Category Archives: Holiday

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!  Just wanted to share a picture of my costume this year– I went as the Dior New Look girl from the 1947 ad.  I must admit, it was one of my favorite costumes to date.  And the best part is, it only cost me 99 cents for my basket hat…everything else I already had in my (or my sister’s ;) ) closet!

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Petal Pink

Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had a lovely holiday.  It was an absolutely BEA-utiful day for us here in CLE, which is usually a hit or miss for this annual special Sunday.  But when we do get a warm and sunny one, it makes this Spring holiday that much sweeter.

Today, I wanted to share this pink petal coat (freshly finished) project of mine.  I was inspired by a street-wear picture I came across a very long time ago and loved it so much that decided to give it a go myself by upcycling an old coat.  I’m extremely excited with how it turned out.

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I don’t know what it is about this color, and I know I’ve said this multiple times before, but I truly love it, especially for the Spring.  It just suits the season perfectly, I think.

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It’s so exciting to finally see green sprouts showing up everywhere!  A couple days ago it seemed like Mother Nature just flipped the on-switch for Spring…everything had become noticeably greener, which is just so very inspirational and reassuring.

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Our yummy Easter creations this year. >:o)

 

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Dress-Antonio Melani from Dillard’s (n/a)
Shoes-Jessica Simpson (n/a)
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A Very Cleveland Valentine’s Day

Well Ohio’s mother nature didn’t let us down today… Staying true to valentine’s day form… She gave us a blizzard.  You can pretty much count on the presence of snow in Ohio every February 14th.

To celebrate the holiday of love, we stopped by the Akron Art Museum before getting some lunch downtown. The weather got pretty bad after that so we picked up some movies then decided to veg the rest of the day. What a great idea, too.  With this blizzard… movies, chocolate, and a Great Lakes sounded like a perfectly Cleveland way to spend a snowy Valentine’s Day in Ohio.

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An inside view of the museum (which has amazing architecture).

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The day wouldn’t have been complete without some Malley’s Chocolate.

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…(or Ferrero Rocher) :D

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This awesome candle holder is made from a piece of a wine barrel.

Hope you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Days!

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It’s nearing Valentine’s day, so she opted to wear her red Diane Von Ferstenburg dress to bask in the mood of the approaching holiday, although Paris is always in the mood. She clasps her gold Michael Kors chain link watch and throws on a dainty long gold necklace. She walks to her vanity to put on a little bit of make-up…easy on the eyeliner and light on the blush since she decided to wear a bold red lip with her ensemble. She then throws her hair up in a messy sort of coif and secures it with a few bobby pins. She springs out of her chair to find the black leather ankle strap heels from her rather disoriented closet, all the while her cat Georgie is following her every move, trying to get her attention. Noticing Georgie while grabbing her shoes, she says “Bien, Georgie” and wanders into the kitchen to find the hungry little feline a snack. Georgie seems pleased with the whitefish scraps leftover from last night’s dinner.

Finally, she’s ready to head to the farmer’s market to pick up some fresh flowers and produce before she meets her beau for an exciting date at a wonderful new restaurant they’ve been aching to try. She grabs her vintage mink coat, and black leather tote-it’s still pretty chilly in February, and a tote is a good size to hold the flowers and produce, plus whatever else catches her fancy at the farmer’s market on this brisk February day in the city of lights.

Dressed for Easter

I think Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I always look forward to the hard boiled eggs, chocolate from Malley’s (a Cleveland Easter MUST), yummmmy food (especially the ham), and I just love the atmosphere that usually comes along with the Easter holiday. More often than not, it’s on the warmer side and sunny-that’s not to say there have never been cold, rainy/snowy Easters, but the probability of it being nicer weather wise is often better than the former.

I also think Easter is more of a ‘dressed up’ holiday. For the most part, we all dress a bit nicer on Easter, right? We reach for the dress instead of the jeans in our ever growing casual society…and I like that. People used to dress up daily, and now that’s practically diminished. You wear a dress and your friends/family/colleagues are asking you why you’re dressed up…we’ve reached a point where we now need an actual occasion to wear our ‘nice clothes’. This saddens me…but if Easter will count as an occasion where people are in their Easter best, then good. So, let’s dress up today, shall we? :)

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I made this dress a few months ago. It was one of those projects where I had to improvise a little with a few things, but this ultimately made me like the end result more. Today was actually the first time I wore it! Wrap dresses are awesome. Simply put. They seriously flatter everyone. DVF knows what’s up. Belt from Anthropologie. No longer available, similar here.

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Shoes were about $15 from DSW sale a while back.

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 14

Welcome to the last post of my 14 Days of Valentine ideas series!  Thanks for sticking around! :)

With Valentine’s Day usually comes a snow storm-at least here in Cleveland.  Luckily, today we’ve only had a few flakes. And of course for the holiday you wouldn’t mind getting dressed up to go to dinner and have a good time…but then comes the question…”How do I look cute and stay warm”!?  Because let’s face it folks, I’m pretty sure with these negative degree temperatures we’ve been experiencing, most of us wouldn’t mind curling up in our sweats, a scarf, a hat…maybe some gloves and even a blanket.   And that’s not even to go outside. :[]  Have no fear, Callie is here!  Looking cute, and staying warm is only a few layers away.  That is the key: layers.  Pile ’em on and you’ll be fine.

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lipsclose2Is this not the cutest dress?  It’s BCBGeneration from a few years ago.  I love the lip print and how it’s very subtle.  Definitely not too obnoxious.  And yes, it is more of a summer dress–but who says you can’t wear your spring and summer dresses in the winter??  You just need those layers! ;)

 

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What are the layers?  I started with a long sleeve white tee.  Long sleeve tees are an absolute must in my winter wardrobe.  All colors, and many of them.  I wear a long sleeve tee every day, under just about everything.  It really adds warmth.  Next, the pleated skirt (Target, last year) in this mauve color to add a layer under the lighter summer dress.  The color also helps bring out the subtle lip print.  I then added a cropped blazer from H&M a few years ago.  And of course, a pair of tights-because to go bare legged in the winter is not the best idea if you don’t want to wake up with an awful cold.

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Wedge booties from DSW about 3 or 4 years ago.  Glass heart necklace was a gift from my parents when I was single digit young.

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Sparkly belt is from Anthropologie.  One of my favorites, for sure.  The blush gems bring out the lips in the dress just enough.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my 14 Days of Valentine series!  I had a lot of fun coming up with some new ideas, and reserecting some old ones.  Stay tuned for some more regular posts, and also a few involving Mardi Gras! ;)

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Have an old tee or cardi in your throw away pile?  WAIT! Don’t toss it yet!   Transform it instead!!  That’s what I did for this DIY Valentine idea.  I was prepared to throw away this coral colored cardigan but instead decided to make it into a Valentine’s day number.

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-What you’ll need-

old tee or sweater

felt squares ( about .35 per square at fabric or craft stores).

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fabric glue or needle and thread (optional as to how you’d like to adhere the hearts).

Cut out your hearts from the felt square.  Lay tee or sweater flat on a surface.  If using glue, make sure you have a thick piece of paper or cardboard to protect the inside of your garment and to make sure the glue doesn’t seep through.  Place the hearts where you’d like them, pin if you’d like to make sure you keep them in place until you’re ready to adhere them.  Glue or stitch in place!

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A sweet for your Sweet! This one is tooo simple, but sure to be appreciated by the special someone in your life.  Who doesn’t like to get a bag full of their favorite cookies?!  Uh, no one!

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Take a visit to your beloved’s favorite bakery, or bake them their all time favorite cookie and just like the popcorn post, put them in a cellophane bag, tie with a pretty ribbon bow and if you’d like, a hang tag with a cute little phrase like ‘A sweet for my Sweet”!

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You could also use these as party favors-with a ‘So Sweet of You to Stop By!’ tag, or add them to a cute Valentine’s day gift basket!

Stop back tomorrow for a Valentine’s Day fashion idea! :)

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 11

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Day 11 brings you another yummy idea-Heart shaped french toast! It will make your sweetheart’s heart melt, and hopefully their mouth too! :d  For this recipe, I stuffed the French toast with strawberries and chocolate chips.  Use what your heart desires! (no pun intended)  I’ve also seen strawberries and nutella! Yum :d  I’ve tried blueberries and cream cheese too-which is very tasty as well.

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-What you’ll need-

Bread

Milk

Eggs

Heart shaped cookie cutter

Strawberries

Chocolate chips

Prep:

Mix your French toast mixture together (eggs, milk-add cinnamon if you please!)
Thinly slice some strawberries.
Use the cookie cutter to cut the bread into heart shapes.

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Soak one piece in the mixture, throw on the skillet and immediately spread sliced strawberries and chocolate chips on the bread. Soak second piece and place on top of the first to make a sandwich.
Cook until chocolate chips start to melt and bread is slightly browned on both sides.

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Serve with some coffee and OJ!! (And whipped cream on top! :d) Enjoy!

14 Days of Valentine Ideas- Day 10

‘You Make My Heart POP”!  A very simple Valentine trinket for your special sweetie.  Just pop some popcorn, melt a little chocolate, and type up a cute hang tag!

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I am a popcorn lover if you’ve ever met one, unfortunately, a ton of popcorn reaps havoc on my insides.  Regardless, the smell of popcorn is a yummy perfume to my nose…so when I make popcorn I like to make it the old fashioned way-on the stove.  So bring out your kettle, oil, and kernels and pop away!  I promise, the popcorn made on a stove is way better than the ready in a minute microwave kind.

-What you’ll need-

popcorn kernels

vegetable oil

salt and some melted butter

chocolate (optional)

cellophane party bags (found at party store or in the baking isle at the grocery store).

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hang tag and single hold punch

Pop the popcorn ( Note* Measurements should be on the back of the popcorn package-I recommend heating the oil first, and then throwing in a few test kernels before you throw them all in there).

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Make sure you don’t keep the heat very high, medium heat is fine.  After all the kernels are in the kettle, make sure you keep lifting and shaking the kettle so the kernels get evenly distributed in the oil and don’t burn. 

Melt your chocolate, in the microwave is easiest, but only melt it in about 30 second intervals so it doesn’t burn.  Lay your popcorn out on some foil or wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate all over your popcorn.

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Let cool, and then put into your plastic party bags.  Tie with a ribbon, secure your hang tag and finish your ribbon in a bow.

Now you’re all set to make your sweetie’s heart pop! (Not literally, of course ;) )

Another great use for bags of Valentine popcorn would be as your Valentine’s Day party favors! Instead, your hang tag could say ‘Thanks for poppin’ by! ;)

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Stay tuned for another yummy Valentine Idea tomorrow! :d