Sunsets + Sailboats

“Going Dutch. To many it means sharing the bill. But in some places, it means sharing the wind. Sharing the stories, sharing the memories. Come share in the warmth and wonder of Holland. Where going dutch doesn’t require a passport. And savoring the best of life is Pure Michigan.” Tim Allen, Pure Michigan

Sharing the wind.

The first time I went sailing was with my dad. I was probably only 5. The sailboat was little, no more than 2 people could fit in it, and we were only sailing on a small lake. But I remember loving every second of it. Strapped in my bright orange life vest with a huge grin plastered on my face, with the wind in my {curly} hair.

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Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Sailing Sunsets

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Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Sailing Sunsets - ladies cream and navy striped silk dress, cream blouse, mens green striped button up, navy khakis

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Lake Michigan Sailing Sunsets

Jessica BLOUSE: Jessica Swagman | DRESS: JC Penney | RINGS: Pandora

Surekha DRESS: DKNY (similar here) | BELT: Vintage

Nicholas SHIRT: H&M (similar here) | PANTS: Old Navy | SHOES: Polo (similar here)

Pure Michigan

“Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” Walt Whitman

While it seems so many are enjoying the slow casual days of summer, my days are nonstop busy. For those of you that aren’t aware, I own an event planning company. So, for me, summer = wedding season. A season filled with drafting floor plans, clipping flowers and copious amounts of spray paint. Glamorous, I know. While I love my job, sometimes I think about what it would be like to have a “normal” summer. A summer where I get out of work at 5pm, head to the waters, and only think about returning home when the inky night has filled with sparkling stars. A summer where I have weekends off, head north to the cliffs of Lake Superior and never look back.

A few weeks ago, I had a free evening, so Nicholas, Surekha, Andrew and I headed out to Lake Michigan for a little sailing and a much needed break from the busyness of it all.

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Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sailing Lake Michigan; mens chambray shirt, grey navy striped t-shirt, grey pants

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sailing Lake Michigan

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Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sailing Lake Michigan; jean vest, grey t-shirt, olive pants

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sailing Lake Michigan; mens chambray shirt, grey navy striped t-shirt, grey pants

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Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sailing Lake Michigan; jean vest, grey t-shirt, olive pants

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sailing Lake Michigan; mens chambray shirt, grey navy striped t-shirt, grey pants

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sailing Lake Michigan; Holland Lighthouse

Jessica BLOUSE: Jessica Swagman | SWEATER: Vera Wang (similar here or here | PANTS: Forever 21 (similar here) | NECKLACES: Pandora | RINGS: Pandora

Surekha VEST:Target | TEE: Target | PANTS: Old Navy (similar here)

Nicholas SHIRT: Target (similar here) | TEE: Old Navy (similar here) | PANTS: Levis

“We all get to that point, when the day takes away more than it gives. When the to-do list get longer than the “I want to do list.” When the daily routine starts to become the weekly and monthly routine. The cure is simple. Just add water. Just add the healing waters of Michigan’s beach towns. A 200 mile stretch of sandy shore along the deep, blue waters of Lake Michigan. Where we find everything we need to go fishing, canoeing, boating or diving. Where we lay back and dig our toes in the warm sand, stroll up and down the boardwalks and shore line, and enjoy a place where every day is causal day. So when we need to be immersed in a better world, just add water. All along Michigan’s beach towns, and drift away to Pure Michigan.” Tim Allen, Pure Michigan