Balance.

Balance via Merriam Webster:
: the state of having your weight spread equally so that you do not fall
: the ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control or falling
: a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or proper amount of importance

Early in the year, the word balance popped in my head and has been trying to make it’s way into my mind since. I even asked for one of those Lokai bracelets, ordered some Young Living oils, read Out of Egypt: A Story of Creative Restoration with an amazing group of women, traveled solo to Nashville and bought the Oola guys book (that I have yet to open). Even with all of these little things, I lost focus on finding balance. It’s like I forgot to take the steps needed to turn the idea of balance into learning balance. Does that even make sense?

So, for 2016, I will continue the search for balance. The idea of being a master of balance is pretty unrealistic and kind of boring. I want to fall, I want to make mistakes because mistakes equal growth. But, I would love to find a balance in my way of dealing with the ups and downs of life. How can we find the perfect balance in our mental, physical, financial and spiritual health while enjoying the spontaneity and craziness of life? In 2016, I want to explore the journey of finding balance and to learn to how to keep it close while continuing on with the crazy life of doing ALL THE THINGS. Is this possible? Who knows, but it’s worth a shot. 

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I don’t remember how but sometime in the fall, this quote made it’s way into my life. I’m hoping that it will be a great motto for the journey ahead. 
 
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Tuesday Shoesday: Doc’s – Because the 90’s are Back!

You can’t avoid it any longer, our worst nightmare has come true – the 90s are back. So, why not embrace it with a little shoe love? Floral Dr. Martins boots for $130. You know you want to pair these with your favorite new crop top and mini. Image

  

Ohio: Celebrate Local

Ohio, the heart of it all. I grew up in a Ohio city that borders the state of Michigan. How cool is it to be closely connected to two amazing states? I’ll talk more of Pure Michigan later. This post is for Ohio and Ohio is for lovers.

Last weekend, we made a trip Columbus, the center of it all. We did our usual perusing of nature, local restaurants and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and eventually made our way to the Celebrate Local shop at Easton Towne Center. Celebrate Local is like a farmers market all rolled into a convenient store that features anything Ohio, from fine wines & brews, t-shirts and art to syrups, jellies and fresh produce. Mmmhmm. It’s definately my kind of place. Especially when we are trying to support our local economy.



While discovering all Ohio has to offer, I picked up these beautiful up-cycled Ohio studs by Alex Traxler of Griffen Hollow Studio. The redwood used to create the Ohio shape was reclaimed from the Ohio Stadium. And now, I’m obsessed with them. 

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i’m back, baby!

Welp, it’s time I make my way back into this world of documenting my every move…

We just listened to the entire Justin Timberlake album, The 20/20 Experience and well, I think he threw the last track on there just for me and my indie soul. But, this isn’t what I came back to say.

I came back because, my partner in crime – the work wife is leaving our office today. Kate and I have worked closely together at our nine to five for the past 3 years and today, we will part ways in the professional world. BUT we have some exciting things in line for our future… The first step in our adventure has been released today on her blog, Fashionably Kate. This past weekend, we stepped out of the office and ventured around town on a little photo shoot to capture her sense of style for the blog. And with my photos on the internet, I thought it might be time for me to come back to the virtual world. Here are a few of my favorites from Saturday…

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So, click on over to her blog to see how she put together 4 great GREEN outfits for St. Patrick’s Day Week.

PS. This might be my first time photographing a person. Shhhh… don’t tell. :)

where i’ve been

Yes, I know, I’ve away from the blog for quite some time and I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. I’ve stepped back to enjoy life without the pressure to constantly update people on my life and projects. It’s a breath of fresh air. Steve and I have also decided to not post our child’s life online when we do decide to have a kid. So, as for now, I’m going to continue enjoying the life I live by exploring all of its corners. I’m not saying I won’t come back to the online social world, but for now, this is what I’m doing. Maybe we should all step back from the online social world and take our social needs into real life? Think about it. : )

My first dye: purple ombré.

I’m 28 years old and just dyed my hair for the first time a month ago. No, I wasn’t going grey, I just did it because I woke up one day and I thought, “yeah, purple hair sounds cool.” After consulting with my brothers fiancé, I called and made the appointment. My virgin hair was going purple ombré. After 4 hours in the chair, this is what it looked like:

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The color has faded since. I thought about going back in to touch it up and strip a few chunks with bleach to highlight with an in-your-face grape purple, but I decided to keep my locks as healthy as possible. What do you think? Should I go for more?

His Hobby: Cars

ImageWhen I first met my husband, he told me he had a fast car. He picked me up for our first date in… an old beaten up Lumina. Apparently, you don’t drive your project cars in the winter. Duh, salt on that paint job and snow with those wheels? Once summer came around, he introduced me to his Talon. About 10 cars later, we have this Honda Civic with an Acura RSX Type S k20a2 engine in it. Who knows what he does to the car. I hear him every now and then banging on things. I do know he just got done putting a rebuilt turbo in it.

Anyway, I’ve never told him but I think it’s kind of a sexy hobby. So, last night I went downtown with him and his car friends to get a bite. We stopped at this empty parking lot and grabbed a few quick shots. Pretty isn’t she?
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tuesday shoesday: classic t-strap flats.

Who wouldn’t love stepping back into the 20s with these fabulous t-strap ballet flats from Marais? At first glance, I thought they just had your normal polka dots but when I looked closer, I saw the polka dots were more than dots – they are gold studs! Eeep. Super cute. So, let’s pretend I just added these to my closet…
Image Photo courtesy of Marais USA.  

Hello world.

I can breathe! Do you know how good it felt to take a month off from the blog world? I was super busy this past month with birthdays and wedding festivities for one of my best friends. So, after a month off, I’m back. I already have shoes picked out for tomorrow. And, I plan on getting my paint brush out this week. Stay tuned!

Here’s a peak inside the busiest March I’ve ever had:
• Picked up some new glasses
•  Steve got me an iPhone for my birthday
• I turned 28!
• Celebrated my best friends bridal shower, bachelorrette party and wedding
• Finished the dot for the You are Here Toledo Project
• Watched the sunset and rise at my parents house
• Fell more and more in love with Steve and Colby
• Celebrated St. Patty’s Day with the co-workers
• Dressed up as Wendy for work
• Went to the Walleye game with clients
• Attended Mud Hens Opening Day!
• Researched some more on my lemon project.
• New clients at work and Telly Awards!
• Picked ragweed and rubbed my eyes afterward (not on purpose).
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Tuesday Shoesday: Hearts = Happy Feet

So, I’ve been oooOing and Aaaahing over these crochet Toms for months now through the repins on pinterest and they are finally back up at the Toms store and with color options! The birthday is right around the corner and luckily, I already know that these baby’s will be mine! Eeeep! Just in time for summer!

Anyway, this brings me to why I’m in love with these shoes I found while browsing TopShop. These lovely Valentina Heart Ballet Pumps in white are to die for. (Can you hear me oooOing and Aaaahing?) I want them. They are the more sophisticated version of those jelly shoes we all had growing up. You know the ones, where stones would get stuck in the bottom of them. The heart cutouts allow your feet to breathe happy while looking chic. And for only $36, I might have to buy a pair.

Wouldn’t these be great ballet flats for a wedding reception? They also come in mint, lilac and apricot.

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