Hello Sassy Peeps!

As you guys already know I absolutely love South Florida! At this particular moment in time there are only a few other places that I would rather live; and none are in the US. Although there is no place like home, I love to travel, especially when I am traveling to my hometown of Detroit, MI.

However, lately I have noticed that I don’t get home as often as I would like whenever I have a chance to go I am overjoyed. Which brings me to that time, not so long ago, when I hung out there with my Ford friends and family.

If you follow my travels, you know that last year I attended the 2015 Further with Ford Trends Show that took place in Sunny California. This year they switched things up a bit and this year’s show was held in….Yep! You guessed it, Deeetroit! LOL! As you can imagine there were several reasons why I was happy to be back, but one thing that really made it awesome is that this time of year is always so gorgeous. The weather is perfect! I love all of the different colors of the leaves and the slight nip in the air, and let’s not forget about the gorgeous fall fashion. It is totally a fashion girl’s dream.

I was really stoked that for this particular show the Westin Detroit Metro Airport was our host hotel. I simply love the Westin brand. I was totally amped about the location of the show, but I even more amped about the location of the hotel. It sits within the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, so when we arrived, instead of taking a shuttle to the hotel, we just conveniently walked. Don’t get me wrong, I never get tired of seeing all of the amazing sites along with way when taking a shuttle is necessary, but this was just a nice change.

These modern rooms have flat-screen TVs, desks and WiFi (fee), plus coffeemakers and pillow-top mattresses. Some offer mini-fridges and pull-out sofas. Suites add living areas and whirlpool tubs. Club rooms provide access to a lounge with complimentary continental breakfast and evening appetizers. Along with other amenities include a fitness center, an indoor pool and a spa, plus a business center, meeting space and a ballroom.

Also, there’s a fine dining restaurant and lounge set in an 80-foot atrium with an indoor pond. This is the area where we had a chance to meet and listen to the sounds of the talented and stunning Andra Day. It was such a nice and unexpected surprise! She is sooo amazing! I was really excited that one of my blogger babes showed me how to use FaceBook Live; yep I know! Total media influencer fail! HAHA! I just couldn’t figure it out! I am so happy she took the time to show me, because I was able to share this Epic moment in time with my FB family and friends.

If you know me, you know I was dying to get behind the wheel of a few of Ford’s awesome vehicles! I started off taking an all too familiar friend for a spin, the 2016 Ford F150. Next, I grabbed some sweet head gear and jumped into the 2016 Ford Focus RS. It’s so funny, because after I put my gear on I decided to take a selfie and boy did I get photobombed by the world’s greatest photo bomber! LOL! When I was going through my feed and saw the pic I laughed for hours. It is hilarious! Shortly after I finished the autocross, I headed over to test out a more laid back and relaxed beauty, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hydrid.

After a long day of testing out fabulously fierce rides and experiencing major adrenaline rushes, and getting photobombed I was starving. I headed over to the Dearborn Development Center for a wonderful lunch provided by Ford. I don’t know about you guys, but I always get tired after an exciting day and a good meal. I knew it was time to head back to the hotel and prepare for takeoff the next day.

PhotoBomber of the Year Award goes to this guy! HA!
Photography by Dawn Gibson-Thigpen, unless otherwise stated

Ford you are simply amazing, and it is always a thrill to hang out with you, especially in my hometown! Looking forward to seeing you soon!!!

Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember to Always…Stay Sassy!

*Disclosure: All Hotel and travel services were provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own*


  1. I think my husband is jealous of you LOL. He would love to check out all these cars in Detroit. It looks like you had a great time out there! Don't be surprise next time if my husband pack himself in your suitcase LOL.

  2. Test driving these Ford vehicles would be a dream come true for my son even though he's only 12. He loves his cars. What a great time you must have had.

  3. Oh my goodness, now it sounds like you had a blast. Ford is my Hubby's truck of choice, so I would have loved to go. Sounds like the new F150 is gonna be awesome

  4. That is such an awesome experience!! We used to own a Ford- such great cars and trucks! I loved my SUV!

  5. hahahah. i love it. tell him he is so welcome.

  6. mine too shauna. I am sooo in love with the f150 and f250

  7. What a bucket list experience and those fords are sooo cool! We actually are a ford family and are looking to get a new one and now I'm all pumped about it after reading your post!

  8. I would love to visit the Ford manufacturers in Detroit. Sounds amazing- and I know I love my Ford Energi so to see where it was made would be cool.

  9. You look like you had loads of fun at this event.
    It must have been exciting to attend!

  10. Looks like you had an amazing experience at Ford. Hope to have the opportunity to visit this iconic car manufacturer who practically settled Detroit single-handedly.

  11. Sounds like a great event! Love Ford cars and all their events!

  12. Wow how awesome this sounds! I think it looks like a really great event. Ford is a wonderful car manufacturer and I always hear amazing things! – jeanine

  13. This looks like it would have been such a fun event. I love Ford as a company and that food looks great.

  14. I am excited to try the 2017 Ford Fusion Hydrid. We are looking for a new vehicle and I have been looking at the Fusion.

  15. I love the Ford Mustang. My friend has one and I love to go for drives in it.

  16. The Ford 150 is an amazing truck. We are thinking of getting one in the new year.

  17. I have a Ford Mustang and I love it. I have been thinking of taking the 2017 out for a test drive. I would love a convertible.

  18. Wow, that's so cool! I'm drooling over your car and food pics, lol!

  19. What a fun event! I went to Detroit earlier this year for a car event and loved learning more about cars in what I consider the car capital of the U.S 🙂

  20. Lots of history in Detroit. Looks like a fun trip.

  21. Hahaha…Love your photobomber! Looks like you had a blast. I would love to take that 2016 Ford F150 for a spin myself!

  22. Such an over the top awesome event! And the Ford Mustang? That indeed was a win-win day!!

  23. How cool! Looks like an awesome time! And I love Ford! I have always wanted a Ford Mustang. They are beautiful automobiles!

  24. Ford throws amazing events! Looks like you had a blast! I love the new mustang especially the new 350R!

  25. Looks like fun! So happy for you!

  26. Looks like a great experience with Ford. I love the photobomber. That is an epic shot!

  27. The Ford Motor Company connects with owners, fans and Ford enthusiasts via social networking sites with much success. Each new Ford car and truck has its own profile page on various social network sites to keep fans updated daily.

  28. My wife's favorite chips and my favorite cars – can't go wrong. In my past careers I got to spend a lot of time down there and never got wined and dined like you did!

  29. Robin Masshole Mommy says: Reply

    That sounds like an amazing experience. I am so happy you had fun and learned a lot.

  30. Sounds like a great experience. My son would have loved by his. Oh and the photobomber rocks .

  31. Ford is awesome. Hubby wishes he was your husband. Everything looked like fun. Glad you had such a good time

  32. I had a Mustang convertible once and boy, was it fast! I’m so drawn to that yellow shade–not sure I’d like a whole car in it unless it were, maybe a beach care. but those Mustangs GO!

  33. This sounds like a great way to spend the day. Cars, food and all!

  34. This looks like a fun time. They have a lot going on there.

  35. What an absolutely fantastic even to get to cover plus being in your home town and favorite place in the world – can’t beat that !!! The food looks amazing and the entertainment wonderful. I am so happy you had a great time.

  36. Can’t think of a better way to spend a day! This looks like a blast!

  37. I love Detroit, and have a bunch of friends that grew up there (and still live close). This looks like such a fun event!

  38. I am a big Ford fan! This sounds like such a fun event, and the food looks delish too!

  39. What an amazing experience you had! I also love Westin hotels, it is one of my favorite chains. Thanks for sharing all of the fun you had.

  40. Wow, Ford really put you up and treated you well! How fun to test driver vehicles! What was the vehicle you test driver where you needed the helmet?

  41. Wow, i’m a big fan of Ford and super jealous of your staycation. I love the lemon yellow color of the car.

  42. What a fun event! My mom used to sell Ford cars and she got a new one to drive often. I especially loved driving around in the mustang!

  43. Wow! Sounds like such a fun and cool event! I really hope to start traveling more, too! I am a Ford girl, for sure!

  44. You had me at Mustang! This looks like so much fun!

  45. This ford car is awesome. I love the color. Sounds that you really had fun in the event.

  46. Wow, it looks like you had an amazing trip! That car looks like fun 😉

  47. I haven’t tried Facebook live yet myself. Florida and Fords are two of my favorite things! I would have loved that show. Sounds like you’ve had a great time lately.

  48. That car is so fabulous. One of my dream car and I love the color. Looks so stunning.

  49. What a fantastic experience! That Mustang looks beautiful. You can’t beat a car show in Detroit! They definitely know how to do it.

  50. Misty Dawn Nelson says: Reply

    Sounds like a fun event, My hubby would love to have this car

  51. Rebecca Swenor says: Reply

    This sounds like it was an amazing event. I would love to have been there and I think it was awesome that it was held in your hometown. Mustangs have always been one of my favorite vehicles since I was a little girl. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  52. Rebecca Swenor says: Reply

    This sounds like it was an amazing event. I would love to have been there and I think it was awesome that it was held in your hometown. Mustangs have always been one of my favorite vehicles since I was a little girl. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  53. Oh yeah, not much I don’t like about this post!From the experience to all the benefits, looks and sounds superb, even if I don’t know anything about cars, apart from driving them!

  54. I’ve seen the hotel there, and wondered about it. I love that it’s smack dab in the middle of the airport. No way you’re missing your airplane. 🙂

  55. Sounds like you had a great time, I would love to go to one of these! I love that car and could definatly see me driving it! 🙂

  56. I am glad you got this opportunity. It’s always good when you get to test drive a new car.

  57. Bonnie @wemake7 says: Reply

    Wow! That is so awesome that you were able to be a part of that. Great photos and looks like they offered some yummy food too lol.

  58. Looks like you had a really great time! The lunch provided by Ford looks really delicious and the hotel sounds like a great place to stay while visiting Detroit.

  59. Looks like you had a great time at this event! I have never been to Detroit. Ford is a great brand!

  60. Between the good food and the entertainment, I can tell that this was a fantastic event. I would love to test drive one of those cars too. 🙂

  61. Thanks for this insightful blog. Ford is a good car and enjoying life in florida.

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