Category Archives: Garden and Nature

Chambray & Dots

This nice, mild December day provided the motivation to get out and take advantage because who knows how much longer we’ll be spoiled with this unseasonable season.  I must admit, it’s felt a little strange to omit the coat these past several days, but it has been pretty great.

The light was so interesting and beautiful today.  There were these orange-y warm tones coming from one end of the sky and dark, somber clouds on the other.  The combination made for some awesome photo opps.

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Denim shirt and polka dot dress (worn as skirt) from H&M; Jacket by Antonio Melani from Dillard’s (n/a); Belt and necklace from Anthropologie (n/a); Boots from Aldo-similar; Thrifted Dooney & Bourke cross-body.

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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

Brisk November

Admittedly, this was a bit of an impromptu photo session for this blog post.  I thought,  ” I love this jacket…let’s do a blog post.”  This plaid blazer was a sewing project of my mom’s from the 70’s.  Pretty awesome, right?  I actually just pulled it out a few days ago, because I had completely forgotten about it.  I’m thankful that my mom was apparently the same size as me when she made (or bought) some of these great pieces I’ve confiscated from her archived wardrobe.

And while I love this jacket, the weather was actually just a little too brisk to wear this plaid number and be warm enough-even with a fisherman sweater underneath-for our downtown Cleveland adventures yesterday evening.  Even still, for being 40 some years old, these wool threads sure have held up well and hopefully will continue to for years to come.

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The bright orange lining makes it even better, in my book.

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Also sporting mom’s silver hoop earrings.

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It’s a sad fact that these trees behind me were beautifully colored only a couple weeks ago, and now they’re so bare and prepared for the inevitable winter ahead.

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Fisherman sweater from L.L.Bean
Pilcro cordouroys from Anthropologie (similar).
BedStud Manchester boot, found here.
Plaid jacket, made by mom
Dooney & Bourke purse, thrifted.

 

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

Poppies of Color

It’s hard to believe that summer is closing in on us.  I will say, it sure has been a whirlwind of a summer this year, too.  And now that we’re in the ides of August, I, as I’m sure many other people can relate, have started recognizing the things on the Summer Bucket List that have not yet been accomplished, as well as the fewer number of things that have been.  It’s kind of a bummer, isn’t it?  You think you have all summer to do all these awesome things, and then POOF…summer isn’t summer anymore.  Well,  since I didn’t post as much as I had hoped to this summer, this one is probably going to be one of the last of my pitifully bare summer post series.  But then it’s onto Autumn-which we all will love and appreciate dearly until those white flurried guests come back to stay for longer than they are welcome, so you can expect more of a post abundance for my favorite Ohio season.

So, here’s some pop of color to add to your Summery Sunday (at least it’s pretty summery today here in the CLE, thankfully)!

 

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I made this dress several summers ago to wear to an outdoor wedding.  I had kind of forgotten about it because I had it tucked away since it needed some minor alterations.  Well, I found it again and fixed it up so I could finally give it some more air time.  It’s such a gorgeous print of poppies that it suits a maxi dress (and summer) so perfectly.

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It’s also a great dress for spinning.  ;)

 

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Made the dress; Sunglasses-Jessica Simpson; Sandals-Target; Bracelets-Turquoise from Morocco in Disney World! :) other is vintage; Various rings.