Columbus City Guide

Today I’m guest posting over at EatDrinkShopLove while Jewel is on vacation in NYC! I thought I’d share the same post over here too!

Columbus is often overlooked as a fun, exciting city. I’ve lived here for over two years and I absolutely love it. I’m still discovering new places but I thought I’d share my favorites. I’ve planned the perfect afternoon if you ever find yourself visiting Columbus. Often times, people will give you recommendations on where to visit before making a trip to a new city. What they don’t tell you is how much driving you’ll have to do (plus paying for all that parking is never fun!) This city guide will literally allow you to park your car in one of our public parking lots and you’ll be able to walk to and from each stop easily!

Stop No. 1: Go shopping at Homage! Who doesn’t love insanely comfortable, vintage inspired tees? I wear these tees to bed, to work out, or during a casual weekend afternoon at home. While you’re in the area, walk around and visit some of my other favorite shops in the Short North (just short north of downtown) like TigertreeBink Davies, and Rowe!
Stop No. 2: Grab lunch at the North Market. Sample from 35 different vendors and create the perfect meal. Whether you love Indian, Japanese, Italian, Vietnamese, Polish, or Cajun…you can have it all. Maybe even pick up some fresh produce or spices. It’s all here.
Stop No. 3: Now that lunch is over…you need to experience Jeni’s Ice Creams. IT’S. THE. BEST. I can’t even really explain how amazing this ice cream really is. My favorite flavor (pictured above) is Pistachio & Honey. Each flavor is made from real, natural ingredients.
Stop No. 4: By now, it should be time for a glass of wine. My favorite place to get a glass (or a bottle) is Camelot Cellars. The interior is gorgeous, the owner is passionate, and they make their own wine. It’s amazing.
I hope that you will make an effort to visit my lovely Columbus someday soon. Whether you’re spending the weekend here or just driving through…I really think you’ll enjoy my little afternoon agenda! If you’re interested in sharing a city guide about YOUR city, email me! I’d love to start a series.

#NOPHO Reminder

Just a little reminder that your first photo for the November Photo Challenge is due by this Sunday at 8pm EST. You can read the original post here to review the guidelines and learn about the prize up for grabs! You also may notice a new button on the sidebar. It will allow you to upload your submission. There is also a button that will take you straight to the original post so you don’t have to keep searching for it! Looking forward to seeing all your “ARRANGED” photographs!

Add These To Your List

Happy November! A few weeks ago, someone on Twitter asked me for a list of unique online shops to browse before creating her Christmas list. I decided that I’d make a fun wishlist based on some of my favorite shops. Below you’ll find the name of the shop but the link will take you to the displayed product on my board. Enjoy!

  1. The Curiousity Shop
  2. Room6
  3. Donna Wilson
  4. Design Within Reach
  5. Nube Green
  6. Terrain
  7. ReForm School
  8. Branch
  9. Jayson Home
I’ll be creating another gift guide like this before the holiday season so keep an eye out and share YOUR favorite unique online shop in the comments section.

Monday Link Love

Favorite three things on the Internet right now:

  1. This Fantastic Mr. Fox costume idea is brilliant and adorable. Did you/are you dressing up this year?
  2. I’ll be a sponsor over at SRSLYLIZ.COM next month. If you aren’t a reader, become one!
  3. Sannah Kvist’s project titled, “All I Own.” Love it.

Design Crush : A Friend of Mine

Holy design crush. I haven’t seen work that makes me this giddy in a LONG time. Check out A Friend of Mine and all their amazing work.

A Portrait : Adam

I took pictures of Adam last weekend. He’s a babe. But I’m biased. (more on Flickr)

Fill Your Mind

Currently on my shelf…waiting to be read.

What’s on your list? Lately I’ve found that sharing book recommendations can either be a really fun conversation or a really awkward one. For example, I ask someone for a book recommendation and they suggest a really lame book. Then I’m left sitting there acting like it’s a great recommendation. Then they ask ME for a recommendation and I give them one knowing that they’ll probably hate it. But they have no idea. And then I wonder if they started reading it and figure that they probably now feel awkward because they don’t want to say they hated it. You know? See, this is why I don’t write a ton on my blog. I ramble.

Oh Snap! November Photo Challenge

It seems impossible that it’s almost been a month since I hosted the 30 Day Photo Challenge. But…it’s true. And I’ve had a lot of people asking for the next one. SO HERE YOU GO! This challenge will last a month but we’ll only have FOUR submission dates. Below are the submission dates and themes:

I wanted this challenge to be drastically different than the first. Each week’s theme is a bit more abstract and will let you all interpret it however you’d like. Below are the specific guidelines:

  • You will only be submitting 4 photos. One photo per week. This is not a 30 Day Challenge.
  • This is a digital/film camera challenge. That means: no photos from your cell phone
  • You must shoot within the week prior to the due date. That means starting Sunday, October 30th you can start shooting for Photo #1.
  • The photo must be submitted Sunday by 8pm EST.
  • Photos will be posted on my blog by the following Wednesday at 9am EST.
  • To bring more focus to each photo, you must include the following when submitting: type of camera, type of lens (if applicable), & location. You can include this information in the “Your Message” portion of the submission page.
  • Make sure your photo is 700 px wide, .JPG format, & include your website if you want anything linked back to you.
  • Starting October 30th, you will find a submission button here on my blog (in the sidebar). You must submit through my blog for your photo to be published.
  • If tweeting about the challenge, use the hashtag #NOPHO
To make it even more fun (and maybe bring in a little motivation), on November 30th, Dabito from Old Brand New will be choosing his FAVORITE photo from the entire month. I’ll be placing all the submissions in a Flickr set with all the photo information and letting him choose. The winner will be announced here on my blog on Wednesday, December 7th at 10:30am EST. The prize? A Diana+ 35 mm camera from Lomography.com! To win this prize, you must submit a photo for each week.

Office Wishlist

I’m in the process of finding some fun items for my office at work and I thought it would be fun to create a little wishlist.

  1. Cheeses is Love print. This isn’t just on my wishlist. I bought this. I LOVE CHEESE!
  2. LaCie firewire speakers on Amazon
  3. Allen + Roth light at Lowe’s
  4. Ripple Ivory Leather Chair at Crate & Barrel
  5. A trophy from Alice Supply Co. Because who doesn’t want a trophy?
  6. Hearthside Slippers from L.L.Bean
What’s on your office wishlist?

Daily Occurrences

My weekend was filled with lots of Columbus and I loved it. A portrait session in German Village, a trip to Tigertree, an early dinner at The Jury Room, and a fun photoshoot at Brothers Drake. While not pictured above, we also drank and bought wine at Camelot Cellars, saw a friend’s band perform, and refused to clean our apartment. It was a great weekend. Oh and did I mention that it’s still occurring? Adam and I both took today off and made it a 3-day weekend. Love.