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  currently loving in CLE…EARLY April!

How is it possible that it is already April 1st? I mean March totally flew by. Last month I spent the evenings (the few weeks leading up to my time at Alt Summit) working on my workshop talk, sewing a mod-inspired dress and strategically packing my outfits for the conference. Then I was away for a whole week attending my 4th Alt Summit spending time with other creative entrepreneurs, visionaries and influencers. This past weekend we basically spent quality family time playing in the snow, lots of laundry and a bunch of weekly food prep..no more vacation treats for me! Anyhow, long story short …where did March go?

I am going to kick off April with a few things I am LOVING…hope you enjoy!

With the exception of Saturday night, for the most part, the snow and ice have melted and at our house, we can see the tiny tulip shoots just starting to peak above ground. I am totally starting to daydream about our outside spring plantings; including figuring out what old, overgrown shrubs I can take out and what will go in its place. If anyone has an uber-green thumb or knows any landscapers who might be interested in a collaboration…send them my way! I just want to make sure I am not literally pulling out a hydrangea that currently looks like dead weeds. Besides plants, I am also dreaming up ways to make out outdoor patio furniture POP this spring. Can you say…spray paint and new upholstery? Bring on the warmer temps…bring on the Rustoleum!

With all the dreaming of summer, It’s becoming pretty obvious, we still have a few more weeks of cooler temps and winter coats. It’s okay though, today I am going to tell you about some great INDOOR spring fun you can take advantage off while the weather is still a bit chilly.

Have kids that are dying to run around and get out of the house? I have two fun ideas for you!

First, you’ve GOT to check out the newest exhibit at the Great Lakes Science Center called Zoom! We took our little Ninja there one evening and were pleasantly surprised by how fun it was for both kids and us; the parents. The exhibit highlights the various aspects of cars and everything to do with driving, engines, and aerodynamics. Everything from how gasses produce energy (to move cars) to how to build & race your own cars, to faux-working on cars (our little guy somehow instinctively knew how to slide under the hood and install a muffler, What?) and even teaching the idea of streamlined aerodynamics to toddlers…the exhibit is awesome! I believe it runs until the end of the summer so go now while it is still a bit chilly or put it on your rainy day, play destination list. It’s really fun for everyone, promise.

Secondly, it’s been a while since we’ve been to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium but we went last Saturday and it was super fun for us and our 4-year-old. Mr. C and I visited the Aquarium way back when it first opened but this trip was different, A) because we now have a 4 yr old who relishes in any museum-like opportunity but B) because everything seems to have grown up and settled into their own fish-tank-home. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is a super fun place to visit on those gray days between now and CLE Spring when you want to feel like you are at the Lake or at the coral reef (you choose!) its truly a “refreshing” destination. We especially enjoyed the live presentation of the scuba divers and the stingrays that you were able to touch as they swam on by.

What else am I loving right now? I am always excited about the annual Cleveland International Film Festival! You might even see me in some of this year’s festival creative… thanks to the team over at Type 27 for including my mug in the signage and trailer to the festival! Besides being part of the creative assets of this year’s festival, I am already planning out my viewing schedule, with cocktail breaks in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton (Turn!) penciled in! The Cleveland International Film Festival brings the BEST on new indie/artistic films to Cleveland for us to enjoy. Make sure to get your tickets today!

Speaking about cocktails…and springtime events…have you bought your tickets to this years Down and Derby party, hosted by Boys Hope, Girls Hope yet? Mr. C and I attended last year and as someone who gets to attend many not for profit happenings in town, this event was hands-down one of the best. I am super excited about it being hosted at Tenk; I’ve been wanting to see this space.

Last but for sure not least…GO, TRIBE! Looking forward to the sun coming ut and warming up our city for an afternoon, baseball home opener. To everyone going downtown for the game, dress warm and have so much fun!

So this is basically my March favorite picks and such…since I was so busy last month. I promise to check back in with a few more awesome things happening in and around the CLE this April. Cheers!

  The 40th Annual International Cleveland Film Festival

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 9.47.51 PMThis weeks marks the 40th Annual International Cleveland Film Festival, and I couldn’t be more excited. As a proud society member, I am thrilled with this years lineup of films. Everything from animated documentary’s to thrillers, romantic french films and those quirky Asian adventure flicks…I can’t wait to the next two weeks of film filled fun.

This festival also marks my 10th year spending special time with my Mom. For the past decade my Mom comes in from out of town and we pack a long weekend with all sorts of incredible, creative films. During the “breaks” we make our way over to the lobby bar in The Ritz Carlton for a fancy cocktail and amazing people watching, to the bar at Blue Point Grille for a cup of Lobster Bisque and a glass of vino or if we feel like a quick drive across the bridge we have been known to hit up the happy hour at Momocho for taquitos and margaritas if we can squeeze into the bar. I love my annual visit with one of my favorite gal pals….my mom!

Have you bought your tickets yet? Just a few of the shows we have tickets for…
Parisienne
Love is All You Need
The Art that Nature Makes : the Work of Rosamond Purcell
A Good American
and a handful of others!

For film descriptions and the entire festival lineup visit their website here.

I literally am counting down until the festival. Looking forward to running into you in line or in the lobby. I’ll have my tote bag packed with “provisions!” Cheers, happy film fest everyone.

  How I do the CLE Int FILM FEST!

ffHey CLE! How has your week been? I think the spring-weather-gods are shining down on us, its so wonderful not to have to wear ten layers to get out the door in the morning. I heart SPRING in the 216, everyone seems lighter, brighter and overall more kind to one another when the weather turns from cold to mild….and then the FILM FEST rolls into town and makes everything better!!!

Have you picked up your film program and planned your Cleveland International Film Festival experience yet? I am counting the days till the excitement rolls into town.  Every year, my mom comes for a visit and we binge watch a handful of films that I select for us. I try and pick a documentary, an “artsy” film, something from France and when available a light, romantic comedy.

This year I have selected a handful of good ones including one I am especially excited about…The Wolfpack. It’s a documentary about a family of six adult children who live in New York City but have no interaction with society thanks to their “alpha male” father. Instead, they learn how the world exists through thousands of movies they watch and creatively reenact at home. It really looks to be both bizarre and wonderful all rolled into one incredible movie. What movies are you excited about?

When I am headed down to Terminal Tower for a few solid hours of film fest, I have specific “must have’s” that I bring with me. I bring a stylish tote bag like the Curtin Tote designed and produced locally by Blair Ritchey. I fill it with the typical toiletries including tissues for those emotional flicks, lip balm for when the theaters are dry and a hand sanititzer for all the RTA yucky-ness. I highly advise bringing a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated and to deter you from filling up on theatre soda. I also like to bring a healthy snack such as an apple for between movie munchies. If you are feeling indulgent a Lilly’s of Tremont chocolate bar and a small can of Sofia champagne in a can is also a film fest treat.

I like to wear slip on shoes; stylish sneakers or flats work well for getting comfy during the movies. Dress in layers as sometimes the theaters are a bit chilly or a little hot…it always helps to have options.

Sometimes between movies I like to slip away to the Ritz Carlton Cleveland or a drink at their Lobby Bar on Six. They typically offer film fest drink specials and even a few movie-themed cocktails, plus you never know what actor or filmmaker you might spot hanging out between films.

Give yourself enough time to park and get in line for your movie, I like to estimate arriving almost 30-40 before my films begin. You can always meet fellow film goers, explore the festivals silent auction or shop the always-creative film gift shop.

The film fest kick off next week. If you haven’t purchased tickets remember to go online and choose a few movies before films sell out. Happy film fest everyone, I look forward to seeing you at the movies!

  giveaway : CIFF Get Shorty tickets

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As many of you know the Cleveland Film Festival is seriously one of my favorite annual happenings in this town! This year, the 39th Annual Cleveland Film Festival (CIFF) runs March 18-29, 2015 and we are already counting down the days. The majority of the 350+ films will be shown at Tower City Cinemas, but CIFF will also be taking some screenings on the road to at least 10 neighborhood locations venues like the Beachland Ballroom, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas (Bainbridge), the Akron Art Museum and more.

Every year the festival hosts a series of “Film Feasts” prior to the festival. These parties are a way to engage the community, cultivate new film buffs and celebrate the arts, all while promoting the upcoming Festival.

The “Get Shorty” Film Feast evening is always one of the most popular, and this year the event takes place January 29, 7pm at Capitol Theatre. Join us as we review each short film and get ready to pick your favorite for this years upcoming festival. Before the films, guests will gather next door at the Arcade where they will enjoy food and beverages provided by Culinary Occasions. Get Shorty, like all Film Feasts, is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at clevelandfilm.org for $100 each. For your ticket and for more information visit them online or friend them on Facebook.

Or enter to win two free passes to the evening’s excitement right here! Leave me a comment about why you’d like to win or tweet me at “@iheartclev I’d love to attend this years @CIFF Get Shorty film feast night!” Winner to be drawn by Monday, January 26th. Good luck!

*This post is part of this years festival awareness campaign. I was given two tickets to the Get Shorty film feast in exchange for this post. As a regular festival-goer my thoughts are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting this organization that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  The Ritz Carlton Staycation

rugHello & happy Monday Cleveland! What a bizarre weather weekend we had? I know I tend to banter about the snow, not snow, blue skies and so forth but come on; this was for sure a weird one. So glad to see the sunshine on Sunday, seemed to even out the Saturday snow storm. Fingers crossed that’s the end now SPRING can arrive?

This past weekend we had the pleasure of taking a Cleveland “Staycation” downtown at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland. It was a truly pampering, overnight getaway that if you ever have the opportunity to splurge on you won’t be disappointed. We planned to stay at the Ritz during the Film Fest as a way to go back and forth between movies and have a place to both relax and escape the festival crowds. I have to say not having to park and rush to a movie was so so nice, plus we left our winter coats in the room which was even more awesome.

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