Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jump Back Ball 24: Ticket Kickoff Party

Are you ready to Jump Back to the Future? The 24th annual Jump Back Ball theme couldn't be any more fun and the chance to get your mittens on tickets is literally right around the corner. The JBB ticket kickoff party is where you can secure yourself tickets (before everyone else) at the lowest price available. Last year tickets sold out in a record 10 days (!!) so be sure to swing by before heading to the Cavs game.

Monday, Nov. 10th 5:30-7:30p
Ticket Kickoff Special Pricing
$130 PlayhouseSquare Partners
$160 Non-Members

{ticket limits apply}
Public - 2 Non-Partners tickets per person 
Partners - 2 Partners tickets & 2 Non-Partners tickets per membership
Partners Leadership Society - 4 Partners tickets per membership
*ticket prices increase by $15/$20 plus handling fees the day after the kickoff*

Bring in a new, unused personal care item to be donated to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and be entered into a raffle to win some pretty fab prizes like a night at the Wyndham for JBB, VIP upgrades or PlayhouseSquare loge tickets. Check out the kickoff homepage for a list of suggested items to donate.

Jump Back Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th and is hosted by PlayhouseSquare Partners. Roam the State Theater & Lobby and enjoy an incredible evening of cocktails, food, fun, music and dancing. Check out how much fun was had last year and I'll see you on Monday!

Want to know how you can get your tickets for just $130? 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, invitations and great benefits. New member sign-up will be available at the kickoff party.

::Disclosure - I am vice co-chair for the PlayhouseSquare Partners Board and also a Jump Back Ball blogger. I am receiving one complimentary ticket in exchange for blogging and purchasing a ticket. As always, all musings are my own::

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nordstrom Beauty Trends & Recapping Rollin' on the River

First things first - Happy Friday! Today and tomorrow get to your local Nordstrom for their Fall Beauty Trend Event. Get a jump on the latest looks for fall and winter with some one-on-one time with beauty experts from your favorite brands. You can peep the latest trends before you go and check out videos to help you re-create your new look at home or get extra glam for the holidays.

Nordstrom 2014 Fall Beauty Trends  
October 17th-18th 11a-7p {free}
Stop by or make an appointment for complimentary makeup, skincare and fragrance consultations. Customized samples and exclusive gifts with purchase available (while supplies last)

Speaking of getting glam...a few weeks ago I threw on my party dress skirt and headed to the Hunger Network's 8th annual Rollin' on the River benefit. The sounds of Sinatra filled the picturesque Windows on the River, the cocktails (and donations) were flowing and the guests were gambling - all for a great cause. This is such a fun event and I've been lucky to attend a few times. 

My giveaway winner Jen and her husband David with Chris & I.
{image c/o the Hunger Network}
all the fun that is Rolling on the River

John Paul and Jesse working the tables / me with the insanely fab Rachael & Nadine
post-event cocktails at Ginko

The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland works to reduce hunger by providing food, linkages and other services. 60,000 people each month receive emergency food at one of their centers or through hot meal programs. I don't know how they do it but every dollar donated provides four meals to someone in need. Living in Ohio City I'm acutely aware of how lucky I am to never, ever have to go without food. Some of my neighbors and their families are not so fortunate. Events like this provide a fantastic evening out with friends to raise funds for these initiatives. Check out all the ways to you can get involved and support the Hunger Network here

::Disclosure - I received 2 tickets for myself and 2 to give away for Rolling on the River c/o the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. As always, all musings are my own::

Saturday, October 11, 2014

6 Skin & Hair Saviors To Get You Through Fall

Fall is all about transition. We swap bare legs for tights, sandals for booties and start layering for chilly evenings. I've always found that this time of year my hair and skin needs more transition time too. I'm not ready to completely swap out my daily skincare for the heavier, creamer products I use in winter, but my summer staples begin to lose their luster. These easy swaps and additions make all the difference in extending that summer glow and preparing you for the cold months ahead.

clockwise from top left: Oribe Gold Lust / Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash
Oscar Blandi Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray / Avon Moisture Therapy Calming Relief Lotion
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask / Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil

I'm not quite ready to slather my face in the heavier oils and creams that I adore in winter just yet but the onset of chilly air can leave me feeling a bit parched and flaky. Enter Jurlique's Skin Balancing face oil. Add a drop or two to your moisturizer before you go to bed and you'll wake up with a happy, balanced and flake-free face. (FYI - this bottle will last for-ev-er.)

While I still stand by my once a week Peter Thomas Roth addiction for clear, glowy skin I've noticed that after a weekend of celebrating (I blame you, Champagne) my skin looks a little lackluster and puffy. Twenty minutes with Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask will make everything right again. Do it at night and add one drop of the Jurlique oil to your moisturizer before bed and you'll be thanking me in the morning.

In the winter I have a mad love affair with Kiehl's Creme de Corps. So much so, that I don't mind how exhausting it is to use. Think 3 extra minutes of rubbing it in after every shower. I've tried their lightweight body lotion but it's just not the same. One day I was out of town and had a travel size of Avon's Moisture Therapy lotion with oatmeal to use. Oh heavens! This stuff is amazing. It's fragrance-free, sinks into skin instantly and leaves you perfectly moisturized in under a minute. It's also crazy cheap. You can get the 25oz. with pump for about $10.

A few month's back I read an article on Amy Adams in Allure where she sang the praises of Eucerin's Skin Calming Body Wash for shaving. It instantly became a mainstay in my shower primarily because I have extremely sensitive skin (on my body) that could break out in hives or bumps with most body washes and shaving creams. It's an oil so be sure to shake the bottle before using. It is luxurious and your skin will literally feel like cashmere. I now (like Amy) stockpile this in case it is ever discontinued.

If you know me IRL, you know that I only wash my hair every 3-4 days. In the summer I end up washing it more due to sun, humidity and sweat and this ends up leaving my strands a bit parched come fall. Oribe's Gold Lust can be used multiple ways to get your strands back to their happy place. Use this lightweight oil before styling on damp hair to increase softness and reduce frizz or post-blowdry for sun protection and to increase shine. One to two pumps is all you need. You can even use it as an overnight treatment (3-4 pumps) - just be sure to shampoo it out in the morning.

Since I only wash my hair twice a week, there is a bit of heat styling going on. I always use a heat protectant (like the Gold Lust) on damp hair but what about two days later? It never occurred to me that my thermal protectant probably wouldn't still be working. Oscar Blandi's Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray is utter perfection that won't dampen your strands or weigh hair down before using your curling wand.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Save the Dates

We are already well into our first weekend in October and this month is shaping up to be filled with all that is fall, festive and fabulous. Any month that ends with a Lebron, Kyrie & Kevin home opener is a winner in my book. Here is what else I'm excited for...

Thursday 10/9
L'Amour Du Vin - 6-9PM {$65-$95}
The second of my favorite fall fundraisers is back at the picturesque Avon Oaks Country Club. Read my 2012 & 2013 recaps to get an idea of all the fun that is L'Amour then head over to their site to snag yourself some tickets. The upgrade to VIP is worth it for the Brown-Forman cocktails alone. All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation of NEO.

Friday 10/10 
Pumpkin Beer Floats - Lilly Chocolates
Lilly's is celebrating Cleveland Beer Week with Pumpkin Beer Floats featuring Honey Hut Ice cream through Saturday10/18. {$20 for the Flight / $5 individually / $9 add Paired truffles}

optional truffle: SHWEETIE PIE
optional truffle: TIGER LILLY
optional truffle: MAUI WOWIE
optional truffle: Half-Past Midnite

Monday 10/13
Oktoberfest - Greenhouse Tavern 4-11PM {$40}
What could be better than spending a Monday night on the one of the best (rooftop) patios in Cleveland? They're even turning the heat on for us.

Saturday 10/18
Halloween Town - Connor Palace Lobby 10AM-NOON {Family four pack $40 / Kids $14 / Adults $8}

Get your costume on and head down to PlayhouseSquare for the first Halloween party for families. Kids will enjoy Halloween crafts, a festive photo op, apple cider, cookie decorating, raffle prizes and more. All proceeds benefit community engagement and education programs at PlayhouseSquare. Sign up to PALS for a 50% discount for this event.

Thursday 10/23
SC4K Fall Happy Hour - Hodge's 5:30-7:30P {$20}
Head on over to Hodge's for all-you-can-drink draft beer, wine, well drinks and appetizer bar. Proceeds benefit Shoes & Clothes for Kids.

Friday 10/31

Supper Club Halloween w/ Lounge Kitty - Prosperity Social Club 8P
Lounge Kitty return to Prosperity for a special Halloween performance. Wear a costume and bring the kitsch. Reservations are recommended for Supper Club table seating and bar seating is first come, first served. 

Lounge Kitty
 ::Disclosure - I received two tickets to L'Amour du Vin c/o the Arthritis Foundation. I am a vice co-chair of Partners, the young professionals group, at PlayhouseSquare. As always, all musings are my own:: 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Saying Goodbye to September

I'm the girl who is pining over fall fashion in late July. The girl who is irritated when temps (and humidity) rise above 80. The girl who could live in snow boots and scarves. So why is it I'm having the hardest time welcoming fall this year? Perhaps our extremely mild (and yes, rainy) summer has something to do with it but this gorgeous mid-70 degree fall we're having is nothing short of perfect. It may also be because September was such fun that I simply don't want it to end. 

JUKEBOX is my newest neighborhood haunt. 

Labor Day taught me that if you're two years old Uncle Chris will do as many cannonballs as you request. The husband & nephew. I can't even.

Celebrating 26 fantastic years of Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Ushering in Fall and a new Browns season all while raising money for the Cleveland Food Bank at Taste of the Browns.
Clockwise from top left: The Hodge's crew / All the delights from Urban Farmer / Two of my
favorites - Cassandra & Alicia / Hodges shrimp & grits was a crowd pleaser / Everything you could
imagine to dip in chocolate (try the rice krispie treats!) from Chocolate Bar

Farewell September. Next time you see me I'll be the white girl in her Hunter wellies drinking a PSL.

::Disclosure -  I received two tickets to Taste of the Browns c/o the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. As always, all musings are my own::

Monday, September 22, 2014

5 Cocktails to Celebrate Fall

Grab that scarf and slip on those boots. It's time to properly usher in Autumn. These festive cocktails with hints of bourbon, ginger, pear, apple and pumpkin are perfect for celebrating the season and warming you up on those chilly late-September nights. Cheers!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Collabaholic - Altuzarra x Target

Before we get started you've got to stop (right now) and take the "Which Target design collaboration are you?" quiz over at A Bullseye View. Shhh...I wont even tell if you take it a few times. It's mad fun.

The time has finally arrived!  Starting Sunday, Sept. 14th, you can get your mittens on all the fantasticness that is Altuzarra x Target. The collection features women's clothing, accessories and shoes ranging from $17.99 to $89.99. Please take note that some items will be available exclusively online at or at Take a deep breath and prepare yourself. Check out the lookbook and get your list ready. As we've learned with previous collections, if you don't snag your must-have items on the first round, be patient. Many times things come back in stock so keep checking.

Top of my list....

clockwise from top left: trench coat $89.99 / dress w/ crane embroidery $49.99 /
belt $29.99 / wrap dress $39.99 / ankle boot $59.99

clockwise from top left: velvet blazer $59.99 / satin cami set $34.99
ankle strap pump $39.99 / flounce skirt $34.99

To kick off fashion week, Target, Joseph Altuzarra and hosted a private shopping soiree to celebrate the new collection. Naomi Watts, Keri Russell, Leandra Medine, and Ivanka Trump were just a few of the celebs that came out to toast the designer and get a first glimpse of the latest offerings.

Are you loving or leaving this collection? Any must-haves?

{all images/video via target}

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Collabaholic - Wit & Delight for Target

**pssst.....just a few days left to win tickets to the Hunger Network's Rolling on the River on 9/26**

Target is back at it with a huge collabaholic debut this Sunday. Not only will Altuzarra x Target be available but you can also get your hands on the newest "From Pinterest to Party" collaboration featuring Wit & Delight. Kate Arends, the Minneapolis spirit behind the blog Wit & Delight, brings her effortless elegance to the party scene with a charming collection that's perfect for bringing people together on a whim. Celebrate the season with this chic-yet-minimalist collection that will surely make its way from autumn soiree to holiday toasts.

Here's a sneak peek.....

Wit & Delight for Target will be available online and in stores starting Sunday, September 14th. Check back Friday for my picks from the Altuzarra x Target collection that will also debut 9/14!

{all images c/o Target Pressroom}

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rolling on the River Giveaway

September is one of my favorite months. Summer winds down and we all start gearing up for fall. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are out (yes, I'm that girl), the Browns are playing and the fall benefit schedule is packed. One of the best fall fundraisers in Cleveland is Rolling on the River. It's a can't-miss, splashy cocktail party that benefits the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. They are back for the 8th year, turning Windows on the River into a fabulous casino where you can gamble and dance the night away. Walk the red carpet and get your photo taken with Elvis and the HNGC Show Girls, get your Sinatra on with Michael Sonata, stalk the incredible silent auction tables and be sure to enter the 'boat load of booze' raffle! It's the perfect way to stock your bar for all those holiday parties.

proceeds benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland
Friday, September 26th 7:30-11:30p
Windows on the River
{cocktail or business attire}

cocktails and dinner buffet
free play money to gamble with
live entertainment from Michael Sonata 
raffle, silent auction & more!

Tickets are $65 through Sept. 12th / $75 Sept. 13-25th / $85 at the door

The lovely people at the Hunger Network have given me a pair of tickets to give away! The contest closes at midnight on Thursday 9/11 and a winner announced on Friday. Good luck!

ROTR 2012 & 2013 - the infamous boat load of booze

a Rafflecopter giveaway

September is Hunger Action Month, rallying those in Cuyahoga County to take action to fight hunger in our community. Check out the opportunities to support the Hunger Network as they bring attention to the issue of Hunger in Greater Cleveland and promote ways to become involved as individuals, corporations and government agencies. "Giving a little, helps a lot. We can all make a difference!"

:: Disclosure - Thanks to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland for sponsoring this blog post and giveaway. As always, all musings are my own::

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Save The Dates

**Congrats to Amy C who won a pair of tickets to Taste of the Browns!! Tickets can still be purchased for this event here**

Happy September everyone! I hope your Labor Day holiday was fun and you sipped the fine splendor that is late summer all weekend long. The weeks between Labor Day and the official start to fall has always left me wanting everything autumn has to offer (sweaters, scarves, boots!) yet wishing we could extend the warm, long summer days just a bit more. There are quite a few really great events lined up for September that you'll want to mark on your calendar. This month is already filling up with a ton of fun things to do, so I'm quite happy that most of these are on the weekends leaving my weeknights free to relax and enjoy the rest of summer on the patio.

Thursday -Monday 9/4-8
Cocktail Week Cleveland - Over 30 cocktail-inspired events, soirees and workshops are lined up all about town in this inaugural celebration.

Friday 9/12
PlayhouseSquare Partners Season Kickoff Party - 5:30p {FREE}
Head over to the U.S. Bank Plaza to get your tailgate on before the Summer Movie Series presentation of Draft Day. Enjoy food and a cash bar (first round is on Partners!) and find out the theme of next year's Jump Back Ball. Tailgate games, cornhole tournament and a 20% discount on new Partners memberships will also be available. *no need to be a member to participate

Sunday 9/14
Pranzo Italiano - Dante Tremont 2p {$100} RSVP 216.456.8117
Chef Dante Boccuzzi will be creating a unique menu of Italian delicacies to kick off the 2014 Cleveland Italian Film Festival. Price includes multiple courses, wine, tax + gratuity. Festival runs Sept. 18th-Oct. 9th at the Cedar Lee, Capitol & Atlas Theaters.

Saturday 9/20
Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q - 11a-10p {$10-$25}
Taste BBQ from over 15 grillmasters as they compete for the title of People's Choice and Grand Champion of Whiskey Island. Local food trucks and a beer tent sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Co. will be on-site. Live music, cornhole tournament, cigar roller and more all to benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Whiskey Lounge upgrades available.

Saturday 9/20 11a-6p & Sunday 9/21 noon-5p {FREE}
Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival - celebrate the 16th annual festival including hands-on arts, historical and educational programs for kids as well as food, artwork, jewelry and more. Music and dance performances will be held on two stages.

Friday 9/26
Rolling on the River* - 7:30p {$65-$85}
ROTR is back for the 8th year to raise funds for the Hunger Network in an all-out, swinging, Sinatra-esque night of gambling and glamour. Food, drinks, music and silent auction included.

::Disclosure - I am on the board of Partners, PlayhouseSquare's young professionals group / I am also helping to spread the word about Rolling on the River and *will have a pair of tickets to give away very soon / As always, all musings are my own::

Monday, August 25, 2014

Taste of the Browns Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone! This weekend made it clear that it still is summer out there. I almost forgot what the August humidity felt like until I was in Columbus shopping, cocktailing and sweating. It was positively tropical. But the kids are back to school and that means that fall (and football season!) is almost here. It also means it's time for the 16th annual Taste of the Browns and to celebrate I have a pair of tickets to give away.

Monday, September 15th 6-9pm
City View Club Lounge at First Energy Stadium
$175 General Admission / $250 VIP

Tickets include:
- food and drink samples from over 25 of Cleveland's most notable chefs/restaurants including Zack Bruell, Rocco Whalen, Eric Williams, Jeff Jarret and more
- signature wine glass for tastings
- mingle w/ Cleveland Browns players and alumni
- live music, silent auction and a new wine & craft beer pull

VIP includes the above along with access to the VIP lounge, exclusive tastings, access to Cleveland Browns celebrities and a personalized listing in the scrolling Thank You video.

Enter to win a pair of GA tickets to help the Greater Cleveland Foodbank tackle hunger with a festive night at First Energy Stadium!!
**Contest ends Thursday 8/29 at midnight and a winner announced on Friday. Participants may tweet once per day for additional entries {via Rafflecopter}**

a Rafflecopter giveaway

::Disclosure - I received a pair of tickets to attend this event along with a pair to giveaway c/o the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. As always, all musings are my own::

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio, providing nearly 39 million meals in 2013 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. Our mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cocktail Week Cleveland Is Coming

Get ready girls and boys - Cocktail Week Cleveland is coming! How we haven't celebrated our local cocktail landscape before is beyond me. Kudos to the Cleveland Chapter of United States Bartender's Guild who decided we were long overdue and have partnered with some of the best local businesses to create a 5 day experience to celebrate our cocktail culture. I literally squealed with delight when I heard about this. Pairing my two loves, cocktails and Cleveland, is possibly the best way to wrap up summer.


Cocktail Week Cleveland runs September 4th through 8th. Events run the gamut from educational seminars, happy hours to cocktail competitions and even a ticketed fundraising gala.

Check out all the great events they have lined up for the week here. There's no better place to kick off a celebration like this than the iconic Velvet Tango Room. Meet up at VTR for happy hour before heading over to Crop Bistro for an evening of paired cocktails and courses from over 20 of Cleveland's top chefs and bartenders then top your night off with a midnight toast at Society.

Eliot Ness' Cleveland: Prohibition, Beer and the Torso Murders - 4pm / Velvet Tango Room SOLD OUT
CWC Welcome Happy Hour 4:30-6pm / Velvet Tango Room
Drinks in the Dark - opening night Gala / Crop Bistro 7-10pm
Midnight Welcome Toast / Society Lounge 11:45p

A few more highlights....

Aromatized and Oxidized by Haus Alpen at Katz Club Bar Car / Sept 5th 5-7pm
Pig Roast by Mount Gay Rum / Porco / Sept 6th noon-4pm
Tito's Bloody Mary Battle / Hodge's / Sept 7th 10am-1pm
Cocktails on the Rails / Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad / 4-7:30p
Breakfast for a King (or Queen) by Crown XO / Dante's Next Door / Sept 8th 10:30am-1pm

Events are still being added to the schedule. Be sure to follow CWC on facebook and/or twitter for the most up-to-date details as they become available.

Please drink responsibly and always have a driver. CWC has even paired with the Aloft Hotel to bring you discounted rooms during this time. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

This Is How We Summer

How in the world is it already August? This summer is flying by at a ridiculous pace. Amongst all the pre-fall shopping and the back to school ads, I keep trying to remind myself that technically we still have almost two months of summer left. I adore fall, don't get me wrong. But this summer has been so much fun already that I simply don't want it to end.

Grapes & Ale (benefiting Our Lady of the Wayside)

sun setting on Progressive field (via Charlene) / Charlene and I had made a pre-game plan to taste
 'all the bubbles' /Amanda, Charlene and I

Luau on the Lake (benefiting Shoes & Clothes for Kids)

Wendy Park on Whiskey Island / celebrating 'island life' / this fab crew - Alicia, Charlene, Anna, Rachel /
Alicia getting her limbo on - lesson learned: it's hard to backbend in a maxi dress

Prayers from Maria - Sunflower Wine Festival

my nephew warming up the crowd for his daddy / scenes from the street
Around Town

summer menu goodness at Dante / these guys at Parallax / celebrating LBJ's return to CLE on the Dante patio /
finally meeting this little lady and catching up with my cousin Jess and her husband - in town from L.A.  

Taste of Tremont

Paul. Chris, Fabian & Lifu / the Hickens getting cozy at Wine & Design / all. the. people. /
you know where to find me - #tasteofdante

How has your summer been so far? What are you still looking forward to?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014

How is it that time of year already? It's Nordstrom Anniversary sale time!! Get a jump start on your fall wardrobe at sale prices (up to 40% off!) that won't be seen until well into winter. That's right, stock up on your fall favorites right as they hit the store. Nordstrom Rewards members have early access this week and the sale opens up to the public on July 18th. Don't delay - prices go up on August 4th.

Be sure to check out the preview catalog that's loaded with a ton of Beauty Exclusives. Here's what I'm lusting over right now...

1. Wildfox sunglasses $169 $112.90 / 2. NARS Schiap Lip & Nail set $52 / 3. Kate Spade Halsey sunglasses $145 $89.90 / 4. Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude $85 / 5. CHLOE medium Marcie hobo $1895 $1322.90 / 6. Friends x We Are Handsome Layla headphones $150 $99.90 / 7. MARC by Marc Jacobs sunglasses $98 $64.90

1. Current/Elliott 'The Stiletto' skinny jeans $188 $119.90 / 2. Barefoot Dreams 'Bamboo Chic' cardigan $90 $59.90 / 3. Mackage 'Henry' coat $690 $449.90 / 4. St. John leather/knit jacket $1499 $899 / 5. Burberry London double-breasted coat $839

1. Joe's ankle strap pump $145 $96.90 / 2. Coach Madeleine over-the-knee boot $498 $299.90 / 3. Via Spiga Bijoux bootie $250 $159.90 / 4. Joie Roxie sandal $255 $169.90 / 5. Sam Edelman Zachary pump $140 $89.90 / 6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Guiliana bootie $198 $131.90 

Happy shopping!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Birthdays, Barbecues & Bubbly

Hello lovelies! This long holiday weekend was nothing short of perfection. The skies were blue and the sun was shining. The Husband and I were fortunate to spend three wonderful days with friends and family and we even got a bit of relaxation in too. The theme for the weekend started out with massive amounts of bubbles - just how I like it - and ended with babies, birthdays and even a few of my favorite dogs.

TownHall offered up the perfect holiday brunch complete with bloody marys and beer for the boys and mimosas for the girls.

outdoor brunching at TownHall

An 11am brunch meant we had the entire afternoon to lounge in the yard before hitting two rooftop parties that evening. I pretty much spent the entire afternoon with lots of glossy mags on a picnic blanket in the shade of our huge cherry tree.

talking stock of the bubbly situation

clockwise from top: the husband settling in on a gorgeous Detroit-Shoreway sunset / the party
in full swing / Quintin with his ladies - Nadine, me and Rachael / shoreway and city view from Ohio City

Saturday was all about toasting to Alicia in a #celebrateallyourshit champagne party that she hosts every year.

Alicia doing what she does best / ice cream at the Hansen's means you get an Indians helmet bowl /
the girls and their bubbles

Sunday brought a first birthday celebration for our nephew Tanner. It also meant my brother-in-law broke out the smoker for a good old-fashioned family barbecue. I cannot get enough of these boys! Penton just turned two and it's insane how much fun these guys are. 

big brother has to give little brother's gifts a spin / Billy in action / Penton and Uncle Chris recovering after a wicked water ballon fight / Tank getting his smooch on

my sister-in-law Leah w/ the birthday boy / of course you need a microphone to sing happy birthday 

A long weekend like this makes me very happy that I have the rest of the week off to recover. Summer only lasts a short time here in the CLE and I'll be taking full advantage of every possible moment.

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