What a weekend my gal pals and I enjoyed in my home the first weekend of August! The five of us try to get together a few times a year as we collectively live within 2 hours of each other and we often do fashion collaborations on our Blogs that are so much fun! Every time we get together there is so much laughter and so many smiles and we made such beautiful memories! 

Many things made this weekend for #theblondsquad special!

Kathrine from Kathrine Eldridge

Jill from Doused in Pink

Laura from I do deClaire

Caroline from The Petite Fashionista

What gems!!


This time, we decided to gather in my home and do some things that are local to me. I was overjoyed to host these ladies and planned lots of sweet details for them. Being fashion and lifestyle bloggers, of course I wanted to include some fabulous gifts for them from well-known brands to local women lead businesses! 

The ladies contributed some fabulous gifts and fashion as well. Last Friday, I shared with you the pajamas we got from Cozy Earth and we also acquired these darling ones from Emi and Kay. USE CODE: PINK20 for 20% off!!

I just love Watermelon Pink and I will share more of these Sarah Ruffle PJ's this Friday.

The fabulous balloon vignettes from my sweet Friend Kara at Honey Bunny Balloons.


Last Wednesday, I showed you our darling Cabana Life dresses and three colors that we put together a cute video for. We also got personalized beach towels from Hello Nautical/Pontoon Girl. Last Friday I also showed you the stilettos from Teddy Blake, how fun! More to come this Friday on the look with them!


After ladies got here we had the fantastic spread including the fabulous charcuterie talent from my friend Erica from Graze and the spread I had created afterwards, I got to open my hostess gifts and the ladies got to open theirs.


Some sponsors who helped make the weekend special and who contributed to the gift bags was the fabulous Thymes Fragrances!. Just look at the items, I bet you could smell them from your screen, lol. I especially LOVE the Simmered Cider Copper Mug


My friend Jen at the The Pretzel Co. Shared her DELICIOUS caramel and chocolate covered pretzels! YUM! We had decorations from Confetti Betti

 My friend Beth from Farm Grown Flowers created us beautiful bouquets from her Local flower business that you'll see in many of our photos. We got our own personalized candles with our #blondsquad hashtag from my friend Amy at Moondance Botanicals and the most glorious smelling soaps from Princess City Soaps.  

Of course, we greeted the mornings with Peet's Coffee Las Hermanas means "SISTERS" so this was the Perfect Blend for us!!


I added in a few little treats of my own in the rose gold handled tote bags personalized from Land's End.

Here’s a little synopsis of more that we did.

Wednesday, I talked about our pool time. We recored a great Cabana Life Video too. On Friday night we went to a local restaurant of mine called Artisan, it is one of the top restaurants in the state where we enjoyed cocktails, food and the ladies loved the lighted menus. 

It was so hot and humid that we just decided to come back for a slice of my mom‘s Key Lime Pie, do a fun PJ's Video Reels in the bunk room and get a good nights rest for up for Saturday.


Saturday morning we were up early where I have local Amish cinnamon rolls, amazing local Guilt Free Protein Donuts from the talented Rachel and some yogurt parfaits. 

Of course we got a cute video in with our Emi and Kay pajamas. Check it our HERE!!! SO CUTE!!! Even though it was one of the most hot days of the year, we headed up to Lake Michigan hoping for a cool breeze where we begin the day at Silver Beach Pizza.


Such great cocktails food and conversation. we took a walk out on the pier and of course did a little shopping.

I had to kind of re-plan our itinerary due to the heat and humidity but that was just fine. Another round of cocktails a Journeyman Distillery and then a little fun at the local casino. I told the ladies we can do dinner but I was so happy we all ultimately decided to eat all the snacks and treats we had back home and go for a nice night swim and the BEST Conversation!!

More laughter ensued right after we went to bed when a chirpie smoke alarm needed five of us to get it fixed. The joke is how many blondes does it take to fix a smoke detector?


So sad the next morning they had to depart. We had my crustless quiche and some buttery croissants with Amish peanut butter and did a sweet video (sharing later this week on Insta) to wrap up our time together. 

My heart is full.

Had to show our last photo one more time!

The blogging world has opened up more opportunities than I ever thought possible but the best thing to come out of it all is hands-down ~ the friendships! This is not a job for me, it is simply a hobby turned side gig that provides pretty well. I am not live or die getting tons of paid partnerships or working to the grind stone without enjoy life more. I'm not trying to catch coattails of big famous bloggers. No, that’s not what I am about. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a Blogger has a very special heart, especially the ones that I call friends that don’t let success ever go to their heads. They put their hearts out there for the world to see in hopes of inspiring even just one person! When in reality, they end up inspiring more people than they know!  

Until next time my beauties.

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It was a good week. The humidity finally came down, Stella turned 8 months, and I smiled all week remembering the great girl’s weekend that took place last weekend.

1. Friends

I’ll share more in a recap on Monday, but here are just a couple photos of the sweetness. In the next two favorites I’ll share a couple other brands that helps to make the weekend special. And there are many more to share. This was the last photo we took when these precious ladies had to depart Sunday morning.

Lots of memories made!

What we did first Friday noon....EAT
Here is my spread and of course see a charcuterie board by my dear friend at Graze by Erica, the local charcuterie extraordinaire with her own shop including fabulous gifts in our town! What you can’t see is all the other things I made which included pasta salad, mini versions of like crunch parfaits (blueberry here), pasta salad, cream cheese and bacon cucumber bites, and my mom made us her fabulous Key Lime Pie! Notice I linked to some of those recipes, a few of my favorites!

2. Cozy Earth

My love of Cozy Earth runs so deep; I have everything from pajamas to lounge wear to sheets to pillows and comforters to tanks and midi skirts! There was one color in the long pajamas that I didn’t have and that was navy, so I decided to make sure all the ladies got a pair of pajamas to get cute photos and a video in our bunk room! We had so much fun making this Reels Video for Instagram!!! A true slumber party girls’ weekend! The long pajamas are hands-down my favorite color I wear my black pair every Saturday morning to lounging! As always, I have the generous Cozy Earth promo code for you to get 40% off!


3. Teddy Blake "Emma"

Let’s talk stilettos! And you thought Teddy Blake was just amazing handcrafted Italian leather? No, they also have added shoes to the repertoire and are they ever gorgeous! These lace up beautiful heels called the Emma come in five of the most glorious colors. I love my baby blues! Here is a sneak peek with them on and I cannot wait to show you how I styled them. Each one of the ladies visiting this past weekend got a pair and a different color. 

Use my Teddy Blake code: TBANDREAN30 

For 30% off everything on Their Site; handbags, and shoes!

4. M.Rena
Talk about CUTE and Comfy! The clothing from M.Rena is luxury basics made with softer and breathable blends that provide undeniable comfort. They’ve developed their own fabrications for a unique and incredible feel that you just can’t find anywhere else. M.Rena celebrates every shape and size with authenticity, sustainability, reliability, and top-notch customer service. These terry linen joggers and tie dye tunic are fabulous! They also have provided a fabulous code so you can get 15% off, you should see their new arrivals! 

5. Misc. Fun


Our sweet girl turned eight months yesterday! A week from Tuesday she gets spayed, and you know I’m going to be a nervous wreck, LOL! This first picture is her and her lemon dress awaiting the arrival of the ladies last Friday.

Her Lemon Dress HERE

Her Top HERE


Olivia Newton-John

A sad note for sure was the passing of Olivia Newton-John at 73! Wasn’t she amazing? True story and one of mine and Mr. nice first dates at a party, we sang Summer Lovin and it’s still remembered to this day! I loved everything she did from Grease to Xanadu to Physical to her quest for breast cancer cues and awareness! I will always be hopelessly devoted to her! The tribute from John Travolta…so moving!

Happy Weekend to all the Sandy Fans out there......

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Coming off the sweetest girl’s weekend and couldn’t wait to show some of the pieces that made it extra fun!


Wearing Cabana Life by the pool is always a good idea, not only because of the built in UPF sun protection, but because of the cute factor as well and today it’s times 5!!! Showing off the glorious colors of our Cabana Life Eyelet Midi Dresses!


And I’ll be sharing more about our girl’s weekend in the days to come but we were blessed to have no rain and enjoy not only a day by the pool but a nighttime pool dip as well! These beautiful friends of mine are the REAL DEAL! Laura From I do DeClaire

Kathrine From Kathrine Eldridge

Jill From Doused in Pink

Caroline From The Petite Fashionista

We ate, we drank, we laughed, we cried, we sang, we fixed a chirpy smoke alarm, we worked, we gave gifts, we swam, and we appreciated EACH OTHER as women! So important in this tough world we live in and so good for the soul.


Check out my Instagram today for the cutest video we did not only sharing the darling dresses but some adorable, personalized beach towels from Hello Nautical by Pontoon Girl. Use Code IDODECLAIE for 10% off those!



Soak up these August days and grab some 

Cabana Life cuteness to do it in!