An Ode to Cleveland.

Hey Cleveland friends, happy Friday!

Last night we got to experience a wonderful yoga party/Cleveland celebration at the Q with Believe in CLE and the team from Innerbliss Yoga. Truly, if you ever have the opportunity to practice with a large group of yogi’s (in our case over 600 yoga lovers) run don’t walk, it was both inspiring, challenging and it filled my heart even more love for our city and the people in it. Check out the hashtag #BelieveinCLE and #AllforOne for some pretty awesome pics.

Have you watched the video above? Another fun example of how proud we are to be Clevelanders. Thanks Mr. Symon for sharing your voice with us, with the world.

This weekend you’ve got to check out the November installment of the Cleveland Flea. Plan to pick up a few holiday gifts, grab a yummy treat, shop for some new/old ornaments, of other glittery fun additions to your winter home. The Holiday Market is located at 6555 Carnegie.

Cleveland Flea – November Holiday Market from The Story Is on Vimeo.

To put yourself in the “Flea spirit” check out their very cool video. Nice work Flea-team. Keep up all the great creative you bring to the city.

Have a great weekend everyone. Hope you find something to make you happy this weekend.

  The Metropolitan at the 9

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The other evening I had the pleasure of experiencing Cleveland’s newest hotspot, The Metropolitan at the 9.  A destination for tourists visiting our city to locals looking for a luxury living opportunity; this new building is something to be seen.

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While it was a chilly evening we were guided to the rooftop bar and patio for the initial meet & greet part of the evening’s agenda. From there we were able to see stunning views (see below) of the city while learning more about the architecture and history of the building. MORE! →

  Happy Wednesday!

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Nothing too crazy to report on. I mean we all know about the cold weather outside, the potential for more snow out east and then the possible weekend warm up, right? So much for hosting Thanksgiving outside right?

I was recently trolling through my phone looking at pictures of summer when I came across this gem. I remember sitting at the light at 117th and Franklin and this mural just seemed to jump off the building and scream…”sunshine, kitties, Cleveland and puppies in the summer!” It made me smile for sure…how about you?

Have a great day, stay warm and smile bright Cleveland!

  A little bit of shopping.

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Happy Monday Cleveland. Hope you all had great weekends. It was such a pretty snowy weekend on Friday and Saturday, perfect for the couch, lots of movies, some baking, a dash of cleaning and a trip to the Mall?

Yep, you heard me…we went to the mall.* When is the last time you’ve been to a traditional indoor mall? I can honestly say it’s been awhile since I have and it was the first for little Baby Ninja.

I needed some new makeup and wanted to start holiday-shopping-brainstorming, add my first skinny gingerbread latte of the season, a sleeping baby co-shopper and voila…a lovely afternoon stroll around the mall.

Two things I did come across that, while it might not interest all of you (I mean we ARE talking about the mall) I thought should be noted.

There is an entire new line of clothes at The Limited that screams Olivia Pope. The “Scandal Collection” is full of wide leg trousers, drapey sheer blouses, wrap sweaters and my favorite the Drape Collar Wrap Coat. The whole line is very pretty in person, the fabrics are rich and the colors very subdued.

For the t-shirt lovers on your holiday wish list the creative minds over at Fresh Brewed Tees have set up a stand in the middle of the mall with so many styles that I hadn’t even seen before; great holiday gifts for sure. Personally I smiled when I saw their “This is my Favorite Cleveland Shirt.”

After the mall a quick pit stop at our usual shopping suspect; Target to pick up a few things for the week. While we were there I checked out the Orla Kiely cosmetics, yoga and travel lines. Such perfect gifts for all your fashionable friends, you’ve got to see the entire collection in person. And speaking of collections, have you seen the new Toms for Target Collection? I love their black slip on shoes for me and the little patterned ones for the babes.

So, while I typically don’t visit or regularly share happenings from the mall or Target, I’ve got to say having a baby gives me new appreciation for strolling around warm and indoors while still feeling connected to what’s happening in the retail world.

I hope you and a great weekend and had a few little adventures yourselves. Happy shopping and holiday list-making everyone. Have a great week!

(*I went to Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted)

  Fabulous Food Show + giveaway

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Good evening friends. It’s that time of year again! Time for a weekend of yummy fun at the 9th annual Fabulous Food Show at the I-X Center featuring such chefs like Michael Symon, Tyler Florence and Carla Hall. With the cold temps creeping in; a weekend afternoon of recipe demo’s, culinary cooking and samples of the latest and greatest products, sounds like a lot of fun.

Interested in checking out the show? Tickets are available online here or for a bit of a discount at Giant Eagle Market District or Discount Drug Mart.

Want to win a pair of general admission tickets? Give me a tweet and let me know…“@iheartclev I am craving those tickets to this weekends @FabFoodShow!” Winner will be chosen by random on Friday, November 14th by 5pm.

*I was invited to share with you the Fabulous Food Show as part of their companies marketing efforts, in return for two tickets as a reader giveaway. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this event that makes food and celebrity chef’s accessible to all and that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!