I’ve visited the Living Simply Soap location at the 2nd Street Market when it was there but didn’t really think about what the larger store must look like. On a recent trip to Tipp City, I got a chance to see it and it’s absolutely gorgeous!
I love all of the variety and creative products they offer.
If you need some gift ideas or stocking stuffers, you should definitely plan a visit to Living Simply Soap!Living Simply Soap 112 E Main St, Tipp City, OH 45371 (937) 667-1000
One of the kindest people in the Dayton area is Pat Flanagan, owner of Flanagan’s Pub in the UD area. Known for his famous Pat’s Pizzas and wearing shorts no matter what temperature it happens to be outside, Pat has been one Dayton character you always look forward to seeing and catching up with. Unfortunately, Pat has been recently diagnosed with cancer. To help him with expenses, a group is planning an event called “Fighting for Flanagan” to raise funds on December 13 from 6:00pm – 1:00am at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum. For more information, click here. It sounds like there will be raffles, games, and bands performing, which makes for a fun Friday night!
I know we have such a thing as Small Business Saturday, but I have to work Saturday so I’m enjoying these Black Friday deals at 5 local Dayton boutiques!
Preen Apothecary - is having an amazing contest for $1,000 worth of products! All you have to do to enter is shop there today or tomorrow.
Bloom - Even though this wonderful boutique just opened its new store last week, they are all set for Black Friday with 30% off in store from 10:00am to 1:00pm. From 1:00-6:00pm they are offering 10% off in store.
Gamine – This luxury clothing and accessories boutique is having a 50% off an one item sale! (This photo was taken from their line of Lele Sadoughi bracelets. This is some seriously gorgeous jewelry!)
Merchant 31 – From 10:00am-12:00pm take 40% off in store or online (BLKFRI40). From 12:00pm-8:00pm take 20% off in store or online (BLKFRI20).
I had the chance to visit Bloom on the grand opening of their new store and I can’t even believe how incredibly gorgeous it is!
They have so much more space now for all of their beautiful boutique items to keep you looking chic this winter.
I couldn’t help myself from snapping up a pair of jeans and a great (also warm) sweater. I was also tempted by their table full of adorable scarves.
Also, trying things on in their dressing room is so fun because they have these adorable hooks that say “Love” and “Not in Love.” I thought that was a cute touch.
Bloom, this little boutique from Vandalia, continues to grow and fill our wardrobes with cute, stylish clothing and accessories. I can’t wait to see what they think of next!
Bloom 350 W. National Rd. Vandalia, OH 45377
Recently I went to a baby shower at Raise Your Brush, a do-it-yourself painting studio in Centerville. I absolutely love the concept of this place! Plus, the owner is my former art teacher from middle school – small world!
They offer a selection of beer and wine while you paint one of their beautiful pieces of art. I saw so many I would love to have hanging on my wall!
Of course, we were more concerned about decorating two twin boys’ bedroom wall so we each painted a small square canvas with a letter of the alphabet. I loved getting to make something that they will grow up seeing in their room.
Hopefully I’ll get a chance to paint one of their larger designs someday, they’re so creative and fun!Raise Your Brush 169 N Main St, Centerville, OH 45459 (937) 470-5487
I had a great experience ordering mini cards from Moo.com so I thought I should share! Designing these little guys is easier than writing a blog post and I was absolutely bowled over with the quality of the paper, the fact that they sent them in a neat little box, and how fast they were able to process my order. I made these for my Poshmark closet but I can definitely see myself ordering these for my blog one day!
I’m thrilled to report that Poshmark has just launched the Poshmark app for Android users. This is a big deal because since their original launch, only iPhone and iPad users could create closets to buy and sell women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and jewelry. Now anyone can join in the fun no matter what phone you use!
If you’re reading this on an Android device, simply click this link to go to the Google Play Store and download it from there.
On a nice, fall weekend, my husband, dog, and I decided to try Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark for a long walk in the woods. The gardens are off limits to dogs, so we just made our way through the forest instead, enjoying the gorgeous leaves and mild weather.
Having never ventured into this particular park, we were unfamiliar with the trails and ended up technically leaving the park, I think. We happened upon this amazing pond so I think getting a little lost was totally worth it.
We also enjoyed resting next to the Stillwater River for a little while and the sun decided to make an appearance! Also, this is the Stillwater River Bikeway so we had to help Julia pose for a picture (no matter how much she didn’t want to).
I can’t wait to get to know this park and its trails a little better, it’s absolutely gorgeous!Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark 1301 E Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, OH 45414 (937) 277-6545
One thing I love about Dayton is that all of the restaurants downtown are used to people coming in to eat right before a show and can therefore remind you what time your show starts and also what items would be the best to order depending on how much time you have (or don’t have).
While my sister and I had planned on going to see Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show at the Dayton Art Institute, we hadn’t planned on my sister buying a new car that day or for the paperwork to take as long as it did so by the time we made it to the Wine Gallery, we were pressed for time. They are pros and suggested menu items that would be fast for us to get to our show on time.
I had the smoked salmon salad and a Malbec (I’m still not sure why it was chilled, I am new to wine but I thought reds were supposed to be pretty much room temperature).
My sister ordered the fries and ohmygoodness I have never had better fries in my life. They are red potatoes with herbs and olive oil and I could not stop eating them (sorry, Beth! I owe you some fries!).The Wine Gallery & Cafe 5 W Monument Ave, Dayton, OH 45402 (937) 224-9463
I know I’ve mentioned it a few times over the years but I could do nothing without my Russell + Hazel Mini Binder and Smart Date system. One thing that I have never found a solution for was finding a place for all my various business cards and somehow incorporating that into my planner (since I always have it with me, it’s the perfect place to stash some cards).
Luckily, I have some of the coolest people finding my blog by searching for Russell + Hazel Mini Binder ideas and one such woman, Margaret Lillard, posted an ingenious idea on my Facebook page. Basically she took the cardboard insert included with the Russell + Hazel paper to keep it sturdy and rather than tossing it into the recycling bin, she turned it into a functional section of her planner by attaching the adhesive business card holders to it. Three will fit from top to bottom, which is perfect for including my work business cards, my Poshmark cards from moo.com, and my blog cards. The best thing about this idea is that it’s transferrable to another binder when you want to replace it.
Thank you so much, Margaret, for sharing this amazing idea for the Russell + Hazel Mini Binder!
Welcome!I love Dayton, I've lived here for all of my 26 years and don't plan on settling anywhere else. I started this blog as a way to showcase the best of Dayton (as seen through my perspective) and also to share some of the things that occupy space in my mind, namely beauty, home decor, quotes, and various aspects of my life.