Category: SoHo


A Fun Night At Delta’s T4X Lounge

May 16th, 2013 — 9:30pm

Tuesday night, I headed down to SoHo to Delta’s pop up lounge for Single Edition Media‘s party at the airline’s new Terminal Four at JFK.

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The scene at Delta’s T4X pop up lounge

The swanky soiree celebrated seasonal fashion and beauty trends, with demos from some great brands. I sampled BluePrintCleanse‘s green juice and cashew milk, enjoyed an Elizabeth Arden, makeover and learned about GLO, an affordable, fast teeth whitening device I wish I’d known about before going the pricier gel tray route.

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Foot Pedals Founder Tina Aldatz

Nanette Lepore reps shared first date style tips (less is always more when it comes to revealing attire, ladies) while Foot Petals founder Tina Aldatz offered red carpet secrets (FP’s Killer Cushions under tip toes).

One of the evening’s highlights – alongside some very easy on the eyes Delta pilots — was hearing inspiring stories about happily ever after. GLO’s co-founders beamed as they mentioned their marriage of 30 years and counting. Foot Petals’ Tina was all aglow about being engaged at 44. Newly-engaged fellow blogger Jess Downey told me how her future hubby found her on OkCupid while searching for a fellow beer aficionado.

I couldn’t help thinking about the different prism through which I’m reacting to these examples of meeting your match. As I recently mentioned, Amy Spencer’s fabulous book about dating optimism has had a lot to do with that. Amy writes that, instead of viewing other couples from the “why them and not me?” perspective, see them as examples of what is possible.

Amazing how different life and love can look when you change your perspective.

Comment » | meeting Mr. Right, SoHo

A Birthday Extravaganza

January 20th, 2013 — 1:31pm

Apart from the whole getting older thing, I’m a big fan of birthdays. They’re an opportunity to, as Oprah Winfrey once said, rock it out and celebrate with the people you love most. As I gear up to turn 39 tomorrow, I’m happy and blessed to say this is already one of the best birthdays ever.

Me and Julie

The celebrating began last weekend, with a visit to Glen Cove in Long Island to see my dear friend Julie. Over a delicious dinner at one of her favorite restaurants, we talked about her preparations for motherhood – she’s expecting a baby next month – and my recent fun return to speed dating.

Back at the house she shares with hubby Brian, the three of us had some laughs about eccentric baby names as we enjoyed delicious apple pie and chocolate cream pie. A perfect night with a truly lovely couple who are perfect for each other.

Birthday festivities kicked into high gear on Friday at work, when my amazing boss and colleagues treated me to lunch at Amaze, a cozy Sushi place in Midtown and presented me with a $100 gift card to TJ Maxx. Back at the Westin New York Grand Central, they surprised me with a selection of delicious mini-cupcakes from Baked By Melissa.

Bite sized perfection: mini-cupcakes from Baked By Melissa

How lucky am I to work with such thoughtful people?

Yesterday was an afternoon of fun and pampering. It started with lunch at Hudson Place with my old friend Abby, in town from Boston with her family. Next stop, a heavenly pedicure at my favorite nail spa, Dashing Diva. Then, it was off to SoHo for a girls night out with my dear friends Crystal, Lisa and Sara.

Girls Night Out: (from left) Crystal, Lisa me and Sara

We met up for dinner at Italian bistro Barolo. Though our waiter was a little slow on the uptake, we enjoyed every bite. I treated myself to a melt-in-your-mouth burrata appetizer followed by linguini alle vongole. For dessert, we all shared crème brulee, warm banana tart and the dessert I would marry if I could, tiramisu.

Our next stop – my all-time favorite nightclub, Canal Room, to see awesome 80’s tribute band Jessie’s Girl. I knew it was going to be a great night when I encountered keyboardist Sky. When I told him I had posted on the band’s Facebook wall about my birthday, he said he happily changed the set list to accommodate one of my favorite 80’s tunes, and offered to make sure I was pulled up on stage when they played it.

Getting in touch with my inner 80's superstar alongside Jessie's Girl!

Sure enough, I got a birthday shoutout and relived a magical moment from a few birthdays back by joining the band on stage for the Erasure classic, “A Little Respect.” As I shook my booty alongside the high energy, super talented band members of Jessie’s Girl, I felt like the luckiest 80’s child in the world.

There is good reason I’ve raved about Canal Room so often over the years. It’s that rare nightspot where you can always count on great music, a good crowd and none of the attitude which tends to accompany most clubs in NYC. If you haven’t been there and you love to dance, you’re missing out.

Thanks to my wonderful friends and Jessie’s Girl for a rockstar birthday celebration!

Comment » | 80's cover band, Barolo, birthday celebrations, Canal Room, Girls Night Out, Jessie's Girl, SoHo, Westin New York Grand Central

An Action Packed Girls Weekend

June 10th, 2012 — 6:10pm

This weekend, I had the pleasure of catching up with my dear friend of 26 years Jackie. Jackie and I went to junior high school together when I was living in Toronto. We packed a lot in to the last couple of days.

Jackie and me at the Lowell Hotel

Friday, we enjoyed afternoon tea at NYC’s elegant Lowell Hotel in Midtown. While nibbling on finger sandwiches, scones and Devonshire cream, Jackie and I reflected on family ties and how good friends are just as important in carrying you through tough times. Afterward, craving a quiet night in, we rented the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis romcom “Friends With Benefits,” definitely one of the most entertaining and well written romcoms I’ve seen in awhile.

Yesterday was action packed. We started the day by heading down to SoHo, delighted to stumble upon a street fair teeming with cheap jewelry finds, colorful clothes and scrumptious foods. Street fairs are one of my favorite things about summer in NYC.

A delicious spread of teas and spices at the SoHo street fair that we stumbled upon

Then it was off to nearby SoHo Park, a charming eatery whose charming public garden décor lives up to its name, for some delicious veggie burgers with cheese. From there, Jackie and I went to Macy’s to take advantage of a huge sale and add to our summer wardrobe. Back at home, I whipped up salmon burgers with dill sauce for us, happy to cook for my dear friend since I was far less adept in the kitchen during her visit last year.

After dinner and a few cocktails, we went downtown again – to my favorite nightclub, Canal Room, to hear 80’s cover band Rubix Kube.

Rubix Kube ROCKED!!

As always, the band delivered a high energy set that had everyone dancing and singing along to classics like “Beat It,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Jessie’s Girl.” Jackie and I were hoarse and happy when we caught up with lead female vocalist Cherie Martorana outside.

Jackie and me with lead singer Cherie Martorana after the show

Another fantastic girls’ weekend from start to finish. Can’t wait for my next one…next weekend in South Beach. Stay tuned!

1 comment » | afternoon tea, catching up with old friends, girl talk, girlfriend getaways, Rubix Kube, SoHo

Urban Girl Squad’s Speakeasy Party

October 27th, 2011 — 9:57pm

Last week, I headed down to SoHo for Urban Girl Squad ‘s latest Friend of a Friend singles party. Joining me in the fun at cozy, downstairs speakeasy The Vault at Pfaff’s, my bachelor friend Sachin.

Sach and me at the party

Like the last UGS mixer I went to, this one was well attended (150 people) and the staff did a good job of circulating and making sure everyone was having fun. That said, mingling was a lot harder to do this time because UGS didn’t provide icebreaker questions and answers. Without them, it was harder to tell who was with a friend versus who was mid flirt, and most of the crowd seemed less outgoing.

Many of the guys, in fact, stuck to the all- too-New York trend of avoiding eye contact. Case in point: a tall, cute recruiter whom I smiled at. When I ended up making small talk with cute guy and his friends about this specific tendency, I couldn’t resist calling him out on it.

I also chatted with a pair of much friendlier bachelors — who asked why I’m still single. When I asked them the same question, one said—

“I haven’t been doing anything about it lately.”

It was a different story for my friend Sachin. Sach admitted he’s been going on dates several times a week for awhile now. The result has been either no chemistry or women who end up having a boyfriend or husband.

As we shared our dating woes over some yummy cocktails, I was reminded that – even though it’s easy to think otherwise — it’s not always easier for single guys than it is for us gals. And that being on the prowl is always more fun when you’ve got a good wingman.

Comment » | singles events, singles parties, SoHo

A Long Delayed Second Date

March 1st, 2011 — 4:28pm

Cyberspace is a notorious breeding ground for what I like to call the dating equivalent of ADD. Initial connections often fizzle out quickly because of short attention spans — which is one of several reasons why I was so excited about date #2 with adorable Spaniard Inigo.

Inigo and I went out back in January after connecting on OkCupid.com. We had a great time, but then opposite schedules got in the way. He travels to North Carolina during the week for a consulting gig and I’ve been away for the last three weekends.

Still, Inigo remained in touch, calling and texting to find out when we might both be in the Big Apple again at the same time. Friday night, it finally happened.

Peep SoHo: Great Thai food in a funky (albeit kind of noisy) setting

We met up in SoHo, where our first stop was funky Thai bistro Peep for dinner. From there, it was off to drinks at cozy Thom Bar in the Thompson Hotel. Over cocktails, we talked about our recent travels, favorite spots in NYC (Central Park and The Cloisters among them) and upcoming movies we would like to see — possibly together.

As we shared a cab uptown at the end of the night, Inigo put his arm around me. I couldn’t help thinking that when you least expect it, welcome surprises do happen in the journey of dating. Here’s to many more of them, in and out of cyberspace.

2 comments » | OKCupid, online dating, second dates, SoHo

Charitable Event Pick: CAPD’s Chocolate & Wine Tasting

January 22nd, 2011 — 3:55pm

You can mingle with a reality show star for a worthy cause at the Center Against Domestic Violence’s (CAPD) upcoming chocolate and wine tasting.

The event will celebrate 10 years of Teen Relationship Abuse Preventions Programs (RAPP) in our local schools and be hosted by Alex Wong from season 7 of the hit Fox show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

MarieBelle: CAPD’s tasting will take place at this SoHo chocolatier

Set for Thursday February 3rd at chocolatier MarieBelle’s swanky shop in SoHo, the tasting kicks off at 7pm. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Click here to book.

1 comment » | charitable events, SoHo, wine tastings

Bloggers In Babeland Party

August 10th, 2010 — 3:45pm

Friday, after day one of BlogHer ‘10, I headed down to SoHo for SingleEdition.com’s Bloggers in Babeland party.

Bloggers In Babeland: Cyber Dating Expert Julie Spira, me and SingleEdition.com’s Sherri Langburt

While taking in the, ahem, colorful products at the sex toy shop, I had the chance to catch up with some of the best dating bloggers out there — including Simone Grant, Jack from Brooklyn & KB In NYC.

I also spent some time with SingleEdition.com founder and friend Sherri. Recently back from Spain, Sherri gave me a great icebreaking tip for mingling on my upcoming European Dating Blitz — bring sunflower seeds to share with fellow bar patrons. Sounds delicious to me.

The soiree was a celebration for the fantastic new network that SingleEdition is launching for single bloggers. This is a great opportunity to grow readership and connect with fellow bloggers and advertising partners. I can’t wait to sign up.

For more info about the network and how you can be a part of it, email info@singleedition.com.

Up next…up close and personal with Nate Berkus and a report from the red carpet premiere of Eat, Pray, Love!

2 comments » | BlogHer Conference, Simone Grant, SingleEdition.com, SoHo

The Perfect Cup

June 8th, 2010 — 4:20pm

You wouldn’t think ice cream and bra fittings go together, but that’s exactly what happened at Skinny Cup’s The Perfect Cup event on Sunday.

Held at a stylish loft space in SoHo, the all-day festivities featured complimentary cocktails, makeover giveaways, and of course, plenty of Skinny Cup (the dulce de leche flavor is to die for).

Enjoying The Perfect Cup: galpal and trainer Crystal and me

My good friend Crystal and I enjoyed it all, especially the interesting trivia featured in a bra history display.

It turns out that, like 80 percent of women in the U.S., I have been wearing the wrong bra size. And unlike the last two times I’ve gone to a fitter, I actually noticed a major improvement this time. Kudos to the folks at Warner‘s and Olga.

Veronica Webb shared her top lingerie tips

TV personality and journalist Veronica Webb emceed the giveaway portion. Afterward, I had the chance to chat with her about the importance of having good, well-fitting lingerie.

“When I was on Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, I started going to lingerie shops and I noticed how many people have bad lingerie,” she said. “Everyone should have something that makes you feel pretty.”

Her top tips for lingerie longevity — hand wash everything except granny panties, put your bra on different hooks and don’t wear it more than two days in a row.

“Bras are like suspension bridges, you have to swap them out,” she said.

Good advice.

2 comments » | Skinny Cup ice cream, SoHo

An 80’s Style Birthday Celebration

January 26th, 2010 — 12:08am

Saturday night, I headed down to SoHo for a birthday celebration with my cousin Chris and ten of my best galpals.

Happy Birthday: Making a wish over a candle-lit slice of ricotta cheesecake

The evening’s festivities kicked off at Petrarca, an Italian bistro long on great service, delicious pasta and excellent wines. Over a delicious dinner (creamless cauliflower puree soup and risotto with porcini mushrooms for me), we talked about my friend Andrea’s new PR gig and the fun of being flooded with birthday wishes via Facebook.

Girls Night Out: (counterclockwise from right): Leila, Sara, me, Caroline, Rachel and Bobbi at Canal Room

After dinner, we headed over to my favorite NYC nightspot Canal Room, which graciously comped our admission for the show. Performing was my favorite 80’s tribute band, Rubix Kube.

Rubix Kube: Best 80’s tribute band ever

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Rubix Kube a handful of times and they never disappoint. I was especially excited when keyboardist Rich Forman gave me a birthday shoutout.

What could be better than celebrating with good friends and revisiting the music of your childhood? I found out when I jumped on stage and rocked it out with lead singer Scott Lovelady.

A Little Respect: Rubix Kube’s Scott and I jammed to the 80’s Erasure hit

You can enjoy the sounds of Rubix Kube most Saturdays at Canal Room. The band will also be part of Canal Room’s Help For Haiti benefit concert on Wednesday February 3rd, featuring four tribute bands. Tickets are $20, click here for more info.

Comment » | 80's cover band, Canal Room, Girls Night Out, Petrarca restaurant, Rubix Kube, SoHo

An 80’s Style Birthday Celebration

January 25th, 2010 — 7:08pm

Saturday night, I headed down to SoHo for a birthday celebration with my cousin Chris and ten of my best galpals.

Happy Birthday: Making a wish over a candle-lit slice of ricotta cheesecake

The evening’s festivities kicked off at Petrarca, an Italian bistro long on great service, delicious pasta and excellent wines. Over a delicious dinner (creamless cauliflower puree soup and risotto with porcini mushrooms for me), we talked about my friend Andrea’s new PR gig and the fun of being flooded with birthday wishes via Facebook.

Girls Night Out: (counterclockwise from right): Leila, Sara, me, Caroline, Rachel and Bobbi at Canal Room

After dinner, we headed over to my favorite NYC nightspot Canal Room, which graciously comped our admission for the show. Performing was my favorite 80’s tribute band, Rubix Kube.

Rubix Kube: Best 80’s tribute band ever

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Rubix Kube a handful of times and they never disappoint. I was especially excited when keyboardist Rich Forman gave me a birthday shoutout.

What could be better than celebrating with good friends and revisiting the music of your childhood? I found out when I jumped on stage and rocked it out with lead singer Scott Lovelady.

A Little Respect: Rubix Kube’s Scott and I jammed to the 80’s Erasure hit

You can enjoy the sounds of Rubix Kube most Saturdays at Canal Room. The band will also be part of Canal Room’s Help For Haiti benefit concert on Wednesday February 3rd, featuring four tribute bands. Tickets are $20, click here for more info.

Comment » | 80's cover band, Canal Room, Girls Night Out, Petrarca restaurant, Rubix Kube, SoHo

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