I’ve been working from home for a few years now as a luxury travel writer and photographer, and one of the biggest things that help me stay productive and keeps me crossing things off my very long to-do list each day, is having an organized office space. My home office tour is one of my most requested blog posts, so I’m hoping that my office/closet area inspires you to carve a little corner, desk, or room for yourself at home to make a space that’s all your own, so that you can work from home, focus on schoolwork, or pursue your passion in a place that’s entirely your own.
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Autumn is such a magical time of year, as well as my personal favorite season. The leaves change colors, trees look alight with the fires of autumn, and the days become a little darker, and a little colder, hinting at the hibernation to come. Each autumn, my husband and I have an unofficial list of things we like to do before the season ends, and I wanted to share with you 50 fun things to do this fall.
Le Bon Macaron is the best place to find handmade, authentic French macarons in Michigan. They have two locations, one in Ann Arbor, and one in Grand Rapids, both locations also serve ice cream, handmade sodas, coffees, espresso, a variety of tea, and they have a cute selection of merchandise like travel mugs, totes, and clothing that any Francophile should enjoy.
Each year Robin and I head out to an apple orchard and buy a few pounds of organic apples for ourselves, our family members, and our neighbors. We turn what we keep for ourselves into preserves, or eat them when they’re fresh in fall salads, or we make one of Robin’s favorite desserts, an apple crumble. This fall, we got an early start and headed to our favorite orchard to support their dedicated organic and sustainable farm and orchards, and as usual, it was a wonderful time!
Holland is one of my favorite cities in the Midwest, because it is on Lake Michigan, it’s home to my favorite Michigan festival, the Tulip Time Festival, which sees about 7 million tulips bloom each year in May, and it has consistently been ranked as one of the happiest towns in the United States. Famous all over North America for their stunning flower festival, unique red light house, incredible lake views, and breathtaking sunsets, Holland is a lovely place to visit during any Midwest trip.
I have worn a Pandora bracelet since my early high school days, and I’ve recently filled my second Pandora bracelet with charms that commemorate special occasions, events and milestones, and achievements in my life, along with a few charms that are just for fun. It feels like the end of an era almost, so I wanted to share what I’ve added to this bracelet, and why each charm is special to me.
The handbag in this photo is a knockoff, and I thought even after I took these photos that it was real. Here’s why and how to avoid accidentally buying a fake designer handbag, including concrete tips on how to spot a fake bag, how to research a bag to ensure it’s authentic, and what to do if you accidentally buy a fake. In a world where some people are going to school to learn how to spot fakes because they are so close to the real thing, but often made using exploitation and violence, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant, respect art, and honor the design teams that make authentic designer handbags
The Spa at Blythswood Square in Glasgow is one of Europe’s most sophisticated and saught after spas. Booking out months in advance, the spa is home to some of Scotland’s most luxurious and invigorating spa treatments, which are performed using only organic, Scottish plant-derived products to ensure a safe and relaxing experience. We enjoyed a couple’s massage, a Ishga Scottish seaweed facials, and a salt & oil scrub, a Detoxifying Rhassoul for 2 soak, and a Scottish Seaweed bath. It was an unbelievably cool and refreshing spa day!
I’ve been on the hunt for cute, easy to wear, fall clothing, and Downeast definitely checked all of these boxes. Paired with leather shoes, a cute bag, and a piece of jewelry or two, throwing together an outfit with these pieces couldn’t be easier!
Thai Orchid Petoskey is by far my favorite Thai Restaurant in Michigan. This family owned gem serves up locally sourced, fresh as can be, made-from-scratch Thai recipes that have been in their family for generations. I’ve eaten a lot of Thai food around the state, but this is certainly my favorite. Grab it to-go and head a few blocks down to the marina to enjoy delicious, hot Thai food with a gorgeous view!
Here are my best tips for traveling on a gluten free diet in order to stay healthy and safe, while still enjoying all of the best local delicacies. With just a little bit of research, planning, and prep work, all of which takes me less than half an hour before I leave for an adventure, I can be sure that I won’t have any issues traveling with a gluten allergy. I hope these tips help you enjoy your travels more!