4 food comas for the win

I ate a Thanksgiving meal four times in four days.

I don't know that I've ever achieved something so ridiculous before in my life.

FOUR TIMES.

Between families and friendsgiving parties, I literally ate every version and twist of classics like green bean casseroles, sweet potatoes, stuffing and turkey you could possibly imagine.

Oh, and did I mention the OSU party filled with football dip, chips and more? I'm pretty sure the two workouts didn't even scratch the surface of all the calories I consumed over the weekend. Do I feel bad about it? Not one bit. That's what the next 21 days are for before we start again with Christmas week.

Cousins and significant others; the BEST contribution I've ever made to Turkey day and adorable kids
Desserts on desserts; mothers with their daughters

It's really not a weekend unless you celebrate birthday - a 32nd birthday to be exact. What we didn't expect was to find a very kind man named Danny in the bar with a rabbit named Toby. (I couldn't make this up if I tried.)

Birthday girl; the popular rabbit and a leopard cake with a feather

To sum up the past four days, it was pretty much my kind of extended weekend that you need to kick the holidays off to an amazing start with food comas and all.

in and out at the Cleveland Flea

If you missed the Cleveland Flea this weekend, you have another chance to pick up so many amazing holiday gifts at the next one which I think is December 13 and 14th. Don't quote me - it was written on a chalkboard as I walked out and I didn't snap a picture!

Rule #1 - Get there early.

Like no, really, when it opens early and plan to stay for about an hour (maybe 2 at the most) because it gets packed. When my friend and I stopped in on Sunday, we got there by 11 and left just at noon and were able to scope out the entire food section and wander our way through the other vendor section to see all the jewelry, vintage clothing, candles and leather handbags with some serious craftsmanship for $350. Why yes, I want one of these fine bags.

Here are some of my favorite finds on Sunday.

Grab some food first before your peruse all the vendors. My vote - a Brewnut is a great choice.

Find a fur coat for $350 that you ABSOLUTELY NEED - OMG it's gorgeous

I could really buy all of Anne's jewelry. It's so delicate and beautiful. 

Those bracelets are my next purchase. 

These remind me of my grandmother's house only they were white and had ornaments on them. 

Picked up 4 tiny magnets from Studio KMR at only $3 each

What other great vendors did I miss?

Sunday funday at the museum

I'm down to read and watch anything about fashion any time of the day. Mention a book? I'll grab it. Tell me about a new blog? I'll read it.

I absolutely treasure my time with my fashion magazines each month. I've narrowed mine down to two each month with Harper's Bazaar and Lucky and supplement any more inspiration with Refinery29, the Glitter Guide and all the serious fashionistas on Instagram. I can't get enough of your street style with booties, sneakers, ripped/leather jeans and oversized faux fur jackets. You are SPEAKING my language.

Enter Sunday. A quiet afternoon spent with my mom while we watched "Advanced Style" based on the amazing blog from Ari where he photographs fabulous women from 62 to 95. In the beginning of the movie, Ari shares that he was closest with his late grandmother and always been captivated by older women's style from a young age. So, this blog is a living journal of women all around the world  who have exquisite style.

Look how awesome she is!
rings, necklaces and glamour all at the ripe age of 70 and 90!

These women rock.

They are fierce and fearless in the way they approach everything from life to fashion.

My favorite story was that of Ilona Smithkin who is the petite redhead pictured above who is an artist and a lover of making her OWN eyelashes out of her own HAIR! Yes, she does that! She cuts some of her and makes them her eyelashes that are so long and feathery. How can you NOT fall in love with that little lady!


Mother and daughter day out



the city was on fire and then it snowed

Two big things happened in Cleveland last week.

1) Lebron came back. Downtown Cleveland prepared a homecoming fit for a king with celebrities galore but Canada - you can seriously keep the Bieber and his Pharrell like hat he decided to wear to the game.

Downtown was electric all Thursday as ESPN set up the stage right outside my apartment early that morning. My friend compared the amount of people to that of St. Patrick's Day only flip the colors to wine and gold because that's how many people were piled into the 3 block radius of the Q.


The city, the star's new banner and us sending a picture to a very jealous friend


Those Loudville seats aren't that bad.


2) There were snowflakes. Now maybe they weren't quite full fledged snowflakes but it was so flipping cold Saturday morning as my friend and I ran the Bernie Shuffle. Two years ago, we ran the Reindeer Race which was cold but completely expected as it was in DECEMBER. On Friday, there was a very serious text exchange between us where I was trying to get her to bail but she convinced me to just run it with her. As we walked the whole mile to the race start, I'm pretty sure we were laughing the whole entire way as we were soaked by the misting rain and almost blown away by the wind. Did it stop the race from happening? No way. Don't even think about. Everyone came out in their best Browns gear but my fingers were too cold to snap that many photos of the brown and orange tutus, suits and other awesome outfits.

We ran the whole 5K as we dodged puddles through the streets of Cleveland made it to the end where the finish line never looked so good for that short of a race.

The best part? The medal! It is the most amazing sparkly brown and orange "B" that I plan to wear to every Browns game moving forward. And the second best thing - a photo bomb with of my friend on Bernie Kosar.


Erin getting her photo with "Bernie"


Before the race; we need the ghostbusters, and the most amazing medals you have ever seen

jump back to the future with PlayhouseSquare

Monday, November 3, 2014
Next Monday marks an important Monday because it's the day of PlayhouseSquare's Jump Back Ball Kick off Ticket party. 

For the past four years, I've attended this fabulous party on the last Saturday of February and this year will be no different. I'll be there and likely wait until the LAST minute to find a dress because I can't decide what to wear. #girlproblems

If you have considered going but missed out last year, don't let it happen to you again this. Friends don't let friends not go to the Jump Back Ball. Tickets sold out in just TEN days last year.





What is it?
This year's event will be full of surprises and excitement that you will not want to miss. The 24th Annual Jump Back Ball includes a VIP Party with special entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, endless cocktails, a gourmet dinner buffet, special activities and a raffle and silent auction. Jump Back Ball is an annual fundraising event and all proceeds benefit PlayhouseSquare.

And: Bring a new, unused personal care item to do be donated to Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and be entered into a raffle to win:
1. Overnight stay at the Wyndham the night of Jump Back Ball
2. VIP upgrade for yourself and a guest
3. Loge tickets to upcoming performances at PlayhouseSquare


When?
Monday, November 10, 5:30 p.m. at the Hofbrahaus

How much?
Partners - $130; Non-Partners - $165
Ticket prices increase the day after the party by $15 plus handling fees. 

RSVP here on Facebook so it will automatically connect to your calendar so you won't miss the kickoff party. 

Wonder what last year's event was like? Here's my recap so you can see why it's a not miss event. 




Bright Pink is really every girl's favorite color

Just a few weeks ago, Cleveland was introduced to Bright Pink and Fab Fest.  I remember hearing about Bright Pink months ago when one of my favorite fitness instructors, Lori Standen of Pure Barre, was named one of the event instructors. I knew Lori so if she was involved, I knew it was an event I didn't want to miss.

What is FabFest you ask? It is the fitness fundraiser for Bright Pink, the only national organization focused on risk reduction and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. FabFest started in 2009 and 2014 was the first year it came to our great city of Cleveland.

event details

The kick off started with more information and facts than I knew about and the importance of prevention and regular checks. We all nod and say "of course" but do you really take the appropriate steps each year to make sure we are healthy? If you don't, start now and make a year appointment and get to know your breasts as they say. We have to take care of ourselves and I am the first one to cancel and rebook doctor's appointments because 1) I think I'm indestructible and 2)  I push myself to the limits until my body shuts down from one hell of a sinus infection. Cancer does run in my family so it's imperative that we understand our bodies and what is going on in them.


Feeling the burn

The event was a mix of high-intensity 30 minute workouts with yoga, massages and even bra measuring from the girls at Aerie as in American Eagle. (Side note: American Eagle was my JAM back in the day and I still even own a bomber jacket from 1999 that I can't part with because it is coming back in style you guys!)

No makeup selfie in front of a pink glitter curtain
FabFest Cleveland had 150 participants and raised $114,000. Fundraising is still open and you can donate here until October 21, 2014.

Disclosure: I was provided a media pass to attend the event.

a quick weekend getaway

Through several friends who have recently visited this area, I am happy to introduce you to an adorable spot 5 hours west of us that isn't Chicago.

You know those radio ads you have heard for years with "Tim the tool man Taylor" talking about the breeze or leaves or something about the outdoors? The ones that always end with "pure Michigan?"

I finally took good old Tim the Tool Man Taylor up on his offer and my boyfriend and I booked an impromptu weekend getaway. We both had the weekend free - no travel, no weddings and a Browns away game meant it was a sign to take the weekend and get the hell out of downtown Cleveland.

After under an hour of research, we found a small condo in downtown Saugatuck and took off without knowing what exactly we would be doing for two nights. Even though it was raining and sometimes sleeting, we could still experience the how quaint and charming the little downtown was and it reminded me of the set of Dawson's Creek. No joke - I imagine the little town of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Saugatuck have a lot in common with the restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.


Accommodations from Bella Vita Spa and Suites

I have a thing for tea and toast and American Spoon is serious about their jam.

The Chocolate Garden - sample truffles for days

As seen at the wineries

While you have to drive almost 1.5 hours to get to the largest cluster of wineries, there are still a few about 45 minutes south of Saugatuck and we made sure to hit four of them on Saturday plus one brewery.

If you want a quiet and affordable weekend, go there - it's only a five hour drive from Cleveland and there is still so much to explore that we couldn't because the weather wasn't cooperating with us for any of the outdoor activities like boat or dune buggy rides.

Go. With your girlfriends for a wine weekend, or mom for a spa weekend or boyfriend for a romantic few days- it's a great little relaxing getaway.