Category Archives: retail therapy

  Lovely Paperie & Gifts in Rocky River

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The other day I took a quick detour from going directly back to the studio to swing into the new Lovely Paperie & Gifts located across the bridge in Rocky River. This new boutique is stocked floor to ceiling with every gorgeous greeting card know to man. From glitter to neon, letterpress to gold foil, this store has hundreds of beautifully designed greeting cards for every occasion…I couldn’t decide who to buy for first.

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This new store is also the westside destination for everything Lilly Pulitzer. Her bright-patterned shift dresses are the perfect summer wardrobe staple. They have all types of dresses and beach coverups and so many accessories with her well-known tropical prints. Plus, the section of the store is painted bright pink and so so pretty…I kinda wanted to move in.

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One of the best parts of the new store is my friend Blair Ritchey’s wall of bags! Her one-of-a kind leather bags are my personal favorite around town. The leather is so soft and her color combinations are so on point. Did you know Blair cuts each of her bag tassels by hand? Yep! Each one a work of art. I am so glad you can go into Lovely and buy a Blair Ritchey bag up close and personal.

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So next time you are looking for a card, a dress, perhaps a new handmade leather bag, look no further than the new Lovely Papery & Gifts in Rocky River. You might also want to check out their site as they host regular events at the store. So many fun vendors, specials and parties you won’t want to miss out! Have a great day & happy exploring everyone!

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  Home Decor destination…Legacy Village

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Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed a bit of downtime with your family and friends. It was a great weekend at our home, just doing house stuff, playing outside and enjoying a low-commitment weekend with my two guys and some great friends. We did some typical house stuff; you know, laundry, groceries, meal prep, yadda yadda. But we also took a trip to Legacy Village to see what was new and exciting over there. Honestly I haven’t been there in awhile and I didn’t realize what an awesome concentration of home decor stores they have in their “Home District.”

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I LOVE Crate & Barrel…you can’t go wrong with their seasonal decor, their kitchen gadgets and glassware. I also love their table linens and candles; they make great hostess gifts. I also really enjoy Ethan Allen, Arhaus and Restoration Hardware as they all offer incredible, quality furniture pieces. RH has an huge selection of more modern, stream-lined furniture, lighting and decor options. While in my opinion Arhaus and Ethan Allen tend to offer more traditional selections of fine furniture and accessories. I actually like all of these stores as I think there is a place for modern and traditional to live together in a home in harmony!

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You can also find Z Gallerie and Pier W in the Home District…both great stops for nice summer accessories including umbrellas, pillows and stylish patio furniture, you really can’t go wrong.

So…the moral of this little story is that if you need something for your home…anything from modern furniture to a pretty candle for your dining table…Legacy Village is a great destination for all things HOME! If you haven’t been out this way in awhile, I recommend you go check it out, they have a great selection of home decor stores for all tastes.

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Legacy Village who invited me to share their Home District as part of their social outreach. I received a gift certificate to Legacy in exchange for my review of their Home District selections. Thanks for supporting this group of businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Summer Celebrations : Lawn Games Sponsored by Wayfair

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Hello friends! With last weekends 80 degree temps, it’s truly feeling like summertime is quickly approaching. We have started doing a few yard projects around our new home, pulled out the patio and pool furniture and even planted a handful of flowering spring perennials to add a few pops of color to the yard. What about you? Have you felt the urge to style and prep your yard for all of your summer, outdoor entertaining events?

When I was younger my sisters and I were always tasked with the job of picking up sticks around the yard as part of spring cleaning. Needless to say we didn’t love working in the yard as teenagers but somehow the knowing we would get our allowance always kept us coming back. Flash forward almost thirty years later  a day of working in the yard, mowing the grass, trimming the trees and picking up sticks sounds luxurious to me.

As kids when we were finished with the yard work we used to totally love playing outside. Do you remember pogo balls? We could spend hours on them. We also loved jumping rope, a touch of hopscotch as well as a proper game of croquet. My parents had a vintage game set and a large front yard so it was the perfect place to spend hours on this retro lawn game…just me, my sisters and the clicking of the wooden balls as we tried to steer them with our wooden mallets. I also always had to be green (sometimes yellow) like the color even mattered…we were all still pretty bad. As I have grown up, anytime I see a croquet set I truly enjoy giving the ball a little whack and remembering all the fun we had outside on the lawn. Ahh..the old days.

Wayfair_CroqA few years ago while scouring a flea market I happened to pick my own croquet set…so how about we plan an evening of lemonade (or sangria!) on the lawn, we can all wear our vintage summer dresses, big sunglasses and straw hats and enjoy the best summer lawn game…croquet. Let me know who’s in!

Thanks to Wayfair for encouraging and sponsoring this post which had me actually sit down and put “pen to paper” of some of my favorite summer fun memories. I just happened to be on their site and they have so many fun things that would make for a perfect croquet party…here are just a few ideas, but you should go explore for yourself!

Croquet Set / Chaise Lounge Chair / Outdoor Umbrella / Plant Arbor / Plant Stand

Happy spring…almost summer everyone. My wish for you is the gift of time…make some time for you and your friends to connect and create those special summer memories. It truly is worth it to step away from technology every now and then and get outside to play. Happy croquet everyone!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to walk you down memory lane as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Feeling like summer with Chill Pops!

IMG_8262Hey Cleveland, how has your week been? I’ve had a busy one but super productive and filled with lots of fun possibilities for the Cleveland-summer horizon. Between new design projects at studio Chartreuse and a handful of spring home projects it’s been an exciting few weeks around here. Spring is for sure in the air, the trees are blooming, the skies are blue…if you have allergies you are probably feeling them by now and if you are a popsicle lover you are probably jonesing to fill your freezer with all sorts of summer flavors…enter local foodie makers, Chill Pops!

IMG_8298If you haven’t tried these real fruit popsicles you should run to any one of their retailers for the most perfect, sweet, spring treat. “Toddler Ninja” loved the Watermelon Lime flavor while I was more partial to the Lemon Ricotta…a bit sweet & sour! Lately we keep a few varieties in our freezer so when we are craving something sweet and sorta “bad” we always have “Chill” on hand…and to be honest, they aren’t that “bad!”

IMG_8354Each popsicle is “Made with Meaning” so make sure to share them with the people you care about and love. Not only will you enjoy the taste of each frozen treat but you will feel really good about supporting these local entrepreneurs who are making our city more sweet, more fun and for sure…more Chill!

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“So yummy! Mom can we eat these for dinner?”

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FUN POST, NOT SPONSORED : We love Chill Pops! We bought these three boxes at Whole Foods for a special weekend treat. Thanks for supporting this local business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Thredup : 2nd hand first & discount code

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Hey CLE fashionistas! Have you heard about the online thrift shop, THRED UP? I am kinda in love with it. I used to be a huge thrift and vintage shopper but nowadays (with our 2.5 yr old toddler and a growing small business) I don’t have the time to commit to the adventure of the search. Enter this online destination for buying (& selling) the best in second-hand fashions.

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It started when I went to their site and requested one of their free “clean-out bags.” I received it in the mail and just like that I was a closet-cleaning-crazy-lady. Personally I like to hang onto everything, I even still have my high school graduation dress…no joke, but this idea of sending my things off to be consigned on the web sounded both super easy and fun. Plus, once you mail your things in, (in the pre-paid bag they provide) if they don’t accept your item to sell, they will recycle it responsibly, simple as that. Making consigning and donating your old things so simple it’s hard not to do it.

ALSO, since I was learning about this new company I did find myself online “browsing” into the wee hours of the nights, when the babes was asleep and all my work was done of course. I ended up grabbing a few really incredible deals for spring/summer including two pairs of brand new summer slides and gold, chunky-heel sandals, both from JCrew! A new little black dress with tags still on and a sparkly shrug for when I’m feeling fancy. Everything was such an incredible deal, I couldn’t pass it up.

So today, I have great offer for all of you who might have looked at their site, but haven’t actually signed up to consign, donate and shop. The team over at THREDUP have provided me a promo code for all first-time users.  JCREW50 = 50% off first-time orders with a discount up to $50. Seriously, it’s an amazing way to clear out the old things that might not fit and make space for new finds. Thanks THREDUP for the fun collaboration!

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SPONSORED POST : Thank you to the team at THREDUP who invited me to try their site as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this exciting new fashion business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!