‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Now On DVD!

Star Wars the Force Awakens

I’m so excited! Having been raised in a family where both my parents were Star Wars fans, is it any wonder that everyone in my house can recite almost all the lines of almost all the Star Wars films? Except for one – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – we saw it twice in the theater and now that it’s out on DVD we can finally get to memorizing our favorite bits! Check out the trailer for the DVD, Blu-Ray & Digital HD release below:

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To celebrate the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens, we’ve got some awesome character cut-outs for you! Print these out on a thick paper or cardstock and use them for Star Wars themed birthday or viewing parties. Or, if you’re like me, keep one on your bookshelf next to your happily growing collection of Star Wars DVDs!

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Can’t get enough of Star Wars The Force Awakens? Neither can we! Feeling inspired we’ve created a darth dark look based on the movie:

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Pick up this caped dress from Hot Topic and give Kylo Ren a run for his money! Come over to the dark side and pair it up with some vampy nails and spiked liner from Marc Jacobs.

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Not ready to go all out? We like to pay homage to one of our favorite series by wearing graphic tops like this one from JCPenney. If you’re a fan, you’ll love their Star Wars collection – they’ve got such fun pieces!

Have you ordered your DVD yet? If not, what’re you waiting for?! If you have here’s what you can expect:

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What was your favorite scene from this box-office breaking hit?

Carrie Underwood Shares Her Top Spots with Gilt City

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Carrie Underwood has just recently released her newest album “Storyteller” – as a fan of her vocals, fitness apparel, and style I was so excited to see that she’s teamed up with Gilt City (another favorite of mine) to share her favorite hot spots in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Washington DC just in time for the release of her album. And thanks to Gilt City, you can experience them yourself, all at a generous discount! Check out her NYC hot spots here:

NYC:

  • Serafina - Four Course Pre-Fixe Dinner for Two ($65) or Four ($119) – up to 41% off
  • New York Philharmonic - One ticket in the Orchestra 2 Right section to the New York Philharmonic’s program of Handel’s “Messiah” – $63 (17% off)
  • George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’ - One Premium Center Orchestra Ticket, Drink, Photo & Program – $283
  • Taste Buds Kitchen - Access for Two to BYOB Cooking Class - $109 (27% off)
  • KOA - Iron Chef’s Seven-Course Omakase for Two - $149 (33% off)

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Carrie worked with Gilt City to curate a collection of hot spots inspired by her favorite things to do. For instance, Carrie likes to go to Barry’s Bootcamp, so you’ll see Barry’s Bootcamp in the collection, and she is a vegan, so all of the restaurants featured boast vegan menu options. She also loves date nights with her husband as well as days at the spa, so you’ll find exciting dining and nightlife hot spots along with luxurious beauty experiences in “Carrie Underwood’s Gilt City.” Check out her hot spots for LA, Chicago, Boston, and Washington DC here:

Los Angeles

  • Pop Physique - Five ($59) or 10-Pack ($89) of Classes – up to 50% off
  • El León Spa - 75-Minute Purity Facial - $69 (46% off)
  • ICDC - Doughnut Making Class for One with Chef Mariah Swan – $250 (50% off)
  • BLD restaurant - Dinner and Bottle of Wine for Two - $75
  • Can Can Parleur - “Le Bio Gel” Bio Seaweed Gel Polish +Pedicure - $59 (26% off)

Chicago

  • Pomp & Circumstance restaurant - Brunch for Two -$67 (36% off)
  • Sproing Sport - Three ($45), Eight ($120) or 12 ($149) Class Pack – up to 60% off
  • RM Champagne Salon - Dinner for Two + Wine - $59 (36% off)
  • Joffrey Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ - One Ticket - $56.70 (30% off)

Boston

  • Barry’s Bootcamp - 5 Class Pack- $89 (34% off) 
  • Elizabeth Grady - Two ($79) or Three ($99) Pack of Brazilian Waxes – up to 56% off
  • Salvatore’s - $50 Dining Credit - $25 (50% off)

Washington DC

  • Body Sculpting By Emmanuel - 21 Day Fat Loss Fitness Bootcamp for $21 (89% off)
  • Logan 14 Salon Spa - Aveda Keratin Treatment – $249 (43% off)
  • Aura Spa Renaissance Hotel- Custom Nourishing Facial – $59 (41% off)
  • Off Road Indoor Cycling - Three Points Toward Classes  ($27) or Six Points Toward Classes ($59) - up to 30% off
  • Septime Webre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ - Premium Orchestra Ticket – $89.50 (22% off)

You can also pick up the digital album “Storyteller” for a special price ($9.99) on Gilt City now by clicking here!

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Enter the “Show Us Your Wild” Sweepstakes!

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Have you had a chance to see Wild yet? The emotionally gripping film, starring Reese Witherspoon, based off of the memoir of the same name by Cheryl Strayed has not only received rave reviews but also a few award nominations too (Best Actress, Golden Globes; Female actor in a leading role, Screen Actors Guild; and best adapted screenplay, Writers Guild of America). Now you can also get your hands on the film’s soundtrack, which has just been released by Legacy Recordings and Fox Searchlight Pictures! Thanks to Legacy Recordings, you can also enter to win the Wild sountrack along with a special merch bundle!

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Grand Prize: One lucky winner will receive the following:

-       The WILD Soundtrack from Legacy Recordings and Fox Searchlight Pictures

-       The New York Times Best Seller WILD by Cheryl Strayed

-       A Gift Certificate for a pair of Danner Mountain Light Cascade boots courtesy of Danner

-       Plus other official WILD film goodies.

Rules: Pin the three movie related items, showcased on the sweepstakes landing page, to your pinterest page. Then, click the enter sweepstakes button on the page for a chance to win the grand prize.

ENTER HERE!

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You can also pick up the soundtrack – featuring music by Bruce Springsteen, Portishead, Wings, Lucinda Williams, and more from itunes or on amazon!

Legacy Records Releases The Essential Kinks!

The Legacy Recordings is celebrating 50 years of The Kinks with a historic release of a career-spanning retrospective anthology featuring classic hits like “You Really Got Me”, “Set Me Free”, and “Tired of Waiting for You”. Released this October, I had the greatest time listening to the collection. To be perfectly honest, my experience with The Kinks was largely limited to their more well known hits – specifically with “You Really Got Me”. You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard of that song! So it was really great getting acquainted with the rest of The Kinks’ collection.

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This collection received a full endorsement from the band, including Ray Davies who was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The collection also features liner notes by David Bowie who says “I’ve never heard a Kinks song I didn’t like…”

“Of course, from their noisy and brash beginnings, the Kinks have come to stand for some of the most enduring and heart-clutching pop of all time. They are in the gut of every British song-writer who followed them and are indisputably a cornerstone of everything pop and rock. I love ‘em. The world loves ‘em.”

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Not one to disagree with David Bowie, I definitely recommend that you pick up a copy on Amazon. Despite hitting ears and airwaves long before I was born, I found The Essential Kinks an entirely enjoyable collection – a perfect gift for Kinks fans or music lovers in general! It’s definitely an essential addition to any music collection.

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Also, be sure to keep your eye out, on November 10th Legacy will be releasing an expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition of Muswell Hillbillies- which will include the entire original album along with nine bonus tracks, and a DVD of rare 1972 television appearances which until now have never been released in North America. You can pre-order it now here on Amazon!

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Disc One:

1. You Really Got Me

2. Stop Your Sobbing

3. All Day and All of the Night

4. Tired of Waiting For You

5. Nothin’ In This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl

6. Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy

7. A Well Respected Man

8. Dedicated Follower of Fashion

9. Who’ll Be The Next In Line

10. Set Me Free

11. See My Friends

12. Sunny Afternoon

13. Dead End Street

14. Death of a Clown

15. Autumn Almanac

16. David Watts

17. Waterloo Sunset

18. Days

19. The Village Green Preservation Society

20. Do You Remember Walter?

21. Picture Book

22. Victoria

23. Apeman

24. Strangers

25. 20th Century Man

26. Supersonic Rocket Ship

27. Celluloid Heroes

Disc Two:

1. Here Comes Yet Another Day

2. You Don’t Know My Name

3. Till the End of the Day (Live)

4. One of the Survivors

5. Sweet Lady Genevieve

6. Everybody’s a Star (Starmaker)

7. Life on the Road

8. Sleepwalker

9. Life Goes On

10. A Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy

11. Father Christmas

12. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

13. Lola (Live)

14. Where Have All The Good Times Gone (Live)

15. Better Things

16. Destroyer

17. Come Dancing

18. Don’t Forget to Dance

19. Do It Again

20. Living On A Thin Line

21. Scattered

Disc One:

1. You Really Got Me

2. Stop Your Sobbing

3. All Day and All of the Night

4. Tired of Waiting For You

5. Nothin’ In This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl

6. Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy

7. A Well Respected Man

8. Dedicated Follower of Fashion

9. Who’ll Be The Next In Line

10. Set Me Free

11. See My Friends

12. Sunny Afternoon

13. Dead End Street

14. Death of a Clown

15. Autumn Almanac

16. David Watts

17. Waterloo Sunset

18. Days

19. The Village Green Preservation Society

20. Do You Remember Walter?

21. Picture Book

22. Victoria

23. Apeman

24. Strangers

25. 20th Century Man

26. Supersonic Rocket Ship

27. Celluloid Heroes

 

Disc Two:

1. Here Comes Yet Another Day

2. You Don’t Know My Name

3. Till the End of the Day (Live)

4. One of the Survivors

5. Sweet Lady Genevieve

6. Everybody’s a Star (Starmaker)

7. Life on the Road

8. Sleepwalker

9. Life Goes On

10. A Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy

11. Father Christmas

12. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

13. Lola (Live)

14. Where Have All The Good Times Gone (Live)

15. Better Things

16. Destroyer

17. Come Dancing

18. Don’t Forget to Dance

19. Do It Again

20. Living On A Thin Line

21. Scattered

#100FootJourney Gratin Dauphinois (Scalloped Potatoes) Recipe!

Food has the singular ability to bring people together, which is one reason why I’m gearing up to see The Hundred-Foot Journey this August. Starring Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey tells the tale of two cultures and people learning to live and grow together.

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If you’re like me and can’t wait to see the movie – especially those gratuitous food shots, here’s a great Gratin Dauphinois recipe (otherwise known as scalloped potatoes) courtesy of The Hundred-Foot Journey and Le Cordon Blue Cuisine Foundations, so it’s sure to make your mouth water!

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P.S. Here’s the trailer as well, if you haven’t had a chance to see it!

Jazz Brunch at the Blue Note

City life can get pretty hectic, although my family is never physically too far away from each other, we can get so busy that we don’t have many opportunities to spend time doing something fun together. We bought these great voucher’s for a jazzy brunch at the iconic Blue Note jazz club down in the West Village from LivingSocial, so one Sunday the whole family and I headed downtown for a morning of debauchery.

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For those of you that are unfamiliar with Blue Note, Blue Note was opened in 1981 by owner and founder Danny Bensusan and is considered one of the world’s most famous jazz venues. I remember when I was a little girl that my dad would listen to Blue Note tracks, John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman, etc. and I have him to thank for my love of jazz music. Anyways, back to brunch, a line formed pretty fast, so if you do go for the Sunday brunch don’t be fooled by early open hours – plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early or you won’t get very good seats, this is especially important if you’re going with a group.

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The Blue Note usually has nightly performances, with Sunday brunch performances. The Sunday we went NYU Jazz Studies artists/faculty group Combo Nuvo was playing. Our brunch tickets included a main dish as well as a drink (refills not included). I am going to be outright with you here, and really there’s no toeing around it – please do not expect a five star food experience. If you go to the Blue Note for food you will be disappointed. Blue Note boasts a full working kitchen but the items that my family ordered off their brunch menu were all lack-luster to say the least. Luckily Blue Note isn’t famous for their fries, haha!

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Blue Note really feels like what I’ve always imagined a NYC jazz club would feel like. From the old tables and dark lighting, it just feels like New York City. The performance by Combo Nuvo was amazing – I’d love to hear them again. There really is nothing like a proper live jazz performance, especially in NYC. It was my brother and sister’s first live jazz experience, so it was pretty special being there with them for that – and it was all of our first time at Blue Note, so that was pretty cool too. All in all we left feeling pretty jazzed about our brunch at Blue Note!

Holiday Essentials with Duane Reade!

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I absolutely love the holiday season – especially because it gives me the chance to not only attend a fair few of holiday parties, but also because I get to host a few myself. My favorite place to go to pick up some holiday essentials is Duane Reade. While I shop there all year ’round, it’s always fun to stop in during the holiday season because not only do they have great everyday items, Duane Reade’s seasonal holiday items are amazing!

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I love the deLish line of foods, their frozen selection is perfect for throwing a holiday party. They don’t require any prep time, are fast, and dependably delcious! My favorites are the Spanakopita and their Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip – which I’ve only discovered after trying their ready to eat version which is equally delicious.

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Speaking of ready-to-eat, Duane Reade also offers a wide range of fresh prepped food in many of their stores. I love looking over their offerings because they have a lot of great options if your throwing a party or just want to grab something to bring to a party.

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I love browsing their Christmas items – things like this NYC themed Santa hat are right up my alley! I really love that about Duane Reade though, that you can buy really cool NYC themed things from them. I love to rep my city, and even have little NYC ornaments that I put up on my tree so I was excited to see that they have things like this in stock.

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I had a small party with family and a few friends, and I have already gotten a few people as in love with the deLish Spinach & Artichoke dip as I am – nobody believed that it came from Duane Reade! I have a couple more events that I’m hosting and I definitely plan on serving it again!

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A #MC #PricelessNY Date Night with Dad at Dizzy’s!

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Last Friday night I had the dubious honor of accompanying my lovely dad to the infamous Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center (it’s technically in Time Warner Center – which if you follow me on instagram, you’ll know I’m in there all the time). Thanks to MasterCard’s Priceless Entertainment Experiences we were truly in for a Priceless experience!

My dad is the reason that I love jazz so much, he used to – and still does – play jazz music all the time. I was listening to Blue Note CD’s since I was in pigtails. So I was so pleased to be able to go on a father-daughter date with him to Dizzy’s via MasterCard’s Priceless Entertainment Experiences.

Exclusive to MasterCard holders, MasterCard’s Priceless Entertainment Experiences gives you access to exclusive opportunities and events taking place in Priceless Cities. For instance, our Priceless New York Experience included prime table seating for two, music cover charge for two, a flute of proseco, and MasterCard mints. Lucky for us, MasterCard also treated all guests present as a MasterCard New York Experience guest with dinner as well! Check out more MasterCard New York Experiences here!

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It is suggested that you arrive a little early to get better seating. We grabbed a couple of excellent seats along the room, where servers offered us drinks and hors d’oeuvres of fried Mac n’ Cheese and Chicken Satay.

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Blackened Salmon at Dizzy's

For dinner I had the Blackened Salmon, while dad went for Mamie’s Fried Chicken. It was all so delicious, but even more breathtaking was watching the sun set over views of the city, including Central Park. The deep notes of jazz thrumming in my ear, fine dining on my plate, gorgeous view, I don’t think I ever felt more like a New Yorker. My dad loved it, it was a really special evening and one we’ll both never forget.

We ended our evening on a sweet note, to see our whole experience click here!

We ended our evening on a sweet note, to see our whole experience click here!

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I’ve always dreamed of going to really amazing quintessential New York City places like Dizzy’s, and I love that as a MasterCard holder I can have access to all of these awesome experiences – and all at amazing prices! If you’re a resident New Yorker, or just passing through, you’ll want to check out MasterCard’s Priceless New York Experiences – where you can choose from shopping, dining, and even entertainment experiences only open to MasterCard holders! Also, be sure to sign up for notification’s via email – so you’ll never miss the opportunity to have the experience of a lifetime!

Enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

You all know I love a good giveaway – especially when it involves an amazon gift card! That’s where I get all my movies and textbooks! I’m sure you shop on amazon too – and if not, winning this gift card could make for a great gift, so what’re you waiting for? You can’t win if you don’t enter!
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Makobi Scribe and Sason and Pobi are bringing you this Amazon Twitter blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open to Everyone :) Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

End the Summer on a Sweet Note & Enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Would you like to start the school year on a sweet note? Does a $100 Amazon.com gift card sound sweet enough for you? I know it does to me! Make sure you enter to win below – and remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!

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Makobi Scribe and Sason and Pobi are bringing you this Amazon Instagram blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open to Everyone :) Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.