Hello and Happy Friday!! I have a feeling this weekend is going to fly, but then again… what’s new, amiright?
How was your week? Mine was great and filled with activity. Scott and I spent our weeknights entertaining family and exploring new things to do and see in the Detroit area. We are really starting to become acclimated to our surroundings! It’s a nice feeling.
I’m not sure how I feel about the projected cold temperatures in the 30s, however. We’ll see how running that race in it goes.
Anyhow, it’s time for another edition of Friday Favorites! I love to hear what you have been enjoying over the week too, so feel free to play along in the comments section and link up at the bottom!
Friday Favorites #62: Week of 11/7
• patterned knit tights
Ever since we moved to somewhere seasons actually exist, I have been admittedly obsessed with leggings and tights.
I received this pair as a Christmas gift from Scott’s mother two years ago, and they have been my favorite pair yet! I’m pretty sure she got them at a store like TJMaxx or Marshall’s.
I get compliments on them every time I wear them, so I think it’s time to invest in more. Loving: this black & white sweater print, this pink aztec print and this Jacquard-knit print.
• Pure Michigan (with family)
Speaking of Scott’s mother, we really enjoyed her visit here earlier this week! You can catch up on what we have been up to here, here and here.
To kick things off on Scott’s Birthday, we made a trip to Yates for hot cider and donuts for breakfast, per his request.
You can’t really go wrong with a trip to the cider mill. The food and drinks are always scrumptious, but visiting the apple tents (when they’re open) and walking the beautiful trails are my favorite part.
Any time we have family or friends in town, we make a point to visit Yates!
Family + Pure Michigan = <3
• L’Oreal Sublime self-tanner
I know I have mentioned this specific product on the blog close to a handful of times.
There are plenty of different self-tanners out there, and you can find a full list of my favorites in my Spray and Self-Tanning 101 post.
This exact version of Sublime (Instant Action) works immediately after you put it on, and I have been applying it every couple of days to keep somewhat of a “tan” going. I chose to quote “tan” because it’s necessary. Tan is one thing I am not these days. But hey, at least there are self-tanners like these to help a sister out!
• Fox Theatre
I’m quickly becoming smitten by all of the historic buildings in Detroit.
The Fox Theatre is known as Detroit’s crown jewel, and the reason is obvious. Everything from the architecture to the (literally) jeweled details in the wooden structures is rich and luxurious.
It’s a truly ornate performing arts center unlike any I’ve seen before.
I was blown away by the lobby and in awe of the main stage and auditorium design and details.
Scott and I attended our first show at the theatre last night with the Jason Mraz concert as part of his birthday gift.
It’s absolutely gorgeous, and we can’t wait for an excuse to get back!
• Jason Mraz
While we’re on the subject, Jason Mraz is really good in concert. SO good that we have purchased tickets to see him twice now!
(The last time we saw him was a surprise in Tampa, Florida!)
Not only is his voice amazing, but he is hilarious. He was quarky and quick with funny statements and jokes in and out of his songs. Just like before, he had me cracking up the entire time!
One of my favorite parts was him singing live with Raining Jane to this video of them goofing around while performing in Antarctica. I died at the animal dance break at the 3:25 mark. So flipping cute!
I’m just going to go ahead and wrap this section up with Jason Mraz radio.
Before the concert, the group of us stopped into the Shawarma Festival in Royal Oak.
What the heck is shawarma, you ask?
Shawarma is a sandwich with sliced lamb, chicken, or vegetables and often tahini or salad wrapped in pita bread.
Also known as… delicious.
This particular stand included pickles in their sandwiches and the combination was so, so good! Scott and I washed our meals down with a couple of strawberry lichi (lychee) juices which were also very tasty.
The only downfall was the amount of garlic I consumed. It tasted great, but without access to gum or mints afterwards (fail), I’m pretty sure I could have killed a vampire just by saying “hello”. Yikes!
• Usher Concert
This week was very concert heavy. Scott got tickets to see Usher Tuesday night through work, and we were excited to go see him live!
As I was getting ready at home, I threw on Usher radio and had a blast singing along to hits dating all the way back to my middle school days. Any U-S-H-E-R or Ur-sher fans out there? Ohhh yeah.
He was a great performer and didn’t stop! We were all very impressed with his moves and vocals hit after hit. He was also very grateful and seemed genuinely appreciative of all of his fans. I loved him as a judge on The Voice and admire his work even more after this concert!
Peace up, A-town down. #Yeah
• favorite HWG posts
>> Workout Gear for Winter Runners
and to end on a laugh…
• Friday funny
(Now if I could only get the husband on board! Sigh.)
Have a wonderful weekend!
*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Friday Favorites series features items I genuinely want to share with you. Please understand, however, that affiliate links may be included. I always, always appreciate your support! <3
I love those knit tights!!
You always do such fun things! I’m from Atlanta (so Hell yeah, Usher) and the Fox Theater down town there is also a crown jewel for the city, and just spectacularly gorgeous. LOVE those tights!
A-town, what up!! Ha. That’s so cool to hear about another Fox Theatre!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Love the tights! I have actually never been to a real theater! Crazy when I’ve lived so close to NYC and even Philly all my life 😛 And now DC!
That was my first time in a theatre like that. I grew up going to one in Orlando but it wasn’t nearly as cool and decorated!
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables
I love those tights!! It has been FOREVER since I have been to a concert. I need to change that. Maroon 5 is coming to town, and I’m dying to go! Maybe I should find a baby sitter??
Ahhh Maroon 5 is so good! I’ve seen them twice. And I kind of have a thing for Adam Levine… so there’s that. You should totally enjoy a date night out!
Jason Mraz + Usher in one week? I’m so jealous! Looks like it’s been a busy but fun week. I grew up in New York state and Ohio apples (and cider) just can’t compare. I have a few friends from Michigan and their cider is awesome. (Where is that A-OK emoji when I need it?!)
That is has! I can’t complain though. Haha, love that emoji! Happy Weekend!
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
I love schawarma! I had no idea they had a whole schawarma festival in Royal Oak. I will definitely have to make it there next year!
Good luck at your half this weekend! Stay warm!!
Neither did I until my friend suggested we go! It had great food and a lot of the proceeds went to charity. Great event <3
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Love your tights – very cute! What a fun week you had!! Have a great weekend. 🙂
Thanks girl, hope you have a wonderful weekend too!
Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks)
Wow, such an awesome week you’ve had! A concert sounds so fun 🙂
It definitely wasn’t boring… lol. Looking forward to unwinding a little this weekend!
Emma @ Life's A Runner
Yep, I definitely have both OCD and Obsessive Christmas Disorder. 😉 Also, ALL the Christmas music starts in September. With the exception of Michael Buble. Him I have to save until December. <3
I feel like given my apple obsession I should live at a cider mill, and yet I've never even been once! Sigh…maybe next year. 😉
Haha, don’t worry… me too! Michael Buble Christmas music is the best. <3
I love Jason Mraz too! Have you ever listened to music by his ex-fiancée, Tristan Prettyman? Her CD “Cedar + Gold” basically tells her side of their relationship and broken engagement. “I Was Gonna Marry You” is pretty telling 😉 and her response to “I Won’t Give Up” (song “Glass Jar”) is AWESOME. I know we’ll never know all the details of why they split but I loved her rebuttals 😉 And she has a great voice!
The tights are super cute! I love patterned tights so I will have to look into finding ones like yours. Happy weekend!
Oh my gosh, no! I need to!! That sounds so interesting, I’ll definitely be checking it out. Thanks for sharing!
Chelsea @ Raw N' Toned
Never heard of a Shawarma before today haha but it looks super good!! And I’ve recently been thinking about using self tanner/getting spray tanned. I think it’s just better than laying out for countless hours, right?? And healthier haha I don’t want skin cancer. Omg, love that OCD card hahahahahahahaha I’m going to Target today, if I see anything related I’ll probably immediately think of you and that card!
I hadn’t either! It was really good! Oh girl… sunless tanning is SO much better for you. Unfortunately, I didn’t care to realize that until after baking my way through college and early dance years. Haha, glad I could make you smile with that card 😉
Sierra&Faith Winks and Eyerolls
Happy Friday! Loving those tights. Looks like the Usher concert was a lot of fun. We’ve heard that he is great in concert! Have a great weekend.
Thanks!! Yes he is, if you ever get the chance to go see him do it! 😉
Hi Heather. Thanks for hosting the link-up. Looks like you had a fun week, and yes, it seems Michigan has some beautiful parts to it. I once went to a wedding in Harbor Springs, and I was blown away by the setting. I use that same self-tanner!! 🙂 Have a good one!
Hi!! I’ve never been to Harbor Springs, but that sounds beautiful! Sublime is the best 😉 An *OMD* team favorite for sure… Happy Friday!
Leslie @ Life Begins at 30?
Those tights are super cute! I LOVE Ursher!! I remember listening to his music to get ready for dances when I was in high school. I bet it was such a fun concert!
He totally took me back to the days of signing his songs on my bus with my friends in middle school! 😉
Shawarmas sound awesome!! I need to track down a veggie version… or make my own!
Those knit tights are adorable!! I may have to search for some, perfect for this time of year too!
You are the queen of all things tanning, so I know to trust your opinion on that one! I’ve been trying to bronze myself up more since I’m the palest thing on this planet.
Seriously, my parents are so tanned so I don’t get how I’m so pale hah.
OMG. SO incredibly jealous you saw Usher, he’s amazing.
Haha, I guess I have been playing the tanning game for quite some time. You’ll like Sublime! There are different versions, and the instant tan is the most dramatic. Maybe start with the daily glow? 😉
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
The theater looks absolutely beautiful. Love your tights. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!!
Thank you! You too Lauren! xo
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
I’m so jealous you got to see Jason Mraz perform! I love him!
He’s SO good live too! You need to go see him 🙂
Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
Holy moly you had a lot going on! So jealous of the Usher concert!! I love watching him dance!!
I need to get me some tights…and a sweater dress! Happy Friday! 🙂
Haha, yes I did. I’m pretty sure that’s why I shut down tonight and turned into a grandma 😉 Happy Weekend!
I love the tights! Adorable!