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Oh So Glam: Paperless Post's Designer Collections

By  September 15, 2014

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Have you ever checked out the designer collections for Paperless Post? As much as I have a serious love for gorgeous paper goods, this collection of digital stationery, invitations, and seasonal greeting cards is so gorgeous, I’ll happily forgo my stamps to mail these out to friends instead.

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Paperless Post has collaborated with big name brands, artists, and designers (think Jonathan Adler, Oscar de la Renta, Kelly Wearstler, J.Crew, Kate Spade, Happy Menocal, and more) to create incredible collections of unique, elegant, and often hilarious cards. Why send a regular moving card when you could send something like this?

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And if you absolutely can’t stand the thought of sending a beautiful card by email, good news — many of the designs in the Designer collection can be purchased as actual stationery. I love the idea of customizing this card or this card for hand written notes to friends and family!

Victoria-McGinley-HeadshotVictoria McGinley is a New York City based web designer and consultant, who writes a daily lifestyle blog that covers plenty of topics to delight and inspire, including style, design, art, culture, beauty, and original recipes. A native of Austin, Texas, she has been blogging since 2008, and in early 2012, she launched her design studio, and loves working with creative small businesses and bloggers alike. When she’s not blogging or working with clients, you can find Victoria exploring New York with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog, Lucy. Visit her site and her blog.

Essentials for Your Fall Tailgate

By  September 10, 2014

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Autumn is just around the corner, and that means one thing for sports fans: football.  Whether you’re ready to root for your college team or cheer for your favorite NFL players, you’ll want to kick off the season with a tailgate party.  The pre-game fun is the best part, after all!

Tailgating in the Glam spirit means meshing sport with style—and we have the must-haves to make it happen. Score big with the right grilled goodies and you’ll be in for the win. Bring along the barbecue and throw on the hot dogs—Hebrew National hot dogs that is. Made of 100 percent kosher beef, Hebrew National franks are the go-to for grilled gourmet goodness—just add your favorite condiments and toppings, carried in spillproof plastic containers. Go for sides that can easily be transported and, if perishable, kept in a cooler and then served on the spot—salads, chips, and fruit are always convenient, popular choices.

To set the scene, transform your area of the stadium parking lot into a crowd-pleasing tailgate oasis. Pack a portable picnic table for food and drinks and make that the centerpiece of your event—and be sure tablecloths, napkins, and other details are in your team’s colors.

Now get grilling, Glam girl! Fall football forever!

Vegas For Her – Plan Your Perfect Spaliday

By  September 03, 2014

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The summer’s coming to an end and the weather’s beginning to cool off, before our inevitable slide into winter. Guess what season’s just beginning? That’s right – Vegas season. The weather in Vegas is absolutely brutal in the summer months, but September, October, November and December are glorious. The streets are packed with visitors seeking an escape, and Vegas is all about escapism. For many, Vegas comes with a stack of assumptions. One assumes that you’re in for a crazy time, full of drunken shenanigans and all night gambling. Au contraire – Vegas is truly what you make it. Ladies, I’m here to tell you, you can have an ultimate girlfriends’ getaway weekend, filled with top of the line dining, cocktails, shows, shopping and spas. This is how to take a Vegas spaliday. Spacation. Whatever you call your fabulous girlfriends getaway, you definitely won’t forget it!

1. Book your stay at a hotel without a casino. Casinos can be fun, but they can also be crazy, loud, and super smoky. Believe it or not, there are a few hotels right near the strip that don’t include a casino as part of the experience, and you can feel the difference from the moment you enter the lobby. If a spa-centric hotel sounds like the one for you, reserve yourself a room at Vdara Hotel and Spa. The décor is refined and eco-centric, the accommodations are plush and the lobby is centered around the market and beautiful bar, not smoky poker rooms and loud blackjack tables. Serenity now, in Las Vegas? Sign us up.

2. Look around for the best spa deals. You may have found a sweet deal at a hotel that’s got a perfectly acceptable spa attached to it. Yet, like Smokey Robinson sang, you better shop around. Some of the chicest spas in the city have amazing deals and unique spa menu offerings that you’ll regret not investigating. This is your opportunity to surrender to something new and refreshing. I personally recommend getting a group mani/pedi party together at the Bellagio’s pamper suites – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries will enhance the experience, trust. The Bathouse at Mandalay Bay is a retreat within itself –where else can you have a spa hostess draw you the best bath ever, and soak your cares away while enjoying a tea service? And the ESPA at Vdara offers European quality spa indulgence all catered to your specific skin care and relaxation needs.

3. Indulge in grown-woman fun. Whatever happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but it’s up to you how much you decide to share. Thanks to social media, you can make the tough decision at the end of the evening – do you want to show off a photo with yourself being held by a gang of shirtless hunks, or nah? Thunder Down Under is a RIOT, the guys put on a super fun show, and women of all ages go out and get buck wild at the Excalibur. It’s a great bachelorette party place, or just a way to have that only-in-Vegas experience.

4. See a show (or two). Shows in Vegas are a must-do, but which show is worth the ticket price? Not all of ‘em, I can tell you from experience. Pretty much all of the Cirque du Soleil shows are incredible spectaculars, but “O”, “Zarkana,” “Love” and the Michael Jackson experience are amongst the best reviewed and most dynamic. The BlueMan Group at the Monte Carlo is truly fun for the whole family.

5. Make reservations for amazing dinners. Sure, you can go the all-you-can-eat buffet route, but wouldn’t you rather settle in for a truly decadent fine dining experience you can brag about to your foodie friends? See if you can score a table at one of Chef Joel Roubuchon’s restaurants, and discover why he’s been named France’s Chef of the Century, and why his two restaurants at the MGM Grand have been pronounced AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Four Star quality dining experiences. Sage is Chef Shawn McClain’s farm-to-table haven, offering incredibly fresh cuisine and cocktails. And don’t sleep on Border Grill at Mandalay Bay – the Mexican food and killer drinks are next level delicious.

6. Crystals. Nuff said. There’s shopping in Vegas (which is already over the top awesome), and then there’s The Shops at Crystals, which may cause you to re-evaluate your life choices. This is luxury to the nth degree, boasting more flagship boutiques than anywhere else in the USA. Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci, Tiffany, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, and a gorgeous Sisley store showcasing the best of the luxury French beauty brand all await you.

7. Cocktails, anyone? After all of that decadent shopping and spa-ing, be sure to stay hydrated and ready for fun at a moment’s notice. There are some truly one of a kind bars to be enjoyed in this town, some in surprising locations. The lobby bar at Aria features a rare collection of champagnes. The Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio features a unique variety of Jack Daniels that’s only served there – try it on the rocks, over their signature diamond-shaped ice cubes. The hotel bar at Vdara makes sick rum cocktails that go down so smoothly, they may just be dangerous. And the pool cocktail scene is a whole nother thing – if you love a day party that isn’t all the way turnt up but allows for lounging and chillaxing, book a cabana at the Cypress Lounge at the Bellagio pool and see how the other half is living over fresh sushi rolls served poolside, with a shoulder massage chaser.

 

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

Editor’s Pick: Fornasetti Profumi’s Scimmie Scented Candle

By  September 02, 2014

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Sorry, kittens, you can keep your pumpkin spice! I’ve opted for a something more sophisticated this fall.

There’s more than one note that dominates the chillier season, and the right one can instantly set the mood in a space. Fornasetti’s new Otto scent in the vegetable wax candle is a rich blend of Mediterranean thyme, rich cedarwood and birch, incense, lavender, and labdanum – all aromas that had personal significance to Barnaba Fornasetti, as he grew up surrounded by his father’s designs. Plus, the chic scent was crafted by master pefumer, Olivier Polge, who is followed in the footsteps of his father at Chanel. Prior to that, he crafted signature scents for Burberry, Davidoff, Diesel, Jil Sander, Kenzo, and Viktor& Rolf, so this nose knows!

But by favorite feature by far has to be the adorable monkeys feature on the ceramic jar, each sipping some champagne from a rainbow of goblets. There’s nothing like lighting up the candle with these party animals as I primp for a night on the town! – Valis Vicenty

 Fornasetti Scimmie Scented Candle, $165

Easy Living: 5 Things Nobody Tells You about Becoming a Homeowner

By  September 02, 2014

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Welcome to Easy Living, my new lifestyle column all about the things that make nesting fun and will make your home both unique and beautiful. Here I’m going to cover the things that new homeowners don’t think about initially, moving tips, awesome products, good luck items for your home, finding the best rugs and furniture and mattresses, trends in kitchen, bedroom and bathroom décor, cool home products like candles and bed sheets and towels and cookware, tips on hosting the best cocktail party and setting a perfect table, and where to find the coolest products and most awesome deals to beautify your home! 

My husband and I recently became homeowners and it’s been an experience that’s bigger and more all-consuming than I’d ever imagined it would be. From deciding that we’d go for it, to the process of finding our dream place, to making and offer and closing on it, to moving in – it’s an intense progression that will make you feel tested, and will confirm your adulthood in surprising ways. I watch a lot of home design television so I thought I knew what I was getting into. I was so wrong, and so innocent and unprepared. Now that I’ve gotten through the process, let me put you up on game from the perspective of being a brand new homeowner. Here are 5 things I wish someone had told me oh, maybe a year ago.

1. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. So you’ve decided that it’s time to move out of your old place and to find a new spot. Not only that, you’re ready to stop paying off someone else’s mortgage, and to pay your own for once. Woo hoo! It’s an exciting time, making the decision. Know and understand that it’s going to take some effort and time to be able to actually execute it. Step number one is getting your credit together so you’ll be approved for your home loan. For us, the road to homeownership was paved with homecooked meals and shopping in your closet, saving money wherever you can is essential to be able to make the big investment later on.

2. You’re best off in the hands of professionals. Saving money is one thing. Looking on sites like Zillow, Redfin and Trulia can give you an idea of what’s out there, which neighborhoods to hone in on and what you can afford. But when it comes to financial planning or really doing a real estate deep dive, turn to a pro. A good financial planner can teach you ways to save you may not have thought of before. A good realtor will know the ins and outs of your potential new neighborhood, and they may even know moving companies and contractors to make the move in process easy and ideal for you.

3. Real life does not equal HGTV. So you’ve found your new place and you’re ready to Property Brothers the heck out of it. Hold up, wait a minute. In reality, two handsome brothers don’t come to your rescue and create your dream home. You’ll most likely have to do a lot of the leg work yourself, and make some tough decisions you’ll have to live with. Also, home renovations take longer than you’ll want them to and not every contractor will be as on point or professional as you see on TV. What may be conceived as a 3 week project can turn into 6 weeks before you blink.

4. This thing is YOURS, babe. You did this. You bought it. You will be so much more careful and caring with your new property than anywhere you lived before. You’ll find yourself investing in things like stud finders – the better to hang your wall art straight with, my dear. You’ll agonize over every little ding in your wall or scratch on the floor. You may become that person who insists houseguests take their shoes off at the door. This is your home and you’ll want it to be perfect.

5. You’re going to be SO proud of yourself. That first day of having the keys and being in the home you worked so hard to get, feels like nothing else. Bask in the glow of ownership and adulthood, you’ve earned it and you worked dang hard for all of it!

 

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

Labor Day Libations to Salute the Summer Season

By  August 29, 2014

We just blinked, and it seems time has jumped to the unofficial end of the summer, Labor Day! The holiday weekend serves as the last hurrah for those looking for a quick vacay to recharge before the start of a new season and one last chance to hit the surf and sand before the boardwalks close. Before we delve into the spicy spirits synonymous with the fall, you can bet we’ll be kicking back with a refreshing cocktail or two filled with the fruity flavors reminiscent of an amazing summer spent well. Here are a few you can stir at your weekend soirees:

Earl of Paradise Punch

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3 oz. Malibu
2 oz. apple juice
4 oz. chilled Earl Grey tea
1 oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. simple syrup
Fresh raspberries

Muddle the raspberries with Gomme and then add the rest of the ingredients. Chill by stirring on ice and garnish with mint and citrus wheels.

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1 oz. Ole Smoky Watermelon Moonshine
Watermelon Wedge

Build over a tumbler filled with ice and garnish with a watermelon wedge.

Peppered Peach Tea Collins

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1 ½ oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
1 ½ oz. Peach Iced Tea
Pinch of Black Pepper
Club Soda

Build with ice in a Collins glass. Top with club soda, and garnish with a peach slide and lemon twist

Birds & The Bees

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2 oz. Solbeso
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. honey syrup

Combine ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake, strain into a chilled cocktail glass; garnish with a lemon peel twist.

Kahlúa Root Beer Float

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2 oz. Kahlúa
3 oz. premium root beer
Vanilla ice cream optional

Build over ice. Stir and serve.

Sunshine Sipper

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5 oz.  Skinnygirl Pinot Grigio
2 oz. frozen lemonade
1 oz. soda water
Lemon twist for garnish

Blend ingredients with crushed ice and pour into a flute glass. Finish with soda water and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Boulevardier Swizzle by Naren Young

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1 oz. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1 oz. Cinzano Rosso
1 oz. Campari
3 dashes orange bitters

Build over crushed ice. Swizzle and add more crushed ice. Garnish with orange twist.

South of the Border by Lynnette Marrero

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1 oz. Zacapa Rum 23
1/3 oz. Myers Dark Rum
1/3 oz. Orange Curaçao
2/3 oz. Perfect Puree Passion Fruit
1/3 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/3 oz. Orgeat Syrup
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
Mint Sprig & Orange Slice for Garnish

Combine Zacapa Rum 23, Myers Dark Rum, orange curaçao, perfect puree passion fruit, fresh lime juice, orgeat syrup and aromatic bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain contents into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig and orange slice.

Negroni

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2 oz. 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. Campari liqueur

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir, then strain into a low-ball or rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Easy 5-Minute Snack Hacks for Dessert Lovers

By  August 28, 2014

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Making it through the time between meals without your stomach starting to growl is a rare occasion. Sometimes you need a little something to hold you over. Isn’t that why snacks were invented? When you’re unprepared for a craving to hit, though, it’s easy to grab a cookie or pastry, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

But what if you could swipe a quick snack that was fast and fulfilling without the high sugar and calories of your usual go-to treats. It’s possible, and we’ve rounded up five of our new favorite craving-killers that are better choices than the usual go-tos. Each with preparation time under five minutes, these confections all use Fiber One bars as their chief ingredient for a fiber-packed, delicious snack to help keep dessert lovers going throughout the day. We promise, you’ll have the time for these quick hacks.

Feeling the deadly good combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and banana? Try the Peanut Butter and Brownie Elvis Sandwich.

Feeling sweet and salty? Try the Chocolate Sea Salt Cookie Bar.

Feeling fruity? Try the Blueberry Streusel Frozen Yogurt Parfait.

Feeling the classics? Try the Rocky Road Brownie.

Feeling something toasty? Try the Cinnamon Coffee Cake Rice Pudding Parfait.

See more speedy snacks for your sweet tooth at Dessertify.com!

Editor's Pick: Moleskine Voyageur Traveller's Notebook

By  August 25, 2014

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One of the best parts of living in New York is how easy it is to leave. Spending a weekend in Miami is as easy as a sojourn to Montauk, and you can be in Europe in roughly the same time it takes to get to California. With so many options just an easy airplane ride away, it’s no wonder that I have a permanent case of wanderlust, and this is the year, I’ve decided, that I’m going on all the adventures.

Whether I’m heading just to the neighboring city or a few countries over, the one thing I’m packing is Moleskine’s new Voyageur – Traveller’s Notebook. I’ve turned the pages into a personalized guidebook for each upcoming trip, filling them with magazine clips, maps, and Instagram prints of cafes and bars to visit. And when it’s time to go, I simply detach the “to-do” pages from the back of the notebook to serve itinerary for the day. With three types of pages–ruled, dotted, and plain–you can jot down notes, sketch, or doodle to your heart’s content. Neat freaks will especially appreciate the digital tie-in, where you can create your content online, and then print it to exact page specifications. At the end of the year, I’m hoping to have my notebook filled up with memories of all the places I’ve been. Until then, there’s the “Places to Go” page to keep me on track.

- Moleskine.com, $24.95

8 Easy Dessert Ideas for Dieters

By  August 21, 2014

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Watching your weight or cleaning up your diet doesn’t automatically mean having to deny yourself the desserts you love. Satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping yourself on track with these lower calorie versions of your favorite confections.

1. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
Calories per serving: 190
What we like about it: With the Fiber One ™ Oatmeal Raisin Cookie on the outside and sugar-free vanilla frozen yogurt on the inside, this after-dinner dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth without ruining your diet.

2. No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake
Calories per serving: 348
What we like about it: With Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese filling making up the bulk of this guilt-free treat, you’ll be cutting back on the fat. Plus, no baking necessary!

3. Frozen Yogurt Cookie Pops
Calories per serving: 180
What we like about it: Can these get any easier? Pick up a pack of Fiber One ™ Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, a container of Greek strawberry cheesecake yogurt, and these cake pops are ready to be made.

4. Turtle Topped Brownie
Calories per serving: 130
For all you chocolate lovers on a diet, this one’s for you. These treats offer a familiar flavor combination of fudge (thanks to the Fiber One ™ 90 calorie Chocolate Fudge Brownie), caramel, and pecans for a light but rewarding sweet.

5. Gingersnap Cookies
Calories per serving: 54.3
What we like about it: With whole-wheat flour and natural sweeteners like honey and cinnamon, these cookies are tasty and low-cal as well.

6. Double Chocolate Cookie S’Mores
Calories per serving: 200
What we like about it: This childhood treat is all grown up. Low-fat graham crackers hold together a marshmallow meshed with a Fiber One™120 Calorie Double Chocolate Soft-Baked Cookie for gooey goodness.

7. Apple-Fig Compote
Calories per serving: 65
What we like about it: For the fruit lover who needs a fix for her sweet tooth, we’ve found the perfect dessert.  Add nonfat Greek yogurt to make it a parfait.

8. Lemon Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
Calories per serving: 200
What we like about it: This light dessert not only tastes good, it looks lovely too. Layers of pudding, Greek nonfat yogurt, strawberries, and Fiber One™ Lemon Bar in a mason jar make for a colorful confection.

Check out more sweet treats that fit your diet at Dessertify.com!

Editor’s Pick: Pinnacle Vodka

By  August 19, 2014

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For me, August means sunny days on the beach, dance parties at (adult) summer camp, and nights overlooking city rooftops. But not one of these activities would be complete without a cold fruity beverage in hand.

While I’m a girl who enjoys a beer on almost every other occasion, I’ve been totally won over by the flavored Pinnacle Vodkas. They’re perfect for when you (ahem, me) only have one other mixer in your fridge because the vodka already has a built in flavor–which also means less calories when mixing simple drinks. Here are two of my favorite combinations, so pour and enjoy, whether at camp, the beach or roof! –Michelle Kushner

Creamsicle Cocktail
1 Part Pinnacle Marshmallow or Whipped Vodka
1 Part Orange Juice
1 Part Sprite Zero

Summer Coconut Cake Cocktail
1 Part Pinnacle Cake Vodka
2 Parts Pineapple Coconut Skinnygirl Sparkler

Pinnacle Vodka, from $15.97