To Mr. and Mrs. Gannon!

Thursday, December 19, 2013


One of my dearest friends who has been mentioned countless times here on the plum over the course of the last (almost) six years. Our friendship goes back to University of Dayton and there's way more to her than "#whatdeerywore," she's one of the most loyal, genuine, thoughtful, do anything for you best friends a girl could ask for.

There have been so many fond memories and experiences but also so many more life events to share and look forward to in the future.

Muffin, I'm so glad that you're such a big part of my life (and that our significant others get along) and it was honor to stand up with you as a bridesmaid on your wedding day. I couldn't be happier for you and Jesse.

Now, to the pictures - which I admittedly didn't take enough of, was just too busy celebrating I suppose.

The #deerygannonwed rehearsal dinner was held at one of Tremont's finest establishments, Fahrenheit. Muffin was smart and chose a Thursday rehearsal dinner to allow for a Friday buffer day before the Saturday wedding, which we ALL needed post copious amounts of wine during dinner and Flying Monkey cocktailing.

The almost bride and groom + the maids + Mother/daughter BFFs + Muffin and her shower bouquet courtesy of poo poo's mad ribbon skills + maid gifts perfectly wrapped

Getting hair ready at Mama Deery's home with the Salon Jovan ladies + Muffin in the makeup chair with the talented Elizabeth Cook + the bride and her gorgeous bouquet en route to the church + all bridesmaid "hands-in", it's go time!

Mr. and Mrs. Gannon on the St. John Cantius (Tremont) alter + All the bridesmaids in our fur on the limo bus and the groomsmen all dapper + Muffin's sister Erin, brother-in-law Brandon and nephew taking an adorable family picture

The reception was held at the The Union Club in Downtown Cleveland, a historic and gorgeous venue that was all decked out in holiday decorations making a fitting backdrop for a December wedding - hence Erin and Court with the Christmas tree! + The Gannon's first dance + Pics of my amazing friends from all over the country happily all in one place

The bride and I + friends, loved ones and beautiful people + dancing

If you know my group of UD friends well, you know we love the song Escape by Enrique Iglesias more than any other song from college - there's even dance moves. It's a must hear at weddings or really anytime we're all together. I'm thankful for Tigger's husband Nik for capturing the dancing action shot of all the girls and for another "hands-in" for the memory book

I'm pretty blessed to have all these wonder people in my life and I'm fairly certain I fell asleep (and woke up) post wedding with a smile on my face.

To Mr. and Mrs. Gannon!!

Happy Thursday, kids.

Column & Stripe Second Annual Holiday Soiree

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hi friends.

Do you love the Cleveland Museum of Art, mingling, crafts, music, GLBC, cocktails, food and holiday cheer?

If you answered yes to any of the above I'd LOVE for you to join me at the Column & Stripe Second Annual Holiday Soiree!

Toast the holiday season with Column & Stripe: The Young Friends of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Whether you're already a member or just interested in finding out more, earn your stripes at our second annual holiday party. 

The details:
- Tuesday, December 17 from 6-9 p.m.
- Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company (West 26th and Carroll Ave.)
- Find out about C&S, enjoy music, crafts, mingling and hors d'oeuvres - additionally, existing C&S members will receive two complimentary drink tickets.
- The event is FREE, but reservations are required (and limited) so reserve your tickets online TODAY!

Hope to see you all on Tuesday!

Garden of Flavor Juice Cleanse

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What does one do post long holiday weekend indulging when they are a bridesmaid on Saturday?

A three-day juice cleanse of course!

Enter the fine folks at Cleveland based juice company Garden of Flavor. Lucky for me I received a complimentary three-day supply of their cold pressed, raw, organic and unprocessed juices to try.

One six-pack of cold pressed organic juice please!

I've tried a number of other juice cleanse brands before but Garden of Flavor is hands down my favorite. Not only is it the most cost effective ($44 per cleanse pack compared to $65) but to me, it's the best tasting.

In fact, as I wrapped up the third day of my complimentary juices, I drove to Heinen's in Rocky River and picked up more bottles to keep the cleanse going for a forth day. 

You may be thinking, "That's a lot of juice drinking and not a lot of food chewing!" But what works for me is supplementing raw vegetables, e.g., I ate raw spinach, cucumbers and tomatoes each day with my third juice. I also drank tea.

When it's all said and done I feel healthy, hydrated and refreshed - so that's a win in my book.

Garden of Flavor is currently available at all NEO Heinen's and Whole Foods locations as well as select locations in Columbus and Dayton. You can find out more info on where to buy here.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some juice to drink.

Thanksgiving weekend fun

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thanks everyone for your kind words of encouragement on my last post, it meant a lot.

There sure was plenty to be thankful for as CK and I headed to Canton for the long holiday weekend filled with friends, family and not many photographs. I guess I was too busy having a good time. There were wine induced dance parties, movies (Frozen and We're the Millers), lots of turkey eating, Christmas tree lighting and catching up with friends.

I could go on, but let's just look at what few pics I did take...

I ran a 5K Turkey Trot with my sissy and Jason at good old CCHS + My cousin Anthony and his adorable son Nicholas. Hello cuteness! + Jenna's Thanksgiving dinner place cards did not disappoint + Neither did the turkey varieties + The beginning of family game time!

Dinner at Bender's Tavern in Canton + Drinks at The Crush House at Gervasi Vinyard + Reppin' my friend Craig's new company, La Barba Cigars - check um out!

The kiddo and CK having fun at Downtown Cleveland's Winterfest + Tree lighting fireworks from inside Terminal Tower + Family game time 2.0

Good times, good times.

And to think, this weekend is Muffin's wedding - HOLY CRAP! Bring on the celebrations.

Happy Wednesday, kids!

An update + thanks

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's been kind of quiet here on the plum these last couple of weeks as I've been making some big life decisions that up until now I wasn't ready to share.

For example, my last day at D&E was this past Friday, the same day that I announced that I was taking a job on the east side. Well an amazing (and long in the works) career curve ball was thrown my way late Friday afternoon and instead of that east side position I'll be joining the marketing department at Hyland Software. I couldn't be more excited.

Additionally, in a few short months our wedding guest list has gone from 295 to 75 because quite frankly, buying a forever house is more important that buying a wedding reception - especially when you're the one footing the bill.

Wrapping my head around the fact that we won't be able to share our wedding day with as many of our friends and family members as we'd like is well.... depressing. Especially for this 100% Greek professional bridesmaid/wedding guest. But ya know what? Ever since we pulled the plug on trying to do something that we couldn't afford I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and that's a good thing - bring on the celebration!

I mean when 2013/2014 is all said and done I can say that I successfully sold my townhouse. moved (twice), started a new career and got married. Bring it on - but don't even think about mentioning the word baby around me yet.

Anyways, in the midst of all this transition planning I have had the opportunity for some fun with friends. 

P!ink at the Q with Biscuit + Nano Brew and Tina's karaoke with friends + A stellar dinner at Pure Vida + Bowling and dinner at Cozumel Restaurante with CK and the kiddo
With this week being my "freedom week" from work as well as Thanksgiving week, there's much to be thankful for as I celebrate and spend time with my family.

Ya better hold on kids because it's going to be one heck of a wild year.

Le sigh.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Moving sale.

Wedding planning.

Adult decision making.

Obligations to fulfill.

Future step-mom practicing to hopefully make perfect.

Learning how to be more patient.

Stress eating.


Stress eating again.

Failed wedding dress shopping.

Quality sissy time.

Long talks.

New house daydreaming.

Tears, happy and sad.

Future planning.


So, what have you been up to?

Weekending in Cleveland: #GiveMe30

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This past weekend was a perfect combination of productivity, fun and relaxation. 

Friday: Libations with CK at our new neighborhood lounge Drink bar & grill. Saturday afternoon: Spinning at Psycle, brunch at home and picking up my new (I told you I was "blind") glasses.

Cocktails, menus, my strong as heck eye prescription and brunch at home with CK.

Saturday evening we got to celebrate my dear friend Nugget's 30th birthday at his and Seanski's home in my old Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. One of Nugget's favorite things to do is workout so Seanski through him a fitness attired theme party - I mean, who doesn't like to party in comfy pants!?!

A great theme party with some of my greatest friends - #GiveMe30 was a rip roaring good time.

The birthday boy, Muffin and Seanski doing some "heavy" lifting on the dance floor.

Lzone's hilarious opposite of fitness party costume with a beef stick and doughnut dumbbell and all! #CrossFat #Fatfluential #Bacardio

Fitness parties are the best parties. Me rockin' my Psycle gear attempting to limbo under an exercise band with Heather + Ladies, all my favorite ladies + CK, Jay and Dean being... um, I'm not sure what + party enthusiasts with a giant bubbles bottle that I'm totally stealing + A mysteryG partyG guestG getting tweaked by Shibani

Below you'll find a sweet little Instagram video from Allison where I make a serious connection with a champagne bottle and Seanski rocks the dance floor per usual - all to the sweet tune of No Scrubs by TLC.

I'm thinking Nugget should turn 30 every weekend - good weekend, good times.

Happy Wednesday, kids.

Diwali in Cleveland

Friday, November 8, 2013

I recently had the honor of attending my first ever Diwali celebration courtesy of my friends Shibani and Nick who opened their home to a great group of friends for amazing Indian food, libations, gambling and sparkles.

Shibani was not only an amazing chef and party planner, but also a teacher who shared her Hindu family traditions with the group, e.g., gambling to bring prosperity for the new year or lighting sparklers to embrace our inner light.

I loved every tradition, bite of food and roll of the dice - the celebration was perfect.

My bindi wearing, samosa eating self + my loves Shibani, sarabot and JV + Shibani explaining the menu for the evening + Nugget blowing out his 30th birthday candles

I'm positive that the gambling with dollar bills was my favorite Diwali tradition - so much laughing and fun + a corner coin flip game + Allison with her left/right/center winnings + sparklers! + a blurry Seanski with his new boxer BFF

As I left the party with a bubbles and Grand Mariner buzz and a fist full of dollar bills from my gambling winnings I made Shibani promise me she was going to throw this party again next year. She said yes, so an official new Cleveland friend tradition has been born.


Happy Friday, kids!

#JBB23: Shaken Not Stirred....

Monday, November 4, 2013

Guys, I don't believe I'm about to type the following sentence right now....

It's time to talk about the 23rd annual Jump Back Ball!

Historically one of my favorite days of the year, this year's Jump Back Ball will be taking over PlayhouseSquare on February 22, 2014 with an oh so swanky Bond (James Bond) themed party.

Jump Back Ball 0023: Shaken Not Stirred

I'm already getting excited for #JBB23 as I look through my plum recaps of the party from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

A guaranteed sell out event it's beyond important for you to get your tickets well in advance. Last year's tickets sold out in one month, which makes attending Thursday's Jump Back Ball Ticket Kick Off Party super important because the last thing you want to be doing on February 22 is following the #JBB23 hashtag from your couch.... 

The details:
What: Jump Back Ball Ticket Kick Off Party and happy hour
When: Thursday November 7, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30pm
Where: Cibreo Privado (the private dining and event room of Cibreo Italian Kitchen - 1438 Euclid Ave, across from PlayhouseSquare)
Why: Purchase your Jump Back Ball tickets at their lowest price ($115 for Partners and $150 for non-partners), enjoy complimentary appetizers, drink specials and mingle with your future party partners in crime.

The first 250 to purchase their tickets on Thursday will receive a commemorative long-sleeved "Will you be shaken or stirred" t-shirt. VIP tickets will also be available for $200, and there's a 2 ticket per person limit for all purchases so be sure to remind your friends to attend so they won't be left out in the cold come February. 

Hope to see you all on Thursday!

Disclosure: I've partnered with PlayhouseSquare to help promote #JBB23 in exchange for a discounted ticket, as always opinions are my own.

Halloween + Browns = equally scary

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I don't know what was scarier, the Browns game this past Sunday or CK and I dressed as Paul and Annie from the movie Misery

Yes, you read that Halloween costume right - too bad we don't have a proper picture of us.

Friday night we headed to Harbor Inn for @timmybennett's annual Halloween party full of fun, debauchery and always very creative costumes. This year I didn't do picture taking justice but still managed to snap a few sharable ones.

Halloween costume winners!

Some of the guys had a good time with my sledgehammer costume prop, which I'm pretty sure is still in the backseat of my car...

Saturday was filled with sleeping in, errands, dinner at home and Cardinals baseball.  With the Cardinals being in the World Series there's been a lot of baseball watching in the Kramer house lately.

There was no baseball on Sunday afternoon though, only Browns football. A decent sized group of us headed to Lakewood for a Sunday Funday at Harry Buffalo and Riverwood Cafe where I felt like we were in college again with the party atmosphere in Lakewood. It was good times had by all and we were still home in time for the first pitch of another Cardinals baseball game. (Sidenote: As I'm typing this blog Monday night the Cardinals are playing... again)

Harry Buffalo did a great job of entertaining its guests on game day - like giving Alana Monsters Hockey game tickets and me winning $5 off my bill via iPhone app Bingo. + Friends! Laughing! Fun! Lots and lot of fun.

'Twas another fabulous fall weekend in Cleveland - let's do it again in four days, shall we?

Happy Tuesday, kids.

I love skin care beauty products!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

As someone who loves and adores all things make-up related but doesn't tend to wear make-up on a daily basis, my core skin care routine is extremely important to me.

I mean, if you're going to go bare faced out in public, one would hope you at least make that naked face look good and moisturized.

Recently I've adopted a daily regime that's working miracles for me. I'm so obsessed with it I've decided to share some of my favorite products with you guys - I'm a giver.

I'm a Kiehl's fanatic.

The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser is the perfect combination of deep cleaning without over-drying, I use it every morning in the shower.

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is does just what the name says plus adds an even tone and radiance to your skin. More importantly you can feel it working, it's one heck of a serum to be used in combination with your moisturizer. I use it in the morning and night.

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Cream SPF 30 - OMG this is my newest obsession. It's a moisturizer, it's a makeup primer, it's a skin smoother and has an SPF. It just makes your skin feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel good. I use it in the morning.

We all know what our skin tends to look like in the winter, it can get dry/dull and there's no sun-kissed cheeks to be seen. Enter Dr.  Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads, an exfoliating self-tanner pad with anti-aging properties and a powerful kick of vitamin D. I use one before I go to bed for a little color boost - never orange, always subtle and great when you don't have time for a full blown spray tan. 

In need of a good no frills body moisturizer? Give bliss naked body butter a shot, there are scented varieties too - the vanilla + bergamot is divine. I used this post-shower and it definitely holds moisture all day, even in the winter months. Also, pro-tip you can usually find this at Marshall's on the cheap.

So while there may be too many beauty products that I'm a fan of to list here, and there are infinity combinations one can use, the important lesson here is to use something to take care of your skin.  Your moisturized and anti-aged face will thank you later.

So, what's your favorite skin care product of the moment? What's working for you? Do share!

Fall weekending in Cleveland

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My glorious and needed beautiful fall weekending consisted of...

Witnessing Mr and Mrs Marini Garvin (a.k.a. Jen and Stephen) getting married at Nighttown - I love these two people so very much.

Trying to recreate this photo from Phish last summer - we get an A for effort. + CK and I + CK, me and the groom in a selfie + Late night munchies Taco Bell at the reception late night -- amazing!

Colleen making herself a bloody mary at Katrina's Liver Life Challenge fundraiser Browns tailgate + Lori, Deano, Alana and Colleen sitting on Dock 20 + Me peacefully trying to put a damper on a bunch of Lions fans singing their fight song?!? + Heather, me, Alana and Lori continuing the tailgate + Post Browns loss fun at Panini's with Katie and Muffin

Yeah, I'm okay with all of the above. Let's do it again soon.

Happy Wednesday, kids.

Time to catch y'all up!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The hazy fog that was lingering over my life these last few weeks has lifted, the dust has settled, we all survived, and surprise - it's October - brilliant!

Now I can finally get back to more fun/important things like blogging, planning a wedding (not so much fun, but must be done) and figuring out our next house (more on that later).

While I know I've been MIA for a hot second here on the plum, my social calendar has still been buzzing. Here's a brief snapshot of what I've been up to - catch up y'all!

In celebration of the Tiffany & Co. opening at Eton Chagrin Boulevard I got to attend a swanky VIP party, try on stunning baubles and even walk out with a little something for myself thanks to my fabulous host. The store, diamonds and staff are top notch - I'm already planning out my Christmas gift from CK.

So. Much. Packing. I don't know how I have accumulated to much stuff - thankfully my cousin's store, Pat O'Brien's Fine Wines hooked me up with some sweet boxes! Also, many thanks to Scott and the College Hunks Moving crew for taking such good care of my belongings during the move - be sure call them if you need any moving help!

With trips to the always fabulous Society Lounge on East 4th, Horseshoe Cleveland, Liquid and Tina's Nite Club - not to mention all the limo bus fun - I'd say Jen's bachelorette party was a huge success. I don't believe her wedding is this weekend!

It was my dear friend Muffin's wedding shower this past weekend and all the girls got together to celebrate with her shower at SB eighty one, wine/dinner at my new favorite Humble Wine Bar and Lakewood bar hopping at Vosh, West End Tavern and Riverwood Cafe - we had an amazing day. Seriously, these ladies make me so happy.

Good times had by all and I must say that even though the move was a huge PITA, going home to CK every night has made it all worth it - tiny apartment and all :)

Happy Tuesday, kids!

Moving day

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today is moving day.

It seems like just yesterday that I bought and moved into my first home, when in fact it is one month shy of three years ago.

I was dating CK when I purchased my townhouse, and while I may have known in my heart that he was the man I was going to marry, we had only been dating about seven months.... It was safe to say "marriage" and "the future" weren't exactly hot topics for us.

Fast forward three short years later and CK is my fiance, we're getting married in May and my perfect Detroit-Shoreway townhouse that I love is officially sold.

For the first time in my life I'm cohabiting with a boy. But he's not really a boy, he's a 36-year-old man who is going to be my husband. 

Also, for the first time in my life, I'm cohabiting with a kid. But she's not just any kid, she's a 6-year-old rockstar that is going to be my future step-daughter. 

Changes, they are afoot.

Who would have thought that after looking at over 40 houses since May, CK and I still haven't found one that we can agree on. I can't help but laugh thinking about my moving into into his tiny Brooklyn apartment with all of my belongings in storage, but I know it's temporary - our new house is out there somewhere.

What matters is that we're officially starting our life together, as a family, and I can't wait to see what the future brings.

Happy Friday, kids.

#deerynycbach + Katie and Matt get married

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

If I just gloss over the fact that Muffin's NYC bachelorette party happened three weekends ago, and I'm just now writing about it, can we just pretend it happened more recently and that I haven't been slacking on my posting?

Yes? Okay good. Thanks guys for having my back as I transition my can't stop won't stop summer into my can't stop won't stop fall. It's been one hell of a ride.

So let's begin the #deerynycbach recap by talking about the lady of the hour, Muffin, who's one of the most fabulous, beautiful and celebration worthy best friends a girl could ask for. I'm so lucky to have her in my life and honored to stand-up with her on her wedding day. MRWA.

If the NYC bachelorette party is any inclination of what the December nuptials will be we are all up for one swanky, sequined and bubbles filled celebration.  

Five of us headed to NYC Thursday evening in to get an extra day of fun in before all the ladies joined us Friday evening. Here's Court, Kate, Muffin and Ginenne getting comfy on our rooftop terrace in the Rogers & Hammerstein Suite in the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. + a couple bottle of Veuve to make the day even better at The Plaza Hotel 

We were definitely living the suite life with our hotel accommodations at the Omni Berkshire Place with our foyer, two bathrooms, living and dining room and terrace.... we were SPOILED. 

After a wonderful dinner at the Spotted Pig (omg the liver toast) where sissy even met us for a cocktail we headed to the NYFW 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target launch party. Yes, that NYFW. Yes, that Target. It was awesome. And I mean, how STUNNING are my friends... Ginenne, Muffin, Court and Kate. Who needs the paparazzi when I have my iPhone?

Post dinner our bar hopping included a Gay night The Standard - Le Bain.... there was a hot tub + dancing on the bar at Hogs & Heifers... no, we didn't leave any bras.

Over the last six months or so I've become a true spinning fanatic and thanks to my local spin studio, Psycle Therapy, I've become a true #psyclemonster. So when Muffin said she wanted to take a SoulCycle class we had to listen to the bride! What a cool experience it was. Making Muffin wear a veil on her bike was tops but the fact that we survived the class when only a few hours before people were dancing on a bar was a true miracle.
Friday the rest of the gals rolled in at various times of the day so we headed to Soho to eat sushi at and wait for the bachelorette party to grow: Kate, Pichee, Gina, Muffin, me, Ginenne and Court at Blue Ribbon + Court lending a helping hand to the cement pouring crew + Muffin leaving her mark on Sullivan Street... in a fashion romper. #whatdeerywore anyone?
We had grand intentions of shopping in Soho but let's be realistic here, we all went to UD and love day drinking at dive bars, enter Milady's on Prince Street + friends! + Pichee, Beaver and Gina + Muffin and a random dude with a cat on his hat, I bet Desi would be jealous if he saw this photo
How beautiful are my friends?!? And you wonder why I stay behind the camera so often! Here's Kate, Muffin, Beaver, MOB and Sara on our terrace + Heather, Court and Lindsay having a cocktail in the Mondrian Soho lounge before dinner + The beautiful setting for our delicious dinner at Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar in the Mondrian

After the dinner it's the after party and after the party is the hotel lobby - group shot! + Holler, MOB and Foxx + me and Kate laughing... hard + Pichee and Shelly + Cheers, ladies!

Man, am I lucky to have these women in my life - so many laughs, so much love and I was so sorry to leave the #deerynycbach a day early. You read that right, I left all the fun to be had with my best friends a day early.....

I had a good reason though, Katie and Matt got married! 

I woke up early Saturday morning in NYC and was in Canton and ready to big fat Greek wedding it up a few hours later. I've known Katie for as long as I can remember, we grew up in the church, my sissy was a bridesmaid and it was an honor to help her celebrate her big day.

And to Greek dance....

The happy couple, Matt and Katie at their reception at Brookside Country Club in Canton + the girls, sissy, Katie, Leah and Leah + Cathi, Tricia and my Mom + Jason, Peter and CK + Costa, Peter, Elenie, Alexandra and Peter + Wedding after party with the Toronto family at my Thea Eros and Uncle Nick's

I think my can't stop won't stop summer had officially turned into my can't stop won't stop fall.

Now if you'll excuse me my penance for making time to write this post is continuing to pack my house up into the wee hours of the morning. Guys, I move out of my house on Friday, FRIDAY. Deep breathes.

Happy Tuesday, kids.

Spice of Life Catering Plated Landscape Dinner + Weekend fun

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Congrats to Kelly Ann Higgins for winning the Bethenny: Calling All My Girls Swag bag!

Oh hey there!

I'm so behind in my posting, guys. Blame it on my travel schedule, stress, failed house hunting and the realization that I'm about to put all of my worldly belongings into a storage facility and move into CK's small apartment.

Deep breath. Time to give a blogger a break. Le sigh.

I have still had some time for fun though, like attending the Spice of Life Catering / Spice Kitchen + Bar Plated Landscape Dinner at the Ohio City Farm.

If you've been following along on the plum you know I'm a huge fan of all things Spice for some time now, but this was my first time attending one of their famous Plated Landscapes where a farm-to-table dining experience among nature and a sunset with expertly paired wine and a five-course meal is the norm. Yes, it was as amazing as it sounds.

The entrance to the OHC Farm, the urban farmstead where you can find almost everything growing, even some of GLBC's hops + the talents chefs in their element

My delicious starter cocktail and the gorgeous table that greeted us, talk about a unique dining experience!

When the cityscape and the urban farm combines + Jess and Ryan + JoeG, CK and I

The food, OH THE FOOD! I love how you can tell how the sun went down as the event carried on from my pictures.... Coriander Tuna Tataki + Mixed Green Salad w/ beets, goat cheese, shaved onions and sherry vinaigrette + Ohio City Gazpacho + Grilled Beef Tenderloin w/ potato and leek salad and chimichurri + Peach & Cream Pot du Creme w/ a sugar cookie

With a trip to Nano Brew post dinner with a full stomach, the evening was complete and perfection and I can't wait to attend another one next year. The remaining Spice of Life Catering Plated Landscape Dinners are sold out for the year but be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get alerted when next year's schedule is announced.

The remainder of the weekend (which is two weekends ago now) was spent couch touring Phish @ Dick's with CK at home, a Saturday fun day and family time at Cleveland's Oktoberfest. Good times all around. 

A Happy Dog (my way) and tots + couch tour + my manly Makers Mark and CK's girlie Summer Shandy + Beaver and CK being awesome + CAK hands in at SOHO Kitchen & Bar

Next up is recapping #deerynycbach.... Oh lord, that could take awhile to contain the awesomeness.

Happy Wednesday, kids.

p.s. 9/11 Never Forget, always in our hearts

bethenny: calling all my girls

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Guys, I get pitched by PR professionals to write about this or that here on the plum on a regular basis. Many stories don't fit with my blog, some definitely do, but never, NEVER, have I received an email pitch that upon opening it caused me to:

1. Gasp.
2. Scream "OMG" so loudly that my colleagues in the surrounding offices had to make sure I was okay.
3. Jump out of my chair.

Getting invited to attend the Calling All My Girls Tour stop in Cleveland with the one and only Bethenny Frankel did all of the above.

Bethenny's new TV show, bethenny, premiers Monday, September 9! To help spread the word, she went on a cross-country tour, hosted meet and greets with her fans and generally just continued to be awesome by throwing a swanky party. 

Here in Cleveland, bethenny will air weekdays at 3pm on NBC affiliate WKYC, check out when it's on in your area here. As fan of Bethenny's from the very begining you can best believe I'm setting my DVR for the 9/9 premiere.

The #callingallmygirls party, hosted at MOCA Cleveland, was spectacular. The event planners and producers threw a seamlessly fun and entertaining shindig that this PR gal appreciated - everything was on point. 

My hot date for the evening, and Bethenny's #1 fan, Steph rockin' the blogger badge + Me enjoying the Skinnygirl Moscato + Allison and I + our buddy Tommy Riles working the audience

Bethenny! Social media! Photos!

Oh ya know, just hanging out with Bethenny Frankel... and yes, she is as tiny and beautiful in person as you'd expect.

By the end of the party my face hurt from smiling due to the copious amounts of fun that was had and when I was handed a sweet bethenny Swag bag on my way out my smile got even bigger.

All of this bethenny Swag could be yours!

The fine folks at Bethenny TV hooked me up with not one, but two fabulous gift bags - one for me, one for you! 

For your chance to win a copy of Bethenny's Skinnygirl Solutions book, a Skinnygirl workout DVD, bethenny t-shirt, Skinnygirl googies, a legit nice tote bag, EOS lip balm and more complete one or all of the following:

1. Leave a mandatory comment on this post telling me what you admire about Bethenny or what one question you would ask her.
2. Follow @Bethenny and @BethennyTV on Twitter, leaving an additional comment telling me you did so.
3. Tweet the following:

 Gimmie all the @Bethenny Swag in prep for @BethennyTV's Sept. 9 premiere, @clevelandsaplum! #callingallmygirls

You can tweet this daily for extra entries, leaving an additional comment on this post telling me you did so.
4. Like Bethenny Frankel on Facebook, leaving an additional comment telling me you did so.

Entries will be accepted until Monday, September 9 at 5pm EST and I'll announce the winner on the plum shortly there after.

Good luck to all who enter and thanks so much to Bethenny Frankel and her staff for inviting me to participate in the party and hook up a reader with a bethenny Swag bag - you guys rock.

Happy Wednesday, kids!