Monthly Archives: January 2015

Finding Quiet

Often times, I think I have overlooked the beauty of Winter. Yes, it’s bitter cold, wet, overcast almost daily, and the days are long…(did I mention cold?) but there is a much needed peacefulness that comes with this somber season. Nature is quite literally hibernating this time of year, which is noticeable when you go into the park and hear not a sound. It’s just you and the brittle tree branches, iced over waters, and snow covered paths. Nature’s taking a break for a little while…but that’s okay because those recoup times are necessary for life to move on.

So enjoy winter for what it offers. Solitude. Take a quiet walk through the park (bundled warm, of course), curl up under a blanket with hot cocoa and a book, or try out a mouth-watering hearty recipe to keep your stomach warm too. That way, we’re just working with what nature has given us…for the time being.

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…Because jumping keeps the blood flowing ;)

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Jeans: AG Slim Straight from Anthropologie
Blazer and chambray: H&M a few years back
Boots: Sorel Slimpack Riding Boot
Scarf: From a market in London

Into the Park

Into the Park

Sometimes I like to play on Polyvore to satisfy my fashion imagination.  This one started with the scarlet hued cape and branched out from there.  An awesome wool cape is on my sewing to-do list for winter-y items…hopefully by the end of this winter I will have myself a cape to throw on.  I wouldn’t consider capes to be especially ideal for days like today where there’s loads of snow falling from the sky and equal loads then on the roads–that’s definitely a puffer jacket kind of day.  But capes are great for those crisp winter days that border on feeling like the birth of a much desired spring day.

Can’t you just picture yourself sitting on a park bench while you’re people watching and wearing this crimson colored cape with your plaid button up peeking through when you lift your hand to write in your journal-recording your thoughts of inspiration?  Of course, to complete the look you need your on trend circular frame sunglasses and wide brim felt floppy hat, along with the gorgeous Prada bag you saved for-but will indeed cherish forever.  And don’t forget the leather gloves–it’s still winter, you know! Hands must be kept warm, especially when jotting down observations or discoveries.

Oh, and if you’re wearing a cape in the scarlet shade, you most definitely need something gray added somewhere-well, if you’re an Ohio girl that is. :)

Over the Holidays

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everybody had a fun and safe holiday! We spent ours in downtown CLE and it was so much fun! A very memorable experience for the books…including one delicious Moscow Mule, a handshake with a rock guitarist, and a hug from a stranger. Not a bad way to start 2015! :) These past few weeks leading up to and including the holidays have been ultra hectic, so it’ll be nice to finally have a few days to just breathe and relax.

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A great view from East 4th for the NYE downtown fireworks.

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Tower City Center.

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A fantastic Moscow Mule from Society Lounge on East 4th.

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So, a couple weeks ago, I made myself another coat that I’ve been patiently waiting to actually accomplish. And at last, I finally have.

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Wearing a Gap blouse from a few years ago, black skinny jeans, boots by Bed Stu, hat by Converse from Target many years ago, and silver earrings and tooled leather purse were mom’s.

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For Christmas, we had a very yummy meal and our traditional Flaming Plum Pudding. Since it has to be started the day after Thanksgiving, my mom will often just buy a pre-made one from somewhere like William-Sonoma, but this year she was on the ball and actually made one from scratch…complete with the brandied hard sauce!