$8.5 million burning a hole in your pocket?

Well then might we suggest taking a look at 36 Stony Brook Drive. The most expensive house to go on the market in Saratoga Springs, all 25,000 square feet could be yours for the asking price of $8.5 million. And honestly, it seems like a pretty good deal- note the indoor basketball court.. and pool.. and guest house.. and billiards room.. and kitchen... and other kitchen.. need we go on? It is currently listed with Douglas Elliman, so go ahead and take a peak inside:

We are pretty sold on this, just think of the parties you could have... Seriously interested? Give us a shout, we'll get you right in. 

UPDATE: We've already had some people ask us who the owner of this house is- it's Dave Silipigno. Mr. Silipigno's website describes him as "..a well-established entrepreneur and a dedicated humanitarian who is widely renowned for his outstanding contribution towards the welfare of society". 

-R

Want Julie's Sandals?

We don't know who Rita is but she definitely kicks some a**

We don't know who Rita is but she definitely kicks some a**

So we had a lot of you ask us about the sandals Julie wore to the Complexions Grand Opening on Wednesday. We asked Julie about them and (drumroll please).. they are Rebecca Minkoff "Rita" Gladiator Sandals. The best part is, you can have them too! Just get out the Amex and click through the picture above..

The Calendar is filling up

The event submissions keep pouring in for our Calendar, have you submitted your event yet? We just added a Shop and Sip for the LeMonda family for this coming Tuesday, September 30th as well as Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar's Gutterball Bash and St Clement's Spring Ball- Yup, you read that right- our SPRING calendar is already getting booked! For details, time and locations for all of the fantastic events coming up, see our event calendar right here

Holy Spa!

Wow, we just left the grand opening of Complexions Spa & we have to say, we're very, very impressed. The space is over 6000 square feet, built with eco-friendly materials & it gives you a total sense of relaxation & well being the second you walk in the door. It's located right downtown as well, at 268 Broadway, the Park Place condominiums. We will have a full gallery of pictures up for you to check out & are going in for a facial next week to get you the scoop on this new Saratoga destination . In the meantime, here are a few friends we ran into on the way in! 

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Delores Parillo, Amy Sutton & Julie Bonacio 

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Patty Riggi & Julie Bonacio

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The lovely staff greeting us on our way in!

 

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Just a little preview of the gorgeous interior ..

One of their treatment rooms which features hydro-therapy : 

 

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Mardi Gras! (Yes, we know it's only September, BUT..)

We are in love with this year's invitation

We are in love with this year's invitation

We just had one of our first meetings to help organize Hattie's Annual Mardi Gras party and are thrilled to share some of the details with you. We've been going to this party for years as it has always been the perfect excuse to get out and have some fun  when we are deep into the winter doldrums.

As we were brainstorming sponsorships and silent auction items yesterday, the idea of having a Candy Bar came up and it peaked our interest. And we don't mean Candy Bar like the food, we mean a Bar.. with candy flavored vodka. After some discussion, Jenny and I decided we would be in charge of organizing the Candy Bar and to say we're excited would be an understatement. It will be this year's complimentary drink for every guest who arrives and we are hard at work 'researching' which vodka's we will choose:) This year's Mardi Gras will be January 17th at the Canfield Casino, we're about to put it on our calendar and you should too!

But more importantly, Beth and Jasper Alexander and the crew at Hattie's do a phenomenal job running the event and it raises some serious money for local non-profits. This year, Jake's Help from Heaven will be the recipient of the fund's raised. If you aren't familiar with the Straughter Family or JHFH , stay tuned - we will be introducing them in moments!

Calling all Golfers!

We've just added a terrific new event to our calendar, Golf FORE! Kaitlin. On October 4th at McGregor Links Country Club, there will be the first annual golf outing to support Kaitlin's Corner. What is Kaitlin's Corner? It is an inclusive playground for kids with special needs, to be built right here in Wilton. 

Come hit the links and help Kaitlin build her playground! 

Come hit the links and help Kaitlin build her playground! 

We can't think of too many things we'd love to see more than a great playground for all kids to play in. The folks at Kaitlin's corner will need to raise $100,000 to be able to purchase the right equipment to create a safe environment for children of all abilities.. so come on out and help them get closer to their goal! For more information on sponsoring the event or registering to play, go check out their website right here.

Sunday, Funday

Great turnout at the Henry Street Festival today.. over 25 vendors lined the sidewalks and tons of people strolled through enjoying this gorgeous late summer day. We are going to have to give it to whomever thought the dunk tank was a good idea though, because really, a dunk tank is always fun. Always.  

The Festival ended right at 4pm, perfect if you wanted to catch the Broncos and Seahawks. Even more perfect when 4 hours later you had any number of HS watering holes to drown your sorrows at after a crushing overtime loss. (I mean seriously, how you can you not root for Peyton??) We digress.. Happy almost Monday! 

Painting, Sipping & The Scotch Egg

One of our other Henry Street Favorites is the Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio. We were a tiny bit reluctant to go the first time we signed up, mostly as we aren't particularly talented when it comes to drawing or painting and weren't sure what to expect. Well, it turns out a night at Paint and Sip can be about coming home with a masterpiece (we saw several!) or it can be about trying something different with your girlfriends and enjoying the party thrown by the wonderful Catherine Hover.

Owner Catherine and her fantastic staff set the perfect tone for a night out with their energy, encouraging words and wine. Lots and lots of wine. And if you find your stomach growling after a evening spent sipping, might we suggest heading over to the Henry Street Taproom for a Scotch Egg or whatever else strikes your fancy. This more than meets the eye neighborhood favorite serves up impressive farm to table nibbles to pair with their staggering selection of handcrafted beers. 

And while we're on the topic, seriously the Scotch Egg is to die for.. if you haven't tried it yet, it's a chorizo wrapped (that's spicy sausage kids..) soft boiled egg that is fried and then covered in hollandaise sauce. Yes, HOLLANDAISE. Like the kind that will be all over your eggs benedict tomorrow- that's before you hit the Henry Street Festival from noon-4pm. As always, for more information about either Henry Street spot, click through the images above to check out their websites.

Have you been to..

September 19th

We are always up for trying a new workout and were pretty excited to receive an invitation from the ladies at Staccato Barre to come in and try a class. The Broadway studio describe their classes as "full body sculpting session that is incredibly intense and effective. Staccato classes are focused on muscle isolation, core conditioning, interval training and proper alignment"

Um, yes please- to all of the above. Stay tuned for how our class goes and see if it's something you'll be wanting to pencil in. In a hurry? Click through their logo above to check out their class schedule.. we will see you there!


Loving Henry Street

Next up in our Henry Street spotlight.. Saratoga Botanicals. This is one of Henry street's newer businesses and one of our personal favorites. The quality and variety of services and products at their store is astounding.

We first discovered them when we were searching for a tinted moisturizer and found their tinted creme, a 'hydrating tinted mineral moisturizer'. It was smooth and light on our skin and left us with perfect balanced coverage. Not to mention, at an incredibly reasonable price point ($22.95). Well this was just the tip of the iceberg; Saratoga Botanicals makes over 100 organic and eco-conscious health and beauty products.. AND operates a boutique spa in their Henry Street location.

Some of their services include massage, body treatments, makeup applications and much, much more. We were blown away by the level of service here.. stop in and see for yourself or check out their website right here... your body will thank you:) 
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UPDATE: It looks like the NY Post agrees with us!! Or we agree with them. Either one.. lol. 

Just a little tease

We thought we would give you a little tease of what you'll be reading about in our write up from the Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards Presentation tonight. The theme of the event was The Rat Pack- so picture a pretty convincing Marilyn Monroe pulling local builder John Witt up on stage.. and having her way with him. We have to hand it to the event's organizers for throwing a great party. It was a terrific crowd, for a fantastic cause and highly entertaining! 

Coming.. and not a minute too soon

Walton's has been a fixture on Lake Avenue for decades, but recently the owners decided to make the space available for lease after purchasing another building on Maple Avenue.

We'll admit we were holding our breathe waiting to find out who was moving in and.. drumroll please.. we are DELIGHTED to tell you a wine and liquor store will be opening up October 1st. We love all of our local options for picking up some Pinot and are delighted to have another one with this kind of walkability.. cheers!

What we're loving.. TC Bakery

There have been a lot of new arrivals to Henry street in the last year or two and with the Henry Street Festival coming up next Sunday, we thought we would pick a few of our favorite Henry Street destinations to share with you.  One of Saratoga's best kept secrets has to be TC Bakery, tucked away on the corner of Caroline and Henry. The folks at TC Bakery say it's a taste of Paris without having to travel 3539 miles away and we couldn't agree more. We were absolutely blown away by the level of expertise and quality that go into these exceptional pastries, chocolates and macaroons. Probably best known for their macaroons, that is only the tip of the iceberg at TC Bakery. Below, meet the Paris-Brest. You'll bite into a tender, airy pastry dough filled with hazelnut mousse and then sprinked with powdered sugar.. we gave one to an expectant friend of ours who said it eating it might have been best moment of her whole pregnancy. 

The last time we walked in a tray of freshly made Mille-Feuille was emerging from the kitchen.

Crispy layers of puff pastry filled  with vanilla bean pastry cream and topped with our marbled fondant and Valrhona Chocolate.. need we say more? They have now added freshly made baguettes to their line up as well.. 

It was love at first sip

We were out downtown last night and fell in love.. and we need to talk about it. After dinner at Cantina Restaurant we were looking for something new to try, when lovely manager Ashley suggested we taste a tequila she thought we'd like - the rest was history.

Say Hello to Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

Say Hello to Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

Now, we know what you're thinking, tequila? We aren't talking about your old college friend Jose Cuervo, there isn't any sprinkling salt on your hand first. This is made from 100% blue agave and was buttery, smooth and absolutely delicious. If you are stuck in a pinot grigio rut (we've been there) head over and live a little, you'll thank us later.