A plumtastic bridal shower + CMA + CLE Food

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Congrats to Juls @TribeChic, who was chosen via random.org, for winning a pair of tickets to the United Way of Greater Cleveland's Rock the CATWALK event May 1 at Cleveland Museum of Art. Sad you didn't win? Ticket are still available online for purchase.

This past weekend was a whirlwind of fun, family and omg-I'm-getting-married-in-like-a-month-moments.

It was awesome.

CK's Dad and step-mom came in from STL on Friday and we got to spend some quality time with them including dinner at AMP 150, brunch at Jack Flaps in OHC and a leisurely Saturday at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

While everyone was enjoying delicious food from AMP 150 and Jack Flaps... I was wrapping up my three-day delicious juice cleanse from Garden of Flavor. Luckily by the time Saturday's lunch at Provenance came around I could enjoy their chicken waldorf salad.

Any day at the CMA is a good day, but one that involves sharing the museum that you love with people experiencing it for the first time is the best. Check out the Kramer's taking in a modern art gallery, gallery one, the Van Gogh Repetitions exhibit and the kiddo mimicking a statue in the atrium. 

After the museum I left the Kramer's in Cleveland and headed down to Canton. My sissy was in town from NYC and my dear friend Dorrie was in town from Grosse Point, Michigan - all to help me celebrate at my bridal shower, how fun!

Dorrie and I at the The Crush House at Gervasi Vineyard for dinner, wine and "cheering" on our alma mater University of Dayton + upon Dorrie's arrival at my Mom's townhouse we had to pop some bubbles + Late night "snacks" from Marcia post Crush House

Sunday was MY bridal shower, which just seems crazy to type. I've been to many wonderful bridal showers in my life but I can honestly say that being the guest of honor was surreal. It's a combination of overwhelming gratitude and sheer freaking out all over the place.

If the level of my manic/sappiness was max at my shower (which it was) I'm going to need an actual tranquilizer on my wedding day. 

I'm just so happy and grateful for all of my loved ones who were willing to throw me a shower and join in the celebrate. I can't even handle how lucky I feel, it's humbling.

The party happened at Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio and my hostesses and sissy did so much to help make the day special for me and my guests, it was wonderful.

Who needs orange juice when you can just have the bubbles? Cheers! + Marriage advice cards + "The Future Mrs. Alexa Kramer" place card that my Sissy handmade and sewed because she's an amazing human being + Katie, Sara and Sissy + Dorrie, Steph, me, Mary, Foxx and Muffin

My favorite Theas (Aunts) Joanna and Eros + Me and my Yiayia (Grandma) Lambo who is the coolest lady I know + Criseyda, Graceyn, the kiddo and Cathi + Erin and I

Talk about a photo-op I couldn't pass up, my hostesses rockin' part of their thank you gifts... a Cleveland's a Plum t-shirt from C.L.E. Clothing Co. of course! Suzanne, Cruseyda, Cathi, Marcia, Thea Eros, me, Thea Joanna, Thea Susie and my Nouna (Godmother) Francine +  Nouna, Thea Susie, Thea Eros, Sissy, Yiayia and my Mom, a.k.a. my gorgeous family

The party was fabulous and the gifts were beyond generous - even though they were a giant tease because I can't start using them yet due to my living situation (whomp). I keep telling myself that unpacking those gifts (and my whole storage unit) will make moving into our new house (wherever it may be) that much more worthwhile. Honestly though, when there's this much positive fun going on I don't mind my living situation. 

CK and I are very blessed.

So, spoiler alert, my bachelorette party is this weekend in New York... WATCH OUT. I'm sure there will be a very similar post to this recapping the events next week but perhaps not as wholesome, ha.

Happy Thursday, kids!

Rock the CATWALK 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Well hello there!

What happens when one mixes fashion, a worthy local charity and one of the most stunning locations in all of Cleveland?

Rock the CATWALK, that's what.

The third annual fashion show event is hosted by the Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of Greater Cleveland and showcases next season's hottest fashions from local boutiques and designers. All while enjoying food, drinks and mingling with some of Cleveland's most interesting people of course. Perhaps you may recognize a few of the community models?

All proceeds from Rock the CATWALK benefit early learning programs supported by the United Way of Greater Cleveland's Women's Leadership Council that will help ensure every child has access to a quality education. So this is an important event, people!

Rock the CATWALK event details:
- Thursday, May 1, 2014
- Cleveland Museum of Art Atrium
- Doors at 6:30 p.m.
- Silent auction packages including: A Vitamix, a Gibson guitar, a year of dining in Cleveland and vacation packages to San Francisco and Key West just to name a few
- Afterglow after party

General Admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase online or....wait for it.... you can win a pair of GA tickets here on the plum!

To enter:
1. Leave a mandatory comment on this post telling me what spring fashion trend you're most looking forward to rockin' this season.
2. For an extra entry, follow @UnitedWayCLE on Twitter and/or "Like" the United Way of Greater Cleveland Women's Leadership Council on Facebook, leaving an additional comment telling me you did.
3. Tweet the following: 

I'm #UnitedForFashion with @UnitedWayCLE. Send me to Rock the CATWALK at @ClevelandArt @clevelandsaplum! http://bit.ly/1nDvAC4 

You can tweet the above daily for extra entries, leaving an additional comment on this post telling me you did so.

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, March 25 at 5 p.m. ET and I'll announce the winner on the plum shortly thereafter.

Good luck to all who enter!

[Editor's note: I'm co-chair of the Rock the CATWALK marketing committee and couldn't be happier to be a part of this great event. As always, opinions are my own.]

#HylandLife, wedding tasks and taxes

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

For the first time in eight years I'm filing my taxes as someone working and living outside of  the city of Cleveland - this is weird to me.  But while I plan on working for Hyland Software in Westlake for many years to come, here's to hoping I'll be going back to living in Cleveland proper very soon. 

Doing taxes while living and working in different cities confuses me... who exactly is RITA again? Thank god for my accountant.

But that's not the point of this post.

I'd like to go on record and say that I'm enjoying my social time in Westlake and am happy to report that gems like the Whistlestop and Dover Gardens are fabulous options to explore.

Friday night Hyland hosted their 10th annual Texas Hold 'em Tourney, so a group of friends/coworkers naturally headed to the Whistlestop to prepare. Many of us didn't play the main hold 'em event but instead ate a lot of delicious food and competed in the side casino games. It was CK's first Hyland outing and I'd like to say it was a success. I mean, how could you not love Hylanders?

Alana waving to her fans + The roulette table that took all of my "money" + Players getting ready to start the tournament

Colleen, Alana and I at Dover Gardens + CK bringing down the karaoke house + Alana and I laughing at CK + I don't even know what's going on in this picture....

Friday night was AWESOME. So many laughs.

Saturday CK and I had a wonderful lunch at Deagan's Kitchen & Bar and knocked out a good handful of our wedding to-do list, e.g., his wedding band and a bling-tastic special flower girl gift for the kiddo from Kleinhenz Jewelers.

I'd say it feels great to get wedding stuff completed, if only the list of things we still have to do was getting smaller...

All in all it was a wonderful weekend filled with fun and productivity, which (in my humble opinion) is the way all weekends should be.

Happy Tuesday, kids!

p.s. I'm getting married two months from yesterday, YAY!

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Thea Joanna and Uncle David!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Canton may not be the biggest city in Northeast Ohio but it's my hometown, the majority of my family lives there and I love it.

This past weekend CK, the kiddo and I spent our time there as we attended my Thea Joanna and Uncle David's 50th wedding anniversary at the Barn at Monticello.

(Side story: the last time I was at the Barn, I accidentally spoiled my cousins surprise 16th birthday party because it was 2008 and I didn't think she would be reading Twitter, whoops.)

So many of my Thea Joanna and Uncle David's friends and family joined in the celebration - even sissy flew in from NYC. We had great food, MANY laughs and a wonderful, walk down memory lane photo movie (courtesy of Grog) that had us laughing and crying. We watched it again and again laughing at the fashion statements, awkward stages and hippies that they once were.

Thea Joanna and Uncle David cutting their anniversary cake + everyone needs a giant cardboard cutout of themselves + Jenna with her Yiayia and Wello

 Criseyda toasting her parents on their anniversary + COUSINS! Criseyda, Cathi, me and Sissy

Graceyn and her Dad, John + My not so little anymore cousins Natalie, David and Nicolette + The Nicolettes! + Game room action, fun for all

Saturday CK and I met with Father Nick to get everything ready with the diocese for our wedding at St. Haralambos. If this wedding wasn't real before, it sure is now!

During the evening the family came over to Stepho's new townhouse for a foodie worthy taco and game night. A home isn't quite a home until there's a game night, right?

Gather round the kitchen, it's dinner time + "MAGIC" + Story time magic with John + Heads-up on the iPhone, natch.

Great weekend, great times and THE BEST family. I'm so lucky to have all these people in my life.

Happy Thursday, kids.

What a weekend

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Not surprisingly, weekending in Cleveland is one of my most favorite things to do. 

When a weekend comes round where you have just the right amount of plans with friends and down time, all is right in the world.

Those weekends seem to have been coming less and less lately so I took full advantage of this one.

Friday brought a long overdue dinner date with CK in celebration of Valentine's Day. We dined at Salmon Dave's in Rocky River where their Taste of New Orleans menu made CK happy and the Alaskan King Crab legs (and gobs of butter) put me over the moon.

Saturday brought a boozy (is there any other way?) brunch with great friends at Press Wine Bar in Tremont. I highly recommend this place for Saturday or Sunday brunch based on their extensive (and delicious) menu and creative mimosa and bloody mary options. Good times.

Mark, Moe and Matt + Seanski, me and CK

I made art with my bubbles and Seanski's face + Me and my Beaver + Cupid's Undie Run making their way through Tremont. Let me just go on record and say the video I took I'm not comfortable sharing online.... interesting crowd.

Next stop: Brite Winter Festival all over Ohio City. It was COLD, but the turnout was fantastic. From art installations, live music and all of Cleveland's finest supporters the event (from my standpoint) was a huge success. I saw so many friends and had such a good time I was too busy to take photos. Trust me though, it was fabulous and should be a never be missed event.

Sunday I headed down to Canton for the Name Day Luncheon at my church, St. Haralambos. This luncheon was extra special because my Yiayia Lambo was honored with a Women of Distinction Award from the Philoptochos Ladies Society. It was a wonderful affair celebrating women from the church who I've had the honor of working with over the years. I think so fondly of all the time I spent growing up volunteering at my church with multiple generations of my Greek family. Makes me proud to have been a part of it. I'm also just a sap and was crying during the award presentations.

Thea Beth receiving her Women of Distinction award with Uncle Roger. + My Yiayia Lambo with Metropolitan Savas, she's the best. + All the honorees, look how fancy they are! Greek Yiayias make things happen, guys.

What a wonderful weekend, let's do it all over again soon shall we?

Have a great Tuesday, kids! Stay warm out there.