Friday Favorites!

The past 8 days have been fun, Walt Disney World truly is one of the happiest places on earth. With that being said, I know there was a lot of activity back home in Buffalo and I’m happy to be back. The first half of my weekend will be spent volunteering and the second half will focus on catching up on things that built up while I was on vacation. Below are just a few of my favorite pictures from this past week in Orlando.

Have a great weekend.


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{ Share the Magic }

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{ A little piece of home, Niagara Falls }


{ Towels shaped like Mickey ears }


{ The 1980’s were the best years }

M&T Bank First Friday’s at Albright Knox


The first Friday of every month M&T Bank and the Albright Knox offer First Fridays. Free admission on the first floor to the public. From 10am-10pm you can walk around and experience some of the amazing art the gallery has on display. If you want to walk around upper levels there is an additional fee.

At the beginning of the month I took the day off and spent it with my niece. For an almost four year old this was a great event to take her too. While she thought the Lucas Samaras, Reflections, aka the “Mirror Room” was the best, her attention span started to run out after about 30 minutes. With it being a beautiful day we walked on the outside grounds and took some nice photos.

Prior to this visit, it has been about 5 years since I was last inside the Art Gallery for a leisurely experience, so it was nice to walk around and experience it with a kid who has a vivid imagination.

I highly encourage anyone to take part in such a great event that takes place the First Friday of every month. The next one coming up is on Friday, November 7, 2014.



{Snapping photos inside the Mirror Room}


{If you look at this for more than a couple seconds you get dizzy, or at least I did}


{One of my favorites on display}


{Anyone want to play some tic tac toe}



A Fall Festival Full of Fun


{Just being a kid and playing in the leaves}

I made my way to Fall Fest again this year with Annette. While I always love going to Ellicottville {maybe its because I don’t get there very often} the scenery is beautiful and I love the local shops that line the streets. This year I observed more and took in all that its worth.

1. There are a lot of talented artists that line the streets during this festival weekend, new food vendors lined the food truck row and the Armor Inn Truck seemed to be a popular spot to go.

2. Katy’s is awesome. While we only stopped to get a coffee, the food looked so good! It is a must go back, place for me!

3. Bars are starting to charge cover earlier than normal {at least I think so, instead of what I thought was once 2pm it was now 1pm}.

4. State Troopers were out more than ever. I’ve seen one or two in years past, but this year we saw a handful going and coming from the event

5. For a single girl like me, I love seeing the attractive men that attend this event ;)

If you have never been I encourage going even if its just once. It makes for a fun Fall day and usually takes place the second weekend in October.




{Love this sign outside Katy’s}


{ A cute place to go, full of knick knacks, it even has a “Husband Drop Off Center” for those guys in your life}


{I love Ellicottville Brewing Company}


{One of my favorite shots I captured}


Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza!


Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Celebrity Chef’s Culinary Extravaganza at Ilio DiPaolo’s. What a night it was, an eight course meal, after dinner cordials and Chefs Michael Obarka from Ristorante Lombardo, Dan Buckley, Dr. Andy Cappuccino, and Chef Michael DiPaolo and staff all put their special touches on the food while is was paired with delicious wines from Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi.

The money raised from the dinner goes directly to the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund. Dennis DiPaolo and his family are huge supporters of the Western New York community so it was nice to give back to them. Overall it was a nice evening full of good food, drinks and company.




{Special Guest: Lamberto Frescobaldi}


{Lots of wine glasses and shrimp tails to start the evening off}



{The Filet was the best, I thought}


rest week

Today kicks off Local Restaurant Week. For $20.14 you can enjoy some really nice meals and great places in Western New York and the best part is it stays in this area! For a list of participating restaurants click here.

movie nights

Check out the following movies at the Public House. For more info on the Movie Night Series check their Facebook page.


Another safe indoor trick or treating event takes place at ECC’s North Campus on Saturday. The Annual Safe and Seen event takes place from 11-3pm. This year proceeds benefit the Make a Wish of Western New York Foundation. For more event info go to their website.


Friday, join in the creative, black tie gala at Hotel Lafayette for Revo, Independence Celebration. Proceeds benefit the Veterans One Stop Center. For more info and tickets click here.



Friday Favorites!

With me on vacation there is not to much to say. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



{Mother/Daughter time “twinsies” = Priceless}


{Before the Falls turned Pink}


{A shot of Hoyt Lake by Delaware Park, I love the canoes}


{Sidewalk games like hopscotch, are painted outside one of the hotels in Niagara Falls, NY for guests to enjoy}


{A fun night of putting our own personal touches on our Disney Magic Bands}



As most, if not everyone knows, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and multiple events take place raising money and awareness to the second most common cause of cancer death in women. Having an Aunt who is a Breast Cancer Survivor, to having a neighbor who recently passed away last month to this awful disease, my Mom and I attended and participated in the Buffalo Bills and American Cancer Society’s Billieve event last Friday.

The event had young and old people, survivors and supporters, Bills players and their families all wearing pink and coming together on the Rainbow Bridge for one common cause; “Billieving” that one day we will find a cure.

It was a special night not only because we were doing something that was important to us, but because I got to share it with my Mom. As I get older I appreciate spending time with the people I love and care about the most and for me to spend an evening with her, to talk, lecture at times and laugh was priceless.

I can’t wait for next year.


For more ways to help in your area, visit the American Cancer Society link or the Breast Cancer Network of WNY





{Linking scarves and creating a live ribbon across the Rainbow Bridge}




{ My Mom and Me }



{ The Falls turned Pink }

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