Thursday, July 31, 2014

Super Saturday Hamptons: Bringing Out The A-List Crowd To Shop For A Good Cause!

By: Anne M. Raso

Super Saturday is one of the most popular events every year in the Hamptons—not just because it brings out the Hamptons A-List crowd and provides plenty of designer bargains to attendees…but because it helps benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Kelly Ripa has been the host for several years now (helping the event get plenty of advanced coverage on daytime TV) and this year’s co-hosts were Covergirl spokeswoman Paula Patton, Donna Karan and InStyle Magazine’s Ariel Foxman. Ripa and the staff of QVC—who have been longtime sponsors of the event—broadcast live from the event as guests who paid $450 to $650 per head dined on exquisite Italian cuisine at Nova’s Ark Project provided by the legendary Sant Ambroeus and scoured for bargains. Along the way, they were handed samples from lots of fun vendors who had their own stands behind the white tent set up for the actual sale part of the festivities—there were plenty of cutting edge beverages from folks like Zico coconut water, Mamma Chia chia seed drinks, Titan Tea and Guarana Energy drinks.
The gorgeous food by Sant Ambroeus included a tremendous asparagus, grape tomato and parmesan salad, grilled lamb chops, six types of pasta with homemade sauces, gourmet burgers and an assortment of their beautiful homemade fruit tarts and gelatos that were worth coming back for several times. I also admit to not being able to resist the sundae stand offered by Carvel over by the rides—and the giant bags of Brownie Brittle and Pasta Chips being handed out at their respective stands! (I actually crunched up some Brownie Brittle and put it on my vanilla Carvel ice cream, which I haven’t had in over 20 years!)

Celeb-wise, I personally only spotted Kelly Ripa at the sale—as well as the QVC hosts. (My head was too much into the sale to notice celebs.) About 500 people attended the event, and it was lovely that free rides including a ferris wheel and merry-go-round were set up for guests under 12. Prices went down as time went on and I had to go to all my favorites to get the bottom barrel prices. Prices generally start on the decline around 3:30 and then at 6, people are either packing up their products to sell next year or nearly giving them away. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe’s popular “Dressing A to Zoe” booth was as great as ever as she had many different designers’ samples that were hand-selected. At the tale end of the sale, yellow patent girls’ ankle strap samples designed by Stella McCartney went for an incredible five bucks (original retail price was $120)! Zoe’s booth is probably the most diversified and she was not in the tent like the other designers—she had her own place in the back by the drink vendors. The tent had famous brands and not-so-famous brands of clothing—but one thing is certain: there was something for everyone. The most luxurious brands were St. John and high-end boutique brand handbag designer Love, Alex (Love, Alex’s sturdy and chic Orna bags were down to $150 from a retail price of $1,450 in the last half hour of Super Saturday.)
At 5 PM, I headed over to Minnie Rose—famous for the ruffled forest green cashmere shawl sported by Kate Middleton while food shopping two years ago—and found the famous “Middleton” shawl for $330 instead of $328! Minnie Rose shawls are a legend of the garment industry in New York—the company is going as strong as ever after seven years thanks to the leadership of Lisa Shaller-Goldberg who named the company by combining her two grandmothers’ names and the quality of their cashmere is impeccable!

Some of the other brands with massive reductions were DKNY (who had the biggest booth), Il Gufo children’s clothing imported from Italy, Alexis Bittar designer jewelry made popular by Sex & The City, Talbot’s, Ramy Brook, Ralph Lauren, Original Penguin, Henri Bendel, J Brand Jeans, Karen Millen, Ruum American Kids’ Wear, Scoop NYC, Helmut Lang, Heidi Klein and about 50 more, Cosmetic and skincare companies includes Dr. Dennis Gross, Tarte, Super Smile and Hampton Sun.
Super Saturday is well worth the schlep from the city if you are not already out there. You’ll never know whom you’ll meet or what bargains you’ll find. The eats are phenomenal and you’ll be having all this fun for one of the most worthy causes that there is!For more info on the annual sale, go to

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

From Crisp to Cool: Summertime Snack-a-Thon 2014

By: Finance Foodie

Summer is over half gone (although the humidity has just begun) - but don't be sad, the team here at Finance Foodie has been hard at work testing awesome summer snacks for your enjoyment! Whether it's a picnic party in Central Park, your desk at work as you countdown to Friday, or just beating the heat on your travels around town, here are some crisp and/or cool treats that will make your tastebuds shine all the time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pepperidge Farm’s Holidays In July Dinner: Bringin’ On The Turkey And All The Fixins Just A Little Early!

By: Anne M. Raso

In case you don’t already know, the famous (and highly nostalgic) brands Pepperidge Farm, Swanson and Campbell’s Soup are all owned by the same corporation these days and the PR folks from there wanted to come out swinging’ with their best holiday recipes from their test kitchens—featuring their most popular products. They wowed New York’s fussy foodie press with both new-fangled and traditional recipes using their most famous products, many of which bring a warmth to baby boomers’ hearts just upon the mention of their names! (They even created a gingerbread house featuring a roof made out of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies to give it a little texture—it was so cute that no one wanted to take it apart and eat it at the Holidays In July dinner!)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

gLAMBping it Up with Asian Sensation BBQ Lamb Kabobs

By: Finance Foodie

When I eat meat, I usually put lamb at the top of my list. Tender, juicy and naturally full of flavor - all you need is a little olive oil and rosemary to bring out its succulence. Furthermore, lamb is nutrient rich, making it a natural fit for healthy diets. On average, it’s an excellent source of protein, vitamin B-12, niacin, zinc and selenium and a good source of iron and riboflavin. Plus, lamb has five times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than beef!
Source: Mountain State Rosen

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