Friday, September 12, 2014

Collabaholic - Altuzarra x Target

Before we get started you've got to stop (right now) and take the "Which Target design collaboration are you?" quiz over at A Bullseye View. Shhh...I wont even tell if you take it a few times. It's mad fun.

The time has finally arrived!  Starting Sunday, Sept. 14th, you can get your mittens on all the fantasticness that is Altuzarra x Target. The collection features women's clothing, accessories and shoes ranging from $17.99 to $89.99. Please take note that some items will be available exclusively online at or at Take a deep breath and prepare yourself. Check out the lookbook and get your list ready. As we've learned with previous collections, if you don't snag your must-have items on the first round, be patient. Many times things come back in stock so keep checking.

Top of my list....

clockwise from top left: trench coat $89.99 / dress w/ crane embroidery $49.99 /
belt $29.99 / wrap dress $39.99 / ankle boot $59.99

clockwise from top left: velvet blazer $59.99 / satin cami set $34.99
ankle strap pump $39.99 / flounce skirt $34.99

To kick off fashion week, Target, Joseph Altuzarra and hosted a private shopping soiree to celebrate the new collection. Naomi Watts, Keri Russell, Leandra Medine, and Ivanka Trump were just a few of the celebs that came out to toast the designer and get a first glimpse of the latest offerings.

Are you loving or leaving this collection? Any must-haves?

{all images/video via target}

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Collabaholic - Wit & Delight for Target

**pssst.....just a few days left to win tickets to the Hunger Network's Rolling on the River on 9/26**

Target is back at it with a huge collabaholic debut this Sunday. Not only will Altuzarra x Target be available but you can also get your hands on the newest "From Pinterest to Party" collaboration featuring Wit & Delight. Kate Arends, the Minneapolis spirit behind the blog Wit & Delight, brings her effortless elegance to the party scene with a charming collection that's perfect for bringing people together on a whim. Celebrate the season with this chic-yet-minimalist collection that will surely make its way from autumn soiree to holiday toasts.

Here's a sneak peek.....

Wit & Delight for Target will be available online and in stores starting Sunday, September 14th. Check back Friday for my picks from the Altuzarra x Target collection that will also debut 9/14!

{all images c/o Target Pressroom}

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rolling on the River Giveaway

September is one of my favorite months. Summer winds down and we all start gearing up for fall. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are out (yes, I'm that girl), the Browns are playing and the fall benefit schedule is packed. One of the best fall fundraisers in Cleveland is Rolling on the River. It's a can't-miss, splashy cocktail party that benefits the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. They are back for the 8th year, turning Windows on the River into a fabulous casino where you can gamble and dance the night away. Walk the red carpet and get your photo taken with Elvis and the HNGC Show Girls, get your Sinatra on with Michael Sonata, stalk the incredible silent auction tables and be sure to enter the 'boat load of booze' raffle! It's the perfect way to stock your bar for all those holiday parties.

proceeds benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland
Friday, September 26th 7:30-11:30p
Windows on the River
{cocktail or business attire}

cocktails and dinner buffet
free play money to gamble with
live entertainment from Michael Sonata 
raffle, silent auction & more!

Tickets are $65 through Sept. 12th / $75 Sept. 13-25th / $85 at the door

The lovely people at the Hunger Network have given me a pair of tickets to give away! The contest closes at midnight on Thursday 9/11 and a winner announced on Friday. Good luck!

ROTR 2012 & 2013 - the infamous boat load of booze

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September is Hunger Action Month, rallying those in Cuyahoga County to take action to fight hunger in our community. Check out the opportunities to support the Hunger Network as they bring attention to the issue of Hunger in Greater Cleveland and promote ways to become involved as individuals, corporations and government agencies. "Giving a little, helps a lot. We can all make a difference!"

:: Disclosure - Thanks to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland for sponsoring this blog post and giveaway. As always, all musings are my own::

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Save The Dates

**Congrats to Amy C who won a pair of tickets to Taste of the Browns!! Tickets can still be purchased for this event here**

Happy September everyone! I hope your Labor Day holiday was fun and you sipped the fine splendor that is late summer all weekend long. The weeks between Labor Day and the official start to fall has always left me wanting everything autumn has to offer (sweaters, scarves, boots!) yet wishing we could extend the warm, long summer days just a bit more. There are quite a few really great events lined up for September that you'll want to mark on your calendar. This month is already filling up with a ton of fun things to do, so I'm quite happy that most of these are on the weekends leaving my weeknights free to relax and enjoy the rest of summer on the patio.

Thursday -Monday 9/4-8
Cocktail Week Cleveland - Over 30 cocktail-inspired events, soirees and workshops are lined up all about town in this inaugural celebration.

Friday 9/12
PlayhouseSquare Partners Season Kickoff Party - 5:30p {FREE}
Head over to the U.S. Bank Plaza to get your tailgate on before the Summer Movie Series presentation of Draft Day. Enjoy food and a cash bar (first round is on Partners!) and find out the theme of next year's Jump Back Ball. Tailgate games, cornhole tournament and a 20% discount on new Partners memberships will also be available. *no need to be a member to participate

Sunday 9/14
Pranzo Italiano - Dante Tremont 2p {$100} RSVP 216.456.8117
Chef Dante Boccuzzi will be creating a unique menu of Italian delicacies to kick off the 2014 Cleveland Italian Film Festival. Price includes multiple courses, wine, tax + gratuity. Festival runs Sept. 18th-Oct. 9th at the Cedar Lee, Capitol & Atlas Theaters.

Saturday 9/20
Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q - 11a-10p {$10-$25}
Taste BBQ from over 15 grillmasters as they compete for the title of People's Choice and Grand Champion of Whiskey Island. Local food trucks and a beer tent sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Co. will be on-site. Live music, cornhole tournament, cigar roller and more all to benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Whiskey Lounge upgrades available.

Saturday 9/20 11a-6p & Sunday 9/21 noon-5p {FREE}
Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival - celebrate the 16th annual festival including hands-on arts, historical and educational programs for kids as well as food, artwork, jewelry and more. Music and dance performances will be held on two stages.

Friday 9/26
Rolling on the River* - 7:30p {$65-$85}
ROTR is back for the 8th year to raise funds for the Hunger Network in an all-out, swinging, Sinatra-esque night of gambling and glamour. Food, drinks, music and silent auction included.

::Disclosure - I am on the board of Partners, PlayhouseSquare's young professionals group / I am also helping to spread the word about Rolling on the River and *will have a pair of tickets to give away very soon / As always, all musings are my own::

Monday, August 25, 2014

Taste of the Browns Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone! This weekend made it clear that it still is summer out there. I almost forgot what the August humidity felt like until I was in Columbus shopping, cocktailing and sweating. It was positively tropical. But the kids are back to school and that means that fall (and football season!) is almost here. It also means it's time for the 16th annual Taste of the Browns and to celebrate I have a pair of tickets to give away.

Monday, September 15th 6-9pm
City View Club Lounge at First Energy Stadium
$175 General Admission / $250 VIP

Tickets include:
- food and drink samples from over 25 of Cleveland's most notable chefs/restaurants including Zack Bruell, Rocco Whalen, Eric Williams, Jeff Jarret and more
- signature wine glass for tastings
- mingle w/ Cleveland Browns players and alumni
- live music, silent auction and a new wine & craft beer pull

VIP includes the above along with access to the VIP lounge, exclusive tastings, access to Cleveland Browns celebrities and a personalized listing in the scrolling Thank You video.

Enter to win a pair of GA tickets to help the Greater Cleveland Foodbank tackle hunger with a festive night at First Energy Stadium!!
**Contest ends Thursday 8/29 at midnight and a winner announced on Friday. Participants may tweet once per day for additional entries {via Rafflecopter}**

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::Disclosure - I received a pair of tickets to attend this event along with a pair to giveaway c/o the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. As always, all musings are my own::

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio, providing nearly 39 million meals in 2013 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. Our mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cocktail Week Cleveland Is Coming

Get ready girls and boys - Cocktail Week Cleveland is coming! How we haven't celebrated our local cocktail landscape before is beyond me. Kudos to the Cleveland Chapter of United States Bartender's Guild who decided we were long overdue and have partnered with some of the best local businesses to create a 5 day experience to celebrate our cocktail culture. I literally squealed with delight when I heard about this. Pairing my two loves, cocktails and Cleveland, is possibly the best way to wrap up summer.


Cocktail Week Cleveland runs September 4th through 8th. Events run the gamut from educational seminars, happy hours to cocktail competitions and even a ticketed fundraising gala.

Check out all the great events they have lined up for the week here. There's no better place to kick off a celebration like this than the iconic Velvet Tango Room. Meet up at VTR for happy hour before heading over to Crop Bistro for an evening of paired cocktails and courses from over 20 of Cleveland's top chefs and bartenders then top your night off with a midnight toast at Society.

Eliot Ness' Cleveland: Prohibition, Beer and the Torso Murders - 4pm / Velvet Tango Room SOLD OUT
CWC Welcome Happy Hour 4:30-6pm / Velvet Tango Room
Drinks in the Dark - opening night Gala / Crop Bistro 7-10pm
Midnight Welcome Toast / Society Lounge 11:45p

A few more highlights....

Aromatized and Oxidized by Haus Alpen at Katz Club Bar Car / Sept 5th 5-7pm
Pig Roast by Mount Gay Rum / Porco / Sept 6th noon-4pm
Tito's Bloody Mary Battle / Hodge's / Sept 7th 10am-1pm
Cocktails on the Rails / Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad / 4-7:30p
Breakfast for a King (or Queen) by Crown XO / Dante's Next Door / Sept 8th 10:30am-1pm

Events are still being added to the schedule. Be sure to follow CWC on facebook and/or twitter for the most up-to-date details as they become available.

Please drink responsibly and always have a driver. CWC has even paired with the Aloft Hotel to bring you discounted rooms during this time. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

This Is How We Summer

How in the world is it already August? This summer is flying by at a ridiculous pace. Amongst all the pre-fall shopping and the back to school ads, I keep trying to remind myself that technically we still have almost two months of summer left. I adore fall, don't get me wrong. But this summer has been so much fun already that I simply don't want it to end.

Grapes & Ale (benefiting Our Lady of the Wayside)

sun setting on Progressive field (via Charlene) / Charlene and I had made a pre-game plan to taste
 'all the bubbles' /Amanda, Charlene and I

Luau on the Lake (benefiting Shoes & Clothes for Kids)

Wendy Park on Whiskey Island / celebrating 'island life' / this fab crew - Alicia, Charlene, Anna, Rachel /
Alicia getting her limbo on - lesson learned: it's hard to backbend in a maxi dress

Prayers from Maria - Sunflower Wine Festival

my nephew warming up the crowd for his daddy / scenes from the street
Around Town

summer menu goodness at Dante / these guys at Parallax / celebrating LBJ's return to CLE on the Dante patio /
finally meeting this little lady and catching up with my cousin Jess and her husband - in town from L.A.  

Taste of Tremont

Paul. Chris, Fabian & Lifu / the Hickens getting cozy at Wine & Design / all. the. people. /
you know where to find me - #tasteofdante

How has your summer been so far? What are you still looking forward to?

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