Sunday, March 8, 2015

Rewind: Jump Back Back Ball 24 - Back to the Future

Well, hello there, lovecats. I know it's been a hot minute (okay few months) since I've said hello. Let's just say that work has been crazy-busy and any down time has been spend hibernating w/ my favorite person and snuggling in yoga pants. With wine. Lots of wine.

There's only one event that could call me out of blog-hibernation and that is Jump Back Ball. The last Saturday in February we celebrate Jump Back Ball, benefiting PlayhouseSquare. This wildly fun, themed, creative black-tie gala is put on by Partners, the official Young Professionals group of PlayhouseSquare. It is a can't-miss event, and every year it pulls more and more Clevelanders out of their snowy homes to party in the District's most gorgeous spaces.

This year's theme was Jump Back to the Future and it was a crazy, multi-decade ride through our favorite moments of the three movie series.

Totally missed out on getting my picture taken with the DeLorean because I thought my cape went better with the Chandelier. 

VIP started at 6PM with cocktails and appetizers in the Connor Palace Lobby. Cibreo fed us well with lamb and calamari being huge hits and the most beautiful meat and cheese board I've ever seen.

Jump Back Ball 24 - VIP

An hour later we made our way to the State Theatre stage that was transformed into Hill Valley High School's Enchantment Under the Sea dance with cocktails, champagne bar and dinner catered by Driftwood Catering.

The girls: Amanda, Alicia, me & Jen (image swiped from @whycle)
Two of my favorites: Jess  (my own personal glam squad) & Charlene
Cocktail time with Paul, Cass and the Husband / The boys: Chris, Matthew, Scott & Hans

By the time Eugene Ross & Company came on at 8 o'clock the party was in full swing with people lined up for photo-ops, fortune tellers and, my perennial favorite, the wine pull.

All hail to the Flux Capacitor wine pull.
Up on the mezzanine level the casino games at Biff Tannen's Pleasure Paradise Casino were on fire. People were also making their way into the Sate Theatre lobby to check on their silent auction bids and getting ready for Thunder Gun Express to hit the stage for the late night party.

Selfie time w/ Paul & Cass. #shesapro
The evening ended with some behind-the-counter shenanigans and the Chris Morris serving up hot-dog-realness at Old Fashioned.

Another fab Jump Back Ball is in the books and I'm already looking forward to next year's huge 25th Anniversary celebration! Many thanks to Stephanie Sherman & Andy Tojek, this year's JBB co-chairs. Along with their committee members and many volunteers, they created an evening to remember.

You can learn more about PlayhouseSquare Partners here.

::Disclosure - I was an official JBB blogger and received a complimentary ticket for the one that I purchased. I am also vice-chair of the PlayhouseSquare Partners Board. As always, all musings are my own::

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jump Back Ball 24: Ticket Kickoff Party

Are you ready to Jump Back to the Future? The 24th annual Jump Back Ball theme couldn't be any more fun and the chance to get your mittens on tickets is literally right around the corner. The JBB ticket kickoff party is where you can secure yourself tickets (before everyone else) at the lowest price available. Last year tickets sold out in a record 10 days (!!) so be sure to swing by before heading to the Cavs game.

Monday, Nov. 10th 5:30-7:30p
Ticket Kickoff Special Pricing
$130 PlayhouseSquare Partners
$160 Non-Members

{ticket limits apply}
Public - 2 Non-Partners tickets per person 
Partners - 2 Partners tickets & 2 Non-Partners tickets per membership
Partners Leadership Society - 4 Partners tickets per membership
*ticket prices increase by $15/$20 plus handling fees the day after the kickoff*

Bring in a new, unused personal care item to be donated to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and be entered into a raffle to win some pretty fab prizes like a night at the Wyndham for JBB, VIP upgrades or PlayhouseSquare loge tickets. Check out the kickoff homepage for a list of suggested items to donate.

Jump Back Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th and is hosted by PlayhouseSquare Partners. Roam the State Theater & Lobby and enjoy an incredible evening of cocktails, food, fun, music and dancing. Check out how much fun was had last year and I'll see you on Monday!

Want to know how you can get your tickets for just $130? Learn more about Partners here. Memberships that qualify for ticket discounts start at just $100 and you also get an entire year of Partners discounts, invitations and great benefits. New member sign-up will be available at the kickoff party.

::Disclosure - I am vice co-chair for the PlayhouseSquare Partners Board and also a Jump Back Ball blogger. I am receiving one complimentary ticket in exchange for blogging and purchasing a ticket. As always, all musings are my own::

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nordstrom Beauty Trends & Recapping Rollin' on the River

First things first - Happy Friday! Today and tomorrow get to your local Nordstrom for their Fall Beauty Trend Event. Get a jump on the latest looks for fall and winter with some one-on-one time with beauty experts from your favorite brands. You can peep the latest trends before you go and check out videos to help you re-create your new look at home or get extra glam for the holidays.

Nordstrom 2014 Fall Beauty Trends  
October 17th-18th 11a-7p {free}
Stop by or make an appointment for complimentary makeup, skincare and fragrance consultations. Customized samples and exclusive gifts with purchase available (while supplies last)

Speaking of getting glam...a few weeks ago I threw on my party dress skirt and headed to the Hunger Network's 8th annual Rollin' on the River benefit. The sounds of Sinatra filled the picturesque Windows on the River, the cocktails (and donations) were flowing and the guests were gambling - all for a great cause. This is such a fun event and I've been lucky to attend a few times. 

My giveaway winner Jen and her husband David with Chris & I.
{image c/o the Hunger Network}
all the fun that is Rolling on the River

John Paul and Jesse working the tables / me with the insanely fab Rachael & Nadine
post-event cocktails at Ginko

The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland works to reduce hunger by providing food, linkages and other services. 60,000 people each month receive emergency food at one of their centers or through hot meal programs. I don't know how they do it but every dollar donated provides four meals to someone in need. Living in Ohio City I'm acutely aware of how lucky I am to never, ever have to go without food. Some of my neighbors and their families are not so fortunate. Events like this provide a fantastic evening out with friends to raise funds for these initiatives. Check out all the ways to you can get involved and support the Hunger Network here

::Disclosure - I received 2 tickets for myself and 2 to give away for Rolling on the River c/o the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. As always, all musings are my own::

Saturday, October 11, 2014

6 Skin & Hair Saviors To Get You Through Fall

Fall is all about transition. We swap bare legs for tights, sandals for booties and start layering for chilly evenings. I've always found that this time of year my hair and skin needs more transition time too. I'm not ready to completely swap out my daily skincare for the heavier, creamer products I use in winter, but my summer staples begin to lose their luster. These easy swaps and additions make all the difference in extending that summer glow and preparing you for the cold months ahead.

clockwise from top left: Oribe Gold Lust / Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash
Oscar Blandi Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray / Avon Moisture Therapy Calming Relief Lotion
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask / Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil

I'm not quite ready to slather my face in the heavier oils and creams that I adore in winter just yet but the onset of chilly air can leave me feeling a bit parched and flaky. Enter Jurlique's Skin Balancing face oil. Add a drop or two to your moisturizer before you go to bed and you'll wake up with a happy, balanced and flake-free face. (FYI - this bottle will last for-ev-er.)

While I still stand by my once a week Peter Thomas Roth addiction for clear, glowy skin I've noticed that after a weekend of celebrating (I blame you, Champagne) my skin looks a little lackluster and puffy. Twenty minutes with Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask will make everything right again. Do it at night and add one drop of the Jurlique oil to your moisturizer before bed and you'll be thanking me in the morning.

In the winter I have a mad love affair with Kiehl's Creme de Corps. So much so, that I don't mind how exhausting it is to use. Think 3 extra minutes of rubbing it in after every shower. I've tried their lightweight body lotion but it's just not the same. One day I was out of town and had a travel size of Avon's Moisture Therapy lotion with oatmeal to use. Oh heavens! This stuff is amazing. It's fragrance-free, sinks into skin instantly and leaves you perfectly moisturized in under a minute. It's also crazy cheap. You can get the 25oz. with pump for about $10.

A few month's back I read an article on Amy Adams in Allure where she sang the praises of Eucerin's Skin Calming Body Wash for shaving. It instantly became a mainstay in my shower primarily because I have extremely sensitive skin (on my body) that could break out in hives or bumps with most body washes and shaving creams. It's an oil so be sure to shake the bottle before using. It is luxurious and your skin will literally feel like cashmere. I now (like Amy) stockpile this in case it is ever discontinued.

If you know me IRL, you know that I only wash my hair every 3-4 days. In the summer I end up washing it more due to sun, humidity and sweat and this ends up leaving my strands a bit parched come fall. Oribe's Gold Lust can be used multiple ways to get your strands back to their happy place. Use this lightweight oil before styling on damp hair to increase softness and reduce frizz or post-blowdry for sun protection and to increase shine. One to two pumps is all you need. You can even use it as an overnight treatment (3-4 pumps) - just be sure to shampoo it out in the morning.

Since I only wash my hair twice a week, there is a bit of heat styling going on. I always use a heat protectant (like the Gold Lust) on damp hair but what about two days later? It never occurred to me that my thermal protectant probably wouldn't still be working. Oscar Blandi's Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray is utter perfection that won't dampen your strands or weigh hair down before using your curling wand.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Save the Dates

We are already well into our first weekend in October and this month is shaping up to be filled with all that is fall, festive and fabulous. Any month that ends with a Lebron, Kyrie & Kevin home opener is a winner in my book. Here is what else I'm excited for...

Thursday 10/9
L'Amour Du Vin - 6-9PM {$65-$95}
The second of my favorite fall fundraisers is back at the picturesque Avon Oaks Country Club. Read my 2012 & 2013 recaps to get an idea of all the fun that is L'Amour then head over to their site to snag yourself some tickets. The upgrade to VIP is worth it for the Brown-Forman cocktails alone. All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation of NEO.

Friday 10/10 
Pumpkin Beer Floats - Lilly Chocolates
Lilly's is celebrating Cleveland Beer Week with Pumpkin Beer Floats featuring Honey Hut Ice cream through Saturday10/18. {$20 for the Flight / $5 individually / $9 add Paired truffles}

optional truffle: SHWEETIE PIE
optional truffle: TIGER LILLY
optional truffle: MAUI WOWIE
optional truffle: Half-Past Midnite

Monday 10/13
Oktoberfest - Greenhouse Tavern 4-11PM {$40}
What could be better than spending a Monday night on the one of the best (rooftop) patios in Cleveland? They're even turning the heat on for us.

Saturday 10/18
Halloween Town - Connor Palace Lobby 10AM-NOON {Family four pack $40 / Kids $14 / Adults $8}

Get your costume on and head down to PlayhouseSquare for the first Halloween party for families. Kids will enjoy Halloween crafts, a festive photo op, apple cider, cookie decorating, raffle prizes and more. All proceeds benefit community engagement and education programs at PlayhouseSquare. Sign up to PALS for a 50% discount for this event.

Thursday 10/23
SC4K Fall Happy Hour - Hodge's 5:30-7:30P {$20}
Head on over to Hodge's for all-you-can-drink draft beer, wine, well drinks and appetizer bar. Proceeds benefit Shoes & Clothes for Kids.

Friday 10/31

Supper Club Halloween w/ Lounge Kitty - Prosperity Social Club 8P
Lounge Kitty return to Prosperity for a special Halloween performance. Wear a costume and bring the kitsch. Reservations are recommended for Supper Club table seating and bar seating is first come, first served. 

Lounge Kitty
 ::Disclosure - I received two tickets to L'Amour du Vin c/o the Arthritis Foundation. I am a vice co-chair of Partners, the young professionals group, at PlayhouseSquare. As always, all musings are my own:: 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Saying Goodbye to September

I'm the girl who is pining over fall fashion in late July. The girl who is irritated when temps (and humidity) rise above 80. The girl who could live in snow boots and scarves. So why is it I'm having the hardest time welcoming fall this year? Perhaps our extremely mild (and yes, rainy) summer has something to do with it but this gorgeous mid-70 degree fall we're having is nothing short of perfect. It may also be because September was such fun that I simply don't want it to end. 

JUKEBOX is my newest neighborhood haunt. 

Labor Day taught me that if you're two years old Uncle Chris will do as many cannonballs as you request. The husband & nephew. I can't even.

Celebrating 26 fantastic years of Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Ushering in Fall and a new Browns season all while raising money for the Cleveland Food Bank at Taste of the Browns.
Clockwise from top left: The Hodge's crew / All the delights from Urban Farmer / Two of my
favorites - Cassandra & Alicia / Hodges shrimp & grits was a crowd pleaser / Everything you could
imagine to dip in chocolate (try the rice krispie treats!) from Chocolate Bar

Farewell September. Next time you see me I'll be the white girl in her Hunter wellies drinking a PSL.

::Disclosure -  I received two tickets to Taste of the Browns c/o the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. As always, all musings are my own::

Monday, September 22, 2014

5 Cocktails to Celebrate Fall

Grab that scarf and slip on those boots. It's time to properly usher in Autumn. These festive cocktails with hints of bourbon, ginger, pear, apple and pumpkin are perfect for celebrating the season and warming you up on those chilly late-September nights. Cheers!

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