City Ditties

  1. Around Town: Tune Into Cartoon Culture

         Time for a culture fix! This week we are excited about the throwback exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts. 

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  2. Summer Kickoff: Travel Roundup

         Who's ready to kickoff summer in high style? We have our picks for all the gear you need to know about this holiday weekend. Major bonus! These pieces will take you through the steamy days of summer whether you are sea or city bound!

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  3. Outta Dodge: Time for an Autumn Getaway

    Looking for an autumn getaway full of foliage? Let us recommend Winvian Farm, just a few miles north in beautiful Litchfield Hills, Connecticut. The 113 acre property features 18 individually designed resort cottages, some with quirky themes. Kids' choice: the helicopter cottage, a hanger with fully restored 1968 Sikorsky Coast Guard rescue chopper parked inside. If that's not your speed, choose the tree-house, 35-feet in the air, or a golf cottage where you and the kids can putt your way around the room.winvian farms                                                        Treehouse cottage at Winvian Farms.Both elegant and family friendly, the offerings are plentiful: Fill the day with a s'mores roast, horseback riding and hiking, to

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  4. Inspiration: Newport Rhode Island

    chic getaways for families in Newport Rhode IslandWe were inspired this week by Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful and elegant town replete with seaside mansions, museums, great restaurants, beaches and more.The "Must Do List" in Newport, includes Cliff Walk, where visitors can take a walking tour of the shoreline dotted by spectacular mansions, home long ago to the Vanderbilts and their ilk. If just seeing the outside is not enough, get a ticket to go inside and enjoy the opulent furnishings and lush settings- saddle up to a tour guide, as some of the stories are entertaining, especially for the kids, of well dressed dog companions, table manners and dining habits.Speaking of dining, when you're done drooling over these
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  5. Modern Tots need Modern Toys: Hittin' the Beach in Style

    beach toys 2_ by QuutWe think that every modern tot needs modern beach toys. These sleek and artful toys are beautiful objects in their own right, but to boot, they're super fun. Meet the Quut sand rake, Ballo pail, sand sifter and sand castle maker. Let the fun in the sun begin! Shop Quut!coolest beach toys by Quut 
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  6. Off the Walls: 1970s Punk Poster Scene

    Andrew Krivine posters IIAnarchy has left the U.K. and it's relocated to Philly. The Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia shows off a collection of punk era artwork and ephemera, celebrating the rage against the machine, safety pins, combat boots, studs and grommets that symbolized the period. "Pretty Vacant, The Graphic Language of Punk" brings together works by Peter Saville, Gee Vaucher and more collected by Andrew Krivine, on view until March 15. Via Huffington
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  7. Weekender: Skiing in & around the Big Apple

    Want to plan a ski trip with the family this season? Here are some great spots not too far from New York City! A bit over an hour, this ski site, formerly Great Gorge/Vernon Valley, is perfect for a day trip. The NJ mountain isn't huge but it's definitely ample for learning to get your ski legs on. Also some fun snow tubing!
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  8. What? A Pez Museum??

    Yes, you read correctly!! 

    Recently, we visited the quirky Pez Museum in Connecticut & had to share! This Museum is great to visit on a summer weekend (a great break from driving if you are on 95). Total blast from the past, you can introduce your kids to Pez Dispensers and the yummy tab-like candy! Located at 35 Prindle Hill Rd Orange, CT 06477, this museum is right of of I-95. Visiting hours are from 10AM - 6PM on Mondays - Saturdays. This place is even open on Sundays from 12PM- 5PM! The prices can be found on the official Pez Visiting Center's
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  9. Back in the City-Whew, we made it!

    In meandering the streets in the 2nd and 3rd, outside of our apartment in Paris, I was struck by all of the beautiful doors and wanted to use them as a backdrop for my “city” shots. -->In front of a gorgeous Tiffany blue door, with a Babesta KISS tee and Munster animal print jeans and amazing tiger print sunglasses by Mini Rodini. Check out the street art on the lower right by French artist Space Invader. kiss shirt -->Anatole is a French mouse (the beret was the clincher) and the tee by Out of Print Boo

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  10. City Girls in the Country

      We just got back from a sojourn from the city--Spring break in Paris and the Loire valley. As I lived in Paris years ago, it's held a big place in my heart and I was so excited to take the girls there. It's a hoot to bring city kids to the country - There was a distinct topnote of Paris Hilton/Nicole Ritchie in their reaction to the natural creatures that live in the country and the unfamiliar environs. Spilling out of the car, a Citroen Picasso that "fits 7" (but Enterprise squished their face at us when they saw that we were not just 7 but were 7 with luggage! (mais non!)), the girls ran as fast as they could across the lawn toward two horses who were on the property. Out of the city they're always blown away by the space and freedom. Our "gite" was located outside of Tours - something I found on mrandmrssmith.com - which has some great properties especially nice for larger groups, and I highly recommend. It was a old French country h
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