Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weekend Style Winning

So I wanted to post this before it fleeted from my mind. As you may have read in my previous entry, I attended the Metromix fashion show at the Arcade downtown last night. All the proceeds benefitted the APL and the designs were from students at Virginia Marti College. The show was great (what I could see of it, I was holding down ticket duty throughout most of the show) and the designs I saw were fantastic.

But as I was taking tickets at the door, I saw more fashion from the attendees than the models on the runway. Much of the show goers were dressed to the nines, and I loved seeing Cleveland going fashion forward. But I have to say there was one individual I saw whose ensemble and style took the cake.

I follow a few fashion blogs on Tumblr, many of them focusing on vintage and somewhat indie style. I swear this girl at the show last night was right off of my Tumblr dashboard. She looked so put together and incredibly legit. Fresh in my mind this morning, I thought I'd create a replica Polyvore set of her outfit.

Arcade Fashion Show Winner

Creepy? Maybe. Only because I couldn't take her photo. She totally reaffirmed that the fashions you see on blogs or in magazines are totally doable in real life - and in Cleveland! So here's to never thinking you can't pull something off or that you would never wear something you want to around here. Never second guess anything. If you love it, wear it and wear it out!

Here's a list of some of the fashion blogs I follow!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Weekend full of fashion fun!

So there are quite a few stylish happenings going on around town this weekend. I'm going to try to check out as many of these that I can, and you should definitely do the same.

The first is Friday's Stash Style sale in Rocky River. As you may remember I posted about Stash Style a few months ago. It used to be a permanent shop in Chagrin Falls, but is now a travelling pop up shop that happens to be having an event at Beachcliff this weekend! According to the Facebook event page it runs Friday from 5-8 p.m. although on their blog it says Saturday as well. I posted on their page to ask about Saturday, so I'll post whatever I hear about that. Stash Style has such unique stuff I really hope I am able to hit this one up - and I'm thankful it's much closer to my house than C-Falls.

Another great event going on that I am for sure attending is the APL Metromix Fashion Show on Saturday downtown at the Arcade. I have actually never been to a real fashion show before and I am so amped for this one. It does cost money to get in and you can snag tix at the door or for $6 cheaper in advanced (check out Metromix's event page for ticket details). The proceeds will go to benefit the APL, and who wouldn't want to check out a totally awesome fashion show to help out local puppies and kitties? I'll be there taking tickets make sure to stop and say hey. Doors open at 6:30!

And thirdly Saturday is also Walk All Over Waterloo in Collinwood from 4-7 p.m. There are so many great shops out there on Waterloo and a lot of them are partaking in Saturday's neighborhood event and offering deals. It's a great chance to check out some of these fantastic local spots all on the same day!

I know it's going to be a hot weekend here in the CLE but why not take a break from the pool and the AC and get your local fashion on! There are plenty of opportunities to do so, and I for one am pretty excited myself! Hopefully I'll get to post about some of these events next week. Stay cool!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dredging down East 4th

Last week I posted event info for the Made in the 216 and Dredgers Union grand opening event that took place on Friday night (and all weekend!) If you didn't have a chance to hit it up, you missed a great event for Cleveland fashion. It was so great to see so many people downtown, and even though I know some of the crowd was from the Tribe game, I know a lot of people were there for this event! Even Channel 3 was live from E. 4th during their 7 p.m. news!

Unfortunately we didn't get there until later, but I'm so glad we got to stop by. The Dredgers Union store is located on the east side of the street right across from the Greenhouse Tavern. The set up of the store is really cool. There was a very Anthropologie vibe. I was expecting more of a boutique, which is more common for locally owned shops. But I can definitely see the Dredgers Union becoming a national chain! Not that it ever would or would ever want to but it had that type of vibe, like you could plop it in any mall in America.

Of course me being me, the first thing that caught my eye when I walked in was this navy blue tote bag with a vintage map of Cleveland on it. It was just $20 and I just might have to go back and snag one!

A lot of the apparel was on the higher price end (again, like Anthropologie) but they were really chic and unique.  There was everything from shorts to tops, dresses and more. On the upper level stage area were all home wares. Each little area was like a separate room in someone's house. There were some really great shower curtains that my friends and I wanted in our future apartment! I also loved some of the cups, bowls and plates around. As I've always said I'm a sucker for interesting set ups inside stores and the housewares area had a really cool set up. I wish I could live there!

Now the real party was hopping down stairs in the basement level. That's where the Made in the 216 event was going on. It was like a mini craft fair with racks and racks of Cleveland T-shirts (including some from my favorite CLE Clothing Co. and their new summer tanks), tables of accessories and Cleveland-themed art on the walls.

We were really feeling the jewelry pinned up on this bulletin board. A lot of them were made from old watches and clocks from Aviaire and were so unique.

I, personally was totally into the Cleveland art up everywhere. My favorite would have to be the black and white text prints by Arterx with street names from various neighborhoods. I loved the Lakewood one featuring "Warren," "Bunts," "Detroit," and "Riverside" as well as the Ohio City and Tremont ones. Another adorable print I loved was by Rachael Novak reading "Lake Erie Love."

Even though I didn't buy anything I'm really glad I went. Like I said in my preview post it's so good to see some retail coming to downtown! Even though a lot of the Dredgers Union stuff was a little expensive for my kind of income, I can't wait to do a little East 4th shopping once I get a little dough (whenever that might be!) I would definitely suggest checking it out, and maybe to give Made in the 216 a follow on Twitter to keep up with their pop up events. And of course, one of the best things about both Made in the 216 and the Dredgers Union they are dedicated to locally produced items - spreading the CLE love one shopping spree at a time!

***Check out the links on this page to see the web sites for some of the items I saw at the event!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dredgers Union grand opening event

You simply cannot talk about Cleveland fashion & boutiques without talking about Danielle DeBoe and her many successful endeavors. With Room Service and Made in the 216 insanely popular and under her belt, her new shop, the Dredgers Union is having its grand opening party this Friday, July 8.

I've always said that they key to downtown's inevitable and unquestionable success is RETAIL. There are so many great places to eat and hang out (bars, music venues etc) but there really is no shopping downtown. You could include Tower City, but let's face it that's no where near where it used to be or could be.

Why am I mentioning downtown shopping? Because the Dredgers Union is smack dab in the middle of Cleveland's hottest avenue - East 4th! I was so excited to hear this. There are such great boutiques in the surrounding neighborhoods, but to have a local shop right downtown will be huge for the city.

I'm so excited for the Dredgers Union to open! And lucky us, all weekend the new spot is celebrating it's new home on East 4th. The big party starts on Friday at 4 p.m. with drinks and a live DJ. The best part (other than the awesome shopping) starts at 8 p.m. when live bands will play to the street from Greenhouse Tavern's rooftop. There will also be a rocking after party at the Corner Alley.

I personally cannot wait for this event on Friday! It will definitely be one C-Town shopping event not to miss!
Made in the 216 + Dredgers Union Grand Opening
4 p.m. Friday, July 8
2043 East 4th St. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Living the fourth

As I tweeted a few hours ago, patriotic Polyvore sets kept popping up on my Tumblr dashboard and it inspired me to make one myself during my down time this lovely 4th of July afternoon. The 4th is definitely one of my favorite holidays in Cleveland.

I usually start it out with the Lakewood parade, followed by my street's own mini parade and mini block party. My dad and I totally rocked the water balloon toss and we got pretty far considering I had my dog's leash around my arm. Even though I got minorly soaked, it didn't ruin my adorably American dress I bought for this very holiday at H&M at Crocker Park.

Growing up I always planned my red, white and blue wardrobe for this day full of festivities including some kick-butt stars and striped shorts.* This year I thought I'd share my ensemble with the blogosphere before I head out to catch some lakefront fireworks.

One thing that they didn't have on Polyvore (also known as internet fashion porn, in case you're not familiar) was my Lakewood map necklace (which I will surely feature on le blog someday soon).

Hope you get some freedom inspired fashion for the day!

*One year I even dressed up as Bonnie Blair