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Today I’m sharing my Top 4 favorite places that I ate and drank at in Cleveland, Ohio. I didn’t know what to expect in Cleveland but it really was a charming city. One of the things I love most about Chicago is that you’re on Lake Michigan and it’s nice that Cleveland is right on Lake Erie. Cleveland has the feel of a big city without feeling as crowded and is very walkable.

Behold, the World’s Largest Outdoor Chandelier.  Intersection of Euclid Ave and E 14th Street.

Coffee – Pour Cleveland

530 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

  • Pictured: cappuccino
  • Great atmosphere
  • Good wifi
  • Downside: I collect mugs and love getting a new one from each city I visit. Sadly, Pour was out of the cups they sell.

BBQ – Mabel’s BBQ

2050 E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

  • Pictured: Big Big and J.W. Potatoes
  • Great outdoor atmosphere along the downtown ped mall
  • Large selection of whiskey/bourbon
  • Huge portions
  • Food comes out very quickly

Mexican – Momocho

1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH

  • Pictured: Tacos de pescados
  • Very knowledgable staff
  • Recently revamped cocktail menu
  • Sharable plates

Dinner & Drinks – Hodge’s

668 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

Hodges was my favorite meal of the trip. I ate at the bar, but they had great high-top tables in the bar area, a nice dining room, as well as an outdoor bar and patio. Happy Hour goes until 6:30 (whoa), so it’s a great place for drinks to turn into dinner.

  • Pictured: Dinner is served with cornbread. It’s baked and served in a skillet with bourbon maple butter. Drool. For dinner I had the Hanger Steak. Everything was absolutely delicious and I finished all of it.
  • Very friendly staff
  • Really high-quality food without a crazy price tag
  • To reiterate: cornbread.

Leave your recommendations down below for more places to eat and drink in Cleveland!

I was driving home the other night around 7 when I realized it was starting to get dark out, which means the season is almost over. I didn’t get to do all of the things I wanted to this summer (so many patios, so little time), but I’m hoping to squeeze in a few more things this fall before it gets too chilly.

It was a pretty great summer, so I wanted to share my highlights and favorites. Tell me yours down below, I’d love to hear!

1) Wearing less (if any) makeup: This summer I really couldn’t be bothered with makeup. In the picture above, I’m barely wearing any. Just my It! Cosmetics CC+ Cream and…

2) Glossier Cloud Paint and Boy Brow: These two products were life savers this summer. I have Cloud Paint in Dusk, which doubles as a great bronze/blush flush that looks super natural. Boy Brow to keep my eyebrows in check and that’s it. *shameless plug – you can shop 20% off your first order through my page here.

3) My newest niece: She’s pretty much a perfect specimen and I don’t understand how my three nieces are all so beautiful. If you want to know me IRL, this is me. We also got to take a trip out to Denver and see the whole crew, which was a blast.

4) Bodysuits: Whenever I went out this summer, I was most likely wearing a bodysuit and jeans. If we’re being honest, it took me awhile to hop on the bodysuit train because I thought going to the bathroom would be a pain, but it’s all good.

Also wearing this bodysuit in white in the first pic

5) Letting my theme go: I used to really stress about my Instagram theme. I wanted it to look “perfect,” but really I was making it boring and sterile. Now, I’m just posting what makes me happy and I think it looks a lot better as a result.

6) The lake: I love lake life. You smell like sunscreen, relax by the water, eat dinner late and play board games. Going to my friend’s lake house is so much fun and I’m so happy we got to go up this summer.

7) Stok Iced Coffee: At one point this summer, I went through 5 in 9 days. I went so far as to tweet Stok asking if you can buy direct (answer: you can’t).

8) Going to Iowa: Iowa always feels like home. Jacob and I took a great trip to Iowa over Father’s Day and it was wonderful to relax, see his family and take a break for a nice long weekend.

9) The Box of Style: I’ve been lusting over my boss’ Box of Style subscription for awhile now so I finally pulled the trigger and signed up. You can receive $10 off your first box here to join in on the fun for fall. For $99/box, or $350 for the year, you get over $400 worth of product per box. This is not a little cheap box – you get some seriously awesome stuff. The summer box had a hat, kimono, necklace, two beauty products and sunglasses.

10) Chopping my hair: This was the first time I styled my short hair since chopping it all of and it felt so nice. I’m in that awkward flippy stage right now where it won’t stay straight because it’s hitting your shoulders, so we’ll see if fall brings another chop or I let it go.

If you want to see more pics of this handsome fella and me, click here.

Here’s to you, Summer 2017. Bring on fall.


In my mind, the year can be broken up into two season: fall and everything else. I love everything about fall – the excitement of back to school (even though I’m not in school I still get a new planner), the smell of cinnamon candles, warm comfort foods and of course, festive drinks.

Today I whipped up a little fall-inspired apple cocktail to get you in the spirit because as far as I’m concerned, bathing suits are out and blanket scarves are in.

Servings: 1


  • 1.5 oz Martell Blue Swift, but you can use a bourbon if you like
  • 3 oz apple cider/juice – This is where your personal preference comes into play. If you want something a little more tarte, go with a honey crisp juice or cider. If you like something a little more sweet, go with a traditional cider.
  • 1/2 oz lemon
  • Cinnamon stick to garnish
  • Optional: honey simple syrup to sweeten (recipe here).

Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or apple slice. Serve and enjoy!

While the Martial Blue Swift was kindly provided to me, this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. I’m just that excited about fall. Enjoy responsibly.


This past weekend Jacob and I were lucky enough to spend the evening with my friend and amazing photographer, Alex. Since graduating from The University of Iowa this spring (Go Hawks!), Alex has been diving into her photography full force. Check out her website here!

I wore this dress last year for graduation and was so excited to wear it again. While my dress is no longer available, I linked some similar dresses along with accessories below.


While I’m a little late for graduation ideas, white or ivory are great to keep in mind because they will look good with any cap and gown. Obviously black is a classic choice as well. A white shift dress like the ones below are perfect for a wedding shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner…you get the idea.

  1. Lord & Taylor Scalloped Lace Shift Dress
  2. Kohl’s Lace Shift Dress
  3. Kohl’s Lace Shift Dress – Additional sizes
  4. Earrings
  5. Bracelet
  6. Sandals

To see the second outfit we wore, click to Alex’s post here.

(Alex’s magical unicorn photos versus the iPhone) Thanks for such a fun evening, Alex!


It’s time for the #NSale! Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is always amazing, but make sure you hop on things FAST! I know in the past I’ve let items sit in my cart overnight and they’re gone the next morning. I kept my top picks under $50 for ya so you can snag a few extra things. Now, let’s shop:

  1. Decker Lace-Up Sandal
  2. Oracle Drop Earrings
  3. Movement Trail Blazer Tank
  4. Small Pineapple
  5. Jet Set Travel Card Case
  6. Cat Eye Gradient Sunglasses
  7. Denim Shorts
  8. Textured Stripe Slipdress
  9. Good Vibes Sweatshirt
  10. Home State Glass Coasters
  11. Getdown Sandal

I tried to keep it to 10 but had to sneak in one extra! I’m getting the shorts because I don’t have a denim pair and am thinking about the slip dress. Also considering the pineapple because who doesn’t need a rose gold pineapple?