Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I Apologize In Advance (Gaga - Vanity Fair)

Let me just take a minute and apologize for yet another Gaga-related post. I just couldn't help myself after seeing the photoshoot Annie Liebovitz did with The Lady for Vanity Fair's January issue.

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Check out this amazing (nude) photo of Gaga here. (Didn't want to post it and offend anyone) Forget those Victoria's Secret models, I'll have what Gaga's having!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More Holiday Happenings...

There are so many awesome things going on that's it's hard to fit them all in one post, so here's some more .

WED 11/30

If you missed the opening of CLE Clothing Co's new shop downtown on the corner of Euclid & E4th, go check it out now! They are closed Mon-Tues for admin and inventory so stop on by anytime starting Wednesday.


Lago's Holiday Boutique Show - 7-10pm.  Enjoy light nibbles and drinks with your girlfriends as you shop in the carriage house.

THURS 12/1

Ohio City Holiday Hop 6-9:30pm {$95} -  NEO Food Tours is putting some holiday swank into this month's tour starting at Campbell's Sweets Factory. Treats and festive beverages will be featured at Bonbon, SOHO, Room Service, Salty, Something Different, Dragonfly and Bar Cento.

SAT 12/3

Hot Toddy Party at the Banyan Tree - I know it's Christmas when the Hot Toddy Party rolls around! Delightful yummies, hot toddys, cocktails and some of the best boutique shopping? Yes, I'm all in!


Cleveland Handmade Market - Wooltex Gallery / Tower Press Bldg 10-6pm.  Shop local & handmade.


Ohio City Christmas Walk - 6-10pm $16 Tickets for 6 & 7pm are sold out. Tickets remain for the 8 & 9pm tours. Stroll the streets of OHC and tour historic holiday festive homes.

THURS 12/8
Cleveland Heights Holiday Hop - $95 6:30-10pm  NEO Food Tours does it again but this time hotspots include Heights Art Gallery, Abrash, Lopez, Taste, Revive, The Wine Spot and SweetieFry. Mayor Ed Kelley is your special tourguide for the evening.

FRI 12/9


Tremont BrewHaHa Fri 12/9-Sun 12/11 - I am so excited for this wonderful event. Practically every spot in Tremont is celebrating with a special or event of some sort. Way too many things to list without giving it it's own post, but including:

Fri: Brew Hop, sexy santa photos at Aperture, 1/2 off admission to the Christmas Story House, Tremont Artwalk
Sat: Running with the Santas, a pre-race pub crawl and a post race after party
Sun: holiday concert at Zion United Church and the BrewHaHa Wine Down with specials at Wine&Design and Visible Voice Books
(visit their facebook page for more info)

SAT 12/10


Bazaar Bizarre Sat 10-9p and Sun 10-6pm at the 78th Street Studios

Ohio City Singers at the Happy Dog 9pm $10

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Gaga-licious Holiday

Gaga's Workshop is in full swing at Barney's New York and I simply can't get enough of the wild and wonderful window displays. Feast your eyes...

Gaga's Boudoir


Gaga's Crystal Cave

Gaga Machine

Gaga Constellation

And let's talk about her gorgeous fashions as of late! I started swooning over her Chanel dress for the Barney's opening and about lost my mind when I watched her Thanksgiving special.

the Lady in Chanel {via}
in Stephane Rolland {via}
in Armani Prive {via}

in Martin Grant {via}

in Jean Paul Gaultier {via}

OOTD - The Grand Canyon

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being on a layover at the Grand Canyon. Going into this I was intrigued. I'm not a really big nature girl (unless it involves snow) and unlike most people I know, this wasn't on my bucket list. But, when in Rome, right? I was anticipating being dropped off in the desert, not in a crisp tree and snow-filled winter wonderland. Oh, I could get very used to this!

The problem was in the packing, as in 4 days I would be in Dallas, the Canyon, Las Vegas and San Diego - with one carryon. There was lots of layering, tanks under shirts, under sweaters, under blazers, under scarves. That could all be paired down as the temperatures went up. I brought 1 pair of jeans, flats and heels, yoga pants and pajamas. (Well, and 10 pounds of jewelry, but that's another post entirely.)

Outfit of The Day

sunglasses - LOFT
blazer - Gap
scarf - Gap
cardigan - H&M
ballet flats - Sam Edelman
clutch - vintage Gucci
gloves - Target
jeans - J Brand

There is no railing or barrier preventing you from flinging yourself right into the canyon. And our tour guide was lovely enough to tell us that the best-seller in the gift shop was the book Over The Edge: Death in the Grand Canyon, which gives "gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps". Thanks.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Emerging Chefs Prohibition Dinner Party

one of my favorite shows, Boardwalk Empire {via}

Sunday, December 4th, Emerging Chefs is back at it with their 2nd annual Prohibition Dinner Party. If you missed last year's event (held at Speakeasy) like I did, you'll want to jump on this one which is happening at one of my all time favorite spots, Nighttown.


From their site:
"Step back in time and join us for a night to remember in the historic "member's only" Music Room of Nighttown Cleveland Heights.
Together, we'll toast the 78th Anniversary of Prohibition's End, thumb our noses at the Volstead Act and dine on recreated meals (with a twist) from our past. Each course will be paired with a timeless cocktail and polished off with an authentic music score from days gone by.
Dress for the occasion as we highlight not only the Chefs but also the Restaurateur. Our Master of Ceremonies will be none other than Brendan Ring - fun-loving proprietor of Nighttown - who will capture the spirit of the occasion with his Irish Brogue and outlandish stories.
Join us for a classic adventure amid a jaw dropping art collection and soulful venue, and stake claim to your own little piece of the "Jazz Club"."

Tickets are $75/ea. and $85 for the Owner's Table.

Here  are the highlights from last year's event:

Prohibition Party™ > Event Highlights from Emerging Chefs from Emerging Chefs on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Holiday Happenings

Happy Thanksgiving my lovelies! By this evening I will most likely be slightly buzzed and quite unwilling to move off the couch. The best remedy for this is to get a good night's sleep, skip the black friday craziness at the malls and big box stores and get out and enjoy the wonderful holiday events going on in our own backyard. So just say no to the chains and Eat, Drink & Shop local!

Friday 11/25

Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-up Shop - 1983 W 28th St

Gordon Square Holiday Market - 6710 Detroit Ave


Yellowcake - Gordon Square Pop Up Shop - corner of Detroit & W 65th

Double Feature Gallery - 1392 W 65th 


Room Service - Made in the 216 Holiday Shoppe and Kickoff Party -2078 W 25th- Store opens at 10am. Kickoff party 4pm. After party @ Market Garden Brewery 9pm-2am. 


Black Friday at the Dredgers Union


Wine & Design - Anniversary Bubbly Tasting - Swing by the shop and celebrate their 2nd anniversary with a $1 bubbly tasting. Friday & Saturday 

Saturday 11/26

Winterfest - Public Square - horse drawn carriage rides, Cavs & Monsters mascots, Radio Disney, Food Truck Chow-Down, Winterfest Village featuring Made in the 216 & Cleveland Handmade Market. Lighting ceremony begins at 6pm. Fireworks to follow.

Winter Wine & Ale Fest - 7-10pm immediately following tree lighting ceremony. $50/person gets you 20 tasting tickets and unlimited food. Check out the vendors and their offerings here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving - Essential Tools

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week already? It seems by the time Halloween hits us, the next 2 months fly by and it's a whirlwind of planning, prepping and partying. Here are my can't live without tools to make your Thanksgiving just a bit easier.

Large Non-stick Roaster (Crate & Barrel $69.99) - Perfect size for a medium to large bird. Non-stick interior and removable rack allows you to lift the bird out easily, put the pan over two burners and make the gravy right in the pan.
Gravy Separator (Williams-Sonoma $28) - You've got to strain the fat somehow before making gravy and this is the best strainer I've had over the years. The fine mesh strainer, heavy duty rubber lid and glass carafe can just be tossed into the dishwasher. The glass is flameproof, microwavable, freezer and oven safe.

Thermometer with Probe (Target $19.75) - Stick the probe in the bird and set the unit on the stove. Easily set temperature and or timer and it will notify you when done. Magnetic back ensures no sliding around the stove.

Turkey Lifters (Crate & Barrel $12.95) - Nice enough to be seen and super inexpensive. These will ensure your bird doesn't land on the floor when you take it from the roasting rack to platter or carving board.

Potato Ricer (Williams-Sonoma $29.95) - If you've never used a ricer for mashed potatoes, you don't know what you're missing! This produces the fluffiest, airiest potatoes. This model features 3 adjustable blades (fine, med, coarse) and is perfect for mashed vegetables too. Just pop in your cooked potatoes and squeeze. Dishwasher safe.

Glass Refrigerator Dishes (Crate & Barrel $6.95-$19.95) - A lot can be made ahead and these, available in multiple sizes and shapes, are perfect for pre and post-Thanksgiving storage.. They can also be used when transporting dishes and then sticking right into the host's oven.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shellac Decadence & OPI Gel Color Sighting

Decadence is the latest Shellac color I've tried. In the bottle it looks like quite a deep red but in real life it's a perfect classic red. Quite fun and suitable for the holiday.

extreme close up anyone?

When I got to the salon I already had my heart set on a red or possibly a brighter purple. Imagine my surprise when Sarah (my wicked amazing manicurist) shows me 3 bottles of the new OPI Gel Color! We ooohed and ahhhed like it was a new baby. Right now they only have 3 colors (Strawberry Margarita, My Private Jet and Bogota Blackberry). She said they'd have more in by the time I saw her next. The bottles look exactly like the original OPI polishes except the main bottle is black instead of showing the color.

So if you'd like to try them out head over to Dep Nails Salon in North Olmsted. 

I'm currently obsessing over Maegan's midnight purple nails with gold glitter. 

one day I will learn how to take fancy photos like this :)
Head on over to her page to see how she did it!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Well Dressed Man & Banana Republic Holiday Ad Campaign

There's something to be said about a man with style.  His own style.
I'm not a fan of finding a great guy and dressing him. Women seemingly love to do this. (I know I'm gonna get some flak for this).
I'm not one of those girls. Nope. See ya. Do not apply. There's a lot of single women out there and good men are hard to find. I get it. But finding a great guy with bad style and putting him in something you want him to wear is not the answer. They never quite seem to pull it off. You can always tell. It's a bit awkward. It just makes him a guy wearing nice clothes. Not a Well Dressed Man. Now, this doesn't mean he has to have it all together. There still needs to be a certain polished ruggedness to it. Otherwise we'd be shopping with him, not sleeping with him. Finding a guy with his own sense of style (and I don't mean game day jerseys, sweats or free t-shirt giveaways), now that's a find.

This thought was brought about by the latest ad campaign by Banana Republic. The husband made a purchase a few weeks ago and they sent along a coupon (of course!) with the latest holiday images.

isn't he darling?

I will now make believe that this is the husband and I and we are off to
a lovely holiday soiree.
And yes, I will be recreating all these holiday looks (for myself, of course.)

love a man in a scarf!

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