Reminder: tonight is Yelp Helps at the Society Room! So get out after work, enjoy some cocktail samples and nibbles, and get to know some of Hartford’s finest local charities, non-profits, and arts organizations.
Sometimes the weeks – and especially the weekends – get very busy with events. It’s an occupational hazard of working int he media – and to be honest I love it – but it’s really nice to slow down at times and spend quality time with Penelope.
We make for quite the dynamic duo
On Saturday, we headed into Hartford to walk the pink carpet, make arts and crafts for Daddy, and enjoy Open House Day.
Hartford Prints hosted a great arts and craft’s event for kids. This is Penelope’s cousin’s, Eva’s craft. P’s was decidedly more abstract.
My OOTD. I was proud of the mommy look so I am sharing, even tho it’s a terrible selfie face.
Conveniently, The Society Room is located directly across the street from Hartford Prints. And they had a nice pink carpet rolled out for the ‘fabulous little ladies’ attending this VAZ event (the sweet spot for this event was 6-12 years, but everyone from 14 month old P to older teenage girls seemed to have a really great time!)
VAZ is a local group dedicated to providing women with fun and meaningful ‘girls night out’ type experiences. The event we attended was their annual junior VAZ – and it was, indeed fabulous.
Among the many vendors present, I spotted a couple familiar places who are clients of mine:
Little Miss Bella Boutique in Farmington! A great spot to pamper your little princess with a manicure or a tea party!
Playhouse on Park! With a booth all decked out for the occasion in dress up finery
There were tons and tons of fine, girly merchandise for sales – from shoes to tutus. Thankfully, Penelope has excellent taste and she chose the $5 teddy bear – proceeds from which benefited Grace Academy Hartford.
Penelope might have been a bit young to really get into the shopping (oh thank you God) but she was completely into the red carpet. Little girls ages 6 and up were invited to strut down a runway MC’d by Cinderella
Work it, ladies
So naturally, Penelope had to test out the runway herself
There was dancing and much excitement
With her lovely cousin Ava. Still eyeing the stage however. Can’t keep a diva off the stage.
After we left VAZ, slightly dazed, in a sugar coma, and covered in glitter, my Aunt Virginia suggested we walk down to the Wadsworth, which was offering free admission for Open House Day!
And there was a live DJ and chalk for the kiddos outside!
Inside, there were a myriad of arts and crafts activities, as well as the opportunity to dress up and be photographed in traditional African clothing garments as an interactive function of one of the Wadsworth’s new exhibits: Fresh Faces (a collection of varied portrayals of African Americans in American art).
It’s amazing how often you can go to the Wadsworth and end up leaving with something you created yourself! Here, museum goers create collages with varied textured papers, as well as their own art pieces.
So, Saturday was a fine day out in Hartford. Sunday was, of course, Father’s Day, and Mike took off for golf with his Dad for most of the day, leaving P and I to our own devices. We stayed local in Granby, visiting two farms and a vineyard and hiking at Enders.
Picking scapes at The Garlic Farm
Paddling in the waterfalls at Enders
So very gorgeous. I recommend you go, and bring a towel
Sitting in the Big Girl Chair at our favorite, Lost Acres Vineyard
Whilst Mommy enjoyed a nice glass of rose
The results of our shopping: local honey, scapes galore, Sweet Pea feta, local pork, and a bottle of rose
In addition the weekend’s festivities, I’d like to include a mention of Marcia, who is an amazing aesthetician who recently moved to Stonington, CT, from California. She brought with her Lira products – a brand which is quite popular on the West Coast and based out of London. Like another one of my favorite UK based brands – Lush – Lira uses all natural stem cell plant ingredients to create highly precise skin care products with homeopathic basis such as alpine roses and oranges. Right up my alley! I am a bit leery of chemical facials, so I was very into the ingredients list in this line.
Marcia is warm, friendly, and consultative in her skin care approach. She invited me down for a free facial after I met her through a mutual friend at one of our Hartford Magazine launch parties. I’ve waiting a couple weeks to post this as I wanted to see the difference in my skin. Since the facial, my occasional acne has cleared up considerably (I’ve also been using a gentle Lira facial exfoliator recommended by Marcia) and my skin has better shine and tone, without a doubt. It was amazing how much dead skin was on my face (ok, it was disgusting)… immediately after the facial, I had visible freckles which weren’t there an hour before!
Thanks so much Marcia!
Marcia can be found right on Stonington’s cozy main street, inside Elizabeth’s Hair Studio
I have mad love for Stonington. It’s just the quintessential Ct shoreline town, and the Main St is just quaint and perfect
If you do go see her, please mention this post for 10% off of a treatment of your choice! And also, like her page on Facebook for more info on what she does and the fabulous Lira product line. You’re not likely to find it from another aesthetician on the East Coast, and the natural ingredients are worth a daytrip (not that we need an excuse with this gorgeous summery weather). Plus, summer is a great time to protect your skin from the sun and the elements with a little pampering. I’ll be back soon, without a doubt 🙂