Category Archives: retail therapy

  NEW running shoes from Second Sole

IMG_1466Hey friends! Hope you are having a great weekend. These gray skies are sorta getting to me, how bout you? I am so ready for the white powder stuff…bring it! I have a killer new set of snowshoes from “Santa” that I am dying to take out for a spin…or a hike!

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The good thing of having no snow is that I have been hitting the pavement for a run here and there which is sorta a treat in the middle of January.

IMG_1477So the other day I was thinking about my running kicks…they are an awesome pair of New Balance but I’ve had them for over four years…too long. I had picked up a more recent pair at one of the fitness big box stores, but honestly I never liked how they felt when I was running, they even sometimes put my toes to sleep. So with that, I had to go check out the new(ish) Second Sole.

IMG_1469Have you been to the new Second Sole in Lakewood yet? It’s incredible! From the latest in apparel, to all sorts of shoes options, to the bars and the gu’s…if you like to run this is your new hot spot.

IMG_1474IMG_1476I started with New Balances, ran around the store in Mizuno’s, did a few (baby) sprints in Brooks and even explored Saucony’s. The staff at Second Sole was super helpful, only recommend shoes to support my stride and even humored me when I wouln’t even try on a pair because the looked lime “Nemo” shoes. Long story short…I ended up with a raspberry, mint, lime pair of Brooks! They are pretty snazzy and I am convinced I am going to run faster and farther. ha ha!

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(so much fun running-shoe-shopping! New shoes not shown above.)

So next time you are in the market for some new sneaks and are looking for some great recommendations and shoe fitting knowledge, go visit the team at Second Sole. I promise you will find something for any walking and running fitness abilities and goals!

 

  My new weight loss “bestie!”

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. —
Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!

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 (I love all the end-of-the-day treats, this one is a little lemon cake!)

So okay, it’s the beginning of a fresh new year and I’ve set some great goals for myself. (See previous post) We all know the standard “I need to loose a few pounds” types of goals but this is some serious “I need to seriously loose some weight for the sake of my health and for the sake of taking care of my family.” PLUS I LOVE CLOTHES and I have a closet full of fun vintage finds, bold pattern dresses and colorful numbers that I chat with each morning about when we are gonna hang out together…”real soon” I keep telling them.

Before I had our darling toddler, I was able to get to the gym, yoga studio or run outdoors most days. I also spent hours lamenting over healthy meal planning and new recipes which made eating-healthy exciting. Nowadays the evenings are full with negotiating toddler life and all those fun things that go along with it…and let’s face it, my time is now not only MY time. SO, long story short, when I was thinking about how to attack the weight loss battle I knew I needed something super easy, something that I hadn’t tried before, something that could keep my interest and honestly something for someone with little time to invest in meal prep, etc. Enter Jenny Craig…my new personal in-home chef and bestie!

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(breakfast scramble & a chocolate protein shake; a great way to start the day!)

So far, so good! This program has been designed to provide a plan to people like me who don’t want to spend hours thinking about a menu but still add interest into my day to day “diet” choices. I have also been checking in with a consultant to approach my potential hurdles, she’s been great, just like a gal pal talking about food, fitness and family life. The program takes a holistic approach to weight loss/management, focusing on food, body and mind. I am actually really enjoying how simple it’s been so far. PLUS the food selections have been right on point, they have over 100 things on their menus created by 40 different chefs to choose from, it’s pretty yummy. Loving the morning chocolate protein shakes, anything Tex-Mex is great, the open-faced sandwiches cure my grilled cheese cravings and evening treats have been a decadent way to end the day…everything has been pretty tasty thus far. I actually am also loving the daily reminders to eat fruits, salads and even my own greek yogurt in addition to the Jenny Craig selections.

Currently I am following their weekly meal plan but in a few weeks I hope to take their thinking and begin adding in my own meals because I actually DO love to cook…and my family enjoys it too.

I’m looking forward to reporting back in the next month or two on this weight loss goals. Exciting! So, to all of you who might be looking for a very simple, follow-the-leader type of weight loss approach…I am happy to share the details, just drop me a note! (Plus I have a coupon for $25 off, so just ask!)
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  The quiet after the holidays & goals.

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It’s been sorta quiet these last few days at our house. Our extended families have all gone home from their long holiday visit, I am procrastinating on taking down the holiday decorations and we are still determining where all the new toys should respectfully “live” in our daily home. The quiet after all the planning and holiday magic is always such a bummer…but then I start thinking about my goals for the year and it instantly excitements me at the possibilities that lie ahead.

vest_4I tend to break down my yearly goal into 3 buckets…personal, family & business goals. How do you like to approach goal setting when it comes to looking at the year ahead?

For this year personal consists of everything about “me” and I don’t say that to sound selfish, but in more of the self-care effort. This year is the year I must buckle down and shed my baby weight or shall I say toddler weight. As someone with a family history of high blood pressure I want to get back to my healthiest self and I’ve got to make myself and my wellness a priority. I want to take better care of my skin…including washing my face before bed, (duh.) scheduling more regular facials as well as investing in a few better “over 40” moisturizers…all suggestions welcome.  Lastly I would like to make more of an effort in the evenings to get out of my leggings and sweatshirts and slip into real pajamas before bed. I have a huge collection of pajama sets but never hardly wear them, now is the time! So…not huge crazy personal efforts, but still lots of work ahead.

Family goals…as a working mom-trepreneur I admit I rely heavily on our day to day childcare destination to help infuse our toddler with his daily dose of arts. This year I am vowing to step away from work a few hours a week…or month…and take a class, make a craft, go to (more) concerts, sing, paint, whatever. His time as a toddler is so short, I don’t want to miss out on these formidable creative years and this year I am going to make an effort of being more involved. Travel…we are already talking about a few family getaways that won’t break the bank but would be fun for the whole family and even more fun for me & Mr. C. Looking forward to seeing where the year will literally take us really excites me. Last in this category would be a few more home improvements here and there. We moved into a new home last year and did the bulk of remodeling before we moved in but we didn’t touch the second floor. I want to do some painting, install a few new light and faucet fixtures and spend some time thinking about window treatments and art.

For my last goal bucket, business we have a few goals for our design studio. Nothing super wild but a few tweaks to internal processes, invest additional hours developing our Pinterest space and more creative play as a team…just to share a few goals. To stay on top of all things happening at studio Chartreuse follow us on instagram we have lots of fun things planned for the new year!

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So there you have it…my goals for the new year! I look forward to attacking each of them with you by my side! I’m sure I will revisit them at some point and let you know how things are coming along…wish me luck!

Thanks to my sister @rlkobus for the fun outdoor shots of me and #ninjamax216 as we were checking out the yard, post Christmas snow melt. Max loved the time outdoors with his new Dora ball, his mom & auntie and I loved exploring the flower beds to see if anything was showing any sign of spring..not much yet.

(Chambray shirt & suede booties from Old Navy, Jeans from Gap, ceramic necklace from Anthropologie and wooly sheerling/suede vest from Tobi)

  A visit to Cuyahoga Collective.

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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!
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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!

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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 green..winners 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!