Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello Monday: Weekend in New Buffalo, MI

Sunnies: Ray Ban (other colors here) | Earrings: Old Navy | Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 | Bag: Tory Burch (roomier option here) | Dress: JCrew Factory (other prints here, solid colors here) | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (in taupe here, option here and here)

I don't know about you, but I am exhausted!!! It's been a long, but fun last few days. This weekend was the bachelorette party for a wedding I'm in later this fall - you can refresh yourself with the wedding shower here. I'm laughing as I write this because I wore the same exact dress for the the bachelorette party as I wore for the shower, just in a different print, obviously. What can I say? When something works, I buy all the colors! PS I took these outfit photos one week ago, before I was actually on the trip, hence the different hairstyle!

Photo credit: Marina Grand Resort website - 2 bedroom loft suite

The bride wanted a relaxing weekend, so we decided to book rooms at the Marina Grand Resort in New Buffalo, MI. New Buffalo is located at the southwest corner of the state, just inside the Indiana border. We rented a loft suite that slept 6 - two in the master king bed, two on the pull out sofa bed, and two in the loft on twin beds. The view was beautiful.

View from our suite

It was about a five hour drive from here, so we rented a Suburban, loaded it up and 4 of us carpooled together. Some of these shots may look a little familiar to you if you followed along on Snapchat (carylee07)!

We ended up getting into town around 7pm local time, and we had no set plans for the evening other than having drinks and heavy apps in our suite. We made all the girls upload photos (the more embarrassing the better) of the bride over the years. We printed them all out, enlarging some of the good ones, and sprinkled them everywhere around the suite. There were over 120 photos everywhere, so it was a riot watching her trying to remember where some of them were taken and with whom they were taken. :) Naturally, we bought some of the stereotypical bachelorette party decor and threw it into the mix.

Acrylic mason jar from Etsy here

Saturday morning, we all met up around 10am to grab some breakfast snacks in the resort coffee shop and head to the beach. We brought snacks and drinks with us as well and ended up laying out for about 4 hours or so before posting up at the resort pool. Frankly, this was just a big tease for me! I missed the beach and need a proper beach vacation!

Dinner reservations were at 6pm, which ended up working out quite nicely.  We ate at the Brentwood Tavern, which was located in our resort. After dinner, we had cocktails at the rooftop bar, also at the resort - the bride opened gifts and we ate cake! We ended the night at The Stray Dog where we had more after dinner drinks... and a second dinner. Ha! It was late by the time we ate again though, closer to 11pm. We originally planned to have lunch at The Stray Dog since everyone spoke so highly of their rooftop seating, but with a late breakfast and early dinner, we ended up just doing snacks on the beach in lieu of a heavy lunch. There ended up being 14 of us total and we all made it back in one piece!

Photo credit: The Stray Dog website (here)

I had lofty plans to write 5 blog posts this week, but I don't quite think that will be happening! I'll be downsizing to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday posts this week while I catch up on life! In Wednesday's post, I'll go over what I packed, so please be sure to check back in for the details!


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  1. Sounds like such a fun weekend! This is a great dress on you, I can see why you get in multiples.


    Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  2. That looks like such a fun weekend! Love the blue printed dress with the red shoes too :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. I was following along on snap, you look so pretty and clearly this was the perfect girl's weekend.


  4. Wow what a gorgeous group of ladies!! And I love your red shoes with the blue and white dress! Susan

  5. I love your blue printed dress and red heels! Looks like a fun weekend!

    Doused In Pink

  6. What a fab weekend! I love the pop of red of your shoe with your outfit!! So pretty. Have a great Monday, girl!

  7. How fun! Your dress is the most adorable!
    Red Reticule

  8. OMG I loved reading this post!!! I was born & raised in St. Joseph, MI which is just about 15-20 mins north of New Buffalo. I know exactly where you stayed and went to eat...the Stray Dog is the best! Did y'all make it to Redamak's? They're the best burgers in the world! Anyways, it's been years since I've been to NB so it was nice to take a walk down memory lane with you. Hope you had a good time and thanks for sharing!

  9. This is such a cute dress and the red heels are perfect with it! :) My sister has a cottage in Michigan Shores, IN which is right across the border from New Buffalo. Such a fun and beautiful area. I hope you made it to Oinks, my favorite ice cream place.


  10. It sounds like an amazing weekend. Beautiful resort. You look amazing in that dress, no wonder you bought two colors in the same dress. I think the red heels were the perfect pairing.

  11. Super cute dress and your hair looks fabulous in the pics for the dinner night! Sounds like a fun weekend! Hope you have a great week!
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  12. Sounds like a great weekend!! I loved that dress, the print is so cute! I really like how you paired it with the red heels too.

  13. What a fun weekend! I love your outfit. Seriously, your outfits always make me want to buy something, this time around it's your dress!


  14. That must have been a fun party - and you look great from top to toe!!!


  15. That kind of stuff is so much fun but often very tiring! I love your dress. Perfect with the red heels.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  16. Sounds like the perfect spot for a girls weekend! I'm sure the bride really loved it! Love that dress on you!
    xo Adri

  17. Great pics lady! I love the patterned dress and heels you're rocking! Looks like you had an awesome time with the girls!


  18. The pattern on this dress is unreal, and I love the bright red heels!


  19. Love your dress and with those stunning red heels, love it! Looks like a fun time, love the outdoor patio!
    Hope to see you for Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

  20. Sounds like a fun weekend! Bachelorette parties are always so fun, but tiring! Love this dress on you. Looks great with the red heels!

  21. This looks like such a fun time! I love the pattern on your dress & those red shoes!

  22. I love that dress with those fab red shoes! Sounds like you had a great weekend!!!
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

  23. Can you send me an advance screening of your packing plan, pretty please? I need to pack again and am not motivated. Mind you, I'm not going to a bachelorette (why is that underlined??) party so maybe your outfits won't be relevant. Anyway, really love this Factory dress! Such a a fun, feminine silhouette! And what a fun group of girls! Glad I got to follow along on Snapchat.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  24. What a super cute look. Love the dress and the sunglasses :D

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

  25. Sounds like a fun weekend! That dress is so pretty and I love those shoes!

    Nicole to the Nines

  26. Loving this dress! I remember seeing it in store and thinking meh, but now I wish I had bought it!! I love the print and love it with those red shoes! That trip looks like so much fun!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  27. Cute print and the shoes go well with it! Delightful look!

    The Flower Duet

  28. I love this dress. And I'm with you, BUY ALL THE COLORS! (No matter what it is, if it fits, looks good and feels great, buy all the colors!) Looks like you had fun! Hope you caught up on sleep, can't wait to see what you packed!

    Clare | Understated Classics

  29. What a fun weekend!! I love that dress, especially with those gorgeous red shoes. I think I *need* a pair!!

  30. You must have had a relaxed weekend .. Can totally tell by the awesome glow on you. Love you dress. The Red shoes do the trick.