Saturday, November 30, 2013

NYC’s Best Black Friday Brunches

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. Whether you traveled back to your hometown to catch up with loved ones or stayed in New York City for a Friendsgiving, I hope your long weekend has been filled love, laughter and lots (and lots) of comforting meals.

My Black Friday is spent at the Providence Place Mall year after year with my little sister and mother, armed with pre-packed healthy snacks and coupons, of course. This year we even roped my dad into the day long sales. If I was to stay in NYC for the holiday, a Black Friday Brunch would have been on my to-do list! Did you happen to dine out yesterday? If you missed out on these brunch specials, make sure to brunch at these restaurants later this winter for delicious sweet and savory plates.

Check out CBS New York for my article on NYC's 7 Best Black Friday Brunches - because you can dine at these delicious restaurants anytime of the year xo

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

10 NYC Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner 2013

If you’re not cooking or ordering a to-go Thanksgiving feast, options abound in New York City when it comes to dining out this holiday. Whether you’re interested in innovative plates or crave a traditional Turkey Day meal with all the trimmings, these New York City restaurants are offering holiday menus to enjoy the day with your loved ones without lifting a finger.

Check out CBS New York for my article on 10 NYC Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner 2013 xo

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hello, 29

I've got a feeling the last year of my twenties is going to be the best year yet.
(Birthday gift to myself)
This weekend my sister made the trip in from Boston for hours of shopping, dining and wandering around the unseasonably warm weather in the city. We treated ourselves at the Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale, hit the gym (so we could feel less guilty about brunching on fries) and just enjoyed some quality sister time together.

Yesterday I was treated to a lovely birthday brunch thrown by Ashley, one of my best friends since college, with so many of my favorite people in attendance. From pumpkin french toast to bacon mac n' cheese (made by my dear friend Belindamy special day was filled with delicious bites and strong cocktails, of course.

Here's to 29! xo

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Single Girl's Survival Guide: Blind Dates

Because no ones knows you better than your best friends, say “yes” when one of your girls wants to set you up on a blind date.

Start with a phone call. Let her pass along your number to get the ball rolling on introductions. A few text messages are fine, but make it clear that you'd love him to call before your date. This allows you both to get to know each other a bit beforehand. You may find you already have things in common and it will make for less awkward silences on the big night out.

Facebook stalk him. You don't need me to even list this, right? Doing a little online PI work is normal. Who doesn't Google a blind date? Or at least have your friend email you a photo, so you can see if you're attracted from the start.

Throw out all expectations. Even if you had an amazing two-hour phone conversation before your date, you can't expect Ryan Gosling (or whoever your Mr. Perfect is) to arrive at your door. Just keep yourself busy leading up to it, for less time to obsess over him and the possibilities. You'll most likely be pleasantly surprised.

Dress to impress. Wear something you love. Something that makes you feel confident. Whether you shop for a new LBD or just want to wear your favorite skinny jeans and heeled booties, it's important you feel your best.

Follow Patti Stanger’s drink minimum. Millionaire Matchmaker’s feisty star is know to advise her clients not to drink more than two cocktails on a date for clarity. But, two drinks isn’t much - especially if it’s a long date and you're eating dinner. Depending on your tolerance, what you dine on and how many hours you're out chatting, go for the amount of drinks that works for you personally, whether that's two or four. 

Ask questions. You don’t want to feel like you’re on an interview, but you must ask questions to learn more about him. If you’re usually chatty and the center of attention, try to pull back a bit so he can share his thoughts and experiences.

Keep an open mind. Don't be quick to judge - because you can't find out everything about a new guy on your first meeting. It's important to remember that chemistry can grow and some people are just plain nervous on dates. Give him the benefit of the doubt - and maybe even a second date - if there is potential

Don’t be negative. Because no one likes a Debbie Downer, stay positive and keep things light.

But if it goes horribly wrong? Go here for tips on how to escape a bad date.

What do you do to enjoy a blind date? xo

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Delicious Take-Out Thanksgiving Dinners In NYC

Thanksgiving is sneaking up on us — just over two weeks away. If you’re worried about burning the turkey or simply not making the grade when it comes to the holiday feast, fret not. You can order the takeout version with all of the trimmings. From traditional sides to the sweetest desserts these New York City restaurants are offering Turkey Day dishes to-go. But hurry, you’ll need to get order in quickly.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Stay Tuned!

It's been a week since I've blogged. Sorry, dear readers! I started a great new job last week as a content producer and community manager at a PR firm, so I had to take a break from my lil' old blog for a few days to get organized.

I promise to get back into the groove soon balancing my full time gig with freelance writing and my social life, of course. I'll be posting more on where to dine, how to date and what to do in NYC later this week. Stay tuned! xo

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Motivation

Mondays aren't miserable. Mondays are a chance at a fresh start.

We are all faced with stress on a daily basis, from tight deadlines in the office to heartbreaking breakups that rock our personal lives. No matter what you’re going through, we can all choose to be happy. Choose to find the good parts in the not-so-good days. 

Living a fast-paced New York City life can take a toll on even the strongest people we know. Never ending job searches, label-less relationships and the high price of rent are just a few of the things that can have us feeling down and out. 

But this week, no matter what's bringing you down, let's start it off with a spring in our step. Listen to your favorite song on your commute this morning, schedule in some time for workouts to enjoy the benefits of those happy hormones and plan a date night with a friend to look forward to attending. View this week as a new chapter, rather than a dreaded end to a beautiful weekend.

How do you beat the Monday Blues? xo
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