Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Manhattan’s 10 Best Restaurants To ‘Power Lunch’

Let’s do lunch. The New York City lunch meeting has evolved over the last several decades, as businessmen and women meet to discuss new ideas, sign contracts or just catch up. Impress your clients and friends at one of these 10 top spots for “power lunching” on CBS New York.

Where do you do lunch with your coworkers, clients or fellow "ladies who lunch?" xo

Monday, July 29, 2013

NYC’s Best Oyster Happy Hours

From East Coast varieties like Blue Points to bivalves from the West Coast, oyster selections abound in the Big Apple. For happy hour, many bars and restaurants around the city offer freshly shucked oysters for only $1 a pop or with a drink deal. 

The jury is still out as to whether or not these sea creatures are actually an aphrodisiac — but for an after-work slurp, I love these delicious specials on CBS New York.

PS - Check out my 2012 list of best oyster happy hours in Manhattan for more! xo

Thursday, July 25, 2013

NYC’s Best Restaurants For Bridal And Baby Showers

Planning the perfect bridal shower in New York City can be stressful. Shopping for registry gifts and decorations to organizing the silly traditional games adds to the stress of booking the right restaurant or party venue. 

Whether you’re looking for a traditional brunch or to satisfy the bride’s sweet tooth, I’ve done the work for you to reduce some of your party planning anxiety. These restaurants and bake shops on CBS New York are the best for bridal and baby showers in NYC.

PS- Check out my other bridesmaid and bridal topics here. xo

Monday, July 22, 2013

NYC’s Best Iced Tea Cocktails

What’s more refreshing than a glass of iced tea on a hot, humid day in the city? Give your favorite cold caffeinated beverage a kick with these New York City iced tea cocktails for more of an adult way to cool down this summer.

Check out CBS New York for my article on NYC’s 6 Best Iced Tea Cocktails xo

Friday, July 19, 2013

What To Do This Weekend In NYC, July 19-21

(Canarsie Coconut Cone at Brooklyn Diner)
TGIF! For an affordable - and delicious - Friday night out, Sons of Essex in the LES recently launched a "Burgers, Brews and Oysters Happy Hour" to check out tonight. Weekdays from 5 pm through 8 pm this summer, diners can enjoy $1 Blue Point oysters, $5 drinks and the Essex Street Burger and Beer combo for just $12.

If you'll be in Midtown during this weekend heatwave, stop by the Brooklyn Diner on West 57th Street to cool off with their new creation, The Brooklyn Cy-Cones, available in three borough-friendly flavors:
Bay Ridge Blackout Cone - Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Blackout Cake, Chocolate Cake Cookie, Chocolate Crumble and whipped cream.
Strawberry Sunset Park Cone - Strawberry Ice Cream, Strawberry Blonde Cheesecake, Fresh Strawberries, Hazelnuts and whipped cream.
Canarsie Coconut Cone - Vanilla Ice Cream, Coconut Cake, Toasted Coconut, Toasted Almonds and whipped cream.

Sunday, July 21st kicks off Belgian Restaurant Week here in NYC and is also Belgian Independence Day. To celebrate, luxury Belgian Chocolatier Neuhaus is offering special commemorative “Belgian Flag” box sets, mimicking the colors of the Belgian flag (black, yellow and red) available at the Neuhaus Madison Avenue flagship store. If you're dining out during Belgian Restaurant Week, Neuhaus is also offering complimentary chocolates at select participating Belgian Restaurant Week venues - so look out for them at MARKT, BXL Café & East, Brasserie Margritte, Braband and La Maison du Croque Monsieur. Satisfy your sweet tooth after sipping Belgian brews and indulging in classic mussels and frites!

Happy Weekend, lovely readers xo

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

'Workout & Wine' At PNT Fitness In Long Island City

Can't decide between a Friday night workout or happy hour? Why not choose both! Tara Faye, owner and instructor at PNT Fitness in LIC leads Workout & Wine, a hardcore cardio and weight training class, mixing challenging circuits with heart-pumping aerobic routines before ending the session with a glass (or two) of wine.
In NYC, we're always catching up with friends over fatty foods and strong cocktails, which almost always lead to weight gain - or at least a serious hangover. Now you can feel good about sharing wine with friends, as you work towards fitness goals together first in this fun class!

Lose weight while indulging this Friday, July 19 at 6:30pm, as the popular Workout & Wine is back on the schedule by popular demand! Sign up now, to toast to a healthy girls’ night out without the guilt of a traditional happy hour or late-night martini session by the bar.

Tara also runs one of my favorite bootcamp classes in NYC, so you know she’ll kick your booty until you really deserve your sips of wine. xo

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

NYC’s Best Summer Cocktails

The hot weather and relaxed vibes that accompany summer calls for cocktails made with crisp seasonal fruits, fresh herbs and tons of ice. Order these refreshing specialty cocktails for this season’s coolest way to cool off in New York City.

Check out CBS New York for my article on NYC's 8 Best Summer Cocktails xo

Friday, July 12, 2013

Best Hamptons Fitness Classes For Summer 2013

Spending the summer in the Hamptons may seem like it’s all about indulgence - but your workout routine certainly won’t suffer out East, as boutique fitness workouts are also growing fast at the summer destination. City staples are popping up new locations in the Hamptons, while local fitness gurus are also launching their own studios. Whether you spend the whole summer or just one long weekend in the Hamptons this season, check out these fitness classes to stay healthy. 

Check out my article on CBS New York for 7 Best Hamptons Fitness Classes For Summer 2013.

Happy Friday xo

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

5 Reasons To Avoid Social Media During A Break Up

Whether you're on a break or your relationship is over for good, you may want to consider a “social media vacation,” as mentioned in my post on How To Handle Social Media After A BreakupA few days off from the internet gives both people in the breakup a non-public mourning period for a chance to go through those initial, emotional moments without saying (or reading) something hurtful or rude online. It also helps to avoid seeing those who are happily head-over-heels in love when you're sobbing in bed with delivery Pad Thai watching re-runs of Say Yes To The Dress.
(image via Lovelyish)
At the time I had blogged about handling social media after a breakup, I was ending a few month fling with a guy who didn’t respect me and frankly, I knew wasn’t boyfriend material. But I was going through a transition with my career, so during a rocky time, I thought all I wanted was casual fun. And all that “fun” led to me blocking him not only from my life, but from all aspects of my digital world too.

Our modern lives are filled with status updates, check-ins and filtered photos. It's difficult to avoid seeing what your ex has been up to since you last spoke in this social media heavy society. To keep your thoughts focused on what you really want and what's good for you, it may be best to consider my suggested "social media vacation." 

Want more solid reasons to avoid being logged in?

Relationship status update. Were you “in a relationship” on Facebook? Having to publicly breakup online is pretty shitty. Especially when friends can comment. Avoid making this change visible, unless you want to read your girlfriends' two-cents about how “he was a douchebag anyway” or requests from random men from your past asking you out for a drink.

Engagement announcements. And those always present diamond ring photos. Who wants to see those when the guy you had hoped would propose has walked away?

Professionally shot wedding albums. Gorgeous photos of the happy bride and groom may send you intro a crying fit. You can wait to "like" and comment on your friend's beautiful photos once your loneliness has subsided in a few weeks.

His nearby “check-ins”. You won’t be able to stalk his whereabouts on Foursquare if you don't log in yourself. You're already wondering where he is and who he's with, so why torture yourself by actually seeing where he's dining or shopping? It will only lead to more anxious - and unnecessary - wondering.

His new profile photo. Seeing photos of your ex having fun with friends or God forbid a new girl, will only make you upset. If he did the breaking up, it's best not to see his new photos of his new life without you until you're completely focused on your new life without him.

Do you avoid social media for a few days or weeks after a breakup? xo

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bling It On! With Hpnotiq: Enter To Win A Sephora Beauty Gift Certificate

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 a fun shoe giveaway last month.

And since my lovely readers love glam shoes, I figured you're probably the kind of gals who also go gaga for glam makeup when out on a date or dancing late night with your BFFs. So I wanted to clue you in on the newest glam giveaway! 

From now until July 28th 2013, Hpnotiq wants you to show them how you GLAM LOUDER to win fabulous prizes! Ready to Bling It On!? You could win a $1,200 gift card to Sephora or Ulta and a handbag of your choice valued at up to $1000. Think about all of the pricey mascara and BB Cream you can buy with those big bucks!

Hpnotiq’s Glammest Makeup Challenge is going on RIGHT NOW - but hurry - the entry period for the glammest makeup ends at 11:59:59 a.m. EST on July 14th. To enter, show Hpnotiq your very best head-turning, eye-catching makeup style with a photo of your own or one you're obsessing over online. And you can enter as many times as you want! 

Hpnotoq will be choosing four lucky winners to win a $1200 beauty gift certificate to Sephora or ULTA! If you’re one of the four winners, you’ll also be able to compete in the final round for a chance to win the grand prize trip for you and three friends to go shopping with a celebrity Los Angeles. Icing on the cake? The grand prize winner will star in a professional photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad! 

To enter visit here, or Hpnotiq’s Facebook or follow @Hpnotiq on Twitter and tweet them your picture using the hashtag #GLAMLOUDER.
(A bright pink lip is my favorite glam makeup look
Check out the full contest rules for more and good luck! xo

*This post is sponsored by Hpnotiq

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fourth Of July Instagram Recap

Every once in a while a city girl needs a break from her hectic, fast-paced life in Manhattan. Last year, I spent the holiday by (and in) the water, so it was a must to do it again for some much needed rest and relaxation!

Here's a glimpse at my long weekend (five whole days!) visiting family in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

(Beautiful, yet rocky, Horseneck Beach in Westport with my sister)
(Fourth of July view from my family's beach house on Aquidneck Island)
(Just some of the 20 steamed lobsters 6 of us devoured)
(Evening run by the marina in our town with my sister)
(Late morning coffee break by the water at Coastal Roasters)
Hope you had a lovely Fourth of July weekend, whether you were in New York City, by a beach or in the burbs!

Follow along on Instagram for more of my New York City adventures xo

Thursday, July 4, 2013

NYC’s Best July 4th Parties & Cocktails

Spend your Fourth of July on a Manhattan rooftop with a clear view of the fireworks display or pig out at a traditional backyard BBQ to celebrate Independence Day in New York City. Make reservations or book your tickets at these bars and restaurants offering specials and hosting the ultimate summer parties

Or toast to Independence Day with a red, white and blue inspired cocktail in New York City. Visit these restaurants and bars on July 4th to celebrate the holiday and summer in the city. 

Whether you're in NYC, attending a cookout in the burbs or by a beach, enjoy the holiday! xo

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cool Off With Frozen Yogurt Smoothies From Red Mango

I’m not the kind of girl who “juices.” You won’t find me cleansing for a week or saving up to buy a $600 Vitamix for my morning meals. With a tree nut allergy and tendency to get heartburn from raw veggies, my mornings generally start with eggs on a healthy day or a naughty pastry when I’m in need of a splurge.

Post-workout, I find myself craving something protein packed, but light in both flavor and calories. Because who wants to un-do all the hard work they just put in at spin class
That’s where deliciously cool and sweet smoothies come in. Red Mango, a chain of natural frozen yogurt stores, with locations all over NYC, has introduced a new line of smoothies for a healthy snack or meal after a serious sweat session. These new summer smoothies are all natural, full of healthy probiotics and patented superbiotics and blended with sweet fruit and fresh juice.
(Mixed Berry SuperBiotics Smoothie)
The 22 varieties of smoothies fall into one of four lifestyle categories:

Body Balance - Functional yogurt smoothies formulated with beneficial boosts.
All Fruit Harmony - Dairy-free and soy-free smoothies made only with fruit, juice and ice. 
Twisted Fruits - Signature yogurt smoothies offered in new and innovative fruit-forward flavors.
Just Kidd'n - Snack-sized fruit and yogurt smoothies, blended just for kids.  

And if you’re in need of a morning wake-up after a wild night or just need to re-energize after the gym, Red Mango has introduced a new line of smoothie boosts that have been formulated to meet the nutritional and dietary needs of today’s health-conscious consumers who find it increasingly important to embrace a wholesome, well-balanced diet. In addition to the protein, energy, immunity and multivitamin boosts currently available, Red Mango has added four new boosts which have been formulated with natural, wholesome and innovative ingredients:

Metabolic Fit 360™- A proprietary blend of protein, calcium and African Mango which supports metabolic balance and promotes healthy weight management.
Dark Chocolate Mate - Finely ground, Brazilian roasted maté and dark chocolate; a delicious, rich, low-calorie flavor which also supplies a nice dose of antioxidants.
Tropical Hibiscus - Finely ground, premium Nigerian hibiscus blossoms infused with natural pineapple and lychee; a bright and tropical low-calorie flavor and antioxidant boost.
Green Tea Acai - Finely ground, premium green tea with açai berries, the Amazonian superfruit; a low-calorie antioxidant boost made with the best ingredients.

Hurry to take advantage of Red Mango’s discount from now until July 5: Enjoy $2 Super Biotic Smoothies! Yup, just $2 (plus tax) for any regular size (16oz) Super Biotic smoothie all day, every day in store. No coupon or code required.

Let Red Mango know on Facebook and Twitter which smoothie has you waking up on the right side of the bed or is your new go-to smoothie to refuel after a hard gym session this summer! xo

Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post. I was compensated for my opinions and thoughts.

Monday, July 1, 2013

NYC’s 10 Best Summer Happy Hours

There’s something about summer in the city that brings out the booze lover in almost all of us. New York is filled with bars, rooftop restaurants and happy hour menus — but we’ve scoped out some of our favorite digs for drinking this summer. Cheers to great specials and events at these New York City bars.

Check out CBS New York for my article on NYC’s 10 Best Summer Happy Hour & Drinking Events 2013. Happy Monday! xo
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