Showing posts with label this is how you weekend. Show all posts
Showing posts with label this is how you weekend. Show all posts

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!"


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

your summer = planned

I have one phrase and word I absolutely abhor - "it sucks" and "no."

It's almost as if I hear nails on the chalkboard, need to cover my ears and get goosebumps all over my body because I can't STAND when I hear that from people. There are so many other ways to eloquently describe a situation than "it sucks." You could say "well, that is just terrible" or "what an unfortunate situation" or "I'm not cool with that, let's kick his or her ass."

See? Sounds so much better.

Now, the word "no" just doesn't work for me in a lot of the times. I prefer a slow yes instead of an abrupt "no."

While I equally despise those words, it brings to my next least favorite phrase I hear people say, "I'm bored."

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to several events happening in Cleveland over the next two months.  Get our your calendars, start the group text and buy tickets with your friends to make a memorable summer with a combination of events for you to rehydrate to dehydrate together.


Booze your face off options:

Luau on the Lake - It's in its 9th year and I've been ZERO times because I've been on vacation the past few years. I have friends who organize it and say it's a smashing good time and supports Shoes and Clothes for Kids. Do this!

When: Luau on the Lake, Saturday, July 12 at 4 p.m to 9 p.m. Tickets: $40 - $60

Scene Ale Fest - Two years ago, I went with friends and it was so much fun. People are incredibly intoxicated all afternoon, they will run out beer and then the attendees are left to meander around Tremont looking for a good meal. I recommend Prosperity Club and add a pitcher of Sangria to cap off your evening!

When: Ale Fest, Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $10 - $55.


Cheers to Ale Fest

Whiskey Island 80s on the Lake - My two favorite things - Whiskey Island and 80s music. May I suggest a mash-up of Eddie Money, Duran Duran and Madonna?

When: 80s on the Lake - Friday, July 19 at 2 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. Tickets: Don't need any!

Krusty's Summer Camp - It's been revived! We were told last year it would end but never fear - a group of people have brought back the end of summer drink fest. The question is - can you make it all day?

When: Krusty's Summer Camp, Saturday, August 2 from 12 p.m. until ???? Tickets: $50-$60.
last year's afternoon view


Hydrate, stretch and work off the boozing events:

Run the Bridges/Rooftop - Look, you have two options to kick your own ass with running with the Harness Cycle crew on Wednesdays and then namasting it out on the rooftop of the Federal Knitting Mill.

When: Run the Bridges, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

When: Hingetown Community Yoga, Sundays at 11:30 a.m. FREE, just sign up on the site.

Believe in CLE - If you don't know about this, you must live under a rock because every Lululemon west/east/southsider MUST know about it by now. But, in the event you don't, you should show up to join 800+ people again for an unbelievable night.

When: Believe in CLE, Friday, June 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets: FREE but register on the Inner Bliss.

Looking forward to this year's


And there you have it, now get planning!


the time I didn't spill anything on my all white outfit

Summer has quickly rushed in for me and most of my 12 weeks has been planned out pretty well from here on out.

It's funny how that works out. Between Cleveland outdoor events, weekly volleyball games and planned vacations and out of town weekends,  I have quite the amazing summer planned with friends over the next two months.


Friday: the first MIX of the summer
In the last two years, I have been exposed to more interesting movies, people and events at the Cleveland Museum of Art than I would have ever thought possible. I've been to the museum four times in the past six months for a movie viewing, MIX event, Mother's day and now MIX this past weekend.

Only this time, my friends and I seemed to miss the actual MIX event because we were too busy enjoying our meals within Provenance and the amazing cocktail list to join the rest of the party. I suppose we can make up for it at Solstice in just two weeks.....

On the upside, my all white outfit won against all food, dessert and alcohol consumed for the night, which was partly because I sipped only white or clear cocktails to increase my odds of winning against impossible odds.


moscow mule and lavender french cocktails and strawberry shortcake


Finally, I stand out from the decorations.


Saturday: a preview of The Shoreway Lofts and Yellowcake Shop designs
If you commute east on the shoreway, you have seen the huge sign that says "Shoreway Lofts" hanging up for the past 6 months. While most of the units are already rented (only 6 left), guests were given a tour of a model unit as well as an up close and personal seat to Valerie Mayen's latest work and great taste in music as models and mini models strutted down the runway with fun and fresh dresses in colorful and some even with giraffes on them. Who doesn't love a fun print?!?


Carnaval runway set and ready to start.


Obviously I was a fan of the candy table


Added my new favorite J'adore necklace to my jewelry collection from Oceanne


Sunday: a 57th birthday celebration
My mom invented the birthday week for us as kids so it's only fitting she take one herself. I don't know if she actually called it a "birthday week" when we were kids but there was always a tremendous celebration around our birthdays that typically consisted of two parties, which meant we had the option of choosing two cake designs.

This year, my mom wanted a Sunday Funday with her family on what was supposed to be a sunny day but the weather gods had different plans for the forecast on Sunday. Lots of rain to sprinkling rain to simply overcast for my mom's Sunday Funday but it's about the people you are with, right????? My mom also realized that this year was her ACTUAL 57th birthday. Last year, she thought she was celebrating her 57th birthday but after two glasses of wine of her calculations not quite adding up to the age she said she was turning, we did the math for her and corrected her birthday celebration seeing as she was actually ONLY 56 in 2013.

My mom, you have to love her and her crazy ways!



"Allison, isn't this a nice bow? Look how nice Matt wrapped the gift!"


Disclosure: I was provided a discounted dinner to dine at Provenance and free tickets to the Shoreway Lofts events. I was planning on attending both events without the discount. 

the start of summer

Ahhh, Memorial Day.

The unofficial start of summer.

As Clevelanders, our Memorial Day weekends can be a mix of several weather elements - rain, cloudy, 50 degrees or 80+ degrees, as we all got to experience this weekend. After the insanely  long winter filled with polar vortex after polar vortex, I was ridiculously happy to soak in all the sun rays and be outside from afternoon to night without a jacket on.

Even though I was happy, I still complained I was sweating on Press's patio with friends on Saturday and we cursed our local weather anchors because they lied! Sixty-five degrees, no way! I have the sunburnt shoulders and chest to prove it.


Memorial Day weekend Tremont bar crawl

There's always one who loves a duck face.

The weather continued to work in our favor with a breezy 80+ degrees through the holiday. Even though, we were still complaining that we were sweating while laying at Whiskey Island, I came up with a list of summer activities to check off my list.

Friends, my brother stretching and not a cloud in the sky

Well, maybe not a long list of activities but still, I already have 6 weeks planned so squeezing these in  should be no problem. I hope......
  • Put-in-Bay trip
  • Rent a boat and jet skis for the afternoon
  • Spend the afternoon at East Harbor Beach reading amazingly awful beach reads
  • Friday night Indians game
  • Scheduling a date for my Real Housewives Book Club with friends

Better hydrate - it's going to be a busy summer!


celebrating because that's what the weekend is for

This weekend felt like summer - well a little bit of summer - has finally arrived after a long and cold winter that kept me inside more than I like to admit.

Saturday - a birthday celebration fit for a fellow Polish friend as she turned the ripe young age of 30.

Sometimes you stumble upon friends that you quite simply connect with in a way that would indicate you knew each other for years - Donna is one of those people. Because Cleveland is a rather small city at times, we crossed each other's paths on a Friday night when I landed from my amazing European vacation in the fall and have been friends ever since. Her celebration was sensational with a delicious chocolate and peanut butter cake, moscow mules and she had quite the talented group of karaoking fools to keep everyone entertained all night long.


Closed for partying; the birthday girl; obviously I'm all for the desserts

hands in the air for the birthday girl

Sunday: celebrating a very young at heart Julie Jean

My brother and I always want to out do ourselves from the year before and love to take our parents to new restaurants because they love to explore all of Cleveland's neighborhoods through the food. After experiencing the Provenance brunch with friends in the winter, we knew that this would be the perfect spot to celebrate Mother's day, especially since my parents have been to every other museum but not the art museum. Provenance provided an awesome experience for us and even gave my mom a $40 gift card to dine in the next few months another time.

an afternoon at the art museum

"Hey why is this so short?" because mom it's for the kids...


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.






like eddie murphy said in his 80s hit

Parties are something my friends and I have perfected over the years. It started with throwing unique birthday parties from when we were 21 all the way through 31 to themed bachelorette parties to my Browns breakfast of champions party. We LOVE an excuse to party. But as we grow up, a new certain kind of party has emerged - the gender reveal party.

24th birthday celebration

80s bachelorette party in Folly Beach
When I shared I was going to my first gender reveal party, people either had a look of complete disgust or excitement and asked how the couple would reveal the gender.

With balloons?

A cake?

A singing telegram?

Have you look on Pinterest lately? People go a l-i-t-t-l-e crazy with their reveal ideas. Where do they COME up with these ideas? Or just peruse Buzzfeed for some awesomely bad ideas too.


Truth to be told, I’m pretty sure I convinced my friend to have this one – as if the girl needed another person recommending her have one – but it made for a great excuse for everyone to gather to see the future baby’s sex and watch the OSU game for an interesting Saturday night.

it's a boy, it's a boy!

cake and chocolate covered everything for the reveal


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.

xoxo summer

summer - you were amazing.

Friday: an outdoor yoga event

On Friday evening outside the Rock Hall, a few hundred (1,400 or so says Inner Bliss Yoga) gathered to participate in a 90 minute all levels flow under the stars and have a little dance party in the middle of the flow. 

before the flow started - a filter makes it look more magical

Paused my flow for a photo, Chill Pop Shop popsicles; yogi friends


Saturday: an engagement celebration

A very old friend kicked off her wedding season with an engagement party for family and friends. The countdown until next September for her wedding officially has started and my favorite part - the bachelorette party - which I plan to have a serious hand in planning in Cleveland.


the engaged couple

the entire bridal party (minus one) pictured

Sunday: the dirty bread tradition continues

As a kid, my family would host our family sometime throughout the summer for dirty bread. If you are Hungarian, you may call it by the actual name, szalonna bread, is a heart attack on a plate - you cook the bacon over a fire pit and press the bacon drippings onto rye or pumpernickel bread, add your veggies and sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Essentially, you are eating bacon fat bread. Like I said, it's delicious and totally worth indulging in once a summer.





Raise your hand if you need a three day weekend more often?


back to back birthdays

how I spent my weekend.

Friday: acting like a chef

I headed to the Gatherings Kitchen in Lakewood for an evening with some friendly strangers where we were instructed by Ruth and her and her helpful staff on how to cook an authentic Cuban six-course meal.. Besides being in full paparazzi mode, I managed to not follow instructions when removing the corn husks, helped prepare the most complicated tamales of my life and then grilled some corn outside like a pro while sipping a glass of wine.

The meal was absolutely delicious and I would love to do this for the holidays with my family. If interested in booking a private party, all you need is 15 other friends and you are good to go!

table set and ready to go; reading the instructions; grilling corn like a champ

chicken and grilled corn; halibut tacos; black bean soup, shrimp with corn tamales and a banana rum dessert

Saturday: a surprise 30th birthday

First, she got married in June and now we celebrated her 30th birthday with three cakes and what is the most embarrassing video from her childhood, which was complete with a 10 year old Shawn dancing like a hip hop star at the end of the video.

Shawn, the birthday girl; Erin lighting the cake; time for shots - tequila or botox!

Sunday: brunching and sunday fundaying with my parents

While I'm known to have a birthday month and throw quite the big birthday celebrations, my brother wanted a Sunday Funday for his 29th birthday so my family came along for brunch at Soho and patio drinking at Market Garden Brewery to experience their first Sunday Funday.

They came, they saw and they conquered their first Sunday Funday in style with a hat.


family portrait; birthday boy; the hat looks good on even my dad