Designer Dress Days – This week!

Happy Designer Dress Days week to everyone! Do you know what this exciting event is? It’s almost as good as the holidays and your most favorite birthday party wrapped into one high-fashion, for-a-good-cause, estate sale meets boutique shopping extravaganza.

This year, join the volunteers of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Designer Dress Days here in Cleveland. The 2018 sale boasts beautiful new and gently worn designer and well know clothing, purses, fine & costume jewelry, scarves, furs, leathers, coats, dresses, etc. Over 250 volunteers help make this 4-day sale both fun and successful.

The NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers & advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms through advocacy, community service projects, programs & education as well as their Thriftique and Designer Dress Days events!

The other day I had the privilege of doing a bit of behind the scenes browsing at some of this years, for-sale-fashions…let me just say I was BLOWN away by all of the high-end designer name brands at such affordable pricing. From Chanel to Escada and Tory Burch to DVF there is literally something for everyone. Personally, I love more of the older vintage pieces including coats…if this weather ever cooperates…and they had lots and lot of vintage too!

The sale kicks off this Friday with the preview event ($20 entry) and then picks back up on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for some serious shopping. Join me at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S Woodland Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122. Looking forward to seeing everyone…time to shop till we drop…fashion for a great cause!

Shopping days & times!
Friday, October 12, 2018 – Preview day ($20.00 Fee) 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018– 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday, October 15, 2018 – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2018– 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to NCJW for including my story about Designer Dress Days as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this organization and this incredible sale, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Still feels like summer!

Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend…minus our Browns loss…Grrr. It was so gorgeous outside today, felt like summer for sure. We spent most of the day packing up patio furniture and putting away pool toys to prep for fall…but the hot temps and bright sunshine had me craving a few more days of summer. Enter…Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

Have you ever been down to the new “Margaritaville” in the Flats East Bank? It literally is summer there 365 days a year. We went down the other day for margaritas and fish tacos…so good. Our little guy loved all the fun nautical decor…did you know you can literally eat on a boat inside the restaurant? Mr. C. enjoyed all the big screens and noted that this place would be a great destination for meeting up and watching the Browns next win; we are so optomistic.

The fun team down at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville would like to welcome Cleveland Browns fans for Sunday FUNday to the restaurant. They have brought back their famous WINGS especially for big game days. More in the mood for a burger? I hear their “Cheeseburger in Paradise” is really good as well. Their patio has plenty of space and so many tv’s, make a great place to enjoy these last few summer-like Sundays. Next time you are looking for a place to gather your team you should for sure check them out. I gotta say…my fish tacos were delicious, made me feel a bit like I was on vacation.

(water looking floors had this toddler entertained for a few solid minutes!)

Head over to my Instagram account (@charity216) where I will be doing a $50 gift card giveaway to this beachy-keen restaurant this week; details on the page.

Cheers to the end of summer but the beginning of a gorgeous fall…complete with fish tacos and margaritas! Best of luck to all!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. for including this blog as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall Cocktail!

With only a handful of summer days left, I’ve started to feel the onset of fall in Northeast Ohio…and I love it!

From planning our pumpkin patch visit and apple picking adventure to new boots and sweaters, this is MY SEASON. Personally, I also LOVE all fall food and flavors and don’t even get e started on pumpkin space everything…the best.

It’s also the time of year when my summer drink of choice does a bit of an overhaul. It typically goes something like this…Rosé’ to Red and vodka soda to bourbon ginger…overall richer, deeper, warmer. Then I discovered this drink, a Rosemary Maple Peach Bourbon Cocktail or what I like to call “Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall!”


I had a few friends over for an officially cocktail tasting and I think it was a smash hit! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Here is the recipe…give it a shot this Saturday when fall is officially here! Enjoy…CHEERS.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Cocktail
(Makes 1 cocktail)

• 1/4 of an over-ripe peach, plus a few slices for garnish
• 1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary maple simple syrup (below)
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 cup Bourbon (I HEART Watershed!)
• tiny pinch smoked sea salt
• ice
• rosemary sprig for garnish

Muddle together the chopped peach, rosemary maple simple syrup, lemon juice, bourbon and salt in a measuring cup or glass. Strain the mixture into a tumbler filled with ice, pressing on the fruit pulp to get out all the good stuff. Garnish with the peach slices and rosemary sprig.

Rosemary Maple Simple Syrup
Makes about 1 cup, enough for 10 drinks

• 3/4 cup lightly packed rosemary leaves (from about 10 sprigs), roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup (5 3/4 ounces by weight) maple syrup
• 1/2 cup water

Combine the rosemary, maple syrup, and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then cover and steep for at least 15 – 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the rosemary to extract all the liquid. Discard the rosemary. Chill the syrup until cold, 1 hour (or mix your drinks right away if you just can’t wait). The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for at least several weeks.

  LOVING Il Rione Pizzeria!

Hey CLE! I don’t know about you but I feel like 2018 has been the year of amazing pizza shops popping up in the 216! So many great small business owners making artisanal, wood-fired creations…so many pizzas, so little time.

One of my recent go-to’s is the Gordon Square neighborhood’s; Il Rione. Did you know the word ‘rione’ loosely translates to district/neighborhood from Italian?  This neighborhood Italian pizzeria serves more than just really good pizza, personally, I love their arugula salad.

Planning on visiting on the weekend? Get their early as this intimate restaurant can fill up fast. I love to sit at the bar and enjoy a Negroni while we wait!

Have you been to Il Rione yet? What is YOUR favorite new CLE pizza must?
Happy Thursday everyone!

  Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day 2018

Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day to all you smores lovers out there! I mean…who doesn’t love roasting a sweet, puffy, sugar explosion over an end-of-summer campfire?

This summer we’ve had a few backyard evening fires in our outdoor firepit. Our little guy legit thinks we are camping just steps away from our home…it’s quite cute.

In honor of this food celebration, I thought it would be fun to toast up some marshmallows for an after-dinner family treat. While I would like to be able to make time for “camp fires” every night, I thought this pan I found at Wayfair would be perfect for a weeknight smores-making celebration.

We assembled graham crackers, chocolate squares, and the classic puffy marshmallow pouf…placed them in this new pan invention…set them into the oven on bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and voilla! In-home smores party all around. Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day everyone and even better happy long, Labor Day weekend to you!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about making smores as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!