Transitional pieces are, well, weird. I really struggle with how to dress for the beginning of a season, specifically when the season ending is SUMMER. I’m never really ready to let go it’s my be-all end all.
As a blogger I’m so lucky to meet some amazing entrepreneurs and collaborate together on exciting projects. I’m also super lucky to have some amazing friends who have become entrepreneurs and love that I can use this outlet to support them and of course - share exciting new trends with my readers.
This little peace sign graffiti tag is right outside my office and for the last two years I’ve been meaning to have an outfit shoot here. Today, thanks to my coworkers Lauren, Nikki and Ashley it finally happened!
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?!))
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Marca Prosecco. It is intended for an audience over 21 years of age.
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?