Get Out & About: NYC Events this September

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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*:

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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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LUCKYRICE Event NYC

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!

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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!

NYC’s Breads Bakery

I am ridiculously late to the Breads Bakery bandwagon. Still, I’m sure there’s room for one more, which is great seeing as how I am officially addicted to whatever Breads is selling. Just yesterday after what feels like years of planning on going, I finally went. Breads, if you don’t know, is NYC royalty thanks to their famous Chocolate Babka. While there was plenty of babka to be had, I did not actually try it (it has Nutella, so yes get it, it’s probably fantastic), but I did end up with some amazing pastry.

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Breads on-premises baking facility means this New York institution is serving up fresh joy on a daily basis. I went to the flagship location by Union Square, but they also have a spot over in Bryant Park, as well as near Lincoln Center.

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Whenever I try a new spot I like to stick to the “five item rule” – it’s my personal completely bendable and terribly breakable rule. I try to limit myself to just five items – that way if I turn out to not like a place at all I won’t feel like I broke the bank pointlessly, it’s also a good way for me to tell whether or not a bakery is popular because it has an item that makes a good instagram photo or because they actually are offering up amazing goods. By the way, Breads Bakery is both. For my maiden voyage, I picked out two raspberry marzipan cookies, two apricot marzipan cookies, their creme brulee type pastry, spinach and cheese pastry, chocolate croissant, fruit tart, and lemon meringue tart.

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Yes, I completely broke the five item rule. But that’s the good thing about self-set rules, you can break them and feel absolutely guilt-free.

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I shared my haul with my mom and sister, and while we’re normally people generous in spirit we were kind of reduced to horrible greedy humans as a result of these sweets. Someone may or may not have been threatened over half of a chocolate croissant. Which is pretty much the identifying sign of great food – when you’re willing to eliminate a family member over it.

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I definitely recommend that you try as many pastries as you like when you go to Breads, but absolutely do not walk out without their marzipan cookies and at least one croissant.

For store locations, times, and more information, check out Breads Bakery here.

Breads Bakery
18 E 16th St
New York, NY 10003

LG Supports Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” at Taste of the Nation Charity Fundraiser Event in NYC

Did you know that more than 16 million American children are affected by childhood hunger? It’s a staggering number, and the reason why Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” Taste of the Nation culinary series exists – to help raise awareness and support in tackling this imperative issue. The Taste of the Nation series takes place in various cities across that nation, and last week, many of NYC’s top chef’s and mixologists came together for NYC’s Taste of the Nation fundraiser. As one of Share Our Strength’s premier national partners, LG had an exciting presence at the event – if you didn’t know, earlier this month LG Electronics USA announced their unique partnership with Share Our Strength, which is committed to help end childhood hunger with No Kid Hungry.

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Thanks to LG, I was able to attend Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Taste of the Nation Charity Fundraiser. LG had setup what looked like a small restaurant in the space, complete with a menu, and a preview of LG’s line of Black Stainless Steel kitchen appliances. In between bites, we were able to put LG’s Virtual Kitchen Design tool to work – the design tool helps visualize how LG’s Black Stainless Steel works in every kitchen environment and design. I also had their 100 Mile NY Filet Mignon which was served with Yukon gold gnocchi, upstate NY spring onion relish, Catskill asparagus, and red pepper coulis.

LG Farm to Table Filet Mignon

It was so good – the filet mignon was perfectly tender and so delicious, I would have kept ordering it if I didn’t have over 30 other restaurants to sample from! Here’s what else I ate:

Sexy Taco Dirty Cash Taste of the NationPublic Restaurant Taste of the Nation

Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash’s Chef Brian Washington-Palmer treated guests to Chile Braised Pork Tostadas with Jicama-Cumin Slaw – I’m adding this spot to my need-to-eat-at list, these tostadas were ridiculously good. I am not a big fan of vegan desserts, my experience with them has been unexciting. However, Public Restaurant’s Chef Brad Farmerie served up a Vegan Dark Chocolate Oat Tart that was shockingly decadent – I was certainly a fan. One hot spot at the event was Chef Jessica Weiss’ (Marta & Maialino) assorted biscotti buffet. Guests were loading up on a variety of her cookies – and I definitely appreciated her salted chocolate cookies the next day!

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Underwest Donuts’ Chef Scott Levine was turning out extremely popular Halva Donuts next door to Root & Bone’s Chef Romina Peixoto’s Kentucky Donuts with Bourbon Cream – they were both the stuff of dreams. The Kentucky Donuts were served warm, which only heightened the experience for me.

OddFellows at Taste of the NationSherry B Dessert Studio Taste of the Nation

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. had an amazing Neopolitan Sundae – I’ve actually never been to OddFellows so this was a real treat for me. It was so good, now I know that I HAVE to go! Sherry B Dessert Studio had an all-star lineup featuring Fluffernutter on Banana Bread (classic peanut butter and marshmallow fluff reimagined as an ice cream, sandwiched between layers of banana bread), Suzy Q (an ice cream sandwich take on the infamous snack cake with Sweet Cream Ice Cream and Devil’s Food Cake), and The Tipsy Lux (Luxardo Maraschino Cherries soaked in maraschino liquor and blended with swirls of Amaretto fudge and Amaretto Candies Almonds, all piled high on a Maraschino Cake).

I went back for seconds thirds of Sessanta’s (Chef Paul DiBari) Spiedini of Marinated Octopus with Chermoula. I even snapped up their last serving. ICE also served up an insane pasta that I unfortunately cannot remember the name of.

Sessanta Taste of the Nation NYC

I almost had to roll myself out of there, haha! There was so much great food, and it was so nice seeing the nation’s top chefs and restaurants get together for a great cause. LG’s partnership with Share Our Strength is a perfect fit, seeing as how LG is a brand that is really dedicated to bringing families together in the kitchen, they hold family mealtime at the core of its values so dedicating themselves to helping make sure that more kids across the country are getting access to the healthy meals that they need makes perfect sense!

To learn more about LG Electronics and No Kid Hungry’s partnership, click here.

April 21st Event Alert: Join Dr. Whitney Bowe & dr.brandt at Sephora!

Calling all beauty and skincare loving New Yorkers! This Thursday, on April 21st, celebrated dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe will be visting the 9th Avenue Sephora store and offering one-on-one dr.brandt skincare consultations and demonstrations of dr.brandt award-winning anti-aging products! I’m so excited – dr.brandt is one of my favorite skincare brands and my mom loves their overnight serum.

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Dr. Bowe’s work in skin rejuvenations, laser dermatology and the link between nutrition and skincare has made her one of the most in-demand skincare experts in the entire country. She was one of the first two physicians named to the dr.brandt Skin Advisory Board, an impressive roster of specialists who, like the legendary Dr. Brandt, are pioneers in the field of anti-aging cosmetic dermatology and skin care. Members of the dr.brandt Skin Advisory Board are dedicated to continuing Dr. Brandt’s legacy of breakthrough innovation that adheres to the strictest standard of scientific excellence.

At the Sephora event, Dr. Bowe will introduce two new dr. brandt anti-aging products available at Sephora stores nationwide beginning this month. Inspired by the skin-revitalizing and radiance-renewing vitamin shots available in Dr. Brandt’s medical offices, new Power Doses

C & D are topical treatments in liquid form that can be blended into moisturizer or smoothed directly on the face and neck:DRB VITAMIN C SILO 07C_WHT GRACOLDRB VITAMIN D SILO 07E WHT GRACOL

• Vitamin C Power Dose is engineered to deliver the highest Vitamin C concentration that the skin can absorb. It has been shown to dramatically boost collagen production and brighten skin for a visibly smoother, firmer complexion with enhanced skin clarity. It has also been shown to shield skin against free-radical damage that can lead to hyper-pigmentation and premature aging.

• Vitamin D Power Dose is formulated to mimic sun exposure and trigger the natural production of Vitamin D in the skin without the harmful effects of the sun exposure. By harnessing the essential sunshine vitamin, it helps create a barrier against environmental damage. This barrier helps prevent breakouts and reduces dryness, sensitization and other signs of premature aging.

Event Details

Sephora NYC drbrant Event

WHAT:  Dr. Whitney Bowe Skincare Consultation and Demonstration

WHEN: April 21st, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Sephora
                  27 9th Avenue
                  New York, NY 10014

Restaurant Review: Ristorante Morini

A typical day for me involves taking a rather long, but not arduous, journey uptown by way of Madison Avenue. There are worse avenues to travel. And every day, for quite sometime, I pass Ristorante Morini and make mental notes to eat there. Thanks to Gilt City, I finally got my chance. Being of the kind that spends hours reading Yelp reviews and following food blogs, I was well aware that Ristorante Morini was not only one of the restaurants belonging to Michael White’s Altamarea Group but also that it had a pretty darn good reputation. And judging by my experience it’s a reputation that’s well-earned.

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Upon entry, the first thing you’ll notice about Ristorante Morini is their gorgeous bar, which adds character to the white tablecloth atmosphere. The restaurant does consist of two levels, with the top accessible by elevator. Drawing a fair, but not crushing crowd, their prix fixe lunch menu is one of the better ones that I’ve seen in the city. For our appetizers my guest, Rosemary from NYC Style & A Little Cannoli, had Bocconcini – tomato-braised chicken-eggplant meatballs with mozzarella di bufala and garnished with torn basil.

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The meatballs were insane – perfectly tender, and packed with flavor. They tasted like they had some kind of sausage in them, but I’m not certain. I had the Tonno – bigeye tuna tartare, crispy fingerlings, radish, and parsnip crema. I’m a massive tartare fan, so I eat tuna pretty often. This tartare was fresh, and I loved the texture added on by the crispy fingerlings, but the most spectacular addition to this tartare was the crisped capers. They tasted like they had been briefly pan fried, which gave this instant pop of saltiness that enhanced the whole dish.

Ristorante Morini Tartare

For our main, she had grilled sea bass, served with cauliflower, pine nuts, golden raisins, and saba. The dish was plated beautifully, and according to Rosemary, very delicious. I had the Milanese, a crispy veal cutlet wrapped in bruschetta, and served with aged balsamico and cream spinach. I loved it, it’s so filling that I couldn’t even finish all of it (which rarely happens, haha!).

Ristorante Morini Sea Bass

For dessert we had the Budino – a sweet italian custard or pudding – this one featured Gianduja, chocolate crema, banana, and hazelnut gelato. Rosemary had the Panna Cotta, one of my favorite desserts, this was a vanilla panna cotta with citrus, pistachio, toasted meringue, and blood orange granita.

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The toasted meringue were so tiny and perfect! They were really reflective of the entire meal which was clearly executed perfectly and done with attention to every detail. I cannot wait to bring my friends and family here – next time I’m definitely trying their pasta, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about! Want to dine at Ristorante Morini yourself? Right now Gilt City had an amazing deal for dinner and brunch at Ristorante Morini – check them out here! While you’re there be sure to check out Gilt City’s other local offerings!

May 11th Event Alert: The Village Voice Brunch Eats Tasting Event!

The Village Voice Brunch Eats Tasting Event | read more at nyctalon.com

Happy Friday! I’m kind of bummed because today is absolutely gorgeous out and I’m stuck at home ridiculously sick. Leave it me to wait until the beautiful beginning of spring to get monstrously sick. Well done immune system, well done. But enough of my complaining, I’m super super excited to share about this amazing event with you guys. The Village Voice, which if you don’t know throws quite a few exciting food events every year, is hosting their FIRST annual The Village Voice Brunch Eats Tasting Event!

The Village Voice Brunch Eats Tasting Event | read more at nyctalon.com

This is the first year of what I expect will be an extremely popular event – I’ve written about it before, NY’ers LOVE their brunch food! The breakfast-for-dinner food event will be held on top of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Flight Deck & Space Shuttle Pavilion and will feature 20+ of New York City’s top restaurants and bakeries lauded in the Village Voice. Expect their best bites, mouth-watering brunch dishes plus themed cocktails like bellinis, mimosas, bloody marys and (naturally) coffee – all while enjoying music under the stars.

Plus, the Voice has just released the first round of 8 participants including The Black Ant, Butter & Scotch, Calle Dao, Le Fond, Nha Minh, Osteria Cotta, Streets BK, and Underwest Donuts!

VIP Guests will receive a VIP gift bag and have access to the VIP Shuttle Pavilion, while all guests will sample and sip from 20+ attending vendors aboard the top of The Intrepid’s Flight Deck, amongst properller planes that were used during World War II, guests will also enjoy full access to The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum ($22 Value).

Tickets on sale here!

Also, Brunch Eats is accepting volunteer applications until April 27th to assist the Voice team on-site at the event. All volunteers will receive a free general admission ticket to the Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival. For more information and to apply, visit here: http://microapp.villagevoice.com/brunch-eats/2016/volunteer.php.

Sponsors for Brunch Eats include: Califia Farms, Whole Foods Market, Vita Coco, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Frames NYC, John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Polar Beverages, and Green Mountain Energy.

EVENT DETAILS:
The Village Voice’s First Annual Brunch Eats Breakfast-For-Dinner Food Event
DATE: Wednesday, May 11th 2016
VENUE: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Flight Deck
    12th Ave & W. 46th St. | Manhattan, NY 10036
TICKETS: On Sale: Wednesday, March 30th @ 10AM — http://bit.ly/BrunchEatsTix
General Admission Ticket – $60 | VIP Ticket – $85
TIME: 8PM – 11PM
For the latest on “Brunch Eats” please visit:
www.bruncheats.com

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!

Cooking School

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…

Brides

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!

Ristorante Morini

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…

Gwyneth

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?

Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg Reveals Her Spring Beauty Tips with Zyrtec & Gilt City

My seasonal allergies act as my yearly reminder that spring has indeed sprung. Just a few days after I noticed my persistent sniffling and watery eyes were not a late-winter cold but just the return of my allergies, I was invited to join celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg and actress Jordanna Brewster for a fun event with Gilt City and Zyrtec who have teamed up with Jamie to offer Gilt City shoppers a sweet promo (more on that in a minute). The event was held at the Crosby Street Hotel, which is one of my favorite spots in the city because the penthouse views are seriously gorgeous, take a look!

Allergy Face Event with Jamie Greenberg and Jordanna Brewster hosted by Gilt City and Zyrtec | read more at nyctalon.comAllergy Face Event with Jamie Greenberg and Jordanna Brewster hosted by Gilt City and Zyrtec | read more at nyctalon.com

Jamie’s tips for making sure that allergies don’t get the best of your beauty routine, include avoiding wiggling the wand (which I admit, I do) when you’ve got allergies as it can cause your eyes to water more and leave you with smudges. She also suggests trying out a flat fan brush instead of wand to apply mascara, if all else fails, use disposable mascara wands each time you apply mascara during the allergy season, it’ll help you avoid allergens and other build-up that can occur on reusable wands.

Allergy Face Event with Jamie Greenberg and Jordanna Brewster hosted by Gilt City and Zyrtec | read more at nyctalon.com

Jamie also recommends applying cool moisturizer, which may help reduce puffiness caused by allergies. Storing your moisturizer in your refrigerator (I store mine in the butter compartment), and before bedtime remove all your makeup with a gentle cleanser and apply the cool cream to your face to soothe and nourish skin overnight.

Allergy Face Event with Jamie Greenberg and Jordanna Brewster hosted by Gilt City and Zyrtec | read more at nyctalon.com

My favorite bit of new advice was this – very often oils, allergens, and other residue can build up on the surface of our makeup (and even in our cosmetic bags – so clean those regularly too!). To avoid this issue, Jamie suggests laying transparent adhesive tape over the powder to remove straggling debris from the surface. It’s also a good idea to opt for pencils instead of twist-up products, as every time you sharpen you’ll know that you’re starting off with a clean layer of makeup.

While I didn’t arrive early enough to catch Jordanna, I was able to get a gorgeous and Allergy Face friendly look done by Sarah DiGisco from GLAMSQUAD – thanks Sarah!

Allergy Face Event with Jamie Greenberg and Jordanna Brewster hosted by Gilt City and Zyrtec | read more at nyctalon.com

Now about that promo I mentioned, right now until May 30th, you can score a free Allergy Face beauty bag (RV $19) when you shop Gilt City’s Beauty in Bloom sale and check out with at least one item. The beauty bag features sample sizes of Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream, Neutrogena Moisture Shine Gloss, Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara, as well as an Allergy Sufferers’ Guide to Spring Beauty and a $10 off coupon for Zyrtec, all packaged in a sturdy cosmetic bag as seen here:

Allergy Face Event with Jamie Greenberg and Jordanna Brewster hosted by Gilt City and Zyrtec | read more at nyctalon.com

The Beauty in Bloom sale has loads of gorgeous accessories as well as some handy beauty supplies. I love shopping on Gilt & Gilt City, and I’ve already got my eye on a pair of amazing shades – they’d be perfect for spring! Also, while you’re checking out the sale, be sure to enter Gilt City & Zyrtec’s The Ultimate Spring Refresh Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to L.A., a makeover by Jamie Greenberg herself, $1ooo in gift cards and more!

Do you have any great spring beauty tips or tricks, if you do, let me know in the comments below!

Best for Brunch: Dominique Bistro in the West Village

Brunch is pretty much a NYC staple. It seems like we’ve altogether abandoned the idea of “lunch” for a menu featuring both breakfast and dinner hybrids, and I’m sure not complaining. Brunch is my new favorite meal (followed shortly by dessert), and finding great brunch spots is sort of a personal mission of mine. A couple of weeks ago, with fork in hand, my friend and I were invited to stop by Dominique Bistro over in the West Village. Located on the cutest corner, you can’t help but feel like you’ve stepped away from the bustle of everyday busyness when you arrive at Dominique Bistro.

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That relaxed kind of energy is maintained throughout. The inside of Dominique is modern, but relaxed and the service is attentive, but not overwhelming. You won’t be bothered by persistent servers here. In the mornings quite a few people stop by just for the coffee, and when we arrived there were already a few couples brunching. Dominique Bistro does sport an open kitchen set-up, but it’s all very well done and you definitely don’t hear the clatter of plates or pans coming from that corner. In keeping with that elegant Parisian feel, the actual restaurant is pretty small, but tall ceilings and large open windows open the space up in such a way as you don’t feel crowded at all.

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The brunch menu is ideal – you have savory options like Truffle Eggs, Eggs Provencal, and the classic brunch stand-bys Eggs Benedict and Avocado Toast, as well as a sweeter option in the Belgian Waffles served with fresh berries and chocolate mousse. I opted for the Duck Hash, boasting duck confit, potato, poached eggs, lardons, and arugula, while my friend had Eggs Benedict with prosciutto cotto.

Dominique Bistro in the West Village, NYC | read more at nyctalon.comDominique Bistro in the West Village, NYC | read more at nyctalon.com

I’m not going to lie, I should have stopped half-way through the Duck Hash. It was insanely filling, but the flavors were so on point that I had to restrain myself from licking the plate. The Duck Confit was perfectly tender, and the lardons were crisp, a perfect accompaniment to the poached eggs (also done perfectly). There was no part of that dish that I didn’t love. My friend loved her Eggs Benedict. “This is exactly how brunch should be” she said, sipping her expertly made cappuccino “great food, done well enough that it almost feels too decadent for breakfast”.

Dominique Bistro in the West Village, NYC | read more at nyctalon.com

Since then I’ve been poring over their menu, making plans to eventually head back to dinner. With entree options like Bouillabaisse, Duck Confit, and my personal favorite – Beef Bourguignon, Dominique Bistro is perfect for brunch, but definitely sounds like a sound option for dinner too! I can’t wait to head back!

Dominique Bistro
14 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 756-4145

http://www.dominiquebistro.nyc/

Spinbrush Launches Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Collection with Alison Sweeney at Flywheel

I’m the sort of person that prefers lounging to lunges, whipped cream to weight lifting, quick naps instead of quick jogs. As it happens, a few weeks ago Arm & Hammer asked me if I would like to take a spin class at Flywheel with Alison Sweeney & Spinbrush. Spurred on by delusions of me spinning my way through a 45 minute workout, I said “sign me up!” My response in the affirmative may have been seriously slightly influenced by the opportunity to meet Sami Brady in the flesh, but the fall-out came afterwards where I repeatedly messaged my friend Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama about the likeliness of my death-by-spin-class. If you don’t follow Nellie, you definitely should, she’s an amazing lifestyle and fitness expert, plus she’s one of the coolest ladies I know.

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Nellie refused to let me chicken out, and joined me as well, and honestly it was a really eye-opening experience. I did not anticipate how much fun I would have, and really did not imagine that I would stay on the bike for the entire 45 minutes – and I did! And it was awesome! Also, it was really cool that Alison stayed there the entire time too!

 Bike Monitor

Alison Sweeney, who is an Arm & Hammer spokesperson, spoke briefly about the new Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh collection. The new Clean & Fresh collection features a toothpaste, mouthwash, as well as a battery operated and manual toothbrush. The collection delivers deep cleaning and lasting freshness by way of their patented dual-action brush head, and can be used along with the toothpaste and rinse for a smile that is noticeably whiter.

 Truly Radiant Clean and Fresh

Having been a dedicated spin-brusher for years now, I actually noticed a massive difference between this Clean & Fresh Spinbrush and my older model – this brush moved much quicker, the bristles were very effective but not irritating, and my teeth felt way cleaner. Also, the toothpaste and mouthwash have this great spearmint flavor that lasts all morning, so high-five for fresh breath, haha! Also, if your food features a lot of garlic, this is the collection for you. I love cooking with garlic, and this toothpaste and mouthwash worked like a dream to get rid of that garlic breath and weird flavor, so basically, I’m sold!

 Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant Collection

Thank you so much for the invite Arm & Hammer! Since then I’ve already been back for another spin!

Find out more details on the entire Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh collection here.