Planning a Girls Night Out the Right Way

Hello!

My 21st birthday is coming up in October and I’m so excited. Many bars and clubs in my area do not allow people in who are under the age of 21. Therefore, I have not been able to really experience the nightlife of my city. Once I turn 21, I will be able to go out and grab a drink with friends or buy a bottle of wine, just because. And a little secret about me is that I LOVE to dance, sober or not. So, I cannot wait to have the freedom to go out dancing with my girls. In lieu of my upcoming birthday, I partnered with Grand Rapids Party Buses to create a post all about bar hopping right here in my city, Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Bar Hopping

Bar hopping in Grand Rapids is one of the best ways to get to know the city and simultaneously have fun with friends. However, anybody with a group of friends in this modern day and age knows the complications in setting up a get together. There’s so much to consider whether it’s school, work schedules, or prior commitments. However, we’re here with suggestions for some fantastic bars to look into adding to your bar hopping itinerary as well as an option that will make it easy to get your group of friends to commit to a night of fun.

Sidebar

For those who value cocktail diversity and creativity, you’re definitely going to love this spot! It’s a smaller venue with seating for about twenty, so it’s perfect for trying out a drink or two and heading on to your next destination. The bartenders are known to be extremely efficient and knowledgeable, so count on a five star drink whenever you decide to head here. Try the Pisco Sour!

Buffalo Traders Lounge

Located in Midtown, Buffalo Traders Lounge offers a fun retro vibe! It has a 70’s look and feel that’s really comforting. You’re sure to enjoy their sliding scale Happy Hour that runs Monday through Thursday where drinks start at a cheap five dollars and then increase in price by one dollar each hour. It’s a cool experience being quizzed by their bartenders to get a completely custom drink!

Noco Provisions

This is a new addition to the scene in Grand Rapids, and they offer reservations online. It focuses on providing comfort food and drinks in an upscale gastropub environment. The poutine fries and tuna poke are both a big hit as well as the milk pot flight if you’re staying for dessert. Those who enjoy craft beer will take delight in the selection of IPAs on draft!

Transportation

Reserving professional transportation such as a limousine or party bus in Grand Rapids is the best way to get everyone on board…literally! While the knee jerk reaction is to order an Uber or Lyft, you’ll benefit much more with the addition of Grand Rapids Party Buses. Splitting the cost among the group keeps it affordable for everyone involved, and you’ll know you’re partying to the best of your ability when surrounded with quality features. Not only is it a safe way to get everybody involved, but it also provides an unforgettable experience.

Working with GR Party Buses has me looking forward to planning my own 21st birthday extravaganza. Now that I have an idea of where to go and how to get around, I cannot wait for my birthday. You can also use these tips to plan your next girls night out. Be sure to check out what they have to offer!

Thank you for reading today!

Farm Fresh Salad Recipe

Hello Darlings,

This past Saturday I spent the morning at the local farmers market in Grand Rapids. I picked up lots of fresh + local goodies. It was such a quaint and quiet morning spent alone, I really enjoyed it.

I thought I would share what I got with you and give you my current favorite salad recipe, made from some of the things I picked up at the market.

First, I picked up a coffee from a local coffee shop that I love (Madcap Coffee for the local readers). I adore the setting and vibes of the shop, and the lattes are always perfect. Then, I headed to the massive Fulton Street farmers market. There were a bunch of farmers and vendors to look through, I was overwhelmed with my options. So, I did a walk through first before purchasing any goodies.

Here’s what I got:

  • 3 zucchini for $1
  • 2 [huge] cucumbers for $1
  • Bouquet of sunflowers for $5
  • A little succulent for $2.50
  • Bag of mixed greens for $5

All adding up to just $14.50 – Talk about a steal!

There were lots of other affordable and fresh items that I chose not to buy this time because I am about leave for a trip. If you would be interested in a full Farmers Market haul, let me know in the comments. For this time around, the salad is made up of a mix of farm fresh and grocery store bought.

My Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Mixed Greens (my fave includes spinach, arugula + romaine)
  • Tuna (or chicken)
  • Half of an avocado
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Shredded carrot
  • Diced onion
  • Herb + Garlic for taste (salt-free)
  • Apple cider vinegar for dressing

First, I washed the salad mix I picked up from the market. Then I chopped up all the goodies for the toppings. I added all the veggies to the top, then added tuna. Once that was done, I added seasoning (garlic + herb) and dressing (apple cider vinegar). Voila! Yummy + fresh salad to fill you tummy!

*The green shows which items were bought at the market. Though there are only two in this recipe, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, onion, fresh herbs and even chicken were available at this market. once again, I did not purchase these items this time due to an upcoming vacation.

This salad mix has been one of my go-to’s lately. It’s very filling and tasty.

After eating my salad, I re-potted the little succulent I bought and named it “Hazel”. How cute is she?!

I’m looking forward to my next trip to the market and I plan to buy lots more. Do you like visiting the local market? What’s your favorite recipe to make from it? Share below!

Thank you for reading today + I wish you a week of happiness. Smash your goals and be kind to everyone.

xo, Lyss

 

The Perfect Last Minute Gift

Hello Beautiful Souls,

Christmas is only a couple of days away and you know what that means: LAST MINUTE GIFTS. Here you are getting ready to head out to a holiday gathering, and then you remember you forgot to get the host of the party a gift. What are you going to do?! Fear not, I am here to help you kill the last minute gift game without the gift looking last minute. These gifts are also all under $25!

I will share 3 of my favorite last minute gift ideas below:

  1. The Chic & Cozy Bundle: This has actually been my go-to gift for the girls in my life. This gift consists of a pair of earrings, fuzzy socks and either a Pura Vida bracelet or lip balm. You can customize this to the person you are giving it to, but these items are super easy to find at any store.
  2. Coffee Lover: This gift set is easy and perfect for the coffee lovers in your life. Stop at your local coffee shop and pick up a gift card and a cute mug. You could also just buy the gift card; some people find this impersonal but for me, I would adore a simple gift card for coffee because I buy coffee almost everyday.
  3. The Yummy Bundle: You cannot go wrong with food. Everyone knows the holidays are a time to splurge on our diets! Create your very own bundle of food favorites. Maybe this can include a bag of coffee, holiday treats or a fancy cheese ball. I like giving food as a gift because you know the person will consume it. You don’t have that worry of wondering if they will like it.

Tip: After you pick up all these last minute gifts, the key to making them look stellar is all about how you wrap them. Invest in cute gifting boxes or simply tie the bundle with some fun ribbon.

These gifts are going to save the day and still be wonderful gifts. They are also very versatile gifts that can be customized as needed. Once again, you do not have to spend more than $25 dollars on any of these either. I have been utilizing some of these for my own gift giving, and I just spicing them up a little bit.

Thank you for reading this quick little gift guide. I will be posting another post today as well! The second one is directed toward my fellow college friends. This will probably be my final Christmas related post; therefore, I wish all my readers a wonderful holiday and safe travels. Thank you for always reading PYM.

Happy Holidays to all!

xo, Lyss

Single Girls Guide to the Holidays: Treat Yourself

Hello Pretty People,

This is the third and final post in the Single Girls Guide series, and this one is all about you. The holiday season is a time to give back to others, but it is also important to remember to take care of yourself. For a lot of my readers, you probably just finished a long semester and you could really use the “me” time to relax and reconnect. Taking some time to yourself is crucial to your mental and physical health. This post is going to share the best ways to kick back and relax this holiday break because sometimes you just gotta treat yourself!

Here are some great ways to treat yourself this holiday:

  1. Take a bath: Pick up a bath bomb from LUSH, grab your favorite face mask and some fashion magazines, and take a relaxing hot bath. This will rejuvenate you and your skin! Baths are the perfect way to spend some time alone and truly relax.
  2. Buy yourself a gift: Now that you are single you won’t have to spend that extra money on a gift for a significant other, so spend it on yourself. Buy yourself a new handbag or maybe that little party dress you have been eyeing; girl you deserve it!
  3. Get away: Take a small weekend trip to a bed and breakfast or spend the day in the city. Grab a coffee at a cute little downtown shop. Take a stroll through a park. Anything to clear your mind and refresh your inspiration. I will be taking a trip to Chicago with my mom to get out of my normal and make some memories. Being adventurous is always good for the soul.
  4. Go on a fun date: Now, this series is all about embracing the single life but it might not be a bad idea to go on a date with someone, just for funsies. This can be a long time guy friend or perhaps a new guy you’ve been crushing on. Just take a chance and enjoy the date, nothing has to be too serious.
  5. Sleep in: Girl, you need this one! Take a Saturday morning to yourself; sleep in, drink some hot tea and catch up on some Netflix. After a long semester or a long day of holiday shopping, you deserve a little splurge.
  6. Read a book: Now that you’re on break, it is the perfect time to pick up a good book and start reading. I know I can never find time to read during a busy semester, so I like to start a book over the holiday break. Nothing better than curling up with a fuzzy blanket, wearing cozy socks and drinking some coffee.

These are just a few of my favorite things to do when I want to relax and take some time to myself. Once again, the holidays are a great time to give back to others and show your appreciation, but don’t forget to show yourself a little love. Taking care of your mind, body and spirit is all so important to your overall happiness. This will also make others around you happy because you can spread your gratitude and happiness to them.

Here are my book recommendations for you:

Leave Your Mark | You are a Badass | #GirlbossHow to be Parisian Wherever You Are

Check out the last two Single Girls Guides here:

Friends | Family

Thank you so much for checking out this series on PYM, it has been so fun constructing these Single Girls Guides and I might continue the series in the new year. If you have enjoyed reading through these posts, let me know in the comments. I apologize for the late posting time, I have just returned home for the holidays and I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends. I wish all my readers Happy Holidays and safe travels to wherever you are going. Please continue to follow Pretty, Young & Motivated into the new year, and stay on the lookout for new content.

Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Outfit Guide here!

Happy Holidays, beautiful souls.

xo, Lyss

Holiday Outfit Guide: Christmas Time

Hello Babes,

I am beyond excited to share this post with all of you because it includes some of my favorite fashionable friends. You are in for a treat! I wanted to bring my friends into this post because everyone has a different sense of style, and I hope this post can meet some of your style tastes. This allows for you to see all sorts of winter fashion options if you are looking to switch up your wardrobe or if you need some outfit inspiration for that family Christmas party.

Some of the girls shared two looks with me, and other just shared one; I love all of their outfit choices! This guide is geared toward the winter season, but it is also perfect for those Christmas festivities with family and friends. I will first share the looks the girls shared with me, then I will share two of my own looks. Let’s get started:

Holiday Outfit Guide

Ivana: Polka Dots & Grey Hues

Ivana chose to pair an adorable polka dot sweater with an edgy leather jacket, she also added cold weather accessories to spice up the outfit look. I adore the hats with the pompoms on them, they add a chic style to any winter outfit. I met Ivana earlier this semester and I immediately loved her sense of style, it is trendy yet so unique. I love the way she can style any piece to perfection. I think the outfit she shared is perfect for that chilly day on campus or a stroll downtown. I absolutely love it!

Kolby: Cozy Flannel & Dark Wash Jeans

Kolby’s outfit is the perfect for a cold winter day; she layered a cozy flannel over a white shirt and topped the outfit off with the popular bean boots and a warm scarf. When you live in a chilly state like Michigan, this outfit is the ultimate go-to. It keeps you looking cute and cozy, while actually keeping you warm. I also met Kolby earlier this semester and I loved her style. I think that we have a very similar style, I would always catch her wearing some of my fashion favorites like flannels and statement necklaces. I was so excited when she agreed to participate in this post. I would define Kolby’s style as cute and casual; she always looks super cute and chic while always looking comfortable in everything she wears. I love that!

Festive Green Top & a Statement Necklace

The second outfit Kolby shared is perfect for going out to dinner with the family or spending some time shopping with the girls. I love the simplicity of this outfit, it is easy to pick out and go, but it has the statement necklace to spice it up. Adding a statement necklace to a plain shirt is the perfect way to give an outfit some finishing touches. I also like that she paired this outfit with tall rider boots. Another benefit of keeping it simple is the freedom to change up your shoe choice. You can pick any shoe that will meet your specific style.

Tessa: Layered Sweater & Bean Boots

Tessa loves to layer; Tessa is always wearing the most perfect outfits. She is the master of combining cozy & chic. In this picture she is pairing a denim button up with a cozy cable knit sweater. This is one of my favorite layering techniques. Unseen in this image, Tess is wearing dark wash jeans paired with bean boots. Like Kolby, she brings that cozy look to a chic level. Tessa is a very busy individual, and her Apple Watch is a huge staple piece to her wardrobe. I love that she has that signature piece as well; this makes her style so unique. I have known Tess for about 3 years, we use to cheer together at our university but now we are blogging besties. She always accomplishes a very stylish, finished look. Even when she is “bumming” it, she is totally put together. I adore her style and I often get inspiration for my own outfits from her. If you are more interested in her style and life, check out her personal blog at Simply Tess.

Lyss: Herrringbone Vest & Holiday Plaid Scarf

This is my new ultimate favorite outfit, it combines almost all of my favorite winter essentials. I absolutely love my blanket scarf because it is so warm and cozy. I highly recommend you purchase one. I actually borrowed this herringbone vest from my roomie and I fell in love with it. Vests are a key staple piece to your winter wardrobe. Along with the vest, I layered with my white knitted sweater and dark wash jeans. My boots resemble the popular bean boots but they are actually Sperry brand. I added my scarf in one look, but I also added one of my favorite statement necklaces to show you all the different possibilities with this outfit. I know I will be wearing this outfit a bunch on my holiday and out to winter activities. You can recreate this with your favorite sweater and any old vest.

Bright Flannel & Skater Skirt

Y’all know that I like to throw a fancy outfit in the mix. This is a great outfit for that holiday Christmas party or an evening out on the town. I have been styling similar outfits to this one for work, and I love them. In this specific look, I paired my favorite flannel with a black high-waisted skirt. Since it is chilly, and it finishes the look, I added black tights to the outfit. You can pair this with almost any boot or bootie, and of course, I paired mine with my favorite taupe wedges from TOMS shoes. I love this outfit and I will probably be wearing something similar to family holiday parties.

This post is my all time favorite because not only did I finally get to take my own outfit pictures but some of my fashionable friends were able to participate. I really hope you all love it as much as I do. Thank you for reading today and make sure you share this with all your fashionable friends. I would also love to hear which look is your favorite in the comments below. I apologize for the later posting times this week but it was final exam week here at my university. I have so many exciting posts prepared for the next few weeks, so make sure you subscribe to catch all the latest updates.

If you missed my last Single Girls Guide, check it out here!

If you want to check out the Thanksgiving Outfit Guide, click here!

Happy Holidays & Safe Travels.

xo, Lyss