Happy Monday dolls! How was your weekend? It was a bit chilly Saturday and thankfully Sunday warmed up a bit, but I had a lovely birthday weekend. Any weekend spending time in the city you love with the people you love makes for a fantastic time.
My Saturday started out with a birthday picture text & call from this little bean (and his super sweet mommy and daddy!)
|my nephew, baby Penton|
I can't get over his baby pics. They are unbelievable. If you are having a baby (or know someone who is) please take a look at Aubrey Adair Photography's site or check her out on facebook. Her maternity and newborn work simply blows me away. Leah (baby Penton's mom) received a photo session as a baby shower gift and it was the most thoughtful gift idea. The pregnancy photos were beyond gorgeous.
top: my fave breakfast (the herbed omelet) at Bonbon
bottom left: wine tasting at Wine & Design (it was Saturday, after all)
bottom right: one of my favorite gifts of the day
top left: Oliver, Jaclyn, Me and the Husband
bottom right: All the VTR menus have a different girl on the cover. This was mine.
Jaclyn and Oliver joined us for a 3+ hour dinner in the vault at Dante. Oh, how I love a long, leisurely dinner. So much so that we were running out the door to make our reservation for the backroom at Velvet Tango Room. As many Clevelander's, VTR is a special and fun spot for us and it doesn't hurt it's in the neighborhood. We had walked through the backroom before but never actually had drinks back there so it was a treat.
Round one: Sidecars, Old Fashioned and The Aviation
Round two: French 75, Eggnog, Tom Collins and Manhattan
We laughed, danced and talked endlessly about Boardwalk Empire and prohibition (how could you not in a speakeasy) and had a rather splendid evening.
There are endless reviews about the wonderfulness and concept of VTR, from the handmade mixers, handcrafted cocktails, even that ice. But what I find so fun is the menu (actually the Cocktail Manifesto) reads like a book. Every drink has the history and date of when it was invented and who would drink it. Makes for great drinking conversation.
The Husband & I and his super sweet facebook post. Love you madly, babe.
Sunday I headed toNorth Olmsted to check out Nishkama Yoga's new studio. I took the Yoga Basics class with Alicia (yogi extraordinaire), her mom, and PIP Aunt Kathy. If you are looking for a new studio I highly recommend Nishkama. I came in with no idea what I was getting into and they were kind and encouraging, all while pushing me to my best. They have classes of all levels and a new student discount of $65 a month unlimited for your first month and classes can be taken at Independence or North Olmsted.
I also got to break out my new Lululemon mat and strap. Too cute, huh? No turning back for me. I may not be good, or graceful but I'm officially a yoga lover.