labor day sales

anthropologie – extra 20% off sale
gap – up to 40% off everything + 20% off your purchase (use code HAPPY)
old navy – up to 50% off everything
banana republic – 40% off your purchase (use code BRLABOR)nordstrom – save up to 40%
jcrew – extra 40%-50% off final sale items (use code WEEKEND)
madewell – extra 30% off sale items (use code YESYES)
c wonder – extra 50% off sale items
loft – 50% off fall styles; extra 50% off summer sale
ann taylor – 50% off sale items and some full price items

Have a great holiday weekend!

bonne bell giveaway

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When you think of Bonne Bell what do you think of? Up until recently, I thought of those amazing little Lip Smackers…you know the ones you had on the key chain as a kid? If you were anything like me, you had about 1,000 and begged your mom for a new one every time you went to Target or the grocery store. And, your favorite was the Dr. Pepper. Definitely the Dr. Pepper.

I did a fun photo shoot with Bonne Bell awhile back and was shocked and excited to find out that they have a whole lot more than Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers (though they still have those, have no fear). They have everything from nail polish to eyeshadow, mascara to my favorite product, their Lip Lites lip gloss. And the price points, well they are definitely something I can get behind. Because they make such affordable products, it’s the perfect way to try out some new makeup trends (crazy lip color or nail color, anyone?!). You can shop Bonne Bell easily at your local Target, Walmart or drugstore.

Another great thing about Bonne Bell, it was founded in Lakewood…Represent!

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I am giving away some Bonne Bell makeup this week so you can experience all of this goodness for yourself! Win everything to recreate one of my favorite looks from their website (the Free Spirit Beauty look). It’s the perfect look to transition into fall and you will be able to try some of my favorites, the Lip Lites!

Simply follow the instructions below. Contest will be live until next Wednesday (9/3), good luck!

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Disclaimer: I was given some Bonne Bell product after our photo shoot and was also given some to give away to a reader. All opinions are my own.

rocksbox

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RocksBox is a really cool jewelry subscription box that I am excited to tell you about today! When you sign up online, you fill out a survey letting the stylists know what types of jewelry you are interested in receiving (statement vs. classic, gold vs. silver, etc.). The stylists pick 3 pieces for you at a time (and send them in this cute little box might I add!) and you can keep them for as long as you want. What sets this apart from other subscription boxes is that you can actually wear all of the pieces even if you don’t want to buy them. If you fall in love with something, you can buy it for 20% off. If not, simply send it back (shipping label is already printed for you!) and they send you a new box with all new stuff. It’s as easy as that!

I was really happy with my first box. The bracelet was a little more expensive than I would pay but the other two items were right on target. I have been loving the blue House of Harlow necklace forever and I can’t wait to style it!

What do you think of what I got? Should I keep any of it?

A RocksBox membership will run you $19/month but if you are interested in trying it out, CLEfashionista readers can get a FREE month using this link. Enjoy!

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house of harlow necklace ($46), gorjana bracelet ($107), urban gem earrings ($19)

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Disclaimer: I received a free 3 month membership to rockbox. All opinions are 100% my own.

locavore + chambray

We attended another great Cleveland event last night, Locavore, benefiting the National MS Society’s Buckeye Chapter (thanks to Jen for the tickets!). A ‘locavore’ is someone who tries to eat (and drink!) locally when possible so we ate and sampled wine from mostly Cleveland-based restaurants and wineries. Everything was great but if I had to pick a couple favorites, mine would be Urban Farmer (sweet corn felafel, yummmm), Amp 150 (corn served multiple ways) and The Rail (smores & neutella milkshakes, need I say more?!). Oh, and the wineries. All the wineries. I’ve never met a wine I didn’t like. Eating local is my jam and so this was such a fun and delicious way to support the MS Society!

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stunning view from the Windows on the River Bridge Room

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I wore this Anthropologie skirt with a chambray top. I am continuously surprised by the versatility of chambray. I had pegged this as a trend that would come and go and much to my surprise, it hasn’t! I love when that happens! Chambray is also the perfect transition piece because it goes fabulously with both summer and fall pieces…heck, it really goes with anything. Investing in another one of these sounds like it will be in my very, very near future.

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Disclaimer: Jen allowed me use her tickets for the Locavore event due to scheduling conflicts (thanks, again!). All opinions are my own.

clothing brigade + gstar giveaway

Things I love: a fabulous pair of jeans, Cleveland and supporting local businesses. Enter: Clothing Brigade. Have you heard of them? Great. If you haven’t? Let me tell you. Regardless, keep on reading!

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Clothing Brigade is a local Cleveland company located in Beachwood Mall. They sell men’s and women’s designer clothing (Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang and Vince just to name a few) and prominently feature GStar (I’ve been told that these guys practically invented the ‘boyfriend jean’ – if so, I salute them). They are one of the only retailers of GStar in Cleveland.

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I visited the store a couple weeks ago and had an absolute blast playing dress up with their clothes, shoes and accessories.  Check out the decor too…to die for, amiright? They are currently working on a brand new, bigger store (staying in Beachwood Mall) and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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Not only do they sell pretty sweet stuff, the people who work there are pretty sweet themselves. They dress you up and will give you honest opinions on what looks great and what doesn’t look so hot (don’t you love people who actually give their opinions?!). They act as personal stylists not just sales associates and that, my friends, makes all the difference. There is a reason I’m laughing in half of these pictures…the gals working had me giggling the whole time!

Here are some of the looks I tried:

look #1: helmut lang pullover, rag & bone denim, vince flats

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look #2: gstar denim shirt & jeans, vince sandals, giles & brother bracelet

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look #3: helmut lang printed dress, rag & bone sandals, giles & brother bracelet

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look #4: helmut lang sweatshirt, gstar tank & denim

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Now comes the fun part. You guessed it…a giveaway!

Enter to win a pair of GStar jeans (valued at about $200!) from Clothing Brigade here on CLEfashionista. Giveaway ends Wednesday, 9/3. Participants must be from Northeast Ohio (accessible to Beachwood Mall). There are some really fun entry options so make sure to read carefully!

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Hint: Polyvore would be a great way to complete the Instagram photo task. Or better yet, take a selfie wearing your favorite pair of denim!

Thanks Clothing Brigade for your generosity – I sure do love ya!

Disclaimer: I was asked to help promote Brigade. I received a pair of GStar Jeans for myself and a pair to giveaway. All opinions are my own!

stino da napoli

Ciao! Here tonight with a full stomach to tell you about one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Cleveland, Stino da Napoli. I have mentioned it before on the blog but have never dedicated a full post to its amazingness. After a visit tonight with a friend, I realized I had to tell the world (well, the people that read this blog at least) how fabulous it is. I’ve had my fair share of Italian food and this is absolutely, hands down one of the best in Cleveland. It’s the closest thing I’ve had to food that tastes like the food does in Italy.

It’s a quaint little restaurant in Rocky River’s Old River shopping center. One of my favorite parts of Italian culture is the drawn out meals – you sit, talk, drink and enjoy multiple courses – nothing seems rushed. This is the perfect place to get that feel in Cleveland!

My favorite dish is the gnocchi…I literally dream about this stuff. It’s melt in your mouth good! I’ve also had the chicken parmesan and it’s pretty much perfect.

Homegirl loves her desserts and let me tell you, the desserts here are at the top of my list. They are homemade from scratch everyday and believe me when I say, the lemon square is one of the best desserts you will ever have in your life.

So, date night? dinner with a girlfriend? Just craving some good ‘ole carbs? Check out Stino da Napoli in Rocky River. You won’t be disappointed!

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my go-to dish, gnocchi

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literally the most perfect lemon square that was ever made. ever.

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located in the oh so cute, old river shopping area in rocky river!

simple brunch

I hosted a really simple brunch at our house awhile back for some friends. Since I hadn’t been feeling well that week, I’m telling you…it was simple. I used paper plates and napkins and I don’t care who knows it. Check out some of my quick tips below for hosting a brunch.

Not everyone drinks coffee. Have tea, lemonade, juice or mimosas for those who don’t like a morning cup ‘o joe.
It’s okay to use paper. There are so many great paper and plastic options these days. Less time cleaning = more time to spend with your guests.
Label food and drinks for those with allergies or for picky eaters.
Delegate. No one said you have to do all of the work. Ask each of your guests to bring one thing and take some of the pressure off of yourself!
End with something sweet. Even breakfast should end with dessert : )

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end of summer sales: madewell + jcrew

The best only good part about summer coming to an end? Summer sales. Two of my favorites, Jcrew and Madewell are having killer sales right now. Like the ‘everything is practically free’ kind of sales. I’ve perused both sites and pulled some of my favorites below. Make sure to use to the codes for an additional 30-40% off. Happy hunting!

Madewell: Use code EXTRA40 for an additional 40% off sale items.

Jcrew: Use code SHOPSALE for an additional 30% off sale items.

 

currently craving: black heels

I recently had a catastrophe with my one really nice pair of black heels (I don’t want to talk about it…) so I’m currently on the market for a new pair until I figure out how, when and where to get these ones repaired. I am looking for a pair at a decent price point so that I don’t have a mini major meltdown if when I accidentally scuff them after a few too many cocktails at a wedding. I have it narrowed down to these three, all under $100. Which is your favorite?

While we’re on the topic, anyone know of a good place to get shoes repaired in Cleveland? Please advise.

sole society

sole society ‘wynn’ / $79.95

sam

sam edelman ‘dustin’ / $87.09

dv

dv ‘odetta’ / $89.95