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  InCuya Ticket Giveaway : Festival Fashions


PEACE & LOVE! We are into the final countdown…11 days until the new, music festival makes its Cleveland debut! InCuya (pronounced In-kie-ya) will be rolling into downtown Cleveland Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th, to showcase both local musicians and national names including New Order, the Avett Brothers & Sva.

While I could talk about the bands, the food, the marketplace filled with unique vendors, the gorgeous downtown festival location….today I am talking festival fashions!

As summer weather starts to change to early fall, the evening temps have dropped a bit…perfect for your best jean jacket or floral shawl. Festival fashions are filled with flowing maxi dresses, bell bottom jeans and layered tops…perfect for dancing! Dressing for an outdoor concert it the perfect time to bust out your straw hats, your dangly, statement earrings and your crazy bold turbans. Basically, music festivals are the perfect time to try out some more daring fashion options…go for it…rock your turbans!

Do you want to WIN 2 tickets to next weeks festival?
Go over to my instagram feed…@charity216 to enter. Here are the details…

To enter complete the following steps:
1) Follow @charity216 and @incuyafestival on #Instagram.
2) Like the Instagram post.
3) Tag a friend. One comment = one entry (unlimited entries).

Winner will be announced on Instagram August 20 and contacted via direct message.

For the complete musical lineup check out all of the musicians here. Looking forward to rockin out with Cleveland next weekend…I’ll be in my brightest summer maxi and jean jacket around!

Photos : @paigemoag
Clothing: @shopbanyantree
Jewelry: @bombaytaxiboutique
Models:  @shibani.faehnle @facteurpr @jbszabo

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SPONSORED POST : Thank you to InCuya for including me in their festival fashion/ticket giveaway opportunity as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this new musical festival, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!


  Figwood by Banyan Tree

Happy (Cyber) Monday everyone. Hope you all had a relaxing, long-weekend with your families and friends. If you follow me on instagram  you know that I was home for the holiday with a sick three year old, it was a rough holiday at our house. Poor kid is finally on the mend, thank goodness for him and for us. Since I was mostly at home this weekend, I did some online shopping from smaller boutiques that I couldn’t make it out to visit. There were so many awesome incentives to shop online this year, I couldn’t resist. I feel like even the smaller, more local retailers are doing a great job with online commerce, from discounts to deals & steals it was the weekend to shop!

(Someone wanted to be in the picture too!)

One of my favorite places to shop local and one of the pioneers to the Cleveland fashion scene is Banyan Tree. Founded in 2001, their Tremont store (they also have stores at Legacy Village & Crocker Park) is my destination for unique holiday gifts, exceptional accessories and their own clothing line; Figwood.

The Figwood line is designed and sold exclusively for Banyan Tree stores and online. The clothing line is sophisticated, playful and casual but still very pretty, modern and affordably priced. When I stopped in to see the holiday line I fell in love with many of their cozy sweaters, burnt-out velvet kimonos and so many dresses. I actually found two dresses that I thought would really add to my fall/holiday looks for all sorts of occasions.

The first dress is a comfy, pullover dress/tunic that looks as if it has been hand-painted with moody, winter watercolors. It has a slouchy, low turtleneck top and slits up the side making it super comfortable to run around town checking holiday errands off the list. I wore it with a pair of black leggings and booties to give the outfit a casual but functional look. It was a great dress for our Sunday afternoon visit to see Santa…plus it didn’t even wrinkle, extra bonus points!

This dress isn’t currently on their website but give them a call and I’m sure they would be happy to wrap one up and send it to your special someone..or yourself…for the holidays.

The other dress is a bit more fancy, but perfect for any holiday outing. From the moment I saw it hanging on the rack I was drawn to it’s simplicity and sophistication. The dress is a long, black satin sheath with a plunging v-neck front and a slit up the back. While it may not be for everyday, it is going to be great for any holiday happy hour, a trip the theatre and a fancy birthday dinner out (Sagittarius here!) Because it does have the plunging neckline I purchased one of those new-ish lace halter bralettes, adding another layer of “va va voom” to the outfit.

While typically I don’t love to bare my arms in the winter, this dress makes me feel confident and really tall for some reason.  If it is chilly and the “old lady in me” doesn’t want to go sleeveless this dress will look killer with a short furry coat or even a chic leather bomber-like jacket to make it look more urban casual. Serisously this dress is fancy but I also think you can take liberties to dress it down and wear it all around town.

Currently this dress shows that it is sold out online, but go into one of the three stores and I bet they can help you track one down.

Thank you to the team at Banyan Tree in Tremont for suggesting both of these pieces to add to my winter wardrobe. It was so fun visiting and playing dress up with your team! They really knew how to make me feel like a thousand bucks when it came to trying on a few new looks. Also, don’t miss their annual Hot Toddy Party, at their Tremont store this Saturday, Dec 2nd from noon to 9pm! Food, fun, FASHIONS & holiday cheer!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Banyan Tree who invited me to share my experience as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this local businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!



  Weekend holiday fun!


Happy December everybody! Can you even believe we are doing the end of the year countdown? Where in the heck did this year go?

This year the holidays have such a different feeling. I am guessing it’s having a baby in the house that going back to the holiday basics is so sweet. While we aren’t quite there yet with the infamous “Elf on a Shelf” we are looking forward to a trip to see Santa, a few small gifts under the tree and the giggles that accompany Mom’s holiday caroling. It’s gonna be a fun holiday season, for sure!

This upcoming weekend is the perfect time to get in the spirit. So many holiday events around town…here are just a few things I’m planning to hit up.

Ohio City Holiday HopThe Ohio City Merchants have joined forces to host the the holiday event of the season. On Thursday, from 4-9pm, get your Christmas tree and work on your holiday shopping list at The Ohio City Holiday Hop. Over 30 businesses are offering holiday treats, specials and sales! Stay warm during the event by hopping on Lolly the Trolley, circulating to 5 different stops throughout the Market District and Hingetown area. We will be bundled up making the rounds. Looking forward to seeing many of you their!

Small Box Cleveland : Just another excuse to get downtown and explore the holiday decorations, Small Box Cleveland will be open late night this Thursday for your shopping needs. Open for twighlight shopping from 5-7pm, this marketplace of retail shops made from converted shipping containers. Small Box tenants include the Official Team Shop of the Browns, Banyan Box & The Wardrobe. Make sure to swing by on your way home or before happy hour! (If you can’t make it this week they will also be open late the 11th & the 18th!)

CIA Student Holiday Craft Sale : A tradition that dates back at least 20 years, the Student Holiday Craft Sale coincides with this weekend’s University Circle Holiday CircleFest, (December 5-7.) See and purchase artwork from young and extremely talented artists and designers in Cleveland. Visitors can purchase all kinds of truly unique gifts like ceramics, jewelry, glass, ornaments, paper goods, enamelware, fine art and accessories, all created by CIA students.

The ArtCraft Open Studio & Sale : Over 20 Downtown artists and 30 regional artists working in fine arts and crafts will be on hand for the perfect holiday gifts. Come explore artist studios as well as enjoy the unique high-quality work and fair prices. Saturday 10-7pm, Sunday 11-5pm. 

Banyan Tree Hot Toddy Party : Saturday from 12-9pm swing into Tremont for a mug of warm holiday elixir to help get your shopping-on at the Annual Banyan Tree Hot Toddy Party. I love this stores annual party, such a great place to meet up with friends to chat and shop!

Bundle up, it’s gonna be a cold one. Happy December everyone!

  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.