liebster award

Thanks, Jen from Why CLE? for nominating me for the Liebster award! What’s a Leibster award you ask? It’s a nomination given by bloggers to bloggers in order to spread the blogging love, promote each other and help our readers discover new blogs. When you get nominated, you answer the 10 questions proposed by the person who nominated you and then nominate 10 more bloggers with 10 new questions.

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My questions from Jen were:

What’s the funniest story that’s come out of your blogging? Totally biting it while taking outfit pictures in wedges. Luckily, not many people saw but it was pretty hilarious looking to those who did.
What restaurant do you just have to be eating at these days? I just tried Crop for the first time a few weeks ago and it was amazing. It’s beautiful inside, the food is the bomb and I can’t wait to go back.
Is it too early for Christmas music? I usually wait until after Thanksgiving but if you are listening now, more power to ya!
What extracurriculars were you involved with in high school? I did all types of dance, was a basketball cheerleader and was in student council.
Which Cleveland sports team is your favorite? Cavs…I love going to games because they are the warmest and the most entertaining!
What are you hoping to find under your tree this year? I really need a new computer. I cracked the screen on my current laptop : ( However in general, I think the best gifts are always in the form of an experience rather than an actual thing. In the past my husband and I have foregone gifts and done things like make beer at Brew Kettle, take a cooking class or go to a cool holiday event.
What keeps you blogging? There are a ton of reasons but I think the number 1 reason is because blogging keeps me connected to what’s going on in Cleveland. I’ve met a ton of awesome Clevelanders, have attended some really fun local events and have generally just grown to love the city even more through blogging.
Pumpkin Spice or Peppermint Mocha? Peppermint Mocha. I just had my first of the season the other day!
If you could do any job in the world, what would you do? I would absolutely love to be a personal stylist.
Snow: yay or nay? Nay, nay and nay again.

Now, I nominate:

Born Bred Buttered
BYObeauty
Confessions of a CLE Habitant
Dina’s Days
Healthy=Happy
Life After Athens
Life in the CLE
Pepperminting
Shore Society
The Rachael Way

…to answer these questions:

Lipstick or lip gloss?
What is your favorite fall/winter recipe?
What song can’t you stop listening to?
Describe your blog in three words.
What article of clothing can’t you live without in the winter?
What is your favorite part about the city you currently live in?
Why did you start your blog?
What is the best gift you’ve ever given anyone?
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
What is your favorite book?

You’re up ladies. If you’re up for the challenge, answer these questions and then ask some to 10 of your favorite bloggers. Looking forward to reading your posts and thanks again to Jen for nominating me!

quick break

Taking a little blog break this week (we all need that sometimes, right?!) and will be returning with new posts early next week. In the meantime, I’m headed to NYC on Friday so feel free to keep up with me on Instagram!

extra, extra! newsies at playhouse square

When I used to go downtown for a play at Playhouse Square, I would always say “I don’t feel like I’m in Cleveland…I feel like I’m in NYC!” But, after feeling the vibe downtown this week (on a Wednesday nonetheless) and seeing all of the new hotels, restaurants and bars everywhere, I realized I’m no longer allowing myself to say that. This week, I felt like I was in Cleveland. The growing, exciting and very BUSY Cleveland! Downtown was PACKED! And though the traffic wasn’t necessarily fun, it was amazing to see so many people downtown enjoying this perfect city…just as they should be : )

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After checking out the new Bin 216 for drinks, my friend and I saw Disney’s Newsies at Playhouse Square. Besides the main character, Jack Kelly being a TOTAL BABE (hey there, Dan DeLuca, if you’re out there!), the entire cast was full of talent. And while the singing was impressive what really got me was the dancing. I used to dance back in the day and so I’d like to say I recognize a killer barrel turn and switch leap when I see one. And I saw a lot. Plus a lot of other amazing moves. It’s a high-energy show that I would absolutely recommend to just about anyone.

I’ve heard tickets are extremely limited so our friends at Playhouse are running a little promotion for single seats (spots where the two seats on either side are already purchased). While going to a show alone might not be all that enticing, no one says you have to go alone. Grab some friends, get drinks and dinner before and just split up for the part that doesn’t involve any talking anyways! Plus, if you take advantage of this offer, Playhouse is throwing in a concession voucher and a Newsies swag bag. Can’t beat it!

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Disclaimer: I received two tickets to see Newsies at Playhouse Square as part of their media night. All opinions are my own.

nordstrom clearance sale

If you haven’t heard, Nordstrom is having a killer clearance sale. Check out my picks under $100:

jump back to the future kick-off party

I’m proud to report that a long-standing item on my Cleveland bucket list is finally getting checked off early next year: going to Playhouse Square’s Jump Back Ball! I’ve read recaps of this event on my favorite blogs time and time again and seen numerous photos on Instagram and soon enough, I can say goodbye to my FOMO because I am finally attending and I’m pretty dang excited about it!

If you’re a newbie like me, Jump Back Ball is a glamorous black tie event put on each year to benefit Playhouse Square. This year’s event is on February 28th and includes dinner, an open bar, live music, a silent auction and 800 of your closest Cleveland friends.

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Last year’s tickets sold out in 10 days (and I expect them to sell out even faster this year). Attending the party before the party ensures you have tickets, get special pricing AND get to have a beer at one of Cleveland’s newest hotspots, Hofbräuhaus.

Information about the Kick-Off Party
When? Monday, November 10 from 5:30-7:30pm
Where? Hofbräuhaus (1550 Chester Ave.)

How much? $130 for Playhouse Square Partners (4 ticket limit; 2 at partner price & 2 at non-partner price); $165 for Non-Partners (2 ticket limit) *Ticket prices increase by $15 plus handling fees the day after the kickoff
Anything else? Yep. Bring a new, unused personal care item to the kick-off event to be donated to Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and be entered into a raffle to win an overnight stay at the Wyndham the night of JBB, 2 VIP upgrades and Loge tickets to an upcoming Playhouse Square performance.

So, join me for my first Jump Back Ball, will you? Until then, I’ll be bursting with anticipation and hunting for the perfect outfit. Suggestions welcome!

Disclaimer: I received one free ticket to Jump Back Ball in exchange for covering the event but I would have made it my life’s mission to find my way there anyways! All opinions are my own.

layering

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Layering is my favorite part of fall fashion and it has been perfect for the cool mornings and warmer afternoons we have been having lately in Cleveland. Stocking up on a couple basics can lead to endless outfit combinations all throughout the fall and winter. Some of my favorite layering pieces are chambray shirts, turtlenecks, chunky sweaters, vests and flannels. I tend to think skinny jeans or leggings and boots look best when layering especially with so much going on up top. 2-3 layers usually does the trick and allows for a fun way to mix and match different colors, patterns and textures. I picked up this American Eagle flannel last weekend and couldn’t wait to style it. It’s called the ‘jegging flannel’ and I love, love, love the length of it. Expect to see plenty more of it this season!

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t-shirt: abercrombie
flannel: american eagle
vest: lululemon
leggings: bcbg (similar)
boots: nordstrom bp (similar)bag: botkier
necklace: forever21
bracelets: h&m, stella & dot