Monthly Archives: April 2015

Spring Transition

Spring Transition

Waiting for the Train

Maybe it’s because I’m from a historically industrial city, but there’s just something about trains and train tracks, and railway stations that I absolutely love.  I love their inevitable grittiness and the way they can feel so raw and eerie.

The last time I took a traditional train somewhere was in Europe, where it’s still a more favored way of travel compared to the US.  It really is such a shame that trains are no longer a major means of transportation, at least domestically.  Although, the reasons why trains aren’t a first choice anymore are understandable… the time it takes to get from here to there, and let’s face it, they’re just not as glamorous a ride as they used to be in their heyday.

On the other hand, in the way of scenic railroads, Ohio has quite a special one.  The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.  This train travels through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park so you can soak in the beautiful scenes of nature all while dining on your breakfast, brunch, or lunch…or as you enjoy some of the fun events, like the Ales on Rails or the Grape Escape-beer and wine tasting, respectively.

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Suede jacket-Preston & York, Dillard’s
Blouse-Gap
Maxi skirt-Nordstrom Rack
Boots-Arturo Chiang (n/a)
Hat-Converse All Star (n/a)
Purse-Vintage 1970’s Coach

Petal Pink

Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had a lovely holiday.  It was an absolutely BEA-utiful day for us here in CLE, which is usually a hit or miss for this annual special Sunday.  But when we do get a warm and sunny one, it makes this Spring holiday that much sweeter.

Today, I wanted to share this pink petal coat (freshly finished) project of mine.  I was inspired by a street-wear picture I came across a very long time ago and loved it so much that decided to give it a go myself by upcycling an old coat.  I’m extremely excited with how it turned out.

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I don’t know what it is about this color, and I know I’ve said this multiple times before, but I truly love it, especially for the Spring.  It just suits the season perfectly, I think.

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It’s so exciting to finally see green sprouts showing up everywhere!  A couple days ago it seemed like Mother Nature just flipped the on-switch for Spring…everything had become noticeably greener, which is just so very inspirational and reassuring.

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Our yummy Easter creations this year. >:o)

 

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Dress-Antonio Melani from Dillard’s (n/a)
Shoes-Jessica Simpson (n/a)
Necklace-made it
Upcycled coat

Great Blue Heronry

Today I’m going to share a sparkly gem within the Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  It’s the Heronry on Bath road.  We stopped there back in February but were quick to learn that the heron’s nesting season wasn’t until March which would be the best time to view them.  So, back we went to the Heronry in mid-March, and it was an irreplaceable experience.  It was so awesome to see sooo many Great Blue Herons.  There were probably 100+ nests, and to see the large quantity of Herons was just amazing.

Though it can be quite noticeable  from some of my photos, I’m quite a nature lover and I always have been.. perhaps due to my upbringing but really, nature is one of the greatest places to find solitude. This is also probably why I just stood there on the side of Bath Road, in awe at what I was witnessing because I had never seen so many Great Blue Herons in one place before, and to see them in a natural habitat was super cool.  For being such tall (something like 4 feet!) and lanky birds, Great Blue Herons are absolutely mesmerizing and wonderfully graceful.

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Do you see how awesome it is? If you are a nature aficionado and haven’t been to this Ohio Heronry, please go…you will love it (And bring a zoom lens ;) ).