March 31st, 2014 — 9:41pm
One of the best parts of blogging is being invited to try NYC venues I may not otherwise know about. So I was excited to venture over to Baire, a hair removal salon tucked away in Hell’s Kitchen.
Every woman knows waxing isn’t much fun. But the attentive team at Baire manages to make it minimally uncomfortable – and even leave you feeling pampered. My salon specialist Liesl took good care of me,explaining that the Lycon wax that Baire uses is better for the skin than what many salons use.
Liesl made my Baire experience absolutely fabulous
She followed the treatment with a soothing aloe and rosehips moisturizer and post-treatment gel packed with green tea and tea tree oils, vitamin E and aloe. All Baire products are natural, made in the U.S. and not tested on animals. How great is that?
Don’t take my word for it, though, give Baire a try. On Saturday April 12th from 3-8pm, the salon is hosting a peel party with Claudio Pinto. Along with special prices for peels and products, you can enjoy a mini happy hour and get your questions answered about cosmetic treatments.
For more information, visit Baire’s website.
| Hell's Kitchen, Uncategorized
February 25th, 2014 — 8:47pm
Last week, I had the pleasure of catching up with my two BFFs, Sara and London-based Steve.
Sara, Steve and me
We met up for dinner at Serafina, one of my favorite NYC Italian bistro chains–a perfect blend of delicious food and lively yet laidback atmosphere. Our waitress was attentive while giving us plenty of time to linger and enjoy our meal. The mouth watering burrata and spaghetti squash with vegetables are must haves.
Over dinner, Sara, Steve and I reminisced about our time together in England’s capital (both Sara and I did our junior year in London). We laughed about the volume of people we managed to squeeze in tiny dorm rooms for epic movie nights, also recalling romantic dramas that are a source of amusement rather than heartbreak now. Thank goodness for the perspective that comes with time.
Speaking of time, the three of us marveled at how swiftly it seems to be going by. And how some things remain the same — the dearth of smart romantic comedies and the fun of a good celebrity crush. And, of course, the joys of enduring friendship that only deepen with the passing years.
Old friends really are the best.
February 12th, 2012 — 7:15pm
Like everyone else, I was shocked and saddened by the death of Whitney Houston yesterday. It’s hard to process that the legendary Grammy-winning singer is gone at 48, never to grace the stage again.
I was 11 years old when Whitney’s debut catapulted her into music superstardom. I remember buying a 45 lp of “You Give Good Love,” then the full album shortly thereafter — because how could you not want to hear more of that transcendent voice?
Whitney’s soaring ballads and majestic pop songs provided the soundtrack for so many moments in my life. Nursing a teenage broken heart to “Didn’t We Almost Have It All.” Dancing the night away with college girlfriends to “I’m Every Woman.” Celebrating the promise of a new love at 30 to “I Believe in You and Me.”
I had the good fortune of seeing Whitney live in concert once, back in 1993. Her voice filled Radio City Music Hall, leaving no doubt why she had already taken her place in the pantheon of beloved performers whose talent will always be remembered and celebrated.
In watching CNN’s coverage of Whitney’s death, I was happy to hear Piers Morgan say the focus should be on her legacy and not her personal difficulties. I couldn’t agree more. Though you can’t help thinking she would still be here were it not for those challenges, what will endure is her music.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Whitney’s family, most especially to her 18 year old daughter Bobbi Kristina. Having lost my mother when I was 24, I know all too well the searing pain that comes with death cruelly snatching a parent too soon.
One of my favorite Whitney songs is “Step by Step,” from The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack. A joyous affirmation about finding the strength to face whatever life brings, it has given me much comfort over the years. It contains the following lyrics:
Well there’s a bridge and there’s a river
That I still must cross
Though I’m going on my journey
And I might be lost
And there’s a road I have to follow,
A place I have to go
But no one told me just how to get there
But when I get there I’ll know
Rest in peace Whitney.
January 19th, 2012 — 9:22pm
Readers of this blog know I’m not one to rest on my laurels when it comes to being a single gal in the city. I’m always thinking of new ways I can get out of my comfort zone and shake things up dating wise. Every once in awhile, inspiration strikes – and that’s exactly what happened last night.
Maybe it’s because I’m a few days away from turning 38, because I’ve decided 2012 is the year of Just Say Yes or a little of both, but I’ve come up with my next big adventure.
After two Dating Blitzes, memberships with various dating websites and about a dozen rounds of speed dating, it’s time to try something a little different. Something that will take me on a new journey without (necessarily) taking me out of my zip code. Having explored single life across the U.S. and Europe, I’m ready to take one of the biggest lessons I learned from my travels and apply it right here in my hometown.
And that’s where you come in. This next adventure will be a much more interactive one, one that combines a dash of romance, a generous helping of modern technology and a healthy portion of good old fashioned fun. It’s a recipe I can’t wait to share and I will — on Valentine’s Day.
Want to chime in with your thoughts or follow along as I gear up for the February 14th reveal? Post a comment here or follow me on Twitter with hashtag #2012Adventure.
The countdown is ON!!
| Getting out of your comfort zone, new year's resolutions, Uncategorized
January 6th, 2012 — 1:15pm
When it comes to buying roses, NYC can be a bit thorny – with a high volume of overpriced florists on one end and bodegas selling cheap, quickly drooping flowers on the other. Which is why I was excited to discover an alternative that does this floral favorite justice, Ode à la ROSE.
As the company’s name suggests, Ode only does roses and their expertise shows in their French-inspired designs. Co-founders Louis and Olivier bring a touch of their native France to their arrangements, every one of which is created in-house by Ode’s own florists. Orders are hand delivered the same day, no more than a couple of hours after they’re arranged so roses are in tip top shape when you receive them.
This beautiful arrangement from Ode a La Rose greeted me on my first day at work
If you want roses that will make you swoon, Ode knows how to get the job done. I know this because I had the pleasure of receiving an Ode à la ROSE bouquet on my first day at Evins Communications a few months ago. Everyone who walked past my desk joined me in oohing and aahing over the lovely presentation of tightly packed pale pink roses bundled together in tiny silver pails.
Speaking of presentation, Ode à la ROSE pays loving attention to every detail — flowers arrive in boxes adorned with the company’s logo, and you receive an email with a photo of your arrangement just before it leaves the shop. If love is in the details, then Ode à la ROSE is an example of l’amour extraordinaire.
How lovely is this packaging?
If you live in the metropolitan New York area, you simply won’t find roses of this quality or presentation anywhere else. Ode à la ROSE’s pricing is affordable too – especially for Single Gal In The City readers. The company is offering 10% off of your first order. Call 1-646-660-5281, email email@example.com or visit Ode’s website and use discount code SINGLEGAL.
October 13th, 2011 — 10:56pm
Lately, as I’ve admitted to many people, I’ve been feeling about New York the way you sometimes feel about a significant other – still in love, but not so much in like. And I was beginning to think the change in my emotional temperature toward my hometown was irreversible.
So imagine my surprise when an invitation from a dear friend led to an evening that reminded me of what makes this sometimes infuriating city such a magical place. An evening that featured cameos from Jerry Stiller and Stephen Baldwin, and a tribute to one of New York’s most beloved citizens.
Up next…the full scoop on my star-studded night!
September 22nd, 2011 — 8:17am
(photo courtesy: Urban Girl Squad)
It’s no secret I’m a big fan of social networking group Urban Girl Squad. How can you not love these gals when they come up with fabulous events like the upcoming Cigar Lesson and Tasting with Maraya?
Set for Thursday October 13th from 6:30PM – 9:00PM at Wall Street Humidor in NYC’s Financial District, the evening will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this not-just-for-boys-anymore favorite — from the basics of smoking to learning how to choose the right cigar for your tastes. And, of course, you’ll taste several different cigars throughout the night.
As a special perk for Urban Girl Squad, guests will be among the first to try Maraya cigars’ newest blend.
Tickets are $40 and last year’s event sold out. for more info or to book.
August 19th, 2011 — 12:53pm
Last night, I headed down to Greenhouse in NYC’s West Village for a launch party celebrating the new Nations Bravest: Firefighters Unite 2012 calendar.
Calendar Boys: The firefighters of Nations Bravest strike a group pose
Proceeds from the charitable calendar will benefit a dozen charities in each of the cities represented. While mingling with some of the firefighters from cities across the country (Mr. Tampa and Mr. Chicago were absolute sweethearts), I had the pleasure of catching up with hunky Mr. New York, a.k.a Philip Sylvester.
Hello Again: Me and Mr. New York
I met Philip back in February, when he was featured in the calendar’s NYC version. He told me all of the firefighters in Nations Bravest were selected based on looks, personality and extracurricular activities. It’s no surprise Phil was chosen to represent the Big Apple – he’s a winner on all three fronts. After he mentioned joining the World Rugby League, I was thisclose to asking when and where the next game is.
Inside the club, I chatted with New York Post photo editor Jessica and her attorney friend Andrea. Having spent all day in a shoot with the firefighters, Jessica confirmed they’re all as charming as they are good looking.
We quickly got onto the topic of being single in New York. Andrea made the observation that people assume if you’re not in a relationship, you must be doing the online dating thing. Given that online dating is almost like an extension of the bar scene here, I would have to agree with her.
As we talked about looking for love in cyberspace, I found myself thinking that it may be time to dip my toe back into that unpredictable pool of bachelors. I have a date with one OkCupid member coming up next week, stay tuned.
August 16th, 2011 — 6:30pm
(photo courtesy: UrbanGirlSquad.com)
With summer nearly over, now’s the time to enjoy the season by upping the fun factor. Urban Girl Squad is making it easy to do just that with this week’s NYC Craft Beer Tour & Ice Cream Tasting event.
Set for Thursday August 18th from 6:30-9:30pm, the nearly sold-out event will take place at Jimmy’s No. 43 in NYC’s East Village and includes a guided tour of NYC craft beers with Urban Oyster. The ice cream tasting is a special bonus just for Urban Girl Squad.
Admission is $60. Click here to book, and don’t wait – only six spots are left.
July 29th, 2011 — 8:22am
After more than two years at the same gym, I recently decided to become a member somewhere else. Along with recharging my fitness routine, the change of scenery is also giving me another boost — in my attitude about socializing with strangers.
Being friendly isn’t exactly well received at my last gym. Patronized by people whose taut bodies are matched by perfectly coordinated workout gear, it’s the kind of place where random smiles or hellos are usually either ignored or met with don’t-interrupt-me stares.
I’m discovering the complete opposite at my new home for getting in shape. Along with warm and chatty staff members, this gym seems to have a clientele receptive to making connections. I tested my theory when I spotted a guy wearing a t-shirt that read: Goonies Never Say Die.
Being a huge fan of this classic 80’s flick, I called out–
“Love your shirt.”
“Thanks!” he responded, with a smile.
Emboldened, I continued.
“Have you seen Super 8? If you loved The Goonies, you’ll love Super 8.”
“I haven’t but thanks!”
It occurred to me that maybe it’s time to break out of the keep- your-distance mode which is all too common here in NYC. And with a little more practice, I might just start flexing my friendliness muscle outside the gym too.
| flirting at the gym, Uncategorized