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  Summer in the CLE!

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Hello CLE! How was your weekend everyone? While it called for rained it ended up being pretty nice weather. We took Baby Ninja to Huntington Beach for a little bit as well as a few stroller walks, a first birthday, dinner with friends and even a trip to the park!

Today I just wanted to call out a few fun, not-to-miss things happening in the city this summer. Gather up some of your friends and make sure to put a few of these in your summer calendars.

Wade Oval Wednesdays  :  Music. Food. Dancing. Spend your Wednesday evening with other CLE families and friends, bring your blankets, pack your picnics and settle in for an evening of free fun. I am especially looking forward to Carlos Jones & The Plus Band, performing July 1st..get your reggae on!

Edgewater Live : Yoga, food trucks and live bands on the beach, another perfect evening in the 216. Every Thursday through August 14th join your friends and enjoy one of the best beaches our city has to offer. Thanks to InnerBliss Yoga for leading a :30 minute practice to kick off the party and to the Cleveland metro parks for utilizing the beach in a new way! We love it!

The Flea Sunday Market : While I adore the Cleveland Flea; their baby-sister the Sunday Market is my favorite! The frenchie-themed morning is like a flea you might as you wander down the streets of france. Music, antiques, macaroons, oysters and champagne, makes for the best Sunday morning EVER!

So just a few reminders of three very fun, very “Cleveland” things to do with your families and friends this summer. Hopefully I will get myself to all of them…gotta love a good outdoor concert, picnic, trip to the beach and french flea market!

(I saw this amazing mural the other night while I was downtown cheering on our AMAZING CAVS, thought I would share. SO COOL!!!)

  GO CAVS!!!

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Rest easy, Cavs fans! The wait from Tuesday is over and we can finally go back to cheering on LeBron and the gang. The city of CLE is flooded with wine and gold and everyone is #ALLin for game 4. If you weren’t a Cavs fan before, the time is right to join in on all the hype!  

If your’e looking for the perfect place to watch the game, there are some great go-to hotspots waiting for fans. You can check out Market Garden Brewery located on West 25th, along with Town Hall and Nano Brew on the strip. If you want to catch a glimpse of some newscast celebs, grab a drink on East 4th and you won’t miss a beat. Looking to enjoy this nice summer night? Join in on the watch party at Crocker Park or take a seat on the patio at Hoopples.  

Of course as a fellow fashionista you must have the perfect Cavs gear. All of your CLE fashion can be found at places like Cleveland Clothing Company, GV Art and Fresh Brewed Tees.  Although we may not have Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving, we breathe a sigh of relief that Mathew Dellavedova (aka Delly) is re-hydrated and ready to take charge in tonights matchup. After the Cavs got the win in game 3, their chances of winning the series have increased to 84%….but we know it’s 100% for the win!!!

(written by Erin S. photo from Yahoo Sports)

  Wedding (vendor) LOVE!

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Hey CLE friends. Hope you are all enjoying this nice week. GO CAVS! The city is alive and electric and I am thrilled to see everyone wearing apparel and supporting our guys. We’ve come so far, we should be so proud!

I am still glowing and on cloud nine from all the fun Mr. C and I had on our wedding day and our trip abroad. Our big day was a magical collaboration of so many of our friends, family and TALENTED Cleveland creatives! We are so lucky to have such great friends in this city.

Today I wanted to give a bit of a shout out to some of the amazing CLE friends,  talented artists and all the love and creativity that made our day extra special. Please reach out to these vendors if you are looking for a very special, one-of-a-kind celebration!

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Food & Bar by Gatherings Kitchen : What can I say? She is my closest friend and ultimate foodie creative; Chef Ruth and her team at Gatherings Kitchen pulled off a non traditional cocktail party and dinner station feast including mini lobster rolls, tiny deviled quail egg hors doerves and a fresh make-your-own noodle bar filled with skewered coconut chicken, grilled shrimp and beef satay for our guests. Not only did “Gatherings” do the food, they outfitted quite the craft cocktail bar including strawberry-infused vodka tonics dressed with fresh basil  and many bottles of Vue Cliquot to cure our bubbly fix! Plus their bartenders were dressed to kill in french-inspired, black and white striped  tee’s…cest magifique! Thank you Gatherings Kitchen, we love you guys.

Sweet Tunes by Dj Goodwin : While Mr. C did have a big influence on the playlists, Dj Goodwin (Reena & Jody) took our party playlists to the next level! Their experience in the party biz allowed them to read the crowd and easily move them from a slow dance to a get-down-boogie boogie Beyonce hit in one fell swoop! Plus she was just too cute with her white and gold headsets jamming out as she played the evenings hits for our guests who were killing it on the dance floor. Thanks Dj Reena & Jody Goodwin. Cheers to many more dancing nigthts to ya!

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 10.32.34 PMThe Coolest Cake by Cake Couture : Our creative, sylish and incredibly delicious cake masterpiece was made by my friend Cristina of Cake Couture. Thank you Cristina for making something so incredibly indulgent AND gorgeous. We hope you liked our spray painted little family toppers…we sure as heck LOVED your frosting and fondant!

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Cookies by Katie : My sister Katie is quite the talented baker and cookie decorator. Thank you Katie for “importing” the adorable mini black and white works of art all the way from Seattle. The were so “sweet!”

Photography by Suzuaran : Cleveland is very blessed to have a talented duo like Suzanne and Dan of Suzuaran Photography. The way they worked the room to capture the little details and special event happenings was so incredible. I remember having conversations with party guests and then noticing Suzanne looking over our shoulders capturing every smile, joke and hug, she has such a great eye for the details. After all the ceremony details were had, our guests were entertained with the custom photobooth that Dan had made. I’m telling you these two are quite the photo power house. Thank you Suzanne and Dan for capturing all of the love in the room…even when the temps went sky high.

Makeup by Jessica Herber Miller & Hair by Tiffani of Lov Lox : Thank you to these two lovely women who made me feel like a million bucks. Jessica not only arrived early but she came with a new lipstick I had inquired about. Thank you Jessica, I am loving my new coral Chanel color for summer. Tiffani showed up with homemade oat bars in hand and her fancy Curling iron in the other. She took my hair from standard low, side bun to an upsweep of choreographed swoops and curls. Thank you Tiffani for securing my hair with every last bobby pin known to man.

Live music by Baby Dayliner : When planning the event it was really important to us to have a great party, one that included a bit of live music. We knew just who we’d ask to perform and he accepted! Thank you Baby Dayliner for road tripping from NYC to spend the weekend in the 216 to perform at our wedding. We know you walked away with a handful of new fans that night. Keep on making new music, we can’t wait to hear what you have in store for us next.

Pretty flowers & my floral dress : Thank you to my sisters and friends who slaved over the flowers for the tables, bountenniers and bouquets. I know it was a lot to ask of everyone to whip out gorgeous florals but as expected they all turned out amazing. My dress also couldn’t have been more perfect for a spring wedding at an edgy gallery – florals meet vintage rock n roll. The dress fabric was from IKEA and my friend Lori used a vintage pattern to make my vision become reality. Thanks Lori, it couldn’t have happened without you!.

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 10.26.42 PMCeremony backdrop “gems” :  I am so thankful for the chance meeting with Mandy of Craft Course Nashville two years ago while I was attending Alt Summit. Mandy and her partner Emily are the creative minds & makers behind many stunning window displays, event graphics and creative installations. Thank you Craft Course for making us some of your exquisite oversized gems for the backdrop of a perfect day. Mr C and I truly think they added such a special element to our day. Thank you.

Super Electric after party : We really didn’t want the party to end and so we moved our friends and family downstairs, outside and then back up to the party playhouse of the guys of Super Electric. Like pinball machines? Well this is the place for you. I even rode their slide in my wedding dress…still hoping someone caught a good pic.

The Westin & Uber : We would be remissed not to give a shout out to the Westin for the amazing accommodations for us, our family and friends. Not only were our accommodations great (the view!) the room service and staff were seriously top notch. Uber moved our party from place to place on time and in one swoop, gotta love those CLE Uber drivers. Thanks guys!

So what can I say but “Merci Beaucoup” to my amazing CLE creative friends and vendors. Our party was absolutely perfect because of you. We feel very blessed and lucky to have such talented friends in this city. For more photos visit our event hashtag #chairbenwed.

Thanks to @Lzone, @ksdamato & @deboestudio & @greendogwine for the great instagram images, you ladies rock!

  …Bring MAY flowers!

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Hey friends, hope your weekend, your Mother’s Day festivities and this fabulous spring-summer weekend has been good to you. These last few days we have been busy at our house prepping for our big party. Tons of cleaning, shopping and a bunch of spring gardening.

The other day when I stopped into Heinen’s (for the awesome salad bar) I noted all of the flowers were in bloom and ready for planting. Everything from faux-flourescent hanging plants to lots of herbs for the smaller kitchen gardens: they had something for every level of gardener.

It’s that time of year friends, the annual  “Celebrate Spring” event at all  Heinen’s locations. Even if you don’t have much of a green thumb introduce yourself to the ladies in the garden department and they can help you pick the perfect plants for your home spring planting project.

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I bought a few rosemary plants, some basil, a small container of mint (mojitos anyone?) and even got them planted over the weekend.

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So if you are in the planting mode AND you need some wine and cheese, swing into your local Heinen’s for a bit of spring fun.

I was invited to experience the “Celebrate Spring” flower happening at Heinen’s including a gift certificate to purchase a plant as part of their marketing efforts. Thanks for supporting the organization that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Celebrate Creativity! Celebrate Mom’s!

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Hello & Happy Monday everyone. Wasn’t this weekend the best? We spent so much time outdoors soaking in the sun while doing yard work and prepping for summer. We also snuck in some crafting, time with friends, a few meals out, a 5k, some shopping and a few good naps. It was an incredible two days that I am so thankful for.

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Today I am proud to share with you an event I hosted to celebrate some very creative Mom’s right here in Cleveland. Sponsored by Pat Catan’s the baby brunch was held at the magical Borrow Rentals; a space filled with vintage furniture and one-of-a-kind party pieces.

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