Loving LORDE

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Hey friends. Hope your week is rolling right along swimmingly. For those of you who attended the Cleveland Food Banks Taste of the Browns, I hope you had as much fun as I did. What a wonderful, very organized, fundraiser. Guess who won her silent auction bid of margaritas, chips, salsa and guac for twelve peeps at El Carnicero? Yep… this girl! I am so thrilled to be able to give to such a worthwhile cause while having the opportunity to plan a fiesta with friends. Looking forward to it!

Have you heard? There are still a few tickets available to next weeks Lorde concert at Jacobs Pavillion at Nautica, Wednesday, Sept. 24th. I am so excited to experience this artist’s show I can barely wait.  Made big by Royals, this mysterious beauty is like no other. Her electronica, pop-rock style can somehow be described as a mash up between Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks mixed with a dash of Prince and some Kanye beats…let’s just say she’s one of a kind.

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Once you’ve secured your tickets, it’s time to get in the Lorde spirit…just a couple of things that might get you psyched up for the show or maybe even a Lorde sighting around the 216….a girl can dream can’t she?

> This 17 yr old fashionista loves to rock vintage fashion. If I were going to hit up a few vintage stores in hopes to catch a glimpse of the beauty or to find something special to wear to the show I might swing by Suite Lorain, Deering Vintage or Flower Child for some unique concert threads.

> According to this two time Grammy winner’s Instagram feed she loves a good bowl of ramen. Perhaps a visit to Noodlecat or the new Ninja City would be a yummy place for a pre-show, slurpy dinner?

> The girl has the best long, curly hair and funky manicures I’ve ever seen. Looking to get dolled up “Lorde-style” pre-show? A visit to Zen Metro Spa or Honeycomb Salon will do the trick. I hope she rocks one of those funky braid wreaths in her hair…perhaps that’s how I will fix my mop for the show too…hmmm?

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> Last but not least, one thing I always look to Lorde for is her signature dark lipstick. I’m not sure it would look good on me (I’m more of a bright salmon lip kinda girl) but if I was looking for more of the goth-styled lipstick, tights or boots, I would head directly to the Mission Boutique in Lakewood. Lots of dark lip stains and more to choose from.

Whatever your style is you’ve got to see Lorde perform live. It’s going to be a visually gorgeous show, her style is not to be missed and her music is magical. To get your tickets to this almost sold out show visit Live Nation’s site and grab your seats NOW!

*I was invited to attend next week’s show as a guest of Live Nations. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this organization that not only brings great artists to Northeast Ohio but that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Trentina + giveaway

photo 5Last Friday I had the pleasure of playing the role of a lady who “lunches.” Baby Ninja and I met a good friend of ours for lunch at the newest addition to the Sawyer restaurant lineup; Trentina, located in University Circle.

The interiors took my breathe away (sorry no pictures, I was so smitten with the mirror-topped tables, gold ceiling and the abstract artwork I forgot to snap a few) but the food is what really stole the show. We met for lunch because Trentina was kicking off their new lunch serving time. The menu had many creative selections of pastas, flatbreads, salads and a few more entree-like offerings.

photo 2photo 1Our experience started with a little charcuterie-like tasting of cheeses, pickled veggies and cured meats which was super yummy.

photo 3 Then I had a pasta and shellfish dish which was very different, the pasta was super al dente almost crunchy but it worked and the flavor was amazing! I would for sure order it again.

photo 4We had a lemon sorbet and olive oil ice cream to complete our fine dining along with a teeny tiny macaroon which left us satisfied and ready to take on the afternoon.

I was actually terrified bring Baby Ninja to a rather fancy restaurant during the middle of the work day but I have to say he did great! Plus, the restaurant was so kind and didn’t make me feel akward as I struggled with there car seat among the sleek white leather chairs and super thin, very fragile glassware (which I adored.) Thanks Sawyers for such a creative, unique and glamourous dining experience at lunchtime…we will for sure be back!

Now, onto the good stuff…who wants to try it out? I have a $25 gift card to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to experience @TrentinaCLE for lunch” winner will be drawn at random by next Wednesday, September 17th. Good luck!

Happy weekend CLE. Don’t forget this weekend is a CLE FLEA weekend, get your coats, boots and scarves ready and go shop!

  16-Bit Bar & Arcade

photo 1Over Labor Day Weekend we and the opportunity to check out the latest and grooviest bar in Lakewood called 16-Bit Bar & Arcade. To be honest I really didn’t want to go, instead I was looking for a outdoor patio to sit with little Baby Ninja and enjoy the sunshine…I was outnumbered…and it ended up to be totally fine.

While I dragged my feet going into the new hot-spot it actually is really well designed, clean, bright and filled with fun memories of my eighties…early nineties childhood. I was impressed to say the least. If you have a bar tab open they let you play video games for free (all pinball machines were 50 cents.) The drink menu is filled with creative cocktails reminiscent of the time including the Cyndi Lauper and the Punky Brewster, so yummy.

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photo 4But there is more…take a long, hard, look at the celebrity portraits behind the arcade games…yep, they are made up with hundreds of small images all from the 80′s-90′s. The light images below are from MJ’s shoulder. So cool! I literally stood for a half an hour and just analyzed every little detail shot… reminiscing about Strawberry Shortcake, jelly shoes and body builder, Arnold.

photo 5If you have a chance to stop by and play a bit of pinball…please visit! It truly is both fun and nostalgia for those of us who grew up a “few” years ago. Happy week to all of you, especially to those of you with birthday’s this week!

  Party details

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Hey friends! Happy Tuesday to ya. This week has been flying by, don’t you think? I feel like all of our work clients have returned from summer break and we are all ready to get down to business for the final push of 2014. Work is well, baby is still sweet as pie and things are good.

Today just a little reminder about an event I am co-hosting with Kate Spade at Beachwood Mall this upcoming Saturday evening. Come and shop, sip some bubbles, try on many pairs of sparkly shoes, layer yourselves with baubles upon baubles…it’s going to be such a fun event. Reserve your spot for the fun at beachwoodplace@katespade.com, invite your friends, the more girly love the better.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Cheers! -me

  Explore Urban Farmer

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Happy Friday everyone! While it was a short week, I still feel like I was able to get a bunch accomplished at work and at home, how about you? I love checking off little projects from my to-do list, even if the “to-do” was super small. From finally unpacking numerous boxes of housewares from our move (almost 2 years ago) to starting to pack up some of my maternity clothes (YIPPY) little projects rock!

We have company coming in this weekend and it looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous one. I’m thinking about exploring some of the wineries in the Vermillion area, watching some football (Go Brownies!) and hitting up a few restaurants. Oh, plus, my parents (our “company”) will have hours of complete joy playing with Baby Ninja. He is just starting to really smile, coo and play along with a good game of peek-a-boo, so super fun.

While I was making our weekend itinerary I couldn’t help but thinking about the beef tartar, scallops and steak that I devoured the other evening at Urban Farmer’s blogger event. The food, the service and the stylish interiors blew my mind, way more than I could have expected. Check out some of the dishes/images from the evening and next time you need a place to bring your out of town guests…or just because, make sure to explore Urban Farmer. MORE! →