Monday, November 14, 2011

Two towns from me

Let's pretend my skirt wasn't so wrinkled, shall we?

At least I had a good reason for it to be so. I took Friday off work and Chris and I spent the day in Ann Arbor - a city highly recommended to us, a mere 2.5 hours from us, and neither of us had ever been. We figured it was high time we fixed that.

cardigan and boots: Forever 21 | dress (as top): Modcloth | skirt: GAP | tights: Goodwill | belt: Salvation Army (from the boy's section!)

I decided to tackle two of my sartorial fears in one outfit: neutrals and separates. Dresses and bright colors are like a security blanket to me. Separates are scary and I always feel I look boring in neutrals. It's totally irrational. But wrinkles from car travel notwithstanding, I actually loved how this outfit turned out and I will be wearing it again!

After a considerable amount of time spent looking for parking, we stopped into a lovely little free trade/organic coffee shop and grocery store. I had an Americano and Chris got some freshly-made juice: carrot, apple, orange, and ginger. My coffee was wonderful (probably the best Americano I've had) but I most confess I was jealous of his juice. Made me want to buy a juicer!

Next, we stopped into Zingerman's Deli. How great can a deli be, I thought? Well, I got my answer, and there's not room enough here to do it justice. So much food, so many lovely smells and tastes - fresh bread, cheeses, vinegar dips, pumpkin butter anything you could imagine -and you can sample as much as you want! I wish I'd gotten photos of the inside, but I suppose that will serve as even more motivation to return.

After that, we walked around downtown, struck out at a vintage shop (the shop was great but everything was too small - so disappointing), bought a few sale items from Urban Outfitters, and headed to one of Ann Arbor's many used bookstores. It did not disappoint.

I didn't buy anything, but it's lovely to look, isn't it? I found an early edition of A Farewell to Arms...

...the biggest dictionary I've ever seen...

...lovely Russian books in my favorite colors...

...and this Charles Dana Gibson book (behind glass) that Chris pretty much had to physically drag me away from:

Though we enjoyed all of the bookstore, Chris looks quite at home in the kid's section, no?

We finished off our long, lovely day with a Blind Pilot concert, which made my love for that band grow (their albums are already in heavy rotation on my mp3 player so far this week!). We were so close, I was actually leaning on the stage.

I couldn't have asked for a better 11.11.11.



  1. I love love love your hair! <3 The perfect beehive!

    Lost in the Haze

  2. Ann Arbor seems to be popular with bloggers, and it sounds like a lovely place. I'd love to go sometimes. What a great way to spend 11/11/11!

    Also, I hear you on colours being a security blanket. I've recently embraced neutrals but only certain shades...

  3. Laura! Come to sass fest on saturday, I am hosting a clothing swap there! It will be lots of fun and we can take cute blog pictures.

  4. Aww, yay! You are so cute and I'm glad you're blogging again! Isn't Ann Arbor just so lovely? We went last winter for the first time and I loved it. We had friends at that show too. Glad you had fun! xo

  5. Blind Pilot! How fun! I saw them with The Decemberists a couple years back. I think your seperate and neutral outfit looks very cute. Your tights look nice and warm and I love your boots too!