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During one of my more spontaneous moments this weekend, I suggested to my husband that we go out to the Louisburg Cider Mill for cider donuts and coffee on Saturday morning. Submitting to the fact that it’s already October (what?!), I figured a little fall fun would be nice to inject into the weekend. I can remember way back when I was little taking school tours of the mill to see how the cider was made. Little did I know, Cider Fest was happening over the weekend.

Cider Fest Louisburg Cider Mill

When we arrived, a sign down the street warned of “heavy traffic” and suddenly I realized my short and sweet trip for donuts was going to be anything but that. After pulling into the field to park though (yes, I definitely live in Kansas now), we started walking around and it ended up being surprisingly fun!

Louisburg is about a 20 minute drive from my little suburb, but it feels like a world away to me for some reason. The fest was full of families, pumpkin-picking, a corn maze, hayrides, local shops and of course tours of the cider mill. Their cider-making method dates back 2,000 years and it is amazing to say the least. They were also making old-fashioned, churned ice cream for the kiddos which looked delicious.

After walking around for a bit, we finally went into their Country Store and bought our to-die-for cider donuts (the original mission), some freshly made cider, apple butter and their buttermilk pancake mix – an infamous item in our family. I originally bought a package for my in-laws when I first met them and they have been using it ever since! Even when I was living in Chicago, I ordered it online. I swear they are just THAT good. You can also make your own cider donuts at home with their specially-made mix.

Louisburg cider mill pancakes and apple butter

I would definitely recommend checking out Louisburg Cider Mill this fall for a bit of seasonal Autumn fun. Cider Fest is only going through next weekend, but they’re also open every day of the week.

Can’t make it out to Louisburg? No worries! You can try items from their Country Store by buying their goods online or if you happen to live in Kansas, they also sell some of their more popular items at Kansas Sampler.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

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Leggings, jeggings, skinny pants, stretch jeans – it’s a rough world out there with the plethora of jean/legging mash-ups for girls to choose from right now. So as fall arrives once again, here is a reminder to all the ladies out there to wear jeggings, tights and leggings in the correct fashion. I know we’ve all seen one too many girls wearing a) tights as leggings b) leggings that are way too thin (see-through) or c) inappropriate jeggings as jeans.

This chart will help you determine if you are in fact wearing pants. It is an oldie but a goodie from Amy Sly who posted it to Buzzfeed last year. She coined the term “GLHP (Girls Leaving the House Pantsless) Syndrome”.  Amy, if you’re out there listening, I would love to see a 2012 re-vamp to remind us all how to properly wear pants again this year!

If you want to view the chart in a larger form, click through to Buzzfeed to see the original post.

Source: Amy Sly on  buzzfeed.com


I’m definitely not an esteemed book critic, but I try to read a new book about once a month (or so). I just finished reading Where We Belong by Emily Giffin, the New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed which was recently produced into a movie. I’ve read all of her books now and have recommended them to friends who are looking for a bit of light reading. Chick lit, maybe, but either way I enjoy them.

SPOILER ALERT: I would stop reading right about now if you’re looking for a surprise. I won’t divulge the ending, but even the plot is a bit of a mystery when you first pick up the book. Then again, I downloaded the audiobook off iTunes before even reading the summary.

Source: chapters.indigo.ca via Colleen on Pinterest

2 Second Synopsis

A 36-year-old woman named Marian is faced with her past when her daughter Kirby, whom she gave up for adoption at 18, returns into in her perfectly-planned, successful life. Another twist? The boy she was once in love as a teenager (and the father of Kirby) is suddenly forced back into her life as she confronts the past with him, too. In the midst of everything, she must re-consider her “life plan,” the choices she made, and her future. The story is told from the perspective of both Kirby and Marian.

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What I loved about this book is that it called into question the “life plan” we often give ourselves. While the story was about Marian’s choice at 18 to give her daughter up for adoption, it was also about the plan she made for herself and her life. Becoming a successful television producer and fulfilling her own expectations. Realizing much later that those may have not have been the things that would make her happy. And understanding life is messy and riddled with choices and decisions – big and small – that we are constantly making.

I know I have surprised myself with changes that have happened in the last year. The past six months have certainly been an adventure for which I’ve been unable to plan or prepare for… I’m still learning to let go and know its okay for some questions to be left unanswered. Like where we’re going to live in six months : )

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All joking aside, I recommend this book if you’re looking for an entertaining, casual read. The voices are true to each character, the writing feels effortless and keeps you guessing. Bonus: part of it takes place in Chicago! You can also listen to a preview on Macmillan’s website and follow Emily Giffin on Twitter.

Have you read this book? Or any other good ones lately? What should I read next?

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Since moving to Kansas City this summer, I have been exchanging some tweets with local bloggers and fellow social media obsession-ists like myself. One such lovely lady I not-so-secretly web-stalked earlier this summer and ta-da, I met Kimberly Loc, a local lifestyle and beauty blogger. Kimberly was sweet enough to invite me to her Fashionistas on a Mission event this past Saturday which she co-hosted with Jess from Mimi and Chichi at The Garment District Boutique. The shopping event raised money for Rose Brooks Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Kansas City. I have a soft spot for local charities, so I was more than happy to stop by to support the cause.

It was a little scary going to an event where I knew no one (well in real life anyway). I may have changed my outfit twice and laughed a little too loud in classic “Jen is nervous” fashion, but I’m SO happy I went. Everyone was very friendly and I had a great time re-discovering downtown Kansas City shopping.

fashionistas on a mission

While munching on yummy macaroons, I spotted this fun antler display of rings. I have been dying to do my own DIY version to either hang or showcase jewelry for awhile now and this only makes me want one more! I also tried Kansas Whiskey for the first time. As one of the sponsors, they were serving up delicious cocktails. Although I’m not a whiskey drinker, I must say it was very smooth and different than I expected (in a good way). The Garment District Boutique is such a fun, unique destination for shopping. It has a bar right in the middle of the store, perfect for grabbing a drink while browsing around.

The Garment District Boutique

The Garment District Boutique

I had the pleasure of also chatting with Jana Meister of Style Your Life Fashion Consulting, a local business owner, personal stylist and closet consultant extraordinaire. Her Facebook page is filled with fun fashion tips and advice to check out!

Of course, I was in such a hurry to get to my niece (who also happens to be my goddaughter)’s birthday party that I forgot to buy a necklace I was lusting after during the party. Oh well, guess that means I have a reason to go back soon!

The Garment District Boutique

The Garment District Boutique

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My lovely sister-in-law’s sister (I’ll wait why you figure that out)… had a delightfully girly bridal shower on Sunday. To honor the bridal tradition, what better to wear than lace?

I’m new to the daily outfit posts style bloggers are so fond of, so bare with me here while I get used to the idea of taking photos of myself and sharing them with the world while they judge. Amy, I’m looking at you! I think these will be few and far between.

outfit of the day bridal shower

T-shirt: J. Crew

Skirt: J. Crew (similar)

Shoes: Enzo Angiolini

Jacket: Gap (similar)

Necklace: Banana Republic (similar)

P.s. Thanks to Pugly Pixel for the amazing photo layout template which I plan to continue using : )

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This weekend was beautiful – not only was the weather perfect, but I got mostly everything done that I wanted to do (for once)! On Friday, I went up to the Plaza Art Fair. It was my first time there and it reminded me so much of the Old Town Art Fair that I loved going to every year in Chicago . Kind of a big deal in my head. Festivals are one thing about Chicago summers that I have missed the most this year, but this gave a little piece of my heart back.

Beer. Food tents. Crowds. Mini Sangria Pitchers. Art. Live Music. What more could you ask for?

plaza art fair 2012 kansas cityPlus, I was delighted to see one of my favorite Chicago artists there! I’ve been a bit obsessed with Dolan Geiman‘s mixed media work since I saw his art for the first time at the Old Town Art Fair a few years ago. I purchased two pieces that are still at my condo in Chicago right now (grr…) and of course, do I have any photos of them? No.

plaza art fair kansas city 2012

His Virginia Den Collection deer has been on my list for awhile. I actually think this was one of my first pins on Pinterest (back in the day).

Source: dolangeiman.com via Jen on Pinterest

Source: dolangeiman.com via Jen on Pinterest

You can check out more of Dolan’s work on his website, Etsy, Facebook and Twitter.

More to come on the rest of the weekend later!

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How cute is this collaboration? Kate Spade has designed an exclusive collection of 75 designs for Paperless Post, a site that lets you create online cards and invitations that look professionally designed. I love this site because the card options embody the beauty of real stationary while keeping the ease of sending online cards. See all the designs on PaperlessPost.com.

P.S. Be sure to enter their giveaway for a $2,500 gift card to kate spade new york, custom stationery and a professional photo shoot!

Source: paperlesspost.com via Jen on Pinterest

Source: paperlesspost.com via Jen on Pinterest

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