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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

 

 

Favorite Fashion Books

I love reading anything fashion related. I used to love the satisfying thump of fashion magazines, thick with ads as they hit my coffee table. And although I've moved away to electronic versions of magazines, my love for them has not abated. If anything, I've expanded my love for all things fashion to include fashion books, preferably in physical form. 

 

The top row represents books I've read and loved:

Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style : Part of the reason I love this book so much is that my brother in law gifted me a signed copy for Christmas one year, but that bias aside, I love that this book covers all elements of style, including things like poise and posture. As you read this book, you can almost hear Tim speaking to you in that wonderful voice of his, and if you've ever watched an episode of Project Runway, you can be sure that he emphasizes the importance of fit.

Victoria Beckham: That Extra Half an Inch… : I was (and continue to remain) and unashamed Spice Girls fan. I think that the Spice Girls, with their Girl Power motto were my first foray into feminism. My freshman year in college, my girlfriends and I dressed up as the Spice Girls for Halloween, and I was Posh Spice, so yes, I have a particular fondness for Victoria Beckham (I also follow her on Instagram.) That aside, I continue to be impressed by how she made the journey from pop star to famous WAG to legit fashion designer. An even though she may be famous for never smiling in pictures, this book is actually quite funny! She's got this self deprecating manner about her that's pretty charming. My biggest takeaway from this book was that I should never wear a cross body bag-- advice I mostly adhere to, except when traveling, because while she may be chauffeured everywhere, I'm usually walking, and a cross body is frankly just easier. 

Nina Garcia: The One Hundred… : This book is illustrated by Ruben Toledo, and even though I didn't necessarily learn anything new, the illustrations alone make this book worth it. If you're someone trying to revamp your wardrobe or adopt a timeless, classic style, this book is a nice guide to the basics. 

I have two that I haven't read yet, but are very high on my wish list; 

Kate Spade: All in Good Taste 

Garance Dore: Love Style Life 

Do you have any fashion books you love or have on your wish list?

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