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Off the Shoulder

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All about bodysuits this summer, a trend I was obsessed with as a child. The same goes for off the shoulder. My absolute favorite top was a white ruffly off the shoulder number I wore with a velvet choker in my second or third grade school photo. So. Stylish. And I was real into bodysuits in fourth grade, so I’m paying homage to my childhood style, it took them a while to circle back but they’re here. 
We had a week long music festival in Lansing last week so this was my basic uniform. Something stylish and fuss free. I wore my hair pin straight like this too and if you can believe it, none of my profuse sweating fucked with my straight hair. I went to the Standard in Old Town and got the Brazilian blow out, mostly out of curiosity to see how my hair would fair and the fact that I would be frizz free for 10 weeks or so also sealed the deal. My hair is a mess in heat and humidity.
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[bodysuit c/o Boohoo (shop more bodysuits here by Boohoo!), wedge sandals c/o PB&J Boutique, rings and necklaces by Katie Dean Jewelry] *Also, I’ve been writing stories for MODE, and especially loving this one on new candle lines to check out!
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Outfits, Style

Grand Rapids Summers

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I grew up 30 minutes west of Grand Rapids and once I had my driver’s license and that newfound freedom, I found my way to GR. It’s where I spent most of my free time and it’s evolved so much in the last 10-15 years. So many great restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques–each time I visit I have new places to check out along with my favorite standbys. Makes it hard to fit everything I want to do in a day trip. Summer in Grand Rapids is especially beautiful. So many outdoor seating options and cute neighborhoods to wander–it makes a great home away from home.
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[floral print dress and ankle strap pumps c/o Lulus, vintage Chanel bag, Rayban round aviators, necklaces and rings by Katie Dean Jewelry]
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There are way too many places I enjoy, but I’ll share a few favorite restaurants (and patios) for summer visits:
Terra (a brunch favorite!)
Reserve (pictured above. Great wine list, cheeses and private-feeling rooftop deck)
Founders (don’t like beer, but like the food and patio! And everyone loves it there)
And I also love the Grand Rapids Downtown Market–something for everyone and lots of great outdoor space and natural light if you choose to stay indoors. I love love love the chorizo tacos from from Tacos El Cunado, smoothies from Malamiah Juice Bar, pretzels from Brezel and anything from Love’s Ice Cream. They have a super cute mini flower market and Michigan themed apparel at the Oddest Supply Co.
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So many great coffee options too! A few favorites include:
Lightfast (Just tried their iced nitro, plus this space is spacious and quiet, my kind of place)
Lyon Street Cafe (the most delicious pastries!)
Le Bon Macaron (macarons AND delicious iced vanilla lattes, plus a super cute Parisian theme and fresh flowers are always abundant!)
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And my most favorite ice cream place is Furniture City Creamery. It’s across the street from Le Bon, so it’s not unusual for me to grab macarons, coffee and then grab dinner down the street and then end up at the ice cream shop.
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Photos by Ashley Howard
Outfits, Style

Summer Fun + Local Things To Do!

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You’re never short of summer festivities or a new lake to visit in Michigan. Each year I try to plan a trip or two to northern Michigan and of course, many day trips to my hometown area in west Michigan. I just returned from a work trip in the upper peninsula and I plan to return hopefully in August to visit Sam! But sadly, I don’t have a summer cottage or cabin to escape to for respite, so this all takes more planning and I find myself mostly wanting to try and relax at home and make the most of summer weekends in Lansing.
If you’re not familiar with Lansing, it’s the state’s capital with a few great neighborhoods to bounce around to like downtown, East Lansing where MSU is located and my favorite: Old Town. I call this neighborhood home now. It’s filled with art galleries, shops and TWO ice cream spots. James and I take walks to visit Celeste at Retail Therapy, grab a cone from Arctic Corner and pop into Pruess Pets for some dog treats.
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Outside of my hood, there are a handful of farmer’s markets to visit. I’ll visit the outdoor markets and Horrock’s to scoop up fresh flowers, breads and sugary treats instead of the fresh produce I should be getting. I have the East Lansing Farmer’s Market, Allen Market Place and the farmers market events at the Capitol on my list to visit.
I’m also walking distance to Lansing’s weeklong music festival, Common Ground, and I snagged a pass for the week, giving me something fun to do just after the fourth of July!
There are also so many parks and gardens with lakes and pools–a full list available here. I started going through it and noticed there are public pools and other cool shit I didn’t even know about.
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[coral red top + coral red print shorts c/o Lulus, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, Quay sunglasses, rings by Katie Dean Jewelry, velvet choker by Vanessa Mooney, hair by Sarah at the Standard]
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