Fall Florals

There's that crisp feel in the air which can only mean fall is officially here. As one of my favorite seasons, I am that person who wears a sweater to soon as mother nature is still trying to figure out which temp is just right. However the one thing I miss as the days start to get colder is wearing, smelling, seeing flowers. I'm not giving up on my floral obsession just case the sun is setting a little earlier. I put together 3 outfits to incorporate your favorite floral pieces that work with the chilly weather.


The Jacket

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Fall tip #1 Always go with a dark or neutral color | I love this jacket, it has this great moody floral vibe going on. The thicket fabric gives a somewhat embroidered vibe which gives this jacket something special. You can easily wear this jacket to the office or for a night out on the town. 


The Hat

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Fall tip #2 Add an accessory piece for a subtle floral pop | I'm a hat fan, I have over 20 probably so I couldn't pass up this black hat with floral beading. Its the perfect addition to my usual all black outfit.

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The Top

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Fall tip #3 Choose a fabric style other than cotton or linen | Cooler weather means a variety of fabrics to choose from. You can go wrong with a silk blouse or crushed velvet pants.

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photos by Lucie Sassait

Not Your Dads Manhattan

Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.
— Mark Twain

Whiskey is the quintessential cool booze. You can drink it any way and somehow you give out that "I'm a badass" vibe. The classic of all whiskey cocktails is the Manhattan. I've been wanting to train myself to not only like but appreciate whiskey more so I wanted to create a variation on the Manhattan for the whiskey drink beginners like myself. Its the same old same old with a little something extra special.

Recipe | Not Your Dads Manhattan

2 oz. Rye Whiskey (ft. Two James Whiskey)

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

.5 oz. Bourbon soaked cherry juice (see below for recipe)

2 Dashes of Anguish Bitters

Stir ingredients over ice until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain over 2 cubes of ice into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with bourbon soaked cherry.

Recipe | Bourbon Soaked Cherries

1 lb cherries, pitted and stems removed

.5 cups of water

.5 cups of honey

1 cup of bourbon

1 cinnamon stick

1 strip of orange peel

1 tsp. of vanilla extract

1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar

1 pinch of nutmeg

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the water, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract and honey until combined.  Add in the cinnamon strip and orange peel.  Continue heating, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches a simmer.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, discard the cinnamon stick and orange peel. Slowly add the bourbon to the pan, stir to combine.

Pour the bourbon mixture over the cherries in mason jars, then let the mixture cool completely to room temperature. Secure the lids on the mason jars, give them a shake, and refrigerate for at least 3 days before using.  The recipe should last for up to 2-3 months.

 

 

Grand Rapids Growing Cafe Scene

Coffee is a language in itself. - Jackie Chan

Grand Rapids may be one of the fastest growing cities in the nation currently; from development space, to breweries it seems the articles on what's new just don't stop. I visit the west side of the state every couple of months to visit my fiancés family and swear there is always something new popping up just in a 5 block radius from his house. Coffee is essential to my day and that doesn't just change when my zip code does. Its a lifestyle that I'm bent on keeping up with. Recently we've had 4 restaurants, 2 cafes and a donut shop open around the corner and with this new found territory I set out to put together my go-to cafes in Grand Rapids. Now this day was not for the light of heart; it would take motivation, perseverance and the stomach to withstand copious amounts of caffeine.

I have laid out 3 cafes below that all offer something special and different.

Madcap Coffee Company | the OG

98 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This spot is popular not just with locals but has a national presence. Their roasts can be found in cafes all over the US, from the Pacific to the Atlantic you're sure to find a mug of their fresh brewed coffee near. The store in Grand Rapids fosters an atmosphere of getting down to work with a strong pour over in a minimalistic/modern setting. This is a must stop if you've never been to the city and you want to hit the local favorites.  

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That Early Bird | Freshest breakfast in town

Its not a trip to Grand Rapids for me if I'm not waking up to a dirty chai latte and fresh baked jalapeno bacon scone in the AM. With a family friendly aesthetic and large outdoor patio this quickly became a hot spot on weekend mornings. Early Bird Café boasts a healthy, freshly made menu that would make any vegetarian's mouth water.

1445 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

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Squibb Coffee & Wine Bar | New kid on the block ft. wine bar

955 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Squibb is the newest to hit the coffee scene and i'm just wondering what took so long! From the inviting ambiance where you and your friends can go from matcha lattes to happy hour cabernets, fun mural, vegan bakery options and finally the fully stocked wine bar this spot has it all. This spot is a perfect addition to the community.