Boot Up

It's not quite heels weather but we also cannot bear to put on winter boots anymore. The good news is that there are plenty of in between seasons options as far as gorgeous boots go, from short to tall and everything in between.

Ankle boots are great because you get the coverage of a boot while feeling like you are actually wearing something springy and with a heel that you won't worry about wiping out on a still icy sidewalk. Clockwise from top left: Aldo, Jeffrey Campbell, Frye,

Some people avoid mid-calf boots assuming they can accentuate calf muscles and make legs look shorter, but it's all in how you wear them. Mid-calf boots are great with making a chilly weather transition with dresses, wear them right now with tights and a dress (at or above the knee length), a blazer and a big scarf. Clockwise from top left: Frye, rag & bone, Aldo

Ah, tall boots. Nearly universally flattering, they can make any outfit look pulled together, they keep you warm when you think April should be sunny instead of still having snow showers, and they go with just about anything. With a heel they lengthen the leg and tall boots are an item that can be more splurge-worthy in a solid classic style because you'll be wearing them all the time. Clockwise from left: Prada, Frye, Sam Edelman

Now for our favorite item to pair these with, click here.

Saratoga Springs Easter Brunch Guide

Get those cottontails in gear because Easter is THIS WEEKEND. That's right folks, it's early, so if you want to be basking in all of the hollandaise and mimosa incredibleness that is brunch then check out the offerings below and make your reservations ASAP.

  • Saratoga’s Hall of Springs Easter Brunch Buffet is on Sunday, April 5th from 10am to 5pm. Cost is Adults-$49 Children 5 to 10-$23 Children Under 5-Free. Saratoga’s Hall of Springs will be hosting an Easter Brunch Buffet in their Ballroom by reservation only. The Brunch will have food and fun for both children and adults. Please call 583-3003 to make your reservation.
  • Easter Brunch and Dinner at Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club is on Sunday, cost is Adults-$65 Children 5 to 10-$25 Children Under 5-Free. Prime will be serving both a brunch (10am to 3:30pm) as well as a dinner (3:30 to 6pm) to accommodate everyone’s Easter plans. Call today to make a reservation 583-4653.
  • Easter Sunday at Longfellows is from 11am to 5pm at Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Cost is $36 Adults, $16 Children Ages 3-12. The Easter Menu includes appetizers, a carving station, entrees, a kid’s menu, and desserts. Call today to make your reservations 587-0108.
  • Easter Brunch at the Brook Tavern in Saratoga Springs is on Sunday, April 5th from 11am to 3pm. Small plates, large plates, kids menu and dessert. Call 518-871-1473 for reservations.
  • Easter Sunday Brunch a la Carte at Circus Cafe in Saratoga Springs is on Sunday, April 5th from 11am to 5pm. Enjoy an Easter Sunday Brunch a la Carte menu, a Prix Fixe menu and the regular menu will be available all day. Call (518) 583-1106 for reservations.
  • Come enjoy a day of deliciousness at Maestro’s at the Van Dam on Sunday, April 5th from 12 to 8pm. The restaurant will be offering a wide variety of items on their Easter Menu. Call (518) 580-0312 now to make your reservations.
  • Easter at the Wishing Well will feature a variety of menu items to choose from, the Wishing Well guarantees they have something for everyone! Call 518-584-7640 today to make your reservations.
  • Easter Sunday at Sperry’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs will be from 4 to 8pm and they will serving their normal menu items in addition to a featured $32 Prime Rib of Beef au Jus. Call (518) 584-9618 now to make your reservation.

 

 

Our Favorites on Instagram this Week

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@sotheybys instagram is full of little gems like this one. @mailmodels because we love gorgeous stationery almost as much as we love puns. We want to live in @jane_lilly's instagram feed, especially her recent photos from the Frick's Young Fellows Ball. @tangteachingmuseum's feed is bright and artful and will make you want to go visit, like, immediately.

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We love @jfisherjewelry's jewelry, but also, that egg and toast face. The best. The @doublehranch instagram feed just makes us smile. @hattiesrestaurant Because you NEED their breakfast sandwich in your life. TRUST US. @emilyblincoe's feed is just so cute and sweet and also sort of fills an OCD need in our lives with her little collections.

 

 

 

 

Weekend IT LIST 3/27

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There is still time to snap up a delicious meal during Restaurant Week. Allow us to plan the perfect order from Boca Bistro's Restaurant Week Menu: start with the patatas bravas, then the mejillones con chorizo, and finish with the crema catalana. Pair it with a glass (or two) of the Martin Codax Albarino, oh and ask for extra bread. You are welcome (also we are super hungry now).

We hit (and then went quickly past) 5,000 likes! Thanks you guys! We like you too.

We pretty much want to wear this complete Lilly Pulitzer outfit right now, weather be damned. Hey Pink Paddock, are you getting this skort in the store? Save one in our size please.

Minkoff and Mimosas Make us Happy.

So does Kimmy Schmidt.

We hope the Easter Bunny brings us one of these  Valrhona Chocolate (55% Dark and 40% Milk) solid chocolate bunnies from TC Paris Bakery. We've been really good this year. Wait, that's not how it works? Whatever, we still want one. If your Easter Bunny is feeling generous make sure you call ahead to get one before they are all gone (sorry we tried to come up with a bunny "hopping away" type quip here but it just didn't happen).  Call them at (518) 306-4315 to place your order.

Bacon, Brews and Brims is the ONLY place to be for Derby Day this year guys. This party will be held at (and will benefit) the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and really what better place to hold it? Plus, if you order your tickets now not only will you make sure you won't get shut out, you'll also get a discount. ps There's also a "Safe Driver" ticket price, which is so great (and should be more common)!

Speaking of the Derby, we are already thinking about hats. Might go a bit out of the box with one of these little beauties. Loving the retro vibe to it.

(center) 55th Anniversary Jack Rogers?! YES PLEASE.

The Karen and Gary Dake Foundation: Child's Play Special Guest, Shamar Persaud

Shamar (far left) playing with the band using his Jamboxx

Shamar (far left) playing with the band using his Jamboxx

The Karen and Gary Dake Foundation for Children is having their annual event, ‎Child's Play 6: Shake, Taste & Twirl on April 16th to to raise funds for local children with disabilities. The foundation's goal is to provide children with disabilities access to equipment and services that will enable them to reach their fullest potential for participation within their families, communities and with their peers.

One of the special guests at the event will be Shamar Persaud, a local high school student who received a Jamboxx from the foundation. We chatted with Shamar's father, Shafeek about the Jamboxx and the impact it has had on his son's life.

"Shamar is 15 years old and he is diagnosed with Dystonia and Cerebral Palsy. These conditions cause muscle spasticity and restrict his movements somewhat. They also cause involuntary movements. He is cognitively excellent, and he's very social and friendly. And most importantly, he's always positive about life and his outlook on it. He likes school and what it offers him. And because he wants to contribute and become a part of almost everything beneficial to him he seems to build a special energy from the thought of that.

During middle school years at Mont Pleasant, Mr. Pray, the Band teacher invited him to band since he showed interest in playing music. He had Shamar test out the JamBoxx which the school bought and he included Shamar in the Jazz Band. Since then, Shamar has been playing the JamBoxx at school concerts and he even went to the Oneonta Jazz Festival and played. On realizing that the JamBoxx was making a great difference in Shamar's life I thought how wonderful it would be if he had one on his own.

That's when Mike DeCesare, who invented it, told me that The Karen and Gary Dake Foundation was willing to issue a grant for the purchase. I immediately felt happy and excited. As soon as Shamar received his JamBoxx his face lit up. Incidentally, he received it on his 15th birthday which was on October 13th, 2014. His perfect gift. He loves that device very much and what it actually helps him to do. He's able to be a part of something wonderful. Just being a part of a group of students on stage playing music helps him to realize his potentials. He's currently just playing in the jazz band, but he hopes to be able to read music properly and maybe create his own as well. He plays at home whenever he feels like and for everyone who visits, and the music sounds more and more beautiful. Sometimes I would ask him to play just so I can listen and relax. I am satisfied and happy to know that he's able to express his joys through playing the JamBoxx. And I'm happy that it was all made possible by help from great people at the Dake Foundation."

Now THAT is what this event is all about, and by attending you can help make a direct impact on a local child. Leading up to this event we want you to get excited about the positive change you can help create by sharing the #WhatsYourJam? campaign where local community members tell us what makes them happy and motivated. Want to be part of it? Just tell us, What's YOUR Jam?


Yes You CAN Wear White (jeans) Before Memorial Day

While we are done with seeing the frozen white stuff we are ready for some spring white in the form of crisp (or slightly torn) white denim. If you just quaked in your seat at the idea of wearing white before racing season is here, get over it. You CAN (and should) wear white in the spring, paired with a structured blazer, some great boots, a scarf and some color pop accessories. Now, the boots we are going to have to discuss another day because there are SO MANY options on that front, so today let's tackle the basic outfit. First, the jeans...

However you choose to wear it, boyfriend, skinny, ripped or high waisted, you will find a pair that suits you. l-r: Current/Elliott The Stiletto Jeans in sugar, MiH Marrakesh Kick Flare Jeans in white, (top right) Hudson Jeans 'Beth' Baby Bootcut Jeans (White Wash), and (bottom right) J. Crew's Stretch toothpick Cone Denim jean in white.

Now, if you are like us, you are ready to make a bonfire of your long puffy sleeping-bag-with-arms coat and dance around it maniacally (also getting warmth from the fire, it's still actually pretty cold out), so you need something to wear as a jacket without getting too jacket-y. Enter the blazer, in a nice schoolboy cut it has a refined silhouette that can go from the office to drinks at Boca Bistro with your bestie. Both of the ones pictured below are from J.Crew (hello the CHAMBRAY one is calling our name)...

With all this slick white you're going to need some poppy accessories, we love a nice big cuff and an infinity scarf, and we are still dipping our toes into the world of wearing hats beyond the six weeks of track season (and Derby Day, of course).

Because We All Need a SPA WEEK

Spa Week is a national event held twice a year where over 700 spas across North American offer at least three of their signature services for only $50. The goal of Spa Week is simple: "everyone should have an opportunity to try out top quality spa treatments at a significantly reduced cost and experience the very real benefits of Spa Therapy". Sounds good, right? Well it gets better, because you can take advantage of these Spa Week prices locally at Complexions.

Complexions is pleased to offer the following 3 treatments at the special $50 price point:
 
Wei Essence Massage (50 Min) - Mandarin for “transformative action,” these soothing massages incorporate flower essences that you choose to create an immediate positive effect on your mood, state-of-mind, and well being. Based on the flower you select, specific organic oils and mists are used during the massage that will work with your body’s meridian system to enhance clarity, peace, and happiness. (Originally $95)


Spring Nourishing Facial (50 min) -  Their nourishing facial begins with thorough cleansing to determine your skin's needs. A high performance herbal enzyme peel, such as Sweet Cherry, Pear Fig, or Pumpkin, targets the signs of aging followed by steaming. A specific blend of essential oils, vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory botanicals, plant based creams and a masque will be selected to correct, nourish and improve the overall skin condition leaving it protected and revitalized.  (Originally $95)

Lavender Hibiscus Pedicure (50 Min) - A pedi experience unlike any other – starts with a calming lavender oil mineral bath soak to soften and soothe skin.  Next, a natural honey-lavender sea salt scrub tackles dry skin.  Finish your experience with a fresh and hydrating relaxing foot and leg massage packed with natural oils, and shea butter providing intense softness and deep hydration. (Originally $73)
 
Clear Color Glaze, Deep Conditioning Treatment and Haircut (75 Min)  - Bring your hair back to life just in time for Spring! A clear glaze gives your hair gloss and shine to enhance your color. Then, deep conditioning nourishes your hair to a luxurious look and feel. Finally, highlight your healthy locks with a fresh haircut and blowout. (Originally $93)

Appointments will fill up FAST for Spa Week so click here to get more info and sign up ASAP!

Complexions Spa last night..

We had a ball at Complexion Spa's Makeup and Martini's Event last night! The Complexions' professional estheticians worked with everybody demonstrating how to properly prep your face for makeup to achieve glowing, flawless skin. We were sitting with Delores Parillo, Amy Sutton and Suzanne Grande and sipped DELICIOUS martinis while trying the BB creams, CC creams, primers, mineral powders, and so much more. We all took home bags full of little goodies and can't wait for the next event (& another SPA-jito Martini)  which will be all about spring makeup. Check out our photo gallery to see how it all went! 



5 Questions: Rick Parker

Friend of The Saratoga Social and all around dapper man about town, Mr. Rick Parker is on the 5 Questions hot seat this week.

What is your favorite Saratoga restaurant and what is your favorite thing to order there?

The coin is in the air : Sperry's Calamari and Bob Lee's Wishing Well and Brook Tavern---Fried pickles.
 
What is your favorite local Saratoga event?

The racing season
 
What is one thing you have always wanted to do in Saratoga but still have not done?

Visit the Saratoga Battlefield

Your perfect weekend would always include…?

Friends, Food & Fireworks at the Lake

If you were a cocktail what would you be?

Jump Into Summer

Rick has summer on the mind and we could not agree more, Mr. Parker.

 

Hey Garland, #WhatsYourJam?!

The Karen & Gary Dake Foundation for Children is holding their annual event, Child's Play Six: Shake, Taste & Twirl on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 5:30 to 9pm at The National Museum of Dance, an evening of great fun with music by FreePlay, featuring local independent brewers and wineries on hand to sample their products, paired with delicious offerings from Airstream Catering. Tickets are still available and you can purchase them by clicking here. To get us all in the groove for this awesome night out we are asking some of local favorites, "What's Your Jam?"

Read more about the event, and Shamar Persaud, their special guest who will be performing on his Jamboxx, purchased with funds raised by the Karen & Gary Dake Foundation for Children, right here. Then scroll down to find out what transforms Garland's mood instantly.

The Karen and Gary Dake Foundation Child's Play 6: Shake, Taste & Twirl! 4/16

Join the Karen & Gary Dake Foundation for Children for Child's Play Six: Shake, Taste & Twirl on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 5:30 to 9pm at The National Museum of Dance, an evening of great fun with music by FreePlay, featuring local independent brewers and wineries on hand to sample their products, paired with delicious offerings from Airstream Catering. Tickets are still available and you can purchase them by clicking here.

This event is held to raise funds for equipment and services for local children with disabilities. At the event, local Schenectady High School student Shamar Persaud will be performing on his Jamboxx, a breath-controlled device that interfaces with music software on his wheelchair’s laptop. Shamar's muscle function and speech are limited by cerebral palsy, but he plays the saxophone with a Jamboxx, purchased with funds raised by the Karen & Gary Dake Foundation for Children.

The Jamboxx helped Shamar find his jam, and leading up to this great event in April we will be asking local friends and community members about what their jam is, what gets them motivated, what makes them feel alive and happy. Stay tuned for more about Shamar, and more about the "What's Your Jam" series from The Saratoga Social!


Our Favorites on Instagram This Week

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We've been following @thesartorialist online for years, and now we can add his Instagram to our obsession. @tcparisbakery because OMG LOOK AT THOSE CARAMELS! Sorry, look at those homemade Brûlée caramel with fleur de del. Gimme. Follow @themuseumofmodernart because JEEZ would it KILL you to have a little more culture in your life?! @thesavorypantry just stop it with that hazelnut spread and olive oil bruschetta, just stop it right now. We're starving.

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I guess maybe we should eat before putting these things together because OH HI THERE @ravenouscrepes. @shop_lola makes shopping so easy. We see her posts and want what's in them. Done and done. Saratoga Springs very own Marcus Dean Fuller formed @compassfilm to focus on the development and production of independent, character driven films. Trust us, you're going to want to follow what they're doing. We love seeing what @saratogapreservation is up to because we are borderline obsessed with our beautiful city's history.

Know an Instagram account we should be following? Comment below to let us know! And follow US on Instagram right here.

 

 

WEEKEND It List 3/20

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The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga proudly presents Larry Kramer’s, The Normal Heart opening this weekend. Visit their event page here for more information and times.

101.3 The Jockey's Saratoga County Restaurant Week starts today, click here to get more info on participating locations and make your reservations ASAP!

The Jinx is filling the Serial gap nicely.

Join them at Saratoga Juice Bar at 7pm on Friday for their very first cold-pressed juice workshop and get a hands-on demonstration from their professional cold-pressed juicers. The workshop will be followed by a cocktail reception at Crown Grill, where their skilled Bartenders will prepare cocktails made with their cold-pressed juices. This workshop is free but space is limited. Email Andy Scullin at ascullin@gmail.com to sign up!

Healthy Living Market and Cafe is turning 2 this weekend, help them celebrate with a bunch of fun giveaways and demos (plus there is cake).

Our other new favorite show.

Spring is here (officially) and we need COLOR NOW. Loving this clutch from Lola Boutique.

Sperry's new Six after Six menu? Totally digging it.

Chocolate bunnies we are ready for you. Not ready for Peeps yet though. Soon, Peeps, soon.

Sharon you won! We will email you info on how to pick up your gift card to Saratoga Wine and Spirits! Didn't win? Make sure you are signed up for our weekly email blasts (see above) and you are automatically entered for every giveaway, that's how much we love our subscribers (SO MUCH).

Shelters of Saratoga TONIGHT and a Last Call for Children's Museum Gala Tickets

Shelters of Saratoga is having their 5th Annual Gala at Longfellow's from 6-9pm. Discover the people behind homelessness through a series of intimate portraits and stories that go beyond the stereotypes. Your support ensures that SOS can continue to lend a helping hand to those in our community who are in need. The evening’s festivities will include live music by Jeff Brisbin, Singer/Songwriter and a silent and live auction. Reservations are $100 per person. Stay tuned to The Saratoga Social for photos and a recap!

 

Coming up a week from today is the Children's Museum at Saratoga's 25th Anniversary Birthday Bash at Saratoga National Golf Club to honor the dedicated support of Gary Dake and Charles Wait. Join them for a Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction, seated dinner, live music with Fresh and the Smile Lounge Photo Booth. Click here for tickets and more information.

 

5 Questions with Delores Parillo

With our new 5 Questions Series we are going to introduce you to some of your fellow Saratogians and have them answer just a few short questions so you can see what makes them tick. Next up in the series is the lovely and gracious Delores Parillo.

1. What is your favorite local restaurant? Prime at Saratoga National.


2. Favorite local Saratoga event? The Flower & Fruit Luncheon and Saratoga Hospital Gala.


3. What is one thing you have always wanted to do in Saratoga but still have not done? Snowshoe in Saratoga Spa State Park.


4. Your perfect weekend would always include…? A walk, a massage and dinner.


5. If you were a cocktail you would be? A Pear Martini.