Designer Label Consignment
1344 Post Road East, Westport
Despite what the past few store write-ups may lead one to believe, my goal in life is not to troll the county for vintage clothing stores. But given the economy and my penchant for high-end designer clothing I can’t afford, it seems like a pretty good idea right now.
Which leads me to this place. I’ve driven by it a million times and it was only when I had to bring my car in for repairs (in the attached strip mall) that I decided to pop in. The first thing I spotted was a cotton Pucci dress for $95 and I cried out to the manager, “I’ve never been in before but I’m so excited I’m finally here!” She… didn’t share my enthusiasm and I stood there smiling like a mentally challenged golden retriever. A gorgeous pair of embroidered Manolos for $110 and a Stella McCartney dress for $45 heightened my solitary utopia, as did the $35 Marni top, Stella shorts, and Etro silk blouse.
Seeing a Chico’s cardigan broke my heart (please people: stop abusing the hard-won “Designer” appellation!), but a nearby row of Akris suits for $175 and a St. John suit for $110 were the threads that mended the fickle little muscle of mine back together.
Robin’s note: As I strode toward the dressing rooms with my bonanza, the manager stopped me and whispered of the elderly man occupying one of the two rooms, “Wait until he leaves. He’s very sweet, but the curtains separating the rooms are sheer and he likes to peek.” THANK YOU, SALES MANAGER.
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Monday, January 13, 2014 • Permalink
Have Kids, Will Eat
Dining Out with Kids
Last Thursday my husband was forced to enjoy cocktails and a swishy dinner in NYC with fellow workfolk. Again. Normally he declines the dinner invitation so he can have a late dinner with his wife. Which would be so sweet if it weren’t for the fact that his wife has to make and clean up after said late dinner. So… yeah. Fun.
But this night he accepted the dinner invitation, creating a free evening for me and my three angelic offspring.
As luck would have it, all three were wearing outfits that neither embarrassed nor confused me. So I dolled myself up a bit in preparation of a nice meal at a kid-friendly restaurant like Rizutto’s or Bertucci’s.
Now, if you don’t currently have kids I should explain: dirty and snot-smeared is the new black, and taking children to dinner is the new nightclubbing. When you have kids, your old life doesn’t “change” so much as it ceases to exist. Kids become your life, and you learn to appreciate small things such as sitting on a dry toilet seat or having someone else wash your dishes.
Anyhoo, back to dinner with the kids. We settled into a booth and placed our order without incident. We all had reasonably tasteful outfits, adequate table manners, and the kids weren’t screaming fart jokes. And–-I swear I’m not lying—my oldest son shared something about his day at school!
The older couple next to us complimented me on my well-behaved children, which made me smug and generously sympathetic of parents with less tame charges.
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Kids in Tow
Monday, November 28, 2011 • Permalink
Tavern on Main
146 Main Street, Westport
This 18th century girls’ school/grocery store is now a charming (some say drafty) restaurant with one of the few decent bars in town.
Robin’s note: The porch is great for people-watching, despite the fact you’re in downtown Westport and not a lot happens after stores close.
Who you’ll see eating here: Couples, with or without their grandchildren.
Their specialty: Salmon brown rice salad.
What you should eat: Grilled Atlantic salmon filet over sweet corn ragout.
What you may not know but should: They’re great for parties, events, and off-site catering. http://www.tavernonmain.com
Thursday, November 10, 2011 • Permalink
606 Post Road East, Westport
48 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
If $60 Manolo Blahniks and $150 Gaultier suits send a riotous, teeming pack of non-sexual pheromones to your brain, then Roundabout is going to make you very, very happy.
Robin’s note: Try on everything before purchasing and make sure the shoes stay on your feet: just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s wearable. And they don’t return ANYTHING.
Who you’ll see shopping here: Moms who love to shop.
Their specialty: Chanel suits and overstock Shin Choi.
What you should buy: The mint condition Etro/Prada/Gucci/de la Renta (etc.) hiding in the racks on the left side of the store.
What you may not know but should:
1. Consignments are only accepted with original sales receipt.
2. Cut-rate deals are even crazier when they’re clearing out seasonal merchandise, so go late fall/late spring.
3. Chanel rarely, if ever, gets further discounts. So don’t hold your breath.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 • Permalink
The Black Duck Bar
605 Riverside Avenue, Westport
All hail our brave little eatery/watering hole featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”. It caused a sensation, and rightly so. However, it’s better at night when the conviviality and darkness obfuscates its imminent slide into the Saugatuck River.
Who’ll you’ll see drinking here: Used to be the local cognoscenti and fishermen. It still is, actually.
Their specialty: Beer so cold it could remove a wart.
What you should order: Fresh lime margarita (beg for it) and request the good tequila.
What you may not know but should:
1. When it snows, the Duck reduces drink prices.
2. Consider patronizing the Duck on karaoke night if you enjoy crooning with people who wear: 1. ripped denim devoid of irony, 2. tight clothes, 3. cigarette company apparel.
Bars + Baristas
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Permalink
Coleman Brothers Foundation
Coleman Brothers Foundation
What they do: Founded in memory of two Westport brothers, Keith and Scott Coleman, who died in the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, the Coleman family and the Westport Soccer Association “support soccer players and others actively involved in youth soccer programs, who demonstrate a meaningful commitment to sportsmanship, leadership and integrity on and off the field.
Support provided by the Foundation includes college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and grants to provide opportunities for boys and girls from families with financial needs to participate in travel and other youth soccer programs, coaching or refereeing.” (website)
Who they are: “Keith and Scott Coleman grew up in Westport, Connecticut, playing soccer, baseball and wrestling. As adults, Keith and Scott worked together at Cantor Fitzgerald as colleagues, brothers and friends. Keith and Scott died in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001.
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Wednesday, September 07, 2011 • Permalink
4 Brothers Pizza
Darien – (203) 662-9373
Westport - (203) 341-0505
Sure, we all adore the “wood-fired broccoli rabe/salumi assortito pie with a hint of pesto cream sauce,” but if you want to fire up the margarita machine and gluttonize until your arteries are begging for mercy and your brain cells are about to top the endangered species list, then this is your pizza.
Robin’s note: Pepperoni. It looks like plain but, ooh baby, it’s not.
Who you’ll see eating here: No one. It’s all about delivery.
Their specialty: Pizza.
What you should order: Pizza and grinders.
What you may not know but should: Check the website for coupons. They never verify them, so you can use them as often as you wish.
Thursday, June 23, 2011 • Permalink
56 Post Road East, Westport
A gorgeous interior design boutique, yes, but lets focus on the key attraction: luscious, scrumptious, over-the-top and just-perfect jewelry.
Robin’s note: Many of the designer collections are rare birds for this neck of the woods, so whims of comparison shopping are just that: whims.
Their specialty: Statement bracelets and necklaces.
What you should buy: Delicate drop necklaces and chandelier earrings.
What you may not know but should: You’re probably familiar with Dovecote’s near-legendary warehouse sales. If you decide to fight the maddening throngs for cut-rate prices on home décor, do so—but know the best baubles never go bargain basement. http://www.dovecote-westport.com
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Permalink
570 Riverside Avenue, Westport
Chummy, eclectic coffee shop catering to early morning commuters and people who need an impromptu meeting space.
Robin’s note: Tribal masks adorn the walls. Not sure why except, maybe, to scare off sensitive children.
Who you’ll see eating here: Art-Smart moms, local politicians, cycling clubs, and die-hard fans.
Their specialty: Coffee & various egg sandwiches.
What you should order: Coffee & huge, homemade biscotti.
What you may not know but should: Rumors of a teardown have been flying for over a year. Word is: condos. They’re bound to be popular with trolls and others who might enjoy living beneath the I-95 overpass.
Bars + Baristas
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 • Permalink
Association of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
When asked why he created Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, Paul Newman replied, “I wanted, I think, to acknowledge Luck; the chance of it, the benevolence of it in my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others, made especially savage for children because they may not be allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it.”
It gives me goose bumps, too.
Paul certainly had luck but, more important, he was a good man and a hard worker. To credit luck with his achievements wouldn’t be giving him enough credit, and his camps are further proof of his success and largesse.
What it is: Movie buffs may recognize “Hole in the Wall Gang” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, referring to a “ragtag group of bandits.”
Each camp is for “children diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, hemophilia and other serious and life-threatening conditions enjoy more than they or their parents ever thought possible. Activities include archery, mini golf, swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, sports, theater and camping; all are designed to include every child and ensure that no child will fail. A zero-entry pool provides water fun for all campers, regardless of any mobility challenges they may have. A special warming room or ‘French fryer’ allows children with sickle cell anemia to enjoy swimming – many for the first time in their young lives. An exceptional tree house, mini golf course and multiple trails are specially designed to be wheelchair-accessible, ensuring an inclusive experience for all youngsters.”
All campers attend free of charge.
Friday, June 17, 2011 • Permalink