Lifestyle

Carolee Jewelry: Class, Luxury And Style At The Right Price!

It never ceases to amaze me how many great designs the legendary 42-year-old jewelry company Carolee comes up with each year. They always have 30 to 35 jewelry designers on hand and not only have their own line that you can see in the center of the costume jewelry departments of Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and other popular department stores, but…read more
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Mulino A Vino: This Avant Garde Italian Eaterie Might Just Be NYC’s Greatest (And It’s Only A Year Old)

Being of Italian-American descent and having both Northern and Southern Itaian members in my family, I am very fussy when it comes to "real" Italian dishes. Mulino A Vino on 14th Street between 8th and 9th is steeped in both old school Italian traditions (mainly ones from the Milan area where the owner Paolo Meregalli comes from) mixed with clever twists…read more
Beauty

What’s New At Clarins–And What Makes Them So Classic? (Quality + Innovation!

I love Clarins simply because their skincare stands the test of time. Their Huile Tonic Body Treatment is just a wonderful product to rub all over yourself in the morning to get your skin soft and your senses flowing. It smells of lavender, fennel and assorted flowers and is one of the most distinctive scents in all of the luxury…read more
Entertainment

The Gazillion Bubble Show: The Most Bubble-licious Fun On Off-Broadway (Or Anywhere For That Matter)!

I recently revisited The Gazillion Bubble Show after seeing it both six and seven years ago, respectively. The Yang family-- Guinness Record holders for more than a dozen bubble titles including creating the world's biggest bubble at 179 feet long--have members switch on and off for different shows. There are often three a day, and each show goes a little over…read more
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Paname: Where Classic New York Neighborhood Warmth Meets Classy Contemporary Parisian Fare!

Paname is a Sutton Place neighborhood gem at 1086 Second Avenue (between 56th and 57th Streets) that features classic French fare in large portions for reasonable prices. Items are plated with a modern feel, and every presentation is a work of art. The native Parisian proprietor Bernard Ros has a long history in the restaurant business and had a successful 17-year run…read more
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An Unforgettable Visit To The Alex Soldier Studio: Puttin’ On The Glam!

I recently visited legendary Russian jewelry design Alex Soldier's studio in the garment district of Manhattan. My eyes lit up upon entering the clean and chic space filled with display cases of not only his fabulous precious and semi-precious jewelry currently for sale in luxe stores like Neiman's and Bergdorf's, but real gold and gemstone awards he created for the…read more
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FFS 2015: The Reason I Was The Most Full Press Person At The Show Was Because Of All The Unique Exhibitors With Goodies Galore!

It's no secret that I'm a foodie and when the Fancy Food Show comes to New York's Javits Center the last Sunday in June (for a total of a three-day stint), I'm the first in line to "nosh around the clock" and check out both the old classics and newbie food items on exhibit. I always have to go press…read more
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Semsom: Lebanese Fare That’s Tantalizing To The Senses (And Taste Buds)!

I recently sauntered on down to Semsom at 2 Astor Place, to the immediate left of the legendary Astor Place Haircutters, an East Village mainstay for 40-something years. It took the place of the Financier Patisserie that use to be on this loft-like ground level spot. Semsom is not your typical "run in and grab a bite" fast food place. The…read more
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Spa Time: For Kids Only! A Visit To Milk & Cookies Salon And Spa On The Upper East Side (at 1196 First Avenue)

One of the cleverest outposts for kids was opened about six months ago on the corner of 63rd and First: the Milk & Cookies Salon And Spa. It's colorful, cute and provides great services with a twist--when manicures, pedicures, facials and haircuts are done, customers get to sit at a counter where they are served fresh milk and cookies. They get to…read more
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Hummus 21: Kosher Middle Eastern Fare With The Friendliest Service Anywhere

Right in the heart of midtown--First Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets to be exact--is Hummus 21, a Kosher Middle Eastern restaurant that provides super-fresh homemade classics like Hummus (of course), Babaganush, Mediterranean grape leaves and my personal favorite, Bureka, a baked puffed pastry stuffed with wild mushrooms and potatoes. Should you go here, I strongly suggest starting your dinner off…read more
Beauty

Beauty Bloggers “Over The Moon” About Mark Hill’s High Fashion Hair Looks!

On Thursday 4/30 at the beautiful loft-like Glasshouses in Chelsea's art gallery district, award-winning British celebrity hairstylist Mark Hill hosted a Master Styling Class featuring style icon Whitney Port in celebration of Mark Hill Salon Professional’s recent expansion into ULTA Beauty. Mark Hill demonstrated how to achieve two of this spring’s hottest styles on his celebrity muse, Whitney! To kick…read more
Entertainment

Fun In The Sun, Summer 2015

I love Central Park in the summer time! The scenery, the people, and all the wonderful things to do. Wollman Skating Rink becomes Victorian Gardens just before Memorial Say and stays open till well into September. Victorian Gardens might just be the cleanest amusement park you have ever seen and rides are geared to the four to eleven-year-old crowd. Only one…read more
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Uncle Sam’s Heads Here From Beijing–And Boy, Does He Make a Juicy Burger!

It's certainly funny to think that a place named Uncle Sam's exists in Beijing--and that they give American burgers a run for their money. Featuring the legendary Pat LaFrieda Meats--which are usually found only in NYC's priciest steakhouses--you'll want to eat two or three of these 4 ounce burgers with unique trimmings and flavors everyday. Uncle Sam's just opened up…read more
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Jackie Collins Is Back–But Is She Ever Really Gone?​

I was lucky enough to meet with the First Lady Of The JPT (Juicy Page Turner) for a special bloggers tea at the lovely and legendary Hotel Plaza Athenee last week. Ms. Collins was celebrating the release of her latest novel, The Santangelos--featuring Lucky Santangelo, her most popular and enduring character who was introduced to her diehard readers way back…read more
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True Facet: The Best Place To Buy Luxury Jewelry At Greatly Reduced Prices (As Well As Fast Forward Costume Jewelry)!

I was lucky enough to be exposed to truefacet.com through a publicist friend who put me on the mailing list for the site. Being a lover of jewelry from fun, cheap baubles to the outrageously decadent items I see in the windows of Cartier on Fifth Avenue, I spent hours each day one week looking at the truefacet.com listings. I…read more
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Natsumi Tapas: Blending Japanese And Italian Cuisines Perfectly

I had all sorts of crazy foodie thoughts going through my mind when I first decided to review Natsumi Tapas. I could not picture Japanese and Italian cuisines blending together. I was picturing risotto in place of rice for California Rolls and marinara sauce on tempura, LOL! When I got to this chic Gramercy Park location although, all my skeptical…read more
Entertainment

Dion: Not The Type Of Guy Who Likes To Roam Around! A Great Night At The 92nd Street Y!

  I was lucky enough to attend one of the best 92nd Street Y "Discussion Nights" ever featuring rock journalism legend Anthony DeCurtis speaking to Dion. Without Dion--the self-proclaimed "King Of The Bronx"--there would be no Lou Reed or Bruce Springsteen. Looming large in his legend is the night he flipped a coin with The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly…read more