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October 27 2013

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This blog has been a real blessing. For the last four years, I’ve documented a bit of my life and my love for style, Pittsburgh, my family and friends, and things I find interesting. This blog has afforded me the opportunity to do things I never would have done otherwise. But most importantly, I’ve met some of the most incredible people. It’s been a real trip and I am so thankful for the chance to connect with all of you in such an intimate way.
You haven’t seen me here for a bit. That’s due in large part to a few big changes in my life. The biggest is a professional move to a new company. I’ve been focused on making that transition a smooth one for my former employer, my new employer, and myself. I’m moving into an industry that is highly regulated. And so the time has come to bid this project farewell. It’s the right time and while I will miss so much about this experience, I’m looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for me. 
Thank you for supporting me. I do not have the words to express how humbling it has been.

This blog has been a real blessing. For the last four years, I’ve documented a bit of my life and my love for style, Pittsburgh, my family and friends, and things I find interesting. This blog has afforded me the opportunity to do things I never would have done otherwise. But most importantly, I’ve met some of the most incredible people. It’s been a real trip and I am so thankful for the chance to connect with all of you in such an intimate way.

You haven’t seen me here for a bit. That’s due in large part to a few big changes in my life. The biggest is a professional move to a new company. I’ve been focused on making that transition a smooth one for my former employer, my new employer, and myself. I’m moving into an industry that is highly regulated. And so the time has come to bid this project farewell. It’s the right time and while I will miss so much about this experience, I’m looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for me.

Thank you for supporting me. I do not have the words to express how humbling it has been.

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October 4 2013

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SWF seeks… the Perfect PGH Bye Week.

Sundays in Pittsburgh by autumn are dominated by watching and cheering on our Steelers. This usually equates to a day full of fun, but special circumstances such as bye weeks {and truly horrendous seasons} call for other activities to keep us all from going mad. Here is my perfect Sunday bye week + some links to other PGH bloggers who have an opinion on the subject.

Since moving to the suburbs nearly a year ago, I have learned to embrace what is happening outside of the city almost as much as I love Pittsburgh proper. Stella loves to go for walks and play outside, and we have ample space to accommodate her. But what she really loves, is to go to the park.

Our weekend days are broken up into B.L. and A.N. {Before Lunch and After Nap}. My perfect Sunday looks a little like this.

It’s treat time. So I’ll whip up some easy vegan pancakes and tea {Stella is a freak for tea} while we watch Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. <3

A trip to South Park. It’s not far (a few quick miles from home) and it has the most incredible park for a wide range of kids. On a couple of occasions, we’ve gone to South Park so that Stella could play on the playground and then we strapped her into her stroller and took her on a 2 mile run. If she’s in a good mood afterward, we get a few more minutes on the playground and then head back home. On our most recent trip, we got to see a couple of park police patrolling on their horses. 

HORSES!

Get back to the homestead for lunch {B.L. has officially ended}.

Nap time gives me a chance to write a grocery list. When Stella gets up, she comes with me to Trader Joe’s, where she draws on said grocery list, holds bags of pretzels, and bats her eyes for stickers from the cashiers. Once we get home and unpack, it’s time for a neighborhood walk.

As much as my heart is in the city, there’s nothing quite like a quiet neighborhood with beautiful, mature trees for a family walk. Mt. Lebanon is one of the best Pittsburgh has to offer out in the ‘burbs. We’re lucky in that Stella’s eventual elementary school is just around the corner {and up an impossible hill} from our house. So most of our neighborhood walks lead to the park behind her school. You can find me there, usually A.N., on any given Saturday or Sunday. image

Back home, we prepare for dinner. CJ is usually grilling some ridiculous amount of meat to make up for my vegan fare.

Details details… get to 9 pm and it’s time for our Sunday night show. This is usually when I also do my manicure. If it’s a mani/pedi week, I start at 8 while we watch 60 Minutes. Right now I suppose our Sunday evening show is either Homeland or Boardwalk Empire. Lots of folks have abandoned B.E. That’s too bad. I think Steve Buscemi is exceptional. And for Homeland, nothing beats Claire Danes’ cry face.

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October 3 2013

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SWF seeks… Baby.

This is Baby. He’s never in the corner. For whatever reason, Stella named this Lego man “Baby.” She calls him Baby consistently and without prompting. He was in heavy rotation for a while. But then he faded into the background for a while. Such are the whims of a 2 year-old.

Stella recently rediscovered Baby. This morning, she insisted he should come with us downstairs for breakfast. After breakfast, he needed to come with us to school.

Whatever you want Stella. We have 19 minutes until launch so, yeah. Bring Baby if that means you will leave your room.

I was juggling several bags {including hers} + her surprisingly enormous body {when did that happen?} when she said, “In your bag, Mommy?”

She wanted to make sure

ABSOLUTELY sure

that Baby made the journey out of the house. So… here he is. Dressed in head-to-toe Lego. I haven’t quite figured out why his button down is fully unbuttoned down to his waistband. At least he has an undershirt on, am I right? I keep seeing FASHUNistas in leather ball caps but I’m not buying it. Baby is enamored with the trend, except he’s vegan so… plastic hat.

Is it Friday yet?

Fall is usually painted in oranges, browns, blood reds and yellows. But I love when a purple-maroon combo pops up.

Blazer: Zara; Pants: Blank NYC; Shoes: Macy’s; Tank: super duper old Express; Cardigan + collar: c/o Jupe Boutique; Sunglasses: H&M; Wrist: sweet & spark,  c/o BCBG; Bag: c/o Stella & Dot

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