All Tied Up

I don’t know about you but I was getting major fall vibes this past weekend. I traveled to Chicago with Courtney for one of my best friend’s wedding and I don’t think we could have asked for better weather. It was in the mid to high 70s all weekend long and we got an amazing lake breeze wherever we went. I was able to wear a light cardigan at times so instantly I got excited about fall fashion.

Recently Abercrombie sent me some amazing pieces that are great transition pieces from summer to fall and some of my favorites from the bunch had a common trend, ties!

I’ve been noticing this trend more and more the subtle touches either wrapped around the wrist or neck. I paired both tops with these amazing black high waisted cropped flares which were nice and stretchy for added comfort.

I’ve said this before on Instagram that I have been really impressed to see how Abercrombie has evolved as a leader in trend fashion since the days I was an assistant manager there. They have quality clothes at affordable prices and they are always running a good deal.

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Tie-Neck Oxford Shirt c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, High-Rise Ankle Flare Jeans c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, Basket Sandals from Old Navy (last year), Sunglasses from Loft (no longer available), watch from Daniel Wellington, Red Lipstick is Dior shade 999Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

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Cozy Tie-Sleeve Crew c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, High-Rise Ankle Flares c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, Basket Sandals from Old Navy (last year), Sunglasses c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, Saddle Bag from Madewell (no longer available)

Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo

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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My Subtle Statement to Female Empowerment

There is nothing like sending a subtle strong message out into the world and lately, I have been doing just that.

In the past few years, female empowerment has been re-jumpstarted on social media and which brought the education of feminism to a vast amount of people. Not that it wasn’t there already but I don’t think it was discussed or advertised as much as it is today. I have always been a feminist for as long as I can remember, it is how my mother raised me and I am proud to use that term to help describe myself. I don’t like to stir the pot too much with people but will always stand up for my views and try my best to respect others, but that is why I have been obsessed with feminist graphic tee shirts lately. This is the perfect way to basically tell everyone where I stand without saying a word. This sometimes triggers a conversation and I welcome that – I mean I have to, I am basically saying “ask me about my feminist agenda” to the world.

The last graphic tee I picked up was from Abercrombie & Fitch. I have been recently rediscovering this brand since being an Assistant Manager there a long time ago and I am so happy to go in there and see them stepping up their game. The message is simple, WOMEN WOMEN WOMEN – it’s all about us at the moment, it’s our time to start something and to break the shell that was molded for us a long time ago. Feminism is not about being superior to others it’s about being equal and fighting for that equality. So let’s show everyone where we stand, by putting our views right out in front, on our chest.

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Photo Credit: Tori Bonoan

Buy this shirt here – and here are other great shirts to make a statement with – Girl Power, The Future is Female and Feminist 

 

Summertime Gingham

Happy 4th of July weekend/week! I feel like I may be a little late with the relevance of this post but I wanted to share this off the shoulder shirt I got from Target a week back that I will be rocking this 4th of July! I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with the off the shoulder top, on one hand, they look adorable and stylish and on the other hand, I raise my arms above a certain point. But in the name of fashion, I will fight through my limited arm mobility. Is it me, or is gingham having a bigger moment this summer than usual? Gingham is usually a spring/summer staple print but I am seeing a bigger presence this summer and I love it! Give me navy gingham or give me death!

Keep scrolling to see how I style this gingham off the shoulder top from Target.

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Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo

Nighttime Skincare Routine

 

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I start out by removing all my makeup and depending on what I have on my face that day I may use my Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm for a more fuller face along with micellar water or just the Milky Jelly Cleanser from Glossier to remove and cleanse. I have a couple other cleansers I use and alternate during the week depending on what I feel my face needs. Twice a week I like to exfoliate my face with either Mario Badescu Glyolic Foaming Cleanser or just plain old baking soda which was recommended to my friend and me from a woman in Ulta with heart shaped glasses. ♥

I then spritz my face with Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater which I have been using religiously for the past year. Rosewater seems to work really with my skin and I feel like I’m pampering myself when I spray this all over my face and chest. Side-note, I also keep a tiny travel size one at my desk at work for a little midday refresh.

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Currently, for nighttime, I am using this thicker eye cream that I received in an Amazon beauty box by SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate,. I really like this for nighttime and even though it’s thicker it absorbs nicely. Any excess I like to run around my lips since the skin is very similar and I heard this helps minimize smile lines.

I like to treat my skin with 2 products, first I use The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% and let that absorb into my skin for a few minutes. Then I use my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which my skin just loves and eats up. When I am really in the pampering mood I use my jade roller which I got off Amazon.com to work in the Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

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Once that is all said and done I like to moisturize with coconut oil, my skin is glowing when I wake up in the morning. In fact, I use coconut oil all over my body, kinda putting myself into a coconut oil cocoon.

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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