Saturday, November 25, 2017

#shopsmall


While millions of shoppers prep their Black Friday shopping list, this local girl is gearing up for Small Business Saturday. I love shopping local for the holiday season. I think it makes gift giving extra special, who doesn’t want a unique gift that represents their hometown pride? There are so many great local places to shop and I’m finding more and more each day, but to make your Small Business Saturday a little easier I’ve collected a list of some of my favorite places to shop and where to find them this Saturday. If you are from the Cleveland area you definitely have to get out this Saturday and check out some of these local makers and support the small businesses that make our city great!

1. Banyan Tree: Lifestyle and women's clothing boutique that offers trendy pieces and local goods. They have 3 locations, making it easy to shop this holiday season. Their flagship store is located in historic Tremont at 2242 Professor Ave, you’ll find the other two locations in Crocker Park or Legacy Village.

2. Cuyahoga Collective: Specialises in locally made homegoods. They are located at 15701 Madison Ave. in Lakewood.
Special offers for SBS: Free Shop Small Tote with every purchase, while supplies last. All items are 25% off, and all their amazing prints that are made in house are BOGO!

3. Blackbird Fly Boutique: A Contemporary women’s clothing boutique that also features locally made goods and gifts for men.  Located nearby the Historic West Side Market at 1983 W. 28th Street in Cleveland.
Special offers for SBS: Refreshments and sweet treats, When you spend $200 you receive a $20 credit to spend later between 11/26-12/24, and there will be a social media coupon posted at 12am for online orders so be sure to follow them on Instagram @blackbirdflyboutique

4. Fount: Offers hand crafted luxury leather made goods made right here in Cleveland. Located at 6706 Detroit Ave.

5. Cleveland Candle Company: Offers locally made candles in a variety of scents for everyone on your shopping list. They have two location’s, one in Coventry at 1810 Coventry Rd. and one in Mentor at 9516 Diamond Center Dr.
Special Offers for SBS: Free limited edition candle for the first 10 people in the store and for every $60 spent you get a Free 4oz candle.

6. Wandering Wardrobe: CLE’s 1st Boutique Truck that features fashion forward and affordable styles for women. To find “Wanda” there happily named Truck, follow them on Instagram @wanderingwaredrobe_cle. For SBS she will be parked at Shear Desire Salon and Beyond at 6170 Pearl Rd. in Parma.
Special offers for SBS: 40% off Clearance, tons of new arrivals, and goodie bags!

7. Salty Not Sweet: Is a boutique that offers locally handmade goods located at  2074 W. 25th St. in Cleveland.

8. Merchant’s Mrkt: Uniting over 25 of Cleveland’s best merchants, makers, and artists all in one shop. This pop up boutique is in the heart of Legacy Village at 24687 Cedar Rd. in Lyndhurst. There you will find some of my favorite local makers such as, Snake’s and Acey’s, Linda’s Other Life, Barr’s Bars, and many more!

9. Cleveland Bazaar Winterfest: This SBS the Cleveland Bazaar will be located at the 5th Street Arcade at 530 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. Here you can find some of my favorite local makers and discover some new ones too. Over 30 local makers will housed in one location this Saturday so it’s definitely worth a stop on your SBS travels!

    

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cozying up in Style!


Fall weather is here! Which brings not only your pumpkin spice latte that you love so much but, cozy essentials like sweaters and scarfs to layer to stay warm this season. Finding the perfect sweater to wrap yourself up in is key, and I have found some snuggle worthy sweaters for this fall season I just had to share!

First up, is my favorite style the open front cardi. Not only is this perfect for layering but, it makes it easy to stay warm with a growing baby bump. I’m really into the longer length cardi. I have an array of regular length ones in my wardrobe but this fall season I’m all about stocking up these longer cozy pieces.
In my featured look I’m wearing one of my new favorites from Old Navy and below I’ve linked two more that are a must have for fall!


My next style of sweater I’m gushing over this season are sweaters with a twist. Sweaters are being re-imagined in silhouette and detail this season. From pearl details to off the shoulder looks I’ve attached below will truly add some fun to your fall wardrobe!


Whatever your sweater preference, I hope some of my favorites inspire you to stay warm in style this fall season. The possibilities are endless when it comes to finding the right sweater for fall feel free to leave some of your favorites below in the comments to help inspire more great sweater style!


Monday, October 23, 2017

Happy Halloween!





October is my husband’s birthday month which makes Halloween one of his favorite holiday’s. Here at the Wiley house we really get into the Halloween spirit but not in a scary way more in a sophisticated and fun way. Check out some of my Halloween must haves to bring in the spooky spirit!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Fashionable Weekend!

As a Cleveland fashion blogger I get invited or attended many fashion events in the city that I love. I remember coming home from fashion school in NYC and seeing the fashion potential in the great city of Cleveland and now that I’m a fashion blogger from Cleveland I have completely immersed myself, or have at least tried to, into the Cleveland Fashion scene. This weekend my schedule was filled with various CLE fashion events I just had to share with you all. I have said it once and I’ll say it again we are a city on the rise and I am so excited and honored to be a part of the rising fashion scene and events like the ones I attended this weekend make me proud to live in the CLE!


Saturday morning I attended a Bloggers and Ballini’s Event at Alson Jewelers on Chagrin Blvd. The event featured Ippolita designs. Ippolita is fine jewelry line that is propelling into the realm of fashion by embracing color, comfort, and exuberance. It was so much fun enjoying some morning pastries along side some of my favorite blogger babes as we played dress up with some really great pieces from the Ippolita line. If you know me you know I love a good piece of jewelry to brighten up any outfit and at the event I saw some great pieces and learned new ways to style and layer jewelry. It was a fun morning and for all my local babes looking to splurge on an amazing piece of jewelry you have to check out Alson Jewelers. What started out as a small brick-and-mortar jewelry store in Cleveland in 1931 has grown to be the one of the premier jewelry stores our great city has to offer.


Candy Bar!





Met up with some of my SC Sisters!




From one amazing event to the the next, Saturday night I found myself in the middle of a midsummer's night dream at the Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse for the 6th Annual Hullabaloo Fashion Show featuring designs by Cleveland’s very own Project Runway Alum, Valerie Mayen, owner of the Yellow Cake Shop. I had heard about this fashion event but, this was the first year I was able to attend and the event did not disappoint. I have been to many different fashion shows around Cleveland over the years and this was one of the best, it made me feel like I was back in college in the middle of Bryant Park during fashion week. To find myself in the CLE and to experience an amazing runway show was truly a treat. The great lawn of the Rockefeller Greenhouse was transformed into an amazing runway featuring floral designs that were made to bloom in this amazing Cleveland landmark. If the scenery wasn’t amazing enough so were the designs featuring florals and stripes and everything nice. It was an amazing event put on for an even greater cause to raise money for L’arche Cleveland. L’arche is an organization with a mission to celebrate the value of people with developmental disabilities. If you haven’t attended this show I highly suggest it is a perfect example of fashion done right in the CLE!




Sweet Treats!



Some of my Favorite Looks from the show.



Interested in local Cleveland Fashion events? Or any local event near you I suggest using eventbrite.com. It’s my go to for everything fashion oriented locally. Also FashionablyCleveland.com post local fashion events on their blog regularly making it easy to find something fun and fashion related near you. I hope you all had an amazing weekend like I did, now it’s back to the grind at work where I’m prepping to set my biggest visual set of the year for Holiday 2017!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Shopping Maternity!


When dressing maternity there are many challenges you face. One of the many challenges I discovered was where to shop and not only that but, where to buy maternity for a good price. Places like Destination Maternity that cater to the pregnant women are so pricey it’s crazy. Why would I spend a $180 on a dress that's only good for 9 months, if that, and it's not even designer!? As a fashionista I have my go to places to shop and when you go maternity those places no longer accommodate your changing body. Realizing I may not be the only one suffering from maternity dressing, I decided to share some of the places I found to shop maternity in hopes that it will give you a good start when you find yourself in the market for maternity.

The Old Favorites: Asos Maternity, and H&M Maternity.
Good news, not all your favorite place to shop are off limits, two of my favorite trendy retailers offer maternity. It’s nice to be able to shop at a retailer you love and not have to worry about fit because you are familiar with their sizing and the way their close drape on the body.
Asos Maternity can be a little pricy but if you go to their sale section you can find some really cute maternity steals to help you stay trendy while pregnant.
H&M has really great basics and some fashion pieces that stay within the H&M price range, not charging more for a top just because it’s maternity.


Valued Retailers: Old Navy Maternity and Motherhood Maternity
Old Navy is one of my favorite places to shop when on a budget and maternity is no different. They still offer some great pieces at an awesome price which is the Old Navy way. Plus I’m obsessed with their Rockstar Jeans and I have three pair of them in maternity and they're literally perfect and I got them for 50% off during one of their denim promotions!   
Fun Fact I didn’t know Motherhood Maternity is the lower end version of Destination Maternity. They’re owned by the same company but Motherhood offers some of the same styles you would find at Destination but for a better price. I bought some nursing bra’s their and instead of paying $50 like at Destination I paid only $25 and I found a second one on sale for $14. They also had some really good basics and denim to get your maternity wardrobe started.

Specialty: Pink Blush Maternity
When searching maternity retailers on the internet I came across PinkBlushMaternity.com. Pink Blush is a maternity wear line that offers the fashionable pieces that I’ve been looking for, at a more reasonable price. This is the perfect place to shop for an amazing baby shower dress that will make you feel beautiful for your special celebration, I already have three saved in my shopping cart!


Places to Pass: Target and Amazon
Two of my all time favorite places to shop left me unsatisfied when it came to maternity. Target always has fun trendy pieces for everyone but their maternity section is lack luster. They have a designer maternity line that they carry but it just doesn't “WOW” me like the rest of their fashions. I had better luck buying non- maternity and just going up a size.
As for Amazon, it could be the way I am searching/filtering. It was really hard to shop maternity and find what I was looking for when usually it’s so easy, plus with Amazon, I find that a lot of times their fit’s are always off and when you shop maternity you just want something to work you don’t want to play the size guessing game.


I hope this list of retailers helps you when you begin shopping for your maternity wardrobe and if you have any other great retail finds please leave a message in the comment’s below, us pregnant ladies have to stick together when it comes to look fabulous when pregnant.   

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dressing the First Trimester!




As a Fashion Blogger who has become an expecting mother, I have received many questions from followers and friends on how to dress while pregnant? I am no expert on “maternity fashion”  by any means but as a fashion influencer I feel it is my duty to share my wardrobe leanings with all of you in hopes to help you look and feel your best, even while pregnant.
Now that I’m in my second trimester and face new fashion challenges I wanted to reflect on my first trimester and share with you how I survived in the fashion world while dressing an ever growing baby bump.


When your in your first trimester your bump starts to grow little by little. For the most part you can still fit in your favorite pair of jeans. If you're like me and experience a form of morning sickness that didn't leave me nauseous, but instead I had a constant stomach ache, leggings and dresses became my best friends. Most of my dresses were already flowy so, it was easy to put them over the bump. I also earned to get creative with styling a simple black tank and leggings. The key is to accessories and layer.  

As a stylist I find it my duty to interpret the latest season trends. When you have a growing bump this gets difficult. A lot of maternity wear is pricey, especially since it's only something you will wear for 9 months. I tend to gravitate to more simple and inexpensive basics when maternity shopping. A basic black tank might not be on trend but, what accessory can you add or cool jacket can you style with it to make it look trendy? These questions and re-envisioning basics is the key to my maternity style. There is no need to go out and spend tons of money on maternity fashion, just keep it simple and basic and let that black tank or tee be your canvas. Not to mention it makes getting dressed in the morning a lot less stressful, it's easy to feel insecure with your transforming body although, you should remember you are growing an amazing life inside you! Put on a great statement piece and a fun leather jacket and hit the town with hot maternity style!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

#whatsjaywearing and Amend!


If you follow me on social media you will know that my husband and I are currently expecting our first child. For women out there trying to be a new mama let me give you a warning, fashion gets a little difficult for the first trimester, you're in an in between stage where some of your wardrobe fits and other items are busting at the seams. I’m sure you can only guess at the complication this might cause a fashion blogger such as myself. I can’t really go shopping or try the latest trends because in two weeks it won’t fit due to my ever growing bump. So for my latest blog I’ve decided to hand the mic over to my husband and an awesome local men's skin care line called Amend.



I learned about Amend form one of my old fashion school classmates, she was currently working with them to help jump start their brand and asked if I wanted to feature their product on my blog. As you all know I cannot pass up an opportunity to showcase a local maker and my husband (#whatsjaywearing) made for the perfect model for a men's skin care line. Now I know what all #whatsjaywearing fans are thinking, “make-up for men, lame!” But in today's society social and gender boundaries are being challenged everyday and if a women can use concealer to cover up those unwanted blemishes and undereye circles why can’t a man? What better man to challenge that stigma than my husband? He is the alpha male himself who dresses in his Sponge Bob tee shirts and cargo shorts, who drinks beer, drives a massive truck, played rugby, and was in a fraternity. Now I will admit when I first suggested the feature to Jay it took a lot of persuasion because my oh so humble husband simply replied, he already looked so hot he didn't need makeup to enhance it. All jokes aside I think he was a little intimidated by the idea of a man wearing makeup but, for his wife and a local entrepreneur, he was willing to put the stigma aside and try the concealer stick.



The Amend Concealer Stick is one of the main products which can be used to cover up zits, razor bumps, or under eye circles, it's something founder Ben says, “ guys are starting to take to and be comfortable with using.” I don’t mean to be biased but, my husband has some pretty flawless skin. He doesn’t suffer from acne and he never shaves to close for a razor burn but, he does have those ever present under eye circles from time to time from staying up late playing video games and waking up early for work. He decided to use the stick under his eyes and he was the first to admit he was surprised to see the difference. He didn’t realize how tired he looked without it. As the women who looks at him everyday the concealer made his face look more vibrant and yes I must admit, did enhance his hotness like he so humbly suggested it would.

Final review:  “It’s not something I would use everyday but I could see using it when I need to look good for a wedding or a work function. I was surprised to see the difference but at the same time how it looked like I wasn’t wearing make up. Because you know how some girls wear too much and it looks caked on and gross the concealer didn’t do that it looked natural and really did make me look hotter!” -Jay


If your guy suffers from acne or maybe he needs just a good pick me up to his daily manscaping routine definitely check out Amend and grab your guy this awesome local product. To learn more about Amend check out their website www.amendusa.com or follow them on social media:
Instagram: @amendusa


The Amend Story:
The company was founded by Ben Milgrom in 2016.  He came up with the idea of a men’s skin care brand because of his own experience with adult acne. Since acne is determined by genetics, not even perfect hygiene would defend breakouts.  He suffered from bad acne starting in high school and went on Accutane before his senior year.  While his acne was never as bad as it was back in high school, he still suffered from breakouts.  After years of frustration he decided to purchase a concealer from Clinique, and after just one use it had the exact intended results and his self-confidence skyrocketed.
It wasn’t until late 2015 – 2 years after his first purchase of makeup –that it dawned on Ben that not only was he wearing product that was designed for women, but that there were not any options for men!  Thus, Amend was born.  We launched our company with a Kickstarter campaign that saw us reach 146% of our goal!  Our website launched in January 2017 and we have been going strong ever since.