Sweater Weather

Today was an absolutely beautiful day in Columbus. The temperature never went above 70 and we were lucky enough to get some sunlight. It was the first day that truly felt like fall and I wish I could have spent it in a cozy sweater out on my deck with a good book but, c’est la vie. One of the most important staples for fall weather is a nice sweater. You can’t go wrong with a classic cable knit, a chunky cardigan or bold color. Check out some of my favorite sweaters below:sweaterweather

1. Texturework Sweater, $79.50, 2. Factory Warmspun Fair Isle Sweater in Chevron Dot, $61.50, 3. Cambridge Cable Crewneck Sweater, $88, 4. Oversized Shrug Cardi, $58, 5. Fine-knit Sweater, $34.95, 6. Wine Appreciation Sweater, $59.99

Annual Corn Freezing

One of my favorite family traditions happens every summer around the end of August/beginning of September. It began long before I was born, but my family has husked and frozen 20-30+ dozen ears of sweet corn annually. We used to do it with my dad’s family but over the last decade or so we have done it as an immediate family. We always purchase the corn locally (this year, Yutzy’s Farm Market) and get together to husk the corn and prepare it to be frozen. It’s an excuse to sit around and listen to some oldies while enjoying all the fresh corn you want. Most people just don’t get it when I explain this tradition to them but once you have a taste of our frozen corn, you’ll never buy it from the store again. It’s so much sweeter and fresh tasting than traditional frozen or canned and the quart size bags we freeze the corn in are the perfect size to have as a side for a family meal. It’s so nice to enjoy this delicious side all year long.

It usually takes about 3-4 hours to complete with little breaks here and there and clean up is kind of a pain but I promise, it’s totally worth it.

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Anyone else have any family traditions like this?

Favorite August Pins

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I can’t believe August is already gone and we’re a week into September. We were able to enjoy a few fall-like days this weekend and it was absolutely beautiful! I’m hoping to do some more house cleaning and organizing before the weather gets too cold since our one year in the house is less than two months away. We are so happy to be where we are. Before autumn truly arrives, we’re trying to grill out as much as possible and spend time at the dog park with Max. I’ll certainly be sad to see summer go.

1. Inspired by Charm Gallery Wall, Though the first level of our apartment has plaster walls that I don’t feel comfortable nailing into, this image inspires me to add more color to our main living space in the form of textiles and accessories

2. Happily Grey Comfortable Fashion, I adore this fall look and even though many people classify large hats as man-repellers, I can’t get enough of them

3. Blackberry Lemon Gin Fizz, This drink screams summer and I won’t say no to a sparkling alcoholic beverage

4. Newborn Photo Shoot with Dog, When I first came across this I laughed and laughed. I’m pretty in love with my dog and am almost crazy enough to have newborn photos taken with him

5. Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Chips, Zucchini is my favorite summer staple. This recipe reminds me of the delicious zucchini parmesan smaller platter they offer at Marcella’s

6. Wavy Long Bob, I’ve been growing my hair out since Chris and I were engaged over a year ago and hope to take off some length soon and add some low lights

Our Wedding Day

Most girls say they have had their wedding planned since they were five and have dreamt about the day their entire lives. I was not one of those girls. I always wanted to get married and knew pretty early on that Chris and I would likely marry but I didn’t have some built up idea about how the day would go. My earliest plans of my wedding I remember as a statement to my mom that I would get married outdoors. I never envisioned a church and accepted that by having an outdoor wedding, I was playing a game of chance with the weather. I had been to plenty of weddings and was never really into a lot of the traditional things so I knew my wedding would be different. When Chris and I were a little more serious and Pinterest came around, I began to take more interest in weddings.As soon as we got engaged, I went crazy on Pinterest researching real weddings and planning my own. My mom and I checked out two venues, which were both amazing, but I definitely though Jorgensen Farms was a better fit. I’m certainly not country and there was no way there would be cowboy boots at my wedding, but I always loved the outdoors and animals. June 7 just sounded like a good date so we went from there.

I booked the venue more than 13 months before the actual day, had my dress picked out more than 13 months before, and the caterer followed close behind. The farm offered almost nothing, which made me really nervous, so I knew I had to go with an all-inclusive caterer who would provide servers, linens, a bartender, glasses, etc. I really took control of my wedding and knew exactly what I wanted so I didn’t rely on my event planner from Made From Scratch at all. I’m not normally a control freak but when it came to my wedding I was because I didn’t believe other people really got what I wanted. Chris put up with a lot over those 16 months and kept me from cracking, which would have led to us saying, “forget it”, and eloping. If you’ve planned a wedding, I’m sure you’ve felt this way many, many times.

As the pieces began to fall into place and the wedding started to come together, I began to relax. Choosing a photographer was one of the most draining experiences for me because I wanted someone perfect and when I decided to go with Amy, I was SO relieved. The DJ rocked and even though the florist gave me some anxiety with her spotty communication, the flowers were one of the best parts and were exactly what I wanted. I held on so tightly to the idea that I needed to plan this wedding alone that toward the end, I was so grateful for all the help I received from my family. It was kind of crazy when it was finally the big day and I saw all my hard work in the details and everything just seemed to go perfectly. The flowers arrived, the weather was BEAUTIFUL, the flower girl went down the aisle, and the food was almost as good as the tasting. The best part? In the end, Chris and I were finally married. :-)

Here are some images of some of my favorite details from the day:

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Venue: Jorgensen Farms / Catering: Made From Scratch / Photography: Amy Ann Photography / Flowers: EcoFlora / Invitations: Vistaprint / Wedding Dress: European Bridal / Hair & Makeup: Virtue Salon / Nails: Nikki Nails / Shoes: TOMS / Earrings / Kate Spade / Rings: Kay Jewelers / Necklace: Kay Jewelers / Suit: Macy’s / Groom’s Shoes: G. H. Bass & Co / DJ: Buckeye Entertainment / Ceremony Music: Danny Casey / Wedding Cake: Carol Craig from Made From Scratch

Booties for Fall

The long Labor Day weekend was great. Chris and I got lots of cleaning done, ate some great food, relaxed on the couch and bing watched Parks and Rec and spent time with friends and family. I managed to keep myself away from the various Labor Day sales but I did spend a lot of time online window shopping for a new pair of booties for fall. I was pretty set on a pair of chelsea boots but have been considering other styles. I want a pair that are versatile and will last. Here are some of the boots I’ve come across that I think will be great for fall and will go with every outfit:

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1. Franco Sarto ‘Linden’ Leather Bootie, $99.90, 2. DV by Dolce Vita ‘Cassidy’ Bootie, $99.95, 3. Sam Edelman ‘Pacific’ Wraparound Strap Bootie, $159.95, 4. Kork-Ease ‘Velma’ Bootie, $184.95, 5. Splendid ‘Hilltop’ Bootie, $177.95, 6. Lucky Brand Basel Bootie, $129, 7. Sam Edelman ‘Petty’ Bootie, $129.95, 8. Frye Phillip Chelsea Bootie, $288, 9. Chelsea Bootie, $168

What I Want Now – August

So the weather has finally gotten summer-like but that hasn’t stopped me from browsing fall clothing, dreaming about hockey season and planning my autumn yard. It’s super hot and humid lately but I’ve been working a lot in air conditioning so I haven’t really spent too much time outside. In the dead of winter I’ll regret not fully enjoying these hot days but until then, I’ll dream of fall. Some of what I want this month is anticipation for the coming season, such as the hat, sneakers, and super cute Homage OSU tee. For winter, I LOVE the J.Crew coat, and scarf. Finally, the 5 Love Language book, which I’ve heard great things about and I think would be a great read for Chris and I as we decided against religious counseling (and it’s already in the mail. Thanks, Amazon!).
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1. Galloway Scarf, $42, 2. Factory City Coat, $228, 3. David & Young Felt Fedora, $28, 4. Buckeye Grove Tee, $32, 5. The 5 Love Languages, $9.19, 6. Converse Chuck Taylor ‘Shoreline’ Sneaker, $44.95

Fall Essentials

With only 10 days left in August, September and fall are just around the corner. Everywhere you look are back-to-school ads and I am so, so grateful that I’m no longer affected by it. Since this is my first back-to-school season I’m not participating in, I want to embrace the season without the anxiety that I usually experience with the beginning of classes. I’m so grateful to have a job that I enjoy that provides me with a little more money to play around with and add to my wardrobe (:-)). I can’t wait to begin phasing out summer pieces and adding sweaters and pants to my daily outfits as well as scarves (my favorite), long socks, and boots (yay!). All you need for the perfect fall outfit are layers, layers, layers. Here are some pieces to help you transition into fall and carry you through the cool months:

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1. Factory Warmspun Swingy Elbow-Patch Sweater, $59.50, 2. 1969 Hi-Rise Skinny Jeans, $69.95, 3. Lucky Brand Emmie, $59, 4. Factory Classic Button-Down Shirt in Plaid, $64.50, 5. Corner Shoppe Cardigan in Mustard, $32.99, 6. Galloway Scarf, $42, 7. Excursion Quilted Vest, $120, 8. Sam Edelman ‘Penny’ Boot, $189.95, 9. The Transport Tote, $168, 10. Hillcrest Thigh-High Socks in Gray, $18.99