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Are you still looking for that perfect and affordable ensemble for Prom for yourself or even for your daughter? Or are you finding yourself to have a closet full of dresses that need to be positively “re-homed”…look no further!  Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter and Elegance has an event this weekend on April 26th that fits your needs. She is taking donations and also appointments for those that are needing outfitted for their upcoming prom. (Sorry donations ended the 20th but stay tuned for future events)

When & Where:  Saturday, April 26th, 7-9pm at Shiloh Baptist Church at 1111 3rd St SE Massillon, Ohio

Find the event on Facebook, here: Love, Laughter & Elegance – Prom Dress Drive – April 26th  from 7-9pm

For more details contact Kimberly Lehman:  330-313-6030

 

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Recently at a fashion event a designer that showcased afterwards told me “Cleveland has no fashion industry.” I can honestly say after trying to in a few quick words prove the designer wrong that I have stewed on these words since. Sometimes vocally to other professionals that I know in fashion, and sometimes to myself especially when I see other local designers or small to large businesses trying to make it in the fashion industry. To me the fashion industry is all encompassing whether it’s from resale, design, boutique or even the farmer that has wool producing animals with a small shop to sell their goods (sometimes even handmade).

In the past I have researched quite extensively “where has our fashion industry gone” and I came up with – no where. It’s is still here and “loud and proud.” It may not be in the large garment factories we had at one point along the Erie shores but I spied years ago in downtown Akron a bridal garment operation that is ran by Vera Wang Luxe in Canal Place. There are many designers with shops throughout Cleveland also – just have to look for it (or search my blog many have been featured!). There are even some factories still that have made local press when their employees go on strike for better wages – such as the Hugo Boss factory in Brooklyn. Those are just a few quick examples – so instead of going to the Walmarts, Targets or even the mall to buy your clothing go to a local clothier or boutique. A short list if you are in Cleveland check out communities such as Coventry Village or in Akron their are also many areas including Hudson, Highland Square or just the various downtown Akron retailers.

But, we have lost a lot of our garment industry and for historical perspective I am including a timeline of sorts found on the Cleveland Retail Commissions webpage that lists many of the great textile businesses we have lost and what Cleveland neighborhood they were in. The fashion industry is not dead in Ohio or today more specifically the Northern Ohio area I specify. It is all in your own perspective and how you utilize it and take advantage of it.

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I just heard the news this evening of the demolishment of Parmatown Mall being underway – I don’t frequent Cleveland too often but especially my old stomping ground of Parma. One of the added perks of my mother being faculty I got to attend CCC for nearly free in my earlier years – of course between classes and anytime outside of classes I could easily be found roaming the halls of Parmatown Mall. It was a middle-class mall this was in the years about 1999-2002 I truly didn’t find it much different then the local mall Chapel Mall which was the closest to where I had been living. I was even quoted the youth shopping policy a few times till I showed them my ID that I can legitimately spend all my money and not be chased out the door.

The mall has a history dating back well before I was born even some before my parents which I know they read this maybe dinosaurs were still roaming a la Fred Flintstone, I kid.

The new “Shops at Parma” has began it’s development and this is just the next phase. The community was glad that Parmatown Mall will not suffer the fate of Randal Park mall on the East side of Cleveland or even Rolling Acres Mall in Akron. Below is an artist rendering of the Shops at Parmatown.

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You can find more articles from the Cleveland.com website about the project. The Cleveland Memory project has many pictures of the former Parmatown Mall.

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Cleveland is amongst the three cities in Ohio that now boast to have a Tiffany & Co. The ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebrates the luxury stores opening soon in Columbus, and Cincinnati. Grand opening in Cleveland was on Wednesday morning. Tiffany & Co. has weathered many recessions even with their hefty price tag since they opened in 1837 in New York City. Sadly Tiffany & Co. took over the retail location of Berger and Silver a Cleveland company for 98 years that went out of business December 31st.

Tiffany & Co. is well-known for their fine furnishings, jewelry, fragrances, crystal and much more. Many fashionistas may also remember their cameo in the movie Sweet Home Alabama about a fashion designer and her ventures back to her home town after an engagement with a beautiful Tiffany & Co. ring.

Tiffany & Co. in the movie Sweet Home Alabama

Cleveland’s own Tiffany & Co. in Eton on Chagrin Blvd:

Image from Fox8 News - RIbbon Cutting

Image from Fox8 News – RIbbon Cutting

Welcome to Ohio, Tiffany & Co.!

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About a year ago I won a comment contest and wool dryer balls was the “prize”. At first I was super excited, then they arrived in the mail and my enthusiasm went to scepticism. I tried the balls a few times, didn’t notice a difference. The difference I was expecting was something different than the standard use of dryer sheets which always had a nice scent and made my towels snuggle soft. I left the balls out a few times (actually they got lost in the baskets and made their way away from the washroom so I quit using them) and began noticing the non-ball difference…there was one! Skepticism squashed! But I still wasn’t sold to not want to use dryer sheets till I saw this list, below.

BUT since I did throw my dryer sheets out when I got the balls I have noticed a difference…even dry time is different as it “fluffs” as it tosses about. My dyer balls were from: Leaping Sheep Wool Dryer Balls.

Leaping Sheep Wool Dryer Balls

Here is a list of ingredients found in dryer sheets and their side effects:

– Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer

– Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant

– Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system
disorders

– Limonene: The synthetic version is a known carcinogen

– A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal
edema, and central nervous system damage

– Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list

– Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders

– Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic

– Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders

– Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

Information from: http://ghchealth.com/forum/post-325.html:

I haven’t tried it but many have recently gotten into the crazy of aluminum foil into the dryer

Some additional comments from a facebook follower:

Other comments: I would stay away from aluminum. Interestingly one of the harmful ingredients listed on the dryer sheet list is ethanol. I had to chuckle on that one. The actual type of alcohol created by the yeasts to make alcohol in wine is ethyl alcohol, or ethanol. The chemical symbol for ethyl alcohol is: 

CH3CH2OH 

This is the type of alcohol found in all drinks. The other two main types of alcohol that exist – wood alcohol and rubbing alcohol – are both poisonous to drink.

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Ever since truly joining the proper technology age that we live in (first with Android and now an iPhone) I’ve finding ways to get discounts without having to clip coupons – as truly I’m not a coupon clipper. I can appreciate a good deal but don’t make me dig thru pages and deal with paper cuts to find it!  I’ve fallen in love with Foursquare lately – and I know some are groaning but there truly is a way to manage it without having to reveal where you are if you don’t want to broadcast it to the world and still get great discounts! (when checking in select the option to “no” share with friends for added privacy)

Here are few random examples, subject to change:

H&M – check in to the Beachwood Place location and the first time check in get 24% off a single item!

American Eagle Outfitters – Check in and get 15% of your purchase.

Find other great discounts local to you here! 4SquareOffers.

Happy deal hunting!

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Earlier this week on Facebook and Twitter we were discussing rompers and their “comeback” – well they are here and I’m starting to notice them everywhere!  Maybe my eyes have been more in tune to them since talking about them, but now I see them literally everywhere I look, some you wouldn’t even necessarily think are!  While I’m not romping out the door to buy a romper (I think they really take a certain personality to rock out, and that’s not me) many of you are, tell us what you think and shoot us a picture wearing your favorite romper!

BCBGeneration – $86.40 (sale at Zappos)

Dereon – $29.99 (sale at Jimmy Jazz)

Baby Phat – $59.00 (at Dr Jays)

Ella Moss -$66.93 (sale at 6pm.com)

And for fun, check out this fun romper from Etsy…

Etsy – Romper – $89 (Etsy link to romper)

Now go forth and romp into a great weekend!  For ideas of fashionable things check out Fashionably Cleveland’s local calendar!

– Nora

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