Friday, April 18, 2014

Win Tickets To Cleveland Magazine's Silver Spoon Awards Party!

When the May issue of Cleveland Magazine hits your doorstep it literally means that summer is on it's way. Their annual Silver Spoon Awards issue is hands-down my fave and the party that is thrown to celebrate (and raise money for the NEO Arthritis Foundation) is one of spring's best. Looking to sample all the best restaurants in Cleveland? Look no further. This strolling food and wine event lets you get up close and personal with the best food in the city and the creative minds behind it. Event proceeds support local Arthritis Foundation programs, services and research improving the lives of nearly 1.3 million people of all ages with arthritis in Northeast Ohio.

200 Public Square
Cleveland, OH

General Admission Tickets $100 {advance} $125 {at the door}
VIP Tickets $150 {advance} $175 {at the door} includes access to the VIP lounge where you'll enjoy specialty cocktails c/o Brown-Forman, live entertainment and exclusive cuisine.
*all attendees receive a 1-year subscription to Cleveland Magazine

20 Years of the Silver Spoon Awards

Tickets are available now but did you know that every year they hold a kickoff party and sell them at a discounted price? Last year's presale was held at Hodge's and this year they kept the Driftwood love alive with a happy hour presale at Cibreo. Along with the usual Cibreo assortment of incredible nibbles (their cheeseboard and meatballs just make me swoon) we enjoyed happy hour drink specials, raffle prizes and discounted event tickets. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year.

the Cibreo board gets me every time
This year I'm super excited, not only because they are holding it at Zack Bruell's new event space at 200 Public Square but because it is the 20th Anniversary of the Silver Spoon Awards Party! Twenty Years!

To celebrate, I'm giving a pair of General Admission tickets away to one lucky reader.  

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::Disclosure - I received a pair of tickets for myself as well as a pair to give away c/o the Arthritis Foundation, Northeast Ohio Chapter. As always, all musings are my own::

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Your Weekend Made Better: Dante Next Door

Hello lovelies! Wasn't this weekend just pure perfection? Spring had arrived and some 70 degree weather was just what was needed to bring everyone out of hibernation. That's why this current cold snap will not get me down. Saturday, the husband and I met Jen & Matthew out at Dante Next Door to preview Chef Boccuzzi's newest Tremont addition. The food was incredible and I think I woke up on Sunday still full from Saturday Brunch.

The new space (literally right next door) is bright and airy with the same warmly infused vibe as Dante. The stunning glass light fixtures lend itself well to the rustic space, giving it just a hint of refinement. The main attraction is the two stone pizza ovens that have been built into a brick wall and are surrounded by a bar where patrons can enjoy the show during their meal.

Being that this was a friends and family preview, we were encouraged to try a bunch of different things off the menu to get an idea of what they have to offer. Those pizzas beckoned us, I'll tell you.

clockwise: Capricciosa pizza w/ ham, mushrooms, tomato, mozzarella / charred tiger shrimp & polenta w/ peperonata, chorizo, scallion / pasta carbonara fritatta w/ spaghetti, pancetta, eggs, parmesan /
Broken Egg pizza
 w/ lake erie goat cheese, asparagus, peas, morels
The Broken Egg pizza was divine and the tiger shrimp polenta was to die for. Next time, I'll be ordering one not to share. Sorry, not sorry. We also enjoyed the crab cakes benedict (amazing) and the Everything Bagel & Lox pizza. Since we arrived after 2pm we steered more towards the "lunch" side of brunch but after getting a taste of their blueberry sausage links, I can't wait to come back and try their french toast, pancakes and waffles. Everything is made in house from pastries to sausage and their eggs are organic, hormone-free and sourced through Fresh Fork Market.

clockwise: box of pastries / nutella pie / lemon trio
I'm not one to go to brunch and order up pastries but after trying these, I'm hooked. Dirt bombs, nut rolls and chocolate croissants? Count me in. My entire table nearly lost their mind over the nutella pie and while they were distracted (just not a nutella girl) I devoured the lemon trio, consisting of the most glorious lemon gelato I've ever tasted.

Matthew, Chef Dante & the Husband
Dante Next Door is open for Brunch Sat-Mon 10:30am-3pm and for Lunch Wed-Fri 11am-4pm. The service and staff are spot on, gracious and exactly what you've come to expect from Dante's restaurants.
Be sure to drop by this Friday, the 18th, for a Grand Opening celebration where you can try their fantastic pizza at no charge from 5-10pm.

My weekend was also made better because I got to check out Jen's impending new addition.

There's a baby in there!!!

The remainder of the day was spent at Banyan Tree and Wine & Design before I realized I had not been day drinking in quite some time and needed a nap. Do you remember what it feels like to nap with the window open with a warm breeze? Heaven I tell you.

top hat ice bucket from W&D / the husband thinks Jen's baby needs a 
squirrel puppet / adorable toddler bow ties from Simple Hands at Banyan Tree / 
outdoor drinking (finally!) and amusing wine boxes

Sunday was spent celebrating Jen and showering her with everything needed for baby. Well it looked like everything. I don't think I've ever seen so many gifts at one time! Let the nesting begin....

::Disclosure - We were invited to a preview of Dante Next Door and all food was complimentary. As always, all musings are my own::

Monday, April 14, 2014

Uncommonly Good Gifting

Remember the days of the catalog? It would come in the post and you'd tear out or dog ear all your favorite things? Now you can just scroll through on your phone or iPad and pin all those same items. I used to get the post, sift through the mail and pile the magazines and catalogs on a side table. But there were always those few that I just had to devour immediately, flipping to see what was new since the last one. UncommonGoods was one of those for me. Always something different, something handmade, something that you couldn't find just anywhere. Before there were local artisans setting up shop on etsy there was UncommonGoods. This was the first place I went to when I needed a special gift. Looking back, I think I gifted myself just as much as I did others, so when the people at UncommonGoods contacted me asking if I'd like to review one of their products I nearly squealed with delight. I have an arsenal of favorites from them and some new things I was dying to get my hands on.

UncommonGoods stemless peacock wine glasses; online and at home
I took them up on their offer and ordered up the stemless peacock wine glasses. At $49.95 for a set of four, they'd make a fantastic housewarming gift but I'm keeping them all for myself. They are quite a bit larger than your typical stemless glass and their subtle weight paired with the etching of peacock plumes make them elegant-yet-fun at the same time.

UncommonGoods is the place to go for unique gifts for men, women and kids. From personalized prints to jewelry and home decor, there is something for everyone on your list. They are committed to offering merchandise from artists to small suppliers that make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Most of the products they carry are created in the USA and one-third of their collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. Through their Better To Give program, they donate $1 from every purchase to charity.

Picking favorites is easy for me and, believe it or not, the picks below have been heavily edited. There are so many things I love that it was hard to narrow them down.

Housewarming / Entertaining

literary coasters / branch skewers / slang flashcards / appetizer platter / confetti wine glasses
bicycle glasses / neighborwoods map coasters / under the influence glasses / serving board

For Him

bookend lamp / dog blueprint / airplane cocktail shaker / wine tote / copper mug / anchor corkscrew

For Her

stacking ring / links of love necklace / horseshoe pendant
be the change necklace / golden path earrings

animal alphabet / skyline of love / wedding waltz
intersection of love / building blocks

::Disclosure - This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. As always, all musings are my own::
All images (except for the one in my home) c/o UncommonGoods

Friday, March 28, 2014

Crushing on Coral

Happy Friday dolls and congrats to Mike T. who won a pair of tickets to Rock the Catwalk on May 1st! Don't forget, you can still get your tickets here

Your comments on what color you're most looking forward to breaking out this spring really got me thinking. From pastels to greens to white with pops of color, I can tell that I'm not the only one itching for this weather to break. I wholeheartedly agree with Rachel who commented that navy is the new black (!!) and Jen who mentioned my absolute favorite combination--pairing it with coral. Needless to say, I've got those navy basics down pat so I'm on the hunt to add some coral to my life.

linen placemat / perfume / herringbone plate / essie polishphone case / bedding
dress / lipstick / harper flats / tippi sweater / echo scarf / pointed pumps
DOF glasses / skinny jeans

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Catching Up

{Just a few more days to enter my Rock the Catwalk giveaway!! A winner will be picked on Friday}

Hello there! I can't believe it's already the end of March. I gotta tell you, so far, this year has flown by. I swear it was just Christmas. There's been quite a bit going on in the SMITTEN household and I'm really looking forward to enjoying spring and summer at a much slower pace. Does it ever really happen? We'll see....

Between the craziness that was planning Jump Back Ball, applying for - and getting - a promotion and negotiating a new contract, I have been completely overwhelmed and going non-stop since November. Whew! I also made the decision to leave my wonderful colleagues in Westlake to take a position at our Public Square location. Working across the street from Noodlecat while finally getting to live and work in Cleveland proper won over the convenience to working across from Trader Joe's and Nordstrom Rack. I hope my credit card will thank me. It's also quite fitting that my first day at PSQ just so happens to be my birthday. 

I did manage to take the first week of March to jet off to Florida to enjoy a bit of sunshine with my two nephews, Penton and Tanner. But we all know what happens when you finally stop to catch your breath. I woke up on Tuesday of a week-long vacay, sick. But I must say, if you're going to have bronchitis you might as well be in sunny, 80 degree weather, looking at palm trees. #justsayin

(before I got sick) with the 2 year old that swims better than I can / 
forced downtime equals quality Harlan Coben & Olivia Pope time

What's been going on with you? What are you loving for spring? There are so many inspiring trends for the season that I can't wait to wear once this weather breaks. 

Also.....Mad Men is almost back!!!!!!!!! And we all know what that means.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Rock the Catwalk Giveaway

There are two easy ways into my heart: fashion and fundraising. Add a little rock-n-roll in the mix and I'm guaranteed to be there. Which is why I'm so excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to Rock the Catwalk on Thursday, May 1st!

Thurdsay, May 1st {doors open at 6:30p}
tickets start at $125

hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a runway show featuring local boutiques and 
celebrity/community models, shopping village, silent auction and Afterglow after party at Provenance

You know I love myself a silent auction. Items include a Michael Symon dining package, Vitamix, Gibson Guitar, an entire year of Cleveland dining and a trip to San Francisco - just to name a few!

United Way of Greater Cleveland Women's Leadership Council is filled with some of the most incredible movers and shakers in Cleveland. These ladies are passionate about their community.... and fashion. So please join me for cocktails, a rocking fashion show and raising money to benefit early learning programs supported by the United Way of Greater Cleveland that will help ensure every child has access to a quality education. What's not to love?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

::Disclosure - I received two tickets for myself and two to give away in return for promoting this event. As always, all musings are my own::

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sunny Skies Ahead - 10 Resort Essentials

While I'm girl who thoroughly enjoys all four seasons (especially winter) there is something to be said about escaping everything in your life to holiday somewhere tropical. Leaving all the stresses of work behind and immersing myself in a good book, pile of magazines and a few cocktails is just what the doctor ordered.

1. J. Crew Liberty tank / 2. Kate Spade shopper / 3. Tory Burch bikini / 4. Zoya Whitney
5. Skye tunic / 6. floppy sun hat / 7. (Miller 2 sandal - sold out) similar
8. CND Tropix / 9. L'Oreal Sublime Sun SPF 50 / 10. Peter Thomas Roth SPF 45

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