Friday, October 28, 2011

Collabaholic - Giambattista Valli for Macy's

The minute I laid eyes on the capsule collection Giambattista Valli created for Macy's I started singing 'My girl wants to party all the time, party all the time, party all the time...'. Perfectly timed for the holidays, Macy's knocks this one out of the park. Great styling and affordability makes holiday dressing fun. These looks can carry you easily through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and anything in between.

(you know I lost my mind when I saw this, right?) COVET!
sequin lace faux fur jacket $139, petal detail skirt $100

one shoulder ruched jersey dress $99

sleeveless petal detail dress $139, ruffle belted dress $99, strapless organza dress $139 

animal print dress $99, velvet tulip dress $99, sleeveless animal metallic jacquard dress $99

Here's the petal skirt, again (I'm beyond obsessed!) and the long sleeve ruffle blouse $69

sequin boucle dress $139

See anything you're dying to get your hands on? Check out the rest of the collection here.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cleveland Restaurant Week

via Cleveland Independents facebook page

Well, kittens it's that time again. Restaurant Week! November 1st-13th Cleveland Independents and local restaurants are treating us to a 3 course prix fixe meal for just $30. I love cooking at home and especially around this time of year with all the roasts, soups and stews (not to mention baked goods) that are perfect for this weather. But I'll be taking some time off and letting our great local chef's do the work for me! Menus are available on the website (click on above link).
Here's what I'll be checking out:

Light Bistro

First Course (select one)

Fried Calamari (Lemon, Peppers, Romesco Sauce)

Squash Bisque (Apple Fritter)

Grilled Romaine Salad (Ricotta Salata, Cherry Tomato Jam, Garlic Viniagrette)

Second Course (select one)

Marinated Skirt Steak (Grilled Pumpernickel, Tomato Jalapeno Relish, Scallions, Aged Cheddar, Farm

Ricotta Gnudi (Smoked Pork Shank, Mixed Beans, Blood Orange Sauce)

Spinach and Roasted Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (Yukon Hashbrowns, Fig Glaze)

Third Course (select one)

Ohio Pear and Apple Crisp

Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Crème Brulee

Fire Food and Drink

First Course (one per person)
Popovers with Local Honey Butter

Second Course (select one)
Wedge Salad (Thousand Island, Bacon Lardons, Grape Tomatoes, Sieved Egg and Pickled Red

Caramelized Onion Soup and Gruyere-Thyme Crouton
Third Course (select one)

Red Wine Braised Chicken (Roast Fall Vegetables and Pearl Onion-Bacon-Mushroom Jus)

Pan Seared Rainbow Trout (Sauteed Fingerlings, French Beans and Almond-Brown Butter)

Tandoor Roasted Hanger Steak (Sweet Potato Gratin, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts and Thyme Jus)

Special Fall Vegetarian Entrée Available. Please call or see our website.
Dessert (select one)
Vanilla Panna Cotta

Lemon Curd, Cranberry Compote and Toasted Meringue

Bittersweet Chocolate Brownie Sundae

Luxe - they have a menu for each week so I'll be going twice -yum
First Course (select one)
Pumpkin Cider Soup (Cinnamon Crème Fraiche, Sage Pistou)

Salad (Arugula, Roasted Beets, Goat Feta, Pickled Red Onion, Blood Orange-Coriander
Second Course (select one)
Proscuitto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (Apple and Marcona Almond Stuffing, Thyme-Roasted Root Vegetables, Apple Cider Beurre Blanc)

Country-Fried Quail (Braised Hearty Greens, Crispy Pancetta, Parmesan, Spicy Honey)

Pecan-Crusted Golden Trout (Haricots Vert, Parsnip Puree, Maple Beurre Noisette)
Third Course (select one)
Caramel Bread Pudding, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Sweet Potato Tart Brulee, Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Week Two

November 8-13

First Course (select one)
Autumn Panzanella (Walnut Bread, Ohio Apples, Dried Sour Cherries, Candied Pecans, Fennel, Maple-Orange Vinaigrette)

Matzo Ball Soup (Savory Broth, Carrot and Celery Brunoise, Cracked Pepper, Chive, and
Schmaltz Matzo Ball)
Second Course (select one)
Duck Confit (Braised Cabbage, Housemade “Grandma” Noodles, Goat Cheese)

Steak Frites and Grilled Flatiron Steak (Fingerling Fries, Bacon-Scallion Compound Butter, Thyme Gravy)

Steamed Clams (Roasted Corn, Morcilla, Goat Butter, Broth)
Third Course (select one)
Apple Walnut Crisp, Cinnamon Ice Cream

Chef‟s Whim Seasonal Sorbet

Pier W
First Course (select one)
Baby Spinach Salad (3 Minute Egg, Raspberries, Herb Parmesan Dressing)

Lemon Fried Oysters, Pickled Vegetables and Ginger Cream

Braised Beef Short Rib Pierogies, Caramelized Onion Jus

Second Course (select one)
Grilled Miso Glazed Cobia (Tempura Vegetables and Sticky Rice)

Slow Roasted Berkshire Pork Shoulder (Soft Herb Polenta, Rosemary Jus)

Gulf Shrimp Scampi (Bucatini Pasta, White Wine and Fresh Basil)

Third Course (select one)
Pumpkin Cheesecake, Toasted Pecans, Cinnamon Whip Cream

Selection of Housemade Sorbets

Players on Madison
First Course (select one)
Almond-Encrusted Brie (Apple-Pearl Chutney and Truffle Honey)

Cumin and Coriander Encrusted Calamari (Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Sweet Chili, Sriracha and Lime-Ginger Dipping Sauces)

Roasted Chicken, Corn and Spinach Rolls (Asian Slaw and Sriracha-Soy Dipping Sauce)
Second Course (select one)

Soup of the Day

Mista Salad (Field Greens, Sun-Dried Strawberries, Bermuda Onion, Gorgonzola and Balsamic

Caesar Salad (Hearts of Romaine, Reggiano Shavings and Sun-Dried Tomato Rouille)

Third Course (select one)
Herb Grilled Norwegian Salmon (Roasted Shallot Whipped Potatoes, Lemon-Walnut Vinaigrette, Pear and Walnut Arugula Salad)

PenneGulf Shrimp, Roasted Shallots, Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato-Vodka Cream)

Cider Glazed Pork Tenderloin (Potato and Apple Pancake, Roasted Butternut Squash, Bacon and Roasted

Macaroni and Cheese (Penne, Herb Grilled Chicken, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Three Cheese Sauce)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gelish - Deep Sea & GelColor By OPI

I'm in LOVE. I think this might just be my favorite Gelish or Shellac color so far. I've been looking for the perfect navy blue polish for a long time. Most have too much purple or glitter. This one has just the right amount of shimmer to keep it from looking flat. I am a creme polish girl. I usually don't do shimmer but it works in this color. It's really only noticeable in sunlight.


There are quite a few gel polish/hybrid polish brands out now. I'm super excited that OPI has come to their senses and will soon be introducing OPI GelColor. Unlike their Axxium (pure gel formula), which was in a gel pot and went on with a paintbrush, Gel Color (gel/polish hybrid) will be in a nail lacquer bottle and go on just like polish. It will also be thinner and faster drying than Axxium. They will debut 28 familiar colors to start. Originally this was to be out late October. Then word came of November. Now I'm hearing the beginning of the year. I'll update if I hear anything more concrete.

Rumored colors include:
I'm Really Not A Waitress, Louvre me Louvre me not, Lucky Lucky Lavender, 
Lincoln Park After Dark, Pompeii Purple, Here Today Aragon Tomorrow, Russian
Navy, You Don't Know Jacques!, Alpine Snow, Bubble Bath, Passion, OPI Ink

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A 1 Year Blogaversary


I am so thrilled that today marks one year of cleveland! I didn't think I'd ever get the nerve to start a blog and I'm so completely over the moon that all of you lovely readers have stopped by to check it out. I began last October with 2 followers (that I basically threatened with bodily harm so my Google didn't read zero) and we're now up to over 200 readers between Google, Facebook and email subscriptions! I'd like to run up to each and every one of you and give you a big hug!

My first post was about this awesome design store I stumbled upon. I had been in here before and they were having a Halloween themed wine tasting. Perfect timing. I wanted to do something CLE related to get started. Now you all know that this is my favorite place to hang out and Wine & Design  has seen it's fair share of space on this blog. Those pics from that first post are still some of my favorites. Decorated for fall, glowing candles and super cozy. Add some vino and I'm all in. I just got the email about next week's Hallo-wine tasting so keep a look out for that next week.

$20 per person / Light Appetizer pairings.
Please RSVP by October 27th
These wines are so good they'll scare you! We'll be tasting 5 Bloody Delicious Wines like Hoe-down Chardonnay, Zinzilla Zinfandel and some of the Treasure Hunter Wines along with some Goolish Bites!

I'd love for you to join me, so stop by and say hello! Again, thanks for all your support. I am smitten with you guys!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

I Want To Be A Boden Girl

silk top $138, skirt $118, skinny belt $44

These Brits know what they're doing. With a twist on the basics (pencil skirts, sheath dresses, blazers) and a mod pop of color, Boden transforms even the most dreary day with a bit of fun. The quality is exceptional and the fit is sized well (2-18) and proportioned beautifully. They design for men, women, kids and teens.


1. silk embellished dress $228, leopard clutch $118
2. savoy tunic $188
3. silk chiffon dress $194
4. jersey shift $188

1. ruffle dress $164
2. british tweed shift $198
3. velvet trimmed dress $148

1. ruffle silk dress $188
2. silk dress $148
3. pleat detail wool dress $188
4. silk leaf dress $168

Blouses, Skirts, Sweaters

1. notre dame skirt $118, cashmere cardigan $138, top $114
2. notre dame skirt $118, belt $44
3. embellished collar top $114, velvet pencil skirt $88

Coats & Jackets

1. mayfair jacket $198
2. british velvet trimmed blazer $248
3. military jacket $224
4. tailored wool jacket $228

1. parade coat $294
2. velvet trim trench $198
3. vintage wool jacket $378

Ballet Flats - throw a pair of these on to run daily errands. No one really wants to see you in sneakers unless you've just come from the gym.

1. uptown $118
2. satin embellished $148
3. animal bow $164
4. vintage trim $128
5. jeweled bow $118

Keep in mind that there is always a promo code of some sort available. Usually 20% off. So don't forget to google it before making a purchase. Or sign up for their email alerts.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

OOTD - Last Friday Night

As I mentioned in my prior post, I was a bit under the weather for Friday night's festivities at the Rock Hall & Viaduct Lounge. Since there was quite a bit of strategic concealing and highlighting going on (red nose, dark circles, watery eyes etc) which may or may not have worked out - I decided on a lace overlay mini dress from H&M. I was also thinking this might be my last time in a bare legged look for the season. Well, we'll see about that. I usually have no problems suffering for fashion. Here's the outfit of the day (or night, actually).

my husband thinks making me laugh will make me
 feel better, while I  think sugar will make me feel better

not too short - I'm 5'2" so much more of a mini if you're taller

back view - it gives me a butt (yay!)

dress - H&M
suede platform pumps - Jessica Simpson
lucite cuff - Tory Burch
earrings - Kendra Scott "danielle" (also avail at Zappos and Nordstrom)
bauble ring - J Crew

The husband got tired of being on the other side of the camera (he is such a ham) and really wanted to show me his Heisman pose. (what?!) So here's his OOTD. Shhhh...he doesn't know I'm posting this publicly, haha.

wrong angle?

babe, here's how you do it
shirt - Kenneth Cole
Blazer - Banana Republic
Jeans - French Connection at Dredger's Union
shoes - Joseph Abboud
belt - Coach

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Best Of Cleveland Party & Viaduct Lounge

It was a windy, windy night!

Ever notice how great you feel when you don't have any plans? And when you do have plans you get sick right before? That happened to me this week. After working a 13 hour day (thanks to a mechanical delay) Thursday (with a wicked migraine), I awoke Friday with a full on cold or the flu or something. Figures since I was planning to attend Cleveland Magazine's Best of Cleveland Party at the Rock Hall and stop over to check out the not-yet-opened Viaduct Lounge that evening. So all day I played the "will I go?" or "won't I go?" game. Thinking I'd try to get showered and ready and if I made it out, fine, if not, fine.

After spending what seemed like hours expertly applying concealer to dark circles, highlighter to splotchiness and shimmery hairspray (cause if you can't hide it-you might as well distract from it) I was ready to go. The husband comes home and I mention to him that you can't even tell I'm sick. To which he replies "Well, you can kinda tell, just around the eyes, really. Then you can tell you've got something going on." Oh, thanks hun.

We headed out first to get a sneak peek at the new Viaduct Lounge which should be open within 2 weeks. They are in the old Ponte Vecchio space holding down one of the most beautiful views of downtown CLE. Since it's super close to us I was excited to see that the owners of ABC and XYZ Tavern taking over as Ponte Vecchio was not quite the best fit for us. I can't put my finger on it. The wait staff was nice enough, but the food was hit or miss. We tried dinner, pre-dinner drinks and post-dinner dessert but the place just didn't stick for some reason.

one of the best views in the city

The new Viaduct Lounge is a bit sleeker with the same gorgeous views. The wait staff is wonderful and welcoming, witty, sweet and smart. If you are a patron of ABC or XYZ these will be familiar faces for you. Word is this will not be fine dining but "the finest casual/fun" dining. Plans are to have a champagne/sparkling bar along with a raw bar. They didn't have any of the menus available yet and you know I was dying for a sneak peek! Ginko did this before they opened. Inviting everyone to come down to check out the space but keeping the main menu under wraps. It totally worked! I went back 2 days later to check it out. So it's a sure bet I will be back to the Viaduct as soon as they open. Keep posted for a full review.

the main bar wraps around one end of the restaurant ending in an open kitchen

floor to ceiling windows line the other half - here is the bar area

tons of exposed brick, booths and tables make up the restaurant side

we tried a variety of small bites that lead me to believe I'll be coming back
for more than just the view
The sun had gone down so we headed over to the Rock Hall for the Best of Cleveland party. Luckily we opted not to valet or try to park in the lot at the Science Center because the line of cars was ridiculous! We parked in the garage off E 9th St and walked over to the Rock Hall before any of the cars moved.

Clevelander's are not used to traffic

There was plenty of food and treats, wine and cocktail tastings. Since tickets sold out I was nervous it would be wall to wall packed, but it was the right amount of people and space. I heard previous years were crazy with long lines for the bar and coat check areas. No problems there.

We enjoyed sampling all of the city's best and deciding for ourselves if they lived up to the hype. I was dissapointed that Lemonberry wasn't serving yogurt, but they had a great array of toppings to nibble on. Cap'n Crunch and gummi bears, anyone?
OH, Cake Pops! were giving out their amazing chocolate dream pops with chocolate fudge cake and milk chocolate drizzled shell.
My favorite treat of the night was the red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from Sweet! The Mobile Cupcakery. I pretty much stalked them.
Rozi's was sampling The Rook wine which I remember  trying, loving and getting from Wine & Design last year. It was actually featured in my first ever post. (Note to self: remind Greg to order some for me!)
B Spot was serving up some delicious burgers and Angelo's had a steady stream of pizzas going and I had the most remarkable maple goat's milk fudge from the Ornery Goat Dairy.

I have a slight fear of Slider so I think the husband
thought it was funny making me take their photo.
We spent quite a bit of the evening going through the Rock Hall itself since the husband had never been and I hadn't visited since it first opened. The Women Who Rock exhibit was fun. And yes, the meat dress is creepier than you'd think!

All in all it was a great night (even if I was ducking into every vacant hallway to blow my nose!) One of those nights where I was reminded how much I love this city.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Holiday Preview - Ann Taylor & Banana Republic

I wait every year with baited breath for the first holiday images to appear. I already have the red cup countdown downloaded and I can't help thinking how lovely all this rain would be if it were a bit colder and turned into magical snow. I know, you hate me, I have a problem. It's ok, I'm used to it.

Here's what I'm totally stoked to check out for the coming holiday season.

Ann Taylor (how gorg is Demi? Beyond! I will asking for this wispy/wavy/curly style the next time I see (the fabulous) Mindy at Zen.

{via}  faux fur stole $88, beaded icicle top $228, winter tweed pant $128
chandelier necklace $98, opulent faux fur throw $198 (avail Nov)

{via} refined tuxedo shirt $78, shimmery sequin scarf $98,
modern slim jeans $88 (avail end of Oct)

{via} faux shearling aviator jacket $278, whisper blouse $98,
fete mini skirt $158 (avail Dec)

can't wait to scoop these up for the husband

I'll be pairing these bright colors with some faux fur

a well dressed man is the perfect holiday accessory!

above images {via}

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Get Out & About

Wow. It has been a looong time since I had a get out and about post. My theory is that in a climate such as the CLE, where we have 4 distinct seasons, people usually only need ideas of what to do in the fall and winter. Usually by the time the weather heats up all our time is consumed by fun outdoor activities. There is patio time, family get together time, baseball, festivals, outdoor concerts and many many other wonderful things to do. So many in fact that they all run in together and you end up having to choose between them all. Some of these (like the wine festivals) I feel should be moved to late September or October. Who really wants to stand outside in the late summer heat and sip red wine?

Fall is back and so is this feature. Wines of the Week will be returning soon, as well. Here is what I'm trying to fit into my schedule. Get your umbrellas and wellies and get out!

Friday 10/14
Tremont Art Walk 6-10pm

paintings by Lois Bluhm featured at Wine & Design
751 Starkweather
Cleveland Magazine's Best of Cleveland party at the Rock Hall 7-11pm $45 now SOLD OUT

Market District Harvest Happy Hour Tour (also avail 10/28) 2-5pm $55

Emerging Chefs - Feast of the Deceased 6-9pm at the Historic Monroe Cemetery $80 or Chef's Table for $90

Monroe Cemetery {via}

Saturday 10/15
Gordon Square Arts District & Oberlin College Gala 7:30-midnight $50. VIP 6-7:30 VIP reception $100

Sunday 10/16
Market Garden Brewery Kickoff to Beer Week Tailgate 1-8pm $15

Dinner in the Dark - Light Bistro 6:30-10pm $81


Friday 10/21
Food Truck Beer Dinner @ The SouthSide 7pm $35 (VIP starts 6p $50) 10 beers served with 5 courses from Shortrib1, Dim and Den Sum, Hodge Podge, Unami Moto and Sweet!the mobile cupcakery

Saturday 10/22
Autism Speaks presents Rock Til It Stops - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 8-11:30pm


Monday 10/24
Batter Park Wine Bar - Napa wine tasting paired with 4 courses. $40 (reserve by 10/21 and receive a $10 gift card)

Friday 10/28
Noodlecat Critical Mass Halloween Bash  5-11pm

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