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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! 

Fashion Flash

Last Wednesday I took a half day off from my day job, packed a suitcase, got my hair done (Thanks Carolina at Tease!) and made my way....downtown. To the offices of the Plain Dealer for a conversation and photo shoot with Allison Carey who authors and photographs a weekly column called Fashion Flash

Allison is so fun, and shares my love for accessories! We talked about Bombay Taxi and She In The CLE, my favorite beauty products, my philosophy on style and fashion, how I curate my wardrobe, and my irrational love of beards, man-buns and mohawks. Here's a link to the final piece-- huge thanks to Allison and her colleague John (who filmed a video) for making me feel so comfortable during the whole experience.

I'm not going to tell you everything I wore in this post (you'll have to read the piece), but suffice it to say, I wore a LOT of Bombay Taxi pieces, particularly some news ones that I just added to the site, so I hope you will click over and check them out! 

As always, these are all limited edition (one of a kind in some cases) and handcrafted by artisans in India. They are absolutely gorgeous and I ADORE them all, and I hope you will too! 

Glam Circus

This past weekend, Nick and I attended the 25th annual Jump Back Ball fundraiser for Playhouse Square. I blogged about this back in November, and created an inspiration board for the look and feel of the event. I settled on two things: I wanted a 60s look and LOT of glitter. 

And frankly, what better way to get all that glitter than a full-on glitter gown. I ended up picking the Badgley Mischka Glitz Gown, and pairing it with a pair of statement earrings, a cocktail ring, and blush pink, neutral shoes. 

Two tips if you Rent The Runway

1. Always have a backup-- a second best in the event your dress has logitistical/fit issues

2. Be VERY honest about your size and shape, and when in doubt size up. You get a free second size, use it. 

Turned out this choice was a little bit of a good-news/bad-news situation.

Good news: I wore a similar dress last month and had to size down for this one (yay for resolutions)

Bad news: At least 7 other women had the same idea about the glitter gown. But hey, this isn't Hollywood, and instead of freaking out, we just took pictures together! In all seriousness, my fellow glitter-girls all looked fabulous, and frankly, we all looked very different!

We don't know each other, but at some point, all 3 of us were standing back to back, in the same dress! LOL

We don't know each other, but at some point, all 3 of us were standing back to back, in the same dress! LOL

With Shelley Pippen, co-founder of Brewnuts, who was also celebrating her Birthday!

With Shelley Pippen, co-founder of Brewnuts, who was also celebrating her Birthday!

We had such a great time Saturday night- the bands were ridiculously fun. The main stage band, Radioactive, played a really energetic set of Top 40 songs, which included a LOT of 90s, so obviously I was in heaven. 

Current and former Cleveland bloggers! Fun fact: I met ALL these ladies via social media before we became friends in real life!

Current and former Cleveland bloggers! Fun fact: I met ALL these ladies via social media before we became friends in real life!

Kudos to my friends Allison Peltz who co-chaired the planning committee, and Adam Fishman who chaired design along with Rebecca Minerd (not pictured) and the rest of the volunteers, staff and really everyone involved, for putting together another fabulous night! 

So many friends having so much fun!

So many friends having so much fun!

Resting our tired feet at the end of the night!

Resting our tired feet at the end of the night!

Fun fact: my hair stylist Carolina at Tease sewed my half-up look into place so I rocked my messy bed head all day Sunday, including the grocery store! 

I don't often get this glam on a Saturday night, but I would be lying if I said it wasn't fun to get really dressed up for a night on the town. It was like my very own Oscars, and I enjoyed EVERY second!

Disclosure: I am a blog partner for Playhouse Square, and have been for a number of years. I received a ticket to this event in exchange for helping spread the word. As always, all opinions are 100% my own! Thank you for supporting the sponsored content on this blog! XO

 

 

CLEshopaholic Eats: Stonetown and TownHall

What a beautiful weekend this was!! The weather was absolutely perfect, and Nick and I were lucky enough to spend a lot of it outdoors.


Clockwise from top left: The awesome sculpture garden at Edgewater, the awesome view of the city from Cove Ave, my relaxing afternoon, Otto exhausted after a vigorous game of soccer.

Saturday night, Nick and I decided to try out Stonetown in the 668 building. We are HUGE fans of their sister restaurant Jezebels Bayou (I recommend the blackened alligator and seafood etouffe), so we were very excited to see what Stonetown had to offer.  


The menu and my blackened catfish with caperberry sauce.

The good news: our food was delicious. The bad news: the service was SOOOOO slow. While the service was very pleasant and polite, I do wish that there was a little sense of urgency in getting us beverages.

Contrast that with TownHall, where we met up with the Harper's for some brunch, day drinking, and of course the Browns.  We took Otto and Clair up for brunch (yay for dog friendly locations!!), and were seated on the patio. As the game started, the manager noticed the boys straining to catch the score on TV, and promptly asked us if we wanted to move to the front patio where we could be outside with the dogs and still watch the game-- my idea of proactive customer service!! As much as I had initial misgivings about TownHall, I have to say that I really really enjoy it! Its probably not my scene on a Friday or Saturday night, but they have a really solid bar food menu, lots of beers on tap, yummy adult limeade, and great customer service!!



Puppy kisses on the patio


Nick and Wes watching the game. This was in the first half. They looked infinitely more annoyed as the game progressed.


Last but not least, I wanted to show you this awesome scarf that Nick got me as a "just because" gift from R/S Cleveland. It is possibly my most favorite scarf ever: perfect length, super super soft, and has a really fun city scene print!! Absolutely perfect for fall!! 


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