On Saturday morning my parents and I made our way to one of the US's largest farmers markets and local favorite, Eastern Market. If you've never been: GO. Nice and early. It's such a great experience. The market opens at 5am, but we got there around 8. Local produce, food trucks, and fantastic people watching at the tip of your fingers. I will admit, not all of the produce is local, unfortunately (just look behind the stands to see if the sellers are pulling all their veggies out of cardboard boxes or something commercial looking, it should be pretty obvious). We got coffee from Urban Grounds (they sell Great Lakes Coffee), an assortment of cheeses from the Zingerman's stall for an appetizer for a dinner with relatives that evening, beignets (pronounced BEN-YEY) from the beignets2go truck, and an asparagus lángos (hungarian fried pizza) from The Grindhouse. All in all, it was just a lovely morning to soak in the Detroit urban vibes.


"No little dancing frogs. No puffy clouds." Let me tell you... THAT IS MUSIC TO MY EARS. I'm definitely not a cutesy clothes kind of person, especially when it comes to children's clothing. Stylized animals: nope. "Daddy's little girl" onesies: not my thing. So when a company like Little Hip Squeaks actually comes out and says what I'm thinking, I'm impressed! They have a lot of great basics like leggings, cozy shorts, knotted hats, headbands, and blankets in cool but simple patterns. It looks like all kids wear these days are leggings, so I bet these options would get a lot of mileage! 


Recently I was given the awesome opportunity to sit down with my friend Heidi for a fun little beauty sesh with some Mary Kay products. As a consultant for the company, she was challenged to makeover 50 faces for June; so when she asked if I could help out and be one of her faces, I was thrilled! We did everything from satin hands (soo soft!) to conturing cheeks and eyebrows (but not like Kim Kardashian. *yikes*). At the end of the night I walked (more like strutted) away rocking a fab look that I absolutely loved! As a bonus, the six-year consultant shared some of her favorite things about the company. When asked about her favorite products, she quickly answered concealer and mascara. As far as benefits about the company itself, "They give me prizes for doing my job!" she says, while adding that their priority list lines up with hers- God first, then family, then career (<< I didn't know the company was so open about God. That was very cool to find out!). And of course, I had to ask what she'd do if she received the famous Mary Kay pink Cadillac: "I don't know, throw a party! Drive it to church! Drive it everywhere!" If I were in that situation, I think my reaction would be the same, haha. Thanks again for the fun evening, Heidi :)!

I apologize ahead of time for the cruddy iPhone pictures... gotta work with whatcha got!


Some of the products we worked with!

 Heidi and I!

My Mom was given a makeover as well :)

Since I have blue eyes, we experimented with more browns and golds. For my lips we went with the Rosette lipstick and a Berry Tart gloss (I ended up taking both home because I liked them so much!). 

Not the best picture, but the result was fabulous.

I was given a gift card for participating in the challenge, but was not paid for this post. All words and pictures are my own


I hope you all had a fabulous fourth! For the holiday my family (minus Haley :() went to our cottage up north with a few of our relatives. For the first time in my life, I was the only cousin up there. Typically I at least have my sister, but times change and people move away, and it's just not as easy to get together as it was before. Even though my cottage experience was a different flavor than normal, I still had a blast (what can I say, my aunt and uncles are a hoot ;)! We went out for a day and hung out at some of our favorite spots, took our time soaking up some sun at the pond, and played "name that tune" around the campfire (that last one was hard for me. How am I supposed to know that one song from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!?). It's funny how I brought a huge stack of books  planning on being bored with time to kill all day, and I didn't even get a hundred pages into my first book! The internet was a little rougher, though. My addiction is stronger than ever and Sprint does not do up north very well (Verizon, however, doesn't have so much of a problem. My Uncle Matt and Aunt Nancy were checkin their phones without an issue :P) Needless to say, I love my family and it was great seeing their faces for a whole weekend in beautiful northern Michigan!


During basketball season, I only had two jobs. 1. Take stats of how much time each player played. 2. Play the national anthem before home games with Laynie. Let me tell you, #2 was probably one of the most stressful jobs I've ever had (darn you, six silent seconds before the first note!). But thanks to that experience, I can guarantee to you that (when I randomly break out as a super awesome singing star) I will NOT be one of those pathetic celebrities who forgets the lyrics to the National Anthem on live TV (I mean really, people)! So in honor of our country's 237th birthday, I thought I'd remind you . . .

Oh say, can you see
By the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight's last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
Through the perilous fight
'Or the ramparts we watched
Were so gallantly streaming
And the rockets' red glare
The bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there
Oh say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
'Or the land of the free
And the home of the brave

So I'd like to give a big THANK YOU to 1. God for blessing our nation far beyond what we deserve, and 2. our soldiers who fight so bravely and give up so much. Have a happy 4th! 

image via loveitsomuch


Although I'm not really interested in being a photographer, the art of capturing interesting images fascinates me. I love to see the different tones, moods, feelings, locations, styles, lighting, props, models, poses... the list goes on and on! Editorial is my absolute favorite style of photography. One of the questions I always ask myself when looking at a photo is, "Could I see this in a magazine?" (my second is, "Would I repin this on Pinterest?"). So when I came across the work of couple Stephanie and Isaac over at This Modern Romance, I fell in love. So artful, so luxe . . . these are definitely the kind of shoots that I'll remember for a long time!

I don't need that dress I don't need that dress I don't need that dress . . .

That pose fits you well, sir.

UGGHH I want to be a pretty parisian girl!

"Excuse me, where can I find the nearest flock of dancing ballerinas to walk through like the fierce fashionista that I am?"

All images via This Modern Romance

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