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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.

  Neue’s Winter Auction; sneak peek! (sponsored)

(Bridget and I talking all things art! I am in love with some of these pieces for my home and excited that some of them are affordable and attainable for even my budget)

Hello & happy Monday to you! I hope most of you have the President’s Day off and are able to spend extra time with family and friends.

Last week I had the privilege of visiting the rather new-ish auction house in town; Neue Auctions. The team behind this fierce auction house and gallery has been at the forefront of the Cleveland art world for decades, but for the first time are collaborating together as one team. The powerhouse behind this new auction destination includes Cynthia Colling Maciejewski of Aspire Auctions, Ron Greenwald and Ricardo Bernabe of Greenwald Antiques and Bridget McWilliams of WOLFS.

(At the next auction, Neue has a large collection of Cleveland Athletic Club sterling silver trophies going to the highest bidder. I’d love one to use as a vase for tulips or as an ice bucket for champagne. Let the bidding begin!)

I love buying unique pieces of art at auction for our home. Each piece comes with its own unique history which I love…so much better than buying artwork at any big box store.   Currently, I am collecting mid-century portraits and color studies that I hang throughout our home.

(At Neue they also have an extensive collection of estate jewelry. I tried on a strand of jade beads that were so pretty and the clasp was super intricate…I can’t stop thinking about them)

The four experts have assembled their next auction filled with fine art and antiques and we can begin previewing it online on  Saturday, February 23rd with the actual LIVE ONLINE auction going down one month later on March 23rd, at 11am on neueauctions.com. Get yourself registered and plan your bids now!

(Interested in African Art? This collection comes from a private collector from Northeast Ohio and has some highly collectible pieces that are expected to excite many collectors.)

Neue is proud of their new approach to antique collecting and wants to better reach women and our younger generations through hands-on educational events, visual storytelling and the use of social media. Through making the world of vintage and antiques more accessible, Neue hopes to make the passion of collecting more accessible to everyone not only in Cleveland but around the globe.

What goes around, comes around…it is the perfect saying when talking about auctions, estate sales, and flea markets. For those who are curious about collecting items of artistic and historical significance but aren’t sure if it is for them or where to start, this free evening is for you. Wednesday, February 27 from 6:30-8 pm, Neue Gallery Presents: Collecting 101 where co-founder Cynthia Maciejewski will talk about what people like to collect and why, the most popular art and history items that people are collecting now, and she’ll share great items for first-time collectors to look for to integrate into more their own home design and style. Wine, nibbles, antiques, and design…sounds like a perfect night out to me, who will I see there?

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Neue Auction for inviting me to explore their new business and check out what is up for auction next. Cleveland, thanks for supporting this new business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Cleveland is for Lovers!

Hello friends and happy hearts week to you! I’m loving all of the pinks and reds in my Instagram this week and can’t wait for even more in the upcoming days.

My London sister-Rebecca is hosting a fashion challenge called #shadesoflove2019…basically dress in red, pink or purple for the next week, hashtag your pics and be entered to win a prize! I’ve been playing along and amazed by all the clothes I own that actually are these girly, lovely hues. I hope to see a bunch of Clevelanders playing along this week!

A few days ago I got together with a few friends to celebrate the new-ish holiday we’ve all come to know as “Galentines.” We sipped champagne at the new Flight Cleveland Wine Bar and enjoyed a small charcuterie platter paired with cupcakes and macarons by Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes. The afternoon highlight was having our Tarot cards read by the lovely Shibahni of Bombay Taxi Boutique, complete with surprise gifts of bling-bling and makeup treats from Kimberley of Smitten in Cleveland! It’s so fun to have gal pals like these two who are always ready for a quick afternoon party. I just read a stat (or was it a Pinterest post? ha!) that said women live longer when they spend quality time with their girlfriends two times a week. Cheers to spending more time with your girlfriends in 2019!

What is everyone doing for Valentines Day this week? Me and Mr. C have a long-standing tradition of going to lunch on the holiday to avoid the night time extravaganzas. We meet up; typically in Tremont and have a nice lunch date to celebrate the holiday and then spend the evening at home and relaxing with our little family, super casual and sometimes over take out.

This year, along with our day date,  we are doing something special with another couple, not actually on the actual Valentines Day but the 15th; Friday. Last year, before the holidays we bought tickets to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad; Dinner on the Train with Spice. Dinner will be served on their newly acquired California Zephyr silver Solarium and Silver LariatVista Dome train cars. I am really looking forward to being on the train for the evening, spending time with our good friends over great food and cocktails. Spice does not disappoint so I am sure this will be no different. Winter-spring dinner on the train tickets are currently sold out, but look for the summer tickets going up for sale soon!

So in case, you didn’t get it from my posts above, I really HEART Valentines’ day, I love girly evenings out with friends, I love special lunches with my main squeeze and spending time at home is great too. Have a wonderful Valentines Day week everyone. I LOVE you!

 

 

  Designer Dress Days – This week!

Happy Designer Dress Days week to everyone! Do you know what this exciting event is? It’s almost as good as the holidays and your most favorite birthday party wrapped into one high-fashion, for-a-good-cause, estate sale meets boutique shopping extravaganza.

This year, join the volunteers of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Designer Dress Days here in Cleveland. The 2018 sale boasts beautiful new and gently worn designer and well know clothing, purses, fine & costume jewelry, scarves, furs, leathers, coats, dresses, etc. Over 250 volunteers help make this 4-day sale both fun and successful.

The NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers & advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms through advocacy, community service projects, programs & education as well as their Thriftique and Designer Dress Days events!

The other day I had the privilege of doing a bit of behind the scenes browsing at some of this years, for-sale-fashions…let me just say I was BLOWN away by all of the high-end designer name brands at such affordable pricing. From Chanel to Escada and Tory Burch to DVF there is literally something for everyone. Personally, I love more of the older vintage pieces including coats…if this weather ever cooperates…and they had lots and lot of vintage too!

The sale kicks off this Friday with the preview event ($20 entry) and then picks back up on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for some serious shopping. Join me at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S Woodland Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122. Looking forward to seeing everyone…time to shop till we drop…fashion for a great cause!

Shopping days & times!
Friday, October 12, 2018 – Preview day ($20.00 Fee) 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018– 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday, October 15, 2018 – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2018– 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to NCJW for including my story about Designer Dress Days as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this organization and this incredible sale, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Amelia : the little “glamper” that could!

Hey CLE. I have had one heck of an online fun week and I couldn’t help but share.

I don’t know about you, but as a designer one of my daily reads is Design Sponge. This week I was honored to be a part of their  “sneak peaks” section featuring the little nauti Airstream camper named “Amelia.” She comes from right here in Northeast Ohio and I had to share with you her story.

She was purchased off of Craigs List about two hours east of the 216. She had to be towed to Lakewood as she was not “road worthy;” thank goodness I have AAA.

Amelia had a small team of experts including a welding expert (who rebuilt her under carriage,) an Airstream enthusiast (who taught me about 110 volt to battery to propane conversion,) a tradeshow display building expert (who advised me on how things travel, fold, and then constructed the spectacular build out) and even an upholstery maven (who tried to talk me out of white upholstery no avail.) Thank you to each of them for being so willing to work with me on this massive project. I truly had no idea what I was doing but through persistance, lots of reading and searching for tiny parts on ebay (thank goodness for ebay!) we made her beautiful.

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