Vacation in Michigan – Expectation Vs. Reality

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Sometimes realizing you’re all grown up (or at least headed that way) is a weeeee bit depressing. 

I recently spent vacation time in Michigan visiting friends and family. The first weekend of my vacation was spent in my college town, Grand Rapids. I spent 3 1/2 years in Grand Rapids, but probably only really appreciated it the last year, when I was able to live in the heart of downtown. It truly is an amazing city and I’d recommend it to anyone….BUT…. sometimes going back isn’t what you remember.

Let me clarify, first, that I had an amazing time with my friends. Cory, Alison, Stephanie, Ashley, James and Lien – it was SO wonderful to see/spend time with/explore/drink/eat/talk/etc. with all.

I went in to the trip ready to visit all the old favorites and the new cool spots that have popped up since my move to NY nearly 3 years ago. 

Expectation:

– My favorite bar from college will still be awesome. It will still be full of the same regulars, even if that means those uber judgmental hipsters eastown kids. The same bartender will serve me. People will know my name. The same hipster music will play throughout the bar. Finding a table won’t be hard; someone we know will end up having the corner booth and we’ll all have a night to remember, drinking those same one-of-a-kind shots as in college.

 

Reality:

– Those that are recognizable have visibly aged and not progressed at all since my last visit. My bartender is off for the night. Only a handful of original staff; many newbies. Club music playing throughout the bar. Mainstream scene. Too busy with people you don’t know and don’t want to hang out with. The change that has happened, not good. Things that should have changed, didn’t. DEPRESSING.

 

Expectation:

– My favorite pizza place from college will be just as good as I remembered it. We MUST have dinner there.

 

Reality:

– What did I like about this stuff? Its sub-par pizza at best. Next.

 

Expectation:

– I will rage with the college kids for “Irish on Ionia” while wearing my least favorite clothing color, green. All in the name of St. Patrick’s Day. And, cuz, yolo.

Reality:

– There are way too many people. Those people are way too drunk. Those girls look like idiots in shorts when its 10F outside. Wow, those people are too old to be so sloppy. Keep me away from the mess. And, cuz, I’m not really going to be caught dead in any shade of green besides mint. 

Expectation: 

– Going out with my college friends, we’ll do shots and stay out until the bar closed. Maybe we’ll make out with randoms (or each other) for “old times sake.” We’ll get cray-cray!!!

Reality:

– After two drinks we’re too tired to deal with the bull shit of the bar and everyone is ready to go home and go to bed. We’re old.

 

 

One can conclude I might be slightly delusional with my “expectations”, but hey… I don’t know. 

Highlights of my trip:
-Dive bar wine with Alison and Cory

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-Day with Stephanie… tea at Global Infusion, Haitian food, and GR downtown market

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– Dinner and Bar with Ashley, James and Cory

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– Brunch with Lien and friends

– Seeing Alanah and baby Paxton

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– Seeing my grandparents
– Quality time with mom and dad
– Shenanigans with Andrew

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Meeting Courtney Kerr!

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First, this blog post is LONG overdue. It’s been 6 weeks since I had the opportunity to meet the fabulous Courtney Kerr of Courtney Loves Dallas and previously, Most Eligible Dallas. If you’re unaware (THEN GET AWARE) Courtney is fashion blogger and overall fabulous human being. Proof is in her show, and over at her blog What Courtney Wore

I was a casual viewer of Most Eligible Dallas, if I must be honest. I wasn’t a die-hard, tune in weekly fangirl. Bravo is known for replaying episodes over and over, which is awesome if you don’t have a DVR like moi! 🙂 So, I did eventually see the entire MED season (it ran for only one season). While I wasn’t a fan of all of the “stars”, Courtney was fabulous. Her relationship with playboy Matt Nordgren was enough to keep any girl coming back. What twenty or thirty-something female hasn’t had a MATT in their life at some point? A confusing, best friend type…with an even more confusing relationship title? None. At least none that I have found. Anyways, if you’re anything like me (you’re probably not, and I’m sorry if you are ;p) you were definitely wondering what the status of Courtney and Matt was, post-MEB season 1.

After what seemed like forever, Courtney popped back up on Bravo. With her own show. This is where I became a bit of a fangirl. Week after week, Courtney was on my TV as a hilarious and very REAL female I could relate too. Sure, her life is a hell of a lot more fabulous than mine, in some alternative universe… we’re BFFs and I’m getting botox with Courtney and Tori (Courtney’s real-life BFF and co-star of CLD). 

While on Twitter one day, I noticed Courtney tweeting about an event at The Empire Hotel for Valentine’s Day. Courtney, along with famed astrologer Susan Miller, were hosing the “BFF Valentine’s Party” at The Empire Hotel. As a single twenty-something with a penchant for Courtney Kerr, fabulous nights out and dressing up for drinks at ritzy bars – I was sold. Selling my numero-uno, Beka, on the idea was cinch. She girl crushes on Courtney as much as I.

The excitement for the party was only momentarily derailed by work schedule problems. But after a glass of tea and a few minutes of talking Beka “off the ledge” (or, rather, talking her into the car to go see Courtney!!!), we arrived. Albeit, very late, but with 30 minutes of the event left. Luckily, since we had RSVP’d, we had no trouble getting in – even as ridiculously late as we were. First things first – a drink. My drink of choice? Champagne and St. Germain. After my first drink, I was still a little nervous to approach the always friendly Ms. Kerr. Earlier in the evening, however, Courtney had RT’d (retweeted for all of you boring, non-tweeters) my tweet about seeing her at the party. That gave me an idea. I tweeted: “Made it to the #empirebff party… @thecourtneykerr is here but @Bekkkahh & I are trying not to be too fan girly… We haven’t said hi yet!” Almost immediately, Courtney responded: “@thatxgirlxjess @Bekkkahh Get yo asses over here ;)” YEP, she’s a sweetheart! Halfway into my second drink and with an actual invitation from Courtney herself – we headed over to her table! She jumped up to hug and greet us and was every bit the authentic Texan you see on CLD! Courtney graciously talked to us for more than 10 minutes about everything – her show, fashion, Texas, guys…. everything! Then, of course, we took photos. She’s just too perfect in real life – let me say that much.

Anyways, Beka and I managed to wait until we left to start freaking out. BUT, it was awesome! I want myself to feel embarrassed about being such a fangirl – but there’s no better female on TV to girl crush on! 

If you’re not familiar, get familiar. Season 1 was actually filmed way before it aired – I think something like a year and a half. Courtney has blown up in the fashion world since…most recently she attended fashion shows for all the top designers during NYFW. As of February, Courtney was getting ready to film season 2 – which will portray her now FLOURISHING career in fashion and her new relationship with the love of her life, and of course…shenanigans with BFF Tori. 

 

Myself and Courtney

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Beka and Courtney

 

 

 

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Screenshot or it didn’t happen… 😉

 

 

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