@NolchaShows is coming + my favorite looks of the last year

It’s almost time for NYFW!  And Nolcha.  Showcasing a plethora of up and coming designers (the “ones to watch”) this day and evening of runway shows provides a seamless fashion experience.  Check out my previous excursions here and here.

In honor of Nolcha, here’s a look back at some of my favorite looks from the last year(ish)

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Standing fierce in New Haven in a cool graphic tee from the talented ladies at Hartford Prints.  And my beloved H&M high heeled sneakers.  Check out my photographer’s new photo blog here.

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I love a good over the knee sock.  These are from Free People.  The Elyse Ryan statement necklace, with gorgeous tigers eye gemstones, really set off the black and grey of this look.

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What one wears to the FountaineBleu in Miami.  All your little sister’s clothes.  Naturally.  And my go-to chain strap classic Chanel bag.

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I looove this vintage, high waisted bikini from Venom Vintage.  It’s so flattering and also stylishly modest for mommy pool excursions (or reading Wuthering Heights in Elizabeth Park).

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A classic Little Black Dress and cork clutch from Therapy Boutique in New Haven, plus some vintage BCBG heels.  With my good friend Kat at last year’s Hartford Magazine Best of Party!

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Pre Best of Party, there was a photoshoot.  And this is what I wore.  Not for any specific reason, nor was I being photographed.  I just really love a good tutu/tuxedo skirt.  Who doesn’t?

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Another LBD, also from Venom Vintage.  This long sleeved, criss cross sequined number is seriously sexy and great for that special occasion party – or fashion week – or date night – or whatever.  I wear it all the time.  A great find from my friend Dina’s collection.

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Runway style at last year’s Winter Fashion Week at Nolcha – here’s a close up of the look:

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Alexis Bittar necklace, Moschino heels, 70s vibe shift dress.

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This is not, techically, a LBD.  It’s a crop top, and a skirt, and one of my favorite rose gold and pearl long necklaces.  And a cigar.  Because cigars are important.  At the terrific Angry Moon Cigar Bar in Palm Beach Gardens.

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More vintage with my good friend, Carolyn Paine, at a Greater Hartford Arts Council fundraiser and costume party.  I’m not sure on the details as everything I’m wearing came directly from her (enormous) costume closet.  It’s good to have friends with their own ballet troupes.

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Last but certainly not least, this amazing corset was hand woven from newspaper by the incredibly talented artist Nina Salazar, just for me, in honor of the Hartford Courant‘s 250th anniversary.  It’s still one of the most amazingly cool things I’ve ever worn.

 

 

 

 

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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