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

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Five Things // January 13th, 2017

Beauty // Chapstick Total Hydration Lip Balm in Coral Blush

Over the weekend one of my best friends/roommate, Courtney, introduced me to this little beaut and I had to run out and get my own ASAP! First of all since before I can remember Chapstick brand’s cherry chapstick has been my all time favorite go to lip balm without a doubt. I used to have stock piles of it everywhere! But in the past year I have been branching out and trying different balms and lip treatment because, I mean aren’t we all curious what else is out there?

What I love about this chapstick is that it is moisturizing like my classic cherry chapstick but it adds a hint of color that is near my actual lip color. In the winter time not only my skin is dull, but my lips are too and they need a little extra color.

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Fashion // Madewell Socks

I have a confession… I LOVE buying socks. I get such great joy buying big comfy socks on the regular and it doesn’t help that Courtney is the same way. So when we were out shopping and stumbled upon some great looking socks we both reassured each other that we need another pair and its okay to have too many socks.

I won’t continue to bore you with my passion for socks rant, so why are socks are one of my favorite things this week? It is because Madewell had a great sale on socks over the weekend and I bought a crap-ton! 30% off socks and then an additional 40% of on sale items, how can anyone say no??? I was cornered by a killer sock sale! Boot socks, crew socks, ankle socks galore!

Entertainment // Cleveland Art Museum

I remember going to the Cleveland Museum of Art when I was a little girl with my mom and cousins and getting too close to Monet’s Water Lilies that the alarm went off.

Flash forward to this past Saturday. First things first, I had forgotten how huge the museum is and how you can get lost and lose track of time, but that is the beauty of it. It was nostalgic revisiting works of art where I remember repeatedly saying “that ones my favorite, no that one is”. I know I am probably the last person in Cleveland that hasn’t seen it since the renovation, but I highly recommend taking a day out of your weekend and getting lost in time.

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Food // La Dolce Vita in Cleveland’s own Little Italy

SOOOOO in my last post I talked about working towards changing my diet to a gluten-free one, but this past weekend I cheated… I am only human and pasta!

Hear me out though! when one goes to Cleveland’s Little Italy it is next to impossible not to order pasta. Or if you’re like me pasta (a dollop of ricotta) and eggplant cutlets. After Courtney and I went to the art museum we decided the right way to end our cold Saturday was with a big ole dish of pasta and a glass of Chianti of course.

If you are from Cleveland and have ever been to Little Italy I am sure you and your family have “your restaurant”. A restaurant that you or your family goes to without question. My family’s is Mama Santa’s, and according to my mother they have been going to it since it opened back in 1961! This past year my mother and I decided we wanted to venture out and taste what else Little Italy has to offer, and we have made it a point to eventually try every restaurant in Little Italy. Currently one of my favorites, which Courtney and I ate at Saturday, is La Dolce Vita.

We watched the people walk by as we sat in the front window and cheered to a very successful Saturday afternoon!

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Decor // Organization

On Sunday I decided I would attempt to re-organize my bedroom/closet a little bit, after of course I dabbled in a little Gilmore Girls binge.

I switched furniture around to give myself more storage in my closet and room to stretch in my bedroom. I also moved my large full length mirror from the closet to my bedroom to cash in on that natural lighting. This freed up some floor space and the room seemed less cramped. Hello carpet angels. In return, I moved my 4 cube storage into my closet and utilize it more for clothing storage than decoration. At first I wasn’t too crazy with the change but I think having my mirror in my bedroom versus my closet with more room to step back and look at myself makes this switch grow on me.

What have you been into lately?