I was naughty - I didn’t hit my reading goal this month. I didn’t really blog much last month either (whoops). I guess I’ve been busy… Good news, I read one awesome book that I’ve been waiting for release since the last awesome book I read by Veronica Roth.
Allegiant, Veronica Roth
Without hitting y’all with any spoilers… I got right back into this seriously hard where I left off after finishing book 2 in July and needing to wait until mid-October for this book to get released. Of course, it was action packed and filled with ‘what-ifs’ the book lives up to the rest of the story. I hated the ending. HATED THE ENDING. That’s all I have to say about it from a negative perspective… oh, that and teen sexual frustration is creepy to read about as a 27 year old. Otherwise, party on! Read it, buy it here.
Stylish (and thoughtful) Cleveland gals & guys - I’m giving away two tickets to an amazing event at Beachwood Place for Saturday, November 23rd.
This year, the event will celebrate its 5th anniversary and 100% of money raised goes towards two great Northeast Ohio non-profits, The Gathering Place and University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
This holiday event features fashion, food and entertainment not to be missed! A live fashion show featuring cancer survivors, celebrity models, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Families, and professional models will be the star of the evening. Not to be left out - each ticket holder receives a bracelet that offers special shopping discounts all night long (woot woot!)
Here’s how you can win two tickets (valued at $50) for the event:
- Leave me a comment and tell me what CLE celebrity you’re most excited to see.
- Tweet the following: ‘I want to win 2 tix to Compassion From Fashion from @BeachwoodPlace and @NadineNocero enter here http://bit.ly/HMye4U’ and leave a comment telling me you did so.
You can enter any of the 3 ways and tweet each day for additional entries. A Cleveland-area winner will be selected Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 9:00pm ET.
**Pre-sale tickets can be purchased now at www.CompassionFromFashion.com for $25 or at the door the night of the event for $30.**
Disclosure: I was compensated with 2 tickets for the giveaway and 2 tickets for myself for this event. All opinions are my own.
Reconstructing Amelia, Kimberly McCreight
Ok - so so so good. Author’s debut novel knocks it out of the park. Teen drama. Teen bullies. NYC rich kid prep school. Teen suicide. (you’ll see a theme if you haven’t already - I’m a sucker for books where people die, whoops) Seriously, this book is awesome if you love my list of awesome things worth loving above. Overworked single Mom with a fabulous high power job tries to understand the life of her now dead teen daughter. It unravels quickly and includes secret societies. It’s currently getting worked into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and will be worth checking out! Read it first, buy it here.
The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
Alright - so I read this book because EVERYONE on the internet was reading it and I hate being late to a party… I had no idea until the end that it was written by JK Rowling under a pseudonym. So, since I ended the book with a big ‘Ahhhhh!’ I guess you can say I was late anyway.
Whatever - here’s the scoop. Set in London. Rappers. Super Models. Drugs. Murder Mystery. Check, check, check and check. It was ok - I mean I wanted to know who the killer was so I of course read furiously, but truly - it was REALLY long and not totally awesome. If you have some time to kill and want something light- this is your cup of tea. Buy it here.
It’s not everyday a vodka company challenges you to make a signature vodka drink, let alone a signature BREAKFAST vodka drink.
However, that’s exactly what happened. The darling folks at Smirnoff sent me over a bottle of their latest flavored vodka, Cinna Sugar-Twist and said - blog us a breakfast cocktail. So ta-da! I bring you a recipe for Blog - The New (my coffee is no longer just) Black.
1.5 oz of Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist
3 oz of your favorite home brewed espresso - my go to: Rising Star
For the cocoa mix:
2 teaspoons of cocoa
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 dash of chili powder
5 oz of organic milk
Mix the cocoa ingredients in a pot over a medium flame, then let cool to room temperature. Add room temperature espresso to the cocoa and lastly, add your vodka and drink!
I mean seriously, I can’t imagine going a breakfast without my caffeine intake and this tastes like the perfect dessert. Cap off a brunch or dinner with this bad boy (or 5) and you won’t be disappointed.
Full Disclosure: Smirnoff provided me with their latest vodka for the recipe and in exchange for this post.
Since I attended a Catholic high school I simply cannot look at a white button down (even one with tuxedo detailing and a tunic shape) as anything other than my former typical school uniform.
Thankfully, schoolboy or schoolgirl chic is timeless and easily updated. Here I’m wearing black dress pants, a white button down and knit sweater with leather elbow patches for my work-day look.
Since my office is an ICEBOX the sweater definitely helps to keep me from loosing a limb to frostbite at my desk ;)
To pump up the school age look I added in a gold hairpin from Henri Bendel (similar here).
Last weekend at his family brunch, JPC’s mother let me know that a very special Hermès event would be happening at The Cleveland Museum of Art and I knew I couldn’t miss it.
In perfect alignment, Saturday was the perfect day to spend at the museum - it was rainy and cold and I didn’t have another thing scheduled to disrupt me. I couldn’t wait to pop over to attend such an exclusive event, minutes from my home.
I was lucky enough to have a front row seat and meet-and-greet with Hermès Communications Manager, Kamel Hamadou, who was gracious enough to lend me his favorite carré for our photo.
Throughout the 2 hour process, Hermès artisan Henri Lely took us through each detail of printing one of the famous scarves by demonstrating the screening live in the atrium at the museum.
I’ve been lusting after one of the scarves since I first stepped foot in the Chicago store more than 8 years ago, and this amazing demonstration of such an intricate process rekindled my need (and justification of a carré of my own)
Hermés does not allow for factory tours as to not disrupt the artisans during their more than 10 stages of printing one scarf, so observing this demonstration was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I can’t put words to how impressed and in awe I am over the details and dedication to quality that Hermès has, it absolutely defines luxury.
I can honestly say I have NEVER had an experience with a brand that has been so memorable and I cannot wait until I find my perfect scarf to cherish knowing it was made with such care.
It’s been quite some time since I’ve hit you with a STMMS (Stuff That Makes Me Squeal) post! After all, not everything little thing I like can make the STTMS cut - it just wouldn’t be as exciting or worthwhile when I do have something to share!
That being said - I’m back with a serious staple that I’ve been having a love affair with for YEARS. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre is my absolute day/night/summer/winter fragrance. I’ll try and stray, just to get a little wild and adventurous…then I realize, who am I kidding? THIS STUFF SMELLS FRICKIN FABULOUS.
In fact, I wore it to work for the first time in quite sometime the other day and withing 10 minutes of being in the office my coworker was all like what are you wearing?! I love that. Only one scent does it for me and it’s this. Buy it here.
Do you have a go-to scent?