Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mama Mia !!!! Look what we have here.....

Hello friends and fans and welcome to Ava's Allocations with the Balcony Blogger....
Today, Saturday, I'm sending good vibes from beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada. What a great experience when we come here. I just love it out here.... so last year I met the most fabulous person ...and now I'd like you to meet her too.....

Meet Mia............

What makes Mia so special and deserving of a great blog post, is her positive and energetic personality for starters....

So Miss Mia is a wildly creative artist... I just love her work. We met in an interesting place, right here in Las Vegas last year.... we bonded over our love of "eyes".
I asked Mia this evening why she was attracted to "eyes".
I love what she said,  "Each eye tells a story"....... Hmmmmmm

so not only is Mia a fabulous artist, she is an accomplished soft ball player and is also working on becoming a 3rd generation pipe-fitter !

PIPE FITTER???? Where does THAT fit in ??? No pun intended.....

For 3 generations her family has had a hand in pipe fitting.... Mia feels this will give her opportunities that sometimes only come around once in someone's life....

Like working on the new Stadium/Arena that is coming here to Vegas, all aspects of large companies and attractions where Mia will be trained to set the stage..............

For now, we are so lucky to have met her. ( and those of you that know, know how I feel about that )
We are blessed to have her aboard to work on some 4 A STAR projects here in Vegas including
Ava's Eye Bagz,  Ava's Eye Mag and more....

Take a look at some of  Mia's work here... mostly done with pen.... some of the abstracts are little dots and lines that take hours to complete....

Mama Mia that's amazing !

Enjoy !

You can find out about Mia's work by contacting me, Ava, as always.... will even get to find her work in our new bags coming out in the fall...... WOW !

Friday, June 9, 2017

Rolllin' Rollin' Rollin'......Here we come.........

Hello  !

Welcome to Ava's Allocations and the Balcony Blogger !   Thank you for taking this blog to 48,000 readers and counting......

 I am so excited about all the crazy yet good things that are coming about. It has taken a long time yet we just keep Rollin' along and you have to do that too, no matter what your goals are....just keep rollin'....

We are Rollin' in this weekend with our soft launch of

                                             "EYE ON THE SHORE BRIDAL TOURS" !
                                          -We've put the celebration right into the planning !-



 Meet Mari Dattolo - Event Director
Meet Ava Holly ( Yours Truly) - Event Director

     Mari Dattolo and Ava Holly are no strangers to reinventing themselves as their careers in the hospitality field have evolved.  At a time in life when most people are planning their retirement years, these two longtime business friends are delving into the next chapter of their stories. Both having grown up on the beaches of Seaside Heights and spent decades since working in Atlantic City, their careers kept them loyal to the Jersey Shore.  As professionals in the wedding industry, their resumes have run the gamut from DJ-ing to Wedding Consulting, Officiating to Event Planning.  Ava, CEO/Owner of '4 A Star', coordinates all aspects of fashion, entertainment and events from Atlantic City to New York City. Similarly, Mari CEO/Owner of 'Little Angels Princess Events', coordinates both private and public events from small groups to larger scale productions.

This past year, they joined forces to develop a unique and innovative project for both the bridal market and the state’s tourism economy. In the spirit of New Jersey’s hospitality industry -in cooperation with  Ocean County based, 'Jersey Shore Wedding Association',  they hope  to elevate  traditional bridal marketing with the launch of  “Eye on the Shore Bridal Tours”.  According to Dattolo, “Galloway Township in Atlantic County offers more offshore function space per square foot than anywhere in the state. With Atlantic City and the shore literally minutes away, an event in South Jersey can easily become a Destination Wedding!”

This revolutionary concept takes the best elements of venue inspections and caters them to busy millennial brides. Luxurious 14 and 24 passenger shuttles will chauffeur brides and their guests from one venue to the next for a fun and interactive day of culinary indulgence! As a progressive tasting experience, the first wedding  venue on the itinerary will offer a champagne brunch followed by a  tour of their property. The morning also includes a special occasion make up demonstration by Image By Design and a personal stylist from Macy's to introduce their bridal registry program. Each venue to follow will present a chef’s choice tasting from appetizers through an indulgent pastry selection. With a  'Land' tour  that features some of South Jersey's finest off shore reception spaces and a 'Sea' tour inspired by our favorite  Jersey shores,  it's tailored to be a modern twist on  a timeless tradition!

It's exciting to be giving you a glimpse into some of the projects "I", "We" are embarking on.....

The "One if by LAND"....tour will take place on July 8th and starts at 10:00 AM  
The "Two if by SEA".......tour will take place on July 22nd and starts at 10:00 AM
Both with a champagne brunch to start off the day included in your tour reservation.

You can start reserving seats on the bus this Sunday via the    web page !
 ( for July 8th and/or July 22nd)

Check out the  web page  and see all the beautiful venues already on board to roll with us !
Save your gas, save your squeezing  venues in a day with drinking, eating, driving ....just relax and enjoy your time on the luxury bus complete with a movie while you travel.

We welcome Matt and Marco to our staff
We welcome Linda McLaughlin of Image by Design,
 Comedian Michelle Tomko specializing in  the "Bridal Roast"
and   Janet Trantham -Your Premier Macy's Stylist-

Thank you Mr. Rick of      FAST CAR SERVICE

Atlantic City Jitney's 

and of course, THE MISTER,  Mr. Panting Photo and Video making us all look good....

Roll on in with us and get ready for the ORIGINAL EYE ON THE SHORE BRIDAL TOUR ! 
Stay tuned for a full launch on Columbus Day Weekend this Oct. along with our "Eyes on Your Feet" Dance a thon !  So exciting.....Join us that weekend for loads of fun !

Enjoy !


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Reach and Pull and Kick .....

....that's what you will hear when you come into the World of the beginner Swimmer at the Brigantine Aquatic Center and the Galloway Swim Club....

Let me start by introducing the founders.... Meet Robin and Chuck Taylor.... giving a whole new meaning to a dollar and a dream..... well lots more than a dollar yet the dream is kept alive every day!

So what is Reach and pull and kick???? If you learned how to swim with this method, you know exactly what it is.... if you didn't, take a stroll into the Brigantine Aquatic Center during a child lesson and see how it is used....

With drowning still being on the forefront of infant/child death- see how the BAC ( Brigantine Aquatic Center ) is making a difference.

Swimming most of her life, Robing Taylor along with her husband Chuck, opened the BAC in 2001 to create a safe environment for children of all ages to learn to swim. Many people, both children and adults, that live here in the Shore area of New Jersey, still don't even know how to swim.


Reach out, follow that dream and don't give up on what you feel in your heart .


Pull for each other.... shortly after the center opened , a quest for a swim team became a reality.
 From naming the team - named for the ever popular green head fly that is the annoyance of any Summer Vacation here in Brigantine - to  cultivating, training, learning and teaching this young team how to PULL for each other.  How the team has grown in confidence and status is amazing. In a few short years the Brigantine Green Heads have become one of the top Swim Teams in the Entire State.
 ( Annoying the heck out of the competition like any good Green Head)

Pulling for each other takes on another meaning when you now teach children not only to Swim, not only to be part of a team yet now to give back.... with the USA Swimming Make a Splash Foundation the BAC is one of only a select few that is doing something. Make a Splash raises money to provide children who may not have the means - with towels, goggles, swimsuits, lessons and the list goes on.... encouraging the best exercise you can give to yourself....swimming !
 In 2014 , an opportunity came about to open a Seasonal Swim Club. The Taylors, along with a couple of partners, opened the Galloway Swim Club with the idea of doing fun and exciting things in this Seasonal Space around swimming... from Swim meets to dances, there is always something going on at the Galloway Swim Club. The Galloway Swim Club ( GSC) is open from  Memorial Weekend til the end of the Summer....
Next week, on June 10th , there will be "Make a Splash Day" with free swim lessons to Galloway Township Residents and healthy lifestyle vendors set up to teach us.... blood pressure exhibits, healthy food tables and the like....then back on the 11th for the Cannon Ball contest for Autism !
WOW !!

 If you are in the area, you should stop by and check it out. Say hi to Robin and Chuck and oh yes, tell them AVA sent you !
If you are reading from around the World, and I know you do, stay with us via Face Book , You Tube and all the social media places you can laugh with us and learn with us. Visit YOUR local Swim Center and take the plunge when you can.... learn to swim or teach... or exercise.... or relax .....

You just never know who you may see at either of the Swim Centers ( BAC) or (GSC)... like this photo taken with Olympic Gold Medalist Jason Lezak ! ( Jason was brought out to teach a Seminar)

And now we come to KICK !

Don't kick yourself because you can't swim !  Take that first step no matter how old or young you are.... Miss Robin takes babies as young as 6 months old.... (yet there have been circumstances where she will take them younger)  For the most part is 6 months and up....
Check out this video.... this video is several years old yet still warms your heart... with over 8,500 views...... Miss Robin in Action with one of the infant swimmers !

I have to give props to the wonderful staff that the Taylors employ. Many of them coming right out of the swimming ranks....
Being with the Centers since they opened are head coach Sari Puzio Carroll 
Instructors/ Coaches/   Cathe Wood, Brieanne Lewis,  Celeste Bryzgornia and Corrie Elich
Others have recently come aboard to make the Centers the most well rounded places to call your Swimming homes.... 

contact Miss Robin at 609 266 SWIM.... for all your swimming needs and concerns.... and as always, you can always reach out to me here or through our web page !  

Enjoy !