SheMakes Holiday Festival – This Saturday

I have a little secret: if you’re really trying to impress someone with a unique gift, I think handmade is the way to go. Ok, that’s more of my personal opinion than an actual secret, but so what?
I’ve been planning a handmade gift guide post for you, but haven’t yet been able to narrow down my list to select favorites. I’ve been bookmarking Etsy shops for weeks now! I promise this post will come soon – hopefully before the end of next week. In the meantime, I have some wonderful handmade news that will hold you over.
The Daily Musealong with Saatchi & Saatchi, 85Broads, and News on Women have teamed up to create the first ever SheMakes Holiday Festival. First, let me air my frustrations with them referring to it as the “first annual” festival. Something cannot be “first” and “annual” at the same time, people! Now that that is off my chest (Professor Earl would be proud), let me tell you about the event!

This Saturdayfrom 12-5 p.m. 30+ female vendors of all things handmade will gather at Saatchi & Saatchi’s New York office, to share their wares. Expect everything from food to fashion from up and coming entrepreneurial women! If you plan to attend, don’t forget to RSVP via the link below. Happy shopping!
Here is more info from The Daily Muse’s blog post:
  • When: Saturday, December 3, from 12-5 PM. RSVP now and add it to your calendar!
  • Where: Hosted by our partner Saatchi & Saatchi at 375 Hudson St, in NYC.
  • Contact us about sponsorship or in-kind donations: If your company is interested in supporting female entrepreneurship, please email us at

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Giving Thanks to Our Marines

I was trying write up a Thanksgiving post last night, but got stuck in reflection and appreciation for everything around me. I feel SO lucky – my life is exactly where I want it to be right now. My family is wonderful, my boyfriend is amazing, I have a great job in a not-so-great economy… I am so thankful for this life.

As I was reflecting on all of the people and things I’m grateful for, I received an email from my best friend asking if I would be interested in sending a holiday care package to a deployed Marine. MALS-29 runs a “Santas Care Package” program that connects families with single, deployed Marines to share holiday cheer. 

I’m excited to be part of this program, and send a personal “Thank You” to someone who is fighting for our country. I’d like to share this opportunity with all of you lovely readers. If you are interested in participating, please email the Family Readiness Officer for MALS-29, Brandie Anderson at brandie.anderson@usmc.milThe cut-off date for adoption is November 28th, and packages should be sent by December 1st to reach the Marines in time.

Brandie shared a few ideas for care packages:

  • Homemade cookies or candy (please list ingredients)
  • Disposable hand warmers
  • Green or black socks
  • Candy
  • Health magazines
  • Sports magazines
  • Maxim
  • DVD’s
  • Books about the military, history or “Best sellers list”
  • Pocket/travel games
  • Beef jerky
I’ll be sure to share my package with you before I send it off to my Marine. 🙂 

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!
This weekend the boyfriend and I ran off to South Jersey for a Halloween party with friends. It was a blast! Check us out, he’s Abe Lincoln (post-mortem), and I’m John Wilkes Booth.
Halloween on a Monday is so weird. In my opinion, not enough people in the office are in costume. I chickened out on wearing my costume too, mainly because it involves wearing a mustache, but I will be rocking it at the Halloween parade this evening. For anyone else who wants to strut their stuff in ghoulish garb, the parade starts at 7 p.m. on Spring Street at 6th Avenue, and continues up to the Union Square area. There’s also an after party deemed “Webster Hell” at Webster Hall after the parade (admissions: $20).

Saturday: Halloween Dog Parade

It’s well known in NYC that humans aren’t the only creatures who get all dolled up for Halloween. For the past 20 years, puppies have been strutting their stuff at the annual Tomkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.

Fluffy puppy costume party? Oh hell yes. The 21st annual parade takes place this Saturday from noon to three at Tompkins Square Park (9th Street between avenues A and B).

I know you’re all anxious to see the cuteness right this moment, so here are some favorites from last year’s parade:

All hail the queen

Fantastic Mr. Fox was definitely my favorite
Do you think dying your puppy’s
hair is going too far?
All together now, “Awwww!”
Me with my best friend Ali at the parade
(All photos courtesy of Ali)

Stress Intervention

I don’t know a single New Yorker that isn’t in crunch mode right now. The city just seems to be vibrating with stress – or maybe it’s just me. Life is moving a mile a minute. I haven’t had time to look at the computer outside office hours in about two weeks, and I have the blog history to prove it. I went through the entire week so far thinking that it was November already! How could I mentally skip Halloween?! Upon this realization, I started to think that maybe I need a stress intervention.
You cannot imagine the relief I felt five minutes ago when I remembered that it is Spa Week – the heaven-sent week where spas slash their prices for $100 and $200 dollar treatments to a mere $50. I don’t know where to start! My nails need painting, my hair needs conditioning, my back is tense and riddled with knots – I’ve been so busy taking care of life that I’ve forgotten to relax and take care of myself.
I’m hoping that I’m not the only stressball out there right now, and that some of you can relate. Spa Week ends October 16 (mental note: NOT November), so click on over to their site and check out the $50 deals in your neighborhood. I think Sunday is the perfect day for a massage and a mani/pedi, don’t you?

NYC: Betsey Johnson Sample Sale

What a wonderful week! First a Kate Spade flash sale, and now some serious girly goodness from Betsey Johnson hits the sale rack in NYC at the Millennium Broadway Hotel. Swing by starting today for up to 80% off everything from dresses to jewelry. 

Expect evening dresses for $100 instead of $350, leggings for $25 marked down from $98 and cardigans as low as $40.
Here’s the address: 
145 W 44th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue, Sixth Floor
The sale is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (September 29, 30) and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Of course, you’re better off getting there early! As always, happy shopping! 

Free Subway Ride Courtesey of Nucky Thompson

Hi Bloggies!

I’m currently on vacation in San Diego (and debating not coming home), but I just saw a promotion on Boardwalk Empire‘s Facebook page that I have to share. This weekend you can get a free Metrocard at Grand Central, Union Square and Bryant Park, courtesy of Nucky Thompson. I tried to find details on when/how to pick up the Metrocards, but nothing came up in my immediate search. If you find out the details please comment!

The MTA is also running vintage 1920’s subway trains on the 2 and 3 lines every weekend this month. The stops are limited to 96th, 72nd and 42nd streets, but still kind of cool. More to come next week when I return from the West Coast. Stay classy 🙂

Any Divas Out There?

If you’re not close to Atlanta, Miami, New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles, you’re missing out.

I want to share with you Social Diva, my fav resource for when my social life needs some estrogen fueled activities thrown into it. There are usually cocktails and shopping involved, so I’m usually more than happy!

Social Diva has been around since 2000, sharing exclusive event invitations, VIP access and what they call “Diva Deals” for the aforementioned cities. You can check their website for updates, but you’re better off signing up for their e-mails, you never know when a juicy event is going to pop up.

The most recent SD event I attended was Cocktails and Butt Sketches at Levi’s opening of their Meatpacking store.Everything was 30% off, there were delicious cocktails, and InStyle sponsored the event, providing booty sketches and gift bags with an impressive Style coffee-table book. I took full advantage of ALL of these things.

I’m keeping this post short and sweet – Christmas shopping in SoHo is calling!