That’s a Wrap Dress

Hello beautiful readers! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know I did. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Cleveland Blogger meet up this past Saturday at Hi and Dry restaurant in Tremont. It was an amazing afternoon to be surrounded and meet all of these amazing blogging women that were there to support one another.

We nibbled on some delicious appetizers from Hi and Dry and it was a great opportunity to get a taste of this newer place that took over the corner of Literary and Professor in Tremont. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their menu and do some bowling and drink some beer! We all mingled and went around and shared a little bit about ourselves and our blogs. It was great to hear first hand a little background of all of these blogs that are based out of the Cleveland area. Stella, from The Heart’s Delight, shared some killer photography tips and tricks that I can’t wait to utilize! And Anastasia, from Styled by Stacy, put together an awesome swag bag of local Cleveland goodies including a Blackberry scented candle from The Cleveland Candle Company, a bracelet from Banyan Tree, artwork from Cuyahoga Collective, and some beauty samples from Olive Me Beauty. Crystal, from Eat Drink Cleveland, also brought teas and coffee to try from Dreamers-Kowala Beans which represents an amazing cause by giving jobs to people of ALL abilities. And we can’t forget Leah, from By Travel And Error for bringing all these amazing women together and kicking off the Cleveland Blogger Meetups!

I wanted to share what I wore Saturday to the Cleveland Blogger Meetup, on that very very humid NE Ohio day. I recently purchased this denim sleeveless wrap dress from Gap.com when I saw my cousin Katie wearing it on a family Fourth of July party. I was obsessed immediately and knew I had to purchase it. So thank you, Katie, for inspiring this outfit ♥

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Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo

Follow all of the ladies I met this past weekend for food, fashion, fitness, Cleveland, and so much more!

Leah from By Travel & Error

Anastasia from Styled by Stacy

Crystal from Eat Drink Cleveland

Stella from The Heart’s Delight

Lauren from Finding Fit After 30

Alyssa from The Mexitalian

Kate from Greatest Escapist

Kala from Cook Drink Decorate

Brittney from According To Brittney

Amanda from Closeted Fashion Blog

Jen from AuntJammy.com (relaunching soon!)

Debi from DebiDarnell.com

CLE Bloggers Meet Up

5 Pool Day Essentials

We are half way through summer and pool days are becoming a regular staple in everyone’s weekly plans. I wanted to share with you guys today what my 5 essentials are for a pool day in Cleveland.

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First off if you don’t own one of these are already, go to Amazon right now, go on, I’ll wait… A Bubba 52oz Mug for ultimate drink storage! My friend Breanne turned me on to these because she swears that they make or break a pool day. You can put so much in these bad boys that if you are like me and live in an apartment helps cut down on the times you have to run back upstairs to refill drinks. Another great thing about these is that they are not even that expensive, under $20! So go check them out, they are great to have handy.

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Nothing says summer than a good summer beer am I right? If you are like me and like to enjoy an adult beverage while relaxing poolside my new summer favorite is Ohio’s own Platform Brewery’s Hyper Retro. This lemon ginger saison ale is described as citrusy, spicy, and bright; a must try for the summer!

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What is a pool day without a good pair of sunglasses to block the haters? I recently got a pair of Ray Ban’s Round Metal sunglasses and although everyone has them, I feel like then have become a classic staple in our summer wardrobe over the past few years. I also feel incredibly stylish wearing these everywhere.

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I don’t about you guys but I refuse to wear makeup to the pool, I mean what is the point? My friend Eileen gave me a sample of the COOLA Mineral Face Matte Tint SPF 30 and this has really become my go to face SPF for pool days. It adds the slightest bit of color while protecting your face from the sun. What I love about this product is the consistency, it almost turns to a powder when massaging it into the skin, it’s really quite nice!

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So we can’t forget something for once the pool day has ended and on a semi recent Target trip, my friend Courtney and I discovered the best after-sun product EVER, Bare Republic® Daily Recovery After Sun Serum. This stuff is so soothing, light, non-sticky, and smells nice too for being an after-sun product. It is a serum consistency and absorbs nicely into the skin, I have even been using it on my face after a long day in the sun.

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Fresh Music Tuesday // Early Summer

I thought I would share some of the new music I have been liking so far this summer. Click the link below if you have Spotify – don’t forget to follow any of many of playlists.

Currently Playing: 

Doing it for the Money // Foster the People

Liability // Lorde

Want You Back // HAIM

Thunder // Imagine Dragons

Malibu // Miley Cyrus

Strangers // Halsey (Ft. Lauren Jauregui)

Don’t Take The Money // Bleachers

Everything Now // Arcade Fire

Listen on Spotify

 

April 2017 Favorites

Happy Monday to all my readers I hope you all had a fun filled weekend! Another month passes us by and here we are in May! April was filled with a lot of fun adventures and trying a lot of new things, so without further ado here are my favorites from April.

Products

Sweet Dish & Darling Candles

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Peachwood Amber & Patchouli Grapefruit

At April’s Cleveland Flea I purchased 2 candles from Sweet Dish & Darling soy candles, I got the scents Peachwood Amber and Patchouli Grapefruit. I usually gravitate to the more woodsy/muskier scents but these had an unusual sweetness that you would normally not find paired with amber or patchouli which really got me, I couldn’t stop smelling them. So far I am currently burning Peachwood Amber and I love the smell that fills up my room, I can’t wait to burn the next one.

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant

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Buy it on Amazon

I talked about my recent purchase of this baking soda free deodorant in this past post but after trying it for over a month now I love it! This deodorant does not irritate my underarms which was my biggest problem when first switching over to natural deodorant. Also, the grapefruit scent is subtle but pleasant. Although this doesn’t last the whole day, it does get me through at least 8-10 hours without needing to be reapplied. If you are thinking about switching to natural deodorants I would recommend this one because in my personal opinion the baking soda based ones were too much and this helps you ease into the transition.

SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment (Sample Size)

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Buy it Here from Sephora

I got a Sephora sample earlier this month and was crazy excited to try it out, I am sure most of you have heard about this brand. And let me tell you this product completely lives up to its hype! The only way I can describe what it does for my skin is healthier, it just appears healthier. The only downside to this? The price point… this product is $105 and the sound of that kinda hurts my wallet. Now don’t get me wrong this product is definitely worth the price tag, but I  wanted to see if there was an alternative out there. I am sure a lot of you have seen the brand The Ordinary out there, that offers good products at a low price point. I order their lactic acid product recently, and once I get it and try it out I will let you know how it compares to Sunday Riley and my thoughts.

Travels

Backstreet Boys Concert in Las Vegas

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This past month my friend Gina and I traveled to Las Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys and let me tell you I never felt more like my 8-year-old self! It was such a nostalgic experience to relive all those songs in person. Everyone in the audience was just feeding off each other’s energy it was amazing. This was their final week of performances before they went on their Las Vegas hiatus. We also got lucky enough to go to their after party where Kevin and Howie hosted and sang some great 90 throwback songs. Oh and also we worked our way to the front and Kevin held my hand for 1.5 seconds. Apparently, there is a Backstreet Boy cruise but that is sadly sold out already… next time BSB I am coming for you at sea.

Cleveland

The First Cleveland Flea

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The Cleveland Flea Homepage

This past month The Cleveland Flea kicked off the spring season with their first flea! I love the flea, it creates such a perfect Saturday in Cleveland offering vintage pieces, original creations, and food/drinks to die for. It’s important to support these small local businesses because they are what make Cleveland great, original, and feel like home. I went with my mom and friend Eileen on the brisk Saturday morning as we clung to our hot coffees, we all walked away with a little something that day. You should check out the next flea May 13 from 9-4 pm if you have the chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Entertainment

S-Town Podcast

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So I started this podcast because there was a lot of hype about it and it made me curious. And let me tell you I am one episode from being done and I am still thinking to myself WTF? It is basically about a guy named John from what he calls Shittown, Alabama. Its hosted/investigated by Brian Reed from Serial and This American Life. This podcast starts off with an alleged murder that has taken place but justice is not being served which upsets John, but then turns into this Grey Gardens like vibe about John’s life. It’s quite fascinating and I encourage you to give it a listen if you are in the market for a new podcast, there are a lot of episodes so it doesn’t take a lot of commitment.

Fashion

Aerie Bathing Suit

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Recently I have gotten two new one-piece bathing suits from Aerie and I am obsessed! First off I am so happy for the one-piece comeback and second, Aerie has such great suits to choose from. I got one more “basic” plum colored one with a criss-cross back and then one more “fun” vintage red one with ruffles and a small cut out. Both are flattering and are super comfortable to wear all day at the pool. You can find me in them all summer long by the pool.

What have you loved this past month?

 

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 Shoes for Spring // March 26, 2017

HELLLOOO & happy Monday beautiful people! I was thinking about what to write last week for this today’s blog and sinceI have been talking about a lot of skincare and makeup favorites I decided to switch it up and do another obsession of mine… shoes. OH MY GOD SHOES (sorry not sorry I had to, please tell me you all remember that YouTube shoes video?)

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Jeffrey Campbell Cors’ Suede Peep Toe Bootie

Last summer I swear every YouTuber I watched raved about the JC Cors’ booties and I can see why they looked good on everyone! I myself never owned a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes but my friends that did only had good things to say about the quality of them. I had a wedding coming up in the beginning of fall and it was a perfect excuse to take the plunge and snag a pair. Eventually, I would like to get a black pair because I just love the style it adds to anything you wear. I didn’t get a lot of wear out of them last year since I got them towards the end of fall so I am really excited to break these out! If you ask me these are a perfect transition bootie to wear in the fall and spring.

Buy them here: Jeffrey Campbell Cors’

Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

Now I have mentioned these as a favorite thing in a past post (Click here to read). I talked about how I started wearing them more this past winter but I think I am going to just continue wearing them through the spring, I can’t get enough of the style they bring to any outfit! Everyone needs a go-to sneaker for spring right?

Buy them here: Adidas Stan Smith

MIA Elsa Mule

This is actually a recent online purchase that I haven’t received yet, but I cannot wait to wear these for spring. At a recent event out for the Cleveland Flea, I met a girl who was rocking some clogs and I was instantly inspired to buy a pair of my own. I loved the way she effortlessly styled them and made them appear like a natural staple in someone’s spring wardrobe. She also has a killer vintage clothing business, Ode Vintage, that I recommend you checking out if you love vintage and love supporting Cleveland small businesses.

Buy them here: MIA Mule

Sam Edelman Felicia Flats

To me, these are a no-brainer classic flat to have in everybody’s closet. Now I actually wear these all year round but in the winter I will just change into them while at work, but in the spring I will wear them more outside of work since flats go with pretty much anything. Flats are just a great shoe to just slip on and you don’t have to worry about them not going with anything because a pair of black flats literally goes with EVERYTHING. What I love about these shoes is that the leather is so soft and comfortable I can wear these all day.

Buy them here: Sam Edelman Flats

Hunter Adjustable Calf Rain Boot

Why is it whenever I wear my Hunters I just want to jump in every rain puddle I see? I used to wear these all the time a few years ago and I am disappointed that I didn’t utilize them much last spring, but this season I plan on slipping these bad boys on for Ohio rainy days.

Buy them here: Hunter Rain Boots

What are your must-have shoes for this spring?