• Holiday Greens Reveal

    From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens- the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in the house, and the garden of the mind's eye.- Katherine S. White
    Well, it's finally here! After much deliberation and hunting for inspiration on Pinterest, my mom and I have finished decorating our flower boxes and front porch with...
  • Bronner’s Jingle Bells the Elf Holiday Giveaway

    Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.- Hugh Downs
    Earlier last week, my mom and I were given a special tour of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Bronner's is something of an institution in Michigan and is a mecca for Christmas lovers worldwide. Opened by Wally and Irene Bronner, in 1945, it's the world's largest Christmas...
  • Holiday Market at Detroit Eastern Market

    Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.- Pindar
    This past Sunday my mom and I made a spur of the moment decision to take a little road trip down to the Detroit Eastern Market. The market, which has been in continuous operation since 1891, is usually...
  • Michigan Made Holiday Giveaway

    Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting.- Thomas S. Monson
    With holiday gift giving season underway, my mom and I would like to thank all of our lovely readers this year by giving one lucky reader the chance to win a beautifully packaged box full of fabulous Michigan made products hand selected by us. We've been travelling...
  • Michigan Made Gifts for Her

    You can take the girl out of Michigan but you can't take the Michigan out of the girl.- author unknown
    I'm so excited about this Michigan made gift guide for all of the special ladies in your life!  Michigan is really experiencing a creative renaissance right now and so many unique and chic businesses have opened up in the last few...
  • Julie Lindsay Handbags

    Don't carry the ordinary, carry the ultimate!- Julie Lindsay
    When my mom and I attended the Fashion Speaks event in Detroit last month, we met the amazingly talented handbag designer Julie Lindsay.  Julie’s incredibly chic, Jenna Lyon’s-esque style immediately caught our eye and so did her gorgeous metallic gold handbag that she designed.  We met up a few weeks ago for...
  • Northern Charm in Leland

    I want to live in a land of lakes where the great waves break & the night runs into the day.- Lord Huron
    When my mom and I took our Traverse City getaway a few weeks ago, we made sure we visited Fishtown in the charming lakeside town of Leland, Michigan.  Fishtown is a quaint collection of shingled fishing shanties, vintage...
  • Rustic Apple Tart Recipe

    A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.- author unknown
    There is something incredibly romantic about an apple orchard in the fall.  I don’t know what it is about them that make me think of a simpler time but they always do.  Maybe it’s the way the sunlight falls on the apples in just the right...
  • A Fall Classic: The Fisherman’s Sweater

    When the bold branches Bid farewell to rainbow leaves- Welcome wool sweaters.- B. Cybrill
    Nothing says fall to me more than a cozy, traditional Irish fisherman’s sweater.  When I was in junior high, oh so many years ago, my family and I took a trip to Ireland and visited some of the picturesque woolen mills that dotted the countryside.  They were...
  • Style in the Motor City: Fashion Speak 2014

    Fashion was in my blood and I always wanted to be there.- Malina Joseph Gilchrist, Senior Market Editor, T Magazine
    Last Thursday my mom and I made the trip to the One Woodward Building, designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, in downtown Detroit for the Detroit Garment Group Guild’s Fashion Speak Event.  We didn’t really know what to expect but from...