Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Single Girl’s Survival Guide: 6 Tips To Enjoy A Bachelorette Party

As a self-proclaimed professional bridesmaid, I’ve got you covered on ideas for different types of bachelorette parties and where to shop for bachelorette gifts in New York CityTo survive the night as a single girl or bridesmaid, these tips will ensure that all guests and the bride-to-be will enjoy this special night out on the town.
(My lovely friend and bride-to-be, Belinda)
Eat a substantial meal. Don’t skip dinner on this night of debauchery. Choose your food wisely at a bachelorette dinner to load up on carbs and healthy nutrients before indulging in hours of boozing. Don’t go to a cheap sushi joint or just munch on a salad or you’ll be asking for trouble in the bar bathroom a mere few hours later! Don’t worry about ruining your diet. It’s a night to indulge. You can get back to calorie counting and spin class tomorrow (or once your hangover is gone).

Pick your poison (and stick to it). Rounds of CafĂ© Patron shots mixed with craft beers and vodka sodas will make everyone’s hangovers horrible in the morning. Stick to one type of alcohol all night long to avoid waking up with your bride’s head stuck in the toilet.

No boys allowed. Really. I know I don’t have to tell you that boyfriends and husbands aren’t welcome on this ultimate girls’ night, but this also goes for random men any single ladies in the party may meet that night on the dance floor. Don’t invite men back to your hotel room. Not only is that disrespectful to your fellow bridesmaids, but the focus needs to stay on the bride’s fun - not your desire for a one night stand.

Be willing to pay for comfort. Spend more where it’s needed - whether that means a cab to get everyone home safely over a late night subway ride or a luxury hotel for everyone to be comfortable in a bed or pullout couch, rather than snoozing on a hard, cold bathroom floor.

Don’t invite Debbie Downer. Party poopers bum everyone out, especially the bride. Invite friends who are excited to celebrate and won’t be negative all night about their body image, lack of male attention or the amount of money they’ll have to dish out for dinner and drinks.

Have fun. Don’t forget that main goal is to have fun! Let loose, dance and recap the juicy details in the morning over brunch! xo

Also see:
Single Girl's Survival Guide: Bridesmaid Dress Blues
Single Girl’s Survival Guide: Dateless at The Reception
Single Girl’s Survival Guide: Bridal Showers

Monday, February 25, 2013

Long Island City’s 5 Best Happy Hour Bars

While Long Island City’s proper name is currently being debated by some, there’s no arguing that the bustling area of Queens is on the rise. Whatever you want to call this part of the city, LIC is growing quickly as one of NYC’s hottest neighborhoods – with waterfront parks and a blossoming art scene. Hop on the 7 train – just one stop out of Midtown – to find these happy hours at LIC’s best bars.

Check out my article on CBS New York covering LIC's Best Happy Hour Bars xo

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New York City Beer Week Event Guide, 2013

Unlike Fashion Week, which celebrates elegance and exclusivity, NYC Beer Week is arguably close to the opposite. The annual hops celebration brings folks together to kick it casually across the city at hundreds of different venues to meet new people and try new brews.

The event returns to New York City on February 22. New York City Brewers Guild brings together all twelve NYC craft breweries, along with nationally and internationally renowned breweries. These are our picks for the week’s best beer events and special foodie offerings, like my personal favorite, "aPORKalypse Now"!

Check out CBS New York for my article on New York City Beer Week Event Guide, 2013 xo

Friday, February 15, 2013

NYC’s 8 Best Winter Brunches

Get warm, cozy – and full – at these New York City winter season brunches. From hearty burgers to all-you-can-eat menus, these restaurants and bars are offering the best weekend meals to satisfy your cravings during the coldest months in the city. 

Check out CBS New York for my article on NYC's 8 Best Winter Brunches xo

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love Is In The Air

(Moments with My Valentine, James)
Whether you're a a sexy singleton or half of an annoyingly perfect couple, here's how to celebrate Valentine's Day with the ones you love!

Buy something sweet: NYC's 7 Best Valentine's Day Treats and Desserts

Escape on a romantic trip: 7 Best Romantic Winter Getaways and Staycations In And Around NYC

Gift someone you love: NYC's 8 Best Valentine's Day Gifts

Be proudly independent: How To Be Single (and Happy) on Valentine’s Day

Treat your man: Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Guy

Show your bestie some love: The Best BFF Gifts from 2012 and 2011

Love is in the air. Happy Valentine's Day to my lovely readers xo

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2nd Annual ‘aPORKalypse Now’ Pork & Craft Beer Festival at Alewife

It’s time to truly pig out, NYC! Get Real Presents will hold its 2nd Annual aPORKalypse Now Pork & Craft Beer Festival at Alewife in Long Island City on Saturday, March 2, 2013 as part of NYC Beer Week.

This little piggy event will feature 10 hogs expertly prepared by a group of celebrated New York City based chefs in a variety of delicious plates. While you chow down on batches of snout-to-tail savory and salty goodness, wash it all down with some of the finest in craft beers from 20 different all-local brewers, including rare cask ales and special homebrews. Pork and beer, what more could you want?

Tickets to this special NYC Beer Week event are available exclusively on Eventbrite and are extremely limited, so act fast! Each $40 ticket includes 10 tastings of Cask Ale/Draft Beer and 10 tastings of hog!

Make your order now, because these hot tickets will sell out fast! And get in the conversation on Twitter with @GetRealBeer @alewifeNYC @getrealpresents #aPORKalypse #NYBEER. 

See you at Alewife xo

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Indulge in The Best Buffet Brunch in NYC at The Waldorf Astoria

When you’re searching for the perfect venue to celebrate a special moment in New York City, look no further than the beautiful Waldorf Astoria. In their grand Peacock Alley, the hotel offers their famed Sunday Brunch.
This feted event features a raw bar with caviar, clams, oysters, lobster and shrimp, and smoked fish and meat carving stations. There’s also an array of breakfast breads and muffins and omelet and crepe stations to personalize your breakfast favorites. The sweetest ending is their dessert table - an extravagant presentation of over 100 gourmet desserts covering everything from a chocolate fondue fountain to French macaroons.
Last weekend, I was treated to this elaborate brunch feast with Caitlin of Style Within Reach and The Glitter Guide after our spa treatments in Guerlain Spa on the 19th foor of the hotel for a fabulous break during this hectic New York Fashion Week. 
The friendly and attentive staff started us off with Mimosas, but you can also choose from a glass of Champagne or a Bloody Mary. Once our cocktails and coffee arrived, we explored the buffet – over and over again. From the fresh seafood at the raw bar to the over-the-top dessert selection, we were in heaven. And not counting calories!
This special occasion brunch is $98 per adult, $65 per child (ages 5-12), plus taxes and gratuity, but is more than worth the wallet splurge. Book Sunday Brunch at Waldorf Astoria for an upcoming celebration with your loved ones xo

Waldorf Astoria. 301 Park Avenue.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Experience NYC’s Best Spa Treatments at Guerlain Spa in The Waldorf Astoria

Pamper yourself or a loved one at The Waldorf Astoria’s elegant Guerlain Spa for any special occasion. With treatments like personalized facials and relaxing massages, you’ll feel like a celebrity with their A-list services and premiere staff. The beautiful space on the 19th floor of the hotel features hanging chandeliers in the lounge, a makeup room for refreshing after your services and a steam room for a post-treatment detox.

This weekend I was treated to a break from New York Fashion Week’s hectic festivities with a Radiance Facial at Guerlain Spa with my dear friend Caitlin of Style Within Reach and The Glitter Guide. Upon entering the spa, we were greeted with glasses of champagne and chocolate almond cookies, to kick off our indulgent Sunday. Check out how Caitlin captured our experience in the lounge on Vine with a lovely little video.
(Feeling refreshed after my Radiance Facial)
While Caitlin was whisked away for an hour massage to rest her tired feet from sky-high NYFW stilettos, my stressed out combination skin was healed with a Radiance Facial. For 50 minutes, my dry cheeks and oily t-zone were scrubbed, steamed and massaged for a fresh, clear and radiant complexion. Deep cleansing, coupled with their exclusive Guerlain facial products, including a hydrating mask, were customized for my skin type and level of sensitivity. To say I was glowing was an understatement.

We left the spa refreshed and ready to take on the week ahead. But, before we could go out into the snowy city streets, the Waldorf Astoria staff served us the best buffet brunch in New York City – featuring a raw bar, meat carving station, make-your-own omelets and crepes, cheese plates, multiple dessert tables and so much more. The Sunday Brunch at Peacock Alley in The Waldorf Astoria is a treat when celebrating an engagement, bridal shower or any other occasion that deserves unlimited elegant dining. Stay tuned later this week for a sneak peak into our luxurious meal at Peacock Alley!

Book a treatment at Guerlain Spa to gift someone who deserves a break in your life. And just in time for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift - I recently featured Guerlain Spa as one of The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts in NYC, so check out the article for details on how to spoil your lover or BFF with one of their special holiday packages. xo
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