Mornings at POUR Coffee

photo 1Good MONDAY morning to you. What an amazing Cleveland weekend, wouldn’t you say? I had such a fun weekend filled with all sorts of different experiences…from exploring the treasures at the Burton Antique Fair to riding down the shoreway during the first annual NEO Cycle Night Ride to a wonderful fall picnic Wiegands Lake Park in Novelty…I love discovering new things in and around Cleveland. What did you do over the weekend?

photo 2The other day I had the opportunity to have a work meeting at the most charming coffee shop around town, the (relatively) new POUR Cleveland. Located on Euclid Ave, this little gem serves the best lattes’s and oatmeal cookies I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to visit again…meeting anyone?

photo 5Have a wonderful Monday and a great rest of your fall week ahead. Get yourself down to Pour and plan to sit and relax while they craft the most perfect cup of coffee just for you. Cheers everybody.

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  Nature Stone Awesomeness


Hello friends. Hope you are enjoying your first week of fall, beautiful weather here in the Midwest. MIDWEST IS BEST!

I went to an amazing Lorde concert last night; it was such a perfect evening for an outdoor show. Not only is this youngster super talented, the production of the show was simple but visually stunning. I’d highly recommend catching her next live show when you can.

This past summer, while we have been busy with little Baby Ninja, it also has been filled with many fun house guests, visitors and yes…even a few home improvement projects.

Since we moved out west our garage has sat filled with boxes of collections, photo shoot props, camping gear and our various bicycles. To be honest it was a complete mess that gave me slight heartburn every time I came home; see below. Every weekend I had intentions of cleaning out the garage space, reorganizing and putting everything back together but every weekend something more fun than cleaning the garage would arise…and the frustration would continue.

Then we learned about Naturestone…fell in love and cleaning out the garage was a must. MORE! →

  Happy friday + Kate Spade party recap

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TGIF! It’s been a very busy and fun week. Lots of meetings about cool upcoming projects, and many different partnership opportunities. Halloween and the holidays are slowly sneaking up on us, there is a chill in the air and I wore tights and boots yesterday! I am already dreaming of sugarplums and candy canes.

Today I wanted to thank everyone who came out to last weekends event at Kate Spade in Beachwood Mall. We had a wonderful turnout, it was great to meet so many readers and visit with friends. I think everyone enjoyed the little make and take fortune cookies that you could dip in frosting and make the sparkly with edible sugar sparkle. The green tea and sparkling water were perfect for a little pick me up while shopping the latest Shanghai Collection. All in all it was a great evening out!

photo 1(The make and take fortune cookie bar)

photo 2(Some of my pretty friends who came out to see the new bags!)

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  Spice Brunch!

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Last weekend my parents came to visit us Baby Ninja for the weekend. While they didn’t mind dining on pre-made burritos and babysitting their grandson on Saturday night, they were ready to go out and experience the Cleveland culinary scene for Sunday morning brunch.

It was super exciting to us that we just happened to see on Spice Kitchen & Bars Facebook page…they were beginning to serve Sunday brunch the following morning.

We kicked off fancy brunching with a few “Sunday-Funday” (a new term for my parents) breakfast cocktails along with an order of their homemade beignets so, so delightful! (photo above)

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Myself and my mom (aka Nana) enjoyed the Shakshuka; a baked eggs and charred tomatoe breakfast dish (above.) The others had Killbuck Mushroom Hash (below) and Dixie Benedict (below) including pork belly, poached eggs and spicy hollandaise sauce. Everything was so yummy, unique and way more special than the typical mimosa brunch…but let’s not kid ourselves there is always room for those too.

photo 2photo 4So next time you are looking for something a bit more special when you are brunching with friends and family I highly advise checking out the new brunch at Spice Kitchen and Bar. To explore the entire brunch menu visit here…scroll down a few pages.

Happy Thursday, happy brunching everyone.


  Loving LORDE

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Hey friends. Hope your week is rolling right along swimmingly. For those of you who attended the Cleveland Food Banks Taste of the Browns, I hope you had as much fun as I did. What a wonderful, very organized, fundraiser. Guess who won her silent auction bid of margaritas, chips, salsa and guac for twelve peeps at El Carnicero? Yep… this girl! I am so thrilled to be able to give to such a worthwhile cause while having the opportunity to plan a fiesta with friends. Looking forward to it!

Have you heard? There are still a few tickets available to next weeks Lorde concert at Jacobs Pavillion at Nautica, Wednesday, Sept. 24th. I am so excited to experience this artist’s show I can barely wait.  Made big by Royals, this mysterious beauty is like no other. Her electronica, pop-rock style can somehow be described as a mash up between Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks mixed with a dash of Prince and some Kanye beats…let’s just say she’s one of a kind.

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Once you’ve secured your tickets, it’s time to get in the Lorde spirit…just a couple of things that might get you psyched up for the show or maybe even a Lorde sighting around the 216….a girl can dream can’t she?

> This 17 yr old fashionista loves to rock vintage fashion. If I were going to hit up a few vintage stores in hopes to catch a glimpse of the beauty or to find something special to wear to the show I might swing by Suite Lorain, Deering Vintage or Flower Child for some unique concert threads.

> According to this two time Grammy winner’s Instagram feed she loves a good bowl of ramen. Perhaps a visit to Noodlecat or the new Ninja City would be a yummy place for a pre-show, slurpy dinner?

> The girl has the best long, curly hair and funky manicures I’ve ever seen. Looking to get dolled up “Lorde-style” pre-show? A visit to Zen Metro Spa or Honeycomb Salon will do the trick. I hope she rocks one of those funky braid wreaths in her hair…perhaps that’s how I will fix my mop for the show too…hmmm?

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> Last but not least, one thing I always look to Lorde for is her signature dark lipstick. I’m not sure it would look good on me (I’m more of a bright salmon lip kinda girl) but if I was looking for more of the goth-styled lipstick, tights or boots, I would head directly to the Mission Boutique in Lakewood. Lots of dark lip stains and more to choose from.

Whatever your style is you’ve got to see Lorde perform live. It’s going to be a visually gorgeous show, her style is not to be missed and her music is magical. To get your tickets to this almost sold out show visit Live Nation’s site and grab your seats NOW!

*I was invited to attend next week’s show as a guest of Live Nations. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this organization that not only brings great artists to Northeast Ohio but that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!