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A Trip to Ann Arbor

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A couple weekends back, a couple friends and I headed out to Ann Arbor to indulge in some good food and shopping. It’s such a great college town and even though I’m a Spartan, I can say that city of East Lansing isn’t nearly as cool as Ann Arbor. I appreciate all the restaurants, shops and coffee places, especially Lab, a beautifully bright coffee shop with a bit of pretentious or Frita Batidos, a cuban inspired restaurant with an amazing chorizo burger and milkshakes with rum. I left that city bloated and content.
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[sweater from H&M, jeans by J Brand, boots by Nine West, hat by Lululemon, bag by Proenza Schouler]
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Photos by Ashley
Outfits, Style

Rustic Charm

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Brought this tee and some realizations back from Dallas last week. I already got a grease stain on the front of the tee thanks to beef sandwich I ate while driving, but as I drove to my hometown for Labor Day, I started to notice just how tired and broken everything looked in comparison to Dallas. Everything in Dallas is so fresh and new and I can’t help but wonder if these areas in Michigan I live in and frequent were once that vibrant. So much economic development and new headquarters for international companies popping up everywhere there, but maybe too much? I love the history and the charm we get here in Michigan or even vacant corner stores like this one. These are my favorite little stores in small towns and this is the one I grew up walking to in order to return cans and buy pixie sticks, rent VHS tapes and buy hot cheetos. I don’t need brand new everything, just some liveliness injected back into some of these towns.
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[top from West & Lou, Levi’s shorts, ATC clutch by CHC, necklace by Clyde’s Rebirth, watch c/o Shinola, hat from Forever 21, bracelets c/o I Am Jes]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein
Outfits, Style

A Michigan Farmer’s Market

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Maybe it’s been my reluctance to eat fruits and vegetables, but I had never made it to the farmer’s market at the capitol in my ten years of living in Lansing. My friend Sam of Samantha Elizabeth asked me to snap a few photos and now that I like veggies (and some fruit) and learned of the huge variety of goods at the market, I made it a priority to attend. 
My haul included apple spice donuts (sugar coated and plain), a chocolate croissant, spicy salsa and whole wheat chips, fresh-baked bread with red pepper flakes, jalapenos, green peppers, spicy pickled asparagus and daylillies. If I would’ve had time, I could’ve done more damage! I twisted Hannah’s arm in coming to help me shop and lend her pretty face for a few photos. I compensated her with my lasting friendship and a sugar coated donut.
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I can’t wait to shop the next farmer’s market on August 27 and September  24. I need more donuts and well-priced jalapenos in my life. 
Inspiration

Love My City with Shinola

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I’m a woman of routine and don’t get me wrong, I love to visit new restaurants and bars, but I have my go-to spots for eating, drinking, shopping and socializing in Lansing. I’ve partnered with Detroit watch company Shinola to show off my favorite spots
while wearing a few of their gorgeous watches from their spring line.
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We shot these photos in my favorite neighborhood, Old Town. I love the alleyways and cute shops. It’s especially great in the summer to walk James, visit vintage boutiques and admire the local art. And force the boyfriend to take blog pictures.
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Strange Matter Coffee opened in Lansing just last year and it’s my favorite spot for coffee dates. Great coffee, artsy vibes and so much natural light. If you’re ever in town, you must get the cinnamon and honey latte, it’s my favorite on the menu.
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Allie also loves the cinnamon and honey latte!
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The antique store Mega Mall in Lansing is unassuming from the exterior. It’s
hidden among old motels and closed down stores and it fills a space that was
previously a grocery store. If I have some time on my hands and I’m searching
for some unique, inexpensive pieces from accent tables to vintage fur jackets,
it’s the best spot. The place is huge and if you can dig through the old,
creepy dolls and VHS tapes, there are so many gems.
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I’ve got a major sweet tooth and the cupcakes and
snickerdoodle cookies at Whipped Bakery are heavenly.
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I’m not of a night owl, but I do love Zoobies and happy hour
drinks, or on the rare occasion, staying out past my bedtime sipping on hard ciders and eating an assortment of cheeses.
The bar’s charm is what really gets me. The lacquered 1960s wallpaper, local
art and repurposed wood used to make  the tables are beautiful. I just stare around at the walls and light fixtures in awe of how cool of a space it is. 
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Connected to Zoobies is the tastiest pizza place in town, Cosmos! I love the pepperoni pizza while my friends’ favorite is the fried egg pizza with pancetta and plenty of egg yolk. We all agree though that the duck fries are absolutely delicious, especially with truffle oil and parmesan.

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*Sponsored by Shinola. Thank you for supporting collaborations with brands such as Shinola! Be sure to check them out–watches and leather goods are absolutely gorgeous and manufactured IN Detroit! Read their story here.

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Outfits, Style