Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Les Mis in Pastels

Details: Gap Sweater / Talbots Skirt via Avalon ($10!) / Nine West Shoes via TJ Maxx / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Target Bangles

I attended the Pittsburgh performance of Les Misérables yesterday. I loved it! Admittedly, I only became a fan of the musical after seeing the movie. So as you can imagine, I was very excited to see the live performance. When the tickets came up on Groupon, I snatched them up.  Even after I could not get anyone to go with me, I decided that I didn't care going alone.

Going to an event like that alone is such a different experience. If you're late or if you cry, only the strangers sitting next to you know about it, which is how I prefer it. I don't want anyone I know seeing me as I cry during the finale "Do You Hear the People Sing?" You also have a heightened awareness of the people around you. I loved the older gentlemen on my right who fist pumped to the opening drums and the younger man on my left who was mouthing the words to "Do You Hear the People Sing?" at the finale. He understood why I was crying! Have you ever attended an event alone?

If you are lacking the confidence to attend an event alone, wearing a polished look will help. I was waiting for the right ocassion to wear this Talbots skirt I scored at Avalon for $10. The sunny day we had Sunday and the fact that it was a matinee, made this the perfect choice. I love the way the light yellow looks with this equally sweet mint green. Do you pair your pastels together?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Love Cleveland: Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show

Close to three years ago, I decided that I needed a change of scenery. I had never lived outside of Cleveland and had never really lived on my own —not counting college. Also, I was looking for a new job that would be challenging and fulfilling and that would put me on a career path I would be happy with. I job searched in many different cities, but I inevitably chose Pittsburgh, where I found a job I can sincerely say I love. That job has lead me down the road of pursuing my MBA, and I have to say I could not be happier with everything so far.

As far as cities go, Pittsburgh rates pretty high on my list. I know it sounds like treason coming from a Clevelander, but Pittsburgh has many of the same features I love about Cleveland. That being said, there are still little things that I miss terribly about Cleveland.  The crowds for the feast at Little Italy, wandering the art museum for hours, perusing the west side market and looking at the lights on East 4th street — to name a few. That is why this year, for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show, I am letting the city I love inspire my runway show. Using my $125 gift card to Goodwill, I will be interpreting spring trends inspired by the many places I love in Cleveland.

If you are interested in attending the show, here is all of the info. It's going to be a great show this year! I hope to see you there!

The show takes place on Thursday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Windows on the River. I am giving away 2 pairs of tickets to 1 reader. 

3 Ways to Enter to Win

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you love about Cleveland.

2. Tweet this post. Mention @cphillis07 to receive credit.

3. Share this post on Facebook. Mention The Cosmopolitan Clevelander to receive credit.

Note: Please let me know that you did these things in the comments below. Leave a way for me to contact you. A winner will be posted Friday, April 25.

If you would like to purchase tickets, you can do so through Living Social. This year, there are a limited number of tickets being sold so don't wait.

Purchase Tickets on Living Social Here

Choose from 2 options:

Option 1: General Admission Ticket to the 2014 Good Style Fashion Show at Windows on the River. Includes: Cocktail Hour with heavy hors d’ oeuvres, the Fashion Show, dessert,  a gift bag and access to the Good Style Pop Up Boutique for $35.00, valued at $70.00.

Option 2: VIP Front Row Seating Admission Ticket to the 2014 Good Style Fashion Show at Windows on the River. Includes: Private cocktail hour with heavy hors d’ oeuvres with local celebrities from Fox 8 News, guaranteed seating in the front two rows for the Fashion Show, dessert, a gift bag and access to the Good Style Pop Up Boutique for $50.00, valued at $100.00.

Check out the Other Bloggers Participating
Blouses, Baubles & Blush
Dina's Days
Midwest Muse
Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion 

Photo Credits: 
Cleveland Museum of Art, view from South photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
East 4th Street via commons.wikimedia.org
Arcade via http://wikitravel.org
Little Italy via www.tripadvisor.com
West Side Market Photo by Terence Burlij/PBS NewsHour

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Layering with Short Sleeve Shirts

Details: Old Navy top / Gap shirt and shoes / Loft pants / J.Crew outlet necklace

Now that the obligatory freak snow storms of March are past us and we hopefully won't need to use the "S" word again for quite some time, I really wanted to wear this spring top.  It is still a little chilly as I am heading out the door for work in the mornings so I layered this shirt underneath to keep warm throughout the various temperature pitfalls of the day. I like the crisp professional look it adds to the blouse while still allowing the abstract floral print of the blouse to stand out. Of course I couldn't help myself and added complimentary brights. These shoes were basically made to be worn with these pants. Who am I to say no?

What are your layering tricks this spring?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Style: Navy Blue and Brights

Details: Gap sweater / Jack Wills shirt c/o / Consignment J.Crew skirt / H&M tights / Halogen boots via Nordstrom

The little teases of warm weather we've had lately have left me wanting more. They have also left me breaking out into song "The hills are alive with the sound of music!" — and wearing all of my spring clothes despite how not warm it actually is. So maybe you want to try wearing your brights too, but you don't want to look like you just stepped off of the set of Miami Vice? If you aren't ready to break out into song quite yet, temper your brights with navy and a warm pair of shoes like these riding boots. Stay warm. Spring is almost here!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Buy Now: Swimsuit

The one thing I procrastinate purchasing every year is a new swimsuit. I always think that I can wait until the swimsuit I want goes on sale. Every year I go back to the store a little later and find that there are not two pieces I could realistically match together on the sale rack. So every year I end up settling for something I'm not entirely happy with. This year, I decided to just buy the first swimsuit I fell in love with. I was strolling through my local Target in January when I saw it. This red and navy blue striped beauty was only $34! My recommendation is to snatch up the bathing suit you love now, especially from Target. They go like hot cakes! And be sure to accessorize with gold, canvas stripes and a messy beach braid.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Simple Kicks

Details: J.Crew turtleneck ($19) / Gap jeans / Chuck Taylors / Ray Bans / Michael Kors watch and cuff (gift)

I have been obsessing lately and filling my inspiration folder with pictures of outfits that incorporate sneakers. Go to J.Crew if you want to copy and reference the look because they are currently killing it in the sneaker department. Think Easter egg bright New Balances paired with skinny jeans or casual dresses. I could not want something more that I don't need. I suppose that's why we have this thing called lent.

When the sun poked its head out this weekend, I could not wait to break out my chuck taylors to give the chic casual sneaker look a try. This striped J.Crew tissue turtleneck that I found the week before Christmas on sale for $19 was the perfect way to set off the casual with a little chic. I find that this turtleneck is perfect for layering this time of year whether its under a puffer, cardigan or overcoat. How are you rocking your sneaks this spring? Did you do anything to celebrate the warmer weather?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stylish Sundays at Swank

This winter has been annoying on a lot of levels, but one thing that's been really challenging lately is keeping my hair vibrant and healthy. So when Swank Hair Studio and Pretty Living PR invited me to Stylish Sundays for a Blogger Blowout, I jumped at the chance. From what I had heard, a blowout at a hair salon typically involves using the right products and techniques to make your hair look shiny and smooth. With my thick, coarse hair, I have always wanted to try a salon blowout. 

Surprisingly, owner and stylist Melissa, was able to get my hair looking this good without even picking up a flat iron. That's something I could never do on my own! My hair looked natural and healthy and the blowout lasted for a few days. I loved the results, and would highly recommend giving it a try if you want a salon-quality blowout.

Swank Hair Studio is located in that cute little stretch of Lawrenceville on Butler street. Besides the usual menu of services, the studio has a makeup artist on hand and spray tanning available from Bronze Beauty, the mobile spray tan boutique.

I loved the light and airy look of the salon as well as the glamorous and homey atmosphere. I felt like I was talking with girlfriends as the stylists and I chatted about anything from our favorite restaurants to cute guys.

Bella Christiez Sweet Treats provided the cupcakes. Because what Blogger Blowout is complete without a peanut butter and jelly cupcake? I had one. They are insane!

Beautiful pieces from Swarovski. I was eying up all of the rose gold.

Set up outside was the boutique on wheels Broke Little Rich Girl, Inc. When I ventured inside, I had to stop and look at every piece of jewelry and clothing. It all was so unique — nothing I had seen anywhere else. Luckily, she is set up in the Strip District on Saturday mornings.

Overall it was a stylish and pampered Sunday indeed! Thanks to Swank Hair Studio who provided the complimentary blowout and to Pretty Living PR.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

How To: Ashley Wagner Poof and Bun

In honor of the ladies long program, I am sharing my How To for the Ashley Wagner Poof and Bun that she dons during her long program. You can see my full outfit post here. Go USA!
1. Start with either blown out hair or day old straight har.

2. Pull the top front section of hair together and tease.
 3. Push poof forward and secure with bobby pins at top back of your head.

4. Pull hair into a high ponytail.
5. Pull small bump of hair through one loop of the ponytail holder. 

6. Wrap hair around the small bump and secure with bobby pins. 


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sweet Details

Details: Loft sweater / Blank NYC corduroys via TJ Maxx / Halogen boots via Nordstrom 

Don't mind the red, white and blue balloons in the background. They are left over from our Opening Ceremonies party this past weekend. I am completely obsessed with everything Olympics. Even my hair do for this pic is inspired by figure skater Ashley Wagner (tutorial to come later).

I wore this outfit for a birthday dinner and drinks. I love how the simple black lines on this sweater and off white color are a great compliment to almost anything. Since the polar vortex is still upon us, I opted for my cranberry corduroys and riding boots. I can't wait to wear this same sweater with skinny jeans and heals or a pencil skirt when it gets a little warmer. The sweet bow and puckered shoulders add such a subtle feminine touch. This sweater would make a great addition to any Valentine's Day outfit.

You didn't think I'd let you miss out on a skating pose pic, did you?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Easy Valentine's Day Gift

Valentine's Day brings back fond memories of decorating a shoebox and passing out some sort of cartoon-themed Valentine. These days I feel like I am lacking in the Valentine's Day creativity department. So I decided to think of an easy Valentine's Day gift. Giving someone these flowers in a vintage tea cup is like two presents in one. It would be such a nice little Valentine's Day surprise for a good friend or relative in your life.

I bought these vintage tea cups at a local antique mall and purchased the tiny flowers at Trader Joe's. I placed the flowers in the cups and filled in potting soil as needed. I would say it was pretty easy, and they don't need too much watering.

 You'll need:
  • Vintage tea cups
  • Small flower variety 
  • Potting soil