NYE at Smiths’ Boathouse Restaurant

Hello lovelies! I know I said in my last post that I was just going to hang out in pj’s with Casey on NYE, but we had a little change of plans. All day we had been going back and forth trying to figure out where we could go out to eat because I wanted to dress up and have some good food. Luckily we got a call from a family friend asking us out to dinner with his family to a restaurant neither of us had been to before. Steve Stone, our family friend, said it was a super nice place with amazing food, so how could we deny?! We ran to Casey’s house, grabbed some clothes for him, ran back to my house, and I threw on the skirt I had been dying to wear. The Stone’s picked us up and we headed to Troy, Ohio to dine at Smiths’ Boathouse Restaurant on the Great Miami River.

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As soon as we arrived, I was in pure awe of how gorgeous the area was. The building used to be an old boathouse, and was converted into this beautiful restaurant below.

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On NYE, they were having a special buffet with Chicken Gordon Bleu Bites, Brussel Sprout Slaw, Salmon with Parmesan Cream Sauce, Garlic Parm Mashed Potatoes, and Rosemary Roasted Carrots, just to name a few of my favs! They also had a carving station where the owner was slicing up prime rib right in front of you. My very favorite was the baked cod. I love cod, and I can hands down say this was the best cod I’ve ever had. It had a spectacular flavor and was super flaky and crispy.

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Here’s a snap of me with my first plate of the night. I was not even close to being finished then!

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We finished off our meals with the delicious homemade desserts that were displayed on a boat, how cool! I cannot remember the exact names of the dessert, but there was a chocolate cake with a chocolate covered espresso bean on top, another cake that I believe was carrot cake, and apple streusel dessert, and cookies. It was the perfect way to end the spectacular feast we had!

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I hope to go back to Smiths’ Boathouse Restaurant soon because the Stone’s said brunch is incredible there, as well! Nights spent dining with family and friends are my favorite, and I’m so grateful for all the times I got to do just that in 2017. I hope that 2018 is filled with many more times like this!

Thanks to Steve, I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to Smiths’ Boathouse Restaurant on my Instagram & Facebook page. You can enter on both social media platforms, just head on over to them to find out how! Also, go ahead and check out Nature’s Green Nursery Facebook page while you’re at it, because Steve has the best nursery around!

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What’s On My Christmas List

Hello lovelies! Today, I’m sharing my Christmas list to kick off my holiday posts this year. A lot of the things on my list are things I’m going to need for college next year. My list is shorter, but that’s because I usually let my mom pick out clothes and shoes since she has great taste!

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1. Kate Spade Medium Harmony Tote Bag

This versatile tote is at the top of my list this year. After seeing it in store this past weekend, I was able to tell that it would be perfect for college next year. It’s durable, chic, and the reviews are great! Bonus: Kate Spade is doing 30% off today!

2. Steamer

I’ve been dying for a steamer, and this Conair one in pink is too cute! It’s a great price, and it claims that it only takes 75 seconds to fully heat. Another product perfect for college next fall.

3. Flat Iron

With my flat iron getting old, I figured I’d throw on a new one. This Chi one from Ulta has pretty good ratings, but I see them in Marshalls for around $60 all the time.

4. Books

Although I don’t read a lot, these three books have made it on my Christmas list anyway. Not only do they look like good reads, they’re completely adorable and will make great decoration. I’d love to incorporate them into flatlays on my Instagram too!

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I purchased this book for half the price at Marshalls yesterday, so definitely check out your local TJMaxx and Marshalls if you’re interested!

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5. Too Faced Boss Lady Agenda

A few years back, I was gifted a Too Faced holiday palette and absolutely loved it. I saw this in store, and instantly fell in love! It comes with an array of glitter and matte shadows, blush, bronzer, highlight, a liquid lipstick, and mini mascara. What more could you ask for?

6. Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip

Recently, I’ve been adventurous when it comes to lip color, and I like to try out new brands too. This holiday gift kit includes fifteen multi-brand lip products, from lip glosses to lip creams. Shades range from nudes, to berries, to bright reds.

7. Kate Spade Pearl Earmuffs

I can’t help but adore anything pearl embellished. These Kate Spade earmuffs are not only cute, but are perfect for Ohio’s cold weather! I have a few other Kate Spade cold weather accessories and find them to be worth the price. Don’t forget that it is 30% off today!

8. LL Bean Ultrawarm Jacket

I have a million coats already, but I don’t have a short puffer jacket. I thought this would round off my coat collection nicely. It’d be perfect from walking to and from class next winter!

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MY EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY!!

Hello friends! Yesterday was my eighteenth birthday, so to celebrate I’m sharing how I spent my day and showing pictures from the past eighteen years. I want to start off by saying how incredibly grateful I am for my family and friends guidance these past eighteen years. Without those closest to me, I would have never been who I am today!

To kick off the birthday festivities, my mom got me custom macarons from Michelle’s Macarons. I have never had a macaron from Michelle’s Macarons that I didn’t like, and she did incredible on my birthday macarons. They were salted caramel flavor, and Michelle told my mom they go great with coffee. So of course as I’m writing this, I’m sipping on coffee and eating my macarons!

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Then we headed over to Coldwater Café in Tipp City for dinner. Wow, it was SO good. The service was amazing and the food was delicious. To start, my family and I shared a parmesan crème brulee appetizer and a platter of oysters. I had never had oysters before, and I was pleasantly surprised about how good they were. For my entrée, I got a brie pasta and added grilled chicken. It had sundried tomatoes, spinach, and brie of course! It was downright delicious and I could probably eat it everyday. For dessert I had a cup of freshly brewed coffee and vanilla bean crème brulee. Our waitress knew it was my birthday, so she melted a candle to the side of my dessert plate.

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To finish it off, I’ve included various pictures of me from the past eighteen years. Thanks for following my posts this birthday week, and to keep up with my daily life, don’t forget to follow my Instagram and Facebook!

 

 

 

 

Where I’m Going to College!

Hello friends! Today, I went on a college visit to the college I’ll be attending next fall. I’ve been dreaming since freshman year of attending this college. It has everything I want, and more. I knew the moment I got my acceptance letter that I’d be going here, and I’m super excited to share with you all today where I’ll be attending!

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Whoo hoo! Yes, that’s right I’m a future Golden Flash! It’s the #1 fashion school in the Midwest, #3 fashion merchandising school in the US, and the #17 fashion school worldwide! The program is outstanding because they truly set their students up for success. The Fashion School offers several study away programs in places like Paris, Florence, and New York City just to name a few. Plus, they have corporations like Target come in and interview students for internships.

My visit today was incredible. I went for a Fashion School prospective day where I got a ton of information on curriculum, study away programs, and scholarship opportunities. The Fashion School advisor who gave the presentation was so kind and helpful when it came to questions. If you’re considering Kent State for fashion design/merchandising, definitely look into a prospective day because it made me even more sure about my decision.

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Since I attended the Fashion School prospective day, I got free admission into the museum. The 80’s exhibit was my absolute favorite, but the 40’s was a close second. It was neat to see the exhibit all about fringe because it is a decently big trend now, so it was cool seeing how fringe has been worn for the past 100+ years.

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To finish my visit off at Kent, I had to stop downtown at The Fashion School Store. I wanted to make it official by getting a sweatshirt I have been eyeing since my first visit last November. In applique it says, “The Fashion School” and embroidered underneath it says, “Merchandising.”

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This goal was not hard to reach since Kent State has a higher acceptance rate, but I’m celebrating regardless. Being on campus makes me feel as if I’m home, and I know this is where I belong. I’m ready for the next few years to be full of studying fashion forecasting, marketing, media, and so much more.

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18 Random Things About Me

Hello friends! Today, I’m doing a more personal post because it is my birthweek! Saturday is my 18th birthday, so my posts this week will be based around that. I thought I’d kick off my birthday with 18 things about me that you probably don’t know. I typically only talk about fashion on my blog, so I figured this would be a fun way to switch it up!

1. I take part time college classes

I started taking college classes at the beginning of my junior year of high school through Ohio’s College Credit Plus program. Basically the school pays for a student to take college courses through tax payers money, so I will have just about 2 years of college done when I graduate high school. The only thing I’ve had to pay for was a $15 parking fee when I took classes at the local college, but now I take online. It’s taken a lot of dedication, but I don’t think I could ever regret this decision!

2. I’m the editor of my high school yearbook and newspaper

My sophomore of high school I joined my journalism class where we produced the school newspaper. I knew I enjoyed writing, so I thought I’d give it a shot. By my junior year, the class was combined with the yearbook class, and I became the editor of both publications. I wasn’t so sure about yearbook, but it quickly became one of my favorite hobbies. In college, I look forward to joining at least one of the publications because I’m not quite ready to give it up yet.

3. I’m a swimmer

At five years old, my mom signed me up for the summer swim team and I HATED it. The next summer, I didn’t join, but I watched my parents cheer on my older brother who did.  I’m a super jealous child, and the next year I decided to swim again. I’ve been swimming year-round since I was about nine years old now. This week begins my last swim season ever, since I don’t plan on swimming in college. The picture below is my relay and I after we placed at Districts.

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4. Four is my favorite number

This one is super random, but four is my favorite number. I was born on the fourth of the month so I’m convinced it’s the luckiest number.

5. I failed my driver’s test… twice!

Yes, this one is a little bit embarrassing, but I failed my driver’s test twice. I passed the driving aspect of it the first try, but failed the maneuverability section the first, and second, try. Finally the third time, I took a smaller car and passed quickly. I still don’t know how I ever passed because I am still terrible at parking!

6. My house is surrounded by fields

I live in a rural farming community, so the land around me is all corn/bean fields. These fields separate my neighbor’s homes from ours. If you look around my home, there is a field north, east, south, and west.

7. Vanilla lattes are my favorite coffee drink

I can’t think of a coffee I don’t like. I like espresso drinks, French press, and regular black coffee. If I had to pick a favorite, it’d be a vanilla latte. Hot or iced it doesn’t matter, it’s always my go-to drink!

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8. I work at a boutique

Fitting, isn’t it? I’ve been working at a boutique for a year now, and before that I worked at an embroidery shop. With both of these jobs I’ve handled clothing every single day. Working at a boutique has been harder because most days I come home with clothing instead of a paycheck! Regardless, I love working at a boutique because I get to put together outfits and get clothes ready for the floor.

9. I love cats

Growing up, we had several cats who lived in our garage and we had a batch of kittens pretty much every year. At one point, we had two batches of kittens at once. Since then we’ve made sure we spay/neuter our animals and have given away a few cats. Now, I only have three cats outside and one living inside. Our indoor cat is named Gus and he is such a baby. He looks like a Siamese, but he’s really just a mix.

10. My mom introduced me to fashion

Thankfully, I had a mother who raised me in the world of fashion. She graduated Indiana University with an Apparel Merchandising degree. I’ve been dressed in the cutest outfits since I was born and she’s still super opinionated when it comes to what I wear. I’d definitely say my mom and I have a similar style. A lot of times when we get ready to go out, we find ourselves accidently matching or coordinating.

11. My brother is a sailor and my boyfriend is an airman

You probably already know this about me if you follow me on Instagram. This really isn’t about me, but it is a huge part of my life. I grew up with a lot of military ideals because my grandfather was in the Navy, so my mom was raised that way too. I remember always having to make my bed with a 45 degree angle, and I didn’t realize until I started having friends over that not every kid makes their bed that way. Now, with my brother being in the Navy and Casey in the Air Force, I’m sure military will continue to be one of the biggest aspects of my life. Here’s a picture of Casey at graduation. I highly doubt my brother wants to be in this post, and due to him being deployed currently I can not ask him if I can include a picture of him!

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12. I’ve been with Casey for over 2 years

Casey and I have been dating for almost two and a half years. Before he left for the Air Force, we spent just about every day together. We’ve changed so much in the past two years, but I’d say his style changed the most. When we started dating, he wore Buckle head to toe, but since then he’s learned to love everything preppy. He cannot wear civilian clothes in public right now, so he’s wearing his ABU’s on most days! We started a vlogging channel together this summer before he left, and plan on vlogging as much as we can when he’s home this Christmas.

13. My favorite dessert is crème brulee

I LOVE crème brulee. It’s my all time favorite dessert. I prefer a small, rich dessert compared to a piece of cake or browines. A macaron is my second favorite dessert, but I’d rather have vanilla crème brulee!

14. My fashion icons are Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy

I love a classic style, and these women have just that. From Audrey’s iconic little black dress, Jackie’s white pants + black tee, and Grace’s midi skirts these women had impeccable style. Not to mention, they all wore pearls!

15. My favorite season is fall

I love fall because of the cold weather and fashion. Nothing is better than cuddling up on a Sunday morning in fall with a hot cup of coffee. In the fall, the fashion is better because of layering and cozy sweaters. Also, it’s pumpkin spice season!

16. My hair is naturally curly/wavy

I almost always have my hair sleek straight, but my natural hair is a wavy curl. It used to be really curly when I was little (pictured below), but the curls have became looser as I have gotten older. It’s much easier to manage my hair when it is straight, so that is why I rarely wear it natural.

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17. I want to work at a fashion museum in college

Both the colleges I’ve been accepted into have fashion museums, and I’d love to volunteer/work at one. I love history and fashion so the two coming together is a dream for me. I’ve been to the Kent Fashion Museum several times, and I would really like to see the behind the scenes work of getting the exhibits ready!

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18. I’m going on a college visit this Friday

This Friday I’m going to visit the college I plan on attending next year. I’m not going to say what college it is, but I’ve applied and been accepted into Indiana University and Kent State University. Any guess of where I’ll be attending? Follow me on Instagram to see the college I’m visiting this Friday!

I don’t really talk about my personal life on my blog, but I figured since it’s my birthweek I’d change it up a little. Stay tuned this week for more birthday posts and to find out what college I plan on attending next fall!

A Tour of my Kate Spade Agenda

With school starting this month, and my schedule continually getting busier, I thought it’d be a perfect time to buy a planner for the year. My last three agendas have been Kate Spade, so of course I got another! I have tried a different brand of planner, as well as looked at many others, but I keep purchasing Kate Spade regardless.

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Today, I’m giving an inside look of my Kate Spade planner, as well as sharing my reasons for purchasing it over any other brand! I love reading about other blogger’s agendas, so I thought it would be fun to give an in depth tour of mine!

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This year, I purchased my Kate Spade agenda from Von Maur. I had originally planned to buy a different one off the site, but when I saw this one I couldn’t help but purchase it immediately! I’m still getting used to editing with Lightroom, so the color is actually isn’t as rich of a coral like this picture portrays. Kate Spade usually creates a line of agendas that can be found only at certain department stores, and not on the Kate Spade site or in a Kate Spade store. The setup isn’t any difference, and neither is the price. So, definitely check out places like Macy’s and Von Maur for more styles!

My first Kate Spade planner was a medium size agenda, and then my last two were the large. There’s a six dollar price difference and the large is a few inches bigger in width and height. I’ve included pictures below showing the difference in size between my large agenda from last year and my medium planner from this year.

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I decided to get the medium this year because it is easier to take with me everywhere since it is quite a bit smaller. I like the larger planners, but I don’t find it necessary to have one. For one, it took up too much room in my tote, and I wasn’t using all the lines provided for each day. Kate Spade also has a mega agenda that’s about the size of a notebook. I’ve never purchased one because I don’t find it necessary to have one that big.

When you open the planner, there is a line to write your name and number. Then,  a pocket page to store any notes or pens, followed by a page of stickers. The stickers are a new feature this year for Kate Spade, and a great addition since most competitors include them already.

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Before it starts into the monthly & weekly views, there is an overview of the years 2018 and 2019. This is followed by a celebrations page, where you can write down any special events for each month. There is 15 pages of notes in this agenda, and I find this section handy for jotting down notes during class or when I get an idea. In my last planner, I used my notes section for writing packing lists for a trip I was going on. Whether you purchase the mega, large, or medium agenda, you’ll probably not run out of note pages!

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After the note pages is where the actual agenda section really starts. Each month has its own tab with a cute phrase that sometimes relates to the month. In the month’s section, there is a overview of the month, a page for each week with lines below each day, and a notes section at the end.

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It’s simple, but has plenty of room for me to write my activities of the month down, along with what I need to accomplish each day. For me, I prefer to have basic lines below each day compared to the hourly outline you can get in some agendas, like some by Erin Condren. That is just my preference and what works best for me and my schedule! I’m not saying that this is the best setup for everyone, but if you want something simple, sleek, and small, this is a good agenda for you.

I wouldn’t suggest this planner for people who hardcore decorate their planner because it doesn’t really have room for that. It is great for adding small page flags, but the simplistic design keeps it looking clean and organized.

I cannot help but buy a Kate Spade agenda year after year because they are cute and easy to use. The designs are definitely my style (just like everything else at Kate Spade, lol!) and I’ve never had a single complaint about them! They always offer a few different styles, some are brightly patterned and others are more basic.

Every year I look at other popular agendas, like ones by Lilly Pulitzer and Day Designer. This past year, I tried a planner from Target that had a flamingo on the cover and said “stand tall darling.” It was cute, had a nice setup, but was the size of a notebook and super thin. It looked cheap, and it wasn’t the sleek look I like. I missed my Kate Spade planner so much, so my mom ended up getting me one for Christmas.

A planner is something I’m going to be using on the daily, and I want it to incorporate into my life. I don’t want to purchase it unless it is functional, not complicated, and frankly it has to be pretty! It’s highly unlikely I’m going to want to use it if it isn’t pleasing to look at. I feel so much more organized when I am using an agenda, and with a busy school year coming up, I’m going to need it!

Since Kate Spade planners aren’t in everyone’s budget, I’ve linked a few cute ones below that aren’t as expensive!

Target- $12.99

Staples- $8

Amazon- $7.19

UnCensorYourself Copper Bracelets

If you haven’t noticed already, I am completely obsessed with rose gold/copper jewelry! It isn’t as bright as silver, or as muted as gold, but has a beautiful rosy sheen to it. So I was more than ecstatic when I received these beautiful copper bracelets from a Etsy shop called UnCensorYourself!

Whitney from UnCensorYourself makes lovely copper bracelets with various phrases on them from “Cat Lady” to “Zero F*cks Given.” If curse words aren’t your thing, that’s okay! She does have bracelets without them and takes custom orders as well. She asked me to pick out two bracelets and I chose “Cat Lady” and “Hella Classy.”

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The bracelets did take a few weeks to arrive, but it’s important to remember that they are hand stamped and made to order. When I did receive them in the mail, I was thoroughly impressed by the quality and how darling they were for only $18! Since they are actual copper metal, they are very pliable, making them super easy to fit to your wrist.

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I’ve been wearing them like crazy since I’ve received them! It’s the perfect bracelet to add to your arm party because it looks great with silver and gold. I recommended you check them out if you’re looking for bracelets that go with everything and can be stacked!

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Thanks to Whitney from UnCensorYourself for sending me these gorgeous bracelets!!