an awesome Cafe called Roast & Toast.  Then we just walked around the downtown area and hung out at the harbor.  We walked out on the break wall too.  It was early in the morning so the water was really clear and sparkly because of the location of the sun. 

          Next we went to Charlevoix.  What I really love about this town is the set up of the harbor.  Everything is just so clean and pretty.  There is also a downtown area with lots of shops.  My boyfriend and I got matching Michigan T-shirts.  I know it's cheesy, but it's also fun and kind of cute. We went to a bar/restaurant that was right on the water.  I don't remember the name of it but it was amazing.  They had all Michigan beers on tap and really good food.  I got a Naan pizza and by boyfriend got a grilled mac and cheese sandwich.  Let me emphasize that, a grilled MAC AND CHEESE SANDWICH!

           We went to Traverse City next.  It was raining when we got there but it cleared up really quickly.  We both put on our new t-shirts.  It was pretty cool too because the bottoms we were both wearing happened to match our matching t-shirts.  We were both able to leave on half of our outfits and the color scheme matched each other too.  My boyfriend and I always dress alike accidentally.  I don't know if that is normal or not.  We never plan any of it.  We always just accidentally match.  Does anybody else ever do that with their significant other accidentally?  We also checked out Cherry Republic.  It's really cool because it sells a bunch of different products that are made with cherry.  We bought some cherry wine. They also have free wine tasting!

         We didn't plan on stopping in Ludington but it worked out that we were hungry when we were passing by.  We ate dinner and ice cream at House of Flavors.  It was the only thing open and it was pretty good.  They give you so much ice-cream in one scoop.  We also stopped by the beach at twilight one last time.  It was the perfect way to end the trip.

Skirt: Forever 21
Top: Candies
Sandals: Forever 21
Purse: H&M
Sunglasses: Zero UV
T-shirt: Souvenir from Charlevoix 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mackinac Island Magic

Top: Zara
Shorts: Forever 21
Sandals: Modcloth
Sunglasses: Zero UV
Purse: H&M
Necklace: Forever 21

          This past weekend my boyfriend and I decided spur of the moment to take a trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan.  We stopped at some other towns in Michigan on the way home.  Mackinac Island is literally one of my favorite places in the world.  It is a tiny island between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.  It is one of the cutest places I have ever been.  There are flowers everywhere, pretty colorful buildings, ice cream and fudge shops, boutiques, restaurants, beaches, and horse drawn carriages.  There are no cars on the island so there are horses and bikes everywhere.  There is tons to do.  You can hike all over the island.  There is also a bike path that goes all the way around the perimeter.  Arch rock is a natural rock formation that is high up on a cliff.  There is also a spot on the highest part of the island that you can hike up to.  You can see most of the way around the island.  We spent a lot of time at these two spots.  
          When I went to check out the Grand Hotel, there wasn't anybody guarding it like there normally is.  I was able to go right up to all of it and go down into the gardens.  I know this sounds kind of pathetic but I have always wanted to go into the gardens.  There is a fountain and tons of flowers.  The other two times I have been there, there was an employee guarding the entrance.  They normally only let people that are staying there go up close.  The Grand Hotel is enormous, beautiful, and historical.  Although I didn't stay there, I still like to go check it out.  
          I wore this striped top that I got from Zara on 4th of July.  I didn't try it on in the store because it was really crowded.  When I got home I decided that I hated the way that it fit.  It kind of swallowed me up.  I planned on returning it, but never got around to it.  I ended up just doing some alterations to it and now I love it.  I cropped the length, shorted the ruffle by almost 2 inches, and took the elastic out of the sleeves.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  I thought that the navy and white stripes would be fitting for this Lake side adventure.