Get Out & About: NYC Events this September


In my opinion fall is New York’s best season, it’s the perfect time to wander around and enjoy the city. You could also head up to the Hudson River Valley and go apple picking or on a wine tasting tour – basically, it’s the most ideal time to enjoy the best of New York, it’s when I consider myself the luckiest to live here. This month, the season of social activities kicks off with some great events, so if you’re not too busy during New York Fashion Week or too exhausted after it you’ll definitely want to check these out*:

Weekend Getaways with the MTA LIRR -

Montauk Tour

Getting away has never been easier thanks to the MTA! My family usually goes on an MTA getaway every fall. Heading upstate for apple picking, and wine & cheese tasting adventures while surrouned by the beauty of the Hudon Valley region is the highlight of my autumn. This year Long Island is looking like a great destination too! Right now Gilt City is offering discounted tickets for a Montauk Tour, Wine Country Tour, and Oyster Festival – don’t miss out. Kick off cooler weather with a perfect day adventure (prices $3-67, more info here).

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Gilt City Warehouse Sale

Sip on SOTO Super Premium Junmai Daiginjo Japanese Sake and snack on Twinkies (um, how ideal does that sound?) as you shop through Gilt City’s warehouse sale. Merchandise waits for you to snap up at up to 80% off retail, featuring designer brands like Valentino, Tibi, Sandro, Derek Lam, Helmut Lang, Tom Ford, John Varvatos, and more! The sale takes place from Friday September 9th to Saturday with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions available. Get your ticket here!

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Pig Island

Pig out at the annual Pig Island celebration! On September 10th join fellow foodies at the Erie Basin Park in Red Hook for this porky celebration featuring all things pig. Dine on decadent beer and pork samples from New York’s best chefs, brewers, hard-cider makers and vinters. General admission for one is just $75, and $150 for two. Take a pal and go hog wild! Details here.

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The US Open 2016

This Tuesday, September 6th, go where all the cool kids go – to the US Open! The final Grand Slam event of the season takes place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing NY, where you might catch a glimpse of tennis royalty like Serena or Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, or Rafael Nadal. Score 40% off upper promenade admission on Gilt City here.

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Hit the town on September 16th at the LUCKYRICE Moon Festival Cocktail Feast. Held at the Bowery Hotel, this raved about event offers a delicious way for event-goers to enjoy Asian inspired Bombay Sapphire East Gin cocktails from top New York mixologists. Make it a girls night out with VIP admission and enjoy an additional hour of sipping and tasting. Tickets on sale here.

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The New York Coffee Festival

This is my kind of event. NYC has a passionate coffee culture, as evidenced by The New York Coffee Festival. Featuring over 70 artisanal coffee purveyors and gourmet food stalls, this will be the NYCF’s second year – it’s a perfect event for any coffee fan! Score 40% off VIP admission – that means all day access and priority access at the entrance (because nothing should keep you from a good brew) as well as other perks – on Gilt City here.

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The Great Big Bacon Picnic

Because one pig event wasn’t enough, The Great Big Bacon Picnic in Williamsburg is another chance for you (and a friend or two) to celebrate all things bacon! Top-shelf spirits and craft beer will be served alongside bacon delicacies from over 100 local chefs, brewmasters, and distillers. Saturday, September 24-25th | 3 sessions | tickets on sale here!

Refinery Rooftop’s Beach House Party -

Refinery's Rooftop Party

On Saturday, September 10th join Refinery for their Rooftop Beach House Party in midtown. Toast to the end of summer with specialty cocktails while snacking on tasty treats like sliders, ceviche, grilled steak, scrambled eggs, and more. Tickets here!

*While all of these events feature Gilt City links, this post is not sponsored by Gilt City, I just find Gilt an excellent way to find and save money on NYC experiences. Speaking of saving money, use my link to get 25% off your first purchase!

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle Rave!

I am completely obsessed with Bath and Body Works’ seasonal candles! I remember when I was a little girl and my mom used to take me to the B&BW at our local mall. I loved testing all the perfumes, lotions, and body soap – and I still do, but right now I’m just completely in love with their candles. As a part of the Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox program I was sent a B&BW mini candle in Nutmeg and Spice, along with a coupon code. Being the shopaholic that I am, I immediately went online and put that coupon to good use! I stocked up on about 7 mini candles and one three-wick candle, along with numerous other B&BW goods (I couldn’t help myself, plus they had a sale going on!). So I thought I’d share my review of not only my Beauty Blogger VoxBox candle, but also the other candles in their seasonal line!

White Barn No.1 Nutmeg and Spice – “A warm and cozy fragrance inspired by an elegant mixture of nutmeg and all of autumn’s very best spices”. I have to admit, Nutmeg and Spice was not my favorite candle. It was too heady and reminded me of my 12th grade science classroom (not a good place, trust me).

Cider Lane – “As sweet as the trip to the local apple orchard each year, a delicious fall blend of mulled cider, warm caramel, and sweet cinnamon”. The caramel notes really come through in this candle, and the cinnamon and apple play nice background dancers.

Frosted Cupcake – “A true food-lover’s delight – fresh vanilla bean, sugar, cake batter, and rich buttercream frosting mix it up and create and irresistible scent”. Easily one of my favorite candles ever, Frosted Cupcake smells as good as the description sounds!

Autumn – “On the brink of sweater weather – this inviting fragrance blends dark pomegranate with red apple and notes of fir balsam”. I love this scent so much, I bought both a mini version and the larger three-wick size – the B&BW description is completely accurate.

Cinnamon Sugared Donut – “Share the delight with a homemade vanilla cake donut covered in sugar crystals and crushed cinnamon”. There used to be this bakery near 14th street and 1st avenue that made these massive donut holes – they were so good and warm, always fresh, and only $0.20 each. For me, this candle reminds me of that place, it really smells like a warm cinnamon donut.

 Autumn Day – “A crisp, autumn medley celebrating the changing seasons and the beauty of the harvest with notes of fresh cut cedar, juicy fig and sandalwood”. I love, love, love this candle – it smells so much like my dad’s cologne in a warm comforting way. Plus, I love sandalwood –and it plays in so well with the other scents of this candle.

Leaves – “Celebrate the brilliant colors of autumn with this rich blend of golden nectar, red apple and berries”. This smells so much like warm apple cider with cinnamon and cloves, it just makes me wish for Thanksgiving. Definitely another favorite.

‘Tis the Season – “Deep green pine, rich red apples and a touch of cinnamon blend to create a timeless and heartwarming holiday scent”.  I love this scent so much that I burned through my whole mini candle in two days – it just plain smells like Christmas.

Check out B&BW’s online store, Fall line of scented candles, as well as their recently released Christmas/Winter season scents here!

Please remember whenever you burn flame candles like these to place them in a safe stable place away from flammable objects, or things that might tip the candle (and hot wax) over. Also, do not pour out the oil into the sink – you shouldn’t pour out any oil until the wick is fully burned (hot wax can be messy and dangerous if not handled responsibly).

*I received the Nutmeg and Spice mini candle complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in ANY way (for more info, please see my PR page).

September Favorites!

I’m so happy that fall is here – it’s my absolute favorite season. I love the changing color of the leaves, the cool weather, warm sweaters, all of it! Anyways, another thing I’m excited about is this month’s favorite’s list- there’s nothing I like better than discovering a great new product and sharing it with you! September’s favorites are all products that I’ve tried personally, and all helped me ease into the fall season-

The first on my list is the Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller. Caffeine gel stimulates and energizes, while lemon essence brightens your under eye area. The rollerball feels like a mini-massage and it really works wonders on your under eye area. I would also recommend this as a concealer for those hard-to-conceal dark circles. It has a pleasantly mild scent that’s virtually undetectable, which is great if you’re sensitive to scented products.

The next product that I’ve fallen in love with is Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Think Pink (901B). It’s this beautiful bubblegum pink that just looks gorgeous on! Plus, it has great pigment, it’s creamy, and doesn’t feather at all – and all for $1.99 at your local drugstore!

I wait all year ‘round for fall just so I can break out my boots. I have a genuine boot obsession, and if I had the space I’d probably do myself some serious financial damage just with my footwear purchases. This year, my newest pair of kicks is the Rocket Dog Sheriff Boot’s in Brown. I love Rocket Dog, they always have the cutest shoes, and are always super comfy- and these have a really great urban cowgirl feel to them. Plus they add a little height- which in my case is always a good thing!

There is nothing like walking into your home and having it smell just plain amazing. I love candles, and Glade has a Cashmere Woods line that smells just like fall. I prefer using the candle, although they have scented oils and sprays. It really makes your whole house smell like vanilla, and sort of like sandalwood – it’s so comforting and warm. Definitely a favorite!

Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil featuring a Moringa Oil blend – I don’t know if Moringa Oil is the new argan oil, but I love the shampoo and conditioner that Matrix came out with. It really leaves your hair smelling, looking, and feeling good. My locks felt light, and looked shiny and nourished after using them- what more could a girl ask for?

Aveda Licorice Tea- We have a tea thing at my house, and aveda’s licorice tea is a family favorite. At $17 a box, I understand it’s a bit pricy but I haven’t found its equal anywhere – when you sip it, the tea has a mild unimpressive flavor about it, but then as you continue to drink it a delicious sweetness blossoms underneath your tongue. Simply put, it’s a magically amazing tea.

My last favorite for September isn’t actually a product, but it is something I wanted to share with you. We love BBC productions, I mean between me and my sister we own every drama produced by the British. And I can’t get over how cute and clever the introduction to their DVD’s is, if you’ve own a BBC DVD then you’ve probably seen it, if not – then I’ve included it here for your viewing pleasure:

Thanks for reading my September favorites! Do you have any favorite products??? Have you used any of the products on my list? What about the fall season has you excited??? Let me know in the comments below!

Linger Rose Pin-to-Win!

There’s nothing like cool weather to bring out my inner fashionista. Everything from scarves, gloves, boots, and gorgeous jackets are on my must-have list for this season- and I want to know what’s on yours!

Now, to celebrate fashions favorite season, one of my favorite online resource for the hottest in designer handbags and accessories – Linger Rose, is offering The NYC Talon readers a shot at their own awesome designer handbag – the Hype Harrison X Body Barrel Satchel! Check it out:

How cool is that?! Now in order to enter this contest you will need a pinterest account, and if you don’t have one right now just leave your email in the comments section and I’ll personally send you an invite – and then you can come back here and enter! Once you do have an account, here’s how to enter:

1. Create a pinterest board titled “Linger Rose”

2. Pin (at least) 5 Linger Rose products, or re-pins from the Linger Rose pinterest page onto your board

3. Record and finish up your entries by using the rafflecopter form linked here!

Hype bags have been featured everywhere, including Elle, InStyle, Lucky, People, Time Out, and Marie Claire! The Hype Harrison X Body Barrel Satchel in Black retails on Linger Rose for $225 – featuring pebbled leather, gold bar hardware detail, magnetic snap closure, crossbody strap, and plenty of pockets to hide your cellphone, and other accessories!

Now here’s your chance to get creative, use your pinterest boards to show off your favorite fall fashions and styles- and don’t forget to accessorize with Linger Rose! Good luck!

*Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post. I was approached by Linger Rose, and asked to host this giveaway for my lovely readers. All opinions expressed here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in any way. Please feel free to check out my PR page up top- thanks for stopping by!