Saturday, October 27, 2012

We the Kings at Macy's Westfarms Mall CT

If you were a teenage girl this weekend in Connecticut, the place to be was Macy's at the Westfarms Mall in Farmington, CT to see a FREE LIVE CONCERT featuring We the Kings.

We the Kings are an "Indy" band out of Brandenton, Florida, that feature a pop-punk-rock sound. Their  debut album was released in 2007 and included their first platinum single Check Yes Juliet which went on to sell over 250,000 copies in the U.S.

Today Macy's was rockin'!  There were over 300 in attendance, and many had lined up as soon as the store opened.  Maddie, Danielle, and Stephanie, from Farmington High School in Farmington were the first to arrive at 9am and had been planning to attend ever since We the Kings  first tweeted out in early October that they were coming to the girls' hometown. .
The girls were the first to procure the wristbands that guaranteed them entry to the meet and greet autograph session immediately following the show.

The line stretched all around the store! It was unbelievable how many people attended!

We also visited with two teens, Kelsey and Brittany, who traveled up from Cheshire CT to attend the Macy's event

Kelsey and Brittany are sophomores at Cheshire High School and both girls could have been featured in a fashion shoot for any of the trend-setting brands that surrounded the Macy's stage for the concert.
Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, American Rag, Jessica Simpson, Guess, Jenni, Material Girl and more!

Macy's brings all the top designers on board - and many of them are featured in the mstylelab section of the Macy's Junior department.

We the Kings were just as current as Kelsey and Brittany, and dressed in the casual comfortable style also symbolic of mstylelab at Macy's.  Wool caps, knit jersey, worn jeans, flannel and plaid shirts, cotton tees, and cool sunglasses were worn by various members of the band.

The band started right on time (Macy's does things right!) and played for nearly an hour, the showstopper was their hit single Say You Like Me and the entire 300+ in attendance sang right along.

The band's sound is equally current. There was the perfect blend of music and banter with the audience, with lead singer Travis Clark joking that "members of the band were nerds in high school who started a band as a way to get girls" and "the passer-bys at Macy's are wondering why Shaun White is singing".

Here Kelsey and Brittany video some songs and take some pictures of We the Kings in action

After the concert the band arranged to stay to sign autographs for their faithful followers!

We The Kings

Below Brittany and Kelsey meet with lead singer, Travis Clark

Both Kelsey and Brittany had a great time, and were happy to be a part of We the Kings concert and the Magic of Macy's!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy's Fall Fashion and Concert Events. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.  

Thank you Macy's for this fantastic event sponsored by the mstylelab brands!

Visit additional pictures of this event at: Home Place-Facebook-We the Kings Concert

For more information on Macy's Events follow them on twitter @macysevents

Were you there?  Wasn't it great?  What were your favorite songs?  
Who is your favorite member of  We the Kings?

Don't you love Macy's events!!

Tell me all about it in the comments section below! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Scarecrows on the Branford Green!

The Branford Garden Club is sponsoring its Second Annual Scarecrows on the Green!  

Come down to the Branford Town Green, Saturday, October 20th through Sunday, October 28th
and support the town's beautification by donating to the Branford Garden Club.

All proceeds will be used by the club to maintain and continue 
plantings throughout our beautiful little town!

             Donation jars can be found around select scarecrows - or see an on premise volunteer.

The little ones love these scarecrows!

As noted on their website 
"The Branford Garden Club is an award-winning civic organization that is engaged in a wide variety of community activities in Branford, CT. We are a member of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., an educational, charitable non-profit organization made up of 7,234 individual members, 152 clubs and 13 affiliate organizations"

Another scarecrow about to be hugged by a little one!

There are approximately 60  businesses, merchants, and volunteers participating with these imaginative and creative scarecrow scenes.

Stop by and support the Branford Garden Club!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cash Mob at Something of Bev's in Milford CT

Each month the folks at REX Development, together with Cash Mob CT,  choose a town or city that is part of the 15 municipalities that make up the South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) to descend on to be "Cash-Mobbed" 

Cash Mobbing is simple!  Anyone can do it!  All you need is a twenty dollar bill, a destination, and the desire to help support local business!  

Did you know that for every $20 that is spent at a local retailer, $13.60 will return to the community through taxes and payroll?  REX Development is doing their part to help local commerce and supports 15 towns and cities in Connecticut.  They need you to do your part too and support your local retailers!

Past winners have been RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Flutterby in Guilford, the Bethany Farm Market in Bethany, Sweet Cioccolata in Wallingford, and the Sweet Shoppe in East Haven, CT. 

If you're lucky enough to live in one of the 15 municipalities covered by REX - look for a  Cash Mob CT to come to your town soon! 

For the month of October, REX Development chose Milford CT, and the voters overwhelmingly selected Something of Bev's!

Something of Bev's  is located on the Boston Post Road in Milford, CT. Although they list themselves as a furniture and decorating store, Something of Bev's is all that...and so much more!

Owner Beverly Dennis has been in the retail business for 24 years! She is a long time Milford resident, moving to Milford, the Small Seaside City with a Big Heart, when she was two!  

Bev is the consummate hostess, and her retail business is an extension of herself.  Today she opened up her store to welcome the Cash Mobbers with an assortment of coffee and beverages, and dips and treats to eat.  

Bev, an elegant woman with eclectic taste, has a store that reflects her good eye for decorating.  Here you'll find antiques she's acquired from estate sales, and retail items from magazine and trade shows.  That's Bev, below, to the right.

When I mentioned to an old friend (who is also a Milford resident) that I would be at Something of Bev's, she quickly replied "I love that place!" 

Here's some of the wonderful items that can be found in the store!
Holiday Tea Towels
Window Decor
These would look so good on my window sill at home!
Roomy Showrooms

In addition, Bev features items made from local craftsman and artists.
Made in Milford Mittens

Locally made Jewelry

Hand Painted Stoneware
 Look at these lovely iridescent seashells.  
Wouldn't they look beautiful on a seaside themed Christmas tree?

Starfish in a decorated clam shell

Antique silver trophies & candlesticks, crystal, mercury glass, and framed charcoal sketches

Please take a ride out to visit Bev and say Hi!  You won't be disappointed.

At Something of Bev's there is Something for Everyone!

400 Boston Post Road
Milford, CT 06460
Closed Mondays

Find them on the Web!
Website:  Something of Bev's

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Shelley's Garden Center - Fall 2012

It's official folks, summer is over.  (sad face)
However, you wouldn't have known it today!  It's a beautiful 70 degrees here in Branford CT.  You'd never know that it's autumn!

We traveled back to Shelley's Garden this weekend to share their collection of beautiful pumpkins, gourds, mums, and fall flowers with you!

Shelley's Garden Center is located in Branford, CT on Main Street, just off I-95's exit 53.   You'll need to get yourself past the "pretzel" and then just look for the beautiful flowers and pumpkins out front!  

John and Yvette Chambers are the second generation proprietors, and along with their children, Christiane and Taylor, own and operate the garden center and store.  Read more about the garden center's history  here: Shelley's Garden Center Branford, CT   

Today when we stopped in Yvette was happily reminding everyone to recycle their garden pots!

Everyone at Shelley's is always helpful.  If you have any gardening questions stop by and ask!

Here's some pictures we snapped today while perusing pumpkins!
Shelley's Garden Center Interior Store

Hand Decorated Real Pumpkins. Yes. REAL!

Cut Flowers

All statuary 40% off!

Here's the pretty lil' pumpkin that came home with us to decorate our front porch stoop!

Shelley's is open 8:30 to 6:00 daily.
March to December.
(203) 488-9479

How do you decorate your front stoop or porch for autumn?  
Do you use mums or pumpkins for any other fall decorations?  

I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

PS:  We'll be back in December to show you Shelley's Garden Center's Christmas Decor
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