Cirque Italia; multicultural water circus!

The walkway to the stage looked so cool!

    Hey Guys! I’m bringing you fresh news today! Over the past week, I was told about this thing I’ve never heard about. Cirque Italia.  A water circus. What? I was invited by a co-worker, and quickly jumped on the chance to have a new experience. I would have loved to show you guys some stills from the show, but unfortunately, I couldn’t get a pass to take pictures.

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Picture borrowed from Knoxnews

    The first act that I recall featured two ladies. It actually may have been the same ones pictured above. I honestly can’t even imagine the strict training regimen that these people must go through to get to this point. These ladies must have near superhuman strength. I still spent most of the time being concerned for their well-being.

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Picture borrowed from Jersey Family Fun

       The second act in Cirque Italia that resonated with me is the above. At first, the gentleman was inside of the hoop, but ended up on top of it. Since there was an inflatable landing pad beneath him, I thought this was the safest thing they had done. But they proved me wrong, by introducing a jump rope. Seriously, this one made me a little upset that I was so close to the action, yet unable to actually take pictures.

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picture borrowed from Yelp

    Since I don’t want to spoil too much of this event, simply for the fact that I want to encourage you to attend if it comes to your area. I will say that at a point, they had a very good dinosaur costume that attendees could take pictures with! It wasn’t free, much to my dismay it was 10 dollars. Sadly, I didn’t have ten on me.

If you attend and you want to take pictures with the cast of Cirque Italia, don’t fret! You can after the show!

I was so thrilled to find that I could get a photo with the performers and let them know that they were fantastic. I’m still so in awe.

VIP Treatment with Wine Women and Shoes

   Greetings, everyone. I hope you guys have your opera glasses and champagne (assuming you’re 21 or older). On November the 8th, I splurged a lottle (like a little, but a lot) and went to Wine, Women and Shoes– and guys, you know I had to be extra. I went all the way and went for the VIP treatment. VIP guests got the same perks as those who got the general admission:     

General Admission tickets include entrance to the marketplace, wine tastings, culinary bites, a seat at the fashion show, plus a swag bag and wine glass to take home. *Price increase on September 16 to $100.

    There was a slight difference between the VIP and general admission.

VIP tickets include all of the perks of a general admission ticket plus premier seating during the fashion show so you can kick up your heels and enjoy the show. In addition to the swag bag and wine glass to take home, there will also be a little something extra waiting for you at your seat!

     When I first walked into the venue, I noticed how crowded it was. I think it took me 20 minutes to get my ticket situated. I’m pretty happy that they were able to have such a great turn out for this event, they certainly deserve it. There was a woman perched in the air making languid movements while balanced in a ribbon, I’m probably butchering what was actually happening, but I thought she was perfect for the ambience. I wanted to commend her on not losing her grip and taking a tumble, because I’m fairly certain that I would!

 

 

     The fashion show bit didn’t begin until about 8 PM, so I had plenty of time to peruse the vendors that were kind enough to come show their support for a good cause. There were several booths selling gorgeous jewelry, some of which was out of my price range, which broke my heart. There was food, but as I had been ill most of the day I decided to completely forego even getting within smelling distance of it in favor of indulging myself to grab a whole new outfit. These were the vendors I was able to photograph! There were some others, but I didn’t want to get a photo with the guests and risk getting a photo with an unwilling model. I will link all merchants at the bottom, for the curious!

    

     

     Once I was done wandering around the impressively large library filled to the brim with vendors, I made my way outside to the large tent that would be housing the main festivities. It was really a little surreal for me as I made my way to my table. I’ve never been to a fashion show of any sort, let alone as a VIP sitting right by the stage. It was an incredible feeling!

 

   I wanted to make sure to get you guys some pictures worth looking at of the gorgeous models, you can check out the models in the slideshow below! Don’t worry, I got permission from the hosts to bring my camera! These are (almost) guilt-free photos! I have them in a random order down below, because I didn’t realize that they did the fashion in blocks of retailers. It hit me that there were 2-3 outfits per shop when I looked at a model and thought “Huh… that reminds me of the style of the Posh Peach.”

     My obliviousness aside, enjoy the photos and fashions!

      I know you may be wondering what was in the goody bag, and what my special VIP surprise was! I’ll end the intrigue here and tell you! The goodies were a Tsys wine-bag, that was stuffed with pink tissue paper. Under the paper was a wine spritzer, bath bomb and loofah! I passed off the wine to my partner, but he’s not getting the bath bomb. 

    When I saw this event was coming, I knew I wanted to go. I wasn’t sure what to even wear. I’ve never even been to a Fashion Show, I’ve never been a VIP or anything. What do people even where to those? Am I even fancy enough? Can I be? I went on the hunt for the perfect dress, and the search was a month long. 

     

The one photo I got of my dress- I had another person take it, and it came out super dark. I swear I tried to salvage it.

     I eventually settled on sporting emerald green, I wasn’t sure on the cut of the dress. Glamorous? Casual? I ended up going to elegance. Guys, this dress made me literally so happy the moment I saw it. I knew it was the one, and it was so fairly priced at 18.99! 

    My gorgeous, and affordable, dress was paired it with black shoes. For my makeup, I settled on a red lip from NYX and a smokey eye courtesy of Urban Decay’s Naked palette with accents from my Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette. The gorgeous ladies over at Ulta trimmed my do so I could look as sleek as possible- I think they did a great job! 

     All in all, the Wine Women and Shoes event was fantastic! I did end up shopping just a little, and to be honest it was a little less than I thought I would buy. I was so excited to see Sassy and Southern there, since I never got to go back for the dress I loved. I ended up grabbing two items from them! A cold-shoulder black shift dress, and some suede tan booties. I did have to throw on some tights and my favorite Marshall’s cardigan to make it feel more work appropriate, but I adore it! I also grabbed a wine colored scalloped skirt that’s definitely too short for work, once I pair it with the perfect fall top I’ll share it with you!

Vendors!

Sassy and Southen

Robin’s Nest

Psherrod

Behind the Glass

Bent by Courtney

Dena Lyons Couture

Misayo House

Tuli Rita

Cause of Death; Chocolate the Masquerade

     Hey Guys! I have a confession, generally I’m not too big on Chocolate, but I am big on having a good time. The Civil War Museum here in Columbus hosted a Death by Chocolate Masquerade. A war museum is not exactly what I think of when I think about a good time. I had no idea what to even wear, since the only time I’ve been to a masquerade save for once in high school. I don’t know if that even counts since it was at an anime convention. 

     This wonderful evening, I wasn’t alone! I was able to bring my amazing Fiance` with me, the guest blogger that gave us the Captain Crunch French Toast post! I went a dress that I found at Dillard’s, it was burgundy, floor length and so extra. Luckily, I found it on clearance, so it was a quarter of the original price; $43. When I carried it to the dressing room, the attendant told me “I don’t even know you, but this dress looks like you”. How could I not get it?

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My masquerade dress complete with gold accessories and dramatic lashes.

    This Masquerade didn’t have very much to live up to, to be honest. The Masquerade from years ago was terrible and didn’t end very well either. This one was a completely different story! On the way there, we were worried that I’d be alone in being super extra, but the first people I came across were some other partygoers who were also wearing floor-length gowns. As we milled about, we came across many others too. I took to instagram to post a couple of stories after we arrived, feel free to hop over there and check out the Adventures for that!

      One of the main attractions of this event, being a fundraiser, was a silent auction for various sort of items ranging from bath kits to full-on trips to Louisville, Kentucky. There were gorgeous paintings also up for bid, sadly, we didn’t get lucky enough to win an auction as we got outbid at every turn. In that same room, there was an acoustic guitarist performing a corner and at the head of the room were some guests vendors that gave us a pleasant surprise. Though they didn’t don their own masks it was still lovely to see them!

     They weren’t the only sweet things around either! There was Stephanie’s Heavenly Treats and Everything’s Edible, and just look at these spreads! I want to thank the vendors for being so amazing and posing for some pictures for us! Everyone was a phenomenal sport! Everything’s edible has some amazing cheesecake that I’ll be dreaming about for a while. And Stephanie’s Heavenly Treats had this red velvet cake that was to die for. Sadly, she doesn’t appear to have a facebook page or I’d leave a link. Check out the slideshow below to see some of the mouthwatering goodies!

    If you want more substance to your food, there weren’t too many options. Netta’s attended, with some absolutely delicious chicken and macaroni. Fresh Eatz was also there with some slightly spicy hummus and pita chips. We had to go back to Netta’s table for seconds on that chicken, I wanted so much more.

     Now, you guys may be wondering, where’s the good stuff? Isn’t there something you’re missing? Well, kind reader, I didn’t forget.I left the best for last- there were chocolate libations that I had never tried before. There were chocolate martini shots from the riverclub, and the namesake of the event was also served. I have one word for you: YUMJust oh my goodness. Both of those drinks seemed super potent, but it may have been due to my having a low tolerance. There was also a wine bar for those who wanted to stray from, what I consider, the hard stuff. I mean, when something has the word moonshine in it, I think that qualifies.

     I would definitely recommend attending this event the next time it pops up, because it was a great time. We felt strangely classy while attending, with our tiny plates, cups and fancy wear. The decor was ritzy and the people milling about only heightened the feeling. There was mellow live music and acoustic renditions of popular songs that made the whole thing feel intimate. The vendors was fantastic and the sponsors made it all possible. I look forward to attending again next year!

    Also, I want to thank the wonderful musical talent for posing with me at the behest of my future husband and photographer. I realized shortly after we left, that I never got his name. So I’m unable to promote him. 

     

 

 

 

 

 

It’s October, and you know what that means; Barktoberfest!

    Hey guys! No, that’s not a typo. Barktoberfest was held by a local animal shelter, Animal Ark, and featured German Beer, Vendors, Costume Festivities for babies with 2 and 4 legs and free adoptions! The latter wasn’t something I could jump on, personally, but I’m super happy for those who were able to add a new pet to their family!

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The Food tent from Barktoberfest and the guys from Maltitude! Credit to Animal Ark for the photos!

   

 

Walking up to Barktoberfest was exciting for us, and especially Java. There were loads of dogs everywhere and some were in costume, all geared up for the costume contest! If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you may have seen the costume that Java picked for the contest. The heat was intense, so I didn’t put it on her until right before she was called to the stage. Right before she was called, we saw that she had a twin.

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Java and her friend Moose!

Unfortunately, neither of these completely deserving puppies won, but before we spoil some of the other great costumes we saw, I want to give shoutouts to a couple of the vendors with some great wares! The two most notable to me were puppy pastries and a lovely lady selling ceramics, canvases and vases.

      The collage may make it hard to read the sign, but those yummy looking dog treats are from Lucky Puppy Pastries, they don’t have a physical location where they conduct business but you can place orders to have them delivered for your furry family members! I know that lower picture looks like chocolate, but it’s 100% dog friendly and is too decadent for everyday rewards. Check out his facebook page if you want to place a custom order! They definitely had Java’s seal of approval.

     

       That little 5×5 canvas was too cute for me to leave behind. That’s from Lea’s Crafty Creations, who doesn’t appear to be doing crafts anymore on facebook. You can still check out the work she still has posted! I really wanted to get two of her canvases, that one above and a witch cat. I loved the super Autumn colors she chose! Sadly, I did have to make up my mind on what I brought home. I did select that one above, just because I loved it for its simplicity and minimalism. It has found a home in my room, currently! It sits on one of my tables, but it will soon find a home on my wall!

     We didn’t sample the German Brats, sadly, due to the price but we did win a Lemon Cake in a Cake Walk that my lovely life-partner participated in. With as uncharacteristically hot as it was that day, I carried Java’s costume around. It was much too hot to put it on her. I don’t know why she picked it, especially since she had a twin. Didn’t she think that maybe someone would want to be cute?

     There were so many great costumes! I think my favorite besides Java was a Rottweiler dressed up like a Ghostbuster, he had a little toy car that a toddler was “driving” and I thought it was so creative! 

The costumes!

      I put Java first in the collage, because she’s always number one to me. There were so many great, creative costumes and some valiant attempts at victory. In the end, there were only three winners. The cutest, most creative, and creepiest. I hope you’ll forgive me that I can’t recall who won which category. Next year, I’ll choose Java’s costume. I was really wanting one of the prizes, they looked pretty packed!

      Even though Java didn’t win, and we weren’t able to try any of the German foods they were selling, we did have fun. Java ate her treats once we got home, for a late birthday celebration. She’s currently tuckered out from the heat, but happy to have made friends. I’d give Animal Ark’s Barktoberfest a 

/5

I can’t give it a higher rating due to lack of diversity in attractions. We did enjoy ourselves, but there was little to do to distract ourselves from the heat. I hope to go back next year and see more vendors and even more costumes!

 

 

 

Shop Event; Clothes Mentor Grab Bag Treasure!

     Hey guys! I have a serious addiction to retail therapy lately. I spent my week gathering a tiny (but moderately expensive) cosmetics haul as well as some light shopping for lace garments. I’ve been super into lace for the last month or so, and I have no idea what happened. To round off my week, and possibly month of spending, I attended the Grab Bag event at Clothes Mentor. 

     A lot of people had the same idea and showed up before they opened to get first dibs on the incredible deals they had hanging out on the sidewalk. The picture below should give you a little glimpse of what was going on when I shoved my bags into my car. There were boxes and shoes lined up against the outer wall, and 5 long tables covered in clothes that had been rifled through by the curious.

     If you don’t follow Clothes Mentor on Instagram or live locally, the event was basically stuffing a bag with as much as you can and if it fits you’re good. Each bag cost 20 dollars, or 21.50 if you used your card. I had the notion to get two bags, which worked out great for me.  My curiousity did get the best of me, so I did go inside and do some more damage, since I was searching for my Masquerade dress! I ended up not finding my dress there, but just look at all of this loot!

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In total I spent 80 bucks- one item alone made up the majority of that. Score!

     I managed to make at least 3 cohesive outfits- the rest is just kind of incomplete. Before we get to it, I want to note that I picked all of this without trying it on. It’s pure luck that some of this fits, because some items didn’t even have a size on it. With that being said, let’s dive in! I’ll start with my favorite outfit that I put together

     Seriously, guys. I was so hyped to find these shoes. They’ve been sitting at Clothes Mentor for a few months at least. They were about 16 dollars, if memory serves. So getting to throw them in my grab bag was so welcome, since apparently, I don’t like to spend that much on a single item (makeup evidently not included in that).

    I just love the little skinny heel and the combination of houndstooth and florals. I wasn’t initially sure what to pair with these shoes since they already have a lot going on. And, seriously, whoever thought of pairing houndstooth and floral? They’re weird, but I love them.

     I paired the shoes with a chocolate skirt, purple droop-neck striped tank, and champagne infinity scarf. I can totally see this outfit pretty much anywhere. It would especially be at-home at a cafe. I will admit that the shoes are a little weird to walk in, but that aside I adore them.

     As much as these patterns don’t really mesh, I think they somehow go together pretty well. I can’t wait to wear this to a bookstore, cafe or a casual date! I wish I could wear it to work but unfortunately, I don’t think it would be quite work-appropriate.

 

     This next outfit I wasn’t totally sold on once I put it together. That was at least until I throw on the Mossimo grey striped sweater, turquoise mini-skirt, Talbot’s pink tee and my wedges that I got for 16 bucks (and 20% off). I’m really feeling the way these colors work together. 

     The skirt makes this outfit a contender for a bar outfit, or going out drinking with my Fiance`. I’d probably wear the heck out of this with some tights! As everyone probably knows by now, especially if you’ve been following Instagram, I’m crazy for tights! They can pretty much make any outfit about 60% more modest.  

    The worst part about this, is that it’s not something I can wear out in the coming seasons. That’s far too much leg for the cooler weather, y’know? My heart breaks for you, turquoise skirt. You’ll be packed into the closet, out of sight but not out of mind. I’ll try not to forget about you.

     Alright, we’re two down! So far, it’s been stuff I was just kind of haphazardly put together. The rest is dresses, and pretty much fleshed out.

     Like I’ve mentioned on Instagram, I’ve been completely obsessed with lace. Case in point right there in that slideshow. Today I skipped out of my shopping trip with 4 lace dresses and one item that was just accented with lace. 

    That first item is really similar to a floor-length lace dress I found at Ross. It has similar pleats to this one. It gives it a fantastic twirl, guys. I can see this with some nude heels and pearls. Really class it up, y’know? This is lace we’re talking about. Really that sentiment would work with both dresses up there. 

     I can also see turquoise working well, but it would have to be pumps. That would steer it more to the cute side, or you could go with red and lean more into the vixen aesthetic. With turquoise, I don’t see why pearls wouldn’t work, just as well as with the nude heels. But with red, I’d say more a choker and hoops. With the right accessories, lace can go from chaste, to seductive to flat-out edgy.

    Lace also has an elegant and refined side! I’m sure you already know that, though. Just look at that dress!

     When I shoved it in my bag, there was a tag that valued it at 50 dollars. These shoes, based on the quality, would range from 14-22 dollars. I don’t know about you, but I’d consider my trip a huge success so far. This one item, was valued over half of the total amount spent on my shopping spree.

      If I didn’t already have my Wine Women and Shoes dress chosen, this would have been my choice! With a pair of silvery, subtly glittery tights, this would make a gorgeous fashion show outfit! Classy and understated with a shimmery eyeshadow and nude lip.

    I can see this with a really sleek, straight hairstyle. For jewelry, I’d probably go with silver to keep some cohesion in the shiny bits. I mean, who knows, I may go with this. But I may stick with my emerald green number once I nail down shoes, accessories and makeup.

     For this next dress, I had forgotten that I grabbed it. I think I thought I had stuck it back on the table. I guess I’m not too sad about this. This dress is adorable!

 

     I usually don’t like floral patterns, but I thought that this dress went fantastic with the wedges. It’s black which is way up my alley, even though I’m trying to incorporate more colors into my somewhat substantial wardrobe. I feel like I’m doing so much better with adding some colors. This is a great spring dress, on the occasional warm day. It can pass as business casual, too. It’s versatile and cute. I want to say this is a lucky find!

     I’m super hype about this next find! I have a soft spot for sweater dresses, really. I think they’re so timeless. There’s something so cute and stylish about them. This one especially. I think this entire ensemble is perfect for the fall. The quarter sleeves and lace are great for about 60 or 70 degrees. I can see this being totally at home at a little hole-in-the-wall cafe or a college campus. 

     So, on my hunt for a masquerade dress, I thought I got lucky and found one for my bag. I picked up a pile of lace, that I quickly figured out was a hi-low dress. Score! I was excited, but it didn’t have a size on it. After putting it on, my bet is on a modern 10, since the waist droops. I’ll probably have to use a belt with this to cinch in the waist. I also want to put some tulle on the inside of the skirt to give it some body and shape.

    One of the last things I brought home with me was another sweater dress, this one in mauve. I like the cut out on the chest and the wideness of the skirt. I feel like I’ll be pairing this with my grey tights and trusty brown boots. It’s a great fall and (temeperate) winter dress. I’m looking forward to wearing this the most, I think. It’s such a pretty color! 

     The legit last things that crept into my bag was a couple pairs of workout pants (one of which was galaxy print!), a cable-knit thick sweater-shirt thing and a long mid-calf grey sweater dress. That one was particularly not very cute, but I just got it for comfort. My long, expensive weekend ended with going to Dillards to scope out dresses and stopping by Sephora. 

     My Cosmetics post is coming a little later!

     I think for my rating of Clothes Mentors Grab Bag event, I’d give it a pretty solid rating.

/5

     That seems fair enough. I don’t feel like I can rate it higher, due to it being a general sort of shopping event. I don’t know if it was exceptional, but I did get some exceptional deals! In all, I got 3 pairs of shoes (12-16 dollars a piece), 7 dresses (at least 12 bucks apiece, one valued at 50) 1 scarf, 2 workout pants, 2 skirts, and 3 shirts. I spent less than 100 and left with a fair bit of stuff. 

 Thank you for the swag Clothes Mentor!