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    Here to Disrupt LLC: The Group That’s Disrupting the Culinary Scene (In The Best Way)

    This past Sunday, I had the opportunity, along with eight other bloggers and social media influencers, to attend the most insane rooftop brunch of all time, co-hosted by Here to Disrupt and Kaufman Development. We gathered around a Pinterest-worthy table and enjoyed boozy drinks, sweet treats and savory dishes. It was an experience I will remember for a very long time. Seriously, I didn’t feel cool enough. I still don’t. But, I do have the photos to prove I was there, so maybe that will up my blog cred by a few points.

    If you haven’t heard of Here to Disrupt, I can guarantee you’ll be seeing a lot from them in the near future. They are a group of passionate, creative individuals who are changing the culinary scene in Columbus, one pop-up event at a time. The events are held at restaurants and nontraditional locations and venues, with the goal to showcase sous chefs from across Ohio. And let me tell you, these people are talented.

    Here to Disrupt 4This particular event celebrated the pastry, and as a girl who loves her sweets, I was fully on board. Dishes were prepared by pastry chefs, Aaron Clouse (pastry chef for LBRANDS/owner of Cakes by Aaron), Andrew Worth (owner of WORTH) and Amanda Erckert (owner of Tablspoon). The sweet treats ranged from a German berlinger filled with lingonberry jam, to sweet corn fritters and Greek loukoumades with toasted walnuts and honey. The savory menu option was a quiche stuffed with shitake mushrooms and emmental cheese, with a side of asparagus.

    And to top everything off, we had the opportunity to try a more savory dessert, Bloody Mary sorbet with orange sponge cake, vodka soda and grilled shrimp. The flavors were so unexpected, but worked so well together. The way I think about dessert forever changed the moment I took a bite of that salty and savory sorbet. It was UNREAL.

    HTDHere to Disrupt 2Derek Reno of The Reno Reserve kept the drinks coming. Because everyone knows a good brunch usually involves alcohol. Extra props to the bartender when your glasses look like this.

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    I was so honored to be a part of this event. The food was sweet, and the company was sweeter. I can’t wait to see what these guys do next.

    Fashion, Travel

    Weekend Mornings at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters

    Would you say you’re a “routine person?” I never thought I was. But, when it comes to my weekends, they usually involve the same thing, every time: a ridiculously obscene amount of coffee. There’s something pretty special about the ritual of having that first cup. I love to roll out of bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning (after sleeping in until at least 10 a.m.) and walk to Stauf’s, a coffee shop a couple blocks from my apartment. It’s the perfect place to post up, sip on a latte, and nom on something sweet.

    The patio out back is my all-time favorite. It’s tucked away under trees and umbrellas, making it ideal to retreat to, especially if you’re looking a little rough from the night before (check). Because let’s be real, we’ve all been there. Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Seriously, how good does that strawberry scone look? Don’t you just want to snatch it off the plate? Also, the barista I talked to told me she makes a mean Cortado. I didn’t know what that was at the time (disclaimer, still don’t), but according to Wikipedia, it’s espresso “cut” with a small amount of warm milk to reduce the acidity. Who knew? After downing it in under five minutes, I’d have to agree with her. It was good.

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Now, let’s talk a bit about this outfit. I’m not allowed to wear jeans during the week, so on weekends, I take full advantage and wear them all day, errrr day. Flares are my jam lately. As much as I love my skinnies, flared jeans really are flattering on everyone, and help to accentuate your curves. I snagged a pair the other day from Old Navy (PSA: they are on sale for $20!) and I’ve literally worn them every night since.


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    I hope you have a great weekend!


    Celebrating Home with Clothe Ohio

    Home is where the heart is. You’ve heard that saying a million times, right? It’s a place where you can enjoy a bottomless bowl of pasta with a side of grandma’s warm hugs. Home is comfortable and familiar. It’s nostalgic. It’s where your parents love to tell embarrassing stories to your boyfriend over dinner. Home is filled with the people you care most about in this world.

    Sure, I dream about what life would be like on the West Coast — taking daily walks along sun soaked boardwalks, breathing in the salty air. Whenever I spend a long weekend in New York City, I stare at tall apartment buildings, wondering what it would be like to walk through their doors every day.

    California is laid-back.

    New York is electric.

    But, Ohio is home.

    Celebrating Home with Clothe Ohio |

    I wrote about Clothe Ohio awhile back, when I was still living in Cincinnati (you can check out the post here). They’re amazing, guys. If you haven’t heard of them yet, I’ll give you the low-down. Clothe Ohio is a local company that produces fashionable Ohio apparel for both men and women (Fritz looooves his sweatshirt). What I love most about the company — aside from its vast selection of t-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts and accessories — is that for every item you purchase, the Clothe Ohio team donates clothing to an Ohioan in need. Pretty great, right?

    Take a peek at what they’ve got, and share your favorites with me in the comments! I’d love to know the ways you celebrate home, too :)
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    Get Fritz’s super soft sweatshirt: $44 | Check out my tank (size up if you like a looser fit!): $28
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    Photography by Sydney Marie Photography


    Prim and Proper

    My style has definitely evolved over the years. I think I’ve come a long way since the days when I thought wearing uniform shorts were cool (sidenote: they were not). While I’m now drawn to more boho, flowy styles and neutral color palettes, I used to be the girl who’d trade anything to wear a feminine, classy dress all day, every day. If I could have lunch with any person, alive or dead, my answer was always Audrey Hepburn. I loved the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. I liked old music and getting dressed up for no reason.

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    Cincinnati, Fashion

    Meet Clothe Ohio + GIVEAWAY


    [Tee: Clothe Ohio Ohio Circle Black Tee c/o | Skirt: Pink Tulip Boutique (similar) | Boots: Ann Taylor (similar) | Clutch: Target (similar) | Jacket: the leather market in Florence, Italy (similar) | Bracelets: Forever 21 (similar), Charming Charlie (similar) and RocksBox c/o]

    Truth: I love playing matchmaker. That’s why I’m beyond excited for this post, guys. I teamed up with some fellow Cincinnati bloggers and we’re just dying to set you up with Clothe Ohio. The company’s mission is simple:

    “Clothe Ohio is a company that gives when you get. Combined with our love for producing comfy, artsy, yet fashionable Ohio apparel, donating clothing was an undeniable solution to fulfilling our passion to give back. With each order placed, we will give a new t-shirt or sweatshirt to an Ohioan in need. Teaming up with different non-profits and charitable organizations throughout the state, we are able to give directly to the people who need it most.”

    This, my friends, is what they call a total package.

    If Clothe Ohio’s philanthropic efforts aren’t enough to win you over, then I can guarantee its tees, sweatshirts and hoodies will. And to all the men out there — you’re in luck. Clothe Ohio has some great stuff for you, too.

    DSC_1891_editedDSC_1875_editedDSC_1887_editedWe’re showcasing some of our favorite tees from Clothe Ohio’s collection, but there are so many great options to choose from. So sit back, grab your credit card and start browsing. And while you’re at it, be sure to enter our giveaway below for a chance to win a sweatshirt of your choice (we love this one)! The contest ends 3/19 and is open to US residents only.IMG_8563_edited

    Let’s pump up that Ohio pride. Good luck!

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    Photography by Aline Tabet and Annie Butler.

    Cincinnati, Fashion

    Girls in Chunky Sweaters

    DSC_0560_edited2I’m convinced girls in chunky sweaters have more fun. I haven’t tested this theory on anyone other than myself, but hear me out for a quick sec. The minute I slipped into this little cable knit number from Mannequin Boutique, I couldn’t help but smile. I think I’m onto something.DSC_0563_editedAnd this isn’t Mr. Rogers’ sweater we’re talking about here. This is a genuine, grade A, 100% (insert material here because I forgot to write it down) sweater. The bitter winter winds won’t stand a chance when you’re wearing this bad boy. All that’s missing from the picture is a cozy fireplace, some hot chocolate and a lazy day filled with nothing on the agenda.

    DSC_0558_editedThank you again to Mannequin on Main Street for A) being awesome and B) relocating right down the street from my office (seriously, THANK YOU).

    To read more about Mannequin, check out my previous posts hereherehere, and here. Yes, typing that sentence made me realize I’m a Mannequin Boutique stage 5 clinger. Sorry I’m not sorry.


    Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to take a stroll on over to Ida Street where Annie’s looking lovely in lace. Another Mannequin find for the win.

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    Photography by Annie of Ida Street


    Shop Local: Mannequin Boutique


    I have a love for vintage that just won’t quit. Always have, and probably always will (if you’ve been with me since the beginning, you may remember this gem of a yellow coat). For the school dance my freshman year of high school, I was the 14-year-old who wore a black tea length, tulle dress with a sweetheart neckline. And yes, I’d totally wear it again 10 years later.

    As a girl who loves vintage, I was in desperate need of a good vintage store. One that didn’t require rummaging through giant bins of clothes that smelled like they came from my grandma’s attic.

    And then I found Mannequin, located in Cincinnati’s booming Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Vintage garments and designer labels for extremely reasonable prices? Well, twist my arm. I was sold.

    Not only does Mannequin have a great selection, but it’s also a non-profit. Proceeds from clothing sales benefit local charities around town, including the Free Store Foodbank. If you haven’t stopped in to check out Mannequin’s comprehensive selection, then be sure and add it to your list. Thank me later.