Rooftop Pool Party: Celebrate End of Summer, End of Week.

{photo taken from Rochester-A-List Rooftop Pool Party Facebook Invite}

A-LIST ROOFTOP POOL PARTY

THURSDAY 8.21, 5-9PM

BUY TICKETS HERE

FACEBOOK | A-LIST | FLOWER CITY

Celebrate Summer:

unwind as the week winds down.

WHO: Rochester A List to host a Pool Party along with Flower City Fashionista

WHAT:  Swank, Swag, Shopping, Sport, Summer, + Service. 

WHERE: Rooftop of the Radisson Riverside Hotel on East Main Street in the heart of downtown Rochester

WHEN: Thursday, August 21. 5-9PM.

WHY: To party on a rooftop with a sick view of downtown. What else do you need? … Okay, how about:

  • Networking
  • Mingling
  • Relaxing (I mean like spa services)
  • Shopping (we’re talking #shoplocal extreme)
  • Chilling (lawn games, no big)
  • Eating, Drinking, Cigar-rolling
  • People Watching (we’re downtown … and there will be models)

Music, Mingling and Mixed Drinks on the Radisson Riverside Hotel’s Rooftop Pool Deck

Let’s start with some FAQs. You throw after-work pool-party into the mix, and suddenly all of our adult-isms completely take over. As. If.

FAQs.

1. How should I dress? You’re probably coming from work.

Ladies: 3 Letters – LBD. Or another-color equivalent. The idea is a sleek dress or skirt + blouse you feel comfortable enough in all day that easily transitions to night. What helps with this transition?

  • Rocking heels.
  • Great bag.
  • Poppin’ lip.
  • Blazer or wrap to keep it cool + cozy.

Men: Sleek slack, tie-less button-down. Or, bust-out that white T you wear beneath the button-down. Cannot go wrong.

2. But it’s a pool party! What now?

Listen. I’m brining my bathing suit. If there’s a pool, and it’s still hot like the projected 81° daytime temp indicates, and there’s a pool on top of a roof with a downtown view. … You can’t ignore a good pool. It doesn’t mean you have to get in. It doesn’t even mean you try and combine beachwear with after-work evening attire–this isn’t Miami + congrats to the person who does pull this off–but it does mean you are prepared.

TIP: Looking for a demure vintage 1-piece?? I highly recommend Shop Peppermint, which is where I bought mine. (Sorry men, none for you. … .)

3. What should I expect?

Soiree. Shindig. Carnival. Backyard BBQ. I am not the organizers of the event, but this is my take. This is a cocktail party that also has a beer-toss Dress for Success fundraiser. (Let that juxtaposition settle-in.) This is an after-work get-together filled with cigar-rolling + loads of premier #shoplocal shopping. True there are no rides nor corn dogs involved, but there are lawn games. And food, and vodka, and spa services, and–oh yes–a DJ.

non-life threatening lawn games.  Jenny Sanzo

Let’s look at it this way. There are a lot of cool things happening between 5-9PM on Thursday, 8/21. Here’s what this Pool Party got (taken from Rochester A List website!):
Swank. Beauty and Pampering for Men + Women: Mini manicures, massage and a full service braid bar over cocktails.

1. Allora Salon and Spa’s full service braid bar will be on-site for gorgeous tresses. They will also be offering mini manicures and chair massage.

2. Shear Ego Salon and Spa will be offering mini manicures, chair massage, and colored hair chalk – a quick splash of color on several strands of hair that washes out in 2-10 washes.

3. Men, there’s something for you, Shear Ego Men’s Club will be offering MANicures and complimentary nose waxing. One of their male clients’ favorite services!

4. Jamberry Nails will be offering complimentary nail wraps.

5. Motives Cosmeditcs  is known for their quality cosmetics offered at affordable prices. Motives will be sharing their expert makeup tricks, tips, and providing demonstrations.

A woman’s dream come true. $5 braids, $15 manicures, $10 hair chalk.

Swag. Music, Complimentary H’ors D’oeuvres, Drink Specials, and for VIPS 

Admission Tickets: $10

VIP Tickets: $25 – includes entry, one cocktail and one service – braid bar or mini mani, complimentary parking and goodie bag

VIP Tickets: $25 – includes entry, one cocktail and 3 balls for the beer toss to win 24 craft beers, complimentary parking

Shopping. Just basically my all-time favorites. And if you don’t know them, they will be yours, too.
Preview: (That’s right. There’s actually more!)

Artwark: Inspired by elements such as culture, nature, religion, and love Artwark features handcrafted cutting edge jewelry with a personal touch.

BeBe Mills: Nestled in the village of Brockport, BeBe Mills carries contemporary clothing and fashionable accessories for women of all ages.

Christine and Co. Design specializes in one of a kind glass pendants designed by local artisan Christine Meyer.

Dragonfly Jewelry: Dragonfly Jewelry provides unique customizable handmade beaded, leather, wire wrapped, and chainmaille pieces.

Lucends: Handmade by artisan Lucinda Snyder, Lucends has an array of totes, clutches, and cosmetic bags in colorful prints and exclusive fabrics.

LuLaRoe: Style meets comfort with LuLaRoe’s mobile boutique of maxi skirts, pencil skirts, dresses, and leggings for both women and girls.

Motives: Motives carries quality cosmetics at affordable prices with products ranging from custom foundations to eyeshadows, lipsticks, creams, and nail polishes.

Panache Vintage and Finer Consignment will be hosting a pop-up shop of designer and boutique label women’s vintage and finer consignment luxury resale.

Jonelle Maria’s namesake handmade jewelry line is filled with eco-friendly minimalist pieces that take inspiration from geometric patterns, nature, and tribal silhouettes.
Claire-Flair features one-of-a-kind, handmade vintage-inspired accessories guaranteed to add some glamor to any ensemble.

Machinator Chaos specializes in creating one-of-a-kind Industrial, Steampunk and Victorian jewelry and accessories made from everyday materials.

Penny’s Lotions and Potions is a natural skin care haven. All of her products are all-natural, contain only a few ingredients, and are safe for sensitive skin.

Stella and Dot Stylist Krista Jaekle will be showcasing their irresistible line of boutique fashion jewelry and accessories complete with a preview of fall jewelry trends.

Bombay Bangles – Bombay Bangles jewelry is handcrafted in India, drawing upon eastern colors and styles for pieces that truly make a statement.

Origami Owl: Origami Owl representative Carlyn will be bringing her jewelry bar filled with unique charms, lockets, earrings, and chains.

To Your Measure – Ensuring comfort and a flattering fit, To Your Measure creates custom pants designed to fit your unique body measurements.

Treasure Trove Vintage – Treasure Trove Vintage will be providing attendees a glimpse at their collection of quality vintage pieces ranging from the 1900’s to the 19990’s.

Transit Apparel: Created by local artisan Matt Rodgers, Transit Apparel’s line of t-shirts feature exclusive prints that reference Rochester’s heritage and its historic subway system.

Thirty-one – Consultant Rebecca Haley will be showing off their assortment of cute and functional bags, wallets, totes, and home accessories.

CAbi– Featuring women’s clothing for both career and casual wear CAbi inspires women to build a style by mixing and matching pieces with the way they live.

Carrie George – Handmade leather bags and accessories designed and made by local artist Carrie George.

Nerium skincare provides natural skin therapy solutions with day and night creams to promote younger-looking skin.

Sport. Lawn Games. (Non-life threatening.) And how about this:
*Stop by the Hype Booth to capture the night’s memories on film.
*Select a hand rolled cigar from the master roller at Santigo Cigars
*TREE Vodka signature cocktail sampling. Anyone with a pre-sale ticket gets their first cocktail on the house.
*Treat yourself to a guilt-free Sample of Vemma’s insanely healthy energy drinks.
*Sample Eat Me Ice Cream’s inventive flavors made with local, organic ingredients.
Summer. It’s a Pool Party on a Roof, Downtown!
What other summer pool parties do you have to go to right now?
Service. It’s all for a Great Cause.
Great Brewers will be offering a craft beer tasting. Win a selection of 24 craft beers at the Beer Toss forDress For Success.
* * *
Eat Me Ice Cream! Jonelle Maira Jewelry. Treasure Trove Vintage. A (female) DJ Annalyze. Hype Booth. Poolside! And more.
Buy your tickets now, guys. It’s gonna’ be hot.
#shoplocal
#partylocal
#fashionlocal
#AListlocal
XO.

 

#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.

Drink Local: Ouzon All-Natural Soda.

{Photograph taken from www.greeksoda.com}

OUZON

OPA! ORIGINALS GREEK SODA

FACEBOOK ALL NATURAL | WEBSITE 

“What about an ouzo flavored soda?”

~Phil Broikos, co-owner

WHO: Anastasia + Phil Broikos

WHAT: All natural Greek Soda. Makings in Dundee, NY. Non-alcoholic. Pairs nicely with alcohol. (Submit cocktail concoctions online!)

WHERE: Made in Dundee, NY (syrup)

WHY: Where ingenuity meets culture meets calculated risk meets why not

BUY: Grocery Stores. Restaurants. Check by Location Here. I found mine at Abundance Cooperative Market! Also at Wegmans (all of Monroe County).

SAY: OUZON (pronounced “OO-zone”).

EVENTS: Like on Facebook: OPA! Originals. Check for all Events. 

Greek Fest – Going on Now! 

Annunciation of the Greek Orthodox Church on East Ave: Thurs | Fri | Sat | Sun

Natural. Refreshing. Unique. Delicious. Anastasia Broikos, co-owner of OPA! Originals along with husband Phil, is everything Ouzon Soda oozes. Add to this: Effervescent. Inviting. Sweet. I met Anastasia at Abundance Cooperative Market during Earth Day Birthday. Tiny table near the entrance of bulk foods. Crowds clamored. Like me, I’m not sure they knew what for. I suppose exuberance. It flowed. From Anastasia, the petite woman originally from Queens, with a genuine smile + boisterous laugh. And from her clear, bubbly cups. At that juncture, it was Grand Central. Photographs. Pleads from Abundance for more. Old people. Young people. Laughter. I pressed the cup to my lips. Dainty bubbles fizzed. In that moment, I felt like family.

Family. Because Ouzon Soda is family. Engineered in 2009. Incorporated into OPA! Originals by 2010. Winner 1 year later in 2011 of the Beverage World Bronze BevStar Award for Best Carbonated Soft Drink. Managing a household with 2 beautiful girls, now 4 + 6.  Anastasia + Phil, Greek-Americans with complex ties to their heritage, truly run a family-owned company.

“I’m constantly pulling Barbie dolls out of my files,”

~Anastasia Broikos, co-owner

Both successful professionals (Anastasia in print media + Phil, a lawyer), put aside these careers + pursued a vision. As Phil explains, the Broikos’ decided to “give it a year.” With “calculated risk” as their strategy and “value judgement” as their guide, Anastasia + Phil navigated this epic endeavor. I’m tempted to say that Ouzon Soda was inspiration from the gods. But well, I think Phi’s father had more of a role.

“What is uniquely Greek?”

Go Greek. Phil is a Rochester native, + his dad worked as an engineer at Xerox. Happening upon a Greek inspired premium soda was a journey–a calculated one–before anything else. I’m no marketing major, but with 2 simples questions it’s evident that Phil carved out ingenuity by identifying a niche product with existing platform.“What is unique?” “What is the speciality [to each culture]?” Next, he + Anastasia invented. “What is uniquely Greek?” Oregano. Feta Cheese. Greek Wine. Greek Whiskey. Greek flavors. Greek ingredients. Greek products. Non-Greek still-popular products. Anastasia + Phil populated this matrix and, after ditching their diaper truck idea (someone sniffed it out 1st), they imbibed the ingenuity behind Rivella, a famed Swiss soft drink. Thank. God.

A Greek Ouzo Liqueur Inspired Soda.

Invention. Phil doesn’t actually love the taste of ouzo, an aperitif that is practically the national liqueur of Greece. The connection? Ouzon Soda tastes the way ouzo smells. (Genius.) More importantly? Both Anastasia + Phil love all-natural. The About page on their website www.greeksoda.com explains it best:

OUZON (pronounced “OO-zone”) soda is a premium all-natural sparkling beverage based on the flavor profile of ouzo, the unofficial national liqueur of Greece. The proprietary syrup for OUZON is meticulously handcrafted using pure cane sugar, and is infused with certified organic star anise to impart subtle notes of licorice.

By wishing upon a star is exactly how Ouzon Soda went from promise to pop. Ouzo liqueur smells refreshingly crisp, but the heavy taste doesn’t follow. Anastasia + Phil needed to capture a way to project this signature taste from anise, a Mediterranean herb responsible for the licorice undertones, and had to do it naturally.

All Natural. Made Local.

No Corn Syrup. Anastasia + Phil came up with the recipe for Ouzon Soda in their very own kitchen located in Penfield, NY. (Official headquarters of OPA! Originals. Unless you also count Starbucks.) They needed star anise, the Asian spice (not the Mediterranean herb), and they needed it to make a tea. When Phil reverse engineered this, the rest flowed. Cane sugar creates an all-natural syrup and: Opa!  …Too predictable? Well, Ouzon Soda is not.

  • certified organic star anise

  • star anise tea made in upstate NY (Dundee)

  • cane sugar … made from scratch

  • natural citric acid as a preservative

No corn syrup. No sodium benzoate (an artificial preservative). No chemicals. Just pure, homemade, all-natural, premium ingredients. As crystal clear as the Ouzon Soda they create.

OPA! Originals

Godliness. When Anastasia + Phil started OPA! Originals + invented Ouzon Soda, they did not just become entrepreneurs. Anastasia + Phil–married, with children, starting a business–became an entrepreneurial deity. What do we get?? Ouzon All-Natural Premium Soda. Whose taste + purity + authenticity embodies the very standards + traditions, culture + nuances the Broikos family generates. Godliness. Infused into every single last drop of Ouzon Soda.

Drink Local

With OPA! Originals located in Penfiled, NY, the makings of Ouzon Soda started in Dundee, NY, and with Ouzon sold all over Monroe County: Anastasia + Phil Broikos make Rochester, NY a city among the gods. Truly, we thank you so much.

Opa!

(had to.)

Now head over to your nearest retailer + drink for yourself!

#drinklocal

#allnatural

#Ouzon

#OPAOriginals

XO.

Shop Local. B is for Birthdays. B is for BarbaraEllen. B is for 28th Birthday Weekend.

Brought to you by The Nicole Jaclyn.
Look at these jewels.
This post is more for me than it is for you. Only because I love making lists, & I feel overwhelmingly compelled to recap/relive/record this 28th Birthday Weekend. Also, everyone should be sick by now of hearing about my Birthday Weekend. Ergo, one final 28th Birthday Gift to me: my own blog post on my own blog. Class.

 

LocalVore Birthday.
Term coined by my mama in a preparatory email she sent to plan these grand shenanigans. Her pitch: Eat Local. Shop Local. Roc-It-Up. Here are the highlights:

FRIDAY
March 8, 2013 – Day of my Birth.

Homemade Tiramisu.
Thanks  Momsly!





Homemade Cookie Cake.
The Rooms. Best I have ever.

















First thing I opened.
Last thing I took off.































28 feels extra special. Something about becoming more adult & still being in my 20’s.

Vanessa Virginia blouse from Anthropologie. Showers of office wishes & Facebook feeds. Pedis with my Mama {I am embarrassingly ticklish}. Homemade Italian din with the fam. Amazingly thoughtful gifts from the girls. Cheshire cocktails & Lux love with the friends.

SATURDAY
March 9, 2013 – 28 & 2 days old.

Geometric Flats.
Shop Peppermint. Also 15% off on Birthdays!!
ShopPeppermint.
Left
Geometric Cranes & Sheer.
Right: Black Lace & Tea.







Thread.
Front & Back. Time for Spring.
















OPI Moneypenny Magnetic Mani.
With Miss Moneypenny!


























Big Spoon.
Little Spoon.























Saturdays are meant to be celebrated. LocalVore theme made it #Roc.
Yoga at Tru. Shopping at ShopPeppermint & Thread. Lunch on Park Ave. The Little Bleu Cheese Shop in the South Wedge. Selfie Manis. Cuddling with the Pups. Freakishly exhausted because I am now 28.

SUNDAY
March 10, 2013 – Sundays in the Sun.

Clockwise from Left: Alex and Ani initials bangles.
Alex and Ani Philosophy {eco-friendly, positive energy}.
Homemade hand lettering card {Nicole} & Chakras {Shan}.
















Just drinking some Limeade on Park Ave.
(Ignore the snow. It was warm.)

























Truly, Sundays are a day of rest. 
Absurd breakfast {Tiramisu, herb-butter grilled cheese & tomato on rye–thank you Da’ Moe!–grape leaf, Coca-Cola, potato chips}. Indulgent facial, Scott Miller. Fabulous, most fabulous, day with my Lady Loves {Anj, Nicole, Shannon} which includes, but is not limited to, loitering on steps, lil’ bit a bridal, stalking an actor, Alex and Ani’s {most positive store everrr}, Sushi, & some seriously large laughs.

Goodnight.
Best
Birthday
Weekend
Ever.
♥ .