Category Archives: design love

  Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day 2018

Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day to all you smores lovers out there! I mean…who doesn’t love roasting a sweet, puffy, sugar explosion over an end-of-summer campfire?

This summer we’ve had a few backyard evening fires in our outdoor firepit. Our little guy legit thinks we are camping just steps away from our home…it’s quite cute.

In honor of this food celebration, I thought it would be fun to toast up some marshmallows for an after-dinner family treat. While I would like to be able to make time for “camp fires” every night, I thought this pan I found at Wayfair would be perfect for a weeknight smores-making celebration.

We assembled graham crackers, chocolate squares, and the classic puffy marshmallow pouf…placed them in this new pan invention…set them into the oven on bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and voilla! In-home smores party all around. Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day everyone and even better happy long, Labor Day weekend to you!

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

  GVEAWAY : Explore Pinecrest + $100

Hello friends! Happy friday! Do you have lots of fun plans for the weekend? I can’t believe kids are headed back to school over the next few weeks. Summer was filled with awesome adventures but I am always left wanting so much more. With that said, I seriously LOVE fall in Ohio so I am getting pumped for new sweaters, boots and tight season!

Speaking of fall clothes….Have you been out to explore the new east-side shopping destination…Pinecrest…as of yet? I went the other day and I gotta say…SUPER impressive. The new development is close to our house so I can totally see it becoming a “go to” on our shopping circuit for sure. Whole foods is opening at the end of the month, Warby Parker is opening THIS WEEKEND and the movie theatre is the perfect date night hot spot. It’s pretty cool!


A friend of mine and I went out to the new development the other evening to get a pedicure, shop a bit and have a glass of wine. It’s as the perfect set up for a successful girls night out. We started by getting pedicures at the new Zen Salon. This salon is so bright and clean that I highly recommend checking it out. The staff welcomed us into the new space and gave us the best sugar scrub a girl could ask for…complete with OPI shine nailpolish for the win! Thanks, Zen…I will for sure be back.

From there I wanted to buy a new “green” fry pan set from William Sonoma. This new store is gorgeous…the floors alone are enough to make you stop and swoon. The staff was super helpful in explaining to me all about this new cooking technology and I was immediately sold on the product. Plus…in between shopping I snacked on some sample bakery and refreshing lemon water…such a pleasant shopping experience.

I also had wanted to look at what REI had in stock with regards to new yoga pants for fall. This new store just makes you want to get off the couch and go take a hike outdoors. They offer everything from actually hiking equipment, boots, and clothing to the de-hydrated snacks you will need to make your outdoor adventures enjoyable. They also offer a series of workshops and how-to’s …if you are planning to spend some time outside this fall, swing by the new REI and let their sales team get you all geared up!

After those two stores, it was time to grab a little late night dinner and wine. I had heard good things about the new Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce and bistro so I was pretty pumped to give it a try. For real you guys, it is really nice. There is something for everyone to do; the bowling lanes are really nice and the bocce is very super cool. The menu was full of seasonal options including our fig & prosciutto flatbreads, calamari and summer salad. And lastly…the wine list had so many options it was hard to choose just one. Pinstripes also offers brunch and if you are looking for a place to host a party, they would be a great option for any fun gathering!

Want to go to Pinecrest and explore yourself with a FREE $100 gift card? Head over to my instagram page, make sure you follow @Discover_Pinecrest, the like the post and tell me what you would spend you hundred on at Pinecrest for your official entry. Winner will be drawn by Friday, August 24ht! Head over to instagram to see my stories and enter today!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Pinecrest for including me in their shopping gift card giveaway opportunity as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this new shopping destination, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  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!

 

  Loving Limelight; a co-working space

Hey CLE friends. How was your long holiday weekends? I feel like so many of you were off all last week. From the looks of your feeds, you got in some serious sunshine, lake time, friend time and lots of grilling and cocktailing! GO SUMMER!

For the past three weeks, I have been battling with some serious poison ivy stuff. I went to the doctor and they put me on a high dosage of prednisone (steroids) and that put my poor body into a tailspin. I haven’t been able to concentrate, sleep, form thoughtful sentences, and man have I been irritable…these meds are no joke. Anyhow, last week I had, had enough and stopped taking the steroid all together….come to find out is also a bad solution. Your body needs to slowly come down; aka withdrawal itself from these drugs but I just couldn’t do them anymore and then my body got really mad at me. My face swelled for a few days (thank god for bangs) and now it’s my hands. I swear, when something goes wrong I totally realize how I take my health and wellness for granted. I am a strong, rather healthy individual but these last few weeks I have felt totally out of control; helpless in my own skin. I see the light at the end of the tunnel but man, if you ever get prescribed that drug I would totally recommend trying anything you can do to not take it. It’s bad sh*t! (now onto my story)

So many of you may or may not know that I own a branding and packaging design firm called studio Chartreuse. For over fifteen years we have collaborated with start-up entrepreneurs as well as larger manufacturing, institutional and nonprofit clients. We have a very creative studio space located on the west side of Lakewood on Madison Ave. that is filled daily with tons of sunshine and groovy tunes. I love the space we have created including our outdoor mini “petite parc” space where our clients and friends like to come and brainstorm, have coffee or rosé and just connect face to face. We swap out the artwork and switch out furniture to keep the space feeling high style and relevant, it keeps us all excited and engaged to come to work. This summer we wanted to get out more into the community, do a little work off-site now and then. Keeping our workflow fresh and exciting while super productive during the summer months…enter Michelle of Limelight.

Michelle reached out to me a few months ago about their new co-work space; Limelight. While I was interested, I didn’t really have an immediate need for workspace. As our summer flex time rolled around I thought it would be the perfect place to explore and spend the day working from…and off we went.

First off, can I just say this new work space is GORGEOUS! It’s not your average cubicle, office furniture hub. It’s a work destination filled with bold colors, incredible patterns, little nooks for creative collaborations and conversations while also offering spaces for small and medium meetings including teleconferencing needs. It is boho chic while offering the latest and greatest in technology for entrepreneurs, and fellow small businesses. Limelight is located in Ohio City just off West 25trh on Jay Ave. That morning I met our team at Limelight and we spent the day developing new branding, meeting with a potential new client and brainstorming on a new packaging initiative. While Lakewood has a handful of fun lunch spots, we loved being close to all of the West 25th action and had lunch at Town Hall. In the afternoon we enjoyed the hustle and bustle energy of the other co-workers in the space and a great coffee from the limelight bar..they also have Great Lakes on tap! If you are looking for the perfect co-work space for you, give Michelle a call and she can explain all of their membership options. You never know…you might even see me there from time to time because…it’s just so chic and inspiring. Nice job guys, Limelight has a little piece of my heart! I heart Limelight!

  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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