Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Or as I like to call it:  4th grade.

Or the year my hubby graduated from high school.  I dig older guys what can I say?

Saturday we headed down to Herkimer, NY for Steve's 20th high school reunion.  Herkimer High partied like it was 1992.  (My idea of a party in '92 included Girl Talk, a Ouija Board and a Slam Book...so this was a little different.)

After panicking about what to wear I finally decided on my new bicycle dress from Anthropologie.

So glad I didn't go with the one shoulder floral cocktail dress I had originally wanted to wear - I definitely would have been over dressed!

Anthropologie dress, Vintage bracelet, Michael Kors watch,
Calvin Klein shoes, ModCloth bracelet,
Baroni necklace and earrings via Dragonflies in St. Augustine Florida 

Lucky for me, my best friend from college is married to one of my husband's best friend's from high school (we met at their wedding).  I hadn't seen her in years, so it was a Daniela and Jenny reunion too.  Good times were had by all.

Jenny and Daniela

I apologize for the lack of fun photos.  After remembering to take outfit photos (most of which came out terribly) I had two glasses of [warm, boxed] wine and got silly.  No embarrassing shots of drunken debauchery.  No raucous group photos.  No picture of me and the hubs.  Just a head shot of me and D.

The word on the street is that they want to do a 25th - so you'll have to wait 5 years for more entertaining pics... or 8 years for my 20th :)

Stay tuned,



Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lame, Lame, Lame...

If something is lame, I'm not afraid to call it out.

Like this blog post for example.

It is going to be LAME.


Because it will not contain any real content.

Sooooo.... let's do this shall we?

I'm home.  Yay!  After 8 hours in the car with a crying baby.  Boo!

I have WIFI.  Yay!  But no real time to blog until Monday.  Boo!

I have Steve's 20th high school reunion tonight.  Yay!  But my cocktail dress plans have been thwarted by news of people going in CAPRI PANTS.  Double Boo!

I have eye brow maintenance scheduled for 9:30.  Yay!  But can't decide if I should buck up for a blow out too...and my pedicure is looking borderline sad.... Meh...

Anywho - don't worry.  It's not ALL lame on the horizon...

Things to look forward to on this blog:

1.  Flower City Fashionista face lift (the blog not me)
2.  A final Michigan Trip Update
3.  20th Reunion Debauchery
4.  Guest blogging about Colten's experience at Kaufman for an apraxia mommy blog!
5.  Sponsorship Opportunities!
6.  I might actually learn how to make a button!  How tech savvy of me!
7.  My unintended Doppelganger
8.  More snark, self-deprication, and general nonsense - but still plenty of room for fashion and supporting local biznass.  Yay!!!!

Have a great weekend kids!

Talk soon.




Friday, July 20, 2012

The Horror of It All

I'd like to share a personal story with you today.

There I was, going about my day:  carting Colt to therapy, meeting friends and the park, and inhaling a Subway sandwich so as to not be late for OT group therapy.  Then I pull into the parking lot of Kaufman Children's Center and the unthinkable happens.   I look in the rear view mirror and there it is starting back at me:  a filthy man hair growing right out of my chin.  (Hey, I'm Italian it happens.) Nevertheless, I start to panic.  There is not a tweezer in sight.  (Clearly I need to stash one in the glove compartment for emergencies such as this.)

I didn't have enough time to go back to the apartment and take care of it, I was at a loss.  I just kept staring and there it was smugly staring back at me as if to say "What now, biatch?"  Let's just say I would have slapped it if it wasn't on my own face.

There was nothing I could do, I was forced to collect myself (and my son) and walk in there with the man hair threatening to poke someone's eye out.  Just think of how awful it was to face people with the knowledge of its horrific existence:  AGONY PEOPLE, SHEER AND UTTER AGONY!

I was convinced people were doing their best not to stare.  It actually felt a lot like this:

Have no fear, the roguish little beast was eradicated as soon as I got home, but ugh...GROSS!!!!

Feel free to share your own body hair stories below or express your disbelief that I would actually write about this.  Whatever works.

Have a great (hair-free) weekend and stash some tweezers in your car, purse, wherever.  Just DON'T let this happen to you!




 PS- I designed that e-card.  Feel free to Pin it and make me famous ;)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012



I need some advice.

(Especially from all my fellow bloggers.)

It seems as though my focus of my blog is changing.

I still want to promote local business and fashion in Rochester NY - but it seems as though that's not the only thing I want to write about.  I'd love to do commentary on all kinds of things:  book reviews, snarky pop culture pieces, personal style, lifestyle, parenting, and just general nonsense.  


Here is my question for you:  Do I morph this blog into all things Jenny and offer my readers a shmorgishborg of material and just include a page/tab dedicated to Rochester Shopping/Fashion events.  OR do I make a second blog and refine this one to stay completely local and on-point with the original mission statement?

Regardless of my decision, the Flower City Fashionista facebook page will continue to announce new posts and focus on local happenings.

I just don't know whether to evolve or create new.

What would you do?

(hey that rhymed)

I just would hate to end up like these guys:


Can't wait to hear your thoughts!



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Michigan Trip Update

Just a quick update today!  Colt is doing great in therapy (progress is slow but he's already saying new words and is much more confident imitating.)  His schedule is pretty intense, but we're doing fun stuff when we can.  He even found time to squirt down a grandma in white pants at the spray park (I was mortified).  Hey, that's what she gets for walking into the line of fire!

This little guy is six months old today: (crazy right?!)

He's getting big, but not too big to enjoy a impromptu dance party with mommy.  

Saturday we went to Greenfield Village.  Colt got to see a real roundhouse and ride on a steam engine.  He had a blast despite the heat and I enjoyed watching the model T's putter by while ragtime music filled the streets.  I am such a geek when it comes to that stuff!  I could have stayed all day!

Sunday I snuck in some "me time" and escaped for a MUCH NEEDED pedicure.  Check out this sad state of affairs:

I can't believe how fast time is passing by.  We're already into our second week.  It has been such a great experience.  We've fallen in love with Kaufman Children's Center and Michigan and we're thoroughly enjoying all the time we get to spend together as a family.  It's going to be hard to come home to our usual routines!  Cooper isn't babbling yet - so something tells me this won't be our last trip. Deja vu all over again!  At least we'll know what to expect, right?

What about you?  What are you up to on your summer vacation?

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Somerset Collection

The other night we headed over to the Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan to window shop in all the high end stores I miss so much (even though I can't afford to shop in them) living in Rochester.

Here is what I wore:

Arm party brought to you by Forever 21, Old Navy, Modcloth, and J. Crew
Can you believe I got these shoes at Payless?!
Anthropologie top and coral skinnies, Payless shoes, Michael Kors watch, Forever 21 sunnies
This shirt has an open back, but every picture my husband took from behind made me look like a linebacker.  (Hopefully I didn't look like a beast from the back in person!) You'll just have to take my word that it was all business in the front and party in the back.  Hey, it's always a party when you attempt Nordstrom with a 3 year old and 6 month old...I'm sure the sales associates were quite thrilled to see us exiting the shoe department!

That's all for now!



Friday, July 13, 2012

Rochester's White Party

"Experience an evening of old world charm at the Century Club of Rochester, one of East Avenue’s few remaining mansions. This stately residence will provide you with elegance, beauty and sophistication while you stroll up the winding staircase, mingle in the grand solarium, and walk the historic gardens. Laugh and socialize for a great cause under our grand white tent and enjoy the stars among the city lights."

I'm not going to lie, I'm totally psyched for Rochester's first ever White Party on September 8th to benefit AIDS Care.  The event is being held at the Century Club of Rochester on East Avenue and runs from 6:30 PM to midnight. There will be live entertainment by local musicians, drag queens, tarot card readings, dancing, tons of delicious food and spirits, and its all for a good cause!

Tickets are expected to sell out, and there is a tiered ticket price system:

June 5 - July 15: $100 per person/$180 per couple
July 16 - August 15: $125 per person/$240 per couple
After August 15: $150 per person/$275 per couple

Don't have your ticket yet?  Get yours here.  

The next (obvious) step is figuring out what to wear...

I am hoping that this lovely number is waiting for me in Rochester (and that the size 8 fits... I ordered a 6 at first but let's just say it was the old 10lbs of sausage in the 5lb bag trick... not pretty).  Did I mention Nordstrom is now sold out?  If the 8 doesn't fit I am SOL!  Say a prayer.

I'm thinking hair down, simple makeup, red lip.  Now I need to find the perfect chandelier earrings and metallic shoes...

So my only questions for you are:  1. Are you going?   2.  What are you wearing?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Solia Store Closing Sale

I'm sad to share that Solia boutique will close its doors on July 28th.  I've only been in Solia a handful of times (prior to having Cooper), but was very impressed with the owner and their merchandise.  This boutique will be missed.

Wanted to share their closing sale with all of you:

Hope you can snag some good deals!



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nerd Alert!

Greetings from Michigan!

I'm in rare form today, which may or may not be due to the fact that I just gulped down an entire venti iced green tea, so be forewarned and buckle up kiddos.

I'm becoming obsessed with Hipstamatic.

Since I am sure most of you are in awe of my coolness most days, (<------joke) it will probably come as a big surprise to find out that I am, in fact, a HUGE nerd.  (Probably not too much of a shocker huh?)  I am so much of a literature geek that I buy (and wear) lit-inspired clothing.  Nerd Alert! Nerd Alert!  However I think it is totally possible to merge geek with chic.  Instead of simply looking like you've got a wedgie in your future, you can look like that cool artsy girl who wears Jane Austen t-shirts.  Or in my case the thirty year old mama clinging to her youth by wearing shorty shorts.  (Semantics.)

I tried to do an impromptu photo shoot before therapy this morning, but a certain creeper kept sneaking into my photos with his bowl of goldfish crackers.  My attempt at even remotely professional looking pictures = epic fail.

F21 sunglasses, bracelets, and scarf; Micheal Kors watch,
vintage ring, American Eagle sandals,
Brookish t-shirt, Old Navy shorts

Here are some closeups.  Let's call this look Eclectic Geek Chic.  Or perhaps Novel Style... eh? eh?  ;)  Hey, don't say I didn't warn you.

Text:  Mr. Darcy's proposal to Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice:
"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. 
You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
How could you not be in love with this guy?!?!
Extreme Close Up

I am OBSESSED with this t-shirt and this etsy shop!  What do you think?  Geek chic?  Or just plain ol' geek?

That's all for today folks!



PS- The next geek purchase on my horizon:

Wrap Up With A Good Book Scarf: Pride and Prejudice
Love it!!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

All Aboard for Word Camp!

Well kids, tomorrow we're off to the good ol' state of Michigan for three weeks!  (That's a long time).  Do you have any idea how much crap you need to pack for three weeks with two adults, a three year old and a five month old?  A buttload!  We're going to roll in there like the Griswolds with our van loaded to the hilt complete with luggage bubble on the roof rack. Oh yes, we have become those people.

Why the loooooooong trip you ask?

Well, do you have a minute?  I'm going to have to give you some background as to what has been going on in my life this passed year and a half.  My son Colten, who turned three in May, has apraxia.  According to CASANA, "Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder. For reasons not yet fully understood, children with apraxia of speech have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech.  What is often seen in a child with apraxia of speech is a wide gap between their receptive language abilities and expressive abilities. In other words, the child's ability to understand language (receptive ability) is broadly within normal limits, but his or her expressive speech is seriously deficient, absent, or severely unclear."

So my little muffin, cutie patootie that he is, is "normal" in every way except he can not speak like all his little friends can.  After over a year of intense therapy through Early Intervention, paying out of pocket for two private therapists, and doing countless hours of research and work with him at home, Colten has the vocabulary of a 16-18 month old.  He understands EVERYTHING but can not respond.  I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for him.  He can't ask a friend to play.  He can't tell his mommy if he has a bad dream.  I've never heard him tell me he loves me.  I've never heard him sing a song or tell a story.  He can't ask any questions (which is all most three year olds do) and he can't tell anyone how he feels.  In the words of his little friend Jody (who is also 3):  "Colten is a quiet boy, but he's really nice."

Colten 1st Time Bowling June 2012
At this point we don't have a prognosis.  Some kids get better and some kids don't.  Not knowing is really really hard.  But we are doing everything we can to give him the best shot possible.  

So, we'll be in Michigan for 3 weeks attending an intensive speech therapy program for Colten's apraxia.  We're calling it "Word Camp" and Colt is pretty excited.  I'm trying not to get my hopes too high, but am hopefully optimistic that this program will be exactly what he needs.

I'm not sure how much blogging I'll be able to do while we're there.  His schedule is pretty intense and I will be in all of the therapy sessions with him.  Down time will be spent exploring Michigan and giving his little mouth and brain a rest.  I don't anticipate a lot of "me time" to focus on my blog.  So hang tight, I know I haven't been consistent, but sometimes life has a bad habit of getting in the way of our plans.

Thanks for your patience, support, and for reading.

Thanks for giving me a place to be the more fun version of me that tends to get pushed aside to be mommy and therapist most of the time.  I started this blog as an outlet for myself; a place where I could write and think about something other than my son's disability, but sometimes these two worlds meet.  Like today.

Keep us in your prayers if you're the praying type... If you're not, send a little positive energy our way.

I know he must have so much to say, and hope one day he can tell me all those things he hasn't been able to.



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Red, White, and Blue

Hi!  I'm alive!  Just wanted to thank you all for your patience!

Life has been super busy (good busy) - Post coming soon explaining where I've been (and where I'm going)

But for now, I just wanted to wish you a happy and safe fourth of July from my family to yours!

God Bless America!

Patriotic Fashionista
I think I've had that headband since middle school...
F21 sunglasses, Odille dress via Anthropologie,
Movado watch, Payless shoes
Watching the Parade
(That is the first picture of the four of us and Cooper is 5 months old....oops!)
Colt decided it was too loud and went inside shortly after this.  



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