Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Jeff Koons on the Roof

Currently on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a special rooftop exhibition features sculptures by American artist Jeff Koons. Three of his artworks are on display, never before seen in public, until October 26 2008. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours on a rooftop to see beautiful views of Manhattan skyline and Central Park. I specifically wanted to come see his artwork because I always wondered what a 20 feet balloon dog would look like....

My immediate reaction to the exhibit was 'wow, this rooftop is very small' and 'I could see everything in 5 seconds if it wasn't for the crowd of people standing in line for $7 dollar Coronas.' That basically summed it up. Brooklyn brewed beers were available in addition to bottled water and cocktails. So it made for a nice Happy Hour for those that wanted to enjoy some sun and drinks in a cultured environment.

And since we were already at the MET, we decided to check out the other special exhibits. The first is the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy exhibit. Sadly no photos were allowed but it's movie costumes and avante garde couture by Armani and Gucci. Most notable costumes were Superman, Spider-man, Batman and the X-men movie characters. The second special exhibit featured paintings and watercolors by J. M. W. Turner. Sadly, we were too tired to appreciate the artwork.

In closing, here's a pic of the view from the rooftop of the MET.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Discover Governor's Island in NY

Here's your chance to visit a 92 acre historic land that is only recently opened for public visits! Even native New Yorkers have not had the opportunity to visit Governor's Island, which is only a 5 minute ferry ride from downtown Manhattan. The island is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays until October 12th - so this is a limited opportunity to get beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan all at once!! And did I mention the ferry is free?? Click here to check for directions and ferry schedules.

Just bring your own lunch and drinks, and have a picnic on Governor's Island with your family and friends! Most of the buildings are over 200 years old and you will feel like you have transported yourself to another time and place. There is a tram that gives 10 minute tours around the island and it's a wonderful way to get to know the history of the island (and avoids having you walk from one part of the island to another). This is a beautiful place for riding your bike - rentals are available for singles, doubles and even groups of four!! (Tip: Bike rentals are free for one hour on Fridays!).

One last little known tidbit - there are free kayaks that you can use to go out to sea!! We didn't have time to try this but if you're not worried about getting run over by a small yacht or ferry...I think this would be fun to try!

Here we are entering Governor's Island from the ferry:

View of Manhattan:

Old theatre building on the island:

One of the several churches on the island.

And who would've thought it....building a mini miniature golf course on the island for us to play!

And do you know what else I didn't miss when I was on Governor's Island? Car pollution!! Cars are not allowed on the island. So it was extremely peaceful and quiet - and I didn't mind breathing in clean(er) air.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Restaurant Review: Honey

Honey NY
243 W. 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Honey was launched in August 2006 by the same owners that brought you Dip Cafe, a more popular lounge for fondues (desserts and meats). Since Dip was currently under construction, a large group of us decided to try Honey instead. In case you were interested in going to this restaurant, here are few things you should know:

First, the restaurant opens at 8pm. Don't try to go there earlier, or even make dinner reservations there. While most of us didn't eat dinner, we were hoping that there would be entree-type dishes at Honey. Unfortunately, the closest we got was the Tex-Mex fondue. Since we were quite ravenous, we ended up ordering a few appetizers and the Tex-Mex fondue so we didn't even get to try to dessert fondue!!

The Thai Spring Rolls ($12) were quite tasty. The outer shell was fried and it was served with a nice peanut sauce. The Classic Margherita Pizza ($10) was really delicious - the dough was perfectly cooked. Lastly, the Tex-Mex fondue ($26 for 1-3 people) consisted of monterey, pepperjack cheese, tomato and scallions were served with grilled chicken, shrimp, assorted vegetables and bread. YUMMY! It was very filling so sadly, we didn't have any room to eat the dessert fondue.

As for drinks, the most popular drink of the night was the Strawberry Lychee Punch ($11) - fresh strawberries and lychee syrup muddled and topped with ice, rum, and lime juice. It was delicious - and not the least alcoholic. =)

If you're wondering where the pictures of the food are....sadly, none were taken of the food. I was too hungry to eat to snap any pics. But the atmosphere of the place was really nice, I would definitely go back but I would make sure to make reservations starting at 10pm - that is when the place starts getting crowded!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Customer Survey on Wedding Gowns

Experienced with shopping for wedding gowns? Want to share your opinions on your wedding gown shopping experience? Click on the image below to answer a short survey on customer behaviors in bridal shops!!

UPDATE: Thank you for your interest but my survey is now closed for additional responses. If you have any comments, please feel free to do so.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fairy Tale Wedding Gowns

The trend in wedding gowns is inspired by fairy tale princesses including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Little girls everywhere have grown up with the fairy tales as their bedtime stories - and dream of the day when their handsome prince in a white horse will swoop down to marry them and they will live happily ever after. We can all dream. But before we become too jaded and discount the value of fairy tales, nonetheless, they are inspiring wedding designers to create gowns that are reflective of the classic fairy tales.

Here are some gowns from the Fall 2008 Disney Bridal Collection:

Cinderella's dress is a strapless ball gown that has a beaded bodice made of duchess satin material and silk tulle. Stunning touches of scattered crystal and silver treading sparkle and shine like the midnight sky - exactly as we remember Cinderella in her ballgown as she met her handsome prince!

Sleeping Beauty's dream came true with a single kiss. The regal fabrics of stain, chantilly and netting with cap sleeve and modified a-line with back fullness represent a sleeping princess. The gown is luminious and radiant - exactly what I would be wearing if I had to be sleeping in a gown!

Snow White was the fairest of them all. And this gown captures the gentle grace and beauty of Snow White in exquisite silk, chiffon and satin. The rouched bodice and cap sleeve empire waist with ribbon detail is befitting of a princess who finds her prince and claims her kingdom.

One of my favorite Disney princesses is Ariel! She was willing to defy her father and cross the ocean to find true love! This flowing dress with draped neck and draped overlay in chiffon material is perfect for a beach wedding.

To see more, including the Spring 2009 collection, click here. Don't forget about bridesmaids and flower girls! Designer Kirstie Kelly also has a full-line of dresses for your bridal party!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Is Your Sunscreen Safe?

An investigation of nearly 1,000 brand-name sunscreen products finds that 4 out of 5 contain chemicals that may pose health hazards or don't adequately protect skin from the sun's damaging rays. Some of the worst offenders are leading brands like Coppertone, Banana Boat, and Neutrogena.

To search for your brand of sunscreen, and determine the level of hazard, click here. Simply choose the product name from the drop down menu and click GO.

The recommended brands from the study are listed here and include: Blue Lizard, California Baby, CVS, Kiss My Face, and Olay.

The Environmental Working Group study found that 85% of sunscreens tested don't offer enough protection from UV rays, are made with hazard ingredients, or haven't been tested for safety. To take action, tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration how you feel by writing a letter at this link.

Protect yourself all-year round against the sun!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Wedding And A Funeral

Something funny (and yet not-funny) happened to me recently. This is the story of how I went to a wedding and a funeral. And yet, this is also the story of how I did not go to a wedding and a funeral. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I did both at the same time.

A funeral implies death so before I continue, I'd like to say that death is not a joking matter. However, since I don't know the bride or groom or any of the 200+ guests AND since the person I went with only knew the bride for less than a week, I don't feel too bad about finding humor in the situation. I'll admit it probably says something about my moral character, but I know you all love and enjoy it ;=)

Basically, my other half, who I'll refer to as Jandergirl, was invited to a wedding. I'm not sure why she invited Jandergirl, since the bride has known her for less than a week. I'm not sure why Jandergirl wanted to go since she's known the bride for less than a week. I'm sure I'm not going to even try to pretend to the understand the female mind because the resulting logic would be something like:

"I'm getting married! Let me invite some random person off the street!"

The bride told Jandergirl that she could wear pretty much anything...except nothing sleeveless and any skirts/dresses would need to be ankle length. I asked one of my co-workers about this and he thought this was a little odd since it made them sound a little hardcore Muslim.

Neither one of us owns clothes like this. I figured I should dress nice and wore a gray pin-striped suit. Since Jandergirl didn't want to be the first woman in New York State to be publicly stoned, she wore pants.

After getting dressed in stone-safe clothing and locking the car doors since we were going to be passing through Jamaica/Queens on the way to the wedding, we eventually arrived at the mandir.

Okay, so that's mandir in the wikipedia looked like. Instead, it was just a normal looking building. Actually, I thought it was pretty small for an empty building with locked doors - how would they fit 200+ people inside and feed them? And did I say that the building was empty and that the doors were locked?

I thought it was kind of odd that there was no one there. Actually kind of scandalous, after all, I just watched Sex and the City: The Movie the other day so my mind was in overdrive thinking of possible reasons as to why no one was there. I asked Jandergirl if it was odd and she thought maybe it was because we were early.

After waiting fifteen minutes, I called my co-worker, Lobster, and he told me that traditional Hindi weddings were very punctual since the timing was determined by some kind of special calendar and/or fortune telling - so it was possible that they started at twelve o'clock sharp and locked the doors. I told him that while the doors were locked, the temple was 100% empty. Lobster agreed that it was all very odd. So far, I'm thinking that this is not a good omen - way to get the marriage off on the right foot by starting late!

Another couple showed up later since they thought they heard the wedding drums. Since there weren't any, they went back to their homes around the block. That's what I like to see - dedicated wedding guests!

After waiting for an hour, we were about to leave when someone from the wedding party showed up. As it turns out, the wedding was cancelled because there was a death in the family. Instead, they were having the visitation that afternoon. While they tried to call most people to let them know that the wedding was off, they missed us and this little old lady who came all the way up from Brooklyn.

This was the story of how I did and didn't go to a wedding and a funeral. Since we were hungry/bored, we went to Applebees for lunch.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Coffee Break

Click on the image below to view a funny interactive joke!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Statues of Liberty on Parade

To celebrate the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be held in Yankees Stadium on July 15, 2008, MLB launched "Statues on Parade." Forty-two replicas of the Statue of Liberty are stationed around the city leading up to the game - each uniquely designed with bold graphics and colors featuring each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Giants, the American League, the National League, four All-Star statues and statues commemorating the final season of Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. The 8 1/2 feet tall, 250 pound statues are made of resin and rest on a 530-pound cement base.

Here are some pictures of the different statues around the city.

The New York Mets statue is located outside Penn Station and Madison Square Garden on Seventh Aveue.

The All-Star Game statue is outside FOX News Studios at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.

The Los Angeles Dodgers statue is outside Niketown at 6 East 57th Street.

The Boston Red Sox statue is inside the Sports Museum of America at 26 Broadway.

My Favorite Cosmetics

Here are two of my favorite summer cosmetics that I highly recommend.

The first is CoverGirl's Lashblast mascara. They have the original and waterproof formula but I purchased the waterproof one for fear of racoon eyes at the end of the day. Let me just say that nothing is 100% waterproof, but it was pretty darn good after 11 hours of hot and humid weather. The brush is made of thin plastic bristles and it reached almost all of my upper lashes with one stroke. The formula is great - it didn't have any clumps and provided strong and shiny strength to my lashes. The available shades are dark black, black and brown black. I played it safe with black but I think the dark black would be great for dramatic make-up looks.

My second recommendation for the summer is a cream blush by Nar's The Multiple. This is an multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. However I've only used it so far on my cheeks and eyes...not sure if I would put it on my lips. My favorite color is called 'Orgasm' which is the perfect pinkish shade for ALL skin types. Seriously. The Multiple which provides sheer color is absolutely wonderful. It gives a natural shimmer to my face. And it is so easy to apply - I simply smile really wide and swipe it on my cheeks and then rub it with my fingers to blend. It really is mistake-proof make-up that should be in every gal's cosmetic case.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Bag Borrow or Steal

Inspired by the Sex and the City movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker, I thought I would do some research on the fabulous bags that Carrie's assistant Louise (played wonderfully by Jennifer Hudson) raved about! And how is it possible that a fashionista such as Carrie was not aware of 'rented' handbags? (By the way, how much money did Louis Vitton pay for product placement?!).

So the concept is simple - you can rent authentic handbags, jewelry and sunglasses for a week, a month or even longer! There are different price levels depending on the designer label and size of the bag (For example, a Coach bag can start out at $15 a week and a Vintage bag from $150 a week). Why pay full price when you can rent it for a fraction of the price?!! Plus you get to try out different styles without commiting to any item.

The website ( assures that all products are 100% authentic. Members can enjoy a discount on the borrowing rates and priority access to new arrivals.

Membership Costs:
* 1 Month for $9.95
* 3 Months for $19.95
* 1 Year for $59.95

Of course there are purchasing options for any of the designer items. Some designer names include: Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vitton, Prada, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Coach ....the list goes on.

What do you think? A smart way to become stylish and fashionable?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Eat Famously.

NYC Restaurant Week is coming this Summer 2008!

July 21 - 25 & July 28 - Aug 1st

Three course Prix-Fixe Dining
Lunch $24.07 and Dinner $35.00

Over 200 restaurants in NYC are participating. Click on this link to search for your next favorite restaurant! Please leave a comment with your restaurant recommendations!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

What To Do with Bad Games

Here are some creative and 'green' ways to reuse all the old CDs you have lying around the house:

As a bookmark for a book!

Ladies, what about stringing it together to make a fashionable belt?

Or, use the CD as a coaster for those tall ice teas?

Hmm this is an innovate way to hold the toothbrush!

And lastly, this would work wonderfully on thin crusted pizzas!

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