Riverpark Luncheon with Alison Sweeney and Arm & Hammer

When you’ve lived your entire life in one place, you begin to think you know it by heart. All its nooks and crannies, the best places for brunch, dinner, for taking a leisurely walk on Saturday afternoon. So naturally I was beyond surprised when I was invited down to the famed Riverpark restaurant for a farm-to-table luncheon hosted by Arm & Hammer and Alison Sweeney. I had no idea that the restaurant was home to a flourishing urban farm, amazing food, and breathtaking city views!

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Farmer Sam and Alison (every time I see her I have to pinch myself, I spent so many years coming home from school to watch Alison as Days of Our Lives’ Sami Brady!) gave us the grand tour. Alison reflected on the importance of clean and authentic ingredients – from the plate to our toothpaste. Alison has partnered with Arm & Hammer for many years, she pointed out how with Arm & Hammer you can always tell it’s working because you can feel it.

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Farmer Sam, who showed us around, shared that maintaining a garden comes with its own set of complications. The garden is rested on unfilled milk crates, which give it it’s mobility. That means in case of a storm or unpredictable weather, the garden can be transported in doors. The produce from the garden, naturally, end up on the plates served at Riverpark.

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Riverpark, owned by Tom Colicchio, presented us with a lovely lunch designed and prepared by Executive Chef Andrew Smith. We started off with burrata served with heirloom tomatoes, stone fruit, charred breadcrumbs and basil. Riverparks urban farm boasts numerous varieties of basil, their fragrance sweetening the air outside the restaurant while adding fresh flavor to the dishes served inside.

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Did you know that cheese neutralizes acid and aids in preserving tooth enamel? As if I needed any more reason to eat more cheese! Meanwhile, stone fruit contains high levels of vitamin C, which is vital for gum tissue health. I’ve never had stone fruit with burrata and I absolutely loved the combination. The sweet fruit brought out the sun-warmed sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes and the creaminess of the burrata.

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I chose the salmon as my main course, I once read that a restaurant that can cook salmon without drying it out is a good restaurant indeed. Riverpark’s salmon – served with heirloom peppers, zucchini, crispy fingerling potatoes, and rosemary – was perfectly cooked, as if it had been done sous vide. Salmon, a great source of vitamin D, also helps with calcium absorption.

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Our lunch was ended on a sweet note with a Summer Fruit Trifle. Strawberries, blueberries, lemon verbena whipped cream, chiffon cake, and a pistachio sacristan rounded out my ideal summer dessert.

Thank you to the Arm & Hammer team for a lovely lunch!

Jamie Greenberg’s Allergy Face Tips & Looks Available on the beGlammed App!

Most of my mornings start way too early, with packed trains, elbows, coffee, and loads of foot traffic. So it was a much more than a welcome reprieve when I was invited to spend my Wednesday morning with Jordana Brewster and celebrity makeup artist, Jamie Greenberg, at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Gramercy Terrace.

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I’ve met Jamie before, and she is so sweet and clearly so passionate about what she does. I wish I had half the energy she did that morning! Seriously though, there really isn’t enough caffeine in a cup of coffee anymore, is there?

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Jamie, who has been working with Zyrtec for about 4 years now, knows all about the struggles brought on by allergy season – “As a makeup artist, I know that looking your best can be a challenge, especially during allergy season. I am so excited to work with the makers of Zyrtec to develop new tips to help women solve their Allergy Face beauty challenges – watery eyes, red nose and puffiness.”

Here are some of Jamie’s Beauty Tips:

  • Make sure makeup removing wipes are marked as gentle for sensitive skin or you’ll run the risk of worsening redness from Allergy Face.
  • Use a hydrating mask and a light moisturizer to even out skin texture and color.
  • Make your eyes appear more open by curling your lashes, and applying black mascara to upper and lower lashes when dealing with watery eyes.

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I was also treated to an Allergy Face, customized, makeover by the beGlammed app team! My makeup artist, Darlene, was incredibly nice and didn’t mind the fact that I awkwardly blinked-smudged the mascara she was applying, and tried talking while she was applying my lipstick. Thanks Darlene! ;)

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Right now, until June 7th, the beGlammed app is offering Allergy Face makeovers as a part of their services provided. Allergy Face makeovers are designed to tackle your biggest Allergy Face concerns – itchy, watery eyes, and red noses too! The app also lists many of Jamie’s best tips, so you can try them out on your own as well. To find out more, click here.

Everyday Art: Luxury Spanish Porcelain Brand, LLadro, Brings Creative Pedigree to Lifestyle Products

As a self-confessed homebody, having nice things at home means a lot to me. A gorgeous piece of art makes the home look more inviting, a boutique candle makes the home smell more inviting – you know what I mean. It’s the little things that create a space that’s expressive of who we are. So naturally I was excited when Lladro invited me to swing by their boutique on Madison Avenue. Lladro is a Spanish luxury porcelain brand that are widely known for their creative, classic, and completely collectible creations. Lladro porcelain pieces are painstakingly handcrafted, and are collected around the world for their beauty and craftsmanship. As much as I loved looking at Lladro’s ceramic artwork, I was there to check out their Home Fragrances Collection.

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The Lladro Home Fragrances Collection consists of a core Heavenly Dreams candle and diffuser selection, a signature nose candle, and a signature Volutes candle.

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Each of Lladro’s Heavenly Dreams candles feature a ceramic angel figurine on the lid, they come in three poses: Thinking of You, Dreaming of You, and Missing You – which translates into the angel folding its arms, leaning on its arms, or waiting expectantly. I love this detail so much, it really ties the candles into the mother brand. You’re basically buying a small Lladro creation.

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The Heavenly Dreams candles are all inspired by the Mediterranean and the brand’s creative universe, and the scents include: Gardens of Valencia, Mediterranean Beach, A Secret Orient, Tropical Blossoms, and last but not least, I love You, Mom.

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I couldn’t actually pick a favorite, but if I had too I’d choose Tropical Blossoms and Mediterranean Beach which are both so lovely. Mediterranean Beach has an orange blossom and woody tone, but it’s very fresh and transformative as a home scent. Tropical Blossoms, which is the scent I ended up picking, is a floral perfume of Italian mandarin and frangipani, with the tropical fragrance of benjoin. I didn’t even know what benjoin was until I burned this candle, then I was all obsessed by finding other fragrances with it. It’s basically a balsamic resin taken from the bark of specific trees, it has quite a distinctive smell.

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All of the Heavenly Dreams candles burn for up to 45 hours, the diffusers have a duration of up to three months, and the Nose and Volutes candles last up to 35 hours.  Once you’re done burning them, you can absolutely reuse these for cotton balls or to hold your makeup brushes on your vanity.

I’m not going to lie, the boutique kind of feels like an art museum. I learned so much about their process – like how pieces like this equestrian number can take a number of artists to create. Each layer – from color to accessories to glaze – will require it to be re-fired in the kiln. Another cool fact? When Lladro releases a limited edition item, they will make the set number of that item and then actually break the mold. Yep, breaking the mold ensures that no other replica can be made – it really asserts that collectors are indeed investing in a unique piece.

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Speaking of unique, the lighting! I could not get over how gorgeous they were. Lladro lighting definitely falls into the realm of luxury, with prices ranging into the tens of thousands of dollars. But a girl can dream, and this girl is dreaming of their Niagara Chandelier’s. They use optic fibers to suspend painstakingly crafted porcelain fairies or foliage. The light travels down the fiber and illumiates the ceramic creations, creating a breathtaking sort of Midsummer’s Eve-type effect. You can also bend the fibers yourself, cracking them and creating fissures for the light to catch along the fiber. Boy, if I had a spare 50k!

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Between the gorgeous lighting, contemporary and charming Animal Heroes collection, their work with artists, and their amazing Home Fragrances Collection, Lladro is not just your grandmother’s ceramic brand! It’s an innovative lifestyle one too!

To find out more about Lladro’s Home Fragrances Collection or their other products watch the video above, then click here!

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide (for last minute shoppers)

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.

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Calling all last minute shoppers! If you haven’t checked off everyone on your holiday shopping list, then you’re not alone. Normally I’m really good about getting my shopping done earlier, but this year I’m still hunting for the “perfect” gift for some of my friends and family. I blame school, work, and the three weeks that I spent being atrociously sick. Luckily, my BabbleBoxx friends hooked me up with the ultimate package of perfect gifts. Any one of these items would make a great gift, so feel free tweet/share this post as a massive hint to the people you’ve been nice to this year. Or you could always choose the fail proof method of treat-yo-self (just saying, it’s fail proof).

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When I was much, much younger I used to spot the Omaha Steak ads in the Sunday coupon adverts. I swore that one day I would order steaks from them, they looked amazing and special and I just knew they would taste so good. Fast forward to recently and I can honestly say they are some of the tastiest steaks that I’ve had. And my whole family – including my hardcore steak fan father – agree, they are super tasty.

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The Tasteful Gift Gourmet Collection includes 2 filet mignons, 2 top sirloins, 2 boneless pork chops, 4 potatoes au gratin, 4 caramel apple tartlets, and 1 signature seasoning packet. You can gift this collection by way of a gift certificate. Omaha Steaks associates are super-friendly and cashing in their voucher is a breeze, shipping is included in this collection and can be enjoyed year-round. Honestly, if you know someone who likes steak or good food, this is a perfect gifting option.

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And that’s not all that’s a great gift for the foodie in your group of friends and family. The Vermont Brownie Company has an amazing Gourmet Brownie Sampler, I’m pretty much heartbroken now that I’m done with mine. With flavors like Espresso Dulce de Leche, Maple Toffee Crunch, Triple Chocolate Chunk, and (my personal favorite) Peanut Butter, this sampler is a definite win.

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Usually I have to beg my sister to make brownies, but now that I know that the Vermont Brownie Company makes such tasty brownies – well, let’s say I won’t be asking her to make hers any time soon. The Vermont Brownie Company’s brownies are all fairly large (you could probably split one between two people if ice cream is involved), and are dense without being cakey – pretty much model brownie material. The Company sources their ingredients from local vendors, which include the likes of Cabot Creamery, Callebaut Belgian Chocolate, Vermont Creamery and King Arthur Flour. The Vermont Brownie Company is offering 15% off to The NYC Talon readers when you order through this link!              

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Have a yogi in your family? Chances are you probably have a friend or family member who have perfected their mountain pose and downward facing dog. YogaJewelz Unity Om Pendant Necklace is great gift for the yoga lover (or “serenity now!” shouter) in your family. Promoting energy and strength – which, honestly we all use a lot more of – this petite pendant is a gorgeous piece for anyone’s jewelry collection.

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I love how intricate the design is, but also how simple and unobtrusive the necklace itself looks. A constant reminder to live an inspired life, YogaJewelz Unity Om pieces make a truly meaningful gift.

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Since I pretty much flat iron my hair every other day, the LumaBella Cool Mist Straightener is without a doubt the coolest beauty product I’ve seen this year. Why? Well this straightener delivers a conditioning treatment, via cool mist technology, to your hair as you straighten it. This technique helps prevent frizz, hydrate and moisturize strands, and delivers salon-quality shine. It’s pretty darn amazing and yes, I’m obsessed. Score 20% off your own LumaBella Cool Mist Straightener with the code ‘MIST20’ – this offer is valid through 12/30/16 so snap up yours now here!

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As someone who has respiratory issues, the Spire Wearable Wellness & Activity Tracker immediately caught my attention. I’ve always been curious about gathering data regarding my breathing behavior, especially whilst I sleep. The Spire stone works by sensing respiratory patterns to detect changes in your state of mind, then it delivers gentle notifications, insights, and suggested breathing exercises to help you unlock a more mindful and productive day.

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I’m always down for anything that will help to manage stress, and I love that the Spire is fully integrated into the Apple Health App and works with Apple watch and an Android App is also now available! And for a limited time you can also use this link for $10 off your Spire purchase  – which makes gifting even easier!

So what do you think, which of these items are making it on to your wishlist?

LG Debuts New LG Sidekick with Malin Akerman

Let’s face it, the athleisure trend in clothing is the best thing to happen to women since the advent of food delivery apps. Designer athletic wear is a booming industry, and because I wear my favorite pieces everywhere from working out to going out for breakfast and even shopping for groceries, I want to take the very best care of them.

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Recently I attended an event debuting LG’s new LG Sidekick Pedestal Washer. The LG Sidekick is revolutionary because it allows for a separate washer, designed exclusively for your delicates!

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The LG SideKick offers six distinct wash cycles, including a special setting for active wear. Despite its small size, the LG SideKick can wash about three to four pounds of laundry per cycle with its one cubic foot of capacity, and operate independently from or simultaneously with an LG front-load washer. This means you can quickly wash your favorite workout gear, your kids favorite blanket, your bathing suit for that last-minute pool party invite, and delicate lingerie.

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Malin Akerman – who is currently starring in Billions but who I know from one of my favorite movies, 27 Dresses – is the spokesperson for the LG Sidekick. Malin, like most of us, is also a big fan of athletic wear and is also a mom to a three year old who makes quick small loads like the one the Sidekick Pedestal Washer is designed for, a necessity.

Keoni Hudoba, trainer and one of the founders of Cyc Fitness, led Malin and us on an insane spin. I love spin class, but this was intense, and I’m so glad I did it. I still struggle with participating in all the unseated positions, but I still get such a sense of accomplishment when I make it all the way to the end of the class. And Keoni has so much energy that you definitely feel motivated to push yourself.

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I’m so glad that I got to check out the washer/dryer. I feel like LG is really on the ball, they’re constantly innovating and creating products that seamlessly fit into our lives and definitely cater to our needs – like I know I seriously appreciate being able to do a smaller load, especially because I have so many delicate items that have been damaged in the larger wash. Also, I pay a pretty penny for some of my most durable and treasured athletic wear and I like that I can take better care of them with the the Sidekick’s pedestal washer.

Right now LG is running a special promotion where you can get an LG front-loading washer plus the LG Sidekick pedestal washer with prices starting from $999 – you can find out more about the LG Sidekick as well as this great deal here!

POPSUGAR Must Have June Box Review & Code!

I can’t even remember the last time that I did a proper unboxing type of post. I love watching and reading other bloggers and vloggers box reveals, and POPSUGAR’s Must Have Box is among my favorites. They always have the best boxes – and now they even have a mini box too! I love how they have this mix of lifestyle and beauty items, which brings me to POPSUGAR’s June Must Have Box.

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POPSUGAR kindly sent me this Must Have Box to try, which is great because there is no kind of regret like the regret you feel when you’ve missed out on a great month for your favorite subscription box. And June was a great month. This box featured 7 items, here they are:

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Neutral Diamonds Print Sarong from Hat Attack – this sarong/scarf has a really nice print on it. I’m all about adding sarongs/scarves to my collection, they’re really versatile and look great over a bathing suit or just worn as a scarf with some pretty sunglasses and a hat. ARV on this one is $58.

“Cheers” Gold Bottle Opener from Sisters of Los Angeles – I love this bottle opener, and not just because I needed a new one and this showed up in the nick of time. This is one sturdy bottle opener, and I love that it looks very Kate Spade but for a less shock-worthy price. Pick up this for your next party at sistersoflosangeles.com for only $12!

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Ridley’s Games Room “Who Am I?” Quiz from Wild and Wolf – I am a hardcore game lover. And I’ve made it my goal to find new games, because honestly, how many times must I beat my family members at Monopoly before they cast me off entirely. “Who Am I?” is a great easy-to-play game where you team up with other players to guess the celebrity. It’s a great ice breaker, we love it at my house. Find out more here, (ARV $12.95).

Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer by NCLA – This gorgeous nail polish is not only cruelty free and wonderfully patriotic, it also can be worn solo or under a base color. Suggested retail: $16, more info here.

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Are You Ready (For Your Close-Up?) Compact by Knock Knock – this is the second mirror I have from Knock Knock and I love them. They’re cute, durable, and definitely useful. Average retail value, $10.

Underarm Deodorant Wipes from Pacifica – Summer heat causes the most beauty melt-downs (at least for me), these wipes keep odors at bay while on the go. More details here, (ARV $9).

Sriracha snacks from Pressels – I must admit I was not adventurous enough to try these, but my sister did and gave them a thumbs up. These handy snacks have got less fat and sodium than other popular chip options, sugg. retail is $1.29 – find out more about Pressels here.

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The entire value of this box is $119.24 which makes this box definitely high value as POPSUGAR Must Have boxes are only $39.95 a month, and POPSUGAR Mini Boxes are $18.95. Visit this link to sign up and get your own POPSUGAR Must Have Box! Right now you can also use the code JUNE5 to get $5 off your first box – I’m not sure how long the code is good for, but be sure to follow them on twitter (or me) for updates!

My DIY Terrarium

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I’m obsessed with terrariums. Yes, I mean it. I love that they add a bit of something green and living into any space. Also, I like that they don’t require a lot of maintenance, that I can forget to keep an eye on it for a couple of days and still find it alive.

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But in the spirit of full disclosure, I have killed a terrarium of plants before. It was a small one, from Whole Foods – which by the way is a great source of cute floral items like terrariums and mini bouquets – and unfortunately I was not able to give it even the minimal care it required. I’m not proud of my green thumbs down. But I actually got this one from a QVC Holiday Press Preview event I attended (watch this space for an in-depth sneak peek) and I was not about to turn away a second chance at adding the perfect amount of low-key greenery to my desk.

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The company that makes these DIY Terrarium Kits is DIY Happy Kits. It’s really well packaged, including activated charcoal, soil, sand, a succulent, a glass terrarium bowl (I really feel like just saying mini fish bowl here), and easy DIY instructions. Even I could figure this one out. They also make these DIY kits to give as corporate or PR gifts, or event swag (like for birthdays and weddings).

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I read that adding things like plants helps you to create a more “zen” workspace. I’m not entirely sold on the whole zen thing, but I do know it is really restful for my eyes not to land on a bright computer screen or even the alternative, piles and piles of papers to be filed. And with a terrarium I don’t have to worry about lighting something on fire like I do when I burn candles. Also, I feel like I’m getting in touch with my inner hipster, which is nice too.

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Beauty Routine Essentials from The Vitamin Shoppe

Vitamins have always been a part of my routine. When I was a kid I used to take those cartoon pills, and now that I’m older I try to take fish oil and other supplements with my daily dose of allergy medicine. In the same way that my antihistamine tackles my aversion to pollen, vitamins have the potential to address some of my beauty hurdles. My most recent beauty routine shake-up has come by way of The Vitamin Shoppe, where you can find some of my favorite new beauty tools to keep me glowing from the inside out!

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We all want gorgeous, glowing skin. And yes please, we’d like to have it without having to don piles of foundation. Makeup is my jam, but skincare is the bread base for all that jam – and the healthier my skin is, the better my makeup looks. Which is why I include biotin in my beauty routine. Biotin is actually a member of the B-complex family of essential vitamins, it’s essential for carbohydrate, fat and amino acid metabolism. But I take it to support healthy skin, hair, and nails – via it’s promotion of cellular energy production.

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Another favorite is vitamin E which works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process. Now that we’ve tackled beauty from the inside, let’s talk about the outside. Coconut and avocado oil are essential for anyone’s routine. I love using coconut oil to remove stubborn eyelash glue, and glitter-heavy eyeliner and eyeshadow. It’s also excellent for face and hair masks. I love the Vitamin Shoppe’s avocado oil for two reasons. One, it’s a high quality oil, and two because the packaging reveals just how on point the Vitamin Shoppe is with their products. The dark glass bottle that the oil is packaged in aligns what I’ve learned about many beauty oils – dark packaging means that the oil inside is being protected from diminished quality by keeping the suns harmful UV rays at bay. This means a longer shelf life for natural beauty products like this. Love it!

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Speaking of beauty lessons, one of my favorite new additions to my daily beauty routine is this Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Hyaluronic Acid has been quite popular in the beauty industry for a while now. Due to it’s moisturizing and rejuvenative properties, a good HA product has been on my list for some time and now that I’ve finally gotten my hands on it I can see why people love it. The trick with hyaluronic acid (which is a moisture magnet) is to pair it up with a good moisturizer. It can benefit people differently based on their skin, but for me, it’s helped clear up some stubborn acne scars.

Speaking of creams, the Alpha Lipoic Acid Anti-Aging Crème is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for a solid anti-aging cream. I’m really partial to this one because it’s luxurious but doesn’t sit heavy on your skin. No one wants a cream that sits on the surface, because that means it’s probably not earning its due. This one gets soaked right up.

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You can find all of these products alongside a wide assortment of creams, serums, essential oils, carrier oils, biotin and collagen products, and vitamins from loads of well-known vendors at any of Vitamin Shoppe’s 800+ stores or online at www.vitaminshoppe.com. Until recently I never even knew that the Vitamin Shoppe was a beauty and skin care lovers paradise!

Are you ready to take your beauty routine to a whole other level? Right now Vitamin Shoppe is giving away this amazing bundle of great product! One random winner will receive: $100 in Vitamin Shoppe gift cards, as well as a gym bag and products. Total value is $250. To enter just fill out at least one of the entries on Rafflecopter form below! Good luck!

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Contest ends June 29, 2016 ET and is open to US only. Good luck! Winner will be chosen randomly by Vitamin Shoppe and be notified by email. The prize will be fulfilled by Vitamin Shoppe.
*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Vitamin Shoppe. All opinions are my own*

Duracell is Offering Free Hearing Tests During the Month of May!

Spring has finally sprung and I’m so excited to share some exciting news with you guys! For those of you who might not know, May is National Better Hearing Month. Recently I joined Duracell and John Slattery – yes that John Slattery, of Mad Men – where Duracell debuted their new short film “Stay Connected” and announced that during the month of May, Duracell is offering 50,000 free hearing tests!

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Hearing impairment is a national health issue, and one that is very near and dear to me since I personally have family members that are hearing impaired and use a hearing aid. Right now, according to the Center for Hearing and Communication, hearing impairment affects 48 million Americans. Research has found that people with mild hearing loss were more likely to develop dementia and nearly three times more likely to have a debilitating fall – which makes spotting and treating hearing loss so crucial. Unfortunately, 80 percent of those affected by hearing loss over the age of 65 often do not seek treatment.

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For those who do, Duracell allows them to stay connected and experience all the moments of their lives more completely by powering them with long lasting hearing aid batteries. For those who don’t Duracell is offering them through this month’s free screenings, a way to take that first step towards being connected and perhaps seeking a full-scale assessment by an audiologist.

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The best part? The tests, administered by through the National Hearing Test, are conducted via a quick over-the-phone screening. Developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health, it is the only screening test that is scientifically validated and the results remain private to the user.

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John Slattery discussed his experience with hearing loss – his father has been wearing a hearing aid for the past five years, and he genuinely hopes that Duracell’s new “Stay Connected” film will help Americans take a closer look at this issue within their own family and encourage them to take the first step with these free screenings.

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Take the test…

To take the free hearing test, you can call 1-844-9-Duracell or visit Duracell.com/StayConnected to view the film and find out more.

6 Ways to Welcome Spring in NYC

One second it’s pouring rain, and the next it’s gorgeous and sunny out – weather like this can only mean one thing – spring has finally come ‘round! It’s time to call up your bestie, emerge from winter hibernation, pop on your sunglasses and get brunching. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite ways to welcome in warmer weather here in NYC! What are your favorite spring spots?

Take a stroll around Central Park…

 

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I know, it’s the most overused recommendation ever. But it’s overused for a reason, we’ve lived here our entire lives and make time to stop by every season, it’s just that gorgeous. Pack up a picnic basket or a light snack and meander on one of the park’s many paths. Feeling a little more adventurous? Head up to 105th street and Broadway to the Conservatory Garden for a real spring treat. The six-acre formal garden opens at 8am and shutters at dusk.

Get cooking!

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I love cooking during the spring. The weather is still friendly for baking, and there is an abundance of ingredients available at the farmer’s market to experiment with. Right now Gilt City has two excellent offers for the culinary inclined – learn to make doughnuts, buttery risotto, or Malaysian curry (among other dishes) at Chanterelle Cooking School in the Lower East Side.

Or, if you’ve already mastered the doughnut, you can also head over to Bhagavat Life, a center for holistic living where you’ll learn how to prepare vegetarian cuisine as well as the ancient principles of healthy living. Learn more here.

For the blushing bride…

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I hear spring is the busiest season when it comes to walking down the aisle. On March 31st Brides Magazine is hosting a wedding photography workshop with expert wedding photographer, Brian Marcus. The workshop with teach you all of the insider secrets to the perfect poses – that way you can get your big day pose down pat. Hosted at Condé Nast’s One World Trade Center Photo Studio, the workshop will also feature mini hair trials by Eva Scrivo Salon and mini makeovers by Rouge New York.

Better with brunch!

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Sometimes I prefer to let someone else do the cooking for me. Luckily, NYC is chock full of amazing brunch spots. I recommend Bar Primi, Dominique Bistro, Catch, and Ristorante Morini. I love to look to Instagram for brunch/lunch recommendations, so tag me (@nyctalon) if you find a great spot too! My advice, keep an eye out for local deals, it’s a great way to try a new place. Right now you can score a three-course lunch for two for only $50 at Ristorante Morini, I just ate there and it was amazing, check it out here.

And a dash of entertainment…

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Hang out with Gwyneth Paltrow at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 12th. The award-winning actress and author will be sharing her new book “It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook”. When you go through this link, you can also score a one-year membership with the Hudson Union, as well as preferred seating, with your ticket purchase.

Do something eventful!

From street fairs to festivals, NYC turns out for the spring. My favorite events are cultural and food events (naturally). The Village Voice is hosting their first annual Brunch Eats Breakfast-For-Dinner Food Event, tickets just started going on sale today – pick them up here and enjoy mouthwatering brunch dishes all aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Flight Deck! Sounds like an event that is not to be missed!

You could also catch MasterVoice’s Dido and Aeneas on April 28th and 29th, featuring Kelli O’hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko – I also hear that the gowns for this performance were designed by Christian Siriano, I bet they’re gorgeous! Tickets on sale here.

You can also pop in to any one of NYC’s amazing museums – I’ve been planning to go to The Frick Collection for ages and I’ve decided this is the year that I go, so I might just see you there!

What are you favorite places to stop by during springtime?