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  Our Peek n’ Peak weekend

Hello Cleveland friends. How did you enjoy last week’s tropical heatwave of 30+ degrees? I mean really; last week’s sub-zero temps were kinda out of control. How many layers could I put on and still not get warm? (4…plus mittens & slippers.) I’m glad to see it is warming up a bit…perfect for playing outdoors!

Speaking of playing outdoors; I am still coming down from last weekend’s family trip to Peek n’Peak Resort. If you’ve never visited, the resort was built in 1964 and is located in Clymer, NY…a quick a two hour drive from Cleveland. It has everything from skiing, snow tubing, swimming, “spa-ing” and many options for dining and family fun.

We woke up on Saturday morning and took our time packing up snacks, ski gear and swimsuits. We left Cleveland around noon and arrived to check into the hotel around 2-ish. Our room was ready so were were able to check in early and unload the car. It was literally so cold outdoors so we made the decision that Saturday would be a family fun day spent in the pool, having a nice dinner and in-room movies; who doesn’t love that? Our room was located slope-side which was entertaining in and of itself.  We all enjoyed watching the skiers and snowboarders as they braved the cold to shred and swoosh. Our Ninja Toddler was amazed by the ski lifts as they swooped in and captured snow enthusiasts to ship them to the top of the mountain!

We spent most of the afternoon in their pristine, mid-century pool mecca. The water was warm and between games of “shark” and chase we all had good afternoon swim. As parents, we took turns dipping into the indoor/outdoor hot tub while the other half swam and raced from one side of the pool to the other with the little. After pool time we quickly changed our clothes and enjoyed some time at their indoor playground to further run out any existing energy. The playground was filled with lots of other mini hotel guests just running around and being wild while all us parents just kinda enjoyed catching a bit of chill adult time.

After we played our hearts out we went back to our room, changed our clothes and went to have dinner in the resort restauraunt. The service was amazing and the food was just as good. Post dinner it was time for some family movie time (Lion King!) and then early to bed to prep for our ski day ahead.

Sunday we woke up and had a good breakfast buffet followed by a tad more pool-time prior to heading to the slopes. Once we got to the ski school our little guy was whisked away by his instructor Ms Karen to get fitted for his ski & gear rentals. Myself and Mr C. had a free hour to ourselves to take a few runs on the slopes before we had to meet up with our little snow bum. The snow was great, plenty of it. The sun was out so we weren’t complaining and instead spent that hour enjoying being outside with mother nature, being active and knowing all along that our little guy was being well-taken care of. It was a glorious afternoon on the slopes.

After his ski lesson we met up with him and “Ms. Karen” to get the full lesson report including the stories about his “noodle legs.” He had a lot of fun on the magic carpet and even took his first ride on the chair lift; impressive. After lessons it was time to go inside for a warm up and a snack. We took a break in the lodge to enjoy a soft pretzel and a warm cup of cocoa and then it was time to head home.

Our overnight at Peek n’ Peak was everything I imagined and more. It felt like we were gone for way longer than just one night, yet it was nice to go up and back in one weekend with plenty of time to get home and prep for the week ahead. Thank you to the team at the resort for hosting my family for a post-holiday vacation, it truly an amazing escape!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Peek n’ Peak for who invited me to share my experience as a guest to their resort as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this snow businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

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  The New Year is here!

Hello & Happy 2018! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of family and friend time. I hope you stayed up late, slept in later and was able to step away from the daily calendar and to-do lists. I hope you spent an afternoon baking or cooking and maybe even tried a new recipe or two. I hope you gave great gifts and opened a few treats yourself. I hope you played in the snow and snuggled under blankets and drank a cup of cocoa. It was a much needed, wonderful holiday break.

Thank you to all of my friends and those of you who read this blog who sent me and my family kind wishes when we had to say goodbye to our 17 year old pug; Sir Franklin of Marlowe. The holidays were quiet without him, but we know he is in a better place with all of his fellow old dog friends.

While the holidays are packed with excitement and wonder, I also enjoy the opportunities to start the new year off filled with new goals and dreams. I love reflecting on the past year and seeing how some goals I made for myself came (or didn’t) to fruition.

I typically break my goals out into three categories – personal, professional & fun. Last year was a great year; a year for growth and a year filled with fun.

Personally, I wanted to concentrate on wellness, take better care of my skin, and change into my pajamas more often, check check check,

Professionally studio Chartreuse dove into the world of public art, we partnered with the Cleveland Clinic on it’s first Gathering for Good event, we are currently in the midst of designing collateral alongside Playhouse Square for the summer arrival of Hamilton and we partnered with numerous other creatives and entrepreneurs in this region to develop new brands, product packaging and event materials.

Now for the FUN recap…this blog provided me the coolest opportunities to explore new Cleveland hot spots, to travel throughout Northeast Ohio including Wooster, Sandusky, Geneva, Put in Bay and numerous trips to Cedar Point (#ninjamax216 LOVES exploring the park) I am grateful for all the incredible partnerships and friendships this blog continues to make and grow. Thank you so much for the wonderful 2017!

With that said…let’s move from reflection to goal-setting as we enter the new year. I know some think that setting one or two goals is the best way to go…but for me, I love to have a smathering of goals to think about and work towards, it somehow just works and keeps me interested. So here we go…so many fun things to work towards this year, it’s gonna be awesome.

Personally…I am looking forward to finding a better balance between cardio and getting stronger. I’m such a cardio junkie that I often put strength exercise on the back burner.  I’d also love to get more serious about meal planning and Sunday afternoon meal prep. I’m hoping to hang more art in our home, to redo our front landscaping, plant more flowers outside for cutting (any gardeners out there wanna brainstorm?)  and perhaps even give our bathroom a small facelift.

Professionally…we are looking forward to some incredible new partnerships on the horizon. We are excited to be doing more projects out and about in the community with arts organizations and non-profits. We are carving out more space to have more fun with our social friends through creative posts and campaigns on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest (follow us!) Of course we want to celebrate our artist and maker friends with this years 8th annual Art in the Parc event (let us know if you’d like to come and show your work!) Lastly we are also taking on a handful of new projects for 2018; more specifically we are looking for branding and packaging initiatives…we are experts at developing product branding and creating the perfect package to go along with it!

Fun…Planning for overall more FUN in the year ahead. Perhaps re-designing this blog space to allow for larger images and a few more regular feature posts. Making more time for friends to have picnics, pizza parties and sweat dates. I am so looking forward to attending our friends wedding in India in February and making time off to see that part of the world. I also want to take our toddler skiing, sledding and camping this summer. Travel is SO fun!

Overall I am just excited to live a full, creative and colorful life with my better half Mr. C, our little ninja, the talented, creative team I get to collaborate with and all of my friends in Cleveland and elsewhere. It’s gonna be an incredible year ahead. Peace and love to you and your family in 2018!

 

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Thank you to Erie Bone Broth for the recent incredible product samples. I have been enjoying substituting holiday-snacking with a hot mug of your bone broths instead of gingerbread cookies. I am looking forward to using your products in my meal planning efforts of 2018. Thank you!

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  Simple holiday cocktails with Root 23

It’s the season for holiday entertaining! Whether it be a big holiday bash or a simple, impromptu gathering, one thing is for sure a good cocktail can really get the good times rolling. I recently was introduced to the team from Columbus who make the yummy cocktail syrups called Root 23.

ROOT 23 specializes in the farm to cocktail movement. They craft all-natural, small batch simple syrups that can be used to easily make a delicious cocktail or non-alcoholic drink with just a few ingredients!

Today I am going to share with you two incredibly simple drinks we whipped up for some holiday visitors. Seriously friends, these syrups are the perfect treat to have tucked in your bar for the most wonderful time of the year.

Vanilla, Ginger & Bourbon. We mixed up 1 ounce of the Root 23 Vanilla Ginger Syrup with 2 ounces of Bourbon; we used Maker’s but any yummy Bourbon will do. Poured over a few substantial ice cubes and topped with some cherries, perfection in a glass. It was almost like a manhattan but a touch sweeter…but not too sweet…just right.

The second simple cocktail we made was using the Root 23 Blueberry Mint syrup. We found a very pretty glass, added 1 ounce of the syrup, mixed with some dry bubbly and topped with a fresh sprig of rosemary. A bit of sweet and a touch of earthiness from the mint and rosemary. Super easy and delicious.

I was also just thinking about how great these syrups would be to give as hostess gifts at any holiday party. The bottles themselves are so pretty, just wrap them with a bow and you are all set! These syrups can be found on their site or locally at The Happy Hour Collection, Natures Oasis or if you are way out west swing by Quarry Hill Farm and their adorable farmers market store.

So the moral of this story is, if you love to entertain like I do, but you need to keep it simple also like I do, then look no further than Root 23 syrups for something special to offer your guests.

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Root 23 who invited me to share my experience with their syrups as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this local businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

 

 

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  Holiday Sparkle Challenge, #ShimmerandShineStyle

I hope you enjoy our little challenge! Remember you can play along as much or as little as you want. Remember to take a pic and add the hashtag #ShimmerandShineStyle. Every hashtag entry will get you one entry into the shimmery contest. The more you play and post the more chances you have to win something bright, bold & blingy!

Not a big sparkle fan? Look at days #6 & #20, polka dots and jewel tones. Live for a reason to layer on the sequins? Look at days #8 & #15, a gorgeous “going out top” and some shiny shimmy everything. Enjoy the daily inspirations everyone. We can’t wait to hopefully inspire a bit more shimmer in America (& London!) this holiday season! Cheerio.

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  Figwood by Banyan Tree

Happy (Cyber) Monday everyone. Hope you all had a relaxing, long-weekend with your families and friends. If you follow me on instagram  you know that I was home for the holiday with a sick three year old, it was a rough holiday at our house. Poor kid is finally on the mend, thank goodness for him and for us. Since I was mostly at home this weekend, I did some online shopping from smaller boutiques that I couldn’t make it out to visit. There were so many awesome incentives to shop online this year, I couldn’t resist. I feel like even the smaller, more local retailers are doing a great job with online commerce, from discounts to deals & steals it was the weekend to shop!

(Someone wanted to be in the picture too!)

One of my favorite places to shop local and one of the pioneers to the Cleveland fashion scene is Banyan Tree. Founded in 2001, their Tremont store (they also have stores at Legacy Village & Crocker Park) is my destination for unique holiday gifts, exceptional accessories and their own clothing line; Figwood.

The Figwood line is designed and sold exclusively for Banyan Tree stores and online. The clothing line is sophisticated, playful and casual but still very pretty, modern and affordably priced. When I stopped in to see the holiday line I fell in love with many of their cozy sweaters, burnt-out velvet kimonos and so many dresses. I actually found two dresses that I thought would really add to my fall/holiday looks for all sorts of occasions.

The first dress is a comfy, pullover dress/tunic that looks as if it has been hand-painted with moody, winter watercolors. It has a slouchy, low turtleneck top and slits up the side making it super comfortable to run around town checking holiday errands off the list. I wore it with a pair of black leggings and booties to give the outfit a casual but functional look. It was a great dress for our Sunday afternoon visit to see Santa…plus it didn’t even wrinkle, extra bonus points!

This dress isn’t currently on their website but give them a call and I’m sure they would be happy to wrap one up and send it to your special someone..or yourself…for the holidays.

The other dress is a bit more fancy, but perfect for any holiday outing. From the moment I saw it hanging on the rack I was drawn to it’s simplicity and sophistication. The dress is a long, black satin sheath with a plunging v-neck front and a slit up the back. While it may not be for everyday, it is going to be great for any holiday happy hour, a trip the theatre and a fancy birthday dinner out (Sagittarius here!) Because it does have the plunging neckline I purchased one of those new-ish lace halter bralettes, adding another layer of “va va voom” to the outfit.

While typically I don’t love to bare my arms in the winter, this dress makes me feel confident and really tall for some reason.  If it is chilly and the “old lady in me” doesn’t want to go sleeveless this dress will look killer with a short furry coat or even a chic leather bomber-like jacket to make it look more urban casual. Serisously this dress is fancy but I also think you can take liberties to dress it down and wear it all around town.

Currently this dress shows that it is sold out online, but go into one of the three stores and I bet they can help you track one down.

Thank you to the team at Banyan Tree in Tremont for suggesting both of these pieces to add to my winter wardrobe. It was so fun visiting and playing dress up with your team! They really knew how to make me feel like a thousand bucks when it came to trying on a few new looks. Also, don’t miss their annual Hot Toddy Party, at their Tremont store this Saturday, Dec 2nd from noon to 9pm! Food, fun, FASHIONS & holiday cheer!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Banyan Tree who invited me to share my experience as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this local businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

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