Kate Spade party & Fashion Forward, Giving Back


Hello everyone. I hope you had a wonderful few days off and are ready to enter the fall season rested and relaxed. Our holiday weekend kicked off with a summer barbecue on Friday night hosted by yours truly and family. This was our first time entertaining with a baby and I think we did a fantastic job if I may say so myself. To be honest, it was very therapeutic…planning the menu, shopping, doing all the prep and then enjoying the evening as our friends enjoyed themselves at our home. It was wonderful to know that yes, we could have a babes and still be ourselves. Granted, we were beat the next day but all the cleaning and leftovers were totally worth every minute of the night before. Cheers to parties with friends who don’t mind if a baby is in the mix. Thanks guys!

Now, onto what’s really important…So there is this store that I write about, drool about and fuss over from time to time…Kate Spade, heard of it? Yes of course you have.

The Kate Spade store in Beachwood Mall and I are hosting a very fun evening of shopping, special offers, a purse giveaway and lots of other glittery fun on Saturday, September 13th. This event is part of the benefit that Beachwood Place Mall is hosting in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Hostpital called “Fashion Forward, Giving Back.”

Enjoy an entire day and night of fashion as you support a nationally recognized children’s hospital. Purchase a $25 shopping pass and you’ll have access to event discounts, a fashion show, sample makeovers, children’s activities and other fun surprises. The fundraiser runs all day from 10am-9pm but the Kate Spade party is from 6-8pm, don’t miss out.

September kicks off Ms. Spade’s latest collection, the “Shanghai Collection.” Filled with fall prints and sparkly stiletto’s this new line will set your fall wardrobe off in style. Did I even mention the create your own glitter fortune cookies and purse giveaway? There will be snacks and bubbles, fashion and glitter…lots of glitter. You have got to put this event in your calendars, I’d love to see everyone and meet some of you, I promise it to be a great time!

(image : a mailer I just received announcing the new Shanghai Collection)

  Taste of the Browns + Giveaway

Taste of the Browns

Hello & happy Wednesday. Seriously friends, where has this week gone? I can’t believe it is almost Labor Day weekend…lots of fun plans!

Well, today I have an awesome post for those of you who like to support wonderful organizations and for every Cleveland Browns fan out there; I am here to tell you about this years Greater Cleveland Food Banks Taste of the Browns. This event pairs our football team with wonderful local chefs to raise money for hungry families in Northeast Ohio. It truly is a spectacular evening.

I attended a few years ago and was blown away at the swanky drinks, creative food offerings (the list of participating chefs & restaurants is too long to mention but they are the best in town) and the tall, hunky football players mingling with the guests weren’t bad either. I even had Joe Thomas sign a football that I had brought with me that night…must bring a sharpie for autographs!

It seriously might be one of the best fundraisers in town, you’ve got to go. For event information (Monday, September 15th, 6-9pm at First Energy Stadium) and to purchase your tickets visit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

The amazing news is for one lucky iheartcleveland reader I have a pair of tickets to this amazing event! These tickets are valued at over $300 for the pair so this is one heck of a giveaway and you should try really hard to promote the event and win! To enter, tweet me something like this…“hey @iheartclev, I’d really like to win the tickets to this years #TasteoftheBrowns event hosted by @CleveFoodbank.” Winner will be chosen by random.org by Monday, September 8th. Good luck and GO BROWNS!

*I was invited to post and host a ticket in exchange for tickets to the event. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this local business that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  the new rock & dock


This has been a unique summer…I mean besides having a baby…it seems to me that it’s been a pretty mild summer weather-wise. Not too hot, (we’ve only turned our AC on twice) sorta cool and a ton of rain. In the  sixteen years I have lived in the CLE this is the FIRST summer I have not been a beach bum. In fact I haven’t been to our sandy shores or out on the Lake even once! Can you tell I am totally ashamed and super bummed out? I am.


The other day while playing tour guide around town I was psyched to see a new addition to our lakefront, the new Rock & Dock; a North Coast Harbor Marina. What a genius idea someone had to fill the empty waterfront space with docks perfect for renting kayaks, paddle boards, jet ski’s and even paddle boats…super awesome. MORE! →

  Baby Ninja’s Nursery


Happy Monday everybody! Hope your weekends were great, don’t they fly by a bit too fast?

I’ve been meaning to share some pics of our little Baby Ninja’s nursery so here we go. It isn’t a big room but perfect for snuggles, reading books, lego building and lots of smiles. It’s a blend of my obsession of vintage globes, local artwork and a touch of modern baby style.


Nursery_7 MORE! →

  Sharing the CLE

Hello & happy friday everyone. Hope you have enjoyed your week and have lots on the agenda for your weekly holiday. This weekend, I’m gonna hit up the Weapons of Mass Creation Festival tomorrow to hear Ms. Grace Bonney of Design Sponge speak and maybe try and swing by the Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy for some authentic Italian food. I also might try and finish up a few home projects and get outside to enjoy this almost fall-like weather. What are you guys up too this weekend?

Last weekend was a whirlwind one for me. I’ve sorta been a bit of a hermit since Baby Ninja was born; just trying to get a grip on motherhood as it pertains to “4th trimester” style, personal freedom and let’s not even talk about sleeping…time’s are a changing. However when I was approached by Positively Cleveland about hosting a fellow blogger from Chicago for a weekend I thought it was the perfect segway into getting back out on the town and boy did we ever.

Friday night I met Lauren of Lion and Maven, at the new Urban Farmer for cocktails and and charcuterie. The new hot spot was rockin and there were lots of guests enjoying the patio.  I have to say, it was the perfect place to kick off the weekend and get to know my out of town guest. From there we had dinner at Chef Michael Symons’ East 4th establishment; Lola’s. Dinner included wonderful salads, oysters, beef cheek pierogies, halibut, pork chops and dessert to share. After dinner we wanted to check out the new Red Steakhouse rooftop bar which showcased wonderful views of that part of the city; it’s gonna be one busy bar once the Cavs start up again. Then it was time to go home…I was beat to say the least.

lola_1lola_2lola_3(Friday dinner at Lola’s – beet salad & halibut)