Cincinnati, Fashion

    Norwood: my hood

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    [Sweater, Old Navy | Skirt, Target | Shoes, GUESS | Earrings, Curate Boutique | Lipstick, Givenchy Magnolia Organza]

    I spent the four best years of my life in Norwood. And although people like to give it a hard time, the neighborhood will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where my mom grew up. My grandpa used to frequent Norwood’s very own historical landmark, Dana Gardens – a bar that’s still (somehow) standing today. It’s where I made the best of friends, and shared many memories, drunken nights, basketball games, a special first date and more than my fair share of all-nighters. Let me stop here before I take a long stroll down memory lane…

    Yesterday, my friend Annie and I went on a walk from my apartment in Norwood to Oakley Square. The weather was absolutely perfect. We stopped at a few parks along the way, and laughed as people drove by and stared at us like we were crazy. This whole posing by yourself thing…it doesn’t get any less awkward.

    The warmer weather really lifted my mood after a long work day, and I can’t wait to spend more days outside. A little fresh air and sunshine are the perfect remedies to spending most of my days indoors. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think spring is finally here. And I’m pretty excited about it.

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    Photography by Annie Butler


    apartment update

    Well, I’m back. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind. I’ve officially lived in my apartment for a month, and it looks as though nothing has been accomplished. Which I’ll admit is frustrating, but when people tell you this kind of thing doesn’t happen overnight, they couldn’t be more right. In fact, it’s been a month and I’m just (impatiently) waiting for things to fall into place. Slowly, but surely…

    In other recent apartment-related news, I picked up a dresser and two nightstands from Goodwill and Salvation Army (for less than $70) this past weekend. Moving them into my second floor apartment was a chore to say the least, but well worth it after I got everything situated (with help, of course). They aren’t the prettiest pieces, but I’ve been told I have quite the imagination. Some paint and new knobs will make them look good as new, only better. Did I mention the dresser was $24?

    After I moved all of my purchases in, I came to the realization that the couch I bought when I moved in is just WAY too big for my living room. Plus, I might as well be sitting on a sack of hay. The comfort level is non-existent, and I’m not about that life. The gigantic sofa is going back on Tuesday, just in time for my new, pretty and comfortable little sofa to arrive. Can’t. Wait.


    I’ve been working like a DIY madwoman this week priming my hand-me-down coffee table and kitchen chairs. I even have the stubborn paint marks on my body to prove it. Will free furniture be worth it? Only time will tell…


    The luck o’ the Irish

    photo 2 (3)I’m 25% Irish. And as much as I hate to admit it, I usually neglect my Irish heritage in favor of my Italian roots. This is probably because I’m easily won over with pasta, the tarantella, and pizzelles. And my Nonna just has the cutest little accent. But, anyway…

    Yesterday was St. Paddy’s day, and even though this post is a day late, I just had to share this recipe for these ah-mazing Irish car bomb cupcakes. I’m a fan of boozy sweets, but these would be equally delicious sans alcohol. I’m even picturing them with different flavored fillings (raspberry, marshmallow, peanut butter….).

    I’ll admit, these were pretty time-consuming.  I even sliced my finger while attempting to “finely chop” a chocolate bar. But despite all that, these babies were well worth it. I even channeled my inner Paula Dean after I joyfully tossed four sticks of butter into a mixing bowl. Yes, four. And that was just for the icing.

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    (Note – If you’re a whiskey fan, I’d highly suggest adding in more than the recipe calls for. I did and still couldn’t taste it.)

    I hope you all had a great St. Paddy’s Day! Hopefully the effects of late-night green beer drinking have worn off by now. If not, eat a cupcake. Works like a (lucky) charm.

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    Cincinnati, Fashion

    Columbia Tusculum: first-timer

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    I’ve never really liked having my picture taken, especially when asked to pose by myself. Like, what do I do? Put my hand on my hip? Put both hands on my hips? Cross my arms? It’s an incredibly awkward experience. As much as I tried to channel my inner Blair, my attempt was an absolute fail. I couldn’t help but laugh hysterically the entire time. So much so that my face actually hurt.

    This shouldn’t be a surprise, coming from the girl who sends double-chin selfies to her friends and boyfriend on a semi-regular basis. Being serious isn’t in my nature.

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    Luckily, my friend Annie shares the same belief that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously (we used to work together and held regular dance parties in the office lobby). She took these pictures after we ate at the Green Dog Cafe. Annie lives in Cincinnati’s historic Columbia Tusculum neighborhood, and is a Green Dog Cafe regular. I had never been there before, and was so happy I did. The food was delicious. I’d like to throw a special shout out to the Green Dog Fries. I’m still dreaming about the mysterious yellow dipping sauce days later.

    These murals were right across the street from the Cafe, and we had to check them out. It’s no secret that I love a good building mural. I’m always amazed by the sheer talent of the artists who created them. Building murals are all over Cincinnati, and they’re one of my favorite pieces of the city.

    My first outfit post and first Green Dog Cafe experience are in the books. Cheers to firsts that definitely won’t be lasts.

    Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetJacket [thrifted, similar], Shirt [Nordstrom Rack, similar], Skirt [thrifted, similar], Tights [Banana Republic, similar], Ankle Boots [Target, similar], Sunglasses [Rayban], Lipstick [Givenchy, Magnolia Organza + Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue, Soothing Sorbet]


    life of pi(e)

    Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI was never good at math. To be honest, I downright hated it. But one day each year, I made sure to really pay attention in class. I have March 14 to thank, because where all things pi(e) are considered, I’m an expert.

    I worked at the Kroger bakery one summer in college, and it was then while clad in my icing-stained apron and dorky Kroger-branded baseball hat, that I fell in love with pie. I can say I’ve eaten an entire pie in one 8-hour shift, and I wouldn’t be lying. The job was rough, I know.

    Minor side-note, If you haven’t tried Kroger’s peach raspberry pie, you’re missing out. It’s heaven in a cardboard box. The perfect combination of sweet and tart.

    Although I don’t condone an all-pie diet, I did lose five pounds. Coincidence? Maybe, but I think I might be on to something. Move over, paleos.

    In memory of my bakery days and as a salute to Pi Day, I decided to whip up my own rendition of a warm-weather favorite, the peach raspberry pie. I put my own little twist on this recipe by adding in raspberries. I also let the peaches and raspberries “marinate” for several hours in the fridge before scooping them into the pie crust.

    So, whether you’re a math whiz or just a lover of any holiday for the excuse to eat pie, I hope you have a great Pi(e) Day!

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    favorite trends for spring

    Yesterday, we experienced the warmest weather we’ve had in what felt like years, and I couldn’t resist breaking out the heeled sandals. I’m impatient, I’ll admit it. Maybe I jumped the gun, considering today we’re supposed to get snow. Some things I’ll never understand.

    Although it feels as though winter will never end, I’m feeling optimistic that spring is just around the corner. I’m beyond excited for bare toes, lighter days and outdoor happy hours (Neon’s, anyone?). And of course, the clothes. Here are some of my absolute favorite trends for the upcoming season: Picture 2 [Topshop, Kohl’s, PrettyGuide, FrontRowShop] Picture 3 [River Island, Stila, Make Me Chic, ASOS] Picture 4 [Gap, Ruche, Wallis, Topshop]Picture 5[Topshop, Topshop, Topshop, TopshopPicture 7 [Forever 21, bkr, Converse, J.Crew]


    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]