Rainy road trips and lakesides

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This past weekend’s day trip took place in Skaneateles. This place is freakin’ adorable. It’s a nice little lake town full of cute places and bougie houses. Lake towns are lovely in the summertime. Sadly the weather was a little uncooperative, but we still had a nice time.

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Tunic: Modcloth

Skirt: H&M

Sandals: Aldo

Purse: Kate Spade

Umbrella: Victoria’s Secret

My favorite cat print tunic/dress doubles as a great thing to tuck into skirts. Mega bonus, since it’s super long no accidental awkward underwear flashes here! The umbrella was one of those free items you get after spending x amount of cash money dollars. Turned out to be mega cute and it doesn’t easily blow away during a storm.

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After walking around and waiting for the rain to pass we dropped into Skaneateles Bakery. Not sure if they intentionally tried to do something fancy with the foam or if it just decided to look interesting on its own.

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Afterwards we went across the street to Doug’s Fish Fry. I had no idea that this place doesn’t exist in Syracuse anymore, just out here. I used to be such a picky eater as a kid and absolutely hated fried haddock, or any fried fish for that matter. Fast forward a decade later into adult world and it looks like I’ve gotten over that picky stage because fried haddock is deliciously flaky. That description could also double as a really mean insult to me if you find me flaky and want to take a jab at my blog. If you do I’ll fight you and by fight I mean be super passive aggressive then subtweet about you later. Doug’s Pale Ale wasn’t half bad either. It was a little bitter but that doesn’t bother me. Another successful mini day trip accomplished!

 

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Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

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Jonathan and I visited Ithaca last weekend. It was hot hot hot so we went swimming at Robert H Therman State Park. Unfortunately I’m an awful swimmer so I couldn’t venture off to the deep end and chill near the waterfall. If I could, there’d be some obnoxious picture of me getting pelted by water here. This’ll do instead.

 

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Bathing suit: Forever 21

I don’t go out swimming as often as I should considering the fact I have a bathing suit for every occasion.

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Sunglasses: Ray Ban

I decided to give Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray a shot. I sprayed it after I had my hair up in a top knot for a few hours. My hair is extra fine so I didn’t get the beach waves I expected. However, it gives my hair great volume and texture which nice at least. Plus it smells really great. *sigh* I’ll never have effortless mermaid beach babe hair. If any of you fine haired ladies have any tips or know any other products, suggest them my way please!

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Creepy detail shot.

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After swimming around and frolicking in the sun we headed into town for some food. Thanks to a quick Yelp search before my phone died, we wound up at Viva Taquiera  & Cantina. We devoured Macho Nachos and I sipped on a pomegranate margarita. It was a lovely way to end our day trip to Ithaca.

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Trolleywood

Eisley in Rochester

My friend Marie and I made a mini road trip out to Rochester last night to see Eisley perform at Water Street Music Hall. They’re one of my favorite bands of all time, I’ve loved them ever since the first time I heard Trolleywood from their Room Noises album when I was in middle school. Their music means a lot to me and always will. Say Anything was headlining, I couldn’t get a decent picture because being 4’10” at shows with lots of bouncing around makes that rather difficult at times. But they were excellent and are tons of fun live. I’m also just forever obsessed with how cute Sherri DuPree, Max Bemis, and their little baby Lucy are. I’d love to see Eisley perform again and hopefully meet them eventually if I’m ever lucky enough.

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Dress: H&M

Boots: Aldo

I am completely obsessed with the silhouette of this dress and the crochet. It was one of those random “try it on because why not” sort of things and then I fell in love with it. I think it has a late 60s/early 70s vibe to it in my opinion.  And we all know how I feel about the 60s. I could almost pass as an extra in season 6 of Mad Men. Only in my dreams.

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Headband: Modern Pop Culture

Necklace: H&M

Nail Polish: Pink Bliss Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro, Spark-tacular top coat Sephora by OPI, Matte top coat Sephora by OPI

Decided to complete the boho chic look with a floral headband. They’re new at the store so I figured I’d test them out at the show. They lasted me until after 3 Say Anything songs. Then I had to tuck them away in my purse to play it safe. I have a tiny little head so but the grippies on the inside stuck to my hair without ruining my curly locks. This is also one of my favorite nail polish combos, matte baby pink with rainbow glitter. Glitter topcoats add a little excitement to neutral colors and I like to put a matte coat to create a more subtle sparkle.

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Taking advantage of unemployment by learning how to levitate.

Nope, I was just experimenting with shutter speeds and I happen to be the biggest dork ever.

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Food Festival Weekend

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This year Greek Fest and Taste of Syracuse fell on the same weekend. I missed out on all of the food festivals last year because I was still recuperating from getting my wisdom teeth pulled out aka hiding my gross swollen face from society. I definitely made up for last year’s lost and had great time despite the gloomy weather. Day 1 was spent at Greek Fest, which was also my first time ever going.

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My food fest buddies for the entire weekend were my boyfriend Jonathan and his friend Dan! Fun fact, Jonathan’s half Greek. Therefore us winding up at Greek fest.

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We drank maybe 3 bottles of this Greek wine.

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We also sat at the table right in front of the wine booth because we’re efficient.

Shirt: H&M

Pants: H&M

Belt: Target

Necklace: Forever 21

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Meanwhile, more vino and more finger pointing at my camera…

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Aside from some strong Greek wine, I basically lived off of lamb souvlaki that evening. Flo’s a huge fan of Greek food so I brought her home a gyro, dolomades, and an assortment of Greek pastries. The only one I knew was baklava. I was hoping there’d be some leftovers when I came home, but they were devoured the second I dropped them off.

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So, I ate honey puffs for the first time. Honey puffs, or loukoumades, are fried balls soaked in honey and sprinkled with cinnamon and possibly crack and magic. According to Ancient Greek Mythology, they were created by the Greek Gods for lavish parties and to rain from the sky to mess with mortals. It’s also been said that they are the source behind John Stamos’ everlasting youth.

*that last paragraph is totally untrue, except for the fact that honey puffs are insanely delicious. If you thought any of that was true, you need to look at your life.

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Sweater: Topshop

Spent day 2 at Taste of Syracuse with the same crew from yesterday plus these lovely ladies, Julia and Alexa! The weather was still lame and gloomy so I just threw on a sweater, leggings, and boots to keep it comfy and sensible. I actually don’t regret this.

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Jonathan is all about the bang bang shrimp from Bonefish Grill. I’ll admit, they’re tasty. I’m pretty sure we stood in line 3 times for shrimp.

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My usual strategy for Taste of Syracuse is to buy $1 samples from a ton of places and make that my dinner. Of course I got a cup of chicken riggies. They’re tasty and fun to say.

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I also drank a ton of wine slushies. 20 ounces of pure wonderfulness! If anyone saw or ran into me at any point during Taste of Syracuse that night I might’ve been drunk. Not like “crazy wasted stumbly pukey why are you even out in public” drunk, but like “lol wow I love wine slushies and everything’s hilarious but I remember absolutely everything” kind of drunk. The only downfall to drinking at festivals like this is the lack of comfortable bathrooms. Wine slushies are worth the slight awkward discomfort though.

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Sweater Weather

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Umbrella: Clutch

Bag: Aldo

I’m wearing a sweater in June. This upsets me. I’m not upset about being able to use my adorable bubble umbrella though. It’s been through some rough times in Buffalo so it’s a little banged up. Still adorable and still keeps me and my personal bubble dry. I spent this rainy day planning and re-writing this novel I’ve been on again off again working on over the past few years. Rainy days just force you to stay in and get shit done. I was on my way to a cafe to get shit done, because you might as well treat yourself while you’re being productive right. I ended up rewarding myself with a diner date with some friends afterwards. Double score.

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Sweater: Urban Outfitters

Leggings: Urban Outfitters

Boots: Aldo

Alright, time for a little anecdote. When I was a fashion design minor for barely a semester at Buff State, we had to go around and ask people what trends were in/out for the season. The girl next to me asked me and I said something along the lines of “floral prints really aren’t too original for spring, but I personally like them anyways.” Next class I was feeling lazy so I threw on a pair of floral print leggings. This girl has the nerve to call me out on this fashion “faux pas” in front of the entire class. We all just looked at her like she was bat shit crazy, because that was a bat shit crazy thing to say to another human being. I honestly don’t care if floral prints are out, I like them okay. And that’s my favorite story from when I was a fashion student for literally 10 seconds. I really hope my friends from that class are reading this and still find it just as I do.

As Meryl Streep said in The Devil Wears Prada “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”

As I say all the time “I like floral prints and choose to allow them to take up 40% of my wardrobe because long hair don’t care.”

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This is currently my favorite sweater because it’s a size too big on me which makes it extra cozy and it has adorable elbow patches. It was one of those items that sold out really quickly during the holiday season, then a customer returned one of them 2 months later and it was marked down to like a fraction of the original price.

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Earrings: Topshop

My fox earrings were another good sale find, I think I got this pair in while I was in Las Vegas. I love adding to my quirky jewelry collection. If it’s an animal or a miniature version of a small item, I’ll probably wear it around my neck or dangling from my ears. On my fingers and around my wrist if I’m lucky and it’s a piece of jewelry that will fit my twiggy limbs.

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Black Widow

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Grabbed lunch with the boyfriend at Cafe 407 before he had to work yesterday. This is one of the rare occasions I actually eat food there. The coffee alone keeps me coming back. I got a blue cheese BLT and a salad. Jonathan says it’s not a panini, but I say it is. I mostly think this because I like the word panini. Pah-nee-nee. Anyways, it was tasty and filling.

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I was absolutely starving after this open mic night I took pictures for last night so my friend and I wandered around downtown. Unfortunately nothing is open late around here ever, especially on a weeknight. Except for Pita Pit! This right here is my first pita. And now I’m obsessed. Pitas are basically Greek burritos right? I didn’t get anything too crazy. Just ham, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, and ranch. I also get these ingredients in a sub sometimes. Wait does that make pitas Greek subs now? Greek subrito? I don’t even know. I just know that pitas are totes delish.

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I ventured out to Franklin Square Park because I’ve never been. It’s not too far from where I live so I plan on visiting more often because I think it’s absolutely lovely.

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Shirt: Urban Outfitters

Skirt: H&M

Scored both of these on sale! I was really unsure about the skirt at first, I thought it’d be cuter longer (I still do). Until I tried it on and loved how it looked on me. My only problem with it is that the slip that it came with rides up sometimes so I constantly have to pay attention to it. Other than that, it’s a fun and flowy skirt.

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Ring: Forever 21

Shoes: Forever 21

I bought these shoes a few years ago at the Forever 21 in SoHo because shoes there rarely come in my size. They’re a half size bigger but I stuck some terry cloth insoles into them and that did the trick. They’re not the most comfortable pair I own but that’s probably because I strap them on too tight but they’re manageable to walk around in. Besides, I love being taller. I don’t wear heels as often as I used to, I should get back into that again.

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Sight Of The Sun

My summer is still uneventful. Relaxing, but I’m bored to death. Job hunts are exhausting, so I took a break and finally go around to some summer reading. In case anyone’s curious, I really like this book so far and I plan on reading more Haruki Murakami once I’m done with 10Q4! This is one of the few times I’m not gulping a hazelnut macchiato and chomping on a bacon and gouda sandwich while writing. I need to find something productive to do immediately other than eat and lollygag.

I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally become a giant! Just kidding, I actually have a shrink ray and I’ve been having a great time shrinking everything. Just kidding, my gelato came with a little baby cone and I’m just the biggest dork ever. I stumbled into Gelato and Crepe Blvd again and decided to give their gelato a try. I’ve never heard of stracciatella in my life but the little picture on it had chocolate and a pitcher of milk on it, I like both of these things. The internet told me that it’s like American chocolate chip ice cream, except the little bits of chocolate are much finer in the gelato. Also, don’t be fooled by the size of the cups they give you. I thought the small would be too small but they pack those cups as much they possibly can. I also just really dig these baby cones.

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Top: Urban Outfitters

Pants: Urban Outfitters

Necklace: Banana Republic

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My hair is finally long enough to put it up into an obnoxiously large bun without trying! I do miss my straight across bangs. SOMEONE HIRE ME SO I CAN HAVE NICE BANGS AND THINGS AGAIN!

 

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June 4, 2013 · 1:59 PM