Asha Ivory, Lara Gold, and Brooke Sanzari at Music Walk on May 18th. / Stephanie Davis/news-press.com
Joy Ready and Christar Damiano at Music Walk on May 18th. / Stephanie Davis/news-press.com
Abdiel and Yohanna Hernandez at Music Walk on May 18th. / Stephanie Davis/news-press.com
Kellie Burns and Len Jennings at Hotel Indigo on May 19th for a party honoring popular NBC-2 anchorman Len Jennings as he says goodbye to Southwest Florida and moves on to KMBC in Kansas City. / Stephanie Davis/news-press.com
Lindsay Logue and Steve Pontius at Hotel Indigo on May 19th for a party honoring popular NBC-2 anchorman Len Jennings as he says goodbye to Southwest Florida and moves on to KMBC in Kansas City. / Stephanie Davis/news-press.com
Chance Seales and Chase Grimes at Hotel Indigo on May 19th for a party honoring popular NBC-2 anchorman Len Jennings as he says goodbye to Southwest Florida and moves on to KMBC in Kansas City. / Stephanie Davis/news-press.com
Stefanie Ink-Edwards and Dustin Edwards at Red Door Studios on May 18th for a Love That Dress! Collection Party for PACE Center For Girls. / Stephanie Davis/news-press.com
Melissa and Al Simontis at Red Door Studios on May 18th for a Love That Dress! Collection Party for PACE Center For Girls. / Stephanie Davis/news-press.com
The Downtown Diva laughed out loud last week while reading a Facebook status update. My friend announced that she couldn’t figure out what to wear to Music Walk in this heat, so she thought she might go with “two Band-Aids and a loincloth.”
There’s no doubt – it’s uncomfortably hot and humid – and kids, if you think it’s this bad in May, just think what torture August will bring. But because a social columnist cannot spend the entire summer locked in her air-conditioned Diva Cave, I have to figure out ways to sparkle and NOT to swelter.
First of all, whenever I see anyone wearing anything tight or clingy (jeans, Lycra, spandex, leggings – I could go on and on) in 90-degree heat, I just cringe. I don’t know how people do it – or why! But luckily, fashion trends seem to be moving away from the skin-tight look and I’m seeing a lot more untucked linen shirts and cotton khaki pants on our local men folk.
And as for the ladies, maxi dresses are EVERYWHERE and I wish I owned one for every day of the week. They’re flattering and there’s lots of variety – strapless, short sleeves, solid black or white, or bursting with color.
MOST importantly, you can ditch the Spanx and enjoy some healthy air circulation when the humidity index is a kazillion percent. Seriously, I’m loving the maxi trend – add a light cardigan and wear it to work; adorn yourself with sparkly accessories and don it for an event; slip on some flip-flops and stroll around Art Walk in comfort – and I guarantee it’s a more viable solution than two Band-Aids and a loincloth (but, not nearly as attention-getting).
Music to the maxi
A few maxis were worn, and some were collected, downtown at Red Door Studios at a fun Love That Dress! Collection Party to benefit PACE Center for Girls last Friday night. There was plenty of wine and bunches of cupcakes to go around as guests enjoyed mini photo sessions with props such as top hats and boas and fake moustaches.
Plus it was nice to see a few fellows in the house – Melissa Simontis brought her husband Al; Stefanie Ink-Edwards was escorted by her hubby Dustin; and Katelyn and Ryan Uhler stopped in as well.
It was also Music Walk night, so the neighborhood was PACKED with people looking for a good time – and they found it! Mixed Accompany played at Space 39; there was the Blues Brother’s Soul Band at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center; Memphis 56 at the Indigo Room – and as usual, lots of music and dancing out in the streets.
Along my merry way, I ran into Christar Damiano, Joy Ready, Mark Alexander, Rita Keltner, Doug Molloy, Roberta Montgomery, Lane and Marshall Elder and plenty more.
Kansas City, here he comes
What a delightful time I had at the Hotel Indigo last Saturday night as local media folks gathered in droves for a goodbye party honoring popular NBC-2 anchorman Len Jennings. Kellie Burns, who along with Lindsay Logue, organized the gathering, called Len “the nicest guy in TV news.”
There were lots of stories, laughs, and a few tears as guests toasted the Kansas City-bound talent. I enjoyed seeing Steve and Lou Pontius, Lois Thome, Chris and Melinda Isley, Chris Ciffate, Chad Oliver and even more local stars.
Diva pick of the week
OK, here’s a rare occasion when I can’t pick just one, but you MUST see the A.R. Gurney play “Love Letters” this weekend! Will you see Chris and Lydia Black perform the show tonight (Friday) to benefit The Alliance for the Arts? Or will you go tomorrow night (Saturday) to see Bill and Lauren Taylor do the show for the Junior Florida Everblades? The show starts at 8 p.m. each night at Theatre Conspiracy – I might even see BOTH – call 936-3239 to get your tickets!
Ciao for now, my lovelies! Do e-mail gossip, love notes, and tips on what’s happening downtown and beyond to DowntownFMDiva@aol.com.