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CMWorld is coming

If you are somehow in the advertising, marketing, public relations or social media field, you have likely heard about Content Marketing World. Having only attended last year and thoroughly enjoyed myself, I knew I had to get back to it again this year. I've been to a few conferences in my day but I walked away with so much information as opposed to other ones. PowerPoints, new sites, new tools and so much more where I was able to actually implement with my team. It really is knowledge overload. The sessions, especially if they are in smaller rooms, fill up quickly so I recommend scoping out what you want to attend and get in line early for those ones.

After I signed up to attend and take advantage of the early bird pricing, I received a fantastic email asking me (along with other local bloggers) to be an official blogger of the conference heading into its fifth year, Bright Lights, Big Content. Me? Hell yes, I would love to cover this event, live tweet and help out visitors any way I can.




Last week, the CMWorld team announced that Nick Offerman is the closing keynote speaker. I can't WAIT. Last year, Kevin Spacey brought the impressions and presentation where he shared stories about his amazing TV shows, his days in a British theater and all about the behind-the-scenes of his latest hit show, House of Cards. Of course, he did several Frank Underwood impressions - how could he not?

Reasons you must attend:

  • Over 80 sessions by major brands and speakers all around the world
  • Nick Offerman
  • Networking opportunities
  • must-attend break out sessions
  • Barenaked Ladies are performing
  • Don't miss out, register here now.


See them live!



55 days and counting.....


Disclaimer: For my social sharing and post, I was provided one full registration for this lovely event coming to Cleveland. 

how you celebrate july 4th

Cleveland has finally welcomed the real summer season to town.

No more playing around with 65 degree days followed by inches of rain. Nope. See ya later spring!

We kicked things into high gear for America's 238th birthday with 78 degrees, sun and with a slight breeze and celebrated on one of the best islands I can think of that's driving distance from Cleveland -  Put-in--freaking-Bay.

The rules of how you do Put-In-Bay.

Start off with some very colorful and inappropriate friends and family then pile 21 of them into a house. (Also, allow your friends to crash the weekend (that's me!))


The more props the better - penis aprons, temporary tattoos and lobster rafts are great additions.

Wear touristy outfits complete with bedazzled visors and island branded gear.


That visor though.....
Add in some island fun and bar hop in preparation of July 4th festivities and drink plenty of water. (Let's be real here - we can't drink like we are 25 even though some of us still think we can. We can't. That ship has sailed so throw in more H20 and you'll be good to go all day long.)


these strawberry margaritas are serious business

Do get a fabulous spot to watch the fireworks.

Hey 'Merica!

Snap photos galore. After all, we are making memories here people! And, every group needs a motto for the weekend because that's what you JUST do. Ours was a very popular tune by the one and only Rihanna  and it was "Bitch better have my money." Fitting, am I right?

Party time. 


And as our group repeated over and over, "if you can't have fun, get off the island!"


joy delivered for realz

Thursday, July 2, 2015
I buy almost everything online.

Shoes, clothes, toilet paper, cleaning products, shower curtains, candles, make up, purses and kitchen supplies.

So really the only category left to cross of my list would be food.




Door to Door Organics launched in Cleveland about two months ago where they deliver fresh organic fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and other products right to you door. (Seriously, it's the most convenient thing for someone like me even though there is a fabulous grocery store two blocks from my apartment.)

Each order is specifically packed in boxes with the appropriate freeze packs to preserve the freshness of the products. As someone who lives in an apartment, my package is delivered each week by my leasing office into my home and it's always a surprise what I ordered.

Arrives like magic in my apartment

Fresh fruit and vegetables for the week

How easy is ordering? Ridiculously easy.

Every Friday, I login and can sub items out of my bitty box if I don't want them and add any number of food items into my cart each week. Green lentils, coconut milk, organic chocolate chips, organic brown rice, spices and more are just a click of a button and been staples in my order since I'm trying out being vegan for a few weeks.

After a few days, I honestly forget what I ordered so it's a fun surprise each Tuesday when I open my box and rediscover what meals I'll be making for the week.

If you are overwhelmed by the shopping list, make it simple and plan your meals by their recipes instead. It makes shopping so much easier, just click and add them into your cart and viola! Meals planned for the week.

Door to Door Organics are a very customer service oriented business, too. They are new and mistakes happen but they do EVERYTHING their power to make it right, especially if they leave something off your order. (This has only happened twice but you better believe I noticed the organic chocolate chips were missing. #dessertaddict) You can call or email them to let them know and they will put it on your reorder list for you.

Want to try it yourself? Click here and save $10 off your first order.

Want to win one of three gift cards?

Two ways to enter:

1) Tweet: I want #joydelivered to my damn doorstep too, @allisonpeltz! http://bit.ly/1LEzzIA
2) Share a recipe from their site you would make with your order. (Hint: I'm all about the green smoothies.)

Disclosure: I was provided a $500 giftcard for this brand partnership. All thoughts, opinions and my choice to go vegan for a weeks are my own. They just supply the fresh ingredients and I'm left to follow the recipes.

Your June = planned

Let's forget the fact that it doesn't feel like summer right now in Cleveland.

It's June 1, so what will you have going on this month?

Retox events

MIX - It's the first Friday of every month. You know what to do. It's your chance to introduce the stunning art museum to Clevelanders and out of town guests for the night. Why not?

When: Mix: Fusion at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Tacos & Tequila - What more do you really need to know? The last Scene event I went to was amazing (United We Brunch), so I expect big things from them with this one.

When: Tacos & Tequila, Saturday June 6th, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m at Tyler Village. Admission is free.

Edgewater Live - Back for its second year, this is a Thursday happy hour you want to make it to for  the lake views, food trucks and live music. Tip: Don't fight traffic in Edgewater. Park up on Battery Park and walk down instead.

When: Edgewater Live, Thursday, June 11 - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.


Summer Solstice - I'm hoping you were lucky enough to grab a ticket because this event sold out in just a FEW days this year. That's right - 6,000 tickets sold in a matter of days.

When: Summer Solstice, Saturday June 20, 8 p.m. - 1 p.m.




Detox events

Yogi Nation - Spend Saturday morning in Tremont with this wellness event where you can run, practice yoga, eat and listen to live music. Get your workout on with GrooveRyde, Studio 11 and more.

When: Yogi Nation, Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tickets are $17 each before ($22 day of) or $99 for the whole season.

Sunday Market - Pull yourself together after WHATEVER happened Saturday night to eat and shop in Hingetown. I can never support staying away from the champagne garden though. It's not in me but you can give it a try!

When: Sunday Market, Sunday, June 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free.

2RUN6 | Run the Bridges - Brought to you by the ladies of Harness Cycle, you can join them and a group of other runners every Wednesday evening.

When: 2Run6 | Running the Bridges, Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. No charge! Meet at Harness then take off with the team.


Here we go summer!




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

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

goodbye, summer

Well there it went.

Summer.

All three months of it flew by with only a few 80 degree days mixed in for me to barely get a tan with my Polish, Croatian and Hungarian skin.

My Labor Day weekend went something like this.

Thursday - Pre-season Browns tickets on the most perfect summer/fall night where my friends and I somehow landed on the field during the national anthem. Note: While on the field, my friend and season ticket holder almost was hit in the face with a warm-up punt (or whatever you call that). Luckily she didn't because she would have totally broke her nose and likely half of her face. No photos were allowed on the field, otherwise I would have caught this almost-terrible-accident on camera.

Look closely and you'll find me!


Saturday -  This summer, I haven't made it to the Put-in-Bay like last year. It's still on my list to somehow pull off in the next month or two in between Browns games. Instead of slinging back shots in the Roundhouse, my boyfriend and I spent the afternoon at East Harbor Beach all the way up in Marblehead for a day of relaxation. Believe it or not, Lake Erie doesn't look like the Lake Erie in Cleveland - it has hints of the ocean in it I swear.


The birds preying on us

Sunday - I continued the relaxing weekend with a dinner with friends at Luxe in Ohio City with a patio dinner. I have been to Luxe countless times and never have eaten on the patio. I know - I was shocked too.

With the best server ever, matching outfits with Tony

That's a wrap, summer! Now let's focus on fall fashion with New York Fashion Week kicking off on Thursday and the Browns season starting on Sunday.



your summer = planned Part II

We are halfway through the summer. Are you bored?

I hope the answer is a resounding "No!"

It's absolutely impossible in my book with the 80 degree weather Cleveland has been receiving, the RNC announcement and the LeBron is coming back any day now to his castle in Bath.

So, you say you need some more events to go to? Choose wisely!

Booze your face off and eat events:

12th annual Taste of Tremont - It has been a long two years since I've been to the Taste of Tremont. Being out of town the past two years, it is a truly fun and normally sweaty as hell event where Professor Street is packed with people of all ages and parking lots filled of local bands.

When: Taste of Tremont, This Sunday, July 20, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, parking is just about hilarious over there so I suggest you Lyft of Uber.




Burning River Fest - It's a beer festival to literally remember when our river infamously caught on fire in 1969. I mean...it seems to the be the only thing the national media likes to report on so you might as well as take yourself plus friends to the best little part of Cleveland in the summer - Whiskey Island and Wendy Park.

When: Burning River Fest, Saturday, July 25, 6 p.m to 11 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $50. And if you are coming from the west, expect long delays to actually get there because the exit is closed. CLOSED for six months.




Twilight at the Zoo - Years ago I went and had a smashing time with friends but haven't been back because it's the conundrum of two events back to back - Krusty's Summer Camp is the next day. Can you do both? Say it with me, YES YOU CAN! There are 18 brands throughout the zoo and numerous drink stations. See your favorite animals, take some selfies and enjoy a Friday night at the Zoo.

When: Twilight at the Zoo, Friday, August 1, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are sold out but you can try your hand at the giveaway here.

Tastings on the Terrace at the Cleveland Museum of Art - The Art Museum is at it again with a new series of summertime events that I can get behind with Tastings on the Terrace.  Each Friday through 8/29, Provenance will feature a select drink “tasting” menu and pair it with complimentary small bites from the chef served outside on the rooftop terrace. What sounds better than that? Absolutely nothing!

When: Tastings on the Terrace, Friday, July 18, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $8-10 per drink. This week's event will feature summertime wines with a Mediterranean flatbread.


Hydrate, stretch and work off the boozing events:


Believe in CLE - The ladies of Inner Bliss are at it again with another evening outdoor event for early August on Mall B downtown Cleveland. Get ready for a 75 minute vinyasa flow with a surprise speaker to start off the night's event. Remember to sign up here FIRST!

When: Believe in CLE, Friday, August 8, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Free event.

Cupid's Undie Run Volleyball Tournament - You know how much I love playing volleyball if you follow my Instagram feed because Sundays at Wendy Park are my favorite activity in the summer. Join me, grab a team and sign up for the tournament. Last year, there were special drinks and lots of people playing in their underwear. Well, not really but the benefit is the Children's Tumor Foundation.

When: Cupids Volleyball Tournament, Saturday, August 10 at 11 a.m. $140 for a team, $40 for corn hole.

our losing team


Rooftop Yoga with Harness Cycle - My favorite spin studio is bringing rooftop yoga to Clevelanders every Sunday on top of the Federal Knitting Mill in Ohio City.  Make sure to sign up early because this Sunday's event is already wait listed.

When: Rooftop Yoga with Harness Cycle, Every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.









the one where I take off my shoes

I knew these shoes were trouble when I purchased them at the last minute for the Jump Back Ball.

death to those strappy black shoes for a steal of $20
On Friday evening, it became very apparent that no matter how much I begged and pleaded with UPS to release my gold and black sparkly Nicole Miller Rent the Runway dress, they were going to hold it hostage and miss my delivery date for the event. I may or may have not held a small pity party for myself but quickly realized I had a beautiful David Meister back up dress and just needed a pair of heels to pull off my new look.

Little padding and a high heel = shoe-i-cide.

I found out just how truly uncomfortable the shoes were at hour four of wearing them and did the unthinkable inside the beautifully historic State Theater. I carefully peeled my shoes from my aching feet revealing two thick indents over my toes where the straps were and went barefoot for the rest of the night.

Yes, gasp all you want (I still am at myself) but oh how amazing my feet felt when they could breathe and function again. Also, for those ladies who are shaking their heads in disapproval of me, I even reinforced these shoes with gel inserts but without a platform toe, I was doomed from the start.

Still shaking my head at myself for this!


Aside from being THAT girl who was barefoot with friends dancing in front of the speakers to a remix of Baby One More Time, take a look through my iPhone's photos to see what my friends and I were up to for other portions of the 23rd annual Jump Back Ball: Shaken not Stirred.


Donna, Kelly, Lisa and Shibani; Carrie and Donna dancing with the band; vodka galore
Everyone wanted to rock the Pharrell's hat we brought, even the singer from Your Villian My Hero

Tara, Carrie, Donna and me; cocktails all around; Donna with the best prop of the night

Another February, another Jump Back Ball down for the books. If you missed out this year, keep your eyes peeled for the ticket kick off party next November because it may just sell out faster than 10 days for next year's event.


Disclaimer: As part of my partnership with PlayHouse Square for Jump Back Ball, I was contracted to write about the event how I see fit. Hat not included. Hair provided by Laine at Charles Scott Salon and Spa in Westlake - I absolutely loved the curly wrapped wave thing I had going on.

rich kids comes to Cleveland

It's not secret the much of the country is being locked indoors for the next two days because of the polar vortex. Or as I like to call it "the most ridiculously cold way to kick off 2014." No one will forget how it began now will they?

Before this very frigid storm blew into town, the lovely people of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills decided to do some promotion in my lovely city. Scroll through your Instagram page and you really never know what you will find. Apparently I was somehow following the new TV show and saw they were in wintery Cleveland and were posting about a scavenger hunt of designer gifts strategically placed at different city landmarks.

Seeing as I'm about 10 minutes walking from most landmarks, I saw one of the Fountain of Eternal Youth down by Marriott at Key Center, threw on my warmest coat and marched down a few blocks through slush and snow to hopefully get my hands on a new watch. What did I have to lose right?

Hello new Burberry watch.

Ta dah! Success! After a brisk walk, I met the rich kids reps and was gifted this beautiful Burberry men's watch because I was the first person to arrive to the location. I was so excited to win something - you have NO idea. Me? A random winner? Say it isn't so!


Imitating the fountain

And who says being glued to your phone doesn't have its perks every now and then?


i'll show you a ski bunny

That's right.

This girl right here is heading skiing over the next few days. We are staying at the house below with 25 friends of friends this weekend in West Virginia.

how much fun does that look!

I'll be joined by a few of the usual suspects pictured below and a lot other people I don't know. But we all know that makes for a great party!


Have I ever skied?

I don't think you can count Camp Fitch in 6th grade........

However, I am somewhat athletic so hopefully I will be able to pull it off. Maybe for an afternoon. Or for an hour.

While I'm not a ski bunny yet I am REALLY good at sipping cocktails in a hot tub or sitting at the bar with a bunch of people I don't know and socializing into the early hours. Either way, we will all have an amazing time together.

So, that will be my weekend - here's to coming home without any broken bones, sprains or any other crazy fluke accidents that would only happen to me and navigating myself to and from the destination by myself.

pamper away

Every girl loves to be pampered.

And, I for one, haven't made it a priority over the past year but I vowed to focus more on me and one of those ways is at the salon.

Maybe it's a biweekly nail appointment, monthly facial or massage but every girl has her beauty routine down to a science or is always looking for new ways to improve it.

Over the past few months, I've taken my pampering very seriously by scheduling shellac appointments, pedicures and a facial to get myself back in a routine.

I understand that due to my years of tanning every two days for about two years, I'm going to need some serious work down the road. I'm not opposed to plastic surgery. I'd do botox, fillers and I used to want a nose job pretty bad but I'm slowly getting over that one. (I have a bump and I don't love it and often think that a nose job would be a good solution.)

Anyway, from one girl to another, I thought I'd share my go to beauty team around Cleveland.

First, my hair. My friend Danielle has cut, colored, curled, straightened, shaved, and mohawked my hair for the past 10 years. I have a complicated mane that most hair stylists don't understand how to cut into it - I have serious horse hair. I have a lot of fine, thick hair and would need double the extensions to pull off any long hair look until my mane grows out. She is well worth the drive to the west side at the Lorain location at HeadQuarters Salon & Spa.

When it comes to my face, my friend Shawn fixes my skin on the east side at Studio MZ with facials and whipping my eyebrows into the perfect arch shape. I don't know about you, but I always read about how important your skin care routine is in your 20s, 30s, and beyond and how it's all about starting young. Like 10 years ago. Oops. Way back when, I always used Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion and an occassional eye cream but I went to Shawn and said, "Give me a damn facial routine - I need to prevent any wrinkles I can at this point." Did I mention I used to fake and bake.....

Her first thought, "Well, do you exfoliate?" No, no I don't. "Well, that's a great place to start......"

For the past two months, I've been using the products below for my facial routine and I seem to have less blemishes on my face all around. Every night, I wash my face with the Swell bar and then add a few drops of seabuckthorn oil at night. (Not going to lie, when she used it on my face, I was weirded out by the smell because it has this funky earthy scent but you get used to after a few uses. No worries.) And, as a bonus, Swell was created by a local Beachwood woman, Kelli Klus. Buying local my friends!

Swell facial bar and seabuckthorn oil and GlamGlow
Once a week, I use GlamGlow Mud Mask for 15 tingling minutes usually on a Sunday while I watch a DVR'd show and drink tea.

Sexy, right? Now THAT is going to land me a date, I know it!

It's tingling - let's get that out of the way, the first time Shawn used it she had to fan my face because holy hell was it TINGLING. After about a minute, that burning feeling goes away and then you rub and exfoliate your skin. It has chunks of green tea leaves (yes, chunks) and I normally feel like I break out from exfoliaters but not in this case. No random break outs or little bumps anywhere. If it's possible, I think I have less blackheads but I'll have to defer to Shawn on my next facial visit where I'll know based on how much time she spends with that evil little tool.

Next on my list is to find a spray tanner in the downtown or west side area (use Callie at Glow Tan and Spa if you are on the east side) and a masseuse.

So, dear downtowners and west siders, any recommendations you can send my way? What is your skin care routine or products you can't live without?

parties, parties and a giveaway

It feels like a million years since I've been back from Punta Cana but in all reality it's been 10 days. The week back at work was hectic, trying to juggle everything I missed out on while preparing for hosting and attending a few this weekend.

On Thursday, I hosted a party for B. Lux party for friends to catch up on their holiday shopping but randomly picked the day of the Steelers/Browns game - Fail on my part.

B.Lux accessories and clothes

On Friday, a group of coworkers came over to slurp on noodles from Noodlecat, lots of red and white wine and watch Bridesmaids, where we laughed our asses off and all agreed our coworker does a kick-ass rendition of Kristen Wiig's plane scene.


Fast forward to Saturday night where I headed to annual Christmas P.J. Jammy Jam party at Lindsay and Ryan's house. Seeing as I don't normally wear pajamas I purchased a new sleep shirt to party the night away in a comfortable holiday shirt.

Self shot, Shotts in all pink and the girls

Left, right, center - I lost, the holiday host and baby G had too much fun

I vote Jill for the best pajamas!

To kick off your Monday to a caffeinated start, our friends at Keybank will be buying EVERY cup, yes you read that right, buying EVERY cup of coffee, latte, cappuccino, frappuccino and any other coffee drink you order at the following Starbucks locations below ALL DAY LONG:
  • West 6th Street, 1374 West 6th Street 
  • Hanna Building, Euclid Ave
  • Cleveland Clinic, Euclid Ave
  • Cedar & Fairmount,12405 Cedar Road
  • Chagrin & Green, Chagrin Blvd
  • Rocky River, 19555 Detroit Road 
  • Westgate Mall Drive-Thru, 20645 Center Ridge Road 
For one lucky reader, you can buy even more Starbucks if you'd like because Key Bank is giving me a $25 Key Possibilities MasterCard Gift Card to give to one of you lovely readers.

To enter: Tell me what you'd buy me for an XMAS gift and leave your email address too. The funnier, the better! I'll choose a winner on Tuesday night.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this giveaway but you better believe I'll be in line at the West 6th  location tomorrow AM on my way to work to get my caramel brulee latte.








the new place

It's almost been two months since I've been in my new digs.

Two flipping months!

The time has flown by because it's somehow almost Christmas and I can remember thinking that was so far away from the time I moved in here.

When I moved in, I literally had to purchase EVERYTHING except for some bedroom furniture because I left the furniture in the house. The idea of a new place with new things was incredibly appealing so the move was pretty light on my part.

I was able to purchase whatever the hell I wanted.

What I liked and what I wanted. Brilliant concept! It was such an exhilarating feeling after being part of a couple for so long with agreeing or disagreeing and trying to combine our tastes. No need for that.

My lovely mother helped me along with my friend, Danielle, who has impeccable taste in all things, including decorating my abode. I don't know exactly what you would call my style (I do love shabby chic as my Pinterest page shows) but it typically involves sparkly things - notice the lamps, the beaded pillows and some of the picture frames. While my decorating isn't complete just yet, the apartment definitely feels more comfortable and completely me with as many sparkles as I want! You know what I mean?


Couch from Macy's complete with sparkle pillows from Pier 1


Obsessed with the lamps from JC Penney of all places and the cabinet from Kaplan's

Off white chairs marked down to $300 from $1,000 from Kaplan's - STEAL

favorite gold chest from Kaplan's too
The place is coming together slowly but surely and there are still several items to purchase like a leaning bookshelf, some wall art, a new bed and some furniture for the bedroom. BUT with Christmas coming up, I will be taking a little shopping break until January for now.

Where else should I look for furniture, wall art and other decor? Send your favorite places or pieces my way. I will have some post-holiday shopping to do!



and like that.......I'm back.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Well.

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk!

THAT was a much needed blogging break, if I do so say myself.

Notice anything different? Not only have I been busy over the past month but so has a certain local designer extraordinaire named Ashley creating my new look for my new name - Confessions of a CLE Habitant.

I feel like I'm getting back from summer break. Considering I've never really taken a formal "break" from blogging, I would highly recommend it - I feel incredibly refreshed and have so much to post about. I feel a bit more relaxed now. A little less weighed down if you will.

Want to know what  I did over the last month? Here's my month in picture review.

 I discovered a new love for tailgating with friends and family.


I heart my cousins and brother

I said goodbye to the suburbs, homeownership and a yard and hello to my new loft apartment.

Living room view
I lost a few much needed lbs. and started taking some QT for me, including pampering myself with spa treatments, which will be something I consistently treat myself to moving forward.

Skinny friend Danielle. Not so skinny Allison
Same skinny friend Danielle and newly skinny Allison
 I celebrated an amazing friend's wedding with my high school crew of friends in Charlotte. It was the perfect end to a busy week of traveling for work to the west coast.
Amber and Joe
Causing trouble for over 15 years
finally married
With that, I'd like to give a special shout out to Ashley over at Our Little Apartment who helped give me quite the face lift and bring this blog back to f***ing life. It's about time and I couldn't be happier with the final product. Thanks again!.