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  InCuya Ticket Giveaway : Festival Fashions

 

PEACE & LOVE! We are into the final countdown…11 days until the new, music festival makes its Cleveland debut! InCuya (pronounced In-kie-ya) will be rolling into downtown Cleveland Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th, to showcase both local musicians and national names including New Order, the Avett Brothers & Sva.

While I could talk about the bands, the food, the marketplace filled with unique vendors, the gorgeous downtown festival location….today I am talking festival fashions!

As summer weather starts to change to early fall, the evening temps have dropped a bit…perfect for your best jean jacket or floral shawl. Festival fashions are filled with flowing maxi dresses, bell bottom jeans and layered tops…perfect for dancing! Dressing for an outdoor concert it the perfect time to bust out your straw hats, your dangly, statement earrings and your crazy bold turbans. Basically, music festivals are the perfect time to try out some more daring fashion options…go for it…rock your turbans!

Do you want to WIN 2 tickets to next weeks festival?
Go over to my instagram feed…@charity216 to enter. Here are the details…

To enter complete the following steps:
1) Follow @charity216 and @incuyafestival on #Instagram.
2) Like the Instagram post.
3) Tag a friend. One comment = one entry (unlimited entries).

Winner will be announced on Instagram August 20 and contacted via direct message.

For the complete musical lineup check out all of the musicians here. Looking forward to rockin out with Cleveland next weekend…I’ll be in my brightest summer maxi and jean jacket around!

Photos : @paigemoag
Clothing: @shopbanyantree
Jewelry: @bombaytaxiboutique
Models:  @shibani.faehnle @facteurpr @jbszabo

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SPONSORED POST : Thank you to InCuya for including me in their festival fashion/ticket giveaway opportunity as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this new musical festival, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Welcome Cantina Laredo!

Hey friends! Hope you had a wonderful summer weekend with your friends & fam. I love summer CLE weekends but honestly by the time I sit down and prep for the week ahead…I am beat.

We went to see the Tribe play on Friday night which consisted of us hanging out in the Kids Clubhouse area for most of the game. Parents, if you’ve never been to the Kids Clubhouse it is a BLAST for the little ones and a good escape for us parents too…LOVE the air conditioning, the phone charging stations and the mini, kid-friendly restrooms for the littles! On Saturday we went to the West Side Market for some grilling food, had some friends over to the pool and then went to see Carlos Jones perform at Shaker Square. Sunday we celebrated a friends birthday, played some pinball, explored a bit of contemporary art of Front Triennial at the Weltzheimer/Johnson House in Oberlin and then topped off the weekend by visiting our Oberlin friends. Another fun-filled CLE weekend for sure!

Have you been to Crocker Park recently? Seen the newest dining destination, Cantina Laredo? OMG, it’s really great. We went for lunch last week and we were truly blown away by everything from the decor, to the service and most of all the food and drinks.

I started lunch with a “Cabo Flip” which is a fresh lime margarita with Cabo Wabo Reposado and Grand Marnier Liqueur with a lime boat full of tequila. Then we had homemade, table-side guacamole and freshly-made, warm tortilla chips. We had a handful of apps including these incredible, individual nachos where each nacho is made up of every ingredient so you get every nacho ingredient in each bite; so good. We also had these mini tuna tacos which honestly would make a perfect quick lunch all by themselves.

For the main lunch entree, we had Cameron Poblano Asada which was shrimp, mushroom, jack cheese stuffed poblano pepper wrapped with a fire-charred skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, charred street corn and cilantro lime rice. This was a great sharing-entree and totally over-the-top but also so, so decadent.

To wrap it all up, we had Mexican Apple Pie which was served to our table bubbling with brandy butter and cinnamon ice cream…DECADENT!

I know I told you a bunch about the food…but the interiors are very chic as well. Lots of patterned tiles, painted blocks, modern-nuevo upholstery and lots of great outdoor light flooding inside the space. Plus, they had an awesome patio which is the perfect Crocker escape at lunchtime, happy hour or after a summer blockbuster at the movie theatre. This modern Mexican restaurant has a handful of locations in Florida and down south but they are slowly making their way up North and I am happy they have come to our neighborhood. Welcome you guys!

So…the moral of this story is…if you find yourself out at Crocker Park and want to try out something that is really yummy check out the new Cantina Laredo.

Have a great week, talk more soon. Happy new, modern Mexican to all! Cheers Cleveland.

  DANCE CLE presents AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL

“The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing!” -James Brown

Growing up I LOVED to dance. Shocker right? I was a toddler in a tutu, a tween tapping the blackberry boogie and in high school AND college, I practiced my show choir jazz hands dance moves like nobody’s business. Let’s just say I was a dancing fool.

So obviously I still twitch and tap my toes everytime I hear a good beat. To say I have a soft, spot in my soul for live music and live dance performances would be an understatement. So when DANCE Cleveland dropped me a note about their upcoming celebration of dance I wanted all the details to share with all of you!

Northeast Ohio’s premiere dance presenter, DANCECleveland, is proud to bring back its second-annual summer dance festival in Cleveland. This 10-Day festival offers fun dance experiences for every aspiring (& total wanna be’s) ranging from novices to dance aficionados.

Partnering with the renowned, American Dance Festival (ADF), will include performances by two world-class dance companies, the launch of the new speaker Series; Body of Work: Dialogues on Dance, an educational workshop series for advanced level dancers which will be taught by ADF faculty, free community events on the National Day of Dance that will close down E. 14th St. and fill it with dance…can we say “Dancing in the streets!”

Seriously though…go to the website and they have a video where you can learn the entire routine for the National Day of Dance; dance-off. There is also all of the registration paperwork so you are sure to be qualified to dance your heart out! For other happenings, days and times check out the event schedule on their site or below. Cleveland it’s time to polish off your old soft shoes and tighten the laces on your pointe shoes…it’s time to get up and dance! Hope everyone can get out and explore the community dance happenings…it’s gonna be awesome.

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  Lilly Pulitzer at Lovely Paperie & Gifts

Last month my friend Kate invited me to be part of her first annual Lilly Pulitzer fashion show and to say I was honored is an understatement. As a big Lilly fan and lover of everything bright hued and pattern-covered I immediately jumped at the fun opportunity to hang out with some of my favorite Cleveland ladies, get all dolled up and decked out in Ms. Pulitzer and hang out in Kate’s truly “Lovely” store for the evening.

At Lovely Paperie & Gifts they have a complete in-store boutique filled with all things Lilly Pulitzer. From party maxi dresses to work appropriate shirt dresses…from silk blouses to weekend workout clothes…from dresses for your kiddos to tunics for your mom; Lovely is your west side Lilly destination!

Thanks to all of my gal pals who stopped in for the evening of fashion fun. I love the photo of me and Shibani Faehnle (above) captured by the talented photographer Kailey Marie of Kailey Marie Photography. Also, thanks to Mr. C for surprising me and stopping by with NinjaM for the after-party!

(all of my fellow Lilly Pulitzer lovers!)

(My favorite long tunic and a little, Lilly lover enjoying a sweet treat!)

(Rachel of Shore Society rockin some preppy patterns)

Thanks again Kate and her team of helpers that made the entire evening a big success. You made all of us feel beautiful as we showed off your amazing collection of Lilly Pulitzer fashions. If you are feeling like a pop of color in your summer wardrobe make sure to go see Kate and she will help you find just the perfect shade of Lilly for you! Happy shopping, happy Lilly everyone!

 

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  Family fourth fun. Sponsored by Wayfair

Happy Fourth of July week friends! It’s been a crazy, fun, busy last month for our little family. We traveled to Nashville for one of our friends’ weddings, we have had tons of family visiting for birthdays and celebrations. We have taken time off to get outside and enjoy this magical time of year to live in Cleveland. We have cooked and baked and grilled and entertained and now I am currently loving all things take out, HA!

For the holiday week, I wanted to make something special for our family that was both festive and simply low calorie. We have had Mitchell’s ice cream cake living in our freezer for the past few days and while I love me some mint chocolate chip; dairy doesn’t agree with me like it used too. Enter “superhero, layered sugar-free Jello” to the rescue!

If you’ve ever wanted to make a layered jello treat but thought it might be too time intensive or even challenging, let me assure you it’s so simple you can’t go wrong. I bought three Jello flavors (blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry) which were perfect for red, white and blue holiday fun.  I made one flavor about every three hours, making the Jello and simply pouring it over the other flavor and popping it back in the fridge to obtain the different color layers.

For the adults, we made the dessert treat in fancy wine glasses and for the little ones we opted for smaller, low profile glass bowls. We served the treat with fresh blueberries and strawberries for our guests to decorate their own dessert masterpiece with. The kids LOVED them and the adults appreciated the simple, low-calorie fun. Next time you are looking for a simple, but super festive and fun dessert I highly recommend a fancy Jello treat!

Side note: Our little ninja turned four last week…he loves celebrations, making dinner and having friends over. He had the best time with this festive fourth of July dessert…and loved that we were all eating them together!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about a simple 4th of July dessert as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

 

 

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