Our Engagement Story

Happy 2020! It only took me 3 months, but I’ve finally had the time to write out my first blog post of the year, and it’s an exciting one that I didn’t think I would be writing for at least another year. 2020 has been a whirlwind thus far — January seemed to take FOREVER and then February flew by and I feel like I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath lately as things are getting crazier because….

WE’RE ENGAGED!! 

It was a complete and utter surprise. We’ve talked about getting married for a few years now, especially after being together for 6 years and doing long distance for 4; however, I didn’t anticipate anything happening for at least another year.

For years I’ve told Ryan that I had a list of rules for when he proposed:

1.) My nails needed to be done – not hard since I’ve been getting them done religiously for 2 years.

2.) He had to ask my dad for permission.

3.) Make sure that there is someone there to photograph it.

4.) Please do not stick the ring in food.

5.) Don’t do it at a sporting event.

Seems bratty, but I know what I want and I’m always sure to articulate it. Plus, luckily for me, he abided by all of these rules haha!

Now that I’ve had some time to digest it — mind you, it feels like a dream — I still can’t believe how well Ryan pulled everything off. Everything was absolutely flawless! I never knew what to expect from him, but it couldn’t have been more perfect and well thought out. Going back to the place where we had our first date and really started to fall for each other was the best way to jump start forever.

How it all went down…

It all started earlier in the week when my best friend reached out to us and asked if we wanted to go ice skating at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit with her and her husband. What a perfect way to throw me off, right?! When the plans were set, I had a fleeting thought of, “how awesome would it be to get engaged where it all began”, then I completely forgot about it until following the proposal.

When the day came, we met at their house to all drive down together. Everything seemed so normal on the car ride, aside from no one jumping on my suggestion of Shake Shack for dinner, which I thought was odd, but I didn’t think anything of it. During the ride I recounted a strange dream I had the night before about a wedding. Again, I didn’t think too far into this because it’s normal for me to have strange, vivid dreams. I mean, really, I could write a book on all of these dreams.

We headed to the rink, strapped on the skates, and began skating. Mind you, I cannot ice skate to save my life, so it’s more so Ryan pulling me around the rink as I attempt to stay upright. As we made our way around the rink, I couldn’t help but think about how grateful I am that Ryan is so patient with me when we go skating (he’s a hockey player, so he’s pretty darn good at it).

About an hour in, I was ready to be done when Ryan said, “come on, let’s just do one more lap”. Hungry, tired, and with aching feet, I obliged. Halfway through the lap, he turns to me and says, ” you know that dream you had about the wedding? I think you had the wrong person.” As Taylor Swift’s “Lover” played in background, he pulled the ring box out of his pocket, gets on one knee, and asks me to marry him. Of course, I said yes!! Well, more like nodded my head yes because I was so shocked that I could barely speak. He sweetly asked if I wanted to put the ring on because I couldn’t pull myself together or comprehend what was happening.

Afterwards, our friends snapped some photos of us and we went to 24 Grille where Ryan made reservations for us — hence the Shake Shack rejection — which was absolutely delicious. It was so special to have our best friends there to celebrate this milestone with us!

We have yet to start the planning process since we’re currently house hunting, but I’m so excited to share wedding content as we start our planning journey. In the meantime, please share any of your best wedding planning tips, tricks, or resources below or on my Instagram post!

-K.

Follow Friday

Hello and Happy {FINALLY} Friday!

I’m not going to lie to you — this has been one of the absolute longest weeks ever, but it’s finally time for the weekend and I’m so excited to share with you some of my favorite blogger friends to follow! These ladies inspire me with every post, and I hope you love them just as much as I do. I’m sharing their Instagrams on my Insta stories today as well, so be sure to give them and myself a follow to stay up-to-date on our blogs (& lives)!

Bri Car

I know you’ve seen me talk about this lady before in several of my previous posts! On her blog, Bri highlights everything from her favorite haunts in Detroit to music to her own personal experiences in her As Told By Bri series, and so much more. Being one of my personal friends, she pushes me as both an individual and blogger in ways that I never thought possible – never in a million years did I ever think I’d hold not one, but two successful side hustles. Stop in to Bri Car here!

Lauren State of Mind

A friend and fellow blogger that I admire so much is Miss Lauren – or LJ, as I like to call her – the beautiful brains behind Lauren State of Mind. Of course, I love to read up on all of my friends’ and fellow bloggers’ adventures, but one of my absolute favorite things about LJ’s blog is her One Word series. This is easily one of the most well-written, and thought provoking series that I have ever read. Her raw depiction of her encounters in everyday life put into a simple, singular word will make you reflect on your own life and daily practices.

ReadyJesset **coming soon**

A blog that has yet to be launched, but I’m anticipating due to discussion to be incredible is another blogger friend of mine, Jessah’s, travel blog ReadyJesset. On her blog, you will find tips for traveling to countries such as France, Cuba, and Belgium. Additionally, Jessah will be sharing her experiences of traveling solo, as well as those of her friends! Be on the lookout for her blog!

Comment your favorite blogs below, including your own — I’d love to read them!

-K.

Beyond Brunch Detroit’s January Event Recap

This past Saturday, Beyond Brunch Detroit (BBD) held our second event at Bobcat Bonnie’s in Corktown. Our expert this month was the amazing Consumers Energy engineer and founder of the Goal Getter Group, Jereshia Hawk. Jereshia shared her entrepreneurial experience and passion for helping female entrepreneurs achieve their goals and grow their side hustle with us. To say that we all walked away empowered and inspired is an understatement!

Having a side hustle while also working 9 to 5 is no easy feat. However, with a structured business plan and a marketing plan to match your business’s needs, you will be thriving in no time. If you’re interested in  building your side hustle, check out Jereshia’s website (hyperlinked above) to become a Goal Getter today!

Now let’s talk food!

Bobcat Bonnie’s is located in Corktown, a historic district just west of Downtown Detroit, MI, and has one of the coolest atmospheres I’ve ever experienced with a ton of character. Board games, trivia nights and $3 build your own Mimosa & Bloody Mary bar are just a few reasons Bobcat Bonnie’s has become one of my new favorite restaurants. They boast an expansive beer menu and some amazing food (just take a gander at the brunch menu below). I highly, highly recommend checking them out next time you’re in town.

My meal included the meaty omelette sans onion which came with a bowl of fruit, & I added a side of house fries.

I’m so blessed to be surrounded by such inspiring, confident women!

 

Don’t forget to follow Beyond Brunch Detroit on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to become a member! If you have any questions, reach out to me via email or social media and I’d be happy to talk about what’s next for BBD!

-K.

Beyond Brunch Detroit Event Recap

In a previous post, I discussed a professional women’s networking event my friend and I co-founded titled Beyond Brunch Detroit. In a nutshell (if you’ve yet to read my post), we wanted to create an informal environment where professional women from various sectors could come together, talk business and network over brunch – because, well, who doesn’t love brunch?!

This weekend, we held our first event at La Dulce in Royal Oak. Our guest speaker was Nikki Little, Social Media Director at Identity Public Relations; it was such an awesome opportunity to engage with her and learn from her story and career experience. It was great meeting a number of women from different fields, as well as having a number of our sorority sisters who came out to support.

Of course, being at a new restaurant, I have to talk about the amazing food. I tend to be a bit of a picky eater, so when I saw what the limited banquet menu had to offer, I got a little nervous. However, everything I had was absolutely spectacular!

For the first course, we had the choice between the house salad, brussel sprout salad, or pumpkin soup. I chose the brussel sprout salad which consisted of shredded brussel sprouts, grated cheese (tasted like Parmesan), toasted pine nuts, and a lemon viniagrette. I’d give it a 9/10 mostly because the vinegar overpowered the lemon a bit too much for my liking, but I got over it fairly quickly.

First course: Brussel Sprout Salad

 

The main course featured five choices (see menu above). While many opted for the lamb burger, I went with the garlic shrimp and rice. It was absolutely fantastic, 8/10 only because it did not fill me up and tasted phenomenal!

 

Second Course: Garlic Shrimp

 

The third and final course was dessert. I got super excited when I saw beignets on the menu because I’ve been having withdrawls from New Orleans. However, they are not the same beignets you’ll find in NOLA; 1/10 for disappointment, but 10/10 for taste.

Third Course: Beignets

 

Overall, it turned out to be a successful event, and we are so incredibly excited for our next event. Be sure to sign up for our bi-weekly newseltter and follow Beyond Brunch Detroit on social media!

-K

A Day in Detroit

A Day in Detroit

This past Sunday, my friend and I ventured down to Detroit for the day. Although it’s only 45 minutes south of where we live, there’s so much to do and see no matter how many times you visit, especially with this new “renaissance” taking place. Our original plan was to go to our sorority sister’s jewelry party at her apartment in the heart of Downtown, then go to a new restaurant and a museum we’ve never been to. While we stuck to the plan for the most part, we didn’t realize what adventure the day had in store.

10a.m. – In typical Kourtney-Bri fashion, we grabbed some Starbucks and hit the road! I opted for my usual skinny caramel macchiato and some apple crisps for the ride.

My favorite brand of apple crisps by far

11 a.m. – Finally found a spot to park and head into our sister’s Stella + Dot jewelry party, where I spent entirely way too much money, but everything was SO CUTE! I’ll definitely end up hosting a party to get more goodies! I bought the Sutton necklace in mixed metals, as well as the Deco cocktail ring which I’m super obsessed with. What’s really cool about the vast majority of their jewelry can be worn in multiple different ways; for example, the Sutton necklace can be lengthened, shortened, and you can take off different layers and wear them separately or together!

Honestly, I couldn’t be more obsessed if I tried

12:15 p.m. – head to lunch at Wahlburger’s in Greektown, but our plans changed quickly when we found out that there was a wait. After walking around Greektown Casino looking for the steakhouse and discovering it’s closed during the day, we stumbled upon Fishbone’s a New Orleans-inspired restaurant with everything from cajun cuisine to sushi to pasta, there’s something on the menu for everyone! I decided on chicken piccata without sundried tomatoes, a side Caesar salad, and the love potion martini – all of which were absolutely phenomenal.

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2 p.m. – Arrived at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). I could visit it time and time again and forever be in awe at these amazing works of art; It’s one of my favorite places to visit.

Kresge Court – a beautiful little cafè at the heart of the museum

Channeling my inner Hermione in the cafè

 

European Renaissance art has always been my favorite

If you’ve been to Detroit or a city near you, what’s one of your favorite things to do/see on a day trip?

-K

 

Beyond Brunch Detroit

Beyond Brunch Detroit

This week, my good friend Bri and I launched a website for a new project called Beyond Brunch Detroit (BBD). The idea behind this project is to bring professional women together to network and gain knowledge, not only in their own career field, but in others as well. Doing so over brunch provides an informal, comfortable setting for casual conversation and sharing various tips and tricks of being a professional woman in today’s corporate world.

Once a month, we will hold an event at a different brunch spot in the metro-Detroit area. The event will include an “expert” speaking on the topic for that day. Our mission is to empower other women to grow and learn regardless of their career field. By doing this in an informal environment away from a business setting, we encourage conversation that flows naturally – whether it be about work, family life, current events, etc.


Be sure to check out our website (link above) and social channels and tell your friends about this awesome opportunity! If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me or Bri, we would love to discuss it further, and we are so excited to see what the future holds with BBD!

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them” ~Unknown

-K

 

Date Night Destinations: Coach Insignia

Date Night Destinations: Coach Insignia

If you follow me on Instagram  or Twitter, you’ll know that Friday night Ryan and I celebrated our two year anniversary before he travels off to Europe for the next couple years at Detroit’s premiere restaurant, Coach Insignia located in the heart of downtown Detroit on the 72nd floor of the Renaissance Center.

Dressed in black and ready to hit the town, Ry and I were greeted with breath-taking views of Detroit and Windsor, Canada, phenomenal food, and an absolutely scrumptious dessert! If you’re in the area I highly recommend checking it out for yourself!

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What’s your favorite date night destination? Comment below and Ryan and I will check it out when we’re in your city!

-K

**2017 UPDATE: Coach Insignia is no longer in business. Another restaurant is to be taking it’s place some time in 2018.