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  friday fun!

Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 11.11.39 AMGood Friday to us everyone! This week has literally flow by. Is it because the holidays are officially here and with all the hustle and bustle our free time is limited? Lots to do, it’s all in the spirt of the season.

Some of you have been asking what’s up with all the selfies on instagram? Over the summer when I attended the 1-day Alt Summit in NYC I met a lovely fashion blogger and stylist, Hillary Rushford of Dean Street Society. Not only  was  Hillary’s style impeccable, she was sweet and non-assuming. Hillary challenges us to re-assemble our wardrobes and come up with new outfits with the pieces that currently live in our closets. Like I needed another challenge during the holidays…I thought December would be a fun month to play along in her month-long fashion challenge #stylemedecember. If you are looking to rework what you already have and mix up some fun bling and patterns, check out Hillary’s blog and follow her on instagram for the daily style cue. It’s not too late to play along with me!

Now, onto the very fun weekend here in Cleveland! (I feel like this list is so long, if you read it in the voice of Stefon from SNL it will be even more entertaining!)

Petitti’s Ladies Night Out in Avon : I always love a good shopping outing with my gals. Tonight head over to Petitti’s in Avon for some bubbly and sweets and best of all discount holiday gift shopping. Need the perfect wreath for your front door or swag for the mantel? They have so many beautiful, very chic home accessories. Call up a few friends, give the gang at  Petitti’s a shout to get on the guest list and enjoy a night in the warm greenhouse together!

Banyan Tree’s Annual Hot Toddy Party : This swanky afternoon soirée is one of my ultimate gift-giving must-see shopping stops. Every year I enjoy a way strong mug of “toddy” all while choosing the perfect bauble, holiday fashion and home gifts for friends and family. Plus, this party is a great place to run into friends you haven’t seen in awhile, it’s always a packed house. For details go check out the official invite on their site!

– Ohio City Winterfest : Presented by Great Lakes Brewing. this Saturday holiday festival will take place at Market Square Park (Across the street from the Market) including photos with Santa, tree sales, carriage rides and carolers. For the schedule visit the facebook page event. 

Rocky River Holiday Walk &  Light up Lakewood : Start your holiday Saturday with a horse drawn carriage ride around the charming community of Rocky River as they celebrate the Rocky River Holiday Walk. Then in the late afternoon head on over to downtown Lakewood for the lighting of the holiday decorations. Stop into the new Campbell’s Popcorn and grab a coveted seat at Melt for Saturday night dinner. Bundle up, it’s gonna be a chilly one.

Coventry Village Holiday Festival : Your east-side Saturday holiday celebration destination! Don’t miss out on photos with “Coventry claus” (tie dye anyone?)  from 11-4 and kids holiday crafts at Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt from 11-2pm. For their entire event lineup, including lots of great live music, visit the event site.

Holiday Circlefest  in University Circle : If you haven’t had enough celebrating the reason for the season, pack up the family and enjoy the annual University Circle celebration on Sunday. Complete with ice skating, live music and highly decorated museums. The celebration starts at 1pm and wraps up around 7pm that evening. It is a wonderful afternoon celebration. Be there!

– The Christmas Story Run 10 & 5K : While all the runner slots are filled up (YOU GO CLEVELAND RUNNERS!) there are still many opportunities available to volunteer for the wellness merriment this Saturday morning. To find a slot to cheer on our fine city’s runners, check out this website and get yourself signed up today.  Also, beware of traffic through downtown and Tremont on Saturday morning..it will be a bit hairy…FYI.

– Shimelonis home : There once was a house in Westlake that had so many holiday lights they wanted to share them with everyone! This Saturday night, make sure to drive by the Shimelonis home  at 26760 Gershwin Ave. for their annual holiday open house. Get out of the car and walk through their own light show and chat with the homeowners themselves. They will have the lights tuned on from now until New Years…make sure you swing through and make a donation to their cause. It’s a spectacular scene! Check out this coverage they received last year. 

Boston Mills & Brandywine OPEN for the season :  Grab the ski’s & snowboards..it’s time to warm up those legs for snow season! They are making snow and hot cocoa..so if you want to get outdoors for some winter ski fun get those lift tickets this weekend!

Cleveland Foodies Annual Veggie U Fundraiser : During the season of giving don’t forget to give back when you can. My friend Michelle hosts an annual fundraiser where you have the chance to win BIG! Do good, EAT great! With every donation you are entered to win a smatheirng of gift certificates from area restaurnts. Give to this organization and keep kids in Northeast Ohio learning about the importance of good nutrition and great food!

– Handmade Gifts Workshop : Last but not least, get yourself signed up for this sweet family “Handmade Gifts” workshop for next week  (Dec 12th & 13th) at Bay Arts. Taught by my friend Piper Toth, you will leave the class with a few scrubs as gifts or of course for yourself. It’s a great way to involve your children in the gift making process while spending quality time together. Plus, Bay Arts is so charming, it promises to be a nice afternoon experience. Spots are limited, sign up today! $25

That’s a ton to do this weekend Cleveland. Try to get out and see at least one thing…to make your season merrier & brighter! Cheers everyone.

  The market with CLE foodie & Chef Ruth


The other morning I had the privilege of shopping and touring the market along side two of my favorite people; Michelle V. author of Cleveland Foodie and Ruthann K. founder and chef of Gatherings Kitchen. We had decided to meet up early in the morning to do a bit of weekly shopping, to be inspired by the fall harvest seasonal foods and to be schooled by Chef Ruth on a few tips of the cooking trade.


I LOVE my market tote by the team at Fizz Creative! To get yours visit their Etsy site here! (Makes the perfect gift for the foodie in your family)


  BAC Tremont

I love to explore new restaurants about town, don’t you? But sometimes it’s the good old favorites I crave. The other day when my friend Cleveland foodie suggested we grab lunch I couldn’t resist one of my personal favorites; BAC!

I totally HEART BAC for so many reasons. I love to go there with good friends for a great meal, a glass of vino and always enjoyable conversation…Oh and did I mention the curry noodle soup? Ah. Maze. Ing.

My lunch that day consisted of a wonderful little bento box complete with the green papaya salad, summer roll, bacon guacamole and half of a bahn mi sandwich, all for $12. Delicious!

This Asian, American bar & cafe is a wonderful place to get lunch in Tremont with your friends. In fact during these summer temps you can even grab a table on their patio, super close to Lincoln Park and with plenty of parking. So next time you are looking for a great lunch spot, don’t forget BAC, it’s a sure thing.

  Busy week, Townhall & Blackbird!

Happy Friday everybody. I just love summer Friday’s, always a sense of adventure in the air. Freedom to go play outside, to lay in the sun, to bike to your friends house or neighborhood bar, you just never know what the weekend will have in store…gotta love a Friday!

So while this week I haven’t been blogging all that much, I HAVE been working on the blog look and feel itself. Something a bit lighter and brighter but with the same essence of the current iheartcleveland. I’m excited to share with you a more integrated site and hope everyone will like it…sit tight just a few more days!

In the meantime, besides unpacking from CAMP (photos to come soon, I promise!), getting caught up on creative design work and working on the blog this week I was able to have some fun.

I got to check out the new Town Hall with my pal and fellow passionate food lover “foodie.” I ordered the proscuitto wrapped dates and the chicken street tacos while foodie ordered the green thumb smoothie and the tofu street taco’s…hmm which one ordered healthier? I’d say for sure go and check it out, we went at lunch to avoid the busy night crowd. Good job Town Hall, keep up the great work.

Along with a busy week, I also had good friends over for our first, summer mexican corn and fish taco grille out complete with with freshly squeezed lime juice margaritas…on a school night no less. Because it was during the week, I couldn’t attempt to whip up a dessert but turned to my local favorite BlackBird Baking Company for their latest summer creation the strawberry almond tarts that I topped with vanilla bean ice cream. If you have a picnic, fmaily gathering or jsut feeling that sweet tooth craving coming on…get yourself to BlackBird, best chcolate cookie known to man!

So while it’s been a busy week, it’s been awesome! Living, working and being completely immersed in Cleveland and fellow entrepreneurs, visionaries and creatives…what could be better? Peace & happy weekend!