Part II – WEEKEND STYLE Last week I shared how to style this J.Crew sweater blazer for the holidays and today I’m sharing how to style it for the weekend, aka a more casual look. … More
One of my absolute favorite things about Ohio is it’s proximity to Lake Erie. People never think of Ohio as a coastal state. But in fact, the entire northern border of the state rests on the lake. There are 100 miles of Lake Erie shore between Toledo and Cleveland. I never appreciated my proximity to this body of water until the last few years. I’m so fortunate that we live 25 minutes from the bay and about an hour from Marblehead Point.
We took L back in April, but she was too young to enjoy the water. I was thrilled to see how much she loved it this time around (just like her mama!). We wouldn’t let her get in because Lake Erie isn’t the cleanest of lakes (every summer we get an awful algae bloom – I will share a post on that another day).
I love talking about coastal Ohio and am happy to share more of you guys are interested! You can also check out Ohio Explored or Ohio Find It Here. Both are great resources for all things Ohio!
One of my passions (and goals) for this blogging platform is supporting other women and their businesses and brands. I have met and become friends with so many awesome ladies and it makes this blogging journey so worth it.
I recently discovered an Ohio based skincare company called Elle Landon. Elle Landon skincare products are essential oil based and only use the simplest of ingredients. I’m a huge believer in eliminating toxins that go into our body and when I find skincare that only uses the simplest of ingredients I’m a happy camper.
At first I was skeptical about using a face oil, especially with my postpartum skin, but this luxury oil has far exceeded my expectations. It leaves my face feeling hydrated, healthy, and has cleared up some of that postpartum nonsense. And the best part is that I feel safe using it on my face – it’s made with only safe, simply ingredients. Plus, the essential oils make it smell delightful.
As I get older, I’ve come to realize the importance of taking care of your body. It’s important to exercise, eat clean, take care of your mental health, but it’s equally important to take care of your skin. Our skin is the biggest barrier against infection, and it’s so important to keep it hydrated and moisturized.
I’m so glad I was introduced to Elle Landon products. I love that the face oil is super hydrating and brightening. It can be used morning and night as a moisturizer, under the eye area to nourish and decrease puffiness, or lightly tapped over makeup to add a dewy finish.
Head to their website to learn more about their various products and story!
Please note: This item was gifted, but I have been using the product for a few weeks and all opinions are my own.
Last year Rob and I began the tradition of picking apples at a local apple orchard. I was nine months pregnant when we went last year (no joke, Lilly was born about two weeks later!!).
We both come from close knit families with strong family traditions and it’s been a priority for Rob and I that we start creating our own family traditions. It’s important to us that we continue these traditions and share them with our sweet girl.
If you want to pick apples in Northwest Ohio, the famous MacQueen’s Orchard is where you want to go. MacQueen’s Orchard is a local family farm that has been around for over 55 years. Apple pickers can enjoy the orchard’s state of the art cider mill, pick apples, and enjoy warm apple cider with homemade donuts. It is truly a gem of Northwest Ohio and a great place to bring your family and friends.
Exploring the orchard this year was so much fun (and much more comfortable for me). The temperatures were actually a lot chillier than we anticipated, but the cool air made it feel a lot more like fall. L was absolutely fascinated with picking apples and tried to eat all the apples we gave her (with two teeth you aren’t going to get very far eating one).
One of the greatest joys of parenting is watching her experience new things. L is such a curious child and we love watching her process all these new experiences. We love watching her learn and grow every single day. What an honor and a blessing for Rob and me. We are certainly enjoying and cherishing these sweet memories.
Tell me your favorite fall family traditions in the comments below!!
You guys know how much I love supporting local businesses, so I was thrilled when Angela from Pineapples and Parties reached out to do a giveaway!
Pineapples and Parties is a local event planning and decorating business that specializes in attention to detail. From weddings to showers to parties and fundraisers, Angela does it all!
She also provides budget analysis, day-of coordination, event design, gift baskets, favors, florals, full event planning, guest list creation, holiday decorating, partial event planning, timelines, to-do lists, and vendor selections.
Pineapples and Parties celebrated their ONE year anniversary this summer! In celebration, I’m partnering with Angela to give TWO of our followers a Pineapples and Parties t-shirt, tote bag, and a $50 gift card to Pineapples and Parties for a future event!
Head to my Instagram for the giveaway details and to enter! (For those that live out of town, you can still enter to win and Angela will work remotely to help you plan an event!)
Every preppy dresser needs a chambray shirt in their collection. Chambray pairs so well with white denim, regular denim, skinny black pants, and skirts. It’s casual enough for everyday wear but it’s easily dressed up for a business meeting.
I have several chambray shirts in several different styles. I have a handful of button downs in long sleeve and sleeveless. But one style I do not have is one with ruffles!
I love a good ruffle. A ruffle instantly adds a touch of feminism and elegance to an outfit. When I saw this ruffle chambray button down from Loft I knew I wanted to add it to my chambray collection.
I love the flirty-ness of it and I love how crisp and classic it pairs with my white denim shorts. I tucked in the front with my high rise waisted shorts, but you could easily tie it at the waist. I’m excited to wear this with skinny black plants, ballet flats, and a sparkly necklace.
You can shop the details of my outfit below!
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P.S. ALL OF MY JEWLERY IS KIEL JAMES PATRICK.
The infamous debate: can you or can you not wear white after Labor Day?
The answer is: you totally can! This long practiced fashion rule is no longer relevant to today’s society. In all honesty, you should wear what you like whenever you want!
But if you are like most people and still struggle to wear those white denim pieces or dresses after Labor Day, I’m providing some tips on how you can seamlessly transition your white pieces into fall.
1. Add a Cardigan. The easiest way to transition your white dress or white denim post Labor Day is to add a cardigan. This instantly adds a cozy autumn feel. Style it over your shoulders for instant prep or wear it unbuttoned when it’s chilly.
2. Swap out Sandals for Flats. Trade in your summer sandals for ballet flats, Keds, boat shoes, or loafers. It’s amazing how quickly shoes transition a look into a different season.
3. Add a Long Sleeve Blouse. Wearing a 3/4 length or long sleeve shirt with your white denim allows you to easily transition into fall. If you really want to go all out, opt for a top in jewel tone colors or keep it classic with an Oxford button down.
4. Throw on a Navy Blazer. Blazers are so in right now and they are the perfect item to transition your summer styles into fall. Wear one with a dress or white jeans and you can seamlessly transition your look. Plus, white and navy are the perfect pairing.
Hopefully I’ve convinced you that it is okay and actually quite easy to wear white after Labor Day. Use these four tips and you can easily combine your favorite summer and fall pieces!
I’ve linked my outfit details below. Happy shopping!
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By now you guys should know how much I love all things nautical, particularly coastal Ohio. Through my love for our Great Lakes, I have fallen in love with some awesome, awesome brands.
One of my first “Instagram” (and now real life) friends is a local artist who paints the most gorgeous scenes of coastal Ohio and farmland Ohio. Michelle Brunner of Michelle Brunner Art is a local artist who shares my love for all things blue and white and coastal. Her artwork is colorful, impressionistic, and thought provoking. I am in awe of her talent, ability to find the beauty in our state, and her kind, warm soul. I am so honored to have a few of her original paintings hanging in our home.
Another favorite brand that I’ve come to absolutely adore is Erie and Anchor. A lifestyle brand designed for anyone who loves to live and play on Lake Erie, Erie and Anchor offers cozy sweatshirts, lightweight tees, canvas totes, baby gear, baseball hats, and wine tumblers. Launching just over a year ago, Erie and Anchor is committed to supporting the Great Lakes. For every purchase made, 5% of earnings are donated back to Lake Erie to help support water quality and research. The family based company is passionate about ensuring the lake will still be a place of enjoyment and relaxation for decades to come. I’m so proud to support their top notch product and beautiful mission.
I’m so thrilled to be partnering with these two Ohio based influencers for a fun Labor Day giveaway!! Head to my Instagram for all the details!
Giveaway ends at 9/2 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced via Instagram on 9/3.
Home decor projects have definitely slipped to the wayside these last couple of months. In fact, we are currently undergoing baby proofing everything and I’m packing away many of my decor pieces (who knew things like vases, lamps, furniture, etc. could be so dangerous?!)
One area that has fortunately received some love and attention is our master bedroom. For the past five plus years, we’ve been using mismatched hand-me-down pieces for our side tables. They are so dinky and small, I don’t even know if they really count for end tables.
My aunt graciously gave us two Queen Anne style tables a few years ago that have been pretty much acting as storage. They are quite outdated, but their size is proportionally perfect for our bed and so I decided, what the heck, maybe they will look cute with some paint.
I decided to spray paint these white and what a difference!! Painting these bright white gave them whole new life and a fresh new look. You can finally see the sea shell detail on the front, which is just the cutest.
I used Krylon Fusion All In One Satin Primer and Paint spray paint from Lowes for the tables. I ended up spraying two coats plus touch ups just to make sure the white covered the original wood finish. Isn’t it amazing how much just a little bit of paint can transform a space?!
I am not a fan of clutter, so I love that the tables have drawers – it makes it easy to hide phone cords, chapstick, journals, etc.
I’m not sure how I want to style them yet, so I’m going to keep it simple for now with a few books and fresh flowers.
Now the question is, what should I spray paint next?!
Rob and I took our first trip away since having L. It was really hard for us to leave her, but it was really nice to get away just the two of us (we had forgotten what life was like with no schedule 😂). We didn’t want to go too far away so Lake Erie was the perfect choice.
Lake Erie is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half away, depending on which part of the lake you want to visit. Once there, you can stroll along the quaint streets of Marblehead, island hop to Catawba Island, Kelly’s Island, Johnson’s Island, Put in Bay, or South Bass Island, enjoy the many local wineries, or simply relax at some of the many state parks and beaches. We did a little bit of everything and I’m sharing some of the highlights below!
Marblehead State Park
The first stop on our trip was to Marblehead State Park. Marblehead is home to one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes. In use since 1822, the lighthouse is one of my favorite landmarks on Lake Erie.
The Lighthouse property offers breathtaking views of Kelley’s Island, South Bass Island and Cedar Point. The last time we visited we climbed the 77 stairs to the top of the lighthouse and I highly suggest doing it at least once for some incredible waterfront views.
In addition to the Lighthouse, visitors can enjoy the Keeper’s House Museum and the Lifesaving Station. The Keeper’s House includes a history of the Lighthouse and Marblehead area.
The Lifesaving Station offers an exhibit about boating safety, history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service and its formation into the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915, and information about shipping on the Great Lakes.
East Harbor State Park
If you are looking for a smaller, tucked away beach, East Harbor State Park is a hidden gem. Visitors can enjoy boating, camping, fishing, and swimming.
The 1500 foot sand beach offers swimming and magnificent views of the lake. Pack a picnic lunch, bring a book, and plan on camping out on this beach for a nice relaxing day.
South Beach Resort
Tucked away on a quiet part of the lake, The South Beach Resort offers gorgeous waterfront views. With a private beach and marina, it was the perfect place for us to relax and enjoy some time away.
The resort includes a four story inn and 18 cottages spread over eight acres along Sandusky Bay. It also includes three swimming pools, kayak and jet ski rentals, sand volleyball, tennis courts, and other recreation amenities that are family friendly.
The boardwalk around the marina offers quaint gazebos where guests can sit and enjoy the calming sounds of the lake. Rob and I sat in one of these gazebos for several hours and watched the sunset. It was incredible! This is exactly what we needed for a quiet weekend away.
Mon Ami Winery
Our first stop for lunch was Mon Ami Winery. Mon Ami Winery is probably the most popular attraction on Lake Erie. Located on Catawba Island, the sprawling historic winery is the second oldest winery in Ohio and one of the largest on Lake Erie.
Located along the southeast shore of the peninsula, the winery boasts a charming setting for delicious food and homegrown wine.
Rob and I were able to snag a table on the outdoor patio where we enjoyed a delightful meal featuring local perch and walleye, a glass of Mon Ami Pinot Grigio, and a wheat beer from a local brewery. I had never eaten at the restaurant and I was pleasantly surprised by the magical atmosphere and top notch cuisine.
After our lunch, we wondered along the grounds to the gift shop, which includes a wine tasting room and finished our lunch with a flight of dry reds from the winery.
Mon Ami is definitely a must if you are looking for local fish and Ohio wine!
Red Fern Inn and Rocky Point Winery
The last time we visited Marblehead we stumbled upon the Rocky Point Winery and fell in love. Located in downtown Marblehead in the old historic schoolhouse, the Rocky Point Winery and Red Fern Inn offers a perfect setting for a weekend away.
The winery offers more than a dozen delicious wines available for tasting (our favorite is the Pinot Noir). Enjoy a glass on their back patio with live music from local musicians and a fresh breeze blowing off the lake.
Twin Oast Brewing
This was probably the hidden gem of our trip. Twin Oast Brewing was recommended to us by a few people and it did not disappoint! Located on Catawba Island, the 60-acre farm estate offers incredible views of rolling hills, terraced fruit trees, and natural caves.
Pair the incredible views with one of their amazingly delicious craft beers, and you won’t ever want to leave. They also offer a small menu of seasonal food, with many of the items grown on the farm. It was hands down our favorite meal and favorite atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for families too . They have a sprawling lawn with corn hole, yard games, and a stage for live music.
And to top it off, they have a small road side stand where they sell their delicious homegrown produce. We bought some peaches for the ride home and they were the best peaches I’ve ever tasted! It’s seriously an amazing experience and we are already planning our next trip back!
We actually didn’t do a whole lot of shopping, but we did stop in the Pink Perch, Ferguson Art and Glass Gallery, and the Marblehead Mercantile.
The Pink Perch is everything preppy, nautical and girly. I could have bought everything in the shop, but I was good and shied away from purchasing anything I didn’t need. The Marblehead Mercantile is a fun collection of antiques and all things nautical. Definitely a must if you enjoy unique finds. Our favorite though was the Ferguson Art Gallery. Beautiful glass pieces and original artwork of Lake Erie, the gallery surprised us with all the cool finds and we definitely plan on going back.
I know this was a long post, but this is only a glimpse into the different aspects of Lake Erie living. I feel so fortunate to live so close to one of the Great Lakes. I’ve made so many friends and brands with ties to the lake and I hope I can play a part in helping to save our lakes!
There is nothing I love more than an easy outfit. Being a mama has very much toned down my fashion-y ways and I prefer to wear styles that are classic, simple and easy.
Cue the t-shirt dress. I’ve been wearing a variation of t-shirt dresses for a couple of years now, but the classic shift one from J.Crew Factory is the best. It comes in several variations of stripes (of which I have several) and colors. The fit is perfect – snug enough to feel good but flowy enough to move and chase after a crawling baby quickly.
I also love the length. Because I’m only 5’2” many dresses are too long on me and I end up having to hem them. The J.Crew Factory style is the perfect length for my petite frame.
I love that with any t-shirt dress you have options to dress it up or down. I love throwing on a baseball hat and Sperry’s and calling it a day, but I also love adding a sparkly necklace, statement earrings, and some cute flats and dressing it up a bit for date night or work.
I’ve rounded up some other favorite easy dresses and linked them below.
This post is in no way endorsed or sponsored by J. Crew Factory. All opinions are my own.
FAVORITE T-SHIRT DRESSES