When Bloggers Bounce

{by: alicia} We don’t pretend to be fitness queens. In fact, we openly abhor exercise, but as Alexis mentioned in a previous post, it’s a necessary evil. I tend to shy away from anything high impact. I prefer light movement in the way of yoga or doing a handful of crunches in front of the TV–sorry, not sorry. Exercise in general just bores me, so I’ve never looked into anything beyond what I already know. Bad move, me. Apparently, I’ve been missing out.

Thanks to Classpass, I’ve been able to explore different types of workouts and learn about my preferences. So maybe things like spinning and barre aren’t my jam, but I actually like hot yoga (which used to scare me) and FIT JUMP. Until recently, I didn’t know such a thing existed. But after seeing the class added to the Classpass rotation and realizing we’d be JUMPING ON A TRAMPOLINE, I quickly signed up. Alexis and our blogger friend Miche followed suit, and we had the happy coincidence of running into fellow Cbus blogger Morgan for some shenanigans.

The Bounce Club Powell Ohio

We showed up early to sign all of the usual waivers and swap our street shoes for appropriate footwear. Since we were the first arrivals, we had a chance to walk around, take pictures, and get acclimated to the trampolines. Our instructor for the night was also the owner, Trisha Rich, a former Ohio State cheerleader who parlayed her love of fitness into this multi-faceted studio. We were there for a workout, but they also offer everything from private parties to dodgeball (YES) to sports conditioning and Mommy and Me.

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Once inside, you’ll see two separate areas. One with the foam pit and mats, and the main attraction.

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This was awesome. I want one.

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Alexis doing her thing.

We spent time on both, which was nice, because jumping is actually quite tiring. At first, I was like, how hard can this be? Then Trisha put us through our paces, and holy crap. We got a total body workout which included planks, donkey kicks, sprints (where Alexis and I promptly wiped out, luckily we were on the trampoline), weights, medicine balls, and floorwork. Yikes, and here I thought we’d just be casually jumping around for an hour. This is how delusional I am.

By the end of it, we were all sweaty wrecks, but felt a sense of accomplishment–especially after Trisha told us we had done the advanced version. Spend an hour at Fit Jump, and you’ll burn 700-1000 calories (women) with men burning even more. Though this was a tough class, there were plenty of switch ups to keep things fresh, the soundtrack was upbeat, and I liked the sense of community. There were a lot of repeat customers, many of them with relationships with Trisha and each other. Everyone was also very encouraging, which was kind, because the Wander & Whine team was pretty much the worst in the room. Don’t let the workout scare you. And if you’re thinking an indoor trampoline facility is just for kids, you are wrong, my friend. This class was no joke (though I did feel like a kid again at points).

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The party room.

If a class environment isn’t your thing, there’s Open Jump and you can make reservations for a private party. No matter how you decide to do it, just do the damn thing.

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The Bounce Club is located at 3967 Presidential Parkway, Powell, OH. Visit the site for more information on classes, schedules, etc. And have fun!

Jury Duty

{by alexis} I know a lot of people grumble when they receive their jury summons in the mail. My mother has been on a few juries, and my brother is always going on and on about what a sweet gig it is. So, when I received the missive, I was excited! It’s sort of like getting your admission to Hogwarts! Okay, maybe not, but I was looking forward to it. I served in the jury pool and eventually on a jury the third week of January at the court of Common Pleas, and have only positive things to say about the experience.

First of all, you get out out of work. Don’t get me wrong — I like my job, but who wouldn’t enjoy switching it up a bit! With the summons you’ll receive clear and explicit instructions on how to be excused if you think you’re eligible, in addition to the answers to the questions your mind is already preoccupied with, like parking, payment, whether there will be coffee. So just read your darn summons.

Common Pleas pool service is one week and Municipal Court asks you to hang tight for two. And really, it’s not so bad! They’ve got super comfortable leather chairs, they offer coffee and tea, and even a small kitchen so that you can bring your own food. They play movies during the week while you wait, and there’s a separate quiet room for those who wish to work, or would prefer to stick their nose in a book for four blissful hours on a Tuesday afternoon. Can you guess which group I belong to?

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I got called for jury selection on Wednesday afternoon. I was finally seated on a jury on Thursday morning, and the case wrapped up by Friday afternoon, including our deliberation.

Once you get up to the courtrooms, you get a lovely view of downtown Columbus.

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jury duty | wander & whine

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They’re going to tell you that a real courtroom is not like TV, but I’m here to say they’re wrong! Maybe I got “lucky” on the case, but there was enough drama to keep it interesting. Fortunately, I wasn’t placed on a case that dealt on something like rape or murder, so it wasn’t too disturbing to listen to, even though it was a criminal case. The judge and lawyers were extremely smart, and friendly — even to each other!

Deliberation was an interesting process. It took us about two hours to come to a decision, and everyone took seriously the instructions of the judge. We talked out a million different perspectives on almost every detail of the case. By the time we walked back into the courtroom, I was 100% confident that our verdict was the right one. Before we left, the judge thanked us, and the attorneys allowed us to ask questions about the case. They also asked us a few questions, too.

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The moral of the story is that your jury summons is not a sentence in itself — take the opportunity to interact with your local government, and learn more about the system we’re all subject to. It’s pretty exciting to see it all in action.

Looking Back on 2014

It’s been quite a year for us! Since meeting you, we’ve learned a lot, grown a lot, and made more than a few changes between the two of us. We’re grateful for all of you, readers, as well as the wonderful people we’ve met in this world of Columbus bloggers. Tonight, we’re going to eat too much, wear a few too many sparkles, and toast with too many glasses of champagne. But, before it’s entirely behind us, here are some highlights from 2014.

{Alicia’s Year at a Glance}

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February: First blog post on Wander & Whine
March: Anniversary trip to New Orleans where I ate and saw all the things
May: Roadtripped to Nashville (Pt. I + II)
July: Spent a day in Savannah | Lounged in Hilton Head | Fell in love with Charleston | Ate everything in sight
August: Started a new job
September: Looked back on an amazing summer
October: Took in the beauty at Hocking Hills
November: Wandered to NYCProceeded to eat everything

*My Most Popular Post: Made LOCAL Market
*My Favorite Post of Alexis’: Helloween at Double Comfort. She was live texting me during the event, and the sheer drama and YELLING made me laugh out loud. Plus, the gif she uses from Clue–“Flames on the side of my face”–was too perfect.
*My Favorite Post to Write: I had a lot of fun compiling my favorite places in Las Vegas #tbt. Rereading it makes me want to plan another visit!


{Alexis’ Year at a Glance}

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February: First blog post on Wander & Whine
March: St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
May: Had some hits and misses in San Diego | Birthday celebrations left and right
June: Started a new job | Was an audience member at Cash Explosion 36 hours in Vegas
July: Spent a week in the Thumb
September: Cheered on the Columbus Clippers
October: Toured Bourbon Country | Ate well in Louisville | Bachelorette Party in D.C.
November: Further adventures in D.C.

*My Most Popular Post: Fried Chicken Heaven at Double Comfort
*My Favorite Post of Alicia’s: I have to say I love Alicia’s obsession with Tacos Hass. I STILL haven’t made it up there (Dublin, why are you so far!), but when I get there I know exactly what to order!
*My Favorite Post to Write: Has to be my visit to 16-Bit Bar + Arcade and Dirty Frank’s. It’s my favorite bar in Columbus, and, NBA JAM.

Thanks for reading, today, and all the days. We promise to keep it coming in 2015, and we hope you’ll go along for the ride!

Presents to Self

{by alicia + alexis} It’s the time of year for the gift guide, no? We’ve posted one, and some of our favorite bloggers have posted their own versions, too. But what you don’t often see is what the bloggers are buying themselves. In this post, we’ll both list the treasures we picked up for ourselves while shopping for the other folks in our lives.

{Alexis’ List}

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one. This is the season for warm, over-sized sweaters, and, in my opinion, no one does it better than Vince. I picked this up on Gilt during Black Friday sales and paid next to nothing. Pro tip: do NOT size up. Not a member of Gilt Groupe yet? If you’re curious enough to give it a go, consider using my invite link; then I could buy more sweaters!

two. These are the Dannie pants from J.Crew. You hear a lot about the Minnies, and even the Curators, but these are the true unsung heros. In total, I’ve got four pairs of these pants, including a version with leather details. I like a work pant that’s slim, but not tight around the ankle. They come in three flattering dark colors, and the best part? They’re machine washable!

three. Ask Alicia: I’ve been hunting for a planner for MONTHS. After all the searching, I ended up buying the first one I looked at, which is this spiral bound beauty from Paper Source. It’s got enough room to write, and keeps the monthly calendars together and separate from the weeklies.

four. Anthropologie is my kryptonite. I was NOT disappointed by this beautiful blazer, though it needed a good steaming once it arrived.

five. I’ve been trying to hold off on buying any home goods till we buy a house (STILL LOOKING), but I couldn’t resist this gold constellation tray from C. Wonder. It can catch jewelry, nightstand minutiae, or even mail.

six. This is the Kate Spade cupcake skirt I’ve been lusting after forever, and I can’t wait to wear it on Christmas eve! Don’t worry — I did not pay as much as you see on the link. This was another one of my Gilt finds.

seven. Sephora has been running a good amount of deals this month, and I’m always more than happy to pick out a present for myself. I’ve been into masks lately, and here’s a collection of trial sized goodies that won’t break the bank.

eight. Speaking of breaking the bank…I have been coveting this Tory Burch York Buckle tote, but it has been excluded from literally every sale she’s run on her site. Cue dramatic tantrums and epic frustration. But! Shopbop saved the day with their sitewide discount, and I saved myself a cool $50. (Still expensive, I know but it’s something.) This bag is the workday BOMB.

nine. Another Paper Source purchase! This personalized notebook is perfect for throwing in my bag for on-the-spot notes. I chose the “bombshell” font for a more whimsical look. No, I didn’t order one with the name Jeremiah Potter on the cover.

ten. Anthropologie strikes again. This removable fur collar won me over, and it’s coziness earned it some space in my closet. It will be perfect Christmas morning present-opening and pup-snuggling.

{Alicia’s List}

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one. Since I’m all about comfort these days, I have been living in this furry hooded parka from ASOS. It’s warm without being bulky, and I got it for an absolute steal during the madness of Black Friday.

two. Francesca’s is my go-to shop for statement necklaces, and it didn’t disappoint when I was looking for some sort of bauble to jazz up my holiday frock. I especially like this one because of the multicolor beads–it complements so many outfits! It’s also great for ramping up your everyday look without being too dressy.

three. My skin is hideously dry in the winter, and this light cleansing oil from The Face Shop gives me an extra surge of moisture while melting every inch of makeup off my face. Don’t be afraid of putting oil on your face. This cleanser doesn’t clog your pores in the slightest, especially when you follow up with a gentle foam wash.

four. I work at a startup, so the dress code is pretty lax. Though I try not to be a total slob, I took my footwear a step further and adapted these moccasins into an office slip on. The furry lining keeps my feet extra warm which is great for those of us with poor circulation, and I’m cozy all day long!

five. Do I even need to explain this one? It combines all of my favorite things into one perfect shoe. Cake! Polka dots! Pink! Conversation starter! I can’t wait until spring when it’s warm enough to bust them out every single day.

six. My mother is Korean, therefore my skin regimen is super Korean (she’s in her fifties and her skin is to die for, so my night routine is like 10+ steps). This also applies to my makeup regimen. There is a total difference between real BB cream imported from Korea, and the stuff I find in the states (which is more like tinted moisturizer). So, I tend to sway towards Korean brands like Skin Food and Tony Moly for my fix. Target is now carrying Laniege (another awesome brand), so I had to try their BB Cushion. This handy compact makes it easy to swipe on in the morning and touch up during the day. PLUS, it has SPF 50! Bonus!

seven. I love how this watch from Rakani is reminiscent of Dali’s melting clocks. Plus, I wanted a cheerful color for these gray winter days and this pink and rose gold combo fits the bill nicely!

eight. Philosophy’s  3-in-1 washes are the best. Not only do they smell delicious (I always want to eat the bottle), but they multitask, and take up less space in the shower. When I saw the Pink Frosted Animal Cracker scent (I almost wrote “flavor”), I had to have it!

nine. Blanket scarves are a game changer. Between these and my sweater cape, I am authorized to go into public swathed in a throw. You guys, blankets are parading as clothing and it’s socially acceptable! What’s crazier is that I get daily compliments on my said blanket outfits. Comfort fashion for the win!

ten. Adult onesies are genius. Don’t we all secretly want to revert back to childhood? Sure we do! I unabashedly rock a plush, cat-print version on the weekend (no shame), and it’s like I’m a cozy bear. I hear you laughing. Don’t knock it until you try it!

I ♥ Fall Tag

{by: alicia} Morgan at Columbus Living recently tagged me to share my fall favorites, and I was more than happy to oblige. Despite my constant griping about the weather, I truly do enjoy the changing of seasons.

1. Favorite fall lip product?
To combat dry lips while adding much-needed color, I reach for Tony Moly’s Bunny Gloss or Maybelline’s Baby Lips Dr. Rescue.

2. Favorite fall nail polish?
I love Sally Hanson’s Salon Effects because I’m a total klutz with nails. These polish-sticker hybrids are foolproof and last longer than my regular manicure. I’ve been wearing the glitter version or leopard print to add pop to my neutral outfits.

3. Favorite Starbucks fall drink?
I’m usually still in denial about the weather, so I order iced coffees as long as possible. When all else fails, I’ll warm up with a mocha.

4. Favorite fall candle?
Boulangerie’s Pumpkin Souffle is hands down the BEST candle ever. It’s rich, spicy, and smells like you are baking something amazing. The only trouble is it makes me want to inhale all the baked goods.

5. Favorite fall accessory?
Sweater capes, fingerless gloves, and scarves. Anything that keeps me warm, yet is functional, in my cold office.

6. Haunted house or haunted hayride?
NEITHER. My imagination is so out-of-control that I convince myself the horrors are actually happening.

7. Favorite Halloween movie?
Depending on my mood, it’s a toss up between Saw, Hocus Pocus, Blair Witch, and Corpse Bride.

8. Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?
Anything gummy, sour, or chocolate–so everything.

9. What is your favorite thing about fall?
Hot cider, the changing leaves, vats of soup, candles, dressing cozy, and burrowing under blankets to read books.

To keep the chain going, I tag Cherise’s Boutique.

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

{by: alicia} Though my travesty of a phone decided to crash and wipe away all of my recent photos, I still managed to cobble together a post. VICTORY. Here’s a peek at what has been going on lately (if you’ve guessed lots of food/eating, you win):

{A wondrous lunch date at Katalina’s}

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Pancake balls and tacos with a mini elote.

Let’s zoom up on those famous pancake balls. Try not to eat your screen.

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Nutella-filled with a side of sweet and spicy bacon!

{Getting some culture with a side of booze}

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{Satisfying a bunch o’ burger cravings}

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Burgers from B Spot with a side of rosemary fries.

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Philco’s burger & fries + slightly obscured huevos rancheros.

{Asian food for days}

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Pajeon from Kaya with some old co-workers.

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Spicy rice cakes and spicy tofu soup with the sis at Silla. Just give us spicy everything.

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Rolls from Rishi Sushi.

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A hot bowl of ramen from Rishi.

{Cold treats because the sun is still shining}

Campfire S'mores milkshake from Steak 'n Shake. ORDER THIS MAGIC NOW.

Campfire S’mores milkshake from Steak ‘n Shake. ORDER THIS MAGIC NOW.

This was mostly an excuse to eat cheesecake bites, but the pumpkin and marshmallow froyo was on point.

This was mostly an excuse to eat cheesecake bites, but the pumpkin and marshmallow froyo was on point.

In conclusion: Always backup your iPhone.

A Wander & Whine Wedding

{by alexis}–I can’t believe it’s been two years. It’s been two years since Joe and I took the plunge and said I Do. To celebrate here on the blog, I thought I’d share a little bit of our day, and shine a light on some of the most amazing wedding-related vendors in our big little town of Columbus.

I’m so psyched to see all the October love all over social media! I was an original fan, and have always known it’s the most beautiful month — and that’s why we chose to get married in it!

I know what you’re thinking — doesn’t your husband worship at the altar of Buckeye Football? How did he deal with a fall wedding? At first we aimed for the bye week, but once it was clear that every other bride-to-be in a 100-mile radius had the same idea, we settled on a Friday. October 12.

And it was glorious.

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Our wedding was perfect and beautiful and more fun than I’d ever have thought. But I can’t take any credit for it. What I WILL take credit for is hand-picking a team of all-star vendors. Every single person we worked with was off-the-charts professional and exceptionally talented. This is really their story.

Let’s start with the most visible and arguably the most important: the photographer. We got real, REAL lucky, and booked Hunter Harrison, a photographer out of Cleveland. He traveled down for our wedding, and I was smitten with him from day one. At our engagement shoot, he suggested we stop for a drink to “loosen up.” Hunter, did I mention I love you? He was so important on the day of the wedding: I plagiarized his day-of schedule and distributed it to our bridal party and families as my own work. He kept us moving and on schedule. He delivered the photos quickly. Truly, Hunter was the picture of a professional (see what I did there?), and I was pretty impressed with myself for booking him. Please know that all of the photography on this post is his, and yes it’s proof you should run and book him right away.

The next most important piece of the puzzle was the venue. Joe and I hit it out of the park with our selection, for sure.

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Right in the middle of downtown is the Athletic Club of Columbus. And inside, they have the best team of chefs, servers, and our unparalleled wedding coordinator Kelly Freeman. Kelly was with us from the very beginning, and all the way through the end. She guided us through everything, and when it was time for the big event, she organized everything for us: from the flower and cake drop-offs, to the set-up for the DJ and the cocktail hour pianist. We just dropped off all of our knick-knacks (you know, place cards, favors, all of the nine million tiny detail items that are impossible to keep straight), and I never thought of them again. It was all just…done. Joe and I showed up married and full of champagne, and everything was as perfect as it could possibly be. A shout out to the server who hovered around and made sure my champagne coupe was full all night.

In short, Kelly and the rest of the team at the Athletic Club are MAGICIANS, okay? And that’s who need on your team.

I have to say my favorite wedding detail was the flowers, done by the best florist in all the land, Flowers on Orchard Lane. Look at these beauties.

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Look at all the cool non-flowers in there! My grandparents were florists, so this detail was really important to my mom and me. The flowers are so rich and interesting. I wanted seasonal and different, and good LORD they delivered. But this isn’t the best part. Check out the head table.

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Those hydrangeas are the stuff of dreams. During our first consultation, I sheepishly mentioned that my fantasy wedding involved a huge hydrangea runner. And guess what? they didn’t laugh! Jan fit it into the budget and seemed as enthusiastic about it as I was. And then they made it happen. These are some of my favorite pictures. I can’t believe this came true.

You’ll notice my head table is a little different than the traditional table up on risers. I hated the idea of putting my bridal party and ourselves on display, so when Kelly suggested a Tuscan table, where our bridal party and their dates could enjoy the dinner like any party, I was sold.

On those plates, you’ll see our menus. They were customized and part of our wedding invitation package, done by my friend Lynn, a ridiculously talented professional designer. She was able to design a unique suite based on a few other packages that I was drawn too, and we were especially inspired by the font that Lindey’s uses at their restaurant.

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Thanks to Dan Woods for being our model here!

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I still want to keel over with joy looking at all these paper goods. Lynn is SUCH a talent, and I’ve happily used her work on several parties since.

Our awesome DJ was Byron from Buckeye Entertainment. He got all the details and names right, and kept the party moving and right on schedule.

Oh, and our favors! I know you know I’m from Michigan and since this was a pretty Ohio-heavy event, I wanted to bring some Michigan flavor to the proceedings. We ended up ordering a bajillion pounds of fudge from Joann’s Fudge on Mackinac Island.

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And they went with the theme! I confess to ordering a smidge more than necessary, and gorging on them once I didn’t have a teeny-tiny dress to fit into. They were so easy to work with, and I think our guests enjoyed it, too!

Speaking of all things chocolate, I know you’re curious about our cake! We ordered from Short North Piece of Cake. One of the perks of wedding planning is samples from all of the best bakeries in the area. Their cake was the bomb, and they were even willing to accommodate my crazy request for gold buttercream.

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And there are those beautiful flowers again, too! We had Flowers on Orchard Lane use fresh dahlias as cake toppers. I’ll tell you this cake was even delicious a year later. We spent our first anniversary roaming around Italy, and when we were home and exhausted, we dug into that top tier. Still good!

I should talk a touch more about my dress. Dress shopping was my absolute favorite part of wedding planning — wedding dresses are works of art. They are so thoughtfully and well constructed, they make everyone look beautiful. I had a hard time choosing, but when I did, I ordered a Tara Keely from Girls in White Dresses. I picked up the belt from Etsy.

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It was a perfect day. The fact that we were disaster-less had everything to do with the people I worked with. Every one of them delivered something beyond my expectations, and I was free to enjoy the evening with my newly-minted husband.

So, happy anniversary to my darling husband! We’re celebrating this year with a slightly less exotic trip to Kentucky, to toast each other with glasses full of bourbon. The past two years have flown, but I love taking this a moment to remember the day we committed ourselves to one another, and all the people that contributed to making it as picture-perfect as it was. That said, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite photos from Hunter.

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A pre-wedding toast at Tip Top!

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Oh, and if your tastes are slightly less domestic, be sure to ask Alicia about her Costa Rican beach wedding!