My Weekend in Photos

This weekend was pretty wet and muggy so there weren’t many opportunities to spend time outside. On Friday we mostly relaxed and watched some of my new obsession, Hemlock Grove. On Saturday, we headed to Jorgensen Farms for a friend’s wedding, which was so fun. It was great to revisit our wedding venue and enjoy a wedding that wasn’t ours. Once you’ve put on a wedding, it’s great to only be expected to show up, eat the food, drink the alcohol, and dance the night away.

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image Sunday was rainy and gross and my roommate from college came down for lunch at Yellow Brick and a trip to COSI. I hadn’t been to COSI in, oh, 8+ years so it was awesome to relive my childhood and wander around COSI without supervision.

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We made sure to check out the Sherlock exhibit (because, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock is amazing). It was fun but not quite what I expected. You begin the tour by reading some information on Sherlock and the time period before moving into some information investigators used to solve crimes back in the day (which is around 1890-1910). You then get to solve a crime, which was exciting but there were way too many people inside the exhibit at one time. They release groups every 15 minutes but there were still WAY too many people that we had to try to work around to go through the exhibit. I’m sure it didn’t help that were there on a Sunday afternoon but it would have been nice if they released groups every 30 minutes or more. My favorite part of COSI was probably the Life section and my childhood favorite, Progress.

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Favorite July Pins

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I say this every month but oh my goodness how did we get through July this quickly. I don’t want summer to end but I will be soooo happy when fall arrives. I haven’t quite been bitten with the autumn bug yet but I appreciate every day this summer that stays below 80. This month was a good month and I started a new job, which has been a great experience thus far and I think will be a good for me. My schedule will be very different but I will still have plenty of structure, which is something I appreciate. I’m sure it will take some time before I completely get the hang of things but I’m looking forward to the future. The extra cash will be nice and I can’t wait to get things we need for the house (and, let’s face it, my wardrobe).

1. A Beautiful Mess Kitchen, I think kitchens can be the most beautiful rooms in a house and I love that this image inspires a unique way to add color

2. Thoughts From Alice Fireplace & Mantel, I have two mantels and am always out for ideas on how to decorate them and show off some of our more interesting items

3. Love Bakes Good Cakes Cinnamon Roll Cake, Cinnamon roll cake? This looks and sounds absolutely delicious and a much easier than traditional cinnamon rolls

4. Happily Grey Striped Dress + Vest, I am soooo in love with this striped dress and this look. It’s so put together yet still casual enough for everyday

5. Call ME PMC Black Bean Tomato Quinoa Salad with Texas Vinaigrette, Black beans, avocados, and rice are a fantastic combo. As a huge fan of burrito bowls, I like this more salad-based option for a homemade bowl

6. Little Miss Momma How to: Beach Waves for Short Hair, Currently, my hair isn’t that short but I usually have a short bob and always struggled with curling it with a traditional curling iron. I will definitely refer to this next time I go short and want to add some wave

OOTD: Chambray + Black Shorts

Well this week is the first week of training for my new job and it’s been such a change to work 8:45-5:15. Please excuse my lack of posts for the remained of the week. I will work out a schedule that works with my new job but for now, I’m going to spend my evenings relaxing with my adorable fur babies and wonderful husband.

Now, it’s been hot, hot, hot in Columbus over the last week or so but today and tomorrow are supposed to be more on the cool side. I definitely prefer long sleeves to short or sleeveless so I love that this look is summer friendly without the short sleeves. It’s a casual look that’s extremely versatile. My chambray button-down is one of my favorite pieces and since I try to avoid wearing it with denim bottoms (I just can’t quite accept that denim on denim look), pairing it with black shorts is perfection.

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1. Keeper Chambray Shirt, $68

2. AE Hi-Rise Festival Shortie, $34.99

3. Ray-Ban Folding Aviator, $205

4. Leather & Chain Wrap Bracelet Watch, $135

5. Erin Crossbody, $158

6. Sam Edelman Georgia, $79.99

Loft Haul

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Post-grad job hunting has been more difficult than I anticipated. You always hear people talking about the economy and unemployment rate but I thought, oh, I’ll graduate and get a job and start real life and it will all be fine. But that’s not always the case. I began applying everywhere and after some unsuccessful interviews I finally accepted a teller position at a bank. It’s close to home, more hours, stable, and professional. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to dress nice for work and the paid holidays off. The hours shouldn’t be too bad so I am very grateful. My selection of business-appropriate clothing items was slim so I did a little shopping to prepare for my first day. I already had two nice blazers and a grey and black skirt, but thought a couple more tops and bottoms would open up my options quite a bit. I fell in love the cotton eyelet pencil skirt and bow neck shell as soon as I saw them and decided to get them since they will be very versatile. As someone who is almost always cold, I’m sure I will almost always pair my tops with a cardigan or blazer so sleeveless isn’t too much of a concern. I needed an updated pair of black pants and you can never have too many neutral blouses. Just add some jewelry and cute flats and you’re good.

1. Bow Neck Shell, $44.50

2. Pintucked Placket Blouse, $59.50

3. Cotton Eyelet Pencil Skirt, $59.99

4. Doubleweave Cotton Fitted Straight Leg Pants in Zoe Fit, $54.99

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium + Heart of Africa Exhibit

We finally made a trip out to the Columbus Zoo this weekend to check out the new Heart of Africa exhibit. It was a cool, drizzly day but the zoo was still hopping. Upon arrival, we immediately made our way over to the Heart of Africa exhibit to check out the giraffes. Giraffes have always been one of my favorites and we had previously been without them at the zoo for eight years. We loved how close you can get to the giraffes even without paying and waiting in line to feed them. You can also catch a glimpse of zebras, lions, and cheetahs. I could have stayed and watched the giraffes for hours but we had many more animals on our list of must-sees.

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Some of my personal favorites at the zoo include the gorillas and bonobos, elephants, gibbons, brown bear, and kangaroos. We actually didn’t make it over to Asia but that’s ok, one of the perks of a membership is that I can go to the zoo whenever I want (for only $99 a family, it’s totally worth it). We were lucky that the animals were pretty active on Saturday and there were plenty of cute babies to see, which is always a treat.

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As a kid, I don’t think I ever truly appreciated that I lived so close to the best zoo in the country but now I’m so grateful that my parents have always had a membership and that I get to visit multiple times a year. I’m already looking forward to the Wildlights during the holiday season.

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I always enjoy visiting the kangaroos and during out visit a kangaroo decided to hang out on the path and get a closer look at all the humans.

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Thanks to Chris for dragging your camera along and taking these amazing photos.

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If you haven’t yet been out to check out the new Heart of Africa exhibit, you need to! It’s amazing getting close to such large, beautiful animals and no matter how many times I go, I always see something new and different.

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

If you’re like me and don’t have a Nordstrom card, you had to wait until today to shop the Anniversary Sale. As soon as I woke up this morning I hopped on Nordstrom’s site to browse the sale and see if there’s anything I can’t live without. There are a lot of great deals (though still out of my price range) but I did find some great things. If you come across something that you just have to have, act fast! The items don’t stick around for long.nordsaledresstops

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*I would probably make the Sam Edelman booties mine if I wasn’t saving up for a nice pair of Chelsea boots

Some other great items worth noting: This great pencil skirt and these skinny jeans

Striped T-Shirt Dress

I’ve always loved stripes and have amassed quite a collection of striped tops. I have recently really gotten into dresses and now have two striped maxi dresses that I love. My only complaint with my current striped dresses is that they are tanks, which I do like to avoid when possible because I think they draw attention to my bony shoulders. However, I wasn’t looking for another striped dress until I saw a post from Kendie Everday on my Facebook news feed about her Old Navy Instagram posts. I saw the photo below and immediately fell for the red and white striped t-shirt dress. I tried to locate the dress on Old Navy’s site but couldn’t find it anywhere. I decided it was worth a trip to my local ON store to see if they still had it in stock… and they did! I tried it on, loved it, and bought it. For $25, how could I resist?

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If you’re not able to find Old Navy’s version in stores, there are plenty of options out there. I have gathered up some various alternatives (including the ON one in limited supply) that range from $13 to $258. I suggest setting your budget and picking a dress based off the length, fit, and fabric. I wanted a dress that wasn’t too short and that I didn’t need to wear a slip with. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it below:
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