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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 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.

    Cincinnati, Real Life

    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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    Weekend in Photos #7

    houseI’m not a to-do list girl. I’m more of a “fly by the seat of my pants” girl. My hectic week days are often met with more hectic weekends. Trying to cram everything into two days is hard, you know?

    So, sometimes, the best weekends consist of doing absolutely nothing at all. I’m proud to say that I lounged in sweatpants, went to my first Blue Jackets game, and lounged in sweatpants some more. I even unplugged mostly, so that explains the lack of pictures. It was a couple days of pure, lazy bliss.

    I hope you all had fantastic weekends, with or without sweatpants.

    Monday is here and I’m keepin’ this post short and sweet. Let’s do this.

    Cincinnati, Real Life

    Weekend in Photos #5

    I don’t have a single drop of German in my blood. But, every year, on a certain weekend in September, I like to pretend I’m as German as it gets. Even if it means taking part in the chicken dance with a braut in one hand, a beer in the other and a cream puff carefully supported by my elbow. Oh, and lots and lots of sauerkraut is involved.

    This past weekend was Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, a.k.a. the largest Oktoberfest in the country (let’s just say more than 500,000 beer-thirsty people flood the streets). So, I’d say we’re doing pretty good for ourselves here in Cincinnati. When it comes to drinking beer, preparing German cuisine and sporting Lederhosens, it’s safe to say we’re certified in having a great time.

    And to be honest, I was pretty busy doing just that. So, I apologize in advance for the lack of photos. It’s a little challenging to snap pictures when you’d rather be stuffing your face. Here’s what I was able to capture in between bites and sips:

    DSC_0578[The most adorable little dachshund kicking things off at the Running of the Wieners]photo 1[When in doubt and without electricity at City Flea, blend your smoothie on a bike]photo 2[Finally tested out Red Bike, Cincy’s new bike share program.]photo 3[Brown Bear Bakery’s Salty Chocolate Chip Cookie….YUM]DSC_0583[I have this weird thing for candles lately. I snatched up my new favorite at Article]photo 4[Zip’s Cafe, home to one of the greatest burgers in Cincinnati]


    Cincinnati, Real Life

    Weekend in Photos #4

    Wow, what a whirlwind of a weekend. My head is still spinning, and not from the Champagne. Here’s what I learned:

    1. There are some seriously awesome local bloggers in Cincinnati, and judging shoes with them at Cincy Chic’s “Champagne & Shoes” event was almost better than chocolate (and trust me, that’s saying a lot)
    2. Women in Cincinnati take the shoe game very seriously. From mosaic-encrusted platforms to bedazzled pumps and studded boots, everyone brought their A game on Friday night
    3. Why hasn’t Zara come to Cincinnati? Not a lesson…more like a question that needs an answer
    4. Nada’s chips + guac is one of the greatest combinations known to man
    5. A Tavola’s gelato…always
    6. Libby and Leeli + Lou are two must-visit local boutiques
    7. Iris Book Café is so adorable, and is the perfect place to spend a productive Saturday or Sunday
    8. If you’re looking for good vintage, head to Mannequin
    9. If you’re into photography, you can rent lenses at Dodd Camera in Kenwood
    10. Awakenings’ Toddy Cooler with vanilla syrup is the

    Hope you all had great weekends! Monday, bring it on.
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