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 :)

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.

 

#Blogfit of the Day

Why, hello! Long time no blog! It’s been a crazy fast summer guys! I can’t believe it’s already the end of July!  Just wanted to share an #blogfit with you, so today’s post is short and sweet.

 

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Just checkin’ out my tomato plant (featured in the last post) which now has two more ripe tomatoes! I’m crossing my fingers for the 6 others growing to turn just as red and ripe (and delicious) as they’ve been so far.

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Isn’t this bracelet awesome?? I love how the found objects and colors complement each other so well.

 

‘Bazaar’ tee from Dillard’s about 4 or 5 years ago; I made the polka dot skirt; bracelet from Anthropologie last year (no longer available), shoes from Target.

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!)

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