Friday Five: Spotlight-Stealing Party Dresses Cause We Like to Partayyy
March 7, 2014
As someone who can’t function properly without something major to look forward to, I am currently counting down the days until I can escape the NYC cold for my upcoming trip to Las Vegas in April. I’m not ashamed to say that I absolutely LOVE Vegas. It’s pretty much the epitome of what I enjoy on steroids – non-stop fun, non-stop dancing to the best DJs in the world at giant clubs or in bright sun-shiny weather at pool parties (as I will be doing at the Marquee Dayclub Grand Opening with my #1 Kaskade), eating as much amazing food as you want at world-class buffets (as documented in a past entry from my first ever Vegas trip), and putting money in the bank with gambling winnings (hopefully).
In preparation for my trip, I’ve been on the hunt for THE perfect party dress. While I’m still searching for “the one” for me, I found some amazing dresses that I just needed to share so someone can be able to feel the delight of rocking that dress that makes you feel like you own the night. Most of these are from Nasty Gal purely because they are pros at stocking freakum dresses - the party dresses you wear for your birthday party, for the birthday party of someone else who you don’t feel bad stealing lightning from, for the party where you might see your ex who you want to make jealous, or for any random night out where you want just want to feel ***flawless. Rock on, party people, and shop on.
1. Nasty Gal Obsessions Dress
$88 at Nasty Gal
Queen of the Night Review: An Intimate Cirque-Style Supper Club for the Indulgent
March 5, 2014
Do you enjoy good food? Decadence? What about good spirits, both in terms of liquor and the people you’re with? Do you like to be entertained? If you answered yes, then I strongly urge you to buy a ticket to see Queen of the Night before the show sells out but with one caveat: this show is probably not for those who feel ill from the touch of a stranger (more on that later).
Queen of the Night comes from the creators of The Box and the now infamous interactive production Sleep No More (which I reviewed last week here). At its essence, Queen of the Night follows Sleep No More’s formula for immersive theater but at a smaller scale, allowing the audience to freely explore the stage and rooms of the intimate Diamond Horseshoe Theater. In most cases though, the actors (distinguished by their costumes of white dress shirts and ties) decide your fate. They’ll take your hand upon your arrival (this is where germiphobes may get queasy), separate you from whoever you came with, and lead you to a specific room where you’re asked to participate in the scene. And now this where you really need an open mind (and probably a drink, which lucky for you, is provided complimentary at the bar!): depending on where you go, your hand may be caressed by an actor as part of a “ritual” or you may be witness to someone’s bath or even partake in a striptease. This is all before the real show even starts.
Fat Tuesday Turned Skinny: Healthy Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
March 4, 2014
With Mardis Gras and Fat Tuesday celebrations in the air, I wanted to be able to enjoy the flavors of Louisiana without actually feeling fat. Luckily, this creamy cajun chicken pasta does just that, providing a super easy dinner with less calories and fat than the standard recipe without sacrificing on taste. It’s got serious flavor with a big kick thanks to generous amounts of cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes, while keeping things on the lighter side by substituting heavy cream with Greek yogurt, which not only keeps the sauce thick but also adds a nice tang to the sauce as well as additional protein. Chunks of chicken breast and sweet red pepper add additional protein and fiber to keep you full longer – you can add additional veggies like mushrooms or broccoli to up the fiber intake. You could also substitute the chicken for shrimp for another delicious and still healthy spin.
9+1 Marathon Training Begins: Pre-Super Bowl Cold Weather Running at the NYRR Gridiron Challenge
February 27, 2014
After cheering on a friend as well as dozens of other runners in last year’s NYC Marathon, I was overcome with emotion and inspiration. Seeing firsthand the drive and motivation in each runner’s eyes, the miles and months of training in each stride, the energy and support in each and every cheer: it’s moments like these that have the potential to change how you decide to live your life, and it was at that moment that I decided not only that I was going to complete a marathon at least once in my life, but damnit, I’m going do it as soon as I could.
Luckily, I had a group of friends who also had the same goal, and so we all decided to take on the 9+1 program from the New York Road Runners (NYRR). The 9+1 program guarantees entry into the marathon so long as you run 9 different marathon-qualifying NYRR races and volunteer at 1 race within the prior calendar year (i.e. Complete the program in 2014 to qualify for the 2015 marathon). Since the NYC Marathon is such a marquee running event, it’s popularity exceeds the event’s capacity. As a result, you typically have to either enter the race lottery or raise around $2600 for charity in order to run the race, so the 9+1 program is a good alternative for getting guaranteed entry with your legs rather than relying on luck or the generosity of friends and family.
Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar Savory Breakfast Oatmeal
February 25, 2014
I have never been big on having sweets for breakfast. While I frequently start my day with a Fage yogurt with honey or a sweet chia pudding for weight-management purposes, if I had it my way I’d have an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese or a bacon egg and cheese on a kaiser roll from the corner bodega every day of the week. Seeking those flavors inspired me to try out this recipe for a savory breakfast oatmeal, which takes those tried and true flavors of a breakfast sandwich but puts a healthier spin on them by using steel cut oats as the base.
Friday Five: Daisy Daze at the Marc Jacobs Daisy Pop-Up Tweet Shop
February 21, 2014
In a field of daisies at the Marc Jacobs Daisy Pop-Up Tweet Shop.
Mustard Seed Brocade Bomber Jacket | Forever 21 Daisy Skater Skirt (similar)
I own almost every kind of Marc Jacobs fragrance. The feminine, floral scents not only smell amazing, but they always come in gorgeous and fun bottles highlighting the essence of the fragrance, like the rose topped bottle of Marc Jacobs Lola or polka dotted Marc Jacobs Dot. But my absolute favorite has always been Marc Jacobs Daisy, so when Marc Jacobs hosted a pop-up store in celebration of fashion week, I had to stop by.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock ‘Katie’ Bracelet | Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch (similar)
Recommended Deal: Sleep No More and a 3 Course Dinner at the Heath for $175
February 20, 2014
If you haven’t experienced the immersive theater production that is Sleep No More in NYC, now is your best chance. For those unfamiliar, Sleep No More is a loosely-interpreted adaptation of Macbeth with a big twist: rather than sitting in your seat and watching actors perform on a stage, the “stage” is actually an entire building that has been transformed into the McKittrick Hotel. Actors move throughout the rooms of the hotel, and you as the audience member follow while wearing a beak-shaped mask so that you’re able to tell who is an actor vs. just a voyeur. I use the term voyeur here because that’s what the production turns each audience member into: someone peering into the world of a stranger’s and exploring and touching parts of the stage that are usually off limits.
Valentine’s Day 2014: Love, Leopard Print, and Lobster Paella
February 18, 2014
I don’t want to go into much detail about how my Valentine’s Day went since that’s a bit personal, but I was incredibly happy to be surprised by my boyfriend with a date at the New York Botanical Garden’s Tropical Paradise exhibit followed by dinner at one of my favorites tapas spots in the city, Boqueria. From free flowing champagne and chocolate tastings in the garden’s glass-enclosed tropical oasis to enjoying our selection of 6 tapas dishes (including braised short rib and lobster paella!) plus dessert and wine at the chef’s counter, it was a truly wonderful evening.
Forever 21 Leopard Print Coat (currently on sale!) | Long knit scarf from Korea (similar)
I was also thankful that the weather decided to not be absolutely freezing, allowing me to bust out my new favorite coat which, while not the warmest, features a perfect black and white leopard print and boxy fit. Here’s a snapshot of my evening from outfits to dinner (appropriately heavy on the food porn):
Friday Five: #SpringBreakForever
February 14, 2014
In case it hasn’t been clear by the amount I’ve been complaining, this snowy NYC winter has me down. I’ve been perpetually sick physically and am also just sick of climbing over/around ice and getting smacked in the face with snow. And so I’ve been longing for warm weather. While no trips have been booked just yet, I’m aching to get to somewhere with a beach and pretending I’m on spring break, which has resulted in me inadvertently eyeing bikinis, sandals, and other resort wear in my online shopping. While I haven’t purchased anything just yet, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite warm weather items for this week’s Friday Five.
Oh and before I forget, Happy Valentine’s Day ya’ll~ I probably could have made this Friday Five a bunch of pink and red and heart-shaped items, but you’ll be seeing enough of that today anyway.
1. Mikoh Barbados Bikini
Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Hash Browns
February 13, 2014
As unbelievably sick and tired as I am of this terrible weather, another snowstorm = another day working from home = another opportunity to get creative with my breakfast. As you may have already guessed from one of my previous recipes, I’m a big fan of brussels sprouts. On a recent grocery trip, I ended up buying a giant, 3 pound bag of them, and so I wanted to put a dent into my inventory and try something new with them instead of the standard roasted version, which led to this breakfast experiment for these Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Hash Browns that thankfully, turned out so damn good.