coloring outside the lines

I am not artistic.

I'm the farthest thing from it actually. I was always envious of my colder cousin because he could draw fairly well when we were kids and I had a hard time simply shading properly in my Barbie coloring books.

I appreciate art - I appreciate the thought, inspiration, love, sweat and endless hours behind people who can create works of art from paintings to murals to furniture to metal sculptures so that I can purchase it for my living space. It's truly an incredible talent to have.

Friends introduced me to the artists at the BUCKBUCK studio in Ohio City for "Your Show," where guests could literally express their own creativity in the gallery area. There was play dough, markers, crayons, self portraits and yarn set up throughout the space for people to get creative. Or, in my case, at least try to sketch a self portrait.
Your Show at the Buck Buck Gallery; Lindsay leaning in; our artwork

Lindsay in deep thought coloring with friends

I met some new faces and also introduced to Joe Kastelic, owner of Play-haus Design, right next door to the studio who I may have commissioned to build me a custom wine rack for my place. His style is incredible and mixes different reclaimed woods and metals for his custom look - my next place needs to have the dinner table with the trough in the middle. You want to talk about the ultimate dinner party table...

more designs at playhausdesign on Instagram

But for now, I'll start with a wine rack and dream about the table for future dinner parties and flip cup games.

relaxation takes serious practice

How I spent my weekend...

Friday night:
An impromptu girls' night out to cheer on the Cavs with new friends but we weren't the good luck the team needed to pull a win against the Bobcats.

Go Cavs.

Relaxation was finally achieved this weekend in the form of a three-hour pampering session at Charles Scott Salon. My package consisted of a mini facial (by Charmayne), massage (by Kari), manicure and pedicure (by Gia). As my face was lathered in a soothing mud mask with steam blowing on it, Charmayne shared that I should be applying SPF to my face like it's my  job (this I already do), recommends an under eye cream (I have used Skinceuticals A.G.E complex) and a weekly mud mask. You know what I'll be buying myself for Christmas then!

a sample of the pampering: lets see if the CND Vinylux lasts for 7 days with no chipping

Celebrations for friends - a wedding shower and birthday dinner. Let's just pretend we didn't see that Browns game, mmmmk?

Bride and groom (Erin and Nick) and the bridal party

The birthday girl with her fabulous cake and  her adorable daughter

Disclosure: For my blogger partnership with Charles Scott Salon, I will receive discounts on services for the the next year.

my favorite new place to watch the sun set

Remember when I went to Europe?

My friends and I spent a few days in the Bordeaux countryside we needed a relaxing weekend at the beach.  We sufficiently filled our need of vineyards and chateaus for the week so the next logical destination was a beach. So that's exactly how we found the next step on our itinerary - Biarritz, France.

our first afternoon in Biarritz

Biarritz is this small beach town located about a 4 hour train ride south of Paris on the Bay of Biscay. It's where surfing was introduced into France and will likely serve as our fall vacation spot again for 2014. The three of us fell in love with this tiny town with its winding cobblestone streets, turquoise blue water and mix of Spanish and French cuisine.

On our first night, I made my friends rush down to the see the sun set because it was steps from our hotel. We literally rushed down several flights of cement stairs to make it all the way to water. All summer long in Cleveland if I'm on my way home, I stop at a small beach in Rocky River and watch the sun set from the beach and rocks - I have the Instagram photos to prove it! We stood there with our feet in the water, laughed at our view in complete amazement of the ocean and both decided, "this isn't a North Carolina sun set."

Our beach weekend was just that - sun time. We moved between the public beach to tour through the town then back to our hotel to lay and read at our rooftop pool and drink Kir Royales, which I fell in love with, all afternoon long.

Biarritz beach view

ocean for days

Rooftop view at sunset

Told you it wasn't a North Carolina sunset

The weekend we spent in Biarritz may have been my favorite time of the vacation. It was the part I was most looking forward to and didn't disappoint in the three days we spent basking in the sun reading our books. Most afternoons were spent with long times of silence (which you know isn't typical) but I think we each soaked in as much of the beach views as we could, knowing it was going to be a long time until we make it back to beautiful Biarritz.

The three of us did agree that this could be our new "North Carolina" beach vacation. After all, it's only a six hour flight and four hour train ride south to this breathtaking beach town.

Only if we go next time, surfing lessons are a must. We can't leave until we try it.

festivities abound

As I woke up this morning, I somehow developed a wicked head cold from essentially having too much fun this weekend. I am being punished and it was well worth it.

Friday: dinner with college roommates and welcoming a Chicago friend back to her old stomping grounds

Mel and Lissa; dropping in on a Veuve party at Press in Tremont

Saturday: celebrating Diwali traditions with friends. Too much food, laughter and gambling to properly document the occasion.

Indian street food prepared by Cleshopaholic; friends with bindis and the Festival of Lights with sparklers

Finished product of deliciousness

Sunday: braving the elements for my first time finally tailgating in the muni lot this season.

what 41 degree tailgating looks like

Fall weather has kicked in, my wardrobe needs to be updated like woah and my favorite holiday is only 24 days away. Let's get at it, November!