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!

Silent Snow

Happy post-Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had a great Holiday and stuffed your bellies full of delicious food, I know I did! :)
Today I bring you a snowy post. The pictures were actually taken a week or so ago, in more parts of Ohio’s wonderful parks. I love going to the park after a snowfall because it’s so peaceful, I think snow in general is very peaceful and tranquil. But in the park, it is especially noticeable because there is barely any sound…maybe a bird chirping once in a while, but mostly just silence. Which is indeed something we should never take for granted.

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I finally made this coat a year or so ago after having it cut out and ready to put together for wayyy tooo long. I am so pleased with the outcome and it has quickly become a winter favorite…here it is in previous post!

Also wearing booties by Bed Stu, found here. And mom’s tooled leather purse making yet another appearance.

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This early snow has me wondering what kind of winter Ohio will experience this year. But regardless of type, I am pledging to still try to remain positive and make the most of it by actually pursuing wintery things, like sledding and ice skating, and drinking a crazy amount of hot cocoa…and I’m sure there will be future posts to prove it. ;)

Pints and Panache

One week later, and there’s still plenty of snow on the ground and water turned to ice…we even dipped down to about 15 degrees the other day, which is definitely a temperature more suited for January of February here in our neck of the woods. However, I am plenty thankful we have not gotten 6+ feet of snow like some of our Great Lakes neighbors…I can’t imagine how difficult that has to be, thoughts and prayers for anyone having to experience that.

Yesterday, we took a little stroll down in the CLE Metroparks to see some snow covered grounds and iced over rivers. I will say, even though it is freezing, Winter nature can be very beautiful.

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Wearing a sweater vest, (literally!) that I constructed from a sweater and an old vest. Scarf from a market in London, skirt made by me last year in a desperation for a light brown skirt, boots by Sorel (link below), hat with feather pom from Target a few years back. Mom’s vintage tooled leather purse, coat by Calvin Klein.

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These are my most favorite Winter boots-by Sorel. Very warm, very comfy. You can find some here.

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Anyone else see the lady face in this ice? ;)

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Don’t worry, at least one of these Guinness glasses actually had Guinness in it, post photo opp. ;)

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After a little CLE Metroparks exploration, we decided to go to P.J. McIntyre’s in West Park for dinner. It’s an Irish Pub with delicious Irish fare and drinks. I got a traditional Irish Full Breakfast which consisted of bangers, potatoes, black and white pudding, tomato, mushrooms, two eggs, beans, ham, and toast. It was. so good. And eating it instantly reminded me of the first time I had a Full Breakfast in England. It’s just a whole lotta good food on one plate. Nice and hearty, great for this cold Winter weather.

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The atmosphere is absolutely perfect for a pub, too. Dark wood, barrel tables, fire place…even the floors have this very suitable motif. If you can’t already tell, if you’re in CLE and have never been, or you’re visiting and want somewhere to go, check it out!

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November on the Lake

What a drastic difference in weather we’ve had from my post last week to this week. Here we are in the ides of November, leaves still on trees but we have a few inches of snow on the ground. And here my last post is all about preserving the season while we can! :( womp womp. I honestly can’t remember the last time it snowed this early for us, or so heavily at least. That’s the thing with Ohio, it is only November, and technically still Fall but here we are launched right into Winter, whether we like it or not…and we’ll likely be stuck in Winter for another 5 months, because that’s how we do it here. Half the year is Winter, and the other half is probably a combination of the other 3 seasons-maybe all in one week, if we’re lucky. ;)

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We took some pics today at Lakewood Park in Lakewood. It’s a great spot to see the CLE skyline, as you can see from a few of these photos. It’s such a funny juxtaposition to see snow covered trees that still have all their green leaves. Winter is just plowing its way in…and boy is it cold. And fierce.

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We stopped by Erie Island Coffee in Rocky River before we headed to Lakewood Park. They have very yummy coffee and food, if you’re ever in the CLE area and need a coffee spot. There is also a location on East 4th, downtown.

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Wearing leather aviator jacket from Victoria’s Secret (no longer available), AG jeans, Fisherman sweater from LL Bean (super warm!!), boots from Free People, mom’s tooled leather purse, scarf from H&M, necklace from Anthropologie.

Savor the Season

Where is the time going this year? It seems like this year has absolutely flown by already. It’s hard to believe that Halloween is now past, and Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly… and we all know what that means, we’re already full fledged into the Holiday mode. I’m a big advocate for not caving in too early. I think it’s really important to savor the time as it is and not jump too far ahead of ourselves with the Holidays. It seems evident that since now retailers are open as early as 5 pm on Thanksgiving, we have truly lost sight of what’s important to us. At the risk of sounding too cliche, it seems we have forgotten the true meanings of the Holidays and are now more focused on the material side. And don’t get me wrong, ‘stuff’ can be loads of fun, but in the end, the material stuff isn’t what’s going to matter.

With these thoughts floating through my head lately, today we’ve (me + husband) taken advantage of the nature around us because just about all of the leaves have fallen and winters inevitable appearance is likely to sprinkle any time now. Also, CLE has gotten a few days of very pleasant weather the past week or so, and it’s appropriate to take it all in before we don’t see the sun for another 5 or 6 months. After we walked around in the park and got photos, we decided it’d be a good day to take (probably) one last bike ride of the 2014 year..because right now, that seemed more appropriate than watching a Holiday movie.

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Wearing leather jacket by Buffalo by David Bitton (no longer available); wool vest made by my mom in the 70’s! Also her tooled leather purse; H&M skirt; scarf from a market in London; booties by Bed Stu.

Falling For Nature

Today I bring you a very nature filled post. The leaves on the trees are finally at those perfect firey tones, which happen to make great photo ops. October is the one month of the Fall season that I think is truly Fall, or more appropriately Autumn. October is the epitome of Autumn. It’s when all the events are happening-like craft shows, flea markets, pumpkin and apple festivals…it’s when bonfires are at their best (no more mosquitos!), it’s when you enjoy hot apple cider and some matching cider donuts…it’s when all the local farms have their best Fall produce out in their road side stands (gourds, and pumpkins, and squashes, oh my!) It’s when you get to wear your most favorite, broken in boots, and scarves, and jackets…it’s when you can walk through the park and smell those leafy aromas (Oak leaves are my favorite)…it’s when you can really look around and appreciate the nature of change.

These photos are all from spots around Cleveland’s most coveted Metroparks. It’s the BEST time of year to spend a lot of time wandering around all parts, and to really take it all in.

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Harris Tweed Jacket was Mom’s from many years ago, Striped tee from L.L.Bean, Jeans from Anthropologie (no longer available), Boots by Arturo Chiang from Dillard’s (no longer available, but my now perfectly broken in ones ;) ) Made the scarf.

What do you love about Fall? :)