Monday, April 9, 2012

Simon Fashion Now Event Review

Simon Fashion Now

The results have arrived!  A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to the Simon Fashion Now Runway Show complete with silent auction benefitting the Atlanta Humane Society.  You can catch up on that article here.  The exciting news is that this year's auction raised $1,400 for the Atlanta Humane Society, plus two of the dogs who were escorted by local media celebrities were adopted that same weekend.

Photo Courtesy: Kate Awtrey

As for the event itself, I can't begin to describe how much fun it was.  To be honest, when I first read about it, I was envisioning the mall fashion shows that my friends would model for back when I was in high school.  It was always exciting to see my friends walk the catwalk, but the show itself was not that spectacular.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that this show was nothing like that.

Sitting at the Simon Fashion Now show was like being on the front row of NY Fashion Week.  The models were so professional and were modeling spring's most beautiful trends.  The giveaways and interactive tutorials created even more buzz.  It was entertaining for people of all ages, and the excitement was contagious!  As each show began, the shoppers would stop dead in their tracks not wanting to miss any of the action.   

Simon Fashion Now Runway Show

Although the Atlanta show has come and gone, there are still four more shows to catch this season:
          The Galleria in Houston, TX                         April 12-14
          King of Prussia in King of Prussia, PA          April 20-21
          Burlington Mall in Burlington, MA                  April 27-28
          Fashion Valley in San Diego, CA                  April 27-28

To find out more information, visit the Simon Mall website here.  
For more photos, visit the Knowtable facebook page here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Simon Fashion Now features an Atlanta Humane Society Fundraiser & Fashion Show

Simon Fashion Runway Photo Courtesy of Paul Biagui

Spring has arrived early this year, which means it's time to flip that closet from Fall/Winter to Spring/Summer.  The question is, can we find out this season's trends while making a difference?  Yes, we can thanks to Simon Malls.

Simon Fashion Now Photo Courtesy Ben Rose

On March 29th and 30th, Simon Malls will be hosting Simon Fashion Now at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta's prestigious Buckhead area.  This two day event will teach you about this season's style musts with a Bow Wow fashion show component that debuts some of Atlanta Humane Society's cutest adoptable pups as Bauder College students showcase their best designs on local media celebs.  The event also includes a silent auction benefiting the Humane Society.

Bow Wow Celebrity & Humane Society Fashion Show Photo Courtesy of Ben Rose

Here are just a few highlights of the fashionable festivities!

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

          *Silent auction benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
              *Swag bags to first 200 registered attendees starting at 6 p.m.
          *Bow Wow Runway Show featuring Atlanta Humane Society adoptable 
                dogs, local media celebrities & Bauder College student designs- 7 p.m.
              * Additional runway shows at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
              *Giveaways every hour 

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
              *Various fashion runway shows at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.  & 5 p.m.
              *Giveaways every hour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
              *Special promotions and interactive demonstrations at partnering stores
                -  Adidas, Aveda, Banana Republic, Barami, Bare Escentuals, BCBG, BeBe, Brahmin, Brooks Brothers, Cache, Carole's Daughter, Crocs, Ecco, Henri Bendel, Free People, L'Occitane, Kenneth Cole,  K-La, Lacoste, Marmi, Microsoft Store, MontBlanc, Mori Luggage & Gifts, Nicole Miller, Nine West, Original Penguin, Pandora, Salle Opticians. Solstice, Steve Madden, Swim 'N Sport, True Religion, and White House Black Market.  

Fashion Show Runway Photo Courtesy of Paul Biagui
 So evaluate your wardrobe and head on over to the Simon Fashion Now event on March 30th and 31st where you can get the inspiration you need to add some WOW to your wardrobe.  Plus, buy it all on site at Lenox Square Mall.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Allergy Free Easter Egg Hunt Hosted by Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta, Inc.

Photo Courtesy: MS Office Online Clipart

The signs of Spring are all around us!  Trees are blooming, birds are chirping and the sun is shining.  One of the biggest Spring time joys for children is participating in an Easter egg hunt.  Unfortunately, some children don't get the pleasure of devouring all the delicious candy hidden in those eggs because they have food allergies.  That's why the Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta, Inc created an egg hunt that features toys inside plastic eggs.  Now every kid can go home a winner!

The hunters will be grouped by age and sent off to scour the field of the Garrard Landing Park in Roswell, GA.  In addition to the egg hunt, they will have arts and crafts, bouncy houses, raffled Easter baskets, and an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny.

This event will be held on March 24, 2012 from 10 a.m. until noon.

It is for members only and requires registration.   You can obtain your free membership at and register at

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review of Center for Puppetry Arts & Adventures of Little Noodle

This past weekend, I grabbed my best 5 year old buddy and headed out to Adventures of Little Noodle at the Center for Puppetry Arts. (Read more about the show here.)  Here is what I found:

The Center for Puppetry Arts is more than just a puppet theater.  It is an exhibit hall for some of your favorite characters.  We saw Big Bird, Kermit, Ernie, the cast of Fraggle Rock, Animal, and the Muppets Chef just to name a few.  Although flash photography is prohibited, the lighting was acceptable enough to capture a few pictures of my compadre with some of our favorite characters.

Puppet shows have come a long way since I was a kid.  Back in my day a puppet show consisted of a theatrical looking box where the puppeteers hid, minimal scene changes and plenty of visible strings and sticks.  Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with certainly helps a child develop their mind by using their’s just that Adventures of Little Noodle was in a totally different realm of performance art.  They were able to take this puppet show into the 21st century with the following techniques:

*Screen Projection - A somewhat thin screen, which the puppeteers referred to as a Skim, was stretched across the front of the stage and was used to project the images for each scene.  As Little Noodle made her way around the grocery store encountering new people and things, the skim allowed the scene to change accordingly through the use of  colorful illustrations.

*Ultra Violet Paint - Each puppet had been painted with vivid and glowing UV paint.
*Ultra Violet Black light - Once the UV black lighting was turned on, the UV painted puppets would glow behind the Skim.  This allowed the puppets to be visible and not the puppeteers who were all decked out in black.

Photo Courtesy of The Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts knows how to engage and educate children.  In order to make sure we were seated front and center, we arrived to the theater room 30 minutes before the performance was scheduled to begin. (FYI, it was a good decision.)  As we waited, I noticed that parents were trying to occupy their children to keep them seated and ready for the performance.  To tell you the truth, it made me start preparing myself for the fact that those same restless children would be fidgeting and making noise through the entire performance.  Well, I was wrong!  From the minute the puppeteers came out to introduce the show until the minute we were dismissed, the children were engaged and attentive.  There were motions that the children were able to do along with Little Noodle (such as help lift, run or walk in slow motion).  The characters were cute, funny and entertaining.  The puppeteers were certainly able to bring the characters to life with their live voices.  Not to mention, after the show was over, the children were offered an opportunity to create their very own Noodle puppet to take home with them.  I was amazed at how such a wide variety of ages could be entertained at one time.  In fact, the adults were as entertained as the children.

When we got in the car and my young friend recounted the story, including intricate details about healthy eating habits, loving who you are and exercising 60 minutes a day, I knew that not only was Little Noodle an entertaining way to spend an afternoon, but was also an educational way to spend our afternoon.

So, make a kid’s day by taking them to Little Noodle before it ends on April 1st.  Not only will you be showing them you love them, but you will be furthering the art of puppetry and education through puppetry arts.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Center for Puppetry Arts - "Adventures of Little Noodle" Performance

Adventures of Little Noodle Puppet Show

Did you know that the Center for Puppetry Arts was the first puppetry center in the United States?  Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson, the Kings of puppetry, cut the ribbon when the center opened its' doors in 1978!  It is a place where imaginations are encouraged, creativity abounds, and learning is fun.

 This month they will be educating children about making healthy choices and loving who they are with a performance of "Adventures of Little Noodle".  They have teamed up with community health partners such as C.H.O.I.C.E.S, Health Stat, and the Dekalb County Board of Health to help children learn about their body's health and prevent childhood obesity.

Center for Puppetry Arts is working to prevent childhood obesity.

This performance, like every Family Series performance, gives children an opportunity to participate in a puppet making workshop designed to evoke their imaginations with a hands on, curriculum-based activity made just for little hands.

If you are looking for a fun activity for a young person in your life, why not take them on an educational adventure of self confidence, healthy habits, creative thinking, and time with you, all while supporting a NonProfit!

For more information and ticket sales, click the links below:
Adventures of Little Noodle

Center for Puppetry Arts teaches Healthy Habits.
*All photos courtesy of the Center for Puppetry Arts.

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