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New Neighborhood of the Week: Staten Island

Dave and I first started up with weekend day trips last year after realizing that in 8 years living in New York, there were so many neighborhoods we hadn't even heard of. This year's first "new neighborhood" is actually not a neighborhood at all, but a whole borough; Staten Island. Staten Island- the forgotten sibling of the 5 Borough family. When we do remember it, we tease it; nothing good is there. In theory. But nestled in this forgotten borough lies gens fit for a Chinese Emperor. We biked the beautiful East River bike path from our Williamsburg abode to the Staten Island Ferry. For tourists, this free ferry provides a unique way to see the city- and get a cool breeze, relieving you from the otherwise muggy air.   Staten Island is fabulous for biking. The perimeter of the island is lined with bike paths and the roads don't…
There are few products that I can really say are total game changers, but the travel flat iron from Thairpay 365 is one of them. Thairapy's line of flat irons is the first line that works to actually make your hair healthier while using. It eliminates damage from over processing and chemical treatments, reconstructs the hair follicles and works against breakage for softer, smoother hair that makes you feel like you just left the salon. Sleek, sexy, frizz free hair! And the best part? It heats up in 5 seconds! I came across Thairapy at Henri Bendel's and was in awe by the 6" mini flat iron. It is ½" wide and weighs less than 1lb. I wasn't in the market for a new iron, but once the salesperson passed it through my hair, I was hooked. The travel size is perfect and can even fit in your make up…

Sniffapalooza Spring Fling 2014

It's been almost 9 years that I've lived in New York City and it never ceases to amaze me how many different kinds of events happen here. I recently had the pleasure of attending the biannual event; Sniffapalooza. Sniffapalooza unites the fragrance industry and fragrance fanatics in a weekend-long fragrance frenzy! Our day started bright and early with breakfast at Bergdorf Goodman's café. The intimate setting allowed us to speak openly and learn more about the other guests. Sniffapalooza is not something that you go to by accident. During breakfast, reps from some of the best perfume houses spoke to us about upcoming launches. Fragrance and travel are two industries that are highly memory-based. Many fragrances are based on travels, experiences and even memories as simple as a good night kiss.   We were lucky enough to have acclaimed perfumer, Roja, come speak to us. Each of his scents has…

The Re-Opening of the 1964 World's Fair

The 1964 World's Fair was the third World's Fair to be held in New York. Taking place in Queens Corona Park, this World's Fair embodied the space frenzie of the 1960's. What was really important about this fair is that it was the first to give fair-goers direct interaction with computers! The most notable features of the fair were the giant globe called the Unisphere and the New York State Pavillion with the UFO-looking observation towers and "Tent of Tomorrow."  The fair grounds have been abandoned since the 1970's, but on April 22, 2014, they opened the grounds of Tent of Tomorrow to visitors for a few hours.   My girlfriend and I got there right at 11 when the park opened and the line was already down the promenade of the park into the parking lot.    Three hours later, we got to what we thought was the front…
1. What is the best way to balance eating well and eating out every meal while you're on vacation? It's all about moderation and the game plan. Having a plan in place will help you stay in control of your environment. You pack for the weather, you pack for different activities and you should pack snacks to stay on a healthy track, especially since it is hard to stick to a normal eating schedule and avoid temptations when vacationing and eating out. Oranges, apples, nuts, seeds, and granola are small, easy items to take along anywhere. Grocery shop and take advantage of that mini-fridge! It is hard to avoid the great cocktails, bread basket, the amazing appetizers, the delicious entrees, sides, and dessert while eating out. I get it, I love to travel and I LOVE to eat. But, balance those meals with healthier meals. If you know you'll be…

5 Tips for Riding the NY Subway During Rush Hour

New Yorkers take their subway transit pretty seriously; home to work is complete autopilot. To an outsider, riding the subway can be a really daunting experience, especially during the morning rush hour. We're come up with some tips for riding between the weekday hours of 8-10am. 1. Stay silent Most people have not had coffee yet and are pretty cranky. The morning commute is the one time when New York is silent, and we like to keep it that way! 2. Always hold on to the pole Too often, tourists don't hold on and then fall onto a stranger when the train jerks around. If this happens, try not to have your whole group giggle. Just apologize and follow rule #1. (And remember your Purell) 3. Don't stand in the doorw You will get run over. If you must stand in the doorway, exit the train at the stop and…

5 Surefire Ways to Combat Jetlag

1. Pre-Adjust your schedule to mimic your destination I took a 9 am flight from Chicago to Shanghai. As rough as it was, I stayed up all night the night. Resist the urge to drink! I boarded the 9am flight, which was 8pm Shanghai time, completely exhausted and was able to sleep a full night. When I woke up, it was morning in Shanghai and I was fully rested.  2. Eat a clean diet Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables for natural energy. Avoid salt and be wary of your caffeine intake. 3. Stay busy! Resist the urge to "lie down for just a few minutes" when you arrive at your hotel room to drop off your bags. Plan a really busy day that is so exciting, you will be too enthralled to be sleepy. 4. Freshen up As soon as you arrive at a…

Scenterprises: Personalizing Perfume in TriBeCa

I'm always on the lookout for unique and interesting workshops in NY, so when I stumbled upon Sue Phillips's company Scenterprises. Sue's has made a name for herself in the perfume world. Sue's background includes Elizabeth Arden, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld Burgerry, Trish McEvoy, and Lancome Paris. She was also name VP of marketing for Tiffany and launched the Tiffany perfume for their 150th anniversary. Scenterprises has just found a new home in a quintessential TriBeCa townhouse. I made my way down the stairs and immediately felt like I was transported to the country-house parlor of a dear friend. Over tea and freshly baked cookies, Sue told me about the power and allure of scent, and how to properly wear it. As a teenager, a friend's older sister teaches you the spray and walk technique, which, almost ironically is the absolute worst way to apply scent. Firstly, you're wasting a ton…

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