The Invisible Woman

It’s only a matter of time. I actually fear it.

The day that I walk into a room and no one takes notice.

I am a woman who doesn’t mind being looked at. I wear my emotions, ideals, convictions and intentions on my tattooed sleeves…and statement necklaces, ripped jeans, scarves, dangly earrings, big hats and high heeled boots.

People notice me and I like that. But maybe one day I will disappear…

It’s probably me.

It’s possible that I will tire of coming up with new and interesting ways to decorate myself. Maybe the age in my face will prevent me from wanting to draw attention to it with make-up. Perhaps my body will take such a rapid nose dive that the confident woman I am today will turn into an insecure hermit in one week’s time.

Fade /fād/ verb- the process of becoming less bright

The thought of losing color and brightness actually terrifies me. Picturing my closet full of bold colors and loud prints slowly being replaced with plain, pastel cotton knits that sag from my neck and waistband in exactly the same way they do on the plastic hangers makes me shudder.

Faded hair, faded skin, faded clothes…But why? Are we actually ashamed of what our bodies are anatomically designed to do in the second half of our lives? Is it a cultural leftover? One that  states that once a woman is past childbearing age, she should just blow away useless on a breeze? Here’s my personal favorite. We often stand in judgement of other women. Then, we are totally shocked when that same language rings in our own ears. “She’s dressing too young.” “She’s trying too hard.” “Her poor husband must be so embarrassed!”

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I will NOT quietly fade away. In FACT, THIS image is hanging beside my closet! I WILL wear animal print and chartreuse hats and leggings and ….I’ll have 107 wigs and sunglasses in odd shapes and I’ll walk around town with a whole pineapple just because. My shoes will be magnificent too. Maybe I’ll wear Chucks with an old wedding gown. I’m OLD! No one is going to say anything and even if they do, it will be something like “Wow, look at that amazing ol broad!” #oldladygoals

Black Label Sessions

We don’t have to get old to feel faded. There are lot’s of women that feel invisible for a million different reasons. Andi and I went to work to create a top-shelf session, brilliant with color designed to “reclaim, replenish and reignite…” Meet The Black Label Session.

Think about those words for a moment.

Reclaim- Has a part of you started to fade away? Your style or unique identity? We have you covered. Personal shopping with a master stylist is something we offer and Parlor chats are always on the house if talking it out with a friend is what you need.
Replenish- Are you so busy being in service to others that you continually let your own needs fall off the priority list? At Hot Tomato, self care is number one. We are a group of women that will show you how to prioritize yourself in 100 different ways!
Reignite- Passion. How much of that are you swimming in lately? Let’s get that spark glowing red again! Have you recently become inspired to political activism? Dying to finally write that novel? Ready to climb to the top of the corporate ladder? Longing for regular, red-hot romps with your lover? Let us help light your fire.

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Are you ready to give yourself permission to reclaim, replenish and reignite with a Black Label Session? There are so many ways to make that happen. Please take a moment to select the session options that suit you best on this Contact Form and a crew member will be in touch right away.

Hot Tomato Pick of the Week

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Okay..actual quotes from me, Jesse Hyde earlier this fall when Cat I asked if Hot Tomato would like to be involved.

“Wait, is this one of those events where white ladies pretend they’re in a sweat lodge?”

No, no!  It’s a gathering for women to reconnect to their authentic selves and celebrate being women.

“Hmm..we don’t all have to menstruate into the same bowl or anything, right?”

Good Lord, Hyde…

“IT’S AN HONEST QUESTION!!”

No, we are definitely NOT going to do that.

“Can we set up a Parlor and have drink specials and play Cards Against Humanity?”

Absolutely.

“Really?”

Yes, really.

“Okay, we’re in!”

So…I went to a meeting last night to discuss in detail how we would fit in. Since I can’t exactly speak to what everyone else is offering, I will tell you about what you will experience in the Hot Tomato corner {oh yes, I totally made sure we were in a corner.”} You’re welcome.

First off, we are an adult women only area even though the rest at large is a girls 12 and up space. Women that enter the tent with an alcoholic beverage will be pointed to our corner to enjoy it inside the tent.

My vision for the inside is inspired by the “Companion” room on Firefly. More gypsy boudoir than primitive sweat lodge. Currently looking for a  tent chandelier ;)

As for the experience, we plan to operate like we do in our Parlor. We will welcome you 43d52367288a58af2f650a857af9fd55warmly and give you what you need.  A break, an escape, a chat, a shot, a shoulder to cry on, a board game partner, a nap, a hug, a belly laugh…whatever. You can pop in and finish your cocktail or stay the whole day! We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting all kinds of new ones.

Bring a friend or come alone and meet them in the tent.

You’re welcome. You’re honored. You’re accepted.

…and you don’t have to chant and shit like that.

PROMISE.

Get your ticket HERE!

Hot Tomato Holiday Special!

Hot Tomato has a pretty kickin special for all of you! You and a friend- You need this!

Here are the details!

$599- gift it or split it (Big O Session for each of you)

Three outfits each.

$200 gift product credit from us to each of you!

Plus, we will gift $50 to your favorite charity <3

Several dates available to have gifts in time for Valentines Day.

Click here to book your boudoir or pin-up session now.

NOVEMBER HOT LIST

Okay, Let’s get to it! So many fabulous businesses to experience in our sweet MOV :) Here’s a few of our November FAVES!

EATS

Nacho Average Taco

Guys, listen. I’m what they call a bit of a foodie. One thing that I demand to declare a place AMAZING is freshness! This place is consistent on that point. Another feature that I happen to adore is big, giant HEAP of freshness! This place delivers! Know what else is cool about a place that uses fresh ingredients? A menu that changes every week!15058723_10208679152194602_1167903518_n

As a pescatarian (an eater of a vegetarian diet including fish), I am delighted with the fresh options that are healthy as well as bursting with flavor! I have too many favorites to name but I did ask the crew to shout out a few of their must haves! Jocelyn adores the bourbon chicken taco as she is a self-proclaimed “whiskey gal” and can’t get enough of the home-made green salsa. Awesome Roberts loves the fish tacos and fresh, made daily slaw! I have to admit, I like them a little better than the ones at Iguana Joe’s in ARUBA!

Also, they cater! Oh yeah, it’s totally going to happen in 2017 in the Parlor so make sure you don’t miss that event that I haven’t planned yet but is going to be completely awesome! Here’s a sample peek their catering menu <3

ONE MORE THING! They are moving across Putnam Street to a new and perfect location where the Skyline Diner used to be, 114 Putnam Street, Marietta Ohio! Grand Opening is November 26th!

WELLNESS

McCarter Health Center

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How awesome is it when you have super good friends that are also brilliant magicians er…I mean doctors…like MAGIC DOCTORS! I mean, when you feel totally broken and cannot function or walk upright like evolution suggests or push the clutch in without yelling and you text them way late at night and beg them in ALL CAPS to come in the next day when they are schedule off and they DO IT because they give a serious hoot about your wellness! Meet the good folks at McCarter Health Center.

My personal care regimen includes EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) to relax and warm the muscles in my lower back to allow for easier adjustment. This is followed by vertebral traction to lesson pain. And finally, physical manipulation of my lower back and neck. I’m allowed to rest in a comfortable position while I feel energy sparking again in areas that were blocked moments before then gently helped up, usually hugged and lovingly admonished for waiting too long to come in. Going to McCarter Heath Center is one of my most important modes of self care. I’m so grateful to call the staff friends of mine.

Aside from being a place where you can get outstanding chiropractic care, get a load of all the other services they offer. Physical Therapy, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Hormone Testing & Treatment, Hair Mineral Analysis, K-Laser Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Worksite Wellness Programs!

Located at 4315 Emerson Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26104 directly across the street from Walker CAT and Mulberry Lane. Call today to get your wellness on with really cool people that know all kinds of stuff and care…a LOT. 304-428-8300

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Boogie Shoes Productions

Sometimes, DJ’s are locked into a playlist and that’s generally reflective of a couple of people that are the party focus, cool. But, you know when I enjoy a DJ most? When they are allowed to read the crowd and play accordingly. NO ONE does this better than Boogie Shoes! Courtney is someone who understands that “Music is what feelings sound like” as her cover photo states. You think “YES! THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG! I’ll sit down right after this one. But NOOOO..The next song is just as flipping awesome and the body can’t deny the crowd another dance! We are thrilled to have her back in our sparkly corner for the 2016 Sparkly Ladies party (Sparkle Tickets still on sale, follow the link for details!)! She will play a crowd pleasing mix of 1920’s swing and modern rock n roll for us to get our speakeasy shimmy on! She has a handful of party dates available through the end of the year. Message her here on the facebook page or email at courtneydalden@gmail.com.

STYLE

Terri Ann’s

I love to shop in a place that is filled with women gathered around the counter laughing and enjoying the day. This is ALWAYS the case at Terri Ann’s! They are more than happy to assist you or let you leisurely browse on your own. The energy and flow of the space and inventory is really thoughtfully put together. Always showcasing the latest fashion and season, one glides through furs and sparkly jewelry to the perfect accent scarves and footwear. It’s a brand new store every time I walk in. I especially like the back room. Spotlights on glamorous gowns and special, delicately wrapped panties and stockings! SO glad to see a female-owned business carrying high end underthings. Let’s bring all that back!

Hot Tomato is also honored to have Terri Ann’s as a sponsor for this years Sparkly Ladies Party! Online tickets available online or in person in the shop beginning this weekend!

Happening this month at Terri Ann’s:

2016 Holiday Open House

Holiday Girlfriend Night

Terri Ann knows fashion for every occasion, season and generation.  Family owned and operated since 1861, I’m so glad to see such a downtown staple doing so well and offering class and style to the Mid Ohio Valley. Located at 290 Front Street in Marietta, Ohio.

 

 

Hot Tomato Pub Crawl

220px-bar_in_new_haven_ct_march_3_2008“IT’S ABOUT TIME HOT TOMATO DID A PUB CRAWL!” I’ve heard about two dozen times this week. So this month’s Hot List (brought to you by the presidential election) are a few of our favorite Marietta BARS!

First, a little history.

A pub crawl (sometimes called a bar tour, bar crawl or bar-hopping) is the act of one or more people drinking in multiple pubs or bars in a single night, normally travelling by foot or public transport to each destination and occasionally by cycle.

Many European cities have public pub crawls that act as social gatherings for the local expatriate communities and tourists. These crawls focus on the social aspect of meeting new friends and being introduced to new bars in a strange city. {For Hot Tomatoes it’s an excuse to drink and be loud and sassy in a group cleverly disguised as a networking and marketing event…also, exercise.} 

Here’s the route.

The Parlor

Yep, there is a bar in my office. Cool, huh? I designed it myself. Fiery red walls, velvet and leather couches, giant mirrors, obnoxious decor, busty mannequin and a fully loaded bar to stroll up to in a Mad Men type fashion and pour a drink for myself and my client.

Harmar Tavern

With the WWBA stamp of approval, this place was at the tip top of the list. Always a lively crowd and rock n roll music, this bar is a Marietta MUST! But don’t overlook the menu when ordering your spirits, this place has AMAZING food. Late Sunday morning is always a good time to spot some Hot Tomatoes. Just look for the table with giant omelettes, Bloody Mary’s and sexy ladies!

Marietta Brewing Company

Greeted by copper plated brew kettles at the store front, you know you’re in a place that values a great beer. “BrewCo” never disappoints. From small dark corners for two to open floor dining where several tables can be pushed together for a party, this place offers just the right atmosphere for your needs of the day. Their lip smackin home brews, brilliant staff and incredible food will keep you coming back.

Gator’s Easy Wind Pub

This will be a “new to me” stop and I’m really looking forward to it. I looked up their facebook page and discovered, perhaps one of the best reviews for a place I’ve seen in a while. You’ll find it here. Aaaaand now I want nachos.

River Town Grill

I have been here three times now and I have been super impressed for different reasons every time. First of all, macaroni and cheese bites. Holy WHAT. These are flipping magical. Have them. Secondly, the wait staff. Quite possibly the most pleasant and accommodating in the area. I adore everyone I’ve met. And lastly (for now) the Bloody Mary. If you know me, you will understand that what I’m about to say is HUGE. The spicy Bloody Mary at The River Town Grill is the best one I’ve had in the Mid Ohio Valley EVER.

The Galley

A Hot Tomato staple, right here. Always bustling with business lunches, special occasion dining or just a stop to shake off the burdens of the work day, The Galley is a place generous with style and substance! They have a great beer selection but what I enjoy most is a dark, abusively dry red wine served in a deep Camille-style glass.

 

Join us October 14th at 7pm for the first of many Hot Tomato Pub Crawls! Details for this month below!

Hot Tomato Pub Crawl

 

Thrill Me, Chill Me – Rocky Horror Pre-Party

{sarcasm} “Ooohhh yeah…places to dress up, have fancy drinks and mill about under chandeliers before Rocky Horror in the quaint town of Marietta are a dime a dozen…”

NOPE, wrong!! Hot Tomato is the ONLY place like that!

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Let’s toast to our brilliant and quirky selves, fasten each others garter belts and Time Warp our way down the road to our faaaaavorite show!

Show details below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1784572888455557/

Show tickets here:

http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest;jsessionid=3C84C6993B245934C7F97EE967F8B666?eventId=1094355&presenter=PEOPLESBANK&venue&event=ROCKY
RSVP on our Facebook event so I might properly stock the bar and the garter jar!

***GLAMSHOP***

You asked for it. We delivered. Now, choose from TWO workshop packages!

September 25th

10am-3pm

200 Putnam St. Suite 300, Marietta Ohio

The Glam Bam, Thank You Ma’am – $99 plus tax
  • Hot Tomato Studio tour
  • Full instructional demonstration in the art of glam hair and makeup styling
  • Lunch and cocktails in The Parlor
  • Access to the coveted Hot Tomato Lending Wardrobe for dress-up (as cocktails allow!) Ever try on a steel-boned corset? Let The Madame show you how!
  • Behind the scenes peek of a session in progress
The GLAM SLAM – $399 plus tax
  • Private wardrobe consultation and session planning
  • Hot Tomato Studio Tour
  • Full instructional demonstration in the art of glam hair and makeup styling
  • Personal one on one hair and makeup styling with two of our professional team members
  • Lunch and cocktails in The Parlor
  • One outfit, high glam photo session on our custom set
  • Private proofing session to view your images
  • Free 8 x 10 canvas of your favorite image
  • New title for your sassy resume of #GDHT ;)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! Grooowl wink ;)

 

 

Photographers, Andi Roberts and Jocelyn Adelsperger
Concierge, Jessica Kufel
Makeup Artists, Lauren Elaine and Tonya Winebrenner
Hairstylists, Veronica Fields and Chelsea Holtz
 Mistress of Ceremony- Jesse Hyde

 

September 2016 HOT LIST

First off, you might be saying to yourself “Where the heck was the August Hot List?”

That’s a totally legitimate question. The answer is this: I was in Aruba.

Now, the idea was proposed that I do an Aruba Hot List while I was down there but I was much to busy on the PIRATE SHIP, at THE SPA, dining at MY FAVORITE FIVE STAR RESTAURANT , lounging on my private dock at THE BEST PLACE TO STAY ON THE ISLAND, hiking to the NATURAL POOL and jumping out of a PERFECTLY GOOD AIRPLANE!!

Yeah, do all those things.

OK! Onto September! The mornings are cool, the sun is golden, the kids are in school…Let’s see what’s HOT!

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A Cheers of sorts, it just doesn’t get more “everybody knows your name” than the Sixpence Pub & Eatery! From organizing cruise-ins and poker runs benefiting the community to offering a great line-up of local music, this place is always filled with good vibes!

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Meet Becky Goings! She’s the featured artist at the Sixpence on September 28th

With a full bar, traditional pub food and a happy and attentive staff, you can bet on seeing Hot Tomatoes there on the regular…ESPECIALLY on Wednesday night! Open Mic with Woody Hupp never disappoints! He regularly features some of my very favorite musicians like Chris Hogsett and Nick Hunter, Becky Goings, Smokestack Betty, Lydia Hyde and so many more.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

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Bohemian Outdoor Bouodir

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                         Welcome to Hot Tomato Bohemian Outdoor Boudoir!

Even if you’ve done 10 Hot Tomato sessions, you’ve never done one like this. Picture it. You’ve been treated to luxurious styling in a gorgeous private home and then escorted via carriage (Lou Lou, the UTV ;) down a gravel path that empties into a sun dappled wilderness with a magical view at every turn.  Pond, beach, meadow, log bridge, walking trail, windmill, cabin. A few steps down the path, we arrive at your set. Tall, regal trees are the backdrop, golden rays of sunshine provide perfect lighting and a strong, iron tub full of clear water awaits your milky frame. Nestled nearby, is a low bed piled with colorful quilts and pillows for your transition set. Perhaps, to finish up, we could do a celebratory round of “frolicking” shots? Who knows… but I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Here’s a look at a June model we shot in our special locale.

Model: Samantha Alden

Photographer: Andi Roberts

Assistant: Jocelyn Adelsperger

MUAH: Jessica Kufel

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Do you LOVE this bohemian boudoir look? Drop what you are doing this instant and do whatever you have to do to book it! We are only taking THREE  (one spot left) clients on one single beautiful summer day!! Here’s what you need to know.

The location: Marietta area

The DATE: Sunday July 24th

The Session Cost: $499 plus tax

The time slots: Noon, 1:30 and 3pm

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July’s HOT HOT HOT List!!

Part of my “job” description is to go out and enjoy this Ohio Valley and experience all the wonderful people and businesses it has to offer! Hot Tomatoes have high standards and only the HOTTEST ones make the list! Check out the July selections!!

EATS

The NET! A go to place when you want to have an amazing meal, a great selection of craft beer and a really good chance of running into friends! Located at  3500 Emerson Ave in Parkersburg, WV, this place is legendary LITERALLY! Established in 1899, this place has the pub atmosphere down to a home-spun science! Along with the standard NET burgers and dogs, they also have a great veggie burger and always pull in local and home-grown crops to make a seasonal side like potato and pasta salads to pair with a smorgasbord of great pub food!

The only thing that’s better than the food and brews at the NET is the crew! This group remembers every face that comes through the door! They will great you with a smile and be ready with your favorite beverage before you’ve settled onto your stool!

Hot Tomatoes grace their doorway on the regular. It just doesn’t get better than the NET!

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ENTERTAINMENT

This amazing place got so much hotter this year! Why? Hot Tomato poolside meetings, of course! Bikinis, lipstick, red toes and big hats! Okay, let’s get down to why this place is super awesome. Two words: Lazy. River. There is seriously no better place to conduct female empowering business that bobbing along in an inner tube under the hot sun..lazily.

Kids? Oh, the KIDS! Of course. Children of all ages adore the Marietta Aquatic Center. The slides, the fountains, and the PIRATE SHIP! I mean, come on. Who doesn’t love a pirate ship? The lifeguards are amazing, the price is reasonable, the snacks are delicious and there’s plenty of room to spread out. Bring a big beach blanket and lay in the grass or get there early and snag some lounge chairs and an umbrella.

Visit the website for directions, rentals, passes and more! This place is definitely Hot Tomato APPROVED!

STYLE

The Hot Tomato crew is beyond excited to have such a groovy new building mate! Not only is Chelsea a Hot Tomato but she’s a Parlor Maid! She has the sweetest spirit and she’s an amazingly talented stylist. Do you want a rockin’ style with a bonus free good vibe energy boost? She’s your gal!

Here’s what Hot Tomato Concierge has to say! “I have lived in this area for seven years & tried many stylists to find the perfect fit. I have finally found the groove I have been looking for! Chelsea gives you a style that is a perfect fit for your life at the moment whether it’s professional, creative or just cool and easy! I have never loved my hair more & even during this awkward process of growing my hair out, she make it look amazing during each phase!”

Come on in and give this sweet little place a try for yourself and, while you’re in the neighborhood, come visit us on the 3rd floor for a Parlor refreshment to celebrate your new do!

Check out the facebook page for more information and book with Chelsea today!

 

WELLNESS

“The MOV is so very fortunate to have Full Circle Yoga hosting weekly classes at the lovely Point Park settled perfectly on the Ohio River. It truly is a unique experience to practice yoga outside, especially alongside the river. The sunshine is high at 6pm when classes begin, and the breeze comes off of the Ohio, providing a perfectly zen environment to practice yoga. The instructors gently encourage fun, giggles, and no self judgment during the classes. Yoga is truly for everyone. The beauty of this practice is that you come as you are and do what you can, and that is enough.” Hot Tomato, Chelsea Holtz (The Hair Hippie herself!! )

Full Circle Yoga and Point Park Marketplace has come together to bring Yoga to the Downtown Parkersburg!
Join us for the Yoga at the Point. We will be focusing on the ‘flow’ of breath and strengthening the body.
Each Class is $5.00 ( cash only please )
Please bring your own Yoga Mat or Towel.
Teachers provided by Full Circle Yoga & Full Circle Yoga Teacher Training.
This will be every Wednesday at The Point Park unless it rains, then it will be inside Point Park Marketplace.

I haven’t been to one yet but it’s right at the tip top of my to do list! Thank you for all you’re doing to make the MOV more flexible!!