Summer to Fall Closet Transformation

Days in the sun
And nights in the rain
Summer is over, simple and plain
Found me some fun that’s good for the pain
Already told you, I don’t feel the same
I don’t feel the same

-Word to Drake (Summer’s Over interlude; Views)

 

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Sunny scorching days, and warm humid nights…we’ve been dreaming of these times since the winter, along with the freezing, below 10 degree weather and the 2-10 inches of snow that we trudged through. As the warm weather peaked, guys were happy to bust out the fitted cap and shorts with the matching Jordans that they stood in line and waited hours for. For girls, sun dresses and sandals were the summer staple that could be seen in every color, with the occasional tank top and shorts or even the “bodysuit” and slim fit jeans.

Hope as we might, wish as we will, summer’s slowly coming to an end and fall will soon be upon us. With the change of seasons, many people think that they need to pack away their summer clothes or dish out on a whole new wardrobe for autumn. Sure shopping is always a hobby I can find a reason for…BUT that doesn’t mean fashion stands still! We are currently in the age of Hipsters! Think outside of the box, stay in the know, “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE” and most of all, BE EDGY! Most of your favorite pieces can still be worn up until that frosty first morning of winter while still being fashionable. Fall has been claimed to be everyone’s “favorite” season. Haunted houses, dressing (or stuffing-depending on where you’re from), horror flicks, pumpkin spice latte back at Starbucks, apple cider … and the ability to layer your clothes til’ your heart’s content; that’s the whole meaning of fall right?

Remember that favorite maxi skirt you wore throughout summer? Pair it with some cute booties, accessorize with a belt, chunky jewelry, a jean jacket…the options are endless, whatever your style may be. While the weather still permits, it’s ok to still wear those shorts; match it with a floor duster cardigan, moccasins or other boots, and a cute fedora or a floppy hat.

At this point in our lives, assuming we’re mature young adults, we shouldn’t be a slave to the name any longer, sure we all love nice things including that designer bag but statements can be made with cute finds at your local thrift store; as surprising as that may be! Plato’s Closet is also a great place to find new pieces. A good jean jacket, boots, sweater, and a belt can be the ultimate pieces that can accessorize any look and transform your summer fit to a fall favorite look. Get creative! Bring those plum and maroon lipsticks to the forefront of your cabinet, take advantage of the fall sales and stock up on cute light weight scarves, and you can’t get enough of that online shopping with sales on cute sweaters.

Don’t let summer’s fun coming to an end make you drab, stay fashionable and innovative with your looks.

Here’s a video that could give you some ideas to keep the closet looks in rotation.

-domo.dub

Small Town Summers In Kalamazoo, MI: Fourth Coast Café

I actually discovered this hidden, 24-hour café known as Fourth Coast Café a few weeks IMG_0261ago when I had a meeting here about a job opportunity.

I’ve been going back pretty much every other day since! The café is literally an embodiment of Kalamazoo culture, and I love it.

The excellent choices of coffee shop music, the picturesque feel of the café, and the hipster-type crowd of people that fill the small space makes it a comfortable, homey chill spot. Whether you want to do homework, catch up with friends, or grab a coffee, Fourth Coast Café is the place to go.

And my favorite part – as I mentioned before – is that it’s open 24 hours!

IMG_0241The café has been serving Kalamazoo residents for the past 20 years. They have a diverse selection of coffees, lattes, teas, artisan breads, vegan and organic desserts, and a full selection of baked goods. My personal favorites are the chai tea latte and their blueberry muffins!

Fourth Coast Café is located at 816 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Check it out sometime!

Small Town Summers in Kalamazoo, MI: Big Moe’s

If you’re ever in Southwest Michigan and craving insanely good barbecue, Big Moe’s BBQ Sauce and Catering is THE spot to satisfy your palate.

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I came across Big Moe’s late last week when I was looking for somewhere new to eat. After eating their food for the first time, I’m so happy that I didn’t settle for pizza!

Big Moe’s is owned by Pritchett Moe, who is also an alumni and former football player of Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!). He majored in Community Education with a minor in Physical Education.

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Pritchett Moe’s down home BBQ sauce is a famous family recipe that was created generations ago in good ol’ Southern Alabama.

Moe says, “I have been pretty successful in my business ventures. I have taken all that I have learned in school and through family and friends and created two steadily growing businesses. I have perfected my grandmother’s sauce and gotten it into all area Sam’s Clubs and Walmart stores. We are very excited to be a local vendor here!”

It’s no question why Big Moe’s famous BBQ sauce has won over 200 awards. It’s so good that I could literally drink it through a straw, and I’m not even over exaggerating.

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Big Moe’s is known for more than their sauce. Their menu is extremely diverse. From ribs, chicken, wraps, hot dogs, and even desserts, Big Moe’s has it all!

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Pritchett Moe is a leader both in and outside of the kitchen. His advice to students: “Toe the line, make good decisions, finish school, and get your work done. It is the most important job you will ever have, and will strengthen your future.”

Unfortunately, the food was SO good and I was SO hungry that I forgot to take a picture of it before I ate it all! Oh well, looks like you’ll just have to see for yourself!

Big Moe’s is located at 1317 Waverly Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49048. You can also check out their website.

#MotivationMonday: Keep On Keeping On

I really don’t know where to start. I’ve written and rewritten this blog post about a dozen times now.

I mean, I could say the usual stuff. College is hard, but it’s worth it. It’ll get better. You’re almost at the finish line. Don’t give up! You got this.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

But honestly, those words don’t have any worth to me anymore because I’ve been hearing them for the past four years now. It just goes in one ear and out the other. When I’m drained and stressed out from school, saying that stuff doesn’t really make me feel better.

At this point, the only thing that’ll make me feel better is graduating.

I’m currently taking three summer classes. Summer I semester ends in about two weeks and then I’ll be taking two more summer classes during the Summer II session. Mind you, summer classes are condensed into a 7-week period instead of the usual 14. So I’m doing 14 week’s worth of work in 7 weeks.

Don’t even get me started on the other things I do on top of school: working, writing, video production stuff, and everything else because you know you have to be a multidimensional superhuman these days to get anywhere in life.

Anyway, I’d much rather be enjoying my summer, filling it with beach days at Lake Michigan and taking road trips to Chicago and being at home more often with my family.

Instead, I’m spending most of these beautiful 80-degree days inside reading and writing papers. I do enjoy my classes, and I like what I’m learning about. But you know how college is. It gets tough, stressful, more and more difficult to keep on keeping on…

But at the end of the day when it’s 3 A.M. and I’ve finally finished all of my work, I realize that I have to because I know that in December when I walk across that stage, I’ll be so happy that I did keep on keeping on. I will be so happy that I made it through the most difficult, challenging yet rewarding years of my life.

I may not be able to do all of the things that I want to right now. And it’s hard watching and seeing everyone else do what you’d rather be doing or be where you’d rather be. However, I have to remember that I’ll get there, too. And next summer, and all the summers thereafter, I’ll be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want.

AND. I. CAN’T. WAIT.

I just have to keep going, keep going, keep going.

College is hard, but the moment you want to give up is the moment that you have to work harder than ever.

Small Town Summers in Kalamazoo, MI: Caffe Casa

Caffe Casa is a quaint, little café in downtown Kalamazoo that offers an array of gourmet espresso drinks, teas, fresh baked pastries, cookies and bagels. Or if you’re craving something savory, they also have a great selection of hearty homemade soups, sandwiches and wraps, vegetarian offerings, and custom salads with a selection of homegrown seasonal organic greens.

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Sounds delicious, right?!

The café is owned by John and Kathy Beebe, and it’s been in business since 1992. John is known for working the espresso machine and having an impressive collection of plants. Kathy is very talented in the kitchen, and is famous for her delectable baked goods.

This café is one of Kalamazoo’s many gems that I discovered this past weekend, and it’s definitely one of my new favorite places to grab a cup of chai tea, or to just sit and read on a quiet summer afternoon. I love the aesthetic and the rustic vibes of the café from the plants, to the artwork that decorates the walls that are made by local artists.

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Caffe Casa is located at 128 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo MI 49007. Their hours are Mon.-Fri. 7am-6pm and Sat. 8am-6pm.

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