my everyday style: top 5 date night places in Grand Rapids!

Summer date nights are the best. Am I right!?! I just LOVE patio dining and there is no better way to take advantage of the gorgeous weather than with a summer date night.  I love to throw on a cute summer top, my favorite pair of jeans and some heels and hit the town.  And then we are usually home by 8 - kidding, sort of.

A lot of you have been wanting to know what our favorite restaurants here in Grand Rapids are... and while it's almost IMPOSSIBLE to choose one favorite - the food scene is so amazing right now in GR - here are a few of our favorites.  We tend towards casual places with amazing food and good ambiance.

TerraGR - We love their brunch but their dinner, pizzas and cocktails are amazing. You MUST try the Buffalo Cauliflower and the Kale Caesar Salad.  Next level! Sadly their patio is under construction right now, but they are still worth a visit.

Winchester - While their menu is rotating all the time you can't go wrong with their French Dip Sandwich or their Deviled Eggs.  They also have amazing cocktails and really everything on their menu is always so, so good.

Brewery Vivant - This is our classic go to.  The Duck Nachos (sounds weird, but life changing!) are so drool worthy, all their beers are top notch and they have a great outdoor space and beer garden.

Grove - If you are feeling fancy head to Grove and order off their 3-course Taste of Grove menu.  They too have a rotating menu, so you never know what will be available but you WILL have the most amazing meal of your life.  Their bartenders are some of the best in the city too.  So try a specialty cocktail.

The Green Well - Now in both GR and Rockford this is my version of comfort food.  We always start with their Breads & Spreads appetizer and while ALL their main courses are amazing I am partial to their Chicken & Waffles - which is probably one of the best meals I've had in GR EVER.

Brewery Vivant and Terra both have great kids menus and are quite kid friendly too if you are doing a night out with the kids - which isn't quite a 'date night' but hey, sometimes you take what you can get!

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Fab Look for Less: My $40 Dress

I hear all the time, I need affordable options for my closet and that my clothes are too expensive.  Welp, a good old newsflash is that I rarely pay retail for anything, I find a coupon online at sites like RetailMeNot, and I am patient enough to search. I can spend up to 3 hours a week just searching for clothing, noting sales, and looking through clearance sections.  It's my job, but I also want a good deal too.  Below is a collection that I check all the time to see what new pieces have been released and what's on clearance.

Target, for most people, is an affordable option. I am truly a fan of the WhoWhatWear Line for Target.  It's priced right, totally fashionable, and the quality is amazing for the price. I paid $40 for the dress, and sometimes you can find coupons that apply online to knock 10 -25% off.  Shipping is free over $25.  I've only seen this line in store once (in the Miami store off of North Miami Rd), but I shop it online all time, and you can make easy in-store returns.  Always looking for their collaboration lines (now that they extend up to a 3x/4x or a size 26), they will always be the most stylish, but at the Target price point.  Happy Shopping! 

Dress: Target, Hat - Cato (in store), Shoes - Ebay (similar), Belt - Michael Kors (sold-out), Earrings - Amazon

Photo Credit: Kaye McCoy

summer finds under $100!

Summer is HERE friends! I am so excited to kick off the summer season this weekend I can hardly stand it!  That means it is officially time to make sure our closets are stocked for the warm weather and summer activities that we are about to dive into. Today I rounded up some great wardrobe pieces all UNDER $100 that are just begging to be added to your (and my!) closet!

Easy and comfortable shorts, classic shoes, the cutest white dress and pink bow sandals are all giving me a serious 'add to cart' moment.  I tend to crave white and blue in the spring and summer and this season is no exception.  Of course, there is a little pop of color and as always a little pink involved too.  I love the effortlessness of the season and I am so excited to slip into more effortless pieces as the weather warms.  So do you have any big plans this weekend? We are hoping to hit up both the pool and the beach and of course, I am sure there will be some barbecuing and popsicles involved.  We will be cramming in as much fun as possible!