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17 May Whole Foods Market

Okay ladies if you haven’t been to Whole Foods Market you NEED to go! I have lived in Columbus, Ohio for 19 years and surprisingly AND unfortunately I made my first trip to Whole Foods this week. Columbus has three suburb locations: Dublin, Upper Arlington, and Easton so I really have had no excuse to not make my way there! But hey don’t worry if you’re not a Columbus reader, they have tons and tons of locations elsewhere!

 If you’re not one of the million foodies following this place, Whole Foods Market is essentially a high end grocery store with lots of healthy, organic, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. You can buy all of your needed groceries there, stop in for a tea or coffee at their cute little cafe inside, take home a delicious prepared lunch from their eat-in section of the store, or if you’re of age grab some friends for their wine and beer happy hour. I went to Whole Foods for lunch with my mama and we were both in heaven. I got chicken tacos with lettuce, cheese, and guacamole from their build-your-own taco station. Mmmm I’m getting hungry again just thinking about ’em! But seriously if you haven’t been go go go because you wont be disappointed! 

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If you want to learn more, follow Whole Foods on Instagram: 

@wholefoods

@wholefoodscbus 

XO, Outfit Crush // b.e.

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14 May CCAD Fashion Show

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Last night was by far one of the coolest nights of my college career thus far! I had the opportunity to work back stage and get an inside look at the 2016 Columbus College of Art & Design Annual Fashion Show.

Columbus has reached #3 in the top cities with most resident fashion designers in America, just trailing behind LA & NY. So this fashion show is a big deal for many Columbus natives and even non Columbus residents. People come in from all over the country to see the collections that the Senior class at CCAD has put together.

I have been to this event twice before, but nothing compares to being back stage and working with designers and models. I got the chance to work with designer, Lauren Metelitz. Her collection was Spanish matador inspired, so it featured a lot a monochromatic color palette with silver detailing. The details in her garments were well crafted and truly beautiful. Some of the pieces had hand sewn fringe, lace up detailing, and innovative cut outs in the fabric that pulled the looks together as a whole. Below are some pictures of her finished garments that were featured in the show.

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I also had the chance to hang out with one of the models back stage! Olivia Saunders was definitely a pleasure to work with throughout the night and hang out with at the after party.

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It is safe to say that I will definitely be returning next year to work backstage again with next years seniors. The rush of the quick changes, the intensity of the runway, and the anticipation of seeing the designers satisfied with their work has me very excited for my senior year. I can’t wait to see what next year entails and what the future holds for me when it is time to have my collection appear onstage. If you are a Columbus resident, or simply touring the city next May, I would highly recommend buying a ticket and watching the show. You won’t regret it!

 

Photography credit: Nick Fancher


 

XO, Outfit Crush //  m.m


 

 

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03 May The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

One of my all time favorite places to relax and drink some coffee is The Roosevelt Coffeehouse. I first discovered this adorable little coffee shop during my first year of college with my roommates. For all of you locals, it is located on Long Street in Columbus, Ohio. Since I am a full time student at Columbus College of Art & Design, the location for The Roosevelt is perfect for my roommates & I to walk to whenever we please since it is literally a block away.

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The atmosphere in The Roosevelt is incomparable to any other coffee shop I’ve been to. The employees are easy going and welcoming, so it has become easy to get to know their faces over the past year of going here to get my caffeine fix. There’s also always some happy music playing in the background that the customers get to choose to play. I personally love to bring my laptop and plop down in a chair with my usual– an iced mocha. My roommates and I have spent countless hours doing homework, hanging out, and just chatting with multiple cups of coffee in our bellies.

If you are ever in the downtown Columbus area, this is a must have if you’re needing a minute to catch your breath in this busy city.

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Cheers!


XO // Outfit Crush  m.m


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30 Mar North Market & BFF Dates

One of Bri & Mel’s favorite places to eat is the North Market. It is located in the heart of the Short North in Columbus, Ohio. The best way to describe the North Market is one giant indoor market place full of multicultural foods, spices, clothing, and fresh flowers. You can choose to dine in or take food to go. It is always a fun experience because it doesn’t matter what you’re craving, or what your friends are craving– there is always something for everyone.

Mel chose to get some vietnamese food from La Viet. She chose the grilled shrimp in a rice and noodle bowl. This is actually her favorite thing to order from the North Market, so she never fails to get it every single time. Bri decided on some fresh chicken tacos with guacamole. It was her first time trying the tacos but all together was a good decision. We finished off our best friend date with some local Jeni’s ice cream, which was seriously heaven. Jeni’s Ice Cream is known for their unique but delicious flavors. We both would highly recommend trying the Wild berry Lavender if you are a Columbus native. You won’t regret it! Below are some pics of what we ate.

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Hope you all are enjoying your days!


 

XO // Outfit Crush  Bri & Mel


 

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14 Feb The Beauty Box

Just recently I have made one of my hobbies trying to find local businesses I love— in order to support small business growth and motivated entrepreneurs in my home town. “The Beauty Box” is one of my new favorites.

Just this January, AnnaMarie Cua opened up “The Beauty Box” on Parsons Avenue. AnnaMarie, the owner and head stylist of the salon, seems to have done it all in the last 14 years. Before opening her shop on the outskirts of German Village, Anna specialized in bridal hair and exotic makeup on the beautiful island of Maui. She has participated in an extensive amount of shows and print advertisements and has been featured in four magazines thus far. Her length of experience and wide range of expertise allows me to feel comfortable receiving any of the services she offers.

“The Beauty Box” offers almost anything you could imagine—hair, makeup, manicures, pedicures, waxing, etc—at reasonably affordable prices. You may be asking yourself, “Why should I go there when there are hundreds of other salons around Columbus?” “What makes ‘The Beauty Box’ so special?” The answer lies in the owner and her products.

Anna is not only one of the most talented stylists I have had the privilege to visit, but she has one of the greatest personalities. Before you walk into this adorable shop you can usually hear her laugh from the outside and once you walk in she will make sure to keep you comfortable and entertained. Not only is Anna phenomenal, but so are her products. She uses organic products for all services, which are made from everything from plant food to essential oils.

Stay tuned for the best to come from “The Beauty Box”, but in the mean time make a reservation to visit.

AnnaMarie Cua. The Beauty Box. 63 Parsons Ave. 614.787.5548.

XO, Outfit Crush // b.e.

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06 Feb Have You Juiced Yet?

Have you juiced yet?

Okay, me neither.. but I decided to try it out! Native Cold pressed juice is an exclusive juice bar to Columbus, Ohio right here in the Short North. Their juice is “100% raw, organic juice. Never heated. Never pasteurized.” – (nativecoldpressed.com) I recently went into the shop due to all the rave I had been hearing about it. Healthy juice that also tastes good? I’ll admit I was a skeptic, but now I can say I will happily be returning frequently for this delicious stuff! I ordered the “Sweet Green”, which is full of pears, kale, cucumbers, bok choy, with a hint of mint. It was nothing less than amazing! You can tell that there is nothing but natural sweetness from the pears inside this drink and I could easily taste every ingredient that was mentioned. 

If you have more of a savory palette, there are tons and tons of other drink options located on their menu. And can I just say the menu and staff were adorable and super helpful? She explained the process and value of every thing on the menu to me before I made my first purchase, which was super helpful for a first time juicer. Needless to say, I can’t wait to go back & try more! Pictured above is a snap shot of their menu they have standing on the right of the walkway. Below is what myself & a friend decided to try.

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I would highly recommend stopping by and trying some out, or giving it a peek online @ nativecoldpressed.com

With love,

XO // Outfit Crush  m.m.

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