Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crave Jewelry Design Giveaway

LightningBoltNecklace

Let me be honest, I have been a 'bad blogger' lately. My posts have slowed, and my ability to dedicate large chunks of time has gone down. Life has picked up here, and I find this precious little corner of the internet I call my own being a little too neglected. I am lucky however to have some amazing readers (thank you all for sticking with me) and some awesome sponsors. Jaci from Crave Jewelry is one of them. Jaci was actually my first sponsor. I wrote her an e-mail and was very nervous. I love her jewelry - I have owned my bunny necklace by her for over 6 years now. Anyhow, you may have noticed this precious little lightning bolt necklace in my posts lately. Now, you can win it! Seh also has a ton of other jewelry - I wear her stuff a lot.

Lightning Bolt Necklace

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The tides will come and go

There is something different about a river in Florida versus a river in the midwest. I'm not sure if it's the proximity to the ocean, or how many people are keen to live on it (not really a common thing in my area to want to live all that close to the riverbank - floods, y'know), or what it is, but walking along the riverfront park in Fort Lauderdale feels like a different world. The first time we came into Fort Lauderdale for my interview (an experience not shared on my blog and really not documented at all except for two or three photos), I was amazed at the amount of boats and activity on the rivers and canals all throughout the area. I always thought TV shows depicting a restaurant where boats would dock like people would drive them instead of cars was a fancy lie. It's not. It's just still totally amazing to me. Which is why it always is nice to stumble upon little tidbits of home, like a random clock made in Cincinnati in the middle of this little park.

Clock Downtown Fort LauderdaleCambridge Satchel and Tamsin Maxi DressLightning Bolt NecklaceBracelet and Fleur De LieFort Lauderdale Boat StatueDuck at ParkBlue and White Striped Dress

I've been a little homesick lately - this is the longest I've been without visiting my home town in my life - so a nice riverfront walk was actually something that reminded me of days at Newport on the Levee back home with Jason. Over the years, I've realized that certain memories make me feel 'home', and I'm never quite sure if it's because I'm reminded of the place or merely memories where I was truly at peace. Anyhow, this was a really nice relaxing evening walking along the river then dining at a local restaurant - short rib grilled cheese, loaded tots, and key lime pie in a mason jar. Yum yum.

Menu at ROKBRGRGrilled Cheese and Fries at ROKBRGRKatherine in Fort Lauderdale ParkKatherine at Fort LauderdaleOld Fort Lauderdale VillageStriped Maxi Dress and Brown Leather Satchel

dress :: anthropologie // belt :: target // flats :: seychelles
barette :: free people // bracelts :: vintage // necklace :: c/o crave jewelry design

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When Lightning Strikes

The weather here in the summer is different than any other summer I have had in my life - and geez, I have never, ever seen so much lightning! Which is why this little lightning necklace from crave jewelry is the perfect accessory for a South Floridian (or really anyone in southern/tropical/lightning heavy weather). Walking the dogs has become a challenge - as has taking photos at the exact right time. While taking these photos we were watching the storm clouds roll in, scared of not getting back in time from our dog walk/photo shoot (two birds, one stone) trip.

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Love this necklace? Well watch for it in a giveaway post next week! WOO!

SamLibbySandalsAndTeemoFeetNavyKitePrintDressAndPupsKitePrintSugarhillBoutiqueDressLightningBoltNecklaceBatikKitePrintDressFlorida

dress :: sugarhill boutique (via sammi!) // belt :: agaci // sandals :: sam & libby for target
necklace :: c/o crave jewelry // sunnies :: ray ban
raynor's collar :: buckle down // teemo's collar :: the mod dog

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Won't you take me to Orlando, where the sun is shining bright?

Visiting Downtown Disney almost seems like a requirement of being in Orlando these days. I'm not sure why - but it's weird to me to think that I have been to Downtown Disney more times than I have my hometown this year. In fact, this year is the longest time I've gone without going back to Ohio (8 months now) so that's a weird feeling. Anyhow, I've been trying to capture some new Downtown Disney photos while I'm there because I've noticed I have a tendency to take photos of the Stitch at the entrance of World of Disney like I've been exclusively hired to do so.

Disney Food Truck ArtMarketplace CoOp SignBalloon At Disney

We had dinner at Old Hickory Steakhouse in the Gaylord Palms resort - it's not far from where my in-laws live and has the most amazing cheese course. Plus the interior is a dream for photos because the lighting is beautifully even and the place is weirdly like being outside but inside. 

Black Polka Dot DressBroward County and Gray HeelsKatherine at old Hickory SteakhouseBoat View and Back TattooGreen Leaves and RingsBlack Polka Dot Dress and Blue BeltRings and Koi FishBlack Dress and Gray Accents

scarf :: amazon // dress :: modcloth // belt :: a'gaci // heels :: uo
bag :: vahalla brooklyn // ring :: sanrio // necklace :: gift

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I Wish I Was... Courtney from MasterChef5


I love summer TV just because of MasterChef. It's probably my favorite show ever. I get super into every year. And this year, I've also become completely smitten with one contestants style. Courtney's ability to wear amazing dresses and shoes while cooking is right up my alley - plus her boldness to wear some pretty neon lipstick colors on television. Even if you aren't rooting for her, you have to love her style.

neon baby lips // gold heels // pineapple dress // cherry dress (this either is one she's worn, or very like it)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Like Your Birthday Everyday

Years ago, I somehow became a Yelp Elite. I'm actually not sure how this really happened, other than I wrote a lot of reviews in a short period of time because I was freshly out of college and unemployed. I've kept reviewing things thought the years and kept the mark, despite the central Pennsylvania area lacking a Yelp Elite community. When I moved, I started getting event invites! It's been great too - all the travel and eating out we do actually benefits us. We attended a Yelp 10th Anniversary event at a local restaurant and enjoyed some delicious food and cocktails. Free mojitos made with prosecco? Basically my dream come true. Unfortunately, I took like not a single decent photo while at the event - it was really crowded and I had trouble catching a moment where the food stood still enough to snap a photo. Always disappointing, but I'd rather have it in my mouth than on my camera!

Katherine at Yelp Event BPBAnthropologie Navy and Gold DressPineapple Ring and Gold Flecked DressOutfit for Yelp 10 Year AnniversaryBrown SandalsTerramium NecklaceGold and Navy Outfit at Mizner Park

dress :: anthropologie // necklace :: c/o uncommon goods // ring :: old navy
bag :: valhalla brooklyn // sandals :: seychelles

Friday, August 1, 2014

But this day by the lake went too fast

For the first two-ish years of my blog, time often felt like it was standing still. The months couldn't pass quickly enough until we got to the next thing - Jason being done with grad school, getting out of Pennsylvania, and basically getting on to the next step in our lives. It's strange how when you are waiting for the next big thing how slowly time goes. But these past few months have flown by. I'm in constant shock at how much time has passed and how quickly it's gone. Weekends fly by these days, and I'm always surprised when it's somehow Wednesday and I'm feeling like it's Monday.

Lou and Gray Striped Linen DressTangerine WedgesLOFT Lou and Gray DressAnthropologie Bunting NecklaceQuit Talking BagsWhite Striped Loft Dress

dress:: lou & grey by LOFT // belt :: target // wedges :: enzo anglioni
sunnies :: ray ban // necklace :: anthropologie // rings :: kiel mead