#RBN: Cocktails + Cuisine on the Patio.

ROCHESTER BLOGGER NETWORK

COCKTAILS + CUISINE ON THE PATIO

NAPA WOOD FIRED PIZZA

BLOGGERS | WRITERS 

RSVP

WHO: Rochester Blogger Network co-hosted by A-List Rochester

WHAT: Happy Anniversary #RBN!

WHERE: Napa Woodfired Pizza in the South Wedge! 572 S. Clinton Ave (near Alexander)

WHY: Patio Life + Exclusive Menu, of course. Complimentary cocktail with $5 {free if you’re an RBN Member} means specials on drinks + food from an exclusive tasting menu and speciality drink menu Napa has created especially for this event.

WHEN: Thursday 6/19 Tomorrow! Pre-Party 5:30-6 if you’re a blogger or interested in blogging. 6-7:30 for the main show.

#Roc your Blog

About this time last year, RBN hosted a similar event at Napa. Patio. Sunshine. Drinks. Food. Friends. Except, at the time, I had very few friends – blogger friends, anyway. Going into the event, I knew nothing except that I knew no one (aside from Jenny). For any number of reasons, I almost didn’t go.

A year later? I realize what I loss that would have been. I met creative professionals who I swear I’d always known–it was that kind of patio night–and we still keep in touch. Because of RBN and events like this, I am in contact with some of the most talented Roc bloggers I know. We are a community. Events such as this, through RBN and A-List Rochester, connect this community. Our shared passions make us friends.

See for yourself. Below is a short list of bloggers + blogs who I became acquainted with through RBN.

Sarah | Simply Sarah Style : http://simplysarahstyle.wordpress.com

Steph | I Rock Polka Dots : http://irockpolkadots.tumblr.com

Becky | The Fluff Report : http://www.thefluffreport.com

Melissa | Hungry Food Love : http://hungryfoodlove.com

Terrell | Terrell Mackhttp://terrellmack.tumblr.com/

Make sure to RSVP on Facebook. Can’t wait to see you again or meet you anew!

#RBN

#AList

#bloglocal

XO.

Around Town: #ROC Your Weekend.

{Photo: Look for Wall \ Therapy Ts this Saturday at The Public Market!}

KNOW YOUR CITY:

#ROC YOUR WEEKEND

ARTS | FOOD | DRINK

DONATE | CELEBRATE | DISCOVER

Scenic views of the beach. Walks in public gardens. Shopping in boutiques. Eating in great diners + restaurants. World class Cinema. Not enough? Rochester has you covered. A unique cultural scene means something for everyone at turns you never knew existed. Need to know? Check out The Rochesteriat! This burgeoning website has up-to-date, easy-to-follow ideas + reviews detailing the full spectrum of Rochester’s urban scene. (I could look at it for days + always learn something new.) Need ideas for this weekend?? You’re in luck! Starting 6pm Friday through to 6pm Saturday, Rochester ravishes your artistic, cocktail, educational, + … oh, fun … cravings.

FRIDAY

ROCHESTER BRAINERY: 6-9PM FIRST FRIDAY LET’S ALL GO TO THE MOVIE

FREE art exhibition with snacks + refreshments.

Who says no to that?

HUNGERFORD BUILDING: 6-9PM FIRST FRIDAY

FREE art viewings + exchange of information with chances to buy.

Don’t wait until next month!

CURE BAR: 9PM-MIDNIGHT 2nd ANNIVERSARY BBQ 

$20 for Grill, Chartreuse Cocktails, Eat Me Ice Cream + a DJ. 

Everyone Loves a Birthday Party…

SATURDAY

WALL \ THERAPY FUNDRAISER: 8AM-2PM PUBLIC MARKET AT THE YARDS 

FREE Learn more about Wall Therapy + Public Art.

Final Shot to Donate to Wall Therapy Indiegogo! Donation Match through Saturday!!

WALL \ THERAPY ARTIST\THERAPIST ECB: CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD

FREE Check out German Artist ECB in Action. Check out Website for latest updates!

Therapy for the eyes + the soul + for your city.

SPOKES + INK: 12-6PM GENESEE CENTER FOR THE ARTS & EDUCATION

FREE Admission for the whole Family.

Live Music, Bike Demos, Art, Food, Letterpress … Scavenger hunt??

THE SHOW ON MONROE: 12-6PM SPOKES + INK BUSKERS SCAVENGER HUNT

$10/Team. Still Spots to Register! Check out Facebook for the latest updates.

Monroe Ave just got weirder + cooler.

You guys know where to find me this weekend.

What are your plans??

#rocisrad

#rocyourweekend

#shoplocal

XO.

Sweetlife Music + Food Festival: Eat Local. Music Local. Lana del Rey.

SWEETLIFE

MUSIC + FOOD FESTIVAL

SWEETGREEN

WHO: LANA DEL REY | FOSTER THE PEOPLE | FITZ + THE TANTRUMS | BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB | BASTILLE | CHROMEO | 2 CHAINZ | CAPITAL CITIES | ST. LUCIA | HOZIER | GEMS | SPIRIT ANIMAL | ASTR | NICKY BLITZ | THAT WORK

party with a purpose

WHAT: Music + Food Festival that celebrates Sustainability + Gives Back. Sweetgreen, a restaurant started in 2007 by 3 college students, thinks sustainability and makes an impact. Locally sourced + organic ingredients from trusted partners + farmers feed Sweetgreen goers and DC, MD, VA, + NYC schools. Proceeds from Sweetlife are donated to FoodCorps, the Sweetgreen partner.

WHERE: Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD.

to connect people through food

WHEN: Sweetgreen started in 2007 + Sweetlife began in 2010 behind Sweetgreen’s Dupont location. What started as a 500-person gathering in a parking lot has evolved into a festival to connect people through food + now, through music.

WHY: Community + Education + Farmers + Music + Sustainability + Food. To get why + to see the larger picture, you have to check out the story. Sweetlife Festival + Sweetgreen say it all.

FAVS: Lana Del Rey, Bombay Bicycle Club, Capital Cities, Hozier {Ireland}

#eatlocal #drinklocal #musiclocal #LanadelRey

I cannot contain my excitement. This festival embodies every single last thing I could ever hope for in my entire life. And it’s a celebration of my good friend Katie Regan’s Dirty Thirty. I first met Katie when I was a sophomore in college, visiting SUNY Geneseo for New Year’s Eve. In the near 10 years since I’ve known her, Katie has proven to be the most adventuresome go-getting fun-loving fly-by-the-seat of her smarty-pants fashionista I know. Sweetlife Music Fest + Lana del Rey?? Katie’s idea. Happy Early Birthday Katie. Here’s to the dirty.

I sing the body electric baby

I’m stoked for so many of the acts, even 2 Chainz. But. Let’s face it. #LANA. I love Lana del Rey. I don’t remember the 1st time I heard Lana. I don’t remember the 1st time I fell in love with Lana. Because Lana is entrancing. Lana entrances me. Every single last 1 of Lana’s lyrics on her 2 critically acclaimed albums, Born to Die + Paradise, speak to my soul. I have a snake on my tattoo, and I have the ivy + the ink blue, and I got this Eve tattoo before Paradise even broke. Lana + I are soul mates.

Lana is my National Anthem

Tryin to tell me to wait until Saturday, but I can’t wait to see you, Lana. I hope you like this anthem. For Lana + for Sweetlife.

Sweetlife is the anthem of success, so  I will put on mascara + my party dressThis is what makes us girls, after all. Also, I’ve been out on that open road; I’ve been traveling too long, I’ve been trying too hardI need to sing the Body Electric, baby. I need to hear Lana. We get down [this Saturday] night, dancing + grinding in the pale moonlight. I will pretend I’m not hurt, + go about the world like I’m having fun. Because this weekend, at Sweetlife with Lana, I am. Finally, Katie + Meg + I are the lucky ones. Seeing Lana at Sweetlife,  feels like, feels like, You know it feels like falling in love for the first time.

It’s supposed to thunderstorm this Saturday in Maryland, but I don’t care. I know that I’m a mess with my long hair and my [neon pale skin], [long] dress, bare feet. I don’t care what they say about me. I can handle some rain + mud. Because before Sweetlife, I was in the land of gods + monsters, I was an angel looking to … see Lana. No one’s going to take my soul {or this concert} away. I’m living like Jim Morrison. And I cannot wait!! I cannot wait to feel it in the air. Telephone wires above sizzling like a snare. We’re going to be young, be dope, be proud, Like an American. Like a lover of all things Lana + sustainable + sweet. By the time I leave Sweetlife, I’ll be all: I don’t want to wake up from this tonight. Fact.

Hot summer days. Rock ‘n’ roll. The way you play for me at your show: let’s face it Lana. You are playing for me at this show. You are playing for me at Sweetlife. Will I still love you when you’re no longer young + beautiful, Lana? Yes. Your music + your soul are forever beautiful. Forever wild.

Lana: I would love you ’till the end of time. I would wait a million years. Thankfully, you’re in concert more than once a year. And thankfully, Sweetlife is happening again next year. Feet don’t fail me now. Take me to the finish line Oh my heart breaks every time I get a migraine. The road is long, we carry on Try to have fun in the meantime. Plus, I’m a warrior and have been fighting these migraines off like a champ. If I start to get one, I’ll drink Coca Cola. But Lana sure makes a compelling argument for Pepsi Cola. Lana, you know I got a soul as sweet as blood-red jam + you, Lana, laugh like God, your mind’s like a diamond.

It’s almost like I know you, Lana, like I walked with you once upon a dream. I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam. Thank you for singing to me at Sweetlife, Lana. I need this. I need this Sweetlife.

Arrow-Through-Heart.

CREDITS

Yayo {pre-intro}

National Anthem

This Is What Makes Us Girls

Ride

Body Electric

Lucky Ones

Lolita

Gods + Monsters

Summertime Sadness

American

Dark Paradise

Blue Jeans

Young + Beautiful

Born 2 Die

Cola

Off To The Races

Carmen

Once Upon A Dream

#sweetlifefestival

#sweetgreen

#sustainable

#eatlocal

#drinklocal

#musiclocal

#lanadelrey

XO.

Week Wrap Up: Social Media ROCs Shop Local.

(Above: Community Wall at Abundance Cooperative Market. Know your #Roc.)

FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | LINKEDIN

Everything short of Tumblr enhanced my social calendar this week. Birthday Parties. Art Shows. Photo Shoots. Restaurants. Networking. Now, more than ever, Social Media clues me in to the Rochester I wouldn’t otherwise discover. Best tip? Visit your local hubs for community action like Abundance Coopertive Market downtown on Marshall Street! Or … Find a friend like Katie Regan who has her thumb on the pulse of Rochester. (This chick literally knows what’s up before it does, I swear.) Or … Follow. Follow follow follow. Follow businesses. Follow boutiques. Follow restaurants. Follow artists. Follow musicians. Follow your favorites. Follow those you’re curious about. Follow. I promise you: you will find fun activities you wouldn’t otherwise know. And then, you can have as rad a week + a weekend as I. (…You don’t even want to know how rad Katie’s was, btw. Woman needs a How To #Roc blog… .)

#ROCISRAD

WEEK

NETWORKING 

FACEBOOK | LINKEDIN | TWITTER

INTERVIEW – ABUNDANCE COOPERATIVE MARKET

I also had the pleasure of sitting down with Marketing Director, Chris Whitebell, of Abundance Coopertive Market on Marshall Street. Spotlight Feature coming soon. Just know now that all items Abundance sells are either: Local, Organic, IPM, and/or Fair Trade. This means that every single thing you buy from Abundance is a socially conscious purchase.

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Cake Pops from Scratch Bakeshop for Peppermint’s 2nd Birthday!

WEEKEND

ART SHOW | PHOTO SHOOTS | BIRTHDAY PARTIES | LOCAL FOOD

INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOK

I was straight baller status this weekend. Why? Rochester is Rad at Social Media.

FRIDAY

ART SHOW – SHAWNEE HILL AT LUX LOUNGE

Follow local artist Shawnee Hill–among others–on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, preferably all 3, and you have an instant pass to all of their features. This week it was a free art opening at Lux Lounge with free food. Lux vibes, always. With a huge backyard, outdoor games, a fire pit, church chairs near the pool table, serious drink specials, nightly events, local art, and free bon bon lollies all of the damn time, you never beat Lux Lounge. You’re a fan after midnight? Try Lux during Happy Hour. Just as chill. And you extend the night. Now combine Lux with an art event. That’s a Friday night. And I met Shawnee Hill! This woman’s art is ethereal; meeting her, other-worldly. Thank you, Social Media. And Lux Lounge.

SATURDAY

PHOTO SHOOTS – ROCHESTER BRAINERY WITH LINDSAY STEPHANY PHOTOGRAPHY + TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE WITH DEMAROUX PHOTOGRAPHY

That’s right. Photo shoots. Plural. Aside from senior portraits in high school, I’ve only done 1 photo shoot–(also with the geniusly talented Anjolee [nee Wolfe] Eggleston of DeMaroux Photography)–so it’s not like this a regular thing for me. It’s not. But, between blogging + Social Media, on Saturday I had 2, which is–technical term–the flossy flossy. One, with Treasure Trove Vintage. The other, Rochester Brainery. I contacted Morgan of TTV. (Note: Original post w TTV accidentally got deleted. Which sucks.) I cannot wait to Spotlight Treasure Trove Vintage for you! Brainery contacted me via Twitter after I tweeted about their Brainery Bazaar. See? Social Media enhancing lives. The shoot? Baller. Not only is Lindsay Lau of Lindsay Stephany Photography a doll + her shared-loft studio at The Hungerford gorgeous, but also we had a riot. I brought friends. We played with props. There was laughter. Danielle and Stephanie from The Brainery were hilarious + helpful + gracious + fun. And, who knows, we could be plastered all over the website.  (No big deal.)

My time spent with Morgan, owner of Treasure Trove Vintage, her mother, Honey, and photographer, Anj of DeMaroux Photography, was also rich. I wore vintage dresses. That fit. Beautifully. Anj had me traipsing around the Park Ave and East End streets like it ain’t no thang. I cannot wait to share this with you!

BIRTHDAY PARTIES – SHOP PEPPERMINT IS 2!

Both photo shoots happened Saturday: Brainery in the morning and Treasure Trove in the evening. What better way to split some down time than by stopping by Shop Peppermint’s Birthday?! (It helps that Peppermint and Treasure Trove Vintage share a building on the corner of Park + Meigs.) With cute + classy h’orderves by Scratch Bakeshop and endless collections of hip + affordable jewelry, shoes, dresses, blouses, shorts, and even bathing suits … I didn’t want to pull myself away. I truly cannot believe Shop Peppermint turned 2. What on earth did I do–where did I shop–before Shop Peppermint happened to Rochester?

LOCAL FOOD – THE RED FERN + LA CASA

Lunch at The Red Fern. I got the PB+J smoothie. … Again. I want to order all of their smoothies all at one time and drink all of them one after the other without guilt. I couldmake that happen. It would be grand.

Dinner at La Casa. After at least 1 hour of prep (Anj could also be a make-up artist, PS) and 3 hours of shooting, we were famished. Both The Owl House and Cure had wait times. (Duh.) Anj brainstormed La Casa! About 1 year old, on Alexander near Boulder, I’d just driven by it earlier and reminded myself I’ve been meaning to try. IT ROCKED. I felt transported to vacation and right at home, all at the same time. Their patio space also looks rocking. La Casa will be a mainstay, especially this summer. Between the refreshing $5 house margarita, the authentic and hearty appetizers (we ordered 3…), the gracious service, that patio, South Wedge as the hood, and the vibrant energy with chill vibes: I must.

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Peppermint inspired ensemb to celebrate!
Blouse – Peppermint Line
(Desiged by Tanvi Asher. Made in NYC.)
Ring | Necklace | Earrings – Shop Peppermint

FOLLOW ROCHESTER

Thing is? I didn’t even hit on everything this weekend. I missed the Brainery Bazaar, attended by The Knotty Owl! (Best laid plans.) Also, on Sunday I missed A-List’s Blogger Brunch at Hogan’s Hideaway, another local favorite. Super bummed. But, glad to know I can vindicate. By following Rochester on Social Media.

We all know that Rochester, NY is Festival City USA. What we need to know is that we can celebrate Rochester before the end of May. Rochester is Rad. Now follow it so you can always find it.

Oh. And make sure to follow me!

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

ARTISTS  | BOUTIQUES | BUSINESSES | RESTAURANTS AND BARS

ARTISTS

ANJOLEE EGGLESTON

SHAWNEE HILL

TANVI ASHER

THE HUNGERFORD

THE KNOTTY OWL

BOUTIQUES

SHOP PEPPERMINT

TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

BUSINESSES

ABUNDANCE COOPERTATIVE MARKET

DEMAROUX PHOTOGRAPHY

LINDSAY STEPHANY PHOTOGRAPHY

ROCHESTER A-LIST

ROCHESTER BLOGGER NETWORK

ROCHESTER BRAINERY

SCRATCH BAKESHOP

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

BOULDER COFFEE

CURE

HOGAN’S HIDEAWAY

LA CASA

LUX LOUNGE

THE OWL HOUSE

THE RED FERN

#RocisRad

#artlocal

#photolocal

#shoplocal

XO.

Week Wrap Up: Style Icons.

Alexa ChungBeyonce Knowles | Jennifer Lawrence | Lupita Nyong’o | Kate Moss

STYLE ICONS

The timeless, effortlessly chic look of petite Brit model Kate Moss.

The cult following of fellow Brit and hipster bohemian, Alexa Chung.

The stunning regal ease of Kenyan actress + Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

The world over, international celebrities influence the daily fashion of our closets, outfits, and accessories, work days, errands, and outings. They influence our lives. My Style Icons?

Anastasia | MorganAnjoleeJessica

SHOP LOCAL STYLE ICONS

Demurely Sexy + Business Playful: co-owner of Devil May Care Lingerie on Park Ave in Rochester, NY, Anastasia’s style drips with stylized juxtaposition. 

Avant Vintage: Morgan DeLapa, owner of Treasure Trove Vintage in Rochester, NY, has an eye for vintage, thrifted, + mixing in couture to make it all haute.

Urban French: owner of Anjolee DeMaroux Photography, Anj’s style befits her sophisticated intrigue. (And her name.)

Classical Edge: Professional Blogger, Designer, Writer, { Incredible } DIYer, + Mom-To-Be Jessica Quirk doesn’t live in Rochester, NY. But her blog What I Wore certainly brings fashion to your home.

STYLE ICON LOOKS

As I dressed, styled, + shopped this week, I found myself gravitating toward the style of people who I know or who I know of. Those who I see making fashionable, styled clothing work in their every day lives. #Shoplocal items always influence my every daily wearing + buying decisions. This week, Shop Local Style Icons did too. Let’s take a look!

~Click on links to find each style icon~

ANASTASIA | CO-OWNER DEVIL MAY CARE BOUTIQUE

Demurely Sexy – Business Playful

ana dmc style icon

Work Outfit.
Shop Local – Elle Macpherson panties from DMC | Peppermint Label blouse from Shop Peppermint

MORGAN | OWNER TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

Avant Vintage

grunge style icon

Friday Night.
Shop Local – Treasure Trove Vintage 1970’s Plaid Button Up from Treasure Trove Vintage, $15

ANJOLEE | OWNER ANJOLEE DEMAROUX PHOTOGRAPHY

Urban French

JESSICA | WHAT I WORE TUMBLR

Classical Edge

jessica quirk style icon

Spring Skirt!
Shop Local – Treasure Trove Vintage 1980’s Long Floral Skirt, $15

BOUTIQUES + DESIGNERS + BLOGS

BROOKLYN CHARM

DEVIL MAY CARE LINGERIE

EVENODD CREATIVE

JONELLE MAIRA

PEPPERMINT

TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

WHAT I WORE

Couple the convenience of affordable + unique Shop Local finds with the inspiration of your local style icons. Never a dull outfit. Always a fashionable wardrobe.

…Who are your local style icons??

#styleicons

#shoplocal

XO.