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Speaking of Prettiness

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Is that even a word? Prettiness?  Well, I’ve been holding onto these pictures for a little while and felt that today was a good day to post them.  This is (random, I know) Will and Jada Smith’s Malibu home.  Maybe pretty isn’t the word for this property . . . maybe INSANELY AMAZING is more like it.  What do you think?  Could you live here?

Or is this more your speed?  It’s in Bali and is FOR SALE!  Little blurb about it below – I think the elevated bedroom suites (in the little peaks) are genius.

Interior designer and environmentalist Linda Garland created this oceanfront retreat (AD, August 2009) for film director Rob Cohen of The Fast and the Furious fame. Modeled after traditional Sumatran Minangkabau architecture, the compound consists of an open-air living/dining pavilion and three enclosed bedroom suites—all elevated on poles and topped with soaring thatched roofs made from locally grown grass.Located at the base of Mount Agung, the six-acre grounds also include a pair of modernist villas in addition to a swimming pool. Made of recycled timber, the structures are as eco-friendly as they are exotic.

As for PR last night . . . the only thing I thought was pretty was Nina’s shirt that she wore during the consultations.  Looking forward to seeing what you have to say.



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August 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

Million Dollar Decorators

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Have you heard of this show?  Its my new favorite guilty pleasure – a spot that is usually taken by Dancing with the Stars or the Bachelorette (the bachelorette this season is driving me NUTS and I’m about 1 episode away from giving it up!).  To make this show even better, my favorite blogger (Erin from Elements of Style) recently came up with a drinking game to go along with it.  🙂

A little excerpt from the first show this season is below.

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June 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

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Mother’s Day 2011

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Here is what we have planned . . .

Lets me at the High Line at 7:15 (I have to work until at least 6:45 :().  You can get there by taking the L all the way to the end (A C E line) and getting off and walk to 10th Ave.  There are supposedly entrances at 20th, 18th, 16th, 14th and Gansevoort Street on 10th Ave.  We will watch the sunset there (ohh, can you bring my camera?  its next to the printer).

Then we’ll have dinner at Colicchio and Sons at 8:30pm.  Its at 10th and 15th.

A few places you can check out if you want to get out of Brooklyn and its not time to meet up yet.

Chelsea Market.  It’s on 9th between 15th and 16th.  There are a bunch of little shops – mostly food, wine, flowers, etc.  but its cute and every time I’ve stopped by I’ve seen someone famous.

You should also check out VMV Hypoallergenics.  Its right at 18th and Broadway.  Get off at Union Square.

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May 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

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The Royal Wedding

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Soooo . . . of course we have to have at least ONE blog post about the upcoming wedding.  I know its annoying to keep hearing about the wedding . . . but I have to say I have butterflies in my stomach for Kate right now.  I remember the day before I married Mike and how EXCITED I was for the next day to come (almost as excited as I was that the planning was OVER). 

I have no clue what she’s going to wear, nor do I even want to guess . . . but can’t wait to see the dress.  Part of me wants to wake up at 4am just to see it.  If I was going to be there in person I think that I would wear this Chloe dress (you have to click on the link to see – I can’t copy the picture for the life of me right now!) to the wedding itself . . . with this Fascinator from Lo Boheme (who made my beautiful feather headpiece for the wedding). 

For the party later in the evening I would probably go for this cobalt blue Marchesa dress and De Beers earnings.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I guess anything is better than the hospital gowns we were both wearing during the last big royal wedding!!!!

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April 28, 2011 at 10:50 am

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60 Days To Go . . .

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until Hutch and Stacy’s wedding!

Since you’re in the process of making my beautiful dress for the occasion I need to think about what I’m going to wear with it.  Since it’s a beachy wedding I think wedges would be a good choice for a shoe.  Like these . . .

Michael Kors (which would also be good for work)

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

UNLESS I win the lottery between now and June 10th.  In that case I’ll be getting one of these (or both, why not?!?)



I would also round out the purchase with these earnings that Angelina Jolie wore during an award show (I’ve been looking for good knock-offs for YEARS).




And a Chanel bag, of course.

Instead I’ll probably wear my dress J. Crew flip-flops for the ceremony and then change into a pair of gold Nina’s for the reception . . . and may possibly swing the $32 for these from Anthro.

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April 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Doris is Turning 90

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Doris is turning 90 this summer so we’re going to have a big birthday party for her.  I was put in charge of creating the invites.  Ellen wants to go with a casino theme because Doris loooovvveeesss the casino.  I scowered the internet for a tasteful party invite that involved a casino theme and would be appropriate for a woman’s 90th birthday party.  Not surprisingly, it was impossible. 

I had an idea of what I wanted the invite to look like so I sent that info over to the talented Ms. Victoria Masters (who needs to get her website up and running soon!) and she came up with this (the colors are slightly different – Worpress is doing something to this version).  Perfection . . . not that I’m surprised.

The party, as you can see, will be at Lucianos, which is in the beautiful Worcester train station.

Let the planning begin!

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April 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

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March 31st – Tid Bits

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First off, I didn’t get to the Red and White Quilt show so you’ll have to post your pictures and tell me about it – HELLO!  🙂

I am going to dinner with Vicki tonight.  We’re going to Pure Food & Wine because she has a Groupon.  Its never too early to figure out what you’re having, right?  I’m thinking Salad of Arugula, Endive, Candied Pecans, Lavender Shallot Vinaigrette and then Porcini Ravioli with Truffle Cream Sauce, Baby White Asparagus followed by Frozen Coconut Mousse.  Yum

Secondly, Mandi sent me a new picture of Cielo today.  I’m going to try to see them when we’re in PA for Easter (Dad wants us to play in a golf tournament with him on Good Friday – has been asking us for years – finally gave in).

She’s cute and Mandi is LOVING being a Mom.

Lastly . . . ICR was in the local CT newspaper yesterday about our recent ranking in the O’Dwyer annual survey.  The full article is below.  Good article but they spelled our name incorrectly in a few spots . . . not sure what is so difficult about spelling ICR . . .

ICR reaches financial top spot

The Hour Online


Hour Staff Writer

A newcomer to the Norwalk business scene is also a newcomer to the top spot in an industry ranking.

ICR, an independent public relations firm, announced that its financial communications practice has been ranked number one as defined by revenues in O’Dwyer’s annual survey. O’Dwyer’s has conducted agency rankings for 40 years.

ICR reached the top spot in financial communications for the first time, beating out 49 other independent firms. It was also ranked eighth among 148 companies that documented their revenues for O’Dwyer’s Directory of PR Firms.

“We started on the list in 2003 and every year we’ve increased our ranking. The last three or four years we’ve been in the top 10,” Thomas M. Ryan, CEO of ICR, said. “It’s in our sweet spot category (financial communications) and we’ve hit the number one spot. It’s very meaningful to us.”

The rankings are based on 2010 revenue. IRC had a 20 percent increase over the previous year, totally more than $26.5 million.

ICR moved to iPark on the Norwalk/Wilton border last year. It had been located in Westport since the company was founded in 1998. ICR employs about 50 people in Norwalk and close to 100 worldwide.

Like many companies, ICR was forced to downsize in 2009, but its recent success has allowed the firm to start hiring again.

“In the last four or five months we’ve been hiring people back and getting new clients,” Ryan said. “There’s a real need for what we’re doing, especially when the IPO market is hot. We work with 280 companies and 95 percent of them are public.”

ICR’s client list includes companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Starwood, California Pizza Kitchen and J. Crew.

“We help companies with investors and crisis management. Public companies are under a lot of scrutiny with investors these days,” Ryan said.

Grabbing the number one spot in the O’Dwyer survey needs to be put in its property perspective, according to Ryan.

“Being number one doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the best,” he said. “We want to be number one and be the best in customer service.”

Ryan, and the entire team at ICR, have also accepted the top accolade with heavy hearts. Ryan founded IRC with two friends, Chad A. Jacobs and John P. Flanagan. Both Jacobs and Flanagan passed away of cancer in the last 20 months.

“Our recent growth as a company is a testament to everyone around here. It was a shock to the company,” Ryan said. “Those guys are still a part of what we do every day.”

Ryan started his career as a casino analyst for a bank writing buy-hold-sell reports. It was there that he saw the need for a public relations firm that specialized in financial communication.

“I saw companies make big mistakes with how they told their stories to the world,” he said.

Ryan grew up in Norwalk so he was excited about the prospect of moving the firm to his hometown after several different locations in Westport.

“I grew up seeing the development and growth of Norwalk,” he said. “So when we were deciding where to go, we were fired up about finding this location. The economics of it were great. We had been in an inefficient space on two floors. This locations is more user-friendly and there’s room to grow.”

ICR also has offices in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Beijing. Ryan said the company is considering expanding into Brazil. Ryan said most companies are branching out throughout the world, so his firm has to keep up.

“Every company is trying to be as global as they can,” he said.

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March 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

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