Axe Throwing in Cincinnati

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Last weekend I met up with my friends for a fun girls afternoon/early evening out in Cincinnati. We’re trying to plan more than just getting together around the holidays and after our wine and canvas outing in February, decided it might be fun to go axe throwing!

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and was thrilled everyone else was on board. We met up at Urban Axes in Cincinnati and after signing a waiver saying we wouldn’t sue anyone if an axe chopped us in half, plus a short coaching session with our lane coach, it was time to throw!

As someone who is used to shooting, it was kind of hard to get used to not having sights on the ax, so it took some time to figure out how hard to throw, but by the end of the hour, I was hitting the target and would have liked another hour to keep practicing.


Here’s a fun photo with our axe throwing coach, whose name escapes me at the moment.

After our hour was up at Urban Axes, we stopped at a cat mural so me, Jenny and Allison (aka the cat ladies) could get a jumping photo in front of it.

Then we went to The Rook for drinks, board games and appetizers. If you ever find yourself there, order the jumbo tater tots! The pretzel bites were also really delicious.

Finally, our night ended at Senate, where most of us chowed down on gourmet hot dogs, truffle fries and giant potato skins.

I also did some mural hunting earlier that day and will have a post about that coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Say You’re Sorry

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Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose

While walking home one night, Daisy Dawson is attacked, but manages to fight the perpetrator, swiping a necklace and some skin cells off under her nails in the process. What she doesn’t know is that her would be kidnapper is a serial killer, and she’s the only victim that has gotten away.

Daisy has a high profile public job, so it doesn’t take long for her attacker to figure out her identity. Enraged that he wasn’t able to capture her the first time, her assailant begins stalking her and Special Agent Gideon Reynolds, who’s been assigned to protect her.

While he’s stalking her, he’s also kidnapping and murdering other women, collecting necklaces and drivers licenses as trophy pieces once he’s done with them. However, one of his victims isn’t about to give up; she begins memorizing every name and is determined to break out of the prison he has set up in his basement.

As the detectives begin to piece together clues about the case, they uncover details linking the assailant to someone from Agent Reynolds past, and in order to catch a killer, Reynolds and Daisy take off on an interstate adventure that brims with romance, action, murder and mystery.

There’s a little something for everyone in this romantic suspense from Karen Rose and even though it’s over 600 pages, it’s a quick read that you’ll have a hard time putting down.

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Rise & Shine Event with Yelp

I recently got accepted to the Yelp Elite Squad, which throws fun, free events for their members. On Saturday,  we got to have brunch and check out the stunning new Penrose apartments on Mass Ave.

Rise ‘n’ Roll Bakery was there, as was Greenleaf Juicing Company, Condados Tacos, Provider, Hoi Tea Toi Tea, SoChatti, and many more.

We got to tour several different apartment layouts, including the penthouse that overlooks Mass Ave and is a whopping $5,000/month in rent.

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The commons spaces are beautiful as well, with a big, open patio area with a pool and hot tub. There are also grills for the residents to use.

And look at that view of Mass Ave from the penthouse suite! Such a cool event and I will hopefully get to attend more. Thanks to Yelp for hosting us.

Going green with your closet

Did you know that shopping second hand helps reduce landfill waste? The United States sends 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills each year – imagine how you could drastically reduce that number if you primarily shopped second hand instead of always buying something new?

Over the years, my sense of style has evolved to a place where I finally feel like I know what I’m doing when I put an outfit together. I don’t write about fashion very often on my blog (but I do enjoy a good OOTD photo on Instagram), partly because I feel like I’d make a terrible fashion blogger! There are a few things in my closet that I’ve had for 10+ years, and in today’s fashion blogging world, it seems like to keep up with the ladies at the top, you need to be shopping at Nordstrom every five seconds.

I decided to end my month long green series with fashion though, because even though I like Nordstrom as much as the next person, I really can’t afford to drop hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes, designer denim or a purse. And even if I could afford it, it’s wasteful with money and harmful to the planet to always buy new.

Shopping second-hand is really where it’s at. I’ve found SO MANY cool and quality pieces for my closet that way. Think designer names like Frye, Kate Spade, Zara, Coach, Sam Edelman, Hunter, Steve Madden, and Silver Jeans at much lower prices. Some items are new; others are gently used. And why shouldn’t we be responsible with our fashion choices too? In my opinion, it’s incredibly wasteful with your money to drop $500 on a purse, but that’s just me 🙂

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite finds for you – most came from Poshmark where you can also sell unwanted items from your closet then use those credits to purchase things. Or transfer to your bank account for an extra boost. If I know I’m in need of something or on the hunt for an item I don’t want to pay full price for, Poshmark is my go-to these days. (I’ll link some similar styles so you can go on your own search if you’re feeling inspired)

My bag (Kate Spade) and booties (Frye) both came from Poshmark and were less than $100 combined. Chambray top is old, from American Eagle and dress is from Magnolia Boutique.

 


I searched for two years for this cat Kate Spade watch!! Someone finally listed it on Poshmark, and I scooped it up immediately. Here’s a similar watch or you can stalk the resale sites like I did and maybe get lucky.

Bracelets are Bourbon and Boweties. The antler bangle is sold out, but the beaded bracelet is still available!


Indy also has a Vintage Goodwill store where I was able to find a Fleetwood Mac band tee that I’d been searching for FOREVER. You never know what you might find when you shop second hand! Camo pants are from Express.

This Zara jacket came from Poshmark – I actually saw it on an actress on TV and just did a search for embroidered bomber and found it that way. I’m not sure if it’s real silk or not, but it’s great quality and was only $18. New, it would have cost me $150. There are still a few listed on there, but much more than what mine cost.

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When I was in need of a warm, water-proof parka for Iceland, I bought this North Face parka for about 1/3 of the retail price. It was everything and more for the trip, keeping me dry and warm. I also wore it all winter here in Indiana.

So next time you are looking for something specific, consider shopping second hand because you just never know what you might find. Not only is it economically beneficial, but it’s good for the earth too!

Pictured below: Kate Spade Cat Clutch, Hunter Rain Boots & Silver Floral Embroidered Jeans