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What a pleasure it was to attend the Josie Natori Spring/Summer 2017 Presentation held at the impressive Waterfall Mansion during NYFW. The alternative to showing a collection on a runway, a presentation allows guests to get up close and personal! Those models are good sports and reminded us of the Queen’s Guard, with all of us staring at them. We did manage to get one model to smile at us though…scroll on and enjoy the collection. We loved it!

Let’s be honest, a wedding is just a big party, but on a grander scale (and more fun) than that of a Sunday brunch. After a year and a half of planning with my fiancé Michael, August 6th was upon us. We couldn’t have done any of it without our family and friends, including the truly talented Litchfield County businesses below. They graciously opened themselves up to our blogging adventures while we were planning our big day. And it all came together beautifully!

Enjoy the photos by our photographer Fritz Photography taken at The Country Club of Waterbury

What a complete treat it was to be invited to attend this year’s MOMIX in the Garden.

To see MOMIX perform is always sure to be an incredible experience, but to see MOMIX perform privately for a small group of about 200 or so attendees – well, it was one of those never to be forgotten evenings! The half-hour performance (a selection of dances from their varied shows) took place at the home of Kristin & Grant Mudge in Norfolk. The evening would benefit the Susan B. Anthony project based in Torrington.

The 19th annual Tea for Two Hundred garden party, benefiting the Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury and the Gunn Historical Museum of Washington, CT, was a pretty hot and steamy affair…

At 94 degrees and 76% humidity, we did our best to look cool, composed, and unwilted, alongside all of the other guests in attendance! Thankfully, the dress code for this renowned event (hosted at Gael Hammer and Gary Goodwin’s beautiful home in Washington Depot, and sponsored by Eileen and Brian Riano) is to wear white. The invite also recommends wearing an eclectic hat (just in case one might want to take part in the hat contest). Check and check!

Bottle Stop Wine and The Hopkins Inn collaborating to put on a special food and wine event was the perfect pairing. The evening affair would include four courses and dessert made by talented Chef Franz Reiter of The Hopkins Inn, with a different wine for each course picked out by Bottle Stop Wine and Spirit.

When invited to attend and report back to our readers – we were happy to oblige…

We’re all for learning new things – including, in our cases, cooking. So when AMEICO invited us along to their first culinary event called “Summer Dine, Wine and Design” on June 16th with Chef Anne McClelland of The First Bite, we were in! If you haven’t been to AMEICO’s fabulous store, you must go (and check out our feature of them here for more photos and info); with a full kitchen on their second floor, it’s the perfect place to meet new friends for an intimate and palatable evening!

Last year we attended the Housatonic Valley Association Benefit Auction and witnessed a gymnasium full of passionate people raise thousands of dollars for the HVA – aiding the continuation of its important work; protecting land and water throughout the 83 towns in the tri-state Housatonic River Valley. The HVA also provides education and training programs to our schools and community on conservation awareness. And, among the countless other things the HVA does, they produce this awesome Paddling Guide to the Housatonic River.

We were honored to be invited to experience a paddle trip adventure organized by the HVA. The Source-to-Sound 10-day paddle trip is led by 3 expert canoe guides. The 149 mile stretch from Muddy Pond, MA, to Shelton, CT, is split into 26 sections with different difficulty rankings, from beginner to expert.  No, we did not do the 10-day excursion (though some we met did) – just section Q – beginner; a 4.2 mile stretch from Kent School to Bulls Bridge, Kent. Having paddled part of this section many times, I could reassure Lora that no, she would not capsize, and no, she would definitely not lose her camera over the side [Lora’s note: I did believe Bev, however I brought my little back up camera instead of the 5D Mark II – a girl’s gotta be safe!]. 

We’re one! We can’t believe it. What a year!

It took almost 24 hours for our one-year birthday party to really sink in. Is that the sign of a good party? We think so.

There were so many wonderful people together in one perfect spot (Litchfield Distillery), with the most generous sponsors providing food and libations! Delicious hors d’oeuvres were served by Farmers and Cooks Catering (the same incredible couple who own 9 Main). The wine was provided by local vineyards Miranda Vineyard, and Sunset Meadow Vineyards and beer on tap was contributed by Kent Falls Brewing. Bartley of B. Johnstone styled us for the event. We went for edgy black outfits and awesome accessories.

Read on for a recap of the evening…

We were excited to attend the Housatonic Valley Association Benefit Auction on Sunday, November 8th, an event we’ve heard so much about over the years. This is THE fundraising event in Litchfield County, with the who’s who of the county and beyond, in attendance. The event brings people from all walks of life together, with one common goal: to raise a bunch of money to protect the Housatonic River Valley.