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Top Five Selfie Worthy Rides At The New York Auto Show

April 17th, 2014 by Christen

If you’re looking forward to the New York International Auto Show this weekend, you’re like many Tri-State area fans! More than one million car enthusiasts will descend upon the Jacob Javits Center for that moment to touch, feel and snap selfies with the hottest rides imaginable.  I’ve walked more than the 950,000 sq. ft. show floor just to find the top 10 selfie worthy rides from the Auto Show.  Discover which rides will knock your socks and which rides you can’t leave without snapping a good selfie with below.

1.  Jaguar

New York Auto Show Jaguar



2.  Nissan

New York Auto Show Nissan



3.  Toyota FV2

New York Auto Show Toyota



4.  Bugatti

New York Auto Show Bugatti



5.  Porsche

New York Auto Show Porsche


Looking for more concept cars, million dollar cars and more?  Find more selfie worthy rides from the New York International Auto Show at


The show kicks off at Jacob Javits Center from April 18 – 27, 2014 and has some of the hottest cars and trucks ever seen all under one roof.  For more information visit or connect with the auto show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube today.


Find Haute Holiday Gifts At PAPYRUS and NIQUEA.D This Season

December 12th, 2013 by Christen

Holiday Gifts At PAPYRUS

Where can you find instant luxe gifts for anyone on your holiday list?  PAPYRUS and NIQUEA.D Boutique!  This week, I attended the holiday event to celebrate the opening of the brand new PAPYRUS store and NIQUEA.D boutique located at 678 Hudson Street in the Meatpacking District.  The new PAPYRUS and NIQUEA.D store has plenty of unique holiday gifts for friends and family on any list.  Find your favorite holiday gifts at PAPYRUS and NIQUEA.D this season like some of these  gifts I found at great prices for all of my last minute gift-shopping needs.


Check out some of the amazing gifts I found in the PAPYRUS and NIQUEA.D Boutique below.


Holiday Gifts At PAPYRUS

Luxurious pillows, throw blankets and candles are great gifts for any luxe girl on your list this year…

 Holiday Gifts At PAPYRUS

A matching iPhone case and coffee mug?  This is definitely the gift for the girl with a caffeine and style addiction!  I love it!


Holiday Gifts At PAPYRUS

Give the gift of glam with these luxe photo frames from PAPYRUS! They’re unbelievably affordable and makes a great vintage-inspired holiday gift.


Holiday Gifts At PAPYRUS

Accessories are the go-to gift for this year?  Why not give the gift of style this season?


Holiday Gifts At PAPYRUS


PAPYRUS and NIQUEA.D offers a variety of gifts from stylish stationary, accessories, journals, holiday cards and more.  Like what you see?  Find the PAPYRUS store near you or shop online at and you can also discover the luxe side of holiday gifts day and night at


Toyota’s Girlfriend Adventures Series (Episodes 1 – 4)

August 4th, 2013 by Christen



Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  Our first adventure, SALSA DANCING!




Check out what happens when we take on salsa lessons at Step Into Salsa NY at Pearl Studios in NYC.

Summer In The City

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve already gone salsa dancing, so our next stop?  Indoor rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders.

girlfriends adventures


What is Brooklyn Boulders?  Brooklyn Boulders is New York City’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym and one of the East Coasts’ largest.  With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and a dedicated and skilled setting staff, Brooklyn Boulders offer both a premium training ground for advanced climbers and a variety of climbs for the total beginner.  So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for. (Located at 575 Degraw St. in Brooklyn – visit for more info.)

Check out what happens when we take on the rock wall for the first time at Brooklyn Boulders in Brooklyn, NY.



Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, and learned some salsa moves, so our next stop?  Spicing it up in the kitchen at Cook&Go.





girlfriend adventures

What is Cook&Go?  Cook&Go Culinary Studio allows participants, who are not professional chefs, to learn culinary skills in a fun, relaxed environment.  Original menus test the limits of culinary aesthetics, while at the same time respecting traditions.  There is a spirit of fun making dishes that are accessible to all skill levels.  You don’t have to be a professional chef, you just need to have a passion for learning, sharing (and eating!). Cook & Go uses high quality, fresh products and a passion for teaching to help you to create healthy, well balanced meals.

 girlfriend adventures

I had such an amazing time and each dish we prepared exceeded my expectation of deliciousness!  This foodie’s dream came true inside of that kitchen, so much so a food blog could be in the works soon… maybe (HA!)


 girlfriend adventures

girlfriend adventures


Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, learned some salsa moves AND stepped up our game in the kitchen – so our next stop?  High flying adventures at Trapeze School New York!

girlfriend adventures


What is Trapeze School New York?  Trapeze School New York (TSNY) is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. Located atop Pier 40 at Chelsea Piers, TSNY offers flying trapeze classes for all levels (first-timers and beginners welcome) as well as intensive multi-session workshops for more advanced flyers.  girlfriend adventures

Remember that Sex And The City Episode? (SATC Season 6 Episode 82 to be exact…) – let’s face it, if you’re a woman and a writer in New York, chances are you’ve experienced at least one Carrie moment in your life… and this was my moment…

Carrie Bradshaw Trapeze



 girlfriend adventures

girlfriend adventures

For a behind-the-scene look at all the up the wall action, visit our travel channel at

BlackBerry 10 Is Coming: But Don’t Call It A Comeback Yet…

December 27th, 2012 by Tech Staff


Remember when everyone had a BlackBerry and BBM was the way to communicate? Back in the height of BlackBerry’s popularity, RIM’s BlackBerry devices were everywhere and reigned as the king of smartphones and emails until Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone back in 2007. That began the nail in their coffin and the devices and OS remained the same and the company failed to innovate.


BB10 coming

Now with a new CEO pushing a completely redesigned BlackBerry brand ( hardware & software), BlackBerry wants their spot back.   The Canada company took their gesture-based BlackBerry 10 OS and used it as a base for navigating throughout the new platform.  And don’t worry, unlike Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 will launch with a wide-variety of apps at launch.

The new UI RIM is using is called BlackBerry Flow where everything just flows with each other and in real time.  To take your BB 10 device out of sleep mode, you simply just swipe from the bottom of the screen up a la PlayBook.  You also have Active Frames on your homescreen that may resemble Live Tiles but work in a similar fashion.  With BlackBerry Peek, a sleek new way to view your notifications while still staying productive in whatever app you are using.  You just swipe up once you receive a notification and if you want to view more, you swipe to the left to view the message in its entirety.  BlackBerry was already one of the first platforms to use the unified inbox idea but has gone and made it look impressive with BlackBerry Hub.
BB10 Z10 The Hub allows you to manage all of your conversations via BBM, email, Facebook, Twitter, texts, or LinkedIn into one central communications hub.The BlackBerry platform has been stale for a bit as many users have flocked elsewhere, myself included.  Maybe because BlackBerry was my first real smartphone experience and even though I have an iPhone 5, I still miss the QWERTY keyboard perfection and the best push email on Earth.  Consumers and analysts will be skeptics as RIM still has to prove it can provide a decent app ecosystem as that’s what its all about these days as Windows Phone is suffering from the same issue.  RIM announced some popular apps making its way to BB 10 like along with a strong carrier support.
BlackBerry is hosting a global event on January 30th unveiling the finished product and announce availability for their new devices.
Are you ready for the new BlackBerry device or has that ship already sailed?

No One Translates Historical Sexiness Like Norisol Ferrari Spring 2013 Collection

September 11th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

When playing homage to the legendary bombshells of the past, no one does it better than Norisol Ferrari.  Her Spring 2013 collection, exudes the subtle sexiness of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s translated for today’s modern woman.


“Think the curves of Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, and Rita Moreno. All strong, confident women who command attention, desire and respect.” Words from fashion designer Norisol Ferrari that describes her spring 2013 collection best.  Mature, yet sexy black and white looks tailored suits and mid/tea lenght dresses, both loose fitting and body pieces with nude, grey and red looks garments in between gave brought life to the runway. Legendary models Carol Alt, Alva Chinn, Karen Bjornson, and Carmen Dell’Orefice all made there way down the runway, walking in the collection hitting a home run on the mood she was portraying for her show.



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DKNY Sample Sale Begins Today in NYC!

August 21st, 2012 by Christen


If you’ve ever wanted to capitalize on haute designer fashions at fairly affordable prices, then you’re in luck!  Today marks the beginning of the DKNY Sample Sale in New York City.  That’s right!  DKNY Women’s apparel, men’s apparel, shoes, bags, accessories and more up to 70% off!  Buyers beware, with tons of designer items on sale, you’re sure to find unbelievable lines, crowds and more – so get if you’re planning on taking advantage of this sample sale  over the next few days – you must get there early.



Will you brave the crowds for this season’s sample sale?




Feeling Good, Eating Great with Spa Week & Healthy Bites!

April 16th, 2012 by Christen

There’s just something about Spring that pushes me into enjoyment overdrive!  Maybe it’s the sunny weather or brilliant colors everywhere, but it’s one of those seasons where every sense gets to experience something special – from great sights, smells & even tastes.  Looking for ways to kick off your week right with sensational stimulants to satisfy the mind and body, check out how you can get $50 spa treatments & healthy treats for your taste-buds below…

Spa Week is here, sweeping the nation with incredible services at your favorite spas for only $50!  Spa Week spring 2012 takes place April 16th – 22nd, and it’s the largest and most anticipated spa event in North America since 2004. Check out Spa Week’s Michelle Joni Lapidos on her Wellness Gone Wild adventure, then book one of your own!

During Spa Week, you can experience a variety of treatments to rejuvenate your mind & body for Spring.  Looking for a Swedish massage, Thai massage, Asian massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, hot stone massage, hot and cold stone massage, aromatherapy massage, combination/fusion massage, shiatsu and more (usually costing anywhere from $75 to $250, all at Spa Week’s signature $50 – this week only.  Check out for more details of participating locations and book your appointment today.


If you’re a foodie like me, Spring weather means baseball season which means…(wait for it…) hot dog season! LOL.  With my recent transformation into healthier living and eating, you can imagine how happy I was to find out about NYC’s premier mobile eatery – NYC Healthy Bites. As a mobile eatery that has been traveling around New York City for more than 6 months, the NYC Healthy Bites truck serves up high quality, organic food throughout the streets of New York.  A few weeks ago, I hung out at the Tasty Tweet Up featuring NYC Healthy Bites at Garmento Lab showroom and enjoyed a variety of Healthy Bites signature hot dogs, which included:

“The Diablo” – tomatoes, diced onions, and spicy cilantro sauce.

“The Greek Dog” – tomatoes, diced onions, cucumbers, olives, with feta cheese and yogurt garlic sauce

“The German Dog” – sauerkraut, diced onions, paprika, with spicy brown mustard

Look out for the NYC Healthy Bites truck at your favorite spots throughout New York City (today they’re at Columbia University – 115th / Broadway).  NYC Healthy Bites are available seven days a week so there’s no reason not to “Satisfy Your Craving, While Still Behaving!” check out where you can find them next at or on twitter @nychealthybites.

Calling All NYC Tourists & Transplants…There’s A New App Just For You!

April 2nd, 2012 by Christen

With over 50 million tourists annually, New York City is launching a better map to help them navigate a little easier or at least one that makes it easier to patronize city businesses.  A new iPhone map app from the city’s official tourism center portrays businesses not as little red pins, but with their logos. It incorporates social media updates, OpenTable booking capabilities and daily deals directly into the map.

The app is a co-branded version of a map app called CityMaps that launched earlier this month. By hooking into a bundle of APIs, it’s able to expand beyond capabilities of a typical online map.



Store owners can claim their spot on the map in order to curate their presence on it, and eventually the startup hopes to make money by charging them for some of these privileges.

Advertisements for the new co-branded version of CityMaps will appear on bus shelters, on taxicab video screens and even on a Time Square jumbotron.



Which NYC based apps are you currently using to navigate through the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of”?  Would you use this new app as an NYC tourist, transplant or original borough dweller?  





Super Bowl Fun On The Run With Chevy & Verizon Wireless!

February 2nd, 2012 by Christen

As a transplant New Yorker, I’ve never really been excited about football, let alone the Super Bowl.  Honestly, before this year the only thing that interested me about the big game were the well-publicized television commercials. (Hey, I’m a former ADV major in college and was in the industry for years…what did you expect?)  Plesantly, this year seems to be a tiny bit different.  With the New York Giants facing the New England Patriots, this is sure to be an exciting game on the field and off!

To add to the Super Bowl fun and excitement Chevy announced a first-of-its-kind app which will allow viewers of Super Bowl XLVI to play trivia, interact with each other via Twitter, participate in polls and possibly win one of 20 Chevrolets or thousands of other prizes. The Chevy Game Time app is available now in the Android Market, the App Store and at  Chances to win begin as soon as the player downloads the Chevy Game Time app with instant win opportunities. In addition, players will also receive a unique license plate number. If their plate appears during a Chevrolet advertisement during the game or online, they win a vehicle. While watching the Super Bowl, players can answer trivia questions or polls relating to the football game, teams, commercials and other related events. The cars up for grabs are: A Chevrolet Corvette GS Convertible 4LT(6) Sonic 2LZs, six Cruze LTZs, (3) Silverado 1500s, aCamaro 2SS, aCamaro 2SS Convertible, and (2) Chevy Volts. Just in case you don’t win one of those vehicles, don’t worry: you can still win one of thousands of prizes from Bridgestone, Motorola, the NFL, Papa John’s, or Sirius XM.

Not at home to watch the big game, don’t worry – Verizon has you covered!

For the first time ever the Super Bowl will be streamed live online and only to smartphones and tablets on the Verizon Wireless network.  You no longer have to worry that you’ll miss the New York Giant’s action at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium if you’re not near a TV. By downloading the Verizon NFL Mobile app, you will have access to a live stream of the game, the latest news, highlights and stats. The Super Bowl stream will even include replays of the popular ads and include additional camera angles.


It looks like I’m gonna have tons of fun with my smartphone during Super Bowl Sunday – how about you?  Do you have the Verizon NFL mobile app or going to download the Chevy GameTime app?  Let us know below!

GIVEAWAY: Chill Your Heels During NYFW

September 6th, 2011 by Christen

Everyone knows that New York Fashion Week is as fabulous as it gets…but it also does a number on your feet!  There’s only so much walking (and sometimes) running your tippy toes can take.  This is where Dr. Scholl’s For Her swoops in to save the day! Have you ever experienced Fabulitis?

Fabulitis:  Noun.  Discomfort caused by the decision to wear uncomfortable, yet fabulous shoes.

As the first and only full line of products designed specifically for women, Dr. Scholl’s For Her is here to help.  From pedicure products to insoles for your favorite pair of heels, Dr. Scholl’s For Her enables women to look and feel fabulous.

During New York Fashion Week – Dr. Scholl’s has partnered with to bring relief to fashionistas in need!

Catch us at Lincoln Center September 8th – 15th

The first 10 fashionistas to check in us and complete the phrase:

“Divas Drive In _____!”

will get their very own pair of Dr. Scholl’s For Her FAST FLATS!  (Value $9.99)

(Click here for a HINT to complete phrase…)

These foldable and compact flats fit discreetly in your purse and include a stylish wristlet for easy portability on the go.  This spare pair is perfects for nights out, weddings, traveling through subways and running under the tents to catch the next runway show!


Disclosure:  Dr. Scholl’s provided products for use during this giveaway…



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