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.
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.
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.
It’s pretty interesting to see a picture of the Lock from it’s functioning days then viewing it present day.
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
Thinking back to this time last year, we had already gotten a very snowy experience. So, it’s pretty typically Cleveland that this year it’s been pretty warm throughout November. I realize I mention weather a lot on my blog…but really, the weather determines what I wear every day. That is often how I decide what to put on on a daily basis. I’m a natural freeze baby, so warmth and comfort level are on the top of my list when I’m deciding what’s appropriate to pull out of my closet every day. And with Cleveland’s wish-washy climate, dressing for the weather can often be a bit of a challenge. That’s when I really start to depend on my jackets and blazers as additive layers, they help turn up the notch on an otherwise un-involved ensemble, but also serve their utilitarian purpose.
(Don’t mind my, Sun-in-my-eyes, I’m-about-to-sneeze-face).
I had gotten this blazer from H&M a few years ago and it was totally basic. I also had a dress in the same color that had this awesome shoulder detail but I always thought that the shoulders were a bit too heavy for the knit dress…so I deconstructed the dress, took off these awesome beaded epaulletes and reapplied them to each shoulder of the simple jacket. The blazer definitely makes a much more appropriate home for the appliques.
Blazer-reconstructed; Top-H&M (N/A); Jeans-AG Slim straight; Shoes-DSW, similar; Clutch-Anthropologie (N/A)
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.
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 :)
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.
The bright orange lining makes it even better, in my book.
Also sporting mom’s silver hoop earrings.
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.
It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already less than two weeks away. Turkey Day ranks pretty high on my list of favorite holidays, so it makes me a little sad that we now have a tendency to overlook it as the holiday that transitions us between Halloween and Christmas. Starting November 1st, it’s now all about Christmas shopping, which frankly is kind of sad. We already live in a fast-moving world, more than we realize, so why not enjoy the holidays-and all they bring with them- as they come.
The most recent world news is also a good reminder of the importance of slowing down, taking a breath and enjoying all that we have in our lives. Love with all your heart, cherish moments with friends and family and appreciate the little things that will always make you smile. In times of hardship, what’s important is how we react. Resilience builds the strength that empowers us to continue living.
Paris, nous vous aimons. <3
I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! Just wanted to share a picture of my costume this year– I went as the Dior New Look girl from the 1947 ad. I must admit, it was one of my favorite costumes to date. And the best part is, it only cost me 99 cents for my basket hat…everything else I already had in my (or my sister’s ;) ) closet!