Monday, July 30, 2012

Matt Zone & Progressive Arts Alliance Team Up For An Inspiring Celebration

August 11th, Progressive Arts Alliance celebrates "Ten years of RHAPSODY" at House of Blues with a hip-hop turntable legend, break dance tribute and dance crew competition that's sure to inspire.

I went to PAA's Launch Party Happy Hour a few months ago for this event to support a friend and check out the newly reworked Reddstone. I didn't plan on leaving inspired about our youth and culture in such a way.

My husband & I both grew up in the suburbs and made the decision early on to move into the city and live a more urban lifestyle. In the late '90s we bought our house in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. A few years later, Matt Zone was elected Councilman in our Ward. He is the man behind the neighborhood. Pushing us towards our future by reminding us to celebrate our past and most importantly, support our youth. Having grown up in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood (where coincidentally his father (and then mother) for years held the same City Council position) he intimately knows it's strengths and weaknesses. These are his streets. These are his people. Arts and culture, he believes, are the cornerstone to a thriving community. He is one of the many courageous people we can thank for the rehabilitation and success of the Capitol Theatre and Gordon Square Arts District.

Councilman Matt Zone (center) with members of Project 5
and singer Claudja Barry circa 1985.

 In the 1980's Zone pioneered the Cleveland break dancing group, "Project Five". Through the creative outlet of music and dance, members of this group learned lessons of leadership and diversity that would shape them as adults. Hearing him speak about his time with this group is pretty powerful. These were kids of different incomes, ethnicities and educational backgrounds coming together from both sides of the city to create, learn and have fun. This is the core of what Progressive Arts Alliance has been doing for the last ten years.

PAA is committed to empowering students to recognize and use their full potential through programs that link the arts to academics. Their RHAPSODY (Recognizing Hip-Hop As a Powerful Source Of Development for Youth) program "integrates hip-hop with building self esteem, teamwork and self-discipline while meeting basic curricular theories in music, art, poetry and dance." This year marks the tenth anniversary of the program and they are celebrating in a big way.

Join in the celebration!




August 11th, 2012 7:30PM

Grandmaster Flash
Dance party with Turntable Legend, Grandmaster Flash
Corporate Cleveland's Best Dance Crew Competition 
(where local companies will "battle" it out on stage)
Tribute to Project Five and performance by the original crew featuring Matt Zone
Performance by the PAA All-Stars 
Hands-on art experiences including record "scratching" stations
Silent Auctions and 50/50 Raffle

General admission - {$25} 
VIP Lounge Balcony Access - {$50} includes 2 drink tickets and exclusive VIP lounge access and opportunities.
All-Access Pass {$150} includes the above along with a "Behind the Scenes" dinner with PAA artists and complimentary valet parking. Doors open for All-Access at 5:30 w/ dinner served at 6.

Come on by, you'll find me dancing my heart out to Grandmaster Flash and if you haven't seen your local Councilman break dance before, let me tell you, it is not to be missed!





Head over to Clue into Cleveland to get a behind the scenes look at Corporate Cleveland's Best Dance Crew competition.
And please check out all the wonderful programs and opportunities available through PAA.





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::Disclosure- I received a general admission ticket to this event c/o PAA. I stand behind their mission and offered to help in any way possible. My opinion is 100% my own::

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Birchbox Favorites & A Holy Grail Serum

::blogkeeping - The winners of my Ruby Sparks giveaway are: Courtney, Kelley, Tabitha, EB and Charlene. Congrats & thanks to Fox Searchlight::



22 Birchboxes in, (actually 21 since my July box is still on the lam) and I can definitely say this is a service I stand behind. I know from tweets and FB posts that since the boxes sent out are varied, not everyone has had the same luck. So I wanted to post my most valuable Birchbox products. The ones that, thanks to BB, I finally got around to trying and absolutely fell in love with. These are items that I have purchased at least twice since sampling and don't want to live without. Oh, and one that has achieved Holy Grail, can't-live-without-it status.


1. Jouer Lip Enhancer $14 - This has replaced both my Kiehl's and Laura Mercier lip balms. Not even the faint rose scent (I hate the scent of rose in beauty products) could deter me - it's that good. Keeps lips hydrated with the most subtle gloss for hours and hours.

2. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint $38 - I have this in golden and even though I've tried out a bunch of TMs I keep coming back to this. Lightweight, buildable coverage that's oil-free with SPF 20. I might not be able to go back to foundation ever. Gives a slight glow without looking or feeling greasy.

3. Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal $36 - For years I was hooked on MAC & Stila concealers and never thought to try anything new. I'm not sure about the "treat" portion but the concealing is ridiculously good. The light, mousse-like consistency of this makes it super blendable and requires only the smallest amount of product. Stays put and lasts all day. Even in the heat and humidity.

4. Zhena's Gypsy Tea - Coconut Chai Black Tea $6.99 - I don't drink tea. Unless I'm sick and practically dying. I'm a coffee girl. There has never been a tea that didn't irritate me. Until this. It's like the coffee version of tea. Airplane coffee is so bad that this became a godsend on my long days of flying when I wanted coffee but knew better.

5. NARS Orgasm Illuminator $29 - The exact shade of the original cult-obsessed blush in a liquid. It's one of those products you put on and think "Meh" but then everyone will stop and ask you what you did different that day. You just have a glow. Not shimmery and barely detectable, just enough to make you look radiant.

6. Shaveworks - The Cool Fix $11-$25 - A cooling gel-lotion that will almost instantly heal any razor burn, bumps or nicks. As a girl who must shave every single day this a good thing to have on hand. After years of using Tend Skin, which can sting and irritate skin, this was a welcome and soothing change. A little goes a long way.

7. NARS The Multiple in South Beach $38 This is one of the first products I received from Birchbox. This will give you the most unbelievable lit-from-within look. I apply mine with a kabuki to forehead/temples and cheeks. I use this every day, every season, but it's especially perfect mid-winter to give a hint of color without resorting to bronzer. 



Hello Holy Grail


All bow to the Sunday Riley. 
Sunday Riley's Juno Transformative Serum $125 - has made it's way to HG status. For the past 10 years I've used an anti-aging serum followed by moisturizer at night. This has replaced both of those products. A dry-oil serum that seriously delivers on it's promises. Wrinkles? Hyperpigmentation? Skin that breaks out and is dry at the same time? No problem. A blend of amino acids, natural oils and vitamins deliver antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, calming benefits. This will seriously transform your skin. Due to the price tag, I begged everyone I knew for their sample (thanks, Kristen!) before purchasing. This is hands down worth the $125 price tag. You'll spend twice that on a pair of boots, but you've only got one face. I save up my Birchbox points and use them exclusively on this.







all images via Birchbox

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mad For Madewell - Summer Into Fall



::Giveaway Reminder - Leave a comment on this post to win a pair of tickets to the advance Screening of Ruby Sparks at the Cedar Lee Theatre 8/2::


Madewell finally opens it's first Northeast Ohio store at Beachwood Place August 1st. The quirky-yet-chic sister to J.Crew is a must for denim and accessories. I nearly lost my mind when I peeped their fall lookbook last spring. The fall line isn't available quite yet, but you can pre-order some items now.

sneak peek of Fall 2012


In the meantime, here are my summer to fall transitioning picks that can easily become wardrobe staples.

Wear these dresses now with sandals and pumps then layer long-sleeved tees underneath and pair with tights, boots and scarves for fall.

1. printed tee dress $78
2. silk dotty dress $168
3. silk brushflower shirtdress $160
4. radiohour shiftdress $68



If Madewell is known for one thing, it's denim. Durable and super comfortable in a fit and wash for just about everyone. The skinny skinny ankle jeans are perfect for wearing inside boots. I'm saving up for these.

1. rail straight jeans (dusty blue) $98.50
2. skinny skinny ankle colorpop jeans (portico green) $125 $89.99
3. skinny skinny ankle jeans (canister wash) $115
4. everyday knit leggings $29.50
5. skinny skinny ankle jeans (madewell wash) $115





Basic oxfords, blouses and cardis-with-a-twist are great to wear under and over just about anything.

1. true love shrunken oxford $59.50
2. waveform top $98
3. striped heartnote cardigan $72
4. leatherbound wool blazer $168 $129.99



Well-priced jewelry that adds a hint of whimsy is always a good investment.

1. gypsystone cuff (providence blue) $26
2. arrowstack necklace $55
3. mini-bow ring $15
4. feather cuff $32
5. drifter shades $49.50



Every year I add yet another pair of leopard ballet flats to my collection (since they go with almost everything). These are definitely on my list as well as this cobalt patent pair. With all the brights of summer, adding a neutral bag or belt is a great way to combine trends.

1. patent sidewalk skimmer (crystal blue) $108
2. stripeview belt $45 $29.99
3. leopard print sidewalk skimmer $135
4. canvas mini mailbag $110 $79.99
5. peep toe film noir suede pump $188


Grab a girlfriend, stop in and check them out. They are giving out limited edition Ohio totes w/ purchase on Wednesday, August 1st.




all images via Madewell

Friday, July 20, 2012

Making Friends As An Adult

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There has been quite a bit of commentary on blogs and twitter recently on making friends as adults. As someone who is in the middle of a major career change (with many of my close friends moving away) this is an issue I've dealt with recently.

How I got here:

Kid Factor:
I'm 36. My husband is 41. We don't have children. This is the first "friend drop off" I noticed years ago. Sure, we still see our friends who have children, but our lives and schedules are different. They aren't as available to meet up for dinner on a Tuesday night. The mommies have play dates and such and if I had kids, that's exactly what I would do too.

Not having children, we have always been conscious to broaden our friend base to include people of all different ages and backgrounds. We are not dependent on just one group to fulfill our lives. We have single friends, marrieds w/o kids, friends w/ families and friends whose children are already grown.

Career:
As I said earlier, I've recently switched careers and many friends have moved out of the area. Having someone to run to happy hour with wasn't as easy as it used to be.


Making New Friends.

1. Get involved.
Get involved in your community, join organizations with people of like interests. Volunteer. Join a book or supper club. It's a bit hard at first. Everyone knows each other and you know no one. It can be intimidating. People naturally tend to split into groups. This can feel very clique-y. It's easier for 3-4 women to have a meaningful relationship than 7-8. At that point the 8 naturally form into 2-3 smaller groups. This is normal.

2. Keep going back.
Sure it's hard when you are the new person. Your first outing in an organization can be overwhelming. If it's a cause you're interested in, keep going back. You can't possibly get to know people the first time out. Don't expect to be immediate BFFs. They just met you and you just met them.

3. It's a bit like dating.
No one is going to share their crazy on the first few dates. I think it takes about 3 months for the real, true person to come out. Everyone puts their best foot forward. It's natural.

4. Be true to yourself.
Don't try to fit into anyone's mold. You don't need to change who you are to fit in. This will not get you the true relationships you're looking for anyway.

5. Just let it happen.
You can't force someone to be your friend. And you can't be everyone's best friend. It's ok to be acquaintances. I have different friends for different things. I cannot be everything to everyone and to try would be exhausting. Sometimes you may spend more time with one group and then a few weeks later with another. There is an ebb and flow in life. To go with what you need at the time.

6.Get over yourself.
Try not to take things personally. Be supportive. If you are close to Friend A & B and A & B do something without you, don't feel entitled. Next week you might all get together or perhaps you and Friend B have time for lunch. Friend A will not be offended. This is how true friends act. You cannot be invited to everything all the time, nor can you invite everyone. 


I don't know what I would do without my girlfriends. Having strong, happy, independent women in my life is a blessing. True friendships don't feel like work. They just work. So put yourself out there. It might be scary at first (it will!), but it will be worth it!


::I'm not an expert. I don't claim to have all the answers. These are my recent observations and what worked personally for me::

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ruby Sparks - Movie Giveaway

**This giveaway is closed. Congrats to Courtney, Kelley, Tabitha, EB and Charlene.**


From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine comes Ruby Sparks, a movie that's witty, delightful and just might be the perfect antidote to this crazy hot summer.




What if you could create the person you've always been looking for?

"Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life.
Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person." {Fox Searchlight}



Along with Kazan (who wrote the screenplay) & her real-life boyfriend (Dano) the eclectic cast includes, Annette Bening, Antonia Banderas, Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) and Chris Messina (Damages, The Newsroom).

In theaters 8/3.

Want to see it first? I have a Ruby Sparks prize pack (filled w/ summer fun - towels, nail polish, tote bag etc) and up to 5 passes **UPDATED** 10 passes for the Advance Screening - Thursday, August 2nd 7:30 at Cedar Lee Theatre.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, my Facebook page or tweet me, telling me you'd like to go.
One Five winners will be randomly selected on 7/24 at 6pm.

**UPDATE** Just got word that I can select 5 winners to each receive 2 tickets to this showing!!





All images and video c/o Fox Searchlight.

::Disclosure - I was provided  2 tickets to this movie from Fox Searchlight in addition to the giveaway for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own::

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sample Society - July 2012

Sample Society - July 2012
This month's Sample Society box is pretty well-rounded. Skincare, body care and cosmetics. The only thing missing was haircare - which I don't really need since my hair routine is solid.

Quality is what separates the beauty subscriptions. With brands like Birchbox, Glossybox & Sample Society you are receiving High-end, luxury skincare and makeup. If I wanted to try the latest Olay or L'Oreal I could just run to the drugstore and buy it. If it didn't work out there wouldn't be that much of a financial output. My goal in subscribing is to try the latest things I read about or see in Sephora, Saks and Bergdorf's. Sure, you can go to the cosmetics counter and get a sample, but sometimes you need more then that tiny amount to see if something will work for you. That's why these boxes will usually include deluxe-sized samples.


Included:

Borghese Tono Body Creme - An intensive smoothing & firming moisturizer. Mid '90s the cosmetic counter I worked next to at May Company was Borghese. So at one point I had tried everything there. I forgot how much I loved the smell of their body products. Opening this creme brought it all (along with the good memories) back to me.


Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint - lightweight, water-resistant, oil-free and SPF 20 makes this tinted moisturizer a staple. I originally tried this c/o Birchbox and as a girl who only wears tinted moisturizer this is one of my faves.

VBeaute Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Creme - Calling it an 'eyelift in a jar' this claims to conceal and smooth lines and minimizes puffiness while boosting collagen. I'm still on the hunt for my Holy Grail eye cream so I'll let you know if this is the one...


Sisley-Paris Hydra Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration - Using a three-tiered approach to treatment, this combines botanical, mineral and aromatic extracts to replenish moisture, reduce fine lines & wrinkles and restores skin's elasticity. This retails for $250 so the size included is worth $25.

Vincent Longo Duo Lip Pencil - Mine came in Roseberry & Spring Rose, which I've deemed THE perfect summer to fall cosmetic with Spring Rose being a silvery pinkish rose color and Roseberry a deep berry perfect to take you from fall to winter. This liner is extremely smooth and soft. Fill your entire lip in, add a matching lip color and you are set for the day (or night). This is full-sized retailing at $26!






Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Taste Of Tremont 2012


Taste of Tremont was this past Sunday and it's one of the events I look forward to (and will clear my schedule for) all summer long.
Every year for the past 10 years, Tremont closes down Professsor from Starkweather to Fairfield and has a culinary feast. Each local restaurant pops a tent in the hopes of enticing you to try their noms. Year after year the event becomes more popular and the last two years have had the biggest turn out yet. That being said, there were so many vendors that the longest I waited in line was still under 15 minutes. The food is delicious but the people watching is what I go for. Young and old, shopkeepers and chefs. You will run into almost everyone you know.

 Clockwise from top: The husband tried to convince me we needed a chicken coop from Hive and CoopLucky's and Fahrenheit's offerings; Toasting w/ Greg from Wine & Design. You must start your trek at W&D. They will fortify you with bubbles and a dance party before setting out on your journey.


You can't go wrong with Sunny's Beef Parang and a spring roll from Ty Fun.
 I'm actually craving this right now it was so good.


Dante fills their side lot with bands, food and festivities and we usually stop here twice.
 Last year they had a mechanical bull. This year was a carnival theme.


At Dante we saw the super cute Raffaele & Margaret from Tuscany Distributors; ate incredible ribs paired with a Goose Island IPA for him and a Watershed Distillery vodka lemonade for me; Quintin, my second favorite person at Dante (next to Chef, of course!).

Then this happened:

Who am I to resist when a shirtless man asks how strong I am? That hammer was so heavy
I didn't think I could even swing it over my head. I didn't ring the bell, but I did get it half way up!


I always like to take a time out, cool off and then head back out for Round 2. So it's good to have a friend that lives close by to chill out and relax; The Banyan Tree is also a lovely spot to escape the heat but I may be the only adult who prefers the children's side of the store. I may need this giant green pillow; The biggest hot dog I've ever seen. It was over a foot long.


The scene at Treehouse; the always lovely Oliver & Jaclyn; Prosperity Social Club; fashions at Pinky's Daily Planner.


Last but not least we stopped to hi to all the great peeps at Fresh Fork; here's Trevor carving up his pig; the newest spot to hit Tremont, Barrio, was spot on with their cilantro lime chicken and chorizo tacos.




Did you make it to the Taste this year? What did you love?

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Well-Dressed Man Shops At J3 Clothing Co.



A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an event at J3 Clothing Co. in Moreland Hills. I had heard of them briefly after they opened last year and then again after this article in Cleveland Magazine. So I was delighted for the opportunity to check them out. They closed down the store for us and had beer, wine, bubbly (because you know the way to a 30-something blogger's heart will always be bubbly) and nibbles from their next door neighbor Flour.

You know how I feel about the Well Dressed Man. I love a guy with his own style. An effortless style that is thoughtful but not overly wrought can be very powerful. This is a man who knows himself and what he wants out of the world. Trouble is, men don't usually endlessly browse for the next greatest pair of shoes or pants like women do. They will head to the store when they need to stock up or realize something needs to be replaced or is missing from their current wardrobe.

Whimsical larger than life art encourages that no one takes themselves too seriously.

J3 Clothing Co is the perfect stop for this man. They have redefined the way men shop for clothing and accessories. Unlike department stores, everything has been handpicked with a fashionable yet wearable eye and it's all in one place. No more running from one department for a blazer, then another for swim trunks and yet another for a great pair of jeans. It's all here. Creating a laid back atmosphere with a modern meets reclaimed interior, their well-appointed seating, flat screens and wet bar encourages guys to relax and get comfortable.

Our kind hosts, JB Dunn and Joe Paster chatted with us about innovative trends in men's clothing.

J3 stands for JB Dunn, Joe Paster and Jack Madda. With over 60 years of combined experience, these men have figured out what works (and more importantly) what doesn't when it comes to building client relationships. Seeking out to create a space for the professional 25 to 55 year old to shop for both business and pleasure, they've tapped into a luxurious and unique vibe all while remaining relatable. We were fortunate to meet both JB and Joe, and let me tell you, these are fun guys. Guys you'd like to crack a beer open with and just chat. So that's what we did.


Throughout the store you'll find repurposed pieces such as this gorgeous chandelier.
 Displays and tables fromAPOC (A Piece of Cleveland) and 44 Steel lend a masculine vibe.

Offering ready to wear merchandise along with custom, made-to-measure menswear ensures you will walk out with the right look for you and your budget. And since everything has been handpicked by three different, fashionable men means you can't go wrong. So even if your guy isn't quite the Well Dressed Man, he can be. All he needs is an afternoon and a few beers at J3.





Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2 for $40 Tuesdays At Hodge's

Chris Hodgson's  namesake restaurant has quickly become one of my favorite  downtown go-to spots. Hanging out with the girls? Hodge's. A bit of East 4th shopping? Hodge's. Taking in a game? Hodge's. Great location paired with seriously good food (and drink) with a wicked patio makes for a surefire hit in my book. 

They almost immediately began their 2 for $40 Tuesdays but I never seemed to make it there on said day. So 2 weeks ago I put it on the calendar, which is apparently the only way to get things done these days. The husband and I headed out to see if, in fact, you could really get 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for $40. 

We arrived and were presented with a prix fixe menu along with the regular menus. Shockingly about half the appetizers and entrees were available to choose from.

We asked for a bottle of red wine and were given 2 choices. We went with the Cabernet. I was still shocked that we were getting a bottle of anything since most of the entrees available were $20 apiece.

Bottle of Cab and the tater tot amuse bouche. 
We went with the Mackenzie Creamery goat cheese + leek tart for our appetizer since it's perfect for sharing. 


For dinner, I was sure the Husband was going for the Hangar Steak but he switched it up and we both ended up ordering the French Onion ravioli. 

 
The entire meal was delicious and so insanely priced that I still can't get over it. So be sure to mark your calendars for a Tuesday night Hodge's date. You won't be disappointed. I hear they have a new menu, so some of the above-mentioned items may not be available.

Please remember to tip your server appropriately. They do the same work whether you order on a Tuesday or a Thursday or whether it's happy hour or not. Tipping on the full (before discounted) price is encouraged and appreciated.











Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Must - Cinema At The Square



Movies are always a summer-must. When those temps reach up into the 90s I want nothing to do with the sun. Don't even sit me by a window. Draw the shades and put on a film. Even better, head to the theatre. August 2nd through 19th you can catch a flick at the most gorgeous theater in town.


This year, Playhouse Square celebrates the 15th annual Cinema at the Square series (and I think this is their best lineup yet.) What better way to escape the heat. Iconic films in a classic theatre at a great price. Tickets are only $5 and are half off when you purchase a FlixTIX Pass for $15 getting you 6 movie vouchers.


Here are my must-see films: (a complete listing can be found here)


August 2nd - West Side Story (sing-a-long)


August 3rd - The Godfather


August 4th - Breakfast at Tiffany's


August 9th - Rear Window

August 10th - Rebel Without a Cause


August 11th - Casablanca & Some Like it Hot




August 16th - The Maltese Falcon


August 17th - An American in Paris





Are any of your favorites showing?



{images via playhousesquare.org}

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Glossybox - June 2012

GlossyMag magazine

This month's Glossybox is all about Summer Simplicity.




Included:

First Aid Beauty - Smooth Shave Cream - How did they know I was on the hunt for a new shave cream? I shave in the shower and am tired of typical foaming cream/gels that clog my razor and leave a mess on the floor/walls afterward. This has more of a thick hair conditioner texture, is quite moisturizing and non-foaming. I'm really liking it so far.

A Perfume Organic - Urban Organic fragrance - You know how I feel about perfume samples (meh). If you must, let it be in a cute bottle or rollerball please. This does smell quite lovely so I might be willing to reconsider. -just this once

Kinerase - Restructure Firming Cream - This is supposed to erase years from your face with elastin-strengthening technology. Firming is so far down on my list of skin woes, so this will be going to the MIL.

Wella Professionals - Enrich Moisture Treatment - A lightweight treatment containing silk extract to instantly restore your hair. I've never used Wella before and really want this to do what it says. Every hair treatment I try seems to weigh my hair down. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

Shea Terra Organics - Ultimate Moisturizing Body Creme - I got this in White Chocolate, which smells exactly like white chocolate. Seriously. I want to eat it, it smells so divine. I will be saving this for fall as I'm sure any bug within a 30 mile radius would want to eat it too. Unfortunately all my body products need to be fragrance free in the summertime.

Beautyaddicts - Show-OFF Mascara - This was my full-sized product this month. Formulated with Argan oil to give lashes an intense, dramatic look without clumping or smudging.




This was the first month that they started tailoring the boxes a bit to your beauty profile. So far I've seen 2 versions.

Glossybox is still doing a good job of confusing me on box months. This box billed in June and delivered in July. The description card reads June 2012, however the magazine included is July 2012. This is really my only (extremely minor) complaint I have as I am still enjoying this service.





Friday, July 6, 2012

A Vintage Dress & OPI - Kiss Me On My Tulips

Heading out for Monday's Emerging Chefs event at Velvet Tango Room, I decided upon a feather-light cotton dress. I picked it up a few years ago at a vintage shop and it fit perfectly. It has a deep neckline and empire waist, which explodes (literally) into swaths of pleated skirting. With pockets. Basically a dream except I was a bit self conscious about the voluminous skirt.

dress of the night; swingy hair and posing for photos is
something that cannot be taken seriously. Try not to laugh -
just try. Nearly impossible.


It turned out to be marvelously comfortable and perfect for a beautiful night dining al fresco at VTR.


I also tried out the OPI polish that came in my Glossybox.

OPI - Kiss Me on My Tulips



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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