City Mouse Goes Country

If you know me, I think you’d find it hard to believe that I grew up on a farm.  It’s true.  My dad raised chickens, pheasants, guineas, and goats (I had a goat named Tabitha).  I wasn’t active in 4-H like most of my classmates,  and the most I did on the farm was help collect chicken eggs – and sold them to my teachers.  Once I left for college, I stayed in the city… for good!  They say Home is where the Heart is, and I think that will always be true.  Home is my place of escape.  Home is where I feel loved, relaxed, peace, and content.  Basically put, It’s where my heart is.  My parents moved from our farmhouse while I was in college, but we’re still surrounded by cornfields, farm land, and cow crossing signs.  No matter which house they live in, “Home is where the heart is”.

Chambray top – Abercrombie and Fitch
Midi skirt – EBAY
Necklace – Bauble Bar
Snakeskin Shoes – Target
Watch – Michael Koru

Seattle, Seafood, and Crop Tops

 
 
After returning from the East Coast, I waited exactly one week before heading to the west coast: Seattle, Washington.  Seattle is a city that has been at the top of my bucket list for years now.  Everything from the space needle to Pike Place and the gum wall to whale watching and hiking at Discovery Park.  All of these activities sounded great to me!

It was quite the impromptu trip, but I’m not one to pass up on an opportunity to travel!  I originally wasn’t even staying for 48 hours, but I got my flight changed and took a red eye back to Columbus giving me 12 extra hours to enjoy the city!

It sure was hard getting used to the time change.  My friend and I landed at 5pm Pacific Time and  I made it until 11pm – in my defense, it was 2am Eastern time and a Monday.

I packed 4 outfits total: A nice dress for nice dinner, an outfit to wear during my only full day, an outfit to wear out my 2nd night, and a travel outfit.  On my first full day in Seattle, we knocked out all tourist activities: Pike Place, Post Alley, coffee from the first Starbucks (had to shove some bows, but let’s face it,  the coffee just tastes better at the original starbucks!), drinks at Pike Brewing Company, dinner at the Crab Pot restaurant (check out their seafests), and Pier 57.

With this outfit, I experimented with a crop top and high waisted shorts!  I have always thought, as long as your belly button is covered, you’re wearing a crop top properly. If you’re belly button is peeking out, it then becomes a belly shirt.  I didn’t exactly follow my own rules because my belly button showed more than I wanted.  But these shorts have the cutest print and an elastic waistband which meant I could eat as much fresh salmon, kale, and beer as I wanted from Place Pigalle. Trust me, it is a good combo!  I left it plain on top because I wanted the focus to be on my shorts (and not my midriff).  I’ve been on a fedora kick ever since my beach vaca – hats keep the sun out of my face without giving me sunglass tan lines.  The weather was perfect – nothing but blue skies and I felt comfortable exploring Pike Place all day!

Shorts – Shop Hope’s
Shirt – Forever 21
Fedora – DSW
Purse Francesca’s
Sandals – Target
Nail polish – OPI; Cajun Shrimp




Nautcal Stripes and catamaran Tours

I just took a week vacation with my boyfriend’s family.  We vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard, an island of Massachusetts. I couldn’t wait to dunk myself in the salt water and taste fresh lobster! 

I tend to be ambitious when it comes to packing my suitcase.  We’re talking excel spreadsheets – months in advance!  My boyfriend attempted to burst my bubble, requesting that I consciously pack my outfits, because we were driving a full car to the vineyard.  Mr. V. actually challenged me to one outfit per day (Challenge not accepted, by the way)! I had been busy, planning outfits and scouting Pinterest for outfit inspiration ever since I was invited.  Nautical stripes, beach hats, and maxi’s were on the top of my list!  I picked out 3 fedoras and one floppy hat to wear, then I forgot them entirely on the floor of my apartment.  Operation Find A Fedora was in full effect once on the road – scouring gas stations and gift shops for the first and cheapest fedora I could find.

I had a great time on the family vacation and am extremely thankful for the invitation.  Exploring Martha’s Vineyard was beautiful, and relaxing on the beach was so peaceful.  Speaking of exploring, my boyfriend and I scheduled activities for the two of us – planning shopping outings, ice cream trips, and a catamaran tour – sailing on the Mad Max!

The Mad Max is where all three of my top items came into play!  Sailing from 6:15-8:15pm was going to be chilly and windy. The easiest way to stay warm on a cool summer’s night is to throw on a maxi dress.  I paired it with a distressed denim jacket, a red bauble necklace, and my new fedora

 

 

 
We made friends with the couple next to us – who also happen to be from Ohio and have a few friends in common with us.  It’s small world, after all.

Dress – Marshall’s
Jacket – American Eagle (old)
Fedora – Martha’s Vineyard gift shop in Vineyard Haven
Necklace – P.S. Wight’s (closed)
Sandals – Target
Nail Color – Essie, Mine Candy Apple

"Man Repelling" Outfit for Girls Night!

Amber made me a Hello Kitty bracelet!

 
 
 
 

A group of 4 friends and I met up on Friday night in Cincinnati.  A road trip with friends doesn’t happen too often now that we’re in our mid 20’s.  Not to mention that three of the girls are engaged and one is expecting her first baby.  We all have our own lives, so it’s nice when we make time for a night out with the girls – no boys!!

Since one of my best friends moved to Cinci, I enjoy any time that I get to spend with her.  But, a night away from the boo-thing and a night out with the girls means I over think what to wear.  I wanted something girly, something feminine, something “man repelling” but still had to look fashionable in front of my friends (can’t grab drinks in yoga pants – or can you?!).  One glance at this maxi dress from Target and I knew it was a no brainer!  I loved the way it mixed patterns so I could effortlessly put this outfit together. I felt conservative, although, there was a space in the back that showed a midriff. People thought it was two separates pieces!

Being that it was Friday, the 13th and we were in Newport, we were not disappointed in the entertainment of other bar hoppers.  From the unknown girl booty popping on us to the blonde with cornrows, thanks for coming out!  To the UC student who told us that we “probably wake  up at 5am and eat a ‘senior breakfast'”, I hope you don’t kiss your mother with that mouth!

Our entire night reminded me of Jenna Marbles’ “How to Avoid Talking to People You Don’t Want To Talk to” skit – “Can’t you see? We’re having a girls night!”

Dress – Target
Clutch – DSW
Flip flops – Michael Kors