local loves: volume I

Despite the dreadful, never-ending winter we’ve experienced, Cincinnati is a great place to live. If you ask my closest friends, they’ll tell you I’m obsessed with the old architecture, the equally-impressive building murals, Findlay Market and the City Flea.

The rivalry between the East and West side is real. “Where did you go to school?” almost always means high school, and our idea of chili is concocted using cinnamon and chocolate. Sure, we have our quirks, but that’s what makes Cincinnati so unique. It truly is a big, small town.

Several years ago, our historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood was brimming with crime and notorious for its dilapidated buildings and memories of “what used to be.” Now it’s home to many new, up-and-coming businesses. Foodies flock to its hipster-cool restaurants, and its revitalization efforts are getting head nods from national publications. Cincinnati has stood up to New York, Chicago, Rome and Florence and even has a love letter to prove it. People have so much pride in our city, and for good reason.

It’s my plan to make this post part of a series. If you live here, I hope these posts will inspire you to venture out and explore our city. And if you’re from out of town, I hope you to plan a trip soon. Here are some of the moments that made this past week special. Have a great weekend!

local loves edited[Morning view from my desk]

local loves3 edited[An assortment of delicious gourmet cupcakes from Abby Girl Sweets]

local loves4 edited[Keys to my new apartment]

local loves edited 2[One-of-a-kind earrings by local artist Tara Lea Smith, found at Curate Boutique]

local loves 7mnd[Fun mustache props at my high school’s annual fundraiser…and my debut as an auction model]

Dress [Francesca’s], Shoes [Thrifted]

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