Weston’s Joan Wharton switches from legal briefs to men’s boxers
Slacks and sweaters in the summer make for a miserable combination as do no air conditioning and Connecticut heat and humidity. That being said, I know nothing of fashion beyond the fact that I own too many pairs of tennis shoes! Shorts and sandals quite frankly are more my thing, that's part of the beauty of what's known as beach church. For those who are not aware, church does not actually conclude in the school year and pick back up after Labor Day, in Westport it brings the pews to the views of Compo Beach. Sunday service in the sand is the brainchild of Greens Farms Church Reverend Bill Bryant who years ago teamed up with his UCC colleague down the street at Saugatuck Church, Rev. Ted Hoskins. Prior to the beach service, they each closed their meetinghouse for one month (depending in part on vacation schedules) for cleaning and repairs. The practice has evolved over the years and has come to include the Methodist Church, Norfield Congregational and most recently, Wilton Congregational in addition to GFC and Saugutuck. It's everything you'd expect with the notable exception of Sunday school for the kids, but bring along their buckets and shovels […]
Style Watch White Birch Studio has it all—from unique gifts to furnishings for the whole house. Incorporating a mixture of vintage, one-of-a-kind, and refurbished items, the showroom strikes a fine balance between modern and vintage, formal and casual. Hillary Fritz, the buying consultant to owner and head designer Susan Anderson, and designer Sara Gardner, says that their offerings feel “fresh, but fresh for a long time”—especially important since pieces that come with a heftier price tag need to have a lasting appeal. You won’t have to look far to find something you’ll love among the studio’s eclectic selection. The huge reclaimed wood table by the entrance is striking and versatile, perfect for a casual dinner with the kids or for a formal affair when decked out with fine china. Go ahead and try not to covet the Mad Men-esque leather writing table, perfectly staged with a bar set of shadow-gray glass. Not exactly an interior designer yourself? White Birch also offers design services—everything from broad plans to the nitty-gritty details. The studio has a separate design space, a kind of cozy library, where you’ll dream up your next big project with the designers. —N.T. 3 Sconset Square, Westport, 203-557-9137; whitebirchstudio.com […]
INTERMIX opens on Main Street
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Yes, genetics have been kind to Westport's cover model, Mackenzie Pretty. But this blonde head-turner also sweats it out to stay in shape—among other things, Mackenzie is a cycling instructor at JoyRide Cycling Studio. She was a great sport for our fall fashion feature. We had her modeling a fur-trimmed leather jacket under the hot studio lights in the middle of summer. She told us it was nothing compared to her cycling classes! Here's one class act who knows how to keep her cool: Her thoughts on her makeover: “I love, love, loved it. The leather jacket was my favorite piece of the shoot; this fall I will be on a mission to find one (P.S. Tell my husband, Tom!). My makeup for both of the looks was flawless. I kept asking Coco how to do everything she did so I can try and recreate! I wish I could have Livio and Coco with me every day to do my hair and makeup!” Behind the scenes: “It was a chance to step out of real life for a day and get to play dress up! I was certainly impressed with how much behind-the-scenes work goes into a fashion shoot. First, I […]
The case of the honeymooner who disappeared may be unsolved, but it is far from cold. Officials are closer than ever to making an arrest. Here, exclusive new information from the man who is determined to find out who killed George Smith.
It must be a red-hot love affair with fashion. Has anyone else noticed all the new, stylish stores in downtown Westport? For him, for her—shoppers have their hands full of options in imported jeans, statement-making dresses, edgy jewelry, and handsome shoes. With Allen Redmonds, AKRAM, Chic, Intermix, Urban Outfitters, and others, there are choices galore from across America and Europe and for all ages. Add in Calypso, Lucy’s, Henry Lehr, Soleil Toile, and all the other “musts” with hot new selections and it’s clear that downtown is a fashion destination. Check out tried-and-true home shops like Fig, Bungalow, and Dovecote, along with the White Birch and Terrain just a bit up the street, too. Then refuel at one of the area restaurants working hard to make the most of the town’s natural beauty. Shopping hunters can plan one very satisfying day. The timing is perfect, too. We’re all about to notice that the high social season is upon us. Here are the clues: The kids are back in school, and the calendar is filling up with soirées and galas right through the holidays. What to wear? How to spruce up the house for guests or just the change of seasons? […]
Griffin Anthony at the Ridgefield Playhouse
Reflective Estate What’s summer without a pool nearby? And if that pool were as near as the back patio, one would never have to leave home for vacation. This property, with vanishing-edge pool and expanding views of Southport Harbor and the Sound beyond, is all about lifestyle, notes listing broker Michelle Genovesi of Michelle & Company, part of William Raveis Real Estate. “Pools contribute to a lifestyle that is sophisticated yet tranquil,” she says. The pool comes with a 16-room, 11,100-square-foot, Arts & Crafts–style house on 2.38 acres. It’s listed at $5.998 m. Mojitos by istockphoto.com / © OlgaMiltsova Bright Idea! Pool and patio parties are all the more enjoyable when catered, allowing you to be the guest at your own event. This summer, Marcia Selden of Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning is lighting up the days and nights with mango and watermelon margaritas, caipirinhas and mojitos, mini tacos and small entrée plates, burger stations and Texas barbecue. “These foods and drinks bring color and life to a pool party,” she says. “They bring happiness!” 203-353-8000; marciaselden.com Have a Seat Classic outdoor furniture can be found at Terrain, the gorgeous, new garden and home-décor center in Westport. Sets such […]
Westport’s Jennifer Lau creates jewelry with an edge and an altruistic twist
Surviving in our changed economy
Every other Wednesday, on the beautiful dock of the Westport Arts Center, foodies gather for lunch and an interactive talk about food and community.
A high-energy fitness challenge for Save the Children
The Ferrari Challenge at Lime Rock
Crush Connecticut Rush Hour Traffic
The Manhattan wine store, Bottlerocket has opened a location in Westport.
Protect yourselves with clothes, not creams, from Patagonia’s new line.
Put a pause on “hectic,” and enjoy an easygoing summer’s day.
Free, outdoor entertainment for all, in a beautiful spot in the middle of town. What could be better?
Celebrate the Fourth of July in patriotic style
Make your Independence Day even brighter with firework celebrations
The house at the top of Old Hill vies for the honor of being recognized as one of the oldest in Westport. The restorers preferred to focus on the home’s unique view of the town’s history. And the current owners enjoy designing for today’s lifestyle.
We all have our favorites. of course, it makes sense. Find something you like and stick with it. You get your coffee at the same spot every morning. Great. Logical. Love it. But… What if there’s something else you might like—if not all the time, then just once in awhile? That’s one way of approaching our annual reader survey, called Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut. We asked our readers about their favorites in a host of categories, from all types of restaurants and shopping boutiques to specifics in fitness and music. If your favorite spot didn’t win, think of the winner as an unexpected opportunity to try something new that might become a favorite. Switching things up can be illuminating. Take the Levitt Pavilion for example. Did you know that it’s a nonprofit and that offers an assortment of programs over fifty nights each summer—and the events are free? Simply grab a chair, a few picnic essentials, and your nearest and dearest and head to the pavilion (it’s located just behind the Westport Library). The folks at the Levitt work hard to schedule shows that appeal to a wide range of interests and tastes. One night is children’s […]
A determatologist reminds us to Keep It Simple, Sunshine, when it comes to sunblock
Saugatuck Craft Butchery caught our eye recently with tips for better grilling, and we just had to share.
Daybreak Nurseries is relaunching its wholesale business to complement the landscape design and maintenance and much more
Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat Rises Above
Too often Westport residents are walking their way to a dead end
A great garden can wrap a house in verdant dreams, especially when the garden comes first. Frederick Law Olmsted, who envisioned Central Park, designed this sunken garden on Bluewater Hill in the 1920s—half a century before the renovated Mediterranean-style stucco house went up on the 1.1-acre site. Many of the original columns, paths, benches and plantings remain. “A formal garden like this is extremely rare,” says listing agent Mary Palmieri Gai of the Higgins Group. “This is a part of Westport history, and a true treasure.” Within walking distance of Compo Beach, the 3,674-square-foot house is on the market for $5 million.
Booked for the evening
Don’t miss the Westport Youth Film Festival
Our towns are filled with people who love to write and get published. Here are a few words of advice from Westporters on how to put pen to paper and get into print.
The formal horse show that strives for mass appeal
The Future of the Westport/Weston Family Y
Westport’s Custom Cocktail Scene is Evolving
Photographer of In the Garden, a pictorial journey through Fairfield County’s most gorgeous gardens.
Backstage with the cast and crew of Into the Woods
Jonathan Dienst covers terrorist plots, gang violence and big-city corruption in his “9 to 5,” but off-air, he eases up at his charming home in Westport
A look into this stunning four acre property in Fairfield County
50 insider travel secrets from expats in Westport.
There’s a theory that there are two types of magazine readers: those who savor gorgeous photography and those who appreciate thoughtful writing. When looking at a shot, the image must be more than factual; it must tell a part of the story. As for reading a piece, critically or for pleasure, good writing leads to a moment when you “give yourself over” to the writer and allow him/her to guide. It’s imperative and a matter of trust. In this issue, there’s plenty of visually pleasing moments—gorgeous gardens, world travel, perfect weddings, and hip and cool seafood—and plenty of good writing. That same balance of image and word is found in theater. We interviewed Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos about his job—to translate stories about life to the stage. He must lead and transport the audience, but make it seem like magic. During the photo shoot at the Playhouse, I could feel this magic—though I thought to dismiss it as fanciful imagination when I saw Lamos smiling breezily. It’s by design. There is one other possibility. That lofty sense might also be appreciating that something real is happening simultaneously with re-creation and illusion. The audience is spellbound by the […]
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