Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NYC’s 6 Best Neighborhood Frozen Yogurt Shops

Trendy dessert concoctions (like the Cronut) come and go, but FroYo is holding strong as one of the most popular desserts in the city, with new shops opening all year round. 

Sure, I was excited when Pinkberry first opened in NYC after drooling over it on MTV's The Hill's and 16 Handles is always my go-to for a variety of flavors and toppings. But, what about the local shops and smaller chains around the city? They need some love too!

Whether you prefer do-it-yourself handles or toppings chosen for you, these New York City frozen yogurt shops are offering the best in their neighborhoods to keep you cool this summer. Check out CBS New York for my article on NYC’s 6 Best Frozen Yogurt Shops xo

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Is A “Break” Really A Breakup?

We’ve all heard a friend say, “He just needs some time to think about what he wants.” Or “We’re so crazy about each other, but we keep driving each other crazy.” These women simply explain that they’re “on a break” from their relationship to concentrate on what they both really want out of love. But, is this break period really just leading to a break up?
(Ross and Rachel had their share of breakups on Friends, credit: NBC)
Even some married couples go through a separation before ultimately having a stronger marriage or finalizing it with a divorce. For those of us who are still registered as a single person on our medical records, is taking a break from our significant other really something that will help us? Or do you believe you should just cut off all ties, cry for a solid week watching reality tv, and then move on?

I spent most of my twenties believing that there’s no difference between these types of breaks. That once you decide to go on a break, you’re eventually breaking up. But, as I’ve grown and experienced different relationships filled with both love and heartbreaks, I’ve come to realize that what each couple needs to survive is personal to that couple. 

Friends are the best resource for advice, but it’s important never to compare your relationship to theirs because each couple is truly different. Listening to my friends’ thoughts and observing their varied relationships have also shaped my view of a break versus a breakup. 

I have a girlfriend who has been on and off with her guy for years, finding their breaks to be helpful to get back together again. They’ve needed their time apart to find each other - and themselves. I also have a friend who has never separated from her man, but is known for public screaming matches and drunken arguments that would even embarrass a bartender who’s seen it all. Then there are my girlfriends with the “perfect” relationships. Those couples that never seem to disagree, have a healthy sex life, frequently fly off on vacations, workout together, cook meals for each other, and frankly seem like something out of a romantic comedy. Going on a break has helped some of my friends' relationships, yet others needed to end both their love and pain by cutting all ties and moving on without any communication.

Do you stand firm that a “break” is just a breakup? Or do you believe every couple has to follow their own rules during tough times? xo 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Brunch Critic's Guide to NYC Bridal Shower Brunching

As a professional bridesmaid I'm frequently booking bridal showers and bachelorette brunches. When considering New York City venues, there's always so much to worry about. From pricing to ambiance, it's important to find the right fit for both the bride's personality and the number of guests. 
Save time and reduce stress by downloading Brunch Critic's Ultimate Guide to Baby & Bridal Shower Brunching in NYC. Andrea and her team have done the research, so you don't have to! They've handpicked everything from outdoor venues to prix fixe menus to help you find the perfect shower for the bride or mom-to-be.

Download The Ultimate Guide to Baby & Bridal Shower Brunching in NYC here, so you can spend your time planning silly games and shopping her registry. Here's to you, fellow bridesmaids! xo

Friday, June 21, 2013

What To Do This Weekend In NYC, June 21-23

Thrillist claims today is the Best Day of Your Life... so check out some of their plans for today, Friday, June 21, for free fun in NYC.

On Saturday, June 22, Hudson will be holding the first annual BeerBQ from 2-8pm in the adjoining Hudson Common and Tequila Park. Expect everything from Texas Brisket to Carolina Pulled Pork served with craft beer to live music and foosball match fun. Tickets are still available for purchase here.

Tiki Disco, everyone's favorite bi-weekly Sunday Funday, can be found at The Knockdown Center this Sunday, June 23. Enjoy your favorites from Roberta's, while dancing the afternoon away. Check out the Facebook invite for details. 

I'll be spending the weekend at a housewarming party for one of my best friends who's moved to NJ with her husband, catching up with my girlfriends and working on improving my running skills. Enjoy the weekend xo

Thursday, June 20, 2013

When Should A Couple’s Parents Meet?

Once you’ve survived your first holiday as a couple and made his mother love you, there’s comes a time in your long-term relationship when you wonder when the right time is for both parents to meet.

(Meet The Fockers would be worst case scenario)
We all know that meeting the parents of your significant other is stressful enough, but once you and your man have been together for a year or so, both sets of parents are bound to start asking about their potential future in-laws. After another year – or five – goes by, you may wonder if it’s time to set up a play date for both families.

Your boyfriend is your best friend. He's the first person you call when you land your dream job or when you're anxious over medical results. He's there for you during good and bad times with his warm hugs and reassuring words. When you spend almost everyday together, it's hard not to want to get to know his family better and introduce your loved ones to his. It only seems natural, right?

At the latest, families should be introduced before the wedding festivities begin. But if you’re not engaged - but have made a serious commitment - should your parents meet each other?

Do you think if there’s still a chance you won’t walk down the isle one day, would you let them meet? Or should the families only be introduced if you’re wearing a ring?

When couples meet in New York City, they tend to come from different parts of the country - or world - and from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds, and sometimes with different first languages. When traveling is involved for both sets of parents to meet, should it only happen once you’re engaged? If you're all located in the same state - or even the same city - coordinating a meet and greet for both families doesn't seem as big of a deal. But, when travel is involved, it's worth putting some thought into.

Have you ever introduced your family to your significant other’s family? If so, how long had you been dating? xo

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NYC’s 10 Best Ice Cream Sundaes For Summer

Kids (and kids at heart) are always beyond appreciative of a decadent ice cream sundae to cool down in the summer heat or to end a meal on the sweetest note. From traditional hot fudge to out-of-the-ordinary toppings, these New York City scoop shops and restaurants are offering the best ice cream sundaes this season.

Check out CBS New York for my article on NYC’s 10 Best Ice Cream Sundaes For Summer xo

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

7 New Restaurants Opening In The Hamptons This Summer

Summer in the Hamptons brings long weekends of lavish parties, beautiful beaches and of course, fresh seafood. Make a reservation at these newly opened restaurants out East for the best in fine dining to casual eateries.

Check out CBS New York for my article on 7 New Restaurants Opening In The Hamptons This Summer xo

Monday, June 17, 2013

NYC's Best Summer 2013 Date Ideas

The warm weather means it's the season for daytime activities or flirtatious nights around New York City. Whether you’re with a spring fling or the love of your life, take your date to one of these restaurants, bars or fun activities to enjoy the season together.

Check out CBS New York for my article on NYC's 7 Best Summer 2013 Date Ideas xo

Friday, June 14, 2013

What To Do This Weekend In NYC, June 14-16

Are your eyebrows a mess? Enjoy FREE brow shaping and trimming today, Friday June 14 at select RAMY Look Boutiques in NYC!

Listed as one of my suggestions for NYC’s Best Summer 2013 Date Ideas, make reservations by the bar at Four Seasons Hotel New York for "Bubbles And Bites". Every Friday from 5p.m. - 7 p.m. through Labor Day you can enjoy complimentary nibbles with every glass of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label Champagne for $20 a glass!

Support the arts in New York City by purchasing a ticket for The Blind Pig, a speakeasy soiree to benefit Fourth Arts Block. The event is Tuesday, June 18, so hurry and get your last minute tickets for a night of fun in the East Village!

The Carbone guys are opening a clam bar on Saturday, June 15. You know it will be the next "it" place, so make reservations asap.

If Dad's into comfort food, bring him by S'MAC on Sunday June 16th, where fathers eat free

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there! Enjoy the weekend, lovely readers xo

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New York City Father’s Day Gift Guide 2013

Thank your dad for all of his love, support and encouragement over the years with a thoughtful gift this Father’s Day. From a gentlemen’s brunch for the foodie to sharp accessories for the business man, there’s something for every type of dad to say “I love you” in New York City. 

Check out my NYC's Father's Day Gift Guide on CBS New York and get shopping! xo

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Who Should Pay On A First Date?

As a single twenty-something in New York City, I’ve had my share of first dates, summer flings and even one night stands (sorry, Mom!).

With my knowledge from the dating trenches, I’ve shared what not to order, drink and wear during your first meeting with Mr. Right Now. And even my thoughts on getting a discount with a Groupon has been discussed. But, when it comes to the end of the first meal together, who should treat? 

Check out this fun video that captures that awkward moment when the check arrives to the table, produced by a talented coworker from my days as a soap opera producer.

So, what’s your take? Should you split the bill? Should the chivalrous man always pay? Or should the person who planned the date pay for the meal? xo

Monday, June 10, 2013

Best NYC Restaurants For Moules Frites Dinner Deals

Moules Frites is a popular Belgian dish with a French name — and it’s picking up quite a fan base in New York City, where many refer to meal the American way: Mussels and fries. Whatever you want to call it, these restaurants are doing it right.

Check out CBS New York for my article on 8 NYC Restaurants For Moules Frites Dinner Deals xo

Friday, June 7, 2013

Where To Celebrate National Doughnut Day In NYC

Cake, yeast or filled, doughnuts seem to have made a comeback as a trendy treat in New York City. From out of the ordinary toppings to interesting shapes, these bakeries and restaurants are serving up deliciously fried sweets to celebrate National Doughnut Day the right way on Friday, June 7.

Check out CBS New York for my article on 9 Creative NYC Doughnuts To Celebrate National Doughnut Day for fun flavors and even some freebies!

Happy Friday! xo

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Best Soft Shell Crab Plates In NYC

Summer marks the beginning of soft shell crab season. Enjoy these delicacies stuffed in sandwiches or plated with seasonal veggies at these New York City restaurants – while they last!

Check out CBS New York for my article on the 10 Best Soft Shell Crab Plates in NYC xo

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bling It On! With Hpnotiq: Show Off Your City Girl Heels For A Chance To Win

Remember when I was the resident dating writer for Hpnotiq? My weekly column on Hpnotiq’s blog covered topics by a single girl (yours truly) for single girls. From tips on How To Ask Him Out to reasons to be Be Single (and Happy) on New Years Eve, I loved being the voice of Hpnotiq’s single girls everywhere.
With my passion for Hpnotiq’s “girls night out” theme, I couldn’t help but get excited for their newest giveaway! Do you love shopping for glam shoes? From now until July 28th 2013, Hpnotiq wants you to show them how you GLAM LOUDER to win fabulous prizes! During each 2-week challenge you can submit photos in different categories to win - including the glammest heels, nails, makeup and overall look. Entries can be pictures you snap yourself or images you find online, if you’re too shy to share your own glam photos.

Ready to Bling It On!? Here are the glamorous prizes that are up for grabs: 

  • One pair of shoes of your choice (Up to $800)
  • One purse of your choice (Up to $1,000)
  • One year of manis/pedis worth up to $1,200
  •  $1,000 gift card to Sephora or Ulta
  • AND a chance to win the grand prize trip for you and three friends to go shopping with a celebrity Los Angeles! And on top of that, the grand prize winner will star in a professional photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad!

Hpnotiq’s Glammest Heels Challenge is going on RIGHT NOW - but hurry - the entry period for the glammest heels ends at 11:59:59 a.m. EST on June 16th! For the first challenge, participants are asked to share their latest "SHOE CRUSH"! Hpnotiq wants you to show them the glammest heels you can find. Snap a pic of your own or find a pic of that pair of shoes online you’ve been stalking - and “pinning” on Pinterest -  for months! For this round, they’re choosing 4 lucky winners to get their choice of glam heels valued at up to $800. 

To enter: visit here, Hpnotiq’s Facebook page or follow @Hpnotiq on twitter and tweet them your picture using the hashtag #GLAMLOUDER. If you’re one of the 4 winners, you’ll also be able to compete in the final round for a chance to win a grand prize trip for you and three friends to meet a famous celebrity in LA, for shopping, makeovers AND you might also star in a photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad! 

(My current favorite glam heels for weddings & holidays)
Check out the full contest rules and have fun being glam! xo

*This post is sponsored by Hpnotiq

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Best Date Night Restaurants in Flatiron

From upscale American to international cuisines, make a reservation at one of these neighborhood gems for a deliciously romantic date night out in Flatiron.

Check out CBS New York for my article on The 7 Best Date Night Restaurants in Flatiron

And yes, I recommend the Salted Caramel Sundae with candied peanuts and popcorn, fresh whipped cream and chocolate sauce at ABC Kitchen.

For more neighborhood date guides:

The 7 Best West Village Date Night Restaurants
The 5 Best East Village Date Night Restaurants
The 5 Best Date Night Restaurants & Bars in Tribeca
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