Saturday, April 19, 2014

MY CLOSET: Casual Glam

Sequin Skirt and TShirt

jcrew hat and pastel necklace

Summit Art Space mural - Akron fashion

Akron Ohio fashion - Casual Glam

Qupid color block sandals

Downtown Akron Ohio art

Sequin skirt and t-shirt

Ok ok, so generally we like to think sparkly clothing as dressy items...but that's so limiting, isn't it?! Tis a shame because every day can be a party. Let's start mixing it up! Pairing this glam sequin skirt,  { hello thigh high slit! ; ) } with this oversized tee is an instant Spring and Summer favorite for me. Mixing party wear and casual wear creates such an interesting look! The skirt dresses up the top and the top dresses down the all balances out. Perfect for a dinner out or running around town. Don't forget to pair this look with cute heels! I love the color blocking on these...nude, tan and a gold heel!

Hat: JCrew  ///  Pastel Necklace: get it here  ///  Oversized Tee: Gabes  ///  Wrapped Cuff: get it here
Sequin Skirt: NastyGal  ///  Color block heels: Qupid Shoes

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AC DESIGN: Great Lakes Fashion Week

Great Lakes Fashion Week
Cleveland Fashion Show - Great Lakes Fashion
Great Lakes Fashion Week designs
Cleveland Ohio Fashion Show GLFW
Some of my new Spring jewelry designs debuted at Great Lakes Fashion Week! I always love seeing my pieces on the runway. I worked with a lot of iridescent rhinestones and turquoise for this collection. Such a killer Spring and Summer look for this year! Also AC Design will now be part of the Glam & Grace name! The new shop name is

Sunday, April 6, 2014

GOOD WORDS: Boldness & Creativity

Boldness is the Essence of Creativity - Jeffrey Campbell Rainbow Shoes
How will you be boldly creative today? This applies to every aspect of your life...not just a single piece of art or a design you're creating. How can you positively and creatively present yourself in a bold manner? Even more important, how can you creatively and boldly love others? Take these thoughts with you on your journey today.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MY CLOSET: Black Glam By Day

Akron Ohio fashion - long black dress Sammy Dress

Gray Lipstick - Zero UV - Geometric Statement Necklace

Glamorous black dress - cut out and sheer
Street Style fashion - Sammy Dress

Cupid Black & White ankle boots - cut out and lace up

Ooh la la! Such a glamorous outfit that also happens to be budget friendly...and who doesn't like a great deal? 

The sleek & stylish dress is from Sammy Dress. Sammy Dress is an online retailer that offers the latest trends at low prices. This is my first experience with them and I must say I am quite pleased. This dress is so glam AND comfy at the same time. I love the sheer mesh cutout sections...such fun elements to a simple dress. The statement necklace is also from Sammy Dress. The spikes and geometric shapes add BOLDNESS to this look.

White Fringe Kimono: similar here  ///  Black & White Sunglasses: Zero UV  ///  Cut Out Mesh Dress: Sammy Dress  ///  Geometric Pendant Necklace: Sammy Dress  ///  Black Hat: Nastygal  ///  Black and White Cut Out Ankle Boots: Cupid

Monday, March 31, 2014

YUMS & NOMS: Chunky Veggie Lasagna

Chunky Vegetable Lasagna Recipe

fresh chopped vegetables for pasta recipe
mixing up fresh lasagna ingredients

Chunky veggie lasagna recipe

layered lasagna with fresh basil

I'm excited to get back to (attempting to) getting more fun things up on the blog! Here's a delicious vegetable lasagna recipe for 2. Overall it's pretty quick and easy to make. The noodles are an egg base and you don't have to pre boil them...saves time and hassle!

The Goods:
8 Lasagna Pasta Layers (no boil)
1 Egg
7 oz Ricotta Cheese (half of a small 15 oz package)
6 oz Mozzarella Shredded Cheese (3/4 of 8 oz bag)
1 Jar of Tomato Basil Sauce
1/4 cup Basil Leaves - Chopped
2 Cloves Garlic - Minced
1/3 cup Red Onion - Chopped
1/3 cup Celery - Chopped
1/3 cup Carrots - Chopped

Mix It:
Combine egg, ricotta, mozzarella, basil, 1 minced garlic clove and veggies. Also add in 1/4 tsp of garlic powder and fresh ground pepper. Mix well.

Layers & Layers:
One thing to remember is that these lasagna noodles aren't pre cooked so they will soak up moisture. Drench them in sauce! Seriously, use extra sauce than what you would normally because the noodles need it to cook properly.
How I layer: start with a bottom layer of sauce to cover the pan, this keeps the noodles from sticking and becoming a dried up rubbery texture, trust me. Add a noodle and cover it in a heaping layer of the cheese mixture. Next add another noodle and then sauce. Repeat the sauce layer and then add the next cheese layer. I then do 2 more sauce layers. I usually put fresh ground pepper on top along with some fresh cut basil and the other clove of minced garlic. Bake this layered deliciousness at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. After pulling it from the oven try your very best to let it cool off a bit ; ) Enjoy! Let me know what you think!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

MY CLOSET: Modern Street Leopard

Akron Ohio Fashion - Leopard mini dressBonLook Neon Geometric Sunglasses
BonLook Neon Geometric Sunglasses

Oversized pearl Statement Necklace

Leopard Mini Dress with Lace - ombre tights

Akron Ohio Fashion - leopar pearls ombre

Ci Ci Hot - Qupid Silver Cut out booties

I love the challenge of exploring style. I'm influenced by my surroundings, my research and observations...and that's where the exploration begins. Growth in design is what's important to me and I'm always striving to expand my horizon and perspective.
The simplicity of this look really draws me in. I'm actually wearing quite bold pieces yet the neutral color palette unifies the look and tones it down. The modern leopard shift dress is in warm tan and brown tones (and black) so to contrast, I paired it with a cooler colored silver pearl necklace and silver booties. See how that pops? Love it.

Hat: NastyGal  ///  Sunglasses: Bonlook  ///  Necklace: Nordstrom Rack  ///  Blazer: Goodwill - Wooster, OH  ///  Leopard Shift Dress:  Get it here!  ///  Ombre Tights: Missguided  ///  Cut-out Ankle Boots: from Ci Ci Hot brand: Qupid ///  Bag: XOXO

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DIY: Spring Ankle Boot Makeover

DIY: Simple Spring Lace Up Akron Boot Makeover

The Drab! Ankle Boots before the makeover
Jcrew bright and bold neon shoe laces
Ankle boots with neon shoe laces
DIY shoe & boot jewelry
DIY ankle boot makeover - neon laces and jewelry

I think at this point it's safe to say we're all sick of winter. I'm ready to bust out a bunch of cute open toe or cut-out shoes but let's be honest, here in Northeast Ohio, it's gonna be some time before that's possible. Ok ok, so we're left with the "problem" of STILL wearing the boots we've been trudging around in all winter…after all these months and all this snow, they're probably looking a little sad, worn and ready for some rest…so the question stands, how do we still rock our battled and bruised footwear during this seasonal transition? Give them a simple makeover! Yep, just a little something to tide you over till the weather shapes up. These boots were just looking a little blah to me so I snatched up some bold & bright laces from Jcrew. This was such a simple and easy way to add a pop of color and give these tired kicks new life. Of course, I also had to add a few jewelry elements just for fun. I popped on a tassel to the one while for the other I added some brass bars on tiny chain...nothing too match matchy ; ) What are some creative & fun fashion experiments you're doing to tide you over till the new season hits? Sometimes a simple switch is the best!