I never really used to love wearing blue, except for the other black; Navy! However, this past year or two, I have really been drawn to shades of blue. So much so, that I'm even toying with the idea of having a shade of it be an accent color in some areas of our new house? As for clothing, it's the vibrant blues that really draws me in!

The sleeves and the flow of this beautiful top or just too cute to pass up and I could not believe that the shade of blue matched these fun and funky Fringed Steve Madden lace up sandals! and the the Rebecca Minkoff "Leo" clutch was a sweet addition since it too matched the pink fringe in the sandals.

Some of these pictures were taken by the most darling ice cream spot in our vacation town called The Cool Spot! While another ice cream shop is our favorite, this one has the cutest flowers and outside decorations!
The sweet little necklace..a gift this past Christmas from the is morse code for "I LOVE YOU"

And can we just keep talking about the sandals? Not only were they comfortable but they're just so darn fun, definitely my favorite sandal purchase of the summer!

Steve Madden Swizzle Sandals, Now 1/2 Price 
Similar Tops Here and Here and Here

And it's funny, when I talk about Shades of Blue, J-Lo keeps popping in my mind because I absolutely love that show and I can't wait till it comes back in the Fall! She is one Bad-A#s Detective! Yes, that was totally off-topic but she happens to be one of my favorite fashion icons as well! LOL. Love you Jenny from the Block!

And with this new found love of blue, don't you think mama might need these pointed toe smoking slippers (NO, I do not smoke) for Fall? From Sole Society

And know what else I love? YOU, Linking-Up with us and your beautiful style! 
Head over to The Blended Blog and see what one of our gorgeous ladies is styling and loving!


Oh Vacation how I love thee. Today, several of The Blended Blog ladies and myself are discussing our favorite vacations with a blog hop and Link-Up, which was perfect timing for me as we recently returned from our annual family vacation to our favorite town in the whole wide world on Lake Michigan. So excited to bring you a recap of what is my favorite week every year, where the 5 of us get to relax, eat, beach it, chill, laugh and make up for all the crazy business of life!!

Our first night out on the deck to watch the sunset. Even brought my favorite blankie!

I do not want these two to go back to college in a month.

We always try to find at least one new restaurant, one new thing to do and make it a priority to not be on a schedule and sleep in!!! What a luxury that this lady hardly ever gets. 
This year we tried a few new places. I had a hankering for a hot dog and considering I only eat hot dogs once or twice a year, I knew FrankZ would be the place to cure that craving. Plus their fries were voted the best in Northern Michigan and oh how they were!
One night we went to an awesome distillery out in the middle of nowhere. The entertainment were these two darling sisters. I knew I'd love them when the first song they belted out was "Jolene!" And hello Strawberry slushies with fresh strawberries and their homemade good. Oh and the cherry on Taco Truck!! Great night!!

July 4th is a big deal in this small beach town and the parade is like no other. People line the streets decked out in their best red, white and blue.
Still thinking about that hot dog....if you look close that's giant hot dog in the back of the truck behind me.

July 4th dinner night!

Beach time is of corse the BEST time!
Hello Beautiful Beach weather!!

It is a tradition to go out on the pier every year add get pictures by the lighthouse.
The boats were sending up some serious crashing waves which the boys loved.

Tenkara rod fishing but no luck. It's the experience, not the fish, lol

Now this was a fun time! My husband has a Ford Raptor and we were able to Baha a bit in the sand where most cars couldn't get too. Came out of the dunes with a little mud on the tires, just the way we like it!

A bench on this beach is how we found this town years ago. I will devote a whole post to the story sometime as it is precious...

.....Just like my precious family!

Mr. Nine and I get a little emotional when we have to leave as we love having us all together and we know this time may be fleeting when they have families of their own. We hope that with the families they start of their own someday, they will continue to come here with us year after year.
Adore this crew!

See other posts our trips to this favorite spot on lake Michigan where Summer's we go as a family and in the Fall, it is a little getaway after HS football season is over, just the two of us.....2015 HEREFall 2015 HERE2016 HERE and Fall 2016 HERE 

...and My ultimate favorite Beach vacation of all time Grand Cayman Spring Break

Now link-up your favorite vacations, 
new and old!
Head over to Sheila's Blog where she talks 
about her Vacation Love.

Linking up with Biana // Totally Terrific Tuesday // Inspire Me Monday // Inspire Me Tuesday // Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party // Share It // 


FRIDAY FAVORITES...Back in the Saddle Edition

Coming back to reality is so tough after a great vacation. This week it was back to the grind and it was a long one so Hello Friday LOVE! Mr. Nine and I picked out all our flooring and tile yesterday for the new house and this morning, well, it's really exciting....toilets!! I'll also be pricing more garage sale stuff today for the BIG sale next weekend. 
Hoping for a little R&R too and wishing you one heck of a Summer weekend!!

1. Vacation
I am seriously missing our vacation of last week. The care free beach and family days cannot be beat. Monday I'll have a full re-cap of our shenanigans. Here are some favorite photos from the trip!
You know I love me posies and in a bicycle basket....YES!! 
My patriotism shined often that week too!

Just look at that sunset..a favorite picture of Mr. Nine and I on an evening beach walk.

Our first family selfie of the week

My guys on our favorite pier with the lighthouse that is the view every morning!

In case you missed the first outfit post from vacation: 

2. Our All-American Girl
My sweet mom takes such good care of our Daisy over vacation. She even dressed her up and sent us this picture on the 4th! 

3. Week's Attire
Needed brights to get back in the swing
Glick's top, Etsy necklace

JC Penny Top, Charming Charlie necklace, Sam Edelman Circus shoes

TJ Maxx dress and cardigan, Target necklace, Aerosoles shoes

4. "The" Tie Bow Back Top
This darling Gingham tied split bow back from Shein was all over blog land because it is that cute. I got the red gingham one which I did not see as much. It was so Nice and cool.
Buy this top HERE

More Inspo
Amy Ann Arnold from Straight A Style
is one of my favorite fashion bloggers. Love how she paired slide loafers and the raw hem capris with this darling top.

Here is another blogger showcasing the's so cute

And one of the first Fashion Bloggers I followed, Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific
She can do no wrong in my book!! Love everything she wears.

5.Misc. Fun
Wow, so this is the Week..the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I must say, I was quite disappointed by the selection but who knows maybe once I see some pieces on other bloggers, I may be more intrigued. However, when we returned from vacation, these pretty slippers were waiting for me..... Baby Pink UGG slippers!
LOVE them! They are not on the sale but if you're headed that way and want the sweetest little slippers....
BUY these pink UGG Fluff Flip Flop slippers HERE

I have talked of my love of my STEPPER many times. Well imagine my oooh's and ahhh's when I saw this!!! A SUP board with a stepper built it, that will propel you around the water. Um YES!!!!!

So we stopped to get gas and the boys say they're running over to the Antique shop and Look who walks out with this?? We thought he was kidding when he said he wanted a deer head for his Fraternity House. So yeah, how are we going to transport that back? We put it in a kayak, it's antlers hanging down with a bag over it. His name? "Bo"

As you all know, my love of wind turbines runds deep!!! How excited was I when Mr. Nine took us down a back road so I could get closer to these babies!! Look, I'm even holding one, lol!

Yep, the corn was knee high by the 4th of July!!
Happy JULY Weekend babes!! Enjoy!!

Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // Oh Hey, Friday  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday // Fashion Friday

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