Making the most of the Fall

I’ve made a seasonal checklist for each new season this year, and the Fall is no exception. I like these lists because they help my plan fun things to look forward to all fall. I hope you’re inspired to create your own list this season, or feel free to follow along with mine by using #BombayTaxiFallList on Instagram, and I’ll feature you in my feed or my stories, and who knows, maybe even right here on my blog!

Apple Picking: I’ve been apple picking once in my life, and I had so much fun that I’m surprised that I’ve never been again. This year, I’m putting apple picking on my fall list so I actually do it. Happily there is no shortage of orchards around Northeast Ohio that let you pick your apples. Check out Edible Cleveland’s list, and keep an eye out for the dates of your favorite apple varietals.

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Baking: I have a long-standing narrative that I’m a good cook, but I can’t bake. This fall, I want to change this narrative and start baking. I’ve already started with a loaf of bread that I baked a few weeks ago, but it took two tries to get it right. This year, I would like to bake an apple pie from scratch - with my lack of patience and lack of desire to follow precise instructions I expect this will be a challenge, but I want to do this. And, it would be a great way to use some of these aforementioned picked apples!

Clam Bakes: I absolutely LOVE Clam Bakes and we make it a point to attend at least one each year, but I only recently learned that these aren’t a national thing! You guys outside of Northeast Ohio are really missing out!!! Nick and I once hosted a clam bake at our home, but they are a LOT of work, so it’s honestly easier to go to one hosted at a restaurant. Some of my favorite clam bakes in the past were at Tremont Taphouse, and this year, we’re probably also going to try one at JukeBox.

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Canopy Walk: This is another one of those things that I’ve talked about FOR YEARS, and haven’t done yet, but this is THE year!! The Holden Arboretum (about 30 minutes outside of downtown Cleveland) is home to the Murch Canopy Walk - a suspended walkway 65’ above ground. It’s pretty year round, but especially beautiful when the leaves change in the fall. How do I know? Because of all the people posting beautiful pictures in my Instagram feed, and this year, I will be one of those people posting pictures from the canopy walk!

Discovering the best Tacos in Northeast Ohio: I love tacos, and I think the best tacos in Cleveland are at La Plaza Supermarket in Lakewood (they are on UberEats and other delivery services if you want to eat them at home. You may also hire their food truck to cater your next event). However, I’ve heard from other people that the best tacos are in Painesville, Ohio (about 20-25 minutes from Downtown Cleveland) at La Casita so I’m making it my mission to try their tacos this year. Rumor has it that La Mexicana/El Señor (no website) also has excellent tacos, so I may just have to stuff myself and try both. Since this taco tasting is somewhat close to the canopy walk, I will probably do both in the same day!

Revive my tennis game: Little known fact about me: I’m surprising athletic, particularly when it comes to tennis. I started playing when I was 7 or 8, and turns out, tennis was my sport! I quickly started playing in tournaments, and even though I never won one (I wasn’t competitive enough then) at one point I was ranked #3 for my age group in Mumbai, India. SHOCKING, I know! Anyway, at about 15 I had to make a choice: either really commit to tennis or quit to focus on school. I picked school. Since then I’ve only periodically played tennis - I usually pick it up for a couple of weeks when I’m in India and that’s really been about it. In fact, it’s been well over 10 years since I picked up a tennis racquet! That is, until this past Monday. I finally signed up for a tennis class and attended my first session this week, and much to my surprise, after the first 15 minutes, my muscle memory took over and it all came flooding back! I’m definitely out of practice and super error-prone, but I’m signed up for another 8 weeks, and I’m so looking forward to getting back into it. Best of all, my friend Anna is doing it with me, and we’re already planning our non-class tennis outings!!

So there you have it - I have a great fall planned! I hope you’re inspired by this list to create your own, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram with #BombayTaxiFallList and I’ll feature you in my feed or my stories, and who knows, maybe even right here on my blog!

PS: If you have recommendations on other must-eat Taco spots around Northeast Ohio, leave them in the comments!

Style Talk with Luisa Lucia

I've always admired the California cool aesthetic, but unfortunately have never been quite able to pull it off myself. Which is why I was so excited to interview Cali-girl, stylist and blogger Luisa Lucia to see if I could learn a little bit about her approach to style, and convince her to share some tips! 

 Luisa is on Instagram  @LuisaLuciaStyle

Luisa is on Instagram @LuisaLuciaStyle

How and why did you become a stylist?

I knew I wanted to work in fashion since I was a little girl.  I studied fashion design in college, but when I realized how challenging it is to "make it" as a designer, not to mention all the barriers to entry, I decided styling was a better fit.  I studied at the School of Style and quickly started interning and assisting to work my way up.  That was in 2011 and I've been styling ever since.      

Which celebrities do you think are really slaying the style game so far in 2018?

I don't follow celebrity style all that closely anymore.  For one, I specialize in styling regular people, so most of the brands I work with are more mainstream/affordable.  And because of the way social media has changed the industry, I'm more inclined to follow fashion influencers than celebrities.  In that respect I'm totally obsessed with Stephanie Hill of The Style Bungalow and Elizabeth Keene of A Keene Sense of Style, among others.  

What style advice would you give your younger self?

I'm pretty happy with my style choices throughout the years.  My style was definitely more eccentric when I was young, but that was all part of the process.  If anything, I would say don't buy cheap stuff.  When you're on a budget it's easy to fall into the trap of cheap shoes or cheap jewelry, but as I've gotten older I've realized that was really a waste because I've cleansed my closet of many of those items.    

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How do you curate your own closet? 

I'm a bit of a collector, so I own wayyyyyy too much stuff.  In that sense, organization is key, or my closet would be total mayhem.  I keep my entire wardrobe organized by type of item, then color.  So all my dresses are in one section, then all arranged with like colors grouped together.  This is even true for my shoes and accessories, though I can't always keep it perfect, especially when I'm busy and don't have the time.  I'm also constantly purging, which helps make room for new items.  I love getting rid of stuff almost as much as I love buying new things.   

Looking at your own closet, what are your favorite investment pieces and what trends are you loving this season?

I don't have favorite pieces per say because I really wouldn't know how to choose.  But I strongly believe in investing in quality shoes and handbags.  High-end accessories (especially leather goods) are built to last.  Don't buy a bag that's going to fall apart after a year of use.  Regarding trends, I adore straw circle bags for the summer season.  I also swear by prints and bright colors when summer rolls around.  

What is your go-to style tip?

Don't go overboard with trends.  Dress for yourself.  Wear what flatters you and what suits your personality regardless of what's "in".

What’s the one piece every woman should have in her closet?

Black pants.  A pair that fit your body perfectly and that can be dressed up or down.  The silhouette might vary depending on your body type, but as long as they flatter you, you will make use of them!  

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What would you be doing if you weren’t a stylist? 

Interior design.  I love remodeling and redecorating.  Especially taking an old house with potential and making it something beautiful.  I'm starting to branch out and do more interiors for my clients as well.  

What's your top pick from Bombay Taxi Boutique and how would you style it?

I'm in love with the NAMRATA DUAL TONE EARRINGS.  Mixed metals are modern, eclectic, and easy to style.  Plus the leaf pattern evokes a tropical vibe that's perfect for summer.  I would pair these with a cute printed sundress or colorful flowing maxi, and avoid wearing a necklace to keep it simple and chic.  

 

HUGE thanks to Luisa for this fun interview! You can find her online at LuisaLucia.com and StyleMeSenseless.com, and on Instagram

What to Wear to a Music Festival

Ah summer! Time for beaches, picnics, and music festivals. I went to my first music festival earlier this year and LOVED IT SO MUCH that I'm going to another one this month! While the first festival was a little in the middle of nowhere, this next one, InCuya,  is smack in the middle of downtown Cleveland, which means I don't quite have to dress like I'm in the middle of a big field. But no matter where you're attending your music festival, here are some tips and ideas on what to wear.

Check the weather: The weather will definitely impact your clothing choices, particularly if you're expecting rain. If rain is in the forecast, carry a rain jacket or a fold up poncho- definitely DO NOT be that annoying person with an umbrella stabbing everyone around you in the eye.  If rain is not in the forecast, you are extremely lucky and YAY for you!

Jazz up your own style: You don't have to dress like it's a costume party unless you really want to, but adopting a rock and roll, boho, or 70s vibe is usually an easy way to make sure you will 100% feel like you belong at a music festival. Fringe, braids, florals, flared pants, sneakers -- they are all perfect. Please leave your business casual/cocktail attire at home for this one. 

 Photo credit:  Paige Moag .  Charity  modeling her own vintage jeans,  Banyan Tree  top and bag,  Bombay Taxi Boutique earrings . 

Photo credit: Paige Moag. Charity modeling her own vintage jeans, Banyan Tree top and bag, Bombay Taxi Boutique earrings

Wear comfortable clothing: A music festival involves a lot of standing and dancing and sitting in the grass, so pick something that you can move in easily. Separates are best, and if you're going the dress route, make sure it is something that you can sit and stand in easily without flashing everyone. DO NOT wear a romper - most music festivals have porta-pottys and trying to maneuver a romper while trying not to touch anything is more challenging than its worth. I'm a big fan of pants (short or long ones) or lightweight jeans!

 Photo credit:  Paige Moag .  Brittney  is modeling Banyan Tree jeans and top,  Bombay Taxi Boutique  earrings, and her own fabulous turban and shoes. 

Photo credit: Paige Moag. Brittney is modeling Banyan Tree jeans and top, Bombay Taxi Boutique earrings, and her own fabulous turban and shoes. 

If you're going the pants or jeans route, pick a top that is comfortable and flattering. A real vintage band tee is a wonderful alternative, but if you don't have a real one, can't raid your parent's closet or get your self to a thrift store, a vintage inspired non-band tee is also a fabulous option.

 Photo credit:  Paige Moag.   Julia  is wearing her own jeans. T-shirt, bag, and lightweight sweater from  Banyan Tree , and bracelet from  Bombay Taxi Boutique . 

Photo credit: Paige Moag. Julia is wearing her own jeans. T-shirt, bag, and lightweight sweater from Banyan Tree, and bracelet from Bombay Taxi Boutique

Keep your jewelry simple: pick something light and uncomplicated - you don't want your ears to start hurting with heavy earrings, but other than that, pile on as much or as little as you like. Incidentally, we have some incredibly lightweight earrings in our store right now, and you can never go wrong with a fun, chunky bracelet

Be smart with your footwear: If its going to be raining, closed toed shoes are your best option. A bootie with a low heel is an excellent choice. If you're getting lucky with the weather, wear a supportive shoe. You may think that ballet flats are a great choice, but so many hours without arch support spells foot pain. Supportive doesn't have to mean orthotics (unless you need them) and Dr. Scholls and Naturalizer both have some really cute shoes that will keep your feet nice and supported. 

Savings tip: if you don't need next day delivery, shop either brand on shoes.com using the Ebates app and make some extra cash back. 

Add a fun accessory: whether its big hat or a flower crown or a fabulous turban, this is THE place to rock your fabulous accessory. Wear it with pride!

 Photo credit:  Paige Moag . Charity is wearing her own shoes, but the rest of her clothing, including her fabulous belt bag and turban are all from  Banyan Tree . Earrings from  Bombay Taxi Boutique . 

Photo credit: Paige Moag. Charity is wearing her own shoes, but the rest of her clothing, including her fabulous belt bag and turban are all from Banyan Tree. Earrings from Bombay Taxi Boutique

If you're looking to attend a music festival in Cleveland this summer, I invite you to consider attending one or both days of InCuya on August 25th and 26th, 2018. Text INCUYA to 474747 to receive a special discount code. 

Big thanks to Banyan Tree for letting us play dress up in their store. 

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So much love to photographer Paige Moag and my friends Charity Crawford of I Heart Cleveland, Reena Goodwin of Facteur PR, Brittney Moffat of According to Brittney, and Julia Kowalczyk of The Beard & The Broad for modeling these looks! 

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with InCuya. Thank you for reading and supporting posts like this one that allow me to continue creating fun content and to support local businesses and community initiatives. 

Why I'm Wearing a Dress I Hate

This past weekend, I wore a dress that by all accounts looks pretty - it photographs well, is very instagrammable, but the truth is, I HATE THIS DRESS. 

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Why would I wear a dress I hate so much? 

A few months ago, I found myself inundated with Facebook and Instagram ads for a New Jersey based apparel company - the clothing looked very cute, and the prices were so unbelievably low, that after about 3 weeks of constant ads, I had reached by breaking point. I clicked through. The sheer volume of pretty summer clothes... I ended up buying 2 dresses and a bathing suit, all for a whopping $50.

About 10 days later my packages arrived. Dress 1, in a large, was so tiny that I'm not sure any normally proportioned woman would be able to get herself into it. The chest-to-shoulder ratio was so absurd that there was no possible way for it to fit well, or frankly, at all. The bathing suit, also a large, fit ok, but didn't look nearly as cute as it did online.

And then there was the tropical print dress - the one I hate. This was not one bit like the photo - completely sheer, this dress had the most absurd proportions of all. Another large, this one had regular to slightly skinny arms, but a chest cavity so impossibly large that I'm not sure how it was even remotely possible that the dress could fit well. Terrible cut, cheap fabric - I was 0.5/3 not this whole experience. 

And then there was the fact that I had spent $50 on this debacle. And if the retail value of this was $50, then what was the person making this dress even paid? And the environmental impact of having this clothing made, shipped from Asia, only to immediately end up in a landfill?! There was no choice - I had to wear the one dress I could actually get into. I had to make it work, if only to lessen the guilt I felt at all this waste. 

I wore it for a photoshoot, and then wore it again this past weekend, styled with a floral crown, flash tattoos, a fun Bombay Taxi Boutique bracelet, and amazing makeup - it was a look that worked, even in a dress I absolutely hated. 

Now, I am going to tell you who made these outfits, and even give you a link to the dress. But BE WARNED: if you click on the link to the dress, you will be served up non stop ads on Facebook and Instagram. With that warning in place, the dress came from SheIN (formerly known as She Inside - I know -- who came up with this horrible name?!) and you can find the object of my loathing here

Moral of the story: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

FIN