A Hidden Treasure in Western New York

Monday, August 31, 2009

We are planning to return for the fall event October 3.


Antique boats...one of the rides the boys enjoyed



My 2 silly ducks....waiting patiently for the gates to open



My favorite part--the Lakeview Village Shoppes!



I liked the cute little shops along the shore.



The carousel



Ben wasn't thrilled about the flowers. He wanted more rides!



Little ferris wheel




Having lived in upstate New York for every year of my life except one, I pretty much know about the quaint little towns and the sites to visit. Apparently, I missed one of the best little finds there is.


One of my Facebook friends, Elizabeth, mentioned taking her daughter to a little place called Olcott Beach earlier this summer. I had never heard of it. She explained that she found it on her way to Niagara Falls and that is was really a wonderful little place. She was right.

Ever since Elizabeth told me about Olcott Beach and posted some pictures, I have wanted to take the boys. I meant to take them sooner, but ended up taking them Friday. We've had a cold spell here in this part of the state. It's been rainy, a bit windy (a tornado touched down in Canandaigua on Saturday), and just downright cold. When we left Friday morning, it was in the low 60s and sunny. When we arrived in Olcott Beach, it was pretty cloudy and even a bit chillier than here in Irondequoit. I'm glad the boys had their sweatshirts on.

Olcott Beach is exactly 65 miles from our driveway. It's actually easy to get to. I took the Lake Ontario State Parkway all the way to its end and got on Route 18 West. I was there in about an hour and ten minutes. Olcott Beach is a tiny hamlet by the Town of Newfane. It's in Niagara County and is located about 25 minutes from Niagara Falls. After driving in such a rural area, I began to wonder if it's be worth it. I don't like rural areas--this was rural! We passed dozens of farms and were in the middle of nowhere. After passing through all of these little towns which don't even all appear on my atlas (yes, I use an atlas still!), we encountered a hidden gem.

We turned on a street that had a large, old-fashioned boat in the median. I quickly found the Lakeview Shoppes. These are small cottages by the lake all painted in pastel colors. I turned on Main Street and found the Olcott Beach Carousel Park. What a small amusement park! Do not get me wrong--small in a good way!

I parked the car right across the street from the park. It was a couple minutes before noon and the park doesn't open until noon. The boys and I waited and looked at the rides (only 6) and then one of the employees came over and opened the gate for us.

What I really found wonderful about the park is that it was built for children only. Kids need to be 52" tall or less and under 75 pounds to ride the rides. Parents are welcome to ride the carousel and are free with children under 5. The park is actually a not for profit company and is run entirely by volunteers who truly love what they do. Did I mention that rides are only 25 cents each?

I told the boys they could ride as much as they wanted to and I spent a total of $6 for the day of rides. You may be thinking, "There are only 6 rides, though." While that is true, this is ideal for small children and they were truly content with their choices. I know when I take them to our nearby parks, Sea Breeze and Darien Lake, that they are overwhelmed. First of all, both parks are full of teenagers running around unattended. The rides are typically built more for older "thrillseekers" with only a handful of kiddie rides. There's also the high admission fee. I don't necesarily mind the fee, but I do mind paying it when the little one says, "I'm tired and I want to go home right now!" after an hour of riding. I also have to say it's a plus to walk through the park without crowds of teens mumbling the F-bomb around my little ones!

The boys really had a ball. There were only about 25 or 30 other children there that day, most likely because it started raining. We took a break to walk next door to an Italian restaurant, Carmella's. I wish I could recommend it, but we didn't have the best experience. Aside from the flies hovering over our table (we ate indoors) and the hair in my spaghetti and meatballs, the options on the kids' menu were really terrible. They could have fried mozzarella sticks with a side of fries, fried chicken fingers with fries, etc....basically a fried entree with a fried side. I asked if they could have steamed veggies as a substitution and was told it was not an option.

I think next time we'll eat elsewhere. After our lunch, we walked just a few feet to Lakeview Village Shoppes, a collection of several shops along the boardwalk. The shops are right along the Lake Ontario shoreline and were just so quaint. Each shop was painted a different pastel hue. They had everything from a gift shop full of Crabtree & Evelyn products to a candy shop to a kite store. The stores were super tiny, so I really didn't get to look much because my boys are like bulls in a china shop.

One of the shopkeepers told me that if I liked his shop, I'd really love the shops in the nearby town (5 minutes away) to the west called Wilson. He said there were several gift and antiques shops that way as you get closer to Niagara Falls. He also recommended a restaurant for our next visit, Mariners Landing, and I think we'll go there. There really are lots of things to do if you want to spend the day away. You could even make a weekend of it by heading to the falls and staying over.

After a few hours of riding, the boys were chilly and tired. We headed back home and stopped at one of the several farm stands along the side of the road. Nearly all were un-manned and had a coffee can out for you to put your money honor system style. At Johnson's Farm on Route 18, I bought a some wonderful peaches and tomatoes larger than any I have ever seen before.

I think what I liked most about the day is that it reminded me of a simpler time. Kids weren't walking around with iPods and cell phones. There was no sense of urgency. Everything was just simple and funny. The people were all so relaxed and friendly. The park was a place I could picture from a whole other era. The boys and I had lots of fun--so much fun that we're going back for their fall festival the weekend of October 3 and 4. This time we'll take Tom with us...that way he can be with the boys while I enjoy the shops a little bit more and see creations from local artisans.

If you live in the Rochester area and have small children, check this place out. It really is a hidden gem in Western New York.



31 Days of Earrings: Day 31


I just adore these robin's egg blue copper enamel earrings made by Teka and Zoe! In fact, I like the earrings in this shop so much, I am going to show you a couple more pairs!


Robin's egg blue copper enamel earrings, $24











31 Days of Earrings: Day 30

Sunday, August 30, 2009



I have spoken of Beppie Murray before. I believe she creates the most gorgeous chunky necklaces on earth and I wear mine often. She also makes fabulous and affordable earrings for her Etsy shop.

These beauties are called "Pollock" and are $12.

August Giveaway--Deadline to Enter is Monday!

Greeting card from Blue Moose Art





Summery card from Bella Sera Designs




Update to original post: I am adding in another greeting card, too!

Chic & Green is giving away a seashell card from Bella Sera Designs this month and an assortment of great tarts from my tart bucket. I'll add some great soy tarts from Starring...! Fragrances to the card for one lucky winner. Tarts include: Wild Blueberry Vanilla, Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies, Vanilla Almond Crumble, and Caramel Drenched Apple Fritter.

I also am a customer of Blue Moose Art on 1000 Markets. She has some lovely cards and I have now ordered twice this month. She included an extra in my last order and I am going to give it to the winner of this giveaway.


To enter: simply comment on this post. The winner will be drawn September 1st.

31 Days of Earrings: Day 29

Saturday, August 29, 2009



Perfect for fall, these lovely red earrings are from Lee at Five to Nine Designs.



$18


31 Days of Earrings: Day 28

Friday, August 28, 2009

$38

I have 2 most favorite earring designers: Kristin Perkins and Ronnie Schultz. Both make earrings of the highest quality. Both make earrings that generate lots of compliments when I wear their creations. Both are completely unique.

Tonight I am featuring a great pair of earrings for fall from the exceptional Kristin Perkins. I just ordered a sweater in chocolate brown and these would go wonderfully with that color!

If you're a local reader, you can also shop at Craft Company #6 on University Avenue in the city of rochester or at Joolz on Main Street in Canandaigua for Kristin's jewelry.


Frugal Fridays: Back to School

Nicholas will begin first grade on Wednesday. It's so hard to believe. It seems like yesterday he was born. My big guy will also celebrate his sixth birthday one week from today. Where does the time go?

In honor of heading back to school, I found some great items for Frugal Friday. Enjoy!




Altered notebook from Salon D'Arte, $4.95



Set of 8 book plates from Vintage Paper Parade, $6



A fun paperweight for teacher's desk from Unicorn Kids Studios, $6



Great for the little ones...from Cute Munchkins, $4



No need for waste! Reusable sandwich bags from Country Life Naturals, $8



Pencil pouch from Creations by Rachel, $7.99



Lunch box notes from Life Events, $6.50



Altered crayon caddy from Caprice Creations, $8



Handmade apple cozy from Unravel Me, $8.50



Set of 2 notecards from Stories Divinations, $7.75


31 Days of Earrings: Day 27

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Today's pick is actually not a pair of earrings, but a really wonderful find if you collect earrings.

To say I enjoy earrings would be an understatement. I am running out of room. I have some earrings in my jewelry boxes and others hanging from china teacups on my dresser.

I purchased a lovely vintage-style dress form earring stand today from Diane Fergurson and know it will be put to great use. The one I chose will also fit into my shabby chic meets Paris Apartment-themed bedroom.


Diane Fergurson can be found right on 1000 Markets.

$30-$32







What's In It Wednesday: Lancome Blush Subtil

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What an eye-opening one this is.

I confess, my most favorite blush ever is Miel Glace by Lancome in their Blush Subtil formula. Nothing is more luxurious in any price range when it comes to the silky texture, the superior blendability, the color selection, or longevity.

I have a friend who adores Blush Subtil as well. Miel Glace was the color I wore the day Tom and I got married. I just love this. I actually have the same blush I bought a couple years back. I usually wear my own lip and cheek tint on my cheeks, or Pure Blends blush from Almay.

My friend and I were talking about the Lancome blush. We both knew it had carmine, but thought it was paraben free. I found the list of ingredients online and verified them at my closest Lancome counter. How sad I was to read this list!

Let's See What's In It (Items in green are cause for concern):


PTFE--In other words, TEFLON. While not necessarily horrible itself, the main agent in making Teflon, PFOA, is considered to be a human carcinogen. This is used to bulk up a product and affects slip. It also can condition.

Treimethylsiloxysilicate--a very benign polymer

Isopropyl Titanium Triiosstearate--OK as well...it's an organic emollient compound

Acrylates Copolymer--This is commonly found in artifial nail application. It doesn't belong in blush. The main concern when using this is how it is linked to acyrlic acid--this is highly toxic.

Cetyl Dimethicone--An occlusive, helps condition skin


Fragrance--Perhaps nothing is more allergy-inducing and problematic for the skin than fragrance. There are so many chemicals in synthetic fragrances, many of which contain phthalates. Such a high concentration of fragrance is disturbing.

Isobutylparaben--A study 5 years ago in the Journal of Applied Toxicology linked parabens to breast cancer as they may be hormone disruptive and lead to tumor growth. While the jury is still out on paraben safety, I personally find the links too strong and have been paraben free for almost 2.5 years.

Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.


Methylparaben--This particular paraben is used in water-containing products as a preservative.A study 5 years ago in the Journal of Applied Toxicology linked parabens to breast cancer as they may be hormone disruptive and lead to tumor growth. While the jury is still out on paraben safety, I personally find the links too strong and have been paraben free for 2.5 years.

Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.

Phenoxyethanol--a preservative agent free of parabens and formaldehyde

Propylparaben--this type of paraben is a preservative agent against fungus. A study 5 years ago in the Journal of Applied Toxicology linked parabens to breast cancer as they may be hormone disruptive and lead to tumor growth. While the jury is still out on paraben safety, I personally find the links too strong and have been paraben free for almost 2.5 years. Etser of n-propyl alcohol and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.

Etyhlparaben--A preservative whose parent chemical is 4-hydroxy benzoic acid. A study 5 years ago in the Journal of Applied Toxicology linked parabens to breast cancer as they may be hormone disruptive and lead to tumor growth. While the jury is still out on paraben safety, I personally find the links too strong and have been paraben free for almost 2.5 years. Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.

Dimethicone--a silicone, harmless

Butylparaben-- While all of the negative effects of parabens are not yet known, studies originating in Japan link butylparaben and male birth defects. In the toxicology papers, it was stated that butylparaben "adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system..."

This is because of the fact that parabens have repeatedly been shown to interfere with the body's hormone function. This is exactly why parabens continue to be under fire for their potential cancer causing properties.

Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.

DC Red #36--Concern about links between FD & C colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.

DC Red #6--Concern about links between FD & C colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.
DC Red #7--Concern about links between FD & C colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.

Red Lake #7--Concern about links between FD & C as well as "lake" (metallic) colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.


Red Lake #40--Concern about links between FD & C as well as "lake" (metallic) colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.


FD & C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake--Unsafe colorant may be derived from animal or coal tar; aluminum is a neurotoxin which may be linked to both Autism and Alzheimer's.

FD & C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake--Unsafe colorant may be derived from animal or coal tar; aluminum is a neurotoxin which may be linked to both Autism and Alzheimer's.

DC Red #21--Concern about links between FD & C colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.

Red Lake #27--Concern about links between FD & C as well as "lake" (metallic) colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.

Nylon 12--adds bulk to makeup, makes the formula more opaque

DC Red #30--harmful to the environment, particular aquatic life

Carmine--derived from crushed insects....Yuck!

Ultramarines--colorant

Bismuth Oxychloride--irritant, may make skin itch if sensitive...

Chromium Oxide Green--colorant linked to cancer

Chromium Hydroxide Green--Colorant

Iron Oxides--colorants

Ferric Ferrocyanide--May potentially be harmful. This is a colorant containing cyanide compounds.

Manganese Violet--Colorant; vegans need to be aware that this may contain animal ingredients

Titanium Dioxide--Colorant and UV absorber

Zinc Stearate--Anti-caking agent

Zinc Oxide--Sunscreen agent can also add bulk. While considered quite safe by most, there is some new research indicating we need to learn more.

Mica--colorant

Boron Nitride--great at absorbing oil!

Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate--This adds bulk to makeup. It actually is glass made from aluminum & calcium. I do not think aluminum, due to its links to health issues, belongs in cosmetics and skin care.

Dimethiconol--Harmless skin conditioner

Triisocetyl Citrate--Harmless skin conditioner

Barium Sulfate--No way, Jose! This ingredient is harmful.Not only is is bad for the earth, but this ingredient may be bad for your health. Its purpose in skin care is to make the product more opaque. It may harm the reproductive system and considered a toxin by the EPA.




The Chic & Green Bottom Line:

I do not recommend this product. While it is the perfect blush in terms of application, texture, and color, this is terrible when it comes to ingredients.

A better choice--and more afforable--Pure Blends by Almay, which can be found at Target, Ulta, and drugstores.

Summer's End Going on Now!


NY Festival, a great group of New York talent on 1000 Markets, is holding Summer's End. It is going on now through Saturday, August 29th.

Here are some promotions from participating merchants:


My Three Jewels is offering a free pair of shell pearl earrings valued at $29.99 with any purchase of $29.99 or more! What a wonderful time to try Ronnie's earrings!



KZM Facial Care Boutique is holding her Annual Gift event and with any purchase over $30, you will receive a 4 piece collection featuring a Goat's Milk Facial Cleanser, Carrot Seed & Chamomile Facial Mist, Vegan Night Cream (all deluxe travel sizes) and a full sized Rich Berries Lip & Cheek Tint. Gift has a value of $19.50.


Abby Horowitz Designs will be giving away beautiful Venetian Glass earrings with any purchase of over $25. If you have always wanted to try Abby's designs, now is the time!



Excessary has a free gift, too! If you spend $25, you will get a free pair of earrings. Colors will be selected at random. If you spend $40 or more, you will receive the free gift and free shipping to go along with your order.



Five to Nine Design is offering Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price in her Clearance Aisle section.



31 Days of Earrings: Day 26



Today's lovelies are from Abby Horowitz Designs. These earrings are handpainted and feature Chinese flowers beads and Bali silver beads.

Why buy these? Abby is participating in New York Fest's promotion called Summer's End and with any $25 purchase, Abby will be giving a fabulous free gift!

31 Days of Earrings: Day 25

Tuesday, August 25, 2009



How fun and colorful! Appropriately called "Kaleidoscope of Color," these colorful copper hoops are made by Ever so Dear.


$18.50

Tea Lovers Must Read On!




I adore tea almost as much as coffee--although in the winter, I much prefer a cup of hot tea to coffee any day.

One day while I was reading City Girl's blog, she mentioned a tea trade on Melita's blog. I thought it was a fabulous idea! It is a great way for tea lovers to try new teas and to destash a bit. I immediately signed up. I asked Melita if I could share the details with you and she said more tea lovers are welcome!

Sharing Some Talent...

Washcloths and tags made by Beth


I have spoken of my friend from Michigan, Beth, before. She's a mom to two beautiful children, a talented graphic designer, photographer, and can do wonders with her needle and thread.

Beth has made sachet pillows, gift bags, and baseball "taggie" for Benjamin, and a fabulous dinosaur tooth pillow for Nicholas. Her talent is endless.

I received a beautiful package in the mail from Beth the other day and I just had to share it with you. I was telling her I was pondering including handmade washcloths as part of a large skin care set in my shop and asked her if she ever makes them. A few days later, this great package arrived. She sent several washcloths my way--some in terry, others in chenille. I have to tell you that the chenille ones are just amazing!

I am browsing fabrics to coordinate with my packaging and hope to offer these someday.

By the way, one thing I love about Beth's creations is her packaging. She included her handmade tags, all with inspirational quotes or lovely pictures. She doesn't sell online right now (she used to), but I am really hoping she offers her work on the net soon!


Birthday Girl


~Happy Birthday~

Today's my birthday and I found some really lovely birthday-inspired items from 1000 Markets and Etsy.

Enjoy!


A fun birthday painting by the talented Jenni Adkins Horne of Artsy Orange, $12



Do you think this little birthday crown would stretch around me head?



2 dozen button cookies made by SweetAmbs, $6



Handmade wooden birthday party play box from The Enchanted Cupboard, $65



Beeswax birthday candles from Chicago Honey Co-op...I'll surely need more than one 12-pack, $7



Vintage-inspired birthday girl from Bed of Beads, $3.20



Some delicious birthday cakes...a gorgeous print by the talented Janet Hill Studio, $17



Oh how I adore these cupcake toppers from Joosy Card Co.!
$3



Patchwork birthday banner from Earmark Gatherings, $12




Birthday card from Kards, $1.20
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