shirt - TJ Maxx
overalls - TJ Maxx
camera bag - Lowepro Fastpack 250
patch - Best Made Co.
pins - trouble from No Fun Press, explorer + lost at last from Explorer's Press, beetle by Robbie Porter, tooth is vintage

Y'all, the weather has taken a turn here in Ohio! Not that that is anything out of the ordinary since the weather in Northeast Ohio is notoriously crazy but what I really mean is that fall has hit! Wahoo!! I've been enjoying days filled with hot chocolate, hoodies, and empty beaches. It's pretty incredible how quickly it changed, but I'm certainly not complaining. It's my favorite time of the year and this is kind of my favorite outfit. I've worn it just over a handful of times already since the weather has changed. The best thing about it is that I actually have multiple pairs of overalls and tons of striped shirts so I can basically wear a clean version of this same outfit all the time. Haha.

On another note, can we just take a second to talk about how small the pockets in ladies jeans are?! What am I even supposed to put in there? I actually had a bunch of quarters in my pocket (for laundry, I don't normally just carry around a tiny pocket full of quarters, promise!) and I lost some because those pockets are so darn useless. I saw a thing the other day making fun of how girls always respond to the compliment "nice dress!" with "It has pockets!" But dang man, if womens pants had pockets that held anything we wouldn't be so pumped about dresses that have actual useful pockets! Kind of a strange thing to rant about I guess, but it's silly that I can't even fit my keys in any of my pants pockets.

Hope you have a most fabulous Wednesday!

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Welp, Modcloth is having another awesome sale. There are tons of items marked up to 70%!! I, of course, had to go through and pick my favorites because I'm a window shopper extraordinaire. Above are a few of my statement pieces from the sale section.  On the top of my list is that bug dress. I love the fact that it's a super girly cut but it's covered in insects. How is it that I don't own an insect dress yet!?

I'm sorry if you blow the majority of your paycheck on pretty dresses this week! ;)

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Last week Jeff, Jason, and I took a quick day trip up to Rochester, NY. It was my first time in the city, and let me tell you, we had a blast. The main destination we planned on visiting was the abandoned subway tunnel. The Rochester subway was a light rail rapid transit line that operated from 1927 to 1956. The Subway was constructed in the bed of the old Erie Canal. Most of the tracks have since been removed but it's a really incredible tunnel nonetheless.

We ventured into the West side of the tunnel first. Despite having a flashlight, and being told numerous times it was the darkest dark I'll ever set foot in, I wasn't prepared. There are basically three things I don't like in the world; birds, authority, and the dark. I was sweating bullets. I don't even know what I was afraid of but I was tense.

As we got further into the tunnel we approached the main part of it, where all the beautiful graffiti is. We peeked around a pillar to find we were less than fifteen feet away from a construction worker. We darted back into the darkness and I silently cursed under my breath about having to walk the mile back through the dark.
We took some awesome group shots with light painting in the darkest part of the tunnel before venturing out to snoop around the city. We passed some time exploring other places until it was late enough that we thought the workers would be gone. Eventually we made our way back, this time coming in another entrance directly into the graffiti (and light!!) filled area. It was GORGEOUS. There was just so much color.  We wandered around taking photos. After about twenty minutes I heard a weird noise, saw purple lights on the wall, and just about peed my pants. I had no idea what it was but we all dashed into the darkness and hid until it went past. Minutes later we figured out it was just some guy on his motorcycle, he drove it down to take photos of it. Hah! If he only knew how much he frightened me.
As soon as the sun set, the tunnel seemed to come alive. Not with homeless people as one might suspect, but with young people hanging out. I couldn't believe this place we were sneaking around and trying to be so very stealthy in was crawling with so many people. Kids drinking, smoking pot, taking photos, being SO incredibly loud. Seems like it's quite the hot spot. I can't fault them though, if this were in my city I'd mostly be there quite often as well. It's a beautiful spot.
There are talks of the city turning the tunnel into a walkway with gift shops and a museum but only time will tell if something like that will ever pan out. It would cost a lot of money up front but it does sound pretty great once you learn that it costs the city $1.2 million in repairs per year just to keep it in this condition!

Rochester, you're a real cool city.

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I spent the one afternoon last week wandering around Woodland Cemetery. It's an incredibly beautiful cemetery nestled in what's maybe not one of the best neighborhoods in Cleveland. (Actually, probably the worst neighborhood in the area. One website said that you have a 1 in 6 chance of becoming a victim here. Ooops. Won't be heading back there alone again.)  Established in 1851, with it's first burial, a 15 month old child, in 1853, it's now the final resting place to over 72,000 people. Extremely dangerous neighborhood or not, this has to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Cleveland. There were so many incredible headstones. Every few minutes I was excitedly dashing to see something I had spotted in the distance.
This cemetery doesn't have big names like Lake View Cemetery does (President Garfield) but it's still packed with important people and tons of history. Joseph W. Briggs is buried here, he instituted free home mail delivery in Cleveland. Briggs claimed he thought of home delivery during the winter of 1862-1863 while watching how women, coming for letters from soldiers, were exposed to the cold while waiting in line. John Patterson Green is also buried here, he was the first African-American elected to office in Cleveland. He's considered the "father of Labor Day", after introducing the bill that established Labor Day as a state holiday.

This huge pile of stone is what was the original gatehouse that welcomed visitors for 125 years. It's clearly in absolutely disrepair now. I actually had no idea what it was when I found it. Kind of thought it was a pile of broken headstones.  It's going to apparently taken $1.5 million to rebuild it.

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