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    Bloody Mary’s and a “See you Soon”

    Over the weekend, I met some college friends for brunch at Teller’s of Hyde Park (a.k.a my former place of work and home to the spiciest and most delicious Bloody Mary of all time). And if you know me, you know I’m all about brunching. This particular occasion however, was extra special and a little bittersweet.

    Tina (one of the first people I met at Xavier) and her girlfriend Paige are moving out West to Salt Lake City, and I couldn’t be happier for them. And although goodbyes are always sad, Bloody Mary’s make them a little easier. Just a little.DSC_1456DSC_1457DSC_1461DSC_1465DSC_1463One thing is for sure, as far as “sure” things go – life after college is unpredictable and a bit scary at times. It’s the first time in our lives where nothing is planned. But, you know what? Not having a plan can be a true gift.

    So, best of luck, Tina and Paige on your new, exciting adventure! You’ll for sure be missed here in Cincinnati, but Salt Lake City is lucky to have you. And afterall, as the old saying goes, “It isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later.”DSC_1474DSC_1472DSC_1471DSC_1475DSC_1466Seriously, I hope you have extra room for some visitors…DSC_1459

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    Weekend in Photos #11

    I’ve got an incurable case of wanderlust. I started noticing symptoms a few months ago: a serious bout of ADD, the desire to swivel in my desk chair non-stop, the inability to stop looking at travel pins on Pinterest, and the unshakable urge to walk around my office for no apparent reason. So, naturally, when the opportunity to fly to DC for a full 48 hours presented itself, I jumped at the chance. Anything for a cure, right?

    I packed my duffle bag, and drove with Fritz and my friend Max to CVG. We left CVG for Dulles and stayed with our friend Tommy’s sister, Annie, in Arlington. Her apartment was adorable, and I have to thank her a million times over for letting us stay for the weekend.

    Between the Halloween constuming, bar crawling, site seeing and chili eating, the quick trip was definitely worth every penny (and trust me, drinks in DC aren’t cheap). I’m already planning my next trip back, though next time, I’ll opt for warmer weather.

    Here’s more of my weekend trip to DC in photos:

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    Weekend in Photos #10

    DSC_1181It’s that time of the year, so naturally, I made sure to cram in one last Halloweekend at Cedar Point (check out my post about the park here). And even though Fritz avoided the fright zones (like, really avoided them), we still managed to ride our favorite coasters before heading home for the night. I didn’t get any pictures, because I didn’t want to be that girl. The girl who stops the ride for everyone because she pulls out her cell phone (and yes, this did happen). So yeah, not really much I could do in the photo department.DSC_1074

    On Saturday, I hopped in the tiniest plane known to man and Fritz flew us over Lake Erie  (with a pilot, of course). It was terrifying, exhilarating and I don’t recommend it on an empty stomach. Though, a full stomach wouldn’t be advised either. Oh, and if you’re afraid of heights, it might be best to stay planted on the ground.

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    If one thing’s for sure, it’s this: Ohio sure is beautiful in the fall. DSC_1133DSC_1144DSC_1157DSC_1164

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    Weekend in Photos #9

    DSC_0983This weekend was pretty great. After a hectic work week, I was in desperate need of a lazy couple of days. The couch was calling my name. I’m sure you guys can relate. Sometimes we all just need some time to recharge.

    On Saturday, Fritz and I went to a pumpkin patch near his house in Buckeye Lake. For all you pumpkin patch lovers out there, Pigeon Roost Farm is where it’s at. They know how to do things right. Think fresh honey, farm animals, pumpkins, warm apple cider, almond butter, candy corn and all-natural soaps and bath products.

    DSC_0956photo%201-5DSC_0957DSC_0989DSC_0980 DSC_0973 DSC_0965 DSC_0964 DSC_0963 DSC_0962 DSC_0961 DSC_0958In between pumpkin patching and doing absolutely nothing, Fritz let me fly his drone. Yes, he has a drone (sounds so weird, doesn’t it?). He recently bought it to attach his gopro to, and let’s just say I had a little too much fun learning how to fly it. photo%202-4

    Oh, and I can’t forget about these gorgeous Kate Spade heels I spotted at T.J. Maxx on Sunday. Seriously, how fun are they? They’re the kind of shoes that would brighten any closet. photo%204-3

    Another relaxing weekend is in the books. I hope you all enjoyed yours as well! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

     

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    Hangin’ with Annie from Magical Simplicity

    Good friends are a great thing. They provide support, laughs and inspiration. They’re there when you need them, share your obsession with chocolate and bring you balloons on your birthday. And if you’re lucky, they’ll show you how to spice up an impromptu dance routine with a killer robot arm.

    Most of you have probably heard about my friend Annie. She’s been my blogging partner in crime since the beginning, and she stopped by today to hang out and share with you a few pieces from her own blog, Magical Simplicity. So, without further ado, take it away, Annie!

    Natalie & I have been friends for the ages. All the awkward ages, that is. We went to grade school together clad in plaid skirts that were too big & polos with collars popped. The polos even had an elastic band around the bottom that gave the illusion of a tucked shirt. #CatholicSchool.

    Oh how times have changed! We’re still both extremely awkward but at least we don’t have to wear the plaid anymore.No, in fact we get to play dress up instead :) Hi! I’m Annie. I host my own web space over at www.magicalsimplicity.com. Natalie asked me a few weeks ago to come up with a guest post for CincinNatalie (Isn’t she a great friend? Always spreading the magic!). It took me a little while, but I decided on hats.I didn’t even notice my love of hats until very recently. But, looking around, I’m not sure how I missed it. I can count 10 from where I’m sitting right now. Excessive? No! HATS ARE AMAZING. Hats cover bad hair days. Hats block the sun. Hats add color to an outfit. Or, hats balance your outfit out. Hats cover the mornings you don’t feel like wearing makeup. Hats keep you warm. Or, hats keep you cool. Hats are the bomb. I think if I didn’t work in an office from 9-6 I would wear hats every single day…. & on vacation days/weekends, you’ll likely find me doing just that!Here’s a quick look at some of my favorites hat posts over the past few months:My latest task has been trying to transition summer hats into the fall. I was at a pumpkin patch a little while ago & saw tons of fedoras — so I’m thinking I’m not alone! Anyway, thanks for letting me stop by for a second! I know you know this already, but Natalie is amazing.  & rumor has it (or at least this photo I snapped many weeks ago that I think she’s forgotten about, has it) that she likes hats too.

    I hope you all stop by Magical Simplicity to hang out! I’d love to have you &  together spread a little magic :)

    P.S. See the full posts pictures from above: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here & here.

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    Weekend in Photos #8

    This weekend was a jam-packed couple of days. And I mean jam-packed. It consisted of celebrating the launch of Cincinnati SHOPS at Article, the Queen City Underground Tour (awesome, by the way), A Tavola, Holtman’s Donuts, revisiting Dana Gardens with a great group of people, going out on the town, and attending my second Bengal’s game.

    One of our college friends was in town from Charlotte, which was definitely a reason to celebrate. It’s always nice getting the group together again.

    It’s Monday, I’m exhausted, and my eyes are definitely trying to work against me this morning, but it’s all good. It was a weekend worth remembering.

    DSC_0809DSC_0825DSC_0858photo 1photo 2photo 4As always, thanks for stopping by!

     

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