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Seeing The Raconteurs at the Masonic Temple.

Hello, friends! Happy Monday to you all! I had such a wonderful time visiting my family, but I am back home in Traverse City now. Back to routine!

I feel like I say “This blog post is so different from my usual ones…”, a whole lot, but I do think that this one truly is! I went to see The Raconteurs with my mom and brother on Saturday night, and I wanted to write a blog post all about it! It does terrify me a bit doing so, because I don’t want people who know much more about music than I do to get mad, haha. I’m not a music review blog, so if you’ve stumbled upon my blog on the search for professional music critiques… I might look elsewhere.

The first band that came on stage was The Stools. I had never heard of them before, but by the end of their set, I was definitely a fan. It seemed to me that they were very influenced by punk music, and they had almost a rockabilly vibe to them. They gave me major Dead Milkmen vibes.

The next band that came on stage was The Hentchmen. I enjoyed their set a whole lot as well. They were also very influenced by punk music, I found. They also heavily featured the organ, so I was, of course, a fan of that.

And then… The Raconteurs!!!

Now, here are my top three favorite songs that The Raconteurs played. Together, Consoler of the Lonely, and the finale, Steady as She Goes.

Together is probably my favorite Raconteurs song. They prefaced the song by mentioning that they wrote it in a very hot attic, much like the state of the venue that night. It’s possibly one of the sweetest songs I’ve ever heard. I had a thoroughly wonderful time swaying my little heart out to this song.

“You wrote our names down on the sidewalk / but the rain came and washed them off / so we should write them again on wet cement / so people a long time from now will know what we meant.”

Consoler of the Lonely is another one of my favorite songs by The Raconteurs. And their performance of it certainly did it justice, making it all the more rockin’. I’m a horrendous dancer, but this song definitely had me bopping and jumping all over the place.

“Haven’t had a decent meal / my brain is fried / haven’t slept a week for real / my tongue is tied.”

And Steady as She Goes… Oh my GOODNESS. A song that is wonderful always, but holy cow, was this performance absolutely fantastic. First off, the lights. The lights for the whole show were wonderful, but they were SO cool for this song. They just went wild, all over the place. This song had me jumping and screamin’ up a storm. Towards the end of the song, Jack White really had the crowd getting involved with it, having us repeat, “Are ya steady now?” over and over, building up for the end of the song. SO good.

“Find yourself a girl / and settle down / live a simple life / in a quiet town.”

What made this concert different than other concerts that I’ve been to is that there were NO cellphones allowed. When you went through the door, you were to put your phone into a bag that had a special lock that only unlocked using a piece of technology they had OR a designated area, where you could unlock it. Which was a really interesting thing and I personally found it to make the experience even better. HOWEVER. Some people did not agree with me, and managed to unlock theirs and come back and attempt to record the show. Those working security did not tolerate this. The gentleman next to me was one such person. He ended up being escorted out of the concert, reasonably angry wife in tow.. I shudder thinking what their car ride home was like…

Writing this post has made me realize I probably wouldn’t be the best music journalist or anything of the like, but goodness gracious, was it a great concert. Thank you so much to my mom’s friend, Jon, for getting us the tickets! It was an absolute blast.

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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Spending the Fourth in Frankfort.

Hello, friends! Happy Friday! I write this post, sunburnt as can be. I had such a wonderful Fourth of July yesterday, but definitely could have used some more sunscreen. Luckily, I had a sun hat on so that I didn’t get burnt on my face at all. Bobby’s family and I spent the day in Frankfort, Michigan. We sat on the beach, we wandered downtown, and we enjoyed the fireworks. Such a wonderful day!

Below is a picture I took whilst on our way to Frankfort. I love barns and always watch out for them while on a road trip. And hey, red, white, and blue! And that fence is so endearing to me. Absolutely loved it!

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This cutie pie yellow shirt is actually Bobby’s cousin, Jaden’s, but she let him wear it because it was starting to get a little chilly out! And how cute is it? I love it!

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I’m such a sucker for all things Michigan, cabin decor, or beach decor. The little shops in downtown Frankfort were really speaking my language. I have such a soft spot for knick knacks, but I am proud to say I bought zero knick knacks! Go me!

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How beautiful are lighthouses? As it got later, we were able to see it shining out on the water. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture any really good photos of it at nighttime, but that’s okay. I still had the experience. As great as photos are, it’s even more important to enjoy ourselves in the moment. 🙂

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Nothing much to say about this photo, other than I love looking at signs for businesses. I don’t know much about graphic designs, or such things, but I know a cute sign and lettering when I see one!

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How beautiful is this place? Truly so blessed to live in the Midwest, and even more blessed to live in Michigan!

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As the we furthered into the night, we began to get apprehensive that there would be a thunderstorm, but luckily for us, theses intense skies produced no rain, thunder, or lightning!

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Ah, the feeling of cold sand in your toes… or in this case, scalding hot sand that makes you wish you hadn’t left your sandals by your beach towel. When nighttime rolled around, the sand definitely cooled down, and felt MUCH better.

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Again, how adorable are downtowns and their signs? I adore them endlessly.

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How I wish I could’ve captured a photo where the lighthouse was in focus, but try as I might, the grass wanted to be the star of this photo. Oh, well!

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And the fireworks! It was so fun being able to watch the fireworks from our beach towels.

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This post is quite short, but I like the idea of being able to capture my day in photos, as opposed to always capturing them with words. In addition to my blog being a place filled with my thoughts, my outfits, and my home decor, I would like it to be a sort of photo diary as well. A great way to capture memories.

I hope that you had a wonderful fourth as well!

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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A Townie’s Guide to Downtown Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Hello, friends! Happy Friday! I wanted to write this blog because I know that many high school seniors are graduating right about now, so I thought this blog could be helpful for anyone that’s considering CMU.

I’m pretty sure that the word townie is known by most, but on the off-chance it’s just a Mount Pleasant thing, we use it to refer to people who live in Mount Pleasant year-long. It’s generally used to describe people who grew up here and who also went to college at CMU — yours truly.

I wanted to focus on businesses that are local and unique to Mount Pleasant. There are, of course, many other lovely businesses, but I wanted to highlight some of  my favorites!

I present to you, my townie’s guide to downtown Mt Pleasant!

  1. Stan’s! If you’re looking for a place to frequent for breakfast, look no further! For anyone as enamored by small-town diners as I am, you will immediately fall in love. This is definitely a diner where everyone will learn your name, should you choose to go often. Bobby and I generally go on Saturday mornings. So yummy! I have fond memories of coming here after first grade soccer games, and thinking that their grilled cheese was the best one I had ever tasted. They also have pictures on the walls of historic Mount Pleasant, which I love looking at!
  2. Pleasant City Coffee! First, let me say that Pleasant City Coffee has one of the BEST flavors of coffee ever — their banana-nut latte. I almost always choose this drink when I come here. They also have a punch card system where after ten drinks, you’ll get a free one! For any of my fellow coffee addicts, you’ll get there sooner than you know it. I also love this place because every time I’ve gone, they’ve played the BEST music. I always hear some of my favorites here.
  3. Ponder Coffee! Ponder sort of counts for two because they have TWO locations here in Mt Pleasant! One downtown and one on campus. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to Ponder to study for exams, hang out with friends, or work on a blog. Both of their locations are also super cute, and I’ve taken more than my fair share of cute coffee pictures here. If you’re in the market for a good study place, look no further! Like Pleasant City, they have a punch card system that works for BOTH locations! Yay!
  4. Green Tree! For anyone who doesn’t know, Green Tree was my very first job! Green Tree is a wonderful grocery store that has an abundance of natural and local foods. My personal favorite part of Green Tree is the bulk aisle! I especially love the it because you can bring your own containers in and fill them up with whatever goodies you may find. Bulk spices come in handy too, especially when you need a spice that you may not need very often. You can get a pinch here and there and not feel so wasteful!
  5. Pure Vitality! This place offers so many unique things, especially for a small town like Mt Pleasant. They label themselves as a juice bar and a spa. I have yet to utilize their spa, but I have definitely had my share of their food. They have wonderful smoothies that I really enjoy because they don’t feel as heavy as smoothies that you may get at other places. They also have wellness shots, salads, and the best hummus that I’ve ever tried. This place is fairly new to our little town, so I would definitely encourage you to check them out!
  6. Redbloom Yoga! This is my absolute favorite place to do yoga. Everyone who works there is SO kind and they are genuinely interested in your growth. The prices are fair, and they have sales and discounts quite often. They provide you with cold water and tea. Every time I’ve gone, the class sizes have been quite small, which is great, especially if you’re new to yoga. A completely full classroom can be kind of daunting. They also sell wonderful homemade jewelry. It’s such a wonderful place to go, especially in the midst of stress-filled college. A nice place to relax. Plus! They have yoga mats at the ready in case you don’t have one, or if you forgot yours!
  7. Gray’s Furniture! For those that follow my Instagram, you’ll see that Bobby and I recently bought a table and a set of chairs. This is where we went! Before even talking about the business, I feel compelled to talk about the building. It is the most gorgeous building. It feels like a fancy New York loft. I know that sometimes they’ve held concerts in the upper levels. It almost makes one feel as though they’re in a Victorian mansion. The ceilings are absolutely gorgeous. What I really like about this place is that in addition to having new items for sale, they also have some beautiful antiques. As to be expected, some things are quite expensive, but there are also some things that are quite reasonably priced! They also have the most darling boutique inside!
  8. Brass Cafe! If you’re feeling like getting a little fancy, this is the place to go! It’s perfect for anniversaries, Valentine’s day, or even just to add a little glamour to your life! I’ve been going here ever since I was a little girl, and I gotta say, it never gets old! Every time I go, I feel like it’s the first time. The experience is just so wonderful, and lets you feel like you’re living in a much larger town than Mt Pleasant.
  9. Headliner’s! Finding a place that you trust to do your hair is difficult, especially when you’re a little shy (like me). I’ve been going to Headliner’s for over a year now, and I was able to go from a very dark brown, to a beautiful shade of blonde hair without ruining my hair. Every single person that works there is SO sweet, and they offer SO many services. I’ve even had them do my eyebrows, and for those that know me, know that this is a BIG deal. I don’t trust just ANYBODY with my eyebrows.
  10. Pisanello’s! If you’re looking for some yummy pizza, look no further! This is the BEST pizza in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. I know that this may be a controversial opinion, but not only do I love mushrooms on pizza, I like CANNED mushrooms best on pizza. And they have BOTH!!! Not only that, but they have the cutest little restaurant where you can sit and eat. They generally play oldies too, which I love. They also deliver, for those who are curious!

And that’s that! My top ten favorite places in downtown Mt Pleasant! I hope that you enjoyed, and for those that are new to the area, I hope this helped out!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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Legally Blonde: The Musical, Wedding Shopping, and the Cutest Bathroom I’ve Ever Seen.

Hi, friends! I wanted to do a little post this Monday because I had such an amazing weekend and took so many pictures that I wanted to share!

So, this weekend my aunt  and I went to Detroit to see Legally Blonde: the Musical! For those that don’t know, Legally Blonde is my favorite movie (tied with The Sound of Music). My aunt bought us tickets way back in October, so I’ve been impatiently waiting ever since. And oh my gosh, it did not disappoint! It was so dang cute!!! It was in the Fox theatre, which is just such a beautiful building. I wish we still designed buildings to be so lavish and ornate. I wasn’t able to get any pictures during the show, but I made sure to snap some of the theatre.

 

 

I also was sure to get some nice shots around the hotel!

My aunt and I also did some wedding shopping. We looked at a few wedding dresses, but I didn’t see any I liked enough to try on. But, we did find a lot of really cute decor and crafting supplies for decorating the church! I’ve decided that I want my colors to be a pale yellow and then white as well. Planning out a wedding while working and going to school can be kind of tricky, but I am do dang excited about it!!!! I’ll post pictures of what I end up doing with the supplies I got, but I figured that a picture of crafting supplies may not be as exciting to other people as it is to me… (hehe)

And oh my gosh, this may be kind of goofy, but we went shopping at one store in Bay City that had the CUTEST bathroom! The whole bathroom was adorned in fake flowers, assorted lotions, and just really cute little knickknacks. I was in LOVE!

 

Thank you so much for reading, have a great day!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae