Entertainment

​ Victorian Gardens Update, Summer 2016: Still NYC’s Best Place For Summer Family Fun

I ventured back to Victorian Gardens on August 6th and fell in love with it all over again. My brother John, an executive at the Harry Fox Agency and my seven-and-a-half year old nephew, Frank (a second grade student at The Success School in Brooklyn) joined me once more. Yes, Frank did every ride and I did just about every…read more
Lifestyle

Taittinger’s (Very) Early Winter Holiday Press Party Rocked

Taittinger Champagne is a classic that most people cannot picture the winter holidays without. I was lucky enough to attend a recent (early August) press event called The Art Of Celebrating The Holidays in a gorgeous townhouse in Gramercy Park that including being able to taste all their popular products including the runaway hit Prestige Rose with its lively flavor…read more
Beauty

Macy’s Cosmetics Department Leads The High Tech Beauty Brigade With YouCam (A Virtual Makeup Testing Device)! Go Try It Now!

I was lucky enough to attend the press preview of YouCam at Macy's and all I could say was that trying on new cosmetics has never been easier. Just choose a brand's icon on the makeup mirror-like screen, then type of makeup item (eyeshadow, lip color, etc.) and then VOILA--you can virtually test shades from the store's Top 5 impulse brands!…read more
Lifestyle

A.G. Kitchen: I’m Giving It An “A” For Great Latin Flavors And Friendly Service

I recently went to A.G. Kitchen, a Latin American Fusion eatery I was unfamiliar with at 289 Columbus between 72nd and 73rd, and was more than pleasantly surprised. This one threw the baseball straight out of the park, so to speak! The prices were super-reasonable, quality was up to par with major four star Latin and other fusion eateries in town,…read more
Lifestyle

KFC Goes Back To Its Roots

I was lucky enough to score an invite to KFC's "back to their roots event" in midtown where I got to witness firsthand the new "Chicken Mastery Program" that each future restaurant employee must complete before going on the job. They brought along SNL legend Rachel Dratch along with certified KFC personnel and even a volunteer from the press corps in…read more
Lifestyle

I Keep My Word And Head Back To The Hard Rock Times Square For More Burgers…But Also Indulge In Nachos, Cowboy Steak and Apple Cobbler

Okay, as mentioned in my recent review of the latest and greatest Hard Rock burgers, there are more to try. But my eyes and stomach also went straight for their legendary giant plate of nachos which is enough for about six! The manager told me it was in their Top Five items and I could see why--they are gorgeous and…read more
Fashion

It’s Time To Skinnydip–Skinnydip London, That Is!

It's great to find an accessories and tech peripheral site that has so many fun items that you do not know where to start. If you want a cool phone case, super-fun evening bag shaped like a honeycomb complete with bees or a colorful phone charging cord, high quality sleek-looking headphones or a mod makeup bag, go to http://www.skinnydiplondon.com! A great thing about…read more
Beauty

Shiseido: The Legend Continues!

  I don't have to tell you that Shiseido has been at the top of the luxury cosmetics world for nearly an eternity (they actually started in Japan over 150 years ago!). Their makeup experts worked on so many recent NYFW shows and they got the acclaim they deserved. This is a company that does an incredible amount of philanthropy.…read more
Lifestyle

I Hopped To IHOP on National Pancake Day–And Was Completely Dazzled As I Drizzled On The Syrup!

I recently attended a bloggers' breakfast that included a presentation from affable IHOP President Darren Rebelez. I was impressed how knowledgable he was about the menu and went into the current IHOP choices. They are ever expanding thanks to a team of gourmet executive chefs as advisors. They not only have ridiculously great pancakes--with plenty of promotions that will get…read more
Lifestyle

Tea With NBC’s Bobbie Thomas: Everything I Wanted To Know About Infertility But Was Afraid To Ask!

  Whomever said that infertility and scones don't mix have not had tea over baby talk with the gorgeous Bobbie Thomas, the NBC Today Show personality/style maven who went on camera to discuss the problems she was having a baby at age 41 due to cysts and other problems. No one has ever discussed this on their regular TV gig before…read more
Lifestyle

Shakin’ It With Shaklee Life Products! (Yes, There Are High Nutrition Products That Taste Good!)

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to have a one-on-one meeting with the friendly and super-informative Dr. Bruce Daggy, an internist who is the Chief Science Offer at Shaklee. Shaklee was interestingly enough the first company to come with with a meal replacement/nutrition shake over 50 years ago--and over the years they have updated the formula for both taste and…read more
Entertainment

The Big Apple Circus’ “Grand Tour” Takes You Around The World In Luxury–Without Leaving Your Seat In Damrosch Park

I am a huge fan of The Big Apple Circus and have gone pretty much every year for 20 years! Every year there is a different theme and a different "head clown" or in this year's case, a team of clowns that remind me a lot of Laurel  & Hardy. Like everyone in the circus, their garb is in keeping…read more
Fashion

A LOOK BACK AT NYFW FALL 2016

  The legendary NYFW tents are no longer. Many fashionistas, fashion press, buyers and any other Fashion Week guest most likely longs for the days of the gorgeous white tents in Bryant Park and then, more recently, in Lincoln Center. The dark and dreary Moynihan Station on West 33rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues might be spacious, but it…read more
Fashion

Fashion Week Came And Went Again–And It Was Great To Get A Sneak Peek At The Fall 2017 Styles!

While NYFW doesn't quite have the glitz and glamour that it once had prior to 10 years ago when it was still in Bryant Park, it's hard to resist going to see your favorite designers' latest collections and attending a press lounge or two. I only attended a few shows and lounges this year just because I am getting old…read more
Beauty

I’m A NARSissist! Here’s Why

I have been a longtime NARS fan. Diehard fans of this incredible, cutting edge cosmetic company are called NARSissists and I admit that I think their eyeliners are the best in the business. I have done water aerobics in heavily chlorinated swimming pools and my liner did not budge. The Larger Than Life Eyeliner is my fave and it gives…read more
Lifestyle

Anisette: A Comfy Country French Bistro That Will Tease Your Taste Buds!

I love breezy  bistro style restaurants where you can sit inside at the wine bar or take an outside table and people watch. Anisette at the NW corner of 19th Street and Third Avenue is totally captivating. They have simple country French decor and a menu to match with very reasonable prices for luscious dishes that range from a world-class…read more
Fashion

Hawaiian Tropic Apparel: Easy, Breezy Style For Warm Weather Fun ‘N Frolic!

I love the fact that Hawaiian Tropic has come up with so many easy-wear, easy-care flowing styles in their first ever foray into the fashion world. You can get boho chic pullover dresses and swimsuit covers, sexy lacy tunics that can be used many different ways, loose fitting shorts and pants and everything is of such soft, easy-wear fabrics. My pieces…read more
Lifestyle

Boppin’ ‘N Biting With Babeth’s Feast–The Ultimate Foodie’s Frozen Food Line

I recently got to attend a bloggers' dinner at the back of the wonderfully organized Babeth's Feast store on Third Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets. Most foodies turn their noses up at frozen foods but as the manager points out, it does not make a difference if you used all the highest qualities to begin with. Many customers have…read more