I know I am a few days late, but I've just been so busy lately. A few days ago was the Fourth of July: a highlight of the summer for most of us. Sometimes, I get so caught up in other cultures, I forget about my own roots. So for the 4th, I used it as a great day of relaxing and spending quality time with family and friends. We took a trip about an hour down the road to an old-fashioned, quaint town called Geneva-on the-Lake. The town is all original: meaning all the shops that started turn-of-the-century are still in preserved, historical condition. First, we ate at the Old Firehouse Winery. It is exactly what its name states: the old 1904 firehouse, turned into a restaurant. Next, we went antique shopping at a store called the Toybox. They had everything from vintage cameras to old Coca-Cola bottles with the actual drink still inside of it 60 years later. I managed to pick up some old post cards that had writing and stamps on them. They date back to 1912, and are written in German. I also bought an adorable shirt that is collaged in vintage cameras (I will be posting it shortly), and what's even cooler than the cameras, is the fact that the shirt is made out of bamboo. This way, it is a renewable resource made for textile purposes, and it feels almost as if it were silk to the touch. After that, we stopped at the legendary Madsen Doughnuts and Grumpy's Ol' Fashioned Lemonade. The doughnuts were some of the best I've ever had: small, but not too small: perfect size. And the frosting was to DIE for. It is also cool because when you walk into the shop, you can see them actually making the dough and filling eclairs by hand. Grumpy's Lemonade was fantastic too. Perfect for when you are walking around in 90 degree heat. We finished up the day on the original 1924 Mini Golf Course where of course, out of the four of us, I lost....by a lot. But I suppose the fireworks show we watched made up for my terrible loss at golf. I am no Tiger Woods, but I sure do love a good game of mini golf, especially when the course is almost 100 years old, there is a beautiful Ferris wheel nearby, and when there are beautiful flowers and trees lining the course that are perfect for picture-taking. The town in itself is truly picture-perfect.
I obviously had to wear something patriotic and what is more American than flag shorts and a Coke shirt? I personally do not believe in wearing flags as articles of clothing, so I made sure this flag print was a print fabric, and not shorts cut from a flag. Secondly, I ended up getting hot throughout the day, as expected, so I wore a plain white racer-back top under my shirt and took that off when I got toasty. Finally, for an added touch of glam, I wore a rhinestone bib necklace because why not?