How to Survive a International Flight

Now I still don’t consider myself a pro-international traveler, but this past year I have traveled internationally a few times and each time I refine what I think I truly need on the flight with me. So here are some things that I will be taking with me in my carry on next week when I travel to Munich, Germany for the second time this year.

Lip Balm // Hello dry lips! I feel like airplanes and dry lips go hand in hand and a heavy duty lip balm is necessary. My go-to lip balm should be no surprise to you guys, Glossier’s Balm Dotcom in coconut is my favorite scent, but I also like the cherry to add a hint of color to my lips. Get 20% off your first order here with my rep link.

Solid Cleanser // The key when traveling is to take a few liquids as possible. My favorite solid cleanser is Farmacy Green Clean, this product smells so fresh and it is cruelty-free. This product removes waterproof makeup which is really important to me as I religiously wear waterproof mascara.

Facial Mist // A sure way to feel instantly refreshed and awake is a facial mist and my favorite is Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater. The only thing is I would recommend maybe spritzing yourself in the bathroom or you neighbor may get a little mist as well.

Masks and/or Under Eye Treatment // Like I mentioned above airplanes dry out your skin so masks are a great way to help keep your skin looking fresh. If you feel comfortable with applying a mask midflight there are some great ones you can actually sleep in and then take a facial wipe to remove. I really like Embryolisse lait-crème concentrè which can be used as a face mask, facial lotion, and face primer before makeup.

Multitasking Makeup // The less makeup the better, I don’t like feeling overwhelmed with a lot of products when traveling so products that can have multiple purposes is perfect!

Dry Shampoo // When I travel for work sometimes I don’t get the luxury of having a lot of refresh time when I check into the hotel before I have to leave again. A way to keep my hair fresh is to dry shampoo my hair before take off, usually in the airport bathroom, and only slightly work it into my hair. I quite possible look weird with some dry shampoo showing my hair feels like gross when I get off the flight. I really like Batiste but honestly, I’ll take any travel size I can find.

Hand Sanitizer // I feel like I have been mentioning how the air and the water aren’t the best when it comes to germs so I really like to keep a hand sanitizer on me and this Honest Spray Hand Sanitizer is my favorite. It’s really easy to use and smells like oranges.

Tylenol PM // I don’t know about you but falling asleep in on a 13+ hour flight can be difficult sometimes and you need a little extra help. I really like Tylenol PM because it helps you fall asleep and it combats the aches and pains that come with sleeping in an airplane seat.

Vitamin C // There are so many germs floating around an airplane with the recycled air and all. I start taking vitamin C a few days before I depart and then throughout my entire trip. I really like the Vita Fusion gummies because they are actually delicious to eat and taste just like orange candy.

Compression Clothes // My favorite bottoms to wear on a long flight are my compression leggings I got on Amazon this past year or I recently got these new Aerie joggers that are so soft and comfy, but with the joggers, I may get compression socks to help with long flight swelling.

Slanket (scarf/blanket) // I saw a post on Into The Gloss where they used this term and insistently loved it to describe the legendary travel scarf/blanket.

Smell Good // Travel deodorant is the best way to keep smelling good. The one thing you do not want to do it put any harsh scents on you while on the plane, you want to wait until you get off the plane to spray yourself with perfume. I recently ordered Native in scent vanilla coconut from a recommendation my friend Courtney gave me. Native has a line of sensitive skin which is baking soda free which as we know from my past deodorant post my skin does not do well with baking soda.

Facial Wipes // We all know that feeling when you wake up from a nap and feel the need to splash water on your face. Now airplane water isn’t the best and getting to the bathroom is sometimes a hassle so these Garnier micellar water facial wipes are my favorite to get the sleepies out of my eyes. I follow with my facial spray and I feel 10 times more awake and refreshed.

Headphones // Now I wish I could lie and say I cozy up with a book during my long flight and get a lot of reading done, and I do on domestic flights, but with the temptation of movies literally at my fingertips, I get completely sucked in. I recommend a good pair of noise-canceling headphones so you can be completely undisturbed while you binge watch a pretty decent choice of movies or shows, only to be disturbed by the stewardess for snacks.

 

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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

 

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

An Evening with Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe

Woah, where did the past 2 weeks go? I have been going nonstop lately that I haven’t had a second to sit down and share my recent experience at Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe in Strongsville.

I was invited by Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe to come and check out one of their culinary classes they offer and I decided to bring my mom with me to make a mother-daughter night. My mom and I do a lot of fun activities together but one thing we have really done was truly cook together. This opportunity was a great setting for us to sip wine, learn some tips & tricks, and assist each other in cooking part of a traditional Italian meal.

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For me, this was not only a fun night to do something different and fun with my mom but I was also able to catch up with other local bloggers and meet some that I haven’t had an opportunity to yet. Since Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe opened it has been a new stop on a lot of local blogger’s list to not only snap a picture in the most instagramable cafe in the area but also try one of their delicious coffee options and pick something up from the bakery.

For the traditional Italian culinary class Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe hosted for us, we all had the opportunity to learn some great techniques from Chef Josh before setting us free in the kitchen to get cooking. Chef Josh made frequent rounds with everyone to make sure everyone was comfortable with what they were tasked with and if anyone had any questions. I loved that I never felt that I was waiting for help because anytime a question came up there was Chef Josh ready to answer and do a mini demonstration.

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Once we had everything ready to be popped in the oven the owners Darlene and James took us around the cafe and gallery for a more in-depth look at everything. Most people walking in may not even realize that this is not the only venture the couple owns and operates. Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe showcases the all of the talents that their design center and workshop is capable of out in Medina, Ohio. If anyone is interested in sprucing up their home I would definitely recommend checking out their website here to see all the things they can do.

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We walked around their gallery where you are able to purchase some amazing pieces from local businesses to stylish home goods. I love the showcase of local Cleveland businesses it truly makes the place feel authentic to its roots.

Once our dinner was finished cooking we all sat down at the family-sized table in their demonstration kitchen and were ready to enjoy our 5-course meal. Now don’t get me wrong I love cooking as much as the next person, but I do take shortcuts to make the process go faster, including precooked or premix/put together parts. BUT let me tell you creating this entire meal from scratch was some of the best food I have enjoyed in a while. I can now see why my mother and grandmother would spend all day cooking from scratch.

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Finally verdict? If you are looking for something different to do for either a girls night, date night, mother-daughter, or any other occasion this is the place to go to get out of the routine and get your hands dirty a little. Check out all of their future classes here and sign up fast because they fill up fast! I mean, how could they not?

Not in the mood for a class? This place is also a great destination for weekend brunch, a midweek wine night with friends, or even just a quick stop for coffee and a pastry. OH! and you can’t forget to snap a picture during your visit since every corner of that place has perfect light and even better aesthetic.

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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.

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!

 

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