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!