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See You Soon

December 6th, 2012 at 6:25 pm by under The Rhode Show

Stephanie on The Rhode Show couch with Will and Michaela.

Today was my last day in the office at The Rhode Show. I snuck out without good-byes, opting instead for “See you soon.”

In the several weeks of auditions, I swore that the audience and everyone at The Rhode Show would know all there was to about me! With every assignment or appearance we had another opportunity to show more of ourselves. It became a challenge each day: share, learn and improve. When I looked at my footage for our final assignment and thought of how much I still wanted to say, I realized the process was not long enough.

I have much more to learn about all of you, our state and myself. I have much more to share whether its laughs (at myself, of course!), Hope (Rhode Island’s motto) or adventure! And finally, there’s always room to improve.

At 5’3″ I know first hand that GREAT things come in small packages, but I also know that two is better than one. (Get it? Small girl, small state, Rhode Show!)

While this may be the end for my cheesy cliches, I hope it’s only the beginning for me and The Rhode Show.

….”See you soon.”


The Season Of Love

November 28th, 2012 at 10:38 am by under The Rhode Show

Early morning docks on the East Bay. A sneak peek!

No matter what kind of love (friend, family or romance), ’tis the season.

The latest SFAS assignment was to create a budget-concious Rhode Island adventure. After spending time with family for Thanksgiving and experiencing the charm of the season’s first snow, I planned a day to share with someone you love: A “date-on-a-dime!”

Rhode Island has those Grease-worthy summer nights (tell me more tell me more…) but winter is equally magical. The water is serene, the docks are quiet and the streets glisten with bows and twinkling lights. The colder temperatures are a perfect excuse to head indoors and cuddle up by a fire. And what would a day be without a feast!

Watch next Wednesday to see the day I planned for a total of $33! Whether you are a Mom with her children, two sisters or a couple (new and old!), spend a day away from the busy malls to share your love for one another and for Rhode Island’s simple treasures.

 


My Big Fat Italian Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2012 at 11:13 am by under The Rhode Show

Scenes from Tony Colonial’s, Federal Hill.

Mangano. It’s Italian.

There’s a lot of us in my family (27 to be exact) and we’re loud and sometimes obnoxious but it’s my family. My family is deeply rooted in tradition, from the foods we eat, to the grace we say and even to who does the dishes while the men watch football. Ok, that’s one point I do NOT love!

Wednesday night is the “kids” turn, though many of us are no longer kids. “Next generation dinner” is a time for all the cousins to cook for our parents. It started out small with salads and sides (and often with a lot of adult direction) but has turned into more, the more capable we all became. Without a recipe in hand, my cousin and I churned out over 5 dozen meatballs and stewed gravy (that’s Italian for sauce).

Today, my dad will make his famed Antipasto. While some families are particular where their turkeys come from or where they cut their Christmas trees, for my dad it all hinges on the very best charcuterie. With his secret list in hand, he sent me to Tony Colonial’s in Federal Hill. He says the capocollo is second to none. Maybe he’ll let me share the recipe in the future,  although us Italians can be quite protective!

So today, on this day of thanks I am thankful for food, football (Go Pats!) and tradition but I am most thankful for all the love my family shares. Happy Thanksgiving all!


On The Rhode

November 18th, 2012 at 5:56 pm by under The Rhode Show

My time on the “Rhode” in D.C.

This past week I was traveling for other work but still had Rhode Island on my mind. I was in Washington, D.C for the week and coincidence have you, my hotel was on Rhode Island Avenue! I didn’t get to sightsee but I did manage to snap some pictures of landmarks I passed. It feels as though there’s patriotism and history everywhere you walk. I could not tell you who these statues are of, but I may or may not have pretended I did and told other tourists that the one is Paul Revere and the other Einstein ….Close enough right?

By the end of the week I was very excited to get back home for more reasons than just my own, oversized bed. I wanted to come home. Someone tried to sell me that D.C has “the best” seafood and I politely (but snidely) reminded them I was from The Ocean State. Another tried to tell me that D.C has the best restaurants “ever”. Again, I reminded them I was from Providence, just named as the #1 City for Foodies according to Travel+Leisure magazine.

I have been fortunate to live all over the U.S and travel often. It has allowed me to appreciate different areas for all they offer and to take full advantage of what others may overlook. Trust me, we’ve got it good here in Rhode Island. Glad to be home!


Sharing Laughs, Serving Coffee

November 9th, 2012 at 7:50 pm by under The Rhode Show

Stephanie with Marissa and Alexandria behind the counter, collecting donations and with a Rhode Show fan!

 

This afternoon the Top 5 finalists of The Rhode Show jumped behind the counter at Dunkin’ Donuts to help raise money for the Rhode Island Red Cross. I shared a lot of laughs with my co-workers Marissa and Alexandria as they showed me the ropes. They were very patient (I may have messed up some orders…) and both were quick to laugh along with (read: at) me! Before my shift ended I poured myself a hot chocolate with gingerbread swirl, it was “Christmas-In-A-Cup”!

Throughout my shift I was fortunate to meet a lot of fans including the tiny blonde pictured. All five of us raised over $450 dollars for the Red Cross Rhode Island chapter, which will directly help those affected by Hurricane Sandy here in Rhode Island. If you were unable to make it you can still donate to the Red Cross and pick up your very own “Christmas-In-A-Cup” at Dunkin’ Donuts.


Friday’s Style-Over

November 9th, 2012 at 11:22 am by under The Rhode Show

Stephanie’s look on The Rhode Show SFAS style-over.

 

Today on The Rhode Show, myself along with the other finalists showed off our style-overs. Earlier in the week the Top 5 finalists met with personal stylist Jill Martin to perfect our television look at the Warwick Nordstrom Rack. I have a petite 5′ 3″ frame (good things come in small packages!) and Jill advised me to work on lengthening my look with proportions and lines.

I selected a black and tan colorblock dress from my closet and black suede booties. To emphasize my waist I selected a thin black suede belt to achieve the coveted hourglass shape. Hope everyone caught the show this morning! I recommend making a trip to the Nordstrom Rack at the Warwick Mall if you haven’t already. It’s perfect for a frugal fashionista like myself!


A Day In The Office

November 8th, 2012 at 7:29 pm by under The Rhode Show

Control Room, Will enjoying his water and the “Water Bar”.

Today I was able to go even more behind the scenes to complete my first Top 5 assignment. While we have all been on set already, there’s nothing like watching The Rhode Show Control Room in action!

After the show it was time for me to script and edit with Michaela and Nick. I had a lot of fun filming my package and think it captures a different spirit of Rhode Island. I always find the editing process to challenge my creativity. My adrenalin was abuzz when Nick and I put on the finishing touches and I watched the final product. Hope everyone enjoys it when it airs next week! I’ll give you a hint: there’s music and booty shaking!

I also got to experience a lively day in the office as it was “Health Day”. All of WPRI was encouraged to try an open pilates class (heck yea!), infused waters at “The Water Bar” and have a free health screening with the chance to win a $50 dollar raffle. You don’t have to bribe me with $50 dollars to take advantage of the goodies! Along with cucumber water, a granola bar and a product I was proud of, I went home a happy lady.