Monday, November 4, 2013

#Keep Our Library Strong- VOTE TOMORROW for 1!

Tomorrow...TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2013 VOTE FOR ISSUE 1 to keep our LIBRARIES open and functioning!  

It will not increase your taxes and even if it did I hope our community would have the decency to vote for it anyway... :)

If Issue 1 is not renewed The Pubic Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will instantly loose $17 million dollars in funding-1/3 of its entire budget.  A loss this size will force almost half of our 40 branches to close, it will result in shorter operating hours, a reduced staff, cut programs, and fewer materials available to the public.  This all means less access to the educational oasis that is our library- a devastating blow to our community.

But lets look on the bright side... our library provides homework assistance and reading programs to thousands of our children every year.  It provides free literature to our entire populace!  It provides computer access to do schoolwork, internet to access online information, and to look for jobs.  The library also hosts community events and educational lectures (with penguins!).  Not to mention Ohio was named the "nerdiest state" due to its high number of library visits per capita in this not-quite-but-almost-offensive article.  Cincinnati and Hamilton County libraries  also have one of the highest circulation rates in the nation.  

So we want to continue all these fantastic things, right?  Then ISSUE 1 HAS TO BE RENEWED!

Naturalist Thane Maynard was giving a lecture to the public (for free of course) at the Main Library on Sunday.  Tell me I wasn't the only kid completely obsessed with the "90 Second Naturalist"??

Yes, a penguin!  And young minds soaking up some knowledge.


Please vote FOR ISSUE 1 tomorrow!!  We love our libraries and we need to keep them open and operating!  For more information please visit

Also, a special thanks to the Library Staff and Tom+Chee for graciously hosting the blogger event.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Cincinnati Pride Parade!

All across the U.S. this past week/ weekend the country commemorated the Stonewall riots of 1969 and celebrated the LGBT community with Pride Parades!  Cincinnati was no exception.  Although it dropped buckets of rain, we still celebrated.  More rain, more rainbows.  I love events that make you want to dance with joy and run around and hug every stranger you see- life should be a continuous Pride Parade.  Oh happy day!

Below is an exact replica of a Cincinnati public transit bus.  I couldn't stop laughing...
Singing ABBA in the street! Yess!
It was a beautiful experience bringing the people of Cincinnati together, cheering each other on.  We need to do this every weekend.  Happy Pride from the Midwest!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Girly Pink

I had mixed emotions about posting these pictures...this was the outfit I was to wear to the CincyChic fundraiser on the Purple People Bridge, but unfortunately it rained so much that we opted to stay indoors, missing the fundraiser (or was it canceled? I don't know).  So this became an outfit post instead.  It is definitely borderline peacocky- a characteristic I do not want my blog to inherit, so I apologize for the mixed signals.  I do enjoy feeling "girly" at times, which is not to be confused with feminine.  Girly to me is dabbling in the superficial.  Messing around with make up and heels and dipping your exterior into the image-obsessed world we grace.  It is fun for a night but is something I've started to outgrow.  I could never hide behind this facade for the majority of my waking life, I think I would lose touch with my soul.  I am also exploring what I want this blog to become, and am experimenting with its message, so bare with me!  This will probably be the first and last post like this, but for now it will remain.  Enjoy!

Altar'd State Dress & Shi Wedges by Journeys (nude) or (black), see my post on them here.
Happy Monday!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Leland Margarita with Agave Nectar

First of all, Leland if you are reading this, thank you for sharing your amazing margarita recipe with us.  They were class acts.

So...are you feeling fancy today?  Celebrating the overturn of DOMA?  Tired of gross, overly sugary drinks and want a refreshing happy hour kick without all the extra calories?  Or, how about you are over 22 and are ready to have adult drinks because they taste good, not because you are trying to get black out hammered and poop your pants?   If you answered yes to any of these, then congratulations you are one classy person.  And to celebrate your classiness lets make some margaritas courtesy of Leland.

What you'll need for two drinks:

  • 4oz clear Tequila
  • 1 lime (or more, we actually used at least 2 limes per glass)
  • 1 oz Agave Nectar
  • 4 oz (preferably) fresh squeezed Orange Juice, although we had to use store bought..
  • sea/kosher/margarita salt to salt the rim if you want
  • ice cubes!
  • 1 large pitcher to mix it all up and two glasses for your drank. (Yes, I meant to spell it that way). 
This is super simple:
  1. Combine the tequila, orange juice, and Agave Nectar into a lare pitcher.  
  2. Cut your limes in half and squeeze the juice into the pitcher.  Having a hand-held juicer is always helpful for this.  Stir up the mixture!
  3. To salt the rim, take a small plate, pour some salt out evenly onto the plate (or just use the convenient margarita salt container we had).  Take a lime wedge and run it along the rim of the glass to make it sticky, flip the glass over and stick the rim into the salt (see the below picture, I put way to much salt on... thats ok it was an accident!).
  4. Fill your glasses up to the brim with ice.
  5. Now you're ready to poor in your margarita mix.  Garnish with a lime wedge.  Viola!  The Leland Margarita!       

If it's too strong Leland suggests adding water, soda water, or more OJ to balance out the ratio.  You can also add more Agave to sweeten it up.  Cheers!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

To Heel or not to Heel?

Shi by Journey's Wedge (nude) or (black multi).
I am debating whether or not to wear these stripey sling-backs to a fundraiser this Friday- I just purchased them at Journey's for $20.00 on a whim.  I used to be a big heels girl but have since grown very fond of flats/ slip-ons no matter the occasion.  Being able to comfortably run around and live in the moment instead of worrying if I resemble the Hunch Back of Notre Dame hobbling around is very important to me! 

Also, not long ago, I was determined to fit everything I owned/needed into one backpack- clothes, shoes, technological devices- thinking I'd be roaming the country vagabond style so I threw out a lot of my belongings.  But my travels have since been postponed and I am now left with a minimal shoe collection (which I'd like to keep that way) but damn you sale rack, I couldn't resist.  What do you think? Are they worth keeping?  I also just found them in black, now I want those!  Ah man.  Decisions, decisions. 


Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Cool Cat Experience with VALLEY HIGH

Valley High
Last Saturday I went over to the Newport Skatepark Fundraiser at the Southgate House Revival.  What was once an old church has now been rebooted, becoming the new home for the original Southgate House- one of the best music venues in the tristate. Performances by local musicians along with a skateboard-art auction helped raise money for the construction of a new skate park in the area.

But the best part of the night???  Getting to see Valley High perform live! Local hip hop legend Valley High, formed in 2011 by friends Moxy and MO, transformed the show with their wild stage presence, hypnotic beats, and lyrical flow-etry, into an energetic orgy of sound.  These guys are truly in their element when they perform, engaging the audience- turning a concert into a community.  Their music combines "sounds from hip-hop, rock, funk, and reggae to dubstep, alternative and R&B.  Valley High's music is as rich and varied as the heritage of its members,"(courtesy of the Valley High website).  Three of their members (basically their whole band) were out of town, Snowrowe (keys), Mickey C. (bass), and Nick Benson (guitar), but Moxy and MO still put on one of the best shows.  I can only imagine how wild it would be with the full crew.

Valley High

LXWNT. Posted up feelin nice.  You can buy MO's shirt >>here.

Valley High

Moxy, Yours truly + LOWNT hat (yes, I just recently found out what lownt meant, haha thank you Jennifer Graham!), and MO!

Valley High

If you were any where around Cincinnati in 2008 you probably heard Moxy and MO's remix of MIA's Paper Airplanes shot at the beloved Riddle Road Market.  Or maybe you'd seen them around town free-styling or performing at open-mic nights.  But these cool cats have come a long way since 2008.  Performing coast to coast and opening up for such famous acts as Big Sean, Wale, Immortal Technique, Mobb Deep, Nappy Roots, Tanya Morgan and others (no big deal, right? *sarcasm*).  Their first album for Valley High, The Cool Cat Experience (see first photo), is now available on iTunes, just search "Valley High" and you'll find it, it's worth purchasing.

Last Saturday at the Southgate House...on fire!
Valley High
Valley High
Valley High
Southgate House Revival
Yep, a church transformed.

Some of the skateboard decks that were being auctioned off.  They were very impressive!

Now stop!  Take a moment, slow down, relax, and listen to their music...   

"Bigger" from The Cool Cat Experience.

"That One Too" I love this video, 3:54... so funny...

"Rollin on the Road"...very different from the first two, it's a change of pace.

Moxy and MO's love for music and words runs deep.  MO started writing when he was just 12 years old, taking his favorite songs and rewriting them with his own words. When asked their overall goal for Valley High, they said it would be to inspire and touch someone through their music.  Moxy adds traveling to new places, experiencing new things, and making it big are also high on the list.

Valley High

And ladies, I didn't forget about you!  Just like their eclectic taste in music, these ladies-men love all types of women- big, small, ratchet, class-acts, all races, shapes, and sizes. ;-)

And of course, they said they will always proudly represent Cincinnati O-HI-O no matter where they end up.

SO if you're ready to hear something original and fresh check out Valley High at one of their upcoming shows:
  • July 1st at FB's in Cincinnati, OH
  • July 6th at Gasthaus in Elgin, IL 
  • July 12 at Cosmic Charlies in Lexington, KY
...or find them on iTunes, iheartradio, spotify, and myspace (yes, myspace is back!) and Youtube.

And of coure "like" Valley High's Facebook page to keep up to date on all upcoming events, shows, and new releases, or their website where you can learn more about them and their music and check out their merch.

Get your experience on!  Peace out cool cats.

♥ RB

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Happy (late) Father's Day everyone!  I hope you spent Sunday relaxing, celebrating, and kickin' it back with your ol' man.  And if you are a Dad, Happy Father's Day to you, and I hope you had a wonderful day. 

Sunday we gathered our family (minus a few who weren't in town) and had a homemade blueberry-pancake breakfast feast, equipped with freshly whipped whipped-cream and strawberries, yum..  

I drew my Dad a little picture since he liked my doodles so much.  Coincidently we are both Aubrey Beardsley fans. 

Thanks for everything Dad, you mean so much to me.

♥ RB