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  Currently Loving in CLE • June & July

Hi friends. Happy SUMMER!!! It was such a wonderful 4th of July, long-weekend holiday…don’t you agree? To be honest, we didn’t leave the neighborhood much; but instead, we stayed around home and just hung out, swam, rode bikes, went to the farmer’s market, hit up an estate sale and watch a ton of Stranger Things! It was pretty incredible.

Since it’s summer… I have a long list of things I am currently LOVING so I thought I would combine my June and July list here. Just a bit of this and that but a few fun things you might also enjoy…here we go!

The Nautica Queen
A few weekends ago my family spent a few hours on a Saturday cruising the Cuyahoga and Lake Erie on the Nautica Queen. While the water was still a bit muddy from all of the rain, the ship was shiny from port to starboard. We had a bit of lunch downstairs and then after made our way up to the top deck to take in the views and get a bit of sunshine. Everyone seemed to be having a blast. There were balloon artists for the kids, a DJ mixing “yacht rock” for those of us who love the 80’s and plenty of servers to quickly bring you a corona or Moscow Mule…everyone wins! I would love to get a group of girlfriends together for a brunch cruise before the end of summer…mimosas on top deck anyone? Thank you to Nautica Queen for inviting us to cruise around and explore all that the ship offers, we had a blast.

Si Jolie; French fashion in Cleveland
Just in time to celebrate Bastille Day join the talented curators at the Cleveland History Center as they celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit…Si Jolie; French Fashion in Cleveland. This new exhibit highlights how Paris fashion motivated Clevelanders to travel abroad, influenced local fashion, inspired the golden age of department stores, and how significant fashion was socially. This Sunday they are having a Bastille Day party in the historic Hanna-Bingham Mansion & Garden and I’d love to see you all there. Show off your best garden party attire while you sip champagne and enjoy this exhibit that showcases French fashions in Cleveland from early 1900’s until today. Get your tickets today! 

Lilly Pulitzer for summer!
Speaking of fashion…if you are craving a touch of pretty with a pop of pattern head over to Lovely Paper and Gifts in Rocky River to get your Lilly Pulitzer fashion fix. Last month I had the privilege of getting glammed up and walking the runway in Lovely’s second annual Lilly fashion show. I wore three different Lilly-looks including a casual blouse with white jeans, a maxi sundress, and a work-friendly tank and sweater combination..all of which I loved and could easily wear every day. Kate and her “Lovely team” welcome all of us to come by and check out this summer’s looks including clothes for your little girls, athleticwear, dresses for summer parties and casual work attire. Bring on all the bright colors…happy Lilly summer.

The Lakehouse Inn
If you are looking for a getaway that is both close to home and feels like a world away, look no further than The Lakehouse Inn at Geneva on the Lake. Last year I visited the Inn with a few friends and to our surprise, it was simply delightful. First off the FOOD…so good. We had dinner at Crosswinds Grille and everything that chef Nate served was truly delicious. Our room was adorable and would make a great girls-weekend escape complete with two bedrooms, a living room and a tiny kitchenette perfect for serving up some of their wine and local cheese at happy hour. Along with boutique accommodations and gourmet food offerings, the Inn also has an on-premise day spa perfect for mani’s, pedi’s, massages and more. Best part? The Lake Erie sunsets as you have dinner down by the water, truly magical. Check out their website for more info on this Inn on the Lake, it’s such a gem. Thanks again to the team at the Inn for hosting our group, we had such a good time and can’t wait to come back.

So just a few great things, finds, events, destinations all happening in the CLE this summer. Hope you all have a great week!

  Tri-C JazzFest : 1 pair of tickets giveaway!

Hello CLE friends. Is everyone as crabby about this rainy weather as I am? I was at Trader Joes, at the check out when the other customers were also complaining about the weather…but then the guy at the register said: “I guess it could be worse…it could be snowing!” TOTALLY! I had to laugh about this one! He is so right…thank goodness it is ONLY rain!

I love it when I have something fun to giveaway here at “IHeartCLE!” and today is a really good one. One lucky reader/follower will win a pair of tickets to his or her choice to any of the shows at this years Tri-C JazzFest. We are looking forward to seeing one of my personal faves; BellaFleck on Friday night.

This summer’s 40th anniversary of Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank — takes place June 27-29 at Playhouse Square — and will celebrate Cleveland’s contributions to jazz over the decades while presenting a mix of iconic and emerging artists.

The main event includes a lineup that features nine ticketed concerts in Playhouse Square’s historic theaters. Headliners for the shows include Tower of Power, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, Regina Carter and more.

Tri-C JazzFest also features nearly 24 hours of live music showcasing the best of Northeast Ohio with eighteen exciting acts promise to keep the music pumping from the Strassman Insurance Stage on Euclid Avenue at East 14th Street. The free outdoor performances run 3 p.m. to midnight June 28-29 when JazzFest overtakes Playhouse Square.

Full schedule of outdoor performances & events

A happy hour with discounted drinks starts on the plaza at 5 p.m. Friday, June 28. The night will also feature street performers, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle puppets and line dancing.

Other free outdoor activities at the festival include the U.S. Bank Kids Club; cooking demonstrations; food trucks and vendors; games; the Chemical Bank Jazz Talk Tent with artist interviews; and a Saturday morning yoga session.

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and a growing list of donors and members.

To win a pair of tickets to any of the performances that weekend, go on over to my Instagram page @charity216, follow along, tag a friend who you would take to the JazzFest …bonus points for telling me which show tickets you’d like. Winner to be selected Friday, June 21st…head on over to Instagram and enter now!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Tri-C JazzFest for inviting me to explore their weekend music festival happening in Cleveland. Thanks for supporting this new organization, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Dining Alfresco!

Sponsored by TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel  

It’s summertime! The month of June is perfect for taking your weeknight dinner routine outdoors. At our house, we have a tray that hangs out in the kitchen. The tray is filled with stacks of melamine plates, outdoor cutlery, and acrylic drinkware…basically, everything we need to take dinner alfresco.

As a working mom, I pride myself on doing a bunch of meal prep on Sundays which help make weeknight dinners easy-er. However, with the addition of the summer grilling season, it only gets better. Throw on some chicken burgers and locally-grown veggies to your hot grill and voila…dinner is served. Easy peasy. Don’t forget summer popsicles for dessert! Our little guy’s favorite part of eating outside…popsicles with no bowls…drips encouraged.

One thing we are always very conscious about when eating outdoors is ensuring we keep the mosquitos at bay. My 4 yr old and I are pretty prone to be eaten by mosquitos (we must be extra sweet) and so anything we can do to repel mosquitos for dinner time is also a plus. Enter the stylish TIKI Brand Torches and TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel. I received a few of these sleek, white and gold Table Top Torches which when filled with the TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel keep the mosquitos far away. The slight scent of cedar is a pleasing outdoor smell and doesn’t get in the way of the barbecue grill smell wafting through the backyard.


Another thing I love about these new, chic Table Top Torches is their easy, adjustable flame knob on the side of each torch. The little knob allows me to easily adjust how high the flame is at dinnertime when we all sit down to eat.

There is something about eating outside in the summertime. It automatically feels like vacation, relaxed, simple, fresh. Dinnertime outside should be spent without mosquitos. With the addition of TIKI Brand Torches and TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel to any alfresco table, there is proven mosquito repellency that will help keeps mosquitos far away even after all the hotdogs are gone.

If you are interested in these torches or TIKI Brand Bitefighter Torch Fuel, I am happy to offer 25% off and free shipping if you follow the link http://www.tikibrand.com/signup?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=iheartcleveland

Happy alfresco dining everyone…except the mosquitos!

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with TIKI Brand.

  Stephen M. Tokar Closing Up Shop & Moving to Europe

You guys! Do I have a SALE for you!

Like to throw parties? Always in need of extra seating, table cloths, candle holders and floor-to-ceiling painted, mid-century-inspired backdrops? (HA!) You MUST attend the decor sale-of-the-century hosted by Stephen Tokar of Tokar Events.

Stephens career has spanned over 40 years here in Cleveland. From a young, flower-shop helper to designing events for influencers like Martha Stewart and Gloria Vanderbilt. Tokar was the official event designer of the Republican National Convention and he also regularly partners with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians for many events needs.

I had the opportunity to walk through his warehouse of amazing things and to say I was “WOWED” is an understatement. From floor to ceiling there are gorgeous urns, candlesticks, chandeliers, pillows, and artwork that could be integrated into your next party or forever in your home. Don’t even get me started on the mid-century tables or faux boxwood hedge walls (I’m trying to find a reason I “need” one!) everything looks like it could have come from a gorgeous design magazine.

Why is Stephen liquidating, you might ask? Well, he is truly doing something we’ve all dreamed of…packing up and heading abroad to start something new and fresh. Having Hungarian roots, Stephen has decided to move to Budapest with plans to open a boutique, clicks-and-mortar business that sells international religious accessories, relics, and collectibles. Best of luck Stephen, you will be missed by the Cleveland events and party scene but we all admire you for following your “second life” dreams!

The sale takes place at Stephens midtown Cleveland studio at 7029 Euclid Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 30-31 and June 1, 2019. Prices range from $5 for designer pillows and candlesticks to $2,500 for Italianate room-sized garden pergolas and gorgeous Grecian statuary.

Thanks for sharing a bit of behind the scenes of your collection with me Stephen. Cleveland you MUST get to the sale as soon as it opens…there are so many treasures you won’t want to miss! Happy treasure hunting…and even better, happy new adventures to all!

HOSTED POST : Thank you to Tokar Events Design for inviting me to explore their incredible pre-auction. Cleveland, thanks for supporting this business at it changes and grows, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Currently Loving in CLE • May


Hi friends! What a gorgeous weekend to live in the CLE! I don’t know about you, but we spent most of the weekend outdoors attacking yardwork and putting some finishing touches onto #thecrawfordclubhouse. HUGE thanks go out to our friend Sasha for his love and his expert craftsmanship skills that went into building the coolest kid clubhouse I have ever seen. I can’t wait to post more details once it is all said and done, stay tuned!

For now, here is my monthly “Currently loving in the CLE” May edition!

Flower (& strawberry) Weekend at the North Union Farmers Markets
That’s right…it’s just about strawberry season at the markets. This weekend at Shaker Square and Crocker Park farmers markets get there early and you might be able to score some fresh pints of natures little, red “candies.” If the berries aren’t ripe enough (or if they sell out too early) not to fret you can pick up plenty of flowers to plant in your summer pots and beds. It’s time for FLOWERS (& strawberries!) Happy gardening to all.

Beauty Shoppe | Foyer
If you’ve seen all the lovely, pink interiors floating around in Cleveland IG-land, most likely they were taken in this most gorgeous coffee shop and co-working space; Beauty Shoppe. I had the opportunity to work remotely at Beauty Shoppe the other day and to say it was a productive day was an understatement. Perhaps it was because of the flowing cups of coffee from the baristas at Foyer (all Beauty Shoppe co-working members get complimentary coffee!) but probably more so, it was the bright creative space which allowed me to relax and attack my to-do list. Looking for a place outside your home office to tackle your project list or maybe outside your larger office for working on a special project, go talk to Kyle at the Beauty Shoppe for co-working office space opportunities. I LOVED my time at this perfectly-pastel, Ohio City co-working destination.

Annual Larchmere Street Sale : Saturday, May 25th
Last year I stumbled upon this street sale and this year it is bolded on our family calendar. The street is filled with different and fresh vendors than ones we typically see at other street sales around town. The sale is mixed with makers and vintage vendors and there really is a treasure for everyone. Sale starts around 9am, but I recommend visiting around lunchtime for some of the delicious, food vendors. Looking to sell? You can still apply to be a vendor, details can be found on their facebook event invite.

Blossom Balloon Glow : Thursday, May 23rd
When we first moved to the east side of Cleveland, we had no idea what to expect from the Blossom Festival in Chagrin Falls over Memorial Day Weekend. We packed up some blankets and a few snacks and headed out to the field to enjoy an evening of launching hot air balloons and boy, was it magical! Besides the carnival rides and hometown parades that Blossom is famous for, I vote for the Balloon Glow as my ultimate favorite event over Blossom time!

Feather Leather Designs earrings 
The artists over at Feather Leather were so kind and sent me a few pairs of their handmade leather earrings to try out a few weeks ago. Thanks, ladies! I love how light, bright and versatile their designs are. PLUS, they are made locally in Twinsburg. Looking for a fun gift? Perhaps you want a handful of custom earrings for a special outfit or bridal party fashions give the artists behind the Feather Leather brand a call.

Modern Musings
Last but not least on this “Loving in CLE” May post…don’t miss my friends newly designs blog; Modern Musings. Congrats Kim on your new design and blog format…we all need a bit of you in our lives. Thank you for sharing your ideas, insights and best of all your incredible sense of style!

That’s it for this month. Next up….SUMMER IN CLEVELAND!!!