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!