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CLE Events: Chef's Fantasy

One of the things I LOVE most about Cleveland is that its really easy to give back. We really have a large amount of non-profits per capita, an its generally fairly easy to get involved, either by donating time or money, or even by attending fabulous fundraiser events.

Nick and I usually attend Jump Back Ball in the winter, and the Cleveland Orchestra's Gala in the fall, but this year, I also attended The Hunger Network's All About The Bag. So when I was approached about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Chef's Fantasy, I said yes because (a) it features some of my favorite chefs, and (b) I don't know a whole lot about cystic fibrosis other than Frankie from the Real World had it and they talked about it on the show. 

So on Saturday, April 30th, I will attend the 18th Annual Chef's Fantasy Dinner & Auction with my dear friend Alexa at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Cleveland. It's going to be a packed evening, starting with cocktails at 6 (VIP starts at 5:30), and ending with an after party at 10pm! The Chef line-up includes some of my absolute favorites: Britt-Marie Culey from Coquette Patisserie, Eric Williams from Momocho/El Carnicero/Happy Dog, and some that are new to me- Richard Arnoldi from the Ritz and Anthony Romano from Sarita. Oh, did I mention each course has a wine pairing?!?!!!!!!!!

It promises to be a fun an fabulous evening, one I cannot wait to experience for the first time. 

Now for some important details:

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016

Location: Ritz Carlton, Downtown Cleveland

Dress code: Cocktail Party

Buy tickets: Click here

Disclosure: I was provided with two tickets in exchange for helping spread the word about the event. Please also note that all images used in this post are courtesy the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northeast Ohio. As always, all opinions are 100% my own, and I thank you for continuing to support this blog so I can continue to spread the word about location institutions and events!! XO

CLE Events: Bubbly & Bling

I'm so excited to announce that Bombay Taxi is participating in its first ever pop up at Something White Bridal on Thursday, April 14th from 5 pm- 8 pm. The event, named Bubbly & Bling, is an opportunity to drink some bubbles and explore a selection of jewelry and accessories for wedding season. And of course, to check out Bombay Taxi's existing collection as well as our new Spring/Summer collection. AND, since it is a pop-up, we will have a very special pop-up only discount!

I'm really excited about the pieces I've curated for the spring/summer collection. Like all Bombay Taxi pieces, these are all handmade in India, and are all one of a kind. However, unlike some of our earlier collections, every piece includes semi-precious stones: agate, onyx, quartz, chalcedony, highly quality cubic zirconia etc. and is plated in gold using a method called "one gram gold" which uses one gram of gold in the plating, giving it a gorgeous gold color, without the price of gold. 

Here are a few of the pieces I will be debuting at the pop up- unique pieces that will work for you if you're a bride, part of the bridal party, or a guest!  I hope you will come check out the whole collection on Thursday! The event is free, but RSVP's are appreciated, so RSVP here

Ruitilated quartz + gold

Ruitilated quartz + gold

Long necklace with lilac agate fringe + pearl + rose gold plate

Long necklace with lilac agate fringe + pearl + rose gold plate

Handmade enamel + zircon in an antique plated finish

Handmade enamel + zircon in an antique plated finish

I'm looking forward to seeing you Thursday!

Win Tickets: Boutique Bridal Bazaar

Winter always seems to be the season of engagements, and this year has been no exception. With engagements come wedding planning, which can be fun or daunting, depending on how you look at it. Nick and I have been married for almost 12 years (we married young) and weddings have changed a lot over this time. For one, there was no Pinterest, and certainly nowhere near as many wedding blogs, so finding ideas for a stylist wedding used to be quite the challenge. Lucky for all brides, this is no longer the case, and although the Internet is a wonderful virtual world, sometimes you really want to see, feel, and touch product first hand, particularly if you're planning a particularly important day.

Enter, Boutique Bridal Bazaar: the event for chic Northeast Ohio brides seeking an equally chic wedding. This year, the event is on Sunday, January 17th from 2 pm to 6 pm. There will be all sorts of vendors in attendance: florists, DJs, caterers, dress designers, accessories, and of course, photographers. In fact, I'm attending this year just to check out the cool vendors so I have an idea of vendor style for my own non-wedding events in 2016! 

You can find tickets here, OR, you can enter to win TWO TICKETS by leaving a comment letting me know you'd like to attend!! For an additional entry, you may also leave a comment on this photo on my Instagram! Winner will be announced on Thursday, January 14th! 

Photo credit: Cannon Candids Photography

Photo credit: Cannon Candids Photography

isclosure: I was provided with one complimentary ticket to attend this event, and two tickets for the giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own! Thanks for continuing to support this blog so I may continue to create content to support local businesses! 

CLE Events: A Wonderful Solstice 2015

This past Saturday, I gathered with 6,000 of my closest friends to celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I really enjoyed the music this year, and candidly, this year was a tremendous improvement from last year. There were interesting art pieces to look at, there were plenty of bars (so minimal lines), and the people-watching was incredible as always.


My white dress (surprise surprise) is vintage from Whiskey Grade, which I talked about here


Aren't Dave & Jess so adorably coordinated?


See? I'm not the only one in the all-white-everything phase-- Tabitha wore all white, and Allison had on white and black. 






Another fabulous Solstice in the books! I'm looking forward to the next big CLE party, and of course, I will make sure I give you a heads up!

Scenes from my Weekend

Whoever decided that weekends  should only last two days demonstrated a serious lack of sound judgement in coming up with this decision. Because weekends and awesome, and they should be longer, damn it! This weekend I managed to fit in a lot of relaxation (read: naps) with a lot of fun, so I feel ready to tackle the week ahead.


Friday, Nick and I attended a super fun event on the GOODTIME III-- it was a white party for AIA,  which fit in perfectly with my "All White Everything" theme this summer. My white seersucker dress (in the middle) is from the Gap, and BONUS, its on sale. Amazing views, perfect temps, and great friends made for a really fun evening. Post, cruise, Nick and I stopped in at Luxe for dinner. If you haven't been lately, its worth a visit-- they have a revamped menu, and the wings are AMAZING.

Saturday was a really nice detox ride at Harness, followed by some meandering and lunch at The Cleveland Flea with Allison. Post nap, Nick and I went to Humble Wine Bar for dinner-- seriously, this place has never failed me-- some rose, some pizza--- a lot of perfect summer evening. I also reached a decision this weekend-- I'm not a fuchsia nail kinda person (even though that's what color my nails are painted right now).

Sunday was a tough day-- it would have been Otto's 7th Birthday. We hung out with Clair and Webster and spoiled them silly with a special breakfast, trip to the pet store, and fun and the dog park. It was a good way to remember Otto and celebrate his life. And then I bought myself some peonies and rose. Because I deserve both. As I type this, I'm a nervous wreck watching the Cavs in Game 5--- by the end of this week, there will be a new NBA Champion, and I really hope its us!

This week is going to be packed with activities--- Cavs games, NKOTB + Nelly + TLC, an Indians game, all leading up to the sold-out Solstice Party at Cleveland Museum of Art! Stay tuned!!

PS: If you're impatient like me, follow along on Instagram for live updates of my week!