Thursday, July 17, 2014

LIFESTYLE | tap ny '14 - craft beer and fine food festival

A Little Rain won't stop this Parade.
All you can eat & All you can drink.
Tap NY- Hunter Mountain  

I will say that that the rain did cause me to most definitely take way less photos than I had planned. Though, I won't let that stop me from telling you about this fun event and the fact that I will most certainly be attending next year.  Though, as it has been crazy, I'm sad to say this post is about three months late. Better late than never and be on the look out for next year's adventure - as well as the up and coming North Fork Craft Beer Festival. 

Tap New York is one of New York's annual craft beer and fine food festival that takes place each year up on Hunter Mountain.  It goes on all weekend and its all you can drink and eat included in your ticket price.  Totally a steal for those of us on a budget, it you've got money to burn, don't worry there are tons of goodies to make you want to go broke.

Its scenic and there is a pleasantly overwhelming amount of beer to attempt to try, but be warned - its near impossible to taste them all. Do not let that tiny glass deceive you, you will be filled with regret and not remember a single beer.

 Besides all the amazing Long Ireland Beer, I did find a few other beers I fell in love with.  This year they were:

Monday, July 07, 2014

Daily Outfit | I Pity the Fool

Channeling MR. T for outfit inspiration
Black and Gold; Black and Gold.

On second thought, maybe I'm the fool for thinking I'm flippin' super woman over here!  Phew. It's been a crazy couple months.  My hiatus was not long enough, it seems days, weeks, and especially summers are never long enough. Why do I love sleep so much anyway- afterall, we'll have plenty of time for that in the end.  Now is the time for getting 'ish done and pulling all nighters.

But, Hello All -  I've missed out on a month of the blogosphere; but I'm back in action.  I'm going to try to hold it together and keep somewhat of a schedule.  I've got a lot going on and I can't wait to share it all with my very patient readers. Ahhh, here it goes:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

BLOG LIFE | HIATUS till JULY

Every so often we need to learn when to say when. 

It shows maturity and perspective. 


Okay, when! I have noticed that it has been two weeks since my last post. My life being hectic is a huge understatement. Between crazy 4 jobs, a statistics class, a sometimes neglected boyfriend and social life and trying to keep this blog running - something was bound to slip up.  Though I am sorry it was this blog, I will tell you that I have about 12 posts in draft right now for the near future.  I'm just going to take another two weeks to get some things in order with this blog and my life.

So, don't fret.  I'll be back soon, right after the 4th of July.  So get ready for a major catch-up starting:

Thursday, June 05, 2014

lifestyle | Little Bavarians, Barenjager and the 80's

Beer, German Food & 80's Rock.
the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant
1132 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square

You have got to work hard, but always remember to play hard as well.  So for as often as I am a slave to the work life/school life/blog life - I rarely need to remind myself to schedule in some party time, it's part of the package.  And yes, I schedule in my party time in my planner. That is my life.  My planner is my life, when someone asks me to make plans I pull it out and literally "have to check my schedule".  So, needless to say I'm a little behind in my latest adventure posts but I've got them loaded and ready to rehash all my shenanigans. 

That being said amongst my carefully selected debaucherous evenings was a night out with the Long Ireland Brewing crew in a Tapped Enterprises Beer Bus with a keg on board and a trek out to the Plattduetsche Bier Garden to see an 80's cover band and enjoy some kolsch beer and appetizers! 

I highly recommend checking out this place at some point!  They serve appetizers late in into the evening and in the Bier Garden, but the full menu in the main restaurant is great too.  See what I ate at their beer pairing dinner in the their hall here.   

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | Neutral Shades & Beautiful Horizons

My Three Daily Fashionable " C 's " :
Casual | Comfortable | Chic

Having a pulled together fashionable look doesn't have to kill you.  In doing so and remembering the C's, the maxi skirt will be your best friend.  Its easy, comfortable and effortlessly chic! In this look I paired simple layers with bold pattern and accessories, but all in neutral shades. 

I feel the need to apologize for my late replies to all your comments and my attempts to stay up on a mere two posts a week.  I think I must admit to spreading myself a bit too thin, yes - Aaron, I'm admitting you were right (you might want to screenshot this, haha). 

Currently, I'm juggling four jobs: a craft brewery, a 1930's Art Deco Theater, (this month I also started at)a Chic Hampton's Restaurant & Club, and of course this blog including my growing career as a stylist is a whole other full-time job. Oh I also am taking summer session classes.  Its been kind of nuts. I'm still trying to figure out the best circuit for all these things, plus my boyfriend, my friends, the laundry, working out, and working on my art - its an every day trial and error.  I literally write everything down in a planner and write to-do lists for each day. So bare with me, please.  Life has been crazy busy and tiring, very tiring - but I'm trying to spend the summer stackin' that paper, building my wardrobe, and flourishing a beautiful life to blog about. ;D

Your girl is trying -  and GOING HARD. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

blog life | Meet & Greet with E! Network's George Kotsiopoulos

" .. So then I got out of that, then I decided that.. the big, ya know realization was that I didn't want to go to bed on Sunday night, dreading monday morning." -G. Kotsiopoulos
Living the dream.



Meeting industry professionals is the icing on my passion, dreams and work sundae. So getting to be a part of Gap Factory's "Exclusively Styled" New York launch was amazing.  This is a new campaign headed by their brand ambassador, famous stylist, and all-around fashion guru, George Kotsiopoulos.  

With the fabulous mind of Kotsiopoulos, whom you might recognize from E!'s Fashion Police, "Exclusively Styled" aims to offer expert tips and on-point pairings for seasonally on-trend looks using Gap Factory pieces. "..It is star style on a real girl's budget.  Its all very, very affordable and well made and its fashionable. You do not need to break the bank to get the chic looks." George told me in regards to shopping the line at Gap and obtaining movie star style on a budget. 

Jumping right into the campaign, George Kotsi styled some great layered looks with Dylan Penn for spring and some hot looks for the summer with Chanel Iman. All the products in the line range at an unbelievably affordable range of 9.99 - 49.99. The Campaign kicked off in late March and will continue to be on tour through the fall. Be on the watch for the tour!

So in honoring this launch of Gap Factory's "Exclusively Styled" Campaign, I got to interview George at the Deer Park Tanger Mall and he was so amazing, possibly even cooler than his amazing Marc Jacob's shoes. So read on to Check out my exclusive interview. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

BEAUTY | Whish for perfect skin

Every girl wants a hot pair of legs,
and Whish products are making that easier!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Whish Body. I received a promotional item and Whish Body samples to facilitate my review

Okay, so if you want your legs to be at their best potential- ever, head to Nordstrom and purchase this product immediately or click here. The Whish products pride themselves on providing an unparalleled treatment for your body.  I love that all these products are Paraben free, Sulfate free, TEA and DEA free, and Petrochemical free. Whish also tries to adhere to using the best organic ingredients in all of their fab products.     

I tried the lavender shaving cream and the lavender shave savour, and both gave me better results than expected.  I know you're thinking, "Really, a shaving cream is going to make my skin better?" - but yes, really.  I know it seems far-fetched, but between the two products my skin is much more smooth and the shave was super close.  Was such a luxurious way to break my legs out of the winter freeze.     

Friday, May 23, 2014

BLOG LIFE | Designers, Great Minds and Fun Fashion

the YDC Art Studio Reception.
The meeting of minds.


Every time I have an event to attend or simply find myself spending all day in the city, I just feel at home. This time next year, it will be my home.  So its needless to say how much I friggin' love enjoying fab days in the hussle bussle of my favorite city -I suppose it is simply the allure of a glimpse at my potential future life.

In New York, we are all trying to make it. Make it at something, catch the big break, work and commute so many hours, just to get a chance at a potential opportunity. The Young Designer's Collective is (obviously) a New York based company trying to make, making it a little less nerve-racking by adding a sweet support system. YDC is helping young fellow emerging designers develop their personal manifesto to polish their craft and vision, to ultimately attract the right recognition in the industry.  The Young Designer's Collective's mission is to focus the innovation of their pieces and put art back into industry, while focusing on pristine quality with sustainable practices and locally sourced materials. Check out their website here, also be on the look out for their shoe line next spring.         

So a few weeks ago, I got to meet two of the three fabulous ladies that made this unprecedented company all possible. YDC was a part of the Toast Art Walk where they hosted an open studio reception and showed pieces from their line "Notions", as well as a preview of their bridal line. This whimsical collection is super cool because it reflects a designer's very first introduction to sewing, while being seen through the eyes of children, it is envisioned as creations in a very fanciful doll-like vision.  I met the lovely Shilpa and her cool business partner Harmony, unfortunately I did not get to meet Hanh, because she was home sick- I blame this awful allergy season.  The ladies were great -humble, sweet, talented, and attentive. They were inspiring to anyone who strives to make it in the industry because they were real girls, simply driven and making their dreams happen.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BEAUTY | Argan Oil Hair Love

Bringing Life Back to My Locks!
That extra oomph your hair has been thirsty for.

Before these last two years, doing my hair ment shampoo, conditioner and brushing it.  Now, its been ombrèd, styled, sprayed, curled and accidently burnt with a curling iron.  I sort of massacred my poor hair ends, so when I got the opportunity to try this Argan oil treatment and hydrating mask c/o Arvazallia and Brand Backer, my hair was rejoicing the rescue. 

Arvazallia's products rode in on a white horse to whisk my luscious locks back to safety where they could glisten in the sunset.  These high-quality,  professional products are one-hundred percent guaranteed to to make your hair softer, healthier, shinier, silkier and straight-up happier than it has ever been. Check out their website here!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Food & Fashion | Italian Date Night @ LA VOLPE


Nothing like a rich Italian dinner, a fine glass of red wine 
& a beautiful man.

A spontaneous, weeknight, date-night, indulging on tiramisu, and enjoying all the little things
So, in the coming summer nights marks my official five year anniversary spent with the best person I know. Though, Aaron and I are actually entering our 6th summer together -six years of long summer days and warm summer nights and all that crazy, ridiculous love.  The kind that doesn't get celebrated only on an anniversary, but all year round.  

Its the little things.  These are the things that matter when nothing else does.  The moments spent together singing songs in the car at the top of our lungs, the intimate dinners under candlelight, laughter over a bottle of wine or two, and in the pure effort in itself to make time for eachother. In all of this time we always make sure we do something fun with one another.  Its important that we help each other live beautifully, rather than just merely survive with one another.  

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