This week has been incredibly busy for me (and promises to be even busier). Rather than post an outfit or recipe, I’m including some bits & pieces from recent weeks, via Instagram.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, hosted by the First Coast chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Contemporaries of MOCA (a group that has meant so much to be over the years) was honored as Outstanding Young Professional Organization and, as current President of the group I got to accept the award, along with two of our fabulous former Presidents. If you live in Jacksonville, and you have a penchant for fabulous events, I strongly suggest becoming a member (honestly, where else in town can you don sequins and fur to attend a champagne tasting?) MOCA has an outstanding contemporary art collection, houses one of the best restaurants in town, and hosts amazing events all year long. All of the Contemporaries are creative, artistic, fashionable and all around a great group of people. We’ll be hosting a 600-person, pop art-themed New Year’s Eve gala this year and, as the event has sold out every year, I suggest buying your tickets early.
Last evening, I also attended the media preview of Nordstrom Rack (it was called a “preview,” but it was open to pretty much anyone. It seemed like there were 600 people there!) As readers of my blog know, I love a good bargain, so The Rack is a welcome addition to the River City. I scored a really sweet Zoe Karssen tee for $30 (it’s currently full price on Net-A-Porter). The store officially opens tomorrow with “Rally At The Rack.” At 8 AM, they’ll kick things off with music, breakfast treats and more. Customers can enter for a chance to win one of (30) $100 gift cards and a $1,000 shopping spree, plus exclusive entry 30 minutes before the store opens at 9 AM. The winner’s name is drawn and announced at 8:25 a.m. (winner must be present to win).
Tomorrow, I’ll be walking in a charity fashion show for Goodwill. I’ll be wearing head to toe thrifted goods, and walking alongside other local media members (since I’m in print media, I doubt anyone will recognize me, but it should be good for a laugh!)
I made butternut squash and tofu laksa the other night. It was so spicy, pretty labor intensive, and very different from anything I’ve ever made. Still can’t decide if I loved it or hated it.