October 17, 2018

The Toyota C-HR!


Sometimes you just have to hit the road and travel somewhere new! 
What better excuse to take a road trip than your sister's birthday?
We took Toyota's advice of "let's go places" and hit the open road in the C-HR XLE Premium for a trip to Grand Rapids!
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The C-HR had us feeling sporty chic! Built from the mind of a race car driver, this crossover had the sleek design, controlled handling, and secure seating of a vehicle with a need for speed. Too bad I drive like a granny ;) 
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We saved time and money by not making any pesky stops to the gas station. With its fantastic fuel economy, we were able to make it to Grand Rapids and back on a single tank. Which meant more shopping ;)
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We had no trouble weaving in and out of the busy city overflowing with detours, traffic, and crowds that came to see Art Prize. The turn capability of the C-HR was truly remarkable, and helped us out of some tight situations!
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The C-HR kept us alert while driving the wee hours of the morning, and late hours after a long day. With its lane assist, we were notified when we started to get a little too close to crossing the line!
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With its fantastic fuel economy, turn capability, and lane assist, this crossover proved to be the perfect travel companion!
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Thank you, Toyota, for inspiring us to "go places, we can't wait to take our next trip in a Toyota! 

Photos: Emily Joanne Photography & myself

October 3, 2018

Envy Eyewear!


Yes, you can and should wear shades all year 'round! Block those intense autumn rays with some stylish sunnies. We recently had the pleasure of speaking to Shawntil Howard, owner of Envy Eyewear.
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Shawntil is a fun-loving and confident gal who loves to travel and take her business with her wherever she goes! Shawntil is the CEO of Shady B*tch Eyewear, a premier sunglasses brand. She recently returned from Seattle WA to her hometown of Detroit MI to start a new business, Envy Eyewear, tailored specifically to the Detroit fashion scene.
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Shawntil shared with us what you should look for when shopping for eyewear.
Being someone who has only ever worn Ray Bans, I knew very little about the "do's" and "don'ts" of eyewear. Here are some hints that we found helpful: 
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Your glasses should never completely cover your eyebrows. They should come to the top edge of your brows at most. Covering them up makes the length of your face appear shorter. Besides, why spend all your time on creating bold brows if you're going to hide those beauties??
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Choose a color that compliments your skin tone. If you have a lighter skin tone, go with a gold, rose gold, or silver. If you have a bronze skin tone, try a tortoise or classic black. If you have a darker skin tone, you can pull off a pop of color, like a blue or green. 
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Your glasses are a vital part of a look. When pulling together outfits, your glasses should be an accessory to complete your look rather than compete with it. They should reflect what type of style you are trying to convey.
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We took Shawntil's advice and styled some of her sunglasses with two fall fashions.
For the first outfit, we reached for the round Jane glasses to go with a bohemian inspired look that gave us all the festival feels. For the second outfit, we matched the Melissa glasses with a sleek and sophisticated look that we felt gave off an Anna Wintour vibe. 
We challenge you to test our tips and create a look around your sunnies!
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Thank you, Shawntil, for opening our eyes to a whole new facet of fashion ;)


September 3, 2018

Back At Bonefish Grill!


While summer may seem to be winding down, we still have sunshine and seaside dishes in mind! Last week Emily and I treated Erik and our parents to a dinner at Bonefish Grill. It can be difficult to find a restaurant to accommodate everyone's tastes, but thankfully Bonefish Grill has something on the menu for everyone! 
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For starters: Imperial Dip. 
Our favorite appetizer!
 A blend of shrimp, scallops, lump crab, Mozzarella and Parmesan served with seasoned chips.
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For me: Wild Alaskan Salmon & Shrimp. 
A summer seasonal dish!
Wood-grilled salmon and three jumbo shrimp topped with a creamy Parmesan artichoke sauce, with a side of freshly roasted tomatoes and asparagus.
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For Em: Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos. 
Our favorite kind of shrimp!
Three tortillas, signature Bang Bang Shrimp, greens, tomatoes, and sour cream, with a side of steamed broccoli.
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For Mom: Shrimp Pad Tai. 
A seafood twist on a traditional dish!
A warm bowl of shrimp, rice noodles, green onions, peanuts, eggs, and traditional sauce.
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For Dad: Wagyu Beef Burger. 
Received the "Dad Approves" seal of approval!
Wagyu beef on a toasted bun, with sharp cheddar, special sauce, and a side of fries.
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For Erik: Rib-eye Steak.
Erik's favorite dish! 
(We know this because he orders it every time.) 
An 18 oz juicy steakhouse style cut, with a double side of garlic mashed potatoes.
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For dessert: Strawberry Shortcake. 
A summer seasonal dessert!
Fresh biscuits served with sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream topping.
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Before the season is over treat your friends and family to an end of summer outing at Bonefish Grill! Try their delicious seasonal dishes before they're gone!

Photos: Emily Joanne Photography & myself