Mackinac, I Love You

Top: Madewell (dupe: Madewell),

Overalls: Abercrombie & Fitch,

Sandals: Birkenstock

A trip to Mackinac Island used to be an every summer occurrence when I still lived in Michigan. The trip over the Mackinac bridge into the Upper Peninsula & the ferry ride in felt like something out of a movie. I absolutely loved being able to have Philip experience this magical place.

Our two hour bike ride did not disappoint, as we had perfect weather! 8 miles around the perimeter of the island, with a view you seriously cannot beat. Honestly I haven’t been on a bike in probably ten years and it was amazing. The turquoise water so clear you can see your feet, & the breeze coming off the lake make it the perfect summer destination.

Cheers!

Abbey

Northern Michigan Adventures

Location: Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, Traverse City, Empire, Sleeping Bear Dunes

Vacation has been UNREAL. Northern Michigan is my favorite place on earth, and I’m loving every second of being up here. Being from Grand Rapids I used to frequent the UP with my family every summer back in the day. So here is a visual journal of my travels thus far!

Cheers!

Abbey

23, I Thank You

6/18/94, my date of birth & a day that not until recently has snuck up on me. As a child I would have my birthday list planned out a month in advance for my parents, and my party planned as early as I could possibly have it. But this year felt different.

Priorities have heavily shifted this year, and I find myself reminiscing a lot on my birthdays past. I have fond memories of my Sweet 16 surrounded by everyone I went to high school with singing me happy birthday. My 18th I spent the day on the beach, my 21st out at bars with my close college friends, and my 22nd again on the water. This year taking a day off of work to relax and enjoy time with family and Philip seemed to trump all of those. I can’t tell if I’m becoming wise, or just really boring.

With this, here is some advice for those of you turning 24.

1.) You do not have to have your entire life figured out. In college I assumed my life would be ticked & tied at this point (let’s all laugh together….). It’s okay to still be in progress.

2.) Social media is a morphed reality, and is everyone on their best behavior (lol bc I am the QUEEN of this) . I so often find myself comparing my life to others through Instagram, Facebook etc. but seriously, no ones going to post them fist deep in some toll house cookie dough on their third binge hour of KUWTK (aka me once a week)

3.) It’s okay to not be okay sometimes. Key word, SOMETIMES, this is not to discredit getting help where help is due. Surround yourself by people who make you happy, who comfort you, and who support you (here’s looking @ you Philip). There’s nothing more important than having someone there to talk to after a straight up terrible day at work (don’t pretend you don’t have them, we all do.)

Cheers!

Abbey

Kate Spade

My heart aches reading the news of the passing of one of my favorite designers. I’ve drawn so much inspiration from Kate Spade, and fell in love with her work at an early age. I remember shopping the Kate Spade New York store on Fifth Ave during my first trip to NYC was one of the highlights of the trip. Her colorful and clean design, wit, and disregard for others opinions always left me in awe. She was truly revolutionary, and was one of the first female designers to shatter the glass ceiling.

Mental health is important. Loving yourself & knowing that others love you is important, and seeking help when you feel you’ve lost control is important. Although a bleak day, I hope this is able to shed light on the stigma of mental illness, as it has no discrimination on who it targets.

Live colorfully, always. ♠️

Abbey

Fox in The Snow

Location: Fox in the Snow Cafe (Italian Village)

Sunnies:Balmain Tee: SheIn, Jeans: Zara, Cardigan: MadewellMules: Steve Madden

Spring has sprung in Columbus (finally), and I’m not sure if I have ever been more ready for warm weather! Being from Michigan harsh winters usually don’t phase me, but this one was exceptionally brutal and the cabin fever is REAL.

This spring will be the last of our relaxing weeks for a while, because come summer we are in full time wedding/travel mode! Planning a wedding is like layering on another full time job, and although I’ve loved every second of it, I am definitely ready for some relaxing days on Lake Michigan’s coast this summer!

I get a lot of questions around where a lot of my pieces are from. I’m all about investing in the classics ( a la the Balmain glasses, although Saks off fifth has them for a bargain in a killer nude shade) and going fast fashion for the trends (bc honestly I had a shirt that said bonjour five years ago and got rid of it…). Zara is and forever will be my favorite fast fashion retailer, but I am partial to ASOS as well (no sales tax ayeee).

Cheers!

Abbey