Adventures in the Upper Peninsula

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope you have had a beautiful week so far!  

I’ve been a little MIA lately, and that’s because Doug and I took a trip to Michigan’s upper peninsula to celebrate his 22nd birthday!  We packed up the car for a nine hour road trip, and had so much fun exploring some of his favorite spots in Michigan!  There’s truly nothing better than discovering new places with your best friend, and I cannot wait for more adventures to come!

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06/28-07/05 Recap: Travel, Modeling, Fitness & Life Update!

Hi everyone, I am FINALLY back after my small hiatus!  It was so incredibly weird not posting, but I absolutely loved having some time to really enjoy my vacation and surroundings without technology!  It was a short “digital detox” if you will!  Since it’s been over a week since I’ve posted, I decided to break this post down day by day and share my story with you all!  Each day was filled with adventure, and I made the most incredible memories while discovering so many new things!

TUESDAY 06/28

Work, work, and more work!!  I feel like that’s all I’m ever doing nowadays!  However this day was special because my grandma returned from her trip to the United Kingdom!  She brought back a ton of postcards, artwork, menus, and so many other incredible things that transported me to a foreign land that is absolutely beautiful!  She had the most wonderful time, and actually met up with my cousin who was also traveling oversees!  This was my favorite postcard of the bunch, and she sent another one that should arrive shortly!  I can’t wait to see it!!  You all know my obsession with travel, so hearing about her trip was incredible!

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WEDNESDAY 06/29

Today was amazing because I was finally able to see my best friend, Ally!  We spent the afternoon at our favorite place Le Bon Macaron, and grabbed some sushi while talking about her trip across Italy!  If you follow her blog A Touch of Tulle, you already know about all of her adventures and her incredible style!  I lived vicariously through her while she was away, so it was incredible hearing her talk about her adventures!   Ally was generous enough to bring me back some authentic Italian chocolate, and a beautiful authentic Italian leather cross body handbag that is stunning!  She is amazing, and the greatest friend I could ever ask for!  Also, our move in date is coming up next month, so definitely stay in touch for more of our adventures!

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Later that evening I had a photoshoot with the amazing company BeCause of a Casewhich is an incredible brand to represent!  This company uses a portion of proceeds from each phone case sold to improve mental health, which is absolutely amazing!  I was lucky enough to model with two other women for the website, and show off their amazing message and products!  I actually received the “Lattes” case, which is perfect for my coffee addiction and goes towards a great cause!  Not to mention, it’s absolutely adorable!  Check out their website to see a familiar face on the home page, and to purchase your very own case!

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After the photoshoot, my mom and I visited Tallulah which is a gorgeous wine bar & bistro!  Since the shoot was located in the beautiful city of Birmingham, it was only necessary that we enjoyed some wine/dessert outside!  The city was full of live music and incredible views, and I will definitely be dropping by more often!

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THURSDAY 06/30 & FRIDAY 07/01

I decided to combine these two days, because both days were filled with work!  However on Friday, Doug and I packed up the car and headed to my beautiful hometown, Manistee!  My love for Manistee is unreal, and it was the first time I’d been there in years!  We met up with our best family friends for dinner, and spent the evening dining and catching up!  Doug and I actually spent the entire weekend on my parent’s 4600 Maxum SCB, so it was absolutely perfect and we had the best views of the lake!

SATURDAY 07/02

Rise and shine!!  This morning my friend and running buddy Levi and I ran the Firecracker 5K!  We had so much fun running together, and it was the perfect start to the morning!  We ran on multiple roads (and hills, ugh), and actually ran a huge loop right next to Lake Michigan!  It was a beautiful, sunny day, and I actually took runner up for my age group!!  Okay granted, there were only two people in my age group, but runner up sounds MUCH better than “last” in my opinion!  Out of 300+ people, Levi and I took around 180th so I was incredibly proud of us!  Especially since it was his very first 5K!

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After the race, we grabbed breakfast and I headed over to the local Craft Show with my mom and her friend, Melissa!  The boys all spent the day at the car show, golfing, and doing other man-things, while we enjoyed shopping and grabbed lunch!  I picked up some amazing, handmade items from the Craft Show, and of course some goodies from the local boutiques downtown!  We had the most delicious lunch at my new favorite place, The Fillmore Coffee & Brews, and I actually ended up stopping by with Doug for lunch on Sunday!  The Fillmore makes every single food item fresh as soon as you order, and you can 100% tell the difference!  We ordered fresh-made salads, homemade hummus and pita chips, and I couldn’t resist getting a soy vanilla latte!

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That evening Doug and I spent time with my parents and our friends, where we had a huge BBQ, watched the Olympic trials, and played Texas Hold’em while snacking on homemade kettle corn!  The perfect day!

SUNDAY 07/03

Doug and I started the morning/afternoon at The Fillmore, and packed up the car and headed for a day trip to Traverse City for the Cherry Festival!  We attended the Cherry Festival last year as well, and this year there was even more excitement!  We arrived just in time for the incredible air show, and spent the afternoon on our friend’s boat!  We also watched the beach volleyball tournament, and walked around the beautiful city with our good friends!

That evening Doug and I, my parents, as well as our family friends, loaded onto our 4600 Maxum and we set out to Lake Michigan to watch the Fireworks!  We grilled, had drinks, and enjoyed each other’s company on the beautiful lake while watching the incredible sunset before the fireworks began!  The firework show was spectacular, and the perfect finale to our vacation!

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MONDAY 07/04 & TUESDAY 07/05

Happy 4th of July!!  We spent the morning watching the local parade, which was absolutely incredible!  The Scottville Clown Band made a special appearance, and the entire town put on the most fantastic parade I’ve ever seen!  Afterwards Doug and I grabbed some lunch at the local pub, packed our bags, and headed back!  It was more than upsetting leaving Manistee, but I’ll be heading back later this year for another 5K, and for the Christmas parade!  I cannot even wait!!

After a long car ride, we made it back and spent the evening relaxing and watching HGTV and Joe Kenda Homicide Hunter!  I made multiple mugs of tea, and actually began writing this blog post!

On Tuesday, Doug and I watched Finding Dory and enjoyed some delicious salads!!  Tuesday was a lazy day for me, so I enjoyed a bit of rest and relaxation before heading back to work today!  I also started working out again after taking 3 days off, and my body definitely felt it!!

I hope you all enjoyed this recap of my past week!  Again, I apologize for not blogging, but sometimes a digital detox is necessary in order to really enjoy yourself!  I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday, and it’s filled with lots of love and good vibes!

xo, Tessa

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Find Your Perfect Planner (pt.3): Kate Spade

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Loving the accented gold “2017” on the front! And the black and white is so chic and professional!

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The pop of the mint and gold throughout is perfection!

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A close up of the first row of laminated tabs, ending with December of 2016!

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A close up of the second row of laminated tabs, starting with January of 2017 and ending with December of 2017!

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Two “2017 Celebrations” pages!

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One “2017 Holidays” page, and 15 “notes” pages!

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“This is the month to… dine alfresco, museum hop on a hot day, cozy up to a late night bonfire on the beach, lose your to-do list”  Every month features a fun list of things to do, and I absolutely adore that feature!

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Buy your 2016-2017 Kate Spade planner here!

Hi everyone!  Yay yay yay it’s finally Friday!!  I am definitely ready for the weekend, I have some fun plans and relaxation ahead!  Also, I cannot even believe this is my third and final post in my “Find Your Perfect Planner” series!  I’ve had so much fun sharing these posts with all of you, and I hope you enjoyed taking a look inside of my three favorite planners!  Make sure to check out my review on the Erin Condren Life Planner and the Lilly Pulitzer Planner!

I wanted to save this planner for last, because of the three this one is definitely the most chic and professional!  I am genuinely in love with Kate Spade, and the brand is by far one of my all time favorites!  Everything they make is absolutely beautiful, and this year’s planner definitely fits that description!  I purchased the Large Black Stripe 17 Month Agenda, so it runs from August 2016 to December 2017!  One thing that is especially unique about this planner (for me at least) is the fact that the bound spiral is concealed by the cover!  I wasn’t sure if I would like that since all of my other planners have always had the spiral exposed, but I actually prefer this style!  It’s really easy to carry around in my handbag or backpack, because the spiral doesn’t get caught on anything and it cuts down on the bulkiness!

The Kate Spade planner definitely has far less additions than both the Erin Condren and the Lilly Pulitzer, however I genuinely prefer that!  I love how this planner comes with 15 “notes” pages, and the rest is simplified to a 2017 and 2018 yearly layout, two pages of 2017 Celebrations, and a 2017 Holiday page (which is such an incredible addition)!  There are also two “notes” pages included at the end of each month!  My favorite part of this planner is the “This Is The Month To…” section at the beginning of each month!  I find that addition absolutely perfect, and I am going to make it a goal of mine to actually accomplish each of those tasks just for fun!

Now, let’s talk about the monthly layout!  At the beginning of each month, there are two full mint pages with the month and year to the left, and the “This Is The Month To…” section to the right!  On the next page, there is a full monthly calendar with a notes section on the side!  It also includes the previous and next month’s full calendar in the bottom right corner for a quick glance at what’s to come!  For the weekly spread, it runs from Monday to Sunday (my personal preference) with eight lines underneath!  This year I chose to use this planner as my academic planner, because I feel like it is very clean and clear-cut which is perfect for academic tasks!  I’m also taking 17 credits each semester this year, so I’ll definitely need the extra lines and space!  Last year I used the Lilly Pulitzer as my academic planner, but I decided against that because to me I felt like it was bit too much with all of the colors and patterns going on.  Instead, I’m using my Lilly Pulitzer as more of an inspirational/gratitude/workout/goals/overall happiness planner and I’m so excited!!

Upon endless comparison, I do have to say that the Kate Spade planner is my favorite planner of 2016-2017!  I love how simple and chic this planner is, but the addition of the “This Is The Month To…” section at the beginning of each month really won me over!  I am so happy with all three of the planners I purchased this year, and I cannot wait for the semester to start so I can dive right in!

I hope you enjoyed this series, I absolutely loved sharing my thoughts and personal review with all of you!  Let me know if you purchase(d) any of the three planners I mentioned, or if you have a favorite one that I didn’t talk about!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and it’s filled with lots of love and good vibes!

xo, Tessa

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Summer Outfits & Styling Tips!

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Outfit 1

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There’s nothing I love more than wearing a pretty dress to any occasion!  I absolutely adore this cobalt blue lace dress, and the nude detailing underneath is such a perfect addition!  I paired this dress with my Kate Spade Tote, my J Crew necklace, and swapped out my nude heels for my favorite gold Tory Burch sandals!  I think this outfit is especially perfect for a brunch/lunch date with friends, date night, or for a day in the city!

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Alyssa (Somewhere Between Vogue & Van Gogh) wore the most adorable outfit, pairing a classic gray tank with some olive green shorts!  She also added a pop of red/brown with her scrappy sandals, and tied the color in with her tote!  I absolutely loved her simple layered gold necklaces, they definitely tied the entire look together!

Tips & Inspiration!

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Summer fashion is all about fringe, pom pom details, pops of color, distressed denim, mule sandals, and the classic light blue cotton top and off-the-shoulder top!  I believe any of these pieces will add so much to your look, and are perfect for this summer’s trends!  Also, when it comes to styling, stick to basic pieces!  A classic pair of light wash or white skinny jeans, basic tees and tanks, and strappy sandals are always a go-to classic summer style!  Basic pieces are also really easy to pair with anything, so adding a cute pair of pom pom sandals or a colorful tote will really elevate your outfit without you spending extra money!

I hope you all enjoyed my summer styling post featuring my best friend Alyssa, and make sure you follow her blog Somewhere Between Vogue & Van Gogh!  She is leaving for France tomorrow, so definitely check out her posts and keep up on her adventures (and incredible style)!  I hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday, and I hope the rest of your week is filled with lots of love and good vibes!

xo, Tessa

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*All images without a “simplytess.co” watermark were found through Pinterest or Google for this post. I am in no way taking ownership for the photos, just sharing them. I am unaware of the original owner of these photos, thus my credit to the source where I found them.

FabFitFun Summer Unboxing!

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  1. Trina Turk Canvas Tote: $55
  2. *Sample* Blister Pads
  3. Summer & Rose Yoga Towel: $36
  4. Stemulation Daily Micro Derm Scrub: $34
  5. *Sample* Burt’s Bees BB Cream
  6. $35 Gift Card to Hello Fresh
  7. Betchsicles Ice Pop Molds: $19
  8. Eco Beauty Good Start Face Serum: $40
  9. Pur-lisse Pur-delicate Soy Cleanser: $36
  10. FabFitFun Everyday Beach Waves Spray: $18
  11. Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream: $48
  12. Passport to Beauty Gypset Luminous Lips: $18

Total Retail Value of Box: $304

Hi everyone, happy Monday!  You all know I adore Mondays, and finding the FabFitFun Summer box on my doorstep this afternoon was a perfect touch to this lovely day!  I absolutely love FabFitFun because I always receive SO many products for the amount I pay quarterly, and all of the products are incredible!  This year’s summer box is amazing, and I would have to say my favorite item is definitely the Seas the Day tote!  Head over to FabFitFun using my referral link, and if you follow the link you’ll get $10 off of your first box!

I hope you all enjoyed taking a look at my FabFitFun Summer box, I cannot wait to start putting these products to use!  I hope you all have a wonderful day, and it’s filled with love and pretty things!

xo, Tessa

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