Sunday, May 31, 2009
So you are dying a slow death in this concrete jungle, and the daily grind is getting to your head. Usually a break from reality means breaking the bank. You wish you could sink your toes in the beaches of the Hamptons or Martha's Vineyard, but you don't have a trust fund to rent a summer place. Well head over to Queens to the Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City, for some R&R. Although it does not cut it for a beach vacation it is a quick fix for your summer pleasures. Just one subway stop from Manhattan is a beach oasis, free of charge for city dwellers to unwind at. This 20,000 square foot beach is open until Columbus Day for everyone to enjoy. You can choose to sun yourself, or join in on a pick up volleyball game. There are constant events happening here from children's activities to a Friday Chicken Dinner. Although swimming in the East River is generally frowned upon, cool yourself down by the misters that line the beach's perimeter after your activites. Like your favorite beach club, there are snack bars for you to replenish your energy and quench your thirst at great price. A healthy turkey hot dog only costs $2. Sick of the bar scene at nights? Head over for the beach party, where all your favorite beverages are served for you to drink as you listen to local DJs spin the latest hits, and tunes of the past. Now enjoy this small paradise and don't forget to put on some sunscreen. Go ahead and tell your friends and family your glow is from your quick trip to the cape.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The alarm goes off Monday morning, and you have pressed the snooze button about 5 times. Your extra sleep has cut your prep time by 75%. Now you have a choice, beautiful blow dried hair or arriving to work on time. In this tough economy you want to be at your desk at 9 on the dot. So what to do with your hair, you ask. My suggestion is Sunsilk Captivating Curls De-Frizz Lotion. This stuff revolutionized my daily beauty regimen. I take a dime-size dollop, and rub this stuff through the ends of my hair. As my hair air-dries, I get natural, soft curls. This stuff transforms my natural wavy hair, into a mass of curls. If I want them even tighter, I take my wet hair, sleep with it in a bun, and release in the morning. The curls bounce, and bop as I walk down the street. Oh and I forgot to mention, this stuff is cheap. Its under $5. You get your money's worth; I have had my current bottle for almost a year. This stuff lasts, since I use my lotion probably 5 days a week. You can pick this stuff up in any drug store.
Monday, May 25, 2009
No you are not seeing spots, you are seeing polka dots. This summer, make sure you have spots all over if you want to keep up with trends. All things, 90s seem to be making a comeback, which can be scary for many. I don't think I will be scouring the thrift stores for a pair of Dr. Marten's, but I can embrace this spotty trend. Who What Wear featured their spot on dots a couple of weeks back with how our favorite celebs are sporting this trend. Take a look at their favorite looks to see what inspires you with this trend. On my quest to find an inexpensive alternative, I was lead to Newport News by various fashion magazines covering this trend. I just bought this sleeveless tie-neck top to stay current with this trend. At only $29 I can see myself living in this top and really get my money's worth. It will be great at the office, with some skinny pants and a sturdy high heel. Or at night I am going to wear it with modest black shorts and a killer gold shoe. I have a feeling I am going to love this tops so much that my friends are going to stage an intervention to incorporate something else into my daily wardrobe.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
If you know me, I watch Diners, Drive-ins and Drives like most watch their daily soap opera. Living in the city, I am always looking for a great place to eat, that will not eat a hole in my wallet. This past Friday, I met a friend down in the East Village at Lil' Frankie's, to catch up over some dinner and drinks. I met my gal pal outside on the first unofficial night of summer at this hot spot. The crowd spilled onto the sidewalk because they were waiting for a table. This was an instant sign that this was going to be a good meal. Although it looked as if we were going to have to wait awhile, we were actually seated only after a few minutes of waiting.
Friday, May 22, 2009
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Monday, May 18, 2009
1. Sip and sun with Basque Kalimotxo ($4) and a small plate (most under $4) on Txori’s outdoor patio.
2. At only $4, a dip in Olympic-size heated saltwater Colman Pool (0pens May 23) won’t break the bank.
3. Find Zen for $5 or less at the Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum with its new gate sculpted by artist Gerard Tsutakawa.
4. Paddle a canoe or rowboat around Lake Washington with a friend for $7.50/hour at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center.
5. Kick back at Shorty’s front patio with a Chicago-style dog for $4 before getting it on with Donkey Kong. Or hit the Funhouse for a game of horse on the outdoor b-ball court and a pitcher of beer.
6. Charting a boat would sink your budget but hopping on a ferry to Vashon or Bainbridge (with or without a bicycle) to take in the city lights, sunset, and ocean air comes in under ten.
7. Wheel a deal by renting a Dutch Bike Monday-Friday for $10/hour (regularly $12/hour) when you print out this e-mail.
8. Save some hard cash by planting Kentucky Colonel mint, peppermint, or sweet basil ($3.29 each at City People’s Garden Store). Then whip up some drinks for friends on a hot day.
9. Hit the cheap seats at a ball game. Mariners center-field bleachers are a sporty bargain at eight bucks or less.
10. Poco Carretto’s new pint combo offers flavors like salted butter caramel gelato and green apple sorbetto side by side. Through June 22, save $2 with this coupon for DailyCandy readers.
2. Feeling lucky? Pick a peck of lotto tix. (It’s all for the kiddies.) As we say up here in NY, "Hey, you never know!"
3. Cool off with sweet tea at Park 75. Brewed iced tea cubes mean it never waters down. Nothing says southern summer like a cold sweet tea.
4. Don’t be a drip. A cup of joe at mug hub Method Coffee Bar will set you back barely five bucks. Wi-Fi doesn’t cost a thing. We all know that I love a good cup of coffee/
5. Set the scene with bright cloth place mats from Swoozie’s. The extra $5 for the monogram is worth it. Every southerner knows the value of a good monogram.
6. Lap up nuanced flavors of local honey at Harris & Clark.
7. While away the hours with a best-seller or dusty old novel from book bungalow Atlanta Book Exchange (591 North Highland Avenue; 404-681-3122).
8. Take a jukebox spin at Waffle House. (Livin’ la vida scattered, smothered, and covered.)
9. You wear your heart on your sleeve. Dress your baked goods accordingly with a sweetly shaped cookie press.
10. Keep papers in their place with silver initial paperweights from Festivity.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I bet you don't believe me that this coffee is as good, if not better than the artisan place down the block. Well here is a free beverage on ING. Pick any drink you think you would like. Get the fanciest coffee concoction you can think of. Also as you sip your joe, enjoy the free Internet. There are even free seminars from the art of tea to hand crafts. Feel inspired to save some dough for the future, you can talk to a representative. That's the purpose of this place. Get advice on your finances in a relaxed environment. These cafes stretch from sea to sea, and beyond into Hawaii. From Philly to LA sip your lattes and cappuccinos and laugh at those who dropped a small fortune to enjoy a bitter cup of reality.
Monday, May 11, 2009
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Sunday, May 3, 2009
This past weekend, I truly lived my life on a budget. I hit up a sample sale and tried to get some free frozen yogurt. So Saturday started out with me hitting up the Matt Bernson sample sale in Tribeca. I have been to countless sample sales, but never made an actual purchase. But yesterday I ripped that band aid off and got a killer pair of gladiators, for an incredible deal. So I picked up the Nour III for only $40; they retail in stores for $169. Talk about a deal. I even contemplated buying the Steve Madden knock offs. Best decision was not to. I got these bad boys for less than what the copies retail for. Did I mention they are incredibly comfortable? Well they are. On a fashion high, I pranced around the city for the rest of the day. So I know you are totally jealous of my fabulous fashion find, but the Shoe Box, are offering a deal. Its not as great as mine, but its 15% off when you enter code "Spring09." Shipping is also free.
So as I pranced around, I headed up to Union Square from Tribeca to refresh my pallet with some free frozen yogurt at Red Mango. Remember, I told you about it earlier this week with a post. So I get to the Union Square location at 3:15 and get on line to fill up on some free yummies. Then an employee comes out and cuts the line off. WHAT?! His explanation is that the line takes about 45 minutes to get through and that by the time the people in front will get up to the front it will be 4, the time when the promotion ends. What I specifically choose Union Square to continue prancing because Red Mango was located there. Then I get on line and I can't even enjoy my free yogurt. I have never been to Red Mango, and may never get to try it. This was my perfect opportunity to see if Red Mango was going to replace my The Lite Choice obsession. They should have cut the line off at 4, not when the person on line reaches the front at 4. I was mad, then I cooled off. Did a little aspirational shopping, hit up the farmers market. All in all I had a fabulous, budget friendly day yesterday.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
So every time you go on a health kick and head to your local Whole Food's you spend a small fortune on organic food. Your whole paycheck is drained so you can "enjoy" carrot sticks and apples that have not been touched by pesticides, or other chemicals. Then two weeks later you are back on Cheetos and downing mountain dew. Your bank account is full, but you must admit you feel a little bloated too. Then I found Mambo Sprouts to help bloat my wallet, and debloat my waist line. This website has a section of printable coupons for only organic products. I absolutely love how the first coupon featured is for organic mixers, I am sure there is an organic vodka or tequila for you to mix it with. You wouldn't want to compromise your beverage's organic composition with cheap liquor. Print them from your home computer, and start racking up the savings. There is an option to have email alerts for when new coupons come on the market as well. Use this site in good health. Both your wallet and waistline will thank you for introducing more organics into your life.
Friday, May 1, 2009
So its supposed to rain all weekend here in the tri-state area, but I am sure in other parts of the country the sun will be shining and you will be enjoying your Spring weekend. So why don't you add a little refreshment to that day with some free frozen yogurt from Red Mango. Tomorrow at all participating locations Red Mango will be giving away servings of their newest flavor Tangomonium from 12PM until 4PM. It is their newest flavor that is meant to be light and refreshing with flavors of fruit and citrus. It seems like it is going to be the perfect treat come the hot summer months. With only 90 calories per serving it may become a daily habit. If I am in the mood, I may just pair it with the topping suggestions such as mangoes, pineapples, or fruity pebbles. So go to your local branch tomorrow, and add some flavor to your spring afternoon. I probably will put my rain boots on and try some yogurt for myself.
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