The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival


Hello Cleveland art, creativity and film lovers. Today I want to share with you a bit about the upcoming Chagrin Documentary Film Festival kicking off next week, October 5th through the 9th.

The Festival is a five-day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the village of Chagrin Falls. This inspiring event draws audiences from all over to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight.


They plan for 76 films, for 5 solid days at 7 venues with over 10 thousand attendees…what could be more fun than a film festival in the fall?

I really would like to see Good Luck Soup; a film about a Japanese-American, who grew up in a predominantly Irish-Catholic Cleveland neighborhood. This movie was screened at last years Cleveland International Film Fest but I never made it.

Looking forward to opening night on October 5th when downtown Chagrin is transformed with red carpets and lots of film celebration fun. The opening film is “Chasing the Win” made by Laura Sheehy and Chris Ghelfi about a global horse racing success story. I am so looking forward to grabbing my annual kick-off Pumpkin Spice Latte, walking around “the falls” and then settling in for an evening of celebrating film and the spirit of the documentary filmmaking process.

Check out the festival website for a complete listing of films. Tickets to the films are $10 each or you can see all the films with a film festival show pass for $75 each. Get your tickets today!

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to attend the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival  as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this creative festival that celebrates film and artists while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  A 1-tank, ModCloth Roadtrip to Pittsburgh


Fall is literally my favorite season. Not just because of candy corn and pumpkin spice but because of the brisk temps, the back to school supplies and the fashions…I mean tights, tweeds, oranges, blacks and browns…need I say more?


When I think fall, I also think about weekend road trips and squeezing in all the to-do’s we didn’t get too over the summer. It’s the perfect time to throw a few sweaters and jeans in a tote and head off for a weekend adventure…this weekend would be the perfect time to go somewhere…perhaps check out Pittsburgh???

img_8006Yesterday I was in Pittsburgh for a client project and so while I was in town I made time to go visit the team at the very adorable Modcloth Pop-up store nestled in downtown Pittsburgh. As a big fan of the Modcloth website–it’s always my go-to for fun party dresses and mod-inspired staples, I was excited to hear that I could go and see the various styles live and in-person.


The pop-up features a curated collection of their always vintage-inspired clothing, accessories and home decor, as well as free styling appointments with on-site ModStylists. It seriously was so fun and filled with so many girlie details…I could have stayed and shopped all day.


A trip to the pop-up and I couldn’t resist a few new pieces for my fall wardrobe…details below.

Wine Appreciation Sweater : Besides the name which I love…this sweater is tipped with a sweet collar and faux cuffs. I can’t wait to wear this with a new pair of cords or dress it up with a stylish skirt for fall.

My Neighbor Toronto Midi Skirt : Adorable dark wash jean skirt with big gold buttons & chic back pockets! I love the little bit of stretch, I will be able to wear this piece to work and  to the playground, it’s very comfy.


Pardon My French Quarter Cape : The perfect layering accessory for fall outings. Tweed perfection.

Have a Good Skip booties : Dress ‘em up with tights or pair them with jeans for any fall ensemble. These booties pair with just about anything for a stylish alternative to fall flats.

The drive was short, a mere 2 hours and one large coffee later I was in a Modcloth wonderland. Pack up your pals this weekend and head down to the Pop-Up while they are still in town. Mod cloth : 625 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222 | Open until September 27th | Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm & Sun: 11am-6pm

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to visit the Modcloth pop-up shop as part of their marketing outreach. Thanks for supporting this business that sells amazing fashion finds for all sorts of sizes while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  A quick visit to Chagrin Falls

Hello friends of the CLE! I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed this early fall weather that is starting to linger in the air.

Over the weekend my family took a few days away to celebrate a birthday and explore the windy city…Chicago! We ate some over-stuffed pizza, walked for miles and miles, hung out with the penguins and seahorses at The Shed and played hard at the child-approved Maggie Daley Park. We also got in a bit of shopping for fall fashions and perhaps a cocktail or two when the little guy fell asleep. It was a great mini-getaway but like they say…it is always wonderful to come back home.

Last week I had a meeting in Chagrin Falls and a few minutes to kill. I hadn’t really been down near the falls and the adorable shops in some time, so I picked a few and stopped in for a bit to see what fun treats they had for fall shopping.

img_7686img_7688A few of my favorites…
Nola True : A clothing and accessory boutique for all types of fashionistas. For the chic, homecoming/party dresses to the everyday slouchy sweaters, this store has something for all types of women. I picked up a great transition sweater to wear over a summer tank top and can’t wait to throw it on for a brisk evening walk.


The Little Monogram Shop is one of those stores I have always wanted to go in and explore and it was totally worth it. From gifts for new little ones (side note, I am a new Auntie! Hooray & congrats to my sister & brother-in-law Rebecca & Frans Kobus!) to back-to-school monogrammed supplies to these adorable key tags…I loved the girl boss one. So sweet.


Gypsy Sole : Filled with a bit of cowgirl, a touch of hippie and a dollop of shabby chic, this little boutique made me smile from the moment I walked in. I love their selection of cowboy boots and sweaters but ended up walking away with a stack of letter-pressed greeting cards. The store has many area artist goods as well as a section of well-known brands…the perfect place to spend the afternoon browsing through every nook and cranny.

Long story short…I MUST schedule a weekend morning outing with my gals to fully explore all of the incredible shops by the falls. Perhaps a little brunching and mimosas are in order as well. Cheers friends to fall shopping and exploring a new part of town! Thanks Chagrin Falls for always being so adorable…can’t wait to come back real soon. :)

  Back to school with + giveaway


It’s the time of year when many of us find ourselves clearing off our desks, purging summer stacks of magazines and catalogs and making room on our desks (& in our backpacks) for fall “back to school” supplies.

The other day as I was organizing my home office, I found myself going through stacks and stacks of random, this and that notecards and notepads that I had acquired over the years. Being a professional designer, collecting paper goods is sort of an occupational hazard (said the girl with a few rubbermaid totes full of party plates and napkins!…I digress) although one that typically causes more joy that harm. As I went through this and that notecard and such it came to me that I didn’t have anything really special to just me. You know, sort of like a monogrammed card or a personalized pad. It was like my fall must-have’s were craving for a few custom paper odd’s and ends and so where else would I have turned but my ultimate favorte paper and art outfitter, but is a site dedicated to uncovering exceptional design from all over the world and to bring these designs to people like us; savvy shoppers who expect amazing stuff! Especially when e are talking paper and home goods…this site is typically one of my it 5 go-to for great patterns with regards to custom fabrics, drapes, holiday family cards and let’s not get me started about their incredible section of patterned lampshades…more to come on ones we got for our new house soon!

IMG_7415So…I “needed” a few thank you notes for new house warming gifts and fall happenings. I wanted a new notebook to kick off my September/fall note taking in style. Minted had so many awesome cards designs, made by other independent designers I could not pass up scooping up a set of pretzel stationery by Jordan Sondler and a custom notepad by Alethea and Ruth. Would you like to win a $50 gift certificate to for  few new school supplies for you…or your little ones?  Hooray, you’ve come to the right place.


There are many ways to enter to win, just explore the rafflecopter entry below. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you would purchase, follow @iheartclev or @minted, tweet us…so many ways to enter! The contest is open from now until next friday. Get your entries in…this is a super fun contest and an incredible partner.

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Good luck and happy back to school for everyone, both big and small. Cheers & goodluck!

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  The Mughal Exhibit at the CMA!


Hello & happy “Monday” to you! Hope your long weekend was spent with family and friends and you were able to get outside and enjoy the incredible last few official days of summer.

We are finally getting settled into our new house and everyday it feels more and more like home. We hung some curtains, explored a few new neighborhoods parks, had a couple of friends over, did some grilling and a handful of other home projects and before I knew it the weekend was over. How were your long weekends? From the looks of instagram and such, you all look like you took in many of the Cleveland special weekend happenings…Air Show, Metroparks, Lake Erie, lots of patio drinking, Indians games and more. Thanks for always sharing your awesome photos with all of us, it’s so fun to follow along on your weekend adventures.

Today I want to share with you about the incredible exhibit that is going on now through October 23d at the Cleveland Museum of Art…The Art & Stories from Mughal India. This exhibit is both stunning and truly educational, I seriously need to go back so I can spend more time getting lost into each and every detail of the artwork.

I loved what the Art Museum wrote as a description of the exhibit… “The centennial exhibition  focuses on four stories—an epic, a fable, a mystic romance, and a sacred biography—embedded within the overarching story of the Mughals themselves as told through 100 paintings drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s world-class holdings. Rounding out the exhibition is a selection of costumes, textiles, jewelry, arms and armor, architectural elements, and decorative arts on loan from museums across the country.” 


To learn more about each piece of work in the exhibit, the museum has put together their first, exhibit-specific app to use as you move through the exhibit.  Check it out on your visit this fall.



Many of the paintings have such tiny details that the museum has provided magnifying glasses throughout the show so you can get up close and personal with each exquisite story. That had to be my favorite part of the entire show, I feel like I could have spent all day just taking in each colorful character and design element.



As the weather starts to grow cool, make sure you get your tickets to visit this exhibit. It is truly one of a kind.

Have a wonderful week back to business. Bye Bye (official) summer but cheers to many more warm nights for the next few weeks!