Michigan Trip Part One – The Big Chill

December 22, 2010
Not last weekend but the weekend before (Omg, has it really taken me that long to post this?) Adam and I ventured off to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Adam’s youngest brother Ben plays hockey for The University of Michigan and since it’s his last year, we made sure to pay him a visit. We chose this particular weekend because they held a huge outdoor hockey game on their football field called “The Big Chill” on 12.11.10.
We left pretty late on Thursday night for our drive to Seattle and hung out at the SeaTac airport until our 4 am check in time. Really tests your relationship when you have to pull an all nighter. Especially when one person is a nervous flier and very fragile before, during, and after flights (who? ME?) …not to worry though. I have no break ups to report 😉
SeaTac airport at 3 am

filing my nails at 3 am

After the longest day of travelling ever we woke up on Saturday morning refreshed and well rested. We ventured into town with Adam’s dad for a morning Starbucks and a mini Ann Arbor tour. On our way, we saw people already parked and tailgating before the game…at 9 AM!!!! They were drinking and eating barbequed food before I’d even had my breakfast! The entire town was buzzing about The Big Chill. Everyone was wearing Michigan gear and someone put Big Chill ice sculptures along their main street. Definite go big or go home policy there.

sign in a restaurant window

silly monkey

morning Starbucks

one of many Michigan stores

more big chill ice scupltures

DT Ann Arbor

more of graffiti alley

so gangsta

American mailbox kiss

Ben's house

the only picture of all 5 of us

silly as per usual

the best deli lunch EVER

deli amazingness

looked like the best party

The Big House

Winnett lovers

A few people on Twitter were wondering what I was wearing to the Michigan game because I had such a tough time packing for the cold. I ended up wearing a Michigan toque c/o of Ben, white long sleeve, Michigan tee purchased at the M Den, chunky Kensie sweater, black leggings, jeans, Michigan scarf, wool socks, Adam’s mom’s Sorel boots, leather gloves, and a long winter coat. My layers kept me warm enough, but by the 3rd period we all had to purchase hot chocolates for extra warmth. I honestly LOVE dressing up in a theme. This is why I’m such a sucker for Halloween, themed parties, sporting events, etc.
my Michigan outfit

Anya and Derek

Ben stepping onto the ice

Ben warming up the goalie

fighter jet of some kind

Adam and his hot cocoa

4 goals...we want mooooore goals!

weird moose cheer?

love this pic

all 4 of us at The Big Chill

The Wolverines won 5-0 and The Big Chill broke the Guiness World Record for most people at a hockey game. Ben even got an assist for the first goal!

We went for a celebratory Italian dinner that night and shared bruschetta and a ton of laughs. I get along really well with Ben’s girlfriend, Anya, and am so happy we got to meet her!
Such blast hanging out with some of Adam’s family and they spoiled us all weekend paying for things, driving us around, making reservations, etc. I still can’t believe we were a part of a world record, it was truly an amazing hockey game!

3 of the 4 Winnett boys

celebratory meal

It was a short trip, only 2 full days in Michigan, but I had sooo much fun. The second part of my Michigan trip will be posted on another website that I am guest blogging for. It includes our tour of the University of Michigan campus in a snow storm aka beautiful photos. More info on the exciting guest blogging series to come in the new year!
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  • Kastles December 23, 2010 at 3:19 am

    you look sooo cute in your Michigan gear 🙂
    Also I am loving your hair
    <3 Kastles

  • Kisekae December 23, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Oh my, This is the epitome of American Colleges! Wow! Craaaazy. It looks like so much fun though!

    So glad you managed to mix style with practicality!

  • chellemorgan December 23, 2010 at 8:37 am

    You are too adorable!! I love your themed outfit (I have a love of themes as well) and the toque is so cute. It looks like you had such a fun time, despite the flight!

    Xo Chelle

  • curls-and-pearls December 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    WOW looks like a CRAZY fun time! Great pictures 🙂

  • duckcake December 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    You all looked so great, and you looked especially cute. 🙂 That looks like tons of exciting fun was had.

    My family loves Michigan too. We have family in Windsor, Ont. Which is just across from Detroit. 🙂

  • Liz December 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    You look so cute and that sounds like quite an exciting event! Maybe you've done this before but you always have such flawless skin, any chance of a make-up tutorial?
    Happy Holidays 🙂

  • Pop Champagne December 23, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    awww you look so cute in that toque! and your hair was perfect! this looked like a really fun trip, I've never been to a football game but one day I would love to go! btw I laughed at your post below, I just got my dad to take pictures of my outfit the other day too when I got back home for christmas!

  • Florence December 24, 2010 at 1:19 am

    hi alicia!

    i am so in love with your blog and your fashion! i won't lie, i backtracked most of your entries and love the one where you wrote about how you and your bf met. great words of wisdom there!


  • Smelly Danielly December 24, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I just love your photos. I am so getting a DSLR. You will have to guide me in the right direction.

  • MelindaJane December 24, 2010 at 7:08 am

    My brother is in Michigan right now! 🙂 I've been there once. Loved it.

    Maybe you would like to follow me and look at my blog? 🙂


  • Ashelle December 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Looks like a great trip! Layers are key to keeping warm.

    Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

  • maximilian December 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    sounds like such a fun time! your photos are great. PS: your hair looks so amazing, so much volume girl!!