Friday, August 31, 2012

Bikes, Baubles & Breakdancing

That title pretty much sums up the end of August for me.

As much as I'm ready for fall, I still can't get over just how fast this summer flew by. Maybe it was the insane heat and I just blocked it out. The end of summer meant putting my new bicycle to some serious use, getting in on some pre-fall charity events and spending quality time with amazing friends.

I got a bike! It was a hard decision between a cruiser and a city bike. Ultimately I went with the city bike, thinking its thinner tires and lighter frame would work better in an urban environment. I'm not trying to be sporty or particularly environmentally friendly. I just got tired of driving (and driving and driving) around my neighborhood looking for parking. Now I'm in and out and it's a breeze. And super fun.

Meet the Windsor Oxford. Isn't she darling? I did manage to get a super cute and functional basket (that will hold 2 bottles of wine) from Joy Machines.

Windsor Oxford deluxe

Showing of my new ride...

meeting friends at the Mango...

and crossing the Detroit-Superior bridge. (Let me tell you, 
it's much easier getting downtown than it is coming back-whew!)

My girlfriend Julie became a Stella & Dot stylist so of course I threw a S&D open house at Wine & Design with a bubbly tasting. Any excuse to shop and drink, right? I am pretty much obsessed with S&D so it was a no brainer to get the girls together.

I may have tried all these on at one point.


The trunk show is still going strong online and you can check it out here. They are also having a Labor Day sale with an extra 20% off sale items through September 3rd.

The Grand Master giving us a hip hop history lesson

Last but not least was a fantastic evening spent at House of Blues celebrating Ten Years of RHAPSODY w/ Progressive Arts Alliance, the members of Project 5 and Grandmaster Flash. Mix cocktails with hip hop, breakdancing, a few local councilmen, and Grandmaster Flash? Wicked fun. Fun like you had in college. (If you went to an urban college in the mid '90s - just sayin') I also got to see Alicia & Hans which is always a bonus.

You could test your skill at the art of scratching.

Some of the kids from PAA's Hip Hop Summer Camp

What have you been up to this August? Barbecues? Beach time? 

::Disclosure-I was provided 2 tickets to 10 Years of Rhapsody c/o PAA::

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dinner For One

Last night, while the Husband was at golf league, I had a much-needed night in with my dvr, a bottle of wine and a pair of slippers. It's a joke around our house how I require copious amounts of alone time. Cohabitation doesn't came naturally for me. I never had roommates, always liked my own space and found it to be a big selling point when I met a guy that had a busy social calendar. If you have golf and basketball league and like to meet the guys out for Monday night football, we might just be a match.

On these days, I stay in, blast my Ella, get cooking and usually watch some Housewives behaving badly. Yesterday got away from me and I forgot to go to the market. I didn't want takeout and decided just to whip up whatever was left in the fridge. 

2 small squash, a half dozen ravioli, asparagus and half a red pepper

Smoked mozzarella ravioli from Ohio City Pasta

A bottle of Vinho Verde

And the season finale (how is it over already?) of my new favorite show

The Newsroom {via

Did anyone else get chills when Teenage Wasteland started playing? Love. This. Show.
Thank you Aaron Sorkin. All is right in my world on a perfect Wednesday night.

What do you whip up when it's dinner for one?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Get Local & Give Back At Locavore

There's almost nothing I like better then getting local and giving back. Unless it's a splendid wine pairing. Combine the two and I'm all in. This year, one of the events I'm most looking forward to is Locavore benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter.

Join me for a fabulous night of local wine and beer carefully paired with local cuisine at the stunning Windows on the River.

Windows on the River
Friday, September 7, 2012 7-10PM

Enjoy delectable hors d'oeuvres, desserts and chocolates from:
Lilly Handmade Chocolates
 Indulgence Cakes
 John Palmer's Bistro 44
 Nosh Eatery
 and more! 

Lilly Handmade Chocolates

You can order tickets in advance and a limited number will be available at the door.

Event Ticket - $75: Includes wine , beer, chocolate, pastry and hors d'oeuvres pairings and samplings
Patron Ticket - $95: Includes the above pairings along with exclusive champagne tastings and the opportunity to take home a bottle of bubbly.

While sipping and nibbling you can browse and purchase tickets for some fantastic raffle packages and participate in the silent auction. I got a sneak peek of these and some of the items I can't wait to bid on. (hint:Wine & Design!) 

There will also be a Blind Wine Pull which is sure to have many surprised in store.

Of course, Locavore is more than just a swanky party. It's a way to connect and recognize those in our community who struggle with MS daily and celebrate the strides they make and the advancements that can be made with the right treatment and funding. Nearly everyone you know, knows someone facing this disease.

Speedskater Adam Riedy {via}

My dear friend, Charlene, is presenting her lifelong best friend, Adam Riedy, with the Individual of Inspiration Award. Adam had been training to make the Olympic Team in speedskating when, at 19, he was diagnosed with MS. At the time he ranked 8th in the world in the sport and this diagnosis dashed his dreams of competing in the 2002 games. He now lives in Brunswick with his wife and children.

This is sure to be a funny, touching and inspiring evening filled with music, dancing and laughter.

All proceeds from this event support research and programs for the over 20, 000 Ohioans suffering from this disease.

Disclosure: I was offered one event ticket c/o The MS Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter for blogging about this event and for standing by with a box of puffs plus to get Charlene through her speech. I am more than happy to do so and all opinions are my own.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Glossybox & Birchbox - August 2012

Hands down these are my favorite beauty subscriptions. I am thrilled with my Glossybox this month. Illamasqua? Ellis Faas? I died and went to heaven.  In the Birchbox I'm stoked about the Talika lash conditioning cleanser. This is a cult favorite and I was crazy-happy to see it in my box.

Glossybox -

Glossybox August 2012
Illamasqua - Nail Varnish in Purity (full size - value $14)
Ole Henriksen - Truth Serum - "Vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines, wrinkles and fights environmental damage" (can't wait to test this out, I've heard good things...)
Ellis Faas - Milky Lips high pigmented liquid lipstick in Toffee Beige (full size - value $35)
Biolage - EquisiteOil Replenishing Treatment
Touch in SOL - Feel Like Homey Moon Skin Base - "honey texture firms and revitalizes skin and allows for better makeup application"

This month's theme is Pure Luxury and that really comes across with some of the brands they chose. The GlossyMag this month focused on the neon makeup trend which I thought was a bit odd since all my items are nude/beige. Perhaps I need to update my profile to something a bit less safe. Nonetheless I'm ecstatic about my Illamasqua, Ellis Faas and Ole Henriksen.

Birchbox -

Birchbox August 2012

Juicy Couture - Viva la Juicy La Fleur
Noir - Black Mania Kohl Eyeliner
Osmotics - Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair
Talika - Oil-Free Lash Conditioning Cleanser
Extra - Schick - Hydro Silk Razor

People online really seemed upset to get this razor in their boxes. First off, it's an extra, in addition to the regular cosmetic items. Second, razors are expensive so I thought it added good value. What's the difference between them throwing in a razor or a protein bar? Neither are cosmetic.

This month's theme was Beauty School. I was happy to get the razor. Truth be told, I can't remember the last time I used a women's razor. I use men's. They've always worked better for me. I'm interested to see what the difference is. The Noir kohl eyeliner has already become part of my eyeliner rotation as it offers ultra-pigmented color and glides on effortlessly. I'm now a Talika convert and won't be using anything else to remove eye makeup (even the waterproof stuff!)

What did you get in your boxes? Love? Let down? Let me know.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I'm A Hypocrite

...because of these.

Merona Mali flat (also avail in mint for $19.99)

I bought them. I couldn't help myself. They were on clearance for $5.98, hot pink, my exact size and sitting at the end of the candle section at Target.

I bemoan anything that is a knockoff, a fake. Inspired by? Sure. But a complete knockoff? (I'm talking to you J.Crew bubble necklace made in china for $18 on ebay!) NO WAY.

I wanted these. In hot pink.

Damala Flat - DV by Dolce Vita $78.95

But then, I swear, the Target version just jumped into my basket before I could say no.

The only other pair of Target shoes I own are these. Which were shockingly, incredibly comfortable. I also bemoan cheap shoes. They are rarely comfortable and what you save in price you make up for in discomfort. I have no patience for people who wear uncomfortable shoes or complain how their feet hurt.

But I did it anyway. They kind of remind me of the Gap ballet flats in terms of comfort. Not great, but not terrible. Which is ok since I won't be wearing them every day.

Not like these.

Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer $135

Which I will be wearing every day. And are so insanely snuggly on your feet they feel like slippers. You cannot just buy one pair. That's how great they feel.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Holy Grail - Kenra Dry Shampoo

Welcome to my sew series, Holy Grail. This is the place where I'll be sharing my most coveted finds that have made it to my HG list. To qualify for this list, a product must exceed my expectations to the point of bliss, usually after trying countless others. It's a can't-live-without item that I keep a back stock on and will surely lose my mind if it's discontinued. (First world problems, I know)
If possible, I will note other products I tried and tested before finding the HG item and offer some suggestions based on price or skin/hair type.

First up:

Kenra Platinum Dry Shampoo $22 for 5oz

I'm a dry shampoo girl. This is a must have product for me. Extend your blowout by one or two days, freshen up your locks after a sweaty workout or add a bit of texture and fullness for an updo. Just spray some onto your greasy roots, wait a few mins and brush out. I like to give a quick hit with the blow dryer for added volume.

For years I used Ojon Rub Out. It was my previous HG. Until they changed the packaging and formula. Why???  Ugh! It wasn't the same and sent me on the hunt once again.

Finally out of desperation,  I contacted a friend who does PR in the beauty business and asked for her recommendations. I've tried almost everything out there. Is there something I missed? And she sent along a bottle of Kenra. Hello, lover.

Why it's perfect:
- smells amazing
- powerful spray and even distribution
- provides long lasting volume and hold
-doesn't completely dull your hair
-powerful enough for extremely thick hair (this will give you glorious volume!)
-also comes in a 1.5oz travel size ( I will not travel w/o dry shampoo)
-contains a UV Defense Duo to protect against color fade
-lasts forever (the bottle and the results) You will wake up the day after using this and have the most insanely gorgeous, full hair.

Others I've tried:
Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder (4.4oz $35) This was my first years ago and while I liked the texture and volume, it has pigment and so every time I'd run my hand through my hair I would end up with colored powder on my fingers.

Oscar Blandi Pronto (3.2oz $23) I have no idea how this works because I couldn't get over the old-lady like smell. It does have a hint of lemon, but that didn't help.

Ojon Full Detox Rub-Out (4.1oz $24) Like I said earlier, this was my original fave. Before they added the 'full detox' label and Soap Bark Tree. Now it's stinky and doesn't perform as well. Blah.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (8.5oz $39) My love for Oribe knows no bounds and some of their other hair products (Supershine Creme) have earned HG status. This was just not meant to be a dry shampoo. And it isn't. It's a texturizing spray and is best not used on the roots. But is a very lovely product.

Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo (3.2oz $24) Mid to late '90s I was OBSESSED with Rene Furterer hair care. Smelling this brought back so many wonderful memories and it's actually quite a great product. But Sephora stopped carrying the brand and I kind of forgot about it. I would definitely repurchase if they discontinued the Kenra. Almost as good, but not quite.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresher (3.5oz $6) This is my only drugstore pick. Still not as good as the Kenra, but a cheap alternative and will work much better for someone with fine or medium hair. Doesn't last throughout the entire day (or into the next) but good in a pinch.

TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo (5.7oz $5) Put it right back on the shelf. It's that bad. Really, don't even bother.

Wanted To Try But Never Got Around To It:
Serge Normant Meta Revive  (4.5oz $25)
SACHAJUAN Volume Powder (6.8oz $32)

Do you use dry shampoo? Do you have a Holy Grail one?

::Disclosure - I was provided a bottle of Kenra Dry Shampoo at no cost to me. I immediately ran out and bought 2 more after using it::

Monday, August 20, 2012

And The Madewell Winner Is...

{there were 92 entries out of 95 comments}
Comment #85

"I will be adding....something that fits! Over the last year I've lost quite a bit of weight and need items that are work-appropriate, mom-of-toddlers-appropriate, and social life-appropriate. Help!"

Shoot me an email with your contact info to smittenincle{at}gmail{dot}com and we'll get you hooked up.

This past Thursday was Madewell's Mix Well - Madewell Styling Sessions event at their brand spanking new Beachwood store. Having already been in for a visit (and shopping their extra 30% off online sale) there wasn't much more I needed. (At least until more of their fall collection arrives which I told will be any minute now.) I grabbed a girlfriend and we headed out anyway to see what kind of party they'd throw.

We shopped...

Tasted the Madewell Martini...

Nibbled on french macarons...

and chatted with the staff, who are all seriously cool. I may have instantly become BFFs with Bethany (partly because she's the cutest thing I've ever seen) who may have recognized me from her time at Henri Bendel. It was a great night at a fab store. I'm so happy they opened an outpost in the CLE!!

So get there. Now.

::Disclosure - A $100 giftcard was provided by Madewell for a reader give away. All opinions are 100% my own::

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

PlayhouseSquare Peek - War Horse

Last week I was invited by the lovely Charlene to a PlayhouseSquare donor event to preview War Horse, the Tony Award winning play from The National Theatre. I knew the 'Joey the horse' would be there but didn't really know what else to expect.

Charlene & I ; Charlene looking fab in her The Webster for Target dress.

Any event put on by PlayhouseSquare is top notch. We mingled in the State Theatre lobby, enjoying drinks, nibbles and a really great crowd. I really can't express how delightful all the donors and members of Partners are. There are always laughs, insightful conversation and a general feeling of happiness and community with this group. 

I have to confess. I didn't see War Horse the movie. I can't watch any movie where animals might be harmed or die and a movie about horses that go to war is obviously high on that list. I will be seeing War Horse the play. Why? I was basically told the play was 'safe'. Unlike the movie where everything is shown to you, the play takes the step of leaving a lot to your imagination. Sounds good to me. 

War Horse is part of the Key Bank Broadway Series and comes to PlayhouseSquare April 9th-21st
- Single tickets are $10-$75 and are on sale now
- You can also get your ticket as part of a 7-show ticket plan which guarantees you seats to The Book of Mormon (another must-see!)

England 1914, the start of World War I. Albert's horse, Joey, is sold to the war effort and shipped to France. Joey's amazing journey is played out on both sides of the war and Albert, too young to enlist, heads out in search to bring his beloved horse home.

Joey up close {via}

The part of Joey is played by 3 puppeteers (all actors or dancers.) The puppet is handmade by Handspring Puppet Company and is 10 feet long. Within a few minutes you completely buy into the premise that this is a real horse.

top: Learning the difference between a trot and a gallop
bottom: the actors who play Joey and Albert

Six human legs and four horse legs must all move as one. One actor is in charge of the head, one of the torso and one of the hind and tail. The puppet weighs 120lbs and sometimes has to carry the weight of the actor riding the horse. All sound and movement are made by these men and it's grueling work which they split up into a few teams. But you'd never know it from talking to these guys. This is their passion and they feel privileged to bring this experience to us. They're funny, charming and cute. That sure doesn't hurt.

All of this comes together in a tale that is fascinatingly moving. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Madewell Style Sessions & Giftcard Giveaway

Love Madewell? Love mixing patterns, textures and color? Love denim? Love styling? If the answer to any of the above is yes, I have great news for you.

Thursday, August 16th, the new Madewell store at Beachwood is having a fab styling event.

8/16 7-9P at Madewell @ Beachwood Place
Celebrate the newest Madewell store (and their Fall collection) with:
- Food, beverages and DJ
- 20% off a new pair of jeans when you bring in a gently worn pair for donation
- Get personally styled with one-on-one advice from an in-house expert
- Share photos of your fave looks with #mixwellwithfab to enter to win a special Madewell gift
- A $10 Madewell gift card for the first 100 shoppers who stop by Guest Services (starting at 6PM)

And.....Madewell has given me a $100 gift card for one lucky reader!!!

To enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post saying what key item you will be using to update your wardrobe for fall.
2. Tweet "I want to win a $100 giftcard from @madewell1937 & @smittenincle! " (This may be tweeted once a day for extra entries)
3. Share this post on facebook.

Please be sure to leave a comment on this post for each entry to be counted. Contest closes Sunday 8/19 at 6PM and winner will be randomly drawn and announced Monday 8/20.

For more inspiration check out:
How to Mix Well - 9 lessons in the art of pairing color and stripes
The Denim Bar Fit Quiz - it's mad fun and spot on
My key pieces for a fashionable summer to fall transition.
Madewell's newest Style Muse: Solange

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::Disclosure - I was provided with a $100 gift card from Madewell to use as a giveaway for my readers::

Friday, August 10, 2012

I Became A PlayhouseSquare Partner

The past week was an exciting one. I officially became a PlayhouseSquare Partner! I'd been looking into joining for some time now. I checked out a few organizations before I settled on one that was fun, fit into my schedule and gave back to the community. It didn't hurt that the theatre is so close and I love any excuse to go. Oh, and they have really fun events!

Partners is the Young Professionals group of PlayhouseSquare. Since 1991 they have raised over $2.5 million in support the not-for-profit mission of the theatre. Members have the opportunity to attend previews, social events, network and volunteer at one of our cities greatest treasures. Which, by the way, is the second largest theatre district in size and production numbers only to Broadway/Lincoln Center.

There are many donation levels to choose from starting at $50 and continuing on to $500 for Standard Memberships.

Here are just some of the top perks & benefits:
Balcony's Best ($50-$75)
- Opportunity to join a Partners Committee
- Invitations to all Partners events

Mezzanine Master ($100-$299)
{all the above and}
- Discounted admission to Jump Back Ball (the annual black-tie gala held in the State Theater) and other seasonal events
- Advance notice and pre-sale ticketing for select productions
- Invitation to Broadway pre-show receptions, master classes and events

Orchestra Ovation ($300-$599)
{all the above and}
- Invitation to a Leadership Society event
- Invitation to special receptions
- A dedicated phone line for all your ticketing needs

I went in with the idea of donating at one level, but with a cocktail in hand, the husband's prodding and Charlene noting that you can split your donation up quarterly, we went a step further. I really hope they keep the option of quarterly payments in the future. It really is quite budget-friendly.

One of the most exciting aspects is being able to join a Partners committee. This is not a requirement. That's the wonderful thing about the program. You can contribute as much or as little as you want. You can co-chair a committee, help out when you have time or just give your donation, sit back and enjoy the perks. There are 6 committees: Communications, Education, Fundraising, Jump Back Ball, Membership and Social.

I first learned about Partners from Amanda at Clue Into Cleveland. She is one of their biggest cheerleaders and last year co-chaired Jump Back Ball. Everyone I've met has been not only kind but wickedly fun and charming. We all have a great love for our city, like to socialize and enjoy a cocktail with a side of culture. I felt instantly welcomed and every new event I attend I meet even more people who fit this bill.

Looking to join or just want to find out more? Check out one of these upcoming events:

8/15 Partners Dine Around 6:30P - Participants are split up for dinner at several local restaurants (based on preference) then everyone meets back up at Blue Bar at the Wyndham for an after-dinner drink.

9/7 Playhouse Square District Block Party 5-9P ($25 public, $10 members) - Kick off the season with an end of summer block party.  Signature foods, walking tours, live music and more.

9/17 Partners September Committee Meeting - Happy Half Hour 5:30P - Meeting 6P - Here's your opportunity to find the committee that best suits you.

9/29 Ohio State vs. Michigan State Viewing Party - Save the Date. Time & Location TBA

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the incredible puppetry that is Joey the War Horse at a donor event. More on that tomorrow.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sample Society - August 2012

Here are the treats Sample Society put together for August.

Elemental Herbology - Cool & Clear summer facial cleanser (soap-free cleanser to purify and rebalance congested skin)
Arcona - Cranberry Toner (hydrates while infusing skin with antioxidants)
Deborah Lippmann - Nail Lacquer in Private Dancer (full size)
Jane Iredale - Longest Lash Mascara in Black Ice
PHYTO - Phytonectar Oil (pre-shampoo nourishing oil treatment)
extra - Malin + Goetz - Vitamin E Face Moisturizer packet

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I Fell In Love With Ruby Sparks (and you will too)

real life couple - Zoe Kazan & Paul Dano {via}
Maybe it's this whole Manic Pixie Dream Girl thing.
Instantly from the previews, I knew Ruby Sparks was different. She had the same MPDG carriage, but something was more....real.
Thanks to Fox Searchlight, the husband and I were able to preview the movie on Thursday. This worked out perfect since we were planning to see it anyway. 

I'm now obsessed with Zoe Kazan as Ruby Sparks. She's headstrong, witty and carefree. But she was written by a woman. Zoe Kazan who plays Ruby, wrote the screenplay and co-starred with real-life love Paul Dano. 

The movie could've been saccharinly sweet or a complete bore. The premise, boy meets girl, falls in love and possibly loses girl has all been done before. 

But not like this. This is not your typical love story. 

Dano, as Calvin, is brilliant. He's a successful writer who is struggling on writing his next book. His therapist advises him to write about someone who likes his (Calvin's) dog. In turn, he writes about Ruby. Then Ruby comes to life. His creation is real and perfect and everything he ever wanted. That is, until real life gets in the way. Ruby starts becoming more and more real. She has thoughts and feelings of her own and instead of changing his behavior he attempts to rewrite her. Which, of course, goes very hysterically wrong.

Paul Dano & Chris Messina {via}
Told with humor and sharpness, this is a story about relationships. How they evolve. How they start out fun and whimsical and without concern for reality. But what happens when that wears off and everyday life gets in the way of this fantastic love you've found? If you don't know how to balance them both you will lose it all.

This could be a heavy message. But it's not. It's incredibly fun and I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions. The casting is smart with Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas playing the laid-back hippie parents and Chris Messina as Calvin's older brother.

Annette Bening & Zoe Kazan {via}

I'm heading back out to see Ruby Sparks once more with a girlfriend. I never see movies more than once. But this is way too much fun to resist.

In theaters now.

::Disclosure: I was invited to a preview of this movie by Fox Searchlight. Read my preview post here::

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Simple Summer Sides - Herbed Squash Ribbons

Every summer we are inundated with zucchini and squash. I'm always trying new recipes so we're not eating it the same way every time. My favorite his summer has been squash ribbons. It doesn't matter if you use zucchini or yellow squash or combine them. For two people I use 2 medium sized squash. This dish is super easy, taking just about 5 mins to cook.

Squash ribbons: cut one end off squash and use vegetable peeler to make ribbons, stopping when you get to the seeds. Rotate and do this for the remaining 3 sides.

Step 1
Heat 1 TBSP olive oil over med-high heat in large saute pan
Add: 1 small shallot, chopped and ribbons from 2 squash
Saute over medium-high heat 2 mins

Step 2
Add 1/4 cup mixed chopped herbs

Step 3
Saute for 2-3 mins, squash will begin to shrink a bit in volume

Step 4
Add 1 TBSP freshly grated parmesan cheese
Season to your liking with bit of sea salt or pepper.

What are your favorite squash recipes?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Glossybox - July 2012

Hello and Happy August! This month's Glossybox centers around the theme Summer Nights. Perfect for August since I always think of back to school shopping, sizzling days and trying to enjoy every possible minute of daylight while the days get shorter and shorter.

GlossyMag (not pictured)

Sebastian - Color Ignite Muti Tone Shampoo - smart color moisture complex targets color-treated hair to moisturize and restructure hair fibers

Sebastian - Color Ignite Multi Tone Conditioner - a micro bubble conditioner (comes in a mousse-like can) wraps around hair strands leaving behind lasting color and vibrant shine

Alessandro Intl - Pedix Heel Rescue Balm - German foot cream provides intense hydration and protection

Senna Cosmetics - Double Dose Lip Lacquer - this shiny lip gloss contains light reflecting pigments to make your lips appear fuller and hydrated. Vitamins and Jojoba Oil provide extra conditioning

Blushed - fragrance towelette

Figs & Rouge - Lip, Face & Body Balm - multi-use product to soften and protect skin

First off,  you know how I feel about perfume samples. But, I must say, I'm coming around. I really like this one. And I like the towelette concept. Blushed features red currant, vanilla, lemon and spicy ginger. I kind of want to eat it, too.

I don't color my hair, so I scooped the hair products up for a friend I was seeing last night and I'll let you know if her hair turns irresistibly shiny and vibrant (not that it already isn't, though!)

I'm that girl who is fanatical about feet. They must always be clean, polished and soft. I scrub and buff them in the shower so I love anything foot related to try out. Like many foot creams, this smells like peppermint. (I will never understand) The fragrance is light, so that is nice. This seems quite moisturizing without being greasy which is perfect for summer since you are usually throwing a pair of sandals on after.

How crazy am I over this dual lip gloss?! Love myself some coral. This has a super-duper thick consistency that you can't really swipe on without looking. It's sheer enough but you really need to spread it around. Once you do, though, WHOA! This lasts all freaking day. I wish it came with less sparkle ("light-reflecting pigment") but it's not an obnoxious amount so I'll get over it.

Love the concept of the balm in a sweet vintage-y tin. Not really loving the geranium scent.

Overall - I'm a bit 'meh' on this box. Other than the gloss and the perfume surprise, there was nothing that I was losing my mind over.

Do you get Glossybox? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cinema At The Square Giveaway & Bike Discounts

**This giveaway is closed. Congrats to: Heather, Kakaty, OBM.cle and @allscott12**

Remember this post? Well, it's that time. Playhouse Square's 15th Annual Cinema at the Square kicks off tomorrow.

Cinema at the Square plays classic movies in the gorgeous Palace Theatre on the largest non-Imax screen in Ohio, August 2nd-19th. Tickets are $5 per film.

There are classics (Rear Window, Rebel Without a Cause, The Maltese Falcon), family -friendly (The Muppet Movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate family, Mary Poppins) and a few perfect for a day spent with the girls (Breakfast at Tiffany's). Check out their site for a full list of movies and times.

**Bike Promotion**
Ride your bike to the movie and receive a $2 discount PLUS There will be inside space (across from the ticket lobby) to park your bike!

The lovely people at Playhouse Square have also given me 4 passes to give away to my readers. Each pass is good for any combination of 14 admissions to the film series. Just present the pass at the ticket office to redeem your tickets. You could take a bunch of friends all to one film or go see them all. Any combination of 14 you'd like!

To enter:
-Leave a comment on this post, facebook page or tweet me @smittenincle telling me you'd like to go
-One entry per person

Contest ends TODAY Wednesday 8/1 at 6PM.

::Disclosure - These passes were provided to me and my readers from Playhouse Square::

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