Metropole | Cincinnati Ohio City Guide

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While I was in Cincinnati last weekend I had the opportunity to try out a lot of new food and drinks. By far my favorite restaurant that we visited (and the only one we went to more than once) was Metropole. Metropole is located inside the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

Conde Naste Traveler Readers Choice Awards put  21c in Cincy as the number one hotel in the US right now (and 11th in the WORLD), so needless to say I was anxious to pay it a visit. The building is in the art district of downtown, next to the Contemporary Arts Center and adjacent to the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and used to house the Metropole Hotel which opened in 1924. The hotel doubles as an art gallery and houses rotating exhibits on several of its floors. So cool.

Walking in I immediately knew we were in another one of Cincinnati’s restored 1920’s buildings by the mesmerizing terrazzo tile flooring and colorfully carpeted spiral staircase that corkscrews through the center of the hotel. Though I didn’t see one of the rooms, I can only imagine how fantastic they are.

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The restaurant in the hotel, keeping the namesake of the landmark, was just as spectacular. Natural light poured through the arch-framed windows and spilled onto the dark wooden table tops and illuminated the golden, bell jar lanterns hanging from the ceiling. We went for brunch and menu was simple, but the flavor profiles were incredibly interesting and the dish presentation was immaculately executed. We went for the olive oil poached tuna, avocado toast and the burnt carrot salad.

Spoiler alert: we had to keep taking pauses during lunch to talk about how good everything was. Or to just exclaim, “YUM,” or just  “MMMM.”

But onto more important things: the cocktail menu. Not only was the food exquisite, but the cocktails are what we returned for in the evening. I tried the Phil Collins and the Annie Hall (both Bulleit bourbon based), and also had a sip of the Vespa (gin+vodka with a hint of cucumber and lavender). The Phil Collins was my favorite. Must have been the notes of cilantro or the guava bitters. I wish I could drink one every day (without having a problem).

If you’re in Cincinnati I definitely recommend checking 21c/Metropole out. Not only is it an award winning hotel, but Metropole just won best restaurant in Cincy as well. Get going!

I’ve got so many more photos/places to share, but it wanted to break it down into digestible bits. Be on the lookout for more.

 

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Consider the Wldflwrs | Nashville TN

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“Wldflwr.ink was created to write + share stories through a variety of mediums while curating a simple and natural aesthetic. It houses considerthewldflwrs – a jewelry line handcrafted in Nashville, Tennessee which seeks to discover wild beauty through the exploration of craft. Each design and collection is uniquely inspired often by travel, natural imperfections + a thirst for discovery. We believe that in exploring our creativity through these crafts and getting lost in art we catch a glimpse of grace. As we continue to grow we hope to pass on this passion for craft and simplicity.” –Mission Statement of Consider the Wldflwrs

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TackleBoxFull2Necklaces4I spent this morning bellied up to a work table learning about the art of metal working and chatting about the vision of Consider the Wldflwrs with founder, Emily Howard. With a heart for philanthropy and a creative spirit, she has started growing a brand that not only crafts simple, beautiful jewelry but also one that gives back to the lives of others. Each time a sale is made, 25%  of its proceeds go to a non-profit ministry called “Victory of Heart” for young girls in Tyler, Texas*.

The designs are inspired by nature and by Emily’s personal style. She started off redesigning pieces she would find at flea markets and turning them into one of a kind statement accessories. As Consider the Wldflwrs grew so did the aesthetic and the etsy store. With a few craft fairs under her belt and international orders being filled, the word of the brand is spreading, and it’s easy to see why. Each piece is crafted by hand with care, good materials, and solid methods. I definitely plan on purchasing in the near future; I don’t think I can live without that constellation necklace and at least 100 of those perfectly dainty gold rings. They’re pieces that would be really easy to integrate into any look, and probably never take off after that.

To learn more about Consider the Wldflwrs click here
To get to their store click here

*25% of each sale from considerthewldflwrs jewelry is given to a non-profit ministry called “Victory of Heart” for young girls in Tyler, Texas. Victory of Heart illustrates restoration and hope as they seek to encourage a generation of young women. –via CTWf website

 

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Spring Dreams | Jamie & the Jones SS14

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Collection: Spring/Summer 2014 Jamie & The Jones • Photography: Brett Warren • Video: Tyler Evans

 

I cannot get over the hues and simple, beautiful shapes of, Nashville based fashion label, Jamie & The Jones for Spring/Summer 2014. Each piece is so organic and the combination of dye colors/techniques only furthers the uniqueness of it all. Not only are the pieces pretty, but they are hand marbled and handmade in Nashville. The collection was done in collaboration with Shutters and Shuttles.

The ambiance of the shoot could not have been better for the collection. The dewey skin, softness of the hair and speckled nails are the cherries on top. My vision of spring has been officially been epitomized.

To see more of Jamie & The Jones work, click here

 

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Coachella Fashion Picks

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Coachella is a festival I’ve had on my radar for a while. While I’ve been to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, I know the feel of a west coast festival would be much different and it’s definitely something I plan to experience (hopefully sooner rather than later).

Coachella is a celebration of Art, Music and sunny California.  It’s also widely recognized for the style that is exhibited by it’s goers; I might even venture to say that it sets the standard for what people will be wearing for the duration of festival season.

My fashion picks are a mashup of hard and soft pieces that I could definitely see myself rocking during the weekend long celebration, as well as for the rest of the summer. My favorites are probably the jewelry from Catbird, the NSF Patchwork Jeans I spotted on Shopbop, and the Steve Madden leopard Birkenstock style sandal.

To make the envisioning process a little easier, here’s a Spotify playlist of most of the artists playing at Coachella! Hopefully you’ll discover some new music along with loving some already favorites.

(Nows the part where you grab some takeout, throw on a sunhat, roll into your hammack and turn up the tuneage)

For more information about Coachella click here

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