Old School Glamour for the @HartfordCourant #250Gala and Old School Vintage for the Posh Sale @TheWadsworth

Sometimes, a night comes along which is 250 years in the making.  Starting in 1776 with the first printing of the Connecticut Courant – a paper which supercedes the United States in age, and which printed the Declaration of Independence.  Today, October 29th, is actually the official anniversary – so Happy Birthday to this publication!  A paper which boasted its first female Publisher withing three lifecycles of ownership and continues that tradition with Nancy Meyer to this day.  I’m talking of my place of work, the Hartford Courant, and the black tie gala at the equally magical Bushnell which took place last Friday eve.

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Shining stars and a red carpet.  Such dreamy things

The event was the official celebration of 250 years of continuous operation for the Hartford Courant, which is admittedly a pretty big deal.

There were publishers old and new present:
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Including the lovely Nancy Meyer.  Pictured with a gorgeous set of coworkers!

Ballerinas dressed by the ladies of Trashion Fashion in newspaper gowns:

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Prepping with Amy in the dressing room!

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So pretty – and Nina Salazar’s tights are fab too

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And heck yeah, a newspaper bustier designed just for me!

Blo of West Hartford styled all the models’ hair – as well as my own:

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Just fab as always, thanks!

And the ladies were onsite to assist guests with newspaper accessories – also designed by the Trashion Team:

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Here is Penelope modeling her very own newspaper headband, because of course she needed one too

There was a cocktail hour featuring delicious Onyx Moonshine cocktails – a fitting libation for a historical event!

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Such a pretty bar set up!

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Sharing #onyxmoments with the lovely Rachael Forker

Cartoonist Bob Englehart was on hand sketching caricatures of guests:

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Cool guy

And at the seated dinner, some very fortunate guests dined on the stage

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Photo courtesy of Alex Syphers for CTNow

We ate in a nearby atrium, which features my favorite Chihuly glass sculpture:
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Love it – the fact that it’s red and just fit in with the decor was a happy coincidence.  And I didn’t capture a picture (the horror!) but the feast provided by the Max Catering Group was simply delightful – Head Chef Scott Miller pulled off a spectacular spread, and on his birthday no less!  Thanks Scott.

After dinner, there were speeches galore:
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Including remarks from Dannel Malloy, fetchingly dressed in a Vineyard Vines tie specifically designed for the Courant!

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So preppy and awesome

And at the end of the evening, a dance floor arose on the Bushnell stage – which was probably the coolest part of the entire evening:
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Seeing Michael was out of town, I lucked out on a very special dance partner – Amanda Reese (married to Josh Reese, CEO of Camp Courant)

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Girl can twirl

Speaking of Camp Courant – the entire gala was a fundraiser for Camp Courant, and over $90,000 was raised for the charity. Hurrah!  Here’s to history.

Speaking of history… the next morning Penelope and I headed over to the Design Source of CT together for a very special preview of the Posh Sale.   I attended a posh sale several years back and wrote about it here (actually – I wrote about it for http://www.ct.com before it rebranded and I have no idea why the article is on the Sun Sentinel now except that it’s our sister company – huh).  I thoroughly enjoyed the first one I attended and I am really looking forward to this upcoming incarnation, November 7-9th.  It’s also a charity event, to benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Textile Society, and that means, well, vintage clothes galore:

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Also: vintage cabbage patch dolls

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Posing in an oversized hat for the “papparazzi” aka fellow bloggers Carolyn and Kerri (left to right)

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Shoes of every style and stripe imaginable – male and female!

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More shoes

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Don Draper hats, very hot

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Vintage Lilly Pulitzer.  No one else is allowed to buy this

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Teeny vintage baby coats (too small for P, alas)

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A whole rack of J Crew (glorious)

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Sturdy and classically tailored wool suits

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Soft, buttery houndstooth coats

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Cool throwback jumpsuits.  Not my size but if it was, I would definitely swap out the buttons and wear this. 

Truly something for every fashionista (or fashion guy) of any shape, size, or persuasion can be had at this sale.  Plus, you’re shopping for a good cause so it’s basically charity work.  Hurrah!  Mark your calendars – I hope to see you there xo

 

 

 

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That time I went to Nolcha Fashion Week with a ballerina … and then we ate pizza in Times Square like a couple basic (tourist) b*tches

So, I have spent most of this weekend not hitting tennis balls as planned or attending tiara parties to snarkily mock a certain sartorial beauty pageant – which shall remain nameless – as similarly planned.  So good gracious, I had a sulky time of it (from the couch, with my cozy tea, my HP Lovecraft, and my adorable daughter quietly amusing herself with her wooden puzzles).  Waaah, whine.  Poor me, so busy I got sick from running around too much.  And yes, without a doubt, it was a week fueled with caffeine, carbs, zero workouts, and many mixed beverages, which is probably why I got sick.  But at the same time, should I be complaining about attending NY Fashion Week?  Should I whine if I put in a couple extra hours working on the Fall Arts Preview for an amazing client – The Greater Hartford Arts Council– because I was handed the amazing opportunity to select and edit the arts listings?  Heck no.  Nope.  So I’m settled in with The Wolf of Wall Street on the TV, a glass of 90 Plus Cellars Pinot Grigio – ice cold and delicious – and yes, it is later than I had planned to start working on this blog, and I do feel a bit under the weather still (shh, I know I should be drinking tea and not wine, but I just can’t do any more tea/water/I-want-wine-don’t-judge-me).

I will work on balance, I promise.  But for now, let’s focus on the awesome, sparkly, fun time that my good friend Carolyn and I enjoyed:

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At Nolcha Fashion Week!  Also, Carolyn blogged about our night for City Ella – check out her write up here!

Nolcha is the indie, emerging artists’ platform during Fashion Week.  Housed in the uber trendy Eyebeam Attelier in the lower west side of Manhattan, removed from the bustle of the Lincoln Center, and hosting some serious emerging talent in the Fashion Scene.  Like Kathy Xiomara, whose show we were fortunate enough to attend last Monday night (yes, I said Monday night.  Yes, I worked a full day Tuesday.  Yes, it was a late night, and heck yes! it was worth it).

But I’m jumping ahead of myself.  Before we left Connecticut, we were red carpet pampered by the lovely ladies of Blo West Hartford.  Thanks to my good friend and client, Stacey, for hooking us up with such amazing hair:

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We’re so spoiled.  Note my Channel bag in the foreground.  And my Marshall’s dress in the background!

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Not pictured: Carolyn’s Disney Princess coffee mug full of prosecco.  Because we also classy.

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Stacey described my hair as ‘skyscraper straight’ and I think that’s pretty accurate.  Side note: new favorite hair style

Suitably glammed up, we headed down to the City, and towards the Eyebeam Attelier.  On the walk there, we discovered Champagne Charlie’sHow can you possibly not stop for dinner at a place called that?

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I use ‘dinner’ in a very loose sense of the word.  We had champagne and french fries.  It was one of the best meals of my life.

Upon arriving at the Attelier, we immediately took a very necessary selfie:
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Such necessity, so importance

Dropped by the step and repeat:

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A very wise choice, as it was absolutely mobbed later in the evening

And enjoyed some delicious (free!) drinks from some very generous sponsors:

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Very delicious, Dasani, I’ll try these again.  They were good mixed with rum at the event AND also to go for the ride home!

My favorite, however, was the Bellaforma fruit wine:

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Specifically, the Sorell (floral) variety.  The lady was kind enough to be amused and not disparaging by my multiple trips back.  If anyone would like to try at a discount, use the code: NOLCHAFW14

As mentioned previously, the show we were there to see was by Portuguese designer, Kathy Xiomara.  She is known for her geometric patterns, evidenced in intricate peter pan collars and stunning cut out details, combining cutting edge trend with a vintage store feel:

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I could and would and should wear this eggplant midi creation

Kathy Xiomara also collaborated with Otterbox to design a dress featuring their new shatter proof protective phone case in a gown:

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Photo courtesy of the Nolcha Blog

The effect of the swinging phone cases on the runway was ethereal and effortless, appearing to be an avant garde take on the trend of high/low skirt transparencies which is so en vogue.  It was only after reading about the show after the event that I realized we had experienced, essentially, the “unconventional challenge” element from Project Runway.  Oh, and speaking of Project Runway?  Otterbox hooked up the show attendees with a brand new phone case, designed by none other than the legendary Nina Garcia:

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It looks really fab on my phone.  I love it.

As far as free swag goes, a brand new iPhone case is pretty far up the list of things that I’d ask for if I was inquired onto the subject.  But the point is, one should never look a free gift swag in the mouth anyway.  Although, some parties based solely around swag – and featuring $14 glasses of prosecco, may be best to avoided.  We may or may not have attending one which was somewhat questionable for a grand twenty minutes, which could have been unfortunate as it was all the way uptown in Times Square.  But if you look hard enough, there is a delicate silver lining to every cloud, and ours happened to be truly awful, greasy, tourist trap pizza at… wait for it… Sbarros

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I would feel shame, but it would be unAmerican to do so.

Dashing back to the safety of trendy Nolcha, we caught the standing room only end of an ethereal showing of evening gowns

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Side note: Carolyn has found her future wedding dress

And we also met the sparkling and talented Paula Mele founder of the New York Fashion Meets Fitness Runway Show

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Thanks so much for arranging our passes, Paula!  Also, you ladies sure do know how to pose.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.  But man, for a first trip to Fashion Week, I don’t think I could have asked for anything better.  And hopefully I can go back next year!

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Yaaas to the beautiful people and the beautiful threads.

 

 

#TGIF with @AChangeofEatery + the @CTMusicAwards

Hello friends!  Let’s start with an inspirational picture from Penelope:

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No matter what obstacles you find today – believe in yourself and you will overcome!

And, because it’s FRIDAY, let’s talk cocktails with Emily Cahill, Community Manager for Yelp in Hartford.  She is mixing up one of her own creations, which she collaborated with Onyx Moonshine to create.  Catch her, Onyx, and a whole cache of wonderful local charities at The Society Room in Hartford on Wednesday, June 18th, for Yelp Helps!

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Wow yourself

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This was my second chance to hang with Emily this week (yay) as she also attended the 3rd annual CT Music Awards, which is our very own event produced by the one and only Chip McCabe

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Photo by Nick Caito

This is a very special, red carpet, Emmy style awards ceremony which celebrates the local music scene in CT (and also, let’s face it, attracts one of the largest native crowds of hipsters to be found anywhere outside of Brooklyn).  The bands are all voted on by the local community at ctnow.com – and the full results of the poll can be viewed here.

Naturally, for a red carpet, a girl’s gotta dress.  I had lots of help thanks to one of our generous event sponsors: Blo West Hartford

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Before

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During

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After!

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Angie of 1974 was in at the same time as me to get her hair styled.  She is delightful

After my hair was properly buffed and bounced to shiny perfection, I headed over to Venom Vintage, where Dina was awaiting me with several dress options for the evening

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She also had her hair styled by Blo and it is fierce so I have to share

Dina carries several decades worth of vintage looks, and she was kind enough to loan me an enormously kick ass dress to rock on the red carpet.  Thanks Dina!

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I could be on the set of Dallas in this dress.  So sparkly

I arrived early at the Bushnell to assist with some last minute set up of the swag bags – which was a less than enjoyable, frantic experience.

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Hello, 500 swag bags.  How nice to meet you

Almost anyone who works events knows that the couple of hours before things kick off are sweaty and awkward and terrifying and stressful – and then suddenly – it’s “go” time, and everything is perfect, and it’s all so very worth it

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Honestly, I didn’t do very much compared to the rest of our events team, which set up among other things this red carpet and step and repeat.  Pictured: Sean Fowler photographing 1974

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Mr. Nick Caito, Emily, myself, and Carolyn Paine, who was also performing that evening!

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That’s an action shot of Carolyn doing her hipster ballet thing with 1974 during one of the three live musical performances of the evening (Elison Jackson and Fight the Fear also took to the stage)

I was, I’ll admit, a bit disappointed that one of my local favorites, Little Ugly, didn’t take any awards home this year.  But it was nonetheless cool to yet again be part of this event and feel the energy of so many talented musicians and artists.

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Including some behind the scenes folks like Kat Mizla, who designed all the graphics.

So rock on, Hartford.  Rock right on.

#TGIF with @FireboxCT and a groovy block party @TheWadsworth #HartfordHasIt

Ah, rhubarb everything.  Thanks, Ben, for demo-ing this awesome cocktail for me.  And man, it was delicious.  The trick appears to be creating a nice rhubarb base and then voila – a high quality, very seasonal cocktail guaranteed to impress your friends.

Ingredients:

Rhubarb puree, cooked down with sugar and not strained

1/2 oz Aviation Gin

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/3 oz orchard apricot

Dash Bittermeins Amere Sauvage

Lemon twist

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So delicious.  Can’t go wrong with Firebox.

In addition, I’d like to include a little write up of a great event I attended last night – First Thursday at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  The Wadsworth hosts First Thursday – on – you guessed it – the First Thursday of every month, with a different theme, movie, crafting activity, and other interactive events.  This groovy, 70s edition was a heck of a lot of fun.  I wasn’t planning on dressing up, but I happened to be at Venom Vintage today shopping looks for the Ct Music Awards on Tuesday (spoiler alert: I found an awesome 90s get up and I can’t wait to rock it).  Long story short, Dina found out where I was headed and proferred a pair of very groovy, very vintage pants.

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Yaaaaaas

I attended the party with Amanda and Jade

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Pictured here with the one of the Wadsworth’s awesome marketing staff, Sarah (left to right: Jade, me, Sarah, Amanda)

This First Thursday was entirely out doors (continuing my resolution to do outdoor things this summer!  yay!)  And featured a very swaggy VIP patio, sponsored by Yelp Hartford:

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Pictured: Mz. Yelp herself, Emily Cahill.  Killing it in a crop top

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Pictured: awesome photo opps on the weird yet amazing plastic Yelp couch. 

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Amanda also looked adorable blowing bubbles at the Yelp lounge.

In addition to Yelp, there was a wonderful clothing rack from the brand new add here.  I spazzed out on the clothes and didn’t take adequate pictures of their wares, but that’s ok, because I’ll be back soon to shop their new location.

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Not spazzing at all and taking all the adequate photos: Mr. Nick Caito.  Working it for Ctnow.com

Ted’s Montana Grill was also onsite, slinging delicious, free bison and beef slider burgers to the VIPs

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And photobombing all the pictures.  Thanks Conor.  Bonus points because he looks like he might be growing out of Amanda’s shoulder due to the angle.

Due to Amanda and my’s Mommy Status, we didn’t get to stay as long as we would have liked.  Which means we only got to peep at the block party, which featured a fantastic, energetic crowd and line dancing

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Yes, line dancing!  So fun

But that was ok as we 1. had a terrific time and 2. left at just the right moment to see the sun setting on the large sculpture outside the Wadsworth.

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Gorgeous

Hurray for long summer night and parties in art museums.  All good things.

RIP Grandma Iacobucci

 

 

An al fresco runway show on Pratt St proves that #HartfordHasStyle

On wings of green brocade, the model descended onto the red carpet, which rolled out before her as she strutted with confidence between the historic buildings of Pratt St.

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Somewhat blurry action shot.  Note the Pratt St arch in the background!

In reality, there was plenty of hard work involved in bringing this first time, al fresco fashion show to Pratt St.  But the effect was an effortless fusion of provocative beauty and couture, courtesy of Naimah Spann and the team of Niro Design Center for the first “Hartford Has Style” fashion show on May 17th

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Thanks to Kerri Provost of Real Hartford for lending her photos (and she also attended and covered this event – you can read her write up here).  Above: Niros’ mission statement

Niro is a 100% locally owned and operated clothing boutique on Pratt St in Hartford – but it’s much more than just clothes.  Their mission statement is to create something completely fulfilling out of fashion – which at times may seem a bit superficial.  To this end, one of the keynote speakers at “Hartford Has Style” was Niro alumn Jamoy Thompson – the current Miss Black Connecticut Ambassador.  Also there to inspire and entertain the crowd – our very own Logan Byrnes – FOX CT TV Host, and MC extraordinaire.

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Not really hard to get the man on the red carpet.  I’m just saying.  Oh yes, and he killed it, in case you’re curious.

The opening, haute couture designer of the evening was the House of Ettienne.  His clothing was, thanks to the styling as well as construction, sexy and editorial whilst still incorporating ready to wear elements

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Heating it up.  Photo courtesy of Kerri Provost.

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Totally wearable, photo also thanks to Kerri

There was also menswear, thanks to the fabulous, local Hartford Denim Company.

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Because men can strut it too.  Thanks again Kerri!  Your action shots are much, much better than mine.

And to wrap up the evening: a swimsuit show from Carmen Veal Swimwear

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Such beauty.  Umm, thanks again Kerri.

Also noteworthy – much of the footwear in the runway show was from That Flavor Boutique, which partnered with Niro for the event and will be opening soon on Pratt St!  Awesome.  Finally a shoe store to tempt me when I’m downtown.  I perused the offerings during intermission, which range in price from $30 – $300, and spotted many a Betsey Johnson shoe.  Yes please – I’ll be back very soon!

Decidedly not noteworthy, but it’s my blog so I’m including it anyway – I happened to wear a top from Niro which also walked the runway!

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Photo on the left by Kerri: photo on the right courtesy of Alex Syphers for Ctnow.com – check out all his great shots here!

 

You can like the Hartford Has Style Facebook page for more information on the show and info on when the next one.  Congrats again to Naimah and her team for bringing such a unique and visually appealing runway show to the streets (quite literally) of Hartford.

Soft opening of @TedMontanaGrill – a game changing cocktail @KrustPizzaBar and Curious George @CTScienceCenter

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Greetings friends!

Ok, the picture above is pretty unrelated to everything else in this post but LOOK AT HER.  How can I possibly help myself?

Anyway, here’s a recap of the weekend’s festivities, which included: the soft opening of Ted’s Montana Grill on Front St in Hartford, a spontaneous girls’ trip to Arrigoni Winery in Portland, followed by cocktails and bites at Krust, a fashion show inspired by Kate Hepburn at the CT Historical Society, a trip to the CT Science Center to meet Curious George, and last but not least – a Foxwoods with my husbands’ family for Mothers’ Day.  Whew!  Let’s get started shall we?

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Left to right: Joshua Reese – CEO of Camp Courant, me, Kerry Burrows, and Conor Geary, Marketing Manager for Ted’s Montana Grill, Hartford.  Photo courtesy of Jim DeMicco

I’ve been waiting for this restaurant to open ever since Conor announced he was leaving City Steam to head up their local marketing team.  Kerry has been to their South Windsor location several times and was happy to guide me through the menu.  And bumping into Joshua from our own Camp Courant was a nice surprise that definitely merited a photo!

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Also photogenic: the Strawberry Margaritas

Because this was a soft opening, all the food was free!  But for a soft opening, things went remarkably smoothly.  Our server (a dead ringer for Jennifer Lawrence) was friendly, knowledgeable, and familiar as she also works part time at City Steam.  The food came out in a timely manner, was cooked very well, as the menu described, and condiments and niceties such as water freshening were provided before we could think to ask of them.

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Salt-N-Pepper Onion Rings, which were thick and meaty with a nicely seasoned flaky breading

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For balance with the fried/meaty stuff: a pretty, seasonal Strawberry Spinach Salad.  Not my favorite of the items we ordered, but Kerry loved it!

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Kerry and I opted to split the New Mexico Burger, which was a bison patty loaded with pepper jack cheese, roasted Anaheim peppers, spicy tomato jam and fresh guacamole

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a bit of a sucker for a good Bison burger.  My previous experience with this protein has tended to be at Foxwoods, at Fuddruckers, around 2 am in the morning – so it was nice to sample a gourmet version at a more, shall we say, ‘seasonable’ hour.  The peppery jam and guacamole worked very nicely atop the gamey bison – to be honest I’ll have a hard time ordering anything else off the Ted’s menu as I liked this so much!  A good problem to have, for sure.

After work, I rounded up two of the finest ladies around – Carolyn Paine and Emily Cahill respectively, and we headed down to Arrigoni Vineyards in search of a wine tasting.  I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the tasting itself, which is ok because I want to go back to do a full post at some point in the future.  Ah yes, but the maple syrup infused, and aptly named, Sugar House – deserved a mention right this very minute, because it was fantastic.  The key to this wine is that it’s not too sweet – the flavor of the maple sings through the simple table white vs the sugar content.  And it’s a breakfast wine!! I love that.  Naturally I took a bottle home with me for a maple syrup themed brunch at some point in the near future.

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This is the only picture I managed to take at the vineyard.  But it pretty much sums up everything.

On the way to the vineyard, we drove right by Krust – and Emily casually suggested that ‘just perhaps’ we could stop by on the way back?  Ah yes, what a marvelous suggestion.  We ponied up to the bar

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With an excellent view of the wood fire pizza oven

And proceeded to order, pretty much, boozy cereal in a glass

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The Cinnamon Toast Krust: featuring Tanduay Rum and the tears of angels

Carolyn and Emily opted for the – predictably – fantastic pizza, but I chose the road less traveled and went for a menu item I’ve long been curious about – the Liuzzi Burratina

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The fact that it came with a seasonal ramp garnish and pungent ramp pesto just made it all the easier to order.  The cheese is also local – sourced from North Haven

This cheese ball was every bit as good as I had hoped it would be, although I did find the pesto croutons to be a touch overseasoned.  Having said that, the creamy, fall apart fresh cheese paired extraordinarily well with the heavy, garlicky ramp pesto and crisp croutons, as well as the malbec I ordered to pair with it.

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I love these ladies so hard.

Emily and Carolyn continued their night’s adventures with karaoke and other fun, wild things – but I was home to baby and husband and that was just fine.  Especially as the next day, it was up and off to a fun, casual fashion show inspired by Kate Hepburn at the Ct Historical Society!

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“Kate Couture”

All the looks were provided by Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets – which means I was personally underwhelmed by several looks by clothing stores that, well, I’m just not crazy about (I’m looking at you, Chico’s.  So sorry).  But even though it wasn’t all ‘my style,’ it was still very cool to see how the producers of the show put together looks which were both period and Kate Hepburn inspired.  And I did fall completely in love at the end of the show, when the Saks Fifth Avenue off 5th pieces strutted down the runway.

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The middle look is a Rebecca Taylor peplum waist LBD.  I fully plan on hunting it down.  And thanks to the swag bag, I have a coupon.  Holla!

Post show, I had a surprise, fabulous run-in with the Marketing Director of the Wadsworth, Amanda Young

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Pictured left modeling a fierce business onesie (ok, maybe it’s shorts and a super cute nautical top – but close enough).  My Alice + Olivia dress was purchased the day before at Silkworm in West Hartford!  I can already tell it will be a wardrobe staple.

There were plenty of ladies out and about, many with their mommas!  I got to see Carolyn again with her mother (yay) as well as the always lovely Kerri Provost of Real Hartford.  The fashion show also clued me in to very cool tip for the fall – the Wadsworth will be hosting a Posh Sale this year!  I attended one several years ago and have been hoping to have the chance to go to another ever since.  More info to follow on this event, which will feature unique vintage clothing for sale from the Wadsworth’s amazing textile gallery.

Sunday was, of course, Mother’s Day.  We celebrated by attending a pancake breakfast with Curious George, to which we were invited by Tracy Shirer – Marketing Manager at the CT Science Center

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Thanks for the tickets Tracy!  It was a very special first Science Center trip for Penelope 🙂

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And the pancakes were oh-so-delicious too!  Yum

Unfortunately, as so often happens with small children, Curious George turned out to be “way more intense in person,” to quote Mitch Hedburg.

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Flee the monkey (note Tracy trying to cheer her up.  Not working)

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Punch the monkey if you can.  Whatever it takes to get away.

So alas, Curious George was a little scary, but everything else at the Ct Science Center was a big hit, including the bouncy castle in the background of the pictures!  I hadn’t realized how much cool stuff there was for toddlers at the Science Center, from the kinetic experiments on the first floor…

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Ooh golf balls.  So fascinating

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…and motion activated bubbles on the fourth floor…

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…and sweet dinosaurs to ride in the rooftop garden!

We had an absolute blast, and would have absolutely stayed longer had we not been going to meet my husband’s family at Foxwoods to celebrate Mother’s Day

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As well as the engagement of Katlin Connelly and Steve Boudreau – second and last in row on the left hand side.  Congrats to you guys!  Can’t wait for the wedding.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend with their mamas, or mama figures, in their lives.  As always, thanks for reading xoxo

 

Happy Earth Day! Let’s @Maketrashion + Penelope’s Easter Style

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Photo courtesy of Alex Syphers for CTNow

 

Last year, I was in a blissful haze of new Mommydom, and Trashion Fashion barely blipped on my radar. This year, however was different, as Amy and I got together to brainstorm some marketing plans. And I got to walk in the show in a fabulous Yelp get up. So I went from no involvement to… lot of involvement… which was terrific, if a bit terrifying with a one-year-old running around and being in our busiest time of year for work with the Best of Hartford.
But if I worked hard, then Amy and her team absolutely killed it. From the model coordinators to the amazing artists, led by Nina Salazar and Jen Merli, there was a ton of passion – and trash – that went into producing a magical evening.

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Etheral jellyfish – made of recycled plastic bags – floating above the runway at City Hall

The idea of Trashion is pretty simple – take clean waste – often from contributing local business such as Blo West Hartford and Billings Forge – pictured below – and create amazing gowns.

 

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From left to right – Blo’s look, Yelp’s Look, Hartford Print‘s look, and Billings Forge’s look.  I now strongly want a kale fascinator of my own
It’s kind of a mash up of green awareness with the “unusual challenge” on Project Runway – ie – it’s two things I really, really dig. The live runway show featured many amazing looks

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Photo courtesy of Alex Syphers for CTNow
And the pre-show reception featured installations that raised awareness for green activism, as well as food donations from Billings Forge and drinks courtesy of Ripe and Tanduay.  The passion fruit daiquiri is my new summer obsession – thanks JD!
If you missed this Trashion – it’s going on the road with upcoming shows in Brooklyn and Washington, DC, including a rumored pop up dance event today in NYC in honor of Earth Day.  Check out the showdates here!

 

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Also – the guests all left with flower bombs as favors – can’t wait to chuck mine in the garden and watch them bloom
So yes, all of this took place the night before Easter. Which means I took it easy at the afterparty – which was right up the road at City Steam

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Laurel behind the bar modeling some amazing trashion accessories in her braid
City Steam was also the site of a pre-Trashion photoshoot by the way – check out this amazing mash up design of Hartford Courant and City Steam coasters and posters

 

city steam photo courtesy of Amy merli

Photo courtesy of Amy Merli
As promised in a previous post, here’s a picture of Penelope’s adorable easter head bow, which she wore to early morning Mass at St Therese Church

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And ripped off her head five minutes later – I guess she feels about head bows like she does about head bands, unfortunately

After church, we changed into something more casual and rugged for egg huntin

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Seen here placing an egg into her basket!  Like a Big Girl!

And then it was back into the fluffy yellow dress – sans bow – for Easter lunch at Auntie’s!

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Such a little ham

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter and is enjoying Earth Day today!  Cheers to all xo