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  3 tips for a great Alt Summit experience!

Hey Cleveland, happy Tuesday! A few of you have reached out to let me know that you too are attending Alt Summit; a creative conference for influencers, entrepreneurs and anyone who loves a good creative winter escape. I am so excited to have so many Clevelanders represented in Palm Springs, California. If you are attending, shoot me a note on Instagram, I’d love to meet up.

As someone who has attended this conference before, I thought it would be fun to put together 3 tips for first-time attendees. I hope they are helpful, enjoy!

Tip #1 : Fashion forward!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve pulled out my suitcase and am already planning my approach for packing. From the moment you hop off the plane in Palm Springs you will be smothered in bold hues and sunny skies, it truly is magical. Soak in every terra-cotta tone and Regency-styled pattern and plan to stretch your wild fashion styles in every best possible way. If you are a person who loves to wear dark colors, get uncomfortable and throw in a few bold scarfs or wraps for the nighttime; remember that once the sun sets behind the mountains the temp drops drastically.

The conference comes with many opportunities to stretch your body, mind and social skills. After reviewing the agenda I plan to try my best to hit up the daily yoga classes hosted by Alaska Airlines at The Parker. Nows the time to bust out all my wild patterned workout clothes that I typically would hesitate to wear to my local Y! Then it’s time to change for a day of talks, roundtables, and networking, think comfortable but fun. Dress in layers to stay warm in the AC conference rooms but remember there will be plenty of time to go outside and get your dose of vitamin D. I love a bright color romper or maxi sundress paired with a bedazzled cardigan for the daytime…so good. For the evening parties and events, it’s time to pull out your best vintage, bold and bright numbers.

If it is something you love but have never had the guts to wear at home, trust me, this is the place to bust out your caftans, muumuu’s, sequins and anything with bubbly sleeves and sparkly shine. If you have an inner fashionista just waiting to shine, now is her time, The brighter and bolder the better reigns true at Alt!

Tip #2 : Prep to mix & mingle
With over 2,000 attendees expected at this year’s conference, be prepared to meet some of the most creative, energized women of your life. Try not to be overwhelmed and intimidated when meeting the mega-influencers and keep your cool if you happen to run into Joanna Gaines or Joy Cho in the restroom…that was basically a reminder for me, ha! Honestly though, while at Alt everyone is there to have a good time, learn, make connections and even make a new friend or two.

Remember to bring plenty of contact cards, a few back up computer and phone chargers, a notebook and even a few snacks. While the conference provides many opportunities for dining and snacks, I always love to have some of my at-home staples (almonds, granola bars, etc) on hand. Remember this conference spans almost an entire week and if you are like me, you actually might get tired of eating out for every meal…hence the snacks.

When I attend a conference like this I honestly try to connect with 2 people each day. I mean really connect. Find out about them, what they do, what they are trying to do, etc. I realize that might sound like a lot of work, but give yourself a little pack on the back and know that it IS weird to walk up to a stranger and connect, but everyone is there to meet people, I promise. At the end of the week, if I have had meaningful connections with 8-10 new people, that makes me feel like the conference has really brought me a larger sense of joy. While I love all of the technical and inspirational learning I plan to get form the week, though the power of social media, these connections will last for years to come…and this is really cool.

Tip #3 : Make time to soak it in.
There will be programming literally offered from 6 am to midnight on most days. Make sure to set aside time for yourself to take a break and let your brain rest. I know we want to attend ALL the parties but perhaps set one night aside to stay in, add a good face mask and reflect on the days’ events. I like to journal, answer emails from back home and indulge in room service at least once during a conference of this length. Recharge! Go to bed at a decent hour…note I didn’t say early. Enjoy the quiet after a day of go, go go! I promise if you do this, you will start the new day rested and ready for the fun that lies ahead.

Until next week! Hope to see you in Palm Springs!
Let me know if you have any other questions and I am happy to help.

  currently loving…in CLE • february

Hello from the skies above Montana! How cool is it to be able to write and stay connected while flying across the country on our way back home? I spent the first part of the flight getting myself and little Ninja all settled into our seats with snacks, games, movies and more. Then I decided to be “brave” and check out what the wifi was like and honestly, it’s pretty seamless here on Alaska Airlines.

As some of you may know, one of my goals is to check in every month with a few things I am currently loving and share them here with you guys. I hope you enjoy my February selections.

#1 : Good Company CLE : A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of a special girls night out at the new Good Company CLE. It was a Thursday night and the place was hopping with all ages looking to explore this new CLE hot spot. Created by the team behind the darling Plum in Ohio City, this new location is their equivalent but with a sports bar twist. That evening we were welcomed by their friendly team and sat at a good table in the back. We shared a tray of local french fries and chicken sandwiches along with hand-crafted, specialty cocktails. To say it was delicious was an understatement. If you are looking for a stylish place to catch your next Cavs game on the telly, plan to meet up with your pals at Good Company, nestled within Battery Park.

#2 : Perfectly Imperfect Produce : Have you seen all the not so perfect, but totally edible produce popping up in your local Instagram feed? OMG! I am in love with the new(ish) company Perfectly Imperfect Produce. Founded in 2016 by Ashley Weingart, a  fourth generation wholesale produce expert, this visionary set her sites to reduce food waste and improve healthy food access for all. What’s not to love about that? It works something like this…you go on their website and order a box of perfectly great produce that for one reason or another wasn’t purchased by area grocery stores. Once your box is prepped it will be delivered directly to your home, ready for you to use in recipes or to just to enjoy raw. The group just launched their organic boxes and soon they will be offering a juicing box with supplies every juice enthusiasts needs. If you find yourself buying lots of produce from week to week, this service is a great way to support your community while also getting a great deal on produce; boxes range in costs from $12 for a mini box all the way to $30 for a large box. Not sure you want to sign up for a repeat box membership? Give them a try with a one-time trial box for $20…I promise it is totally worth it! Happy produce, happy Cleveland! Congrats on your business success Ashley, what an incredible idea.

@perfectlyimperfectproduce#3 : Brite Winter Fest  : Last but certainly not least is this weekends upcoming annual Brite Winter Fest from 3pm-1am. Where else do people get bundled up and stand around outside in the middle of winter to celebrate music and art, then in Cleveland? While their might be extra snow this year the concert lineup is sure to keep you dancing and warm all afternoon into the evening. The afternoon is a great time to get the family involved with the various kid-friendly activities while getting a babysitter for the evening and prepare to rock out with the best from around town. I can’t wait!

#4 : The Oscars! : Real fast, while it isn’t necessarily taking place IN Cleveland, I’m sure there will be many of us tuned into the tube on Sunday night to watch this years Academy Awards Ceremony. I am SO looking forward to seeing all the silver screen stars dressed to impress. I’m having some gal pals over to watch the festivities and currently in full party prep mode…Happy Oscars everybody!

Hope you enjoyed my February “loving it” post. Chat more next month!

  Explore CLE : an afternoon in Old Brooklyn

Hello & happy snowstorm weekend to all. Did you enjoy your snowy Sunday? Were you snowed in and binge-watching Netflix for most of the weekend? Did you get some cooking and “tidying up” completed? Did you brave the snow and go out and play? All in all, it was an incredible weekend, the snow made it magical and I hope we get more soon.

While we weren’t doing a ton of driving around town this weekend, LAST weekend we enjoyed playing tourist in our own city. Destination? Old Brooklyn!

Can you believe I truly haven’t spent any time in this hip, up and coming neighborhood? Me neither! I’ve heard so many great things about the area and I see every foodie blogger hanging out in that hood…I had to check it out myself.

Stop #1 • We started the adventure at the new Lilly’s Chocolates; on W. Schaaf Rd. It has a new, lovely corner spot, with an adjacent parking lot making it easy to get in and out quickly. The store is a bit smaller than their last location in Tremont but it is extra chock full of chocolate creations, making it just as SWEET! This new store offers some extra special treats that weren’t available at their other location, including their fruit jellies which are delicious. Anyhow, I was so excited to go explore this new store, same Lilly’s Chocolates exquisite in every way!


Stop #2 • After chocolate-tasting it was time for a cup-of-joe so we headed to the most adorable part bike shop, part coffee destination…Coffee. Coffee. Coffee! The shop was hoping and the barista was whipping out creative coffee offerings in record time. The space is adorable, reminds of a coffee shop I used to go to in college in Syracuse. It has high ceilings, loads of great light and the coffee counter is someplace I could spend an entire afternoon hanging out at. Next time Mr. C. & I are headed home from a visit to the zoo, we will FOR SURE swing by Coffee. Coffee. Coffee., for my favorite; an almond milk latte.

Stop #3 • Last stop that afternoon was at Old Brooklyn Cheese Company. We sampled a bunch of cheese, learned more about their cheese making process and also had some really yummy, homemade mustards. The cheesemakers at 4138 Pearl Road are producers of cave-aged, non-GMO raw cow’s milk cheese’s…simply delicious. For the last year, I haven’t been eating dairy but with all of these local, artisan cheeses I had to buy one and it didn’t dissappoint…everything in moderation. If you are looking for an interesting cheese to add to your next cheese board or to bring as a hostess gift head on over to the cheese specialists at Old Brooklyn Cheese!

Old Brooklyn has a lot of cool things happening and it was fun to play tourist in my own city. If you haven’t gone exploring through that part of town, make a date with a friend and go hungry…there are so many foodie businesses, I will for sure be craving chocolate, coffee, and cheese real soon. :)

  currently loving…in CLE

Hi & happy “there is finally SNOW!” I know you all know how much I love a good snowfall…so let’s just take a moment to do a little happy dance, bust out your snow clothes and plan to head outside for a bit of winter fun.

This year here on I Heart Cleveland I want to use this place to share some of the fun things that I find, that get emailed to me or that friends recommend…that I LOVE! I’m going to try and post once a month about two or three things that I enjoy and hope you will too.

 

#1 : Modern CLE : Have you checked out the newest, digital magazine sweetheart; Modern CLE? Not only is it well designed and has great photographs but best of all it features some amazing women from right here in Northeast Ohio. Each week the team at Modern CLE will share with us a story about a woman who is marching to the beat of her own drum. Last week they featured my friend and fellow entrepreneur; Reena Goodwin of Fracteur PR, make sure you go check it out. Also, they just updated their site, so make sure you sign up for their newsletter to get the weekly GO GIRL stories! Modern CLE you are killing it! Keep up the great job.

 

#2 :  Georgia O’Keeffe at the CMA : As a once art student and now a professional graphic designer, I am a huge art enthusiast. Mr. C and I are members of the Art Museum and we try our best to see most of the feature exhibits that come to town. Currently, I am loving on the Georgia O’Keeffe show which was originally organized by the Brooklyn Museum and runs through March 3rd. Not only do I appreciate Ms. O’Keeffe’s paintings of florals, abstracts, and imagery from the desert, but this exhibit really is so much more than that. This show covers who the artist actually was as a person, what she liked to do when she wasn’t creating art and my personal favorite..what she liked to wear! It isn’t a huge show, but I think everyne should for sure go check it out. It’s totally kid and family friendly too, in case that had crossed your mind.   ;)

 

#3 : Brewellas : This Lakewood destination for delicious coffee and crepes has me tickled pink. From the hand-painted wall mural to the opposite wall of curated, vintage mirrors for sale and let’s not even talk about the custom neon…this new spot is a must see. You’ve probably seen pics of this adorable, Lakewood crepe shop popping up in your insta feed but you really should go see it for yourself. Looking for a great Brewellas lunch? I typically order a plain crepe with egg, bacon and a touch of Gruyere plus an almond milk latter…perfect for a Friday treat! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

So hooray for my first “currently loving” January post! I hope you guys get out and enjoy some of these fun finds!

If you have any ideas for the February post…I am always open to sharing, shoot me an email to editor@iheartcleveland.com

  about last year…looking ahead!

Hi blog world & happy 2019! I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to head into this new year happy and healthy.

I was reviewing my 2018 goals the other day and to be honest…I only got to a handful of what I had hoped to accomplish completed last year. It’s not that we weren’t productive; we were. Our year was just thrown a few curve balls which were all-encompassing and downright crippling at times.

2018 was a different year at that. We remodeled my husbands old home (which was a rental for some time) and then sold it by owner; which was lots of hard work and included me getting a bad case of poison ivy. We also lost a family member to a long battle with cancer, the closest experience I have ever been to see a human life leave this earth. Sad.

With that said, two great things that DID come out of last year were that Mr. C and I found the Whole 30 way of eating and invested in a Peloton Bike. We kicked off Whole 30 strict last March and continue to carry 90% of the guide to eating even today. We found that the food prep added family fun in the kitchen. The clean way of eating also helped regulate sleep and provide additional energy that was often lacking. Having our Peloton in our home makes grabbing a spin class or working with weights simple and huge time savings. Don’t feel like rushing to get to a yoga class on time? No problem Peloton also offers so many wonderful new yoga opportunities. Health & wellness took a front seat in our home last year, so that is pretty cool.

So while my hopes for a new blog homepage, pushing my followers closer to 5K, adding a flower garden to my yard and learning how to weave a wall hanging didn’t quite happen…here’s to a new year filled with new possibilities. If last year taught me nothing else, it taught me how to slow down and define what is really important in life. Family, your health and good friends…everything else is just a bonus!

Happy 2019 you guys. I can’t wait to tackle new goals and check off a list of “to-do’s” together this year. Life is filled with possibilities, make sure you grab on and enjoy the ride. Cheers!

(Thank you Suzanne Price of  http://suzuranphotography.com for capturing me and my family one spring evening down by the lake. Suzanne your talent is pure magic. Thank you!)