Friday, September 28, 2012

C Wonder Extra 50% Off Sale

They are having a crazy-insane blowout sale over at the wonder that is C. Wonder. With promo code FALLFIFTY you can take an additional 50% off already marked down prices making a few things practically free.  Here are a few I'd recommend snapping up.
{all prices listed in red reflect the add'l 50 off}

I spotted this silky shirtdress on a girlfriend of mine a few weeks back and it's even more chic in person and the modal-blend fabric feels (and drapes) beautifully.

silky shirtdress in solids or butterfly print $128 now $32 

Yes, I'm still stocking up on the brights. I have a feeling they will come in handy in February when everything is covered in white. Love myself some mid-winter pops of color.

double-wrap skinny belt $48 now $12.50 
lace-up ribbon rain boots in solid or dot $78 now $15
studded leather bracelet $78 now $20

The nesting ikat bowls also come in red and these decorative plates are perfect for keys and jewelry.

 ikat nesting bowls $58 now $15
decorative ceramic plates (many prints avail) $38 now $10

Darling notebooks range in size and are perfect to keep by the bedside or throw in your handbag for when an inspirational moment hits.

notebooks; small, medium or large $14 now $2.50

While you're there, be sure to peep their New Arrivals page. They have a ton of charming accessories, clothing and decor for the fall season!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Zoya Monica & Essie Recessionista

Hope this post finds you all getting settled into fall. With sweaters, boots, harvest beers and football. Naturally, my hot pink and neon polishes have made way for a plethora of plums, oxbloods, navy blues and greens. 

Essie Recessionista & Zoya Monica 

...but first, I have a winner for the Rolling on the River giveaway!!!!

Congrats to Lee who left this comment:
Lee M       Roulette! Gotta love the wheel!
You can still get tickets to this great event and be sure to use promo code: SMITTEN2012 for an add'l $5 off the ticket price.

Monica is part of Zoya's NYFW F/W 2012 collection and it's pretty incredible. So far I've scooped up every color except Evvie. They are all opaque creams and those are my weakness.

Zoya Monica

L to R: Monica, Natty, Noot, Rekha, Toni, Evvie {via}

Recessionista is part of Essie's Fall 2012 collection, Stylenomics. I'm love, love, loving this as well as Stylenomics and Head Mistress.

Essie Recessionista

L to R: Miss Fancy Pants, Recessionista, Stylenomics, Head Mistress, 
Don't Sweater It, Skirting the Issue {via}

For years I was a die hard Chanel Vamp or OPI Lincoln Park After Dark gal during the cooler months. That's it. No messing around. These two colors are similar variations of those so I'm still in my comfort zone. Trying out the greens and bolder reds are proving to be much fun, though.

What are you loving so far? Sticking with the usual? Trying something new? Let me know!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Love Is Rock Steady

::Just 2 more days to enter to win 2 tickets to Rolling on the River, the Hunger Network's 10/5 fundraising gala at Windows on the River::

It's that time. My heart is palpitating and it's practically a holiday up in here. Anyone who knows me personally knows I'm obsessed with All Things Stefani, more specifically, No Doubt. Over ten years and 8 children later they are finally back with a new album. Cheers!

No Doubt - Push and Shove

all images/videos {via}

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Cocktail To Celebrate Autumn

::enter to win 2 tickets to the Hunger Network's 10/5 fundraising gala, Rolling on the River, here::

Happy Fall everyone! It's here. One of the most wonderful times of the year.

So while you're getting those boots, scarves and jackets out, treat yourself to a little autumn spirit. Perfect for long, snugly evenings and some much needed down time with friends and loved ones.

I think Autumn Spice is the perfect blend of ginger and cider with a hint of lemon. They are pretty lightweight, meaning you can sip them all day or night. (Or add in a bit of bourbon for a little more kick.)
This can be served hot or cold or you can even make a non-alcoholic version for the little ones by swapping out the Domaine de Canton for a little ginger-honey syrup.

Honey-Ginger Syrup
Add 1 cup honey and 1 cup water to a saucepan and bring to boil. 
Remove from heat and stir in 3 tablespoons chopped ginger. Let cool.
Strain out ginger and chill.

I'm pretty obsessed with all things ginger and Domaine de Canton is a standby in our house. This cocktail recipe and many more can be found on their site.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Foxy Lady

::enter to win 2 tickets to the Hunger Network's 10/5 fundraising gala, Rolling on the River, here::

{Most Wanted: The Fox - Tory Burch}

Autumn is mere hours away and I'm in a bit of a fall frenzy. Or should I say, fox frenzy. (And I'm not talking about the fur, although that is always welcome in my wardrobe.) As September rolls on I'm becoming more and more obsessed with woodland creatures and it's now invaded my closet.

I'm a grown woman. Is there any need for me to wear a sweater with an animal on it? It started with this Madewell sweater. Then J.Crew and those damn fat hens with the little berets. By the time Burberry and Tory came out with their fox collections, I was beyond hope. I'm powerless against the lure of the fox.

The husband tells me there's little difference between wearing a sweater with a fox on it and a bad reindeer christmas sweater. I digress.

 4. fox ring $59 / 5. kissing fox belt $150 / 6. fox studs $14 / 7. foxy sweater $83 

What do you think? Either way, if you see a redhead about town on an aqua city bike and fox print skater dress, that'll be me.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rolling On The River Giveaway

'Tis the season! The temps and leaves are starting to fall and fundraising season is heating up. One of my favorite events is the Hunger Network's Rolling on the River.

Held at Windows on the River for the 6th year, this casino-themed, gala event is not only providing support to reduce hunger in our community but is also a wickedly fun night out. Get dressed up, grab the girls or make it a date night.  This is going to be one fantastic evening!

and U.S. Bank present:
Friday, October 5th 7:30-11:30pm
Windows on the River
Cocktail attire suggested

Complimentary food, wine and beer
Casino gaming
Live entertainment from Frank, Dean and Then Some
Raffle prizes
Silent auction

Oooh, you know how I love a silent auction! This one is sure not to disappoint with items such as a catered CAVS suite and a loge package for the opening night of Beauty and the Beast at PlayhouseSquare including a cast party to bid on. There will be spa packages, weekend timeshares and fantastic CLE restaurant gift certificates to be had as well.

$55 until tomorrow, Sept 21st
$65 September 22-October 4
$70 at the door
And...if you use the promo code: SMITTEN2012 you will receive $5 off the above prices.
  (One code per transaction, so if you need multiple tickets you will need a separate transaction per ticket)

Now for the really exciting part. The incredible people at the Hunger Network have given me 2 tickets to give away to a lucky reader!

To enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite casino game is.
2. Tweet: "I want to win tickets to Rolling on the River from @smittenincle & @HungerNetwork #ROTR2012"
(this may be tweeted once a day for additional entries)
3. Post about this giveaway on Facebook.

You must leave a comment on this post for every entry to be counted!
Giveaway ends Wednesday, Sept 26th at midnight and a winner announced the following day.

Not only is this a great excuse for a much needed night out and you're funding over 100 pantries and hot meal programs, but this is an insanely affordable and fun way to give back.  Hope to see you there!

Rolling on the River 2011 {via}

::Disclosure - I was provided 2 tickets to attend and 2 to give away c/o the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland::

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Birchbox - September 2012

This month we were treated to the Birchbox version of The September Issue with items to 'jumpstart your autumn beauty collection'.

They included a mini-mag, The Fall Lookbook, which highlighted beauty trends that will give you a smooth transition into the season. There was also a code for $25 off a $75 purchase at Madewell. Score!

Boscia - Purifying Cleansing Gel - this travel-sized, botanical-filled, preservative-free gentle cleanser has been a mainstay in my travel bag for years and I'm happy to have another to re-stock for my next trip through a  TSA checkpoint

La Fresh - Instant Body Soother - these are going in my yoga bag for when the girls want to meet for post-om drinks and I need to mop up the sweat freshen up. I'm currently using Neutrogena grapefruit wipes so I'll see how these stack up.

Dr. Jart+ - Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+ - I've been wanting to try out this moisturizer, serum, sunscreen, 'skin perfecting' tint for awhile now.

Twistband - lace hair tie

Color Club - nail polish in Put A Pin In It - a metallic rose gold

The Brush Guard - variety kit keeps brushes protected when you're on the go

What did you get in your Birchbox? Did you enjoy this month's theme/products?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Beef Short Ribs & Mushroom-Port Ravioli

Beef short ribs are a mainstay in our household. Used in tacos, flatbreads, with polenta, pasta or simply on their own, it's a surefire way to right whatever wrongs occurred in your day. I slow cook mine with a mix of beer and red wine and usually throw it over a little pappardelle.

This week I had some ravioli from Ohio City Pasta on hand. One of my favorites is their Mushroom, Port Wine & Blue Cheese and it served to be a decadent addition to the dish.

Starting with my usual recipe,  I seasoned and browned the beef before adding the wine and beer. When it's finished I reduce the braising liquid and topped the ravioli with the short ribs, a bit of the reduction and some sauteed cremini mushrooms. The ravioli is a perfect accompaniment with it's earthy mushroom flavor and hints of blue cheese and sage. 

This is a wonderfully hearty fall dish that makes everything right in the world...if just for one night. Pair it with a great bottle of red or a yummy autumn beer. I enjoyed mine with a maple bourbon cider. Just because :)


Friday, September 14, 2012

Sample Society - September 2012 (& Hullabaloo Winner!)

First order of business....we have a winner for a VIP ticket to Hullabaloo, Yellowcake's Fashion Fundraiser on 10/12!

Congrats to Kara at @karahornikel !!!  

You can still enter to win 2 general admission tickets over on Life in the CLE.

This month's Sample Society box seemed to have a little something for everyone. Skincare, fragrance and cosmetics - it's quite well-rounded.

CellCeuticals - extremely gentle skin cleanser - looking forward to using this with my Clarisonic
Borghese - B gloss in Fiore - highly pigmented and super moisturizing, smells like almonds
Stila - Smudge Crayon in black - waterproof primer, shadow and liner all-in-one. If I like it I'll be snapping this up in midnight blue to recreate Nicole Richie's look - see below
Diptyque - Do Son - powdery yet heady with tuberose
Ahava - purifying mud mask 


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Looking Back On Locavore

{Last day to enter my Hullabaloo VIP giveaway!! Contest closes tonight, Thurs 9/13 at midnight and I'll be announcing a winner tomorrow. Good Luck!!}

Last Friday I had the privilege to attend Locavore, held at Windows on the River. The evening was filled with local food, wine, music and inspiration all lovingly donated with proceeds benefiting the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the MS Society.

Lilly Handmade Chocolates rocked it out (as always) with their Autumn & Winter Bark along with some special treats created for the event. "Say Cheese" was a savory nibble pairing a white chocolate, bleu cheese ganache with apple reduction cider, walnuts and milk chocolate. Figaro is a favorite of mine with black mission figs, port, vanilla bean and roasted cashews enrobed in dark chocolate. I may or may not have filled my purse with extras of these.

Lilia and her lovely husband Todd from Indulgence Cakes were on hand with chocolate baklava and the most delightful carrot cake cupcakes. I ended up grabbing a plate of these for the table and proceeded to eat them all. Do you see a pattern here? "Cannot be trusted around treats" should be tattooed somewhere on my person. Indulgence Cakes prides themselves on creating custom desserts and pairings, so ring them up if you're in the market for something you can't find just anywhere. They will sit down with you and come up with a plan to wow your guests!

Other notable bites included calamari salad from Corleone's, tempura shrimp from Nosh and just about anything from Momocho with their mole sauce.

The wines from Maize Valley were a perfect addition to the food and they had something for everyone.

{image from Why CLE?}

I ate, drank, laughed and teared up as my good friend, Charlene, introduced this years Individual of Inspiration award to her long-time best friend, Adam Riedy.

left-Charlene & Adam {image from Life in the CLE}
right-The ghost of Mark Zinni running interference...

There were raffle prizes and a silent auction along with a Blind Wine Pull. I think Kelly Ann and I did pretty well on our pulls.

It was a fun night filled with even more shenanigans than usual thanks to one fantastic emcee - Mark Zinni. I'll be putting Locavore on my calendar for next year!

me, Monina, Mark, Kelly Ann & Charlene

Tabitha, Jen & me

::Disclosure - I was provided one ticket to this event c/o the MS Society in return for promotion. I had so much fun I will definitely be purchasing a ticket next year!::

Monday, September 10, 2012

Collabaholic - The Shops at Target II

{There are a few days left to enter to win a VIP ticket to Hullabaloo, Yellowcake's Fashion Fundraiser on 10/12! Details here}

The latest round of The Shops at Target hit yesterday featuring Kirna Zabete, the Curiosity Shoppe, Odin New York and Patch NYC. I was a bit underwhelmed a few months ago when I saw the preview but I did spot a few great finds when the entire collection was released.

Kirna Zabete is just not my taste and while I've purchased womenswear from Target, I haven't purchased menswear, (other than the occasional T-shirt) so I kind of skimmed the Odin collection. I fell madly in love with everything Patch NYC and some charming vintage-y picks from the Curiosity Shoppe.

First up is Patch NYC. woodland creatures = fall perfection

1. animal print dessert bowls $24.99
2. feather coffee pot $24.99
3. deer cookie jar $29.99
4. ceramic serving bowl $24.99
5. ceramic stag cake stand $24.99
6. animal print glasses $16.99

The Curiosity Shoppe offers musings for a spirited evening in with friends.

1. theatre puppet kit $10
2. salad servers $15
3. tag & twine set $10
4. rainbow straw & swizzle stick set $10

I"ll be scooping up embarrassing amounts of these Odin candles to scatter throughout the house.

glass candle - woodsy $16.99

Kirna Zabete might not be my favorite designer collab but there are a few finds.

1. sleeveless maxi dress $49.99
2. tie front blouse $26.99
3. tweed/faux leather dress $44.99

I'm now impatiently waiting for more peeks of their next collab with Neiman Marcus which will hit just in time for the holidays. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CFDA this will feature 24 CFDA designers including Derek Lam, DVF, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Rodarte and more. Prices will range $8-$500 with most items under $60.

{all images via}

Friday, September 7, 2012

Hullabaloo - Yellowcake Runway Show & Giveaway

Happy Fashion Week everyone!

One of my favorite fashionistas (and dear friend) is throwing a soiree.

Valerie Mayen, Yellowcake designer and Project Runway alum, is hosting Hullabaloo on Friday, October 12th.  You won't want to miss this magnificent evening filled with fashion, cocktails and woodland creatures.

Yellowcake's first ever Fashion Show Fundraiser
Friday, October 12th
SPACES Gallery 2220 Superior Viaduct

General Admission: $15 (before 9/20) $20 (after 9/20) $25 at the door - Runway show, appetizers, cash bar, candy bar, open access to silent auction packages and garments.

VIP: $75 (before 9/20) $85 (after 9/20) $100 at the door - complimentary cocktails, appetizers, pre-show meet and greet with the designer including a preview of the runway show looks, signed sketch print from the collection, first chance bidding on silent auction items and an opportunity to win a garment from the Yellowcake store.

Not only will there be a splendid runway show but a candy bar, rock candy cocktails and live orchestral indie and modern rock music, a Yellowcake photo booth and ,of course, a post show dance party.

Want in on the fun?
I have a VIP ticket to give away to one lucky reader!

To enter: 
Do any one (or all) of the following:

1. Post a link to this blog post on your Facebook page.

2. Tweet: "I want to be a Yellowcake VIP at Hullabaloo with @smittenincle! "
(this may be tweeted once a day for add'l entries, be sure to leave a comment below)

3. Comment on this post telling me what your favorite kind of cake is.

Please leave a comment below on this post for each entry to be counted.
Contest closes Thursday 9/13 at midnight and a winner will be announced Fri 9/14.

Stop in to the YellowcakeShop at 6500 Detroit ave before September 20th and score some tickets just by shopping!  Purchases over $195 in store earns you one VIP ticket, while purchases over $100 earns you one general admission ticket.

A sneak peek of some of the new collection.
I had the opportunity to try some of these on and fell head-over-heels in love.

These adorable masks will be available in children and adult sizes along with limited 
edition Hullabaloo merchandise, handmade Yellowcake totes and more.

Some of the sketches from the new collection.

::Disclosure - I was more than delighted when Valerie asked me to do a giveaway on my blog. I was also offered VIP tickets to attend and heartbroken when I had to decline due to scheduling conflicts. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Get Out & About

Ah! It's September. How did that happen? Now that summer is officially starting to wind down, I'm really hoping to be a bit less busy. I know that won't really happen but I'm hoping. This summer has just been a whirlwind and it's left me a bit exhausted. But it sure was fun!

Here are some upcoming events that I'm looking forward to this month. Quite a few of these benefit a local or regional charity so my excuse will be that if I go out it's for a good cause.

Thursday 9/6
L'Amour du Vin Launch Party 5:30-7:30P 87 West at Crocker Park {free - cash bar}
Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, happy hour specials and discounted pre-sale tickets to L'Amour du Vin, the October 18th event benefiting the Arthritis Foundation.

Fashion's Night Out - The Republic of Artists - Warrensville Heights 5-10P {free}
Check out the latest from local retailers. Cocktails, 3 food trucks and DJ IMPURE will be on hand to ensure everyone has a fantastic time.

Friday 9/7
Locavore - Windows on the River 7P  {$75/$95}
Tickets will be available at the door for a delicious evening of hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer tastings, desserts and more all benefiting the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the MS Society.

Sunday 9/9
Pranzo di Passione - DANTE Tremont 2P {$100 includes food, wine, tax, gratuity}
Join Chef Dante Boccuzzi as he kicks off this year's Cleveland Italian Film Festival with an afternoon of Italian delights. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Italian Film Festival and Italian Cultural Gardens.
216.456.8117 to RSVP

Thursday 9/13
House of L presents Fall Fusion at Saks Fifth Ave - Beachwood Place 6:30-9P {free}
Learn how to incorporate the latest fall trends into your wardrobe and home. Food, fun and hairstylists will be on hand. Help fill the closets of those less fortunate by bringing in items for the Dress For Success clothing drive. 
Check out a preview of this event over at Cleveland Foodie.

Saturday & Sunday 9/15-16
14th Annual Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival - Lincoln Park, Tremont {free} 11-6 Sat/12-5 Sun
Celebrate the culture and artistic diversity of Tremont and Greater Cleveland. Fine art, sculpture and jewelry will be featured as well as children's activities, food booths and live music.
Wednesday 9/19
Celebrate the Italian Culture in Cleveland with an evening filled with food, wine and music.
For reservations contact Angie 216.421.1536 or email

Monday 9/24
Flavors of Northeast Ohio - Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center 6-10P {$225}
Witness your favorite chefs craft an entire meal (along with beverage pairings) table side in an evening benefiting the American Liver Foundation.

Saturday 9/29
PlayhouseSquare Partners Ohio State vs. Michigan State Viewing Party - The Blind Pig
Time: TBA - doors open 1/2 hour prior to kickoff
Admission to the watch party is free. Beer and food packages are avail for $25 in advance or $30 at the door which includs 4 hours of pizza, pasta, wings, beer, wine and well drinks. Proceeds benefit PlayhouseSqaure Partners Bus Fund which helps bring children to the theatre for education.

Spice Kitchen + Bar 6-9P {$75}
Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with a culinary feast with Chef Ben Bebenroth on the patio of Spice.

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