Just one thing I love about summer is being out and about, enjoying the beautiful weather and dining outdoors. Last Wednesday, the 10th of August was my birthday. Me and my mom celebrated the weekend before that with lunch at a lovely restaurant on a nearby lake. (Ignore my stringy, limp hair - the humidity does a number on my tresses!) Aren't those big, puffy clouds fantastic?
On the actual day of my birthday, Brian and I went to a Coach outlet store, as my present from he and my mom was a new purse! I picked out a classic black purse that can be carried with short handles or worn as a crossbody. I needed a new black purse and I've been a fan of Coach since I was a teenager, as they've always been quality handbags that last for many years.
I chose a Thai restaurant for my birthday dinner - the ending to a perfect day.
This past weekend, we went to our happy place - Evanston. We hit our favorite vintage store, had lunch at a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant and took a walk in the park along Lake Michigan.
Right next to the park is a block of multi-million dollar homes on the lake. I snapped a few pictures to share.
Loved the terra cotta roof on this house that was under construction.
Isn't the house itself gorgeous? Wonder what's in that tower with the three windows in front?
Several of the homes were covered in ivy, but very neatly trimmed around the windows. Every yard was professionally manicured.
Something we noticed was there wasn't a soul in sight. No one out in their yard, no kids playing, no one working in their garage. Maybe they all hang out in their back yards because it's more private?
Love the entrance to this house ~ and check out the unique stone driveway to the right.
Close-up of the driveway.
This was my favorite house on our walk, though we were trying to figure out why an air conditioning unit was on the roof! (See the block on the top left?)
I zoomed in for a close-up of what looks like a four season room on the front of the house...
Even the entrance to this home is enchanting.
We then headed back to our humble home (we definitely don't have a manicured lawn and that's just fine with us - we both actually like yard work!) and to watch our little town's annual fireworks over the lake. We avoid the massive crowds and watch them from our back yard.
Have a wonderful week!