Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pints and Panache

One week later, and there’s still plenty of snow on the ground and water turned to ice…we even dipped down to about 15 degrees the other day, which is definitely a temperature more suited for January of February here in our neck of the woods. However, I am plenty thankful we have not gotten 6+ feet of snow like some of our Great Lakes neighbors…I can’t imagine how difficult that has to be, thoughts and prayers for anyone having to experience that.

Yesterday, we took a little stroll down in the CLE Metroparks to see some snow covered grounds and iced over rivers. I will say, even though it is freezing, Winter nature can be very beautiful.

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Wearing a sweater vest, (literally!) that I constructed from a sweater and an old vest. Scarf from a market in London, skirt made by me last year in a desperation for a light brown skirt, boots by Sorel (link below), hat with feather pom from Target a few years back. Mom’s vintage tooled leather purse, coat by Calvin Klein.

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These are my most favorite Winter boots-by Sorel. Very warm, very comfy. You can find some here.

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Anyone else see the lady face in this ice? ;)

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Don’t worry, at least one of these Guinness glasses actually had Guinness in it, post photo opp. ;)

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After a little CLE Metroparks exploration, we decided to go to P.J. McIntyre’s in West Park for dinner. It’s an Irish Pub with delicious Irish fare and drinks. I got a traditional Irish Full Breakfast which consisted of bangers, potatoes, black and white pudding, tomato, mushrooms, two eggs, beans, ham, and toast. It was. so good. And eating it instantly reminded me of the first time I had a Full Breakfast in England. It’s just a whole lotta good food on one plate. Nice and hearty, great for this cold Winter weather.

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The atmosphere is absolutely perfect for a pub, too. Dark wood, barrel tables, fire place…even the floors have this very suitable motif. If you can’t already tell, if you’re in CLE and have never been, or you’re visiting and want somewhere to go, check it out!

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November on the Lake

What a drastic difference in weather we’ve had from my post last week to this week. Here we are in the ides of November, leaves still on trees but we have a few inches of snow on the ground. And here my last post is all about preserving the season while we can! :( womp womp. I honestly can’t remember the last time it snowed this early for us, or so heavily at least. That’s the thing with Ohio, it is only November, and technically still Fall but here we are launched right into Winter, whether we like it or not…and we’ll likely be stuck in Winter for another 5 months, because that’s how we do it here. Half the year is Winter, and the other half is probably a combination of the other 3 seasons-maybe all in one week, if we’re lucky. ;)

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We took some pics today at Lakewood Park in Lakewood. It’s a great spot to see the CLE skyline, as you can see from a few of these photos. It’s such a funny juxtaposition to see snow covered trees that still have all their green leaves. Winter is just plowing its way in…and boy is it cold. And fierce.

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We stopped by Erie Island Coffee in Rocky River before we headed to Lakewood Park. They have very yummy coffee and food, if you’re ever in the CLE area and need a coffee spot. There is also a location on East 4th, downtown.

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Wearing leather aviator jacket from Victoria’s Secret (no longer available), AG jeans, Fisherman sweater from LL Bean (super warm!!), boots from Free People, mom’s tooled leather purse, scarf from H&M, necklace from Anthropologie.

Savor the Season

Where is the time going this year? It seems like this year has absolutely flown by already. It’s hard to believe that Halloween is now past, and Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly… and we all know what that means, we’re already full fledged into the Holiday mode. I’m a big advocate for not caving in too early. I think it’s really important to savor the time as it is and not jump too far ahead of ourselves with the Holidays. It seems evident that since now retailers are open as early as 5 pm on Thanksgiving, we have truly lost sight of what’s important to us. At the risk of sounding too cliche, it seems we have forgotten the true meanings of the Holidays and are now more focused on the material side. And don’t get me wrong, ‘stuff’ can be loads of fun, but in the end, the material stuff isn’t what’s going to matter.

With these thoughts floating through my head lately, today we’ve (me + husband) taken advantage of the nature around us because just about all of the leaves have fallen and winters inevitable appearance is likely to sprinkle any time now. Also, CLE has gotten a few days of very pleasant weather the past week or so, and it’s appropriate to take it all in before we don’t see the sun for another 5 or 6 months. After we walked around in the park and got photos, we decided it’d be a good day to take (probably) one last bike ride of the 2014 year..because right now, that seemed more appropriate than watching a Holiday movie.

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Wearing leather jacket by Buffalo by David Bitton (no longer available); wool vest made by my mom in the 70’s! Also her tooled leather purse; H&M skirt; scarf from a market in London; booties by Bed Stu.