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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]


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    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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    Weekend in Photos #3

    DSC_1241Plopping myself down in an uncomfortable desk chair is always difficult after a long weekend. But, it’s even harder when I realize the colder months are too close for comfort. Which reminds me…I really need to invest in a parka this year (if it will be anything like last year). But, more on that another day.

    Labor Day weekend gave me the chance to celebrate the summer and cram in as many cold beers, ice cream cones, boat rides and scenic drives as possible. And even though the world is starting to dream in Pumpkin Spice Lattes, leaf piles and leather boots, you’ll still see some summer projects on the blog. I’m not one to quit cold turkey. So, September, just because you’re here doesn’t mean I’m going to throw my sandals into the depths of my closet just yet.

    Without further ado, here is a glimpse of my sun-filled, laid-back weekend:


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    6 Ways Blogging Applies to Life

    Well, this is it, guys. I’ve hit the six month mark in my blogging career. I launched my little web space back in February looking for a new adventure. And a new adventure I got.

    I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “You’ve only been blogging for six months.” And you’re right. It really doesn’t sound like a long time in the grand scheme of things. Some of my favorite bloggers have been at it for years. But, I’ve always gone by the philosophy that you have to start somewhere.


    And that “somewhere” has been a crazy, exciting, roller-coaster ride that I wouldn’t trade for anything. In April, a dear friend re-launched her site, and we ate rock-candy cupcakes in our party clothes. In June, I played dress up with one of my favorite local boutiques, and my interview with Cincy Chic was posted online. In July, I showed readers how I style my LBD. Then, I had the opportunity to guest blog on a favorite local blogger’s site. And now, I’m working on some exciting opportunities with Saks and Madewell in Cincinnati. I never really thought any of this would happen. But, all I can say is wow. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this little corner of the web.


    From the importance of networking to how to take a better photo, there is always room for growth. And I’m learning new things every day.

    In honor of CincinNatalie’s six month blogiversary, I wanted to share with you six ways blogging applies to life. I hope some of these tid-bits will help you if you’re considering starting one of your own:

    1. Just do it. I wanted to start a blog for months, but was too afraid to hit the publish button. I don’t have a nice camera. What if no one reads it? What if I fail? The excuses were endless. I finally realized the only thing standing in my way was myself. And as Michael Scott so proudly quoted, “Just do it….Nike.” If there’s something you’ve been wanting to do but are afraid of failure, let go of that fear. It’s better to fail than to regret not trying.
    2. Networking, as in life, is a key component of blogging. In just six short months, I can happily say I’ve met some talented, genuinely-supportive girls. Networking is crucial in the real world, and the same goes for the blogging community. It’s nice to connect with people who have similar interests, and the relationships I’ve made have opened so many doors.
    3. Never be afraid to ask for help. Admitting you need help can be scary. If you know someone who is a talented photographer, or a whiz at web design, don’t be afraid to go to them with questions. They’ll be flattered by your sweet compliments. Offer to take photos for them, buy them some beers or take them out to dinner at their favorite restaurant. I’ve found thanking them with something special is always a nice way to show your appreciation.
    4. Try new things until you find what you truly love. I didn’t have a strategy when I started my blog. I knew I wanted it to be Cincinnati-focused, and more “lifestyle” than strictly fashion or beauty. I knew I wouldn’t have everything figured out right away. But, you know what? Not knowing is part of the fun.
    5. Not everyone will support you, and that’s okay. My friends and family are seriously the best. They cheer me on, and are great sports when it comes to playing photographers. And while most of the people in my life have been supportive, there are a few who haven’t been. But honestly, that’s okay. In life, not everyone is going to be your biggest cheerleader. There might even be some who will root for you to fail. I know I sound like a Hallmark card when I say this, but in order for others to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself first.
    6. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished. It can feel a bit weird publicizing each blog post, or telling friends about an awesome new opportunity that came your way. But, at the end of the day, you should be proud of yourself. You are spending your free time (oftentimes outside of your full-time job) to develop your creativity and create work that makes you, and others, happy.

    Are you a blogger, or have you considered starting a blog of your own? What are some of your favorite tips/lessons?

    Images via here and here

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    Weekend in Photos #2

    Sorry for the brief hiatus, guys. This past week and weekend were hectic to say the least. My little sister embarked on a new, exciting journey that includes a roommate, frat parties, all-night study sessions and community bathrooms. Hauling her stuff to Miami University gave me flashbacks to my own move-in at Xavier six years ago…how was that six years ago? I’m so excited for what the next four years will bring, and am counting down the days until Sibs’ Week, so I can visit her and pretend I’m still in college.

    I spent the weekend in Columbus where I hung out with friends, rummaged through piles of t-shirts at the Homage friends + family warehouse sale (can’t wait for the Cincinnati location to open) and spent time boating on Buckeye Lake. My legs are a beautiful shade of red thanks to my inability to apply sunscreen like a normal person.

    Here’s more of my weekend, in photos:

    weekend9weekend10weekend8weekend6weekend7weekend5weekend4weekend3weekend2As always, thank you for reading. Happy Monday!