Why? Authentically CLE!

Remember in my last post when I said that life keeps moving forward, even in this time? One of the things to come out of this time was a chance for me to step back from the day-to-day of this blog and think about what I wanted it to be.

I am incredibly proud of this space and what it’s been for almost nine and a half years. What started as a very depersonalized, almost guidebook look at Cleveland turned into a space to share my adventures around town; the places and people and things that I love; and the way my life has changed in that time.

But I found myself wanting to do…maybe not more, but different. A new way to share my stories and others’. So, as most amazing things in the quarantine, the idea for Authentically CLE came out of a somewhat boozy Zoom call.

And through the amazing talents of Ashley from Little Leaf Design, my vision came to life.

Why CLE? will continue to exist in this space, but all new content will be posted on Authentically CLE. You’ll notice my social handles have switched over as well. Head on over to the new site now to read a bit about how this all started for me and my first post on one of my good friends who is about as authentic as they get.

Mostly, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the last nine and a half years. I hope you stick with me to see what comes next.

Why? Well, Part 3…

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted here, which tells you what’s happened to time lately. It both seems like forever that we’ve been doing this and just yesterday that we were living normal lives.

It’s been a weirdly busy time in my own life and that combined with the lack of “traditional” Why CLE? content has kept these pages quiet. My therapist and I talked about how life keeps moving forward, even now. Even when it might not feel like it. And that’s been true for me.

As you might have seen on social media, Jeffrey and I moved last weekend to University Heights. Having gone to John Carroll and with Jeffrey at Gesu, this feels so much like coming home. I love the new house and Jeffrey has declared it to be “phenomenal,” so I’ll take that endorsement.

So, now that I’m settled and some of the packing, moving, personal life dust is starting to settle, I wanted to check back in here. I also wanted to share some things that I’ve been loving in this time…

All the online yoga! Yoga Roots offers both live and recorded class options and I’ve loved being able to practice with familiar faces like my teachers Heather, Aimee, Justine, Katie, and Lainie. Plus, my girl Alicia has been offering weekly online Platform Beer pub yoga on Facebook Live, as well as her Grooveryde classes. It’s been so nice to not only stay active, but to do it with teachers I love and trust!

All the take-out meals! Not only is take-out a great way to support local restaurants, but it gives me a break from cooking. Some of my faves so far have been The Pompadour (because cocktails made at home just aren’t the same), Luxe, Il Rione, Le Petit Triangle (because brunch made at home just isn’t the same either), and Larder.

All the Zooms! While it’s not the same as connecting in person, it’s great to have the ability to toast birthdays, celebrate Cinco de Mayo, have a virtual housewarming party, or just acknowledge getting through another day!

All the walks! Seriously, I’m not a nature girl, but we all need to get out of the house these days. Whether it’s the Cleveland Metroparks, Wade Oval (those cherry blossoms tho…), or just around my neighborhood, a stroll makes all the difference in my day.

What is getting you through this time? What local businesses are you supporting? Let’s share ideas!

Oh, and in all the craziness that’s been going on in my life, there are some changes afoot for the blog too, so stay tuned…

Why? Dreaming of a Day at Legacy Village Giveaway!

There are a lot of places I want to go once we’re able to be out and about in the world again. But one of my favorite one-stop locales for everything from great food to great shopping to great times is now just down the road from me. And I find myself dreaming of a day at Legacy Village.

I want to take a class at barre3

I want to sweat with Liz and Nina and Kristen and curse the resistance bands. I even want to do diamonds, that’s how much I miss barre3!

I want to get a gorgeous blowout at Drybar because I have somewhere fabulous to go.

I want to get some adorable clothes at LOFT and Lily Pulitzer and White House Black Market.

And I want to wear those clothes to a decadent dinner at The Capital Grille.

And I want to let Jeffrey run around the lawn (or the closed streets at Food Truck Mondays) with his friends.

To help you enjoy what you’re dreaming of at Legacy Village, I have a $50 gift card to give away.

1.Leave a comment here telling me what you’re dreaming of doing at Legacy Village.

2. Visit Legacy Village and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @legacyvillage and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @LegacyVillageOH and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win a @legacyvillageoh gift card from @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2020/05/06/why-dreaming-of-a-day-at-legacy-village-giveaway/

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, May 10 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Why? Well, Part 2…

Since last we talked here, the world changed yet again. I feel like I’m not even going to bother getting my footing, because the ground is ever-shifting these days.

Jeffrey and I are working on settling into a routine with school work (and recess and lunch and really more snacks than I thought one could eat.)

Honestly, I love the time with him, although my heart hurts that he can’t be with his friends or have the routine of Kindergarten that he so enjoyed.

His teachers are doing a phenomenal job with Google Classroom, posting assignments, extra learning and fun opportunities, and pics of classmates so the kids can stay somewhat connected.

I know how fortunate we are on the spectrum of all that is going on in the world right now, so when the moments of feeling overwhelmed or uncertain arise, I try to just breathe (or text or meme or walk outside or cry or laugh or drink wine or all of the above) through them.

I would imagine things will continue to be quiet around these pages for awhile, as places remained closed and events are canceled or postponed. I’ve been posting local news updates and whatnot on Facebook and Twitter, as well as lots of stories of how we’re spending our days on Instagram (if you’re a parent with a Star Wars-obsessed boy, I got you.)

I just dropped in here to say hi; to wish you all patience and health and stability; and to throw a couple resources your way. If you want to help those in need, consider volunteering with or donating to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. If you want to support our local restaurants in this time, check out this Cleveland Restaurant Take Out Facebook group for info on menus, times, etc.

Stay healthy, be kind, and we’ll catch each other on the flip side…

Why? Well…

I’m not sure about you, but to me, this week has been nothing short of surreal. Jeffrey is going to be home from school for three weeks. Plans are being canceled left and right. Events that I was so looking forward to have been postponed. And no one seems to know what’s going to happen next.

Photo credit: @fitnfreephotography

All of those things definitely fall under the category of First World Problems, though, right? No one I love is sick with COVID-19. I’m not on the front lines of health care or government or reporting, all of whom are just bombarded with ever-changing and unknown circumstances. Minor inconveniences and rescheduling can be managed.

Obviously, there will be less content here as we navigate closures. As a blog that thrives on being out and about, those options are severely limited. That said, you will see me posting about being out, supporting the businesses that are open. That is a personal choice and one you have to evaluate and make for yourself.

If you love where I’m going, but need to stay home right now, do that. Support that business when you feel comfortable. Let’s treat each other with kindness and understanding as we navigate our own comfort levels in these uncertain times.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and let’s turn out in force to show our Cleveland love as best we can now and completely once our city is back up and running at full speed.

Why? Cleveland Home and Remodeling Show Giveaway!

 ***This event has been postponed until Fall 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions.***

As thoughts turn to Spring, I’m sure there are lots of home improvement projects that are making their way to the top of the to-do list. Which is why the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo is coming at just the right time!



From March 20-22, the I-X Center will be filled with exhibitors, celebrity guests such as Ty Pennington from TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” a flower bar workshop from Blossom Cleveland, and so much more.

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Aside from the celebrities and exhibitors, other show highlights include:

  • Woodland Escape by Lil Bear Tiny Homes to help you envision your next glamping adventure (or life in a tiny home)
  • Doggie Drive, where you can bid on your favorite dog house, designed by juniors and seniors at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
  • White Claw Lounge where you can relax and take in the show
  • Tie Dye Workshop presented by ArtFlow where you can tie-dye your own pillowcase, dish towel, or scarf to take home

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If you have a home improvement project and need a spark of inspiration, check out the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo. Tickets are $10 online, but if you click this link you can save $3 with promo code WHYCLE20.


Or, you can enter to win two tickets to Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo right here! Here’s how to enter: you can do one, two, three, four or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each.

1. Leave a comment here telling me what home improvement project you’re hoping to undertake this spring.

2. Visit Home and Garden Events and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @ohiohomeshows and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @GreatBigShow and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend the Cleveland Home & Remodeling Expo thanks to @GreatBigShow and @WhyCLE #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, March 15 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Weekends!

You guys, spring is in the air! Which made for a busy and fun weekend! Let’s get to it…

Cleveland Monsters Game

On Friday night, Jeffrey and I went to one of his favorite places in town: a Cleveland Monsters game. First, though, we grabbed dinner at Yours Truly.


Yours Truly is a favorite for both of us. Jeffrey loves the grilled cheese and I couldn’t pass up the Tuna Supreme, on toasted rye with cheese and tomato. A perfect Lenten dinner!


From there, it was off to the Monsters game. It was Mascot Night and there was a bobblehead giveaway (plus we ran into our friend Maddie from the Monsters Top Line Dance Team), so it was a pretty exciting night even before the ice action started.

It was also Gesu night at the game, with one of the teachers getting to ride on the zamboni and represent the school.


Monsters games are one of my favorite things to do with Jeffrey. He always has a great time, there’s lots of family-friendly fun, and the price point is really reasonable!

LOFT Shopping Party

On Saturday, I hosted a spring shopping party at LOFT at Legacy Village. As usual, the LOFT ladies made everything so fun and easy, providing beverages and sweets and just being a total treat to work with.


Before we even got to the party, though, my friend Anne and I hit a class a barre3, then grabbed Bloody Marys at Bar Louie (it’s called balance, friends.) I love how Legacy Village is a one-stop for everything to make a perfect Saturday afternoon!


I got a ton of cute spring clothes at LOFT that will work for everything from work to play to going out, all for great prices, too.

If you need to refresh your wardrobe for the coming season, stop by and tell ’em I sent you!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. For hosting a shopping party at LOFT, I received two complimentary items from the store. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Gigi’s on Fairmount

On Sunday, I met up with Mariah and Ashlie to celebrate Ashlie’s upcoming new arrival, Baby Aria. Gigi’s on Fairmount is the perfect spot for a ladies brunch! I just adore this cute, cozy, French spot!


I had the Avocado Toast 2 Ways, with jammy eggs and pink peppercorn on one and grapes tomatoes on the other.


Oh, and get the Passion Bubbles, with cava and passionfruit puree. So delish!


It was a lovely weekend, with lovely weather and lovely friends! How was yours?


Why? Bomba Tacos!

Is there anything better than a night of tiki drinks, tacos, and trivia? Last night, I met up with my friends Robin and Amy at Bomba Tacos in Beachwood for all three.


We started with an order of guacamole with roasted garlic, pico de gallo, and goat cheese. I love the variety of chips at Bomba, with plaintain, malanga, and tortilla chips.


I had the charred pineapple margarita, which is the perfect blend of sweet and savory and a great way to toast an almost complete work week!



For dinner, I had the Wild Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl, with chile-lime cucumbers, avocado, sesame seeds, soy-marinated jalapenos, cilantro-yogurt sauce, and mango-coconut rice.


Amy ordered a selection of Bomba’s diverse and delicious tacos and Robin had the Grilled Adobo Chicken Bowl.


For dessert, we shared the churro ice cream sandwich and the seasonal donuts and honestly couldn’t decide which we loved more!

While we ate, we played trivia, which happens at Bomba Beachwood every Thursday night, with a round at 7pm and another round at 8pm.


The questions were general knowledge, fun and challenging, and our team ended up winning! Our prize was a $30 Bomba gift card!


So, check out Bomba the next time you’re craving tiki drinks, tacos, and trivia! And so you can be a winner too, hop over to my Instagram page for a chance to win a $50 Bomba gift card!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Bomba Tacos. In exchange, I received a complimentary meal. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? KeyBank Broadway Series!

The line-up for the 2020-2021 KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square has been announced! From music and stories we all know and love, to new tales that will tug at your heart, this upcoming season has something for everyone.

Here’s what’s coming and when:

To Kill a Mockingbird is Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of the classic novel.


See it October 3-22, 2020.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is a musical interpretation of the beloved romantic-comedy, with all the iconic movie moments, plus lots of fun songs.


See it Janaury 5-24, 2021.

The Cher Show brings all the glitz, glam, excess, and amazing music of Cher to the stage in a tale of her life, story, and legend.


See it February 2-21, 2021.

The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all.


See it March 9-28, 2021.

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations tells the story of The Temptations and their iconic music, set against the backdrop of America’s civil unrest.


See it April 6-25, 2021.

Moulin Rouge: The Musical is all about truth, beauty, freedom, and love in this adaptation of the Baz Luhrmann movie.


See it May 5- June 6, 2021.

Hadestown intertwines the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone into a beguiling and vibrant show.


See it July 6-25, 2021.

Season ticket packages are currently on sale online. Cleveland boasts the largest Broadway season ticket holder base in the country, with 46,000 season ticket holders! This is the best way to secure your seats for all these amazing shows and be a part of Broadway in CLE!


Why? Jump Back Ball!

The 29th annual Playhouse Square Jump Back Ball is in the books and it was yet another incredible party!


This year’s theme was “From Jukebox to Boombox” and people came dressed as musicians from through the decades. I had fallen in love with this dress that I picked up at the Designer Dress Days sale and, thanks to my friend Amy’s suggestion, decided to do a play on “Walk Like an Egyptian.”


Mariah did my make-up (with almost all BeautyCounter products) and from the makeup to the headpiece to the dramatic back of the dress, I had so much fun stepping out of my usual look.

Of course, my crew all showed up looking fabulous too, from Elton Jane to Cher to a Beastie Boy to Britney and K.Fed.


Big shout-out (and a Grammy) to Anne for being a fantastic and gorgeous date!


Faction rocked the main stage while everyone munched on breakfast-for-dinner treats from Driftwood Catering, then danced their feet off.


DJ Smoov kept the late night jams flowing as the crowd spilled out into the KeyBank State Theatre lobby.

This was my ninth year attending Jump Back Ball and every year I’m blown away by what a fun party it is, but also how much hard work and dedication is put in by Playhouse Square Partners on every aspect of the evening from decor to fundraising to make this event a success.


Through Jump Back Ball and other events throughout the year, Playhouse Square Partners supports the non-profit mission of Playhouse Square, specifically the education and community outreach initiatives. And we have a lot of fun, too!

While you have to wait a whole year for another Jump Back Ball (it’s always the last Saturday in February, so mark your calendar now,) you can learn more about Partners by joining us at our Monthly Members Meeting on Monday, March 9.

***Disclosure: I am the Communications Co-Chair for Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***