Yates Cider Mill

It’s a tradition at my high school to take the seniors who passed their ACTs to Yates Cider Mill in the fall. My first time going there was because of this. Since then, I’ve tried to get my mom to go every year (succeeded two years in a row so far!) and so we went earlier this fall, when it was still kind of summer.

One of my favorite things about Yates (besides their outstanding cider and donuts and to die for jams) is the all the foliage and nature. Perfect photo opportunity, every year. So of course I took my camera. And of course I took pictures. Here are this year’s results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DDF Part III: Sander’s Fine Chocolate

Sander’s was actually the first caterer I noticed when I started wandering outside of the backstage area at the DDF closing ceremony this year, because they were set up right next to the ramp to get in and out from backstage. I was pretty excited that they were enthusiastic to have me try their chocolates – they were awesomely delicious!

I tried all three varieties that they brought: salted dark chocolate caramel, dark chocolate raspberry, and caramel pecan milk chocolate. They were all absolutely divine and it was really hard for me not to shove the pieces whole in my mouth when I was trying them. They were that good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DDF Part II: The Pink FlaminGO! Mobile Restaurant

One of the other caterers at the DDF closing ceremony that I spent a nice chunk of time with was The Pink FlaminGO! Mobile Restaurant. Traveling around in an Airstream around the streets of Detroit, The Pink FlaminGO! offersĀ “locally grown, health conscious, organic food.” And let me tell you guys, it is seriously delicious.

I tasted one of their roll-ups when it got busier in the hangar and they were out serving and it was absolutely fantastic.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a sufficient amount of pictures (in my opinion) of their hors d’oeuvres because about half of them were shaky due to the cramped space and poor lighting in the Airstream, but I did get photos of the ones I tasted. Be sure to check them out on Facebook by clicking the link above!

 

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DDF Part I: LUSH-ious Cupcakes

I had the privilege of participating in Detroit Design Festival for the second year in a row – this time showcasing my fashion design talents at the closing ceremony on September 23rd at the Coleman A. Young Airport in Detroit. But before the whole part where my work strutted down the catwalk thing happened, I got to run around with my camera taking pictures of models, food, and airplanes. Among it all was LUSH-ious Cupcakes of Royal Oak, Michigan.

They were kind enough to let me take photos of their delicious alcohol-infused cupcakes and blog about it. I took some while they were setting up, and after they were done.

The cupcakes are amazing. I must say I really love their chocolate amaretto flavor. If you’re from Michigan and you live in the Metro Detroit area, you need to check them out! You can learn more on their Facebook page by clicking here.

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Naughty Nautical

I’ve spent the last 9 weeks working my tooshie off in Fashion Design III, all for these photos of what I made. My theme was “nautical” and with my first garment, a tiered circle skirt dress, I stepped away from the traditional stripes associated with nautical . But I made sure to incorporate white and blue in the fabric. My classmates thought it looked more country than nautical, and in retrospect, they have a point. But I could totally see someone wearing it on a yacht.

My second ensemble is a side ruffle jean mini skirt and a free-flowing light red and white striped tank top. I paired it with my Tommy Hilfiger jacket, ivory striped Guess flats, and my bronze ship necklace to get that nautical theme going.

My third and last ensemble is a linen-like light blue and white striped mini dress that I hand-stitched gold ribbon to and added 6 gold buttons at the end of each ribbon. I paired this with red Franco Sarto wedges and a gold belt for an easy breezy look.

 

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