Summer Nostalgia with Lulu*s

I spent my summers in Grand Haven as a child watching the musical fountain with my mom and as a teen trolling for boys and working on my tan. When I was 16 and 17, my friend Kristen and I spent every Friday cruising the strip. We’d borrow her sister’s cool car and park it alongside the busy street and sit on the hood as if we were the coolest bitches. If we ever took my little 1990 Mercury Topaz, we hid it in a parking lot and went on a hunt for boys and boats. 
Grand Haven was always a place I could pick a new identity. It was only 15 minutes away from my home, but the town transformed during the summer months with a sea of new people. I used to dwell on that fact that among my friends, my family was probably the least well off, but no one knew that in Grand Haven. I just wanted to blend in and pretend I lived a lifestyle like the families that vacationed there each year. Luckily now ten years later I can visit without worrying what everyone else has. With age and maturity and feeling financially secure and confident where I’m at in in life has helped me get past the comparison of others, at least to the degree I experienced before.
Ice cream from Temptations, my favorite spot in junior high. Mint chocolate chip for life.
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  • Haley
    July 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    holy shit, you look HOT!!! you have pulled this off flawlessly, i just love you πŸ™‚

  • Laura - Relatively Offbeat
    July 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Ok lady, I can't help but sing your praises every time you post about your independence and maturity as a young career woman. I totally admire you and think you're a badass.
    Also- BABE! Love this look!!

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    July 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Love this look! Who is the watch by?

  • By The Shore, Life + Style
    July 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Andrea, you go, so proud of you – you're one kick ass gal and I so admire you for all your accomplishments. Plus you're rocking this look!! xoxo

  • Rhiannon Lorenzo
    July 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    you look amazing!!!

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    July 31, 2014 at 3:32 am

    GIRL, i have no words.. no words (and that's a good thing, hahaha!)

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  • Nikki Williams
    July 31, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    you are such a babe! that romper was made for you!


  • Hailey Cox
    July 31, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Damn this is a cool look. That romper is gutsy and you totally pull it off. Love the shoes as well.

  • Alison Colby
    July 31, 2014 at 11:40 pm


    Was literally my reaction when I saw this post. You look smoking!!!! Sounds like we are two peas in a pod when it came to driving around and cruising for boys while in high school, but since I grew up in Austin, I was parked at all the coffee shops and record stores I could get to.

    XO Alison