I’d be a complete liar if I pretended to know a damn thing about sports. Or, as I like to call them SPORTS! But I do know fashion and I couldn’t resist and opportunity to shoot in this fab iLTHY jersey that is about to drop ANY MINUTE NOW.
Shopping for a cause - is there literally any better way to feel validated about a shopping problem? No, there isn’t; I’d know, I’m always looking for a reason.
The Arthritis Foundation hosts a Jingle Bell 5k every winter and to celebrate Christmas in July they work with the lovely ladies of Lilly Pulitzer to showcase fall fashions and raise money for this wonderful organization.
Alicia of Poise in Parma handles events for The Arthritis Foundation and I was thrilled to spend an evening sipping and shopping with her and my favorite red-head, Smitten in CLE.
So, what’s hot for fall? Summer. Lilly’s been extending summer since 1959 and today is no different. It’s all about working summer pieces into transition or putting a focus on vacation planning for the cooler months with their unbelievable resort collection.
Now, I’m usually more of a leather and moto-boot kind of gal, but their boho prints translate to serious hippie-chic and for summer, and that’s everything and more. I try my best to rock a tan like Princess Jasmine and channel 1970’s Cher, my ultimate fashion icon - so summer sun and Lilly help fulfill that mission perfectly.
Looking to support The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run? They’re offering 25% off race entries now through Labor Day with the code ‘LILLY’. Register here.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I had a rockin’ few days in Memphis, Tennessee celebrating a bride-to-be a few weekends ago. I have to say, never on my own would I have said to myself ‘I CAN’T WAIT TO SPEND ALL OF MY HARD EARNED MONEY ON A MEMPHIS VACATION!’ that being said, I’m glad my girlfriend that I love dearly is so Elvis and Southern Culture obsessed. Because I did in fact, spend all my hard earned money on a Memphis vacation, and it was pretty bad ass.
BUT WAIT! There’s more. I Botox’ed my forehead two weeks ago. I pumped that sucker full of some sort poison you get from canned foods and it is straight paralyzed. I would be 100% lying if I told you :
A. I didn’t love it
B. I didn’t spend even more time in front of the mirror than I already do, except now I just try really freaking hard to move my eyebrows ( spoiler, I can’t).
I finally got out on the lake to try Standup Paddle Boarding and it’s amazing! Accordingly to my US Weekly, that showcased celebs getting fit on the boards (THEY’RE JUST LIKE US!), you can burn up to 700 calories an hour while getting a great tan ;)
GUYS. There is another soccer game today and we’re celebrating America’s birthday on Friday. If we win this game, America wins the week. The only thing that could be better? If Graham Zusi actually sees this outfit post and immediately hits the road to CLE to swoop me up into his strong, beautiful, tan arms. (Kidding, JPC’s arms are the only arms for me) but, SWOOONNNN.
I’ve talked about my love for my yoga practice a million times over and over here on this blog, which is why I’m thrilled to share an update on an awesome Cleveland event happening all summer - Yoga Rocks The Park!
Living in a Northern city, when the weather gets nice, it’s ridiculous to do anything inside that can be done outside. It’s a little bit of the reason why my Yoga practice at Inner Bliss wanes. I mean, when it’s -30 degrees outside, NOTHING sounds as good as getting bendy in a 100 degree room. When it’s 90 and sunny out? Not so much.
A few weekends ago, I finally was able to see the beautiful space that is The Shoreway, a luxury apartment complex currently under construction in my neighborhood. Not only was I able to get a peek of the beautiful space, but it was full of beautiful people too - all there to check out Valerie Mayen’s Summer show and to party the night away with some of my favorite DJs.
I couldn’t believe the outpouring of suggestions from my blog post sharing that JPC and I would be taking a mini-road trip and visiting our sister city, Columbus. While I wasn’t able to visit all the recommended locales, I did hit quite a few and you did not disappoint with the suggestions! I figured it’s only fitting to pass these gems along to ensure a perfect trip of fashion, fab eats, and fun galleries.
High Street is full of the most perfect little boutiques - stumbling up and down the street you are more than guaranteed to find something that will fit perfectly in your closet. Further, so many of these boutiques have great brands that I typically wait to shop for when I’m in NYC - it’s great to see IRO and Schutz here in Ohio! If you’re looking for some of these high end goodies, check out Ladybird and Rowe.
A little over a week ago I hosted a spray tan party thanks to an invite from VersaSpa, a trend setting company that develops sunless tanning systems in our favorite tanning salons all over the country.
I haven’t been this excited for an invitation in awhile - mostly because I think this brings me the closest to feeling like a Real Housewife cast member than anything I’ve ever done before. Those bitches are ALWAYS having spray tan parties.
Do you remember back to my very close to Valentine’s Day post titled, Engagement Rings for Every Style? I’m sure you do - it was LITERALLY one of my most read posts ever.
The only reason I can think it was so popular was because you all thought I was having a real life meltdown. Hurry! Look! The girl who claims she isn’t sold on the idea of marriage just wrote a post on engagement rings right before the biggest love holiday of the year AND her birthday. She must be begging for that JPC dude of hers to propose.
Now that my half marathon is completed, I’m thrilled to share that my Saturdays feel like my own again! Not that having a long run scheduled ruined any big plans, but it’s hard to accommodate any all day activities when you need to fit in a long run and some recovery.
While Columbus is just a short 2-hour drive from Cleveland, it’s a city I haven’t explored much since returning to Ohio. I’m looking forward to a day of shopping, eating and cocktailing around town!
Even more exciting, one of my favorite friends is about to unveil a masterpiece of a project - a phenomenal luxury apartment building in the Detroit Shoreway. Even better? He’s swinging open the doors to the killer rooftop by hosting a Summer soiree and fashion show with Project Runway Alum, Valerie Mayen, owner and designer of the fab Detroit Shoreway Yellowcake Shop.
A day late… whoops! It was too fun of a weekend to worry about blogging ;) The week’s are flying by - I’ve altered my training a bit to move my longer weekday run from Monday’s to Wednesday’s since I get to Run the Bridges downtown with my Spin studio. Having a group to run with makes the run go much faster.
My fabulous friend Rachael is probably the fittest gal I know. She’s a yoga pro and does ALL OF THE PILATES. When she told me about her aerial yoga class that she’s been regularly going to I knew it had to be good and the other night, she brought me as her plus 1!
When my new overalls finally arrived it felt like freaking christmas. I couldn’t wait to check out this weird but awesome come back of a fashion trend. Would I look like a farmer in those clothes a la Tye from Clueless?? Would I look fat? Worst of all - would I look like a fat farmer?
Oh my lord it has been a week! I have SO MANY training things to tell you!
First, I was suppose to run 5 miles on Monday - easy peasy after a 7 miler on Friday, right?! WRONG. This was literally the worst run of my life. I ALMOST STARTING CRYING IN THE STREET. It was so bad I gave up. I called JPC and had him come and pick me and the dogs up. I actually thought about not running the half marathon. My coworker sent me the video below and yes, I looked like these ladies after a 12 minute pace at 4 miles. KILL ME. (Spoiler alert: it was PMS, I’m actually still fine at running)
The weeks are flying by and from here on out I increase my long runs by a mile each to hit my 10 miler the week before the race. Intensity is picking up and the dogs (and I) are feeling it.
Brief recap of notes:
- I can’t believe I haven’t told you about this - but I’VE HAD AN EYE TWITCH SINCE TRAINING BEGAN. I’m highly annoyed and starting to get concerned. Twitch, Twitch. A doctor’s appointment may be in order…. ((what’s wrong with me?!))
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It can be easy to get the Sunday night blues imagining a stressful work week ahead. One way I’m combating the blues is to start hosting fabulous sunday night dinners! This kills a few birds with one stone: I’m able to spend time with people I love, enjoy the last bits of the weekend, reach my new year’s resolution of cooking for the people I love, and of course - start the week fresh with great memories of a perfect meal.
About half way through my half training and I don’t really have any updates that are out of the ordinary. Mother Nature is really making regret choosing to live in a northern climate, never in my life have I wanted to live somewhere warm and dry so badly. I’m pretty sick of having to work my training schedule around the weather. It’s hard enough to fit it all in!
I’m getting major Spring Fever over here. It’s making me crazy. So crazy, I’m thinking about dyeing my hair for the first time ever.
Let me begin by saying - I LOVE being a brunette. Actually, I’m the captain of Team Brunette. However, I can’t help but wonder what it’s like to be a blonde. Do they really have more fun? What would I look like? Will it grow out into an awesome Jared Leto-esque ombre??
So, I’ve picked out a few of my favorite brunettes who’ve made the jump to blonde quite successfully.
First, let’s talk about the brunette queen - Kimmie K. A+ girlfriend, A+.
Ah - The half marathon is 49 days away! It’s creeping it’s way into a very serious soon-ish thing I’m going to do. That being said - I’ve reached my threshold with allowed times I can talk about the half marathon with JPC. He’s told me that not everyone is running a half marathon and I need to stop talking about it. BUT I CAN”T STOP (WON’T STOP) because I’m scared/excited/nervous/only think about all the running I have to do.
Hey guys— just popping in for my weekly half-marathon training recap. I’m sure you can guess how this will go - I’ll tell you I ran a lot and hated it (hopefully) a little less than the week prior.
Well, you’re right. All of that is true. I’ll spare you a detailed breakdown of each day and just recap with a few fine points:
1. I’m treating my training the same way that an alcoholic working the step program lives life - one day at a time. When I’m running I take it a step further - one mile at a time. While I throw serious hissy fits before every run, so far it’s working. What’s crazier - is once I actually get out there, I pretty much stop feeling that way and ACTUALLY ENJOY IT.
Week three is in the books! Yahoo! it feels good to know I’ve been at work on this for 21 days…isn’t that how long it takes to build a habit? Or something like that… anyway! Yay! Let’s recap it shall we?
Monday: I ran outside with the dogs, was suppose to do 3.5 and kicked out 3.72… HELLO, I’M A RUNNING OVERACHIEVER!! Kidding, of course, but it was a good run and it was light out the whole time and that means Spring soon…right?
Rocking a shade of red, or any bold shade for that matter, always gives me an instant pick me up! There is no easier way to add punch then with a sassy pout. Below are a few quick and easy tips to make sure you prep and set your lipstick appropriately!
If you’re still here reading about my half marathon training…thank you, we have 10 weeks left of these recaps. You can catch up on week 1 here. How is it possible that 10 weeks seems like forever but also way too soon to actually run 13.1 miles? I’m a wreck. Let’s recap the week!
Monday: I went to a gym to run my 3 miles… I walked in the door and they were serving pizza. FOR PIZZA MONDAYS. WTF IS THIS?! It took everything in my to get on that treadmill and run 3 miles and not eat pizza. I felt like not eating the pizza was accomplishment enough. I then STRUGGLED through those 3 miles while watching the treadmill time slowly tick by. When I got home I took my shoe off and my sock was totally bloody. I freaked, took a shower and went to inspect my exercise-induced wound. ONLY I COULDN’T FIND THE SOURCE. Mystery blood is no way to start off the week.
Tuesday: I went to a body pump class… at another gym. This time - no pizza. Only free weights…which made me feel like a bro. The workout was HARD, I was invited by my girlfriend and we rocked the weights to a lot of club music. I’m only doing yoga on my ‘stretch and strength’ days from now on.
Wednesday: Back to the Pizza Gym. I joined as a member - it’s $10 a month…. I’ll just have to avoid the pizza. This run was MUCH better. A tempo run that was a breeze. I drank a cup of coffee before hand and stared at hot models in a magazine… boom, motivation.
Thursday: I ran my 3 miles outside…because it warmed up to a balmy 34 degrees. JP came with me and I was excited for a fun couple run. .25 of a mile from our house I ate shit on a HUGE piece of black ice, sliding for what felt like forever. He told me I went down gracefully (duh). At least I ran the rest of the way home - freezing, looking like i peed my pants.
Friday: I had an early client meeting downtown and an after work event right at 6pm - and just like last Friday, I skipped my workout. WHOOPS. I promise I won’t do it again - but standing for 3 hours in heels is a work out too, you know?!
Saturday: Long run day success! 4 miles down, it was early enough before the snow that I had a chilly but picturesque run down to the Westside Market and through St. Ignatius’s campus. The dogs slept the rest of the day (win!)
Sunday: Rest day was amazing. I literally spent the whole day in bed with the dogs. I only ate pizza and watched the entire first season of The Carrie Diaries on Netflix (because I’m secretly 12 years old). BOOM!
Guys. It’s FAT TUESDAY (like I need an excuse) but if you do, get down and load up on all the calories your body can handle by making this outrageously heavenly dessert.
I told you I was making this on Sunday, and I spent my 3 hours doing so - don’t panic, it was worth it. So, back to Fat Tuesday - there are two entire sticks of butter in this heavenly creation. Who cares, throw caution to the wind - eat it all.
Anyway - it’s from Pastry Chef Jennifer Yee at Food & Wine and she blows it up. This was a recipe affectionately referred to as Millionaire’s Shortbread, but Chef Jenny knows it’s time to TURN UP and brought the billions.
So, the gist is this: homemade shortbread, homemade caramel (didn’t even know this was just burnt sugar, hello!), homemade dark chocolate ganache, and sea salt sprinkles.
*Also, my finished product is way uglier than the photos in Food & Wine..but whatever, it still tastes just as good.
I can’t believe it - but the house remodel is nearly complete! We’ve gutted the kitchen, installed new floors, and painted just about every wall or piece of trim in the entire universe.
If you’ve been following along, you know that JPC and I are took care of the reno ourselves…I’m not sure if you can call it DIY when you’re partner specializes in construction - but let’s go with it…since I cancel out just about any ounce of help with my klutziness. We started shopping and tearing up the place just after (or before?) Thanksgiving and completed everything just in time for me to host the ladies of my wine club (more on that later)!
So, lets go! Let’s take a look at our ‘before photo' courtesy of the home listing before we purchased the house:
Alright people - WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE. Holy cow, I can’t even believe it really looked like this. First off, I have to say we replaced the appliances the week we moved in: we bought a new stainless steel french door fridge as well as a new stainless stove/oven. Otherwise - this was our kitchen for a year. I can tell you this - galley kitchens are really really hard. I kind of hate them. I can also tell you that this kitchen killed my passion for cooking and baking. I hated spending time in it. I hated that I didn’t have a dishwasher even more.
BUT GUESS WHAT? With the renovation we got a dishwasher AND a microwave.
AND we got a beautiful set of cabinets, counters, a sink and facet from IKEA. JPC built out an additional wall so we could add some extra cabinets. WE LITERALLY TRIPLED OUR CABINET SPACE with this remodel.
Finally, every wonderful kitchen gadget we own has a place. Finally, I have enough counter space to prep all sorts of deliciousness. Finally, JPC and I enjoy having nights in to cook and enjoy ourselves in our home.
A close up of our sink and backsplash - we previously had a double-bowl and we opted for a single-bowl sink this time around. A few weeks in and I can tell you it was a great decision! I love how much room I have for cleaning and prep this way, I completely recommend it.
At the end of the kitchen closest to the dining room we put in a bar with a few stools. JPC built the bar for us, as I mentioned above, this is his specialty and his business. He’s an amazing craftsman that I’m so lucky to have (check out his website here). Previously, we had our dining room table crammed in this corner and used the space as an eat-in kitchen. It kind of sucked. I’ll be unveiling the new dining room in another post.
Above is the view of the same FREAKING FABULOUS kitchen from the other angle, as you can see the bar area is perfectly placed for quick meals or a cocktail while dinner is being prepped. Last but not least - can we talk about the floors?? The ‘before’ photo shows you the weird Floridian tile that was EVERYWHERE.
Seriously guys, I can’t get over this labor of love (mostly from JPC). I am so grateful that he took this on in addition to the rest of his work. Yes, I learned how to calk, paint, and grout…but if I’m being honest, mostly I just vacuumed. This would have never happened without him.
Petra can’t resist a photo op, ever.
So, the money shot - THE BEFORE AND AFTER COLLAGE, Apartment Therapy here I come:
Alright guys - Week 1 is in the books and today is my ‘rest day’.
I figured I’d give a brief update on how training is going now that my life is consumed by running (and more running). Since Sunday is a rest day and I don’t have to run - I have no idea what to do with myself, so… I’ll blog!
Until May 18th - this is where you can expect to see a weekly update on my progress and thoughts. Again, I’m using the Hal Higdon method and I’m already 2 weeks behind, so it will be interesting on how I make up that missed mileage before the big day.
So, here’s what we’re working with:
Monday/Tuesday: ?? can’t remember if I ran 2.5 on Monday or on Tuesday. Either way, it was only one of the days. I was suppose to run 3 miles, but miscalculated my distance and ran a really difficult 2.5 miles. I realized just how difficult it was for me since I *thought* I ran 3 miles. It was cold and my body hated me. The dogs however, loved it.
Wednesday: It snowed and I ran my intervals (about 1.6 miles) on the snowy sidewalks. It was hard. Running in the snow is like running on sand - who knew? Also, I was called ‘a white girl with a dog sled team' and cheered on by a flavorful neighbor. Again, the dogs loved it.
Thursday: JPC and I woke up and hit a 45 minute spin class at 6am. SUCCESS. We did arm weights to Rod Stewart - can you ask for anything more awesome as a kick off to your day?
Friday: I was suppose to wake up and run 3 miles before work. It was 1 degree outside. Instead I went back to bed. WHOOPS. I guess I need to get that gym membership since winter JUST WON’T LET UP. I did not run my miles at all, bad half-marathon trainer.
Saturday: I got up and ran my 4 miles with a pretty decent hangover. The weather was a balmy 35 degrees, the sun was shining and the pups were pleased. We ran steady 10 minute miles. I kicked my hangover and finished feeling awesome - the dogs slept for the rest of the day.
Sunday: (today!) Rest day! Whoopie! I laid around and read food magazines and plan to make this:
Because hello - I need to replace all these lost calories somehow ;)
Guys. I’m two years until 30. In an effort to not squander what’s left of my youth, I’ve decided to take some serious measures. I’m going to run my first half marathon. I don’t even like to run all that much, and now I’m going to do it all the time. CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW CRAZY I AM?
I have about 80 days until the gun fires and I’m already behind my training schedule. Again, CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW CRAZY I AM?
I’m using the Hal Higdon training schedule, recommended by my coworkers who’ve handled the 13.1 miles before. Does anyone else have any training tips? If you’re in the CLE area, I’d love to link up and get a running buddy or two!
I’ll be recapping some workouts and my progress here. I hope you’ll help cheer me on! Honestly, this blog post is what finally forced me to commit. See you on the road ;)
While in NYC I was able to catch up with some girlfriends I met when living around in Seoul, South Korea. We had a lunch in K-Town and spent hours reminiscing on our time in Asia. I thought it’d be fitting to offer some advice on travel to one of my favorite destinations. Seoul is a HUGE city of around 15 million people - it’s the most bustling city I’ve ever had the pleasure of living in. I highly recommend taking a visit.
From the moment you touch down at Incheon Airport visitors are greeted with the most insane shopping I’ve ever seen. The airport holds multiple stores for Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Burberry - just to name a few. High end shopping is a plenty, but budget options are also all over the place. I still have tons of clothes, shoes and accessories that I picked up in subway stations while running around the city. Some of my favorite pieces were snagged for the equivalent of $20 USD.
Korean food is fantastic - full of spice and flavor. If you haven’t ever had a Korean meal I recommend finding a reputable local Korean restaurant where ever you live. BBQ is a huge staple and kimchi is healthy and delicious. Koreans have a dish for every ailment and every celebration. For any foodie, it’s a dream come true. Since coming home, I’ve made it a regular staple of my diet…even venturing to cook a few things myself.
Korean’s have some of the best work-hard/play-hard mentalities I’ve ever spent time with. Their main export of music, K-Pop is a huge sensation and the groups are irresistible. Nightclubs and bars in Seoul literally don’t close until every single person is ready to go home. I’ve walked into a nightclub and night and finally left when the sun is already up the next day. If you’re looking to party, the clubs are the best part. Check out this list of must visit locales.
The Paradise Casino Walker Hill is the biggest casino in South Korea. Modeled after Vegas casinos, the Paradise Casino Walker Hill is found in the South Korean capital of Seoul. Gamblers can expect to find table games with a variety of limits to please just about any gambler. Do not expect to meet local residents here as they are not permitted to gamble in the casinos.
Ever spent time in Seoul? If so, I’d love a comment hearing your favorite things to do!
Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post, all opinions and travel advice are my own