jumping back to the future

Monday, March 2, 2015
February - see you later!

One of my favorite events that sends February off into the dust is Jump Back Ball, which was held at Playhouse Square this past weekend.

This would by fifth Jump Back Ball (and yes I had to count a few times to figure out the number) with the 24th annual event. Each ball is so vastly different but one thing always remains - I need a full day to recover AFTER all the festivities.

This year, I was more closely involved and saw the Jump Back Ball committee work tirelessly to pull off an incredible event all with the help of some very dedicated Partners volunteers. Each month, the committee would update the Partners board with the theme, bands, decoration ideas and how the the team was pacing for fundraising efforts.

How did the committee's hard work turn out? Take a look.

The main stage; my lovely friend; my painting skills

Friends getting down to a great band - Thunder Gun Express

The cutest CLE fashion blogger; the drink that made for a lazy Sunday and someone having shoeicide.


Are you looking for a very passionate organization to join? Ask me about Playhouse Partners and how you can get involved with the endless networking opportunities and access to the theaters. Jump Back Ball is just the start!



Your February = planned

Somewhere about now is where it starts to stay lighter outside longer and I long for Spring to come but we are still a few months away. February is hopefully the last month of winter for Cleveland and if today is any indication of the weather we can expect, bring on the snow.

Let's get it over with now and then let March slowly warm up so we can have a legit spring season filled with light, soft colors and more trenches than I know what to do in my closet with in April.

Until then, here is your February calendar of events to sign up for to get your through this snowy month.

If you haven't been to a Scene event yet, mark your damn calendars because United We Brunch was absolutely amazing on January 24. It had the potential to be overcrowded and unorganized based on the sheer volume of people, but it was the exact opposite  - I didn't wait more than 6 minutes for a mimosa and was able to sample so many great brunch items from a bloody mary oyster shooter to pomegranate blueberry mimosa from Press to this foie gras french toast from Lago.

5th Street Arcades view

Vodka Vodka - If you aren't attending Jump Back Ball, I recommend you hit up this Scene event at Hot cards in its second year. It's a vodka tasting event - what more do you need to know? General admission tickets are $30 (includes 10 samples, glass and limited apps) and for only $10 more you get in an hour early. More vodka for you!




Jump Back Ball Shop Nights - If this is your first or 24th Jump Back Ball, you may not know about all the hard work that goes into creating those props you take selfies with and the other the decorations around the theater. You have 9 more times this month to volunteer to help and you don't need to have any design skills - they are letting me help after all.  And if there is an absurd amount of glitter on anything, you know who caused that glitter explosion.

When:
Monday, Feb. 2             Thursday, Feb 19
Thursday, Feb 5             Monday, Feb 23
Monday, Feb 9              Thursday, Feb 26
Wednesday, Feb 11        Friday, Feb 27
Monday, Feb 16

Where:  4th floor of Idea Center at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.



Cupid's Undie Run - There's nothing quite like running in 20 degree weather in your hot pink bra through the streets of Tremont. So, the question is, why aren't you signed up for the 3rd annual Cupid's Undie Run on Valentine's day? There's a heated tent with people in their underwear. You don't even have to swipe right with this - just walk right up to the person and ask them out. Register here for your tickets for $55 and support the Children's Tumor Foundation.

Throw it back to February 2013

you oughta know

It's a new month.

A new view.

A new winter wardrobe.

January is all about the new years resolution, joining gyms, trying a new diet like the Whole30 and celebrating birthdays for you and all your Capricorn friends.

In my book, January is a FABULOUS month because it's the start of the new year AND my birthday month. I'll be turning 32 in just 12 days and have my birthday week booking up with little and big celebrations all week long.

I go back and forth between making really large and in charge new resolutions. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't but I can tell you I'm going to for sure add more vegan meals each week into my meals. Nothing too crazy or unattainable with these meals but I'm going to make a conscious effort to eat less meat and this one way I can make that happen.

I'm also going to share some of my favorite finds from face creams to movies to fashion to restaurants to desserts to vegan recipes to British pop music and this lovely month I'm sticking to a few favorite Cleveland products that I have either purchased or DESPERATELY want to purchase and have on my "need to buy right this second" list on my phone.

1820 house candles.

Retail at about $20 each candle. 

I first saw these at Blackbird Fly Boutique and grabbed one for myself and a housewarming present in blackberry + arugala and thistle + milk. I'm a sucker for candles. It's the perfect gift to give someone   (as long you don't pick an overwhelming scent). My mom thinks I'm going to burn my down my living arrangements (so she purchased me a Scentsy a few years ago), but I still stock up on candles to burn in my small apartment. They make me feel relaxed, calm and more creative when I'm writing and working at my desk. (It's totally in my mind but I'm going with it.)


blair ritchey bags.

Mini Lulu  $95 (left) and PAK $225 (right)

Way back when, a friend invited a few bloggers to check out a new boutique in Chagrin Falls. That new boutique was Haven Style House - we were treated to makeup touch ups and see their brand new store. There I met the clutch I have been coveting since over a year - the mini Lulu from Blair Ritchey. It's beautiful, hand crafted and needs to be in my closet this winter along with the PAK in black gator. The PAK is like her bigger and sexier sister who wears slightly higher heels with a shorter skirt. It is THE clutch to carry all the damn time and that Blair Ritchey knows it! Even Blair's  key chains are adorable and were Christmas presents this year for a few friends. (Surprise! They are in the mail!)

fount.

Don't you want to order one right now? This one is (or was) under $300.
I fell in love with the classic bellfield petite tote as I perused the Cleveland Flea in the summer. You couldn't miss their set up with these beautifully crafted leather totes hanging so perfectly and basically calling out to me to buy and come over and take in the scent of the leather bags. After feeling these bags up like your 7th grade crush did, I instantly added this bag to that ever growing shopping list of handbags to buy in 2015 on my phone. Well, friends, THIS is added to the list along with the Phillip Lim satchel. I really don't know what one is going to come first at this point.


There you have it. Happy spending in your no spend January because these products are worth the splurge, if I do say so myself.

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