Home Sweet Columbus

Hello sunshines!

With the recent Columbus movie that was released, which highlights the architecture of my hometown Columbus, IN, I thought I would showcase some of the landmarks!

It was August when we went back home to visit my family, so my outfits are definitely a bit on the summery side; however, I think I’m wearing pieces that can be worn into fall, or maybe even winter!

My first outfit is the sheer long floral cardigan/kimono with a slip dress and mules. The sheer cardigan/kimono is from Forever 21, I can’t seem to find this exact version on the US site, only the Canada site (here), but found a similar one on the US site that is also floral for $22.90 (here)! I plan on wearing my cardigan/kimono with jeans in the fall and winter! It’s honestly the perfect accessory that adds a pop of color and beats the winter blues.

The Robert Stewart Bridge

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North Christian Church

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My second outfit is the long sleeved bodysuit and the pink shorts. I LOVE bodysuits (minus the occasional hassle if ya catch my drift); they’re perfect to wear with shorts, skirts, and jeans, AND no need to awkwardly mess with re-tucking the shirt. Mine is super old from American Apparel, so no longer available, but I’ve found similar cute striped ones from Asos/Free People (here) and Forever 21 (here).

Veterans Memorial

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Inn at Irwin Gardens

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Note* – All background information about these landmarks found on https://columbus.in.us/guide-to-the-architecture/

  • The Robert Stewart Bridge, built in 1997, “frames the entryway into Downtown Columbus” and is the “first cable-stayed bridge of its kind in North America.”
  • North Christian Church, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1961, the church was completed in 1964. This was Eero Saarinen’s last design.
  • Veterans Memorial was designed in 1997 by Maryann Thompson. The names of 156 veterans from Bartholomew County are carved into the sides of the limestone pillars.
  • Inn at Irwin Gardens, built in 1864 by Joseph Irwin. The building has been redesigned multiple times throughout the years as the Irwin family grew over generations. It is beautiful inside! The outside picture I took does not do the the Irwin Gardens justice.

Enjoy! Hope you’ll visit this small town filled with gems soon!

Xoxo,

Maddi

One Year Blogiversary & Goals for Year Two!

Hello sunshines!

I can’t believe I’ve officially been a life + style blogger for a year! Thank you ALL for the amazing love & support that you’ve shown me! I am truly grateful and thankful for each and every one of my blog readers, subscribers, and Instagram followers. I started day one last year 6/23/16 with zero followers and I am so proud of where I am today! And I couldn’t have done it without all of you! SO, today on the blog, I thought I would share my goals for this next year at the girl & her threads!

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Goal #1Be more consistent with my blog posts
This first year of blogging, I’ve really only wrote new posts when I had time. With working full time and getting my MBA part time, it has been very easy for the blog to be an afterthought. This year, I want to dedicate more time to the blog and want to set a schedule so that I’ll be more consistent on when I post. I started this blog so that I could share style tips and travel guides with you all, and I’m going to be doing more of that this year!

Goal #2 – Focus on photography
Since my boyfriend (aka Mr. Photographer / Mr. P) takes my pictures and we don’t own a DSLR camera…or any camera for that matter, we invested in Ztylus Z-Prime lens for my iPhone 6S plus. This set comes with two lens, one super wide-angle and one telephoto lens. Mr. P and I have been experimenting with both lens and practicing our (well, his :)) photography skills. Not only are we trying to take better, higher quality pictures, I’m also researching photo editor software and will be learning to edit my own pictures. Let me know if you see a difference! Also I want to note that to use the Ztylus lens, you also must use their specific phone case that comes with the set!

Goal #3 Collaborate with bloggers and attend more networking events
I have met an amazing group of bloggers here in Chicago via Chicagogrammers. I want to set more time aside to attend blogger and networking events. These ladies & gents are all so amazing and I have so much to learn from them. I’m hoping to incorporate more collaborations with the bloggers that I have met, and will meet, on the girl & her threads! Maybe it’s sharing style and beauty tips, or even DIY project ideas! Stay tuned!

Goal #4 – Pre-plan my Instagram feed
I’ve been pretty good about sticking to my Instagram posting schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday….but sometimes when I’m not prepared to post (i.e. picture edited, caption ready, hashtag ready etc), then I won’t post on the scheduled day. I would like to start using a planning app such as Planoly or Mosaico. That way I can see how my picture fit in with the overall aesthetic of my feed AND I can pre-plan and prepare ahead of schedule. This also means that Mr. P and I need to take more pictures so that I have a stockpile of photos. This doesn’t mean I won’t take outfit pics on the fly! But it just better prepares me for the week(s) ahead! 🙂

Goal #5 – Expand blog content
I started the blog with a focus on style, but have expanded it to include Travel posts since Mr. P and I travel a lot. I want to also blog about beauty and DIY projects. I’m currently subscribed to a few subscription boxes such as FabFitFun, which is a seasonal box that includes beauty products, wellness finds, fashion items, and jewelry! I absolutely love this box and plan on doing a reveal video every season once I receive my boxes!

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Outfit Details
Off the shoulder dress: LOFT (sold out, similar here from J.Crew – on sale for $168.00) // Bag: Michael Kors (sold out, similar pink crossbodys from Michael Kors in the Jet Set Travel Large East/West – $148.00 and in the Daniela – $198.00) // Heels: Christian Louboutin “Pigalle Follies” Pointy Toe pump

Thanks for reading about my goals for year two! What are some of your goals? Whether it’s for your blog, your health, your career?

Xoxo,

M

A Weekend Getaway to Milwaukee

Hello sunshines!

Over Memorial Day weekend, Mr. Photographer (aka Mr. P) and I drove to Milwaukee for a quick weekend getaway! Milwaukee is only a 1.5 hour drive away from Chicago, so we visit frequently when both of us need a break from the city. Everywhere you go, Milwaukee is just so quiet. It’s still a city, but so quiet and we both need that once in awhile!

I know you’re probably thinking, Milwaukee? Isn’t that just a small city in Wisconsin? Why would you go there? Well, let me tell you why we both love it and why we keep coming back! P.S. Scroll down all the way to the end for details on my outfit! I’m wearing my fun pom pom top three different ways! It was oddly hot during the day when we were there, so I ended up tying a knot with the bottom of my maxi dress so my legs could get some air. Then at night, it got chilly (ugh!) so I changed into my favorite pair of black jeans and brought a military jacket with me since we had planned to sit outside on the patio to enjoy our dinner.

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Reason #1: Lakefront Brewery

Lets just say we’re both obsessed with going on tours at Lakefront Brewery. I think we’ve been on 10+ tours at this point and every time is a blast. Mr. P and I both love beers, and Lakefront Brewery beers are just so delicious! For $10, you can buy a tour ticket which includes 4 tokens and a 6 oz cup for samples. You trade the tokens in for samples of their many, many delicious & award winning beers. My favorite is the “Eye” PA and Mr. P’s is the Fixed Gear. Many hilarious and semi-inappropriate jokes later, we are at the end of the tour where everyone is singing to the theme song of Laverne & Shirley. Why you ask? Well, you’ll have to go on the tour to find out ;)! We usually visit during Spring-Fall months because Lakefront Brewery is located right by the Milwaukee River. So after the tour, we’ll have a couple of tokens left and sit outside in their outdoor seating area and sip beers, stare at the blue sky, and enjoy each other’s company. Of course if you’re feeling hungry, Lakefront Brewery does have food…lots and lots of delicious food, such as Mr. P’s favorite, fried cheese curd! Before leaving, trade in your plastic 6 oz cup for a Lakefront Brewery branded glass cup or $2 off their merchandise (tshirts, etc).

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Reason #2: Food, food, food

So. Many. AMAZING. Restaurants! We love all the places we’ve been so I’m just going to list some recommendations below.

Wolf Peach – we’ve been here for both brunch and dinner and our meals were equally as amazing. Mr. P says he still dreams of their Chilaquiles to this day and is still trying to find a brunch spot in Chicago that can make it as good! Wolf Peach is right on the way to Lakefront Brewing (walking distance), so you could dine here before or after the Lakefront Brewery tour! I also love that Wolf Peach is located inside a cool house, and has a patio with a fantastic view of the city! Reservations on Resy.com recommended!

Rumpus Room – only a 2 min walk from the Intercontinental, where we typically stay. They have an outdoor seating area so you can enjoy the sunshine! Mr. P got a bourbon flight the last time we were there, but we usually get Spotted Cows (beers). Their Salmon burger is off the charts! Salmon burgers are a hit or miss, but this one, I highly recommend…definitely 2 thumbs way up. Reservations on Opentable recommended!

Odd Duck – Shareable plates with dishes for vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores? Sign me up! I love restaurants that can accommodate the fact that I’m a vegetarian who doesn’t like cheese (but not vegan either!) and still offer delicious PLATES (plural) that I can enjoy. A table full of food for Mr. P (aka the omnivore) and I to enjoy and not a plate that we didn’t enjoy. The cocktails were also a big plus! Creative uses of ingredients that we didn’t expect and they were refreshing + delicious. Reservations by calling the restaurant directly recommended!

Ian’s Pizza – this is a LATE night must have snack for us. Ian’s Pizza not only has your typical thin crust cheese pizza but also a variety of interesting ones like the Macaroni and Cheese pizza, the potato tot on cheddar pizza, the buffalo chicken pizza etc. We’ll go get drinks at Water St. (5 min walk from the Intercontinental) and grab Ian’s on the way back to the hotel. Ian’s is conveniently located right next to all the bars on Water St.! Walk right in for pizza, no reservations needed, but prepare for a slight line…it moves fast!

The Knick – brunch in the Knickerbocker Hotel. For me, brunch is not supposed to be super fancy and is supposed to be a hearty meal with plenty of eggs and potatoes. The Knick is that spot for me in Milwaukee. Eggs and potatoes aside, they offer many many many other brunch options too! Also, they have a mean bloody mary! It’s HUGE! Reservations on Opentable recommended!

Reason #3: Milwaukee Public Market / the Third Ward

We just love the Milwaukee Public Market, which is located in the Third Ward, only a 10 min walk from the Intercontinental. We love strolling through the market and looking at what all the different vendors have to offer. We always, ALWAYS get hand-dipped chocolates at Kehr’s Candies, no matter how stuffed we are. Once in awhile if we’re in a seafood mood, we’ll get the lobster dinner (you can get it for lunch too but it’s called the “Lobster dinner”) at St. Paul Fish Company–such an amazing deal….huge, fresh lobster for only $15.95. I won’t lie though, I have no idea how to crack open the shell, so Mr. P has to do it or me 🙂

We love walking around the Third Ward and peeking inside all the stores in the area! There are also lots of restaurants right in area, and we’ll usually hop in to either Cafe Benelux or the Wicked Hop for a beer or Bloody Mary. Cafe Benelux and The Wicked Hop are also options for brunch and dinner!

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Reason #4: Milwaukee Brewing Co.

If you are staying for more than a night, we suggest going on a brewery tour at the Milwaukee Brewing Co (MKE Brewing) the next day. Smaller craft brewer than Lakefront Brewery, but their beers are very tasty too! Their tours are a bit more “all you can drink.” They don’t limit you with tokens like Lakefront Brewery, but MKE Brewing does have a time limit. Definitely do NOT go without food in your belly because you will regret that decision. My favorite is the O-GII! Also, unlike Lakefront Brewery, MKE Brewing is located in the city center so not near the water, so sadly can’t sit outside on the patio to enjoy a beer.

Reason #5: Brady Street / Water Street

When’s the last time you’ve sat on the patio of a bar during the middle of the day on the weekend and it wasn’t packed to the brim? EXACTLY. Brady Street has a ton of bars and restaurants with nice patios that we love to hit up if we have time before or after the brewery tours (and if we’re not in need of a nap, HAH!).

We’ve only been to Water Street bars at night; it’s relatively quiet during the day, but definitely hoppin’ at night! Plus, as previously mentioned, Ian’s Pizza is right on Water Street, so grab a slice or two on your way back to the hotel post going out!

Where we stay: Intercontinental Milwaukee located at 139 E Kilbourn Ave. The Intercontinental is located right in the heart of the city, and is walking distance to the Milwaukee Public Market/the Third Ward, Water Street, etc. Also, it’s located right by the Milwaukee River, so we always enjoy taking the scenic route on the canal when we walk to the Third Ward area. We’ve also tried staying in Airbnbs in various areas throughout the city, but we both agree that none are as convenient as the Intercontinental.

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My outfits:

Top: Shein – Bardot Print Lace up Pom-pom top // Maxi dress: Zappos – Culture Phit Riena Maxi dress // Jeans: Forever 21 – High Rise Skinny jeans (only $9.90!) and Topshop – Moto Black Joni Jeans // Sandals: Nordstrom – Hinge “Nolan Strappy Wedge Sandal” and Dillard – Sofft “Rio Leather Caged Sandal”

Thanks for reading! Hope I’ve persuaded you to visit Milwaukee! And P.S., if you’ve been to Milwaukee, let me know your favorite spots!

Xoxo,

M

 

Bold, edgy, & classic – 337 Brand

Hello sunshines!

Happy April! Can’t believe how fast time is flying by! How are we already a quarter done with 2017?!

Anyway, the title of this post is called “bold, edgy, & classic, and that’s because I love clothes that encompass all three of those characteristics. This is exactly why I was so excited to discover 337 Brand and to collaborate with them! 337 Brand, located in NYC, is all about designing clothes that are effortlessly stylish, with a dash of daring.

I’m wearing the mix mesh panel sweatshirt and I’m obsessed. The material is a light breathable cotton and it’s sooo soft! It’s not the heavy material that you normally think of when it comes to sweatshirts. I’m wearing a size small and it fits me perfectly. If you are looking for a slouchier fit, go one size up!  There are mesh panels that run down the front (thin) and on the sides of the top. Feelin’ risque and want to show a little skin? Wear this without a bralette! Either way, with or without a bralette, it will look equally as cool.

I went for the ultimate “too cool for school” look and styled my sweatshirt with a pair of tuxedo trousers and my new Marc Fischer block heels with laser cut design throughout the shoes (just means that there are little hole patterns on the shoe, haha). But the beauty about this sweatshirt is that you can dress it up or down. Wear it like I did with a pair of sassy pants, with a feminine A-line skirt, or a pair of leggings. The choice is yours, and I guarantee you will feel bold, edgy, & classic.

Top: 337 Brand // Bottoms: Express (sold out but similar from Bloomingdales – T Tahari , J. Crew , Forever 21) // Block Heels: Marc Fischer

Xoxo,

M

Winter Favorites from Instagram

Hello sunshines!

Hope you are all having a great week! It’s been a couple months since I’ve updated the “Shop the Look” category from my outfits from Instagram….life has been so busy busy! Mr. P and I have been non-stop traveling!!! I’m sharing below some winter favorites from our trip to Austin, colorful & fun at work, and my current obsession with fun sleeves.

Dressing in layers!

Top: Free People – Last Dance Cuff in Ivory ($68.00) // Dress: Forever 21 – Accordion Pleated Slip Dress ($15.99) // Heels: Aldo – sold out but similar from Aldo “Barefoot” in Nude (on sale for $40.00) and Zappos Kristin Cavallari “Larox” Wedges (on sale $133.99)

Makin’ a fashion statement at work!

Top: Banana Republic Factory – Ruffle Front Cable Crew Sweater in Ruby Wine (on sale for $37.99) // Skirt: Banana Republic Factory – sold out but some colorful favorites that I am currently eyeing from Nordstrom by J.Crew “Pop Stripe Skirt” (98.00), Emerson Rose “Print Mix Pleated Skirt” ($129.00), Vince Camuto “Multi stripe Flare Skirt” ($69.00), and Banana Republic “Animal Pattern Full Skirt” ($54.98)

Bell-Sleeves are cute to look at, but not fun during brunch!

Top: Shein* – Bell sleeves top in Burgundy ($10.00), and a few other favorites that I am eye from Nordstrom Karen Kane “Diamond Print Off the Shoulder Bell Sleeve Top” ($79.00) and Anthropologie “Toastworthy bell sleeve top” ($68.00) // Jeans: American Apparel – Pencil Jean in black ($94.00) but similar favorites from Urban Outfitters  – BDG ($58.00)and H&M – Skinny High-Waisted Ankle Jeans ($9.99) // Boots: Asos – sold out but I have similar styles linked on my previous Shop the Look post, check it out here!

*I just wanted to include a quick note on Shein; their merchandise is very cute and also not expensive, but quality may not be the best and sizing is sometimes off. Shipping is from China, so unless you expedite it or if they give you free expedited delivery it could take some time for the package to reach you.

Ruffle sleeve dress that I can’t wait to wear without leggings!

Dress: Shein – Ruffle Sleeve Tee Dress in Grey ($15.00), some more dresses with fun sleeves from Asos by Missguided (Pleated Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress $53.00), New Look (Ruffle Sleeve T-Shirt Dress $31.00), and Zacro (T-Shirt Dress With Layered Ruffle Sleeves In Breton Stripe $44.00 – on sale!)

Thanks for stopping by!! Leave me a comment and let me know which outfit is your favorite!!

Xoxo,

M

Austin (Part 1) – Street Art & Murals

Hello sunshines!

I am so excited to share with you all our most recent trip to Austin, Texas! I decided to split this LONG blog post into two parts because I had way too much to write and way too many pictures to show. Part 1, this post, will be all about the awesome street art & murals that Mr. Photographer (aka Mr. P) and I found while walking around the city! Part 2, which will post this weekend, will be about where and what we ate & drank and places we knew we had to see.

Many of you know that I get super excited about finding cool street art & murals. I could not believe my luck as we stumbled across a total of 11 pieces of art; well, 10 to be exact, since the Hope Outdoor Gallery was already on my list :).

Living the Goodlife in Austin, TX – E. Cesar Chavez & Waller

Fast Folks Cyclery and Café – 1201 E Cesar Chavez St (E. Cesar Chavez & Waller)

Welcome to Fast Sixth IBIZ District – 1201 E 6th St (E. 6th & Waller)

‘Til Death Do Us Apart – E. 7th & Waller

Austin, Texas – E. 6th & I-35

One Cool Cat – E. 6th & I-35

Capital Building – E. 8th & Congress

Cool Car – E. 8th & Congress

Mosaic Jazz Mural – E. 11th & Waller

HOPE Outdoor Gallery – 1101 Baylor St

Blue Glass Wall – E. 5th & Sabine

Which one is your favorite?!? If you have an upcoming trip to Austin or thinking about visiting, I hope you find some of the street art & murals that I’ve shared with you, and I hope that you stumble upon cool ones of your own! 🙂

Xoxo,

M

Loungin’ in the Jamaican Sun

Hello sunshines!

As many of you saw from insta, Mr. Photographer and I went to Jamaica for a week! We celebrated Thanksgiving early with both of our families since we were leaving on Thanksgiving day for Montego Bay. We stayed at Secrets St. James, and let me tell ya, it was amazing. Breathtaking views, luxurious suites, and delicious food & drinks. We loved it there and will definitely be checking out other Secrets locations in the future! 

The day we arrived at the resort, the bell boy takes one look at our luggage and goes “that’s it?!?!!” Mr. Photographer and I are awesome packers, we fit all our things into one carry-one luggage and a backpack! I had all the essentials (7 different bikinis, hehe), enough thin dresses for dinner, a few cover-ups, a pair of wedges, and a couple pairs of sandals! What more do ya need when you’re on the beach loungin’ away in the sun?!

The second day at our resort, we’re waiting in line at the Caribbean jerk chicken stand and guess who I see? Frankie Muniz from Malcolm in the Middle! I did a few double takes, and was convinced it wasn’t him at first. THEN later in the day, we sat a few chairs down from Anthony Anderson, the main guy from the show Blackish! IT DOESN’T STOP THERE. As we were walking back to our room, we walked right past Kevin Dillon, aka Drama from Entourage….and he says “hello” to me and Mr. Photographer . I’ve never seen a celebrity before in my life, and on this trip alone, we saw three!!!

I did manage to take a few pictures in between all the Jamaican punch and the sugary drinks, and the many cat naps at the beach ! All suits are from Victoria’s Secret, so so so sad that they are discontinuing their swimwear line….not sure what I’m going to do . Besides the bikini photos, the one dress I brought that I knew I wanted a photo shoot in was this gorgeous goddess dress from Free People that I bought a year and a half ago. I was supposed to wear it during my Italy trip last August BUT I forgot to pack it . So I knew I absolutely had to wear it in Jamaica!! 

Xoxo,

M