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  A visit to Cuyahoga Collective.


Hello & happy COLD weekend to us all. I hope you’ve been staying indoors bundled up with your best book or movie and mug of something hot to keep you warm. It is truly SO COLD out there, bundle up before you get out and go exploring all over the city. These temps are not joke!

img_0906I keep meaning to tell you about the most lovely shop I have stumbled into around the holidays…Cuyahoga Collective.  You’ve seen their work in a sleek, black “truck-shop” at the flea but did you know that they now have a brick & mortar store? It is located just down the street from our studio on Madison Ave in Lakewood. The new store was once home to Lakewood Reupholstery but is now a flourshing, bright, half design-clubhouse, half home decor & fashion destination.You’ve got to swing by and check it out!

img_0900Besides all of their awesome custom tee’s, sweatshirts and prints, they also offer local artisan, one-of-a-kind pieces and then a few more notable household brands as well. There truly is something for everyone on any occasion and if you need finding the most perfect gift, the team is there to assist you in choosing the best treat for you. I walked away with a new 2017 favorite, the Great Lakes crewneck sweatshirt…I have been wearing it with both comfy joggers as well as a sequin pencil skirt…just goes to show you can always dress things up or down…I digress.

img_0897Next time you are in the neighborhood you should for sure try and make time to discover this new CLE-proud boutique, if nothing else go check out the space; their remodel is stunning, nice work guys!


For more information about them make sure to visit their page or follow them on their social spaces, you won’t be disappointed! Cheers to exploring (& shopping) new stores in a new year! Stay warm Cleveland!

  Howards Jewelry, Meet Howard contest!

Hey CLE! Hope you had an incredible fall weekend. It was so completely picturesque I couldn’t help but taking pictures at every turn. However, with that said I have to admit spent a few evenings on the laptop starting to take note of holiday present ideas and recipe collecting for the being holiday weekend feasts. We are hosting Christmas this year and I couldn’t be more excited to share our new home with family and friends. let the shopping lists, baking, wrapping and decking the halls begin!

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-10-17-20-pmTalking about holiday presents…ever heard of Howards Jewelry? This local jewelry destination has incredibly affordable pricing, sells one of a kind refurbished jewelry and has over 40 years of being in the jewelry business helping many shoppers choose their holiday selections. Make it a point to meet up with founder…Howard and pick his brain on the perfect gifts for your holiday sweetheart at this years meet & greet events…11/11 at their Maple Heights store, 11/12 in Parma Heights, 11/18 in Mayfield Heights and 11/19 at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor.

Meeting with Howard and his staff will give you the chance to get an incredible deal for pieces you love, on top of the 30-50% that is already being offered. Plus you can learn all about trends, jewelry care, and jewelry types while visiting.

redWhen you swing by any of the locations (from Nov.11-19th) and meet up with Howard (or any of his super, uber qualified staff) take a photo and be entered into contest to win a sterling silver and glass heart pendant necklace. Winner to choose their favorite color…blue, red, purple or to be chosen HERE on 11/20 (please leave your contact info in the photo comment!) 

So just to recap the how to enter to win the contest…
A. Visit any of the four HJC locations.
B. Take a photo with Howard or one of his staff members (and explore their jewelry selection as well!)
C. Submit that photo in the comments section below to be entered for a chance to win the heart pendant necklace

So I can’t wait to hear about your holiday jewelry shopping deals and adventures at Howards Jewelry. Keep me posted about all of the fun, tweet me (@iheartclev &  @hwrdsjwlcntr) your finds, gifts and any awesome treasures you might discover at this local jewelry business! Let’s kick off this holiday season in blingy style.

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to post about Howards Jewelry, “Meet Howard” event  and offer the pendant giveaway as part of their social community outreach. Thanks for supporting this local business while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  A 1-tank, ModCloth Roadtrip to Pittsburgh


Fall is literally my favorite season. Not just because of candy corn and pumpkin spice but because of the brisk temps, the back to school supplies and the fashions…I mean tights, tweeds, oranges, blacks and browns…need I say more?


When I think fall, I also think about weekend road trips and squeezing in all the to-do’s we didn’t get too over the summer. It’s the perfect time to throw a few sweaters and jeans in a tote and head off for a weekend adventure…this weekend would be the perfect time to go somewhere…perhaps check out Pittsburgh???

img_8006Yesterday I was in Pittsburgh for a client project and so while I was in town I made time to go visit the team at the very adorable Modcloth Pop-up store nestled in downtown Pittsburgh. As a big fan of the Modcloth website–it’s always my go-to for fun party dresses and mod-inspired staples, I was excited to hear that I could go and see the various styles live and in-person.


The pop-up features a curated collection of their always vintage-inspired clothing, accessories and home decor, as well as free styling appointments with on-site ModStylists. It seriously was so fun and filled with so many girlie details…I could have stayed and shopped all day.


A trip to the pop-up and I couldn’t resist a few new pieces for my fall wardrobe…details below.

Wine Appreciation Sweater : Besides the name which I love…this sweater is tipped with a sweet collar and faux cuffs. I can’t wait to wear this with a new pair of cords or dress it up with a stylish skirt for fall.

My Neighbor Toronto Midi Skirt : Adorable dark wash jean skirt with big gold buttons & chic back pockets! I love the little bit of stretch, I will be able to wear this piece to work and  to the playground, it’s very comfy.


Pardon My French Quarter Cape : The perfect layering accessory for fall outings. Tweed perfection.

Have a Good Skip booties : Dress ‘em up with tights or pair them with jeans for any fall ensemble. These booties pair with just about anything for a stylish alternative to fall flats.

The drive was short, a mere 2 hours and one large coffee later I was in a Modcloth wonderland. Pack up your pals this weekend and head down to the Pop-Up while they are still in town. Mod cloth : 625 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222 | Open until September 27th | Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm & Sun: 11am-6pm

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to visit the Modcloth pop-up shop as part of their marketing outreach. Thanks for supporting this business that sells amazing fashion finds for all sorts of sizes while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  A quick visit to Chagrin Falls

Hello friends of the CLE! I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed this early fall weather that is starting to linger in the air.

Over the weekend my family took a few days away to celebrate a birthday and explore the windy city…Chicago! We ate some over-stuffed pizza, walked for miles and miles, hung out with the penguins and seahorses at The Shed and played hard at the child-approved Maggie Daley Park. We also got in a bit of shopping for fall fashions and perhaps a cocktail or two when the little guy fell asleep. It was a great mini-getaway but like they say…it is always wonderful to come back home.

Last week I had a meeting in Chagrin Falls and a few minutes to kill. I hadn’t really been down near the falls and the adorable shops in some time, so I picked a few and stopped in for a bit to see what fun treats they had for fall shopping.

img_7686img_7688A few of my favorites…
Nola True : A clothing and accessory boutique for all types of fashionistas. For the chic, homecoming/party dresses to the everyday slouchy sweaters, this store has something for all types of women. I picked up a great transition sweater to wear over a summer tank top and can’t wait to throw it on for a brisk evening walk.


The Little Monogram Shop is one of those stores I have always wanted to go in and explore and it was totally worth it. From gifts for new little ones (side note, I am a new Auntie! Hooray & congrats to my sister & brother-in-law Rebecca & Frans Kobus!) to back-to-school monogrammed supplies to these adorable key tags…I loved the girl boss one. So sweet.


Gypsy Sole : Filled with a bit of cowgirl, a touch of hippie and a dollop of shabby chic, this little boutique made me smile from the moment I walked in. I love their selection of cowboy boots and sweaters but ended up walking away with a stack of letter-pressed greeting cards. The store has many area artist goods as well as a section of well-known brands…the perfect place to spend the afternoon browsing through every nook and cranny.

Long story short…I MUST schedule a weekend morning outing with my gals to fully explore all of the incredible shops by the falls. Perhaps a little brunching and mimosas are in order as well. Cheers friends to fall shopping and exploring a new part of town! Thanks Chagrin Falls for always being so adorable…can’t wait to come back real soon. :)

  A visit to Quarry Hill Orchards


Good evening. I hope your week has been filled with fun summer happenings and lots of time in the sun…with sunscreen of course. We are mid-move from one side of town to the other (post to come!) and all the while trying to juggle fun summer activities along the way. Having a toddler and moving is a challenging sport…I pack a box, he unpacks a box, I pack a box, he stands on said box of champagne flutes, I unpack the box to ensure there were none broken, and so on and so forth. Oh, the joys of moving.


But when we aren’t packing and prepping we have really been focused on getting out and exploring with our favorite little guy and last weekend was seriously one of the best adventures ever. Have you ever been to Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin Heights (up near Cedar Point)? It just might be one of the most romantic farms and family-owned orchards I have ever experienced. From the moment we arrived I felt a lightness, a friendliness in the air and I could have just unpacked and stayed for the week. We were meeting some of our friends for a picnic under the large trees in front of the farm store when all of a sudden the skies opened up and it literally poured onto the peach trees like it had never poured before. The farmers were happy we had brought the rain with us, with all of this extreme summer heat the peaches could really use a good soaking.


Needless to say our tractor ride was postponed but that was totally fine with us because it meant an incredible tour of how the upcoming fall apple harvest are picked, packed and distributed throughout their various consumer channels (congrats Quarry Hill on your latest apple delivery partnerships with Cuyahoga County schools!) PLUS we got to take our time exploring the company store filled with homegrown sunflowers, artisan elixirs, lots of farm fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, cherries, peaches and more!) and let’s not forget apparel; we took home some adorable tractor t-shirts!



If you are craving some juicy, locally grown peaches, grab your family and head up to the Quarry Hill Orchards and farm.  If you can’t get there in the next few weeks, don’t worry, apple-picking season will be here before we know it.

Thank you to Brooke and the rest of the Gammie family for hosting our morning on the farm. We very much enjoyed ourselves. Rain or no rain, your farm is a gorgeous Ohio destination. You should be very proud of all the hard work and creativity that you put forth with your growing farm business. Congrats and thank you!


Quarry Hill Orchards | 8403 Mason Road, Berlin Heights, OH 44814
For more information, to find out what is growing or special farm events visit them at