transitioning to spring with sammydress and nautique optix

I think it’s finally spring, right guys?! Even though it was in the 40s yesterday, the sun and the fact that I wasn’t bundled up in a ton of layers felt amazing! I received this Sammydress jacket the other day and instantly realized it is the perfect transition piece for days like yesterday – when it’s not too warm and not too cold (is it sad that Clevelanders categorize temps in the 40s as “not too cold?”). Anyways, it went perfectly with black jeans and a grey t-shirt for a casual look.

Let’s talk about these sunglasses for a second, shall we? You know I love a good Cleveland-based company and that’s what Nautique Optix is. What’s really interesting about their line of glasses is that no two are the same. Since they are all made out of different woods, they are all unique. It’s cool to know you are wearing one-of-a-kind glasses while supporting Ohio. Wins all around!

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sunglasses: c/o nautique optix
t-shirt: vince
jacket: c/o sammydress
bracelets: alex & ani
jeans: h&m

a day at the flea

The Cleveland Flea is where it’s at, people. Local artists, delicious food and in this case, warm weather…I’m in. I wore my JCrew l’amore triomphe de tout shirt (quickly becoming a spring staple) with a pair of polka dot JCrew pants. I also decided that it’s officially sandals weather in Cleveland and was pretty excited to bust out my sandals for the first time this year.

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pants: jcrew
top: jcrew
sunglasses: rayban
bracelets: alex & ani
bag: zara
sandals: sam edelman

in my bag

Through the years I’ve collected quite a few bags however 6 out of 7 days of the week you’ll find me carrying a Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Mini. It is by far the best bag I’ve ever owned and whenever they go on sale (and my budget can handle it!), I try to pick up a new color. Anyways, I love reading ‘what’s in my bag?’ posts so I figured I would put one together myself.

So, what’s currently in my bag (besides old recipets and gum wrappers…)? Hand lotion, a headband (American Apparel), a nail file, travel-sized perfume (Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolfe), lip gloss (my favorite, Buxom), hair ties, lip balm (EOS), planner (Erin Condren) and pen, sunglasses (Rayban), wallet (Kate Spade – similar) and tortoise eyeglasses.

What is your favorite type of bag? What’s in it?

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Of course my sister and I got matching Flashdance graphic tees for the show at Playhouse Square. Flashdance was a great performance with absolutely killer music. I loved it so much that I was inspired to watch the movie the day after we saw the show. Speaking of shows and Playhouse Square, check out what’s coming next year as part of the Broadway Series. Looks like a pretty awesome lineup to me…

Which shows do you want to see next year? Dirty Dancing and Cinderella are at the top of my list!

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top: forever21
dress: american apparel
vest: bcbg
bag: botkier
watch: michele
bracelets: alex & ani
midi rings: forever21 (similar)

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top: forever21
shorts: forever21 (similar)
bag: target
shoes: forever21
hat: urban outfiters

signs of spring

A couple spring fashion inspiration boards for both women and men today. Which trends are you excited to try? Which could you do without?

J Crew draped dress / Reiss high waisted skirt / Topshop kimono / Forever 21 stretch waist pants /
Tory Burch tan shoes /Kate spade crossbody / OPI white nail polish
1. Navy is the new black
2. Wide-legged pants
3. Camel sandals
4. Kimonos
5. Scalloped details
6. White nail polish

looking forward

You may know or may have noticed that I have had to take a month or so off from blogging. I have been dealing with some medical issues that have had me in and out of the hospital for the past few weeks. It hasn’t been fun and it certainty hasn’t been easy but fortunately, it seems I am on the mend and can finally start to look forward and put all of this behind me. Anyways, I should be posting pretty regularly from here on out. Thank you for all of your support and well wishes these past few weeks!

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365 days of blogging. 31,000 views. 200 posts (today! imagine that…). One fabulous year of blogging in the books. Lots of friends made, events attended and lessons learned along the way. One of the best decisions I have made was starting this blog. Though I’ve had to take a short hiatus from my daily posts due to some personal matters, I am so thankful for everything this blog has taught me this past year. Thank you dearly to all of my followers, readers and supporters. I plan to be posting regularly again by the end of the month.

Let’s take a look back…

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all about the bag fashion benefit

Yesterday, my sister and I attended the ‘All About the Bag’ fashion benefit put on by the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. You know me and if fashion and a good cause are involved, I’m in. The event was held at Landerhaven by Executive Caterers (great venue!) and was truly a night to remember. I was shocked to hear that this was the first year for the benefit as everything ran very smoothly and seemed really put together. On top of everything being so fabulous, it was great to know that the money being raised was going to a good cause. The Hunger Network feeds 60,000 people in Cleveland each month, 40% of those being children.

When we arrived, my sister and I walked around to check out the amazing auction items (helloooo Chanel bag), enjoyed the snacks and looked at the outfits displayed by the students at Virginia Marti. The students were challenged to create an outfit using only food containers. It sounded so weird at first but some of these dresses were so cool. The students are super talented!

Next, we headed inside for the fashion show. The fashion show featured looks for Saks Fifth Avenue at Beachwood Place. I loved all of the outfits and the trends shown have me really craving spring! Looks like floral prints, bright colors and of course, fabulous bags, will all be in. After the fashion show, local Cleveland celebs put on their own show modeling looks from other Beachwood Place stores.

Be on the lookout for this event next year. It sold out this year and I can only imagine the next one will be bigger and better. Thank you to the Hunger Network for such a fabulous night!

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(winner of the virginia marti contest – bottom is cupcake wrappers!)

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(cavs in-arena host nicole marcellino)

Disclaimer: I was gifted 2 tickets for myself and 2 tickets to giveaway for the benefit. All opinions are my own.

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Let’s just take a moment to discuss my sisters fabulous outfit for the All About the Bag fashion benefit, shall we? A few things:
1) She is only 15 going on 25.
2) Yes, that is her natural hair.
3) She is pretty much perfect.

That is all.

More details on the benefit tomorrow… it was a blast!

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Dress: BeLA (Beachwood Mall)

tis the season in CLE greeting cards

There’s nothing better than getting mail. In a world full of emails and text messages, sometimes it’s just nice coming home to a handwritten card. It’s even better when that card is handmade and Cleveland themed. My best friend and fellow blogger over at ’tis the season in CLE launched her Etsy shop today and is selling these fabulous cards. Be sure to head over to her shop here to snag yourself some.

Happy Monday!

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