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    On the Road: Cleveland, OH

    This past weekend, I ventured north to Cleveland to visit my friend Brian. We went to college together in Cincinnati, and we used to bicker (lovingly, of course) about whose hometown was best (Cincinnati vs. Cleveland). And while Cincinnati still holds the #1 spot in my heart, Cleveland is a very close second. Its food, hometown spirit and gorgeous lake views were enough to convince me. It’s a pretty awesome place.

    Brian is from Cleveland, and is passionate about the city. He’s actively engaged in its LGBTQ community, and he literally knows everyone. It’s always nice to stay with someone who has such love for their city, because you’re guaranteed to eat, shop and explore (without getting lost) like a local.

    We perused the shops near his apartment in the Gordon Square Arts District, made a pit stop in Hingetown and then headed to dinner at this adorable little French restaurant called Le Petit Traingle Cafe. It was delicious. I ate so much I almost had to have Brian roll me out the door. Here are some moments from my first night in the CLE:

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    [Inside Yellowcake Shop, an adorable boutique owned by a Project Runway alum]

    Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset[Vintage movie theater chairs outside of Guide to Kulchur, a used bookstore across from Brian’s apartment ]

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    Processed with VSCOcam[Our visit to Cleveland Tea Revival in Hingetown]

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    Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset[Food on food on wine and good company]

    Part II of my adventure in Cleveland is coming at you tomorrow (I took too many pictures for my own good). Happy Monday!

     

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    Sister, Sister

    I know I usually share my “Local Loves” post with you on Fridays, but I’m postponing it until next week. Why? For one, I was out of town for half the week, but more importantly, I’m in the mood to do a little celebrating. My not-so-little sister graduated from high school this week. She did it!

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    Nina and I are five years apart. And, as cliché as this sounds, I can still remember the day she was born. I sprinted down the hall in a 90s-style teal jumpsuit that made a swish noise with every step, while my light up sneakers flashed like an emergency vehicle. Get out of my way, people! You could literally see me coming from a mile away.

    But my little legs just couldn’t carry me fast enough (in part due to the jumpsuit). I couldn’t wait to meet her. I was so excited to become a big sister. It sounded so official. And my five-year-old self wore the title with pride.

    Of course, we had our ups and downs over the years. We slammed doors and screamed until our faces turned red when things didn’t go our way. We were relentless and stubborn. Unreasonable and pushy. But despite our sibling rivalries, I knew at the end of the day, I could always call her my best friend. And still do.

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    So, congratulations, Nina! I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to see what the next four years will bring. Miami University picked a good one.

    P.S. – You’ll be seeing more of my stylish little sis on the blog in the near future. Stay tuned.

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    local loves: volume V

    A lot of things happened this past week. Some good, some not so good. But, I’m learning as I get older that bad days are inevitable. They test you, pull you in different directions and push your face in the dirt. It took years of practice and was a integral part of growing up, but I’ve learned that it’s how I choose to react to the bad days that makes all the difference.

    I know I told you guys a couple weeks ago that I love this post for several reasons. Honestly, the biggest reason is because it helps me appreciate the good in every day. No matter how small (i.e. cupcakes).

    I was promoted this past week, and celebrated my two year workaversary yesterday – both were reasons to celebrate. I treated myself to a skirt I’d been eyeing at Anthropologie, which I felt less guilty about because it’s on sale (SCORE). Matthew Weiner, if you’re looking for an extra on Mad Men, call me up. I’ve got the skirt.

    My car may have broken down, I may have stayed home sick Wednesday and things may have been crazy at work, but that doesn’t mean this past week was all bad. Here are some of the highlights:

    Processed with VSCOcam[Goofing off in Ault Park while snapping pics for my blog]Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset[Mother’s Day tulips and a sweet card for my mom]Processed with VSCOcam[Building mural siting during an evening stroll in Covington]Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset[First glacial latte of the season from the one, the only Coffee Emporium]Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset[Blogging on a rainy day]Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset[Red velvet cupcake from LaLa’s Blissful Bites]

    I can’t wait for the weekend to arrive. City Flea is back and I am beyond excited to check out all the goods from this year’s local vendors. Have a great weekend!

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    weekend recap: the Kentucky derby

    Processed with MoldivWell, friends, I can officially cross the Kentucky Derby off my bucket list. Although, maybe I’ll edit the list to say, “go to the Kentucky Derby at least five times.” Once just won’t be enough for me. It was that fun.

    164,906 people flooded to Louisville for the event, which was the second largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history. The weather was amazing. Excitement filled Churchill Downs as California Chrome raced to the finish line, giving jockey Victor Espinoza his second Derby victory. You go, California Chrome.

    We watched (i.e. attempted to watch) the race from the infield, and I loved witnessing the wide range of fashion choices. I saw everything from people in jean shorts and t-shirts to girls sporting sky-high wedges and big, ornate floppy hats.

    I also learned a few things that day:

    1) The technique I use to apply sunscreen is poor at best (visual evidence: my splotchy, sunburned arms and back)

    2) Mint Juleps are gross

    3) Applying a temporary tattoo to the front of your neck sounds great at the time, but may be a decision you regret the next day

    4) Red Bull comes in other flavors like Lime and Cranberry (maybe I’m late to the party on this one)

    5) Vineyard Vines gives away a lot of cool stuff (i.e. whale hats, croakies, bow tie tattoos, koozies, etc.)

    6) Riding in style means cruising to Louisville in a 36 passenger school bus

    7) Forgetting your sunglasses is a huge rookie mistake

    8) Bring cash – most of the vendors only accept cash, including the one who sells cardboard and calls it a soft pretzel

    9) Raising Canes is the perfect post-Derby meal (can’t wait for them to come to Cincinnati)

    10) Derby is 10 times better with awesome friends to share the experience with

    Until next time, Louisville.

     

    Did you go to Derby this year? I’d love to hear about your experience!

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    new adventures

    say yes

    I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I rewrote this post. Actually, I can. We’ll go with seven or eight…maybe 20. The truth is, the first really is the worst. I mean honestly, writing the first blog post is a lot harder than I thought.

    While I’m still trying to figure that out, I can tell you this: as a twenty-something, young professional, two years out of college (and counting), I’m ready for a new adventure. Something that’s exciting and completely, 100% mine.

    I’m a public relations professional by day at a marketing agency. But in my off hours, I’m a lover of fashion, cooking, vintage, travel, home decor, DIY, and Cincinnati, the place I call home. This blog will serve as my creative outlet, so I can document the things that inspire me most – whether it’s a skirt I’ve been coveting, a recipe I’m dying to try, or a cool, new restaurant in town.

    If you know me, you know that I tend to ramble. But, I really just want to say hey. Thanks for stopping by my small space on the web. I just moved in, so excuse the cyber dust. It’s not really furnished yet, as you can see, but it will be soon.

    I hope you stay awhile, and come back. A party is more fun with friends like you.

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