Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Jane Plaid Blanket Scarf


 Jane Blanket Scarf (Similar Modcloth Scarf) / Similar BP T-Shirt / STS Jeans / Sperry Boat Shoes

My favorite season of the year is finally here! I've got my cozy sweaters ready to go and pumpkins on my mind! I love fall for many reasons, but chief among them is the weather. It's that perfect blend of winter and summer that allows you to walk out the door in outfits like this. No coat. Just a blanket scarf and a striped tee, living your best life. I picked up this plaid scarf at Jane.com, a site featuring daily deals on boutique fashions. I love this site because I can usually find that trendy item I'm looking for at a great price. This scarf was only $15.98, compared to the $20 to $30 I've seen for other brands. Sales usually only last for a few days, so you have to act fast when you see something you like. This particular item is not on their site right now, but may come back soon. I've linked to a similar scarf above.

Is the weather starting to feel like fall where you are? What fall activity are you most looking forward to this year?



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lake Erie Design Co.


Nothing adds personality and story to your home like a good handmade print, especially when your cousin made it. I couldn't be more proud of my cousin Nikki for pursuing her passion and starting Lake Erie Design Co., a Cleveland-based paper goods and gift shop. Like the Drop in the Ocean Indigo print you see above, she has found her inspiration in the natural world, which results in dream-like designs grounded in the ordinary and everyday beauty of a cresting wave or spindly succulent. If you like her prints as much as I do, you should also check out her journals, calendars, and greeting cards. The cards are like works of art, perfect for marking special occasions you'll want to commemorate for years to come. You can shop her store here, show her love on Instagram, and visit her at various arts and craft fairs, including the October 13 Cleveland Flea Market.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cool Metal Jewelry


I'm not a big jewelry person. I wear the same necklace and earrings almost every day, but there is something truly cool and unique about these handmade metal pieces. They have that polished-but-not-trying look that makes them feel confident yet subtle. Their natural hues make them a good match for almost any outfit. 

The cuff is from Studebaker Metals, a metalsmith workshop located right here in Pittsburgh. Everything they make is hand forged using antique anvils and classic methods. You will not find anything quite like their timeless, high-quality pieces anywhere else.

The necklace is from Ten Thousand Villages, a store that sells fair trade crafts and housewares from makers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. There is one located right on Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fainting Goat Island Inn, Nichols, NY

This past weekend we ventured to Nichols, New York for my cousin's wedding. Nichols is a pretty rural area with a lot of farms, fruit and vegetable stands on the side of the road, antique stores, wineries nearby, and small-town charm. Other than its casino resort and racetrack Tioga Downs it feels miles and miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We got to experience the slower pace of a time gone by when we stayed at the Fainting Goat Island Inn. The Inn, which used to be a railroad hotel, is decorated with thoughtful touches and beautiful antiques that transport you to a different time and place.

You can curl up and read a book on one of the ornate vintage couches, have a drink at their bar, or swing for a while on the front porch. When you venture outside you can take in the beauty of the Susquehanna River and admire wildlife like eagles and deer. You'll be greeted by friendly animals, including three white fluffy Pyrenees Mountain dogs, a potbelly pig named pork chop, ducks, and of course, fainting goats, who will faint if you are lucky enough to surprise them. Our stay could not have been better thanks to hosts Marnie and Bill, who made sure we had everything we needed and shared their tips for local attractions.

They recommended we visit Antler Ridge Winery in Ulster, PA. We had a great time trying wines and taking in the beautiful view. 

You can book the Nubian room (pictured below) or any of their other four available rooms on Airbnb.




The Nubian Room 






View from Antler Ridge Winery

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Summer to Fall Stripes

BR Factory Sweater (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Skirt (Similar) and Necklace / Madewell Flats (Similar

I'm trying to slowly transition my wardrobe from summer to fall. As much as I love fall, I want to appreciate summer for as long as I can. I started this outfit with a navy blue sweater, which is lightweight and great for any season, and added this summery striped skirt. A pop of red is perfect for this all blue ensemble and the gold necklace adds that extra bit of polish for work. What are you wearing to transition from summer to fall?




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Zucchini Bread


With the colder weather we had this weekend, I was in the mood for baking, but I wasn't ready to make something pumpkin just yet. So I turned to this classic summer baking project. It's a go-to for people with an unsustainable amount of zucchini taking over their garden this time of year. I've never made zucchini bread before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This recipe from a Dash of Sanity will definitely move to the top of my list because of how easy it is to make. It has just the right amount of sweetness, which tasted perfect with a little mascarpone. I made this while watching the Steelers/Browns game. I can't believe they tied and how badly each team played! At least it was a close game.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Jean Jacket and a Pencil Skirt

Old Navy Jean Jacket from High School (Similar) / Limited Top (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Banana Republic Factory Skirt (Similar) / Nine West Shoes (Similar)

I love a good jean jacket. I have for a long time. As you can see I'm still wearing the same one from high school. If you can comfortably avoid taking yourself too seriously at work, a jean jacket is a nice way to switch up your typical work wear. I like how it tames this bright pink pencil skirt and keeps me warm in our frigid office during the summer months. I'd love to hear about what you've been wearing lately.




Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tuna Salad with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing


I hope you're adjusting to your routine after the long holiday weekend! A few weeks ago I shared my pantry staples for having healthy lunch options ready to go. This week I'm using one of those staples to make this light and tasty salad. The albacore tuna in olive oil that I bought at Trader Joe's is cheap (under $2) and can be stored away until you need it. With only five ingredients, plus olive oil and lemon juice for the dressing, this salad is a cinch to whip up. Add your tuna, two pearl tomatoes sliced, a few slices of red onion, a handful of arugula, and salt to your salad bowl. Mix in the juice from half a lemon and about a tablespoon of olive oil. (I use the olive oil I keep at my desk.) And your lunch is ready! It's been in the 90s in Pittsburgh so simple recipes like this are helping me stay out of the hot kitchen.


A Great Low-Key Sweater for the Holidays

Details: ASTR the Label Sweater / Target Jeans / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Necklace    (Unfortunately, this origin...