Sunday, October 27, 2013

Collabaholic: Sugar Paper LA x Target

Just in time for wrapping up year's end and getting an organized start to the new year, Target has teamed up with Sugar Paper, Los Angeles. Stock up on the fashionable brand's planners, notebooks and calendars before they're gone. Only available for 8 weeks, these incredibly priced goodies are sure to sell out quickly. Pick some up for yourself or get started on your holiday gifting.

Available online or in store. Prices range from $4.99 to $19.99 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jump Back Ball: 0023 - Ticket Kickoff Sale

Tickets to the most fantastic party in Cleveland are going on sale soon and if this year is anything like last, they'll be gone before you know it. PlayhouseSquare's annual creative black-tie gala always sells out and the ticket kickoff party will be your chance to grab your tickets before they go on sale to the public (and at a discounted price!)

Jump Back Ball 0023: Shaken Not Stirred is your chance to get your Bond on, so grab a vesper and clear your calendar for Saturday, February 22nd, 2014.

Thursday, November 7th 5:30-7:30P
Cibreo Privado
 (the private dining & event room at Cibreo Italian Kitchen)
complementary appetizers & drink specials
One Night Only Pricing: 
$115 PlayhouseSquare Partners - Partners only presale 5:30-6P
$150 General Admission - on sale at 6P
2 ticket limit per person
Tickets go up in price by $15 each plus a per ticket handling fee of $3 the next day.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available at the kickoff event for $200. I'm thrilled to announce Dante Dining Group is our VIP food sponsor.

Everyone who purchases tickets at this event will go home with a kickoff souvenir and the chance to win fab prizes ranging from free drinks to PlayhouseSquare Loge tickets, free VIP upgrades, a stay at the Wyndham the night of JBB and more!

Want to know how you can get your tickets for just $115? Learn more about Partners here. Memberships that qualify for ticket discounts start at just $100 and you also get an entire year of Partners discounts and great benefits. New member sign-up will be available at the happy hour.

::Disclosure - I am a member of PlayhouseSquare Partners and Jump Back Ball co-chair. I'm ridiculously excited for this happy hour, so please stop by and be sure to say hello! I'm also a Jump Back Ball blogger and will receive a ticket c/o PlayhouseSquare::

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pear Cocktails To Warm You

::Have you entered to win 2 tickets to Yellowcake's Hullabaloo fashion show? You've got until Thurs 10/24 to enter!::

Sundresses and wedge sandals have made way for glorious boots, blazers, gloves and scarves. I'm currently verging on an obsession with cable-knit anything. Autumn is here and it's getting chilly. This is the excuse you've been waiting for to stay in and snuggle up. Watch the leaves change color from the sofa and celebrate fall by cozying up to a pear cocktail.

Not in the mood to whip up a boozy fall treat? Pop open a Fox Barrel Pacific Pear Cider. This all-natural (and gluten-free!) sparkling pear cider is my new fave to turn a rough day around.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Do You Baloo? Hullabaloo Giveaway!

My girl, Valerie, is at it again with her 2nd Annual Hullabaloo fashion party. Yep, that's right. This Project Runway alum doesn't just put on a fashion show, it's an all out soiree of all things fab, fashionable and Yellowcake.

Doors open at 7pm where you can mingle, grab a cocktail and a seat for Cleveland's most anticipated runway show which starts at 8pm. Post-show you can bid on garments and accessories from the collection (before they're available to the public), check out this year's Hullabaloo merchandise or snag yourself a 2013 collection sketch. Grab a nibble (and another cocktail) and then hit the dance floor where the party continues all night long. Did I mention there's a Yellowcake photo booth AND candy bar?

Early Bird Tickets are available through 10/24 and are $25 for General Admission, $40 for Third Row, $65 for Second Row and $100 for Front Row access. Seated tickets (1st-3rd row) include a Yellowcake raffle entry, one drink ticket and $10 towards merchandise sold at the show.

 I'm super excited to announce that I have 2 GA tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

To Enter:
1. Instagram, tweet or facebook a pic of something fabulous that you'd wear to Hullabaloo. (Be sure to tag @smittenincle and use the #Hullabaloo2013 and/or #YellowcakeShop hashtag)

2. Instagram, tweet or facebook a pic of anything Yellowcake, Hullabaloo, or even Valerie herself! (again, be sure to tag @smittenincle and use the #Hullabaloo and/or YellowcakeShop hashtag)

3. Share this blog post on any of the above social media platforms.....and you know who/what to tag :)

You can enter as many times as you like. Comments on this post are not an entry. Giveaway ends midnight on Thursday 10/24 and a winner will be randomly chosen and contacted on 10/25.

Valerie Mayen's Yellowcake shop - Gordon Square

This year's theme is inspired by the life and love of Valerie's mentor and best friend, Lisa, who lost her 5 year battle with cancer last year. The love story Lisa shared between her husband and children is the backdrop for the collection, titled Companion. 7 mini collections will detail this incredible journey of life, love and healing. All bar proceeds will go to benefit the PMP Cancer Research Foundation.

::Disclosure - I was provided 2 tickets to give away c/o Yellowcake::

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Event Rewind: L'Amour du Vin 2013

The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeast Ohio did it again. If you're keeping score, they really, really, know how to throw a fantastic fundraiser. Paired with a beautiful early fall evening, they did not disappoint with their annual strolling food and wine event, L'Amour du Vin. There was more food (and drink) than I could ever hope to try and this year's event raised just over $56,000 to support the mission, research and benefit of those battling arthritis.

The KeyBank VIP Lounge was laid back and serving up massages from Exhale: The Spa at EMH and the sounds of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music jazz ensemble. Brown-Forman was on hand serving up two different barrel-aged cocktails. The Gentleman Jack Ward 8 featured lemon juice, simple syrup and grenadine, and my favorite, the Woodford Reserve Manhattan with cherry herring and bitters.

Bistro 83 was on hand turning out beef atop a truffle mini pancake and slow roasted pulled pork delicately piled atop a risotto cake.

The main ballroom had more food and wine packed in with some serious silent auction items, wine pull, and a diamond jewelry raffle that I was one number away from winning.

A few of my favorites included the offerings from Gatherings KitchenLittle Devil Cupcakery and Jammy Buggars.

Hats off to everyone who pitched in to make this event such a success. I'm already looking forward to next year.

::Disclosure - I was provided 2 VIP tickets for myself as well as 2 GA tickets to give away to a reader c/o the Arthritis Foundation. All musings, as always, are my own::

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

That Time Bethenny Frankel Sent Me To NYC

Hi dolls! Remember how excited I was when I got to meet Bethenny Frankel when her Calling All My Girls Tour made it's stop in Cleveland? Well, imagine how elated I was when her PR peeps sent me an email with a special surprise. It was a video from Bethenny saying the fun wasn't over quite yet and that she was bringing me to New York for the premiere of her new talk show.

Let the squealing ensue. I immediately rang my girl, Charlene. After a few emails, much screaming and some serious luck, both of us were on our way to the Big Apple courtesy of the Bethenny show. We had 3 full days in the city and did I mention it was right at the start of Fashion Week?!

I could tell you just how fab it was, but I'll let the pictures tell the story.

Our hotel, The W Times Square: view from my room / relaxing in the lobby / enjoying my first PSL of the season /
me & Charlene in the middle of it all

You can never go wrong with rooftop cocktails: Ava Lounge at the Dream Hotel / Upstairs at The Kimberly

at the taping of Bethenny / her gorgeous set / premiere party

Bethenny knows how to throw a party: surprise! It's Salt-N-Pepa / The lady of the evening /
Sirens of Soho rocking it out / fab little nooks to relax & chat

Incredible eats from Aureole & The Spotted Pig / Saturday in Central Park

NYFW Street Style

the scene at Lincoln Center 

::Disclosure - Accommodations, airfare and spending money were provided by the Bethenny show. Tickets to a show taping as well as invitations to the premiere party were included. I was not asked to tweet, blog, instagram of facebook anything. Just have a fabulous time::

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall Fundraising - L'Amour du Vin Giveaway

Fall fundraising season is in full swing and the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio is back at it with an event that truly blew me away last year - L'Amour du Vin. Not that I should be surprised, they are known for some of the best soirees of the year. Silver Spoon Awards, anyone?

presented by EMH Healthcare
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 6-9PM
Avon Oaks Country Club

Avon Oaks Country Club

L'Amour du Vin takes place at one of the most scenic fall venues, Avon Oaks Country Club. Stroll through the ballroom and feast on impressive eats from some of the West Side's best restaurants. Wines from around the world are yours for the sipping and there will be great silent auction items up for bid.

General Admission tickets are $60 ($75 at the door) and include admission to this premier strolling food and wine event along with the chance to bid on some fab silent auction and raffle items which include:
Vacation Packages to the Western Caribbean, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & more
Culinary Experiences - Chef's Table / Private in-home dining experiences / Gift Certificates 
Golf Packages at Firestone Country Club, Red Tail and more
...and let's not forget the Wine Bottle raffle (which is always my favorite!)

VIP tickets are $90 and include all of the above as well as access to the KeyBank VIP Lounge. Only in the VIP Lounge can you sip on Brown-Forman's signature barrel-aged cocktails while enjoying cuisine from Bistro 83 - all while being pampered with spa services from EXHALE: The Spa at EMH.

Participating Restaurants:
Ahern Catering
Aladdin's Eatery
AMP 150
Bistro 83 (VIP Lounge)
Fazio's Restaurant
Gathering's Kitchen
Kiedrowski's Simply Delicious Bakery
La Campagna
Legacy Restaurant & Grille
Little Devil Cupcakery
Red Gables Mesquite Grill
Seryrell's Salsa
Your Deli

The Arthritis Foundation was kind enough to give me 2 GA tickets to give away to one lucky reader!!

How To Enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me which restaurant you'd like to try or which Silent Auction item you'd bid for.
2. Follow @ArthritisFouNEO and @smittenincle on twitter and leave a comment on this post telling me so.
3. Like the Arthritis Foundation of NEO and cleveland on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me you did.
4. Tweet: "I want to be wined & dined by @AthritisFouNEO at #lamourduvin w/ @smittenincle " (Please leave a comment on this post telling me you tweeted. You may tweet once per day for add'l entries)
Giveaway closes Saturday, October 5th at 11:59pm and a winner will be announced Sunday, October 6th.

Proceeds of this event support local programs and services for the nearly 1.3 million Northeast Ohioans with arthritis and fund local research to be conducted.

::Disclosure - I was graciously given 2 VIP tickets to attend along with 2 GA tickets to give away c/o the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeast Ohio:

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