Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pure Barre Darien Coming Soon!

FFC411 is very excited to announce that one of their besties is opening a Pure Barre studio in Darien! This is very convenient as Pure Barre is the only exercise, aside from some recreational bike riding, that  I've done since college so I'll actually be able to support this venture with my attendance and not just my writing! And hopefully that speaks volumes to how much fun and addicting Pure Barre is, even to a non-workerouter!

The new studio will be located at 313 Heights Rd in the Noroton Heights Shopping Center. Perfect for FFC411 as we can grab a delicious hot dog from Franks & Frites after our workout : ) My moto is calories out, calories in!

Plans are to open in early November and until they open they are running these great pre-opening specials! All customers are considered new customers and if you have a mindbody account from another studio you can use that to sign in.


Available on their website Even if you only attend 6 classes in 5 weeks the special is a better deal!

They are still posting their schedule but will be offering classes all throughout the day - targeting 6am, 8:30am, 9:45am, noon, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7pm. I also know a few of the instructors and they are peppy, fun and sure to run a great class!

They will also have a retail space offering lululemon and other awesome speciality work out brands. The perfect holiday gift - a PB gift certificate and some new gear!

So join now to Lift, Tone, Burn into the holidays!

Follow them on Facebook for studio updates. How cute are they?

Getting the studio ready!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Winter Street Reading

*UPDATE* This event has been cancelled - wishing Elin a speedy recovery!

My favorite author is coming to town - so exciting! - but I can't go because of a meeting - so sad! - which means everyone has to go out and support her for me. Elin Hilderbrand is releasing her first ever Christmas novel, Winter Street, and she's doing a reading and signing at the Darien Library on Thursday night at 7pm. I'm pretty much crying on my keyboard that I can't go. While I love Elin as my favorite summer beach author, I have a soft spot for Christmas novels so this is the best combo ever to me. I'm going to save it for Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy by a big fire and get in the Christmas spirit!

RSVP via their Facebook events page - books will be available for purchase at the event.

Darien Library
1441 Post Road
Thursday, Oct 16th

If you can't attend the event, visit their website for a list of bookstores that will be carrying Winter Street, if you can, support your local booksellers!

Barrett Bookstore
314 Heights Rd
Darien CT


Thursday, October 9, 2014

RHS Chili Fest

Join the Rowayton Historical Society for their 4th annual Chili Fest next Saturday. Want to put your cooking skills to the test .... submit your best chili to be judged for $50. Not feeling the culinary talent ... $10 to enter your carved or decorated pumpkin in the festivities. Or my preferred option, come between noon and three to taste all the entries and vote on your favorites! You'll also be able to enjoy cold beer and live music. Come see who's the big winner! 

Deadline to enter chili or a pumpkin is Oct 12th - 

Saturday October 18th 12-3 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Blaze

There are still a few nights of tickets available to check out this fun Halloween event - The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-On-Hudson. Come view over 5,000 hand carved illuminated pumpkins as you walk through the grounds of the Manor. Spooky and spectacular! 

We always like to check out a fun area restaurant for dinner before we go - two years ago we visited the adorable Ocean House Oyster Bar in Croton-on-Hudson for oysters and a charmingly cozy dinner. 

This year we're headed to Red Hat on the River in Irvington to soak in the beautiful views of the Hudson river and feast on some tasty French-American fare. 

Check ticket availability here...


Monday, October 6, 2014

Good Goods Fabric Sale

Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to get all in-store fabrics at Good Goods for 25% off! I was lucky enough to catch their summer sale to buy the fabric for our beautiful new headboard! {photos to come} Be sure to check out the back room for their wonderful selection of pillows as well - we added these great aqua ones to our new den. The girls from Good Goods were the ones who finally inspired me to start blogging again so thank you to them for that as well!

Happy Shopping! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2013 Book List

The biggest request I've gotten from people when they ask about the blog is for book recommendations!

I did complete my 2013 resolution to read 52 books in 52 weeks {with two weeks to spare!}

So I thought I'd share my final reading list. Here they are in no particular order.

52 Books in 52 Weeks

The Song Remains The Same
I Have Iraq In My Shoe
Sharp Objects
Here We Go Again
Love Anthony *
Indiscretion *
Touch and Go
The Storyteller
Family Pictures
Six Years
Summer House
Fly Away
Ivy Secrets
The Great Gatsby {a re-read but it counts!}
Angels All Over Town
No Way Back
Tides Of The Heart
15 Seconds
Between Husbands and Friends
Fault In Our Stars *
Revenge Wears Prada
Tao Of Martha
Ladies Night
The Last Camellia *
Beautiful Day
Sweet Salt Air
Island Girls
Last Original Wife
Last Summer Of The Camperdowns
Time Flies
Looking For Me
Crime Of Privilege
Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop *
Chose The Wrong Guy
The Silver Star
The Silent Wife
A Hundred Summers *
Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls
The Widow Walz
Cuckoo's Calling
Second Honeymoon
The Lemon Orchard *
These Few Precious Days
The Girl You Left Behind *
Off Season
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt *
The Exiles
The Book Thief *
Nantucket Christmas
The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat Cafe
Blue Christmas
Tell The Wolves I'm Home
* donates some of my very favorites from the list

Yikes, it seems like so many more books when I type them than when I read them!

Happy Reading! #iheartbooks

Monday, September 29, 2014

The New FFC411

Recently a lot of people have inquired when I might start blogging again and now that things have settled down a little it felt like the right time to start it up again - in a small way!

I looked back at the blog, interested to see where I left off, and it was right when we found the listing for our new house. Things got a little crazy from that point on - we put in an offer on the house {a short sale}, waited a few months to hear - we got it! - on the same day my husband changed jobs, then we moved out of our condo in Greenwich and in with my parents for two month while we renovated our new place. Things are finally starting to come together and we couldn't be more in love with our new house, our new neighborhood and our "new" town. All the more things to share about what I love in FFC!

So you'll definitely see a few more home improvement sneak peeks, decorating posts and DIY projects as we take on our own little fixer upper. But we'll still be sharing lots of things to do in FFC, recipes as we try to brush up our cooking skills, travel posts and of course lots and lots of books! #iheartbooks

To kick it off, we'll just say while we've been gone we've been turning this...

Into this...

Glad to be back! xo