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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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

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!