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Need to Know: “Crushing It” by Irene Penny at Athleta, Westport


Some girls have all the luck.  You see them around:  they are always put together, smiling and looking confident, while at the same time stunning and gorgeous.  Then if by chance you get to know them, they happen to be nice, funny and crazy talented.  Irene Penny (Silver Penny Photography) is one of those women, and her photography mimics her personal characteristics to a T.  Her work is strong, beautiful and striking.  Just like Irene, her photography stops you in your tracks.

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Pro Profile: Ryan Foley, SoulCycle, Greenwich & Westport

With the arrival of spring we often look forward to Easter and Passover, Spring Break and outdoor farmers markets.  This spring, however, will be different from others.  Why? Well unless you’ve been hibernating all winter (which is entirely possible) you know that the fitness scene in Fairfield County and particularly in Westport is about to gain a new addition.  Come April, SoulCycle Westport will open their doors at 374 Post Road East (next to Trader Joe’s).

Photo credit Soul Cycle

Ryan Foley, Photo credit SoulCycle

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Food Find: Outstanding in the Field by Sugar & Olives

Many of my fondest memories over the past decade revolve around food.  I am fortunate to have had the privilege of dining at award winning restaurants such as Masa, The French Laundry and Blue Hill at Stone Barns but more times than not I find myself preferring the smaller, local restaurant and food experiences versus the ‘super special occasion’ venues.

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Last year’s Outstanding in the Field hosted at The Hickories

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Food Find: Trader Joe’s dinner tricks

If given all the time in the world I would spend my endless days trying countless recipes from my favorite cookbooks such as Gourmet and Martha Stewart’s new Clean Slate.  But since time for cooking is a luxury and dinner always a scramble (and I’m pretty confident that is the scenario for most), I have come to rely on some Trader Joe’s staples to help me in a pinch.

Here are my current faves:

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Need to Know: JoyRide expands ‘off the bike’ classes in Darien

It’s no secret that the indoor cycling classes offered at JoyRide are outstanding but what most don’t know is that their ‘off the bike’ classes such as Joy Circuit and mat Pilates are equally amazing.  These classes have grown in popularity so much that next week, JoyRide Darien welcomes three new instructors who will teach new strength and resistance training classes – the perfect complement to indoor cycling.

JoyRide Cycling Studio_DSC3357_Credit Kyle Norton

L to R, Dina Fay, Mackenzie Pretty, Amy Tillotson, Anna Zapotosky. Photo credit Kyle Norton

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Mega your workout in Darien at CST 50

Do you want to know one of the best kept fitness secrets in Fairfield County? Are you looking for a total body, non impact, cardio blasting, fat burning and super sweaty workout that will lengthen, tone and stretch your body in 50 minutes? Look no further than CST50 in Darien.


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