2 Days in London

This year I have to say I feel truly blessed by the travel gods – or should I say that my job thought it was a good idea to send little ole me to Europe twice this year. Now I didn’t spend as long as I would have liked to in London but with what free time that was granted to me, I really tried to squeeze in anything and everything I can.

Between meetings and just general work, the best option seemed to be a hop on hop off bus tour. A lot of travel blogs I read beforehand said these were great for when you don’t have a lot of time at a destination but want to see a lot.

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I was able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount since the route I chose to take took me past a lot of the main sights but I did get off at Harrods department store to get lost in there a bit. The store occupies a 5-acre site and has 330 departments covering one million square feet of retail space. Several of its departments, including the seasonal Christmas department and the food halls, are well known.

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The hotel I stayed at was near the Tower Bridge and was a great location to be a bit away from all the hustle and bustle of central London but was still easy to get to places and I just had to walk a block to hail a taxi.

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There were some great sites to see that were in easy walking distance to the hotel, it was a lot of fun to stumble on while exploring. Also, random side note, I was very happy I decided to bring my raincoat as I got to experience some true London weather during my time there.

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For dinner, I had two amazing dining experiences that I would recommend to anyone. They were both in walking distance to my hotel and came with great ambiance and views.

Gauchos was a fantastic Argentinian steakhouse with spectacular views of the Tower Bridge.  Everyone in my party got steak and split a bottle of Malbec. Surprisingly the hardest thing to decide on was the wine since there were about 4 pages of Malbec to choose from!

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The Ivy Tower Bridge is a British brasserie with a menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics. It was here I got my classic fish and chips with a side of mashed peas, and of course some British beer!

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One of the biggest things I noticed while strolling around London is how the majority of the pubs were dripping with flowers. While on the bus tour I found saw the Churchill Arms pub that had to have the most flowers in London, it was so beautiful, I only wish it was a stop on the tour so I could get off and have a pint.

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Even though I had a short two days in London I can’t wait to go back for pleasure and explore and experience more of what this city has to offer. I would have given anything to just have one more day. London quickly became one of my favorite cities in just a short time.

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Wrapped Up in Style

Style is defined by expressing yourself through what you wear.

Style refers to a unique form of clothing or way of arranging your appearance.

Style is different to everyone, you can give two or more people the same piece of clothing and they may style it completely different in what their own vision of style is.

Today’s post is in collaboration with Meach from My Versatile Style blog. Meach is a fellow Clevelander and a kickass girlboss who shows off her killer sense of style and how to style versatile pieces. I love looking at her Instagram (@itsmemeach) for inspiration and the latest fashion trends.

We are showing you today how 2 different people take the same piece of clothing and make it into 2 different outfits with their own personal style. We both took the same floral wrap dress from Nordstrom Rack with these great tied off bow cuffs and styled it our own ways in terms of what our personal style means to us.

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Meach really captured the essence of transitional fashion by taking this long-sleeved dress and pairing it with nude stacked heels and a cognac leather bag. She truly balanced that in-between season style, since even though its October we have been getting some 80 degree days. Another thing I really love about her look is, she truly let the dress be the hero. She is not trying to make the dress work she is working the dress.

Are you inspired yet? I know I am, and I am going to file this look away for the next time I wear my dress. Check out what she has to say and additional gorgeous photos of Meach working this dress on her blog here! 

When styling the same dress for myself, I know I wanted to take what felt like a more feminine wrap dress and give it a more edgy feel by adding little details that I have been loving lately to show off a different side of this dress.

Thick black belts with brass hardware is a classic piece that is truly timeless – there is something vintage about it that I love. To add a bit of edge I am wearing my favorite pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses right now that I cannot get enough of. For a while, their wayfarers were a staple but in the past 2 years, the round metal style truly made a comeback and the thin gold metal gives them an effortlessly cool vibe.

I wanted to add to the retro aspect of this look and I thought my gold hoops from Target would be perfect, as they hint at a 70s feel but don’t take to much away from my overall look. I have been wearing my gold hoops religiously lately, I truly feel that gold hoops are the new diamond (or CZ) stud – a classic in the making.

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We can’t forget to talk about my latest obsession… socks & heels

If you remember from my blog post last week which I talked about this fall trend and gave some inspiration here, I thought this dress would be perfect to add this touch too. Some might see it as a bit much or busy, but I think it truly brings this outfit into fall and takes the dress to this retro yet trendy level that I was craving.

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This dress is currently in stock at Nordstrom Rack last time I checked. And if you do not feel like heading out to your local Nordy Rack store never fear as you can snag it online as well here for only $26! I got a size medium, but honestly with the elastic waist I really probably could have gotten a small. Also, here is some other floral wrap dress that I am swooning over.

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Alson Jewelers & IPPOLITA

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Bloggers & Bellinis event at Alson Jewelers in Woodmere, Ohio. Alson teamed up with IPPOLITA Jewelry to discuss fall jewelry trends and great tips and tricks for styling your jewelry by Courtney Craft, Stylist from IPPOLITA.

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The morning was filled with beautiful jewelry, great company, and of course bellinis. We all got to try on some of the most beautiful and versatile necklaces from IPPOLITA and learn different ways to layer and create different looks with one necklace. What I loved about the IPPOLITA’s necklaces is that they are designed to be easily worn multiple ways. You can simply just slip it over your neck, wrap it to create a layered look, or create a choker that gives you a Y look that either drapes down your back or chest to add an interesting touch to your outfits. Courtney also demonstrated to us with IPPOLITA’s oval-shaped bangles (which are designed to fit a womans wrist more comfortably since we do not have perfectly circled wrists) how to use a silk scarf to put on and remove a bangle with ease.

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We all then took a Style Personality Quiz to help match us with the perfect jewelry set – I got Classicist which did not surprise me as I would describe my style as “minimal and meaningful”.

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I want to give a special shout-out to Jill Schreibman and the Schreibman Brothers for hosting such a wonderful event at 4th generation owned Alson Jewelers. This jeweler has so much to offer – watch and jewelry repair & cleaning, a beautiful wedding shop, along with great fashion to classic jewelry offerings; they truly made it a one stop shop!

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Amanda from Blissful Gal and Katie from Kausally Katie – Go check out these ladies blogs they are seriously killing it!


After the Bloggers & Bellinis event Amanda, Katie and I decided to head to Legacy Village to grab a bite to eat at the Cheesecake Factory and do a little much-needed shopping. Which of course when you get 3 bloggers together a mini photo session ensues, but can you blame us? The day was to much fun not to properly document.

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After shopping till we almost dropped we decided to end this amazing Cleveland day with checking out the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. I was really excited to check it out since I have never been there and have heard great things about this little Cleveland gem.

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What I loved about the Aquarium was there were so many knowledgeable workers there in case you had any questions about what you were looking at or they were already giving a presentation for a larger exhibit that you can easily join to listen in. The Aquarium also provides a lot of touch and feel stations to give a more one on one experience and teach kids and adults a little bit more how to interact with sea life.

You could tell that we were all Finding Nemo and Finding Dory fans since our venture through the aquarium consisted a lot of quoting both movies.

Bottomline if you are looking for a fun, nicely located, and family friendly (of all ages) weekend activity you should take a day out of your weekend and check out the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

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Thank you Greater Cleveland Aquarium for having Amanda, Katie and I come and explore everything you have to offer!

 

Socks & Heels

With autumn in full swing there has been one trend I have been recently obsessed with, socks and heels. I feel like this trend started last autumn but has hit the mainstream this year with more “heel-friendly” socks available and at a reasonable price at stores such as Target.

The past couple times I have been at Target checking out their A New Day line I have seen these socks for $4 for a 2 pack and finally just bought them since I kept looking at them everytime I am there. The color and sparkles drew me in.

I absolutely love this trend since it allows you to get a little more wear out of your summer heels and it adds such an interesting touch to an outfit. While wearing the above socks and heels this past week I was surprised by how many people came up to me to comment on the combination.

Although I bought these pair to wear with my black basket sandals from Old Navy you don’t have to go out and buy a new pair. I pulled together some great inspiration for this trend that is easily doable for any style and you may already have the perfect “heel-friendly” socks already in your sock drawer and don’t be afraid to mix and match colors and prints – have fun with this trend.

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What’s in My Makeup Bag: Fall Edition

The seasons they are a changing and so is my makeup bag. With the cooler weather I start to reintroduce more makeup back into my routine, and like fashion, makeup to has a transitional period. I thought I would share some new products that I have really been loving lately and that are all new to me.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II – this terracotta nude is the perfect color for the fall and if you are not familiar with Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick then you have to go out and pick it up. The formula is very creamy and easy to apply but yet leaves a matte finish that lasts a decent amount of time. Along with the original Lolita shade, this is one of the brands best sellers and maybe even one of Sephora’s top sellers and I can see why. The shade is just very complimentary and not a nude shade you see often.

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Wowder by Glossier – promoted as not a powder for the days you don’t want to look dewy and want to control shine. In the summer I am all about that dewy glow and I still like a little bit in the fall but there are more spots I want matte or at least to be able to control the dew. This is probably one of the best powders I have used on my skin, it is up there with Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder. The kaolin clay in this formula absorbs oil but vanishes into the skin (instead of sitting and caking on top like most powders). There is also vitamin E which gives Wowder its silky, non-drying texture which gives the finish I am raving about.

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Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam – This is my third shade of this product because I LOVE this blush! It is so blendable, buildable, and you can mix it with other shades in the collection and create a new one so the possibilities are endless. It comes in three shades all which represent the NYC sunset and the shades are made to work across a wide range of skin tones for a “healthy, flushed-from-within glow.”

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**If you want to try out these Glossier products use my rep link HERE to receive 20% off your first purchase. Also, save $7 when you buy the brush and Wowder together and $6 when you buy a Cloud Paint Duo (which in reality is more than 2 shades when you mix them) along with free shipping!**

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette – Now this is a very recent purchase and I am still playing around with all these rich pigmented colors. I have been seeing beauty YouTubers using this palette and creating these obviously dramatic looks, but also these amazing day looks that convinced me to go to Sephora and play with it. This palette is very intimidating in person so I had a girl from Sephora show me some great ways to mix and play with these colors. Once my eye look was done I was just like take my money.

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MAC ‘Pro Longwear’ Paint Pot*CURRENTLY 15% OFF AT NORDSTROM* Another product that I kept seeing YouTubers refer to this as a cult product. This is a great base to any eyeshadow look and looks beautiful on its own, gives a very 90s eye by itself. There is magic in this formula let me tell you – its very buildable and creamy but yet has a vibrant finish which does not cake or crease.

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A Kimono for Fall

This past week has been a whirlwind to say the least! I recently got back from a business trip in Europe which if any of you follow me on Instagram (@alison_kozik) I am sure your feed was getting flooded by my pictures, sorry not sorry.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to sit down and chat over apps and drinks with other Northeast Ohio bloggers at The South Side in Tremont – HUUUUGE shout out to The South Side for hosting and accommodating our group, I think a lot of girls will be back to try their chicken and waffles! We had such a great mix of bloggers there, some newbies (like myself) and some OGs that have been blogging for 7+ years! It was so inspiring to talk to everyone and be able to tap into their knowledge. The big topic for this meet-up was working with brands, I spoke as a newbie and Alicia from Always Alicia (Poise in Parma) as a OG blogger. So many creative girlbosses in one room was just so inspiring!

Check out these lovely talent ladies at their own blogs

By Travel & Error

Always Alicia

And Then We Tried

Blissful Gal

Kasually Katie

Bombay Taxi

The Beard and The Broad

Cook Drink Decorate

According to Brittney

Empowered & Poised

On Sunday I took my mom to The Book of Mormon for her birthday. I have been dying to see this musical for a very very long time and even though my mom isn’t the biggest musical fan I thought this would be something different for us to do and that since its not a typical musical she would like it. And guess what? SHE LOVED IT! The play was funnier and cruder than I could ever imagine and I would totally see it again! We ended the evening at Mia Bella in Little Italy, Cleveland, one of our favorite restaurants to dine at. Since we didn’t feel like being so full we would need rolled out of the restaurant we split a eggplant app and a bowl of spaghetti but each enjoyed our own glass of wine.

Since I have been all over the place these last 2 weeks I wanted to share one of my more recent purchases, this kimono I got from TJ Maxx. What I love about this kimono besides the color is that it is almost robe inspired with the length and trim. Since this kimono has a lot going on with the color and print I didn’t want to take away from that and I wanted it to be the main show. I decided to pair it with an all black outfit which I thought would be great for the daytime or a casual evening, like drinks with girlfriends.

Kimonos are coming back and they are a great alternative to a jacket this fall and to be honest you don’t have to spend a lot of money to find one you love.

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Kimono from TJ Maxx, High Rise Skinny Jeans from Madewell (similar), Top from Forever 21 (old, no longer available), Basket Sandals from Old Navy (Last year no longer available), Handbag from Madewell (no longer available), Sunglasses from Rayban

Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo & Eileen On

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

The transitional period where summer starts to slow down and it begins to get darker little by little. That time where you can open your windows again and start to feel the nice crisp breeze come in. You can start to pull out your favorite sweaters and jackets to wear on a evening walk and not be too hot. This is one of my favorite times in Northeast Ohio.

Now although this is one of my favorite times in NEO, it can be hard deciding what to wear. I love crop jeans, or just crop pants in general, and these cropped destroyed flares from Old Navy are one of my favorites for this time! Along with a nice light weight button down is great to wear during this time. It is just a timeless article to have, striped or solid. I got this striped button down from Target and what I love about this one, besides being light weight, is that is very long in length to make it easier to tuck in or tie in front, which is what I am doing below.

Please lets talk about these slip on mule loafers which are also from Target and are most importantly, COMFORTABLE! I have been looking at this style of shoe for a very long time. When Gucci came out with them over a year ago and the price tag was a bit too steep, then shortly after that Steve Madden came out with their version which was more in reason (around $80 I believe), but when Target came into play the price was right at $23 and I had to get them!

This outfit, although casual, has a little bit of flare with bringing in the slip on mule loafers. I like to mix two type of styles together (although sometimes it doesn’t work) to create a new style. Its unexpected, but doesn’t give a feeling of too dressed down or too dressed up which can worn in multiple settings or transitional periods.

When looking for transitional pieces think light weight but also pieces that can cover up or light layers for those times were it does get warmer during midday. Cropped pants are another great piece to wear since you don’t have to wear boots yet (not that they will look bad necessarily) . And the best part is that these pieces will be also great for the winter to spring transition.

Scroll down and get excited for fall in Northeast Ohio – one of the most beautiful time us us NEOhioians.

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Button Down Shirt from Target (similar), Ankle Flare Jeans from Old Navy (similar), Mule Loafers from Target, Handbag from Madewell (no longer available), Sunglasses from Rayban

Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo & Eileen On