Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day sale round up!

This weekend marks one of the biggest sale weekends of the summer and there are some really amazing sales to prove it! I rounded up my favorite sale pieces this weekend from three of the best sales and let me tell you, if your summer wardrobe needs some help, this is the weekend to stock up!  Scroll down to see all my favorite sale picks!

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is here!

Shop the Nordstrom sales...


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Tons of mark-downs at Shopbop!

Shop the Shopbop sale...


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30% off all weekend at J.Crew! 

Shop the J.Crew sales...


Thursday, May 25, 2017

my everyday style: top 5 date night places in Grand Rapids!

Summer date nights are the best. Am I right!?! I just LOVE patio dining and there is no better way to take advantage of the gorgeous weather than with a summer date night.  I love to throw on a cute summer top, my favorite pair of jeans and some heels and hit the town.  And then we are usually home by 8 - kidding, sort of.

A lot of you have been wanting to know what our favorite restaurants here in Grand Rapids are... and while it's almost IMPOSSIBLE to choose one favorite - the food scene is so amazing right now in GR - here are a few of our favorites.  We tend towards casual places with amazing food and good ambiance.

TerraGR - We love their brunch but their dinner, pizzas and cocktails are amazing. You MUST try the Buffalo Cauliflower and the Kale Caesar Salad.  Next level! Sadly their patio is under construction right now, but they are still worth a visit.

Winchester - While their menu is rotating all the time you can't go wrong with their French Dip Sandwich or their Deviled Eggs.  They also have amazing cocktails and really everything on their menu is always so, so good.

Brewery Vivant - This is our classic go to.  The Duck Nachos (sounds weird, but life changing!) are so drool worthy, all their beers are top notch and they have a great outdoor space and beer garden.

Grove - If you are feeling fancy head to Grove and order off their 3-course Taste of Grove menu.  They too have a rotating menu, so you never know what will be available but you WILL have the most amazing meal of your life.  Their bartenders are some of the best in the city too.  So try a specialty cocktail.

The Green Well - Now in both GR and Rockford this is my version of comfort food.  We always start with their Breads & Spreads appetizer and while ALL their main courses are amazing I am partial to their Chicken & Waffles - which is probably one of the best meals I've had in GR EVER.

Brewery Vivant and Terra both have great kids menus and are quite kid friendly too if you are doing a night out with the kids - which isn't quite a 'date night' but hey, sometimes you take what you can get!









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Necklace (similar or similar)


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

summer finds under $100!

Summer is HERE friends! I am so excited to kick off the summer season this weekend I can hardly stand it!  That means it is officially time to make sure our closets are stocked for the warm weather and summer activities that we are about to dive into. Today I rounded up some great wardrobe pieces all UNDER $100 that are just begging to be added to your (and my!) closet!

Easy and comfortable shorts, classic shoes, the cutest white dress and pink bow sandals are all giving me a serious 'add to cart' moment.  I tend to crave white and blue in the spring and summer and this season is no exception.  Of course, there is a little pop of color and as always a little pink involved too.  I love the effortlessness of the season and I am so excited to slip into more effortless pieces as the weather warms.  So do you have any big plans this weekend? We are hoping to hit up both the pool and the beach and of course, I am sure there will be some barbecuing and popsicles involved.  We will be cramming in as much fun as possible!





Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DIY the trend: pom pom straw tote!

As I mentioned earlier this week I am OBSESSED with the pom pom straw tote trend this season.  They just scream summer and add a fun bit of whimsy to any summer look. It's a look I knew I could easily DIY and I was right!   I recently snagged an inexpensive straw tote (this exact one is no longer available, but I linked to similar options below), some oversized pom poms and voila! In about 15 minutes I had the trend in my closet for way less money and I got to personalize it just how I wanted it!

Here are my tips for attaching the pom poms to the tote: you could definitely hot glue the poms on, but I wanted something less permanent so I simply sewed them on.  It was too hard for me to string the thread straight through the center of the pom so I experimented a bit and found that sewing an "x" over the center of the pom was the best way to attach them.  Think how you would sew a button on a shirt in an "x" formation, and do the same to the pom!  After experimenting a bit it only took me about 10 minutes to sew on the poms.  So easy!


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Monday, May 22, 2017

my everyday style: the perfect summer tote!

I've been long eyeing the ADORABLE embellished straw totes that are all the rage this season... but from the very start I was thinking I could totally DIY that!  So I did!  I will have the full DIY tutorial on the blog later this week (it was seriously so easy!). But in the meantime, I was inspired by this tote and this tote - so cute, right?  So watch for that soon!  It's the perfect tote for brunching, heading to the park with the kiddos and some books or even a fun and whimsical date night bag (hello, patio dining)!

I have NO shame in my stripe game... I love stripes and especially for the warmer weather. So when I saw this tie back striped top (or it can be found here) I knew it had to be mine! Perfect with jeans and shorts or even over your swimsuit at the beach this striped top is a total summer staple. A gal can never have too many stripes in my book.  These jeans are officially my "summer" jeans... I've been wearing them all spring and they are a definite favorite. I love their slouchy relaxed fit and every time I wear them (on instagram or in person) I get compliments on them.  You can shop them here - just take note they run about a complete size big, I ordered down one size.

Happy Monday friends! I hope your week is off to a great start... I am so excited to head into a semi-short week and looooooong weekend later this week!








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Striped Top (here or here)
Similar Bag (here or here)


Friday, May 19, 2017

travel diaries: black and white in paradise!

First off... you will never believe that this ADORABLE scoop back top (scroll down to see the back!) is under $20! It's so soft and super stretchy and HELLO! I want it in every color.  I also have it in the striped version (seen here) which looks like it is sold out now, but the solid colors available are just TOO cute!  I LOVE black and white together for spring and summer. It's so fresh.  These white denim shorts are ages old but I found a super similar pair here.  Also don't forget about my tip HERE on how to make denim shorts flattering, even when you aren't a big "shorts" person.

Today we are back in Hawaii here on the blog... oh how I wish I was back there in person, but I've got my memories to keep me warm right now. One of our most memorable meals on the Big Island was at the Lava Lava Beach club, not only do they have the most AMAZING view from their patio (no filter needed on those blue waters!), the food was pretty spectacular as well.  I had gazpacho soup, fish tacos and a Mai Tai flight - um, yes, a MAI TAI FLIGHT.  It was pretty incredible.  Isn't vacation food the best!?!?











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Thursday, May 18, 2017

on my radar... May 2017!

Every month I like to pull together a few fun things that have been catching my eye lately... this month I have summer on the brain!  It's hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is less than two weeks away! We've been waiting for what feels like FOREVER for summer and then bam! It's here!

Read on to see what's on my radar this month...

From top, left to right:

Isn't this the cutest little pink handbag? Perfect for a pair of sunglasses, my phone and some lipgloss for on the go summer fun!

Obsessed with these slip on embroidered espadrilles.  Perfect with jeans and tanks or shorts all summer.  

While in Scottsdale recently I visited a Kendra Scott store for the first time. Um, I was in heaven as a huge KS fan her stores are amazing (they even had cupcakes and champagne while shopping!). I fell in love with these earrings while I was there. 

Warm summer days lead to cool summer nights... my favorite juxtaposition.  How cozy is this lace up sweatshirt? Perfect for sunsets at the lake. Which I hope to see a lot of this year.

Everything all summer right now is where my head is.  So naturally I am obsessed with this iPhone case! So fun!

Have you tried this new aveda thermal conditioner? It's great on second day hair and smells amazing.

All the swim cover ups please! Swim season is HERE friends! So exciting!

Have you heard of The Real Real? I'm kind of obsessed with its designer duds for half the price right now.  Like these sunglasses, Chloe purses, and any other designer piece you can think of! The prices are amazing!

I just got my first pair of Jack Rogers! The hype is real. I do love them so much. I wore them almost all last weekend.

The cutest t-shirt dress.  I can see wearing this all summer... it would be so easy and comfy to throw on.




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

easy summer entertaining with Pier 1 Imports!

This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. All opinions are my own. 

In less than two weeks we will be kicking off the summer season with Memorial Day and in our house - that means the summer entertaining season is here!  My favorite way to entertain is in the backyard. It's effortless, you don't have to worry about spills and a simple menu is never frowned upon.  There is nothing better than shaking off the winter for good and spending time with friends and family outside with a meal.

Today I am partnering with Pier 1 Imports to feature their amazing outdoor entertaining pieces that really make backyard dining easy.  Like I mentioned, the easier the menu the better with outdoor entertaining. I go for hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, an easy salad, strawberry lemonade and adults and kids alike can't resist a rice krispie treat dessert - especially when there are sprinkles involved!


It's almost impossible to believe, but these red and white plates from Pier 1 are melamine. Yep! Totally easy to clean and completely un-breakable.  And shhhhh, don't tell - but these goblets are plastic too. Can you even believe it? We've all broken a plate or a glass on the deck or patio (or at least I am guilty of this!) - but that is a thing of the past with these adorable place settings!


And I really love this double drink dispenser. I filled one with ice water and sliced lemons and limes and for the second I simply whipped up some lemonade (store bought is totally acceptable!) and then blended fresh strawberries in the blender to add to it. Voila! Strawberry lemonade!




Pier 1 also has an amazing selection of LED candles in all shapes and sizes.  They are another no-mess super safe solution for ambient lighting when the sun goes down.  And these even have a timer option, so you could decorate a front porch or deck with them and not have to worry about leaving them on all night. 


I'm no pro when it comes to napkin folding so I cheated by simply folding these adorable chambray napkins accordion style and then slipped them through these adorable coral napkin rings for an easy place setting solution. 



The best part is that Pier 1 has so much selection - these plates were available in tons of colors and don't even get me started on all the amazing napkin selections!  You can find everything I featured here from the table runners, plates, napkins, napkin rings, goblets, drink server, serving plates, pillows and even the cute paper pinwheels for the dessert - all at Pier 1!




Shop all the Pier 1 pieces here:
Goblets & Pineapple Serving Dish - in stores only

Thank you to Pier 1 for kindly sponsoring this post. All items featured are courtesy of Pier 1 Imports.
All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!



 

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