Thursday, May 21, 2015

Soft Shorts

Target Shorts / The Limited Top ($12) / Old Navy Jacket / Unionbay Sandals via Kohl's

Soft shorts are this perfect mix of totally acceptable going out clothes and lounge wear all in one. I looked around for the perfect pair and finally settled on these from Target. Order one size larger if you want to add some length.

I wore these over the weekend with this lace top for a girl's weekend at Lago Winery in Jamestown, PA. These are considered festival wear after all. I can't think of anything more similar to a festival in the life of a 29-year old than going to a winery in the middle of a rural town. There was wildlife, a barn and even cows. I layered on this army jacket at night.

Now it's time to work on that tan.





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mango Salad

I've been on the lookout for recipes that are light and easy to make for summer nights. Ideally something healthy as I'm scared at the thought of beach season quickly approaching. Anything involving mango and cilantro ranks very high on my list as I could eat either by the bag full. I even had thoughts of not sharing this salad.

Mangoes were on sale at the Market District where I shop and there was a sample lady with a salad similar to this one. Hers used red onion, and I am not sure what the dressing was. I simply used olive oil and vinegar. The result is a great mix of sweet and sharp flavors, which I love. This and the latest issue of Vanity Fair were my sides for dinner last night. I am not sure what Sofia Vergara is up to besides Modern Family and being engaged to Pittsburgh's Joe Manganiello (I keep hoping I will see them together around town), but I guess I will find out.

Mix together:
2 large mangoes diced
1/2 onion diced
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
Olive oil
White vinegar

There are many variations of this salad and this one from Epicurious looks really good.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 Goodwill Good Style Show Recap

Left: Banana Republic Blazer / Star Vixen Dress  Right: Jones New York Jacket / Hudson Jeans / American Eagle Shirt

The Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show was a blast from beginning to end. If you haven't been following, every year Goodwill gives me and fellow bloggers money to purchase and style outfits from Goodwill that are worn for a runway show.

My theme this year was "Cleveland in Bloom". With all of the new and exciting things happening in Cleveland lately, I felt like it was the right moment to celebrate the city's renaissance with the vibrant colors and patterns of spring.The picture above is of two of my fabulous models Kali and Soul. Follow the jump to see more looks from the show!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mother's Day

Old Navy Dress / Garage Sale Jacket / Nine West Shoes via T.J. Maxx / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Charming Charlie Purse

Mother's Day this year will be quite the occasion. This year my sisters and I will actually be in the same state to celebrate with our mother. Us being in the same state is a rare event these days so I am really looking forward to it. We plan to go to Trattoria in Cleveland's Little Italy. The Linguine with Mussels are calling my name.

For our lunch, I am wearing this bright combination of cherry red, yellow and floral print. I found this jacket for $5 while rummaging around a garage sale last summer. It expresses my excitement for spring perfectly.

I can't believe the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show is only a day away. There is still much to be done — packing, ironing, etc. I hope to see you there! It will be a great event!




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Men's Style: Goodwill

Congratulations to Kelly who won the tickets to the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show! 

I've been back to Goodwill a few more times since my first shopping trip for the show. My biggest challenge so far has been trying to find a “modern” pair of men's pants in both the right length and waist size.

My friend who is modeling in the show was very patient with me as I texted him pictures of men's pants from the Goodwill dressing room. Our conversations went like this:

Me: “Do you think this pant leg looks a little wide?”
My Friend: “Don’t you think with the recent trend in slim leg pants?”

Let's just say the pants I was asking him about were not very stylish.

Luckily, I found a pair of pants that I think have a modern look and are the right size. After sharing the pants saga with my boyfriend, he suggested enlisting the help of a tailor. Find a pair of pants that fit in the waist — a tailor can't make pants bigger — and have them taken in or hemmed. Lesson learned!

What tricks have you learned for shopping at Goodwill?

To see all of my looks, buy tickets for the Goodwill Good Style Show at Living Social. The show takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Windows on the River

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pattern Mixing for Work

The Limited Blouse and Skirt / Target Tights / Kelly and Katie Shoes / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff 

Dressing for work can be fun if you know how to pattern mix. It's a trend that unlike cutoff shorts and sheer blouses can actually appropriate for work. The basic rule of thumb is to mix patterns with similar color palettes. I. Love. This. Grid pattern blouse. It forces me out of comfort zone of only wearing nautical stripes. This classic a-line skirt is a great way to keep this outfit grounded.



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gratuitously Preppy Easter

Banana Republic Necklace / Ralph Lauren Shirt / Ann Taylor Pants / Nine West Shoes / British Khaki Blazer via T.J. Maxx

There are a few times in life when dressing gratuitously preppy feels right. They include anytime you are below the Mason Dixon Line, Kentucky Derby Parties, and Easter. I used to have a unique hatred for the traditional pastels of the holiday, but I have come to embrace them as they have become a vestige of luke warm weather and much needed time with my family. This year's outfit was completely constructed during one of my shopping trips for the Goodwill Good Style Show. I found both this Ralph Lauren shirt and Ann Taylor pants for about $4 each. I couldn't have asked for better a better pairing. Knowing that I had this outfit just waiting to be worn and the fact that it will be a mild Easter as far as temperature, I made the game-time decision to wear pants as opposed to my usual dress. What do you plan to wear this Easter?




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Touches of Spring

Despite what the weather is doing right now, I decided to get my apartment ready for spring with a few simple and inexpensive touches. I made this spring wreath for about $15 with a Grapevine Wreath ($5) and two Hydrangea Stems ($5) from Michaels.

I bought these tulips ($5) from Trader Joe's and wrapped some extra ribbon I had around the vase. I love the combination of white, green and pink.

I cut apart a small flower stem from Michael's ($1.19) and plopped the stems in different colored mini vases.

How are you decorating for spring? 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cool Cat


J.Crew Sweater from Goodwill / J.Crew Skirt from Avalon / Illy Couture Necklace / Ray Ban Sunglasses / Halogen Boots 

Working on the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show inspires me every year. After shopping for the show, I always come away realizing how much I could be saving on clothing by shopping at Goodwill. You may not always get exactly what you want, but if you put in the time and have a little patience you can find some real gems in the racks of your local Goodwill. You have to be willing to see the potential in something.

This sweater I am wearing was found while shopping for the show one year. It's a size large from J.Crew. Now normally I would not fit into a size large, but I couldn't help but notice that it looked a little small so I tried it on. It fit great. Clearly someone had washed the sweater and shrunk it, which is why it was sitting at a Goodwill. Besides the fact that the sweater is in great condition and was very inexpensive, it feels like I have something very unique in my closet. It's something I wear all the time.

Do you shop at Goodwill? If so, what was your best find?




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Shopping Trip 1: Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show


I made my first trip to shop for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show this past weekend. One of my favorite stores to shop at is the one located in Robinson here in Pittsburgh. It always seems to have fresh new arrivals and current styles. I think I made out pretty well. I only spent about $60 and was able to find a lot of good statement pieces to start with. The things I typically gravitate toward are bright colors, good patterns and classic shapes. I had some ideas about how I would pair the items that I bought so far, but as I look at them new combinations keep happening in my mind.

I hope you can make it to the show to see the final looks. The show takes place at Windows on the River in Cleveland on Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m.  Tickets for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show can be purchased at Living Social for a discounted price of $30. In addition, you can enter to win 2 tickets here on my blog. There are three easy ways to enter to win:

1. Leave a comment on this post
2.  Share this post (Please mention me in your share on Facebook/Twitter/Etc)
3. Like The Cosmopolitan Clevelander on Facebook 

The deadline to enter to win is Sunday, April 19. Good luck!