no, I will not admit how long I waited in line for this photo 😂#happyseptember1st #goingbacktohogwarts
We’re apparently shooting a @keds ad in the office today. #kedsstyle #kedsxriflepaperco
I'm nearly 3 weeks into #31DaysofCladwell, and it has been FUN, you guys. Every day I wake up, open @cladwell, choose one of the three outfits it suggests to me, and GTFO the door! There's none of the hassle of picking something from my closet, then changing my mind, then changing it again. And since I purged so much clothing Marie Kondo-style, I'm only wearing things that I love in the unique combinations the app chooses for me. Tap my Cladwell Stories highlight to see all the outfits its picked out for me since day 1.
What animals do you see in these First Nations totems from Stanley Park in Vancouver? There are so many hidden away in these beautiful pieces of art! . Soon, I’ll have a blog post up with the perfect way to spend a long weekend on the west coast of Canada, including the sights and, most importantly, all the best eats. Until then, check out June’s Friday Finale for a bit about Stanley Park!
What’s the most effective way to get motivated to finish #campnanowrimo? Bribe yourself with soft serve 🍦🍦🍦
In my element: matcha latte, @jordandene shirt, 🐝-ified quote tote. Oh, and exploring new places! What’s the last new city you visited?
Since January, the @kinderbeautybox has been what I most anticipate every single month! Natural, cruelty-free beauty and skincare items delivered in eco-friendly packaging; what more could you possibly want from a beauty box? Today on the blog, I'm sharing my favorites from the last six months — everything from masks to bath bombs to eyeliner. Let me tell you, it was a struggle to only choose 10 favorite products from the last six months of boxes, but I did it. You're welcome. . Also, I'm super excited for July's box, which is nighttime themed and includes a mist spray, a sleeping mask treatment, and a bamboo toothbrush! Subscriptions are as low as $20 a month, and you can use the link in my bio to get a free gift with your first box. Order yours today before they sell out!
The gardens down at the Banks are giving me major English country garden vibes. If only I had the skill and patience to grow something this beautiful in front of my house! 🌸🌼🌷🌻🌹🌺 I’m feeling real Regency era FOMO this year since I’ve been reading all the Pride and Prejudice adaptations I can get my hands. Full blog post forthcoming, but for now you can find a few books to add to your to be read pile on the blog!
Me, when the 4-day weekend #sundayscaries show up in full force
Laughing at my hackers ‘cause I AM BACK. . If you’d noticed this space has been a little quiet lately, it’s because my blog got hacked in April, and I’ve been dealing with the aftermath ever since. Would anyone be interested in a blog post about recovering your WordPress blog without shelling out hundreds of dollars?
This little slice of Irish heaven is up there on the list of top places I've ever visited, which means it certainly deserves a spot on my list of breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites! Peep places in France, Ghana, Japan and more up on the blog today. 🌎🌍🌏 What's the most awe-inspiring place you've ever traveled to? The one that made your stomach clench and sent a thrill down your spine. That one, tell me all about it 👇🏻👇🏻.
It’s been two years, and I still regret not bringing one of those letter jacket-wearing Pikachus home with me. ⚡️🐭 Spencer and I chose to spend the week of the 4th in Japan in 2017 (because when you're living the young professional life every company holiday is one less time-off day you have to sacrifice 👌🏼👌🏼). I immediately fell in love with the Japanese culture, all the insanely good sushi, and of course, the Pokémon Centers.
Writing words to express my gratitude to a small social army is even more fun on pretty cards! 🌺🌼🌸 I nabbed these babies over the weekend when I knew my regular stationery wasn’t going to cut it to convey the appropriate level of thanks to the social media team that rocked it out at the Bee last week. Do you send handwritten thank-yous? #minimalmart
Clutch your blazer for warmth but make it fashion 😂
Skimming the puffiest of clouds on our way to NYC ☁️☁️☁️ ⠀⠀ I’m on Long Island for work this week and have absolutely no idea what to see/eat/do, so help a sister out and send me some recs, ‘kay? #longisland
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a photo of all the things that made me gain 10 pounds over the month that I studied abroad in Ireland: a typical breakfast of scones with jam and clotted cream and Irish Breakfast Tea. (Not pictured: pints of Guinness and pub fare) #noregrets
Cheesin’ in front of this greenery wall because I am feeling so jazzed about living a green lifestyle! My company hosted a lunch and learn this week to introduce our new workplace recycling program and hear about ways to reduce waste in Cincinnati! Sustainability is something I’ve always been passionate about, and I’m working every day to make more environmentally-conscious choices as a consumer. ⠀⠀ I learned SO MUCH in an hour-long lunch period. For instance... ♻️ I’ve been over-recycling, and I didn’t realize it! Check your area’s recycling policies to be sure you aren’t contaminating your recyclables with things most American facilities can’t handle like the plastic tubs sour cream comes in. ♻️ Food waste that’s packed into landfills can’t decompose properly, which means it sticks around literal decades longer than it would in a compost bin and releases an unhealthy amount of methane gas into our atmosphere. Just another reason why I’m getting a compost bin this summer during the @hamiltoncorecycling sale. ♻️ @lasoupecincinnati is a fantastic organization that takes “ugly” or nearly expired food that grocery stores can’t sell and turns it into amazing cuisine that is then distributed to food-insecure people in Cincinnati. Our city’s child poverty rate is unacceptable, and I’m so inspired by their mission. Hoping to volunteer with them in the near future! . What are some tidbits about sustainability that you can share? I’m always looking for new ways to minimize my impact on the planet. #reducereuserecycle
The most magical place on Earth, surrounded by the most inspiring heroines! 🏰🏰🏰 This picture was taken five years ago on my college senior trip to @waltdisneyworld. Now the women on that trip have careers and advanced degrees and even a child (!). Some are teaching new batches of starry-eyed college students, one is a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, and I’m inspired daily by each and every one! . Tag a heroine from your own life who deserves to hear how much she inspires you! #waltdisneyworld . 📷: @ponderthisx45
The whimsiest of Cincinnati’s many @artworkscincy murals ☁️🌈☀️ This one reminds me of hot air balloons, nursery mobiles and circus tents. What does it evoke for you? #cincymurals
Self care Sunday is a beautiful thing, and I am here for it! 🌸🌸🌸 We may have lost an hour this morning, but I’ve been feeling positive vibes all day. So I did some yoga with @wanderlustfest, took a bubble bath, and tried out the @deliaorganics Skin Detox Rehab Mask from February’s @kinderbeautybox! Peep my Instagram Stories for the full experience 🤓 #selfcaresunday
Just about a week into @wanderlustfest’s 21-day yoga challenge, and I’m loving it as much, if not more than, last year’s #wanderlust108 in Cincy! What are you doing to ease your body out of hibernation as we move toward can-spend-five-minutes-outside-without-the-threat-of-frostbite weather? 😂
It’s Fri-YAY and #InternationalWomensDay, so let’s celebrate some wins! 🎈🎈🎈 What are your greatest hits from the week as we sashay our way into the weekend? I helped throw a little engagement surprise, complete with confetti-filled balloons, for a coworker! And I’m feeling extra rewarded today to have so many independent, unique, intelligent, awe-inspiring women in my life. 🚺
“Don’t you ever mind not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?” - Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth . Only every day, Edith! When we were in Asheville, we had the absolute pleasure of touring The Biltmore Estate. Even better? Every room was set up with a scene from the Gilded Age, complete with a mannequin of author Edith Wharton! . If late nineteenth-century, American high society is your thing, might I recommend her novel “The Age of Innocence?” And also a visit to the Biltmore the next time you’re in Asheville! #biltmoreestate
It’s Wednesday! Let’s play a game in honor of making it to the hump. 🐪 I’ll give you three statements about me, and you have to guess the lie. . 📚 When I was a kid, I felt an affinity with hobbits because they also had big feet and just wanted to be left to their reading and tea-drinking. . 🎥 I got to attend a film festival thanks to a role I played in a short film. . ⛪️ My college choir took a week-long tour of Italy and got to sing for a service at the Vatican. . Leave your guess along with your own two truths and a lie so I can get to know you all better! #twotruthsandalie
Still pining over the beautiful creations we found at @lexingtonglass in Asheville this weekend! We stumbled upon their showroom and workshop while meandering between @frenchbroadchocolate, our pre-lunch snack, and lunch at @buxtonhallbbq, and I’m so grateful that we did. As someone who has no art skills whatsoever, it’s fascinating to see a tiny bit of the creative process and the breathtaking results! . Asheville was such a fun, welcoming city and getting the chance to experience it with great friends made all the difference. I’ll have an entire blog post up soon, but I had to share about our Lexington Glassworks experience so others might come across it the way we did. Have you ever watched a glassblowing demonstration? #ashevilleartist
Cincinnati peeps, are you using the @ritual_co app yet? It’s this fantastic program for ordering food (use the link in my bio to get started), and all month long, @thekiddcoffeeco is partnering with them to provide free coffee for its users. Which is absolutely perfect because I just posted a list of my favorite coffee shops in Cincy, and Kidd is definitely up there! . What’s your go-to coffee order? While writing this post, I realized I almost always order some kind of latte. ☕️☕️☕️ #cincinnaticoffee
Walking on sunshine and rainbows today! 🌈🌈🌈 It’s been one heck of a week, but I have brilliant and wonderful coworkers, I got to give free books to kids yesterday, and my weekend has already begun! We’re heading to Asheville to meet up with friends for a quick weekend trip. . I’m an absolute newbie to North Carolina, so be a doll and send me all your Asheville recs! We’re hoping to do a bit of hiking, hit up some breweries, and maybe even make it to the Biltmore. 👌🏼👌🏼 #friyay
aspiring (adj.) - desiring and working to achieve a particular goal : having aspirations to attain a specified profession, position, etc. | ambitious, go-getting, self-seeking. . I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what being an aspiring heroine means to me. I’m pretty positive there isn’t one correct answer; everyone should have their own goals, professions, positions that they want to achieve. . For me, being an aspiring heroine means forever striving to be a better partner, friend, daughter, coworker, sister, cat-mom. It means working on my writing, my baking, my photo-taking, my social media skills. It means exhibiting more empathy, strength, patience, creativity, confidence, and joy. . What are you aspiring toward? It can be a long-term goal, a trait you’re working on, a habit you’re cultivating in your everyday life. Sharing is caring, and it also makes you more likely to achieve those goals! #aspiringheroines 📷: @mollydbecker
Today on the blog, I’m sharing my 10 favorite writing tools for starting a new writing project. And I’m pretty sure I made a mistake by not including “beautiful coffee” at the top of the list! These eye-pleasing concoctions came from @rootedjuicery, which has earned itself a place on my list of top coffee spots in Cincy. (Spoiler alert: That list will be up on the blog later this week!) . The entire menu at Rooted is vegan, and what you see here is their seasonal Lovely Beet Latte and a Golden Latte, chock full of naturally energizing turmeric. Beets in a latte was definitely a new thing for me! What’s the coolest coffee flavor you’ve ever had? Lavender? Turmeric? Something I can’t even fathom? #coffeenerd
Wearing these beauts always puts a spring in my step! @Keds were my favorite brand of shoes when I was a kid. I had plaid ones and classic white ones and even ones with parakeets on them. These babies are part of their collaboration with @riflepaperco, a match made in heaven, and the entire collection is 50% off right now at keds.com! If that’s not a sign that you need them in your life, I don’t know what is. . The love runs deep between me and my Keds. What’s a brand that you’ve been loyal to for years and years? #kedsxriflepaperco
Hello, old friends and new! My name is Tyler, and I’m so glad you’re here. A bit of background about me: I’m a social media pro by day, lifestyle blogger and budding fiction writer all the moments in between. It took a lot of soul searching to finally break away from my personal account and create a space solely for An Aspiring Heroine, but I’m feeling optimistic about it. (I mean, I’m right in the middle of @heleneinbetween’s Instagram for Success course, so it seems impossible to be anything but hopeful and ready to seize the day!) . That’s all well and good for me, but the real question is why should you follow along? After all, it’s not all cat dresses and cupcakes around here. (Though I foresee plenty of both in this little space’s future!) Millennials are the generation that “brought back reading” in full force, and I imagine there are lots of twenty-something ladies out there who grew up devouring stories about their favorite heroines just like I did. And then you fast forward to today, and life hardly resembles the fictional worlds we fell in love with. It’s difficult to be seized by adventure when you’re juggling student loans, a job you’re probably overqualified for, and the ever-present FOMO. . But I think we should be opening ourselves up to adventure every day and constantly striving to embody those heroines, which is why I started An Aspiring Heroine and, more recently, this Instagram account. I want to empower women to become the heroines of their own stories by providing content that inspires you, makes your life a little easier, or even just brings a smile to your face! Whether that’s a cruelty-free beauty product I’m loving (have you tried @kinderbeautybox yet?), a budget- friendly guide to my favorite European city, or the latest great book for female YPs, I’m your girl. 👌🏼👌🏼 . Thanks for joining me on this journey toward heroinehood! Since I spent three paragraphs telling you about me (excessive, I know), leave a random fact about yourself in the comments. I want to get to know you, heroines! #fridayintroductions