Cathy Peru, Laser Hair Removal
Kathy Peru (Click to enlarge)
Plastic Surgery of Southern Connecticut, L.L.C.
208 Post Road West, Westport
Shorn underarms became popular around 1915. A few years later hairless gams were all the rage. Then a circle of sisters parked themselves on 57th Street in NYC and introduced legions of hair-fearing women to depilated pudendums.
That means a typical non-European woman will spend months of her life painfully de-fuzzing limbs, armpits and, you know, other things. And now: men. Yep. Not sure who wrote the memo, but men in their ‘20s and ‘30s are mowing, or ripping out, their private little lawns.
I, however, will not. Because I met Cathy, RN and skin care specialist. You may think I’m histrionic when I say she’s my new best friend, but if you’ve experienced the myriad of “permanent” hair removal processes I’ve experienced, you’ll understand. However, for dignity’s sake, let’s not go there.
Important side note: hair removal hurts. No getting around it. So it gives me some satisfaction to know men are in on it now and can experience what females must endure. In fact, if the Crips and Bloods initiated their young members with hair removal instead of arbitrary manslaughter, my guess is that there would be far fewer gangs roaming the streets.
At any rate, Cathy has been a registered nurse for 25 years, many of which were spent in the maternity ward (so no need to be embarrassed about… yeah). To the delight of numerous well-groomed women, she’s focused on laser skin care and hair removal for the past 7 years in the office of top plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph O’Connell (see write-up on this site).
She’s lovely, knowledgeable, and amazing at eradicating annoying and unwanted keratinized filaments. And if you’re one of the unlucky individuals whose hair is disinclined to leave its host, she’ll do whatever she can (short of blowtorching) to ensure you’re happy with the results.
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Friday, April 25, 2014 • Permalink
Friends of Ferguson Library Used Book Shop
One Public Library Plaza, Stamford
I come from a long line of book lovers. My dad used to bring home cases of dusty books from local library sales with such provocative titles as “Twelfth and Thirteenth Annual Reports of the Bureau of Animal Industry for the Fiscal Years 1895 and 1896.” I… never read it. Nor, I suspect, did anyone else except my dad and the author. But I do, as many of you, read anything on the Top 10 bestseller list. Which you can get on the cheap at the Friends of Ferguson Library Used Book Shop, operated by Stamford library volunteers.
Who they are: Volunteers who stock and sell “quality used books at reasonable prices to provide financial support for the mission of the Friends of Ferguson Library.” (website)
What they do: Proceeds from sales of music and books support special library programs and, through their Friend-to-Friend Program (F2F), provide free books to select Stamford non-profit agencies to “serve as a free community literacy resources.” Special gifts to the library include transportation for children to and from the library and a special reader for people with macular degeneration. Through F2F, the library has donated over 200,000 books to agencies since 2003.
What you may not know but should:
1. FF has a rare and collectible book section, including a free training program to teach volunteers how to recognize and value prized publications.
2. Since 1981, FF has sponsored author luncheons as a “thank you” to the community it services. They have hosted such literary luminaries as Frank McCourt and Elizabeth Strout.
How you can help:
1. Volunteer your time.
2, Buy books.
3. Donate clean, interesting books in readable condition.
Monday, April 14, 2014 • Permalink
Graze(Click to enlarge)
So this goat farmer walks into my house…
That could be the beginning of a great joke or a bad porn flick. But it’s neither. It’s actually true. He comes to my home on Monday mornings and delivers fresh milk, eggs, chef-prepared meals, and other organic treats directly from artisanal farms in Vermont. And the price? No more than what you’d pay at Whole Foods.
Graze, the brainchild of Christy Colasurdo, a Westport mom and former New York magazine editor along with husband, Doug, and Vermont friends Julianna and Steve (a former CFO of Heineken Americas. Yes, male readers: beer) allows Fairfield County-ers to enjoy delicious farm-to-table foods to which they would otherwise have little or no access (farmers aren’t necessarily great marketers and, to be fair, vice-versa).
Chef Neil whips up a weekly menu of prepared foods, including a soup, adult dinner, kids dinner, grain salad, vegetarian alternative, tea bread, cheese, and much more. His meals and soups are beautifully prepared from local ingredients (Misty Knoll chicken, grass-fed angus beef, freshly picked vegetables) and are surprisingly, and refreshingly, well-seasoned (whoever decided that organic meals must be low-sodium should be locked into a room of hungry pre-schoolers. And their moms.)
Christy tells me, “We have taken great pains to make sure every ingredient we use and every product we sell is not only delicious and nutritious and wholesome, but also sustainably and humanely produced. (We) work with small farmers who know and love their animals and treat them with respect.
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 • Permalink
Wakeman Town Farm
134 Cross Highway, Westport
When we first moved to Fairfield County I thought it’d be fun to grow our own Halloween pumpkin in our little garden next to the fence. I planted one or two seeds and watched its first baby leaves peep out and, eventually, take over the entire patch. In no time, it had clambered up the fence, crawled into the neighbor’s garden, and was poised to take over their entire yard before I hacked it down with an axe. The next day it had become bigger and stronger and was clearly preparing itself for world domination.
Long story short, I’m now the proud farmer of chives, weeds, and an unsettling crop of pale leafy carrots.
Now, I could go to Wakeman “organic demonstration homestead” and learn how to grow vegetables in an environmentally responsible way. Which I easily can, because they offer all sorts of ways to educate people on how not to destroy plants. But they also offer children’s camps and classes, so I’ll save the thrill of nurturing organic zucchini for my kids. Plus, there are a bunch of snuggly farm animals for them to care for and cuddle, including one very fluffy white chicken.
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Events + Places
Home + Garden
Las Vetas Lounge
29 Unquowa Road, Fairfield
The hodge-podgiest coffee shop I’ve ever graced with my presence, this café boasts an enormous selection of teas and coffee drinks (Flava-Mave, Shizzler’s Toffee Chocolate Shake), retro candy (candy bracelets, Bit O’Honey), single-serve bowls of sugared cereals, wall o’ bagged chips, some baked goods, sandwiches, garage-sale seating …you get the idea. Coffee’s okay but – let’s be honest – completely beside the point.
Robin’s note: Good news is, the environment itself is so loud no one notices when your children act like non-domesticated wildebeest.
Who you’ll see eating here: Fairfield U students, moms with young kids, and a random sprinkling of 50 year-old men.
Their specialty: Coffee drinks.
What you should order: One of their crazy coffee drinks, bag of fritos, handful of mini chocolate bars, and some sort of hard taffy lollipop that’ll keep the kids busy while you enjoy your lunch.
What you may not know buy should: They don’t have a liquor license, but bring in a bottle of wine and they’ll serve it for a nominal corkage fee.
Bars + Baristas
Saturday, April 05, 2014 • Permalink
Homes With Hope
The “joke” in Westport is that the town has the only homeless shelter in the country that’s four doors down from a Tiffany. I bet the executives at Tiffany get a good chuckle over that one.
Homes With Hope offers housing, over 30,000 meals a year, Masters-level counseling, and an opportunity for independence to homeless and mentally challenged people and their families. A lot of Tiffany customers volunteer at HwH, and the success stories are worth their weight in gold.
Robin’s Note: Currently, there are 86 people sleeping every night in close proximity to the jewelers. 30 of these people are children. Also, the HwH board appoints two high school student members, a junior and a senior, who volunteer for 2 years.
Who they are: “Homes with Hope provides facilities and supportive services in a structured environment that enable homeless people in the communities we serve to achieve an independent and self-sufficient life.”—ihawestport.com
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 • Permalink