Sample Boxes: Why I Can’t Wait for the Mail

For as long as I remember “mail-time” has been one of my most favorite time of day. Even when I was too young to actually receive anything I used to get excited.Now that I’m older and I actually receive things in the mail, my most anticipated time of day has gotten even better. However, I don’t always get things in…
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Tanya Burr, Make-Up Artist Extrordinaire

When I started the NYC Talon I knew that I wanted to feature “artists”, websites, and people that sort of resonate with me and my readers. However, since I don’t have any readers quite yet I picked somebody who I really admire- and that’s Tanya Burr! Ever since I was a little girl I loved playing with make-up and hair…
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Pulling a Grandma: The Art of the Sample

When I was little, like about five years old, I discovered sampling. I was shopping at Stew Leonard’s with my mom and grandma when we happened to be carting by the massive vat of buy-by-the-pound pistachios. Now my grandma- never being one to deny herself, and an avid nut lover- reached into the pistachio pool and pulled out a good…
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Me and Joe: A love story

Trader Joe’s. You’ve probably heard his name before. Maybe it was uttered on the lips of a semi-homemade cook, or possibly a broke student, but today you’re going to hear about him from me. I distinctly remember when a Trader Joe’s opened in Union Square. I was in middle school at the time, and was staring through the glass window…
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things my mother taught me: wear a hat

I have always hated wearing hats. Never ever liked ’em. They always leave an itchy red line around my forehead, and I just plain hate how they feel.My mom always insisted it was vanity that produced my reluctance to don headgear. This is partly true- I am not one of those girls who looks cute with a hat on. Hats and me, well,…
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