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 Target.com or at Net-a-Porter.com. 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 Net-a-Porter.com 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::

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