Today Winter Storm Jonas turned New York City into a whole new place. The blizzard gave New Yorkers a true day off and transformed Manhattan into a traffic-free Winter Wonderland. If only every day could be a snow day!
I’ve lived in New York for about six years now and I’ve never seen it the way I saw it during the Jonas blizzard. Instead of being the fast and busy place it always is, New York became relaxed and whimsical as the snowstorm blasted over Manhattan. With no non emergency vehicles allowed on the roads, everyone who was out on the empty streets of the city was there to play. Since there was no traffic, you could even walk and make snow angels in the middle of the street.
As I walked through the snowy city, I saw people making snowmen in Times Square, cross country skiing through the streets and enjoying the bliss of having nowhere they needed to be. If there’s anything I learned from this monumental blizzard it’s that New Yorkers need more snow days (we got around two feet of snow today) and that everyone needs a good North Face jacket. I’ve had mine for 10 years and it’s still going strong.
One of my best friends from college is getting married soon and I’m so excited to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. While I’m totally psyched about my latest gig as a blushing bridesmaid, there’s a ton of work and planning that needs to get done so I’m planning ahead as much as I can. Aside from helping make the shower and parties the best ever for the bride, getting my wedding day beauty routine down is also at the top of my list.
Since the bridesmaids are in almost every wedding photo, bridal beauty is just as important for the bridesmaids as it is for the bride. One of the foundations of a white wedding day is a picture perfect white smile. With the help of Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips, I can officially check white smile off my list. In only two weeks, Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips can whiten teeth just as well as a $500 laser treatment at a fraction of the cost and in the convenience of your own home. Plus they contain the same enamel-safe, teeth-whitening ingredients dentists use.
(I loved bridesmaid dress shopping with my newly whitened smile.)
What I loved most about Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips was how easy they were to use. On my busy schedule, it would be tough to fit in a dentist appointment so it was great to be able to get a professional quality whitening on my own time. I also really liked that you only had to keep the strips on for an hour a day and not all night like other treatments. So if you wear a retainer at night as I do, you can still wear it no problem. These whitestrips are also incredibly affordable. They are available at most drugstores and major retailers nationwide for $64.99 per kit.
Ready to see the results firsthand? Here’s my smile before my two week treatment:
This week the world was shocked by the surprising death of David Bowie. When a celebrity who always seemed larger than life dies, it’s easy to start contemplating your own mortality. While none of us are immune to death, David Bowie’s passing has reminded me just how important it is to leave a legacy.
There is no doubt that David Bowie left behind a powerful, colorful and meaningful legacy. As a musician, producer, painter and actor, he showed us all that we were meant to stand out. Every day so many of us feel the pressure to fit in or do exactly what we’re expected to do when all we really want to do is color outside the lines. Thanks to Bowie, it’s okay to keep coloring.
I never knew it before, but it turns out that David Bowie lived just two blocks away from my office in Soho. All week fans have been lining up outside his apartment to leave flowers and pay their respects. It’s amazing to see just how many people Bowie influenced without ever having met them. I guess that’s the real power of art.
I’ve always been partial to jewelry and accessories with hidden meanings. That being said, I’ve long been fascinated by the allure of the evil eye.
In many cultures, the evil eye is a curse believed to be caused by a malevolent glare cast when the person is unaware. In order to ward off the misfortune that can be caused by receiving the evil eye, good luck charms often known as Talismans were created to protect the wearer which also became known as evil eyes.
While I’ve never been to the parts of the Middle East or Europe where the iconic evil eyes are popular (it’s high on my bucket list), I have been brought back pieces featuring the blue evil eye from friends and family who have visited. Not only are they meant to bring protection and good luck, they also make incredibly fashionable statement accessories. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for a trip to Greece, Turkey, Albania, Egypt, Israel or Morocco to add a precious evil eye to your accessories collection or to give one as a gift. There are tons of great pieces you can order in preparation for that exotic vacation or just for fun. Here are some of my favs: