Showing posts with label i heart cleveland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label i heart cleveland. Show all posts

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?

introduction to urban farmer cle

As a downtown Cleveland resident of almost three years, it's utterly exciting when a new restaurant, coffee shop or store opens downtown because it gives me another option. Living on east 4th has amazing perks like fabulous cuisine from all parts of the world with only walking a few footsteps but I love venturing outside of my hood to the other downtown neighborhoods too.

On my runs around downtown, I spotted the Urban Farmer CLE sign going up weeks ago and geeked out because it's in one of my favorite chains of hotels but also has a patio. But wait for it - a patio to brunch on.





My friends and I meet in Ohio City, Tremont and Detroit Shoreway for weekend brunching but downtown isn't on our go to list of places. Yet.

The lovely people behind Urban Farmer CLE treated a group of local bloggers to an amazing spread of appetizers, signature drinks as well as a tasting menu of some fabulous dishes with wine pairings to introduce us to the new restaurant.


Having been to the restaurant only twice (once for a pre-dinner cocktail and appetizers and lunch), I was ready to see what the dinner menu was all about and the team behind the menu did not disappoint one bit.


Taking a photo of Alexa taking a photo


Half the group awaiting the next course

We all dined in a separate room that you can request for larger parties and it comes complete with amazing light fixtures layered in feathers as seen in the photo above. As someone who has never met a sparkly chandelier or piece of jewelry she didn't like, I could really get behind a feather "chandelier" in one of my future rooms.

All amazing delicious

Only one more meal left to try at Urban Farmer CLE and I'm sure brunch will be equally as amazing as lunch and dinner have been over the past month.

Disclosure: I was invited on behalf of the Urban Farmer CLE team and the evening was compensated. 




#guilty

Monday, September 8, 2014
Look.

I could have sworn that I have never taken a selfie. I was 100 percent sure that I never took a selfie. With all this talk about Kim Kardashian and her damn #selfie book, I was soooooo sure that I've never taken one and I don't take them now.

"Look, I don't take selfies," I'd say proudly to my friends. I'd leave that to them to do the Kim Kardashian.

I was wrong.

For whatever reason, I was scanning through my past Instagram photos and reminiscing about the past year or two of the trips I've taken and then stumbled upon these photos that would be classified as selfies.

I am appalled.

What?!?




What the hell was I doing?





Why?




The shock.




The horror.


I promise. No more selfies on my Instagram account.

The upside of this is there's not duck or sparrow faces......














well that was fun.

It's July 28 and the month has absolutely flown the hell by. 

Where have I been? Where have you been?

I've been all over in Cleveland, drove 12 hours southeast to the Outer Banks then just a quick 5 hours west to Chicago for a weekend.

My family descended upon the Outer Banks for a week where we successfully avoided the hurricane, had daily dance parties by our pool, celebrated LeBron's return back to his hometown and went crabbing every night on the beach with my mom and aunt. If you have ever vacationed with your family, I hope you do this - it's absolutely ridiculous where you walk in the beach with flashlights and get "surprised" every time you come across a big ass sand crab. 



Pool time; selfie for Lebron coming home!!!; Peltz family; toddler Ethan looking fierce with water wings


Greg modeling; sunscreen is a family affair; couples; family bonding time

Every Sunday so far this summer has been pretty much spent on the volleyball courts followed by corn hole and our new favorite game, the list, over lots of summer shandy's. We win some games, we lose some games but we always end at Sunset Grille to finish out the weekend. 

This is an intense game.

One Saturday night, we all decided to throw it back like it was Thursday straight to 1983 or '85 or '87, depending on what you were born and partied in our best neon, denim and spandex combination for the Ultimate 80's party.  A little rain couldn't keep us away (or our hair flat) and we danced to Madonna and Whitney mashups like it was nobody's business. 

Don Johnson and me; Tony posing with his flock of seagulls hair; Madonna wins with the best costume of the group; taking over the dance floor like a champ

One of two of my favorite "tastes" happened in Tremont on an absolutely beautiful 80 degree day where I ate my way through the streets of Tremont. And, interestingly enough put on a banana costume and tried to do my best Timberlake impression of "bring it on down to bananaville" instead of omeletteville. Why not I ask you???

View of Professor; my best impersonation; so many choices of where to eat

It's been a busy summer, people! Let's keep it going!


the best kind of book club

I would consider myself somewhat of an avid reader of fictional books and fashion magazines. Each month, I read Lucky, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar RELIGIOUSLY and include a book a month.

The book part can be iffy because sometimes I can easily fly through two or three books a month and other times I'm dragging out a book for two months.

I keep a very detailed list on my iPhone of what I should read next and that list keeps on growing and growing. With my upcoming family vacation, I plan to knock out three books that week - The Discovery of Witches, The Invention of Wings and Contagious - a fun little marketing type book.

Based on my inconsistent reading schedule, I am the least likely candidate to join any sort of book club that I have to complete reading the book because I will fail. It's like my juice cleanse try - great idea in theory but when it comes times to stick to juice, I simply can't!

Enter my friend Kelly and her genius idea of a book club. A book club to end all book clubs where you can't NOT read these books.

We are only reading books written by the Real Housewives of Bravo.

That's it.

The only books we will talk about each month are written by our favorite Bravo leading ladies.

That's right - anything and everything written by the riveting women who pull hair, cook and flip tables while dining with prostitution whores we will read.

Girls gone wild

Still my favorite cast even with Teresa

Our first book on the agenda was written by Brandi Glanville, author of Drinking and Tweeting, who loves her endless bottles of sauvignon blanc, educating readers on her vagina rejuvenation and coming up with hilarious insults for that child star turned country music singer.


First book done!

The book club discussed our first book over a breakfast of mimosas followed by pool time. It's a Cleveland summer and we crave our pool, beach and lake time like no one's business because we had one hell of a winter.


Bathing beauties

Technically I still haven't finished the whole book but you better believe I will finish it so I can start the next one from Brandi's other cast mate, Taylor Armstrong.




a sort of carnaval comes to The Shoreway

After living downtown Cleveland for 2.5 years, I am still excited to call the downtown my area home. Earlier this year, I actually looked at several different areas to move to in our popular neighborhoods over the bridges, but I decided against it for now and stayed in the downtown area, moving only one block west to the East 4th area. Because why not?!?

Virtual high five to myself because I love my new smaller and friendly little apartment building.

Upon making my decision, it was really hard to pass up The Shoreway and not patiently wait a few extra months and move farther west to the detroit shoreway neighborhood of Battery Park where you could see the apartments under construction.

You can't miss the building from the shoreway and I instagrammed a photo months ago when I saw the sign go up. New apartments available, yes please!





While I'm sticking in my downtown digs for the next year, the developers partnered with Valerie Mayen to host a one-of-a-kind fashion show and peek inside the 45 luxury apartments at The Shoreway.


Need plans June 7? Look no further and enter my giveaway below to win a pair of tickets to attend the event.

What: Carnaval Event featuring a full bar, fashion show and unreal views of the city
When: Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: The Shoreway

To enter to win, please comment on your favorite summer activity on this post with your twitter handle or email OR tweet the following by Friday, May 16:

Tweet to enter: "Pick me to win a pair of tickets to Carnaval on June 7 at The Shoreway, @allisonpeltz!"

Contest ends on Friday, May 16 at midnight and random winners will be announced on Monday, May 19.

Because I only have one pair of tickets to giveaway, you can get yours here but hurry - only standing room tickets left!!!!

Disclaimer: The kind people at The Shoreway provided me with a pair of tickets to host this giveaway for you fine people.  Enter at your own risk!



dazzling and running

Friday night: Dazzling the District

Search the Instagram #dazzleCLE and you will see more photos from passionate and proud Clevelanders (all 17,000 of us) who waited anxiously on Friday night to see the GE chandelier finally light up in all its glory.


Costume envy; chandelier selfie fail

How many polar vortexes can this last?


Saturday night: Lfyting all over

I'm not new to Uber and how I love to use it in other cities when I'm visiting friends and about three weeks ago, all my dreams came true when both services launched in town. Riders unite! Upon signing up, I was granted 15 free rides for the next two weeks.

Three things about these rides:
1) You have to fist bump.
2) They have CANDY in their cars. This.... I can get behind.
3) You will never call a taxi again.


Sabrina was the best!


Sunday: running the bridges

The 1/2 marathon is only two weeks away so I need to get in all the running I can at this point. I'll take anything - a mile or two - to try to speed up my time to accomplish my goal of a 2 hour 1/2, shaving 8 minutes off my time last year. I can do it, I can do it......


60 degree late afternoon calls for a run and impromptu concrete box jumps



luck of the irish

How many times can one celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

To be specific, three days is the perfect amount of time to celebrate a holiday that is known with anything and everything to do with leprechauns, green beer and corned beef sandwiches.

Day 1: Celebrate with a 5 mile race, family and your favorite running partner followed by a carb-fueled brunch, lots of laughing, consistent ordering of bloody marys and mimosas and summer vacation planning.


Running partner Melissa; best costumes I saw; runners at the 2 mile mark

Family of a few first timers for the St. Malachi race

Day 2: Celebrate with a Sunday Funday with friends and a box of Lucky Charms because it props make anything better.
Bar snacks; the double selfie goes viral; mustache straws


Day 3: Celebrate with a single Guinness, tater tots with corn beef and cabbage for a low-key celebration in 20 degree weather

no green beer for this girl

One of these years, I'll finally make it to the parade that is only a few streets away my house and check that off my Cleveland bucket list.






spending freeze is over and so should this weather

For the whole entire month of January,  I put myself on a shopping freeze. A real freeze - not a frost bite but a real down-and-dirty-ignoring-all-promotional-holiday-emails type of freeze.

No clothes, no shoes, no faux leather sweatpants and absolutely NO amazing jewel encrusted statement necklaces or arm party bangle bracelets no matter how many times I wanted to write "sold" in the comments section from Accessory Concierge Mondays and Wednesdays nights at 8 p.m. CST.

It appears we are approaching Spring or should at least be approaching the new season based on the calendar year, however, Mother Nature seems to have something different in mind for the Midwest with storm Vulcan heading our way this week.

I'm closing my ears, ignoring weather updates and focusing on light colors, wedge sandals, dresses, skirts and bare legs because at some point, spring must grace us with her presence and I need to ease some color back into my dark grey, black and leather staples from this winter season.

Even if it isn't well into April until I consistently feel a balmy 54 degrees on my translucent skin, I'm ready to spend those Piperlime rewards on a pair of open-toed Rachel Roy nude heels that I have patiently waiting in my cart to go on sale.

Until then, I'm dreaming of these pieces and much much more.


spring me forward




coffee, art and films

Besides the beach, where I'm known to spend a considerable amount of my time in the summer, coffee shops, libraries and museums are a few of my other favorite spots where I love to spend a lazy afternoon any time of the year. Grab a book, a journal,  a coffee and you can literally get lost for a few hours.

As a kid, my grandma would take me to a local coffee shop where she would get an adult caffeinated option and I would choose a flavored hot chocolate, which was either amaretto or my favorite to this day, hazelnut. I vividly remember sitting at a window seat and being told over and over to "stop staring at the barista" who had a bright purple pixie cut. The chick had purple hair and to an eight-year-old, I was fascinated that one could dye their hair that color, seeing as purple was my favorite color at the time.

One of those coffee shops I frequent is Pour Cleveland on Euclid. It's part of the new 5th Street Arcades and located just around the corner from East 4th. My coffee of choice is a 6 oz espresso with almond milk and mocha. This is not Starbucks ladies and gentlemen - it is a flavorful, rich blend of espresso with hints of chocolate then you choose your additions or don't, depending on how you take your cup of coffee. (There is a whole detailed process that I watch barista (and owner) Charlie do when I'm there, but I can't articulate what he is actually doing other than making me a sinfully delicious beverage.)

Brewnuts, coffee, coffee and more coffee

I always intend to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art more often than I do, especially in the winter because there is something about wandering through the galleries while it's snowing that makes me feel artistic. Seriously, yes it sometimes can. With the addition of the Provenance Cafe, you can move your Sunday brunch ritual to the museum and browse a new gallery or get lost playing with Gallery One. It's this amazing exploration at your fingertips that keeps you wanting to stay longer and learn more with with connection wall.


Friends; croque madame, more croissants and coffee and mimosas galore

While at a bloggers brunch with friends, we were treated to brunch as well as one of the 90 films the museum shows throughout the year. Full disclosure - I had no idea the Art Museum showed movies throughout the year and it's one of the oldest museum film programs in the US. Just a little knowledge bomb for you there.

My friends and I saw Mademoiselle C - a film chronicling the French fashionista Carine Roitfeld making her first fashion magazine of her own.

It was a lovely afternoon indeed.


Disclosure: I was invited to attend the bloggers brunch with a movie in exchange for nothing, however, when you like something, you must tell all your friends about the experience.




my weekly dates with crossfit

I drank the kool-aid that is crossfit.

Now before you stop reading this blog or send me texts that I’m going to “get too muscular,” just put your iPhone down and breathe. Better? Ok then.

Over the summer I started training with a friend in crossfit-like sessions with a group of girls. I absolutely loved it. I found myself getting up at 6:15 a.m. (that’s some kind of record for me) twice a week to be at the gym ready to push sleds, push press weight and do an ab routine that would get me Britney abs circa her 2000 VMA performance. (Yes, that one - the one with the most glittery gorgeous body suit that still sticks vividly in mind because still as an almost 31 year old, I'm vying for abs like that.) I even attended a community class on a Saturday at Birdtown and planned on joining the next month.

See? Abs of steel.
Then I made excuses. It’s too expensive. I don’t need it – I’ll do the routines in my gym, add running, Barre classes and keep with my once a week hot vinyasa yoga.

One big fat lie is what that was.

One BIG fat lie.

I wasn’t going in the weight room. I avoided it at all costs. I stuck with running and yoga but all the progress I made was quickly being lost and I realized that:

1) I need a trainer-like environment because I’m not going to do front squats for the hell of it

2) I like working out in a group dynamic and bonus when you are already friends with them

3) I needed to stop making excuses and just make the payment already

Two months ago, I messaged a blogger turned in real life friend and said, “Heather, I want to know what this Birdtown Crossfit is all about” after I saw an article highlighting all the risks involved with starting the crossfit program. She sent it to the BTC trainers and they shared a response with her to send to me. I signed up after reading their take on crossfit and hearing from Heather about the gym atmosphere.



Read Huffington Post and there is probably an article sharing how absolutely intimidating and terrible crossfit is for you. At Birdtown, I don’t find it to be either of those things – I focus on the movements first before I do too much weight incorrectly and blow out my back. 

What I’m not trying to be:
  • An American Gladiator – Don’t you remember how much fun it was to watch the Gladiators compete back in the day on USA? Yeah, well I’m NOT striving to look like Sky or Blaze but I am trying to finish the half marathon in 1:50, slicing 18 minutes off my time this year.
Gun show.
What I’m trying to be:
  • Stronger with every WOD – Do a real strict pull up and one of those kip up things where they swing themselves up over the bar ever so easily. Oh, and my mental inspiration board consists of a behind like J.Lo and abs like Britney.




I mean, after all, it's almost new year's resolution anyway right?


I can't swipe right

Do you Tinder?

You know.... that app that has caught on like wildfire among you and your single friends.

Yesterday, I ran into a friend in my building as I picking up quite the shoe shipment and I hadn't seen in awhile and other than "Hi, how you have been?" the second statement was, "So my brother found you on Tinder over Thanksgiving."

Face palm. Why did I sign up for that again?

Sometime in the summer, my lovely younger brother asked me after if I ever heard of the app "Tinder" after spending the weekend in Chicago and experimenting it with himself.

He spent the weekend tindering with girls in different area codes. Seriously, that's what he and his friends did. So, I decided to listen to him (very rare I swear) and downloaded it to see what all the chatter was about. After all, I'm in the business of social media so it's my job to keep on top of everything like Snapchat, Wechat and even Grindr.

You can literally sign up in about 30 seconds, choose your profile images from Facebook and then you are off to set your settings of sexual preference, age and distance.

Ready, set, go! It is that easy. Like Calgon, Tinder - take me away into a world of single guys who live 25 miles from me and are likely friends of friends!

What's not to love?!? It's like virtual speed dating on steroids all from the palm of our hands. Wrong. 

I've introduced my other single friends to this app and they have become quickly obsessed, logging on daily to see if they see any potential dating material and swipe right if they are interested. They swipe right all the time. They can swipe right in their sleep. They swipe right and so do the potential suitors and

I can't swipe right.





Maybe because I don't take the whole app seriously or because it reminds me a bit too much of a Match.com that I choose to be a voyeur versus actually swiping right to make any kind of "connection."

Or maybe because it literally reminds me too much of Facebook, knowing that everyone is using the app (and creeping like me) or to make a Friday night that much more interesting in their local watering hole.

At least that's what my friends and I plan to do this weekend....





coloring outside the lines

I am not artistic.

I'm the farthest thing from it actually. I was always envious of my colder cousin because he could draw fairly well when we were kids and I had a hard time simply shading properly in my Barbie coloring books.

I appreciate art - I appreciate the thought, inspiration, love, sweat and endless hours behind people who can create works of art from paintings to murals to furniture to metal sculptures so that I can purchase it for my living space. It's truly an incredible talent to have.

Friends introduced me to the artists at the BUCKBUCK studio in Ohio City for "Your Show," where guests could literally express their own creativity in the gallery area. There was play dough, markers, crayons, self portraits and yarn set up throughout the space for people to get creative. Or, in my case, at least try to sketch a self portrait.
Your Show at the Buck Buck Gallery; Lindsay leaning in; our artwork

Lindsay in deep thought coloring with friends

I met some new faces and also introduced to Joe Kastelic, owner of Play-haus Design, right next door to the studio who I may have commissioned to build me a custom wine rack for my place. His style is incredible and mixes different reclaimed woods and metals for his custom look - my next place needs to have the dinner table with the trough in the middle. You want to talk about the ultimate dinner party table...

more designs at playhausdesign on Instagram

But for now, I'll start with a wine rack and dream about the table for future dinner parties and flip cup games.


relaxation takes serious practice

How I spent my weekend...


Friday night:
An impromptu girls' night out to cheer on the Cavs with new friends but we weren't the good luck the team needed to pull a win against the Bobcats.

Go Cavs.

Saturday:
Relaxation was finally achieved this weekend in the form of a three-hour pampering session at Charles Scott Salon. My package consisted of a mini facial (by Charmayne), massage (by Kari), manicure and pedicure (by Gia). As my face was lathered in a soothing mud mask with steam blowing on it, Charmayne shared that I should be applying SPF to my face like it's my  job (this I already do), recommends an under eye cream (I have used Skinceuticals A.G.E complex) and a weekly mud mask. You know what I'll be buying myself for Christmas then!


a sample of the pampering: lets see if the CND Vinylux lasts for 7 days with no chipping


Sunday:
Celebrations for friends - a wedding shower and birthday dinner. Let's just pretend we didn't see that Browns game, mmmmk?

Bride and groom (Erin and Nick) and the bridal party

The birthday girl with her fabulous cake and  her adorable daughter

Disclosure: For my blogger partnership with Charles Scott Salon, I will receive discounts on services for the the next year.