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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

Fundraiser Event OOTD!

Hello! Here is 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.  So this became an outfit post instead.

As a self-professed comfort babe who opts for yoga pants any day of the week, I always feel fabulous when I finally get my shit together and do my hair and makeup.  Of course I have to be willing to commit to that extra hour of blow drying and curling my hair, and applying my makeup, but hey why not?

I purchased this dress at Altar'd State and my Shi wedges that only hurt after 30 minutes... from Journey's, 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 margarita recipe with me.  They are 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 and synthetic ingredients?  Or maybe you're maturing and are ready to have a nice drink out of a glass, no beer bong or shotgunning involved.  To celebrate our 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 took a Duck Tour over the river to the Southgate House Revival (just kidding, I drove across the bridge with a very normal car with no boating capabilities, but that sounded way more exciting, right?!).  What was once an old church has now been rebooted into the new home of 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 (hopeful) construction of a new skate park in the area.

But the best part of the night?  Getting to see Valley High perform live from their new album The Cool Cat Experience.  The group instantly transformed the feel of the venue with their wild stage presence, hypnotic beats, and varying lyricism. The audience went from ho-hum to engaged and raging within seconds. If you haven't seen them live, I'd highly recommend it.  

Valley High

The local hip hop legend was officially formed in 2011 by friends Moxy and MO and has been going strong ever since. Their music combines sounds from hip-hop, rock, funk, and reggae to dubstep, alternative and R&B.  Three of their members were out of town at the time, Snowrowe (keys), Mickey C. (bass), and Nick Benson (guitar), but Moxy and MO still put on a killer show.

Valley High
Valley High

Valley High
Valley High
Valley High

The theme song for us kids in '08 was Moxy and MO's remix of MIA's Paper Airplanes shot at the beloved Riddle Road Market. These cool cats have come a long way since then, 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.  Their first album for Valley High, The Cool Cat Experience (see first photo), is now available on iTunes or off their website  

Southgate House Revival

Here are a few of the skateboard decks that were being auctioned off.  They were very impressive!

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. Their overall goal for Valley High would be to inspire and touch someone through their music.  Moxy adds traveling to new places, experiencing new things, and making it big of course.

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, myspace, or Youtube.

You can find more info on 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.

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