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Spring Looks

This wedding season mani is brought to you by Adesse’s cabana boy (straight up identical to Essie’s bikini so teeny) from my May Ipsy bag. The feather decal is a highlight! I’m modeling on top of my new fab Rachel Pally clutch from the spring edit Fabfitfun box! I liked every single product except one–which almost never happens! It was personalized so well for me! I’m not sure I could do every quarter ($50, I believe per box) but this one time purchase was a success.

Due to the cold, dark, rainy weather, I was not able to wear my wedding guest outfit in its full glory but here it is paired with said clutch and dusty rose high heeled booties! I’m taking the whole pale pink/periwinkle color combo pretty seriously here! It’s also my first time sporting a choker and I felt like it added the perfect accent to this outfit. In hindsight, I probably should have brought my curler but argh, it just takes so much time to do. Alas, the fancy Oribe texturizing spray could not inject a bit of volume into my ramrod straight tresses.

My friend’s wedding took place at The Chanler in Newport, RI. It’s a pretty English-style hotel and restaurant overlooking the beach and official start of the Cliffwalk (which I’ll get to!). It was really small and we were stuck on the terrace the whole time with a plastic screen zipped up and some heated lamps to protect us from the elements. The lobby and restaurant area are not meant for big parties and the old wooden floor was actually slanted and crooked in areas! That’s New England for ya! I wish the grounds were bigger and grander but I guess the scenery was nice.

My friend has very good taste so the decor was all pink floral with delicate arrangements as centerpieces. It was the smallest wedding I’ve been to so far but the quality of guests was definitely the best I’ve ever encountered. I talked to such accomplished, interesting people and almost forgot about the fact that there wasn’t a dance floor or a DJ! So yeah…no line dancing or raving!

Wow, the Cliff Walk! John and I weathered over 3 miles of terrain ranging from dirt paths, uneven boulders, sand paths to razor sharp rocks (spoken like Gimli of course). The mansions that everyone talked about were unaccessible and tucked out of sight from the hike. I loved it but definitely underestimated the endurance you’ll need to get to the end! We had to call a Lyft to get us to a restaurant because we were not going to walk yet another mile into the shopping area.

It was my first time abroad the ferry from Long Island to CT so this was an interesting experience!

This totally unedited photo shows an eerie, pale yellowish afterglow right after a rainstorm yesterday. Luckily we have our solarium to enjoy such sights!


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Merry Mani

I used H&M’s chunky, glittery candy crush shade and an Ipsy deluxe nail polish for the accent. Staying power of the glittery stuff is too good. I’m booked for a mani/pedi this weekend so hopefully it comes off easily! I’m psyched because I have never gotten a pedicure before so here goes! I’m so used to DIY beauty treatments that unlike most girls, have never been one to luxuriate in spa/salon appointments. My first manicure at a salon was a only 3 years ago!

My travel kitty braved the 2-hr car ride to Cleveland Town this past weekend and wrecked havoc at my parents’ house along with their long haired beauty, Muffy. 

I loved this candid my dad took of the hubs photographing me. Teehee.

We enjoyed some surprisingly nice weather this Sunday and made it out to the Cleveland metroparks for a light stroll. Squaw Rock might be my fave hiking place!


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Iceland Part II

  On our Golden Circle tour, we made an unscheduled stop on the side of the road at one of the many free range horse farms! Thank goodness someone else in our group requested strongly that we do this because it ended up being my fave part of the whole tour. Iceland has a huuuuge amount of these shaggy, sturdy horses and in turn, there’s a big horseback riding and rental business here. While we didn’t do that, we did just get to go up to these beauties and pet the heck out of them. I’ve never seen such friendly, furry horses! We also learned from the tour guide that all of Iceland’s current livestock descended from a continuous line of the original Viking animals brought over from Norway. The Icelandic breeds are pure in themselves because they have never mingled with breeds from other countries. That’s amazing.
  From my look of utter delight, this petting session brought unfiltered joy to my animal-loving heart.   Our tour group braved high winds, rain and cold temperatures to go on the Golden Circle tour. Worth it, of course, but I was almost blown away on the Parliament lava fields. Check out the black lava rock gravel path against the stunning backdrop of snow mountains. Dayum, Iceland!

I was so proud of myself for not dying on this hike. I huffed and puffed through a 6-mile hike on mountainous, muddy, snowy terrain…in WEDGES! I was thinking that if I died during this process, my body would be easily distinguishable from others by being so fabulous. To all the non-believers, I did it and I didn’t die. My boots are almost ruined but I was not.

And…this is the whole reason for that aforementioned 6-mile hike. Hot springs, son! Many of the girls (myself included) wore our swimsuits so it was just a matter of stripping down and plopping in the piping hot stream. Getting out was so awful because the wind nipped our cold wetness and changing clumsily amongst your whole tour group was humbling. Still worth it though. Hot springs are always worth it.

More hot spring realness. My two types of outfits in Iceland = winter fur coat and string bikinis. A land of contrasts!

Visited an earthquake exhibit where the tectonic plates divide. I’m in North America, now I’m in Europe!

  Geyers are a type of hot spring except they blow out steam and water with exceptionally violent force. Many are dormant but some have a consistent timetable of when they erupt!  Little Brother erupted every 5 minutes. He was the perfect tourist attraction.
  We spent our last full day in Iceland exploring the capital city. I am standing atop the Perlan Dome, enjoying a marvelous panoramic view of the city.   This scene reminds of me of the Swiss Alps. Architecture was pretty bland in Iceland. All buildings and houses looked like rectangular Monopoly parts and the interiors all resembled white-washed Ikeas.
  Resting after another laborious 6-mile walk that day.   Meet Clown Cat, the friendliest kitty ever. I sat down to rest at the Sculpture Garden and she came out of nowhere to greet me. She continued to roll around in the grass, rub against me and basically hung out for about 20 minutes. There was a sort of device on her neck so perhaps she wasn’t a stray.
  Don’t be too shocked but I visit the Icelandic Phallus Museum. Yup, that’s a whale’s thingy, or dong, to be scientific. Fascinating. 


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Fall Fun

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I’m using my first photo collage app! This is Pic Stitch and it’s relatively easy to use. I wanted to arrange all the pretty pictures from my recent fall trip to good ‘ole Solon, OH to visit the fam. My parents discovered this amazingly scenic metropark area right in North Solon! We hiked the entire afternoon and took lots of pics at Squaw Rock. My 3.5 years living in WI really made me miss trees and grass and an intensely beautiful autumn. I’m glad PA and OH happily obliges with its gorgeous fire-colored foliage and sun dappled creeks.

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Mmmm…late night eats are not great for your body (so I’ve heard) but they make me a stupendously happier person, so it’s all about perspective ;). Last night’s feast at Applebee’s 1/2 off appetizer deal. We ordered Asian grilled chicken wonton tacos, brew pub pretzels with a beer cheese fondue and honey mustard, a huge helping of boneless wings complete with celery sticks and ranch! Oh my, what satisfying fun.

The bottom picture is entirely homemade:

-Mom’s kou rou recipe with pan seared and marinated pork belly

-Baby spinach

-Shallots

-Garlic

-Linguine

-Slice of toasted wheat bread slathered with Panera’s chive & cream cheese spread

-Sea salt, balsamic vinaigrette, fresh chives