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Traverse City Photo Diary

I made a trip to Northern Michigan for a work trip–one of our clients hosted their annual conference at the Grand Traverse Resort and while up there, I made my rounds to my favorite places including wineries, coffee shops and boutiques.
One of my favorite spots in Traverse City is the Little Fleet, a hot spot of food trucks parked outside a bar with great outdoor/indoor space. I hit up the taco truck with my friend Caitlin where I ordered deep fried avocado with chorizo tacos. Nom nom. It was a scorcher that day and sweat dripped as I ate my hot tacos.
I always make time to grab coffee or tea from BLK MRKT at the Warehouse if I’m nearby. I haven’t had a drink I didn’t completely love and everyone is incredibly friendly, especially the owner.
On my drive up, I took the route less traveled AKA I wanted a donut from the famous donut place and took a back road for an hour to finish my drive and stumbled upon this cute dive bar facade. I’d drink a busch light here.
On my second day up there, I took a day trip over to Leland by myself. I’ve been to this quaint town before but I don’t remember it ever being so busy. There was a quiet spot at this part of the bay before I headed for an iced almond latte from Blue Boat Coffee.
I forced Caitlin to visit two wineries with me. She lives in the area and admitted she had never, ever been to one! First stop was at Bonobo Winery. It’s rather new and such a beautiful space with a great view. Plus, Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse own it and I love those two. I spotted them the first time I was there and had hopes I might experience another Amy Smart sighting. I didn’t, but I did taste delicious riesling and make Caitlin take a million photos of me in this little nook.
Lastly, a few of top travel skin and beauty products. The tiny Clarisonic MIA FIT takes up no space and Dr. Brandt’s vitamin c serum keeps me feeling less dull on the road. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Laura Mercier’s loose powder and this Sephora powder brush. It holds up in the humidity and the Tarte blush stays pretty well too.

My Top Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Happy First Day of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I’ve been keeping an eye on fall transition pieces and have so far bought this amazing suede jacket. A few more of favorite fall style steals below!

1. BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $64.90 (regularly $98)
2. Steve Madden Thigh High Boot, $99.90 (regularly $149.95)
3. Chloe & Katie Cross Front Tank, $21.90 (regularly $34)
4. Cole Haan Skimmer Flat $129.90 (regularly $200)
5. Vince Camuto Lace-Up Pump, $79.90 (regularly $129.95)
6. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Large Daniela’ Bag, $117.90 (regularly $198)
7. Lauren Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Coat, $139.90 (regularly $220)


Summer Skin & Hair

It’s hot, the sun is beating on me a lot more than I’d like and I’ve been testing new products to beat the heat and humidity, and the shit storm it brings to my skin, hair and body. Naturally, I do wear SPF (but unfortunately, I have forgotten the last couple times I was unexpectedly left in the sun.)
I’ve been making the biggest effort of my life to just be HEALTHY. Eat the right things, at the right times and drinking a lot more water. This has made caffeine free tea a new necessity in my life that’s kept me more hydrated. I can easily drink hot tea in the mornings or evenings and iced unsweetened tea during the day on a patio. I love vanilla teas and the ones that help you poop with a peppermint flavor (I love peppermint..and pooping.)
I bought a few items from the Oxalis line last week in Chicago at the Renegade Summer Pop Up while I was helping Katie Dean Jewelry with sales. I was sweating profusely and needed relief, so I bought the jasmine and coconut mineral water to spritz on me (and Katie) throughout the hot, sunny day. I’ve been spritzing this on in the morning and night before moisturizing my face. It smells heavenly! 
I also bought the body oil because I’m a sucker for an aromatic lotion or oil. I actually ran out of body oil and this earthy scent lured me in. I slathered myself in this after my sun burns and tans from the Renegade fair, and every day on my legs since. They’re oiled up looking, perfect for strolling out in shorts.
My skin is still a work in progress–correcting discolorations and acne scarring and reducing acne break outs..It’s gotten so much better that I can start being more proactive about hydrating and smoothing out fine lines with Dr. Brandt’s Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask. I don’t have much patience and the three minute mask length is perfect for me and my short attention span.


I’ve said it a million times, I’ll say it again, there’s no greater deodorant than Dove’s advanced care anti-perspirant. Even though my face is oily, but pits are dry (and always look like I’m rocking a five o’clock shadow) and the extra moisturizer is absolutely necessary in the summer. Dove sent me the two new scents and the chamomile scent is the one I’d choose for a morning barre or yoga class and the restore is something I’d swipe on for a day of power meetings. 

I’ve recently gotten a freshly balayaged hair color going on right now and my hair is prone to brassy, even though it was originally toned perfectly–a bit ashy. Unfortunately, it started reverting back to brass with all my time in the sun and I’ve used the Perfect Blonde purple toning line by Pravana during my last two washes and it’s color corrected my hair and it’s back to a more ashy look like I prefer. To make the product last a bit, I’ll mix the shampoo with regular shampoo so I can also get a great lather.


4th Street Boutique

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Last Thursday I had the pleasure of co-hosting a styling event at 4th Street Boutique in Rochester with Dana of the Closet Confessional. It had been a shit rainy day ALL DAY and the clouds parted ways just as the event kicked off and the macarons and delicious rice balls were plentiful. Definitely a mood booster, especially when you factor the gorgeous peonies and colorful dresses inside the shop. Donna let us each pick out a look to wear for the event and it’s so hard to choose when there’s an abundance of pretty separates, cozy maxi dresses and flowy boho tops.
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An hour into the event, there was even an impromptu question and answer period for all things fashion, style and blog-related. I loved listening to Dana since she’s a professional stylist–she knows what she’s talking about and it’s always refreshing to hear about it’s not so much about trends, but what works for you and makes you feel good. Dana shared some of the questions asked and her responses on her blog post!
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Nashville Boho Style + the Non-Tourist Guide to the Music City

There’s nothing I dislike more than dirty, crowded bars and really any attraction crawling with people on vacation. Call me a curmudgeon, but I like my space, less people and blending in with locals no matter where I go. So, I avoid Broadway and the bar scene like it’s my job and travel the varying neighborhoods scattered through the city.
During the first day in Nashville, I snagged my favorite slice of pizza in the city at Five Points located in East Nashville followed by a trifecta of deliciously sweet goodness at Jeni’s Ice Cream. I opted for my favorites peppermint and almond brittle and tried out the blueberry frozen yogurt. Earlier that day, I tried out Juice Bar in Germantown and finally got my hands on a breakfast bagel sandwich at Proper Bagel in Belmont. The second day included donuts, brunch and burgers while weaving in and out of neighborhoods to shop and explore, but I’ll get into those in a bit!
[Taylor top + Seychelles Forward wedge sandals c/o PB&J Boutique, (20 percent off code: memorial20), jeans by Mother, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, necklace + bracelet by Clyde’s Rebirth, Le Specs sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop]
My favorite neighborhoods in Nashville are East Nashville, Germantown and 12 South. Each have been growing and expanding since my first visit New Years Eve 2012. A great guide is available by Nashville Guru. Scroll below for a break down of favorite food spots, coffee shops and boutiques.

Favorite food stops

  • Five Points Pizza. East Nashville spot: Spend little $$ and eat a delicious-ass slice of pizza.
  • Butchertown Hall. Germantown: Good meats, big, beautiful space and lots of outdoor seating.
  • Burger Up. 12 South: If you’re a burger person like me you’ll be in heaven. Plus the sweet potato fries are perfection.
  • Five Daughters Bakery. 12 South: For donuts! Normal kinds I like plus vegan and paleo versions!
  • Jeni’s Ice Cream. 12 South & East Nashville: These are located throughout Nashville and beyond (started in Ohio I believe), but it never gets old. So many creamy flavors and fruity frozen yogurt options.
  • Juice Bar. Great variety, healthy and several locations throughout the city.
  • Pharmacy Burger. East Nashville: Beer garden, great burgers and those buns! CARBS NOM.
  • Las Paletas. 12 South: Pay an arm and a leg for a popsicle, but fuck it’s good.
  • Proper Bagel. Belmont: In a converted house with lots subway tile, this light and bright space is welcoming with fresh flowers, natural light and so much delicious stuff from a dozen or so flavors of cream cheeses to fresh bagels to deli-like foods AND pastries.
Coffee Shop Favorites
  • Barista Parlor. Several locations, my favorites are in East Nashville + Germantown. They have large, garage doors that open, an industrial feel that still feels warm and welcoming and the staff are friendly. No pretentious baristas!
  • CREMA. SoBro: convenient if you’re staying close to downtown + good coffee + plenty of outdoor seating.
  • Frothy Monkey. Several locations, but my favorite in 12 South in an old converted house. Good breakfast + coffee!
  • Imogene + Willie. Located in 12 South in an old, converted gas station, this place is beautiful and carries their own line of denim, Aesop products and more.
  • MODA. Located next to Frothy Monkey in 12 South, they carry designer labels, high quality clothing and jewelry/accessories. 
  • Cadeau. In 12 South down the street in a newer building (next to a Jeni’s), this home decor boutique is my absolute favorite of all the home decor/gift shops I’ve visited.
  • Hey Rooster General Store. This tiny little shop is sweet and filled with cute stationary, apothecary products and other gift items. It’s located in East Nashville across from Barista Parlor, or pretty close from what I remember. Grab a coffee and hop across the street!
  • White’s Mercantile. A large general store located in 12 South carrying everything from cute dog accessories to women’s clothing to apothecary products. It’s pretty large and filled with products–you can lose track of time easily as you scan all the products!
  • Abednego. There are a few beautiful shops in Germantown and this is the only one I had time to pop into and it was gorgeous and I loved the clothes and the home goods/gifts.
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