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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jessica's Saturday Recommendation: The Blue Door

I like food. A lot. In fact, I eat a million small meals a day and even then I'm still hungry. I'm always baking, occasionally cooking, and more than that I'm always on the hunt for a good affordable place to eat in Akron or its surrounding areas.

A friend told me about The Blue Door formally the Golden Goose located in Cuyahoga Falls. The restaurant is comfortably sized, cozy, and family owned. The menu is on the smaller side, but there are a plethora of daily specials. The menu is largely based around seasonal items and all of their produce (eggs, veggies, milk, etc) is organic and locally grown/produced. The food is made-to-order, high quality, and delectable. I've had Nutella crepes, omelets, croquettes, and Jameson (yes, that Jameson) infused french toast. Oh, and did I mention they serve Angel Falls coffee? Which is one of the best coffee houses in Akron.

In addition to serving fabulous breakfast there is also a bakery. A bakery that serves fresh European style treats. I've never been to Europe, but the bakery definitely has the best chocolate croissant I've ever had. It's flaky and the chocolate melts in your mouth. The plain croissant is just as delectable and some meals come with the option of a croissant. The cinnamon twists are incredible and I don't like cinnamon on my pastries. The pastries are best eaten that day, but still tasty the morning after.

The owners work as hard as their workers. Running the food to the tables, cashing people out, and stopping by every table to ensure the breakfast is top notch. Upon cashing out, the wife (part owner) has a full on conversation with each customer about their day and more importantly the food. The staff is as comforting as the food is delicious and it's affordable.

Not a breakfast person? There's also a scrumptious lunch menu.

The Blue Door
1970 State Road
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Phone: 330-926-9774
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 7:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

**Photos taken with my phone. Hence the quality.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Color your tracks

Monday, September 19, 2011

It was a strange time in my life

Anna and I had made plans to take photos after I finished serving the locals their lattes or something, but I forgot to bring a better outfit. While I'm allowed to wear whatever I want to work, coffee stained outfits aren't very photogenic. Anna came to the rescue with this pretty little ensemble. She brought a bag with different items and I mixed and matched this Urban Outfitters dress with this no brand skirt. I loved how feminine and delicate this outfit turned out.

This weekend I wrote a paper, some poems, made a study guide, didn't study, and watched too much Breaking Bad. Which is an incredible show and I am always late to everything awesome. But now it's Monday and I'm back to serving lattes, brewing coffees, and eating free pizza.

Is it Friday yet? Friday will be one of the best days of 2011. Come on! Get here already, Friday.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Oreo Stuffed Nutella Cookies

My friend Megan found this recipe for "Oreo-Stuffed Nutella Cookies". WHAT A BRILLIANT IDEA. So much deliciousness in one creation, yes please! The problem for me, however, was this Tumblr wasn't so much a recipe as a list of ingredients and one run on sentence with half directions. The instructions mentioned chocolate chips which really confused me and made me weary of the recipe.

I still wanted to make these cookies and with my general knowledge of how baking works I created an actual recipe. I added more Nutella and altered some of the measurements and worked out some kinks.

The thing that struck me about these cookies is how the Oreo no longer tasted like an Oreo. It morphed into this lightly laced hazelnut cookie with rich chocolate overtones. Simply delightful.

I plan to do more recipes. Hope you readers don't mind!

Friday, September 16, 2011

(Grand) Mothers Know Best

We're excited to have Jessie guest blogging for us today! Jessie is a fellow Akron fashion/lifestyle blogger. She's got the best head of bleach blonde hair that we've ever seen. Her style is classic and chic yet entirely modern and affordable. We hope you enjoy her guest post and be sure to check out her blog and the Flickr of her photographer.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Animal Backwards

I bought this skirt last winter and I've only worn it once since then. It's a strange material that turns to a ball of instant wrinkles. I don't love ironing clothes and even the best iron cannot keep this material flat. But it's cute and I like cute things with bows. But after looking at these, I also noticed that it doesn't photograph well. This skirt is kind of like me. Dressed up in a pretty package, but up close it's a hot unmanageable mess...? Yeah, that metaphor fell flat.

But the mixed prints are good! We are having another random burst of summer, but a good burst that isn't muggy. One that comes with tons of blinding sunlight to screw with our mid afternoon photos.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Too Many Moons

Um, HELLO, FIRST FALL OUTFIT. Yeah, I'm a little excited about cardigans, thicker tights, long sleeves, and the crisp morning air. I'm also excited to see what kinds of outfits I dream up. I'm so used to the bare minimum.

This dress is actually a shirt, but I'm small, so for me it's a pretty little dress. It's lace and breezy. These bright tights make the tiny fuchsia flowers pop. I have a feeling this will be a staple in my fall wardrobe. I can see it with teal tights, knee high boots, as a shirt, or with shorts. You will definitely be seeing this one again and again.

My hair is a mess. A big stupid mess. Who wants to teach me how to do my hair? Someone? Anyone?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fashion's Night Out

When I think of fashion and big fashion events, Cleveland isn't exactly on my list of go to places and neither is Akron. Surprisingly though, both Akron and Cleveland have a strong sense of style and an ever expanding fashion & blogging community.

On Thursday night the local bloggers and I were invited to Saks Fifth Avenue in Beachwood. The bloggers were hosted by Positively Cleveland. We hung out in the "bloggers lounge" with drinks, snacks, gift bags, and great talk.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jesus Saves, I Spend

A couple weeks ago, I saw this dress at Plato's Closet and I was drawn to it, but I didn't purchase it. Went back a couple of days ago and it was still hanging on the rack and there was a 30% off sale. See? Dreams do come true.

This dress is completely me, floral, pink, strappy back, and bright. Oh, and it's a BB Dakota. I went for simple because it was 99 degrees when I wore this and I had already sweated through three outfits. It's TMI Wednesday, didn't you know? Now you do. Oh, and with my hair like this I feel naked.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Last Wave Rockers

I have this problem with opening my eyes in photos. They feel open, I think they're open, and then I see pictures and I'm like, "I SWEAR I HAVE EYES." Even if one is blind, I know they're there. So, sometimes I over compensate and look like a mad woman. I can't win. Anyways, 80% of these involved hollowed out black holes for eyes. Creepy.

I don't really like most pictures of myself which is kind of funny since you know, that's all this blog is. I'm always saying, "that would be nice...except, EW MY FACE." But this photo? This photo below is kind of stunning and yeah, I know, I'm talking about myself and face too much. But I have a fashion blog. Which means it's clear that I am into vanity and self-absorbed thoughts er something.

THE OUTFIT, THE OUTFIT, okay, I specialize in rambling. I really loved this outfit. Actually I loved it so much, I wore it twice, but really only once because the first time I didn't photograph it. I enjoyed it because of white/black and all the different textures mixed in. Let's not forget this awesome brooch from Emily for my birthday!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday Feature: R+R

Anna, a bunch of our friends and I made our way to Art in the Square. We were on the hunt for special gems and street style! It was a lot of fun and we saw some really incredible art and a good amount of impeccable hand selected vintage.

My friends Emily and Tim have been working on an awesome new line called R+R (Renew and Revive). The festival was their very first show. Their booth looked beautiful and I'm so proud to see all of their hard work come to life. They pick up vintage pieces like mirrors and paint them and add trinkets to give the old ratty mirror a new look. It's like tiny make overs on discarded items. I loved it! Oh, and they had some amazing vintage pieces for both men and women. Somehow I failed to snap that. Anyways, here are a bunch of photos of their pieces I took.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Feature Akron: Street Style

We're back with more Street Style! We're hoping to really post Street Style more frequently so be prepared; we will be on the look out!

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