Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Boathouse - Traverse City, Michigan

While on our vacation to Michigan in early June, we had a fabulous lunch at The Boathouse on Old Mission Peninsula.  The restaurant is located right on the water of Bower's Harbor which is in West Grand Traverse Bay.  The Boathouse uses fresh and local ingredients when available and has a pretty contemporary menu.  I had a really hard time deciding what to eat because everything on the lunch menu sounded fantastic.  I decided on The Spinach Salad with grilled chicken.  The salad (besides the spinach and chicken) had granny smith apples which were sliced like matchsticks, goat cheese, beets and almonds with a vanilla vinaigrette. It was delicious!

It was a gorgeous day and we were able to sit out on the deck with a wonderful view of the water. 

Check out The Boathouse's website Here.

Hard to see the beautiful view of the harbor beyond the table in this picture...but in person it was gorgeous.

close up of the fabulous salad

View from the restaurant

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wish List: Anthropologie

Anthropologie has some beautiful things right now for summer.  If only money were no object...

Shapeshifter Maxi $158.00

Wreathen Blouse $78.00

Silk Blooms Eternal Top $88.00

Monday, June 27, 2011

Outfit Inspiration: Lindsay Price

I love, love this look that Lindsay Price was wearing recently at LAX.  I think it is so chic and classic and everyone can put it together and look this fantastic.  You don't even have to be expecting as Lindsay is.  This outfit works for everyone!

Check out my picks below for the entire outfit under $121.

FLIGHT TIME photo | Lindsay Priceimage via

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Look For Less: Gathered Top

I'm currently a big fan of tops with embellishments.  Any kind of embellishment really; gathers, pleats, ruffles... I like most of it!  It makes me feel like my outfit has a bit more interest and personality.  Otherwise my wardrobe is pretty basic and boring.

I really like the Gathering Top (below) from Anthopologie but found a similar style at JCPenny on clearance.  For $39 less, I think it will work!

The Gathering Tank from Anthropologie $48

Clearance! a.n.a® Smock Front Topa.n.a. Smock Front Top from JCPenny Clearance Price $8.99 (I found mine in navy)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Outfit Inspiration: Business Casual

This morning was one of those mornings that I tried on four or five different outfits for work and none of them felt comfortable or looked good.  I'm sick of my closet and feel like nothing looks professional or fits well.  I'm sure it was just this morning because it is Monday and gloomy and tomorrow I will be happier with my wordrobe options.  But for today, here is an example of what I would rather be wearing. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Million Dollar Decorators

My new reality tv guilty pleasure is Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators. The show follows five very successful, high-end, interior designers.  They show them working and also some of their personal lives (hypnosis for a chocolate addiction!).  I wish they would go more into the actual decorating process of it but you do get to see the fabulous work the designers do for some very rich clients.   In addition to the decorating, I really like to see what everyone is wearing!

I just love Mary McDonald's style.  I never would have thought to have put that necklace and bracelet with that top but she makes it work!

They don't have a lot of pictures on their website that do the show justice.  Episode 2 had a great patio redo by Nathan Turner that was amazing.  I so wish I had a picture of it. 

You can see the before and after pictures Bravo does have on their website here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wish List: Madewell

I just received this email from J.Crew with an offer to shop their sister site, Madewell, with 20% off and free shipping.  Here are some of the things that caught my eye... TPYETB77X

Ticker-Stripe Tee
ticker-stripe tee
Kite Tails Tee
kite tails tee
Idle Days Romper
idle days romper
Slouch Cardigan
slouch cardigan
was $78.00
select colors $54.99

Monday, June 13, 2011

Embellished and Interesting Tops

In general, I think my wardrobe is pretty boring.  If I'm feeling generous, I would call it simple and classic chic.  I am on the hunt for a few more interesting pieces into my closet.  Anthropologie is the best for interesting tops with great details but sometimes a bit more than I want/should spend.  Here are some things that are catching my eye today:

Aeolian Tee
Aeolian Tee - Anthropologie - $78

Check it out:  It's really cute but I can't get the picture on here!

FOREVER 21Embroidered Bib Woven Top
West Coast Casual Top

West Coast Casual Top -34.99

Hive & HoneyCrochet Trim Tee Regular Price $29.00

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fill In The Blank Friday

1.   This weekend I'm       going to relax, work out  and      get stuff done around the house. 

2.  My last vacation was    last week in Northern Michigan.  It was beautiful!

3.  My next vacation will be     probably some time this winter.
4.  My favorite way to relax is   watching tv and reading a magazine.  At the same time.  The husband doesn't understand this AT ALL!  On vacation though my favorite way to relax is reading a book in a lounge chair on the beach.

5.  When vacationing one should always     have an idea of what there is to see and do in the area.

6.  When vacationing one should never       leave out time to relax or explore things that aren't on your schedule.  You should never say no to a nap in the afternoon either.

7.  The best part about a vacation is       how it rejuvenates you and makes you appreciate your own home once you get back   . 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Outfit Ideas: What to wear when it is HOT!

It is super hot here in Indiana and all I can think of wearing are sundresses.  I think it is the most comfortable you can be in the hot weather unless you are lucky enough to be in your bathing suit in or by a pool or large body of water. 

Here are two ideas for sundress outfits:

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