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WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

Road trips, outdoor concerts, pool parties, camping, and all kinds of festivals are the best part of summer for me.

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

In the small town of Howell, Michigan, that I first lived when I moved to America, there’s an annual hot air balloon festival every June. It’s called the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest. It’s been our family’s go-to festival for years.

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

Every year, there are more than 50 spectacular balloons that will fill the Southeast Michigan skies with color. The Michigan Challenge is not only a ballooning competition. It’s a weekend filled with excitement, entertainment, and fun.

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

This annual event attracts more than 100,000 spectators. The colorful balloons aren’t the only attraction. The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest features live entertainment… skydivers, stunt kite demonstrations, a balloon glow, fireworks, an arts festival, and a carnival. Plus, even more, with their Family Fun Tent, and Landing Zone area for kids!

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

This year, I went there again with my stepdaughter and her fiancé.

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

We had so much fun capturing some fun shoots.

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

So, what do you wear to a hot air balloon festival? Of course, a comfy outfit. Since you might be walking, and standing for hours. Can’t forget sitting on the grass for hours, too. 😉 A comfy summer outfit, for me, is jeans and a T-shirt. But, there are more options than a plain white tee and jeans. An outstanding festival outfit is all in the art of details and layering.

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

Tee: Pick graphic tee instead of plain white tee

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

Jeans: Pick ripped jeans instead of traditional blue jeans

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

The final touch will be a low chunky heel. These natural colored booties I’m wearing elongate my legs. A lace trench coat adds a feminine touch, and it will keep you warm from the cool evening air. Don’t forget a pair of cool sunglasses to make you look like a rock star!

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

Leave a comment, to share your pick of the must-have pieces for a hot air balloon festival!

You can read all my What To Wear series including what I have worn when I traveled around the world and for special occasions. Hope those posts will be helpful for you! 🙂

WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

Photo credit: Grace Liang/@campinggirlash

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The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Last Tuesday, 6/5, I was one of the lucky guests invited to this amazing #dayofdiscovery global event held at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. This was its 7th annual Global Day of Discovery at Renaissance Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc. This year, four hotels were chosen: Bali, Paris, New York City, and Toledo.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Being a Michigander, I’m only about 1.5 hours away from Toledo, Ohio. Yet, I only know very little about Toledo. In fact, I’m familiar with just three aspects of the city: Toledo Zoo, Toledo Mud Hens baseball team, and Tony Packo’s hot dogs. I’m glad I had the chance to visit for #dayofdiscovery because the event opened my eyes to Toledo, making me realize I’m falling in love with its special charm.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

“This year’s Global Day of Discovery is a celebration that creates spontaneous moments where locals and travelers come together to learn and share cultural traditions in unexpected ways,” said George Fleck, Vice President, Global Brand Marketing & Management, Renaissance Hotels.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Sure enough, I was so pleasantly surprised by the very unexpected way of how Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel interpreted this. Before I dive into my experience there, I want to give a quick tour of the newly opened hotel. Watch this short FB Live to see more details…

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Below are a few cute decorations I noticed in my room at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.

Found those in my room:

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

This part of the ceiling is in the lobby.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Here’s cool art I discovered in the elevator hallway.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

All those modern and industrial styles perfectly matched the hotel’s “Business Unusual” idea. 😉 Anyway, I was shocked to learn that this event is opened to locals, for free! The photo below was just one of the many local vendors.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Kids can take cool photos on this tough guy. Of course, I have to give it a test too! 😉

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Watching a live performance and petting dogs!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Food and drinks.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

I ended up with both of my hands full. 😉

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Below are two more FB Live videos to see more details.

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Now put a note on your calendar about this annual event. Next year, you can find a Renaissance Hotel near you, and enjoy a cool evening with locals, for free! Now it’s time to share the wonderful combination of Toledo’s local arts and Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel’s amazing food. **Drum roll, please…** At an exciting dinner, homage was given to the city’s history as the glass capital of the world. The hotel’s executive chef, Aaron Lawson, utilized 2,000-degree molten glass and various glass blowing techniques to serve up a feast on the rooftop bar (Heights Patio).

The glass menu and unique centerpiece, both made by this amazing artist Adam and his team at Gathered Glassblowing Studio.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Below is the artist Adam Goldberg.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Goldberg and a team of artists created this piece before dinner.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

This was a 12-course Chef’s Table dinner, with more than six different drinks. If you’re a foodie like me, you’ll be drooling after you read this menu. 😉

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

I’ve been very blessed to travel to many countries, trying many great foods, including a few Michelin restaurants. But some dishes below, I have to say, are even better than one found at my favorite Michelin restaurant in Paris. Below are just a few of the dishes.

Cooked scallop on glass!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

A finished dish with a new drink.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

A glass bowl cooking local tomatoes. The weight of the tomatoes was helping to shape the glass bowl. The coolest concept ever!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

The finished dish, of course with a different drink.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Cooking king crab on freshly made glass sticks.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Finished dish.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Okay, here’s the best beef ever!!! By the way, below is this genius executive chef, Aaron Lawson, preparing to cook that amazing beef.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Charcoal or gas?! Too old! 2,000-degree molten glass is the new way to BBQ!!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

I was totally in my little heaven when I tasted this steak. It seriously made me feel like LIFE IS SO GOOD!!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

You can watch these two FB Live videos for more details about this event.

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

I asked Aaron to show his fun side of him in this photo, and here you go! LOL!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

It was a perfect night with amazing people, food, art, and music. It made me want to come back to Toledo and Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel more! They got me as a loyal fan now! 😉 Below is Mr. DJ and me.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Photo credit: Grace Liang

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and lifestyle products that I’ll share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and lifestyle videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace
https://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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