How to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion winter/spring transitionBy Elle

Spring is officially here, according to the calendar, but the days, at least in Northeast Ohio, are still chilly — and today was downright frigid. Although we are eager to bust out our spring things and tuck our woolies deep into the closet, a move like that can be dangerously premature. OK, maybe not dangerous, but certainly premature.

Here’s how I put together one outfit to wear on a recent March day:

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Need a (safe & easy) hair color boost?

Trying out Watercolors by TressaBy Elle

I’ve often read that one should aspire to a lighter, warmer hair color as one ages, and since I suppose I know a wee bit about aging these days (after all, I’ve been helping to care for my mom), I think that advice is right on target.

Aw, who am I kidding. I can’t blame my mom for everything. Truth is, I’m getting older every dang day. And I’ve noticed that when I don’t color my hair, it looks dull and lifeless, and I look at least six months older than I am. At least.  But I really don’t dig using chemicals on my person, so when I do color my hair, I use semi-permanent products that wash out within a month. Downsides: 1) I forget to do it, and 2) I feel annoyed about committing 25 minutes to coloring my hair. I don’t have that kind of time these days. Srsly. And you probably don’t either.

So, after complaining about my predicament recently to my stylist, whom I totally adore and trust, she recommended Watercolors by Tressa.  Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tressa was kind enough to send us several of their products to try. Try I did, and here’s what I thought.

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They laugh alike, they walk alike…

By Abby and ElleLook-a-like
… at times they even talk alike…. And just like Patty Duke and her cousin Cathy (if you’re old enough to remember the Patty Duke Show, you’ll know what we’re talking about), we even, at times, dress alike.

As we mentioned in a previous post, How I’m wearing these classy, colorful cubes, we have been meeting at the Cleveland Museum of Art for the past six Saturdays, so that our little ones can stretch their creative muscles in their respective art classes.

This past weekend we showed up looking twin-like — maybe a little like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, though way better looking and with more fashion sense. Continue reading

How I’m wearing these classy, casual cubes

By Abby

Elle and I have been taking my daughter and a couple of my nieces to the Cleveland Museum of Art for art classes on Saturday afternoons. It’s becoming a kind of coming of age for the children. I went when I was young, and so too my nieces have started the second wave of the tradition, followed now by my own daughter.

img_2990Last week, while the girls were drawing, painting and gluing, we perused the gift shop, where I spotted something I could not live without! The second I saw it I knew I had to have it. What was this thing that entranced me so? Well I’ll tell you, it was a beautiful, fanciful, colorful geo-cube necklace by Coeur De Lion. Continue reading

A bit of boho and a twist on tights

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design boho chicBy Elle

I accidentally bought this dress the other day at Green Roots Collection at Cleveland Clinic. I was walking past the store and the 50% off sign just happened to catch my eye.  I figured it wouldn’t hurt to look. And try a few things on. But not buy anything, and definitely not two things.

So, what I love about my accidental purchase, made by Plume & Thread, is that it’s waaay soft, made in the USA and is comfortable enough to sleep in. (I have plenty of PJs though, so there’s no need for me to actually sleep in my dress.)

Instead of wearing tights or leggings, I opted for jeans, which really gives the outfit a boho look.

I tried the outfit with two different pairs of boots. I have a clear favorite. Leave me a comment and let me know which you prefer!


Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design bird necklace

Bird necklace that I bought from a vendor at Cleveland Bazaar one year. It completes my boho-chic look!

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