All Wrapped Up


By Abby
Wool Overs is not pulling the wool over your eyes when they say their natural fiber clothing is an amazing value. The company offers wool, cashmere and cotton knitwear, mainly in classic styles, for both men and women. They were nice enough to send me a piece to review, and I chose a ballet wrap cardigan, made from silk and cotton, in natural white — perfect for cool summer evenings.

The cardigan is everything they said it would be: soft, comfortable and versatile — three qualities I love in my clothing. This cardigan can be casual or dressy and can be tied in different ways to achieve different looks. Continue reading

Kitchen in Transition


By Elle

When we bought our house two Octobers ago, the second-most heinous part was the kitchen. For one, the walls were pink, which may work in some homes, but not mine.

For two, the countertops are original, as in 1972. Yeah, not pretty. Why, just the other day I took a burning hot pan and set it right down on the countertop, leaving a permanent burn mark. Did I know it would burn? Yep. Did I care? Nope. Why not? Because I was actually trying to improve the look.

For three, the room is dominated by L-shaped countertops and cupboards, dividing the work area and the seating area. Prior to our Phase 1 adjustment, if you were, say, cooking at the stove, you would have had to bend over, taking care not to plunge your face into whatever dish you were cooking, in order to see or chat with your guests.

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And the Winner is…


By Abby and Elle

Vertigo Paris jacket price tagMaria, who guessed that we paid $3.50 for the adorable Vertigo Paris snap-button jacket in black, made in France. Actually, we paid $4 (see the photo), but Maria’s guess was closest.

Maria wins a pair of tickets to the 5th Annual Good Style Fashion Show on Thursday, May 7!

If you didn’t win, you can still purchase tickets. Several options are available, including VIP tickets for $90 and discount tickets for $30. No matter which you buy, you’ll still get heavy hors d’oeuvres, a drink ticket, boutique shopping, a gift bag and, of course, the runway show!

Get details for the show on the Goodwill site.

Thanks to all our contest participants on our blog and on our Facebook page, and we hope to see you at the show!

 

Last Chance! Ticket Giveaway


By Abby and Elle

The Good Style Fashion Show is next Thursday, May 7, and you still have a chance to win a pair of tickets. But you have to act fast; the contest closes this Thursday, April 30, at midnight (Eastern Daylight Time).

For a chance to win, guess how much we paid for this Vertigo Paris jacket from Goodwill. Whoever guesses the closest wins.

If you haven’t yet submitted a guess, you have three days left!

Vertigo Paris jacket

Vertigo Paris jacket

Win Tix to the Good Style Fashion Show!


By Abby and Elle

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the 5th Annual Good Style Fashion Show on Thursday, May 7.  The only thing you have to do is guess how much we paid for a piece we’ll be using in the show. (Not in the mood to try your luck? Just go ahead and purchase your tickets.)

Our theme for this year is Cleveland Staycation, and we’ve put together outfits for many of the top “things to do” around town such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Great Lakes Science Museum, Metroparks Zoo, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Hessler Street Fair and more. You can see our collection as well as the collections of several other local fashion bloggers on the runway.

OK, here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for:

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Tailor this Jewelry to Your Personality (it’s local and super affordable!)


By Abby and Elle

One of the added benefits of going to the Cleveland International Film Festival is browsing the Tower City Art Festival, where local artisans feature their one-of-a-kind wares. This year, we found a new friend in Catherine Moore who owns Beachstone Jewelry. Her shop offers, among other things, pendant, bracelet and earring bases that can accommodate a variety of metal buttons that range from elegant and sophisticated to fun and funky.

Some buttons feature rhinestones; some are enameled; and others feature pictures of everything from hummingbirds and starfish to Hello Kitty and Betty Boop so you can personalize your piece of jewelry to your own taste. You can also find initials and a variety of seasonal images including Christmas trees and an American flag.

Many of the buttons cost just a couple of dollars, so you can easily afford to have several to choose from depending on your mood or outfit or the season.

We had so much fun digging through all the metal buttons (there was a lot of “Look at this one!” and “Did you see this one?” going on) and trying to pick out a few to buy. That effort, coupled with taking the photos for this blog post, caused us to nearly miss our dang film.

During the summer, visit the Beachstone Gift Shop in Geneva-on-the-Lake, or visit Beachstone online anytime.

Beachstone Buttons

Love this one in particular — looks so elegant.

Beachstone Buttons

The center button pops out so you can pop in another. The button on the far right is turned upside down so you can see how it works.

Beachstone Buttons

The bracelet bases come in a variety of styles.

Beachstone Buttons

Poppies — Elle’s favorite!

Beachstone Buttons

For all you crazy cat ladies out there. :)

Beachstone Buttons

Perfect for topping off that vintage look.

Beachstone Buttons

Marilyn. Timeless.

Beachstone Buttons

Beachstone Buttons

Beachstone Buttons

 

Beachstone Buttons

Beachstone Buttons

Beachstone Buttons

Beachstone Buttons

Beachstone Buttons