Hey, Indy peeps: tonight is the last First Friday Food Truck Fest of the season. Get there and fill your bellies. It will have to last you all winter long so try one of everything.
My parents didn’t take us to the fair when we were growing up.
I’m not sure why. Probably because it was an extra expense they didn’t need and it wasn’t something that sounded remotely fun.
But we take the girls. Every year.
We head north to the state fairgrounds and we pay too much for parking. We buy over-priced and fatty foods. Carelessly throw away $20 on a few rides for the girls that look like accidents-waiting-to-happen. We encourage them to pet animals and stick their hands in cages that say “Please Do Not Touch the Animals.” They smell all the flowers in the AG building and poke the world’s largest ball of popcorn. They eat ice cream for dinner and lemon shake-ups for dessert. And on the way home, they have fruit snacks and juice. We come home dirty and smelly and no one is allowed to sit on the couch until they’ve had a good scrub in the bathtub.
It’s a blast. I can’t believe my parents avoided it.
The state fair is the best.
Some weeks just feel longer than others and the Friday I wore this outfit would be the former.
I just couldn’t keep my head above water and to top things off, I didn’t have time to get my clothes for the week ready on Sunday like I normally do so I felt off every night as I was rushing to find something to wear before my eyes closed while I was still standing. I really need to find a way to get more sleep. (Also, that first sentence is really long and I’m leaving it–just note that I know I was rambling…moving on.)
Originally I pulled out some colored skinnies and this light blue shirt with flats because it was Friday and I just needed something comfortable. But once I put it on, I realized it was boring and I felt like it was just lazy to leave the house with such a blank canvas. Then I started thinking of all the different ways I could spice up my outfit and I was late for work. Again.
How often do you put something on and think it needs something else, but you’re just not sure what? Well, today you’re in luck.
–Add a statement necklace. Wearing a collared shirt? Put the necklace under your collar.
–Layers! Throw on a vest like I did. Put a cardigan over your shirt. Add a jean jacket or lightweight military-inspired coat. Pull on a sweater or sleeveless shirt and pop out the collar.
-If you have sleeves that can be rolled, roll ’em! I like this tutorial about rolling sleeves–it’s from a J. Crew stylist and since I read it, I’ve been rolling my sleeves like this non-stop and feeling super cool.
-Scarves.Scarves.Scarves. If I had no control, I would probably wear a scarf with every outfit. It’s cold now and I could definitely get away with it. This is also a great way to try some pattern mixing if you’re a little gun-shy. Try something in contrasting colors or patterns. There are a million ways to wear a scarf, I really like this visual showing different styles. But it’s just a scarf so don’t take it too serious.
–Belt it. With this outfit, I could have belted over my shirt and vest or over my shirt with my vest on top. For those of you leary of belting or feel your body type isn’t meant for belting, an easy way to belt and feel less exposed is to belt your shirt/dress and then wear a sweater, jacket, vest, button-down over it. Belts accentuate the good and the bad so hide the bad!
-For a more casual approach, put a graphic tee under your button down and leave it open.
Colored pants and a button down might be one of the most versatile outfits ever. How would you dress it up?
Thank the Lord it’s finally Friday. I have big plans for a whole lotta nothin’ this weekend and I can’t wait to get started on it.
1. It’s still unseasonably warm in Indy, but we did have a chilly evening this week so we ventured to Christmas at the Zoo. The girls didn’t know what to do with all those lights…
2. I don’t mean to brag, but I made it to the gym for the first time in about a month last night. Needless to say, I can’t walk right now and it feels awesome.
3. Speaking of working out, next week is tryouts for the 8th grade basketball team which I somehow got roped into coaching. My plan is to do drills with the girls and get my daily exercise that way during the week. We’ll see if that plan actually sticks.
4. I’m finally getting these bad boys mailed this weekend. Check out Zazzle if you need some for yourself.
5. Normally Friday afternoons I post a book recommendation (called weekend read). I read lots of good books and like to share. Today will be a little different. I’m actually posting about three books I’d tell you not to read. Peaked your curiousity? Check back later to see what books I would steer clear of. Seriously, they’re bad.
Have a great weekend!
Linking up with High Five for Friday with From My Grey Desk Blog.
I hadn’t been in years (and Chris had never been) so we packed up the kids and planned on spending the afternoon playing at the 100 Acres. We could spend a whole day playing on the playgrounds, walking the trails, climbing on the bones, and exploring the grounds.
But once we got there we realized it was way too hot to spend the day outside. It was pushing 95 degrees and I didn’t pack any sunscreen. Mommy fail.
So we headed inside (it’s free!) and cooled off. The girls only lasted about an hour and we didn’t get to see much, but it was enough to make us want to go back. Chris and I already have plans to return once it cools off, plans to bring our bikes next time and a picnic lunch. And then someday soon, ditch the kids and spend an afternoon getting lost in the museum because that place is pretty awesome.
If you’re ever in Indy, I highly recommend you check it out.
Our goal has become to eat local more often.
We live in a city brimming with delicious, locally-owned restaurants and we don’t support them enough.
It was easy to go to a chain restaurant when the girls were babies. We knew who had high chairs, what bathrooms had changing tables, who had good kids’ menus. It was safe, easy, and fast, all things that are very important when eating out with small children.
But now we’re becoming more mobile. Our kids are getting bigger. More patient. Better eaters. So we’re exploring our city. Getting to know the places and things that we knew so well before kids, but had to take a break from for a while.
A couple weeks ago we headed downtown and had a late lunch at Creation Cafe. Whether you eat inside or outside on the patio overlooking the canal, the view of Indy’s skyline can’t be beat. Featuring local breweries, a delicious bakery and ice cream shop, and tons of board games and books for your wait, Creation Cafe has something for everyone.
Chris and I used to eat their often before kids. It’s the perfect place to end an afternoon spent on the canal. Now with kids, we plan on heading back down with our bikes and stopping in for a treat before calling it an evening.
As we ate lunch, there was a baby shower happening in the corner. What a great place to have a shower. Now I just need someone to get engaged or pregnant so I can have an excuse to throw a party there.
So as the weather starts to cool off, the Grahams are starting a new adventure: visit more local restaurants. I can’t think of a more delicious goal for fall.
Two months before Elliott was born, Chris’ grandpa died. He died in his sleep, the same way his wife had many years before. And while Chris never really talked about it, I know it did (and still does) affect him greatly. And so this morning, Chris took Ellie on a little adventure, a little ode to Papaw Graham who we still miss everyday and who, I know, would have loved to meet his first great granddaughter, Elliott Quinn.