Cleveland Made Holiday Gift Guide 2017

With the long holiday weekend over, maybe you opted out of shopping and spent time at home with family and friends or maybe you only made a dent in your shopping list. Either way, forget the mall this holiday season and shop with Cleveland instead. Even though small business Saturday has passed there is no reason to stop shopping locally. I pulled together a few of my favorite Cleveland businesses below to show you some great options for really unique gifts for the holidays.

Let me know down below in the comments what your favorite local business whether it is in Cleveland or somewhere else. 

Fount // The Coventry Bucket Bag in Cocoa & The Finley Wallet in Peppercorn Black

Emily Roggenburk // Cleveland AF Crewneck Sweatshirt – Heather Gray & Perfectly Cleveland Photo

Shore Society // Lake Erie Pennant & Cooler by the Lake Mug, White

Oceanne Jewelry // Money Clip, Petite Hemisphere Studs, & Happy In Cle Bar Necklace

Sweet Dish & Darling // Camping Candle in Espresso Stout, Mexican Hot Chocolate, & Brown Sugar & Fig

REVIVAL Body Care // Immerse-Soaking Salts & Goddess Facial Serums

 

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Black Friday Sales I’m Shopping

Let me start off by saying that I am not a Black Friday shopper – I hate going out super early on Friday morning or even worse on Thanksgiving to get “the best deal of the year”. BUT I am a sleep-in Friday morning, make some coffee, and browse my favorite store/brand’s website Black Friday shopper. So if you are like me and like to shop from the comfort of your own home in your comfy clothes with coffee in hand here are some of the sales that I will be shopping this week.

Madewell.com

If I could just wear Madewell the rest of my life I would be completely fine with that. I very rarely find a brand that everything literally just speaks to me, but when it does it is Madewell and it comes with a sometimes not so wallet-friendly price tag. That is why you want to shop their Black Friday sale which is actually going on now, yes NOW! 25% off their entire site if you use the promo code DONTSTRESS. Here are my picks from their site:

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 Abercrombie.com

I used to manage an Abercrombie back in the day and dreaded working Black Friday, but flash forward to today and I love shopping their Black Friday sale! Now although Abercrombie has not released their Black Friday sale they usually stay quite consistent which is usually 50% off the entire store like last year and Abercrombie will most likely start this sale on Thursday. Here are some of my picks:

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FAIR ISLE CREW SWEATER
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VELVET WRAP-FRONT DRESS
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LONG-SLEEVE WAFFLE TEE

Sephora.com

Sephora Black Friday deals were release at the end of last week I believe and let me tell you they are something to get excited for and the perfect opportunity to either stock up on favorites or try something new. Here are all of the deals that we know about as of now:

Alterna Haircare: The Caviar Moisture kit ($30 value) will be available for only $10.

Atelier Cologne: Get the special Perfume Ornament ($36 value) for only $12.

Benefit: The Best-seller Blowout set is valued at $43 but will be on sale for $15. In this set, you will get a full-size They’re Real Mascara, mini Hoola bronzer, and a mini High Beam highlighter.

Bite Beauty: The Mini Multistick Duo ($20 value) will be available for $15.

Buxom: The Pout on the Prowl lip kit includes one mini Full-On Lip Polish in Dominique and a Big and Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Toxic Cherry. The kit is valued at $32 but will be on sale for $12.

First Aid Beauty: The Ultra Repair Cream will be available in a 12 oz. tub. This super hydrating moisturizer is valued at $42 but will be on sale for $15.

It Cosmetics: It’s Your Secret to Beautiful Skin set ($35 value) will be on sale for $15.

Lancome: Get the Dramatic Eye Duo ($32.50 value) for $15.

Make Up For Ever: Sephora will be exclusively selling the limited edition holiday duo The Artist Neutrals, which includes the Artist Liquid Matte lip color and Artist Rouge Lipstick, for $15.

Ole Henriksen: Get your own Dashing Through the Glow: Refresh Anywhere Set ($22 value) for only $12.

Philosophy: The Always on the Glow set ($32 value) will be on sale for only $15.

Sephora Collection: The Winter Queen Palette ($20 value) and the Colorful Cleanse and Treat set ($18.50 value) will both be available for $10.

Tocca: Tocca Favorites set ($26 value) will be on sale for $10.

*(Sephora deal information provided by Allure.com)

Zara.com

I love Zara, its great for basics, is decent quality, and it doesn’t bust the bank. One thing I hate about Zara is their website, it is not the most user-friendly (at least to me), I get frustrated and overwhelmed easily by it. This would be actually one retailer I would rather shop the store to find what I need, but since I won’t be heading out to my local Zara online it is! I recommend browsing the website before they launch the Black Friday sale so you can weed through all their clothing and accessories and not risk anything running out of stock while searching. Now Zara has also not released their sale but if it is anything like last year it should be 20 to 30% off select apparel. Here are a few of my picks:

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Glossier.com

Last but not least is Glossier, now again this brand has yet to release their Black Friday sale, but I do know that there is a great sale in store you just need to be patient a little bit longer. Again like Sephora, Glossier’s Black Friday sale is a great time to stock up or finally try out the brand. Here is my rep link to get 20% off your first purchase along with free shipping on $30 or more. I know I will be using this sale to stock up on some of my absolute favorites such as these:

What Black Friday sales are you shopping?

What’s In My Bag // November 2017

Happy Monday ladies! Is everyone ready for Turkey day? I know I am ready to stuff my face! A few month ago I made a splurge purchase to spoil myself when I was at The Cleveland Flea and stopped by the FOUNT booth. I have eyed and lusted after these bags for quite some time and finally decided to bite the bullet and invest in one of these gorgeous bags. I absolutely love the fact some that something designed and created in Cleveland has its home on my shoulder now and when people ask me where I got it I find myself responding with pride that it is from FOUNT in Cleveland Ohio.

I know I love these types of posts where you get to peek inside someone’s bag and see what items that they truly can’t leave home without. So here is what I cannot leave home without and has its home in my Fount bag.

HUM Nutrition Vitamins* // A big goal of mine for 2017 was to start taking more vitamins and supplements daily and some of those vitamins I take throughout the day so I like to keep them easily accessible in my purse. When HUM Nutrition reached out to me I was really excited to try their products, especially after seeing them at Sephora. I took a recommendation quiz on HUM’s website which got me 3 great products to try out. HUM recommended the following products:

GUT INSTINCT is a skin probiotic that benefits your skin, health, and beauty. This product contains 25 billion organisms and 10 strain probiotics. As someone who suffers from digestive issues pretty frequently, I was really interested in seeing if this would help alleviate some of my problems. I noticed pretty instantly that my stomach problems pretty much stopped or decreased drastically and the couple times I forgot to take them I experienced my symptoms had returned!

FLATTER ME is a digestive enzyme that helps support a flatter stomach and healthy digestion. You just take one pill before two of your biggest meals and helps with that awful full feeling you get and help break down your food during digestion. I have noticed such a difference with digesting after large meals with this and I ended up liking this supplement probably the most because if I can avoid that full feeling I am all in!

UBER ENERGY supports consistent energy through adrenal strength and this is something I need desperately since I wake up at 5 am every morning during the week and I need a little extra help when it comes to keeping my energy up. I did notice a decrease in that 2 o’clock feeling where you feel pure exhaustion sweep over you, which in turn makes me more productive in the afternoons.

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Rifle Paper 2018 Planner & Pens // I always carry my planner and a few pens with me because if I didn’t I would have no idea my schedule. I wanted to show off my new planner from Rifle Paper because I am slightly obsessed with it and cannot wait to start using it.

Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses // These round sunglasses have been my go to since the summer. I find that they truly look good with anything I am wearing so I always like to keep them on me.

Urban Outfitters Wallet // I found this tiny envelope wallet at Urban Outfitters about a year ago when I needed a smaller wallet for a purse at that time I was wearing. I love that this holds everything I need and I can just toss it from purse to purse.

Lippies // I carry quite a few lip products with me at all time but there has been three lately that I have been giving a little more love to. The Glossier Balm Dot Com in cherry smells delicious and adds the slightest bit of color along with the moisture we know and love from Balm Dot Com. If you want to try it out click my link here to receive 20% off your first purchase. I’ve been also wearing this gorgeous Maybelline lipstick in Toasted Truffle which feels so velvety and gives a beautiful brown 90s color vibe. And we can’t forget my one and only gloss from Fenty Beauty, the universal luminizer adds the perfect touch to any lipstick.

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Hair Bobbles // Hands down these are my favorite hair ties and I carry them with me at all times! They don’t crease your hair and they hold ponytails and buns very securely! They come in tons of color but I like the clear and nude ones. I have bought these from Amazon and Sephora and the price difference isn’t much if you buy the real ones.

Mario Badescu Hand Cream // What I love about this hand cream is that it absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy. The formula is made up of vitamin A, vitamin E, wheat germ oil and honey for ultimate hydration and nourishment.

Vintage Mirror Compact // Last but certainly not least is my vintage mirror compact which I picked up at Flower Child in Lakewood, Ohio. I love vintage pieces that hold history and I thought that this compact was so beautiful and was a nice feminine touch.

*HUM Nutrition vitamins were provided by HUM Nutrition. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HUM Nutrition. #humnutrition #startwithin.

What to Wear // Late Fall Wedding

This past weekend one of my oldest friends got married and I couldn’t be happier! Although it was freezing this past Saturday it was clear skies and sunny out, a perfect day for a late fall wedding.

The older we get the fewer opportunities we have to get dressed up, but although weddings are a day to support and celebrate with two people united in marriage it is also an opportunity to dress up more than you would normally.

Weddings take place in every season and sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to wear in some of those seasons; especially late fall and winter.

When I was looking for a dress for this wedding I had a slight idea what I wanted. I know I wanted long sleeves but also flowy and definitely a fall color palette. One of my favorite places to get dresses from is Nordstrom, they have a great selection and I think their website is very searchable when you aren’t sure what you are looking for. Also, I love that they usually have a ‘Dresses Under $100‘ section, because you shouldn’t be spending an arm and leg.

I ordered three dresses knowing that I would only be keeping one if I was lucky and with Nordstrom’s great shipping and return policy it so easy to just click and buy. Two of the three dresses were from the same brand and the sizing was a bit funky and they ended up being too small, but my third dress from BB Dakota was a winner winner chicken dinner!

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This dress truly had everything I was looking for – bell sleeves with a fit-and-flare silhouette and not to mention this Bordeaux color with this more minimal floral pattern. One of the features of this dress that I actually thought I wasn’t going to care for was the collar. The dress has a keyhole neck with button closure which gives the dress a more jewel neckline which I don’t normally gravitate to. As soon as I slipped it on it fit like a glove and I knew my search was over and my favorite part of the dress was the neckline!

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Now, remember how I said that day was freezing??? Well, we can’t forget two very very important pieces to this outfit – tights and a coat. I just picked up these black tights from Old Navy, I don’t usually spend a lot on tights and don’t really see the point too. The cocoon silhouette coat is Lucky Brand and I picked it up from Macy’s at the end of the season last year. I wasn’t planning on buying a coat and thought it would be fun to try it on and well the rest was history. Unfortunately, it is unavailable but here are a few other coats I really like – 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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And of course lets not forget the piece of resistance, the velvet platform shoes. I felt the dress gave off a 70’s vibe and wanted to have a bit fun with the shoes but not spend a fortune. I had been eyeing these shoes at Target for a little bit but had nowhere to wear them to so didn’t buy them but once I decided on this dress it was game over. To top it off Target was having a 20% off shoe sale which made these puppies right around $26! And do you want to know the best part? THEY WERE SO COMFORTABLE! I wore them all night and didn’t take them off till I got home. Towards the end of the night my feet were getting a little sore but to be fair I danced my ass off.

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What to wear for late fall/winter weddings can be tricky and stress, but they don’t have to be. I recommend purchasing a few options from a store you know and trust and bringing them home to try on and play with. Tights are your best friend and a cute/functional coat is your best accessory. Also, remember you can always have fun and spice up a look with shoes, it is unexpected and makes an impression.

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Photography By: Eileen On

A Day in Northeast Ohio

A few weekends ago my friend Eileen and I traveled to Canton’s Art District to check out their Saturday Flea. Although it was smaller then the Cleveland Flea it was located in a very aesthetically pleasing part of Canton filled with great vintage stores and unique restaurants.

After popping into a few of those stores coffee was necessary to continue to browse the streets. There was the cutest little coffee camper providing the flea with some delicious brew of iced and nitro coffee.

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Excuse my pre-coffee resting bitch face (insert upside down smile emoji)

After we finished up wandering the Flea and stopping in at the Little Chicago Clothing Company store for Eileen to get the perfect Ohio sweatshirt for fall, our stomachs started rumbling for some food. Since Eileen used to go to college around the area she recommended for us to get some waffles, and not just your regular waffles, only the best ones in Canton from Cultured Coffee & Waffles. This place takes waffles to the next level! Eileen got the Grandpa’s Grilled Cheese waffle that was stuffed with mac and cheese and I got the Hell’s Chicken Waffle which if you like buffalo chicken dip this waffle tastes just like that!

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After eating every single bite of our waffles and actual contemplating to order and splitting another one we needed to walk it off. We stumbled upon this great wall of art and thought it would be a great place to snap a few pictures! I just recently treated myself to a FOUNT purse and wanted to show it off a bit – you need to always remember to TREAT YO’ SELF!

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I had been eyeing a FOUNT purse for a while now and wanted my first one to be versatile. I wanted to be able to travel with it, but still be able to use it for every day. I settled on the Bellfield Tote in cocoa and although it comes with The Kestrel Keychain I decided to also get The Classic Fount Tassel Charm to add a little dimension to the outside of the bag. One of the owners Jackie saw me making the purchase and wanted to know what color I chose in my bag because she said: “they always want to match people to the color bag that compliments them the most”. I really appreciated that added personal touch and the fact the owner came up because she generally wanted to see what I was buying. I bought mine at the Cleveland Flea, but these bags are made in Cleveland and they have a location in Gordon Square in Cleveland and The Short North in Columbus. The straps are hand sown and are insured to last for the life of the bag and I actually stopped in the store this past weekend and they conditioned my bag for free. These bags are guaranteed to get better with age and everyone that I have talked to that owns one seems to love their bag more and more each year.

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After we finished up in Canton on our way back to Cleveland we decided to go and make the most of that beautiful fall day and go do a self-guided tour of Stan Hywet estate. We were able to walk through the hallways of this breathtaking estate that has been preserved so remarkably and take a stroll through the gardens that were so beautiful. I would love to go back in spring to see all the flowers in full bloom.

What this weekend showed me was that we need to remember that although we are so lucky to live in a city that offers us so much to do we need to take time out and visit all the other wonderful cities in Northeast Ohio.

 

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!