Shore’s Marcia Froelke Coburn has debate déjà vu; Sawyer’s Barry and Linda Patejdl launch a wine club and Shore Good Life’s George Aquino will lead a European food tour in 2013.
Shore Contributing Editor Marcia Froelke Coburn Déjà vu on First Lady (and Wannabe) Fashion Choices: The minute that Marcia Coburn caught a glimpse of what Michelle Obama and Ann Romney were wearing at last Wednesday night’s debate she knew she had a story. “Both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney did what thousands of women do every day: they shopped their closets and turned up wearing outfits they already owned and had worn before. The First Lady wore a dress and matching cropped jacket by Preen, the London-based label of designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi. The two started with a Notting Hill shop in 1996, expanding until they began showing in London Fashion Week in 2001. Preen is known for its “modern Victorian look,” utilizing antique fabrics and vintage trims. Mrs. Obama’s dress is from their 2011 collection; the top part is a geometric print inspired by the Northern California Arts and Crafts Movement. The jacket features an inverted pleat back and bracelet-length sleeves. Mrs. Obama first wore the ensemble on a visit to London with the President in May 2011. She repeated the outfit, the next time pairing it with an up-do, when she visited the U.S. Department of Labor in January 2012.
Mrs. Romney sported a cream colored suit by Alfred Fiandaca, a Boston-based couture designer. We don’t know when Mrs. Romney last wore this suit, but, according to the designer, she has owned it since 2006. Many Americans first became aware of Fiandaca’s designs when seeing Mrs. Romney recently on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." For that occasion, she wore a highly detailed black lace and leather suit by the same designer.
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Sawyer Home & Garden Center’s Barry and Linda Patejdl Launch a Wine Club: If you thought they had everything you could ever want at Sawyer Home & Garden Center, well you might have been wrong, but they certainly have everything now. Sawyer has always been a destination store but the Patejdls have just raised the bar, again---the wine bar that is---by launching a Sawyer client wine club. With over 550 selections of wine from around the world, the garden center is truly a wine lover’s paradise, and now it is easier than ever to find your new favorite, or stick with an old standby you have loved for years.
The Sawyer Home & Garden Center wine club is open to any customer (of legal age) who wishes to sign up. Upon participating, as a part of the membership, customers receive one monthly bottle of wine of their choosing, discounts on other wine purchases, invitations to exclusive events and newsletters with great info and tips on living and, of course, gardening well.
Shore Columnist George Aquino Leads Foodie Photo Op Group to Europe in 2013: JW Marriott GM, Food Critic and Shore Contributing Editor and Columnist George Aquino is now adding another experience to his expanding repertoire of skills and talents. In 2013, he will be leading a small group of foodies (who also like to take beautiful photographs) on a 12-day European tour which will include Britain, France and Italy so sure. The details are presently being worked out but more will be revealed on Shore online and in print. I’m also using this as an excuse to run one of George’s fabulous food photos—I don’t know how you can look at too many of these pictures without getting hungry---these are scallops at Grove Restaurant in Grand Rapids.