Recently, we were invited to Buffalo Collective’s space over in South Buffalo for a DIY studio pallet night. Sure, we have all heard of the paint nights and probably have been to one (or ten),… More
Or, at least, it was supposed to be.
Babies typically never arrive on their guesstimated date but we were so hoping that Baby Lovebird would make a grand entrance today. C’mon, weekend! We are banking now on her arrival over the next couple of days. Big Daddy Beau can barely contain himself and I am now simply tapped out. Ladies, you weren’t kidding when you said the last month is the hardest! Whew. And having three girlfriends, who were ‘due’ after Baby Lovebird, already have their babies this past week- makes me even more antsy and flustered.
But having the extra time at home this week gave us the chance to put more touches on the little tyke’s future room, giving us some relief and sense of nesting. There are still a couple more things we want to add in but we thought we would share what we have now!
Early on last summer, we knew we wanted to do a monochromatic room with greys, whites, and black. Babies see blacks and whites in their early weeks and months of coming in to the world and it helps stimulate them visually. We thought that was a neat fact! It helps that current nursery trends are modern and classic so we went for it. The style fits ‘us’ as well- we like to be up on what’s ‘in’.
I always had a vision for what the room would look like, so you can imagine the excitement a 40 week pregnant lady would feel when it all starts coming together!
Here is the scoop on what we placed in her room:
Wait…a Wu Tang poster? Yes- you are seeing that! We had this in our bedroom at the Hotel Lafayette after picking it up at an Elmwood Art Festival a few years ago. Thanks, WNY Book Arts! They designed this when the clan performed at Town Ballroom in Buffalo. Beau is a massive old-school hip-hop fan and as for me, being a musician and who teaches Ethnomusicology, this design totally makes sense. We wanted pops of color in her room and Wu Tang brought it. #CoolBaby
How fun are the clothing dividers we found on Etsy?? They’re printable and can be found here. Now to find cool hangers!
Last Friday night was date night, as always. It’s one of my favorite nights because it is usually a guarantee that Beau and I will go out to eat somewhere new. We are tired from the week, know we have a packed weekend, and realize we will only have a couple of hours to hang out before it’s witching hour…aka- bedtime for 10 month old parents.
I secretly like when Beau makes reservations and doesn’t tell me where. Chloe would be coming with us (the norm) and he said we would be downtown. Hmmm. Then he said Panorama on Seven inside the Marriott Harborcenter. Wahoo! I had only been to events in their rooms the past two years so I was excited to eat there FINALLY. But with Chloe?
Right off the bat, Panorama was accommodating. We chose our table on the semi-quiet evening and they had a high chair for Chloe. A baby in a nicer place? You cray, Buffalovebirds. Yes and no. Chloe is a super chill and happy baby so we have been able to take her everywhere without a peep. Will that change? I’m sure. But for now we’re using it to our advantage. The lights were dim and the view of Canalside was so fun. You can see the ice skaters on the rink- it’s like watching one of those Christmas snow globes your grandma had where there’s little tiny ice skaters on a pond.
We first ordered the Butternut Bisque and a Beet Salad. Well, dang. Simple and delicious. Chloe got to try the bisque, which she approved of tenfold. She ate most of our beets, which is fine. Baby munchkin prefers eating what we do now. Her book was in hand and she grinned ear to ear when we gave her bits of dinner.
Beau had the Prime Rib Grilled Cheese and I opted for the Bolognese- both of which were wonderful. Our server Yonis was excellent- always checking in on us and making sure any food Chloe was going to test did not have pepper or spices in it. We didn’t even ask- he just took the reigns. Service!
We ordered a side of Sweet Potato Mash for Chloe, which they even garnished for her. She had been quiet and smiley the whole evening. If she could have, she would have eaten the whole bowl of mash. It was delicious, we don’t blame ya kid.
Get it, girl
We made brief conversation with an older couple nearby who commented on how well-behaved Chloe is. (Yay, now don’t fail us Chloe!) Our tiny trick we do now when we are out to eat with her is requesting the bill right before we are finished. Beau makes sure to explain everything is great but we just prepare to exit before any malfunction. LOL Yonis scurried, mentioning he had something to bring for us.
Out comes a to-go box of their Sponge Candy Cheesecake for us to take home. Omg, someone knows the secret to our hearts! It was so nice of Panorama to send this off with us! I could tell Beau was thinking he could eat all of it before I even took a bite. There were pieces of sponge candy and dried cherries inside too and we informed Chloe she couldn’t have any. Luckily, she’s language-less right now.
As we packed up Chloe, I ran in to a co-worker and his friends so we said hello and did intros. He brought his crew to eat at (716) and brought them up to Panorama to show off the view. Rightly so, cause it may be the best in Buffalo right now. During daylight, you can see the city, Canalside, and the water. Love.
Before heading out, we inquired about their meeting spaces since Beau hosts clients and colleagues for events periodically at work. They have their M Lounge which is more casual for Marriott guests and beside their large event venues they have a great Boardroom capable of holding 12-14 people. Great view to show off to people!
We had a truly wonderful experience at Panorama and that was makes us want to return again and again and also to share with people what it is like. It’s a great spot for date night, hanging out for a drink or two with friends at the bar, and if you have a super well-behaved Baby then absolutely. (*if Chloe was not that way, we would not be taking her to places. not everywhere is for the two foot tall humans)
Chloe waiting for the elevator. Clearly something is funny.
Thanks, Panorama! We had a great night and can’t wait to visit again!
Panorama on Seven // inside Harborcenter Marriott // 95 Main St. Buffalo
Parking: use valet! A tip given to us for next time. We had parked inside the Harborcenter ramp ($3)
Great for date night, friends, brunch // Business casual & clean
Follow them on social: @panoramaonseven
It’s been a full day of 2018 so far. It was cold, quiet, and went by too fast. We’re back to work in the morning and are thankful we had two long weekends together with our little family. Beau was lucky enough to take the week off and spend it with Chloe.
I wanna be like Daddy.
Why is it that a *new year* makes us want to have resolutions, get organized, and set ourselves up for to-do lists that we swear will get checked off? We try to not promise ourselves anything here at the Riggs house- it’s more of us (meaning mainly Beau) saying, ‘Gonna kick ass and take names this year.’
Perhaps that’s why each year has gotten better and better. Looking at the new year just to be BETTER…at family, at work, at love, at fighting, at communication, at problem-solving, at laughing, and at taking risks. So a cheers to 2018- we already were able to stay up til midnight and watch the ball drop, fill Beau with Theraflu to hack his virus, and document Chloe’s first New Years Day.
ONESIE: Kohl’s // JOY BOX: HomeGoods //
PARTY HAT: made by Lindsay using wrapping paper, washi tape, and ribbons.
A new hot spot has emerged on Elmwood and it’s a new obsession. Rin Thai Bistro opened November 2017 on the corner of Elmwood and Potomac (formerly Gelateria Luca). We are so happy to see a great place to eat pop up here!
Rin is quaint and modern with a great little Thai menu including everyone’s fav Pad Thai, sticky rice, green curry, and pho. (Yasssss, more pho!) The owner, Rin (obviously), is bubbly and happy to help guide you through the menu to make sure you get something you like. The service was quick and the food was DELICIOUS.
This would be great for a quick lunch, laidback dinner, weekend bite in between shopping…with anyone. We definitely will be returning and bringing Chloe- girlfriend needs to try some sticky rice!
The first time was a traditional taste of spring rolls and Pad Thai with chicken:
Rin Thai Bistro is a great addition to the eclectic Elmwood and we cannot wait to return! Quite impressed with the food and atmosphere- and what makes it even better is the happy Rin who bops around table to table making sure you fully enjoy your stay.
Rin Thai Bistro // 988 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo NY 14222
Street parking (coins or download Buffalo Roam to pay with card)
*see hours on website <<linked above>>
*dine in // take out // catering
We are always checking out places in and around Buffalo where we can get gifts for everyone on our list. Where are the best places for one stop shopping? What about unique gifts for someone that has everything?
Luckily for us Buffalonians, Red Siren opened up shop on Elmwood Ave. and has us popping in over and over. From gifts for the hostess to a sparkly holiday dress, men’s accessories to jewelry for your bff- Red Siren carries a lot more than your usual shop.
Here are some great finds we love:
For the Football lover. Sunday’s are for football around these parts. There are some really cool women and men’s pieces and accessories in Red Siren that are perfect for Bills day.
For the hostess: There is some seriously pretty host and hostess gifts at Red Siren. No one can go wrong with some handmade entertaining and serveware. There are some unique engraved decor pieces, too.
The cool dude: Red Siren even has a section for the fellas including attire for business and casual, accessories like socks and ties, and these cool pants. We’re diggin’ the red corduroys for Christmas.
For Mom or your Sister: Big fan of Nest candles and luckily we can pick them up here. The holiday scents are there! And how adorbs are the picture frames? Load it up with a family photo to finish the look!
Babies, future babies, Baby Mamas: well of course our fav section right now is where we can pick up some cute things for Chloe! Those baby socks are rattles and she has been keeping warm with her bear hat.
Whether you need holiday gifts, a new outfit, something fun for New Years…we bet you’re going to find something at Red Siren. Watch their Instagram for updates on new things that arrive at the store every week! @the_red_siren
There is easy street parking right on the corner of Elmwood and Bidwell. Afterward, pop over to Caffe Aroma for some tea to warm up! Red Siren is a surprising shop that offers a little bit of everything for everyone. Pop in and say hi to the girls there and leave with full bags of beautiful surprises.
Red Siren // 976 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14222
Holiday hours for 2017: Mon-Wed 11-7…Thurs-Sat 10-7…Christmas’s Eve 10-4…Closed Christmas…after Christmas from Tues-Sat 11-6:30 ((check website for usual times))
Follow on Instagram: @the_red_siren
Perfect for friends, family, babies, significant others, treating yo’self
What’s up, WNY? Guy bird here- showing you where I like to take a [workout’] beatin’ these days. If you live or venture out to the Southtowns and enjoy pushing your body to the limits, Grit House is where it’s at. This place is pumping out beats that run through your veins while you watch the sweat drip from your brow. The fitness family here welcomed me with open arms…which quickly turned in to kicking my a** and keeping me focused.
Grit House offers a range of classes 7 days a week from 5:15am to 7:30pm and all are designed to have you crawling to the door. It’s a true experience and their style of workout is unique to them. I have popped in to many gyms and have to say, ya gotta experience the Grit to understand what goes on behind that garage door…but if that garage door is open- prepare yourself. They offer classes like ‘Camp Grit’ and ‘Athlete 2.0’ where you will find familiar terms like spin, cardio, pilates, tabata, ropes, yoga, and boxing.
As someone who has been to tons of workout classes, I know that a place is only as good as their instructors. At Grit, you won’t find anything but intense in-your-face and ready-to-roll instructors. *drum roll, please* You’ve got Ashlee ‘No Joke’ Lonergan, owner. Something about someone smiling as they yell at you has always confused me. Next up- Jay ‘I Run 16 Miles at 2am Then Instruct Back-to-Back Classes’ McFadden. Jay will test you constantly while he admires his sweet beard. Then we have Matt ‘Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop’ Bermingham. This sexy beast of a man is about to be 50. I almost hurled taking his boxing class. Win. Last but not least- Jenea ‘Twinkle Toes’ Castanza-Smith. Her pilates class is unique to her and if my wife won’t say it, I will- my a** is lookin’ pretty good.
The atmosphere and environment at Grit House is genuinely cool. They have accomplished setting themselves apart and creating a style of working out that can only be understood by showing up. Side note…did I mention they have showers? HUGE PERK and I think I may be the only one that uses it and that’s fine with me.
What you need to know: they’re located at 97 Main St. in Hamburg. Download the MindBody App to sign up for classes. They are one of the few that offer a monthly unlimited rate (a no-brainer in my world). Classes fill up quickly and signing up a week in advance is recommended.
To Ashlee and Jay- thank you for welcoming me in to your fitness family down here in the Southtowns and for opening up roughly a year ago. Let the pain, sweat, tears, and smiles continue. December Challenge is in full swing and I’m getting my a** handed to me…but that’s the point.
Grit House// 97 Main St. Hamburg, NY 14075 // www.grithousebuffalo.com
We have a secret: all of our great finds happen at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Seriously. Beau gets all of his workout gear from Puma, Chloe gets her fancy pants from Janie and Jack, and I get tons of business attire from J. Crew and Banana Republic. Just to name a few.
We teamed up with the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls- they dared us to find a holiday look without breaking our bank. BRING IT. We were so in. There are tons of stores that have incredible deals, especially in December- each day there is up to 75% off pricing and then on top of those deals you can find the holiday pricing too! It’s so easy to find a handful of different party looks…because you can’t be rockin’ the same outfit at every event.
Don’t believe us? That’s ok- this list here shows you all the deals happening in December. See for yourself. The best part of the Outlets is that they are not that far away. REPEAT: they’re dang close. When we lived in downtown Buffalo, it took us 20 minutes and in Orchard Park it takes us 35 minutes. It’s a nice drive with coffee in hand. Take the 190N for a pretty view of the water if you come from the south. And once you get there, you’ll have plenty of shops in and around the outlets plus a lot of options for refueling with food.
Bring the kiddos because Santa is visiting through 12/24 and the fur babies can hang out with him for photos through 12/21. Check here for details. Chloe held on pretty well for her first shot!
Ok ok, so on to our finds for our next casual holiday party!
Check out the most updated list of stores at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. We think you’ll be surprised. Challenge yourself to check out some unique stores like Sarar for men’s suits, Beef Jerky Outlet for the carnivore in your family, Helly Hansen for outdoor ski wear, Le Creuset for cast iron cookware, Just Cozy has all the holiday leggings for Christmas morning, and DAVIDsTEA has the tea-lover needs. The online site has an easy-to-read map so you can plan out where to park (we like coming in through Saks) and which way you’re headed. Oh and our biggest must-do? You MUST check out the Donut Ninja, a little kiosk in the center of the mall. They’re fryin’ up donuts, they’re local, and we’re obsessed.
Thank you, Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, for always helping us find what we need! We’ll see you again real soon.