As a child, I visited England, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and California ( the last at least 3 times a year) . My sister going to school in different ares combined with my dad's work made me a very well rounded child. I've loved traveling and driving for an insanely long time - since I was a baby, really. In high school, my best friend and I would drive around our city, often for no reason back when gas was cheap, or venture into Indiana and Kentucky. He and I were the few people who seemed to get out of the 3 mile radius that was the suburb I grew up in. Come college, Jason and I drove the 4 hours between Cincinnati and Akron so frequently it became ingrained in my brain that drive. Now, I view 5 hours as a short drive and 2 hours as normal.

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I'm also lucky that Teemo is a seasoned traveler now as well. He's staying back in Lancaster this time while we take a weekend trip to Florida, but Teemo has traveled to Georgia, Florida, Ohio, and Maryland with me and is always up to pee on a new tree in a new place. I only wish he could come along on every adventure with me. Our latest 'adventure' has simply been exploring and learning our new home. That's good enough for him because there are plenty of tall grasses and street signs to mark as his own.

J Crew Factory Flats & Teemo's PawsDenim Jacket Citrus BlouseBlouse and Bracelet DetailTortoiseshell Headband DetailTeemo and Katherine on Porch Citrus Print outfit

jacket :: mossimo via target remixed
emily & fin top :: modcloth
skirt :: loft remixed
flats :: j crew remixed
headband :: j crew factory remixed
necklace :: c/o pretty pany remixed
ampersand ring :: c/o august wrinkle remixed
bangle :: free people remixed

As a designer, I'm apparently not supposed to love Disney as much as I do. I get looks when it is revealed that I find Disney World one of the most astonishing places, that I collect Disney memorabilia, and cry every time I watch pretty much any Pixar film. Since Jason and I are going down to Disney to celebrate our anniversary (and everything else that managed to happen in our lives since I bought the tickets) and go to Star Wars weekend for the first time, I figured this would be an appropriate time to explain myself.

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Me dancing absurdly in the lobby of the Polynesian on our first trip to Disney together in 2007. That's my sister in law. Hi Sarah.

I really admire Disney for their ingenuity. Each time we visit the park, it's a new hunt to see what has changed, what details are new, and what creative designs or processes they have managed to implement. There is something really amazing about creating this perfectly crafted mass of land on a swamp in Florida. We visit each hotel to see the design, eat at the restaurants to admire their theming, and in general, just try and pick up on the creativity. It's really in invigorating to us as designers to think of the processes and thought that went behind it all.

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Being all adorable like on my honeymoon.

Back when I was in school, some of the designers that worked on one of the Disney resort hotels came to speak to one of our industrial design classes. I remember being a bit embarrassed of my classmates fairly rude reactions to the people (after all, they work for Disney, and even if you aren't a fan, there is no reason to be snarky, sophomore in design college in Ohio). The people around me seemed to attack the fact that the country the hotel was themed about wasn't perfect and 'people were starving there and where is that aspect in this hotel.' To me, I enjoyed that they actually bought authentic goods from the country and created an atmosphere that glamorized instead of humiliate the area. Celebrating the positives is what Disney is all about to me. It's not an authentic experience - visiting Japan in Epcot isn't a replacement for visiting Japan in any way. But it's a brilliant way to introduce culture and learning into an experience for a child (or even people that may otherwise never be introduced to these things) that I completely respect. Plus, I'm sorry, but I really enjoy being able to drink sake and walk a few feet and get a pretzel. And ride rides.

Visiting Disneyland in California back in 2007. Note, I still wear that coat on the blog.

I quite frankly enjoy animation too. I love the character design of Disney. I enjoy watching the films as an adult because it still makes me smile, and sometimes that child-like simplicity is needed.

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Another point and shoot snap from our first trip to Disney. I used to have a thing for big plastic beat necklaces.

A lot of people argue Disney is too expensive. It is pricey, I won't lie, but you get what you pay for. The people are paid alright (I've had friends who worked there as janitors and what not), they have to hire tons and tons of people to keep the park in the pristine order it is in. I find it worth it, and indeed, they can have you pay that because so many people think like me and do pay it. We do have efforts to save while we visit though! Here's our personal tips of saving in Disney parks.

Yummy Flatbread

-Don't go on the meal plan. Instead, split meals. Jason and I split all of our meals on our honeymoon. The portions are large enough to be able to do this.
-Eat one large meal a day, then snack. We usually get a small snack in the afternoon at one of the quick places, then a larger meal that we split in the evening.

downtown disney! 

-Look for deals and discounts. We have a Disney Visa that we earn points on to use as money at the parks. We also get a discount at stores because of this, and when we signed up, a gift card to use (which came in handy on the honeymoon.)
-Don't stay at a Disney resort. I love them, but it's a great way to save money. I would consider staying somewhere closer to the city of Orlando and not in the area and driving in. Even consider looking up a homeshare or something if you are comfortable with that kind of thing.
-Try just visiting Downtown Disney. For a lot of my posts, we just visited Downtown Disney! Once we tried out Disney Quest, an interactive theme park. It was pretty fun and about half the price of the parks.

let the memories begin!

I get it's not for everyone, but it's something we love. And we're REALLY excited to go to Star Wars weekend! Be prepared for lots of photos when we get back!
I pass the Star Barn daily now on my way home, and it had been so long since I had visited and taken photos. It's an easy pit stop on the small commute home now. I think I'm a rare person in that I like a bit of a commute - it's time to wake up in the morning and time to wind down on the way home. There is also no traffic on my way through the farms, so in comparison to every other commute I have ever had, it's really peaceful. People here seem surprised about my choice to move and have a commute, which by the by is maybe 30 miles, and I'm really not used to this reaction considering a lot of people in Cincinnati drove to Dayton, Kentucky, and other fairly far off places like it was normal. I'll keep enjoying my peaceful rides through farm country meanwhile.


cardigan :: j crew factory remixed
beam me up scotty dress :: modcloth remixed
belt :: nordstrom remixed
third degree heels :: seychelles remixed
bag :: marc by marc jacobs remixed
necklace :: lulu bug jewelry remixed
watch :: tokyobay remixed


This rock candy syrup has been in all of my cocktail creations as of lately, and I figured it was due time to have a typical recipe post for it. I'm going to show you how to make it a little special by infusing dried rose petals into it to make a yummy floral version for spring!



Years ago, Jason and I moved into our home and got all excited to get a grill. Sad part was, we never really figured out where to put one, so two years passed without a grill. Once we moved into our new place, we found we had the perfect deck for grilling out. I was so excited to be able to make potatoes and onions on the grill, one of my favorite things my mom made when we grilled out at home.

I have been planning this post for so long, waiting and anticipating the day I would be able to reveal that third and final resolution (the full one) I couldn't share with you back in January. This post has been written for awhile, even before I knew what exactly would happen. You see the planner in me needed to try her best to plan that which was unplannable. So, big breath in. Big breath out.....


I've got a new position, as in job. One of the big new year's resolutions was to move on from where I was working, whether it be moving across the country because Jason had a new job or moving down the road to get me into a new one. My work situation got progressively worse over the past year, and I felt like my time was limited there. I watched nearly everyone on my team, which I moved here to be a part of and that I loved working with, be let go. I have been lucky in the past to work at stable companies with employees that stayed for years, so this experience was definitely, well, an experience, but I am glad to be moving on. I have made some great friends in Pennsylvania who I will stay in contact with forever, and I wouldn't change a single way Jason and I chose to do things. So this goes out to Julie, Jim, Adriane, and Shauna - you were all wonderful to work with and have become great friends to me and my family. I am lucky to have met you all both professionally and personally, thank you for helping me grow over this time and believing in me and my work. I couldn't have grown so much without you all!


I am really excited about my new position - it's truly going to be a great new leap for me. I'm no longer working in pure product design and focusing on more graphics and web design, which is what I feel like I have been more into doing for awhile now. This is also why I have been so crazy busy lately. It's not easy to have a blog, move, and be interviewing for multiple positions all while having a full-time job. I am really so excited, and this outfit was my 'power outfit' I wore on the day I officially resigned. A dog print dress, bright heels, and a cheeky bag that just felt right for the occasion. We treated ourselves to a night out at the Circular Dining room at the Hotel Hershey - a fun and yummy dinner that ended with congratulatory chocolate strawberries.


cavorting canines dress :: anthropologie via ebay
belt :: modcloth remixed
wedges :: enzo anglioni remixed
bag :: kate spade
headband :: free people remixed
necklace :: target remixed
ring :: kate spade remixed
I think life finally caught up with me. Jason and I have been scurrying lately it feels, and while this isn't a bad thing, it certainly makes difficult for outfit photos (I actually didn't take outfit photos for the past TWO weekends, and only on Sunday this weekend.) This coming from a girl who usually has outfits scheduled awhile in advance, this is one of few times you will actually see an outfit only 2 days after I actually wore it. I love dressing up for errands on weekends - there is something about wearing a strapless dress while parading a giant shepard's hook around Lowe's that makes me immensely happy. I'm also really happy that the weather has been beautiful, sunny, and perfectly spring like. I'm still playing catch up though - my blog comment inbox is crazed (the most it has ever been) an I haven't checked some of my favorite blogs in weeks. Eek! Still, I don't think I'm a 'bad blogger', I'm just a normal person who gets caught up in the whirlwind too.


sweater :: j crew factory remixed
belt :: target remixed
native birds dress :: anthropologie (available on ebay) remixed
sandals :: charles by charles david remixed
tote :: shinzi katoh remixed
bracelet :: kate spade remixed
necklace :: rusty chain jewelry remixed
Sometimes I am really amazed at the things I have missed so near by where I live. My friend Julie invited us to the Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, which I believed I had been to, but in reality, has completely missed this little town right next to Hershey. Prooves that there is always more to explore than you think! I think I'm pretty decent at exploring where I live and all around it, so I find it shocking when I have managed to completely overlook something so cute. I think I need to spend some more time on Yelp and Google Maps!

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The weather is wonky here. One day it's warm and I can wear shorts and be fine, the next day I walk out and I need tights. I can't wait until summer when it's just constantly hot. 

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coat :: anthropologie remixed
sweater :: gap remixed
feline karma dress :: leah reena goren for anthropologie remixed
tights :: target remixed
hydrangea heels :: seychelles remixed
bag :: emma fox remixed
necklace :: tiffany remixed
ring :: sanrio remixed
watch :: (custom) remixed