Friday, March 16, 2012

Beautiful Places: Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater, Michigan

All of the Michigan warm weather is getting me psyched for summer!  I can't wait to hang out on the beach at Lake Michigan and camp with friends in Pentwater.  Here's our pics from the beautiful Charles Mears State Park.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Beautiful Places: Guanajuato, Guanajuato Mexico

A few months ago, I spent a great weekend with friends in Guanajuato, Mexico.  It's a quiet colonial town in central Mexico, a little West of Queretaro.  It was the perfect place to relax and escape from the city!

Night view of Theatro Juarez

Theatro Juarez

Theatro Juarez

At the top of the hill you can see Juan José de los Reyes Martínez Amaro - better known as El Pípila.

Plaza de la Paz and the Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato

A view of the city from the hotel, El Meson de los Poetas.

On the balcony of El Meson de los Poetas.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Beautiful Places: Mackinac Island, Michigan

I stayed at the Island House with my girlfriends for a fun bachelorette weekend.  It happened to be the same weekend as the Republican Leadership Convention which made things interesting!  We had a blast - riding bikes, picnicking, rocking out with our boom box, and drinking wine. 

It also went over surprisingly well when my friends started calling former U.S. Republican Representative, Peter Hoekstra, "SAILOR."  Mackinac Island can be a little stuffy in general, but we had a wonderful girls weekend.  It was everything we hoped it would be!

The amazing view from the Island House.

Photo op with a group of Boy Scouts!

Headed into town

Breaking to plan our route

I think we're LOST!?

Riding through the trails on Mackinac Island

Lunch time!

Can't beat these views!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fashion in Detroit 2012

Yesterday I was lucky enough to score tickets to Fashion in Detroit 2012, in Sound Board at Motor City Casino.  The event is co-hosted by Project Runway's Joe Faris and Ambassador Magazine Publisher and Jewelry Designer, Denise Ilitch.

A portion of the Fashion in Detroit proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor and Detroit – The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to provide families of children experiencing a serious illness or injury a “home away from home” that assists in alleviating the families’ emotional and financial stress.

Ashleigh and I hitting the red carpet for Fashion in Detroit 2012

Joe Faris, a top competitor from season 5 Project Runway.

The special guest hosts, Miss Michigan 2012 Kristen Danyal and Ken Dewey, Style Advisor for Neiman Marcus 

Morada Blue Swimwear

Denise Ilitch Designs and Motor City Blues by Joe Faris

Denise Ilitch and Joe Faris

Friday, March 9, 2012

Beautiful Places: Pátzcuaro, Michoacán Mexico

Pátzcuaro is the best place to be for Dia de los Muertos.

Taking the boat out to Isla de Janitzio.

Fishermen on Lake Patzcuaro

Isla de Janitzio


Decorated graves on the night of the Day of the Dead

Children dressed up as la Catrina y el Catrin

The inside of a church the morning after the Day of the Dead

The street on Isla de Janitzio