Mackinac 2013 In Review

July 30th, 2013

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Happy Tuesday all! I am just finished of my unpacking and reorganizing before I have to start packing again for Pennsylvania next week. I am pleased to share this recap of yet another week up at the Straits Of Mackinac!

One of the best things about going to Mackinac Island, is taking the Ferry! There are three different ferry services you can choose to take to the Island, and they all have a traditional “rivalry” with each other. Due to the hotel package we purchased, it also came with free tickets on Sheplers which boasts getting you to the Island in an easy fifteen minutes!

The ferry ride also was an opportunity for many gorgeous pictures of the bridge. I never tire viewing it!

The bike ride around the Island was simply delightful! It was not too hot, nor too cold, and the skies were clear enough to make for pretty views. I hadn’t gone around the Island on a bike in a few years so there were some new changes to the scenery that kept my eyes interested. The views on the great lakes of Michigan don’t get enough credit!

The hotel we stayed at, the Bicycle Inn & Suites had awesome views of the main stretch on the island. I needed a sweatshirt for the evening but the sunset on the island is spectacular, and nightlife on the island is so peaceful. Not all the crowds of tourists.

I sat up on the deck for the ride back to the mainland the next day after shopping and more sight seeing. I got some more fantastic shots of the bridge and the boats as they crossed back and forth to the island. It was indeed one of my favorite stays on Mackinac Island!

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And lastly readers, my never ending favorite thing about the Straits, is crossing the bridge back n forth, even if the traffic cones and grates may scare people, I love it! I had a fantastic time and I love documenting my travels through the great state of Michigan. I hope you enjoy your weeks readers! xxoo

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LookBook- The Dock

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Hello all! I am home from another fantastic week in Northern Michigan. I spent the past week up North, and the weekend before that in The Straits Of Mackinac of Michigan. You should expect a full recap of the Mackinac trip tomorrow on the blog.

+Anyways, our family took the ferry over Saturday afternoon to Mackinac Island, a large tourist destination for Michiganders, and even some from surrounding states. Once settled into the Bicycle Inn & Suites, our family partook in a classic Mackinac Island amenity, biking! Our family hasn’t done it the past couple years since it’s the same drive every year and we go every year and like to try new things every year, but this year we decided to refresh our brains of the sites the Island has to offer!

+About halfway around the island, I have always noticed this dock that usually had one small boat attached, but this time no boats. This was the reason I felt less of a trespasser if I walked on the dock for pictures. This is probably one of my favorite spots around the Island now! You get views of the coast, bridge, and crystal blue water!

+Now, for the outfit I wore just a simple tank top and khaki shorts. With biking, and the heat up at the Island that day, it was the perfect simple outfit for outdoor activity, and I never felt overheated!

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+It has been a wonderful vacation. I can’t believe I have yet ANOTHER trip ahead of me to Pennsylvania next week! I have doing trips every other week since July, and I really can’t complain because I have enjoyed every one of them. I hope you are having a fantastic Summer yourselves readers, have a good one! xxoo

Summer Nights: Deck Party

July 22nd, 2013

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+Hello all, happy Monday! This past week I spent a lot of time getting back into the swing of things after a week of service at the Quad Cities. I have also been catching up with a lot of friends, and that included an evening around home at Matisse’s house.

+We spent the evening just chilling on the deck with some music, and laughs. Matisse and I discussed blogging a bit and attempted to make a video that definitely did not turn out, haha! But nonetheless, considering the heat the past week, this evening was very chill and not to hot. I really thought about it, and appreciate Michigan Summers for days just like this.(especially in my hamburger socks from Target!)

+Now that it is already creeping towards the end of July, I have really thought about how fast this Summer break is going, and still all I want to get done. I still have a week up in Northern Michigan, a week in Pennsylvania, and there is only about a month left. That previous thought left me wondering about what I want to do with the rest of my Summer. I want to be as productive as possible, while still being able to look back on cool experiences. I know I still have a lot of things on my mental-bucket-list for the Summer I still want to cross off, and this night was something that wasn’t even on it, but it was very sentimental to me all in all.

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+I know we all, especially in my age group run into this situation every year during the midst of the Summer season. I will now be basking in the week I have up North, and also the last month I have of this wonderful Summer. I encourage you to do the same! Have a good one readers! xxoo

YOOPER BOUND!!! Hello Mackinac

July 19th, 2013
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+It’s that time of year again! Every year, Jan’s side of the family and I make the journey on I-75 northbound to the Straits of Mackinac! I have been going since elementary school, and since I know I am getting older, my regulated annual trips to the UP are getting limited so I know I will bask in every moment. I can’t wait to listen to Rascall Flats as we cross the Mackinac Bridge, bike on the island, and take in breaths of good ole’ Yooper air!

+If you are wondering what I mean by the term “Yooper”, it’s the name giver to those who live in the U.P. or Upper Peninsula. People of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan are known as “trolls” because we live “under the bridge.” So there is some little Michigan culture if you were wondering!

+I hope you all enjoy your weekends readers! I know I will be enjoying mine, visiting a location that is very “Michigan” to me and has a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to share with you how the trip went! Have a good one! xxoo

Best Of Grand Rapids: Calder Plaza!

July 3rd, 2013

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One of my newly favorite places in downtown GR is the Calder Plaza! I have always heard about it and known about it, but really have never walked to it before, and my last two visits downtown solidified it as a favorite if you are visiting Grand Rapids for a park downtown.

Now the GIANT TIRE SWING is not the main attraction to the Calder Plaza, due to the name being after the artist of the giant sculpture also in the plaza, but the tire swing is just too fun! It makes this tire swing look bleak in comparison.

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Here is the actual reason that the plaza got it’s named, and here is the La Grande Vitesse, built by Alexander Calder. He is well known for multiple steel sculptures in Grand Rapids, but this is his most famously known in the area and is kind of an icon for Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids DOES have art besides Art Prize!

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It was fun hanging out downtown for the evening, and I love constantly finding new venues, and places to hang out downtown that makes my town just that little bit cooler. I hope you have a wonderful holiday for my American readers! Enjoy! xxoo

Thrifting And The Atomic Closet

May 28th, 2013

Hello all! Well this past weekend was definitely cut short to illness, but I can say that I enjoyed the days that I was feeling more above the weather. I spent this past weekend in Northern Michigan. Most Michiganders from the U.P. would probably be irritated by that statement, but to most Michiganders anything North of Flint and Grand Rapids is considered “Up North” for travel. Either way, I spent the weekend up North for some thrifting, family time, and deep fried food!

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good day thrifting

The first thing I did Saturday was went into Cadillac Michigan for some good ole thrifting. Some was higher end and where I got all my clothes were from the Salvation army! It was fun to look at the upscale thrift stores though. My favorite of these 3 picks was the horse crew neck which I wore to school today!

One of my favorite consignment stops of the day was The Atomic Closet! Which had a lot of high end vintage items! My cousin Kate even picked up a dress from the place that looked amazing! If you like this kind of stuff I recommend checking it out if you’re passing through Cadillac!

Have a good one readers!

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Small Towns- Embrace Your Neck of The Woods!

May 1st, 2013

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For many small-town bloggers in the blogger-sphere or just dreamers in general, we know we have spent a lot of time dreaming about living in big cities being streets away from the Madison Ave in NYC, or being able to shop on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. With these thoughts of places we are not as familiar yet, we tend to see our own neck of the woods as tasteless or boring. I know for me, especially in late Winter/early Spring I get tired of Grand Rapids and Michigan, but I then got to thinking about how I like reading things about the towns you normally don’t think of too often.

For Americans, we can get so caught up in our suburbs where things begin to feel the same for everyone. You will be surprised that if you take the time to find the little things that makes your town it’s own, then you will begin to be more pleased with your town regardless of the size. I have been finding more and more local businesses, restaurants, or  places that are unique to my town specifically, and it makes me appreciate my town, and realize it’s a lot bigger then just a little-big town that everyone has escaped from to the suburbs.

This may seem a little self explanatory, but if I have learned anything from blogging, you will get bored with your surroundings if you don’t use your resources. Even if that means taking the city bus to get downtown, you may find that little thing to be something you really enjoy. We all get so caught up in the media, and are under this impression that you can’t live a fabulous lifestyle unless you follow certain criteria, when really what makes your life fabulous is enjoying what you do, and enjoying where you are.

Don’t feel restricted to just your own town. It’s okay to explore! The suburbs are not always a taste-less cookie-cutter village. Like mentioned previously, exploring more will open up your perspective on your surroundings. I am proud to be from the region of West Michigan due to the fact I am only a short drive from a town, the beach, and a woodland escape. There’s plenty more out there beside your backyard, and main street.

While all of these ideas may seem open-ended and overwhelming, that’s kind of the point. We all glorify the places like New York, London, Paris, and so on because they all have their own unique things. What we don’t realize is that we all have our own something, that could be something as small as in your own back yard. It’s the smallest things that will let you appreciate your surroundings and may motivate yourself to share your surroundings with others. I know I do!

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Happy May Day readers! My question for you is, what is something about your town you find unique? Or have you ever felt overwhelmed/intimidated by larger more glorified towns? I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!