June 23, 2016

White Hot Summer

Is there any other article of clothing that screams “SUMMER!” more than a flowing short white dress?? I don’t know what the temps are where you live lately, but here in the Music City it’s been flirting between 90-100 and let me tell you that it is not a dry heat y’all! I think the humidity was a big surprise for me when we moved last July. I mean, I know it’s not desert climate, and I’m used to the summer stickiness that PA and MO get, but this is a whole different level for me! It’s totally that wet hot blanket feeling every time I’ve stepped outside this week, so dressing in a light and breezy manner has been good for the old internal temperature as well as the soul.

Todd just happens to be home for a few days right now (it’s the only break of his 3 month long summer tour with Twenty One Pilots) so I teamed up with one of my favorite sites Lulus to find the perfect white summer date dress to wear while he’s home. Since we only have limited time together we are trying to make the most of every moment we can this weekend! Thankfully I can trot around in this easy-breezy number to brunch, coffee dates, or whatever comes up!

Dress/Bag/Shoes/Rings/Sunnies all c/o of LuLus

Of course, we don’t usually do that fancy of dates, but it’s nice to at least feel a little fancy while we make up for lost time. I always have a million saved things to tell him so I basically don’t stop talking for days when he comes home! Do you guys have any good summer date suggestions for us? What do you usually like to do when it’s hot? Make sure to check out LuLus if you still need to find your perfect white dress for summer! signature2 copy

June 19, 2016
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Like Father, Like Daughter…

Happy Father’s Day! As the years go on I can see more and more how I am exactly a combination of traits from both my Mom and my Dad and I can pick out very specifically which one comes from which. Here are a few characteristics that have Ron Blumer written all over them…

-wanting the house cleaned on Friday so that you can enjoy it over the weekend
-eating healthy most of the time so you can splurge and get that pizza with no guilt
-worrying about anything and everything like nobody’s business
-a fondness for driving around nice neighborhoods just to “oooh” and “ahhh” over pretty houses
-the ability to be perfectly content alone in your house for a week and then immediately switch to being a social butterfly at a party
-a love for learning (about pretty much anything)

And last but not least

-all you want in life is just to have a long coffee date with your spouse/best friend

(I’m the one on the left with two fingers in my mouth in the top photo and fishing in the yellow dress above). So many reasons why my dad is simply the best! Happy Father’s Day!signature2 copy

June 13, 2016

Let The Summer Tour Season Begin!

As you may or may not know, MUTEMATH has the amazing honor of opening for Twenty One Pilots on their summer arena tour this year I recently got to tag along to support Todd for the opening week.  It’s been a few years since Todd has gotten to do the arena circuit (last time they opened for Linkin Park and Incubus) so it’s been fun to be in such large venues again and get some of the perks of the arena tours (like ALL DAY CATERING!!). I just found out only a few weeks ago that I have moderate to severe food sensitivities to eggs, dairy, rice, and soy, so being out on the road and eating well was quite a challenge for me at times (especially on our days off with only chain restaurants and fast food options). The good new is that most of the other days there was awesome vegan-friendly catering options that were really helpful..

Our first two days of the tour were in Cincinnati with one rehearsal day before the opening night of the tour. What was amazing to me was that people were already lined up to get into the GA floor area of the arena the morning of the day before the show. They even slept outside overnight to stay in line! It was so cool to see that people can still have that level of fandom for their favorite band—amazing!! Since the first day was mostly for crew to set up the show, Todd was pretty free and we got to ride bikes around the city and sneak in a late night movie at a theater nearby.

The next day was full of anticipation and it was so fun to get to watch the first show of the tour and experience everything with the crowd for the first time. One perk to MUTEMATH being an opener rather than the headlining band is that they have a lot more free time during the day than they did out on their headlining fall and spring tours (I think one day I saw him for a total of an hour on one of those tours—so busy!).

Once the Cincinnati show was over we moved on to Pittsburgh (which is my hometown)! I got to see a bunch of our favorite people that day (including my parents and some college pals) and my brother and new wife Sarah even came straight from the airport from their honeymoon trip to see the show and hang out for a bit. It was a super hot outside show and I felt to bad because there were teenage girls passing out all over the place from the combination of heat, excitement, and probably not drinking enough water while waiting in line all day. DRINK ALL THE WATER GUYS!! It’s always special to see a show with my family and friends so it was probably my favorite day of the tour that week.

After Pittsburgh, we headed up to Detroit where we had a day off before an arena show there. You usually have a hotel room to use on a day off so you can still take a shower and what not and we were parked right by a pretty big mall too which was handy. We spent a few hours shopping before I tagged along to watch Todd play a round of frisbee golf (his favorite thing to do on tour) with their manager Chris. I basically watched them root around in large patches of poison ivy for lost discs for 2 hours, but I guess that’s better than sitting on the bus by myself!

The show in Detroit was kind of in the middle of nowhere so we couldn’t really walk to any stores nearby but we did sneak out the back and walk along a golf course that was pretty. The arena was next to a ski slope and had waterfalls and pretty landscaping so you kind of felt like you were at a park which was nice. We bought a blanket on the day off and tried to lay and read in grass patches where we could. The “trapped in a parking lot” vibe can make you crazy pretty fast otherwise…

Todd is always up for a laugh…The last full day I had was in Grand Rapids. This arena was more downtown so we could walk around a bit and explore until it started raining. I found a coffee shop that was just about to close and sneaked in a decaf almond milk latte right under the wire. It was so good!!

One of the toughest parts for me out on a summer tour is that it’s so hot outside but the bus and the arenas are freezing (unless it’s an outside show, then you are roasting) so you are constantly switching back and forth from boiling to freezing and back again. So what the hell am I supposed to wear? Shorts and a sweater? Boots and a tank top? I changed like 10 times a day to try and keep up with wherever we were hanging out at the moment. Todd and I would probably just turn off the AC and open the bus windows if we could, but we would get immediately outvoted on that move fo sho by the rest of the bus…

I left Chicago that next morning and headed back home. It was so nice to be back and I missed our kitties so much, but I also immediately felt sad and the house seemed so empty. Thankfully in two weeks Todd will come home for a few days on a break before they head out again for another six weeks to finish the tour. You can bet you’ll see more “on the road” posts from me this summer!! Wish me luck!!signature2 copy

June 7, 2016
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3 Ways To Travel In Style: Part 2!

In case you missed Part One of this series, I’m teaming up with Naturalizer to create a few looks for their new Kail slip-on style as I do some summer travel around the country. Last time I showed you how I styled the shoes for a weekend trip back to our previous home of Springfield, MO, but this time I made the look a little more sleek on a trip back to my original hometown of Pittsburgh, PA for my little brother’s wedding. Wedding trips are full of so many fun events (especially when you are also in the wedding also like I was) so you really have to be prepared for all sorts of scenarios. A dressy skirt with a crisp t-shirt is a great choice so you won’t be under (or over) dressed for most any occasion.

These comfy slip-ons ended up being my main shoe choice for the whole weekend (a nice break from the tall wedding heels) and I like that the sleek leather-look of the shoe pairs so well with the high-waisted leather skirt. Like I said before, high-waisted items are great with flats because it helps your legs look even longer than usual!

I was certainly so glad to have the cushy sole of the Kail as I ran from event to event all weekend—what a life saver! I have to say that seeing my little brother get married was a little bit more of an emotional experience for me than I would have guessed, but we love his wife Sarah so much and are so happy for them! They just spent two weeks in Europe for their honeymoon and I can’t wait to hear all the stories from their trip. Hopefully she had some good walking shoes too!!
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May 7, 2016

Thirty + One

Year 31, here I come! Last May I was turning the big 3-0 and decided to have a 60’s cocktail party to celebrate the occasion. This past year has been filled with so much (moving, going to Paris, renovating our new house) that I just wanted to do something simple and quiet with the one I love most—Todd! He actually wasn’t supposed to be home for my birthday this year but schedules changed and I’m so happy to have had him around for the past month. It’s definitely been the longest he’s been home since we moved last July and I almost feel like a “regular” person with a “regular” life. It’s been a nice change for sure.

Since I didn’t want to make a big fuss this year, all I asked was a trip to my favorite Nashville spot Le Sel for some pink champagne and french fries (they have the best fries!). I feel like this place is the closest embodiment of myself that’s I’ve ever seen in a restaurant so far. Blush pink velvet booths, black and white stripe floor tiles, neon signs everywhere…perfect! I knew that this adorable romper would perfect for just such an occasion as soon as I saw it. It’s a little bit 60’s, a little bit French, and all black and white—YAAAAASSSSSSSS PLEASE!

Romper/Nasty Gal, Shoes/ShoeMint, Sunnies/Forever 21, Bag/Modcloth

I’ve definitely starting thinking more about what it means to get older lately. And yes, that can mean starting to look for wrinkles in the mirror and wondering what the coming years will bring, but in such a youth obsessed culture I’m also trying to focus on the positives being one year older can bring. Hopefully I’m one year wiser, kinder, and more patient than I was last year. I’ve had one more year to know myself a little better and one more year to love my dearest a little bit more. If you ask me, that sounds like something worth celebrating…signature2 copy