Next generation of Women; presented by the Sherwin-Williams Co.

Hey friends. Happy Monday. Wasn’t last Friday’s weather so wonderful? Everyone had their car windows rolled down and was smiling and happy…fingers crossed we get more of those spring temps soon.

Today I want to invite all of you to join me this Thursday at the Engage Cleveland’s signature event called “Next Generation of Women.”
Navigating your career and personal life in your 20s & 30s can be rough..I mean even in my (early) 40’s it’s challenging. But we are lucky enough to have Engage Cleveland who carefully crafted a women’s forum tailored to the emerging female professional in Cleveland.

Unlike your typical women in leadership event, they’ve created a half-day experience consisting of nothing but professional and personal advice to help guide the up-and-coming women in Cleveland, featuring some of the area’s most noteworthy female professionals across all industries. A few of the topics they are going to cover are : What do you want to be known for? (by my friend Lisa Zone!) How to prioritize your personal, civic and professional responsibilities? and How to effectively make decisions to navigate your career and personal life. Plus many more interesting topics.

I hope to see many of you this Thursday. I plan to take lots of notes, to be energized and inspired! I will also be insta-storying while I am thereso tune in for lots of fun stuff! If you want to get yourself a ticket they still have a few available to purchase. Visit their Eventbrite page here for the details.

  Kendra Scott : You’re invited!

Hey friends! I am so excited and honored to be hosting an evening at the new Kendra Scott store in Eton. Please join me and their very fun team Wednesday night, April 25 from 6-8pm for some bubbly a few sweet treats and most importantly the new 2018 summer collection. OMG…the purple earrings!!!

All guests will receive 15% off your purchase. It is the perfect time to get your Mothers’ Day or spring graduation gifts covered for all the stylish ladies in your life. I gotta say, I am a big fan of this national jewelry brand. I love her more trend-focused collections and can’t wait to see what else she has designed for the entire summer look. PLUS, I can’t wait to check out her new candle line..of course I am a sucker for great packaging and a fresh scent.

Although the brand today is pretty recognizable, did you know Kendra started off in 2002 as an entrepreneur with a small start-up investment in her spare bedroom? It is such a great story of one Mom’s use of her creativity and passion for gemstones that made the store what it is today.

I am really looking forward to visiting and hanging out with the new team. I hope you can swing by and visit, they have a pretty great night planned for us! Sweets, surprises and shopping…sounds like a fun way to spend a Wednesday evening with your friends. Hope to see you there!

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  Our Indian Adventure!!!

Warning, this is probably my LONGEST post I have written in the eight years I have been writing this blog. I wrote it for those of you who may be interested in our trip, but I also wrote it so that I personally didn’t forget any little travel details as a  journal for myself. I hope you enjoy!

Today is exactly a month from our return from southern India. It seems like only just yesterday I had butterfly’s of excitement deep down in my belly as we landed in Bangalore around midnight on a warm spring evening. So many friends have asked me to tell them about our trip that I thought I would write a few fun stories down. While this isn’t a true Cleveland-centric post, it’s about an experience that has provided me a new perspective on the world and I hope you enjoy it.

You see…in 2008; just a bit over ten years ago, I was a proud Cleveland Bridge Builders participant. If you don’t know what “Bridge Builders” is, it’s basically a young-professionals, leadership organization where you have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a handful of other passionate Clevelanders for a solid year of programming. In this group I met a friend, he was an undergrad student at CASE and we were placed in the same small group project. I am happy to say that while the project wasn’t super successful our friendship has endured for just about ten years.

Last year, around Christmas I got a phone call from my friend who had since moved to NYC and it was kinda odd he was calling me since we typically text nowadays. I answered immediately worried something was wrong; but just the opposite…he was engaged and wanted to personally invite me and Mr. C to his wedding celebration abroad and just like that…we were going to India! MORE! →

  (sponsored) Dreaming of my Indian Pina Colada cocktail!

Hello friends, happy spring! Recently I have been reflecting about our trip to India. While I loved so many aspects of the adventure, one of the things I discovered that I thought I would share was the bright yellow, Indian Pina Coladas!

We were out at the pool and feeling very festive and tropical when the server came by our patio chairs to see if we wanted a drink. From across the pool, I spotted a bright,  yellow drink all dressed up with multiple, cocktail umbrellas…I knew I had to try one. The server assured me it was a Pina Colada and while I was hesitant at first (I normally don’t love these coconut, suntan lotion-type drinks) I was feeling vacationy and went for it.

When it arrived I was totally BLOWN AWAY by how delicious the drink was. Not thick, not perfumy, just pure pineapple, coconut, and rum! I knew when I got home I was going to try and create it for summer nights by the pool. So I thought I would give my recipe version a shot.

INGREDIENTS (makes two drinks)
1) 1 cup ice
2) 1 cup diced pineapple, fresh
3) 2 ounces coconut water
4) 2 ounces white rum
5) Pineapple slices & mint for garnish

Place all ingredients in your blender and voila! You have a “healthy” Indian-inspired Pina Colada! I’m telling you, it is so light but with a subtle coconut flavor but a fresh, bright pineapple taste. Pour it into a playful glass, add some mint, a pineapple slice and enjoy!

Once you try this light version of the traditional cocktail you will never want anything else. Promise! So cheers to discovering new cocktails while away and the teaching yourself how to make them once you get home…it is a perfect memory that keeps on giving!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about my Indian Pina Colada as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

 

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  KP Photo Show & Sale

Hello, friends and happy Easter & Passover week to all who celebrate! Today was a gorgeous sunny day, don’t you think? I had busted out some springtime style and was super inspired by all of the Easter candy and baskets currently found everywhere. With that said…it looks as if it might rain for the rest of the week so I am totally working on my fashion plan of attack, complete with raincoats, wellies, and cute umbrellas. It’s almost April and what do they say? April showers bring May flowers…I don’t think anyone will complain about a plethora of flowers as we roll into a Cleveland summer…so we continue to wait for more sunshine and warm weather.

Today I am here to give you a fun PSA on one of my favorite, biennial arts events, the KP Photo 2018 Fine Art Show. The weekend of April 27th-28th, join the entire team of artists at KP, for the 7th biennial Fine Arts Show. For these two nights see KP’s studio turn into a chic, city gallery exhibition that will feature more than 400 fine art creations for sale, including photography, paintings, illustrations, and installations. Plus, a portion of the sale will be donated to Flashes of Hope so you for sure want to attend and purchase!

If you have never been to “KP” let me tell you a bit about this very cool and super talented group of individuals. KP is predominantly a commercial photography studio, who also excels in CGI (computer-generated imagery,) retouching, and video production serving clients locally and across the country. My role as a creative director and designer first brought me to KP for a client photography project and the rest was history, I’ve loved them ever since. The photography team is so helpful in bringing our designer/client ideas to life, their support staff ensures the project goes smoothly from beginning to end and the team doing the post-production work makes my job of actually using the photos so dreamy.

So now that you know a bit about them…one thing you might not know is while I am bragging about their role as a design partner, these creative individuals also have additional artistic interests outside of their daily work routine. Not only are they photographers but they are also printmakers, painters, sculptures, collage artists and more.

For exact event details and images of the 2016 show, visit their site. I really can’t wait to attend. I promise it is such a good time…and for those of you not really into gallery openings, I have three words for you…Unlimited. Photo. Booth! Hope to see everyone there. Happy art opening KP friends, we wouldn’t miss it for the world.

 

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