Monday, December 31, 2012

Sparkle On

Wishing you a fabby, fashionable, and ~most importantly~ a safe celebration tonight and a wonderful and prosperous New Year! Sparkle on, dolls.

xxoo, Kimberly.

{images via pinterest}

Thursday, December 6, 2012

12 Cocktails & A ONE Styling Winner

Hi all! Check out my guest post over on The Pumpkin Spot today, where I'm sharing 12 impressive-yet-easy holiday cocktails to get you through the season.

Here's a sneak peek, but you'll need to head on over for the links & recipes. Thanks to Becky for allowing me to post on her delightful and stylish blog.


congrats to Stephanie at Hungry in Cleveland who won both the Spiral & Ribbon wands from ONE Styling!~

 {winner was chosen by}

Monday, December 3, 2012

Zoya Rekha

{Just a few days left to enter my ONE Styling Giveaway wotrth $240!}

Zoya Rekha has quickly become my go-to holiday red polish. The perfect balance for me has always been a shade that is not too orange or not too blue based. I picked this up when they released their NYFW 2012 sets as it was part of the designer collection sampler set. Rekha is an opaque creme and if you're into shimmer, you should check out Elisa, which is quite similar in color but with added metallic micro-glitter.

Zoya Rekha - artificial light
Zoya Rekha - natural light
With the Anchor base and top coat, this lasted 5 days without a single chip and still looked fantastic and glossy after a week (with only the original chip that needed to be touched up). 

What's your go-to holiday color this year?

::Disclosure - I was gifted another bottle of this polish along with the base and top coat c/o Zoya. As always, all musings are my own::

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Happenings

{Have you entered my ONE Styling giveaway yet? The Spiral Wand and Ribbon Wand would be spectacular gifts for yourself or a loved one! --enter here}

Are you ready dolls? December is upon us and I am filled with anticipation of all the wonder the holiday season is sure to bestow. This year I'm planning a slightly scaled-back season, filled with good friends and events but with enough down time to really soak up the sparkle that only Christmas can bring. In between cookie baking, wine sipping, and cozy snuggling, these are the events I'm making time for.

Saturday 12/1
Ohio City Holiday Festival - Market Square Park 11a-4p {free}

Christmas tree sales, holiday vendors, cookie decorating, mulled Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing, photos with Santa and more.

Hot Toddy Party - Banyan Tree 12-9p {free}

One of my absolute favorite parties all year. Banyan Tree's Hot Toddy Party is a can't-miss event. Shop, visit, drink, and be merry. Gifts available for just about everyone on your list.

Thursday 12/6
PlayhouseSquare Partner's Night at The Santaland Diaries - E14th St Theatre 6:30p (reception) 7:30p (show) {$30}

All that HO HO HO, holiday merriment, and family bonding can sometimes be a bit much. Bring your bad behavior and make merry with David Sedaris' hilariously naughty tales. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers at a pre-show reception - this evening only.

Friday 12/7
Powder Room Boutique Grand Re-Opening Event 6-9p (free, please rsvp}

The Powder Room relocated just a few paces from their old location in ETON and they are throwing one heck of a soiree to celebrate their 5th anniversary. It seems impossible that it could be more gorgeous than the original but I peeked in the other day and it is. Swing by and visit Kelly, beauty maven extraordinaire, and see what they've added to the menu, sip some cocktails and enjoy appetizers from Gatherings Kitchen. Free gifts with purchase will be available from Kevin Aucoin, Hourglass, Ellis Faas, Natura Bisse and more!

Saturday 12/8
Wrapped in Tradition: A Gordon Square Holiday 12-6p {free}

The festivities abound all around the square! Enjoy hot chocolate w/ Santa at Grace Brothers, Mr Jingeling at Sweet Moses, chestnut roasting at The Foundry, live music, trolley rides, ice sculptures and more.

and while you're there...
Bazaar Bizarre - 78th Street Studios 10a {free}
Snag unique, local, handmade goods for all the good girls and boys on your list. The food trucks will be out, live music plating, and a festive photobooth. Check out the lineup of vendors here.

Friday 12/14
Art Walk and Tremont BrewHaHa Hop 6-10p {free}

You know how jolly Santa is, right? Now just imagine how happy he is with a fresh beer in hand. You can valet your car at Dante, Fahrenheit, Lago, Lolita or Parallax for just $5 and have Lolly the Trolly whisk you around to all corners of Tremont. Tour the A Christmas Story House for 1/2 price, enjoy specials and raffles at select bars, and get your naughty (or nice!) pic taken with Sexy Santa at Aperture. Select trolley stops will be avail until midnight.

Sunday 12/16
Tremont BrewHaHa Wine Down - Wine & Design & Visible Voice Books (hours vary)

"Wine" your weekend down with Wine & Design and receive a gift with every $25 purchase and enjoy a wine tasting for just $5. (11a-3p) Then head on over to Visible Voice for a new read and wine specials form 12-6p.

Monday 12/17
Chestnut Roasting Party - Stone Mad Pub 7p

Get your chestnut roasting on and practice those Christmas carols because The Ohio City Singers will be on hand to ring in this annual event.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Verge Curling Wands by ONE Styling - Giveaway & Review

You know I'm hair obsessed. One of my absolute favorite can't-live-without styling tools are the Verge Curl Styx by my friends over at ONE Styling. So when they came out with two new texture irons I was thrilled to check them out. I'm impressed to say the least.

Of the two new ones, the Ribbon Wand and the Spiral Wand, the ribbon is my fave. The spiral probably would be if I didn't have naturally spirally curly hair to begin with (which I blow out and flat iron). When I styled my hair with the spiral iron, my husband thought I just left my natural curls in. Which is kind of a joke because they never look that good. So I'll definitely be using the spiral iron to perfect some of the wonky curls when I let my hair go au natural.

The ribbon wand is unlike anything I've used before and can produce the most glorious Veronika Lake waves if you wrap even sections around the barrel, let cool, and brush out. Random sized curls left to cool then shaken out produces sexy, slightly unkempt beach waves. Did I mention sexy? Oh, yes, my friends, the boys will be all aflutter.

ONE Styling curling wands

The Curl Styx have quickly reached Holy Grail status. I've been religiously using these all year long and I simply can't get over the versatility. Three interchangeable barrels come with a base in a heat protected travel pouch. No "cool tip" ensures that every inch of long hair can be effortlessly wrapped around and curled. The best part? No damage to your hair. As with all ONE Styling tools, the quality is exceptional. I find that I never need hairspray since the curl just holds on its own. A little shine spray or serum on the ends and I'm good to go.

What's in it for you?
I've got a Ribbon Wand AND a Spiral Wand (worth $240) to gift to one lucky reader!!

To enter:
1. Check out the
ONE Styling site or Facebook page and leave a comment on this post telling my what your favorite styling tool is.

2. Tweet " I want to get gifted by @ONEStyling and @smittenincle "  (Leave a comment on this post telling me you tweeted) You may tweet once per day for additional entries and must leave a seperate comment for each.

Contest closes Wed 12/5 at midnight and winner will be announced Thursday.

Ribbon & Spiral Wand Features -
detoxifies the hair leaving the hair healthy and more manageable.
for easy styling

Curl Styx Features
detoxifies the hair leaving the hair healthy and more manageable.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Beauty Bundles

best beauty bundles

These beauty value sets are perfect for gifting and the holidays are the best time to stock up on your faves without breaking the bank. The sets pictured above are all under $60 and would make just about any girl swoon. For the price of just one product you can get an entire set. I love myself a gift with purchase and that's exactly what this feels like. I also like the option of trying out different items without splurging on the full size. Be sure to bundle it this holiday season and you'll leave nothing but happiness in your wake.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Kate Spade Cyber Sale - On Now

Black Friday deals started Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday sales are on already. Is it me or is everyone jumping the gun a bit this year? Not that I mind one little bit since I'm home all snuggled up and very happy to be doing my shopping with coffee in hand and slippers on.

Last night Kate Spade unleashed their Surprise Cyber Sale and you really must check it out. Keep in mind, all sales are final but there is free shipping over $200. Some of the prices are 75% off and there are as many colors available as gumdrops on a gingerbread house. A brightly colored handbag is always a welcome sight on a dreary winter day.

{sale ends 11/26th at 11:59pm PST}

kate spade cyber sale

necklace $228 $79 /  chain handbag $395 $169 / snake print pump $328 $149 / bow bag $425 $199 / carmen bag $445 $179 / maeda bag $478 $199 / patent catalina $448 $179 / bow pump $298 $129 / wristlet $125 $49 / passport $68 $29 / essex scout bags $395 $179


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sephora Black Friday - One Day Wonders

I'm not a Black Friday shopper. Well, not it the wake-up-super-early-and-fight-the-crowds-for-a-discounted-iPad kind of shopper. I do, however, love myself a fantastic Black Friday online deal. All your favorite stores will most-likely have major sales or discount codes that are available Thanksgiving Day all the way through Cyber Monday.

Sephora has a One Day Wonder special going on tomorrow with these fabby one-day-only deals.

These are the perfect stocking stuffer, treat for your girlfriends (or yourself) and a thoughtful little gift for a co-worker. I'll be snagging some of these for sure!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Healthy Holiday Balance

healthy balance

With the holidays officially here this is my go-to reminder for keeping it all in check, keeping healthy and having a fun, relaxing, stress-free holiday.
For a full list of my favorite tips check out my guest post over on Am I There Yet? And thanks to Julie for posting on why we should all get to a Monster's game. After years of holding CAVS season tickets, this is still on my to-do list.


Monday, November 19, 2012

7 Reasons A Lake Erie Monsters Game is A Must

As a part of today's Ohio Blogging Association's All State Blog Swap, I'm happy to introduce you to the lovely Julie from Am I There Yet?. On this day, bloggers from around the state of Ohio are guest posting on one another's blogs as a way to help to get to know one another in our blogging community. Be sure to check out Julie's blog for my post today and to read up on her funny and endearing musings on her personal journey to fit, healthy and happy. For a full listing of blog swap participants, please visit Poise in Parma today.

First a big thank you to Smitten In Cleveland for sharing her space on the interwebs for this months blog swap! It has given me a chance to share something that I am smitten with as well and I am so excited to guest post for her! 

Cleveland is home of great professional sports and I could not care less about what any Cavs hating, Browns booing, Indians heckling, Cleveland hater has to say about it. I love our Cleveland sports teams! I held Cavs season tickets for 5 years, will actually ask if the Browns won (though that is about as far as my football watching goes), and I will hit several Indians games every summer.

But what about the teams that play downtown when the Cavs are away? Who entertains Cleveland sports fans when the Browns hit the road? Well, you’ve got a couple of options actually. Surprised? Don’t be. There are still teams to cheer your heart out for when the big dogs are away. 

Case in point: The Lake Erie Monsters. 

Um, hockey? Do people watch hockey? Aren’t they on strike… again? Yes, they are. The NHL is on strike, but the American Hockey League ready to kick some butt! So my brother, a huge hockey fan, picked up some tickets for us on Friday night. Here I learned why I should have hit a Monsters game a long time ago, and here is why you should check out a game ASAP:

A reason to go downtown that you never considered before – Not that I need a reason to hang out downtown, but if you have jammed to enough Pittbull on West 6th and already lost your shirt at the Horseshoe, you might be thinking, What can we do tonight? How about Mexican at Zocalo followed by a Monsters game? You can hit 4th Street and head to the Q for something a little different. 

Affordable sports-outing fun – So I can’t do anything about the price of beer, even though I am always willing to spring for some beers at a sporting event, but the price of tickets will make you just as happy. For the same price as a corner seat in section 206 of the upper bowl of a Cavs game, my brother and I sat front row, right on the glass. Nose to nose with every shoulder check that the Monsters were ready to deliver. My brother, the genius he is, even called ahead for our tickets and specifically requested the corner where Lake Erie would be scoring twice. So we were set to see the maximum amount of Monsters slap shots. 

More fights than in MMA – Maybe in UFC you could see better knock outs, but at this Monster’s game I saw some pretty wild blows to the jaw. Fighting and hockey, something’s never change. The best part is watching the build up. It all starts with a good hit on the glass followed by some trash talk. Then before you know it the gloves are off and its like a 2am bar fight. I love a good game, but I love a good fight as well and at a Monsters game, there were plenty. 

3 quarters, 2 half times! – Each quarter is 18 minutes. But don’t worry, if you need to get up for a bathroom break and to grab another beer, never fear! You don’t have to miss a single second of the action. There is an 18 minute intermission between each quarter. Plenty of time to walk the concourse, hit the team shop, or concession stand. And the quarters move fast with excitement, no long time-outs or excessive fouling to stop the clock. Hockey just moves, moves moves! 

Everything you need to entertain a dude – Sports, athleticism, and even some violence. A skimpy-dressed dance team and your choice of beer. The perfect boy’s night out. But I like all those things too. So, girl’s night?

Slow scoring, but close games – You aren’t going to see a score board in the hundreds, but it seems the game is always close. I was on the edge of my seat the entire game. Monsters were up and then we were down. We fought back hard and with each goal, a fog horn sounded for each point. There was a lot of enthusiasm in the crowd and fans cheered as hard for the Monsters as they do for a major league team. Each play was a celebration. 

Sudden death OT! – At the end of the 3rd quarter the Monsters and the Grand Rapids Griffins were tied at 5 to 5. I have sat through double and triple overtime at 11:30 on a Tuesday at a Cavs game and sometimes I’d be so tired by the end I was ready for it to be over. Not in Hockey. When a team is tied at the end the game goes into sudden death overtime. Each team has 5 minutes to make a goal. First one to score wins. With a minute and 12 seconds left, the Griffins scored and that was it. Monsters had lost. They do not play out the remaining minute. It’s sudden death. And though the outcome was disappointing, the final minutes were so exciting!

You may have gone to a Monsters game before. If that’s the case, I say go again! Support our team and have a good time. If you haven’t had the chance to check out a hockey game, it is a definite must. So mark your calendar now! Check out the Lake Erie Monsters calendar here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Staging Success & Kicking Off

::Don't forget to enter to win a pair of tickets to Compassion From Fashion at Beachwood Place, Saturday 11/17 benefiting UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and The Gathering Place. Winner will be announced Friday morning::

Today's the day! The only day you'll be able to get your hands on discounted Jump Back Ball 2013 tickets with NO handling fees. Be sure to get on over to Market Garden Brewery between 5:30 and 7:30 to score this great deal. This is the party that sells out earlier and earlier every year so be sure to snag your spot now. Check out this post for all the details.

You know that Jump Back Ball is PlayhouseSquare's mega fundraising gala that Clevelanders wait all year for, right? Well imagine if we didn't have the second largest Theatre District in America. Imagine that where the glowing lights from the State and Palace Theatre are, there was just a parking lot. Where Cowell and Hubbard is sat rows upon rows of parking spaces. That almost was a reality.

In the late '60s and early '70s, decay and neglect almost rendered the theatres nearly obsolete and not much was standing between them and imminent destruction. "Staging Success: The PlayhouseSquare Story" premieres tonight at 8pm on WVIZ Channel 25 and takes you through the heartbreak and heartwarming story of the revitalization that saved this iconic Cleveland institution.

Not to worry if you don't make it home from the brewery in time. If you forget to DVR it, you can catch it again at 9pm on Friday, 4pm on Sunday 11/18 or 10pm on Thanksgiving.

This is something all Clevelanders can truly be thankful for.

Staging Success: The Story of Playhouse Square - WVIZ Documentary Trailer from Think Media Studios on Vimeo.

::Disclosure - I am a PlayhouseSquare Partner and am happy to promote any event that supports the Theatre. As always, all musings are my own::

Monday, November 12, 2012

Compassion From Fashion Giveaway

One of the best things we can do is give back to causes that are important to us. These days, schedules are packed, and sometimes that makes volunteering your time even more difficult. That's just one of the reasons why I'm excited about Saturday's 4th annual Compassion From Fashion event at Beachwood Place. You can start your holiday shopping off right, and the proceeds benefit two wonderful non-profits.

Saturday, November 17th 5-9pm
Beachwood Place
proceeds benefit

Ticket holders receive:
-$10 Beachwood Place gift card
-live runway show sponsored by Diet Pepsi
-food and cash bar courtesy of Maggiano's Little Italy
-Sperry Top-Sider, Saks, Origins, Nordstrom, Athleta, Brigade and other retailers will have in-store giveaways and treats
-exclusive retailer discounts from Lacoste, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG, Dino Palmieri, Pottery Barn & more (check out the entire list here)

Hosted by Q104's Allen Fee and Katherine Boyd, the night will kick off with a dance show by Rock City Dance and will feature the following celebrities:
Dominique Moceanu, Olympic gold medalist and gymnast, and her husband, 
Dr. Michael Canales, St. Vincent world-renowned surgeon
Stefani Shaefer, FOX 8 anchor
Chris Van Vliet, 19 Action News entertainment reporter and Cosmo's 2011 Bachelor of the Year
Maureen Kyle, WKYC Channel 3 consumer reporter
Mitchell Heard, center for the Lake Erie Monsters
Geoff Walker, right wing for the Lake Erie Monsters
Carrie Young WEWS Live on Five producer
Kory, Cleveland's New 102 host & personality
Kelly McMann, Q104 host & personality

Tickets are $25 presale or $30 at the door.

But....I have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader! Tickets must be picked up at guest services at Beachwood Place the night of the event.

To enter:
- Leave a comment on this post telling me which store at Beachwood Place is your go-to for holiday gifts.
- Tweet "I want to go to Compassion From Fashion courtesy of @smittenincle & @BeachwoodPlace "
and leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.  (You can tweet once a day for add'l entries. Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.)

Good luck! Contest closes at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 15th and the winner announced Friday morning.

::Disclosure - I received 2 tickets to this event and 2 to give away c/o Beachwood Place. As always I only promote events/products I'm smitten with and all musings are my own::

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Zara Shoe Love

zara shoe love

Lately I just can't stop marveling at the great shoe selection at ZARA. There is something for nearly every occasion, are chic and incredibly well priced. Those nude pumps are under $40 and all these picks are under $90.  Keep on the lookout for their sales. They are MAJOR.
If only they would come to Cleveland. Until then, I must satisfy my cravings online.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Get Out & About

Grab the scarves, boots and mittens. A fall chill has settled but the skies are clear and I plan on making the most of the dry weather by getting out and enjoying this damn fine city of ours. Don't forget Restaurant Week runs until 11/19. In between tasty nibbles be sure to check out these fab events.

Wed 11/7

Free Yoga - Athleta 9a (Beachwood Place)
Cleanse your post-election mind, body and spirit with this FREE yoga class taught by the lovely Becca at the new Altheta store.

Head on in to Market Garden Brewery anytime after 4pm and treat yourself to the first Festivus Ale of the season.

Thurs 11/8
STYLED Wardrobe Clinic - Banyan Tree - 5-9p
Sign up in advance to get a personalized style consultation, 20% off your purchase, goodie bag, wine, snacks and more. Call 216.241.1209 to reserve a spot.  

Friday 11/9

Karaoke at the Cat - Noodlecat 9p
Join Alexa as she hosts a night of what's sure to be hysterical madness and sing your heart out for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Noodlecat. Happy Hour runs 9-11 so get your sake on!

Thurs 11/15

Beaujolais Nouveau Party - The Black Pig 4-10p $25
Toast the fall harvest and this year's freshest wine. French food and wine will be celebrated and a raffle held to win everything you need for the perfect Thanksgiving feast.

Jump Back Ball Kickoff Party - Market Garden Brewery - 5:30-7:30p
Don't forget to head over to Market Garden to snag your JBB tickets! Not only will they be discounted but you'll pay no handling fees. This event has sold out the last 3 years, so get to it!

Friday 11/23

Made in the 216 Holiday Shoppe Kick Off Party - Room Service 5-9p
Start the holiday off right with a trip to Room Service to kick off the opening of this year's Holiday Shoppe. Christmas Ale, wine and hot toddys will be flowing and DJ Peter Pleasure Cruise will be on hand to ensure you are filled with holiday spirit.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Cleveland Restaurant Week


Cleveland Independents Restaurant Week starts today and the menus have me drooling. This is usually the time of the year I head out in search of new places to try but all I'm craving are my favorites. My schedule has been packed lately and I'm really looking forward to spending some quality time with the places that just feel like home. Where will you be?

Check out the participating restaurants and their menus here.

Light Bistro
First Course
Choice of:
Oxtail Soup with puffed rice 
Beet Salad
Braised Pork Belly Ramen Salad, Kimchi
Ricotta Ravioli Butternut Squash Sauce,Tomato Jam, Toasted Walnuts
Second Course
Choice of:
Roasted Salmon Curried Cauliflower Puree, Cilantro
Herb Roasted Hanger Steak Potato Cake, Bacon and Mushroom Marmalade
Roasted Chicken Breast Creamy Polenta, Braised Greens
Morrocan Spiced Vegetables Couscous and Red Onion Confit
Third Course
Choice of:
Spiced Pumpkin Brûlée 
Pear and Apple Crisp

Players On Madison
First Course
Choice of:
Almond Encrusted Brie Apple-Pear Chutney, Truffle Honey
Cumin and Coriander Encrusted Calamari Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Sweet Chili, Sriracha and Lime-Ginger Dipping        Sauces
Chicken and Avocado Spring Rolls Orange-Coriander-Soy Dipping Sauce
Second Course
Choice of:
Soup of the Day 
Mista Salad Field greens, Sun-Dried Strawberries, Bermuda Onion, Gorgonzola and
  Balsamic Vinaigrette 
Caesar Salad Hearts of romaine, Reggiano Shavings, Sun-dried Tomato Rouille
Third Course
Choice of:
Pan Roasted Salmon Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes, Haricot Verts, Roasted Tomatoes, Calamata Olives and Pesto  Vinaigrette
Penne alla Vodka Gulf shrimp, Roasted Shallots, Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato-Vodka Cream Sauce
Cider Glazed Pork Tenderloin Sweet potato, Butternut Squash, Bacon, Roasted Shallots, Sage and Haricot Verts
Truffle Mac and Cheese Penne, Herb Grilled Chicken and Three Cheese Sauce

First Course
Choice of:
Winter Squash Soup Candied Pecans, Crème Fraiche
Crispy Romaine, Frisee, Watercress Pickled Red Onion, Marinated Olives, Croutons, Grilled Haloumi Cheese, Herb   Vinaigrette
Second Course
Choice of:
Stuffed Chicken Puccini Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, Pomodoro, Angel Hair Pasta
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Apple Mostarda, Talleggio Rissoto
Grilled Flank Steak Rutabaga Gratin, Vinegar and Bacon Beans, Luxe Steak Sauce
Spaghetti Squash Aglio Olio Braised Spinach, Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Red Peppers, Pecorino
Third Course
Choice of:
Warm Stuffed Peach Brown Sugar Pecans, Goat Cheese, Tawny Grand Marnier Glaze
Oatmeal Almond Apple Crisp Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Bourbon Glaze

Pier W
First Course
Choice of:
Roasted Pear Salad Watercress, Caramelized Pecans, Hazelnut Vinaigrette
*Schloss Gobelsburgh Gruner Veltiner, Kamptal Austria 2010 Paired with 3 oz. pour $4.50; 6 oz. pour $8.95
Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna Satay Yakatori Glaze and Pickled Vegetables
*Sbragia Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma California 2009 Paired with 3 oz. pour $6.00; 6 oz. pour $11.95
Classic Coquille St. Jacques North American Diver Scallops Sautéed over Truffles, Truffle Nage, Pink Lady Apple Relish
*Pazos De Lusco Albarino, Riax Baixas Spain 2011 Paired with 3 oz. pour $5.00; 6 oz. pour $9.95 
Second Course 
Choice of:
Woodstone Roasted Tandoori Shrimp Cous Cous Salad, Toasted Almonds, Jalapeno Honey
*William Fevre “Chablis,” Burgundy France 2011 Paired with 3 oz. pour $5.50; 6 oz. pour $10.95 
Blue Cod Ala Plancha Saffron Basmati, Baby Artichokes, Chorizo Sausage and Calamari
*Belle Glos “Meiomi” Pinot Noir, Monterey-Sonoma California Paired with 3 oz. pour $6.50; 6 oz. pour $12.95 
Long Island Pekin Duck Lo Mein Szechuan Vegetables and Soy Udon Sauce
*Altos Las Hormigas Malbec, Mendoza Argentina 2011 Paired with 3 oz. pour $4.00; 6 oz. pour $7.95
Third Course
Choice of:
Pumpkin Cheesecake Graham Crust, Salted Caramel, Chantilly, Candied Ginger, Toasted Pecans
*Warre's Optima “10yr.” Tawny Port-3 oz. pairing $9.00
Selection of Housemade Sorbets 
*Debonne Vineyard Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Madison Ohio 2008 -3 oz. pairing $16.00

(3 oz. Pairings with all 3 courses 15.00) (All Entrees & Wine Pairings Are As Is - No Substitutions) 
*indicates not included as part of prix fixe pricing

Flying Fig
First Course
Choice of:
Soup of the Day 
Warm Olives and Almonds 
Mixed Green Salad 
Local Beet Salad 
Second Course 
Choice of: 
Grilled Confit of Ohio Pork Shoulder 
Vegetarian Bread Pudding 
Duck Confit Risotto 
Fish of the Day 
Third Course 
Choice of: 
Blueberry and Bittersweet Chocolate Bread Pudding 
Local Apple Crisp


Monday, October 29, 2012

Influenster - Beauty Blogger Vox Box

Influenster is at it again and have sent along a box of goodies filled to the brim with beauty & lifestyle products.

They always seem to read my mind, picking out things I've coveted or spotted at Target and for some reason or another haven't made it into my basket.

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin - I've literally had these in my hand and can't remember why I never purchased these. Maybe I thought they wouldn't work as advertised or hold my hair properly. All these notions are unfounded as these little spin pins are pretty close to a miracle. Just screw them in and you are set with a darling chignon or topnot. To undo, simply unscrew and your hair is safe from snags and pulls that usually can sometimes happen with hair pins.

Bath & Body Works mini candle in Black Pepper Bergamot - Yet another example of something I had on my shopping list that Influenster sent to my door step. It really is a bit eerie the way this happens. While scanning the latest scents online before my seasonal trip to B&BW to stock up on candles, I came across this Black Pepper Bergamot and put it on my sniff-list. Hints of pepper and bergamot create an ultra sexy woodsy scent that is kept from being overly heavy with just a touch of lavender. Basically, this smells like one especially charming man. Also included was a coupon to purchase a 3-wick candle ($20 value) for $10.

Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit - Yippee! False lashes! Seriously, what could be more fun than this? I've read so many articles over the years on how to properly do them but I've always chickened out actually doing them myself. Now I have no excuse. The kit comes with applicator, glue and a set of lashes. Here's hoping I don't glue my eyes shut. That would not be glamorous.

Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream - Infused with grape seed and jasmine to encourage natural curls. Since I spend most of my waking hours trying to discourage my crazy natural curl, this will go to a friend. I'll let you know if it's mind-blowing and she falls in love.

New York Color Individual Eyes Custom Compact - I received this is Dark Shadows which comes with a primer, highlighter and four shadows. This is more of a 'party palette' since all the colors are sparkly. Pure white, grey/silver, metallic carbon and frosted black are included. The concept of having everything you need in one compact is appealing, I'm just not sure it needs to be all glitter. I'd appreciate at least one matte or suede shade. The collection I received is a limited edition and I think I'd like this in "Central Park" or "Smokey Browns" a bit better.

EBOOST in Orange - I'm obsessed with anything that will curb an impending cold or flu-like symptom. I've used these all natural packets before and they're a great way to head off a germ and give you enough of a "boost" to get through a sluggish workday. The small packets are great to keep in your handbag or desk and are especially good while flying. Just add water. Available in Orange, Pink Lemonade, Acai Pomegranate and Super Berry.

Vitabath Fragrance Mist in Heavenly Coconut Creme - I don't typically use a body mist but I would eat this if I could. It smells like a fresh coconut cupcake straight out of the oven.

Want to get in on the fun? Head over to Influenster and request an invite.

::All products were provided c/o Influenster::

Friday, October 26, 2012

Get There - Crust Tremont

A slightly chilly and rainy day that follows up glorious 80 degree weather just screams comfort food. Yes, you were grilling on the patio and enjoying some Christmas Ale yesterday. You did not imagine it. But we're back to life as usual in October and I say this calls for little pillows of heaven - gnocchi.

Last Friday, I was too lazy to even think about cooking dinner and heard about this great new place, Crust, on Kenilworth that was a made-from-scratch kitchen serving up pizzas, pasta, salads and subs. We had a bit of a hard time deciding what to order since there were so many great things on the menu. Ultimately we decided on the spanish chorizo pizza (because I cannot resist goat cheese and chorizo - either alone or together) and the mushroom gnocchi.

To my dismay they were out of pizza dough. They were quite polite and very apologetic over the phone and explained how it takes 2 days to make the dough and they had no idea they'd be this busy. We ended up going with 2 orders of gnocchi and you can never go wrong with that.

Mushroom Gnocchi - mixed mushrooms, rosemary, garlic with white truffle oil in a parmesan cream sauce

Butternut Squash Gnocchi - slab bacon, sage and caramelized onion, finished with pumpkinseed oil and an apple cider reduction {hello lover}

This is only about 1/3 of the portion they gave us.

Head on over to the new Crust in Tremont and get your gnocchi on, you won't be disappointed. I promise!

While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by Wine & Design and snag a bottle of Rare Red. This blend of Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel and Sangiovese is simply delightful, pairs well with your gnocchi and will only set you back $11.99.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Goop + Birchbox = Heaven

For the month of October, Birchbox offered subscribers the option of choosing a Goop designed Birchbox or a regular box with a theme of transformation. Obsessed with Ms. Paltrow (and her lifestyle site) as I am, it was a pretty easy decision for me. And you know how I love a great collaboration. Hoping my box would arrive with everything I'd need to get Gwyneth's radiant skin, effortless hair and all around casual glow, thankfully it didn't disappoint.

Goop Birchbox October 2012

Miracle Skin Transformer - SPF20 Face - This 3-in-1 primer, serum, face tint is from the company that makes the best concealer I have ever used. This has been on my must-try list to see if it really does leave you with flawless skin.

Orofluido - Beauty Elixir - Is this what Gwyneth Paltrow smells like? Because this smells divine. I can't even get over it. I have been using this decadent hair oil on the ends of my hair, rough elbows, knees and wherever else I can smooth it on. Nourishing argan, linseed and cyperus oils leave everything it touches feel like silk.

Chantecaille - Brilliant Gloss - This non-sticky gloss is one of the best 'your lips but better' products I've come across in a while. Looking for the perfect nude gloss that won't wash even your palest winter skin out? Pick this up in Charm and you'll be one happy girl. My only complaint is that the tube is so tiny. I already need to order the full size.

DDF - Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer - This moisturizing serum fills in pores and wrinkles for instantly smooth skin all while delivering anti-aging benefits. Does it work? I hope so.

extra - Luna Bar- Lemon Zest 

What did you opt for this month? Did you fall in love with anything?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Glossybox - October 2012 Spa Luxe

One of my favorite beauty subscriptions arrived a bit earlier than usual this month. October's Glossybox is themed Spa Luxe and has products to help you break away from the stress of the day and "rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit." I'm all for promoting a little om these days. With many festivities on the schedule, now may be our best time to take a few minutes to relax and pamper before the holiday season arrives. I love that they put together little things that you can do at the end of a busy day (enzyme facial peel) and ways to treat yourself daily (loofa soap, shea souffle).

Glossybox USA - October 2012
Carol's Daughter - Shea Souffle in Ecstasy- shea butter, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil leaves your skin incredibly soft and the blend of sugared strawberry, island mango and egyptian musk will whisk you away to...well, ecstasy.  non-greasy, paraben, and mineral oil free. 

Nastassja Skin - Enzyme Facial Peel - infused with vitamins and minerals, this gently exfoliates dry skin with papain, a naturally occurring enzyme in papaya.

Alterna Bamboo - Luminous Shine Mist - control frizz and flyaways while imparting a glossy shine. this weightless formula is eco-certified.

MODELCO - Lip Duo - long-lasting lipstick and gloss duo 

Heartland Fragrances - Exfoliating Loofa Soap in Secret Garden - handpoured loofa soap encased in glycerin provides moisture and exfoliation

Physique 57 - coupon for 20% off their Barre Workout DVDs

One thing that Glossybox does very well is their monthly mini-mag. Roughly 20 pages of tips, product reviews, and behind-the-scenes info on this month's box.

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