cleveland museum of art

Here Comes The Sun: Solstice 2016

This past weekend, one of my favorite Cleveland institutions, the Cleveland Museum of Art, celebrated its 100th Birthday as well as the start of summer with its annual Summer Solstice Party, which also happens to be my favorite summer party. Now you may be thinking "Shibani, why didn't you tell me about this before?" and frankly, the reason is that this year, the tickets sold out in under 24 hours, so if you are not a member of the Museum, you stood zero chance of securing tickets. The moral of the story is become a member of the Museum so you can try and get Solstice tickets, but also so you can enjoy its monthly MIX parties. But I digress. 

This year's Solstice was outstanding - great music, lots of performance art, minimal lines for drinks - a celebrating fitting 100 years of history. One of my favorite parts of the evening was when the museum celebrated its history by projecting photos from its early days onto the marble exterior-- pictures from the 20s of women in pastel dresses, and their early catalog system which featured hand drawings of the pieces. Seriously, I can't even imagine how they did this with such little technology!

Nick and I attended with our friends Dave and Jessi, as we do almost every year. Instead of going shopping for an outfit, this year, I shopped my own closet, choosing instead to splurge on hair and makeup. I wore a J. Crew dress that I bought a couple of years ago, NAOT flats, and my very own Bombay Taxi earrings, which will be debuted at my next pop-up shop. My makeup was done at Sephora (Thank you VIB Rouge!!!) and my very rare undo was courtesy Carolina at Tease. Easy and breezy, and perfect for a very hot day! 


Jessi, Nick and me, photo by Dave!

Jessi, Nick and me, photo by Dave!

Art projected on the marble exterior, picture by  Sean

Art projected on the marble exterior, picture by Sean

Our complete outfits: This was the first time Nick wore shorts to a non-sporting, non-beach event-- I'm calling it the Shuxedo. 

Our complete outfits: This was the first time Nick wore shorts to a non-sporting, non-beach event-- I'm calling it the Shuxedo. 

The reason this is my favorite summer party is that it really gets me in the summer mindset! I'm ready for a season of leisurely weekend days at the beach, day drinking, rose, barbecues, and of course, more summer parties! 

CLE Events: A Wonderful Solstice 2015

This past Saturday, I gathered with 6,000 of my closest friends to celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I really enjoyed the music this year, and candidly, this year was a tremendous improvement from last year. There were interesting art pieces to look at, there were plenty of bars (so minimal lines), and the people-watching was incredible as always.

My white dress (surprise surprise) is vintage from Whiskey Grade, which I talked about here

Aren't Dave & Jess so adorably coordinated?

See? I'm not the only one in the all-white-everything phase-- Tabitha wore all white, and Allison had on white and black. 

Another fabulous Solstice in the books! I'm looking forward to the next big CLE party, and of course, I will make sure I give you a heads up!

Summer Solstice 2015: What to Wear?

This weekend marks Summer Solstice, and along with various yoga studios that celebrate with extraordinary amounts of sun salutations (108 to be exact), there are of course, solstice parties. This year, as in every year since I've been blogging,  I will be attending the sold-out Summer Solstice at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This year, unlike other years, I do not have a "what to wear" dilemma. As I've mentioned, I'm in my "All White Everything" phase, and so surprise surprise, I will be wearing white. I have a few different options: one is a long white and cream vintage dress, the other is a lace mini, and the third is a printed white and blue and gold with a full skirt. With either of these outfits, I'm keeping the same accessories-- gold sandals, gold jewelry, and a pop of color with my bag.

My inspiration board:

Solstice inspiration

If you're looking for more Solstice inspiration, look here, here, or here.

Weigh In and Brunching at Cleveland Museum of Art

So when I first posted my weight loss strategies, little did I know that dry January would be the hardest of all. Not surprising I guess, when one is invited to a FABULOUS Blogger Brunch at Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and such brunch features a heaping table of french pastries and lump crab quiche. Did I mention mimosas?

Lump Crab quiche

Brunch temptations not withstanding, this week I weighed in at 148.6 lbs, finally past the 150 lb barrier!!

Getting back to the brunch: a bunch of my friends (who also happen to be fellow bloggers) were invited to a spend a lovely afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art-- brunch was followed by a screening of Mademoiselle C, the oh-so-chic documentary featuring Carine Roitfeld and her foray into publishing her very own CR Fashion Book

If you're not familiar with Ms. Roitfeld, she is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, known for her oh-so-casually-perfect-smoky-eye, and unique "burgeois-slut" styling (P.S. I called dibs on using burgeois slut in my recap). Its a fascinating documentary-- a behind the scenes look at what it means to be one of the most respected women in fashion, similar to The September Issue, but different, because, well, Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld are very unique people! 

You can watch the first 5 minutes here….

 Documentary insights aside, it was also the first time I had watched a movie at the Cleveland Museum of Art; in fact, until yesterday, I had no idea that the Museum offers regular screenings of some very unique films! You may view the schedule of upcoming films here.  Spring is still a little while away, and an afternoon at the Museum really is the perfect prescription to the winter blues!! Hope I see you there!!!