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.

 

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Five Favorite Podcasts

Happy Monday to all! I took a little break from blogging to recharge my mind, as work was making me feel burned out everyday and it was hard to put energy into blogging during the last 2 weeks. I am sure all of you can relate that even though we love our hobbies and want to give them as much time and attention as we can, we all still have to make a living and bust our asses at our full-time jobs. But I am back and I am ready to give my passion (blogging) more time and energy.

One of my favorite things to listen to on my daily commutes to work is podcasts. I seem to stick to around 5 that I have actively listened to for the past year or so. So basically I rounded up those 5 and am sharing them with you today, maybe you may find something new to listen to or maybe you will finally give podcasts a shot.

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My Favorite Murder:

Karn Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark do an amazing job of telling true crime stories mixed with a healthy amount of comedy without ever disrespecting any victims. This podcast gives the feeling of listening to your best girlfriends tell hometown tales of crime and murder. and if you are like me (a Murderino) and are fascinated but this genre then you have to give this a listen to because you won’t be disappointed.

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Ladies Who Lunch:

This is hosted by YouTubers Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes, and as a huge Ingrid YouTube fan, I naturally was drawn to this podcast. It’s basically two friends eating lunch and talking about topics that are “often left out of polite conversations”. They touch on subjects that involve sex, relationships, social phobias, mental illness and so much more. As a person who actually enjoys having these conversations with others to hear what their opinions are (although they have a tendency to escalate) its great to hear their point of views on the subject matters or their advice on having these conversations with others.

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Anna Faris is Unqualified:

This podcast is such a good light entertaining choice. Anna Faris basically pairs up with some of her celebrity friends and while chatting they discuss what she likes to call it “not-great-relationship advice”. Anna is hilarious is general and listening to her interact with her Hollywood friends is quite entertaining and at the end of it all, I think that she does give great advice as if you were talking to a close friend.

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Not too Deep with Grace Helbig:

Another YouTuber podcast hosted by Grace Helbig and Jack Ferry where they both interview other YouTubers and some celebrities all while getting not too deep. They ask the hard-hitting questions like describe your worse pants shitting story in 3 words or who would you throw cold spaghetti at (since it’s not harmful, but sends a message). I find myself laughing at Grace’s quirkiness and this is a good light listen.

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S-Town:

This podcast is hosted by Brian Reed who is contacted by a man named John who hates his shit town located in Alabama and apparently has some information regarding a murder that took place there. The podcast quickly switches paths once Brian realizes it isn’t about a murder it’s about John’s eccentric life in Shit Town, Alabama. I highly recommend giving this a listen, Brian Reed does a fantastic job of interacting with John and all the characters that surround his life. Each episode you can’t predict where it is going but it hooks you in such a good way you can’t stop listening. I am so sad this is only a season long but I highly recommend it.

BRB, The 90’s Called

This past week was slightly insane on the work front since returning from Chicago. I found myself very burned out once arriving home basically everyday last week, so I was looking forward to a more low-key weekend.

After getting a much-needed bang trim and Starbucks/Target run in in the morning Courtney’s sister Gina graced us with her presence for a fajita and margarita party our apartment complex was throwing at the pool. It was such a nice afternoon to sit by the pool and sip on some lime margaritas without sweating profusely.  After a little bit of r & r and another Courtney joining the group, we were off to HiHO Brewery in downtown Cuyahoga Falls for a bunch of shareable food from Beef & Barley’s food truck and flights of beer (my personal favorite being the oatmeal stout). I wanted to wear something comfortable that evening and since it was cooler than normal this past Saturday I thought this Abercrombie & Fitch dress was perfect.

As soon as I saw this dress I immediately thought to myself that this dress is straight from the 90’s and I must have it. This dress fits like a glove but is flowy in all the right places. The buttons down the front of the dress are functional if you don’t want to slip it over your head and what I love about Abercrombie dresses is that they usually have a sewn in slip to provide additional coverage and quality. I paired this dress with a pair of medium hoop earrings that I got early in the day at Target. I’ve been wanting a pair of hoops this summer and I honestly never thought I would want another pair after my high school hoop phase. But these bad boys are the perfect size with not being too big or too small. I love when I can pair a cute summer dress with my black basket sandals that I got from Old Navy last year, they just remind me of another era. I was hoping Old Navy would bring them back again this year but unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it.

This past weekend was just what the doctor ordered; sleeping in, the company of great friends, and delicious food and drinks through out the weekend. I am facing Monday fully recharged and ready to tackle anything thrown at me.

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Button-Up Mini Dress c/o Abercrombie, Sunglasses from Ray Ban, Shoes from Old Navy (no longer available), Saddle Bag from Madewell (no longer available), Hoop Earrings from Target, Necklace from TJMaxx

Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo

3 Lipsticks for Spring

Hello all and happy Monday! I’ve noticed I have been reaching for three lipsticks lately this spring season and wanted to share them with you. Are they the traditional spring pinks? No, they are just what I have been liking a lot at the moment and it’s spring, so here are my spring lipstick picks deal with it :P.

Dior Rouge – 999

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Luminous Modern – Bond Girl

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Sephora Collection – 04 Brown is Back!

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What colors are you finding yourself wearing lately?

March 2017 Favorites

Happy Monday to all! Is it me or did March fly by? I can’t believe it is already April and we already have showers, at least in Cleveland. Below are my favorites things from 5 different categories for the month of March, I hope you find something below to try for the month of April!

Books, Movies, & TV

Book: Not That Kinda Girl by Lena Dunham

First off let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Lena’s work and what she stands for, so I was really excited to start this book. Second, I listened to this book on Audible (literally one of the best things invited today) and loved that she personally narrated her book. What I loved about this book is that you can see where she drew her inspiration for in Girls and Tiny Furniture and made me feel like I had a better understanding of her work and who she is as a person. She talks about uncomfortable topics that a lot of people still shy away from today and tackles them head on. It is a fantastic read/listen and I recommend you picking it up this April if you haven’t already.

Movie: Beauty and the Beast

GOOSEBUMPS! I had goosebumps and was on the edge of my seat for this movie. I felt like a little kid again and was filled with nostalgia. I hear people disappointed that it wasn’t EXACTLY like the cartoon original and I hear some people say it wasn’t different enough, but if you take it for what it is as its own independent movie you will thoroughly enjoy it. Also, the soundtrack is killer so I recommend giving that a listen too.

TV: Netflix’s Original Love season 2

This comedy stems from the minds of Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust. Season 1 hooked me where two polar opposite people meet by chance and it shows a good look at dating in today’s modern age. If you a single person in today’s world you will definitely get a good laugh out of this and shake your head in agreeance as you possibly relate to it.

Activities 

Wineries –

Wineries seemed to be a big part of March. My cousin had her bridal shower at one outside of Erie and my friend Courtney had a winery crawl in Geneva. I’ve never been to Geneva wineries (I know, right?) so I was really excited to celebrate Courtney’s birthday there. We started at Laurentia which was beautiful, we enjoyed two bottles of white wine in the cellar. Then we moved to South River which is in an old church, they were having an ice wine festival so it was a bit packed but we lucked out snagging a table and switched it up to their Trinty red wine. Last but not least we ended at Hundley Cellars for some more white wine, some snacks, and live music!

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Car Shopping – 

This past week I went car shopping since my lease was up and I am pretty pumped about my new car. After having a VW Jetta for 4 years I wanted to upgrade to a small SVU, a VW Tiguan to be exact. Although nobody wants to spend their entire day at a car dealership I am really happy so far with my new car.

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Beauty (Skincare & Makeup)

Glosser Cloud Paint –

As we all know I LOVE GLOSSIER so I had a feeling I was going to like their new Cloudpaint Blushes. First of all, Glossier killed it with the packaging, yet again, they look like acrylic paints which bring me back to my art class days. A little product goes a long way which means this tube of blush will last you awhile. It comes it four shades, Dusk (nudey), Puff (pink), Beam (coral), and Haze (berry) which were inspired by the NYC sunsets. Glossier was and still is offering a 2 for $30 deal with the code 2BLUSH, I got Dusk and Haze. Haze is the perfect flush which looks like maybe I just went to the gym maybe not? (definitely not, though). And Dusk which is a nudey colors which I have been using as a natural looking bronzer and an eyeshadow. These formulas blend effortlessly together and on my skin. Get 20% off your first purchase with my code http://bff.glossier.com/eNLsb

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L’Oreal Paris Skin Care Pure Clay Mask Detox and Brighten –

This was an impulse purchase at Walgreens between coupons and sales it was “basically” free. Out of the 3 clay masks that L’Oreal has out at the moment, I decided on the detox and brightening mask since it was more geared towards a normal skin type. What I love about this mask besides its actually easy to apply and remove compared to other clay masks, you can actually see the impurities being drawn out. I love when I can see products working.

Hair

Umberto Dry Texture Spray –

I love texturizing spray, it is my favorite thing to use when I curl my hair. I needed a new one and was at target one day and wasn’t in the mood to spend more than $10 and this guy was $9.99. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, and although I never heard or used the brand before, I have seen it in Target for quite some time. If you want a good texturizing spray at a good price point give this one a try!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo Clean & Light Bare –

I hate washing my hair and if I can drag out my hair style for a couple days I will and a good way of doing that is a dry shampoo. And surprise, you don’t need to spend a lot on a decent dry shampoo. My favorite drugstore dry shampoo has been Dove for quite some time, but my friend Gina swears by Bastiste! I decided to give it a try and I am not disappointed. I decided to get the Bare scent, which is a clean and light scent that is not overwhelming. Move over Dove I think I have a new drugstore dry shampoo favorite!

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Fashion 

MIA Elsa Mules –

Ever since I received these last week I cannot stop wearing them! I talked about them in my Shoes for Spring post from last week (you can read it here). I love the effortless vintage look it has been adding to my outfits and it is such a great transitional show moving from winter to spring.

What did you love in the month of March? And let me know if you have tried anything I mentioned!

5 Things // March 13, 2017

Hello wonderful humans and happy Monday! I decided to do this week’s post on a Monday to switch things up a bit or I just forgot to post on Friday because life got in the way last week and adulting is hard, haha let’s just say the first one. So without further ado here are my 5 favorite things from this past week!

Obey Lafayette Mac Jacket

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OBEY Jacket from 6pm.com

When I think of my dream raincoat I think about one of two things, a childhood bright yellow raincoat or a black raincoat that someone that lives in London would own. As much as I want a bright yellow adult sized raincoat I, however, found a black raincoat a London native would be proud to own… I hope. This jacket is weather resistant with a removable hood (if hoods aren’t your thing) and if also lined with jersey. I got this jacket off Amazon and I am really happy with it and feel that is a classic staple that I added to my closet for spring.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick

 

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Milk Makeup at Sephora

 

Do you ever just wish you can blur the imperfections on your face to give the illusion of an airbrushed appearance, I know there are times of the month I have. Don’t get too excited because this product doesn’t go to that extreme but some days that is what is feels like. This sticks smooths and evens out skin tones to give a great base to additional makeup or just to wear on its own. Another thing I love about this is that this is a vegan beauty product, in fact, the whole brand is vegan. It is free of silicone (which is known to clog pores), parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. I would totally recommend you checking out their Instagram account they post some pretty cool things (insert sunglasses emoji).

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

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Caudalie Radiance Serum

 

For my birthday Sephora “gift” I chose the Caudalie 2 piece set that came with their radiance serum and sorbet moisturizer. All I can say is that my bank account is going to hate me because I now must buy the full size of this. I am barely through half of my trial size and wow can I see a difference in my skin. This serum does everything it said it would, it evens out skin tone and enhances skin’s radiance. This is meant to target dark spots and to prevent them from appearing. I think that if you have more mature skin this would work wonders because I saw a noticeable difference and I currently to not have a lot of problems with dark spots beside some scarring from past breakouts (those are probably more noticeable to me than others).

Oil Diffuser and Oils

 

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Starter kit from Amazon

 

For birthday last month my friend, Katie got my an oil diffuser along with lavender essential oil since I have been deciding whether or not to get one for myself for awhile. Needless to say, I am hook and bought a starter essential oils kit from Amazon. There is nothing more relaxing than falling asleep to the scent of lavender and the soft trickling of water (which I thought was going to keep me up). Besides the much less risk of burning your house down by using a diffuser instead of a candle, there are a surprising amount of benefits to using one of these bad boys. Promoting relaxation and sleep or improving moods, help ward off illnesses, improving breathing, and pain relief is just a handful of benefits by using different types of oils. You can get a diffuser and oils for very affordable price points on Amazon, I recommend you giving them a try.

Cross Stitching

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NEW HOBBY ALERT!!! After a recent purchase (pictured above) from the Etsy shop Sarcastitch of one of my favorite podcast My Favorite Murder mottos to live by “stay sexy and don’t get murdered” I have been inspired to attempt to pick up the hobby! I am currently working on my first cross stitch project that is currently top secret because if all goes well it will make a pretty sweet gift for someone.

Guest Post // February 18th, 2017


Sidebar: I thought that it would be fun to have a guest post from one of my friends every once in awhile to switch things up. This week Eileen On wanted to share her 3 tips on loving yourself inside and out.

Hello beautiful humans, as Alison would say. As her first guest to blog on A5T, let me introduce myself. My name is Eileen and I have had the pleasure to work alongside and become friends with Alison the last couple of months. She has been a great mentor within the workplace and a sister figure outside of the 8 – 5 schedule. When Alison asked if I would be willing to share some tips on her blog, I was more than happy to, but there was one problem… I had no idea where to start!

The more I thought about the month of February, the more I wanted to write on the topic of love. Just to clarify, I am no love expert, but I do know a little bit about loving myself. Growing up, my mother has always told me, “You have to love yourself first before you can love anyone else.” Years later, I finally understand the meaning behind those inspiring words.

Tip #1: Loving Your Skin

Being able to love the reflection you see in the mirror starts with having clear skin! A couple weeks back, Alison and I talked about skincare and I realized I have been neglecting my skin by using the wrong products all these years. She suggested that I try this simple skincare routine and then build upon that foundation at a later time.


Start off with cleansing oil to remove makeup, rinse with warm water, and pat dry. Follow with a cotton pad and a little bit of micellar water to wipe off any remaining makeup. Finish up with a light moisturizer to lock it all in! It’s simple, easy, and the products are affordable. Even with my sensitive skin, I am happy to say these products are gentle yet cleansing. I can’t wait to try other products and take care of my skin the correct way!

Tip #2: Loving What You Eat

Nothing is hard about eating, but eating healthy is hard! During this time of year, chili is great for warming up your belly and it’s simple to throw together. Two years ago, I bought this cookbook from a non-profit, which I volunteered for, and have finally cracked it open. I can promise you this Santa Fe Chili is unique and you’ll go back for more! I can’t wait to try other dishes from “Recipes from Home: The Bethlehem Farm Cookbook.”

Santa Fe Chili

Yield: 8 servings

  • 3 ½  – 4 cups of dry beans (any type), soaked (OR 7 – 8 cups canned beans)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 TB oil
  • 2 cans corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 28 fl. oz. diced tomatoes (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 packets of dry ranch seasoning
  • 2 packets of taco seasoning

Directions:

  1. Place the soaked beans in a pot. Add fresh water until it is about an inch above the beans. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer about 75 minutes until tender.
  2. Drain beans (do this whether you are using canned or cooked beans)
  3. In a large pot, sauté garlic and onion in oil for a few minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to a large pot.
  5. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Tip #3: Loving Who You Are

Having confidence in who you are is the most beautiful and the most attractive quality one can display. Whether it’s having confidence in an answer on a test or having confidence to talk to that cute guy across the room, it’s a quality that everyone admires. As easy as it is to talk about, building confidence cannot be set within a time frame, such as a New Year’s resolution. It is an on-going process, building from one stage to another. Love yourself and allow that confidence to light every room you enter!

Leaving you with these three tips, I hope that you learn to love yourself first!

With Love, Eileen O.