Today's Everyday Fashion: Big Sable Lighthouse

 
Big Sable Lighthouse - gingham outfit
 
Big Sable Lighthouse - gingham outfit
Big Sable Lighthouse - gingham off shoulder outfit
Big Sable Lighthouse
Big Sable Lighthouse - gingham dress outfit
Big Sable Lighthouse - gingham outfit
 
Big Sable Lighthouse - gingham dress outfit
 
Big Sable Lighthouse - gingham dress outfit

There's something so romantic about the idea of a lighthouse, poised on the coast, guiding wayfaring sailors home. Not to mention, the nautical colors make a stunning backdrop for a photo shoot! Lucky for us, my BFF from 4th grade got married recently and at the wedding her aunt invited us to visit possibly the prettiest lighthouse of all time - Big Sable in Ludington, Michigan. Originally built in 1867, and one of the tallest light houses in the state at over 100 feet, anyone can visit and browse the gift shop, enjoy the beach or pay a small fee to climb to the top. It's a 2-mile hike from the parking lot, or buses run on Saturdays in the summer. We were given a ride from a park official, which meant I could comfortably don this gorgeous gingham dress with a huge full skirt, and espadrille wedges. With such a gorgeous jewel waiting at the end of the path, I can confidently say that a trip to Ludington to see Big Sable is worth it!

Dress: Stein Mart c/o, $50 (old gift card)
Shoes: Marc Fisher c/o Amazon, $89
Purse: Stella & Dot (similarsimilarsimilarsimilar)
Hat: Mud Pie, $19 (similarsimilar)
Earrings: Amazon c/o, $18 (fair tradesimilar)
Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe, $4
Approx. dates: Purse is 1 year ago. Hat, earrings, sunglasses and shoes are this summer. Dress is new.

Gingham dresses on a budget

Macy's  /  Asos  /  Nordstrom Rack  /  Shoptiques  /  Talbots
Na-kd  /  Amazon  /  6pm.com  /  Asos
Shoptiques  /  Asos  /  Forever 21  /  Asos  /  Zappos (also in plus)

Big Sable Lighthouse

Today's Everyday Fashion: Harbor Springs

 
Harbor Springs, Michigan - ruffle sleeve stripe top, scallop shorts, sun hat
 
Harbor Springs, Michigan - ruffle sleeve stripe top, espadrilles
Harbor Springs, Michigan
Ruffle sleeve stripe top, scallop shorts, sun hat
Harbor Springs, Michigan - ruffle sleeve stripe top, scallop shorts, sun hat
Harbor Springs, Michigan
 
Harbor Springs, Michigan - ruffle sleeve stripe top, scallop shorts, sun hat
Ruffle sleeve stripe top, scallop shorts, sun hat
 
Ruffle sleeve stripe top, sun hat

Our next stop in Michigan was Harbor Springs, located on Little Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan. It was the afternoon of my birthday and we had so much fun exploring the adorable shops and eating ice cream after a delectable lunch at Stafford's Pier Restaurant. It felt like there were colorful buildings and flowers at every turn (which is a sure way to put a smile on my face!), and the weather was perfect (we really enjoyed a break from the Florida heat). I purchased this top and shoes right before our trip, and I'm so glad I did. The ruffle sleeves on the top are huge and added so much volume. And the shoes were so comfy, even when walking for hours or at the airport. Overall, it was such a fun day!

Top: Stein Mart c/o, $50 (old gift card)
Shorts: Mud Pie c/o, $50
Shoes: Marc Fisher c/o Amazon, $89
Purse: Mud Pie c/o, $36
Hat: ModCloth c/o, $34 (similarsimilar)
Sunglasses: Foster Grant, $15 (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Kate Spade outlet, $15 (same)
Approx. dates: Hat is 1 year ago. Shoes, shorts, purse are this summer. Top is new.

Wedge espadrilles on a budget

Mackinac Island Travel Guide

 
The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island - White ruffle top, blue stripe skirt
 
The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island - White ruffle top, blue stripe skirt
The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island outfit - White ruffle top, blue stripe skirt
Mackinac Island outfit - White ruffle top, blue stripe skirt

Mackinac Island (pronounced Mackinaw) is a little 3.8 square mile slice of heaven located in Lake Huron, just north of the Michigan "mitten." Besides being an island situated in a gorgeous body of water, it derives much of it's charm from two main things: the fact that cars are not allowed, so horses and bicycles fill the streets, and the Grand Hotel is located there, which is just as stately and grand as it sounds. We took a day trip to Mackinac from Bay View, MI and explored all this wonderful island has to offer! Here's a quick guide:

Mackinac Island Main St
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island - White ruffle top, blue stripe skirt
Mackinac Island - Arch Rock
Mackinac Island lighthouse
Mackinac Island horses
  • Getting there. We took Shepler's Ferry from St. Ignace. This route allowed us to drive over the five-mile long Mackinac Bridge, which I highly recommend, no matter which direction you're coming from. Several of the early morning ferries also take a fun detour and drive under the bridge.
  • Where to eat. Head to the Hotel Iroquoise award-winning restaurant for their unbeatable water views, or The Gate House, an affordable and quaint dining option offered by The Grand Hotel.
  • How to get around. Renting bikes is a popular way to see Mackinac. There are more than 20 miles of trails across the island, and it's only an 8 mile trek around the entire outer rim. Or, you can saddle up a horse and ride around town. Or, take a horse-drawn carriage ride. We opted for Mackinac Island Carriage tours, which will take you to hot spots Arch Rock and The Grand Hotel.
  • What to do. My top pick is to tour The Grand Hotel. Before 6pm, there's an admission fee, and after 6pm there's a strict dress code - but only for some areas of the hotel, so go ahead and poke around. You could also tour the fort, visit the governor's house, or head to Main St. to shop and sample the fudge that Mackinac Island is known for!

My outfit details are below. When dressing for Mackinac Island, keep in mind that you'll likely do lots of walking or biking, and there are plenty of "road hazards" from horses that you'll want to avoid. Otherwise, the sky is the limit - dress as casual (bike or athletic gear) or as fancy (cocktail attire, for the Grand Hotel) as you'd like! 

Top: H&M, $35
Skirt: ModCloth c/o, $60 (old gift card)
Shoes: Dolce Vita c/o Amazon, $33
Purse: Mud Pie c/o, $36
Earrings: Amazon c/o, $18 (fair tradesimilar)
Hat: ModCloth c/o, $34 (similarsimilar)
Approx. dates: Belt is 4 years ago. Hat is 1 year ago. Purse, shoes, earrings, top are this summer. Skirt is new.

White ruffle off shoulder tops