Downtown Susie Brown

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I hate to give away all Erin's secret's {and mine}, but then again, that is why I'm here!

Secret #1 - Maria Brower.  Amazing hairstylist.  I've been using her for years, so this is the hardest one to divulge...  A former New Yorker who takes beauty and style seriously {now you know why I love her}, but the best part is she wants YOU to be happy.  She sits with you to discuss lifestyle and how much time you can realistically spend on your daily hair routine {ponytail not included}.  She spent years working for Redken selling their products to salons, but always kept her hands in hair - her first love {sorry Chuck}.  She knows product and how to execute the best current cuts and colors.  Interested?  E-mail me and I'll get you set up!  Pass it on... 

Secret #2 Spa Cascada.  OK - I haven't been so good at keeping Amy and her hacienda style spa a secret.  It's made a few posts here and my spirit has been rehydrated there plenty of times.  Amy and her dedication to her craft continues to be an inspiration to me.  Her eyebrow designs, skin care treatments, facials, and makeup knowledge has enhanced many Saratogians.  Add Erin to that growing list.    

Secret #3 - You can experience some enhancement for yourself.  This week's giveaway is a free hair consultation from Maria with a complimentary Redken Shade's EQ Conditioning Crystal Clear Glaze treatment {I've had a few and love them!}.  As Maria says, "this will give the winner exceptional shine and condition without any color change to the hair.  It's ammonia free {gentle to the hair}, acid balanced, and fortified with wheat amino acids".  What's this mean to you?  A better conditioned, full of body, shiny mane!

I'm not done yet.....  the second part of this brilliant giveaway is a free make up consultation with Amy at Spa Cascada.  Amy will discuss make up trends with you, check out your skin, apply a little Glo Minerals and fill you in on what colors work best for you.  Another secret you will walk away with - Blinc Mascara.  The newest {and greatest} mascara on the market.  You'll be ahead of your friends by "tubing" your lashes instead of the passe way of painting them!

Free hair consultation, hair glaze treatment, make up consultation and the newest mascara on the market - you will be on your way to the enhancement you always dreamed of!  Make a comment on this post to make that dream come true!  Winner announced on Friday!  Good Luck! 

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Leave a comment. Make a wish.  You could be the lucky winner of this week's giveaway.  Twinkle-Studio reworks vintage jewelry that would make Coco very happy.  This beauty is a combination of a vintage choker {black matte beads} and vintage baubles including a former clip on earring adorned with crystals, pearls, rhinestones, silver leaves, and faceted black beads {dangling charm}.  Wear it with you LBD, dress up your jeans and crisp white tee, or it would look charming with wide pants and a ruffle blouse...  Add some history and fun to your summer wardrobe!

How to win...? Make a comment on this post and I will enter your name in a drawing.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday  It's that easy

Good Luck!

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I have had the pleasure of getting to know Sara of Twinkle-Studio the last couple of months.  She has an amazing talent for transforming vintage jewelry into hip modern pieces.  Sara shops the local flee markets and consignment shops looking for treasures.  She also has a few classy ladies of a certain age who share their precious loot with her.  They trust she will treat their gems with care and convert them into baubles that will be stylishly appreciated today.  She does not disappoint.  Although Sara does not have a store front she does have an Etsy shop.  Etsy is "your place to buy and sell all things handmade".  Etsy provides a place for artist, designers and all those talented crafty people out there to express themselves and sell their masterpieces.  They also promote shoppers to buy local and help you find local sellers.  I have been proud to have Sara be a part of my first two events and look foreward to working with her more in the future.  Sooo, if you are searching for an unique graduation gift, a cool cocktail ring, or wondering where to find those hip feather clips and headbands you see all the celebrities wearing on the red carpet?  Check out Twinkle-Studio and your hunt is over!

Giveaway Wednesday will return next Wednesday when I will be giving away one of Twinkle-Studio's treasures!   

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{Vera Wang Stationery found at PaperDolls of Saratoga.  Love this orange print - crisp and clean yet a mod update to classic stationery}

These are high on my to-do list this week.  I have many people to thank for their out pouring of  love and friendship during these last couple of weeks.  Community means more to me now than it ever did.  I wanted to be sure I thanked my on-line or cyber community as well.  I have been deeply moved by your notes of support, sympathy and friendship.  You may not recieve a hand written note, because many of you I only can reach here.  I truly appreciate your loyalty and encouragement during this difficult time.  We are so blessed in the 21st century.   We can be in contact with our local community, our past communities, and our cyber communities with the touch of a few buttons.  I embrace it and thank you for becoming a part of my cyber community. 

Have a great week on and off line!


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Why should red and pink have all the fun on Valentine's Day? This year let's have green join in on the fun! I met Jordan Baker from Heaven Scent Floral Design this past weekend at the Well Wed wedding show. I have no weddings to plan in the near future, but for my next dinner party or special event I will be sure to give her a call. She is originally from Australia and also spent some time in NYC - so you can be sure she knows her stuff {who doesn't love the Australians...?}! Heaven Scent is an eco-friendly florist with a studio {no store front} here in Saratoga. You can contact her at 518.577.1108 or you can check out her website Give your Valentine a stylish, elegant and environmentally correct bouquet this year. The earth and your amour will thank you. And yes, guys, it will take more thought and time then a quick stop at Price Chopper or Stewarts on your way home on the 14th.... So call NOW! {got the hint, honey?}

The Couture Bride ...






Dress by Jim Hjelm found at Lily Bridal Boutique {6 Franklin Square}. Jewelry by Louise M. Jewelry Designs sold at the boutique or through her website As soon as Jessica put this dress and veil on she immediately had the look and feel of a Parisian runway model! The jewelry completed the look.

A piece of Europe in our small town...

Holiday Outfit #2


My friend Nancy asked me to go shopping to help her find a dress for an upcoming Holiday Party. The setting is the Albany Symphony followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. How classy and elegant is that?

Navy Dress from Violet's of SaratogaThis dress found at Violet's of Saratoga 482 Broadway by Muse, $195, made me very happy. How great are the satin roses at the bottom (shows off those great legs!)? A classic silhouette with a fun twist. I can almost hear Handel's Messiah and taste the Moet!

Gold Sandals by Kate SpadeI thought these Kate Spade shoes would be perfect with the dress.

Clutch from Ann Taylor LoftAdd some color with this clutch from Ann Taylor Loft on Broadway.

J. Crew Fireball BraceletLoving this classy bracelet from J.Crew.

Louise M Jewelry EarringsJust discovered this jewelry made by a local designer Louise M. Jewelry. Original and custom jewelry. The prettiest and unique designs plus she's sweet and easy to work with! You can find her on line or at Violet's 482 Broadway, Mimosa 70c Beekman Street or Lily of Saratoga bridal boutique, 6 Franklin Square.

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Stay-at-home mom who left her job in the fashion industry in NYC to raise 3 wonderful girls, but never lost the passion for fashion. My husband and I were lucky enough to move to a small town that has an amazing downtown that offers a big city lifestyle. I will highlight here where to find the latest trends, great gift ideas, and delicious food and drink! All the THINGS I LOVE about downtown Saratoga Springs. Enjoy!


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