Dirty Thirties HANDLED

“Stella, I’m 37. What a completely lame age to be.” I said out loud to my golden retriever this morning as I slurped shrimp-flavored ramen for breakfast at 11:15am.

I stayed up really late last night migrating images from my personal Instagram with the business name to a business Instagram with the business name per the instruction of my cousin slash best friend slash marketing consultant, Rachel Hyde. She thinks my personal life is too tied up in the business and it’s difficult for first-time clients to navigate the social media platforms. She’s right.

So, to completely defy all reason, I have decided to use this particular platform to … tell a completely hypothetical story about something that could happen to anyone (it’s totally about me.)

A stand-out, sure fire way to tell that you’re plummeting into the depths of mid-life crisis is looking in the mirror to find that the head of hair that frames your face is grey. NOT the natural kind that you get from living a pure and decent life but a grey that started out grey but was covered up with brown followed by a more striking black, stripped down to a ginger color, tortured into an ashish blond, covered in royal purple, faded to a yellowish lavender, bleached of all remaining dignity and strength, tapped, foiled and woven into a frenzy, coaxed back into a periwinkle color and finally DYED grey for the low, low price of roughly $1,300. THAT is when you re-evaluate your beauty standards. And your life.

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Hot Tomato Pick of the Week!

ALARM ALARM! Calling all current and aspiring GDHT’s! The Parkersburg Art Center is stepping a bit out of the box with this event and we all need to show our support so we keep more fun workshops coming!

Stumped on what to get the lover that has it all?? Here is your answer! Heart. Shaped. Pasties. I KNOW!!

An event such as this is guaranteed to attract some of the funest girls in the MOV! (Of COURSE I’ll be there!)

Feb 3, 2017 6-8pm

All craft bits and instruction supplied.

BYOB

$40

Get your ticket HERE!

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.

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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:

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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.

 

 

***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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Armpits and Swoon

Today we have a post from our Hot Tomato Photographer, Andi. She discusses armpit smell and how you photograph the unseen things that create that sexy feeling.

I love the smell of my gal’s arm pits. Sadly, they almost never have an odor that hasn’t been carefully placed there during her daily routine. But sometimes, if we’ve been camping, or she has just been beating the shit out of her drum kit for three hours in a dark,hot, sweaty bar in July my sweet and usually very clean smelling curly headed love will have the slightest, sexy hint of armpit. I swoon….she showers. The thrill of that scent stays with me for hours.Debwm-8

Why am I talking about this, darling reader? It’s because as a photographer of the half naked lady persuasion (aka boudoir photographer) I tend to think about what other people find sexy. Then I think about how would I photograph that? How would I have another photographer capture my love of her scent without her being there? How would they make it look hot? I have some ideas…believe me, I have some ideas.

But that leads me to the question I am really interested in – what is it that stops your average person dead in their tracks in the middle of a jam packed week with grocery shopping, elderly dog pee patrol and running a couple small businesses to go hey, “I am totally making time to shave my legs and get naked with my sweetie for a fun romp in the hay. Groceries and old dogs be damned!” How do we translate that to an intimate portrait? And still have it feel sexy and authentic?

Maybe it doesn’t take much for you, but between you and me and the interwebs sometimes I just want to netflix and chill. And by chill I mean fall asleep on the couch halfway through an episode of Orange Is The New Black. I mean sure, prison sex is hot, but it’s not really enough to convince me to give up my corner of the couch most nights….but I am a scorpio so you know it really doesn’t take much convincing. What convinces you?

Maybe it’s the look that is the invite, a hot little makeout session or a day of flirting, sexting and planning. Maybe it’s a naughty selfie sent in the middle of a conference call or how soft your skin feels right after shaving. Maybe it’s the whiskey, the safety of your long term love or the thrill of getting caught. Is sexy bright and colorful or dark and brooding? Is it loud, soft and melodic or silent and muffled with a hand over your mouth? The better question is how are we going to photograph that for you? Edgy, sweet, powerful, understated, thrill seeker, secret sexpot, girl next door, or new grandma. Bring me your sexy. I will photograph it. Everybody is capable of giving and receiving pleasure. Every Body.

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Disclaimer, random armpit, not Andi’s sugarpiehoneybunch. 

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!!

The BIKINI Project

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The Hot Tomato crew has been in a full tilt bikini discussion all Spring! We send selfies of our current stock and share links to cute ones on sale. It’s become a little bit of a habit with some…(Jocelyn, I’m looking at you!)

You see, once you have been running with this saucy crop of tomatoes for a while, your view of an acceptable body, well, becomes such a non-issue that you’re not even sure how to complete a sentence about it!

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer

Body acceptance doesn’t stop with you. When you learn to love the skin you’re in, ALL bodies become beautiful! You are no longer comparing yours to someone else’s or waiting for it to be a different size or shape! Your body, in this moment, is absolutely perfect *EVEN if it’s undergoing a transformation. Plus, you will ONLY improve upon your shape from loving it. It will never be hated into a shape you desire. Get ready to CELEBRATE it!!

The BIKINI Project

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Tess Munster KILLING IT in a stunner of a bikini!

The Goal: Everyone that books a summer session (available dates below) will have the option to add a bikini shot to their session, free of charge, and be part of the Hot Tomato 2017 All Bodies Bikini Promo with our whole staff!

The Dates: 

June- 17th and 18th, 24th and 25th

July -7th, 8th and 9th and 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th

Aug- 19th, 20th and 21st

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