Tuesday, November 18, 2014

EVENT: Glam & Grace at Cleveland Bazaar

Cleveland handmade - shop local, shop handmade
Cleveland Bazaar Winterfest 2014

Hey Cleveland! This holiday season, shop local & shop handmade! Come out November 29 to Cleveland Bazaar Winterfest at the 5th Street Arcades. I'll have lots of fringy & sparkly jewelry ready for you to pick up for holiday gifts...or maybe just for yourself ; ) See ya there!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

MY CLOSET: Geometric Pastel

Cleveland / Akron Ohio fashion blogger  - street style
Leather fashion harness trend - handmade in Cleveland OhioJcrew Teardrop necklace & Caged Choker Body Harness
Cleveland, Ohio Fashion - Street Style
Chunky Cleated Sole Chelsea Boots - Missguided
Caged Choker Body Harness - Trending fashion
Asos fashion - Cleveland Ohio Street Style
It's fall & I'm denying it. Don't be fooled, I was super cold wearing this tank body con...but I just wanted one last hoorah before officially sporting cold weather gear.
Anyhow, check out that wild geometric pattern. Pastel is certainly not dead...yet. I love how it's mixed with black and white, an extra graphic punch. Asos is always my go-to spot for grabbing some killer on-trend sale dresses. To compliment the dress, I wore my new Cleated Sole Chelsea Boots from Missguided, light gray upper with a bright white sole. On-trend, bad-ass, sleek & simple. They certainly add an extra edge to this look.
ALSO, I have a NEW  leather harness style available, the Caged Choker Body Harness is in the shop!

Hat: Asos  ///  Sunglasses: Spitfire  ///  Teardrop Necklace: Jcrew (get it here)  ///  Caged Choker Harness: Glam & Grace (get it in the shop!)  ///  Geometric Dress: Asos  ///  Cleated Chelsea Boots: Missguided

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MY PICKS: Winter Snow Boots

Winter Snow Boot Picks - Cleveland Ohio fashion blog
It's time to start thinking about Wintertime survival in Cleveland / Northeast Ohio. I understand that fashion takes a back seat when there's multiple inches of snow on the ground. That's when we put our normal trendy fashion boots to the side and break out some bad boys that can handle the job. Here are my top 3 picks for the most fashionable & functional snow boots out this season. Here are questions I asked myself & how I based my selections:

Functionality

Traction: type of sole & heel height. Will I be able to easily trample around town?...without falling?
Shaft Height & Warmth: are they tall enough to keep out snow? Will my feet freeze off?

Aesthetic

Style: Do these match my style & wardrobe? Will I put my city to shame by wearing these? (i.e. people who wear Ugs)
Quality: What type of material are they? How will they wear in snow and salt? Can they be easily cared for / cleaned?

Here are the links to check out these styles further!
Top: Dollhouse, Defend  ///  Middle: Zara, Leather Wedge Mountain Bootie  ///  Bottom: Topshop, Ava Faux Fur Lined Boots

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MY CLOSET: Brown & Black - Drape Harness

Black & Brown - Cleveland Ohio fashion blogger
Simple Drape Body Harness - Cleveland Ohio handmade design
fall floral - pattern mixing
Fall Floral - Cleveland Ohio fashion blogger

brown and black fashion - Cleveland fashion & style - body harness


Mixing black and brown is a favorite for fall. I figured it'd be a perfect look to introduce one of my new handmade designs...I'm super excited to be adding trending leather accessories to my line. This item, Simple Drape Harness, is currently at a special introductory price (snatch it up now!). It's such a simple element yet adds a touch of toughness to your look. More new design releases coming soon!

Hat: Nasty Gal  ///  Mirrored Sunglasses: Zero UV  ///  Leather Body Harness: Glam & Grace (NEW DESIGN - in the shop!)  ///  Necklaces: Glam & Grace (in the shop!)   ///  Top: Nordstrom Rack  ///  Studded Olive Tote: Rampage (buy here)  ///  Floral Pants: Zara  ///  Studded Boots: Jeffery Campbell Lita

Friday, October 10, 2014

LIFESTYLE: Designing A Life

She designed a life she loved - inspirational quote
design and create a life you love
relax and enjoy life - inspirational
once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for - inspirational quote

You Are In Control Of Your Time

A week or so ago, I was going outside to relax and enjoy the sun. Someone very special to me stressfully said they wished they had time to do such things and they needed more hours in the day. I was so saddened by that statement but understood it completely. I used to let phrases like that spill out of my mouth as well...I used to believe it as truth. But luckily the truth is, each person controls how they spend their time and what they value. Some people really believe that needing more time is just a fact of life...but don't buy into that lie! Prioritizing your time is key.


Simplify Your Life 

I broke free after having a string of meaningless jobs which consumed my days. At the time, I thought these jobs were just life & that's what others around me told me. (wrong) I thought I had to keep showing up each day because "that's just what you do" (wrong) and especially because it was paying for the lifestyle I had created.

I knew there was more to living. The lifestyle I was aiming for started shifting. Wanting things became unnecessary when all I wanted was to take charge of my life and how I got to use my time.  So then I started to prioritize my time and live simpler. The less things you want, the less time you spend stressed out wanting. Note, the key is wanting less and realizing what is / isn't needed in life. If your focus is the pursuit of things, it will be a never ending chase and that has no value nor does it lead to personal growth.


Design A Life You Love

After making some major changes in life, I now spend my time doing what I love... creating...and I do so on my own schedule and my own terms. I work on various projects from my jewelry/accessory line to graphic design work. I can pick clients I align with. I'm happy to work with them and they are excited to work with me. It's a beautiful thing. I'm in control of my creative work, it's up to me to make it fulfilling. Even better I'm seeking a simpler life all together. I moved to a simpler and smaller space. I got rid of so much that I owned and now I'm surrounded by less clutter. That kind of beauty and freedom is far greater than anything.

There becomes a time when you're deep in meaningless routine, whether you're stressed or just lacking personal growth, you need to ask yourself: what do I spend the majority of my time doing? Does it align with my values? Is it necessary? What do I enjoy most? Dig deep and then take action.
Regardless of where you're at, you can simplify your life & create a life you love.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

MY CLOSET: Leopard & Chambray


leopard print & chambray - unpolished grunge Jcrew outfit
Akron Cleveland Ohio fashion style blogger - leopard romper

Glam & Grace handmade jewelry Cleveland Ohio

ASOS Minkpink sunglasses - front and back earrings - crew hat

Cleveland Ohio fashion blogger - street style
Ok, first things first...I'm shaking my head at myself right now realizing how many style posts I've done wearing leopard. The animal print overload is actually not intentional. Haha! I promise to die it down a bit.

I like to consider this look "Unpolished Jcrew". I've paired a Jcrew hat & (wrinkled) chambray button up shirt with a cutout shoulder crop top and a Karmaloop one piece leopard romper. Its an interesting blend of street style and classic prep style. - - - It's easy to go to one store and deck yourself out in only their clothing...You might end up having some boxed up style but you'll lack individuality. Challenge yourself to explore styles and brands. Mix & combine them. Break all the rules!

Lets talk about my sunglasses obsession right quick...gah! Yes, those frames are mirrored in the front, a gorgeous silver. These beauties are by Minkpink and I snatched them up from ASOS at a crazy low price.

Also, you can pick up my handmade jewelry line (pictured above), from either my shop or on Vinted!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

DESIGN CRUSH: Lulu Frost X Houghton

Oversized ear cuff - NYFW 14 Lulu Frost X Houghton
Original photos from Lulufrost.com

Just when I thought the ear cuff trend was over, Lulu Frost and Houghton's New York Fashion Week collaboration made my jaw drop. These are some gorgeous, bold, on-of-a-kind and elegant statement ear coverings. Just...wow. You can always count on Lulu Frost to take it to the next level. Mad love for these beauties!