Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
There is nothing left to do ... but sleep. We have had 3 wonderful days filled with family visits. Lots of food, conversation, and laughs were had by all. The girls, Fenway and Wrigley, are happy to be home all snuggled up ... with of course, the crazy cow bone.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Jonathan in the kitchen of River Tavern.
The truck they cook on for Dinners at the Farman excerpt from the article:
'Revising the RecipeI realized that I had had the equation backwards. I was making decisions based on what I wanted. I hadn't been willing to make the compromises (as I saw it) sometimes necessary to create a broad coalition of customers—something absolutely crucial in a town with fewer people than the number that walked by Etats-Unis in a day. In our own minds, we were the best restaurant around—but the fact was, we weren't connecting with our customers.'
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Save The Date!
Laura (designer of Whosiepie) and I
would like to invite you to MerGirl
Friday, November 28th 4pm - 7pm
Saturday, November 29th 8am - noon
There will be lots of Whosiepie accessories
perennial favorites such as
yoga mat bags
lavender eye pillows
signature whosie bags...
as well as some new gift ideas.
So please join us...
there will be sip of this
and a bite of that to share with you also.
and if you haven't heard the news...
you will have to stop by to get the latest...
Monday, November 17, 2008
The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams,
The nearly invisible stitches along the collar
Turned in a sweatshop by Koreans or Malaysians
Gossiping over tea and noodles on their break
Or talking money or politics while one fitted
This armpiece with its overseam to the band
Of cuff I button at my wrist. The presser, the cutter,
The wringer, the mangle. The needle, the union,
The treadle, the bobbin. The code. The infamous blaze
At the Triangle Factory in nineteen-eleven.
One hundred and forty-six died in the flames
On the ninth floor, no hydrants, no fire escapes--
The witness in a building across the street
Who watched how a young man helped a girl to step
Up to the windowsill, then held her out
Away from the masonry wall and let her drop.
And then another. As if he were helping them up
To enter a streetcar, and not eternity.
A third before he dropped her put her arms
Around his neck and kissed him. Then he held
Her into space, and dropped her. Almost at once
He stepped up to the sill himself, his jacket flared
And fluttered up from his shirt as he came down,
Air filling up the legs of his gray trousers--
Like Hart Crane's Bedlamite, "shrill shirt ballooning."
Wonderful how the patern matches perfectly
Across the placket and over the twin bar-tacked
Corners of both pockets, like a strict rhyme
Or a major chord. Prints, plaids, checks,
Houndstooth, Tattersall, Madras. The clan tartans
Invented by mill-owners inspired by the hoax of Ossian,
To control their savage Scottish workers, tamed
By a fabricated heraldry: MacGregor,
Bailey, MacMartin. The kilt, devised for workers
to wear among the dusty clattering looms.
Weavers, carders, spinners. The loader,
The docker, the navvy. The planter, the picker, the sorter
Sweating at her machine in a litter of cotton
As slaves in calico headrags sweated in fields:
George Herbert, your descendant is a Black
Lady in South Carolina, her name is Irma
And she inspected my shirt. Its color and fit
And feel and its clean smell have satisfied
both her and me. We have culled its cost and quality
Down to the buttons of simulated bone,
The buttonholes, the sizing, the facing, the characters
Printed in black on neckband and tail. The shape,
The label, the labor, the color, the shade. The shirt.
Thank you Sue Levine for choosing to read this to our memoir class over the summer.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Those stairs lead to our New Studio. We are both very excited to be staying in town producing our clothing lines and pursuing other aspects of our arts. This new space will allow us to concentrate, focus & be a little more specialized.
We will have open houses about once a month so make sure you are on our mailing lists or have subscribed to our blogs. The hours for The Studio will pretty much be the same as at 4 Water St. So feel free to stop in and visit.
This is really exciting for us and we are looking forward to the new inspiration and what this will produce from us. In the mean time we still have lot's going on down at 4 Water St, in MerGirl.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Just a reminder,
If you haven't already made you reservation
for Lunch with
(860-526-9417 for reservation)
This Sat. Nov.8, 2008
You need to do that right away.
Her first lunch in the spring was sold out.
Judging from the pictures it was amazing.
I will see you there!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I find it is time for me to make a change.
I hope you will all be very happy for me.
I will be closing the physical location of
Fear not though,
I will continue to design.
You will always have access to me here,
through my newsletter and of course
My store online at Smashing Darling.
I already have a lunch/event planned at River Tavern in January.
So call them and make a reservation 860-526-9417
Stay tuned as I will keep updating the status.
I am not exactly sure about ETD, but I hope to be closed by Dec.31 st.
If it is sooner that is OK too.
Change is good!
Be Happy For Me!
It has been an amazing 14 years in the store.
It would have been nothing without all of you.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Freebie Friday: Win A $500 Shopping Spree At Smashing Darling
Sep 26, 2008
What: $500 to spend anywhere on SmashingDarling.com.
Why: Smashing Darling stocks a seemingly endless collection of jewelry, clothes, and all kinds of accessories from independent designers you definitely won’t see in the mall. There is quite literally something (actually, a whole lot of things) for everyone.
Probably because we’ve been more than a little into Mad Men lately, we like the retro look of this Elleira Couture jacket and the classic vibe of this Kate Boggiano sweater.
And the jewelry is fabulous too. This elegant-hip necklace from Jennifer King Designs would work well against a solid-colored tee or with a blazer and camisole, and this cool ring from Manic Trout is made from wire and a vintage button. We could go on.
How: Go to SmashingDarling.com, look around, then come back and comment telling us one or a few of the things you’d buy with $500.
And don’t forget stop by MomFinds for a chance to win a pair of Robeez Mini Shoez.
1. Post in the comments section about what you’d buy at SmashingDarling.com.
2. You must supply us with a valid email address and sign up for the SheFinds newsletter.
3. The contest starts now and entries must be date stamped by our server no later than Friday, October 3rd, 2008 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time to be eligible.
4. One winner will be selected during a random drawing and will be announced in the October 7th SheFinds newsletter. The winner must reply via email as instructed in the newsletter to claim the prize.
5. No prize substitutions.
6. You must be 18 years old or older to enter and a resident of the USA.
7. No purchase necessary.
8. Void where prohibited.
9. Click here for the full rules.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Just wanted to share with you!
Me and my inspiration board is featured
DIY City Mag this issue!
Check it out and let me know what you think!
To read the whole magazine in all it's yummy entirety
click here where it all starts!
There are always tons of resources and highlights of indie designers!
This issue focuses on New Orleans. The next is due out in Oct. The city of choice is DC.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wanted to let everyone know we have been very very busy!
But isn't everyone!
Laura and I have been working our fingers to the bone. You can see the fruits of our labor online here at MerGirl.
Save the date Friday, June 20, 2008 for the annual
Mid Summers Eve Stroll In downtown Chester.
Join us that evening we will be open until 8:00pm serving light refreshments.
It is the official kick off to summer!
Some other exciting news, Alva, of the Alva Gallery in New London is oppening a store (in the location the gallery was in) and will be carrying select peices of MerGirl. Can you believe it MerGirl, New London. (I know it is shocking, close your mouth)
I will keep you posted about when the opening will be.
This weekend if anyone is attending the auction for High Hopes, be on the lookout for a MerGirl bias cut slip dress, hand dyed with natural dyes. It is one of my favorite peices and happy that it will help raise money for a very good cause. So Bid on it!
Here is the list of lots of other really fabulous items that will be on the Auction Block.
Also, I am starting a new segment for the Smashing Darling Blog, Indie Style Scene, I want to know how you wear your indie. Here is your chance to show off your favorite indie fashion find. I want to know who you are and what you love and want others to know too. This will be a weekly feature. I think the long arm of cool indie reaches far and wide and I want to highlight that. To get more details email me email@example.com
You can also find me writing at Mergirl Shop Blog
and I also want to remind everyone that it is a new season for farm fresh and Dinners at the Farm put on by River Tavern and Feast are in full swing again. I recommend making a reservation and going to one. The dinners are really bringing a lot of awareness to the local farms that we are so fortunate to have in our area.
and hope to see you soon,
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Venuszine is pairing up with Smashing Darling. You subscribe to the magazine and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate to Smashing Darling. There will be 25 lucky winners for the gift certificates. Some lucky winners will also receive Necklaces from Rock Love & Albums from Santagold, Atmosphere, Free Kitten, and many others. Plenty of good stuff to go around.
Show your support for this creative, emerging, indie lifestyle by subscribing, you will be glad you did.
Venus Zine is the leading source for coverage of women in music, art, film, fashion, and DIY culture. Venuszine.com is the daily updated companion to the quarterly, internationally circulated magazine. Venus Zine and venuszine.com feature interviews with legendary artists (Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, and Kim Deal) in addition to edgy and up-and-coming musicians, designers, writers, actresses, and DIY entrepreneurs.
Check out the behind the scenes video getting ready for the summer issue. Also in this issue is A Timeline of Women in Hip Hop and Sex and the Purse, Pumps and Penthouse. Look into the events to see the Madewell Event recap, where Venuszine editors showed shoppers how to deck out their denim.
For those of you with businesses:
They are giving away a half-page color ad to the Web site that refers the most visits to venuszine.com between June 1 and July 15, 2008.*
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Join us at MerGirl
Friday, May 2nd
for The Chester May Day Evening Stroll.
Italian Pointelle knit top
We will be open until 8:00 pm for the festivities.
So please be welcome to stop by and say HI!
Bold floral print dress
Bring your friends and make it a GIRLS NIGHT!
Student Smash Up tee Tip toeing
If you can't make it Friday night
you can always find
As the co-founder for Smashing Darling
I would like to tell everyone
I am very greatful for all of your support.
To keep up with what we are up to at Smashing Darling
check in on the blog
sign up for the
Please help me spread the word
sharing this with all of your friends.
I also recently became a board member for DIY City Mag.
I write a weekly post about how indie designers can promote themselves.
Always, feel free to leave me a message or a comment.
In fact I encourage it.
I want to here from YOU!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We over here at Compai have got a little crush on Mother Earth. We like to try and go easy on her, give her space and some room to breath--cause we recognize that she's been pretty maltreated over the years and is sensitive to people. This Earth Day we want to give her something really special...So we are giving her a couple of promises. Since January, Faith and I have made a no shopping pledge. If we are itching for something new in our wardrobes, we gotta make it ourselves out of clothing that we have in our wardrobes. Today we will make a second pledge. No more plastic bags. This one should be a bit easier than giving up shopping! I'm just going to carry a tote with me where ever I go...and remember to tell the at checkout that I dont need a bag. Its as easy as that.
These are just tiny things that I can do to make this place a bit greener... let me know on our BLOG
what you're gonna give Mother Earth this year--maybe we can all get together and get her an awesome group gift? What do you think?
If you haven't yet RSVP'd for the big Compai event in collaboration with Josie Maran Cosmetics at Steve Glenn's LivingHome, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be signed copies of 99 Ways To Cut, Sew, Tie and Rock your Scarf
available, as well as the inauguration of our earth-friendly clothing collection made of recycled materials, bamboo, soy, organic cotton and hemp.