Tidal Cool Fashion Show : THIS FRIDAY : Ticket giveaway

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Hey friends! I have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader to THIS FRIDAY NIGHTS Cuba Libre fashion show, an evening of fashion, funk, and freedom, to benefit Cornucopia (“Natures Bin” in Lakewood) Want to win them? See how below. Not to worry, if you don’t win they still have a few pairs of tickets avilable for you and your stylish friends to snag. It’s gonna be a great show!

From their press release…”The evening will be filled with vibrant fabrics where bold prints marry classic style in this Afro-Caribbean journey. Within Cuba Libre you’ll find a variety of unique dresses, skirts, and sportswear to satisfy your craving for the sea. This 25 look collection made up of over 50 pieces is accented with jewelry, belts, and hair wraps, all designed to mix and match within the collection as well as your closet. Tidal Cool Cuba Libre, bringing the rhythm of the Caribbean into the heart of Cleveland!”

Friday, May 27th, 7pm at Lake Affects Studio (1615 East 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114)
For tickets visit their eventbrite page here.

Want to win the pair of tickets? Tweet me “@iheartclev I would love to go to #TidalCool #CubaLibre THIS FRIDAY to benefit @NaturesBin in Lakewood!” Winner to pick up tickets at the will call table.

  Happy Birthday CMA!

Hello Cleveland and happy week-before-Memorial-Day-Weekend! So many fun things happening around town as the temps warm up and summer starts to warm our city..I love summer in Cleveland.

Today I want to share with you this amazing video that the Cleveland Museum of Art has produced to use in celebrating their 100 year birthday. The video actually gave me cold chills and then a tear or two…I gotta say I am one proud museum member, the video tells an amazing story.

So many wonderful summer events centered around the birthday celebration that I thought I would take the time to highlight a few coming up…

Tuesday, June 7th : The official Birthday Bash, free (even the Pharaoh exhibit) and open to the public. Join them for birthday cake, live music and a red carpet entrance.

Saturday, June 11th : Parade the Circle. For over 26 years the museum has been celebrating arts, family and community by hosting this parade. Join the museum and the many volunteers and community organizations as they share their creative costumes, floats, dance routines and creative magic. We can’t wait to go this year with our little guy, he is going to love all the excitement, creativity and music.

Saturday, June 25th : Summer Solstice! While the official party might be sold out, the Museum will be offering many other events during the weekend that you won’t want to miss. From other opportunities to enjoy live music to cool new exhibits, to a performance by our own Cleveland Orchestra…mark your calendars this weekend is going to be very special.

To see what else is happening at the Museum as they celebrate their big 100 visit them at cma.org! Looking forward to seeing you guys at the Museum. Cheers!

  Duck-Rabbit Coffee in Ohio City


The other day I stopped into the newest coffee shop in Ohio City called Duck Rabbit coffee.  This artisanal coffee roaster and shop  is not only gorgeous inside but the coffee itself is delicious.  You’ve got to swing by and grab a cup next time you are in the area.



I had the Penderisco pour-over  from Columbia. It seriously was smooth and rich but very drinkable, not bitter. Next time I visit I want to try a cappuccino…fancy!

DR-6The baristas at Duck Rabbit were helpful in selecting my coffee as they bantered back and forth about the tunes on the radio. It is a bright and friendly space that I hope you are able to stop by and take in soon. My favorite part? Besides the coffee…as a designer you gotta love their charming duck-rabbit pseudo taxidermy logo, nice work guys!

Duck Rabbit Coffee : 2135 Columbus Rd. Suite B • Ohio City (just a block or two south of Velvet Tango Room!)



  Pilates at Be Studios


So…it’s not everyday that I share a pic of me all sweaty and stinky, in weird poses, feeling very vulnerable…but here goes nothing.

Are you familiar with the boutique spa and fitness center on Clifton Blvd called Be Studios? OMG…if you aren’t you should be, it’s a gem of a fitness & wellness destination. The other day I met up with owner and pilates instructor Christina Anderson of Be Studios for her to walk me, step by step through a typical Pilates class series.

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. You have to concentrate on what you’re doing all the time. And you must concentrate on your entire body for smooth movements. This was not easy, but in Pilates the way that exercises are done is more important than the exercises themselves.


Christina guided me through a basic footwork series, then we worked on legs, abs and lastly arms. To say it was a challenging workout is an understatement! While I had little expectations as to what Pilates was or how hard it would be…it sure did give me a run for my money… and I LOVED it!!!

Pilates at Be Studios is offered most days  and at a few time slots. The classes are kept small (I believe the max is 6 students) so you receive a lot of teacher/student attention as you glide up and down on your reformer machine. It seriously was a game changer with regards to a strength training experience. I can’t wait to go back.


Pricing for classes runs somewhere between $20 for an individual drop-in class all the way to $300 for a 20 class package. However for a limited time, if you want to swing by and take a lesson, they are currently offering half off to all new iheartcleveland students at $10 a class. Want to go check it out? I promise you won’t regret it. Can we even talk how I was sore for almost 3 days post-workout? The best kind of sore that is, but honestly it was such a nice feeling to feel muscles engaged that might not have been otherwise.

So give it a try…if I can do it you can too. Pilates…it’s sorta amazing!
Be Studios is located on Clifton Blvd at 10400 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44102

  Goldfish Swim School : Water Safety Month!


In honor of May and Water Safety Month I wanted to share a bit about this incredible swim school we have been taking our little ninja to; Goldfish Swim School!


The staff at Goldfish is incredible. Every class, every point of contact with the parents is both professional and super fun. As parents, we love it almost as much as he does. When Saturday mornings roll around he knows to go and get into his swim shorts and that it is time to “kick kick kick” and “pull pull pull.” There are lots of water toys to keep the little swimmers interested in engaged, learning made fun in the water!


With summer on the horizon the team at Goldfish is celebrating May and Water Safety Month with a party! Join them this Saturday, May 14 from 2-5pm for their special family day including family swim, in-water safety stations, snacks (hot dogs & snow cones) face-painting and so much more. $5/swimmer or $15 max per family. Children under 2 swim free. (A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Swim for Diabetes.)

Seriously, I really have enjoyed our time at Goldfish. I think it is imperative to teach little people to swim and be comfortable in and around the water. What better place to learn than someplace with super fun instructors, lots of great water toys, in a safe and clean environment. Did I mention the air and water is always at 90 degrees…total tropical luxury!

Happy Swimming everyone. I hope to see you on Saturday, learn to swim, let’s get ready for summer.

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to attend swim lessons at GoldFish in exchange for a post here as part of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting this business as they celebrate wellness, water safety and play while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!