New York Botanical Garden Offers Classes at New Canaan Nature Center

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The New Canaan Nature Center urges you to ‘get closer to nature’ – with three Gardening and Landscape Design classes presented by The New York Botanical Garden.

The first class is a BASIC PRUNING course, on Saturday, November 12th from 10am-3pm. We will discuss all elements of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, in addition to tool selection and ongoing maintenance. Bring your pruners, and get ready to spend the afternoon outdoors at the New Canaan Nature Center, analyzing proper techniques. Cost per person $99*. The class will be led by Mike Ruggerio of Matterhorn Nursery in Spring Valley, N.Y.

The second course, PERENNIAL PLANT COMBINATIONS takes place on Thursday February, 2nd 2017 from 10:30am-3pm. Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right combinations can make all the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining plants for your garden. Cost per person $79*. The class will be led by Sheri Forster, longtime NYBG instructor and principal of The Scottish Gardener.

Finally, if you are interested in understanding LANDSCAPE DESIGN, join the introductory 3-session series starting Thursday, March 9th until March 23rd from 10am-1pm. Become familiar with the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of design. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home. Cost per person $185*. The class will be led by Sheri Forster.

All classes will be held at the New Canaan Nature Center come rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a lunch.

To book these programs, please call 800.322.6924 or visit online: http://bit.ly/2dhWlJu

*A discount is available to members of NYBG. To become a member visit: http://www.nybg.org/support_the_garden/membership/join.php

Green & Tonic Opens Westport Cafe

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Everyone wants to eat lighter and healthier in the summer, but no one wants to give up delicious taste. At Green & Tonic you get both. With well-established locations in Greenwich, Cos Cob, Darien, & New Canaan, it’s only natural (pun intended) that the growing chain would select Westport as its next location.

Conveniently located in the heart of Westport’s shopping district at 70 Jesup Road (next to Tiffany & Co., and across from the library), the cafe offers a sunny spot to dine on its plant-based foods, cold-pressed juices, and luscious smoothies. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in its chic-casual atmosphere Monday – Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday 8:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 9:00pm – 5:00pm.

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“Green & Tonic’s philosophy and products are a great fit for Westport, said Jeffrey Pandolfino, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Green & Tonic. “The Westport community has been so supportive and welcoming. They’re health conscious and into eating right and taking care of themselves both mentally and physically, and understanding the role that food plays in that.”

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Before Green & Tonic, Jeffrey and Cai Pandolfino started Plum Pure Foods & Catering in Cos Cob, building it into a thriving operation. After selling Plum, the couple opened Green & Tonic in Cos Cob in 2011, eventually adding locations in Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan.

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Green & Tonic was founded with a spirited heart and an ambitious goal – to offer the purest, cold pressed juices, delicious superfood smoothies and nutritious, plant-based food that help toward a happier mind, body, and soul, while leading the way for socially-conscious initiatives. Green & Tonic hopes to engage the community in discussions about health and wellness with plans to start hosting “healthy happy hours” this summer, bringing in health professionals to address topics like nutrition, energy healing and massage therapy.

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CT Open House Day Invites Residents to Explore All The State Has to Offer

UnknownResidents are invited to explore all the state has to offer at its 12th annual Connecticut Open House Day on June 11! More than 170 attractions across our cosmopolitan cities and charming towns are participating in the event with free admission and special events at select historic and cultural sites, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Locally, the 1750 Ogden House and Bellarmine Museum of Art in Fairfield, Art at Ives in Danbury, New England Ballet Company in Bridgeport, and the Westport Historical Society are participating.

For a full list of events, click here: CT OPEN HOUSE EVENTS!

Four Must-Have Summer Sandals

Why must you have four more pairs of sandals this summer? Because…SHOES! AmIRight?

After all the gray clouds and drizzle, we could all use a burst of color and these sandals deliver big time. Check out the latest styles – chunky block heels, shimmery metallics, rich jewel tones, and laces up to there!

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Gucci – Available at Mitchells Westport

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Available at Joie boutiques  

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Rebecca Minkoff available at Walin & Wolff 

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Jimmy Choo available at Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

Two Events Support Four-Legged Friends

imagesWe love our four legged friends (sometimes more than our two legged ones!) and realize that sometimes they need a little help. Two local fundraisers are scheduled to raise much-needed funds and awareness for pet-related causes.

“DOGGY DAY PALOOZA” TO BENEFIT STARELIEF & PET ASSISTANCE

(Stamford, CT) With spring in full bloom, a local non-profit organization, STARelief & Pet Assistance, is hosting its third annual “Doggy Day Palooza” Dog Wash
and Pet Fun Day on Saturday, May 21st from 9AM to 3 PM at Stamford Dog Park, 39 Courtland Avenue, Stamford.

Doggy Day Palooza is a family-friendly event. Clean canines will be coupled with assorted games, a doggie photo booth and raffle prizes.

The suggested donation of $8 per dog wash.

All proceeds go towards funding the organization’s Pet Food Pantry program and the Home for Life grants that provide life-saving medical care for pets in need.

“We firmly believe that no one should have to choose between feeding themselves or feeding their pet,” explains Volunteer Executive Director, Heather Scutti. “We
also believe that pets should be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

STARelief and Pet Assistance is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization, based in Stamford, CT, that provides life-saving pet food and veterinary care, emergency
boarding, and foster care to pets whose caretakers are struggling with financial hardship. Since its inception in 2012, STARelief has provided over 31,624 pounds
of food to hungry pets, funded $77,465 in veterinary care expenses, assisted over 248 individuals and families in need, and adopted out over 55 dogs and cats at
their special adoption events.

Any business, company or corporation interested in sponsoring this event may contact Heather Scutti at heather@starelief.org to receive a complete sponsorship
package.

7th Annual New Canaan Dog Days of Summer
FUNraiser Presented by Pet Pantry Warehouse and WERUVA to Benefit Adopt-A-Dog and Strays & Others

(New Canaan) Another furry fundraiser returns to Fairfield County on Saturday, May 22, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Pet Pantry Warehouse in New Canaan. The event will be held for the second year at the Pet Pantry and Weed & Duryea parking lot at 21 Grove St in New Canaan. This dog friendly event is free to the public, although donations will be collected through special contests and proceeds from Pet Pantry sales that day.

Executive Vice President at Pet Pantry Warehouse, Adam Jacobson explained the inspiration behind this annual event. “As a local, family owned community based business, we are grateful for the support that we receive from the communities where we conduct business. The New Canaan Dog Days event is just one way we can express our gratitude for the support that we receive from our New Canaan client base and to reward the wonderful work of local animal groups at the same time.”

The entertaining event schedule includes a full afternoon of fun activities, insightful lectures & demonstrations as well as some exciting contests to raise money for Adopt-A-Dog (adopt-a-dog.org) and Strays & Others (facebook.com/straysandothers). Both local pet rescue organizations will have animals available for adoption during the event. Pet food vendors will be on hand to distribute tons of free giveaways and samples. Food and refreshments will be available and DJ Cochon de Lait will be on hand to maximize the fun.

Additional event features include; art activities, face painting, petting zoo, scavenger hunt, family and pet portraits, caricature drawings, Q&A’s with a dog trainer, free contests; musical sits, bobbing for hot dogs and pie eating. Special guest appearance by New Canaan K9 Unit!

HALO Studios in New Canaan Offers Free Wellness Talks

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This week we’re focusing on spring cleaning! From a healthy body, to a happy home, to a thriving community – we’re getting the season of renewal off to a great start! But you have to begin with YOU – so today we’re letting you know about Wellness Wednesdays, an educational wellness series at the beautiful Halo Studios in New Canaan! The series at Halo Studios is free and open to the public!

“It has always been our intent to empower people in our community to lead healthier and more balanced lives and Wellness Wednesdays is one more way we can do that,” says Halo Studios Director, Cindy Ziegler.

“We consider education about wellness to be a critical path to actually achieving it,” says Ziegler, “so we are honored to be hosting these esteemed experts and thrilled to be able to offer this important lecture series to the community!

Wellness Wednesday lectures include:

Stress Reduction for the Mind and Body
Katherine Takayasu, MD, Stamford Hospital
April 6, 2016 1 – 2 pm
Dr. Katie will talk about her Ways to Wellness and proper stress management, including tips for balancing nutrition, sleep, and exercise as well as easy meditation techniques to harmonize mind and body.

Eating & Living to Reduce Inflammation and Disease: Comprehensive Nutrition
Loryn Galardi, MS, Clinical Nutritionist
April 13, 2016 , 1 – 2 pm

Persistent, chronic inflammation is at the root of almost every illness from arthritis to asthma, weight gain to heart disease and diabetes to dementia. Illness and inflammation is not inevitable, no matter what age you are, according to Ms. Galardi, who will talk about what lifestyle and dietary steps you can take to reduce the inflammation in your body and, therefore, your risk of disease. A Question & Answer session will follow the presentation.

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
Will Heins, Community Mindfulness Project
April 20, 2016 1 – 2 pm
The Community Mindfulness Project is a secular meditation group, dedicated to the study and practice of a variety of mindfulness and heart-opening practices that are highly accessible to people of all religious backgrounds. The benefits of meditation include improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of traditions.

All lectures are on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 pm, and will take place at Halo Studios, Studio C, 45 Grove Street, New Canaan, CT. (Underneath the New Canaan Racquet Club.) Talks are free and open to the public. No advance registration required…just drop in!

Connecticut Staycation Guide!

UnknownSticking around for spring break? The Connecticut Office of Tourism unveiled its new 2016 Official Spring/Summer Connecticut Visitors Guide, an inspirational travel storytelling magazine for planning vacations, getaways and outings in Connecticut.

The new, re-envisioned guides offer seasonal-specific travel experiences designed to inspire visitors to travel to Connecticut multiple times year-round. Each features current travel stories, experiences, events, attractions and destinations. The 2016 Spring/Summer printed guide is available now for free at Welcome Centers throughout Connecticut, by calling 1-888-CTvisit, and through www.CTvisit.com, where consumers can also view the digital edition.

“With this type of experiential storytelling, the new Connecticut visitors guide is revolutionary in state destination marketing,” said Randy Fiveash, director of Connecticut Office of Tourism. “Through these stories, Connecticut destinations come alive and allow prospective travelers to immerse themselves in the place and experience. The reimagined guide better reflects how today’s travelers look for ideas and inspiration.”

The 72-page seasonal guide is ideal for families, couples, groups and individuals interested in discovering or rediscovering Connecticut. Reinforcing Connecticut’s still revolutionary branding, it is filled with colorful images, travel stories, experiences, ideas and information and includes a state map. For additional travel ideas and information, clickable graphics are interspersed throughout the guide so consumers can click to www.CTvisit.com, Connecticut’s official tourism website.

The inspirational guide is organized by features such as “Six Summer Escapes,” “Lobster 24/7” and “If Walls Could Talk”; by departments including “Live from CT,” “Make a Splash” and “License to Thrill”; and by Connecticut’s five tourism regions.

The Best Dining Guide Ever

Entrée Nous Product Shot jpegPart dining guide, part passport to Fairfield County’s best restaurants, Entrée Nous is a gift that gives back. Entrée Nous is both a stunning hardcover book featuring beautiful photos and delicious descriptions of a dozen of the areas best restaurants (Southport’s Artisan, The Spread in SoNo, Westport’s Kawa Ni, and The Goose in Fairfield among them) and a passport for a free entrée when dining out with a companion at them.

This is how it works – purchase your copy of Entrée Nous HERE for $58.00, make a reservation at any of the participating restaurants, bring your copy of Entrée Nous with you when you dine out, and present it to your server to receive your official stamp and complimentary entrée. It’s as simple as that. Featured restaurants are located throughout Fairfield County, from Greenwich to Ridgefield, and vary from casual to sophisticated dining.

A welcome gift for newcomers and foodies alike, Entrée Nous is the gift that keeps on giving!

 

 

Ciel Eau Spa Opens in New Canaan

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Last evening, the final model sashayed down the runways of New York Fashion Week. And, as the week-long event came to a close, we observed a few trends emerging – off the shoulder blouses, a continuation of the 70’s bohemian theme, and barely there makeup looks that relied on flawless, glowing skin to bring a youthful blush to the spring collections.

While shoulder baring frocks can be found in just about any shop, a beautiful complexion requires a little more work (especially if you’re not a 19 year-old model). Enter Ciel Eau Day Spa located at 1 East Avenue in New Canaan, the area’s newest skin, nail and body care boutique, offering a menu of custom services that include facials, mani/pedis, waxing, and massage therapy.

With more than 20 years of experience, owner Alicia Brandfellner is one of the area’s top aestheticians. She’s worked in area spas including the tony Spa at Equinox in Greenwich. Her expertise in the art of skincare is unmatched – she instinctively knows how to treat even the most delicate and sensitive skin, earning her a reputation as the go-to person for facials in the Fairfield County area. Brandfellner’s bespoke services include treatments using the exclusive Cellcosmet professional line of products. Cellcosmet uses Swiss cellular biotechnology – active stabilized bio-integral cells – that deliver serious anti-aging benefits and result in the beautiful, dewy complexion of a supermodel (yes, really!).

The name, Ciel Eau is French for sky water and is indicative of the lovely and tranquil environment. Decorated in neutral hues with pops of color courtesy of the contemporary artwork, the spa offers clients a personalized experience with the convenience of an in-town location.

Although the spa opened in late July, the Grand Premiere will take place next week, September 21 to 26, kicking off on Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3pm, and specials (below) throughout the week. Become a fan of their Facebook page for upcoming specials and events!

Monday, September 21 – Ribbon Cutting ceremony with New Canaan First Selectman

Tuesday, September 22- Take a Break Tuesday – Book a 50 minute massage, and receive and 80 minute massage

Wednesday, September 23 -Wax Bar Wednesday – 25% discount on all waxing services

Thursday, September 24 – Sky + Water Facial with a complimentary upgrade

Friday, September 25 – File-n-Polish Friday – 25% discount on all manicures and pedicures

Saturday, September 26 – Supreme Saturday – All of the above!

Ciel Eau Day Spa is located at 1 East Ave., New Canaan, 203-920-1901

Book Early! Appointments are required and availability is limited!

 

 

Fall’s Hottest Handbags

Every fall you need three things: a new pair of jeans, a cozy cashmere sweater, and an over-the-top new bag. This season, designers came on strong with playful, yet sophisticated designs and luxe fabrications. Play it safe with an oversize tote in a rich cranberry, get into the 70’s vibe with a fringed suede bag, or grab a lust-worthy metallic clutch…or, maybe get them all.

Here’s our roundup of five fabulously chic bags to carry you into fall.

 

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Chloe Drew striped shoulder bag in python at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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J. Crew Uptown Tote Bag in Dark Wine

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Alexander McQueen Small De Manta Clutch in Silver at Walin & Wolff

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See by Chloe Tassel Bucket Bag at Intermix

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Saint Laurent Emmanuelle Khaki Suede Fringed Bag at Mitchells