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  Next generation of Women; presented by the Sherwin-Williams Co.

Hey friends. Happy Monday. Wasn’t last Friday’s weather so wonderful? Everyone had their car windows rolled down and was smiling and happy…fingers crossed we get more of those spring temps soon.

Today I want to invite all of you to join me this Thursday at the Engage Cleveland’s signature event called “Next Generation of Women.”
Navigating your career and personal life in your 20s & 30s can be rough..I mean even in my (early) 40’s it’s challenging. But we are lucky enough to have Engage Cleveland who carefully crafted a women’s forum tailored to the emerging female professional in Cleveland.

Unlike your typical women in leadership event, they’ve created a half-day experience consisting of nothing but professional and personal advice to help guide the up-and-coming women in Cleveland, featuring some of the area’s most noteworthy female professionals across all industries. A few of the topics they are going to cover are : What do you want to be known for? (by my friend Lisa Zone!) How to prioritize your personal, civic and professional responsibilities? and How to effectively make decisions to navigate your career and personal life. Plus many more interesting topics.

I hope to see many of you this Thursday. I plan to take lots of notes, to be energized and inspired! I will also be insta-storying while I am thereso tune in for lots of fun stuff! If you want to get yourself a ticket they still have a few available to purchase. Visit their Eventbrite page here for the details.

  Kendra Scott : You’re invited!

Hey friends! I am so excited and honored to be hosting an evening at the new Kendra Scott store in Eton. Please join me and their very fun team Wednesday night, April 25 from 6-8pm for some bubbly a few sweet treats and most importantly the new 2018 summer collection. OMG…the purple earrings!!!

All guests will receive 15% off your purchase. It is the perfect time to get your Mothers’ Day or spring graduation gifts covered for all the stylish ladies in your life. I gotta say, I am a big fan of this national jewelry brand. I love her more trend-focused collections and can’t wait to see what else she has designed for the entire summer look. PLUS, I can’t wait to check out her new candle line..of course I am a sucker for great packaging and a fresh scent.

Although the brand today is pretty recognizable, did you know Kendra started off in 2002 as an entrepreneur with a small start-up investment in her spare bedroom? It is such a great story of one Mom’s use of her creativity and passion for gemstones that made the store what it is today.

I am really looking forward to visiting and hanging out with the new team. I hope you can swing by and visit, they have a pretty great night planned for us! Sweets, surprises and shopping…sounds like a fun way to spend a Wednesday evening with your friends. Hope to see you there!

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  KP Photo Show & Sale

Hello, friends and happy Easter & Passover week to all who celebrate! Today was a gorgeous sunny day, don’t you think? I had busted out some springtime style and was super inspired by all of the Easter candy and baskets currently found everywhere. With that said…it looks as if it might rain for the rest of the week so I am totally working on my fashion plan of attack, complete with raincoats, wellies, and cute umbrellas. It’s almost April and what do they say? April showers bring May flowers…I don’t think anyone will complain about a plethora of flowers as we roll into a Cleveland summer…so we continue to wait for more sunshine and warm weather.

Today I am here to give you a fun PSA on one of my favorite, biennial arts events, the KP Photo 2018 Fine Art Show. The weekend of April 27th-28th, join the entire team of artists at KP, for the 7th biennial Fine Arts Show. For these two nights see KP’s studio turn into a chic, city gallery exhibition that will feature more than 400 fine art creations for sale, including photography, paintings, illustrations, and installations. Plus, a portion of the sale will be donated to Flashes of Hope so you for sure want to attend and purchase!

If you have never been to “KP” let me tell you a bit about this very cool and super talented group of individuals. KP is predominantly a commercial photography studio, who also excels in CGI (computer-generated imagery,) retouching, and video production serving clients locally and across the country. My role as a creative director and designer first brought me to KP for a client photography project and the rest was history, I’ve loved them ever since. The photography team is so helpful in bringing our designer/client ideas to life, their support staff ensures the project goes smoothly from beginning to end and the team doing the post-production work makes my job of actually using the photos so dreamy.

So now that you know a bit about them…one thing you might not know is while I am bragging about their role as a design partner, these creative individuals also have additional artistic interests outside of their daily work routine. Not only are they photographers but they are also printmakers, painters, sculptures, collage artists and more.

For exact event details and images of the 2016 show, visit their site. I really can’t wait to attend. I promise it is such a good time…and for those of you not really into gallery openings, I have three words for you…Unlimited. Photo. Booth! Hope to see everyone there. Happy art opening KP friends, we wouldn’t miss it for the world.

 

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  The remodeled Ritz Carlton Cleveland

It isn’t every day when us Moms & Dads have the opportunity to slip away for even one night and experience luxury accommodations, fine dining and all of the fun amenities so close to home. So when The Ritz Carlton dropped me a note to come and experience their newly renovated hotel we could not pass up the night away.

Mr. C and I met downtown after work to a very warm welcome from the valet, the hostess, and the front desk staff. Their warm and genuine hospitality seemed like we were their old friends who we hadn’t seen one another in years. The newly remodeled lobby has more of an open concept design than the previous, more compartmentalized floorplan, giving it a more cool and fresh vibe. When you exit the elevators to the lobby you are immediately immersed into a very special atmosphere including a hopping lobby bar, their new fine dining restaurant called TURN, the concierge/check-in area and last but not least many little chic conversation seating areas. I especially love how the new bar is surrounded on three sides with plenty of space to meet friends and enjoy their creative craft cocktail menu selections; we will come back to that later!

Our room was on the club floor which included access to the club lounge. The longe is seriously the perfect place to hang out without actually have to go out. I can envision staying on this floor in the future for the perfect girls night away or perhaps for an overnight during the upcoming film festival. Their lounge was stocked with really great snacks and drinks and in the morning we even were able to have breakfast before we headed home. The staff was so pleasant and took the time to tell us all about their local offerings including beef jerky from the West Side Market, fresh local cheeses, chocolates and other local maker treats. They taught me how to use the help-yourself wine dispenser (dangerous, HA!) and how I could sample a few varietals or enjoy a full glass depending on the button I selected; it was super cool. The new club lounge is filled with some vibrant pieces of contemporary artwork and overstuffed; but with great lines, new upholstered pieces made specifically for relaxing.

After a glass of wine and some snacks, we went back to our room to get ready for dinner at Turn. The newly remodeled rooms feature marble-laden bathrooms including a no-fog mirror in the shower (perfect for shaving!) and some killer travel bath supplies by Asprey. I love the new bedding and furniture and applaud whatever designer chose the nightstands complete with charging stations built into the sides, next to the beds. I also loved their small directional reading lights tucked into the headboards for when you feel like doing a bit of night reading… when you can’t sleep. Speaking of sleeping..we haven’t slept so well in almost 3 years and I attest it to the fluffy Beautyrest For the Ritz Carlton Mattress which Mr. C stripped away the sheets to find the brand of the mattress for when it’s time for us to get a new one …it was that good.

We got dressed and headed downstairs where Monic and Jim walked us through the actual new TURN menu. We started dinner with fresh, micro green salads…I swear I’ve been craving more and am considering stopping down for lunch next time I am downtown to enjoy this salad. For dinner, I had the scallops paired with fresh Ohio City Pasta ravioli and Mr. C had the glazed short ribs, both really great dishes. We also had the brussels sprouts to share and I would highly recommend them if you love them as much as we do. Instead of dessert, we enjoyed their signature “Smoking Man Manhattan” which is infused with cedar-chips smoked tableside. and topped with some Luxardo cherries…a bit of sweet and a touch of smoky…SO GOOD!

As we were wrapping up our dinner experience the lobby was transforming before our eyes featuring a younger, more stylish crowd to groove the night away with the live DJ who was in the house. We hung out with some friends for a final nightcap and then headed up to our room to sneak in a bit of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” from the comfort of our bed.

All in all, I would highly recommend the newly remodeled Ritz Carlton as the perfect Cleveland staycation away from your daily routine. I think they did a wonderful job at the renovations and while I am a bit of an old lady at heart, I appreciate all of the updates and improvements…especially all of the new contemporary art hung throughout the hotel. Thank you to the Ritz for inviting us to experience all of the awesome changes you have undergone. You really did a wonderful job and didn’t miss a detail. We can’t wait to return and enjoy that club lounge a bit longer next time!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to The Ritz Carlton Cleveland for inviting me to explore their remodeled hotel and share my experience 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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  Our morning at Play grounds

Hello & happy Friday! Hope everyone has some incredible weekend plans…always so many fun happenings going on around town. This weekend I have to focus and get serious about packing for our India adventure…we leave next week! I am apologizing ahead of time because I know I am going to be posting a lot on Instagram, to stay connected with my family…I welcome you to follow along on our trip too!

Everyone keeps asking what I am packing and my answer is “what am I NOT packing?” We are headed abroad for a wedding and this entails three days of various events and celebrations all with many wardrobe changes. The colors, the jewelry, the shoes…let’s just say I have plenty of patterns for everyone.

One of the questions I’ve been getting about our trip is “What about your little “ninja” …is he coming with you?” The answer is a firm “no.” My parents have so graciously agreed to come to Cleveland for the time we are out of town and stay with their grandson. We have a handful of fun things planned for them to check out around town including a morning visit to the new Play Grounds Cafe in Lakewood…have you been?

Founded by husband and wife duo Heather and David Mariano, Play Grounds is the most magical space for both children and parents alike. Nestled on Madison Ave (near where Hilliard intersects) this family-focused coffee shop destination has incredible coffee drinks and healthy bakery options at their coffee bar. My little guy and I stopped by the other morning before work/childcare to check it out, grab a latte and do a bit of playing. The back of the coffee shop is entirely devoted to the importance of little people play and named “the Fort;” because who doesn’t love a good fort? We stayed for just shy of an hour and we both had a blast. I was able to flip through a book uninterrupted (HUGE win!) while he explored all of their cool, different toys. It is truly amazing watching him learn to play on his own and with other kids…it brings me such joy to see him growing into his own social being. Play Grounds has designed a space that is great for parents to socialize while their kids are close, but with a little bit of freedom to grow and play.

Thank you to Heather for inviting us to come by and explore the new space. Congrats to you and your family for following your entrepreneurship dreams and making this vision of coffee and kids come together…parents of Northeast Ohio thank you too!

To stay up on “reading time” and special events, follow Heather and the Play Grounds crew here on Instagram.

(Photography by Heather and Suzanna West Photography)