Preserve Greater Indy

May 22, 2015

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I have found my preservation people up here in the Midwest! I’m now involved with a new historic preservation organization – Preserve Greater Indy.  The mission: to connect, engage, educate, and empower advocates of preservation throughout Central Indiana.  Continue reading “Preserve Greater Indy” »

Escape to Charleston

May 8, 2015

I’m back in Bloomington riding the inspiration waves from last week’s Southern C Summit held in Charleston. No trip to the Holy City is complete without eating great food, shopping way too much, and cruising the streets scoping out the beautiful historic buildings. I visited several new spots this year and had to share a few of my favorites with y’all.


the southern c summit


Our Summit headquarters was once again the art deco stunner, The American Theater circa 1942. One of my favorites in Charleston so I’m resharing. This year we were treated to lunch next door at the William Aiken House Thursday afternoon. Built in 1810, this house alone is stunning but Lifeguard Press gussied up the tablescapes with kate spade new york.


the southern c summit


William Aiken House

After a quick bite and business card trading, I had to take a look around.

william aiken house



The Grocery Charleston

The Grocery


Charleston is a food town so leave your diet at home. I tried a handful of new restaurants this trip that were excellent! Some highlights…

Left to right: Leon's Oyster Shop, The Ordinary, Butcher & Bee

Left to right: Leon’s Oyster Shop, The Ordinary, The Butcher & Bee

One on my list that I didn’t make it to was Chez Nous. Follow them on Instagram and you’ll see why. YUM. Oh and Edmund’s Oast is a must for next time. Apparently they brew a PB&J beer… going to be all over that next time.



croghans jewelry box

Croghan’s – #UseYourSilver


I hit King Street hard this year. One of my favorite events at the Summit this year was Shopping with House Account at Hampden Clothing, Theodosia Jewelry, and Croghan’s Jewelry Box. After our sessions Thursday, we stopped by Hampden Clothing to check out jaw dropping pieces from SUNO and Theodosia with special looks styled by the fabulous Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love and Hanna Seabrook of gadabout. Next we moved down the street to Croghans to drool over vintage baubles and beautiful silver vignettes.  reminding you how to “Use Your Silver” at Croghans. This was genius because it gave me new inspiration to utilize some of the fancier pieces we got as wedding gifts. Major props the team that put this event together. Who doesn’t a love a cocktail party where you can shop?

charleston shopping

New shop favorites:


Mitchell Hill Gallery

Mitchell Hill

I’m starting to get used to this annual Charleston trip. For more about The Southern C Summit click here.

Happy Travels!

Spring Reset

April 26, 2015

spring is here

Despite the chilly weekend, Spring is in full swing here in Bloomington (finally). My job keeps me on the road a lot. Don’t get me wrong – I love it but every now and then you need a weekend or two to reset and relax. As I gear up for my annual trip South for The Southern C Summit in Charleston (YAY) I spent the weekend at home relaxing with my hubs and pups. If you find it hard to chill out, here are my favorite relaxation ingredients…

BTW these all would be perfect for Mother’s Day. 

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Views of Coastal Georgia

March 23, 2015

First off – Happy Spring! I’m so looking forward to long sunny days and many adventures ahead.

After years of coaxing, my hubs is finally on YouTube!

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Charleston Hideaway

March 2, 2015

I’m currently sitting in my office looking out of my window staring at mounds of powdery snow piling up. As I sit here bundled willing the snow to melt and the sun to shine, I’m daydreaming about warmer days to come, specifically sunny days to come on my trip to Charleston, South Carolina for The Southern C Summit! Since most of us in the US have been pretty chilly lately, I thought I’d share one of my favorite spots to soak up the sun and color of Charleston.

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Circle City Sesh 24

February 26, 2015

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After following the Igers Indy group on instagram account for months, I finally attended one of their monthly Instameets. This meet, dubbed #CircleCitySesh24, was held at the historic Union Station in downtown Indianapolis. We huddled under the clock in the Grand Hall at 3pm and after a brief intro from the Igers Indy creator we slapped some name tags on and began scanning the space for worthy instagram shots. Continue reading “Circle City Sesh 24” »

I Heart Preservation

February 10, 2015

Buildings need love too. In honor of Valentine’s Day, this past Saturday I joined a group of preservation enthusiasts, professionals, and students to heart bomb a couple of buildings that were in need of a hug.




The idea behind these “heart bombs” is to raise awareness of the potential for vacant buildings while making advocacy visible and accessible. And sometimes they’re a loving send off for buildings that have lost their battle.  Continue reading “I Heart Preservation” »

You’re the Bee’s Knees – Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

January 26, 2015



Card by Rifle Paper Co.


I love Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t have a significant other it’s the perfect time to spoil someone or treat yourself. I prefer both. Continue reading “You’re the Bee’s Knees – Valentine’s Day Gift Guide” »

Pulaski Heights BBQ

January 6, 2015

I’m back in Bloomington (freezing) and all I can think about is Southern food! During our long holiday down South my hubs and I spent a few days hanging out in Athens, Georgia eating and drinking our way around town. On this visit, we finally had a chance to check out Pulaski Heights BBQ.

leathers building


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2014 Memories

January 5, 2015

2014 was a total whirlwind… after an awesome road trip back down South, I’m back home in snowy Indiana thinking about the year gone by. Here are a few of my favorite memories from 2014. Continue reading “2014 Memories” »

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