How My Favorite Brewery is Killin' the Craft Beer Game

Friday, June 29, 2018


Great Lakes Brewing Company is the 30th largest brewery in the United States, though it still qualifies, by production volume, as a craft brewery. It opened in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood in 1988, & though the brewery now distributes its beer to 13 states & the District of Columbia, all their production still takes place on a single city block right there in the same place it started.

Earlier this week, I attended a "Hop College 101" beer class at Great Lakes' tasting facility (which is separate from their brewpub, though just half a block away). 

Conversations with Clevelanders: "Why Does Place Matter?"

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


"Why does place matter?" 


That was the question at the heart of a roundtable discussion I attended over the weekend, hosted by The Cleveland Foundation. This event was one of 100+ gatherings on this topic happening across Northeast Ohio on the same day, but the one I attended was specifically geared toward young professionals, helping to kick off Engage! Cleveland Young Professionals Week.

Whether or not you live in Cleveland, I think this conversation is easily replicable in any city or community - & I got a lot out of it.

I was at a table with a few really interesting folks, mostly women, & all with varying backgrounds/connections to the city:
  • Brittany, my college friend, a trained journalist & Lakewood homeowner
  • Simone, a friendly & thoughtful Cleveland Foundation volunteer
  • Ari, a CWRU masters student originally from Pittsburgh
  • Katie, an Instagram friend who works for the Gateway District 
  • Lauren, who works in marketing for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance
  • Lorena, who owned a home in the 'burbs but recently moved downtown
  • Mantu, who recently moved to downtown Cleveland from New York City
  
We talked about what makes a place special, from the physical elements to the social ones. We talked about what we love about Cleveland, & where Cleveland could improve. We talked about what it means to have a place, to live in a place, to be from a place, & to care about a place. We talked about why Cleveland is our place.

Some of the topics we hit on included:

Maximizing space

We talked about how much food & drink matter, & how much it increases your city's credibility when you've got good culinary offerings - which we do. In terms of actual space, Cleveland has, in the last few years, begun to capitalize on its waterfronts, both the lake &  the river. We celebrated the rebirth of The Flats & the popularization of spaces like Edgewater Park, which simply didn't exist - or were incredibly unsafe - as recently as a few years ago. We talked about the boom in businesses in those areas & beyond, especially on the East Bank of the Flats - which just opened a Margaritaville, for crying out loud. 

We spoke a bit, too, about how much more space there is in Cleveland that could be used, from abandoned buildings downtown to the weird, empty, industrial areas between the Flats & Tremont, or between Tremont & Ohio City (heyyy, growth in Duck Island), or in Gordon Square... the list goes on. There's plenty of space in Cleveland, & we're all looking forward to seeing how the city continues to grow & populate its available space with businesses we're excited about. 

Public transportation

This is, for me, one of the primary areas of potential improvement for Cleveland. As a Midwestern city, Cleveland is still primary a driving town - but public transportation is what really allows for ease of movement in any major city. Though the RTA was once named the best public transit system in North America, that's because it runs well - not necessarily because it goes where people need to go. There are indeed a number of public transportation options that help many, many people get around the city, but the options still leave a lot to be desired.

For example, I shared my experience moving to Tremont after a few years of living in D.C. I figured it would be easy to hop a bus from my neighborhood to downtown Cleveland, which is only about a mile & a half, as the crow flies. Imagine my shock at discovering that it's a 45-minute bus ride! Yep, the bus stops everywhere in between, making it truly absurd to take the bus from Tremont to downtown unless you absolutely need to (& many people do). Why not bring in buses like D.C.'s Circulator, which makes limited stops in very popular, populated neighborhoods, connecting communities & making it easy to move between them?

Health care

Here in Cleveland, we're fortunate to be in close proximity to some of the best health care options in the country, from University Hospitals to the Cleveland Clinic. If you're going to get sick, this is a pretty lucky place to do it. But why is Cleveland's infant mortality rate so high? Why do we still drink unsafe water? How do we make sure people have access to all this world-class health care? 

We spoke a bit about how some places, like the new UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children, are really digging into data about what our city & its residents need, then turning those data points into concrete action that helps this place & those people. The new center will include a dentist office, a WIC office, breastfeeding support, a teen clinic, & a number of other features, all in one place, so that low-income women or women with limited transportation options can access multiple options all in one place. 

Housing & affordability

Cleveland has a reputation as being a vibrant yet affordable city, but we talked a lot about the serious increase in cost of living, especially when it comes to rents & mortgages. What's with the $350,000 condos in Tremont, Gordon Square, Lakewood... everywhere, really? Who's the target audiences for those? I think young professionals like us are the target audience, but I would never spend that on a two-bedroom condo that looks like it's made out of a shipping container. If I'm gonna spend that (& I'm not), I'm gonna move out to Westlake & have a house with a yard.

We also discussed what happens to lower-income individuals - the people who have lived in their neighborhoods for years, or even for generations - when prices go up & yuppies move in. I had a Lyft driver recently, a single mother & former police officer from Puerto Rico, who told me that her fixed-income housing in Tremont used to cost $350 a month - & now it costs nearly $700, forcing her to pick up extra jobs just to house her family of four in a nice, safe area. As Cleveland grows & expands, what are we doing to protect her & her family & all the many families like them?

Gentrification

That's the crux of the issue above, isn't it? We have to figure out where we draw the line between being proud & excited to see our city grow, thrive, & succeed, & being wary of how all of that business & growth oppresses those in lower income brackets. Cleveland is a city of serious diversity, both racial & financial, & the financial divide only grows as our city becomes "better."

Are we truly better, if we're leaving behind the most vulnerable in our communities? How can we be both excited about growth & committed to ensuring that we provide necessary support & protection to Cleveland's many low-income families? We want Cleveland to become bigger, cooler, more vibrant - but at what cost, literally?

If you made it through this whole post, whew, well done. All this to say: It was really cool to come together with fellow CLE young professionals to talk about our city. 

If you're in Cleveland, here's how to get involved in moving forward conversations like this one. I'm looking forward to figuring out how I can get more involved - & I'm always down for discussing this city's present & its future.

Disclaimer: This event was free, but this blog is a media partner for Engage! Cleveland's Young Professional Week, which includes admission to two paid events in exchange for writing about some of my experiences. All views are my own. 

9 Podcasts I'm Loving

Monday, June 25, 2018


I still consider myself a person who doesn't listen to podcasts, which is ridiculous, because at this point, I listen to at least two episodes a day. Yeah, yeah, I'm a podcast person.

When I first started listening, I shared a few podcasts I loved at the time (many of which I still listen to). Since then, I've also told you about the crime podcasts I love & the Bachelor-related podcasts I love. Now, it seems like it's about time to share with you a few of the basics I'm enjoying right now.

1. Part-Time Genius

I listen to this How Stuff Works podcast very infrequently, but when I do, I always learn something now - or, like, a dozen new things. It asks the really important questions, like, "Is the Earth really Running Out of Sand, Dirt and Bacon?" & "Will Coffee Make Me Live Longer?" (titles of actual episodes). They also do "9 facts" episodes, where they share random information on everyday topics like ice cream, robots, & accountants.

2. Scrubbing In

This podcast sort of pisses me off, but it's still entertaining most of the time. Former Bachelor contestant Becca Tilley hosts this (very) loosely Grey's Anatomy-themed podcast on topics related to dating, single life, pop culture, & more. I have very different worldviews than Becca & her cohost, Christians with conservative (& occasionally misogynistic) views - but they're kind & open-minded enough that I keep coming back for more, even when I can't relate to them.

3. Invisibilia

This NPR podcast is "about the invisible forces that control human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions" - which is not nearly as heavy or intense or above-your-head as it seems. Topics include, for example, categories, things we don't say, emotions - the intangible things that define us presented in a way that feels relatable, compelling, & even life-changing. Years after my first listen, I still think about the "fear" episode at least once a week.

4. Lo-Down Living

Laura, a.k.a. Lo, is a Cleveland blogger & health educator who's all about body positivity, minimalism, & all things wellness-related. Most episodes of her podcasts are under half an hour long, so they're a quick & easy listen, addressing topics like self-love, online transparency, overcoming negativity... you get the gist. Basically, if it's related to self-care & personal health & wellness, Lo is talking about it.

5. Girl Be Free

This podcast is a part of the Be Free Project, run by the charismatic & insightful Siobhan Sudberry, who says her goal is to "help women get unstuck." It's just one of the many resources Siobhan offers - some free, others paid - to encourage women to lead authentic, joyful lives. She shares pep talks, tips, & resources "that will inspire and push you to take action in your life." Episodes include "9 Types of Friends to Have in Your Girl Squad," "Let's Talk about Purpose," & "3 Ways to Put You First Without Feeling Guilty."

6. Mouthing Off

Former Bachelor contestant (& villain!) Olivia Caridi takes to the mic to interview friends, fellow Bachelor folks, & anyone she damn well pleases, talking about life & pop culture & social issues & whatever, basically. I was moved by her story of how the show so negatively impacted her mental health, & I think she seems like a lot of fun - not to mention surprisingly insightful. I feel like this podcast is her redemption story, & it seems like she deserves it.

7. Professional Book Nerds

Cleveland blogger & Overdrive.com employee Jill Grunenwald co-hosts this book-centric podcast that features author interviews (including some really beloved writers, like Ruth Ware, Meg Cabot, & Brandy Colbert) & previews of soon-to-be-published books. This is where I'm now getting, like, 60% of my to-read suggestions - as though I needed to add more to my already-long list!

8. The Human Hour

This new podcast is just one episode in, hosted by two life coaches, Cleveland's Katie Kurtz & her friend Christine Barnes, based in New Jersey. They describe themselves as "perfectly imperfect," talking about living a life they love & encouraging listeners to find ways to do the same & to embrace honesty & transparency along the way. So far, it's a little touchy-feely for me, but I really like Katie & her local Soul Connect events, so I'm going to stick with it & see where it goes.

9. My Favorite Murder

I know, I know, I've mentioned this podcast a million times, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention it again, as it's truly my favorite podcast of all podcasts. I have listened to every episode, & I joined the Fan Cult. I can't help it.

What podcasts do you listen to? That is to say: What other podcasts should I be listening to? 

Our Wedding Day: The Ketubah-Signing Ceremony

Friday, June 22, 2018


Our wedding ceremony began at 4:30pm because, for whatever reason, my mother insisted that it was good luck to start on the half-hour. Before the ceremony itself, though, we had our ketubah-signing ceremony, which began at 4pm in a private room in the wedding venue. It was attended by only our parents, our rabbi, & our bridal party, along with a couple other relatives.

What's a ketubah, you ask? 

A ketubah is the Jewish wedding contract, signed by the couple, their rabbi, & two Jewish witnesses. Because we're an interfaith couple & our Jewish friends are all originally my friends, our rabbi suggested that we actually have four friends sign the ketubah - two of my Jewish friends, & two of Mike's friends, who aren't Jewish. That way, it felt truly representative of our love & our friendships & the balance of our relationship.

The bridal party arrived at the wedding venue on a converted school bus, listening to "The Finaal Countdown" the whole ride there. We took a few quick photos at this gorgeous orange wall next door, then headed into the venue for the evening to officially begin.







Our rabbi was my friend & colleague, Rabbi Michael Namath, who hired me for my first job at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism back in 2007. It was such an honor to have Michael officiate our ceremony - & then join in the fun as a regular old guest. This rav's got some killer dance moves!

He started out the ketubah ceremony by explaining it to everyone in the room & by having Mike & me sign our (non-Jewish) marriage certificate - the one issued by the State of Ohio.




Then, Michael led us in the ketubah ceremony itself.

It included readings from him, from Mike & me, & from each of our parents. I am so grateful that Mike's parents, who are Catholic, were willing to participate in our Jewish ceremony in this way. It meant a lot to us to have everyone in one room, taking a few deep breaths together before moving into the full wedding ceremony & reception.





And then came the signing. Mike & I both signed, & then Michael invited up our witnesses up. 

Mike chose his best men, Kevin & Jeremy, with whom he attended Catholic school; this was definitely their first time signing a ketubah!

My witnesses were my friend Rebecca, who was my only Jewish bridesmaid, & my friend Cara, who I first met in 2007 at the same job where I met Michael (& Rebecca, actually - can you tell I got along well with my coworkers at that job?!) The rest of our bridal party was on hand to watch & to celebrate with us.








After we'd all signed the ketubah, there was a lot of hugging & celebrating... & Michael announced that Mike & I were officially married! 

No matter what came next during the ceremony, he said, we were already married in the eyes of Judaism & the law. It was such a relief to hear that; it actually took away a ton of my anxiety as we prepared to walk down the aisle.








I am overwhelmed by the emotion in these sweet, intimate photos of Mike & me & our parents. You can just see so much love & happiness in our faces.

This ceremony was the perfect start to the day, & now our gorgeous ketubah hangs in our living room as an original piece of art that reminds us of our big day & our enduring love - of each other and our city!


To be continued...

All photos copyright The Oberports, our wonderful wedding photographers based out of Charleston, WV. 

5 Reasons to Take a Getaway to the Middle of Nowhere

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


I've written before about the cabin my family has been going to since I was a kid. It's technically a hunting club, & my three of my dad's childhood friends have long been members, which means that they each get one weekend a year to invite family & friends to come up for a weekend getaway (no hunting involved, unless you want to).

Now, one of my dad's friend's sons (who I've always called my cousin, even though we're not technically related) is a member, too, so he gets his own weekend.

The cabin is in Lycoming, PA, which is essentially the middle of nowhere. It's about an hour & a half northwest of State College, PA, home to Penn State. Google Maps can't find the cabin; you have to map to the nearest house, then use handed-down written directions to find the cabin itself, which is behind two locked gates. It's about a five-hour drive from Cleveland, but it's an easy one, given that it's a pretty straight shot across PA.

Whether or not you've got a family cabin to visit, I can't speak enough to the concept of getting away in the middle of nowhere. It's worth seeking out a remote space of your own to visit!

1. Take a much-needed break from technology.

Our cabin has no wifi & no Internet connection whatsoever. In fact, once you hit the base of the mountain, you'd better have written directions on hand, because you'll have lost service about 15 minutes earlier.

There's something so darn freeing about not having your phone on you at all times  - or any of the time. I didn't even take any photos because I left my phone in my room the whole weekend. Particularly as a social media manager who's allllways on the Internet, this is the best part about going to the middle of the woods.

2. Connect on a more personal level. 

When you don't have phones & TVs to turn to, you're forced to - gasp! - interact with the other humans around you. When we arrived on Friday night, everyone was drinking around a bonfire, playing a stupid game someone made up where everyone just went around in a circle & named their top three TV crushes.

There's something special about having to really try to connect with others, with no Google to turn to when you're not sure of something or can't remember the name of James Franco's Freaks & Geeks character (Daniel DiSario, FYI). It results in a lot of laughing, for starters, which is always good for bonding.

3. Books & board games & beer darts, oh, my! 

I finished a book & a half, went three rounds of Secret Hitler, and won two rounds of beer darts (which has literally never happened before). We also played three games of beer baseball, which is an excellent way to get drunk only if you're good at beer baseball, which I am not (proven by the fact that I was the last to be drafted, ouch).

We played board games & pub trivia, hung out on the patio & chatted, watched as three new-to-the-cabin guests were initiated by lake-jumping, & just generally found creative, non-technological ways to have fun.

4. Get back to nature.

We didn't see any bears this time around (probably because there were four dogs & five babies staying at the cabin with us!), but we did spot a waddly porcupine & a giant deer on the way into camp, & I caught a few newts with my cousins' kids, teaching them their dads' & my favorite cabin pastime from our own childhood.

Being in the middle of nowhere is the perfect time to explore nature, whether you're catching newts, swimming in the lake, exploring the creek, or just picnicking in the grass.

5. It's pretty darn cheap.

We paid for gas & for the food we brought with us, & we'll pay my cousin for cabin cleaning & maintenance fees, but beyond that, the weekend was practically free.

We're lucky to have such an inexpensive place to visit every summer, but even if you don't have a similar option, staying in cabins is rarely an expensive getaway - & once you're there, especially if you're staying in for the weekend, there's nothing to even spend your money on.

If you're local to the Cleveland area, here are a few great weekend getaways I'd love to try. I've never been to most of these spots, so I can't endorse them, but they all look pretty nice!
  
  
Anywhere else you'd recommend? What's your favorite way to get away from it all? Leave a comment & let me know.

What I Packed for 10 Days in Costa Rica

Monday, June 18, 2018


OK, let's be honest: I never really care much about other people's packing-centric blog post. It's like, if I don't have the exact same itinerary & sense of style as you do, why would I bother? Right before I left for Costa Rica, though, I saw a packing post from And Then We Tried that I found really interesting/helpful, so I figured... why not? 

It's important to note, though, that I didn't do a great job of packing, as hard as I tried & as early as I started (about a week before we left). I had no concept of how freaking hot it would be in Costa Rica or just how much I would sweat. I went through at least two outfits a day - sometimes more - so I was incredibly relieved when Mike located an expensive laundromat near our hotel somewhere around day five. We washed everything & basically started over from scratch!

I also packed entirely in a carry-on suitcase, in an effort not to bring too much & so that I wouldn't risk losing my luggage between flights. If I did it again, I'd bring more workout clothes... & I might have to check a bag because let me tell you, I was maxed out, & had we not found a laundromat, I wouldn't have had nearly enough clothing to get by!

OK, onto the good stuff. Here's what I brought for a 10-day trip in San Jose & Tamarindo, Costa Rica, bearing in mind that none of these photos are of the exact items I own. But they're all close! 

Bathing Suits

First things first: I brought three bathing suits, though the examples shared here are loose approximations because apparently it's really hard to find online representations of bathing suits that aren't being worn by well-oiled bodies. I bought two of them right before the trip, including the strappy black one-piece that left me with an absolutely ridiculous sunburn pattern.

Tops

I only really brought eight tops, which was nowhere near enough. Two of those were "real" shirt - a chambray button-up & a striped tee - & the rest was workout-style gear, with a few that landed someplace in between the two genres. I also brought a zip-up sweatshirt, which was great for cold shuttle rides & chilly hotel rooms, & a light summer sweater than I mostly wore on the plane. It's a damn good thing we were able to find a laundromat, or I would've found myself washing all of this in the hotel room sink - & of course, I barely wore the "real" tops at all. Sweatiest human alive.



Pants, Dresses, Etc.

This category broke down into...
  • Three pairs of leggings, though I only wore two: the long, latticed pair on flights & the capri pair in Costa Rica. I wish I'd brought, like, three capri pairs!
  • One pair of workout shorts - though again, I could've used a few more pairs of these
  • One pair of Spandex shorts to wear beneath dresses
  • One pair of linen shorts, the only "real pants" I brought 
  • Three dresses. The polka-dotted maxi & the cotton shift got the most wear of anything I brought.
  • Three adult onesies: my favorite patterned jumpsuit, a fancy black romper I never wore, & a stretchy, black, wide-legged jumpsuit that primarily served as a bathing suit cover-up. 

Shoes

I brought four pairs of shoes, which seems like a lot, but it was actually just right right amount. I purchased a new pair of Chaco sandals for the trip, & I think they'll serve me well for summers to come. The flip-flops were all I needed for the beach, the Nikes were for activity days, & the slip-ons were my go-to, everyday shoes for comfort without looking hideous - & decent in the rain, too. 


Bags

I carry my trusty Puma backpack on all trips, as it's the perfect size & very comfortable to carry. I swapped out my everyday purse for a waterproof one with lots of zippers & compartments, plus a cheap fanny pack (good for our rainforest day) & a (slightly tacky) tote bag that told everyone where I'm from. We carried that one to the beach every day... & it may now be destroyed, but it was worth it!

Jewelry & Accessories

I didn't bring many accessories, & it's a good thing: Most of the time, I was way too sweaty to wear the ind of outfits that warranted them, I never did end up wearing the denim hat, though it seemed like a worthwhile item to have on hand (& only cost me $3). I wore the parrot earrings on our one "nice" night out, the one night it wasn't too hot to exist; I put on the polka-dotted dress & felt so dressed up, if only because I'd been wearing bathing suits for a week straight.


And there you have it, a rundown of my suitcase for 10 days of beach life. Like I said: I didn't do the best job, but hey, it could've been worse.

What's your packing style? Do you do it early or wait until the last-minute? Do you find that you've usually brought what you need, or do you eff it up, like me?! 

How to Look Like You Have It All Together: Shop Someplace that Does

Thursday, June 14, 2018



Do you remember, when you were younger - maybe in high school or college or even in your early 20s - thinking, "Someday, when I'm older, I'll have it all together"? I thought my outfits would be coordinated & well-pressed, my home would be nicely decorated & always clean. Now that I'm in my early 30s, I still wonder, "OK, is that ever coming?" & I've got to be honest: I don't think it is.

That's why I like places that make it a little bit easier for me to feel like I've got it all together.

I was invited to attend last week's launch party at the Laura of Pembroke store at Pinecrest, a new mixed-use development in Orange, OH, about 15 minutes outside of downtown Cleveland. Laura of Pembroke is a clothing store, homegoods store, and furniture store, all in one, & this is their second location (the first is in Canton). It was one of the first spots to open at Pinecrest - along with a Shake Shack! (I tried to wait in that line but bailed after about five minutes.)

Pinecrest aims to be "the downtown of the East side," which amuses me a little because it's so solidly suburban - but as we've previously discussed, I like the suburbs, so I'm into it.

In celebration of their opening, Laura of Pembroke hosted a lovely launch party - open to the public & with special invitations to local bloggers - complete with champagne, custom cookies from the Itty Bitty Bakeshop, & a bubble machine at the entrance.







I'm not kidding when I say that this place has - & sells - everything. 

In fact, the women who work here joke that the entire store is for sale because you can literally purchase the art off their walls & the light fixtures off their ceiling. Their furniture is unfortunately out of my budget (still living that IKEA life, for now), but damn, do they have some gorgeous stuff.

They also have an interior decorating consultant on staff to help you style your home, & looking at how the shop itself is styled, I trust them 1000%. I'd kill for a home that looks like this instead of a few levels up from a dorm, which is admittedly what I'm working with some days. OK, that's dramatic; my apartment is cute, but it's certainly no Laura of Pembroke. Look at this place.







They've also got a huge selection of clothing, jewelry, shoes, & accessories, all at varying price points. You'll find a $35 shirt on the rack right next to a $250 jacket, with familiar brands brands like Kate Spade alongside newer ones you've not yet tried. Unfortunately, the largest size they carry size is an L, which is usually still too small for my size 14/16 body...

But accessories fit everybody! I bought an absolutely gorgeous ring that I've worn every day since making it my own, & I've got my eye on the unusual, fabric-based statement necklaces you see in the first photo below.
















And finally, they carry a ton of homegoods, from barware to dishes to home furnishings. 

If you're into home entertaining or are looking for something special for friends who are, this is the perfect spot to find your next gift. During the launch party, I bought a little something for my mom's upcoming birthday.

I also went back a few days after their opening to grab a wedding gift for our friends Ryan & Sam's July nuptials. I won't tell you what I got, because Ryan sometimes reads this blog (hi!), but suffice it to say that it was a lot of fun to pick out something frivolous & pretty for them to enjoy.








While at Pinecrest, I met up with a fellow bloggers Crystal of Eat*Drink*Cleveland, Leah of By Travel & Error, & Alyssa of The Mexitalian) I was so impressed with the way Laura of Pembroke reached out to so many of us, focusing on what we blog about & personally love. Alyssa, a food blogger, wrote about her kitchen style; Julia, a beer blogger, wrote about their gorgeous bar goodies; Rachel, a style blogger, wrote about her fashion finds, including a pair of shoes I'm totally coveting. 

After the Laura of Pembroke opening, we stopped by a few other stores, including the West Elm launch party (free booze & tasty apps!) & Pottery Barn's opening soiree, complete with a really dramatic flower-stealing episode that I documented on Instagram

It's so much fun to be a part of the Cleveland blogger community that has formed within the last year. And while I will likely always struggle with the balance of sponsored versus organic content, it's easy to say yes to sponsored opportunities like this one when I really believe in & love the brands I get to partner with. I believe whole-heartedly in the work & success of local businesses, especially those owned by women, & I relish the opportunity to raise them up & to help fellow Clevelanders find new spots to try. 



Bonus: A few days later, when I returned to Laura of Pembroke to buy the aforementioned wedding gift, I also stopped into the new Shake Shack. This time the line was only - only! - 30 minutes, but it was totally worth it. That cheese sauce is to die for, y'all.


Many of the stores, shops, & restaurants that will ultimately populate Pinecrest aren't yet open, but you can follow along on Instagram at @discover_pinecrest for updates as new spots launch.



Disclaimer: I was invited to attend Laura of Pembroke's launch party at Pinecrest & was gifted a bag of goodies in exchange for a blog post sharing my honest opinions. As always, all views are my own - & given that I went back to buy more stuff from them, you can assume I'm telling you the truth about how much I liked this place!
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