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The Master Goal

Greetings everyone!

Yes, here I am writing after a long few months. I do not have anything visual to share with you today, but I do want to share some words.

This past May, I was finally able to put a check-mark next to “Get Master’s degree” on the never-ending “to-accomplish” list. What an accomplishment it was, too. I can happily say that I am a Master of Art, with a concentration in Fashion (the history of, in my case). A two-year program that FLEW by where I met some great friends that will surely be lifelong relationships. It was the biggest ass-kicker in the world, but welllllll worth all the hard work. I learned not only about my area of interest more deeply I also learned a lot on a personal level. Graduate school taught me about myself and my capabilities. There is really no reason why ALL of us cannot accomplish absolutely any goal we set for ourselves. A goal is worthy if you have that will to see it through. As the old adage goes, where there’s a will there’s a way. Truthfully, I had always thought about going to graduate school as a ‘some day’ goal, that was until my awesome friend gave me the push I needed to go forth and make that ‘some day’ goal turn into a ‘today’ goal. After all, there is no time like the present because truthfully, it’s the only time we know we have.

I’ve been distant from the blog because I am at a cross-roads, where new life chapters are being written and I am figuring out what I’d like to do both personally and professionally. Where I fit in, and where my work will fit in to the world. So, as I dig through the mushy process of self-discovery, more or less, I am working toward deciding what the world needs from me and what I have to share with it. And for now, I will be posting differently and occasionally because PDLS is in a stage of evolution along with me.

The Meaning of Life is to Find your Gift. The Purpose of Life is to Give it Away.

–Pablo Picasso

 

Toeing the Towpath

Ohio’s nature offers some really great backdrops for blog photos, especially since we have a National Park fairly close to Cleveland.  The other day we took a stroll down the Towpath at Boston Mills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (#CVNP).  The Towpath follows the path of the Erie Canal and follows along the Cuyahoga River.  Today, there are 35 numbered locks from Akron to Cleveland, although there were many more functional locks in the 1800’s.  If you’re intrigued, there is much more information available online about the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath.

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It’s pretty interesting to see a picture of the Lock from it’s functioning days then viewing it present day.

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Wearing Jessica Simpson black top and booties (similar), Big Star jeans,( similar), Velvet shrug and necklace made by me, Scarf from a market in London, Calvin Klein coat, (similar).

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If you’re ever touring CVNP, stop by Boston Mills along the Towpath, there is a Visitor Center and the Boston Store where you can take a pit stop for a snack or two. :d

Seeing Leopard Spots

Just a blogfit for this Sunday’s post! A faux leopard fur jacket had been on my list of “vintage items to find” for quite a while, and I actually found this one months ago at a little shop and only just decided to finally buy the thing.  I kept thinking about it (which always means…”BUY it”) and luckily it was still around when I went back looking for it.

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Vintage faux leopard fur jacket; H&M skinnies; Bed Stu booties, similar; ‘Bazaar’ tee from Dillard’s (N/A); Black/white jacket from Charlotte Russe (N/A); Belt- Old Navy Men’s department; Chanel Button necklace–AWESOME Christmas gift a couple years ago :)

An Ohio Fall

These last couple weeks of October seem to be the perfect time to view the changing colors of the leaves.  It’s always so exciting to see when they start changing and then like a light switch, suddenly there are bursts of color all around.

We re-visited the Ledges in Cuyahoga Valley National Park for this post, this time to see all of the warm and wonderful hues.  Honestly, it was a nature-tastic treat.  Not only were the views awesome, but so were the aromas…you know, that crisp, crunchy leaf smell of fall with a hint of cool air? Ahhh. :)

Pretty much every fall, I always find myself saying, “I could never live somewhere that doesn’t experience all 4 seasons” because Autumn is by far the most aesthetically pleasing… especially if you live somewhere like Ohio where, let’s be honest, it is a totally picturesque season.

(Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead) ;)

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Sweater-Gap (years ago)
AG Slim Straight Jeans (similar here)
Necklaces-handmade and thrifted
Boots-Mom’s! ;)
Purse-Dooney & Bourke, thrifted

Viewing Fall

Happy Sunday!  I just wanted to post a few photos of a wonderful Cleveland gem that was the backdrop of a beautiful wedding of friends this weekend.  Maple Side Farms has grown ever more popular as a wedding venue around here, and for good reason.  For a Fall gathering especially, there are a limited number of places in Ohio where you can get a view like this one.

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Cheers!

Fall Transition

I will admit, I love that Ohio experiences late summers basically every year.  What I don’t like though, is dressing for them.  Honestly, it’s a little challenging.  What do you wear when it’s around 55 degrees in the morning and at night, but about 85 in the middle of the day? It’s what I like to refer to as the ‘transition period’.  We’re on the verge of cold, but that summer heat is still hangin’ on.

Usually to counter this ‘transition period’, I’ll opt for pants and a tank, or shorts and a long tee and will always make sure I have a jacket or blazer to throw on just in case the chill lingers around.  Dresses too, are always an appropriate option.

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Did more exploring within #CVNP–what beautiful scenes we’ve come across. ;)

 

 

Tank and jeans-Anthropologie

Booties-Bed Stu

Necklaces and earrings-Vintage and made; various rings

Purse-Thrifted Dooney & Bourke

Blazer-Paul Smith from Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn, NY

Sunglasses-Jessica Simpson

As Seasons Change

Welcome to my first official “Fall” post!  I can’t believe it’s already September and as of yesterday, is starting to feel like it too, with that cool Autumn air creeping its way in.

Sometimes during a different season, I like to head back to places where I’ve taken previous blog photos.  It’s fun to see the differences of a place from one season to the next.  This time, we headed back to Whipps Ledges, an area within the Cleveland Metroparks that we visited last December when all the leaves were gone and everything was covered in snow.  It is a beautiful area that’s the location of many a wedding photo and the like.

Not having been back to Whipps Ledges since last December, it was like walking into a whole new place.  In the winter, everything is so bare and wide open, the area looks huge! Not to mention very, very bright.  Now, in September, the lighting is completely different from all of the leaves and foliage, the perception of space, and of course the overall appearance.  I’m already making a note to myself to come back later in the Fall to see all the warm colors.

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These earrings are a favorite pair of mine.  The color is great and they look like they’d be super heavy on your ears but they’re surprisingly light weight.

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Sweater and Shoes: Target
Top: Anthropologie (last summer)
Jeans: AG
Purse: Dooney & Bourke, thrifted

Meadow Yellow

There are a lot of great parks around #CLE and the surrounding area.  We are very lucky to have the Cuyahoga Valley National Park practically in our backyard.  Well, near and around the CVNP, there are plenty of other little parks to explore.  We took a hike along a trail with a great view, and stopped by just a small metropark in the area, and came across this beautiful yellowy meadow.

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This bridge is along the Towpath trail.

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This little spot looks like a great place to do some yoga or reading :)

Lock[ed] Treasure

I’ve really been enjoying getting to know more of the nooks and crannies of our wonderful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, aka #CVNP.  Each place is like a little piece of treasure, some more hidden than others.  We wandered around the park near Deep Lock Quarry, which was the biggest lock (#28) of the entire Ohio Erie Canal.  It’s about 17 feet deep which is pretty impressive to see in person and to picture how it had been utilized in the past.

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Top: made by me

Shorts: thrifted Levi’s 501’s and cut off. Belt also thrifted.

Shoes: Target

Purse: Vintage Coach

Bracelet: Target (? Long time ago!)