Breathing in Spring

Have you ever noticed how each season has its smells? You know, those really distinct aromas you immediately associate with that season?  In Fall it’s the smell of crunchy falling leaves, the brisk air, and bonfires….in Winter the air is so cold that it smells like nothing, just …icy.  And when you breathe it in you can feel it in your lungs right away so much that you start coughing. In Spring though…everything smells so fresh.  It smells damp from the rain, green…you know, plant-y?

After this winter, believe me I’ve been taking in Spring.  Enjoying the sunshine and comfortably warm temperatures, taking deep breaths of those wonderful Spring smells and scenes.

Today we stopped by the Ledges (aka Ritchies Ledges) at Virginia Kendall Park in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  These rock formations are really incredible to see, especially after learning how old some of the rock actually is (thousands of years+).  We also learned a little about some Ohio biology history from a park volunteer-like how Northern Ohio has no native Earth worms, and why certain trees thrive here and others don’t, and a slew of other Ohio nature facts.

I admit, there are times where I feel like we’re pretty spoiled here in Ohio with the easy access to the expansive Metroparks and a pretty wonderful National Park.  There are so many wonderful pockets within them, all of which serve as such a great place for all sorts of activities, or even as a place to go to re-gather your mind… and just breathe.

 

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The ledges…really, my pictures don’t do these rocks justice.

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Found this picnic table nestled within the trees off of the trail.  A great little hideaway spot for a Spring picnic.

 

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Stumbled upon this guy while he was dangling in mid-air by his silk string (is that what it’s called? [probably not]) He was kind of swinging back and forth and then stuck his landing on my sleeve. :) No worries, we safely moved him back to a tree. ;)

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Wearing a Gap blouse;

H&M straw fedora and skinny jeans that I deconstructed a little bit;

shoes from Target last year;

and a vintage Coach purse.

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 ;) ).

Falling Water

“Raindrops are fallin’ on my head”…was stuck in my head all day long yesterday because of all the rain…(but then of course today we woke up to a blanket of snow-it’s been like that guest that won’t leave).  We got out to the CLE Metroparks in Hinckley to take some pictures of this great waterfall and really capture the theme of the day-water.

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Our Great Blue friend who decided to stop by for a bite to eat. ;)

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Buffalo by David Bitten Jacket-no longer available

AG Slim Straight Jeans

Sorel Slimpack boots

Anthropologie hat-no longer available

Scarf from a market in London

Green Envy

Green Envy
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of this holiday, I thought I’d post this awesome green dress from Anthropologie that currently has me swooning.  What a beautiful emerald green it is, too.  My mouth dropped when I found these earrings…both for their beauty, and their price tag. 8-O
I think I’d likely wear this ensemble to a Spring bridal shower, or something of the like.

Fashion Inspiration: Charade

Fashion Inspiration: Charade
Lately, I’ve been feeling very inspired by 1960’s fashion.  This may be because I’ve recently scratched Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant off the ‘movies to watch’ bucket list.  If you haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend it, if not for the 60’s fashion, then at least for the delightfully perfect chemistry between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn…although after seeing quite a few of Cary Grant’s films, I’m convinced the charmer has on-screen chemistry with just about every leading lady he’s paired up with.
Anyway, back to the fashion…I absolutely love all of the funnel neck coats Reggie (Audrey’s character) wears throughout the film-especially the sunshine yellow with black buttons. ( I found the closest version I could here.  The other great thing about the costume?  All those cat-eye sunglasses, and who better to wear them than one of our greatest style icons of all time.

Happy 3rd Birthday PDLS!

Can you believe it!? Polka Dots and Leopard Spots is already 3 years old!! My, how time flies.
I must admit there where times I thought I wouldn’t keep going but I’m happy I have kept going. PDLS has been a very great outlet for me to express things I find interesting, beautiful or inspiring, or just worth the share. I hope you guys have enjoyed the evolution as much as I have. When looking back through much older posts, it’s so great to actually be able to see the progress and is what will keep me improving.

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Image from Pinterest

Image from Pinterest

 

So thanks guys, for keeping me posting so I can keep you posted! ;)

Furry Finds

Last year I had a few posts featuring some awesome fur pieces that I’ve acquired from my mom whose Grandma worked at a furrier in her day.  I really enjoy playing around with fur coats and ponchos or shawls because being fur, they just have a way of adding so much glamour to an ensemble.  They somehow instantly make you feel like a movie star. 8)

Now I know fur can be a controversial topic.  And if you’re against real fur, faux is always an option.  I, myself opt for vintage, or secondhand furs.  The quality is usually still fantastic, the prices aren’t bad either and the way I see it, if it’s secondhand or vintage, it’s more eco-friendly than buying a real fur that’s brand spankin’ new if you want the real deal.

This particular coat I found at an awesome vintage store on the west side of Cleveland in Lakewood, at Chelsea’s Vintage Clothes and Costume.  I got it for an astounding $70, which is a real steal considering it’s real mink.  There was only a minor repair necessary on the lining before it was back to mint (or mink?) condition. ;)  Chelsea’s is a vintage treasure trove…if you’re in the area and love vintage, stop in but be prepared to spend multiple hours sifting through the endless racks of pieces from various decades.

 

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I’ve been wanting to wear these high-waisted cream pants for a while…I thrifted them for 99 cents(!) back in the fall and just haven’t worn them.  They’re kind of a medium weight wool so they’re appropriate for this time of year or maybe early spring.  I was pretty excited with the find, so I’m glad I finally found something to pair them with.

This leather purse is my most recent vintage find that I’m quite content with.  A vintage leather Coach purse from the 1970’s.  I found it for about $16 at a vintage store near Akron.  I think what excited me the most about it was when I looked inside to see the Coach stamp and number that read “Made in New York City”.  Unfortunately, that’s not often what you read on labels anymore, let alone in Coach bags.

 

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…and the other furry find of the day… :)

 

Vintage fur coat-Chelsea’s Vintage and Costume in Lakewood, OH
Tee-BCBGeneration
Cream pants-Thrifted for 99 cents! :)
Kenneth Cole belt-Thrifted
Shoes-DSW clearance about a year ago
Beaded necklace-Urban Outfitters
Leather necklace-made by me
Leather purse-Vintage Coach

Stay tuned for some upcoming fur favored posts! :)