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Small Business Saturday at Stella & Shay

A few weeks ago, I stopped in at Stella & Shay, a recently opened beauty bar in Lakewood. The space is absolutely gorgeous and charming, and they provide hair and nail services, including a really nice array of beauty products available for purchase. I decided to get a Smith & Cult manicure - if you're not familiar with the line, it wears like a gel, but comes off like a regular polish, and best of all is 8-free! 

Stella & Shay
Smith & Cult

Stella & Shay is a little different from your standard strip mall nail offering. For one, they don't do acrylic nails at all, so there's no chemical dust or smell in the air. Second, their equipment is higher end, and doesn't feel like plastic - this includes their pedicure foot baths which are  porcelain. Third, they use high end nail products, and you can even include a designer nail color (think DIOR) for an additional fee. And most important to me, they take online appointments. All of these features mean that a Stella & Shay manicure is slightly more expensive than a strip mall manicure, but they offer plenty of customization options to meet your budget. 

Beauty Products at Stella & Shay

Beauty Products at Stella & Shay

I didn't try any of their hair services (I'm loyal to my longtime stylist and friend, Carolina, at Tease) but judging from their retail product line, I'm going to guess that it is similarly well appointed. 

Stella & Shay is a female-owned small business, and one that is incredibly supportive of other female entrepreneurs! They are so supportive that they've invited Bombay Taxi to be a part of their Small Business Saturday Pop Up! Please check out the details below, and I hope you will come join me and a number of other female entrepreneurs at what promises to be a fabulous event!

Small Business Saturday Pop Up

Bombay Taxi will be offering exclusive discounts (make sure you are following us on Instagram since we will be posting all our exclusive online discounts there) and of course, loads of new products like the JAYA bracelet and ILEANA earrings, both of which are under $50 and make beautiful gifts for the special women in your life. 

Gold Cuff JAYA Bracelet 

Gold Cuff JAYA Bracelet 

ILEANA hoop earrings 

ILEANA hoop earrings 

For more information, check out the following links:

 

Facebook invitation for Small Business Saturday Pop Up

Stella & Shay

 

Win Tickets: Boutique Bridal Bazaar

Winter always seems to be the season of engagements, and this year has been no exception. With engagements come wedding planning, which can be fun or daunting, depending on how you look at it. Nick and I have been married for almost 12 years (we married young) and weddings have changed a lot over this time. For one, there was no Pinterest, and certainly nowhere near as many wedding blogs, so finding ideas for a stylist wedding used to be quite the challenge. Lucky for all brides, this is no longer the case, and although the Internet is a wonderful virtual world, sometimes you really want to see, feel, and touch product first hand, particularly if you're planning a particularly important day.

Enter, Boutique Bridal Bazaar: the event for chic Northeast Ohio brides seeking an equally chic wedding. This year, the event is on Sunday, January 17th from 2 pm to 6 pm. There will be all sorts of vendors in attendance: florists, DJs, caterers, dress designers, accessories, and of course, photographers. In fact, I'm attending this year just to check out the cool vendors so I have an idea of vendor style for my own non-wedding events in 2016! 

You can find tickets here, OR, you can enter to win TWO TICKETS by leaving a comment letting me know you'd like to attend!! For an additional entry, you may also leave a comment on this photo on my Instagram! Winner will be announced on Thursday, January 14th! 

Photo credit: Cannon Candids Photography

Photo credit: Cannon Candids Photography

isclosure: I was provided with one complimentary ticket to attend this event, and two tickets for the giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own! Thanks for continuing to support this blog so I may continue to create content to support local businesses! 

CLE Shops: R/S

A couple of weeks ago, Clair and I stopped in at R/S Cleveland for some retail therapy and to see lovely Jennie! To be honest, it had been a few months since I stopped over, and seeing all the fun and adorable merchandise made me remember how much I LOVE this boutique.



There was so much great stuff on display-- from the adorable puppy centric gifts (for the new fur-parent) or artisan bitters (for the beverage aficionado), and charming hostess gifts (for all the spring parties), R/S has a little something for everyone. And, if you're looking to fill adult easter baskets, this is a perfect local boutique to turn to!


I picked up an adorable tunic/beach cover up and a ridiculously cute tea steeper in the shape of an axe!! I haven't taken any pictures of my purchases yet, although I'm sure they will make an appearance on Instagram (@cleshopaholic) soon enough!

R/S is located on West 25th in Ohio City, just south of Lorain Rd. Check their website for hours of operation! 


My Baller Day (is this how the other side lives?)

Last Friday, Nick and I each took the day off work and got on an airplane to Chicago, to attend the wedding of our friends, Chris & Abby. We had a 7:30 am flight, and we landed in Chicago bright and early and took the L downtown to our hotel. While on the L, I was busy texting with friends, making plans for weekend brunch. Halfway through our ride, the following conversation occurred:

Nick: What time is the wedding tomorrow?
Me: Hang on let me check... I open up wedding website on my iPhone. CUE COLD SWEAT!!!!

Why, you might ask? Because we were in Chicago on the WRONG weekend!! *FACEPALM*

So there we were in Chicago; no hotel; no wedding. Thanks to some extremely efficient customer service from United, Nick and I were booked on the 5:30 pm flight back to Cleveland. But we had so much time to kill! So what did we do? We shopped, ate, and drank, and totally lived the baller lifestyle for the day!!


Lunch at Publican Quality Meats. The delicious Bloody Mary's come with a chaser of beer. The food was so so good! Reminded me a little of Market at Flying Fig



Drinks on the rooftop patio at Little Goat with the future newlyweds! 




Finishing up with the champagne of beers, because, why not?

Overall, a very unexpected day in Chicago, and all because of a silly mistake I made. Although to be honest, we had so much fun, that we may intentionally take a day-trip to a nearby city using our United miles next year!