Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My life in 4 pictures!


College Friends at our 5 year reunion 
Obsessed with my Dores! At a basketball game 
Sunset on my cruise with dad! I love color

Mom, Michael, and I at Soul Cycle. Reping Campus Protein, ALL the time

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Giveaway alert: 30-Day Introdctory System from Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford



30-Day Introdctory System from Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford

It is no lie that one of the most beautiful women to this day is still Cindy Crawford. That mole is recognized anywhere, but it’s the ageless skin that keeps her so gorgeous. Instead of keeping it all to herself Cindy has created her own line of skincare, Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. She has helped to create a line of 30 plus products to transform skin.  Cindy has partnered with Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh to create remarkable anti-aging products from natural ingredients. The comprehensive skin care collection is designed to moisturize, protect, hydrate and rejuvenate by using powerful antioxidants to fight free radical damage, vitamins to enhance radiance and marine extracts for intensive moisture and firming. A great way to introduce skin to the benefits of Meaningful Beauty Skincare is with the 30-Day Introductory System ($40).  The system comes with Crème de Serum, Advanced Formula Lifting Eye Crème, Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment SPF 15, Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20 UVA/UVB, and Skin Softening Cleanser. There is also two great bonuses of the Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules and Glowing Serum.  For example, Crème de Serum is three distinct products that combine when pumped from the bottle to uses the powerful antioxidants to reduce fine lines and increase skin’s hydration. 

One lucky reader is going to have the chance to win the complete kit and watch her skin transform. Follow the link below to rafflecoptor to ensure that you are entered to win this revolutionary skincare kit. Start to look as youthful as Cindy Crawford.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

H&M is coming to Nashville!!!!



When I moved to Nashville from New York I missed 2 things: the ability to jay walk across 2nd ave to fulfill my chocolate craving at the bodega at 3 am and fabulous fashionable clothing on a reasonable budget. I traded my just out of college and working for a fashion company salary to being a poor i have no salary grad student. However what didn't follow me was H&M to help me look great without breaking the bank. Well it was following but at a glacially slow crawl. As i finish grad school with the intentions of staying here i was overjoyed this past winter when Nashvillians started posting announcements on their Facebook walls about a little stores opening. Next month, Thursday June 6th at Noon in Opry Mills the first Tennessee H&M finally opens its doors. It will be almost 25,000 square foot, 25,000 square feet of AFFORDABLE fashion for ladies, men, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie, sports apparel and maternity. There will also be they ridiculously inexpensive children’ line and the plus-size line, H&M+.
Want to save even more while in there? Clean out your closet because H&M is part of a global garment recycling program. Bring in a bag of unwanted clothes from any brand and in return reiceve a 15% off coupon for an item of your choice.
In celebration of opening day, H&M at Opry Mills will offer the first 300 shoppers in line an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued from $10 to $300, in addition to other fantastic opening offers for the whole family!
H&M will open its doors at Opry Mills in just a few short weeks.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Macaron Day! Enjoy Free Sweets!

Credits: Julien Haler
It seems as if the macaron has replaced the cupcake as the baked good dujour. This is true, it has. So why not celebrate its deliciousness. Today is Macaron Day and throughout New York City, you can get your macaron on for free. Sponsored by François Payard Bakery and benefiting Cityharvest, the following participating bakeries are giving out free, yes FREE, macarons while supplies last. This is just a few of the participating bakeries:
Bisous, Ciao. Macarons, 101 Stanton Street (212) 260-3463, and 235 Bleecker Street (212)-675-6366
Bosie Tea Parlor, 10 Morton Street (212) 352-9900
Bakery at Time Warner Center, Ten Columbus Circle, Third Floor, (212) 823-9366
Bouchon Bakery at Rockefeller Center, One Rockefeller Plaza, (212) 782-3890
Butterfield Market, 1114 Lexington Avenue (212) 288-7800
Épicerie Boulud, 1900 Broadway, (212) 595-0303
Francois Payard Bakery, 1775 Broadway/3 Columbus Circle, (212) 956-1775
FP Patisserie, 1 W 59th St, (212) 759-1600
Macaron Café, 161 West 36th Street (212) 566-8300, 44 E. 59th Street (212)995-0888, and 750 Third Avenue (212)995-0888
Macaron Parlour, 111 St. Marks Place (347) 979-6023
Mad-Mac “The Authentic French Macarons” at Bernardaud, 499 Park Avenue at 59th Street, (973) 225-0930
Mille Feuille Bakery and Café, 552 Laguardia Pl (646) 626-6472
Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza Hotel, 1 W 59th St, (212) 986-9260
For the full list click link. So cancel the rest of the day and put that unlimited Metro card to use and Macaron hop. Come back here and tell the readers which are the best in town.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A sampling of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to get you excited

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If you are willing to brave the crowds or deal with a slower page load here are some Black Friday and Cyber Monday beauty deals that cannot be missed:

Beautysage.com: They are offering 20% site wide until Saturday, November 24th.

C.O. Bigelow: They are offering 20% off site wide now through Tuesday, November 27th.

Sabon: Starting Black Friday through Cyber Monday enjoy 20% off our entire collection.

Bath and Body Works: They are having VIP Black Friday goodie bags that are filled with the following:
  • Cashmere Glow Body Lotion
  • Cashmere Glow Shower Gel
  • Paris Men’s Shower Gel
  • Paris Amour Body Lotion
  • Sparkling Pink Champagne Anti-Bac Foaming Hand Soap
  • Mini Candle in Cranberry Bellini
  • Gauze Sponge
WHAT IT COSTS: $20 with any $40 in-store purchase (over $100 value)

INGLOT Cosmetics: Starting at 3AM on Black Friday receive 20% off your entire purchase until 3AM on the 27th. 

Bobbi Brown: Every purchase until Sunday receives a trio of deluxe sized samples, free shipping and a specially sized lip gloss. Starting Monday, orders will receive 5 free samples and free shipping. 

Nature’s Gate: For their new Facial Care Collection they are offering 40% off any product in honor of their 40th anniversary. Enter code CYB40 at check out

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hitchin a ride

Side Car
Stick your hand out in San Francisco and it may become a tad tired.  No you are not competing to get the world record for keeping your arm out, but trying to hail a taxi.  Twenty minutes pass and nada.  Well low and behold if you have a smart phone (you do this is San Francisco) download the app Side Car.  Side Car is your answer to a taxi drought.  It is a community based service where prescreened, approved drivers use their own vehicles to drive you from point A to point B for a price significantly cheaper than taxis. 

So what you do is tell Side Car where you are, and where you are going.  It will then tell you the average community price and the closest driver.  When a driver accepts your route a picture of said driver and their vehicle will pop up.  Additionally, it will tell you how far away your ride is.  Gone are the days of sticking your hand out and in are the days when you know you can go back and grab a bottle of wine before your ride comes (true story).  When you arrive at your location, you pay through your phone and rate the driver.  The driver rates you as well.  How else will someone agree to pick you up next time, or you choose that driver if they don’t have stellar reviews.  If you pay the community average and are not a bumbling idiot you will get your four stars.

Skeptical?  So was I, but I just returned from San Fran and used Side Car the whole trip.  After dining with a friend who lived in town she suggested used Side Car to go get ice cream.  Since I was with a group, I agreed and the rest is history.  After our fabulous driver got us there safely I downloaded the app.  Because my friend recommended me, I got $10, and so did she.  Talk about incentive, especially since the average ride is around $10.  For the rest of the trip before heading to dinner we would tell Side Car where we were going.  In less than 10 minutes our clean, safe ride was there.  As I took my last Side Car ride to the airport I longingly hope for the day where Nashville is the next city they choose to start service. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Get Paid to Spend Money



You know I love to shop.  The majority of my check ins on foursquare are in retail locations, but no one is paying me to set foot in there.  What if they were?  Well we would have a major problem and my spacious closet would be far from it.  However, there are some incentives to get shopping on the interwebs.  Ebates is helping line our pockets for that online shopping addiction.  What is Ebates and how can you get your fix you ask?  Well, Ebates is a free (yes! no  obligation) site where they have partnered with hundreds of stores on the internet to give loyal customers a cash back bonus for the shopping they are already doing.  Stores from the Gap to Groupon give customers a cash back.  Cash back is based on the percentage spent and the deal being offered.  Some stores offer just 1% where others reach upwards of 10%.  The average I have seen is 3-5%.  It may not seem like a lot but think about all that shopping you do.  Ahhhhh its a lot and trust me it adds up.  If you are going to hit the web for a little bit of a shopping spree you need to first log onto Ebates and find the store you are looking to drop some benjamins at.  Click on the link and Ebates notes you are shopping there.  If you hit check out Ebates will shortly notify you that you should expect a cash back.  Ebates pays out 4 times a year and they will deposit the money into your paypal account or send you a check.  Feeling generous, you can dontate it to charity too.  Book mark the site as a favorite so you do not forget it when the urge to splurge strikes.  Now go shop and watch the rewards roll in. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Giveaway happening over on Examiner

Y'all I have been privileged to offer a giveaway over on my examiner site.  Click the link and enter to win the new innovative Clearasil PerfectaWash before it hits store shelves!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mas Tacos Por Favor!


I usually come up with a witty title for a blog post, but the place I am about to tell you about it the nail on the head.  Mas Tacos Por Favor is exactly what you will be saying once you finish your meal.  During finals week, I headed over the river and through the hood to East Nashville with a girlfriend of mine.  She happens to be from SoCal, so she knows a thing or two about authentic, delicious Mexican food.  She was fed up with what Nashvillians will accept as “Mexican” and I had heard rave reviews of this place.  In order to fuel up to finish our tech workshop we waiting on line for a good 20 minutes in what can only be described as a well maintained shack.  Thanks to Scoutmob we got one taco for free as an added bonus which was the initial draw.  You order from the counter which has the days menu written around it.  As we were waiting more and more items were being crossed off the board.  I was told the fried avocado tacos and the tortilla soup was out of this world. Well apparently they avocado tacos are not offered during “brunch” but the tortilla soup was unlike any soup I have ever had.  It is not your traditional tortilla soup.  It has a clear broth with wonderful fresh ingredients from chicken to avocado and of course tortilla strips.  But the flavors blend so well together but are still very distinct.  I am getting all Top Chef on y’all but what I should be saying is get the soup when you go.  This hearty winter soup packed a small price tag of only $5.  My soup was followed by fresh, local tacos that only rang up for $3 each (minus the free one).  The combinations are eclectic but not wired and there is an option for everyone.  It changes variety, but I had a breakfast and a fish taco and both were a pow of flavor.  Mas Tacos also has a food truck, so you can follow them around if you are not near East Nasty, but trust me it is worth the drive, the wait for these tacos.  I sure will be back.  Soon!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Marni Many

They are at it again.  Not even letting themselves cool off after the epic Versace for H&M do they announce their next collaboration.  The latest designer collab for H&M will be with the Italian design house of Marni, hitting stores in March of 2012.  Known for their boheminanesque designs Marni is the master of print and patterns.  The collection will be available both online and in over 250 stores, for both the ladies and the fellas.  It will feature both their iconic clothing and accessories.  Like all the past designer collabs not need to invest your life savings in one shirt; this stuff will be affordable.  Looking back on her favorite pieces founder Consuelo Castiglioni wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by using their signature fabrics and prints. Like the higher priced versions it will have the classic juxtaposition of prints and colors, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic and adding sporty utilitarian elements, which gives it that classic Marni touch.  This collection will not follow the trends, but rather set them.   

Ladies, be prepared for vivid colors mixed with bold prints.  You may be drawn to the simple color block patterns that scream Marni or the African inspired prionts.  Sillouettes are going to be in the Marni staple from full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped pants to jacquard knits.  Top the look off with jewelry, shoes, bags and scarves.  Boys, the prints will be more subtle for you, but it will be 100% classic Italian quality.  The Marni for H&M collaboration is the perfect way to start your spring wardrobe out on the right foot.  Since Nashville does not have an H&M (COME ON!),  March 8th, I will be glued to my computer adding the whole collection to my cart.  Hopefully, this won't be another Missoni for Target crash down situation. 


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