Fun, Fashion and Fundraising with All About The Bag

All About The Bag holds a very special place in my heart. It was my very first fundraising event with Bombay Taxi and really, my first event overall with Bombay Taxi - I was so excited to be a part of it all.

Photo Credit: Micho Aboukhaled

Photo Credit: Micho Aboukhaled

And then the event itself just blew me away - everyone attending seemed to be having such a great time, and more importantly, they were SO generous with how much they raised on the big day. Much has changed over the past year, and although I don't sell bags anymore, I'm honored to remain a part of this important and fun event as a blogger!

This year's event is once again being held at Landerhaven on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, and like last year, promises to be filled with fun and fashion. And like last year, everyone, whether they are an attendee or not, will have an opportunity to participate in a raffle for a gorgeous CHANEL handbag! I am definitely entering this one. After all, its for an excellent cause - just $5 fills an entire grocery bag for one of the 60,000 Northeast Ohio families supported by the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland

Tickets are still available to the event, but if you pop over to my Instagram, you can enter to win a pair of general admission tickets

I hope I see many of you there! I will be buying lot of raffle tickets and crossing my fingers tight!!

Disclosure: I was provided with a pair of tickets in exchange for my posts helping to promote the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own!


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: Balance & Brews

A couple of weeks ago, I attended my very first Balance & Brews event as part of Engage! Cleveland's YP Week. Founded by Melissa Klimo-Major, Balance & Brews combines an hour-long, all-levels yoga class with beer! The events take place in local breweries, and include a brewery tour (if you are so inclined). The classes themselves are really fun-- the unusual location paired with Melissa's humor and playlist make for a fun, low-key experience.

Photo credit: Thanks to Balance and Brews' Facebook page for the two pictures on the top.

Balance & Brews is hosting its first ever yoga weekend retreat in Ohio later this month. I'm not quite ready to commit to a whole weekend yet, but its definitely something I would like to try in the near future. They also have a practice and a pint option, which is exactly what it sounds like. And on July 11th, they are hosting a Balance & Brews practice at Great Lakes Brewing Company, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Secondhand Mutts. If you recall, I used to serve on the Board of Directors for Secondhand Mutts, and they continue to hold a very special place in my heart, so naturally, I'm signed up to attend!

I love that fun, active events like these are becoming more common-place in Cleveland. I LUUUUURVE a good detox-retox experience! I'm still looking for an event that pairs yoga with a wine/champagne tasting--- maybe someone will create one soon? Or maybe I should partner with someone to create one?

Jump Back Ball: We Went Back to the Future

This past Saturday, Playhouse Square played host to the 24th annual Jump Back Ball. The theme this year was Back to the Future-- lots of Doc's and Marty's and even one DeLorean. I had a really fun time hanging out with friends and seeing people I don't get to see very often. In fact, I had a little TOO much fun- note to self: Gin + bubbles will result in no good.

This year, I wore a red Badgley Mischka from Rent the Runway, and of course, lots of sparkle. My bracelet is the Stella & Dot Petra and my ring and earrings are from H&M.

And now, some pictures from our evening!

Clockwise from top left: Nick, Dave and Rich; a mini Miami reunion, posing with Jessi and KK, lovely ladies Charity, Lisa and Kelly

Clockwise from top left: Allison, Christina and Charity, selflies with Jessi, Renee (who is one of my favorite instructors at Harness), the adorable Rebecca and Adam.

From left: with Clefashionista Rachel, Prom posing with Nick

Clockwise from top left: Another pic with Kelly and Lisa, the part of the night when things started to go very wrong :) (damn you champagne bar!!), Jessi and Liz, and yet another selfie to round out the night!

Overall, another fun Jump Back Ball! I know that the Playhouse Square Partners team will be thinking of themes for Jump Back Ball 25, and I would love to see a nautical theme (glamor like the Titanic, but without the sinking, or even pirates!!), or a Superheroes and Supervillians theme, or even old Hollywood glamor!

And while I recover from my hangover today, I'm already looking forward to next year!!

Disclosure: I was offered one ticket in exchange for helping spread word about the event. As always, all opinions are my own, and based on my own experience. Thank you for continuing to support posts like this one! 

Go Back…. To the Future

Happy Monday!! Today is a BIG day because its JUMP BACK BALL KICKOFF DAY!!! Its no secret that Jump Back Ball is my most favorite party of the winter-- the thought of it really helps get me through the inevitably bitterly cold February, and honestly, helps me keep my New Years diet on track.

This year was such a great theme, I really doubted that PlayhouseSquare Partners could do better, and then they released the theme for 2015….

I mean, are you kidding me?!?!!? The possibilities with this theme are ENDLESS!!!! So, if you want to participate, you will need to get a Jump on getting tickets (pun intended), and the best place to do it is this evening at Hofbrauhaus anytime between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Last year, Jump Back sold out in 10 days…. DON'T WAIT. You don't want to be that person trying to find tickets on Facebook and Twitter in February.

Jump Back Ball Ticket Kickoff Pricing:
$130 Partners / $165 Non-Partners
Ticket limits apply

Public: 2 Non-Partners tickets per person
Partners*: 2 Partners tickets and 2 Non-Partners tickets per membership 

Ticket prices go up by $15 + shipping/handling on Tuesday.

And, if you bring a new, unused personal care item to do be donated to Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland you will be entered into a raffle to win:

1. Overnight stay at the Wyndham the night of Jump Back Ball
2. VIP upgrade for yourself and a guest
3. Loge tickets to upcoming performances at PlayhouseSquare

See you this evening!!

Disclosure: I was provided with one ticket to Jump Back Ball to help spread the word about the event. I absolutely ADORE this event, and am delighted to have the opportunity to support it. I thank you for your supporting this blog that allows me to do things like this! As always, all opinions are 100% my own. XO