Fashion, food and fun were the winning ingredients when it came to raising funds for breast cancer last month. The Breast Cancer Alliance’s annual benefit luncheon and fashion show succeeded in raising $1.3 million toward the alliance’s efforts.
The show, which was held Nov. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, attracted more than 900 guests . The event, along with other programs and activities, have helped the alliance to raise more than $18 million in as many years.
Sponsored by Mitchells/Richards, the show featured 12 breast cancer survivors who modeled the store’s fashions, alongside professional models. The luncheon also featured a talk by guest speaker NBC’s Pat Battle, who also is a breast cancer survivor. Through her work as a broadcaster and as a survivors, she has urged women to make annual mammograms a priority, as it has been shown that early detection can save lives.
We are not even into the throes of the super-packed weekends of November and December, and the number of events and activities scheduled for the weekend, and beyond, is nearly overwhelming. I don’t envy you in having to make some tough choices, but as a way of leading you in the right direction, here’s a look at upcoming festivities.
Pop Shop Market returns to the Fairfield Theatre Company’s warehouse and parking lot at 70 Sanford Street on Saturday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The region’s popular open-air shopper’s sanctuary boasts “top curated vendors” of antique and re-purposed furniture, artwork, jewelry and fashion by local artists, designers and merchants.
When shoppers finally drop (or, decide take a break), they can sample treats from one of Fairfield County’s premier gourmet food trucks or grab a cocktail or craft brew from the event’s signature BarCar.
There is no cost for the event.
Here are some of the highlights:
Fashion designers Styleliner, Kelly Designs, Verdi Blue, and Brooklyn Beach, Nathan & Moe, Hexter and more
Pop up Restaurants, including Sugar and Olives, Mecha Noodle Bar and The Stand, Sugar and Olives, Whey Station and Deadly Grounds
A complimentary kids pottery painting table hosted by Hands on Pottery
BarCar manned by mixologists from Walrus and Carpenter
The last time we saw Tamara Loyola, she looked stunning in a white lace Danielle Caprese gown, giddily anticipating the day when she would walk down the aisle.
But as the date of her wedding drew near, the 31-year-old Bridgeport bride developed a serious case of “dress regret.”
“I looked at (the gown) a million times, I tried it on again and again,” she said of the gown. “It was beautiful, but it was very princessy. I needed to change it.”
So, she set out to find a new wedding day ensemble — a deadline decision captured in an upcoming episode of TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress” airing Friday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.
After appearing on the show in February, Loyola returns to Kleinfeld Bridal to choose a new dress — this one, a Pnina Tornai gown with a drop waist and sweetheart neckline.
Loyola thinks she’s found the right fit, but then, she encounters another dress dilemma: it’s not the right color. She puts in a request for a different hue, but she’s nervous because she has no idea how it’s going to look.
Said Loyola: “Once you have it, its ordered and that’s it.”
Tune in on Friday find out if the she says “yes” to the dress.
And if you want to help a Bridgeport firefighter: Loyola is the wife of Edgard Loyola, a Bridgeport firefighter who fought the raging blaze that damaged four buildings on the city’s East Side on Tuesday. His colleague, Richard Minfiel, was one of the victims whose home was destroyed. The Bridgeport Fire Deptartment will host a fundraiser for Minfiel and his family on Monday, Sept. 23 at at Fire Engine Pizza Co.
Above, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s Model Ts to Mustangs outdoor antique and classic car display will take place Saturday, May 4, 2013, and feature many makes and models. However, special attention will be given to Fords this year. For more information, call 203-322-1646 or visit http://www.stamfordmuseum.org. Contributed photo
With the spring blooms having sprung and nice weather on tap for the weekend, it appears to be the time to check out a number of outdoor events planned over the next few days.
Car fans can see how the Model T eventually gave rise to the Mustang, and later Ford models, during the 10th annual classic and antique car show at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. About 70 cars are expected to roll their way onto the meadow on Saturday, and perhaps pick up a few honors in the process. Flora will be the focus in Fairfield when the 78th annual Dogwood Festival gets under way. There will be music, blossoms, outdoor items to purchase and food to enjoy. KidsFest will bring vendors, activities and inflatables to Ridgefield’ Ballard Park. And Wilton will enjoy a Go Green festival in this season of green.
The weekend continues into next week, with a melding of film and music when the Fairfield Theatre Company hosts a screening of “Stop Making Sense,” the 1984 Talking Heads concert movie. It will help to raise funds for the theater company and WPKn 89.5.
Tomorrow also marks Free Comic Book Day. Several shops around the area will be hosting the day with special events, including Stamford’s A Timeless Journey. At Heroes Comics & Cards in Norwalk, Jeff Marsick and Kirk Manley will be there signing their books (“Dead Man’s Party” and “Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers”), making art and giving away items. Rogue Comics of Bridgeport will be involved, as will Alternate Universe of Milford and New Haven.
Tickets go on sale to the public today, either through the center’s website, phone at 203-325-4466 or at the center’s box office in downtown Stamford.
The evening will likely include some of her greatest hits from a career that has stretched from the early 1960s, when she was in her teens, to the present day. Starting out as a member of The Supremes, she went on to a successful solo career by the late 1960s. An Academy Award-nominated actress, some of her notable roles include Billie Holiday in the film “Lady Sings the Blues,” the lead in the 1975 film “Mahogany” and Dorothy in the 1978′s “The Wiz.” The Stamford concert also will likely put a spotlight on her glamorous style and fashion sense.
Ross, a longtime Greenwich resident, has performed in the area in the past. In 2004, she took to the stage at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich for a benefit concert for the Arch Street Teen Center.
Beyoncé, who launched The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Monday in Belgrade, Serbia, revealed a steady stream of Stuart Weitzman-designed creations, including black combat ankle boots, brass satin pumps (see photo above) and blue Swarovski crystal embedded pumps. Her backup dancers and band members also donned styles created by this famed craftsman and Greenwich resident.
Check out some of the sketches of the lace-up, military inspired boots and the blue pumps.
Weitzman has designed the shoes for Beyoncé’s last two tours, as well as special performances.
In a released statement, Weitzman commented on his more than six-year collaboration with the singer:
“Creating footwear for Beyoncé’s shows has been one of my most inspiring projects. She and her entire team know exactly what they need, always focusing on the fashion and the function of the styles that will be worn.”