Category Archives: personal

  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!

 

 

  2013 let’s do it!

Happy new years friends! Another year behind us and another thrilling year on the horizon. From the looks of facebook and holiday cards, looks like all of you think 2013 is “THE YEAR,” …I’m right there with you!

I’m a big list maker. I make daily lists, sometimes hourly lists, I thrive when I can cross things off my lists. I make lists for today, lists for the weekend and lists for the year. I’m not one to call them “resolutions” per say, but rather intentions or goals for where I see my visions headed. This year is like no other. I am still working on my “2013 best year ever” list but I will tell you how I break it down.

The first category is “life; fitness & adventure.” In this category items like
– take even better care of my skin which includes an eye cream regimen & regular facials
– run for fun; not for races
– travel to visit my friend Jo in NYC, my friend Jay in Chicago & take a long holiday to Hawaii with my main squeeze

The next category would be “business.” As some of you may know I am a graphic designer by day at Chartreuse Inc. We are a boutique design firm in Lakewood and are kicking of 2013 celebrating our tenth year in business. A few of my personal goals that top the “business category” are…
– get to work earlier in order to get a jump on emails & client projects
– make more time for face to face meetings with my clients as opposed to just phone calls & emails
– pinch myself everyday that I am so lucky to be doing what I love surrounded with amazing people who I admire & respect!

The last category on my yearly goals list is here, this cyber world that we meet at, “the blog.” Yes, I set goals for even here, it helps me stay engaged and reminds me how much I love spreading the news about all the fun and thrilling happenings right here in the CLE! So some of the top goals for the blog this year are…
– bimonthly posts focused more on family outings & events (think “i heart cleveland families”) written by one of my besties who happens to rock at having three kids & being a super friend to all.
– Integrating additional guest posts from the MEN of the CLE. While I try to keep the blog gender neutral, come on people we all know I tend to drift towards glitter and bubbles…it’s time to hear what the guys like…interested men drop me a note!
– lastly to do a better job at twitter and corresponding with the readers.

So that’s a little look at my intentions/goals for this exciting year upon us. I can’t wait to see how the year pans out. I’m lucky to have such a great group of readers, friends and family to kick off 2013 with. Cheers and love to you all!

  Inked for Ohio.

More and more I’ve been noticing the love and passion that area Northeast Ohio lovers have dedicated to their skin. In Ohio “all things are possible,” from license plates to tattoo art–when it comes to making an outward statement for the love of our great state.


This past Friday, at the AMAZING PechaKucha Night I had the privilege of meeting Katie. Native to Avon Lake Katie moved away from Cleveland for a brief stint, but is back and has the tattoos to prove it. Her arm proudly displays the Terminal Tower and one of the Detroit Superior Bridge Statues, her wrist complete with the outline of our sweet state and the secret piece behind her ear “216.” She just might be our best billboard for creativity and personal expression yet!


Katie, is was very nice to have met you, I hope you had a great night out! It was summer in Cleveland at it’s best, for sure.

If you or someone you know have a crazy great Cleveland, Ohio tattoo that you’d like to share, send me a pic and a small story (editor@iheartcleveland.com) about it and you might find yourself next on “Inked for Ohio.”

  Inked for Ohio.

More and more I’ve been noticing the love and passion that area Northeast Ohio lovers have dedicated to their skin.

In Ohio “all things are possible,” from license plates all the way to tattoo art when it comes to making an outward statement for the love of our great state.
I recently met this guy who not only had an Ohio outline on the inside of his right ankle, but on the outer side he had the famous 1979 title of Ian Hunter’s rock song “Cleveland Rocks.” The reason this guy had these two tattoos, were not only to show how much he loved Ohio, but he was actually named after the musician of this song and felt it very fitting.
Thanks Ian for the making me stop and marvel at your ink, nice to have met you.
If you or someone you know have a crazy great Cleveland, Ohio tattoo that you’d like to share, send me a pic and a small story (editor@iheartcleveland.com) about it and you might find yourself next on “Inked for Ohio.”