07.07.17 – Weekly Recap & Exciting Updates!

Hello everyone, happy Friday!  I hope you had an absolutely beautiful week, and are feeling inspired and excited for the weekend!

It’s not often that I write a recap post, but I wanted to chat with you all a little bit today and share what’s been going on!  I started a new job as well as a summer class, and I finally felt like I was getting back into a routine when it hit me… the dreaded creative slump that we all encounter every once in a while.  You know the feeling!  After some sweaty workout sessions, a meditative slow flow, and a much needed digital detox, I finally found my way out and decided to create a new little addition to Simply Tess!

So here it is… I created a YouTube channel!!

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Coffee Date no.2; Cool & Contemporary at Palatte Coffee

Head over to my Instagram (@tessa_herg) and Palatte’s social media channels to check out my picture!!

Oversized sweaters, a good book, and coffee!  There’s nothing better!!

I couldn’t resist the cozy corner by the window!

Hi everyone, happy Friday!! I hope you all had a beautiful week, and are ready for a wonderful weekend!!  It’s finally feeling like winter again in the midwest, the snow is softly falling and the endless rain has finally stopped!  You all know how much I love winter, so I’m thrilled to see snow again (although that 50 degree day was pretty amazing)!

For this week’s coffee date, I wanted to talk about a cool and contemporary coffeehouse that I instantly fell in love with the moment I walked inside!  Palatte Coffee sits right on Fulton St, and the entire place is decorated with a perfect mix of warm and cool tones.  Local art covers the walls, and each table tells a beautiful story!  My favorite is the metal “616” table pictured above!  I ordered my usual soy vanilla latte, and sat in my cozy corner as I let my mind wander.  Being surrounded by all of the incredible artwork left me feeling so inspired, and I couldn’t resist ordering one of the specialty winter teas on my way out!

As I briefly mentioned in my last post, I’ve been pretty under the weather this entire week.  I still had a lovely week despite that, and thankfully it was filled with a lot of rest and relaxation (and hours binge watching The Office)!  Tomorrow I have a fun inspirational day planned with my best friend, Alyssa, and next week is filled with lots of girl’s days with some of my favorite people!!  It was a great week with some great coffee!  Check out my Coffee Date no.1 post featuring my dear friend, Paige, and all of our adventures!

Love & Good Vibes


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Coffee Date no.1; Girl’s Day in the City & Eclectic Coffee Bar

Happy FriYAY everyone!!  I’m so excited for today’s post, because it’s the very first “Coffee Date” post on my blog!  I briefly mentioned in a previous post that every Friday I was going to do a “weekly recap” post, and I also talked about how one of my goals for 2017 was to visit all of the coffeehouses in my city.  I decided to combine the two, and create the “Coffee Date” series which I will share every single Friday!  Multiple bloggers do this type of post, where they recap a week or a month, and that’s exactly what I intend to do!  I want to share the moments of my week with all of you, and talk about the coffeehouse that I decided to visit as well!

This week was truly a fantastic one, and yesterday my dear friend and favorite person Paige and I decided to have a spontaneous girl’s day in Eastown, Grand Rapids!  Eastown is my favorite place to be, so when Paige mentioned getting coffee at Squibb Coffee Bar I was so excited!  Squibb is a newly opened coffee bar on Wealthy, and the interior is the perfect mix of minimalism and eclectic vibes!  Not to mention, the soy vanilla latte and soy matcha latte were delicious!  Paige and I had the best time talking about our goals and dreams, and all of our plans for the future!

After coffee we decided to drop by Cherry Street, which holds my favorite sushi and macaron place!  There’s also an absolutely beautiful Indie bookstore, which I’m featuring next week! Make sure you stay in touch for that, because I know you’re going to love it just as much as we do!

We spent the rest of the afternoon sharing macarons and stories at Le Bon, and I spent the evening in a hot LUSH bath with sushi, The Office, and a (very) large mug of tea!  An absolutely perfect day with one of my favorite people in the world!

As I mentioned earlier this truly was a wonderful week, filled with a lot of beautiful moments!  I was able to spend some much needed quality time with my best friends, and also focus a lot on my personal health and wellness!  This week I focused a lot on the beautiful little moments that make each day special, and received a lot of mental clarity and joy because of it!  I’ve never felt happier and more optimistic about the future!!

Love & Good Vibes


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